Tuesday, July 31, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS | Women's Performance Workshop Public Presentation!

PictureThe Strand Theater Company Presents…
A Public Presentation of the Women's Performance Workshop
A collective performance by women in the Baltimore Community
WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 8pm
WHERE:
Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Road, Baltimore
ADMISSION: FREE! No reservations necessary!

The Women's Performance Workshop Public Presentation is the culminating event of a two-day workshop dedicated to developing a community of women. Using the template of consciousness-raising groups that sprung out of the Women’s Movement, the women’s performance workshop creates a safe space for women to talk about their personal lives and socially relevant issues.

The public presentation, collaboratively crafted from these conversations, reflects the breadth of the participants’ experiences. Come support and bear witness to our stories!

“The Women's Performance Workshop was a new way for me to engage with other women-identified people through theater. I've worked on plays with all women casts and have experienced hashing through some of the issues that women uniquely experience in the world – but never have I been in an environment where all participants wanted to reveal their own experiences with such joy and freedom.

It's a ride I don't want to get off.” – Tara Cariaso

For more information about the workshop Click Here.
*The WPW is made possible by Engaged Cornell.

Night 2 of The 12th Baltimore Improv Festival

WHEN: through Sunday, August 5
WHERE:
This year's festival is taking place at The BIG Theater, the new home of Baltimore Improv Group, and we want you to be there! Also, for the first time ever, BIF is adding a second venue -- the lower-level performance space at Joe Squared (33 W. North Ave.), our neighbor in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.

For the 12th year in a row, the Baltimore Improv Festival (BIF) brings you the best improv comedy from Baltimore, the East Coast, and beyond! This year we have teams from New York City, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and more! BIF offers seven whole days of shows for fans and a weekend full of workshops for beginner to more experienced improvisors.


Please join us—You'll never want to leave!

TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWS!

7:30 -- THE C-TEAM, OLGA & PLAN B 
Tickets - $10

The C-Team - Founded in 2018, The C-Team performs regularly at The BIG Theater as part of the Baltimore Improv Group's Conservatory program.

OLGA - OLGA is a Baltimore-based indie comedy duo comprised of Jen Diamond and Pam Hugi. Formed in 2014, OLGA performs long-form improv, original sketches, and duo-stand up. OLGA has performed in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Both Jen and Pam love their moms a lot.

Plan B - Plan B is the longest running troupe in the Baltimore Improv Group's comedy arsenal. Expect short form (Whose Line is it Anyway?-style) games with high energy, big characters, and major laughs.

9:00 -- MOON BABY, IMAGINARY FRIENDS & TRAINING FOR PROM  Tickets - $10

Moon Baby -- We're out of this world...and could use a good cuddle.

Imaginary Friends -- When you're doing improv, you are surrounded by as many friends as your mind can handle. Imaginary Friends will take your suggestions and create new worlds you never knew could exist.

Training for Prom -- Training for Prom performs long-form improv that’s at once familiar and bizarre. This puckish troupe combines whimsy with emotional connection to bring you along for a ride that flips reality through the looking glass. They have performed in the Charm City Fringe Festival, Providence Improv Fest, Big Pond Improv Fest, and the New York City Improv Festival, as well as the Baltimore Improv Festival.

Monday, July 30, 2018

MAKE STUDIO PRESENTS 4TH ANNUAL SCHWI-INGO ON AUGUST 25; GET TICKETS NOW

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WHEN: Saturday, August 25, at 5 PM - 8 PM
WHERE
: R. House, 301 W 29th St., Baltimore
(443) 627-3502www.make-studio.org
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Back and in its FOURTH year, the beloved Schwingo! will be moving to R. House this year! As always, it continues be a spin on the typical Bingo with Make Studio and local artists teaming up to offer art prizes. At R. House garage this year, with food and drink offerings onsite, we can host double the crowd and hope to pack the House in support of Make Studio!

Doors will again open at 5 with live music, so come early to stake out your seats and to grab dinner and drinks! Bingo begins at 6. The "Ambassador of Hampden," Lou Catelli will again be our celebrity caller, amongst surprise guests.

All proceeds will directly benefit the programming at Make Studio, including our studio program for emerging adult artists with disabilities and inclusive arts activities for all.

