Friday, July 31, 2015

EVENTS FOR BALTIMORE FASHION WEEK, AUGUST 11 - 16

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THE KICK-OFF PARTY - AUGUST 11

Come party and hang out with the designers of Baltimore Fashion Week.  All Are Invited As We Celebrate Fashion. 
Tickets: $10

THE GALA - AUGUST 13
It's Not Formal. It's FASHION!!

THE GALA is not a FORMAL affair, but a FASHIONABLE one, so if you think your STYLE OF FASHION is the best on the EAST COAST  - We Invite You To Show Us.
Tickets $20

BALTIMORE FASHION WEEK - AUGUST 14
Whimsical Fashions - Day 1. 

Tickets: $30 GA / $60 FR
**Front Row/Second Row Tickets Include Swag Bag & Reception**

BALTIMORE FASHION WEEK - AUGUST 15
Mad About Fashion & Africa Fashion Collective - Day 2 

Tickets: $30 GA / $60 FR
**Front Row/Second Row Tickets Include Swag Bag & Reception**

BALTIMORE FASHION WEEK - AUGUST 16
Off With Fashion - Day 3 

Tickets: $30 GA / $60 FR
**Front Row/Second Row Tickets Include Swag Bag & Reception**

 

CENTERSTAGE SEASON/SINGLE TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2015-2016 SEASON

Beginning Monday, August 10, at 10 AM, you can buy individual tickets for any of our 5 shows.

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Adapted by Christopher Baker
Sep 11–Oct 11
In the Bennet sisters’ 19th-century English world, marriage is the prize, but for second-eldest, Lizzy, companionship trumps blind courtship. Enter Mr. Darcy, and one of literature’s most iconic and tempestuous romances takes flight



Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Oct 30–Nov 29 

When secrets of the past haunt the corners of the Craven manor, young Mary finds refuge in a mysteriously locked garden that becomes her kingdom in this lush, Tony-nominated musical based on the classic novel of the same name.



By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Nov 13–Dec 20
Baltimore. Loves. Football. And as the season kicks into high gear, Center Stage brings you a hard-hitting, ripped-from-the-headlines play about our love for the game. Based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans.



By William Shakespeare
Jan 15–Feb 14
Performed by an all-female company of actors, As You Like It tells the story of lovers Rosalind and Orlando who, when forced to flee into the Forest of Arden, become ensnared in a game of romance and mistaken identity.
At Towson Mainstage Theatre



By Dominique Morisseau
Apr 8–May 8
In Detroit 1967, at the height of Motown, siblings Chelle and Lank have inherited their family home after the death of their parents. To make ends meet, they hold late-night basement parties, flying just under the radar of the increased police presence, until a battered white woman enters their lives and permanently changes the family dynamic.
At Towson Mainstage Theatre

FUN STUFF @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE IN AUGUST

The Nighthawks: Back Porch Party!

WHEN:  FRI, JUL 31 | 8 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Expect unplugged classics by the likes of Lightnin’ Slim, Willie Dixon, Ike Turner and Jimmy Rogers, alongside Nighthawk originals. Tonight, the Nighthawks prove you don’t need to plug in to get electrified. Tickets & Info


 

Noches Acusticas: Ocho de Bastos

WHEN: FRI, JUL 31  | 9:30-11:30 PM
WHERE:
Marquee Lounge
ADMISSION: Free!

Ocho de Bastos (Eight of Wands) is one of the most popular Latin Rock bands from the Washington DC area. Info


 

Bluegrass in Baltimore—Book Release Party!

w/ Cris Jacobs & Patrick McAvinue, Caleb Stine & Bluestone

WHEN: SUN AUG 2 | 7 PM

A celebration of B’more bluegrass with the release of Tim Newby’s new book Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and its Legacy. Tickets & Info

 


 

Film Screening

Dirty Dancing

WHEN: THU, AUG 6 | 7:30 PM

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her with her parents at a sleepy resort in the Catskills. Tickets & Info

 


 

Claire Lynch Band

WHEN: FRI, AUG 7 | 8 PM 

Claire Lynch is an acoustic pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Tickets & Info

 


 

Dog Days of Summer Block Party!

WHEN: SAT, AUG 8 | 5-10 PM

We are closing the street in front of the Creative Alliance for a FREE community block party to honor our best friends and the the Dog Days of Summer! We will be setting up an outdoor movie screen to watch Best In Show!

