Monday, November 30, 2015
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WHEN: Now through December 27
WHERE: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney MD
BOX OFFICE: 301.924.3400
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, and featuring great musical theatre classics like “Luck Be A Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” Guys and Dolls weaves a tale of old-time gangsters, hot-box girls, and gambling. Join Nathan, Adelaide, Sky, and Sarah in one of America’s best-loved musicals. (Recommended for ages 7 and up)
First Act: 75 minutes, Second Act: 60 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
Our favorite season is here!
Experience the excitement of blowing your own holiday ornaments out of molten glass with our instructors. Mini-workshops are only held on the dates listed below. Reserve your spaces online w/friends & family, we're filling up quick!
Visit our gallery for locally made Corradetti Glass gifts. Choose from hundreds of fabulous & functional glass items for home or office, all made on site with love.
WHEN: Weekends - Dec. 5, 12 & 20: Blow your own glass ornaments; Thurs eve - Dec. 3: Wine & cheese evening w/blown glass ornaments
WHERE: Corradetti Glassblowing Studio | 2010 Clipper Park Rd. | Suite 119 | Baltimore
A Mastodon in Mount Vernon
Original Bones On Display Along With Charles Willson Peale's Seminal Painting
WHEN: on view indefinitely
WHERE: Maryland Historical Society (201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
A new installation at the Maryland Historical Society illustrates Maryland's instrumental role in the natural sciences. Standing 10 feet tall by 18 feet long, a replica American mastodon (Mammut americanum) fills one section of the museum's Four Centuries of Maryland History gallery.
Beside the mastodon are cases displaying bones from the original animal that painter Charles Willson Peale unearthed in 1801, along with his seminal painting, "Exhumation of the Mastodon."
"Seeing the reassembled mastodon skeleton, a casting from an original, paired with the original bones and Peale's remarkable painting has been an installation we have hoped to accomplish for many years and it is thrilling to see this in our galleries," says Alexandra Deutsch, Chief Curator. Peale's mastodon was the first prehistoric animal skeleton ever assembled and exhibited in a public museum, beginning a tradition that has thrilled children and adults ever since. (Above: MdHS Installation, digital photograph by James Singewald, 2015)
Charles Willson Peale and His Discovery
"Exhumation of the Mastodon," Charles Willson Peale, 1806-1808, MdHS, MA5911
Charles Willson Peale was born on Kent Island, Maryland, in 1741. Peale was Maryland's preeminent "renaissance man" known best for his portrait paintings of significant Americans. But he was also a revolutionary soldier, a naturalist, a museum founder, and father to seventeen children - many of whom furthered his scientific and artistic legacy.
In 1801, with a loan from the American Philosophical Society and equipped by the Army and Navy, Peale led a mission to scientifically excavate and reconstruct two mastodon skeletons found in the Hudson River Valley of New York. "Peale was the first person to orchestrate this sort of scientific expedition," Paul Rubenson says. "When you think dinosaur bones in museums, that was his idea." (Although the mastodon was actually a mammal.)
Peale captured the undertaking in his expressive and complex painting, Exhumation of the Mastodon, which shows the project's natural challenges and Peale's scientific leadership. "You see the adverse conditions Peale and his team were up against," Rubenson continues, "There is a thunderstorm in the background. People are up to their waist in water. Peale himself designed the water wheel behind them, which was meant to keep the ground dry. It's a huge story."
Peale completed the painting five years later. The Washington Post has called the painting 'a classic American mix of art, public relations, self-promotion and pure intellectual exuberance.' Doreen Bolger, formerly Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art called the painting her 'favorite work of Baltimore Art.'
The American Mastodon
The American Mastodon was a prehistoric member of the elephant family. It existed alongside Native Americans and roamed the continent in herds until about 10,000 years ago, when it became extinct.
