Monday, February 15, 2016

B&O RR 189TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION DEBUTS YORK LOCOMOTIVE & TRAIN RIDES

clip_image002B&O Railroad’s 189th Birthday Celebration

WHEN: weekend of February 27 & 28; Saturday, 10am – 4pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
WHERE:
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223
ADMISSION: $18 adults, $16 seniors (60+), $12 children (2-12). Train rides are an additional $3 for adults and $2 for children
410-752-2490 / www.borail.org

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The debut of the York locomotive being returned to the B&O’s railroad collection
  • Train Rides along America’s first commercial mile of railroad right-of-way
  • C&O Canal Historical Society presentations of The Underground Railroad
  • Saturday Birthday Bash for Kids

clip_image002[5]In October 2015 the B&O Railroad Museum acquired at auction the locomotive "York" from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.   Acquisition of this 1926 replica of the 1831 B&O Railroad Locomotive “York” completes the Museum's collection of the three working replicas of early B&O locomotives built by the B&O's own Mt. Clare Shops in Baltimore for “The Fair of the Iron Horse”, a two-week long extravaganza held at Halethorpe, Maryland in the fall of 1927 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the B&O Railroad.  Now 81 years after the “York” landed in the Chicago museum’s collection, the “York” rejoins the Museum’s other two replicas built in 1927 for the Fair, Peter Cooper’s “Tom Thumb” (original 1830) and “Lafayette” (original 1837) on exhibit in the B&O Roundhouse.

A special weekend of train rides at the B&O Railroad Museum will also be offered at this celebration and depart on Saturday, February 27 at 11am, 1pm, and 2:30pm and Sunday, February 28 at 12:30pm and 2pm. This narrated twenty-minute train ride travels along the first commercial mile of railroad right-of-way laid in America.

The C&O Canal Historical Society presents The Underground Railroad and will be on-hand to discuss the significance of the canal and the competition that existed between it and the B&O Railroad in reaching transportation completion back in the early 1800s.

On Saturday, February 27, kids can participate in the Railroad’s Birthday Bash that includes train and party games, interactive education stations, and more at this railroad party.

About the B&O Railroad Museum:
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture, and economy. The Museum is home to the oldest, most important and comprehensive collection of American railroad artifacts in the world including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment. The 40-acre historic site is regarded as the birthplace of American railroading and includes the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse, and first mile of commercial railroad track in America. For further information on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, please call 410-752-2490 or visit www.borail.org

THRIVE SHOWCASE EXHIBITION TO OPEN FEB. 20

Jordan Faye Contemporary and Thrive a gallery plus an arts consulting and residency program in the bromo arts district

U P C O M I N G    E X H I B I T I O N

The Thrive Showcase
a curated exhibition of selected THRIVE alumni artists

February 20 - March 20, 2016

Opening Reception | Saturday February 20, 6-9pm

Kathryn Shagas, Forest Wanderings, mixed media on paper, 32 x 44 inches

Susan Wolfe Huppman, Drench, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

About the Exhibition

The Thrive Showcase solely features artists who have participated in one of our THRIVE Mentorship Program and Pop-Up Exhibitions over the last 18 months. These alumni artists as well as many others that we weren't able to include excelled during the program and have continued actively promoting themselves and exhibiting. We are thrilled to have many of them back for The Thrive Showcase and to feature new work selected and curated by Jordan Faye Block and  Willa Frazer. This exhibition features work by John Bodkin, Kellee Wynne Conrad, Elisabeth Gambino, Susan Wolfe Huppman, Heather Kirtland, Janet Maher, Steve Parke & Kathryn Shagas.

This exhibition runs February 20 - March 20, 2016. A featured installation by Elisabeth Gambino will continue to be on view through April 3, 2016.

For more information and images on our website, click here.


