Thursday, December 31, 2015

SPOTLIGHTERS PRESENTS "TRUE" ACCOUNT OF THE MAKING OF "GONE WITH THE WIND"

PictureMOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS
By Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Michael Zemarel

Stage Managed by Crystal Sewel

WHEN: Jan 8 - Jan 31, 2016; TEN SPOT THURSDAY: Jan 14, 2016 - 8:00pm  (Tickets just $10); TALK BACK with Director & Cast Sunday, Jan 24, immediately following performance
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20; Seniors (60+): $18; Students (w/ID) and Military (active or retired): $16

Tickets available at www.spotlighters.org

1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. In this  peek into the back room of the Golden Age of Hollywood,  Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz.  Locked in a room for five days, these three race against the clock to produce one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

Featuring:  Thom Sinn as David O. Selznick;  David Shoemaker as Ben Hecht;  Tony Calevido as Victor Fleming; and Rachel Roth as Miss Poppenghul

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BMA PRESENTS FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION SINCE RENOVATION

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More than 200 works show the breadth and depth of the BMA’s collection; concurrent exhibition showcases additional works by Maryland artists

WHEN: February 7—May 8, 2016
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

This stunning exhibition presents more than 200 artworks—many on view for the first time—with masterworks by Degas, Kelly, Magritte, Matisse, Rodin, and many others given to the BMA during its enormously successful Campaign for Art. This is the first major exhibition for the BMA since the museum began its multi-year renovation, completed in October 2015. Nearly every area of the collection is represented with objects spread across geography, culture, chronology, and medium. These objects are often shown in groupings that juxtapose works already in the collection with those recently acquired, making surprising connections and providing a glimpse of the museum’s discerning acquisition process.

An adjacent display of newly acquired artworks by Maryland-based artists, New Arrivals: Maryland Artists, is on view concurrently with the Gifts of Art for a New Century exhibition. More than 20 recently acquired artworks—many on view for the first time—include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and books made by artists who have lived and worked in Maryland in the 20th and 21st centuries such as Raoul Middleman, John Waters, Elinor B. Cahn, and Gabrielle DeVaux Clements.  Both exhibitions are curated by Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs Rena Hoisington. 

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For more information about The Baltimore Museum of Art’s upcoming schedule, please see  the current Advance Exhibition Schedule.

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IMPORTANT FILM ABOUT BIRDS TO MAKE BALTIMORE PREMIERE AT THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE


 The Messenger

WHEN: THU JAN 7 | 7:30pm
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: ADV: $10, $7 mbrs. DOOR: $12, $9 mbrs.

Co-hosted in partnership with Audubon Maryland-DC and Lights Out Baltimore.

Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own.

On one level, THE MESSENGER is the artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents, and about those who are working to turn the tide. According to international expert Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, who is featured in the documentary, we may have lost almost half the songbirds that filled the skies fifty years ago.

On another level, THE MESSENGER is an engaging, visually stunning, three-act emotional journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. For example, a German composer, DJ and bird-watching enthusiast, Dominik Eulberg incorporates bird-sounds seamlessly into techno music and introduces us to the use of birdsongs in Wagnerian opera.
Ultimately, the messenger is about what the birds have to tell us about the state of our planet and our shared future. In the words of Boreal biologist Erin Bayne, “Could we live without birds? We don’t really know for sure… That’s one of the fundamental concerns when you play with nature, pull one piece out, and maybe that’s a pivotal piece, we just don’t know.”

TAKE ACTION IN BALTIMORE
Creative Alliance is thrilled to co-host this event with the Maryland Audubon Society, Lights Out Baltimore, and the Phoenix Wildlife Center.  Representatives will be available for a Q&A immediately following the film, providing information about action we can take in Baltimore in the pursuit of conservation.

The Audubon Maryland-DC, established in 2000, encompasses Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Easton, Maryland, Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore City, an Important Bird Area Program and five chapter-owned sanctuaries.

Lights Out Baltimore was formed by a group of concerned birdwatchers in the Baltimore Bird Club who had seen firsthand the toll lights and windows play on birds. Our goal is to make Charm City safe for migratory birds by turning out decorative lighting in the city during peak migration seasons, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and to advocate for bird-safe building design that makes glass and windows visible to birds.



