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Sunday, November 30, 2014
MacArthur Fellow Ran Blake, solo jazz piano
WHEN: Thursday, December 4. 8 & 9:30 PM
ADMISSION: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
In a career that spans five decades, pianist/composer/educator RAN BLAKE has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake’s singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes more than 40 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well over 40 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory.
In the tradition of Blake’s idols, Chris Connor, Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Thelonious Monk, George Russell, & Gunther Schuller, he has incorporated and synthesized several otherwise divergent styles and influences into a single innovative and cohesive style all his own, ranking him among the geniuses of the genre. The addition of his innovative aural based teaching approach, and the forty years he has spent influencing future generations of musicians, makes his contributions to the long tradition of jazz even more impressive. A recent Downbeat review said, “Ran Blake is so hip it hurts … a pianist who can make you laugh at his dry humor one second and wring a tear the next.” His music still sounds fresh and unmistakably unique. Nearly fifty years after his innovative release, The Newest Sound Around with vocalist Jeanne Lee (RCA-Victor), Ran continues to evolve his noir language on the piano, making him one of most resilient artists in jazz history.
Ran’s most recent recordings are Cocktails at Dusk: A Tribute to Chris Connor with Ricky Ford and Laïka Fatien (impulse!/ Sunnyside, 2014), Live at the Kitano, NY with Sara Serpa (Sunnyside, anticipated 2015), and Down Here Below, vol. 2: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln with Christine Correa (RedPiano, anticipated 2015), and Chabrol Noir: A Tribute to Claude Chabrol with Ricky Ford (impulse!/ Sunnyside, anticipated 2015).
You can learn more about Ran at his website www.ranblake.com, which includes videos of musical performance and other tantalizing noir treats.
Consider the gift of music—concert tickets fit everyone!
Baltimore’s Best Jazz Venue 2005 – Baltimore Magazine
Baltimore’s Best Jazz Space 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 – Baltimore City Paper
Park at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $2 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik in order to receive the discounted rate.
Friday, November 28, 2014
A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds
WHEN: Sunday, December 7, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
WHERE: JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND, 15 Lloyd Street Baltimore, MD
Set the Chanukah mood with a rocking family Chanukah concert with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights! Bring home a piece of the festivities with Chanukah themed crafts.
A versatile artist, Joanie Leeds is a gifted musician with a soulful voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy. In addition to her secular popularity, Joanie tours the country playing synagogues, Jewish day schools and Jewish museums. Her Jewish music can be found on the PJ Library’s compilation.
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As one of the top nationally touring kindie rock bands, Brooklyn-based Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights have played for thousands of families all across the country. Singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds has won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, Gold Parents' Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award and she has been a John Lennon Songwriting Award Finalist and an International Songwriting Competition Finalist. Her original music has been featured in People Magazine, Parents Magazine, New York Times and Washington Post. She is currently touring the USA promoting her 6th children's CD, Good Egg, and her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide climbing up the chart to #1 on Sirius-XM's Kids Place Live and WXPN's Kids Corner. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician! For more information, please visit www.joanieleeds.com.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Central Library Book Sale
Winter Book Sale
Full Writers LIVE! schedule
Rafael Alvarez Christmas Stories
Films at the Pratt
Tis the Season Dance Showcase
Give a gift to the Pratt this holiday season
Mr. Pratt's Party—The Library's Annual Gala
Proceeds will support the vital programs and services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. For tickets, prattlibrary.org/mrpratt
Make your gift on #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
On Tuesday, December 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
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Post-Turkey Day Laughs on Saturday night!
Music + improv comedy, dance + improv, and more!
We're super thankful for our wonderful audiences! Let us entertain you this holiday weekend with a hilarious show featuring musical improv comedy, The Movement (where we mix improv with modern dance from The Collective), and more!
Use it as an excuse to get away from your family, or bring them along because you love them so much!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 PM
WHERE: The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD
#GivingTuesday is coming...
And we need your help!
There's Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now Giving Tuesday—a way to help the non-profits you love! The Baltimore Improv Group is a non-profit, and right now we're trying to fix up our new home, The Mercury Theater.