John Bodkin, Boquet, oil on canvas, 58 x 68 inches

images :: (top left) Kathryn Shagas, Forest Wanderings, 2015, mixed media on paper, 30 x 44 inches

(top right) Susan Wolfe Huppman, Drench, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

(bottom left) Heather Kirtland, Ju Ju, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

(bottom right) John Bodkin, Boquet, 2015, oil on canvas, 58 x 68 inches


 

Opening and On View Concurrently ::

Dorit Feldman, Syrian-African Rift Valley, Tectonic Motion, 2013, inkjet print on archival paperDorit Feldman  |  Reflective Geophilosophy
Presented in conjunction with Towson University
Curated by J. Susan Isaacs

February 12 - March 20, 2016

Opening Reception | Saturday February 20, 6-9pm

Informal Curatorial Talk with J. Susan Isaacs during the reception at 7:30pm

For more information and images on our website, click here.

image :: Dorit Feldman, Syrian-African Rift Valley, Tectonic Motion, 2013,
inkjet print on archival paper, edition 3/5, 33 x 23 inches


 

Upcoming Artist Opportunity :: THRIVE Mentorship Program & Exhibition

  • Mentorship :: Sign-up now through March 5, 2016
  • Exhibition :: March 24 - April 3, 2016 (now on view through two weekends!)

Registration Now Open - visit our website for details!


About Us

For more information about our gallery program, contact:

Jordan Faye Contemporary & Thrive
218 W Saratoga Street | Top floor
Maryland Art Place Building || Bromo Arts & Entertainment District
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tel: 443.955.1547 curator@jordanfayecontemporary.com

Visit our website: www.jordanfayecontemporary.com

gallery hours :: Wednesday - Friday | 12 - 6pm, Saturday | 12 - 5pm, Sunday | 1 - 4pm and by appointment

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Friday, February 12, 2016

BE A B.I.G. VALENTINE THIS WEEKEND!

MORTIFIED: DOOMED VALENTINE

It's Time to Laugh at Our Teenage Angst

Mortified stars everyday adults sharing their most embarrassingly real teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes ... in front of total strangers. This Saturday, we're combining Mortified favorites with BIG's best for a hilarious double header. Join us at Gallery 788 for a one of a kind night! Mortified shows always sell out, get your tickets now!

WHEN: Saturday, February 13th 6pm and 9pm
WHERE: Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Ave, Baltimore, MD

BE OUR VALENTINE: Sunday is for Love

Set the mood for love, with the art form that falls right between Clog Dancing and Close-Up Magic in terms of raw sensuality: Improv Comedy! Tonight, it is all about the love with laughs pulled from the short form antics of Plan B, BIG’s longest running duo, Evan the Loyal, and an improvised Radio Show with the lovely folks of Local Spot. Treat your partner right with BIG!

WHERE: Sunday, February 14th, 7:30pm
WHERE:
The Mercury Theater, 1823 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD

 

ATTENTION: PARKING NEAR THE MERCURY THEATER!

This week, signs appeared along N. Charles Street from Lafayette to North Avenue near our theater saying there is no parking allowed on either side of the street due to construction.
So, please give yourself plenty of time to find parking when you come to our shows!

Second Saturdays!

Calling all fun families!  Come on out and enjoy an evening of family friendly improv theater with the Baltimore Improv Group at our Second Saturdays for Families show!  This entertaining and interactive performance is geared towards youngsters, but will be appreciated by their parents too! $10 for adults/parents, and kids are FREE!

WHEN: Saturday, February 13th
WHERE: The Mercury Theater, 1823 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY SALUTES THE GREATEST GENERATION @ A VICTORY BASH

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Did you know that when World War II broke out in the U.S. with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 the Maryland Historical Society was already 97 years old? Not only were we firmly ensconced in the Mount Vernon neighborhood since 1920 but we celebrated our centennial, hosted Vice President Harry Truman for an evening lecture, and housed the state's official War Records Commission. Collecting information on Maryland's military men and women continued a tradition begun during the first World War when the society also served as the state's official repository. The society published eleven volumes of these records, including personnel service records and reports on industry and agriculture.

Now, 70 years after the end of World War II, we lose veterans at the rate of 400 a day. The passing of the greatest generation is truly a historical milestone of an era that helped shape this country as we know it today. Join us on February 27 for the Young Defender's Victory Bash where we will bring the 1940s to life once again!