Peale's first mastodon went to his museum in Philadelphia and now resides in Darmstadt, Germany; the second came to his son Rembrandt Peale's museum here in Baltimore. The Baltimore skeleton was eventually dipersed and passed through many hands. In 1954, the Smithsonian Institution returned the remaining bones to Baltimore's Peale Museum, which are currently on display.
Baltimore's Peale Museum built the replica skeleton for its groundbreaking 1992 exhibit Mermaids, Mummies, and Mastodons: the Emergence of the American Museum, which recreated Peale's original museum installation. Russell Graham of the Illinois State Museum cast the fiberglass bones from mid-western mastodon examples in that museum's collection. The mastodon group came into the collections of the Maryland Historical Society when it merged with the Baltimore City Life Museums in 1997.
Reconstructing the Mastodon
The mastodon skeleton is surprisingly lightweight; weighing up to 1,000 pounds, it is comprised of hundreds of bones joined together in 10 composite sections. "Putting it up was a challenge," Rubenson says, as its platform height was too tall to fit into the exhibition space. Rubenson and a team of craftsmen assembled the mastodon by hand. They needed to re-engineer the entire base of the animal to make it shorter, while remaining stable. "The cosmetic platform had to be taken apart, board by board." He estimates the entire project took six weeks to complete.
About The Maryland Historical Society
Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine." Visit www.mdhs.org.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
CHRONOSHRED: The Adventures of Stardust Lazerdong!
CHRONOSHRED: The Adventures of Stardust Lazerdong is an action-packed sci-fi comedy that feels like watching all of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons – transported 3000 years into the future!
Join Stardust Lazerdong and his band of badass alien bandmates as they transmit their music to billions across the universe on a pirate video signal, creating new fans (and even more enemies) as they time-travel across the galaxy! They'll have to work together to outsmart the evil BiznizCorp, battle T.I.M.E.C.O.P.s, and discover the secret of the Chronoriff to fulfill their destiny and throw the biggest concert of all time.
WHEN: Opening January 15 and running through February 6
School 33 Art Center presents
Beautiful Walls for Baltimore
A retrospective of the Baltimore Mural Program
WHEN: December 4, 2015-January 30, 2016; Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 6-9pm
WHERE: School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., Baltimore
Friday, November 13, 2015
A BIG FRINGE WEEKEND!!
Two venues, so many shows
WHEN: Friday, November 13:
- 6pm at Mercury Theater, 1823 N Charles St: Happy Hour with Plan B and Training for Prom
- 5:30pm at Mercury Theater, 1823 N Charles St: 2ND SATURDAY FOR FAMILIES FRINGE EDITION
- 8:30pm at Terrault Contemporary, 1515 Guilford Ave: Really BIG Laughs with Maggy, Minority Re'port and Gus
Please note, you will need a Fringe Button to attend these shows. Fringe Buttons can be purchased at the door.
The Best Medicine is a show about dealing with mental illness. In all its forms.
Four essayists will take the stage and talk candidly about their experiences – the highs, the lows, the pain, and even the moments when you just have to laugh. Then Baltimore Improv Group’s talented improvisers, as well as featured guests from New York and DC, will take the stage after each speaker and illuminate ideas from each story with laughter. Because it is the best medicine, after all.
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 15, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Mercury Theatre, 1823 N. Charles St., Baltimore
Previews begin tonight for X’s and O’s, the exciting new production that explores the highs and lows of America’s passion for football.
Based on real interviews with players, fans, and medical insiders, X’s and O’s celebrates the game while fearlessly tackling what happens when our love for the sport comes head-to-head with football’s more traumatic effects.
Commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Center Stage
WHERE: Centerstage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland
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Come in purple spirit wear to any Friday performance of X’s and O’s and get a free purple stadium cup (while supplies last).
Previews: Nov 13–Nov 19
Audience members get a sneak peek at the final rehearsals of the play for a discounted ticket price from a post-opening night performance.