Doggy Photos in the BUS Stop | Face Painting | Popsicles | Pet Shops | Local Pet Charities | Dog Themed Munchies | Outdoor Movie!

We want your pet art! As a part of our Block Party we are having a exhibition inside Creative Alliance featuring your pet-themed artwork!! More Info


 

WHEN: SATURDAYS July 11 – August 8 | Noon-3 PM 
ADMISSION:
FREE!
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In’s final session of the summer. Open to families and kids of all ages! Tour our galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions.


 

FREE YOGA in Patterson Park with Charm City Yoga

WHEN: EVERY SATURDAY, Through SEP 5, 8–9 AM
WHERE:
Patterson Park Pagoda
ADMISSION: FREE!

Charm City Yoga, Creative Alliance, and Friends of Patterson Park are proud to present free yoga at Patterson Park on Saturdays: Memorial Day through Labor Day. Info

FREE OPEN WORKSHOP FOR EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC @ THE RED ROOM ON SUNDAY

VOLUNTEERS COLLECTIVE

WHEN: Sunday, August 2, at 7 PM
WHERE:  Red Room, Normals Books and Records, 425 E 31st St, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free

The Volunteers Collective is a free open workshop at the Red Room for anyone interested in playing experimental improvised music in an uninhibited, non-competitive, focused environment.

As I was reminded, last month, by one attendee, this workshop has often focused on attempting to do things with your instrument that you have never tried, in front of a group of other people listening intently, while also trying to make musical sense with other performers who are doing the same thing. Is this fun? YOU BET!

Bring your reeds, accordions, drums, bagpipes, strings, idiophones, mouths, tapshoes, childrens' toys, brass instruments, or whatever you use to make sound! Come meet, hear, and play with people who you've never met!

JORDAN FAYE CONTEMPORARY & THRIVE OPEN 3 EXHIBITIONS TONIGHT

Jordan Faye Contemporary and Thrive a gallery plus an arts consulting and residency program in baltimore, maryland

OPENING RECEPTIONS 

LORI LARUSSO  &  KELLEE WYNNE CONRAD's exhibitions

WHEN: FRIDAY, JULY 31,  6 - 10 PM

NOTE:  the parking garage across from the gallery will be OPEN until 10 PM

Lori Larusso detail Clothespin Power at Jordan Faye Contemporary

Lori Larusso Afterparty with purple frosting LORI LARUSSO: broken plate, full heart   

WHEN: July 31- September 5, 2015
WHERE:  west gallery. Jordan Faye Contemporary, 218 W Saratoga Street on the Top floor of the Maryland Art Place Building
ADMISSION: The gallery is free and open to the public - Tuesday - Thursday, 12-6pm, Friday - Saturday, 12-5pm, and by appointment.
There is street parking and the Parking Garage across the street from the gallery will be OPEN LATE (until 10pm) the night of the OPENING.

Jordan Faye Contemporary is thrilled to present Lori Larusso's fourth solo exhibition, Broken Plate, Full Heart, which features both Larusso's shaped and square paneled paintings. The Opening Reception for this exhibition is on Friday, July 31 from 7-10pm. Come for an informal Meet the Artist event on Saturday August 1 at 2:30pm. Broken Plate, Full Heart in our West Gallery also coincides with Kellee Wynne Conrad's solo exhibition in our Front Gallery.

broken plate, full heart

My current work explores the unavoidable contradictions that exist in our personal (and collective) systems of belief, by pointing to the complexity of our individual situations and the structures that trap us when we try to alter those beliefs. While based in the experience of daily interaction with our immediate surroundings, these pieces examine looming traditional and cultural expectations that resist forces of change while also promising something better.  

My interest in representations of domestic spaces lies in the comfort that is implied, and that how this notion of comfort reduces the complexity that is present in the way these material forms were produced and came to occupy the domestic space. The domestic sphere is a private place, but we are constantly seeing curated snapshots of domestic life via facebook, instagram, mommy blogs, etc. This is no different than the 1950s depictions of women happily slaving away at domestic chores. These new blogs have replaced the old Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and Woman's Day magazines. Our "retro" pasts have become some women's current reality. Our home lives are never that simple or neat, they cannot be summed up in an image of a freshly baked pie, images of toddlers in knitted sweaters and homemade haircuts, or even in a picture of a pile of dirty laundry and the mess that the new puppy made. These images only begin to present a version of what is really going on inside the home. 