SYNOPSIS

For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists, and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it. As in ancient times, songbirds may once again be carrying a message to humans – one that we ignore at our own peril. This film won the prize for Best Conservation Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

Special thanks to Audubon Maryland-DC, Lights Out Baltimore, and the Phoenix Wildlife Center.

REVIEWS

"Traveling the world to spotlight challenges and solutions, filmmaker Su Rynard never loses sight of the [songbirds'] sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull as perceived intermediaries between the earthly and spiritual.”—Variety

"The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc... a testament to Rynard’s success at finding so many dynamic human subjects all striving to save songbirds." —The Hollywood Reporter 

DIRECTOR BIO

Su Rynard is a filmmaker who has has won numerous accolades and awards for her films and media art. Her work is often inspired by science, and most recently ecology. Her dramatic feature film “Kardia” (2006), a meditation on the human heart, was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (USA). Her feature documentary “Dream Machine” (2000) was produced by The National Film Board of Canada. Rynard’s films have screened at film festivals such as The Toronto International Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival, and the Fajr International Film Festival.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
"Humans share an ageless bond with birds, their song, and their persistent presence in our lives. In the past, humans looked to the flights and songs of birds to predict the future. Today once again, the birds have something to tell us."— SU RYNARD




 

Monday, December 28, 2015

COMEDY NIGHTS IN JANUARY @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

January at Creative Alliance is highlighted by two of the smartest minds in the comedy game. The first, Maryland-born comic Jermaine Fowler, is just making his big break with a comedy special on Showtime. The second, Todd Barry, is one of the quickest comic minds of our time, known for acerbic crowd work. Creative Alliance is becoming known as the best room in town for comedy and these two stars will create a lasting impression with new Baltimore audiences.

Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell Tour

WHEN: Sunday, January 10, 7:30pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: ADV $15, $12 mbrs. DOOR $18, $15 mbrs.

Raised in Hyattsville, Maryland, Jermaine Fowler began performing stand-up in 2006 while still in high school. On his 20th birthday, he took three pieces of luggage and a dream on a Megabus to NYC.

He’s toured nationally with College Humor, Comedy Central on Campus, and has one half of the internet sketch group BodegaCat Sanchez, alongside Kevin Barnett. He’s been featured on two seasons of MTV2’s Guy Code, @Midnight, and “Comedy Underground with Dave Attell”. Currently, he’s the co-creator, writer, and star of a new TV series, “Friends of The People” Tuesdays on TruTV. Now in LA, his stand up will be featured on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and he has a development deal with ABC to create his own sitcom.

On December 11th SHOWTIME aired his debut comedy special, Give ‘Em Hell, Kid.
On The Web: Website
YouTube Video

Comedy Night with Todd Barry

WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 8pm
TICKETS: ADV $20, $17 mbrs. DOOR $23, $20 mbrs.
Event Link & Tickets

One of the beloved underground comic voices of our time and a regular on Louie, a Todd Barry show always consists of nuanced, measured comedy and killer crowd work.

New York City-based comedian and actor Todd Barry is widely recognized for his roles as the bongo-playing “Third Conchord” on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, and Mickey Rourke’s deli boss in 2009 Oscar winner The Wrestler. Drawing audience members in with his deadpan self-deprecation and ability to pile punchline upon punchline, his decidedly low-key stage persona belies a deeply intelligent, often biting, occasionally absurdist worldview, one lauded by discerning fans who seek a fresh yet honest update to traditional observation and social commentary.

Todd has been heard on both The Howard Stern Show and The Bob & Tom Show, and his albumsMedium Energy, Falling Off the Bone, and From Heaven are available from Comedy Central Records, Amazon, and iTunes. He has earned the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s Jury Award, praise from Ricky Gervais as one of the best comedians of 2009, and accolades from The Onion’s A.V. Club, which declared Medium Energy one of the best comedy albums of the decade.

“Comedy savants revere this Conan and Letterman veteran’s hushed, singsong sarcasm.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Piercing, blinding, slaying, violating wit.” – NPR

“Infuses his observational comedy with a wonderfully individual disdain.” – The Times of London

Hosted by Baltimore comedy favorite, Umar Khan.
On The Web: Website
YouTube Video

Friday, December 25, 2015

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER EXTENDS “GUYS AND DOLLS” THROUGH JANUARY 3

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WHEN: Through Jan. 3
WHERE:
Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Springs Rd., Olney
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FASHION UMBRELLA SEEKS MODELS, DESIGNERS FOR EXCLUSIVE PETITE FASHION EVENT

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NEW EXHIBITIONS @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS START YEAR WITH A BANG

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Baltimore Clayworks' January-March Exhibitions:

Michi: Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity

An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese American
Ceramic Artists

In the Galleries: Huang Hung Yu; Wood fired ceramics by students from Towson University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University and Community College of Baltimore County; and Man Alive Lane Treatment Center

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to announce Michi: Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity, and three new exhibitions in our galleries. 