Watch our silent movie, starring real library staffers, then kick start your season of giving TODAY in support of the
Climate Not Optimal, a comedic silent movie from the Maryland Historical Society: CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
Donations are being accepted NOW through December 2nd, and will support upgrades to our collection climate controls.
Help ensure the collection stays comfy cozy all year round!
Click this link on the donation page OR pick a member of our team to credit them with your gift!
The France-Merrick Foundation is offering a 2-1 match up to $50,000, so your gift goes further!
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We are proud to participate in the Maryland Gives More campaign to make our state the most generous in the nation.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY & CELEBRATION & OPENING
Ten years ago on November 12, 2004, Jordan Faye Block opened her first commercial gallery in Baltimore, it opened with an exhibition of two artists, Robert Sparrow Jones & Jim Condron. Ms. Block ran Gallery Imperato for the next two years: curating 15 exhibitions there and successfully graduating with her Master's of Fine Arts from MICA in 2005. In November of 2006, Jordan Faye Contemporary was founded. Since that very first exhibition 100 additional exhibitions have been curated by Jordan in Baltimore; she's taken the gallery to 7 international art fairs in the last 3 years, and while the gallery has moved a few times over the last 8 years, they've continually been expanding their programming and raising the bar in Baltimore and in major cities across the country. Last month, she and her assistant director, Willa Frazer, founded a new program for emerging artists; moving both Jordan Faye Contemporary and this new program THRIVE into a 3300 square foot exhibition center on the top floor of the Maryland Art Place Building in the heart of the Bromo Arts District. We invite you to join us on November 22, for an exhibition highlighting a selection of artists that Jordan has worked with over the last ten years. Artists include Robert Sparrow Jones, Kate MacKinnon, Lori Larusso, James Rieck, David Page, Christine Bailey, Jenee Mateer, Lawrence Cromwell, Donald Edwards, Lisa Dillin, Lat Naylor, Scott Ponemone, Edie Nadelhaft and Magnolia Laurie.
TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY opens Saturday November 22 with a reception from 7 – 10 PM. It will be on view through January 3, 2015. This exhibition takes place in the West Gallery and Front Room of Jordan Faye Contemporary. It also coincides with a tradition that Jordan began 8 years ago, her annual Small Wonders holiday exhibition which will be on view in the East Gallery. Artists in Small Wonders are Lori Larusso, Jim Doran, Geraldine Bullock, Steve Parke, Elisabeth Gambino, Sanzi Kermes, Maureen Farrell and Willa Frazer.
For more information about our gallery program, contact:
Jordan Faye Contemporary, 218 W Saratoga Street, 5th floor, Baltimore MD 21201
Tel: 443.955.1547 email@example.com
Visit our website: www.jordanfayecontemporary.com
gallery hours :: Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday / 12 – 5 PM and by appointment
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Call for Entries: Co-Lab(oration)
School 33 Art Center is now accepting artist portfolios. Artists interested in collaborating with other artists of different disciplines to create an outdoor installation within the new rain garden on the Birckhead Street side of the historic School 33 building should apply. Three artists will be selected to collaborate on this project, which will be on view for at least one year. Each selected artist will be awarded a honorarium of $3000 for this collaboration. This project also comes with a budget for supplies and materials. Individual artists will be selected based on the strength of their portfolios. No proposals should be submitted. Artists are invited to visit School 33 Art Center and see the actual space prior to submitting a portfolio for consideration.
This project is part of the ongoing Co-Lab(oration) project at School 33 Art Center funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant.
Once artists are selected on December 12, 2014, they must thereafter be available to meet regularly to collaborate, create and implement the new rain garden environment, which will should be installed and fully completed during June, July and August 2014. If you are not available locally during this timeframe, do not submit your portfolio for this application. The finished project will be unveiled in early September 2014.
Co-Lab(oration) is an on-going platform for diverse artists to work collaboratively in a process of creative exploration, resulting in the development of multiple new works. The project should cultivate the production and exhibition of new artwork that integrates the ideas of artists from varied disciplines, encourage artistic experimentation and creative risk-taking to support the development of innovative practices or new artistic forms.
Selections will be made by our panel of jurors:
To submit your portfolio for this opportunity you must be a current School 33 Art Center member. If you would like to join School 33 or renew your membership, please visit school33.org or call 443-263-4350. Artist Memberships are $35 annually. All artist members are encouraged to apply.
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