Monday, January 30, 2017

DANCE PARTY @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE CELEBRATES BOB MARLEY’S BIRTHDAY!

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Bob Marley's Birthday Soul Shakedown
with See-I (of Thievery Corporation), DJ Papa Wabe, & Papa T

WHEN: Saturday, February 4 | 8pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $18, $15 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
More Info & Tix

Our annual dance party celebrating Bob! This year, we bring in the reggae backbone of Thievery Corporation, See-I, with their 10-piece band, plus guests.

The story begins with two brothers, Rootz and Zeebo Steele, who found their way from college in North Carolina via the Caribbean only to end up in Washington, DC. It was in the cultural melting pot of the Nation’s capital that they developed their creative and musical talents. In the heady days of the late 1980s, the brothers Steele would launch See-I. They quickly became a fixture of DC’s burgeoning reggae scene crossing paths with reggae aficionado Eric Hilton who was determined to include them in his future projects. Throughout the '90s and into the coming millennium they would go on to record, perform and tour with Thievery Corporation. Still touring with Thievery Corporation, See-I are a powerhouse 10-piece band that has grown in into a phenomenon all their own. What a perfect way to fete the influential sound and words of Bob Marley.

Friday, January 27, 2017

THIS WEEKEND @ BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP

WHEN: Saturday, January 28 @ 8:00 pm
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Get you and your main squeeze on down to the Single Carrot Theater for the Saturday Night Double Feature.  Two amazing troupes on one stage performing a new show every week.  There will be thrills, chills, and spills, love, lust and laughter, action, mystery and suspense– all in living technicolor with full surround sound, 3D effects and (if you’re in the front row) smell-o-vision.  Come on out to the moving pictures!

Featured Troupes: Training 4 Prom & Lekker

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Saturday January 28 @ 9:00 pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Watch Gus perform their usual fast-paced multi-scene hilarity to kick off the show – and then watch them slow it down a bit to dig out even more funny over one scene!

Featured Troupe: GUS

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Sunday, January 29 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Just the Two of Us

Close out the month with two outstanding troupes!
Features Troupes: Aftermath & Old City

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Every Monday at 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Our newest addition to the schedule, Baltimore's ONLY competitive improv show! This week: Baltimore indie troupe Scrapple once again defends their title once again against challengers Silversmith! Can Scrapple hold on to their illustrious title? Come pick a side and find out!

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31 @ 7:30
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

The Conservatory

Our newest addition to the BIG schedule!

The Conservatory throws together the best indie and student players for 4 month stints of intensive coaching, rehearsal, and performance; you reap the benefits watching the talent flourish before your eyes!

In addition to one of The Conservatory teams, we’ll throw in a BIG special project to fill the evening out.

Featured Troupes: Fractal of the Conservatory & BIG special project Queerprov.

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Baltimore Improv Group’s Open Mic!

The open mic is free to attend and free to perform at and is open to improv, standup, and sketch performances.  Then stick around for a chance to perform with three BIG faculty members!

Sign up begins 7PM ~ This event is FREE!

WHEN: Thursday February 2 @ 7:30
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Bring your own troupe night!

Drop your team name in the hat to perform with your improv troupe, sketch troupe, practice group, or some new friends you met outside. All experience levels welcome.

ADMISSION: This event is FREE!

For more information on shows, classes, & volunteer opportunities visit Bigimprov.org

Monday, January 23, 2017

CREATIVE ALLIANCE CELEBRATES WORDS & MUSIC OF GIL SCOTT HERON

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Winter in America: The Revolutionary Words and Music of Gil Scott Heron
with Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band, Gia Scott Heron

WHEN: Saturday, January 28 | 8pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $20, $17 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
More Info & Tix

Speaking truth to power, the words and music of the late Gil Scott Heron are needed today more than ever.

Lifelong funkateer Joe Keyes "The Late Bloomer," along with a guest appearance from Gia Scott Heron, daughter of Gil Scott Heron, celebrate the man and his music. 

Since 2010, Joe Keyes has been at the helm of The Late Bloomer Band, an all-star collective of top talent in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. music scenes. As a band, these musicians have earned the privilege to collaborate with members of Parliament-Funkadelic and Fishbone. While Keyes channels the likes of Miles Davis, Sun Ra and P-Funk in conducting The Late Bloomer Band through funk and jazz odysseys, the frontman is truly at home when singing the songs of soul/jazz poet and fusion musician Gil Scott-Heron. He is a presence on stage, and his massive, big band are a force to be reckoned with. This show was originally mounted in 2016 to celebrate Gil Scott Heron’s birthday. If there ever has been a time that this show is neede— it’s now.