WHEN: January 8 at 6PM. The opening reception is Friday, January 8 from 6-8PM. These exhibitions will close on Saturday, March 5.   
WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore
ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public.

Michi: Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity is a traveling exhibition, curated by Yoshi Fujii (left) and Juliane Shibata, showcasing the best contemporary Japanese and Japanese American ceramic artists in the country. Gallery visitors will gain an understanding of how, despite the many individual approaches to making, the Japanese heritage has a profound impact on what these artists create with clay, and why they create it. Supported by the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America and the following generous sponsors: Yoshinobu & Kathleen Shiota, Towson University, Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee, Mike & Jane Murphy, Yvonne & Carl Everett, Tony & Bonnie Montcalmo, Hiroshi and Mineko Nakazawa, Yaeko & Ken Steir, W. Fumiko Campbell, Tim & Lee Pierce. Please visit michiexhibition.com after January 1 for more details about this traveling exhibition and locations.  

INVITED ARTISTS: Yoshi Fujii (MD), Hiroe Hanazono (PA), Ayumi Horie (ME), Mika Negishi Laidlaw (MN), Keisuke Mizuno (MN), Megumi Naitoh (MA), Nobuhito Nishigawara (CA), Hiroshi Ogawa (OR), Shoji Satake (WV), Yoko Sekino-Bové (PA), Juliane Shibata (MN), Esther Shimazu (HI), Ryan Takaba (TX), Shoko Teruyama  (NY), Patti Warashina (WA), Shumpei Yamaki  (IA)

In our Solo Gallery international exchange artist, Huang Hung Yu, will exhibit ceramic work resulting from her four month residency through our exchange program with the Tainan National University of the Fine Arts in Taiwan. A special reception will be held on Sunday, January 3, 4-6PM, free. 

In partnership with Towson University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Essex, wood fired work by students enrolled in ceramic art programs at these schools will be on display in the Project Space. These college students participated in a wood firing at Baltimore Clayworks' wood kiln, during a fundraising event in October, where they gained experience and knowledge about wood firing in a three chamber noborigama kiln.

Artwork created by adults at Man Alive Lane Treatment Center, an addiction recovery and behavioral health center, will be on exhibition in the Community Arts Gallery. The ceramics program took place in Imagination Lab, a program that fosters change through creativity. Participants learned slab building techniques to create ceramic houses inspired by the row homes in their communities.

 

Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two reclaimed and renovated buildings located across the street from one another.  This organization offers classes, artists' spaces, exhibitions, and programs throughout the community.  Gallery hours are 10AM - 5PM, Monday through Friday, and 12-5PM Saturday through Sunday.  For more information call Baltimore Clayworks at 410-578-1919 or visit our website, www.baltimoreclayworks.org.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

VAGABOND PLAYERS CONTINUE 100TH SEASON WITH AMERICAN CLASSIC

Our_Town_200OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Eric C. Stein

WHEN:  January 8, 2016, and running through February 7; Friday and Saturday at 8:00; Sunday at 2:00
WHERE:
Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10-$20
Tickets can be purchased online at www.vagabondplayers.org or at the door; special rates for groups available on line. Friday night performances feature special pricing $15 for everyone. Plus, there is a $10 Thursdays on Broadway! performance on February 4th.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama celebrates the marvel of everyday existence and the “something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.”

Director Eric C. Stein has assembled an amazing cast to tell the very simple, funny, and heart-wrenching story of the universal life cycle we all experience. It has been lauded as “… probably the finest play ever written by an American” by Edward Albee and the New York Daily News wrote: “No American play describes more powerfully how we imagine ourselves.” This is a must-see production for every age.

Monday, December 21, 2015

DON’T MISS ONE OF BALTIMORE’S BEST SHOWS OF THE YEAR!