Tickets will go on sale beginning August 1st. So, save the date, spread the word, and gather your friends and family now! Check back here in the coming weeks for details and to see some of the fabulous art prizes you'll be playing for!

Our mission encompasses support for and promotion of our 30 artists and their wonderful work as well as creating and providing opportunities for the community and our artist-community to engage with one another via fun, innovating programming intended to build a more inclusive community. 

Make Studio is a 501c3 that has been supporting adult artists with disabilities who wish to work as professional artists in Baltimore for the past 8 years (www.make-studio.org).

Friday, July 27, 2018

Opening Friday at the SNF Parkway

Kubrick 90 starts tonight, on the director's would-be 90th birthday!
KILLER'S KISS
Only Two Screenings!
Thursday, 7/26 - 7pm
Saturday, 7/28 - 5pm

1955, USA, 67 Minutes, 35mm

Beginning July 26th, the SNF Parkway celebrates Stanley Kubrick’s would-be 90th birthday with a retrospective of the master filmmaker’s invaluable contributions to the history of cinema. The series will occur twice monthly and will showcase each of the director’s films in turn including 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon and The Shining.

Filmed on a budget of $40,000 (raised by Kubrick’s relatives), the 65-minute, black-and-white drama Killer’s Kiss is a true “noir” film, shot mostly at night in a variety of seedy Manhattan locations. The plot concerns the efforts of boxer Jamie Smith (who also narrates the film) to rescue nightclub dancer Irene Kane from the lecherous maneuvers of club owner Frank Silvera. The much-admired climax finds Smith, Silvera, and the villain’s henchmen pursuing each other in a warehouse filled with grotesque-looking store mannequins.

Kubrick’s second feature (after his disowned Fear and Desire) marked a fascinating start to his career.

“In the case of Mr. Kubrick’s own career, the fulfillment came later. But here is the promise.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times

DARK MONEY
Director: Kimberly Reed
2018, USA, 99 Minutes

Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana — a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide — to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-Team).
Join us on Tuesday July 31st following the 7pm screening for a special panel discussion on the film and local advocacy work for campaign finance reform and fair elections, moderated by David Zurawik, media critic at The Baltimore Sun.

Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes.

UNDER THE TREE
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
2017, Iceland, France, 89 Minutes

The shade from a front-yard tree brings the already simmering tensions between two families in an Icelandic suburb to boiling point, in this hilariously absurd and psychologically astute comedy from director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.

Under the Tree follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. What starts as a typical spat between suburban neighbors unexpectedly and violently reaches a boiling point, soon spiraling out of control.

Absurdly hilarious and psychologically astute, Under the Tree probes the way proximity heightens resentment and malice.

Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes.

AGAVE: THE SPIRIT OF A NATION
Fri 7/27 - 7:00 PM  Parkway 1
Director: Nick Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri
2018, Mexico, 79 minutes

At this special culinary event, guests will have the opportunity to watch Agave: The Spirit of Nation and after are invited to sample Mezcales and Tequilas from México along with light food catered by Baltimore’s own Cocina Luchadoras. This will be a treat for all the senses, as we take a journey to explore the culture of México through film and food. Brought to you in partnership between: Digital Cave, Mezcalistas, MDFF, and Cocina Luchadoras.

Sample of brands represented:
Fortaleza, Tequila Ocho, Mezcal Vago, El Jorgorio, Del Maguey, Siete Misterios, Wahaka Mezcal.

Authentic Mexican cuisine provided by: Cocina Luchadoras.

This expressive documentary explores the fastest trending spirit in the world, Tequila and Mezcal. This journey takes us to the world’s most biodiverse landscape of the agave plant, Mexico; here families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations.From the alluring red highlands of Jalisco to the rugged mountains of Oaxaca the film follows three producers – Carlos, Graciela, and Aquilino in this burgeoning renaissance. From a bootstrap ambition to carrying on a father’s legacy, their successes and sacrifices unfurl in this interweaved story. Discover how one delicate plant can carry the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it for the future.

Generation Parkway presents
NYICFF 2018’S KID FLICKS ONE
Saturday 7/28 - 1:30 PM 
2018, 52 Minutes, Ages 3–7

Explore new worlds without leaving the theater! The Kid Flicks tour features audience favorites and award-winners from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens in North America. Each year, NYICFF scours the globe for the best new films from around the world. Find your story in films that encourage exploration, empathy, learning, and, of course, tons of fun!

