Friday, May 27, 2016


A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
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WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 8 & 9:30 pm
Oscar Peñas Quartet

Oscar Peñas, guitar
Marta Sanchez, piano
Moto Fukushima, bass
Richie Barshay, drums

Spanish guitarist Oscar Peñas ( has attracted a wide variety of fans through his unique combination of classical, Spanish folk music and Brazilian grooves over an American jazz base.

Peñas second album in the USA, is "Music of Departures and Returns featuring Paquito D'Rivera, Gil Goldstein and Esperanza Spalding.

"Peñas focus on making good heartfelt music is a breath of fresh air. — JazzTimes

TICKETS: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

WHEN: Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 2 pm

Meng-Sheng Shen Piano Recital


Scarlatti - Sonata in B minor, K. 87
Scarlatti - Sonata in G major, K. 13
Chopin - Variations on Là ci darem la mano, Op. 2
Rachmaninoff - variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Beethoven - Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

Praised as an artist of remarkable sensitivity and clarity (Cleveland Plain Dealer), pianist Meng-Sheng Shen’s recent awards include Gold Medal from the Koussevitzky Young Artist Award in New York and First Prize from the International Chopin Piano Competition in Taipei.
Shen earned both his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute under the guidance of Boris Slutsky. Shen was a faculty member in Secondary Piano at Juilliard and a current Graduate Assistant in piano and keyboard studies at Peabody.

TICKETS: $10 in advance / $13 at door / $8 full-time students with ID

WHEN: Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 7 pm


The HD Quintet was started by two students in the jazz studies program at SUNY Purchase, Alex Hamburger and Nicole Davis (hence the name HD). While the group formed at SUNY Purchase, its members come from all over.

Mike Robinson, Bass (Albany, New York)
Nicole Davis, trumpet (New York City)
Juan Sanchez, drums (Bogota, Columbia)
Alex Hamburger, flute/vocals & Andrew Latona, guitar (Washington, DC)

The group plays and hosts a jam session regularly, as well as plays around the NY area at venues such as Silvana's, The Shrine and The Falcon, and they also played in DC at Twins Jazz and the Mid Atlantic Jazz Fest. The HDQ has an EP which was recorded in May 2015 and will be releasing a full length album sometime in the next year.

TICKETS: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time students with ID


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


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Student productions directed by Pushcart directors and teaching artists. Over an average period of 12 to 16 weeks, familiar Broadway favorites are designed, costumed, rehearsed and presented by students with the involvement of teachers, parents, and camp counselors.


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Monday, May 23, 2016


Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 logo

The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce that tickets are now on sale for this year's show, taking place the weekend of September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include: 

  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*
  • Harvey Awards**

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission!

* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all 3 days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!

** Harvey Awards tickets include full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag.

"Our fans have been asking us on the website, in email, and on social media when tickets would be available," said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We're happy to make them available now, and as you can see from our website, our our guest list is already large and growing, we have CGC back, and our show floor is filling up quickly with a great selection and breadth of exhibitors and retailers, with more news yet to come!"

Visit for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!


The Baltimore Comic-Con has made arrangements with a number of downtown hotels in close proximity to the Baltimore Convention Center. These include:

  • Days Inn: From $159. Call the hotel directly at 410-576-1000 and, when making your reservation, ask for the Baltimore Comic-Con block.
  • Holiday Inn: From $169. Use the weblink.
  • Hyatt Baltimore: From $174. Use the weblink.
  • Lord Baltimore Hotel: From $159. Call 855-539-1928 and use attendee code "16BALCOMIC" or Baltimore Comic-Con rate when making your reservation.
  • Sheraton Inner Harbor: From $169. Use the weblink.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen); Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso); Jeff Balke (Zombies vs Cheerleaders: St. Patty's Day Special); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Carolyn Belefski (Curls); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Danica Bradshaw (Wayward); Nick Bradshaw (Spidey); Reilly Brown (Deadpool); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Ben Caldwell (Scooby Apocalypse); Chris Campana (The Accelerators); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Mike Cavallaro (The Fox); Howard Chaykin (Imperium); Lee Cherolis (Little Guardians); Frank Cho (The Totally Awesome Hulk); Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death); Steve Conley (Bloop); Stephen Coughlin (Sanctuary); J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed); Jeff Dekal (New Avengers); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Tod Emko (A Piggy's Tale); Joe Endres (Colossians); Steve Englehart, courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America); David Finch (Wonder Woman); Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman); Chris Flick (Capes & Babes); Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics: Action Cat!); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman '66: The Lost Episode); Jason Gounger (Legio Ex Mortis); Anna Gownley and Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Stephen Green (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred); Rob Guillory (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Ken Hunt (Talon); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Dan Jurgens (Action Comics, Saturday & Sunday only); Tom King (Batman); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Samantha Kyle (Paul & Olly); John Layman (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Paul Levitz (Doctor Fate); Mike Lilly (Red Agent); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool); Mark Morales (Convergence); Joe Mulvey (SCAM); Jamar Nicholas (Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America); Chris Otto (A Dog's Life); Greg Pak (Teen Titans); Tom Palmer (Doctor Strange); Yanick Paquette (Batman/Superman); Dan Parsons (Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle); Brent Peeples (Gold Key: Alliance); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny Inhumans); Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku); Eric Powell (The Goon); Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Khary Randolph (Robin War); Tom Raney (Ninjak); Paul Renaud (Superman/Wonder Woman); Emily Romano (Comic Art House); Craig Rousseau (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); Stephane Roux (Harley Quinn and Power Girl); Joe Rubinstein (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man newspaper strip); Stuart Sayger (Hellboy 100); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Matt Slay (TMNT Micro-Series); Brian Smith (SpongeBob Comics); Charles Soule (Star Wars: Poe Dameron); Babs Tarr (Batgirl); Ben Templesmith (Blackholers); Chad Thomas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures); Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys); Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle); David Trustman (The Rise); James Tynion (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Rick Veitch (Miracleman); Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens); Mark Waid (All-New, All-Different Avengers); Michael Watkins (Pantha); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics); Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who); Matt Wieringo ('Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marcus Williams (Hero Cats); Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); Sasha Yosselani (Comic Art House); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever). 

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 17th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 11 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit


On Saturday, May 28, more than 100 Peabody Dance students will present Scenes from Sleeping Beauty, an abbreviated version of the enchanting fairy tale, directed by Melissa Stafford. The two performances, at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm, will feature upper-level students from the Pre-Professional Program and the Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys.

All tickets for the performances, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, are $10.

Ticket info (1:00 pm) Ticket info (4:30 pm)


Friday, May 27, 7:00 pm

The opening recital of the Marina Piccinini International Flute Summer Master Classes will feature Ms. Piccinini, flute, with Colette Valentine and Araceli Chacon, pianos; Laurie Sokoloff, piccolo; Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, alto flute; and Jisu Jung, percussion, performing Sofia Gubaidulina's Allegro Rustico, Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite, Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's "Lensky's Aria" from Eugene Onegin, Arthur Lourié's Funeral Games for Chronos, and Otar Taktakishvili's Sonata.

Tickets for the performance, in Leith Symington Griswold Hall, are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Ticket info

Saturday, May 28, 7:00 pm

Presenters in the Marina Piccinini International Flute Summer Master Classes - Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, Brook Ferguson, and Jee Young Rachel Choe, flutes; and Colette Valentine, piano - will perform a recital of Eric Ewazen's Sonata No. 1 for flute and piano, Toru Takemitsu's Air for Flute, Vivian Fine's The Flicker, Jacques Castérède's Flûtes en Vacances, and Claude Debussy's Syrinx.

The performance, in Leith Symington Griswold Hall, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 pm

The closing recital of the Marina Piccinini International Flute Summer Master Classes will feature the week's participants with Colette Valentine and Araceli Chacon, pianos, in repertoire selected by the faculty from the week's master classes.

The performance, in Leith Symington Griswold Hall, is free and open to the public.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Join us for an in-depth panel discussion into the themes and topics of A Streetcar Named Desire. Hosted by Marc Steiner (WEAA's The Marc Steiner Show).

This event is FREE for subscribers!
Season ticket holders can reserve their seats by emailing the Box Office or by calling 410.752.2208.


The World of the Play: The Psychology of Blanche DuBois
The poetic journey of iconic character Blanche DuBois has always been dismissed as a descent into madness. Did Tennessee Williams craft a past that actually illuminates symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in his tragic heroine? Does she suffer from a personality disorder triggered by PTSD? Come discuss the relationship between Ms. Dubois and theories of modern psychology.



  • Derek Goldman is the director of A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Thomas Keith is a noted Tennessee Williams scholar
  • Dr. Donna Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor


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

Justin Hoekstra, detail from the Pleasures of Being a Ghost: Wyoming #5, 2016, acrylic on canvas


WHEN: May 21 - June 25, 2016. OPENING RECEPTION  |  SATURDAY MAY 21  |  7-10pm
Jordan Faye Contemporary is located at 218 W Saratoga Street, top floor of the Maryland Art Place Building
ADMISSION: The gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday ­- Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday - Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 1-4pm & by appointment. 
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Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased to present ALL HAT NO CATTLE, by Baltimore-based artist Justin Hoekstra. This exhibition features new paintings, many of which were created during his time as the inaugural Jordan Faye Contemporary Painting Fellow. It is his first solo exhibition with the gallery and was curated by Jordan Faye Block and Willa Frazer. 

CURATOR'S STATEMENT | Without a particular referent or immediate comprehension, Justin Hoekstra's paintings pull at something - in our memories or our bodies - slightly beyond recognition. The pieces could be any number of things inside or outside of us. They are a sunset, a sidewalk, a rusty wall, the inside of closed eyelids. At points one is reminded of the passage of time, the erosion of earth, the way light and energy are emitted from objects of creation. Hoekstra is creating lyrical movements within the push & pull of color and form, and the way patterns emerge then dissipate. 

From a place including and beyond visual appreciation, these works hold the viewer. Sometimes initially quiet or subtle, they tap into a deeply resonating momentum. Certain works can be jarring - colors collide and complex layers pulse out at the viewer. Others take longer - a slow burn, a quiet overtaking. 

These works are magnetic. They act like meditation, or an orgasm, or crying. They seem like a circle, where grief is a form of love, abstraction creates focus, obscurity leads to clearer understanding. These paintings radiate an energy from within that is undeniably felt. They access the hum that constantly vibrates through all things. This vibration is something we are always experiencing, psychologically or emotionally, but usually on a subconscious level. Here it comes forward. We can visualize the buzz and then notice it coursing through our minds, our bodies, and out into the world.

Curators - Willa Frazer & Jordan Faye Block


Machines shape my work, the paintings undergo a process of accumulation and removal akin to the manner in which each of us are formed by forces at play in the reality we occupy and maintain. Work begins with the selection of a surface to which acrylic paint will be applied with brushes. After a number of layers have cured the paint is then refined using a combination of mechanical means (random orbital sander) and manual sanding. Pressure and refinement through abrasion points us towards the idea that the end result may be a shiny diamond or a lump of coal, both useful in some way, but each lacking their own meaning prior to evaluation by external systems.

The works presented here are investigations of and meditations on the value of permanence/impermanence at the dawn of the post-human era. As we approach a zone wherein the output of artists is becoming un-tethered from the limits of their corporeal form we may wonder what types of 'eyes' might be looking at these things in years to come...machine eyes...hybrid eyes. What does it mean to be making these things when human consciousness might become migratory, taking root in a series of vessels that may be durable beyond our current understanding? Deep learning by computers and A.I. systems are beginning to shift the desires of society in fascinating and subtly unpredictable ways. The foundations of meaning always change when the scale of time is radically altered. Is it possible to anticipate these potential futures and make art objects that might have value there?

The works here present some possible options. The paintings are potentially better in many practical ways than any human might ever hope to be. They will, if properly stored, outlast the humans that contributed to their creation. They do not have the capacity to be opinionated and argumentative about the conditions in which they 'exist' which I would imagine makes them easier to relate to than most humans. Long after I lose the ability to earn and amass capital the paintings should be able to participate in such activity.

With humanity poised as ever on the edge of an uncertain future, I wonder what kind of civilization we will become. Are we heading toward a dystopian civilization focused on ownership and fighting? Or will we become a practical utopia with individuals given the means to pursue whatever brings them joy?  My hope is that we are moving towards the latter. To that end I make these things and hope that they might outlive me and confound the machine eyes of the future, that they might give these machines pause as they sort through the piles of human bones... 


Justin Hoekstra was born in 1980 on Election Day and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. His family moved a handful of times between his 4th and 8th birthday. After leaving high school early to take classes at the College of DuPage in Illinois he became an AmeriCorps Member, working for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and at a Salvation Army day shelter on the weekends. He also worked across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, helping to foster an interest in art. He enrolled at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) the same year where he studied theater. After a period working and living in the suburbs with his parents he went to Burlington, Vermont to visit his older brother and decided to stay. Hoekstra worked several odd jobs in Burlington and eventually enrolled in the Community College of Vermont. He subsequently transferred to the University of Vermont to study art, graduating in 2012. He relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to pursue an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Hoffberger School of Painting) which he received in 2014. His interest in art was ignited early in life by experiences at museums throughout Chicago. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and been included in various group exhibitions as well. His work is held in both public and private collections. Hoekstra has participated in various residency programs including the Lighthouse Works and the Vermont Studio Center. In March 2016, he was in Wyoming at the Jentel Residency Program. Justin is the founding fellow of the Jordan Faye Contemporary Fellowship in Painting and currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Images  |  Justin Hoekstra, (top) detail from the Pleasures of Being a Ghost: Wyoming #1, 2016, acrylic on canvas (middle) the Pleasures of Being a Ghost: Wyoming #5, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 29.5 x 30.5 inches, (bottom), detail from the Pleasures of Being a Ghost: Wyoming #1, 2016, acrylic on canvas



Book:   Christopher Hampton
direction:  Erin Riley
movement/choreographer:  Melissa McGinley

WHEN: May 27, 28, 29; June 2, 3, 4, 5; 10, 11, 12; 17, 18, 19. Ten Spot Thursday: June 2, 2016 - 8:00pm. Talk Back With Director & Cast: June 12, 2016 - immediately following the performance
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: Adults $20;    Seniors (60+) $18;    Students & Military (ID Required) $16
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A tale of seduction among the rich and powerful, who play with lives like pawns on a chessboard. This is a classic drama for exploring decadent sexuality, morals and manipulation played as the ultimate game with tragic results.

Noting is too cruel, as these rivals use sex as a weapon of humiliation and degradation, all the while enjoying their cruel games, and destroying lives.
From the novel by Choderlos de Laclos.


  • Le Vicomte de Valmont - Nathan Parry
  • La Marquise de Merteuil - Melissa McGinley
  • La President de Tourvel - Katharine Vary
  • Cecile de Volanges - Jacqueline Chenault
  • Madame de Volanges - Kay-Megan Washington
  • Le Chevalier Danceny - Jeffrey L. Springtree Gangwisch
  • Madame de Rosemonde - Ruta Douglas Smith
  • Azolan - Brian Douglas
  • Emilie - Kerry Brady
  • Major Domo - Bambi Galore
  • Major Domo - J Purnell Hargrove
  • Adele - Jenny Hasselbusch



WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue,

WHEN: May 13-July 2





Juried by Jenny Mendes

In the galleries: Kevin Snipes, Mia Halton, and Mother Seton Academy

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce four exhibition in our gallery spaces, all running from May 13 - July 2, 2016. Exhibitions include Menagerie, juried by Jenny Mendes, in our Main Gallery; Kevin Snipes in our Solo Gallery; Mia Halton's The Pushover Project in our Project Space Gallery; and Mother Seton Academy in the Community Arts Gallery. 

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to present Menagerie, an animal themed exhibition of sculptures and vessels in animal form or decorated in motif, juried by Jenny Mendes. Artists often find inspiration in the zoological realm, from cave paintings to contemporary ceramic arts, animals abound. We project our foibles and personalities on them.  We use their grace, strength or antics and translate that onto our artwork. Artists can hide the truth under the guise of a creature or in an attempt to embody an attribute. This show encompasses sculptures depicting the form or pose of a beast as well as teacups or bowls with animals gallivanting around. Do the animals have human qualities or is it the other way around?

