Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall Events at Evergreen and Homewood!

Johns Hopkins University Museums


New Membership Renewal Schedule 

Starting this fall the JHU Museums will be moving to a single, quarterly membership solicitation. This means that when the season comes to renew your membership, you will receive just one reminder notice in the mail and one follow-up email. Should you have any questions, please contact Lee Bruch, Development Coordinator for the Sheridan Libraries and University Museums, at or 410-516-8327.


Recovering Eden: Reconstructing Robert Eden's Annapolis Mansion    

Homewood's 2018 Architecture Lecture Series kicks off with a talk by historian Michelle Fitzgerald about Annapolis' Eden-Jennings House, the long-lost home of Maryland's last proprietary governor. Using archival and remaining physical evidence, Fitzgerald will reconstruct the house and discuss the social and political motivations that impacted its fate. MORE »


Evergreen Museum & Library Docent Training 

Interested in history, architecture, or decorative arts? Become a tour guide at Evergreen Museum & Library! Docents join the intellectual life at Johns Hopkins University and enjoy opportunities for additional training, plus invitations to social events, openings, lectures, and tours of other historic sites. Those accepted into the program are required to complete the museum's five-week training course, pass a background check, and commit to working a minimum of four hours per month. MORE »


Becoming Buckland: Rediscovering One of America's Earliest Architects 

Homewood's 2018 Architecture Lecture Series continues with a talk by Rachel Lovett, the curator and assitant director of the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis. Lovett will detail how William Buckland, the architect of the Hammond-Harwood House, was rescued from obscurity by 20th-century scholarship and discuss Buckland's brief but eventful life, which saw him become the architect of choice for the elite of Virginia and Maryland. MORE »

WEDNESDAY, OCT 24, 6:30-8:30PM

Book Talk: John W. Garrett and the Baltimore

& Ohio Railroad 

Few companies were more integral to American expansion than the B&O Railroad, and few figures were more central to the B&O than John Work Garrett (1820-1884), who ran the company for 26 pivotal years. Kathleen Waters Sander, author of the recently-published John W. Garrett and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad will discuss the extraordinary life and times of this 19th-century power broker. Book signing and reception to follow. MORE »


Revealing the Artist: Restoring the Bay of Naples Mural at Clifton Mansion 

Homewood's 2018 Architecture Lecture Series concludes with a talk by the conservation team restoring the 160-year-old Bay of Naples mural in Northeast Baltimore's Clifton Mansion. After 18 months of work, conservators Thomas Moore, Gillian Quinn, and Laurie A. Timm, will discuss what it took to uncover the 15-by-25-foot painting, and what suprises it yielded as they peeled back layer upon layer of the past. MORE »

THURSDAY, NOV 1, 6:30-8:30PM

Book Talk: Elisabeth Gilman: Crusader for Justice 

As the youngest daughter of Daniel Coit Gilman, founding president of the Johns Hopkins University, “Miss Lizzie” grew up privileged but spent her entire adult life advocating and agitating for social justice and reform. Ross Jones, the author of the new biography, Elisabeth Gilman: Crusader for Justice, will discuss the extraordinary life of this irrepressible and influential Baltimorean. Book signing and reception to follow. MORE »


Homewood Museum
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
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Evergreen Museum & Library
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FREE Line and Couples Dance in October

Visit the Dance Baltimore Website

Funding for the Social Dance series provided by Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts Free Fall Baltimore.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The latest news from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

23rd Annual Baltimore Book Festival

WHEN: Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 11am to 7pm daily
along the Inner Harbor Promenade from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater to Rash Field.
ADMISSION: The literary arts celebration is 100% free and open to the public.

Award-winning and bestselling authors scheduled to appear include A.J. Jacobs, April Ryan, Bill Whitaker, Jonathan Abrams, Carol Anderson, D. Watkins, Nic Stone, Tim Junkin and Wayétu Moore. In addition to hundreds of author appearances and book signings, the festival features more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, readings, cooking demonstrations and samplings, workshops, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music and local food and craft beverage. MORE INFO

Invisible Cities

WHEN: Through Sunday, September 30, 2018
Top of the World Observation Level, World Trade Center, 27th Floor, 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore

Over the past four years, artist Adam Davies has built a series of photographs showing structures in the American landscape that are overlooked or marginalized: deserted sites, hidden passageways and the undersides of bridges. Rather than as documentary photographs, Davies thinks of his works as psychological portraits of places seen through the gaze of the 8 × 10 inch large-format camera.