Kid Flicks One gives a warm welcome to all budding cinephiles with this lively international lineup of fun. Kick off the festivities with good hygiene and great dubstep in Party Mouth (USA), then let your hair—or, er fur—down and hang loose in I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia). And, even if you get into a tangle, there will be someone to catch and cheer you on with the charming If You Fall (Canada).

Many thanks to Port Discovery Children’s Museum for their support of the Generation Parkway series! Have a kid that’s crazy about dinosaurs? Visit the new Dinosaurs: Land of Ice and Fire Exhibit this summer, now through Sept 9th!

Cult Cravings!
MICROWAVE MASSACRE
1983, USA, 76 Minutes
Fri 7/27 - 10:00 PM  Parkway 1 
Sat 7/28 - 10:00 PM  Parkway 2 
Wed 8/1 - 9:30 PM  Parkway 1 

Be sure not to miss this 2K restoration (from the original camera negative) of the so-called “worst horror film of all time!”

An insane and gore-filled comedy/horror extravaganza, Microwave Massacre is a real ‘80s relic dressed up like a ‘70s porno. The film’s curmudgeonly killer: Jackie Vernon, a real-life raunchy stand-up best known as the original cartoon voice of Frosty the Snowman. Vernon, playing a dimwit construction worker everyman, just wants to eat a bologna sandwich for lunch with the guys, but is forced to consume an array of grotesque gourmet experiments engineered by his shrill wife equipped with a ridiculously oversized new microwave. A bout of drunkenness and the sight of one of the wife’s repulsive meals is all it takes to push Donald to commit the titular act, thus beginning this slapstick gorefest.

“Listen, you can think whatever you want, but Frosty the Snowman shoving his wife into a giant microwave is 100% my aesthetic.” — Tony the Terror, Letterboxd

“An inept joke of a movie” — David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Shakespeare’s “King John” returns for the first time in Baltimore since 1782...

For the first time in Baltimore since 1782! BSF is proud to present Shakespeare's rarely-performed thriller about a hapless king facing threats from outside and within.

WHEN: July 27 - August 19, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 4pm. Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime
WHERE:
Great Hall Theater at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: Adults $24; students/seniors $19
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

August at Evergreen and Homewood!

Johns Hopkins University Museums


TWO SATURDAYS, AUG 4 & 18, 10AM-3PM

Homewood Docent Training 

Homewood Museum is recruiting docents to learn its new interpretive tour!  Drawing on the museum's exemplary architecture and world-renowned collections, the new narrative explores how the fates of Homewood's then-residents—both free and enslaved—were linked in ways both common and surprising. MORE »

JHU MUSEUMS / OPEN BY GUIDED TOUR TUESDAY–SUNDAY / MUSEUMS.JHU.EDU

Homewood Museum

3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

410.516.5589 • homewoodmuseum@jhu.eduFacebookInstagram

Evergreen Museum & Library

4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

410.516.0341 • evergreenmuseum@jhu.eduFacebookInstagram

BALTIMORE CENTER STAGE INTRODUCES THE BERNARD BLACK BOX

Bernard Black Box

Baltimore Center Stage is thrilled to announce the newly named Bernard Black Box, previously known as the Third Space, in honor of Ellen and Ed Bernard for their support to the Campaign for Center Stage and their support of new, adventurous theater at affordable ticket prices. An intimate 99-seat third theater space, the Bernard Black Box was created during our renovation to provide a home for theater that is not typically seen on our main stages as well as readings, special events, and guest performances.

All tickets for productions in the Bernard Black Box are always only $25!

WastedDirect from New York, by way of London for 3 performances only!
Wasted
Written and directed by Kat Woods

Tequila, clubbing, fights, lost friends, and being sick in the toilet. Emma and Oli face the consequences of a night out. Wasted is like no other play that you will see in Baltimore this fall, the show packs one fateful night’s drama in an hour-long, completely original theatrical experience. Wasted is a Kitchen Sink Theatre production and will star the original cast members Will Hearle and Serena Jennings along with the artistic team.

“Thought-provoking, challenging, and disturbing—just what theater should be.” —Eqview.com

Tickets on sale now!