The Afterparty series evolved out of a body of work that presents images of beautifully perfect, whole (uneaten) birthday cakes at the moment after the candles have been blown out but before the cake has been cut. While there is something occasionally tragic or ironic about representations of perfection, I believe the Afterparty paintings encompass something more. These works maintain a sliver of the perfection inherent in a whole, beautifully prepared cake while refusing the viewer an obvious image of perfection; rather these pieces suggest a more direct representation of a cake (as in, half-eaten; cakes are meant to be eaten) while they allude to notions of excess and post-party sentiment. 

These two separate yet connected bodies of work question, in part, the everyday search for meaning and fulfillment. Representations of generic middle-America allude to the common feeling of disconnect, as well as the struggle for validation and happiness in daily life.

READ more about Lori Larusso & RSVP to this Opening here!

above images: Lori Larusso, detail of Clothespin Power, 2014, acrylic on (11) shaped panels, 9 x 20 ft; Afterparty [purple frosting on yellow], 2014, acrylic and enamel on panel, 36 x 36 x 2.5 inches


Kellee Wynne Conrad new works in Pentimento

Thrive at Jordan Faye Contemporary is delighted to present Kellee Wynne Conrad's solo exhibition, pen*ti*men*to.

Kellee Wynne Conrad is the first of our Thrive Artists to participate in our new Residency Program. Over the last 10 months we have had the pleasure of getting to know Kellee both personally and professionally -- it has been nurturing, insightful and a mutually beneficial experience for us both. The Opening Reception for pen*ti*men*to is on Friday, July 31 from 7-10pm in our Front Gallery and coincides with Lori Larusso's solo exhibition in our West Gallery. There will also be a 'Meet the Artist' event for Kellee on Saturday August 29 at 3:00pm.

pen*ti*men*to  {revealing layers}

The work in this series was created during my first residency in Baltimore, Maryland. The experience of working and creating in Baltimore has had a profound impact on my art. I started the journey with one idea of who I was in relationship to my environment, the people in my life and what creating meant to me, only to discover that I still know very little. Baltimore is filled with old buildings that once lived through a glorious era and people with stories who have been throughhard times, all revealing layers of things I had not seen or noticed prior to my residency. Previously, I would have sat back and watched the unrest from a safe suburban distance, but now I have met the people who live and work in this city and they have shared layers deeper than I ever imagined. While opening myself up to this new experience, I have gone through a transformation in my own heart and mind about what it means to be an artist, a mother, a wife and a woman.

This process of discovery has transferred directly into my art as I have worked to build and reveal layers of paint and mixed media.  For each piece I start by creating layers of paint and gesso on canvas or paper, often times allowing the paint to run off the surface. Sometimes I experiment by scrubbing or scratching to reveal the layers that came before. Often I am working quickly, making lines in the paint with pencils, the back end of a paintbrush or using spray paint to create a resist that will show through to the next layer of color. Creating this series came down to adding elements, taking parts away, making marks and building ideas only to obscure them with another layer of paint; it's a back and forth of deciding what needs to rise to the surface and what should be pushed back or hidden under the next coat of paint. Like the city, you must explore beyond the surface of the many layers and only then will the whole story be revealed.

READ more about Kellee Wynne Conrad & RSVP to this Opening here!

Kellee Wynne Conrad  Pentimento  Excavation 1 and WILD turquoise magenta and indigo

above images: Kellee Wynne Conrad, Excavation 2, 2015, mixed media on paper, 22 x 30 in.; installation photo L to R: Excavation 1, WILD turquoise, magenta, & indigo, mixed media works on paper


Work by 7 of JFC's Women Artists
Liz Liguori & Jessie Mann, Kate MacKinnon, Geraldine Butler, Jenee Mateer, Kellee Wynne Conrad and Edie Nadelhaft

BMA ANNOUNCES 2015 JAZZ IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERTS

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WHEN: Saturdays in August at 7 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, 10 Museum Drive, Baltimore
TICKETS: $45;  BMA Member tickets are $30

image006The BMA’s popular Jazz in the Sculpture Garden concert series is back! Join fellow jazz enthusiasts for this one-of-a-kind summer event with regional and national talents performing amidst a fantastic collection of modern art in the Museum’s lush Sculpture Garden. Performers this year are The Tim Green Group, The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quintet, Marcus Johnson Project, The Dave Stryker “Eight Track” Band, The Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet.

Concert-goers can choose intimate concert seating provided by the BMA or bring their own chairs or blankets for a picnic. Gertrude’s restaurant provides an outdoor bar with sandwiches and drinks for purchase and also offers Jazz+Dinner tickets, which include an elegant three-course meal served on the terrace during the concert. Call 410-889-3399 for reservations, but hurry—these tickets usually sell out within a week of going on sale as BMA Members receive priority reservations.

In addition to the concert, explore the connection between art and music through the BMA’s pre-concert VIP Tours at 5:30 PM. As part of this exclusive tour, enjoy premium reserved seating in the garden or auditorium and a glass of wine from Gertrude’s. Tickets for the concert + tour are $65.

AUGUST 1THE HENDRIK MEURKENS SAMBA JAZZ QUINTET

Hendrik Meurkens has recorded over a dozen albums featuring his distinctive fusion of harmonica and Samba. His trademark harmonica and vibraphone explores the full terrain of Brazilian jazz.

AUGUST 8MARCUS JOHNSON PROJECT
Influenced by musical greats Quincy Jones and Thelonious Monk, self-taught keyboardist Marcus Johnson is acclaimed for his unique style that combines contemporary jazz with hip hop.

AUGUST 22THE DAVE STRYKER “EIGHT TRACK” BAND
Dave Stryker is “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years,” according to the Village Voice. He leads his own quintet to a perfect blend of inventive melody and rhythmic drive.

AUGUST 29THE STEVEN KROON LATIN JAZZ SEXTET

Percussionist Steven Kroon has captivated audiences for more than 35 years, recording and performing with musicians Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, The Temptations, and especially the late R&B legend Luther Vandross, who he accompanied for 20 years.

PARTYFEST BALTIMORE 2015 CONTINUES @ THE STRAND THEATER CO.

The Strand presents staged readings of

Catch the Wall
by Gabrielle Reisman


Moonlight on the Bayou
by Lindsey Ferrentino

WHEN: August 1, 2 pm; August 2, 7:30 pm
WHERE: MICA Lazarus Center, 131 W North Ave., Baltimore
ADMISSION: PAY WHAT YOU LIKE

Strand Theater Company and Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Proudly Present
Saving Myself For Steve Martin 
by Ann V. Wixon
Directed by Miriam Bazensky
Performed by Karin Rosnizeck

WHEN: Thursdays - Saturdays, July 23 through August 8 – 8 pm (no show on August 1st); Sundays, July 26th and August 2nd – 2 pm
WHERE:  Church & Company - 3647 Falls Road Baltimore
TICKETS: Adult - $15, Senior/Student/Artist - $10
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Divorced, forty-five, and facing an uncertain future, Eve attends her first SWASS (Single Women Actively Seeking Sex) meeting. After all, how hard can it be for a divorced woman to get laid by a guy that’s not a schmuck? It turns out not so easy. Will our hero get lucky? Or will she have to save herself for Steve Martin?

Production Team:    
Charlie W. Danforth III - Lighting Designer
Stephy Miller - Sound Designer/ Booth Operator
Elena Kostakis –Marketing/Promotion
Michael Stricker - Graphic Designer
Sharon Weaver  - Stage Manager

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

ALL FEMALE CAST TO PERFORM “HENRY IV, PART I)

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Henry IV, Part One 
All Female Cast 

WHEN: July 31–August 23
WHERE:
Evergreen Museum and Library (July 31 – August 16) & St. Mary’s Community Center (August 21-23)
TICKETS: Adults $20, students & seniors $15, children free
www.shakespearefactory.org

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) is delighted to announce its second production for its Shakespeare in the Meadow summer series at Evergreen Museum & Library. The play will be directed by the company’s founding director, Tom Delise.

With a group of rebels amassing support and a son joking, drinking, and thieving every night, the reign of King Henry IV is off to a rocky start. An all-female cast puts a new twist on this male-centric history. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic dinner and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars! There will also be three performances offered at St. Mary’s Community Center.