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Join Us at The February Victory Bash

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The Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society proudly invite you to the 2016 edition of our popular February Bash - this year's theme pays homage to WWII's Allied Forces! Join us on Saturday, February 27th, for a Victory Bash featuring live music and dancing, craft cocktails, an open bar, and great eats. (Above: "First released," Veterans returning, World War II, 1945, A. Aubrey Bodine, Maryland Historical Society, B614B)

The 1940s were a trying time for Americans both at home and on duty. Families missed enlisted relatives and creature comforts were restricted by wartime rations. Sacrifice was a common experience for the Greatest Generation, but even in those trying times they knew how to throw a good party! USO shows brought a taste of home to weary troops on the front with the best of American music, dancing, and entertainment, and citizens celebrated countrywide when victory was declared in 1945.

During America's involvement in WWII, the Maryland Historical Society housed the state's official War Records Commission. Over a period of several years, the staff obtained photographs and textual material from Maryland industries and farms, every branch of the military, government agencies, civic groups, and relief agencies. In addition, the staff conducted personal interviews and collected articles from several Maryland newspapers. The result was a deep, rich collection of material, thoroughly documenting the involvement of Marylanders in the war and the war's impact on all aspects of life in the state.

Stewardship of this irreplaceable collection is hard work! Proceeds from the Victory Bash go a long way in supporting the Maryland Historical Society's one of a kind archive.

The archives of the Maryland Historical Society also contain hundreds of images by famed Maryland photographer Aubrey Bodine. His photographs span of wide variety of subjects, including the exuberant homecoming of our heroes such as the black and white photograph above.
Help us channel this swinging spirit at a fantastic venue, Baltimore's Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, in Baltimore's Guilford neighborhood. We're calling all flyboys and GI Janes to help us put the "big" in Big Band with a big dance floor, big sound (both swing and modern music), and delicious refreshments. Let's celebrate the Allied Victory!

Get your tickets to the Victory Bash now by clicking here.
All beverages and appetizers are included with ticket purchase. Hearty hors d'oeuvres provided by Chef's Expressions. Liquor provided by Manatawny Still Works. Beer provided by Old Dominion Brewing. Wine and bubbly provided by Frederick Wildman and Sons.

WHERE: The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201
http://www.mdhs.org

“CUPS FOR KC” ON FRIDAY @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS

DATE CHANGE!

Fundraiser to Send Our Artists to NCECA 2016

CUPS FOR KC (Kansas City)

NEW DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 6-8PM
Free and open to the public.

Please join us for an event hosted by our ceramic artists, to raise money to assist in the cost of travel, hotel and admission cost to attend NCECA 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each artist will be selling beautifully crafted cups for $30 each. There will also be drinks and lite fare.

Participating artists:  Patty Bilbro, Mary Cloonan, Ben Freund, Yoshi Fujii (Above), Matt Hyleck (left), Samantha Momeyer, Kevin Rohde, Dan Scully, Missy Steele, Dan Tomcik, Jeremy Wallace and Travis Winters.

 

WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore
www.baltimoreclayworks.org                                                

WED-FRI  10AM-5PM, SAT-SUN  12-5PM
                              
T. 410 578 1919 
F. 410 578 0058                                                                                
 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVE THEATER

EXCITING EVENTS COMING UP @ SINGLE CARROT THEATRE

Season 9 is in full swing. And along with exciting performances lined up for the year, we have a full list of fun events in store for the coming months!

WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard Street, attached to the restaurant Parts and Labor, Baltimore

Heart Attack: a Valentine's Cabaret
A comedic meditation on love and hate designed to make your heart flutter or burn. Richard Goldberg and Bruce Nelson will host the show.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Click here.

 


 

Something Like Jazz Music
When workers in a Baltimore warehouse encounter a mysterious, magical container of luggage from the roaring ‘20s, they are swept into the dramatic lives of the cases’ former owners. As they uncover new layers of old stories, the workers’ desires and decisions begin to affect the past, even as the past changes them.
WHEN: March 2 - 27
MORE INFORMATION: Click here. 

 


The Carrot Club
Join us for an evening of forbidden cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and more! Proceeds benefit artistic and educational programs at Single Carrot Theatre. Ticket include a performance of Something Like Jazz Music
WHEN: Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Click here. 

 


Young Professionals Night
Mingle with fellow young professionals in our lobby! Great conversation and cocktails will be flowing!
WHEN: Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Click here

 

 


LGBT+ Mixer
Join us for Team Trivia and gin cocktails crafted by the Baltimore Whiskey Company!
WHEN: Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION:
Click here

 

 

 


Mission Implausible
An interactive theatre, audience members contribute to the mission of our heroine using Facebook, Twitter and Skype in an effort to save the world!
WHEN: March 30 - April 2 at 8 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION:
Click here. 

