Friday, June 29, 2018

Guarantee Your Spot in the (Free) Women's Performance Workshop @ The Strand Theater

Women's Performance Workshop
WHEN: August 17th & 18th, 2018. Space is limited so please send your inquiry by July 1st to guarantee your spot. After July 1st, participants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the workshop is full.
Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Rd., Baltimore

Following the success of the Women’s Performance Workshop earlier this year, the Strand is pleased to again offer a FREE introductory Women’s Performance Workshop to women-identified Baltimore community members.

The workshop will be led by the Strand’s Founding Artistic Director (2007-2012), Jayme Kilburn, along with previous WPW participants.

The workshop is open to all women-identified, trans, and non-binary community members in Baltimore City and beyond. It is not necessary to have any prior performance experience to participate in the workshop.

By using collaborative performance-based techniques, community-engaged exercises, and narrative writing, the WPW creates a space where women can generate their own solo performance based on personal stories. The workshop culminates in a performance on Saturday, August 18th at 8pm.

If you are interested in participating, please email Jayme Kilburn (project organizer): with your reason for wanting to participate and any accommodations that would make participating easier.
*The WPW is made possible by Engaged Cornell.

Workshop Schedule:
Friday, August 17th from 7-9:30pm
Introductions, Performance Techniques, Story-Circles
Saturday, August 18th from 10:30am-9pm
Devising Techniques, Writing, Sharing, Devising (lunch provided)
6-8pm: Dinner break
7:30pm: Reception and Performance
Sunday, August 19th from 11am-1pm
Optional Post-Mortem


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BMA Jazz Odyssey Concert with The Sun Ra Arkestra

WHEN: Saturday, July 7, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Ticket includes evening access to Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture exhibition from 57 p.m.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles &
31st Streets, Baltimore
ADMISSION: A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase online or at the BMA Box Office.
If the skies are clear and the heat index is mild, the BMA will release more than 150 tickets at 1 p.m. for outdoor seating. Please call the BMA Box Office at 443-573-1701 for details on the day of the event.
In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held in the BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium.
Call 443-573-1701 after 1 p.m. for updates. Outdoor Jazz + Dinner reservations must be changed to indoor seating or rescheduled by calling Gertrude’s at 410-889-3399. No refunds or exchanges.

Founded by legendary experimental jazz pioneer, Sun Ra, the Arkestra now performs under the direction of long-time band member Marshall Allen. Their outer space-inspired music has been heard at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Lincoln Center, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

General admission to the BMA is free. Special events and exhibitions may be ticketed. The BMA is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For general museum information, call 443-573-1700 or visit   

School 33 Presents “Omnibus Filing 2.0: Empathy Mirror” Opening on July 6

Films Opening Friday at the SNF Parkway

WHERE: SNF Parkway Theatre, 5 W North Ave, Baltimore,

Director: Kate Novack 2017, 93 minutes

André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.

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Los Angeles Times: “It's a fascinating look at the self-invented André Leon Talley, a bold, daring creation who never let anything obstruct his passions, curiosities and whims.” —Katie Walsh

Hollywood Reporter: “The Gospel According to Andre should prove catnip for fashion buffs.”—Frank Scheck

Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn 2017, 94 minutes

Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.

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Los Angeles Times: “The message is clear, and memorably rendered: Care about where your meat comes from, because then you might eat less of it, feel better when you do eat it, and cause a little less suffering in the world.” —Robert Abele

Variety: “A movie like "Eating Animals," by making you think twice about what you're taking a bite of, has stood its ground and done its job.”—Owen Gleiberman