Kevin Snipes creates narrative, unconventional pottery with his obsessive need to draw on everything that results in unique, illustrative work. This show - located in our Solo Gallery - will be a dynamic mix of drawings, wall works and vessels.

The Pushover Project is a comprehensive exhibition featuring Mia Halton's Pushover sculptures and supportive drawings. These pieces of art are an outgrowth of the artist's series on bullying and will be featured in our Project Space Gallery.

Since 2008, Clayworks has brought weekly clay programing to young people at Mother Seton Academy, a scholarship-based Catholic Middle School in the Greenmount West neighborhood in Baltimore City. Exhibited works were created by students in Spring 2016 and are located in our Community Arts Gallery. 


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,


This Memorial Day weekend, set aside the hot dogs and potato salad and take a bite out of "The Great American Rep." Choose between two American masterpieces playing on May 29, which feature tour-de-force performances you’ll never forget.

Use promo code HONOR at checkout to receive 25% off your order.
Are you active or retired military? Use promo code SERVICE at checkout to receive 50% off your order. Present your valid military ID at the Box Office to claim your tickets.

We hope to see you on the 29th!


Death of a Salesman
May 29, 2016
Salesman should be at the top of your ‘Must See List.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts
Show begins at 2:00 PM

Arthur Miller's profound and powerful tragedy of an American dreamer is a dramatic masterpiece. Since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of American theatre and continues to strike a chord with audiences around the world.

A Streetcar Named Desire
May 29, 2016
"A monumental theatrical accomplishment."  - MD Theatre Guide
Show begins at 7:30 PM

Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern drama comes to life on Everyman's stage featuring the stand off between two of the theater's greatest rivals: Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. 68 years after it was written, A Streetcar Named Desire is as spellbinding as ever.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Discount code HONOR- valid for either performance on 5/29/16.  Limit 4 tickets. Only valid on full price A and B level seats. All sales final . May not be combined with other special offers or on previously purchased tickets. Discount codes expire on 5/29/16 at 8:00PM. Offers may be changed or revoked at any time.

Discount code SERVICE- valid for either performance on 5/29/16. Only valid on full price A and B level seats. Must present Valid Military ID. All sales final . May not be combined with other special offers or on previously purchased tickets. Discount codes expire on 5/29/16 at 8:00PM. Offers may be changed or revoked at any time.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


The Eubie Blake Cultural Center presents

An Author's Talk by WES MOORE


A Literary Experience to Heal Baltimore

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2016,
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Talk & Reception
Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., Baltimore


URBAN EXPRESS is a literary series focusing on writing as a powerful tool of expression. Noted national authors will inspire and encourage audiences to share ideas through writing in the hope that literary expression will be a first step to action for change in Charm City.

Support for URBAN EXPRESS provided by Maryland Humanities Council.


Wes Moore is a youth advo­cate, Army com­bat vet­eran, and social entre­pre­neur. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Jour­nal bestseller.

He grad­u­ated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity in 2001, BA/Inter­na­tional Rela­tions. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, study­ing Inter­na­tional Rela­tions at Oxford University. After his stud­ies, Wes, a para­trooper and Cap­tain in the United States Army, served a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan. Wes then served as a White House fel­low to Sec­re­tary of State Con­deleeza Rice.

He serves on the board of the The Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity and founded an orga­ni­za­tion called STAND! that works with Bal­ti­more youth involved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice system. Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?

In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.



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30th Pride of Baltimore Memorial Ceremony

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016 (rain or shine); Time: 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230
RSVP: Please email us at if you plan to attend

Each year, Pride captains, crew, board members, and staff gather together for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pride of Baltimore Memorial in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. 2016 marks the 30th year since the loss of Pride of Baltimore, her captain, and three crew members. This year, we are planning a slightly larger gathering at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. 