 

 


Single Carrot Theatre is offering a two week intensive workshop for 9th through 12th grade students. Additional camps are available for elementary and middle school aged students! For more information, please visit our website.

 

Interested in getting involved at Single Carrot? We are looking for an Assistant Stage Manager for the upcoming production of Something Like Jazz Music. Please visit our website for more information.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION @ JORDAN FAYE CONTEMPORARY

Jordan Faye Contemporary and Thrive a gallery plus an arts consulting and residency program in the bromo arts district

Dorit Feldman  |  Reflective Geophilosophy
Curated by J. Susan Isaacs in conjunction with Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art at Towson University

WHEN: February 12 - March 20, 2016; Opening Reception | Saturday February 20, 6-9pm. Informal Curatorial Talk with J. Susan Isaacs during the reception at 7:30pm

Dorit Feldman, Genetic Imprints, 2013, ink jet print on archival paper

About the Exhibition
The works in this exhibition were created by Israeli artist Dorit Feldman, a native and current resident of Tel Aviv. As a conceptual artist, her works emphasize the construction of unity from multiplicity. Feldman has presented over 30 solo exhibitions and participated in hundreds of group exhibitions in leading galleries and museums throughout Israel, Europe, and the U.S. and her work is in a number of public collections.  Combining photographic images of archaeological, historical, and geographical sites, with quotations from ancient maps, Feldman produces elegant paintings and collages that address how time and place are interconnected.

Reflective Geophilosophy is related to a larger show on view February 5-April 3, at the Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, entitled Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art.  Feldman has two works included in that exhibition, which comprises 52 works by 36 Israeli artists.

All works from the series Reflective Geophilosophy are from the collection of the artist and are for sale.

Dorit Feldman_ Geophilosophy-1_2014_ mixed media and photographs on paper

About Dorit Feldman
Dorit Feldman was born in 1956 in Tel Aviv, Israel where she currently resides and works. She received her BFA at the Midrasha Art Teacher's Training College in Ramat Hasharon, Israel. She studied Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism) at The Institute of Kabbalah Research and enrolled in an Independent study program (including courses in Art History, Photography, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Italian Language) at Tel Aviv University. She participated in an international studies program in Urbino, Italy as part of her MFA studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Feldman is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing such mediums as photography, painting, and sculpture. She received the Young Artist Award in 1989 from the Israeli Ministry in Education and Culture and the 2008 Creativity Encouragement Grant from the Israel National Lottery Council for the Arts. She has undertaken several public space projects, including wall and outdoor sculpture throughout Israel. Her works have been presented in over 30 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Israel, Europe, and the U.S, among them: Tel Aviv Museum of Art; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Tokyo Art Museum- Plaza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; NCCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel; Museum Synthese in Munich, Germany; and the Julie M. Gallery in Tel Aviv. 

For more information and images on our website, click here.

Dorit Feldman, Syrian-African Rift Valley, Tectonic Motion, 2013, inkjet print on archival paper

Dorit Feldman, Tear Fossils, 2011, inkjet print on archival paper

Thank you to Susan Isaacs and Towson University for making this exhibition possible.

images :: (top) Dorit Feldman, Genetic Imprints, 2013, ink jet print on archival paper, edition 3/5, 16 x 50 inches

(middle) Dorit Feldman, Geophilosophy-1, 2014, mixed media and photographs on paper, 24 x 32 inches framed

(bottom left) Dorit Feldman, Syrian-African Rift Valley, Tectonic Motion, 2013, inkjet print on archival paper, edition 3/5, 33 x 23 inches

(bottom right) Dorit Feldman, Tear Fossils, 2011, inkjet print on archival paper, edition 3/5, 45 x 41 inches


 

Upcoming Artist Opportunity :: THRIVE Mentorship Program & Exhibition

Mentorship :: Sign-up now through March 5, 2016

Exhibition :: March 24 - April 3, 2016

(now on view through two weekends!)

To Register, Click Here!!


About THRIVE at Jordan Faye Contemporary

Thrive offers consulting, workshops, extended residencies, and additional ongoing professional development experiences. Thrive also provides individual artists with short exhibition opportunities designed to help navigate and thrive in today's art world. Thrive grants curators and arts organizations exhibition space to assist them in reaching a broader audience while mentoring them in the curatorial process. Thrive Programs are the next generation of Jordan Faye Contemporary's Salon Series, which were designed to create a more inclusive, insightful community of emerging artists, curators, writers, musicians, and other arts professionals who wish to share the wealth of knowledge from their collective experiences with one another.


 

About Us

For more information about our gallery program, contact:

Jordan Faye Contemporary & Thrive
218 W Saratoga Street | Top floor
Maryland Art Place Building || Bromo Arts & Entertainment District
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tel: 443.955.1547 curator@jordanfayecontemporary.com

Visit our website: www.jordanfayecontemporary.com

gallery hours :: Wednesday - Friday | 12 - 6pm, Saturday | 12 - 5pm, Sunday | 1 - 4pm and by appointment

SHARE THE LOVE THIS WEEKEND @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE!

A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
www.andiemusiklive.com
Buy tickets online at www.instantseats.com
Or by calling us as (410) 385-2638

 

Thursday, February 11, 2016 – 8 pm

LAFAYETTE GILCHRIST

Piano Reflections: From the root to the fruit

solo piano performance of standards and originals

A formidable composer and keys player, Lafayette Gilchrist is one of the foremost talents in jazz today. Lafayette solo album The View From Here has received enthusiastic critical acclaim, including an extended profile on the prestigious radio show NPRs Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

For someone who came to piano rather late, at 17, has dug deep into its history. He loves the old piano professors who'd pack the punch of a dance band into two hands at the keyboard. Players like Eubie Blake, and could keep going for hours without exhausting their folkloric materials. If there's one thing Lafayette Gilchrist loves, it's feeding a groove like that, as on his new solo album The View From Here. —Kevin Whitehead - NPR Music

ONE SHOW ONLY

TICKETS: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID


Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 8 pm

LoveSICK

It's February, and love is in the air. Unfortunately, sometimes love stinks!

Steven Lampredi, Christine Thomas, Sean Terrance Powell, Jim Knost, and Dyana Neal look at the silly, obsessive, and even twisted things we do in the name of l'amour.

The program features jazz, pop, standards, and musical theater selections by Tom Lehrer, Gilbert and Sullivan, Cole Porter, and many more.

TICKETS: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID


Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 5 & 6:30 pm

Jazz One presents
JAZZ FOR LOVERS

Glenn Angus, violin                             James Meyer, guitar

  Phil Ravita, bass                                                Nuc Vega, drums

TICKETS:

  • Couples: $20 in advance/$23 at door
  • Single: $15 in advance/$18 at door
  • $10 full-time students with ID


Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:30 pm

in our first floor gallery

PEABODY JAZZ STUDENTS

Nathan Hook, saxophone

Alex Fornier, bass

Jonathan Baez, percussion

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Nathan Hook  is currently studying under Gary Thomas.

Alex Fournier is currently studying in Michael Formanek's studio.

Jazz Percussionist Jonathan Baez is in the studio of Nasar Abadey at Peabody.

ADMISSION: $8/$10 full-time students with ID

 

Click here now to get your tickets from InstantSeats for these February events.
11 Lafayette Gilchrist, solo piano performance of standards and originals
12 Discover Francesca Blanchard
13 LoveSICK
14 Jazz One presents Jazz For Lovers
15 Peabody Jazz Student
19 E.J. Strickland and Transient Beings
20 Dom Minasi & Susan Alcorn
21 Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series: Alan MacEwen and Scott McKnight
22 Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band - Monthly Mondays
26 Rhonda Robinson Quartet: Hot Winter Nights, Part 8
27 Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Celebrates Black History Month
28 Lana Genc, classical pianist

FRENCH-AMERICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER TO APPEAR @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! FOR 2 SHOWS ON FEB. 12

A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
www.andiemusiklive.com
Buy tickets online at www.instantseats.com
Or by calling us as (410) 385-2638

Francesca Blanchard In ConcertLIVE IN BALTIMORE!
Francesca Blanchard


WHEN: Friday, February 12th , 2 Shows: 8pm & 9:30pm
WEBSITE

Click here to listen to Francesca's music
Learn more at www.francescablanchard.com

The French-American singer-songwriter performs artfully crafted songs that blend the emotional intimacy of Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy with the French chic of Françoise Hardy and Carla Bruni.

“Best Vocalist of 2015. A profound, mature talent. She may be young, but she has an old soul.” - Seven Days

23-year-old singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard was born and raised in France and moved to Vermont when she was 10. Her intimate original songs, performed in French and English, reflect on her life journeys, both physical and emotional. Francesca's 2015 debut album deux visions has been hailed as one of the best records of the year. 

"The most impressive album by a Vermont musician this year came from a singer-songwriter who segues seamlessly between songs in English and French. Deux visions is a stunner that reveals a young, mature musician with a bucket load of potential.” Burlington Free Press

Deux visions shines on the strength of Blanchard’s accomplished compositions, tasteful guitar work and gorgeous vocals. A seamless mix of folk, jazz and roots-rock with some French chanson thrown in for good measure. The most ambitious and impressive debut album to come out of Vermont since Grace Potter.” The Times Argus

"Colored by her love of folk, rock, jazz, French chanson, soul, world music and pop, Ms. Blanchard takes deux visions beyond the standard spare singer-songwriter route by encompassing one genre into another and folding one influence into another.” World Music Central

“Singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard sounds like a throwback to the old days of folk singers that came from Laurel Canyon in the 70s. This album has her singing in English and French, with acoustic and electric guitar, with a voice that has a hint of early Joni Mitchell and a feel of Neil Young.” - Jazz Weekly

EARLY PUCCINI OPERA PLUMBS THE INTRICACIES OF HUMAN EMOTION

Puccini's EdgarEDGAR
By Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by F. Fontana

WHEN: Friday, February, at 7:30pm; Sunday, February 28, at 3:00pm
WHERE: Grand Ballroom of The Engineers Club
TICKETS: $27.50 – $71.50
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Sung in Italian with projected English titles

Learn more about Edgar during a free lecture by our conductor, Maestro Giovanni Reggioli, a half hour before each performance.

Need to eat before the opera? Dine at the mansion before the performance! Complete your BCO experience with a delicious dinner or brunch buffet preceding the opera. $42 includes the full buffet, tax and gratuity. Make your reservations now and pay at the club. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance to guarantee seating.
CLICK HERE FOR DINNER RESERVATIONS

BCO is pleased to present Puccini’s rarely heard second opera Edgar. Borrowing thematically from Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Edgar is about a medieval knight torn between sacred and profane love. On the one hand is Fidelia, pure of spirit and conduct. On the other hand is Tigrana, frivolous and debauched. Puccini’s gorgeous writing truly takes center stage in this opera, and this early example of his genius will work especially well in BCO’s intimate setting

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AWARD-WINNING PLAY TO OPEN @ SPOTLIGHTERS ON FEB. 12

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SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES
Book: Del Shores
direction: Fuzz Roark
stage managed by Ben Kinder

WHEN: Feb 12 - Mar 6, 2016; Feb 12, 13, 14; 18, 19, 20, 21; 26, 27, 28; Mar 4, 5, 6. Ten Spot Thursday:  Feb 18, 2016 - 8:00pm. Talk Back With Director & Cast:  immediately following each performance
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore,  MD  21202
TICKETS: Adults   $20;   Seniors   $18;   Students:   $16;   Military   $16.
Order online at www.spotlighters.org
410-752-1225
www.spotlighters.org

Follow the journey of four gay boys in the Dallas Baptist Church. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears. With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, Sissies strives to find  balance and acceptance in the world of religion.

Winner:  GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, Los Angeles Critics Awards, Ovation Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards and Robby Awards. 

There will be a POST-SHOW DISCUSSION following each performance, to allow the audience time to voice their views of issues raised in the performance, and to discussion ways to create a world of acceptance, understanding and hope.

Featuring:

  • Michael McKay - Mark Lee Fuller
  • Dennis Binseel - "TJ" Thomas James Brooks
  • Danny Romeo - Andrew Ford
  • Tommy Malek - Benny Watson
  • John Sadowsky - Preacher Reilly
  • Christina Holmes - Mother(s)
  • Greg Grenier - Preston "Peanut" LeRoy
  • Melainie Eifert - Odette Annette Barnett