Nellie Killian and Sight Unseen present
1979 / 1985, 74 minutes, 16mm

WHEN: Thursday, July 5th - 7:30pm

SOFT FICTION, Chick Strand, 1979, 54 min, 16mm

“Chick Strand’s SOFT FICTION is a personal documentary that brilliantly portrays the survival power of female sensuality. It combines the documentary approach with a sensuous lyrical expressionism. Strand focuses her camera on people talking about their own experience, capturing subtle nuances in facial expressions and gestures that are rarely seen in cinema. The title SOFT FICTION works on several levels. It evokes the soft line between truth and fiction that characterizes Strand’s own approach to documentary, and suggests the idea of softcore fiction, which is appropriate to the film’s erotic content and style. It’s rare to find an erotic film with a female perspective dominating both the narrative discourse and the visual and audio rhythms with which the film is structured. Strand continues to celebrate in her brilliant, innovative personal documentaries her theme, the reaffirmation of the tough resilience of the human spirit.” – Marsha Kinder, Film Quarterly

FROM ROMANCE TO RITUAL, Peggy Ahwesh, 1985, 20 min
This film is formed around several scenes of women telling stories to the camera of their sexual history and experience. This material is intercut and juxtaposed with related footage concerning girls and their growing up, memory and the learning process and the received truth of history lessons. This film as a whole makes for an uncomfortable fit between women’s personal experience and the official dogma of our culture’s history. The filming style is of the ethno-graphic film without the expert observer and of the home movie without the father.

“Tell Me” celebrates female filmmakers who took the simple, radical step of allowing women space and time to talk about their lives. Working in idioms from cinema verite to essay film to agitprop, the assembled films all share a startling intimacy between camera and subject. Whether through the bonds of shared experience, or merely genuine interest, these portraits capture women talking about trauma and sexual identity; summoning new language to describe the long simmering injustices and frustrations we still face today; making jokes; admitting insecurities; and organizing for the future.

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Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
Director: Melvin Van Peebles
1971, USA, 97 minutes, R
WHEN: Wed 7/4 - 7:00 PM; Fri 7/6 - 9:30 PM; Sat 7/7 - 9:30 PM 

Included in MoMA’s permanent collection and considered to be among the most significant features ever by an African-American filmmaker, SWEET SWEETBACK is a brutal and shocking story of survival and is credited as one of the first blaxploitation films.

Director/writer/producer/editor/composer Melvin Van Peebles stars as a black orphan raised in a brothel and groomed to be a sex show performer. Set up by his boss and two corrupt cops for a murder he didn’t commit, Sweetback escapes custody and is thrust into an increasingly hallucinogenic world of violence and bigotry where no one can be trusted, and the possibility of death lurks at every corner…

Featuring a rousing score from a nascent Earth, Wind, & Fire, as well as surrealist visuals from stalwart genre cinematographer Robert Maxwell (THE CANDY SNATCHERS), Van Peebles creates an unforgettable study of perseverance in the face of racism.

“Van Peebles’ celluloid classic shook up the world of cinema much as a brash young pugilist originally known as Cassius Clay had done in the boxing ring some years earlier. The film merged European modernism and the avant-garde with the urgent demands of black power, creating a cinematic document echoing sentiments articulated in the urban streets of 1970s America.”
— Todd Boyd, The Root

Film courtesy of Xenon Pictures, Vinegar Syndrome and the American Genre Film Archive

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Volunteers’ Collective, Sunday, July 1, at the Red Room

WHEN:  Sunday, July 1, 7:30 PM. Elaborate set ups must occur prior to our start time. Doors will open at 7:15. 
The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st Street

You are cordially invited to come play free music!

Every month, the Red Room hosts the Volunteers’ Collective. It’s a free session of experimental and improvised music. In this cordial, informal setting, we focus on listening and collaboration. Players of all skill levels participate.

Try out a new technique or new instrument in a non-judgmental setting. Meet new and veteran improvisers. Bring a friend. Experience new brain-states.

We could use anyone who is a…

brass-buzzer          membrane-whacker          tine-tapper
tube-fluter             talk-boxer                        reed-blower
mouth-harper        bucket-dripper                  string-rubber
antenna-waver       invention-builder              party-crasher
gong-spinner          finger-dancer                   hallucination-projector
etc. & etc...for sublime non-idiomatic improvised music experiences.

Our PA is sometimes in high demand at these events. Consider bringing an acoustic instrument or if you need amplification, bring a speaker. Access to the PA will go to those who arrive first.

Curious about the format? We loosely call it a workshop rather than jam session. Our main mode of operation involves selecting small subsets of attendees to play for several minutes at a time. It’s like a miniature High Zero Festival for locals. Typically, everyone gets opportunities to play multiple times with many different performers. We occasionally practice small and large group exercises. We have a projection screen and a nice PA, although many play unamplified or with their own loudspeaker. Come check it out!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

B.I.G. July-August classes filling up fast! Don't be left out!

Picture“It will change your life!” That’s what we hear most often about taking improv classes. At BIG University you’ll work with the best improvisers in Baltimore to perform original, honest, and funny work through games, exercises and performances. We offer classes for all levels – from introductory level to advanced specialized programs. Age is truly just a number in improv. There are classes and workshops for kids, teens, and adults.

You will receive excellent training and specific feedback while you have the time of your life!

WHERE: All classes, unless otherwise noted, will be held at Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane, in Evergreen.

Level 101: Intro to Improv

This is the place to start. This course is a prerequisite to all of the upper-level classes.

Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and listening. No prior performance or improv experience are necessary. Classes build upon one another, allowing novice improvisers to grow and be challenged at a comfortable rate. Sessions are designed so students will build a strong foundation as a confident performer. You will amaze yourself with your newfound skills at the last class performance in front of your friends and family!

Session I:
7 Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, July 11 - August 22
Session II:
7 Thursdays, 7-9pm, July 12- August 23
Session III:
7 Sundays, 1-3, July 15-August 26

Note: This course will meet at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St.

Level 201: Introduction to Improv Game

Now apply what you’ve learned in Level 101 to focus on "the game of the scene". This class is heavy on exercises in the structural components of game-based, longform improv: zeroing-in on one idea at a time and playing them to their comedic high points. Students will emerge from Level 201 with the tools necessary to stage longer, intertwining scenes with recurring themes, rich characters, and fun relationship dynamics. Prerequisite: Level 101

Session I:
7 Mondays, 7-9 pm, July 9 - August 20
Session II:
7 Thursdays, 7-9 pm, July 12 - August 23
Session III:
7 Sundays, 10 am-noon, July 15 - August 26

Note: This course will meet at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St.

Level 202: Short Form Improv

You’ve learned the basics of building improvised scenes, now dive into the magical world of short form improv.  In this class, students will focus on performance techniques within the parameters of punchy, predetermined formats (think Whose Line Is It Anyway? or BIG's very-own short form troupe, Plan B) . Students will engage in a variety of short form formats including guessing, gimmick, firing line, audience participation, pattern recognition, gibberish, and more.
7 Sundays, 12-2 pm, July 15 - August 26

Level 301: Scene Work

You’ve learned the basics, now get focused on making your scenes run like a well-oiled machine. This class will give you an opportunity to tighten up your longform scenes by building stronger comedic ideas through a deeper understanding of character and game among your team. Support moves, beats, callbacks, group scenes, and advanced edits will all be practiced and utilized to fill out and innovate scene work. Prerequisites: Level 101 and Level 201
7 Thursdays, 6:30-9 pm, July 12 - August 23

Level 304: Acting for Improvisers

The dirty secret of improv, the one many improvisers won’t even whisper to themselves at night, is that improv is acting. Acting for Improvisers will focus on “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” We will be slowing down to explore character creation and motivation using scripted scenes and monologues as well as fully improvised scenes. This course will require some work outside of class, and full engagement in class, with the commitment to play scenes for truth before laughs. The class will culminate in a showcase combining scripted scenes and fully improvised dramatic scene work. Prerequisites: Level 101 and Level 201
7 Mondays, 7-9 pm, July 11 - August 22

Level 401: Group Games

Two characters standing on stage: the most common improvised scene. But how do scenes change when a third, fourth, fifth or ninth player is thrown into the mix? And how do you build those group games within a Harold into more than just a palette cleanser? In this advanced improvisation class students will learn pertinent skills for scenes in which every player is involved. Special emphasis will be placed on agreeing, finding the game, and sharing focus while heightening emotionally and physically. The class will explore working as a group through openings, walk-ons and backline support, and numerous approaches to organic and structured group games. The class will culminate in a long-form performance which emphasizes the awesomeness of group dynamics. Prerequisites: Level 101, Level 201, and at least one 300-Level class
7 Mondays, 6:30-9 pm, July 9 - August 20

Try a Two-Hour Intro 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.

*As an added bonus, workshop participants will receive a free ticket to the Sunday evening improv show, directly following the workshop!*  Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot. For adults 18+

Workshops for Kids and Teens

Teen Intensive Workshop

Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17t, 10am-12pm. The Student Showcase will take place on Saturday, August 18 at 12pm, (register)

If your teen is looking to get more out of improv than our normal, one-off workshop offerings, then BIG's Teen Improv Intensive is the ticket! Our Intensive enlists 12 teens, 13-17 years old, to embark on a 5-day session of classes together, to sharpen their skills as individual performers and grow as a cohesive team of improvisers. The five, 2-hour classes will culminate in a live Student Showcase, where the Teen Intensive team performs for family and friends. While no previous improv experience is necessary, students must be committed to the program and serious about their desire to learn and perform.
Spots are limited and will most likely sell out.

COST: $150

Kids Improv Workshop

Saturday, July 14, 10 - 11:30 am (register)

Do your kids love to make believe? Are they creative? Do you think they might be funnier than you? Then have them join The Baltimore Improv Group for a fun class of improvisational theater! Students will learn the basics of improv, participating in exercises and games for better listening, agreement, and response. From there, kids will take to the stage to practice scene work and create fun characters. Through it all, the students will see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity and how group trust and teamwork make for amazing and hilarious improv theater. This class is limited to children, ages 8-12 years old. No prior experience is necessary!

Teen Improv Workshop

Saturday, July 14, 10-11:30 am (register)
Let your teens jump into some seriously hilarious improv work while simultaneously learning newfound confidence! In addition to growing their speaking and listening skills, teens will learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters, and present them through fun improv scenes and games. Students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures, 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 teenagers ages 13-17, with any level of experience.


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites artists and artist collaborators to submit a proposal for a temporary, visual light art installation to be featured at the fourth annual Light City, the nation’s first free large-scale light, music and innovation festival. The work will be part of the festival’s 2019 BGE Light Art Walk. Each chosen installation will receive full funding between $10,000 and $75,000. Light City takes place Friday, April 5 through Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Application deadline: Monday, August 27, 2018


The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory presents Shakespeare's masterpiece of murder, fate and ambition.


WHEN: June 29 - July 22, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 4pm. Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime
Great Hall Theater at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore

New Podcast: Listen to director Kevin Finkelstein and members of the Macbeth cast discuss the play, its characters, and staging one of Shakespeare's classic plays. For more behind-the-scenes, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram!

Pay-What-You-Will: Join us on Friday, June 29 for opening night of Macbeth and pay-what-you-will at the door.

Saturday Lectures: Join us at 7pm on Saturdays, June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21 for free pre-show lectures. BSF Artistic Director, Tom Delise, will present the first lecture on Saturday, June 30.

Summer with Shakespeare: There's still time to register or sponsor a child (entering grades 3 through 9) for one of our three summer sessions. For more details or to donate (please specify that your gift is for summer camp scholarships in the note box on the donation form), visit our website or contact us!

Bard to the Bone: Our next Bard to the Bone society meeting is Thursday, July 19. Join us for a discussion of our two summer plays, Macbeth and King John.

King John: Our next summer show, King John, opens on Friday, July 27. Tickets on sale now!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

July 4th Pet Parade at American Visionary Art Museum

July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 9:30am - Pet registration. 10am - Parade and Prizes
: 800 Key Highway, Baltimore

Calling all patriotic pet lovers! The American Visionary Art Museum presents its annual July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade. Held each year in memory of supreme animal lover, Ellis Rosen, this is a competition for peaceful animals of kind not yet ready for Westminster. Prizes galore with a shot at Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet Lookalikes, Least Likely to Succeed as a Pet, Best Visionary Pet Tricks, and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best communal pet parade in town is followed by the Pet Talent [Or Not] Show.

About the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is a Congressionally-designated national museum and education center dedicated to intuitive, self-taught artistry. It champions the role intuition plays in creative invention and innovation of all sort — be it art, science, engineering, humor or philosophy, and especially in compassionate acts of social justice.

Visionary Pets on Parade is dedicated to the memory of our beloved friend, devoted volunteer and animal whisperer Ellis Rosen.

WORLD PREMIERE at Baltimore Theatre Project, July 6 - 15, 2018


The Tricksters 

WHEN: July 6 - 15, times vary
: Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
TICKETS: $20 - $60
Save 50% OFF All GA & VIP Tickets with Promo Code "HALFOFF"

They play with illusion and bend reality.
They practice the art of joyful deception.
They are storytellers, philosophers, clowns and poets.
They will fool you, make you laugh, and lead you to wonder if all of life is just one big trick.
David London and Harley Newman proudly present The Tricksters.
Prepare to be Bamboozled!

Harley Newman has been called the "zen-master of sideshow." He has earned international recognition for his unique approach to stunt performance, and through countless live and television appearances has been seen by billions of people worldwide.

David London has been called a "mad genius magician." He combines the art of illusion with storytelling, comedy and surrealism to create truly original theatrical performances, which he presents across the entire country.

David and Harley have been friends for nearly 20 years. Whenever they are together, the proudly bounce off the walls, and dream of impossible things.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018



An Evening with Hal Ketchum

Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Country troubadour Hal Ketchum’s career in country music has spanned well over 20 years with five million albums and a half-dozen Top 10 hits – including "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Hearts Are Gonna Roll." At age 61 he's a master of his craft. This is a rare, intimate show that will leave you breathless. Tix & Info


w/ Susan Alcorn


Thumbscrew is the trio of Mary Halverson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (percussion), and Michael Formanek (double bass). They are one of the most dynamic ensembles in the jazz/new music scene. B'more pedal steel experimenter Susan Alcorn opens. Presented with Creative Differences. Tix & Info

Exhibition Opening

Leslie Schwing—Series Weather: View from the Middle World

WHEN: Reception: FRI JUN 29 | 6 – 8PM; On View: JUN 29 - JUL 21; Paper Cutting Workshop: SAT JUL 14 | NOON - 4PM

Unraveling mythic events in ordinary places, Leslie Schwing's mixed media paintings are animated with figures, glyphs, and elements both personal and universal. Info

Slide Guitar Master: Jack Broadbent


Hailed as “the new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “the real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues-inspired vocals. Tix & Info

Film Screening

Dig Deep, Fly High


Audience Favorite Animated Films from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2018

Dive into exciting adventures, vibrant colors, and exquisite storytelling with this timeless collection of 11 animated films from 9 countries. Chase a kite into a mysterious cave, soar with a flock of birds, wake up a whole town, and discover all the things that make you special! Tix & Info


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

Image result for Bergamot Rose: Nouveau Alternative & French FusionBergamot Rose: Nouveau Alternative & French Fusion 
WHEN: Thursday June 28 - 8 :30 pm
TICKETS: $15 advance /$18 door /$10 full time student with ID
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Jennifer (Scott) Bergamot-Rose, pianist, songwriter and vocalist
Ethan Foote, bass and arranger
accompanied by guitar, strings and percussion

A sound palette of world rhythms infused with a French twist.  Inspired by early '90's new wave,  Bergamot Rose's songs are composed of tart lyrics balanced by vibrant rhythms and instrumentation.

In addition to the group's nouveau alternative vibe, Bergamot Rose is acclaimed for their performance of French Fusion and world jazz with vocals in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and English.  The group has been honored to perform for The French Ambassador, The French Embassy, The Canadian Delegation to OAS and many in the diplomatic community.

Image result for Deep Water Jazz BandDeep Water Jazz Band 
WHEN: Friday, June 29 - 8 & 9:30 pm
$20 advance /$23 door /$10 full-time students with ID
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Derrick A. Amin, piano
Darrell Taylor, drums
Colie Williams, vocals
Darryl Adams, bass
Terry Koger, alto sax
Dniko Evans, tenor sax
Ron Lewis, vocals
Lenny Smith, guitar
Mel Valentine, percussion

An experiment in unbridled musicality. An approach to jazz music that seeks to explore the most literate (if not popular) aspects of the music with local musicians who have experienced the deepest aspects of melody, rhythm and harmony; interpreting the rarest of post-bop idioms. With original compositions and the addition of lyrics to some of the more esoteric gems by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Hancock, Miles and Monk.

Image result for Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz BandCarl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band 
WHEN: Saturday, June 30 - 8 & 9:30 pm
: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time student with ID
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Playing songs from their latest album "What Now"

Carl Filipiak, guitar
Frank Young, drums
Matthew Everhart, bass
Paul Hannah, saxophone
Brian Simms, keyboards

Carl Filipiak has earned critical acclaim as one of today’s most dynamic jazz guitarists. Jazziz Magazine has included him among a renowned list of guitar players in their nominations for “New Fusion Blood,” and JazzTimes calls him “a dazzlingly versatile guitarist.”

His current group, Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band, just released their third album “What Now” on Geometric Records. Featuring originals co-written by the band and a version of the Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”, their music brings the spirit of the sixties into the 21st Century.

Image result for Brandon Woody's UpendoBrandon Woody's Upendo featuring Lafayette Gilchrist 
WHEN: Sunday, July 1 - 8 & 9:30 pm
TICKETS: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
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Brandon Woody, trumpet
David Dioungue, sax
Lafayette Gilchrist, piano
Mike Gary, bass
Kweku Sumbry, drums

Brandon is a graduate of the  Brubeck Institute, a full scholarship Jazz program in California that accepts only 5 people every 1-3 years. He now attends the Manhattan School of Music on a full ride.

Brandon has won numerous competitions: Berklee Jazz Workshop 2014, Young Arts in 2015 and 2016, BSA Concerto competition in 2016, Peabody concerto competition in 2016, Shenendoah Jazz Soloists Competition in 2016. Has studied privately with Ambrose Akinmusire, Sean Jones, Tiger Okoshi, Andrew Balio, Dontae Winslow.


imageMuseum Diversifies Collection with Works by Amy Sherald, Jack Whitten, Wangechi Mutu and others

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announces today that its Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of 23 works of art, including seven purchased in full or in part using proceeds from the auction of recently deaccessioned works. The new acquisitions encompass paintings by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Odili Donald Odita, Amy Sherald, Jack Whitten, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye; sculpture by Wangechi Mutu; prints by Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Connor, Yun-Fei Ji, and Adam Pendleton; films by Isaac Julien, and Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley; textiles by Stephen Towns; and photographs by Harry Callahan, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Kenji Nakahashi, Wang Qingsong, Chuck Ramirez, Toshio Sasaki, Noh Suntag, and Yoshihiro Tatsuki. Most of these works were acquired through gifts and other funds, and many are the first by the artist to enter the BMA’s collection.

“Museums are entering a new era of heightened consciousness of incomplete histories and biases that must be addressed. In acquiring works by the most significant black and female artists working in the United States, as well as pivotal works from Korea, China, Mexico, and Japan, we hope to not only methodically address previous omissions in our collection but also broaden the canon and historical narrative told through art,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “By moving toward equitable representation and historical accuracy in our collection, we aspire to become a better reflection of our Baltimore community and lead fruitful dialogue on future museum practices amongst our peers. This group of acquisitions is just the beginning.”

The announcement follows the BMA’s recent decision to deaccession seven works from its contemporary collection through public and private sales with Sotheby’s. In each case, the museum holds other, stronger works by the same artists in its collection. The proceeds from those sales are being used exclusively for the acquisition of works created in 1943 or later, allowing the museum to strengthen and fill gaps within its collection.

Works Acquired with Auction Proceeds

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Isaac Julien. Baltimore. (2003) Julien’s Baltimore is a surreal, visually lush allegory about race, class, and history. This monumental, three-screen video installation follows a preternatural, cyborg-like young woman and a bearded, older man (played respectively by Vanessa Myrie and Melvin Van Peebles) as they navigate Baltimore and the interiors of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum (NGBWM), George Peabody Library, and The Walters Art Museum. Julien (British, b. 1960) is a celebrated artist and filmmaker whose work often questions the representation of black subjects in visual culture. Baltimore was co-commissioned by The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore along with The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and the UK-based FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), in association with NGBWM, George Peabody Library, and Eyebeam Atelier in New York. It debuted at The Contemporary Museum in 2004. This is the first work by Julien to enter the BMA’s collection, and the only edition of this important artwork in a public American collection. It strengthens the museum’s holdings of media and moving image works by black artists.

Image result for "in the body of the sturgeon" artMary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelly. In The Body of the Sturgeon (2017) and Gaudy Night. (2017) Acclaimed collaborators Mary Reid Kelley (American, b. 1979) and Patrick Kelley (American, b. 1969) are known for films with dark humor that reconsider people marginalized by history. The BMA joined the Tate Liverpool in co-commissioning

In The Body of The Sturgeon, which transports viewers to a fantastic cinematic world with a poetic script drawn from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha and haunting black-and-white sets. The film follows weary sailors at the end of World War II meeting their death aboard a sinking submarine that was inspired by the USS Torsk in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Gaudy Night is one of several light boxes that provide a closer look at details of the film, in this case the double-drag that Mary performs. Mary and Patrick have exhibited their work around the world and Mary is the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Both acquisitions are on view at the BMA as part of the Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelly: We Are Ghosts exhibition presented in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Media Studies through August 19, 2018.

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Wangechi Mutu. Water Woman. (2017) Mutu is an artist celebrated internationally for collaged works that transform images of women cut from magazines into vibrant, ferocious figures, as well as compelling sculptures made from a variety of media. Water Woman is a bronze sculpture of a sensuous mermaid, a figure popularized in both Western literature and African cultural narratives. Mutu’s (Kenyan, b. 1972) work complements the museum’s collection with strong holdings in sculpture by Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, and Henri Matisse. Water Woman references the tale of a pregnant and beleaguered wife who, to spite her abusive husband, jumps into the sea to drown herself and her unborn child. She magically transforms into a mermaid in a myth that turns tragedy into liberation and empowerment. Deaccession funds allowed the museum to complete this acquisition, which was also made possible through generous gifts from Katherine M. Hardiman and Ellen Dame, as well as the following existing BMA accessions funds:  Fanny B. Thalheimer Memorial Fund, Frederick R. Weisman Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment, and Dr. Max Stern Trust Fund.

Image result for Amy Sherald. Planes, rockets, and the spaces in betweenAmy Sherald. Planes, rockets, and the spaces in between. (2018) Baltimore-based Sherald (American, b. 1973) entered the national spotlight with her masterful portrait of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, igniting a public conversation about the role of portraiture and codes of representation used in images of black Americans. Planes, rockets, and the spaces in between is the first work she painted following the historic commission and signals an exciting departure in her practice as it sees two figures in enlarged scale and outdoor landscape. It is also the first work by Sherald to enter the BMA’s collection and joins a strong and growing collection of contemporary figurative works across media. It is currently on view in the artist’s solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis through August 19, 2018.

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Jack Whitten. 9.11.01. (2006) Whitten’s monumental meditation and response to 9/11 is the artist’s most significant and broadly humanist political painting in a lifetime of such work. The artist witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center from his studio and incorporated bone fragments and blood, sourced from a butcher shop, as well as ash and molten materials from the site of the tragedy into a composition that includes a pyramid that memorializes the dead. Throughout his five-decade career, Whitten (American, 1939-2018) was recognized as an innovative artist who experimented with materials and techniques. He was awarded a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2016 and his work is in numerous prestigious collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tate London. The painting is on view at the BMA through the end of July.

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. 8am Cadiz. (2017) Yiadom-Boakye is an internationally celebrated artist whose haunting and emotional paintings often evoke a timeless, romantic state of contemplation and beauty. Her paintings feature fictional subjects occupying exterior and interior spaces rendered in subtle color palettes and with expressive paint handling. In 8am Cadiz, a male figure stares out from a lush field with an intent look but relaxed body, as if interrupted from a windswept reverie. This figurative painting is the first by the artist to enter the BMA’s collection. Yiadom-Boakye (British, b. 1977) was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize and was short-listed for the 2013 Turner Prize. Her work is included in many collections including the Tate London, The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.

Major Gifts and Promised Gifts

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Dwell: Aso Ebi. (2017) Nigerian-born Crosby’s mixed-media paintings on paper reflect a cultural heritage that encompasses African, European, and American influences. Dwell: Aso Ebi details Crosby’s self-portrait in a Nigerian home, and weaves in highly personal family imagery, photographic transfers from Nigerian society magazines, and fabrics produced for ceremonies like weddings and political campaigns. Her technical virtuosity and deeply considered observations about art and life make her paintings testaments to the outcomes of cultural confluence. The piece debuted at the BMA as part of its exhibition of Crosby’s work in fall 2017 and is the first work by the artist to enter the museum’s collection. Crosby (Nigerian, b. 1983) is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2017 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” and her work is in the collections of museums around the world.  This work was purchased as the gift of BMA Trustee Nancy L. Dorman and her husband Stanley Mazaroff.

Image result for Odili Donald Odita. Adorn.Odili Donald Odita. Adorn. (2018) Odita creates grandly scaled paintings and murals made up of brilliant hues that interlock in hard-edged geometric forms. Adorn is a stunning example of Odita’s most recent work. The vertical painting on wood features horizontal bands of vivid color organized asymmetrically across a center line, while the wood veneer provides a contrasting pattern of vertical grooves that give the composition a shimmering effect. The work builds on the BMA’s holdings of geometric abstraction and color field paintings. Odita (American, b. Nigeria 1966) was featured prominently in the 52nd Venice Biennale exhibition curated by Robert Storr and has created several large-scale wall installations, including one for The United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. This work is a promised gift of the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection.

Monday, June 25, 2018



WHEN: Monday-Friday (10am-3pm)
: B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223
ADMISSION: $20 Adults, $17 Seniors (60+), $12 Children (2-12), B&O Members –Free;  Mile One Express Train Ride (with paid admission): $3 for adults, $2 for children, and free for B&O Members

The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates Summer Break with its Education Adventure Event, Under the Big Top. This event is themed around the traditional circus trains of years gone by that brought dare devil, thrilling and entertaining acts of the circus to every corner of America. Kids and their families love being adventurous “walking the high-wire,” “taming a lion” or “jumping through flaming hoops.”  An abundance of activities include a variety of carnival games and craft station where children can design their very own Big Top art piece.

A circus story will be read each day beginning at 11am. Thursday and Friday, June 28 & 29 everyone may board the B&O’s Mile One Express for a 20 minute round-trip train ride. So come one! Come all! To this topsy-turvy, wildly wacky, fun-filled time!

The B&O Railroad Museum™, a full 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 comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere 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