Following the ceremony, Pride of Baltimore II will be open for free deck tours from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Image by Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts

The Simurgh

Featuring: Cameron Shojaei, Samira Abbassy, Taha Heydari, & Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi

Co-curated by Nada Alaradi, MICA MFA Curatorial Practice Candidate and Jeremy Stern, Exhibitions & Programs Manager

WHERE: Creative Alliance, Main Gallery, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
WHEN: April 29, 2016 - May 28, 2016; Curator Talk: Saturday, May 21, 3pm

Meaning of the title:

“The Simurgh” (pronounced Cy-Morg) is an ancient mythological creature originating in Iran as early as the 7th century. “Si murgh” meaning “thirty birds” in Persian is a powerful bird, which is still commonly used today as a cultural icon. The artists included (below) have an Iranian background, and with reference to the history of miniature painting, uniquely interpret traditional Persian mythologies.

The Artists

Cameron Shojaei:

  • Creative Alliance Resident Artist.
  • American born, with a Persian background.
  • Takes direct inspiration from traditional Persian mythologies.
  • Paints in acrylic, large scale, detailed scenes from ‘The Book of Kings’ a classic Persian epic.
  • Creates his own interpretation of characters, including Simurgh.

Samira Abbassy

  • Born in Iran, moved to London, now based in New York. 
  • Works with oil on gesso panels, drawings, and small sculptures made from found objects.
  • Focuses of self-portraiture. She repeats/ disfigures her own images in each piece. 
  • Her painting style (front-facing perspective and dark outlines) is reminiscent of illustration techniques common to ancient Persian manuscripts.

Taha Heydari

  • Born in Iran, and is currently pursuing a MFA in painting at MICA.
  • Creates large scale acrylic paintings of what appears to be computer glitches. They are deconstructed source images but scarcely recognizable.
  • Similar to the story of the Simurgh (30 birds are truly one), his whole images are made up of separated elements.
  • His work is the most overtly political of the exhibition, often based on televised scenes from recent Iranian political events (elections, rallies, etc.) as the basis for his distortions.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi

  • Identifies as an Iranian-American immigrant.
  • Fuses visual elements of Western abstraction and Persian Art.
  • Uses Simurgh, traditional, and architectural elements specific to Iran. 
  • References historical and contemporary sociopolitical conflicts.

Background on the Simurgh:
Farid Eldin Atar, a well-known Sufi Persian poet, wrote a story of the Simurgh titled “Conference of the Birds,” still one of the most celebrated examples of Persian poetry.

Atar presents the story as a journey of understanding the true nature of God. In his epic, all birds of the world gather and decide to pursue the mysterious and great Simurgh with the goal of making it their king. After encountering many obstacles, only 30 birds finally reach the dwelling of Simurgh. Upon their arrival, all the birds find is their reflections in a lake. Shedding the concepts of “self” and “other,” they realize that collectively they are the one Simurgh, and that the journey itself is the path to the truth of God. Although written almost 10 centuries ago, this story is echoed in contemporary tales, as well as in the practice of these four artists.

Jeremy Stern, Co-curator
Exhibitions and Programs Manager
Creative Alliance

Nada Alaradi, Co-curator
MFA Curatorial Practice Candidate
Maryland Institute College of Art



A field of triangles, many of them purple, fill the frame of this art quilt.ROBERT SHAW

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive (at North Charles & 31st Streets)
: Free

One of the most highly regarded experts on contemporary and antique quilts in the world, Robert Shaw is the author of such critically acclaimed definitive books as The Art Quilt, Art Quilts: A Celebration, and American Quilts: The Democratic Art.

Shaw’s talk will address how from 1800 to the present day there have always been art quilts that were primarily decorative, as well as utilitarian pieces that transcend function and rise to the level of art. He will also comment on several works in the BMA’s current exhibition New Arrivals: Art Quilts. (Above: Adrien Rothschild. Purple Mountains. 1991. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Artist, Baltimore, BMA 1998.360)

The free event is generously sponsored by Herbert Katzenberg and Susan Katzenberg in memory of Gloria B. Katzenberg.

Unlike its predecessors, the art quilt is intended for display on the wall rather than the bed.