Image credit: Adam Davies, Tonoloway Creek Aqueduct, Hancock, MD.

Impressions on Canvas

WHEN: Through October 27, 2018. Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Reception: Saturday, September 8, 5-7pm.
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw Street, Baltimore

Baltimore’s quaint neighborhoods are celebrated in the painted scenes of artist Matt Fenton. The exhibition demonstrates a constant striving for spontaneity and an impressionist’s sense of light achieved by working in plein air. Fenton depicts city neighborhoods along railroads and water including harbors, seashores, lakes and rivers, the countryside and cityscapes. He completes his works from his studio located in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.

Image credit: Matt Fenton, Pennsy Express Under Falls Road.




WHEN: FRI SEP 28 | 6PM Bollymore Lounge Party & Dinner  |  8PM Show
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: Tickets for this special event are just $10 for members, $13 for non-members, and include a full Pakistani dinner. Tix & Info

NISA'A | WOMEN: Sandaraa with Bollymore

Part of our continuing series celebrating powerful Muslim women artists, Sandaraa is the unlikely collaboration between a Pakistani pop sensation and the finest young Jewish Klezmer musicians in America. The result of this surprising pairing is ecstatic, emotional and thrilling.

NISA'A celebrates the powerful artistry of women with roots in Muslim communities in the U.S. and around the world. Supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

WHEN: SAT SEP 29, 7PM Mingle | 8PM Film
Tix & Info

Skip school and join us at the movies! Play games, toss back Bueller cocktails, and shout your favorite lines! Lip Sync battle at intermission! Game packs, available at the door for $5, include everything you need to play the Ferris Movie Game...which we made up.

Charm City Junction: ALBUM RELEASE SHOW

WHEN: SUN SEP 30 | 7:30PM
Tix & Info

Baltimore-based acoustic roots quartet weaves together a tapestry of tones spawned in the rolling hills of Ireland and through the hollers of Appalachia. Duckpin, their sophomore release, showcases the band's growth since their acclaimed debut album.

Baltimore Filmmaker Lounge

WHEN: 1st WED of each month | OCT 3, NOV 7 & DEC 5 | 7-9PM
Tix & Info

Screen your new work or work in progress (max length 15 mins) at this monthly feedback session from your Baltimore filmmaking peers in the Creative Alliance Lounge! Send your short films via email by the Friday before to Creative Alliance Film Curator, Samantha Mitchell ( to be added to the lineup.


Hari Kondabolu
w/ Liz Miele

WHEN: WED OCT 3 | 7PM & 9:15PM
Tix & Info

Comic superstar on the rise Hari Kondabolu has been described by The New York Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In 2018, he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch, and his Netflix special, Warn Your Relatives, was released. Regarding his special, the New York Times wrote, "It was an artistic breakthrough for him, an incisively funny and formally adventurous hour that reveals a comic in command of his powers.”


: FREE (RSVP Required)
Tix & Info

Now in its seventh year, OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. Tonight's event highlights these cross-cultural pairings.

Made in Baltimore Short Film Festival

WHEN: SAT OCT 6 | 7:30PM
Tix & Info

This festival honors and awards the best filmmakers in the Greater Baltimore region. Selected short films will inspire audiences to view film and video through a uniquely Baltimore lens. Join us to see who will take home the top prizes!


Image may contain: one or more peoplePARLOR PLAY: Mother Road
by Baltimore playwright Peter Davis

WHEN: September 28 and 29 at 7 and 9pm
: The Old Church On Falls, 3649 Falls Road in Hampden
TICKETS: $10. Refreshments will be available for an additional cost. Tickets can be purchased on FACEBOOK or HERE

Mother Road features three characters. It is set in 1968, the year Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, the year of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Darrell was drafted and fought in Vietnam. He has returned home to pick up the pieces of his life. His high school sweetheart Carolyn, by contrast, has found her voice, her womanhood and her desire. How will they relate to each other now? Can love survive pain and time?

"The style of parlor plays deviates from the typical theater experience, which usually consists of strictly divided spaces between the actors and the audience. This environment heightens the level of involvement and intimacy within the theater. This interaction completely tears away the generally assumed barrier between the theatrical world and the exterior one,” said Seola Lee, reviewer of Parlor Plays 4.