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR

WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., Baltimore
WHEN: Now through January 10

Critics and audiences have fallen in love with Outside Mullingar
Named one of The Baltimore Sun's Best of Baltimore's 2015 theater season, John Patrick Shanley's poetic Irish fable Outside Mullingar is full of laughs and tenderhearted moments, reminding us all that it's never too late to take a chance on love.

"Terrific! An awfully satisfying fusion of humor and insight, underlined with as much finesse as heart in Everyman's gem of a production. One of the most uplifting experiences of the year!"–The Baltimore Sun

“Classic Shanley romantic comedy that will appeal to his Moonstruck and Savage in Limbo fans.”–The Washington Post

"The audience shakes with laughter! Shanley's Moonstruck was a credit to the genre, but Outside Mullingar is even better, thanks to better jokes, better surprises, and just enough death to give the jokes their sting."–City Paper

"A love letter straight from the Emerald Isle...A unique love story that is beautiful, endearing, quirky and not to be missed."–MD Theatre Guide

"Hilarious! Take a pleasant break from the holiday shopping madness to watch Outside Mullingar. It's a show that lives up to Everyman's motto: Great Stories. Well Told."–DC Metro Theater Arts

Don't miss the show leaving audiences laughing and cheering night after night!
Now through January 10.

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Explore the world of Outside Mullingar
Where exactly is Mullingar? How are Moonstruck and Outside Mullingar related? And how does Irish folklore factor into the play? Find out these answers and more in our exclusive commentary about the show you are about to see. 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

END/START THE YEAR @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

 





 
Posada: Pinatas, Procesion y Fiesta
 
Posada: Pinatas, Procesion y Fiesta

WHEN: SAT DEC 19 | 6:30PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE!
Walk with the Latino community in this traditional, candle-lit and singing procession honoring Latin-American heritage. Bring your piñata to Creative Alliance at 6:30pm to walk at 7pm. Join singing procession w/ Mary, Joseph, and mariachi to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, on 600 S. Conkling Street. Dinner and piñata breaking party to follow!  Tickets & Info
 



Charm City Klezmer Holiday Dance Party!Charm City Klezmer Holiday Dance Party

WHEN: SAT DEC 26 | 8PM
Lighting the menorah, eating Chinese food on Christmas, and the Charm City Klezmer Holiday Dance Party - all three of these holiday time activities are beloved by Jews in Baltimore. But you don’t have to be Jewish to dance to the finest klezmer group in the region.  
Tickets & Info


Film Screening
The Messenger
WHEN: THU JAN 7 | 7:30PM
As scientists, activists, and bird enthusiasts investigate the phenomenon of vanishing bird populations, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Co-hosted in partnership with the Audubon Society.  Tickets & Info


SCREENING TONIGHT @ THE RED ROOM

Sight Unseen Screening Series presents
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WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 2015,  8:00 pm
WHERE: Red Room, 425 E 31st Street, Baltimore MD
ADMISSION:  $5

Early video distribution networks and Radical Software magazine Curator Liz Flyntz will present the videos with some notes on the artists and the history of their production and presentation.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This screening presents an array of videos created by collectives and individuals active in the early video exchange, analysis, and distribution network facilitated and promoted by Radical Software magazine – the very first publication dedicated to the medium of video. In 1970 when Radical Software magazine was founded, video was a new medium, just recently made available to consumers via Sony’s portable “Porta-pak.”


These videos display the range and depth of creative production made possible by this access to consumer video technology in the late 60s and early 70s.
Works include documentation of the Whole Earth Catalog “demise party” in which Stewart Brand gives out thousands of dollars to arguing hippies, a variety of experimental and documentary works by notable video collectives like Ant Farm, Videofreex, and Raindance, early video synthesizer stuff, as well as footage of clashes with cops at the 1971 Mayday protests and the last recorded interview with late Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton.
This representative, stylistically diverse selection of works is presented by the curator with some contextual notes on the history of the artists, the technology, and the events depicted.

ABOUT THE CURATOR
Liz Flyntz is a curator, writer, and artist. Her research focuses on historic and contemporary media art exhibition and archiving methodology, artist-produced alternative funding models, and systems-based art. In 2012 she completed an MFA in Media Study, with a concentration in Emerging Practices, at the State University of New York at Buffalo and she received her BA from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, OH.

BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP PLANS BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

 
BIG Holiday Weekend!
Our hearts are warmer than the weather!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20
WHERE:
The Mercury Theater, 1823 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD
TICKETS:

Saturday night, we're giving you a laugh to last you all the way to Grandma's house. Maggy, Lekker, Plan B and Minority Re'port will provide the fun, we just need your laughs! Come out and play with us!

Sunday night, we have a special Holiday-themed Baltimore Speaks, our monthly storytelling + improv show featuring our friends from the Baltimore community. This month's show features Pierre Bennu, Tommy Sinbazo and Jason Steinberg. Our storytellers will give us humerous holiday stories, and our improvisors will turn them into hilarious scenes!





Queerprov Premiere!
Two projects and a Harold, what a deal!
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 18

TICKETS: $8
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Friday means the end of the work week and the start of the weekend. Speaking of starts, we have a special premiere of the Queerprov project, a troupe formed by some of BIG's LGBTQ performers. Local Spot will be kicking things off and Training For Prom will wrap with a full Harold!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

VAGABOND PLAYERS CONTINUES 100TH SEASON WITH AMERICAN CLASSIC


Our Town Poster
OUR TOWN
by Thornton Wilder

WHEN: January 8 through February 7, 2016. Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Vagabond Players, located at 806 S. Broadway, the Vagabond Theatre is easily accessible to patrons.
TICKETS: $10-$20; special rates for groups available on line. Friday night performances feature special pricing $15 for everyone. Plus, there is a $10 Thursdays on Broadway! performance on February 4th.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.vagabondplayers.org or at the door

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama celebrates the marvel of everyday existence and the “something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” 

Director Eric C. Stein has assembled an amazing cast to tell the very simple, funny, and heart-wrenching story of the universal life cycle we all experience. It has been lauded as “… probably the finest play ever written by an American” by Edward Albee and the New York Daily News wrote: “No American play describes more powerfully how we imagine ourselves.”  This is a must-see production for every age.

BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS OFFERS WINTER MINI-SESSIONS



Starting this January!
ONE DAY and FOUR WEEK SESSIONS
Our winter session is the perfect solution for those who want a short and sweet semester of clay making! This is a great chance to try out something new - have you been taking several throwing classes, try your hand at handbuilding! Have you been a little curious about mosaics or slab building?

Now's the time to see if you like it without a long-term commitment.
FEE: Four week session fee: $ 120.00 Members /$ 140.00 Non-Members
Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of classes—there's something to fit everyone's schedule!

Basic Wheel Sampler
Several dates & times offered. A variety of instructors.
This course offers new students a 4-week introduction to the potter's wheel.  This class is designed for those students who are unable to commit to a full length class but still wish to have an extended studio clay experience.  Participants will experience basic methods of centering clay, forming cylinder and bowl forms, trimming and adding handles. Students will also learn how to finish their pots using standard decorating and glazing techniques.  This class is for students with no prior wheel experience, all are welcome.  


Hand-building Sampler: Soft Slab Techniques for Function
WHEN: Mondays, 7-10 PM | Jan 11 to Feb 1
Instructor: Jeremy Wallace
Students will experiment with methods of creating content while learning basic building skills in this 4-week exploration of hand-building techniques.  Through hands-on exploration participants will utilize soft slab construction combined with paper templates to create a foundation from which to build any project. Through technical demonstrations, historical and contemporary reference students will explore methods of translating an idea from sketchbook doodle into realized product. This class is for students with no prior clay experience, all are welcome.

Figurative Elements: Dynamic Expressions 
WHEN: Thursdays, 7-10 PM | Jan 14 to Feb 4 or Wednesdays, 10-1 PM | Jan 13 to Feb 3
Instructor:
Travis Winters
This 4-week course will focus on creating dynamic facial expression as a vehicle for narrative story telling. Special attention will be taken to study details of the face and how feeling + emotion can accurately be conveyed through facial expression.  Participants will work on a series of head/face pieces as they gain knowledge on the muscle structure of the face with an emphasis on how features move and contort when showing particular emotions. Basic hand-building techniques such as slab, pinch, coil and solid construction may be utilized. Previous clay experience is recommended but not required for this course. Course fee includes 25 lbs. of clay and bisque firing - glaze firing fees are additional.