Friday, January 20, 2017

MUSIC TONIGHT @ THE RED ROOM

TRIO: Dan Conrad, Kate Porter, Eric Franklin

ELECTRONIC MUSIC: Maggie Wilkinson

BASS CLARINETS: Jamal Moore, Samuel Burt

WHEN: Friday January 20, 2017 | 9:00 pm
WHERE:
Red Room in Normals Books and Records, 425 East 31st Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
ADMISSION: $5-10

Baltimore veterans and talented newcomers! A night of conversational improvisation and intensely focused electroacoustics.

Maggie Wilkinson, an electronic musician from Goucher College, makes music with equal parts intellectual depth and thick emotion.Dan Conrad (flute), Eric Franklin (theremin), and Kate Porter (cello) – Exploration of immediate themes and texture in sound. Objectivity vs distraction. Humor vs frustration. Possibility vs economy. (etc.)

Starting the night is a duet of bass clarinets with Jamal Moore and Samuel Burt. Creaking, croaking, smooth, buzzy, crunchy, and fantastic.

BLACK HISTORY EVENTS SET @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Black History Events at Creative Alliance

WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Creative Alliance celebrates black history, culture, and artistic expression. The list below is just a sampling of the stellar events we present throughout the year! (Above: Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Navasha Daya, What does it mean to be Black?)

SAT JAN 21 | Navasha Daya w/ Jonathan Gilmore
SAT JAN 28 | Winter in America: The Revolutionary words and music of Gil Scott Heron
SAT FEB 4 | Bob Marley's Birthday Soul Shakedown w/ See-I
THU FEB 16 | FILM | Awake Zion
THU FEB 16 | DISCUSSION | What does it mean to be Black?
FRI FEB 17 | Garifuna Soul: Aurelio Martinez
THU FEB 23 | Walter Wolfman Washington Mardis Gras Blues Party
SAT FEB 25 | EXHIBITION | Johns Hopkins Black History Month Student Competition


Navasha Daya with Jonathan Gilmore

WHEN: Saturday, January 21 | 8pm
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $25, $22 mbrs. (+$3 at the door)
More Info & Tix

Called an “astral soul goddess” by Mojo magazine, Navasha Daya (nah Vah sha Day- ya), is an exceptionally gifted and seasoned songwriter/ singer, composer, producer, and choreographer who is internationally known as a breathtaking performer. On stage, Navasha embodies the feminine spirit and inspires women around the world. Grammy-Award winning songstress India Arie described Navasha’s voice as “the true definition of soulful.” Prior to her solo release, Navasha served as lead vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of the highly acclaimed Baltimore based soul/jazz band, Fertile Ground.

DESIGNER REGISTRATION FOR BALTIMORE FASHION WEEK ENDS SOON!

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JORDAN FAYE CONTEMPORARY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!

Jeffery Herrity, Blue, slip-cast porcelain, plexi, & wire
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Receptions on 3 floors

WHEN: January 19 - 22
WHERE:
Jordan Faye Contemporary, 218 W Saratoga St., Top Floor, MAP , Baltimore

Did you miss our two Winter Exhibitions 

FOREST THROUGH THE TREE | JEFFERY HERRITY

BEING PRESENT | celebrating a decade of Jordan Faye Contemporary

... Now's the time to come and see them! Plus our lovely neighbors - Terrault & Maryland Art Place have exhibitions Opening. Erin Fostel | Standing Still @ Terrault 3rd floor + @ MAP 1st floor gallery Abhidnya Ghuge | Our Lives Our Green & Heather Harvey | ENCAMPMENT both open this thursday. 

Come check out multiple exhibitions in the Maryland Art Place Building this Thursday January 19th from 6-9pm. 

This weekend is the last weekend to see Forest Through the Trees & Being Present!

gallery hours thru Jan. 22 | Thursday 2-9pm | Friday & Saturday 12-5pm & Sunday 1-4pm


EXHIBITION  |  UP NEXT

these are them 
curated by Justin Hoekstra

WHEN: OPENING FEBRUARY 4  |  7-10pm

These are painters

They are all hunting for that magic lever which releases painting from language

They are connected through their engagement with painting and Baltimore

They are all doing this work in addition to the work of surviving

The painters in this show are working along the faultlines within the discipline

Each is possessed of a unique mode of engagement with the materials and their history

All are working in the realm of painting and exploiting various strategies to make something that they wanted or needed to see

Uncertainness serves to further unite these works... 