Night Out LGBTQ Pre-show Reception: Tue, Nov 17
A pre-show reception that welcomes the LGBTQ community to mingle before a Preview performance with complimentary wine and appetizers from Gertrude’s Restaurant.
Opening Night: Fri, Nov 20
Guests and ticket-buyers are invited to special Opening Night activities and an after-party with heavy hors d'oeuvres by sponsor Classic Catering and beer from RavenBeer and Union Brewery.
AfterThoughts Discussions: Sun, Nov 29 (2 pm); Sun, Dec 6 (2 pm); Thu, Dec 10 (7 pm)
These performances include post-show discussions featuring Center Stage dramaturgy and artistic staff, and visiting experts.
Kickin’ It with the ’Rents: Sat, Dec 5 (12:30 pm)*
Center Stage invites Baltimore-area families to join us for M&T Bank presents: Kickin’ It with the ’Rents! Parents and kids share a meal and a discussion with Center Stage actors before the show.
Open Captioning: Sun, Dec 6 (2 pm)*
Our system provides the text of the play on a screen, as well as descriptions of any sound effects, so that people can read along with the action that is happening on stage.
Audio Described: Sun, Dec 6 (2, 7:30 pm)*
Volunteer audio describers provide an objective description of the non-verbal action on stage.
*Click on the last 3 event titles for more information.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
WHEN: through November 15; Friday and Saturday at 8:00; Sunday at 2:00 and one Thursday performance at 8:00
WHERE: Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore (easily accessible to patrons)
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online at www.vagabondplayers.org or at the door ($16-$24); special rates for groups available on line. There is a $16 Thursday on Broadway! Performance on November 12th.
The marvelous musical murder mystery, Something's Afoot, at the Vagabond Theatre in Fell's Point continues through November 15. This production features a dynamite cast of Baltimore's leading musical actors. The production is a revival of our 62nd Season (1978) production.
Whodunnit?!?! We're not telling! Amidst thunder, lightening and all sorts of mayhem, the bodies start piling up as fast as the laughter, as a dwindling group of frantic survivors race to uncover a cunning, murderous culprit. The musical has been lauded as "...both a spoof of and tribute to Agatha Christie."
Top: Tammy Oppel and Gary Dieter; Bottom: Amanda Dickson and Thomas P. Gardner. Photography by Tom Lauer
The Creative Alliance is proud to present Frame of Mind, a new solo exhibition by Baltimore artist, Minás Konsolas. His new body of work allows viewers to get “lost in the conversation of color, light and shadow” through abstract compositions with strong references to recognizable places.
Special to this exhibition, Konsolas asked six literary friends to write about each painting. “The results added an intriguing layer of perspective and interaction. Will what they see change what you see? Einstein said, ‘Logic takes you from Point A to Point B. Imagination takes you everywhere.’”
Poetic responses to the work will be shared in a free, intimate evening with the artist and invited writers on Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm at the Creative Alliance, followed immediately by a guided viewing of the exhibition with Konsolas in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery.
Minás Konsolas develops his canvases by adding and eliminating multiple layers of paint. He creates his textured images by scraping and smearing. This process allows him to paint and draw at the same time. Konsolas was born in Greece and has lived in Baltimore since 1976, where he graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is the former owner of Minás Gallery, an outlet for poetry, both visual and verbal. The gallery, one of Baltimore's alternative art spaces, was located above his vintage clothing boutique in Hampden. It was a gathering spot for local artists, writers and performers for twenty-two years. He has participated in two public mural projects for Baltimore City—in Greektown and at the Farmers' Market. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Maryland Poetry Review and Passager. His original artwork and reproductions are widely collected, locally, nationally and abroad.
For more information on the artist and examples of Konsolas’ work, please visit: minaskonsolas.com.
For more information about Frame of Mind, please contact Jeremy Stern, Exhibitions and Programs Manager at Jeremy@creativealliance.org, or 410.276.1651 x 216.