Davis says, "Mother Road is the latest in my series of plays that deal with the essence of relationships, power and mercy. It’s important to present this play in this “parlor” because the space fosters a sense of immediacy and involvement with the audience. We’re all so close when it’s happening, that every breath, word and gesture matters. "

The venue offers the warmth of a home and the funky vibe of a salon. The audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play with the playwright, director and actors after each performance.


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


WHEN: Thursday, Sept 27 - 8 & 9:30 pm
: $20 advance /$23 door /$10 full time students with ID
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Stephan Crump, bass
Ingrid Laubrock, sax
Corey Smythe, piano

The trio recently released an acclaimed album called Planktonic Finales on Intakt. When they perform they blend their various timbres so beautifully that the music feels totally cohesive. The result is captivating for audiences.

Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock resides in Brooklyn. Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London/UK. Ingrid's main projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Septet and Ubatuba. She is a member of Anthony Braxton's Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris’ Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces and Luc Ex’ Assemblée.

Pianist Cory Smythe works actively in new, classical, and improvised music. He has performed widely, making appearances as soloist and chamber musician at the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, the Green Mill jazz club   in Chicago, and the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. In recent seasons, Smythe has played alongside violinist Hilary Hahn in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Their Grammy-winning album, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, documents Hahn’s diverse collection of newly commissioned encores for violin and piano.

Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. An active bandleader and composer, he has released ten critically-acclaimed albums in addition to numerous film scoring contributions. As bassist, known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity of magnetic pull, his focus on creative instrumental music has led to collaborations with many of the leading lights of his generation.

Two-day event!   Tickets selling fast -- reserve your place now!
Chuchito Valdes Quartet

WHEN: Friday, Sept 28 & Saturday, Sept 29. Performances at 8 & 9:30 pm both nights
$25 in advance/$28 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
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Chuchito Valdes - piano
Rafael Monteagudo - drums
Freddy Quintero - bass
Julio Matta - conga

The hot sounds of Cuba's roots and modern jazz come alive in the explosive hands of pianist and six-time Latin Grammy nominee Chuchito Valdes. Son of Chucho Valdes, grandson of Bebo Valdes, Cuba's most beloved musical dynasty. Following in the footsteps of his famed father and grandfather, Chuchito continues the legacy of great piano players form Cuba.

With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band.
Chuchito has recorded and performed piano with the world renown Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for two years. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe.

Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. He has also extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition. His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques. In his performances, Chuchito’s music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno and much more. Chuchito Valdés currently resides in Cancun, Mexico and is a frequent performer in the United State and Canada.

Voice and Harp 

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 29 - 2 pm
$15 advance/ $18 door /$10 full time students with ID
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Laura Whittenger, voice
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp

Works by Fauré, Henri Duparc. Debussy, Poulenc, Reynaldo Hahn, and Liszt

Praised in the Baltimore Sun for her “impressive voice”, Maryland native soprano Laura Whittenberger was also named one of Baltimore’s Must-See Musicians by Baltimore Style magazine. Laura sings in concert, opera and musical theater performances across the country. This season, Laura has performed in the MD/DC area in Signature Theatre’s A Little Night Music and Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Kiss Me, Kate. She also recorded a sequel to a new album of Yeats-inspired Irish folk/art songs by R. Driver, Songs that Sing in the Night, that will be available on iTunes this fall. Upcoming concert solos include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in NYC in December. Laura enjoys art song repertoire, and has performed as a duo with harpist Jacqueline Pollauf for French art song recitals and other concerts over the past couple of years, and together last year they were winners in the Montpelier Arts Society Recital Competition. Laura holds degrees in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University. For more info, reviews and updates, please visit

Harpist Jacqueline Pollauf has been praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer), “glittering beauty” (Lawrence Budman, critic for the Miami Herlad), and “most satisfying elegance” (The Toledo Blade). Past performances include the premiere of a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall in 2016; and appearances at the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada; the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington D.C. Jacqueline has been a featured soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Miki Yamanaka Solo Jazz Piano 

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 30 - 2 pm
$15 in advance /$18 at door /$10 full-time students with ID
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For this Baltimore debut concert, Miki will play standards and some originals from her upcoming recording on Cellar Live Records.

Miki Yamanaka is a New York-based pianist from Kobe, Japan. She moved to New York City in 2012 and has studied Piano with Jason Lindner, Jeb Patton, and Fred Hersch, and Organ with Sam Yahel and Larry Goldings. In 2015 she was one of three pianists selected to participate in “Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead”, an intensive composition residency at the Kennedy Center. She recently earned her Master of Music degree from Queens College, receiving the Sir Roland Hanna Award.

Miki is known as one of the busiest pianists of her generation. She has appeared in concert with many notable musicians including Steve Nelson, Seamus Blake, Jerry Dodgion, Victor Lewis, Rich Perry, Antonio Hart and Peter Bernstein. She holds weekly residencies at Smalls and Mezzrow Jazz Clubs in NYC, and hosted a week-long tribute to Horace Silver in 2016, and presented her own music in 2017 at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. She is the current pianist in the Philip Harper Quintet, and the Roxy Coss Quintet.

Miki recorded a mini album called "Songs Without Lyrics" in 2012. She recorded a brand new album with Steve Nelson, Orlando le Fleming, and Bill Stewart in 2017, which will be released by a Canadian label, "Cellar Live," in 2018.

Jacob Panic & Seth Kibel
Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 30 - 5 pm
: $10 in advance/$13 at door
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Artists present their own songs in the round, with your singing host, Geoffrey Himes.

Performing their own songs in the round with singing host Geoffrey Himes & violinist Willem Elsevier

Jacob Panic is a singer-songwriter and banjo artist from Maryland. After receiving a scholarship in 2013 to study with the great Pete Wernick (a.k.a. Dr. Banjo) of the group Hot Rize, Panic returned with an earnest desire to make the banjo his primary instrument and the focal point of his performances, which he has been doing for years in the Mid-Atlantic region. His latest record was produced and recorded in Nashville by Grammy-Award-winning producer, Randy Kohrs. It features some of the region's best pickers and players including Kenny Aronoff and members of Mountain Heart. Panic's pop-folk vibe solely using a native bluegrass instrument distinguishes him as a rarity in modern music. He calls his genre: "pop-grass."

Seth Kibel has won an astounding 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14).  Though he is best known as a saxophonist and clarinetist, he has emerged in recent years as  formidable singer-songwriter as well. His most recent recording, “Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair,” was released in 2017 on the Azalea City Recordings record label.  With a progressive outlook, and an unhealthy dose of dark humor, the songs on this album traverse a wide landscape of musical genres, including blues, swing, klezmer, bossa nova, reggae, and more, and feature a variety of all-star guest vocalists.  "New Waltz," a song from Seth's 2015 album, “No Words,” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW)..

Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and many more, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Si Kahn, Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Tony Denikos, Alan MacEwan, James Von Lenz, Ed Pettersen, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. He recently formed a new trio, North East Rising Sun, with singer Lea Gilmore and violinist Willem Elsevier. This month Himes will premiere a new song: “The Twenty-Fourth of October.”

Willem Elsevier is a conservatory trained violinist who has found success in both the classical and jazz worlds. He is best known, however, for his role in Love Riot, the Baltimore rock band that recorded with producer Eric Ambel and toured widely. Elsevier’s sophisticated solos helped the band beat out 2,500 other bands from around the globe to win the Yamaha Music Quest competition  in Japan in 1994. Elsevier has also recorded with such acts as Billy Kemp and Milkshake. Since 2012, he has been performing and songwriter in a duo with Geoffrey Himes.

Sunday marks “The End-Is-Near Spectacular: Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature”


The End-Is-Near Spectacular: Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature

WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 4-7 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore

Join us for a lively afternoon celebrating Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature: 4-4:45 p.m.

Following a welcome from Howng in the artist's immersive exhibition The Succession of Nature, join Goh's Kung Fu, Greenmount West Community Center drumline and colorguard, and Baltimore Dance Crews Project for a parade to and performances on the BMA's historic front steps.*

5-7 p.m. Refreshments from Mera Kitchen Collective

Hands-on painting activity

Youth DJs from Lillian S Jones Recreation Center, mentored by DJ Trillnatured

*In the event of inclement weather, parade and performances will be held indoors.
Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature closes on Sunday, October 7.

Eubie LIVE Music Series Opens Fall Season with URSULA RICKS!

A Fabulous Night of the Blues!

Purchase Tickets HERE

Hear The Ursula Ricks Project

Visit the Eubie Blake Cultural Center website

Monday, September 24, 2018



Directed by Anne Hammontree

WHEN: September 28 - October 14; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
: 5426 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214
(443) 874-4917

“On a seemingly normal evening, we meet Thelma Cates (Mama), an aging mother and widow who lives with her daughter, Jessie. Jessie is the divorced mother of a hoodlum son, who—unsatisfied and depressed—struggles with life as an unemployed epileptic. On this night, Jessie comes into the room asking her mother about the whereabouts of her father’s old revolver. When Jessie finds it in the attic, she confesses to her mother that she is going to kill herself. Tonight.” (

‘Night, Mother is a taut and fluid drama that addresses different emotions and special relations. By one of America's most talented playwrights, this play won the Dramatists Guild's prestigious Hull-Warriner Award, four Tony nominations, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.” (

Meet The Cast!

Part of Strand Theater Company's mission is to showcase the theatrical work of those who identify as women in the Baltimore community. We're thrilled to introduce you to two talented women today!

Andrea Bush will play the role of Jessie Cates in 'Night Mother, the opening production of our 11th season. Andrea is a triple threat- an actor, a singer, and a director who also happens to live in the neighborhood! She counts Emma's Tea Spot and Silver Queen Cafe as two of her favorite spots in Hamilton.

She also once sneezed and sprained her ankle!

Andrea loves this play because "The topics of mental illness and suicide are usually approached with such a heavy hand or so steeped in stereotypes that they are outright insulting to anyone who lives with this reality.[Playwright] Marsha Norman takes a dire subject and approaches it as "a day in the life." These are just two people, trying to get by the best way they know how."

Kathryn Falcone will be playing the role of Thelma Cates in 'Night, Mother. Kathryn is a veteran of Baltimore theater and counts William Shakespeare, Kathy Bates, and the musical A Chorus Line as some of her biggest theatrical influences. She also makes the BEST popcorn you'll ever taste!

Kathryn wants you to see 'Night, Mother because "Subject matter that makes you uncomfortable, that challenges your hard-set views is important. It slaps us into an awakening that wouldn’t have been there before."

Fabulous Monthly Music at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center

Free parking Saturdays and Sundays across the street at the University of Maryland Hospital Garage. (Entrance on Madison Avenue)

WHERE: The Eubie Blake Cultural Center | 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore
TICKETS for all Eubie Live Music Series shows, $15/adv and $30/door

Purchase HERE

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Trombone Legend Craig Harris Performs with his Quintet Next Saturday, Sept. 22

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

Craig Harris Quintet

WHEN: Saturday, September 22 - 8 & 9:30 pm
: $25 in advance/$28 at door /$10 full-time students with ID

Calvin Jones, bass
Russell Carter, drums
Yoichi  Uzeki, piano
Jay Rodriguez, reeds
Craig Harris, trombone

When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him.  From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, and into the confrontational expressionism of the ’60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word.

He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’ most important figures – including Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim,  Jaki Byard, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, The WORLD Saxophone Quartet, The Roots, RAKIM and the list goes on and on – his own projects displayed both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of  musical expression. And it’s those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s past 15 years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world and into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator and artistic director. Projects like, Souls Within the Veil, composed to commemorate the centennial of W. E. B.  Du Bois’  The Souls of Black Folk.  Brown Butterfly, a multi-media work based on the movement of Muhamed Ali with video, dance, and music. God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s classic collection of poems that refigure inspirational sermons by itinerant Negro preachers.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

20th Annual High Zero Festival :: Three city tour :: CHI•NYC•BAL

Special 20th Anniversary High Zero Tour!

CHI 9/14-15 • NYC 9/19-20 • BAL 9/28-29

Three cities, 24 wildly diverse sets of experimental improvised music. All entirely new collaborations!



Maryland Institute College of Art | 1300 W Mt. Royal Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21217 |


MICA and the ACLU of Maryland-sponsored discussion will feature Carolee Schneemann, Monica Ramirez, Kalima Young

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m.
Falvey Hall, located within the Brown Center at 1301 Mount Royal Ave.

Carolee Schneemann, a nationally recognized visual artist who is credited with transforming the definition of art, especially as it relates to the body, sexuality and gender, will headline the panel discussion of this year’s programming around Constitution Day.

The free event, sponsored by the MICA and the ACLU of Maryland, commemorates the holiday (September 17) with panels and commentary on contemporary issues in politics, government, civic engagement and activism.