{excerpt from curator's statement}

Learn more here.

BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP SCHEDULES BUSY WEEKEND

*There are no Improv shows this Friday due to the opening of the Single Carrot Theatre's exciting new production "Samsara."

WHEN: Saturday, January 21 @ 8:00 pm
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore

Get you and your main squeeze on down to the Single Carrot Theater for the Saturday Night Double Feature. Two amazing troupes on one stage performing a new show every week. There will be thrills, chills, and spills, love, lust and laughter, action, mystery and suspense—all in living technicolor with full surround sound, 3D effects and (if you’re in the front row) smell-o-vision. Come on out to the moving pictures!
Featured Troupes: Training 4 Prom & Lekker

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Saturday January 21 @ 9:00 pm

Watch Gus perform their usual fast-paced multi-scene hilarity to kick off the show—and then watch them slow it down a bit to dig out even more funny over one scene!  Featured Troupe: GUS

Tickets only $5!

WHEN: Sunday, January 22 @ 7:30pm

The return of BIG's original Sunday Funday! This hour long show brings together BIG performers wth talented groups and troupes from across the region!

Featured Troupes: Sad Trombone of Philly, The Caucus of Baltimore, & Local Spot of BIG

Tickets only $5!


Workin' on the weekend? Don't fret! We now have weekday shows so you can unwind and laugh, and maybe even join in!

WHEN: Every Monday at 7:30pm

Our newest addition to the schedule, Baltimore's ONLY competitive improv show! This week: Baltimore indie troupe Scrapple defends their title once again against challengers Glittarati! Come pick a side and help decide who leaves victorious, and who just... leaves.

Tickets only $5!

Thursdays are bring your own troupe night!

Drop your team name in the hat to perform with your improv troupe, sketch troupe, practice group, or some new friends you met outside. All experience levels welcome.

This event is FREE!


WHEN: Saturday, January 21 @ 12pm

Improv Saturday for Teens!

Jump into some seriously hilarious improv work. Learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters, and present them through fun improv scenes and games. These workshops are all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice. Always fun, this class will focus on developing improv skills and creating performers. For any level of improv experience for teenagers ages 13-17.  Come out and have a blast!

Tickets only $20!

WHEN: Sunday, January 29 @ 5:00pm


$15 Intro to Improv Workshop!

Never taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out with experienced BIG instructors! This introductory workshop is designed to give potential students an opportunity to experience what a class is like before committing to a full course. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement—all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward those who are new to improv. Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot. For adults 18+

Tickets only $15!

For more information on shows, classes, & volunteer opportunities visit Bigimprov.org

BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP PRESENTS NEW INTENSIVE

Baltimore Improv Group is proud to present our new intensive, featuring the best indie & student players in Baltimore:

The Conservatory

WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 North Howard St., Baltimore
Tickets only $5!

*There are no Improv shows this Friday due to the opening of the Single Carrot Theatre's exciting new production "Samsara".

Purchase tickets here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PROVOCATIVE NEW PLAY OPENS THIS WEEK @ SINGLE CARROT THEATRE

SAMSARA
By Lauren Yee

WHEN: January 18- February 12, 2017; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: $29; seniors & students $22
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Single Carrot Theatre is excited to present the next show of Season X: this dark comedy uses humor and hi-jinks to illuminate the deeper issues at the heart of the story.  Lauren Yee's Samsara takes us on a journey: this heartfelt and hilarious play is not only a story of what to expect when you're expecting someone else's child, but a modern take on colonialism and the ethics of outsourcing surrogacy.

Samsara is a fresh story by a young playwright, and a regional premiere to boot! Grab a ticket to see for yourself!

Katie and Craig want a baby.  Well, Katie wants a baby, and Craig wants what Katie wants. When Craig goes to India to be with their surrogate, Suraiya, flying-phobic Katie is left alone, plagued by visions of all that could go wrong and a mysterious, seductive Frenchman.  Suraiya, an aspiring doctor with secrets of her own, tries to remain cool and aloof while conversing with the life growing inside of her, a curious young man who has named himself Amit. Their lives flow together and intertwine in the cycle of life, death and rebirth known as samsara.

Click here for a more in-depth look at the real-life industry behind Lauren Yee’s play!

TAKE TEA THIS SATURDAY @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS!

Ah Yes, Indeed! The Tea, You Must Have a Cup of Tea!  —the March Hare, Alice in Wonderland

Afternoon Tea at Baltimore Clayworks

WHEN: Saturday, January 21st, at 2PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore

In conjunction with our popular Teapots VIII exhibition that opened earlier this month, we are thrilled to host a Tea Party to celebrate the function and form of the teapot. Sip your favorite tea and taste treats from the Tea Trolley, while viewing and learning more about the teapots in the exhibition.

Please review the invitation below and purchase your tickets through the Clayworks' website or by calling the front desk at 410.578.1919 x219 to reserve your seat by Tuesday, January 17th.

Proceeds from the Tea Party will directly support our artistic and educational programs at Clayworks. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email Emily at emily.sollenberger@baltimoreclayworks.org.
We look forward to seeing you!

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THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY INSTITUTE

Edward Polochick will guest conduct the Preparatory Performance Academy Festival Orchestra featuring students from the Performance Academy for Strings, directed by Christian Tremblay, and the Peabody Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, directed by Rebecca Henry, on Saturday, January 21, at 2:00 pm. The free concert includes Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto in G major, No. 3, BWV 1048; Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20; David Diamond's Rounds for String Orchestra; and Robert Fuchs' Serenade for String Orchestra No. 3, Op. 21, and will take place at the Walters Art Museum.


EVENTS THIS WEEK

Thursday, January 19, 12:00 pm

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall will be presented by the Organ Department. Mi Zhou, organ, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541. Kyongmin Kim, organ, will perform the first movement of Alexandre Guilmant's Sonata (Symphony) for organ No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42. Phoon Yu, organ, will perform Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548. Dalaie Choi, organ, will perform William Bolcom's Free Fantasia on 'O Zion Haste' and 'How Firm a Foundation.' 


Friday, January 20, 12:00 pm

Quartet EspritHa-Young Kim and Ryo Usami, violins; Ankit Anil, viola; and Andrew Shiau, cello—will present a recital of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat major, K. 458, "The Hunt"; Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703, "Quartett-Satz"; and Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44-1 in the free Peabody on the Court Series concert at the Walters Art Gallery. 


Saturday, January 21, 1:00 pm

The Peabody Piano Academy Recital, co-directed by Chad R. Bowles and Hyun-Sook Park, will present pianists Maddie Cheong, Maya Cooper, Rosemary Leboeuf, Alan Mao, Philip Yoon, and Victoria Zang performing Ludwig van Beethoven's "Tempest" and "Appassionata" sonatas, as well as works by Bach, Chopin, Haydn, and Prokofiev. The concert, in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall, will be free.


CONSERVATORY STUDENT RECITALS

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 peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, January 26, 8:00 pm

Variations on Goldberg IV: Alexander Shtarkman, Piano


Sunday, January 29, 3:00 pm

Preparatory Winter Honors Recital


Saturday, February 4, 8:00 pm

Marin Alsop conducts Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Barber, Strauss, Shostakovich


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 peabody.jhu.edu/events.


Give to Peabody

Your generosity enables Peabody to provide the one-to-one, artist-to-student teaching that is critical to musical development. Help secure our tradition of inspiration for another 150 years! 

Make a Gift


1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
peabody.jhu.edu
410-234-4500

 

THE BMA HOSTS FREE ACTIVITIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH INAUGURATION ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

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THE BMA HOSTS FREE ART ACTIVITIES

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 10 AM – 4 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will be hosting a day of free art activities held in conjunction with the Presidential Inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017.

“Museums are civic spaces where people and ideas come together,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “We want everyone to know the BMA is a safe haven for the city during a time of change and that art offers many opportunities for contemplation.”

Throughout the day, visitors will be able to participate in gallery talks about key works of art and join in readings of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and other founding documents. The BMA will also offer mobile-device self-guided meditations with artworks and provide information on how to contact your political representatives.  

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

  • Take a guided meditation with BMA Go Mobile on your smartphone.
  • Which artworks evoke freedom to you? Vote in the galleries.

11 A.M. to NOON

  • Hear readings of the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and other founding documents by local poets. Audience participation welcome.

NOON to 4 P.M.