The Strand Theater Company and The Interrobang Theatre Company proudly present a world premiere co-production of
by Susan McCully
Directed by Eve Muson
WHEN: Saturday, Nov 7 at 8pm, Thursday, Nov 12 at 8pm, Friday, Nov 13 at 8pm, Saturday, Nov 14 at 3pm, Sunday, Nov 15 at 3pm
WHERE: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, located at 811 Cathedral Street Baltimore
TICKETS: $8-20 and are available at www.interrobangbaltimore.org.
In an isolated Appalachian town, the hard-hewn folk return to their backwoods rituals to ward off threats from an increasingly hostile modern world. Will Lorna convince her mother to make the necessary sacrifice and prevent social and ecological disaster? Will the chilling Rite at Kerrmoor be repeated?
- Susan McCully – Agatha
- Katie Hileman – Lorna
- Erin Hanratty – Kylie
- Eve Muson – Director
- Brady Whealton – Stage Manager
- Gregg Schraven – Set Designer
- Adam Mendelson – Lighting Designer
- Jeff Dorfman – Sound Designer
- Linda Dusman – Composer
- Eric Abele – Costume Designer
- Christian Bell – Fight Choreographer
Andy Bopp w/June Starr and Birds & Arrows
WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 8pm
Baltimore's Andy Bopp has a style that ranges from power pop to soul country, with masterful songwriting as the common thread. He has written, recorded, and released 15 albums, toured the world, and navigated the freeways and backroads of the music industry for two decades. In 2015, he released "Time to Rock,” which he and his full band will be performing tonight for the first time on our stage.
Led by singer-songwriter Andy Grimm, June Star’s sound takes the Southern gothic imagery of Flannery O'Connor and blends it with the stripped down approach of Uncle Tupelo’s later period. The core of June Star includes singer/songwriter Andrew Grimm and pedal steel/alchemist David Hadley. The band’s shows are intimate and intense. Grimm's rough edged baritone clearly delivers the message while Hadley's slippery steel hugs curves and navigates the melodies.
Birds and Arrows are musicians Andrea and Pete Connolly who is also a visual artist. They live in a cabin in the woods in rural, NC and have developed a rich sound that is much more than the sum of their parts. This performance comes just days after the release of their album Edge of Everything.
This show has limited seating. Standing Room Only.
Marah—Trio show with Mike "Slo-mo" Brenner
WHEN: Friday, November 13, 8pm
TICKETS: ADV $15, $12 mbrs. Door $18, $15 mbrs.
Closely associated with a Philadelphia sound that harkens back to the workmanlike rock ethos of Bruce Springsteen, along with Steve Earl’s blue collar edge, Marah has been doing their thing since the early ‘90s.
This Fall, Marah is releasing their breakout album “Kids In Philly” on vinyl for first time ever. Mastered from the original ½” analog tapes recorded 15 years ago, “this is the biggest and baddest the album has ever sounded,” says lead singer Dave Bielanko. The “Kids in Philly” Vinyl Package (includes CD + DL card with bonus material) is out 10/6/15 (Valley Farm Songs) and is now available for pre-order on the band’s official website: marah-usa.com. It will also be available at this show. David Bielanko, Serge Bielanko and Christine Smith will be joined by longtime collaborator, Dobro/steel guitar innovator, Mike "Slo-mo" Brenner.
Hope, fight, tunes, guitars…if you wanted to know where the soul of rock’n’roll disappeared to, Marah stole it.” – NICK HORNBY, author of High Fidelity
“…organically grown, skilled, tight players with a deep foundation in history, devotion to tradition and unrestrained zeal for the splendor and salvation of ramshackle rock.” – ROLLINGSTONE.COM
“Marah is as exciting a band as you will find.” – LA TIMES.COM
“The riveting, astonishing mature second effort from South Philadelphia roots-rockers Marah…a blast of pure rock energy we rarely experience anymore.” – THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER