Thursday, October 5, 2017

THIS WEEK: Burlesque, NISA program kickoff, Highlandtown Arts District Exhibitions & More!


Arooj Aftab with Zomes

Nisa | Women Kickoff Event!

: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
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We kick off our program series NISA, with a performance from Arooj Aftab, a young neo-Sufi singer originally from Pakistan. This performance, and the series, is supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, and puts the spotlight on female artists from Muslim cultural backgrounds. After spending most of the week visiting Baltimore high schools and universities, Arooj will be making her Creative Alliance debut, with a hauntingly beautiful program combining Sufi traditional poetry with a forward-thinking experiment approach. Baltimore electronic adventurers, ZOMES, will open and collaborate with Arooj and her trio.

Pakistani dinner from Taj Kabob included with your ticket!

Burlesque: Night of Noire with Perle Noire

Gigi Holliday, Eva Mystique, Jacqueline Boxx, and Dr. Ginger Snapz! Hosted by drag burlesquer, Betty O'Hellno!


We are pulling out all the stops! A night of glitz, glamour, sultry seduction with the legendary Mahogany Queen of Burlesque - the FABULOUS Perle Noire! Baltimore Burlesque fans (and soon-to-be-fans) must catch this RARE opportunity to witness a legend.
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Art To Dine For: Straight-Ahead Jazz
Jazz, Jewelry, & Tapas


Gary and Elana Vikan welcome you into their home for a night of Straight-Ahead Jazz. Revel in an evening featuring Darius Scott, as he plays on the Vikan's treasured Bosendorfer piano, and exchanges musical ideas with Resolution Trio, in this intimate setting. LOW TICKET WARNING!
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The Songster Series Susan Alcorn


The pedal steel guitar is a hard instrument to play and very difficult to master. 2017 Baker Artist Award-winner Susan Alcorn is a master. Though pedal steel is mostly associated with country and western music (and is becoming well known in the Sacred Steel style popularized by Robert Randolph) the possibilities are endless.  Info

Multilingual Baltimore

WHEN: THU OCT 12 | 7:30PM | FREE

This screening shares stories of immigrants living in the Baltimore area, in the narrators’ native language. This oral histories project between undergraduate students of foreign languages and immigrants in the Baltimore Metropolitan area features interviews in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. Info

PANDEMIC—Bmore Hip Hop Dance Party 
w/ Aaron LaCrate, Peso da Mafia, Joy Postell & more!

WHEN: FRI OCT 13 | 8:30PM

Born and raised around the corner from the Creative Alliance in the heart of Highlandtown, culture producer Aaron LaCrate grew his empire from a skate shop in his parents’ basement to a New York-based music and fashion conglomerate recognized worldwide. Tix & Info

Anna & Elizabeth, Cleek Schrey, Liam Byrne

WHEN: MON OCT 16 | 7:30PM

Using banjo, two voices, viola da gamba, fiddle and pump organ, the quartet of Elizabeth LaPrelle, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Cleek Schrey, and Liam Byrne will debut a program of quietly lush quartet compositions and new arrangements of ancient melodies. Tix & Info

Exhibitions on view at Creative Alliance

Highlandtown Arts District Exhibition

Opening Reception: FRI OCT 6 | 6-8PM
On View: OCT 6 - 21

A Highlandtown annual tradition, the Highlandtown Arts District exhibition features a sampling of numerous and prolific Baltimore artists in Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery, SkyLofts Gallery and Studios at 3703 Bank Street. Info

Aaron LaCrate: Just A Kid From Highlandtown

Opening Reception: FRI OCT 13 | 6-8PM
On View: OCT 13 - NOV 25

Just A Kid From Highlandtown features an immersive recreation of LaCrate’s initial basement shop, complete with a participatory DJ and mix tape station. Visitors will travel through a historical photo montage documenting Highlandtown’s '80s skate, graffiti, and punk scene as seen through LaCrate’s eyes. Info

In The News!

Exhibition To Explore Highlandtown's History With Skateboarding and Graffiti Culture
by Catherine Hawley

According to Aaron LaCrate, he's just a kid from Highlandtown. "Highlandtown in the early '80s was a much wilder place then it is today,” he said. “There was little groups of little outlaw kids, gang-like street kids that were skateboarding, writing graffiti, getting into hop-hop, punk rock." And LaCrate was part of that crew.

Read More in ABC 2 News

HIGH POINT by Jess Mayhugh
Thanks to strong community partnerships, and a heavy emphasis on diversity and the arts, Highlandtown is experiencing a renaissance—a case study on how to revitalize a neighborhood while keeping its character.
Read More in Baltimore Magazine