  • De-stress with aromatherapy by Priya Means Love.
  • Snack on comfort foods (available until 3 p.m.).

1-3 P.M.

  • Hear from BMA docents and educators on art and politics in the BMA’s collection. Tours begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

2 to 4 P.M.

  • Learn who your representatives are and write to them if you like. Postage is on us.
  • Art-making in the BMA Studio

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 objects—including the largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse. Throughout the museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; significant artworks from China; stunning Antioch mosaics; and an exceptional collection of art from Africa. The BMA’s galleries also showcase examples from one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs and exquisite textiles from around the world. The 210,000-square-foot museum is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens. As a major cultural destination for the region, the BMA hosts a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, and educational programs throughout the year.

General admission to the BMA is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.

BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE FACTORY “BARD TO THE BONE” PROGRAMS START TONIGHT!

You already know Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is the country's leading champion of Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation of 400 years ago. But do you know WHY?

  • After all, our third OP show opens this spring...
  • Four of our actors are now officially OP-certified...
  • And we have the massive bragging rights of having David Crystal, Ben Crystal, and dialect coach Paul Meier on our Advisory Board!

Please join us Wednesday night for a full intro to OP. Hear it... practice it... and you'll see immediately why BSF is bringing this charming, chewy, revelatory dialect back to life.

All Bard to the Bone Meetings
WHEN: Wednesdays (every other month), 7:00p-9:00p 
WHERE: The Great Hall at St. Mary’s, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore

January 18Original Pronunciation. What is it? Why do it in modern productions? Hear actors speak it and discuss their experiences with it.

March 16 – A perfect day to have a Bard to the Bone – the Ides of March. This month we will discuss the play Antony and Cleopatra, the sequel to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, performed in original pronunciation by BSF starting March 31.

May 18 What are quartos? And what are folios? And what do they have to do with Shakespeare?  We will discuss the printing practices of Shakespeare’s time and—after the Bible—what is probably the world’s most famous book: Shakespeare’s First Folio.

July 13 – We will discuss the two plays in BSF's summer season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love's Labour's Lost.

September 21 – Join us for our first Shakespeare Quiz Night! Come armed with your Shakespeare knowledge, prove yourself a Shakespeare expert, and earn some fun prizes!

November 9 – Join us to discuss our fall production—The Sea Voyage. This is the second play in our Shakespeare’s contemporary series, written by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger. Who were these playwrights and how does this play stack up to Shakespeare’s works?

Monday, January 16, 2017

SPOTLIGHTERS THEATRE JOINS “THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT”

PictureTHE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT

WHEN: Thursday, JANUARY 19, 2017; 5:30 PM
WHERE:
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street  in the Theatre Courtyard

Spotlighters Theatre will join over 500 theaters, ensembles and companies, high school and university theater programs will gather across the country to light a light and make a pledge to stand for and protect the values of  inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone—regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

PictureFrom Broadway to high school auditoriums, members of the theater community will gather from coast to coast in each time zone to light a light and make a pledge. Inspired by the theatrical tradition of keeping a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, we create light for the challenging times ahead. 

Members of the Baltimore Theatre & Artist community are invited to gather at 5pm at the Courtyard of Spotlighters Theatre to pledge to be a LIGHT for the dark times ahead.  Spotlighters pledges to be a BRAVE THEATRE and a BRAVE SPACE:

  • safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 
  • Diverse opinions, dissent, and argument are not only tolerated, but invited.
  • Active listening and courageous exchange are fundamental values.
  • Collective action, activism, and community engagement, both within and outside the walls of the theater, are cultivated, encouraged, and supported.

PictureSpotlighters must stand up and speak out!  As one of the oldest theatres in Baltimore, and one with a long history of diverse and multi-racial casting and support, Spotlighters must be a LIGHT to all that no one is not included.  Spotlighters seeks to create an on-going dialogue in the coming months and years, to keep this discussion alive, and to continue to be a LIGHT.  

From Saheem Ali, Director and member of the Ghostlight Project Steering Committee: "The act of expressing something out loud has significance. [It] demonstrates solidarity and a firmness of belief. Our most solemn ceremonies—weddings, graduations, ordinations—are by design public and communal because they demand witnesses. By standing outside the privacy afforded by one’s four walls and declaring something in full voice, one asks to be held accountable for the stance being taken." 

Gather at 5pm at 817 Saint Paul Street (21202) in the Theatre Courtyard.