Raku fired cups by Susan Gladstone

Raku Sampler
WHEN: Mondays, 7-10 PM | Jan 11 to Feb 1
Instructor: Ben Freund
Raku is a low-fire firing process that involves removing hot pots from the kiln and reducing the glazes in reduction bins filled with organic material. This class will focus on glazed raku surfaces and raku firing. Students will experience the basics of raku glaze formulation, application and firing. This course is intended for students with working knowledge of clay—potters and hand-builders welcome. Course fee includes 25 lbs.clay and bisque firing, glaze fees will apply.

Istoriato: Storytelling on Plates
WHEN: Tuesdays, 10-1 PM | Jan 12 to Feb 2
Instructor:
Ali Hatfield Young
In this 4-week session students will gain a general understanding of 2-D painting techniques and proper application methods for plates, chargers or bowls. Through weekly demonstrations and hands-on practice participants will learn explore a variety of brushes and mark-making techniques available using oxide washes and commercial underglaze colors.  Using basic color theory and historic works as context students will gain a foundational knowledge of ^04 Majolica through ^10 reduction glaze options available in the Clayworks studios. This course is intended for students with no prior experience with the technique—hand-builders and potters welcome.  Course fee includes 25 lbs. clay and bisque firing.

Scribble, Doodle and Dot
WHEN: Wednesdays, 10-1 PM | Jan 13 to Feb 3
Instructor:
Deborah Bedwell
Do you know those little scribble drawings you make across the margins of your newspaper and notebook? In this 4-week session learn how to use them as inspiration and as a starting place for both making and decorating work. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with creating both 2 and 3 dimensional ceramic pieces which bring a casual, playful, graphic sensibility to pottery making. Previous wheel experienced is required, open to Basic II level and above. 
FEE: $ 120.00 Members; / $ 140.00 Non-Members

Friday, December 4, 2015

THEBMA HAS 2 SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS OPENING IN DECEMBER

The BMA has two special exhibitions opening in December:

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 NEW ARRIVALS: MATISSE PRINTS & DRAWINGS

Approximately 40 works on paper—many given to the BMA by members of Matisse’s family—demonstrate the enduring legacy of the BMA donors Claribel and Etta Cone. These works are presented in one of the Cone Collection galleries.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents a sublime exhibition of works by Henri Matisse, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. On view December 9, 2015-July 3, 2016, New Arrivals: Matisse Prints & Drawings features approximately 40 recently acquired prints and drawings, most bestowed to the BMA by the collection of Matisse’s daughter, Marguerite Matisse Duthuit, and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation in New York. The exhibition—one of nine celebrating the museum’s enormously successful Campaign for Art—demonstrates the legacy of renowned collectors Etta and Claribel Cone and the BMA’s continued relationship with members of the Matisse family.

 

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NEW ARRIVALS: ART QUILTS

Five extraordinary quilts created as works of art rather than bed coverings are presented for the first time at the BMA.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents five striking late- 20th century art quilts on view for the first time. On view December 16, 2015–June 19, 2016, New Arrivals: Art Quilts is one of nine exhibitions in a series celebrating the museum’s enormously successful Campaign for Art. The intricately designed, vibrant quilts were created for display on the wall, rather than a bed, by some of the nation’s most acclaimed textile artists, including Baltimore-native Adrien Rothschild, currently based in Pennsylvania, and the late Elizabeth Scott, who lived in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

The culmination of the New Arrivals series is New Arrivals: Gifts of Art for a New Century, which opens on February 7, along with a New Arrivals: Maryland Artists exhibition. More details are available in the updated Advance Exhibition Schedule.

NEW ARRIVALS SERIES The BMA’s enormously successful Campaign for Art has secured more than 3,500 objects during the past decade in honor of the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2014. These gifts have joined the museum’s renowned collection—now 95,000 objects—most of which came from generous donors in this community. To celebrate these new g ifts and their donors, the BMA is presenting a series of New Arrivals exhibitions and installations in nearly every area of the museum from September 2015 through May 2016.

CRITICS LOVE “X’S AND O’S”—SEE IT BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT!

X’s and O’s scores big with critics and audiences, both for football fans and theater lovers alike!