WHEN: Thu, Aug 30 at 7:30pm; Fri, Aug 31 at 8pm; Sat, Sep 1 at 8pm

Disclaimer: This show includes language, controversial sexual situations and female nudity. Due to its sensitive subject matter, this production may trigger an adverse reaction. This show is not recommended for people aged 18 and under.

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AntigoneDirected by our own Daniel Bryant!

The Mobile Unit presents Antigone
Written by Sophocles, adapted by David Feldshuh, with original poetry by Lady Brion

What happens when the good of the many clashes with the good of a few? And can one still, small voice really shake the foundations of power? Find out when BCS Mobile Unit presents a freshly reimagined drama featuring original poetry by 2016 National Poetry Slam Champion (and local Baltimorean), Lady Brion.

About The BCS Mobile Unit: The Baltimore Center Stage Mobile Unit is a foray into non-traditional theater experiences, done for a great cause. Returning for its third official season, the Mobile production of Antigone will be touring audiences in shelters, community centers, and even prisons. Then the Mobile Unit team comes home for a limited run in the Bernard Black Box.

Tickets on sale now!

WHEN: Thu, Mar 14 at 7:30; Fri, Mar 15 at 8pm; Sat, Mar 16 at 2pm & 8pm; Sun, Mar 17 at 2pm

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Tickets can be purchased online at centerstage.org or by calling 410.332.0033.

BMA PRESENTS EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY 2017 AND 2018 BAKER ARTIST AWARD WINNERS

Baker Artist Awards 2017 & 2018

WHEN: September 12 – October 14, 2018
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore

imageThe Baltimore Museum of Art celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Baker Artist Awards with an exhibition of visual art works by 2017 and 2018 awardees, featuring Abraham Burickson (interdisciplinary, 2018), Sara Dittrich (interdisciplinary, 2017), David Marion (visual art, 2017), and Amy Sherald (visual art, 2018). This exhibition will present a small selection of sculpture, painting, video art, and mixed media works by these four recent award recipients, showcasing the breadth and exceptional talent of these artists.

“The Baltimore Museum of Art is proud to host this exhibition exemplifying the best of Baltimore’s creative community,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “We are extremely pleased to partner with Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the Baker Foundation, who are providing both recognition and financial reward for outstanding artists working in Baltimore.”

clip_image002The exhibition includes Abraham Burickson’s The Odyssey Works Box (2017)—an archival box filled with books, photographs, and other ephemera—accompanied by a video tour that leads the viewer through the history of Odyssey Works and the collective’s renegade performances. Sara Dittrich’s two wall sculptures, Variations on Listening #5 (2017) and Variations on Listening #9 (2017), are arranged with hundreds of small, clay-molded ears in geometric patterns that give visual form to the labor of listening. They are accompanied by A Chorus of Footsteps (2018), a stop-motion animation video presenting a top-down view of clay-molded feet as they pitter-patter against a white background. Two large-scale sculptures by David Marion, Extinction Event (2018) and Fracking (2016), use clay, wood, steel, and other materials to show the effects of violence perpetrated on the natural environment. Two portraits by Amy Sherald, Well Prepared and Maladjusted (2008) and The Rabbit in the Hat (2009), showcase the artist’s signature style in which the skin tone of African American portrait subjects is rendered in a muted grayscale.

The Baker Artist Portfolios and associated awards were established and are funded by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. The online portfolio website (available at BakerArtist.org) was created to promote and recognize the rich community of artists in the Baltimore region. Since its inception in 2008, the Baker Artist Awards have awarded over $800,000 in prizes to more than 100 artists from the Baltimore region. Awardees are selected annually by an anonymous jury from more than 700 Baltimore-region artists who created a free, online portfolio at www.bakerartist.org. Selected artists exemplify a mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique and compelling vision.

“As we celebrate 10 years of excellence, we are thrilled to be able to present these extraordinary artists at the BMA,” said Connie Imboden, President of the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. “Our 10-year partnership with the museum is a testament to our shared commitment to showcase the best of what Baltimore has to offer.”

Each year, one artist per discipline (visual, literary, film/video, performance, interdisciplinary, music) receives a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. One of these six is then selected to receive the Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, which includes an additional $30,000. At $40,000, this is the largest art prize in the region. This year’s recipient of the Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize is Amy Sherald, who was also recently acclaimed for being commissioned to paint former First Lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

'18 Flicks from the Hill 2018 Season @ the American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum's Flicks from the Hill outdoor film series, July 12-August 30, 2018

WHEN: Thursdays, July 12-August 30, 2018; 5-9pm Free Museum Admission & Interactive Activities; 6:30pm Fit before Flicks fitness series (Free); 9pm - Film Screening (Free)
WHERE:
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore
(410) 244-1900  |  www.avam.org

The American Visionary Art Museum's FREE summer 2018 Flicks from the Hill series is back and bigger! On Thursdays, July 12-August 30, grab a blanket or your beach chair, some nosh from provided food trucks and museum cafe' Encantada, and enjoy a great film selection under the stars inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Great Mystery Show. Before the screenings, partake in free art activities, museum admission, fitness activities and more, for an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is the biggest bargain - ALL FREE! Check our Facebook page in case the films and activities have moved indoors due to inclement weather.

Thursday, July 26: Clue
1985 • 1h 34m • Director: Jonathan Lynn • Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn
5-9pm
Free Museum Admission
6:30pm
Members-only Happy Hour and Art Workshop
Members can enjoy light fare, drinks, and an art-making workshop before enjoying their members' flick pick of Clue at 9pm.
6:30pm
Fit before Flicks: Bike Ride with Race Pace Bicycles
Race Pace Bicycles leads an easy, relaxed ride through the historic neighborhoods & parks of Federal Hill and south Baltimore. Free.

Thursday, August 2: The Birds
1963 • 1h 59m • Director: Alfred Hitchcock • Starring: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy
5-9pm
Free Museum Admission
6:30pm
A Gorey Night with artist Jim Doran
An artist talk with Jim Doran. While in the gallery, crosshatch your own spooky 2D character inspired by Edward Gorery’s style. Free.
6:30pm
Fit before Flicks: DRIVE45 with Industry Athletics
A free 45-minute high intensity group class without barbells led by an experienced group of coaches designed to target clients of all fitness levels.

Thursday, August 9: Harriet the Spy
1996 • PG • Director: Bronwen Hughes • Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Gregory Smith
5-9pm
Free Museum Admission
6pm-8pm
Volunteer Appreciation Party
A party of thanks to our volunteers, with drinks, light fare, and art-making activity.
6:30pm
Fit before Flicks: Fun Run with Charm City Run
Lace up your running shoes and enjoy this casual 3- to 5-mile jog through local neighborhoods before crossing the finish line at AVAM.

Thursday, August, 16: Sherlock Holmes
2009 • PG-13 • 2h 8m • Director: Guy Ritchie • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
5-9pm
Free Museum Admission
6:30pm
Fit before Flicks: Boot Camp with Savoy Fitness
Join this free, outdoor workout that mixes interval, cardio, and strength training.
7-8pm
Mystery Rock Painting
At this free art activity, (while supplies last) spread kindness & smiles by painting a rock, then leave it somewhere for a stranger to find. Free.

Thursday, August, 23: Hidden Figures
2016 • PG • 2h 7m • Director: Theodore Melfi • Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
5-9pm
Free Museum Admission
6:30pm
Fit before Flicks: Pilates with Arielle Gordon
Improve flexibility, build strength, and develop your core through this low-impact exercise, held in an outdoor sculpture plaza at AVAM. Free.

Thursday, August, 30: Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery
1997 • PG-13 • 1h 29m • Director: Jay Roach • Starring: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York
5-9pm
Free Museum Admission
6:30pm
Fit before Flicks: Bike Ride with Race Pace Bicycles
Race Pace Bicycles leads an easy, relaxed ride through the historic neighborhoods & parks of Federal Hill and south Baltimore. Free.

About the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is a Congressionally-designated national museum and education center that 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.

THIS WEEK @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE!

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


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Jaron Lamar Davis and Untapped Soil 
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24 - 8:30 pm
TICKETS: $12 advance /$15 at door /$10 full-time students with ID
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Hope Udobi - Piano
Theljon Allen - Trumpet
Mike Saunders - Bass
Jaron Lamar Davis - Drums

One of the more versatile up and coming drummers in the industry, multi-instrumentalist/ composer/ clinician/ educator Jaron Lamar Davis brings a throwback “serve the music” mentality to any situation he is thrown into. Whether straight-ahead, funk, neo-soul, country, musicals, or studio sessions Jaron offers a unique blend of ideas and authenticity that can often be found among the players of yesteryear.

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WHEN: Thursday, July 26 - 8 pm
TICKETS:
$12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time student with ID
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Justin Lees, guitar
Pete Revell, bass
Dominic Smith, drums

Justin Lees started playing guitar professionally in the late 70’s and studied guitar with several local prominent guitarists in Washington D.C., including Rick Whitehead, Paul Bollenbach (local to DC at the time), Bill Biesecker, Danny Gatton, and guitarists not so local (including Herb Ellis and Emily Remler).

Although stylistically diverse, Justin's main focus is on a straight ahead approach to jazz steeped in the fifties tradition of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and rooted in the styles of Charlie Christian and T Bone Walker. The feeling of Swing and the Blues is a constant. While in Washington D.C., he worked as a freelance musician with a variety of people that have included Ron Holloway, Dick Morgan, Keeter Betts, Cindy Cain and others.

He performed with his own Trio at The Uptown Lounge and Restaurant on Manhattan on Tuesdays for a year long residency Sept of 2015-2016 as well as at The Garage in NYC for more than 10 years until it’s closing. His trio also performs at Cleopatra’s Needle and The Bar Next Door in Manhattan.

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WHEN: Friday, July 27 - 8 & 9:30 pm
TICKETS:
$12 advance /$15 at door /$10 full-time students with ID
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Performing standards and originals

Irene Jalenti, vocals
Christian Hizon, trombone
Han Yu, tenor sax
Darius Scott, piano
Jon Guo, bass
Jaron Davis, drums
Jim Hanna, percussion

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WHEN: Saturday, July 28- 8 & 9:30 pm
TICKETS
: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
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Charles Covington, piano
Nassar Abadey, drums
James King, bass

Charles Covington, Jr. is recognized as a virtuoso jazz pianist and jazz organist. A specialist in the styles of early piano greats James “Eubie” Blake, Art Tatum, and Errol Garner, Mr. Covington enjoys a high reputation among performers.

Covington incorporates the styles of jazz greats in his jazz organ performance. Mr. Tatum, Bud Powell, and John Coltrane were some of the few who each achieved the colossal feat of amending the aesthetic of jazz styles–Mr. Covington achieved the colossal feat of demonstrating that it was possible to master all of these styles and to blend these disparate elements into a coherent, codified style by imposing the mark of his own personality.

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WHEN: Sunday, July 29 - 5 & 7 pm
TICKETS
: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

Kevin Pinder - drums, percussions
Bobby Thomas - trumpet
Jamal Moore - reeds, percussion
Lafayette Gilchrist - piano
Jeron White – bass

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WHEN: Monday, July 30 - 8 pm
TICKETS
: $10 in advance/$13 at door
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In five years of playing full time and traveling coast to coast, The Blue Ribbon Healers have concocted a sonic gumbo of tasty treats for the ears and feet, a sound you can drink to, dance to, and smoke to, a feeling that warms the heart and brings people together in lively celebration.

Their driving string band sound draws heavily from the old-time jazz of New Orleans and proves a lively vehicle for original material, and a rich base for the gumbo of choice ethnic and folk flavors that come together in one delicious dance-able sound.

Mark your calendar and get your tickets for these upcoming events!
July 2018
   24 Jaron Lamar Davis and Untapped Soil
   26 Justin Lees Guitar Trio
   27 Leo Maxey Septet
   28 Charles Covington Trio
   29 Kevin Pinder & The Powers to Be
   30 The Blue Ribbon Healers
August 2018
   3 Brandon Woody's Upendo
   4 Folkal Point: Elena & Los Fulanos
   5  Alan Blackman
   6 & 20 Monday Jazz Jam hosted by Alex Meadow and Joshua Espinoza
   7 Mike Gary Monthly Tuesday Series
   10 An evening with Jermaine
   11 Karter Jaymes & Special Guest
   12 Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series
   12 Black Composers Forum Part III
   13 Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band - Monthly Mondays
   14 Afro Yaqui
   16 Pierre Nicolas Colombat
   16 Andreas Arnold - Ojos Cerrados featuring Julia Patinella
        "Flamenco guitar and songs from Spain, Sicily and Cuba"
   17 Paul Carruring
   18 Subhi, Indian singer
   19 Craig Alston
   23 Alfredo Colon
   24 Tamm E Hunt & Her Band
   25 Mark Gross
   26 Rose Moraes Singing samba
   28 Nate Hook
   31 Billy Wolfe and Leo Maxey: MW9
September 2018
   3 & 17 Monday Jazz Jam hosted by Alex Meadow and Joshua Espinoza
   4 Mike Gary Quartet Monthly Tuesday Series
   8 Classical Guitarist Ana Vidovic - Annual Concert
   10 Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band - Monthly Mondays
   14 Phil Thomas Quintet
   15 A Tribute to Guitarists - Charmaine Michelle & the Rodney Kelly Experience
   30 Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series

Monday, July 23, 2018

MEET THE DIRECTORS OF CENTERSTAGE’S 2018-2019 SEASON

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The excitement continues to build around our 18/19 Season as we get to introduce our Mainstage directors! Please join us in welcoming six accomplished and talented directors, featuring one Tony Award-winner, two nationally recognized (but new to us) directors, a returning favorite, and two of our very own Baltimore Center Stage artistic leaders.

Cat on a Hot Tin RoofJudith Ivey

Judith Ivey is the recipient of the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her portrayals in Steaming and Hurlyburly, the Obie Award for The Moonshot Tape, and many others for stage and film. Acting credits include Devil’s Advocate and Designing Women and Margaret Thatcher in the Broadway production of The Audience. Directing credits include The Ladies Foursome, Chapatti, Steel Magnolias, and the world premiere of Carapace.

King of the Yees—Desdemona Chiang

Desdemona Chiang is a Seattle and San Francisco Bay Area-based director who co-founded the Seattle’s Azeotrope theater. Her directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, and others. Her many awards include the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre and the Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction.

A Wonder in My Soul—Daniel Bryant

Daniel Bryant, BCS's Artistic Producer and Community Programs Director has led the Mobile Unit through Baltimore’s underserved communities. Baltimore audiences may have seen his Mobile productions of Twelfth Night (2017/18) and Endgame (2016/17). A recording-breaking number of patrons saw his latest project: he was the assistant director for SOUL The Stax Musical. Additional directing credits include King Headley II, What I Learned in Paris, and Fall of Heaven.

Fun Home—Hana S. Sharif

Hana S. Sharif, BCS’s Associate Artistic Director may be familiar to audiences from The Christians (2017/18), Les Liasions Dangereuses (2016/17), or Pride and Prejudice (2015/16). Other directing credits include Sense & Sensibility (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Whipping Man, Gem of the Ocean, Gee’s Bend (Hartford Stage), and IFdenity (ITI World Congress). Her playwriting credits include All the Women I Used to Be, The Rise and Fall of Day, and The Sprott Cycle Trilogy.

Indecent—Eric Rosen

Eric Rosen directed the 2013/14 BCS production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other directing credits include Venice (Public), Clay (Lincoln Center) and A Christmas Story: The Musical. He is also an award winning playwright with productions around the country. He also originally produced the Pulitzer and Tony Awarding-winning play I Am My Own Wife and One Arm. He was Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre (2008-18) and was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre.

How to Catch Creation—Nataki Garrett

Nataki Garrett served as acting artistic director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Associate Artistic Director of CalArts Center for New Performance, and she is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth. Directing credits include Everybody at CalShakes, Jefferson's Garden at Ford’s Theatre, BLKS at Steppenwolf, and many others. She received an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Director and her production of Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins received the Garland Award and several Ovation Award nominations.

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SINGLE TICKETS

Don Giovanni -
Sept 28 & 30
L'amico Fritz
- Nov 9 & 11
The Flying Dutchman
-Mar 1 & 3
Scalia/Ginsburg + Trial by Jury -
Apr 5 & 7

WHEN: Fridays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm
WHERE:
Grand Ballroom of The Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore.

Each performance will be preceded by an informative lecture (included in your ticket price!) Reservations for pre-opera dining at The Engineers Club may be made up to 48 hours in advance of the performance you are attending, and may be made online or by calling the BCO office at 443.445.0226.