  • to make your own “I AM” sign and be photographed for your social media site—and for use on Spotlighters Ghostlight page.
  • to discuss future events and projects to expand our LIGHT to the greater Baltimore community.
  • to hear the pledge that Spotlighters will make to the people of Baltimore. 

PicturePlease bring your LIGHT—flashlight, cell phone, etc (Please no candles of open flames)

Please bring your commitment to be a LIGHT in the coming Dark Times.

More information at

KEEP WARM WITH IMPROV THIS FRIDAY: 10 FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE TO CHARM CITY ARTS MAVEN READERS ONLY!

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WHEN: Friday, January 20, 7 PM
WHERE:
Single Carrot Theatre, 1600 N. Howard Street
Terry@bigimprov.org to reserve tickets!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

BUY 1/GET 1 FREE MATISSE/DIEBENKORN ADMISSION @ THE BMA

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Buy 1, Get 1 Free During Matisse/Diebenkorn Extended Hours
WHEN:
Thursday, January 12, 5-8 p.m.
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

All Matisse/Diebenkorn tickets are buy one, get one free for eNews subscribers during extended evening hours on Thursday, January 12 from 5-8 p.m. To receive the discount, mention this email when purchasing tickets at the East Lobby Box Office. To receive free tickets to special exhibitions every day, become a member of the BMA today! 


 

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on
Matisse/Diebenkorn

Thursday, January 12, 7 p.m.

While visiting Matisse/Diebenkorn during extended evening hours Thursday, hear insights from Senior Curator Katy Rothkopf on the artists' relationship and artworks.

There is no fee for the talk, but tickets are required due to limited capacity. Tickets for the exhibition may be reserved online or in person at the East Lobby Box Office.


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Art After Hours
Friday, January 27, 8-11 p.m.
$25 | $20 Members

Art After Hours takes a new direction in 2017! In addition to creative cocktails, music, and after-hours access to the galleries and exhibitions like Matisse/Diebenkorn, Art After Hours will include TASK, a unique participatory art event. More

2 MONUMENTAL JAZZ EVENTS @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! THIS WEEKEND

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

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Baltimore CD Release Concert

WHEN: Saturday, Jan 14 - 8 & 9:30 pm
TICKETS
: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
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Baltimore CD Release Concert for "Letter to McCoy"
A CD release to celebrate McCoy Tyner's 77th Birthday

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.

Gonzalez has a golden touch on the piano, whether he’s playing a ballad or swinging for the fences. – the JazzPage


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David Murray Baltimore Big Band: Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Concert 
WHEN: Sunday, Jan 15 - 5 & 7 pm
TICKETS:
$25 in advance//$28 at door/$10 full time students with ID.
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Don't miss this very important debut event, featuring works by Grammy Award winning saxophonist David Murray.  Murray's two 2016 shows were sold out!  Seating is limited – get your tickets early!

David Murray; band leader, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Mingus Murray, guitar
Piano: Justin Taylor
Drums & Percussion: Eric Kennedy
Bass: Herman Burney
Trombones:  Che' Davis, Christian Hizon, Rison Poonin
Bass Trombone: Jahi Alexander
Trumpets:  Theljon Allen, Leo Maxey, Michael Jordan, Kennis Rolle, Jr.
Tenor Saxophones:  Jamal Moore, Niko Evans
Alto Saxophones:  Rachel Winder, Sam King
Baritone Saxophone:  Clarence Ward
Tuba:  Osi Atikpoh

“EXIT PLUTO” OPENS @ THE STRAND THEATER THIS THURSDAY!

Opening This Thursday! Join Us!



Betty believes that by running her bakery like a fortress constantly under siege, she will stave off what she fears most and understands least: change. And so Betty insists that a thieving customer is sweet as pie; that the builder she has known his whole life still dotes on her confections; and that her young apprentice, Lulu, will be loyal forever. But change is a hungry beast, knocking at the door, and not even the fortress can withstand the pounding.

WHEN: January 12-29, Thurs-Sat at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00pm
WHERE:
5426 Harford Rd. Baltimore MD 21201
TICKETS:  General Admission - $20, Student/Senior/Artist – $10
Visit www.strand-theater.org to purchase tickets.