About Tom Delise

Tom Delise founded the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory in 2006 and is the artistic director of the company. He received a BA degree in English from Brockport University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Towson University. For the Factory, he has directed the historic production of The Merchant of Venice in original pronunciation, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Macbeth, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Richard III, Measure for Measure and co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Chris Cotterman. He has also directed a staged reading of The Famous Victories of Henry V, performed at the American Shakespeare Center. Delise has been a high school teacher for over thirty years and is the author of the book, That Is the Question: The Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz Book.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ALL-FEMALE CAST TO PERFORM “AS YOU LIKE IT” IN THE MEADOW!

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As You Like It 

WHEN: July 17 – August 9, 2015
WHERE:
Evergreen Museum and Library (July 17-August 2) and St. Mary’s Community Center (August 7-9)
TICKETS: Adults $20, students & seniors $15, children free
www.shakespearefactory.org

It’s love at first sight for Rosalind and Orlando. But, before anything can happen, Rosalind is banished to the Forest of Arden. When next they meet, Rosalind is disguised as a boy and offers to help Orlando cure his lovesick heart by pretending to be…Rosalind? The Meadow at the Evergreen Museum and Library provides the perfect outdoor setting for this classic romantic comedy.

About Chris Cotterman

Chris has has been part of BSF since 2012. He directed last season's Much Ado About Nothing, and co-directed 2013's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Tom Delise. Most recently, directed the world premier of Welcome to the White Room for Glass Mind Theatre. As an actor for BSF he has appeared in The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio), Richard III (Richard), Hamlet (Horatio), Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Proteus), The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne).

Friday, July 17, 2015

AUDITION WORKSHOP THIS MONDAY @ OLNEY THEATRE CENTER

WHEN: July 20, at 6:00 PM

Busy working TV and stage actor Michael Kostroff (HBO’s The Wire, Olney Theatre Center's The Producers) de-terrorizes the audition process — from preparation to callback — in this unique four-hour workshop that uses common sense, blunt reality, humor and a pro-actor sensibility to help actors at all levels conquer the mental gremlins that get in the way. In the decade since its inception, thousands of performers all over the country have attended Audition Psych 101, describing it as engaging, truthful, funny, practical, inspiring and even career-changing.

TICKETS: $25 for Olney Theatre Center Members; $35 for Non-Members

Click here make a reservation for this workshop, or call the box office at 301-924-3400.

 

WHERE: Olney Theatre Center • 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road • Olney, MD
301-924-3400
www.olneytheatre.org

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

COMING UP @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Tom Moore: It Was A Very Good Year
A Night of Jazz & Vocals featuring music by songwriter Ervin Drake

WHEN: FRI, JUL 17, 8 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
Tickets & Info

Sinatra lovers! Tom Moore tackles the songs of celebrated songwriter Ervin Drake ("It Was a Very Good Year," "I Believe," and "Good Morning Heartache") and shares personal stories of his time knowing such an influential contributor to the Great American Songbook.


Exhibition Opening

Matt Muirhead: Spring City

WHEN: Reception: FRI JUL 17 | 6-8  PM; On View: JUL 17- AUG 1 

Spinning out of the recent protests and related events of social unrest in Baltimore, multi-disciplinary artist Matt Muirhead presents the solo exhibition Spring City in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery. Info

 


Film Screening

What About Bob?

WHEN: THU JUL 23 | 7:30 PM

"Hi, I'm Bob. Would you knock me out, please? Just hit me in the face." —Bob

Watch Bill Murray torture Richard Dreyfus on the big screen! Tickets & Info

 


Super Art Fight
With special guests Bawdy Shop Burlesque

WHEN: FRI JUL 24 | 8 PM

Self-described as “The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe,” Super Art Fight is a surreal mixture of live art, pro-wrestling style characters, storytelling, and a dash of hilarious, improvised commentary, making for a show unlike anything else. Tickets & Info

 


2nd Annual Charm City Ukulele Festival

WHEN: SAT JUL 25 | 8 PM; Workshops Start at NOON

Charm City celebrates that most charming of instruments—the mighty uke! Today we gather a cast of celebrated uke players who have dedicated themselves to exploring the unpretentious little instrument’s full range. Tickets & Info


Headed to Artscape this weekend?? Stop by the Creative Alliance booth in the Artists Market along Mt. Royal Avenue! Enter to win tickets to upcoming shows and contribute to a giant "Art Is..." sculpture! Artscape Info