This year’s forum, entitled Taking Liberties: Sexual Misconduct and Abuse of Power in the age of #metoo will be an intersectional discussion on Women’s Rights that ties together threads about sexual harassment, reproductive rights, the rights of all women – lesbian, transgender, women of color, immigrant women and more.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented attack on women’s rights from a variety of angles,” said Constitution Day organizer and MICA Humanistic Studies faculty member Firmin DeBrabander.  “Abortion rights are increasingly threatened at the state level, and may be upended altogether by new Supreme Court justices; the #metoo movement has gained steam, exposing the pervasive sexual harassment that women are subjected to; and immigrant women are rudely separated from their children—who are locked in cages.”

Alongside Schneemann, this year’s panel will also include labor activist and civil rights attorney Monica Ramirez, and scholar-activist Kalima Young. The discussion will be moderated by Sheri Parks, MICA’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

About the Constitution Day participants:


Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body. Her work has been shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Film Theatre, London; San Francisco Cinematheque; Anthology Film Archives, N.Y.


Mónica Ramírez, co-founder and president of Alianza Nactional de Campesinas, has dedicated more than two decades to the eradication of gender-based violence and the promotion of gender equity, specifically on behalf of Latinas and farmworker and immigrant women. She holds a B.A from Loyola University in Chicago, a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to her role at NHLA, Mónica also serves as the Director of Gender Equality and Trabajadoras’ Empowerment for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.


Kalima Young is a lecturer who teaches Principles of Film and Media Production, African American Cinema and Gender in Film, a videographer and writer.  She is also a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Her research explores what it means in contemporary America to be Black and to be the subject of and witness to ongoing violence against Black bodies. Young has written, produced and directed two feature length films as well as several short form videos including, It Gets Better, Baltimore, a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender testimonials addressing teen bullying and suicide prevention.

Established in 2005, Constitution Day continues the MICA’s tradition of leadership in raising and exploring important political issues.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Enhance Your Experience: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” @ Center Stage

WHEN: September 13–October 14
Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore

Getting to know Brick and Maggie (in real life)
Real-life newlywed actors, Stephanie Gibson and Andrew Pastides, are playing opposite each other in our production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Baltimore Style recently asked them about playing this famously contentious couple. Learn more.

Buy online or call the Box Office at 410.332.0033. Box Office phone hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6pm.

Watch one Southern family teetering on the edge of collapse as they wrestle with deception and resentment. Morality, greed, and desire play across the stage in this explosive drama about what can happen when illusions begin to unravel. How long can tensions build in a house boiling over with uncertainty, secrets, and maybe even love? LEARN MORE

Meet the Actors hosted by Greg and Gina from Today’s 101.9 (Fri, Sep 21 8pm)
We provide a casual atmosphere to chat with the cast after the show. Ask them your questions and get some autographs! BOOK TICKETS

AfterThoughts (Sun, Sep 30 | Thu, Oct 4)
Check out one of our AfterThoughts discussions led by our Artistic team on select Thursday evening (7:30pm) and Sunday matinee (2pm) performances


Front and Center with Dr. Sheri Parks (Thu, Sep 27)
Following the performance, join us for a lively discussion exploring the play in its context, led by scholar and community voice, cultural commentator (WYPR-NPR) Dr. Sheri Parks. LEARN MORE

Together at the Table (Sat, Oct 13)
Families enjoy a family day to remember, including a meal and a discussion with Baltimore Center Stage actors before the 2pm matinee show.



Backstage @ BCS

Join Us Next Weekend for Backstage at Baltimore Center Stage!

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10am to 1pm
Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore

Families, children, and theatergoers of all ages are invited to sneak a peek behind the scenes at what goes into creating and presenting world class productions and enjoy activities themed towards our 2018/19 shows. Receive exclusive ticket deals, tour the scene, props and costume shops, and learn more about all the wonderful things Baltimore Center Stage has to offer!

Special ticket prices will ONLY be available during this event—don’t miss it!

BackstageActivities include:

Acting & Dance Workshops
Play-themed Activities & Crafts
Live Music
Write-Right-Now Playwriting
Backstage Tours
And More!

Check our website for updates and a schedule of events. Activities are subject to change.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

COMING SUN, SEP 23, 11am and 1pm

Join us Sunday, Sep 23 at 11am or 1pm for The Wizard of Oz! Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz. Tickets just $20!