Directed by Alice Stanley

Cast
Betty: Janise Whelan
Lulu: Barbara Madison Hauck
Noushin: .Jessica Kim
Hector: Flynn Harne
Blossom: Bethany Mayo

About the Playwright
Amy Bernstein’s plays have been read and produced in New York City; Washington, DC; Baltimore,MD; Lexington, KY; Leeds, England, and elsewhere. Amy’s full-length play, Raw, was produced by the Venus Theater in Laurel, MD, in 2015 as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. She regularly participates in the annual Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival and Free Fall Baltimore, and has had work included in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. One of Amy’s one-minute plays is included in a forthcoming anthology published by Routledge Books. She has participated in intensive playwright workshops at the 2011 Association of Theaters for Higher Education (ATHE) Conference and the 2012 Inkwell Theater in D.C. A short play about 9/11 was performed at the Marble Collegiate Church play festival in 2012.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

SPECIAL ENOCH PRATT LECTURE HONORING MLK & CIVIL RIGHTS EXHIBIT RELAUNCH

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Image: Street scene. Protest demonstration. Paul Robeson (left) and Dr. John E.T. Camper (right) protesting Ford's Theatre Jim Crow admission policy. 314-320 West Fayette Street, Baltimore. March 1948. Photograph by Paul Henderson. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, MdHS, HEN-00-A2-178

The Maryland Historical Society proudly relaunches its Paul Henderson Civil Rights-era photography exhibition featuring never-before-seen scenes of Baltimore life c. 1940-1960. 

On January 14, 2017, free tours of the Paul Henderson: Maryland's Civil Rights Era in Photographs exhibition will be offered in advance of a special MLK Commemorative lecture hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Maryland Historical Society. The lecture, which will begin at 2pm, features Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Founder and President of Economic Education and author of the new book, Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy.

Beginning at 10:30 am, Curator of Films & Photographs, Joe Tropea, and Historical Investigations Specialist, David Armenti, will lead guided tours of the exhibit Paul Henderson: Maryland's Civil Rights Era in Photographs, c.1940-1960. The tours will cover topics such as Henderson's life and work as a photojournalist, MdHS's work on the 7,000 piece collection, and the many stories his photos convey. Each tour will begin on the half hour: 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Tours will meet in the Symington Library.

Then at 2pm, The Enoch Pratt Free Library hosts its annual King Commemorative Lecture featuring Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Founder and President of Economic Education. This lecture will begin at 2:00pm in France Hall.

Museum admission will be free all day. To register for the tours or lecture, visit this link

About Paul Henderson and Maryland's Civil Rights Movement

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Image: People swimming at the "Black Swimming Pool.² Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. Ca. 1948. Photograph by Paul Henderson Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, MdHS, HEN-01-03-013

Maryland's Civil Rights movement began in the early to mid-1930s. The lynching of George Armwood on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1933 sparked revamping of the Baltimore Branch NAACP and intense activism on the part of black and white residents of Baltimore.

Paul Henderson (1899-1988), born in Springfield, Tennessee moved to Baltimore in 1929. In 1930, Henderson married grade school teacher Elizabeth Johnson and the couple took an apartment on McCulloh Street, within walking distance of Pennsylvania Avenue, the black community of Baltimore's shopping and entertainment district. Along with the NAACP, politics, church life, sports, education, and the Afro-American newspaper, Pennsylvania Avenue is one of the many subjects featured in his photographs.

Exhibited in Paul Henderson: Maryland's Civil Rights Era in Photographs, c.1940-1960 are important events, groups, and people such as the protest at segregated Ford's Theatre in Baltimore, NAACP membership campaign meeting, Baltimore Elite Giants Negro League baseball team, Morgan State College, Dr. Lillie May Carroll Jackson (head of the NAACP, 1935-1970) with her family, Thurgood Marshall with Dr. Carl Murphy (editor-publisher of the Afro-American newspaper) and many more.

About Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Enoch Pratt Event

Julianne Malveaux is a labor economist, author and commentator on issues such as race, culture, gender and their economic impacts. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence and many other publications. Her weekly columns, syndicated through King Features, appeared in newspapers across the country from 1990 to 2003. She has hosted television and radio programs and appeared as a commentator on all the major networks.

Since receiving her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1980, Dr. Malveaux has been a contributor to academic life. She has been on the faculty or visiting faculty of the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California (Berkeley), Michigan State University, and Howard University, and she served as president of Bennett College for Women.

Dr. Malveaux serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute as well as the United Medical Center of Washington, D.C. Her latest book, Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy, will be on sale at a book signing following the program. Book sales provided by the Ivy Bookshop.


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.