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COMING UP AT THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

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WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

FILM SCREENING

EN EL SEPTIMO DIA / On the Seventh Day

THU JUL 26 | 7:30PM

En El Séptime Día (On the Seventh Day) follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven day. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. Tix & Info

CREATIVE ALLIANCE at B'NAI ISRAEL

World Acappella: Iberi Choir of Georgia

w/ Shodekeh

THU JUL 26 | 7:30PM

The Iberi Choir is from the Republic of Georgia, home to one of the world’s most distinctive choral traditions with male singers providing gorgeously rich, shifting blocks of improvised harmony. The Georgian polyphonic song expresses human happiness, the joys and troubles of man’s relationship with God, the universe, and fellow men. Singing, for Georgians, is an organic and inseparable part of human existence. Iberi is one of the truly exceptional vocal groups in the world. Tonight, they perform their own songs and collaborate with Baltimore beat boxer Shodekeh for a performance that transcends time and geography. Tix & Info

America The Game Show. F*ck Yeah!

FRI JUL 27 & SAT 28, 8PM EACH NIGHT

FROM THE PRODUCERS OF ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY FIGHT CLUB!
WE WANT YOU! Inspired by TV shows of yore, this production is too risqué for TV with rapid-fire WACKY GAMES and NAKED DRUNK HISTORY. Audience members are the contestants! Come press your luck, put yourself in jeopardy, or heck…spin the wheel of fortune. Patriotism has never been so much fun! Tix & Info


OPENING RECEPTION

Teen Imagination Showcase

On View: JUL 27 - AUG 18, Reception: SAT JUL 28 | 1-3PM

Poetry, performance, and awards by Teens for Teens!
Creative Alliance’s Teen Council organizes a juried exhibition of teen artwork and talent from across the City! Reception includes special performances and awards. Info


FILM SCREENING

Clown Under The Bed: Episode 3

SUN JUL 29 | 7:30PM

After best friends Adam and Devin unexpectedly find themselves in the criminal underworld moving an illegal product, they are taken through their lowest lows and their highest highs. Will they save the ferrets? Find out July 29th. Tix & Info

Puppy Days Of Summer Block Party!

WHEN: SAT AUG 4 | 4:30-8pm
WHERE:
Outside Creative Alliance at East & Eastern Aves.

The Dog Days of Summer Block Party is BACK and this year we’re focused our tiniest 4-legged friends - PUPPIES!

We close the street in front of the Creative Alliance for a FREE community block party. Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome! You know your dog best.

Get Involved! Email heather@creativealliance.org to have your charity or local business participate.


THE BIG SHOW!

On View: JUN 16 - AUG 4

The BIG Show proudly displays over 175 works of art by professional and novice artists alike, all of whom are current members supporting the Creative Alliance. An annual favorite for audiences and artists, The Big Show is an opportunity for Creative Alliance members to show off their visual creations and for everyone to purchase affordable artworks from fellow community members! Info

Creative Alliance galleries and box office are open to the public Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm. Entry to our galleries is FREE, though donations are welcome!


WORKSHOPS

TÉNEK EMBROIDERY w/ Alejandra Martinez

SATURDAYS | JUL 28, AUG 4, 11, & 18 | 3-5PM EACH DAY

‘Tének’ utilizes a traditional system of iconography in Mexican culture. Commonly used in embroidery, its images are found on bags, keskem (capes), napkins, or tablecloths, and are easily mistaken as simple decoration. Each Tének motif is unique to the wearer and communicates to others the cultural origins and societal roles of the person wearing the Tének emblazoned garment. Tix & Info


SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS
AUG 1 | READING, Q & A, AND BOOK SIGNING | Amber Tamblyn
AUG 3 | Johnny Neel Band
AUG 4 | Puppy Days of Summer Block Party | FREE!
AUG 7 | The Songster Series w/ Scott Paynter | FREE!
AUG 9 | CONCERT & FILM SCREENING | Betty: They Say I’m Different
AUG 10 | WordSongs
AUG 11 | Chelsey Green and The Green Project
AUG 16 | FILM SCREENING | ​Reels & Reads: Corazon and The Heart
AUG 17 | RISK!
AUG 18 | We Hate Movies: Podcast Recording