See what our audience members are saying:

  • One of the best things I've seen at Center Stage.”—Virginia B. (email)
  • A great production.” —Bernard D. (Facebook)
  • “This was an amazing production. I attended reluctantly, since I have no interest in watching a football game, and know very little about it... but this was not a football game. It was a necessary, important educational piece, magnificently done.” —Bernice S. (email)

X’s and O’s
By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Directed by Tony Taccone

WHEN: Nov 13–Dec 20
WHERE:
Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore
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“Like the game itself: some of the hits are so hard, they’ll make you uncomfortable, but you won’t want to stop watching.”—San Jose Mercury News (UK)

Baltimore. Loves. Football. And as the season kicks into high gear, Center Stage brings you a deeply moving, ripped-from-the-headlines play about our love for the game. Based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans, X’s and O’s delves deep into the questions that are being asked around dinner tables across the country: what are the dangers of the game? Should our children play? How do we balance our love for the sport with its potential risks? Co-commissioned by Center Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theater, and developed in part through Center Stage’s Play Lab series, X’s and O’s is a celebration of football that fearlessly tackles the sometimes tragic results of our passion for the sport.

Come in purple spirit wear to any Friday performance of X’s and O’s and get a free purple stadium cup with any purchase from the 4th-floor Chapel Bar (while supplies last).

The approximate runtime is 1 hour and 23 minutes. There will be no intermission.

YOU WILL BE HAUNTED BY 3 SPIRITS @ OLNEY THEATRE CENTER!

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WHERE: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Springs Rd., Olney
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YOUTH CONCERT THIS SUNDAY @ EUBIE BLAKE CULTURAL CENTER

TOYS FOR TOTS BENEFIT SHOW @ BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP

Toys for Tots featuring Magnet Theater!

BIG and Happy Buddah Join Forces for a Great Cause

After three years in the Nation’s Capital, the Fourth Annual Toys for Tots fundraiser comes to Charm City, featuring  Magnet Theater’s Louis Kornfield and Rick Andrews! Joining them will be BIG stars Evan the Loyal, Minority Re'port, GUS and DC's Happy Buddah! We are asking everyone to bring a small, unwrapped toy. Tickets are moving fast!

Rick and Louis will be teaching awesome workshops earlier on in the day! (workshops recommended for folks with at least one 300 level class from BIG or equivalent) Individual Feedback with Rick Andrews (tickets) and The Art of Gibberish with Louis Kornfeld (tickets).

WHEN: Saturday, December 5th
WHERE: The Mercury Theater, 1823 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD



OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY SEASON IS HERE!

Hire BIG and be the office hero!

Did you know the Baltimore Improv Group does private shows? You do now! We would love to be the fun surprise to your office or home party, contact our Executive Director Mike Harris (mikeharris@bigimprov.org) for more information!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BABE RUTH FOUNDATION YARD SALE!

Take your favorite sports legends home

We just moved, and we have a lot of stuff. Your favorite sports stuff.

ONE DAY ONLY. After moving Sports Legends Museum out of Camden Station, we have hundreds of museum graphics ready for you to take home: from Babe Ruth to Johnny Unitas, to the Orioles and Ravens, Baltimore Blast, Maryland Terrapins, Michael Phelps, and more.

Graphics will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturday, December 12, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Baltimore Museum of Industry's Pavilion. Price is to go, and any purchase gets half off admission to the Museum of Industry.

See you there!

Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation Yard Sale

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 10:00am - 4:00pm
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Industry Pavilion, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230

“OUTSIDE MULLINGAR” PERFORMANCES BEGIN DEC. 9 @ EVERYMAN THEATRE

"A valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love." –NY Daily News

From the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony Award-winning author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes a charming and deeply moving romantic comedy, perfect for the holiday season.

Set against the rolling hills of Ireland, Outside Mullingar is the unlikely love story of Anthony and Rosemary – two introverted neighbors, whose families are in a bitter land dispute. Full of laughs and tenderhearted moments, John Patrick Shanley's poetic Irish fable reminds us all that it's never too late to take a chance on love.

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"It's a heartwarming story."

Director Donald Hicken shares his behind-the-scenes insight about Outside Mullingar. Find out about how Donald approaches a script in rehearsal and what his reaction was when he was asked to direct the show.

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From Stage to Hollywood and Back Again

Playwright John Patrick Shanley hit it big in the 1980s when he wrote the screenplay for the now classic romantic comedy Moonstruck. How did he get to that Oscar win? And what did he write after? Read more about the life and work of John Patrick Shanley.

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Explore Mullingar's Roots

Located in County Westmeath in Ireland, the town's name is taken from the Gaelic "An Muileann gCearr," which means "the left hand mill." Discover the history of the setting of Outside Mullingar.

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WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 315 West Fayette Street, Baltimore