Among the many recent additions to the BMA’s late 20th-century textile collection are five stunning quilts created by professional artists who chose to express themselves with cloth and thread, in some cases abandoning their original media in order to do so. These intricate art quilts include examples of works by the foremost proponent of the art quilt, Michael James, whose stunningMetamorphosis (1983) plays with color transitions and the transformation of space. Pamela Studstill’s elaborately pieced and painted quilt, #76 (1988), is accompanied by the original commission drawing and fabric swatches.

Quilts by Baltimore-based artists Elizabeth Scott and Adrien Rothschild link the art quilt to this city. Scott’s esoterically appliquéd and stitched Plantation (1980) gives an abstract depiction of both the night sky and the furrowed earth as remembered from her childhood in South Carolina. Rothschild—influenced by the paintings of her mother, Amalie Rothschild, and the work of M.C. Escher—created Purple Mountains (1991), an abstractly pictorial quilt of forested mountains, sky, and sun that synthesizes her love of color and geometric design. Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade challenge the traditional definition of quilts by blending architectural and textile elements for their Marsh Island (1986) triptych composed of painted plywood panels surrounding dye-painted and quilted cloth insets.

Curated by Anita Jones, Curator of Textiles


On Saturday, May 14, at 3:30 pm, the Peabody Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra (YAO), directed by Daniel Levitov, and Peabody Preparatory String Ensemble (PSE), directed by Hana Morford, will present a recital. Cellist Elena Shih, the winner of the 2016 PSE Concerto Competition, will be featured in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Chanson Triste. The group will also perform Modest Mussorgsky's The Great Gate of Kiev and three movements from Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. Violinist Fiona Cunninghame-Murray, the winner of the 2016 Junior Concerto Competition, will perform Violin Concerto, Op. 8, No. 4 "Winter" from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The YAO will also perform works by Samuel Lam, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Pietro Mascagni. The free performance will take place in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Info


Saturday, May 14, 1:00 pm

The Peabody Preparatory Jazz ensembles will perform jazz and American songbook classics in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 14, 3:30 pm

Baltimore City School students in the Peabody Conservatory's HarpAdventures outreach program will perform a spring concert at the Central Hall at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street. The event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, May 14, 4:00 pm

The Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra, directed by Elijah Wirth, and Peabody Preparatory Wind Band, directed by Karen Seward, will present a joint concert. Faculty artist and trumpeter Joe Burgstaller will be featured with students and trumpeters Keith Davenport and Luke Powers in Leroy Anderson's Bugler's Holiday. The Wind Band will also perform Frank Gulino's Skyline, David R. Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, and Brian Drake's The Rescue. The free performance will take place in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.


Saturday, May 14, 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm

Play Lab at Center Stage will present staged readings of Frank Proto's Shadowboxer, a jazz opera based on the life of heavyweight champion Joe Louis in Peabody's Joe Byrd Hall. The cast of local and international singers includes Peabody alumni Benjamin Moore (MM '10, Voice), Madelyn Wanner (BM '09, Voice), Christine Thomas (MM '94, Voice), and current GPD student Rebecca Elizabeth Wood (MM '15, Voice). Tickets are $10. There will also be a free open rehearsal at 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 14, at Peabody.

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Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm

A free concert by the Peabody Youth Orchestra, conducted by Harlan D. Parker, will be held in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Violinist Sarah Kim, the winner of the 2016 Preparatory Concerto Competition, will be featured in Camille Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61. Franz von Suppé's Poet and Peasant Overture and Alexander Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B minor will also be on the program.



Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit


Saturday, May 21, 4:00 pm
Peabody Piano Academy Recital

Friday, May 27, 7:00 pm
Marina Piccinini International Flute Summer Master Class: Gala Opening Recital

Saturday, May 28, 1:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Peabody Dance Spring Dance Performance featuring scenes from Sleeping Beauty

Saturday, May 28, 7:00 pm
Marina Piccinini International Flute Summer Master Classes Recital

Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 pm
Marina Piccinini International Flute Summer Master Classes: Closing Recital

For other events featuring Peabody performers, please visit our Peabody Institute Concerts Facebook page. The full calendar of events at Peabody can be found at

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