Wednesday, December 19, 2018

THIS SATURDAY: You're Invited to our 12th Annual Holiday Soiree @ Hancock Solar Gallery


WHEN: Holiday Soiree | DEC 22, 2018, 5–9pm
Hancock Solar Gallery | independently curated by Jordan Faye Block | 20 E. Lanvale Street, between Charles St & St Paul in the Nelson Kohl Building, Baltimore, MD 21202

Artists featured:

Kyohei Abe, Christine Bailey, John Bodkin, Paige Carter, Lawrence Cromwell, Liz Donadio, Brittney Elizabeth, Adair Finucane, Adam Jester, Siri Padmani Kaur, Lori Larusso, Karen Lemmert, Kate MacKinnon, Jenee Mateer, Scott Ponemone, Julia Ribeiro, Janna Rice, & Blythe Thea Willams (Left: Karen Lemmert, Quatrefoil, folded, 2017, filmed acrylic and metal assemblage, 24 x 24 x 12 inches)


12 years ago I wanted to help new collectors step into an art gallery and feel comfortable starting their collection. Beginning an art collection can be intimidating and sometimes daunting. I wanted to make this process more comfortable and fun. This exhibition is geared toward people who are starting their collections or who want to add to them, without purchasing a huge piece. We started including the “Spectaculars” portion of the exhibition 7 years ago in order to showcase a range of work. It’s easier to purchase a smaller piece, but very interesting to see small pieces juxtaposed with larger ones. This gives the audience an idea of the scope of our artists’ talents. Small Wonders & Spectaculars is a group show dedicated to bringing the precious and petite, as wells as the grand, within reach of collectors.

Our Holiday Pop-Up Shop @ STATION NORTH BOOKS

WHEN: Holiday Hours thru Dec.24:Mon-Fri 8a–2p | Sat 10a–2p *5–9p | Sun 12–4p | Christmas Eve Day Mon 8a–5p

*open late during the gallery's HOLIDAY SOIRÉE

WHERE: Station North Books | 34 E Lanvale Street (Charles & St. Paul St) Baltimore, MD 21202


ART at the gallery & BOOKS at Station North Books...

Ned can help you figure out a read your petulant Aunt can't resist, or that tome about the last century to please even an in-law. Mid-century VICTORIAN is in.

And Jordan can help you find the perfect painting or holiday stocking stuffer.

ABOUT STATION NORTH BOOKS | Owner Ned Sparrow has been collecting books since 1985. Beautiful bindings, lots of history, signed stuff, and treasures in all genres. The shop has most of his 8000 volumes, with another 2000 next-door.

SHOP HOURS | When the flags are flying, we're open! Also weekday mornings between 8–2, some weekday evenings and in December – extra holiday hours on Saturdays 10–1pm & Sundays 12 – 3pm

Finish the Musical Year @ An Die Musik Live!

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

Boister Annual Winter Solstice Concert

WHEN: Thursday & Friday, Dec. 20 & 21 - 7:30 pm—One show only both nights!
TICKETS: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
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Annie Watts, accordion, piano, vocals
Chas Marsh, bass
Craig Considine, trombone, vocals
Lyle Kissack, drums, vocals
Warren Boes, guitar
Jim Hannah, drums, percussion
Glenn Workman, keyboards
John Dierker, bass clarinet, saxes
Lawrence Bertoldi, sound production

Boister solstice shows have become something of a tradition at An Die Musik Live. The all-star Baltimore mainstay of chamber pop offers up a festive assortment of raucous and delicate tunes from their repertoire, as well as twists on holiday classics from Joni Mitchell to Tchaikovsky.Carrot cake from the Eastern Shore's Bay Country Bakery, presents, and giveaways included. It's hard to have a blue Christmas after this show!

Eric Byrd Trio Performs the Ever-Popular

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! 

WHEN: Sunday, Dec 23 - 5 & 7 pm
$17 in advance/$20 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
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Eric Byrd, vocals & piano
Bhagwan Khalsa, bass
Alphonso Young, Jr, drums

What has become an annual tradition in the DMV now comes to An die Musik Live for the very first time. For years, Washington-native Eric Byrd has been performing the iconic soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas with his trio at venues across the region. His upcoming date at An die Musik Live features two shows, 5 & 7 pm. Each show begins with a screening of the Peanuts holiday classic followed by a live performance of the Vince Guaraldi masterpiece score, complete with choral accompaniment during "Christmastime is Here." Kick off your holiday celebrations with The Eric Byrd Trio at An die Musik Live on Sunday, December 23.

ImageNico Sarbanes & Ben Wolfe Holiday Concert 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec 22 - 7:30 & 9 pm
: $20 advance /$23 door /$10 full time students with ID
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Wynton Marsalis said, “Ben Wolfe swings with authority.”  Including his recent Posi-­Tone Records release, “The Whisperer,” bassist-­composer Ben Wolfe has released eight CDs comprised solely of his original music.

Nico Sarbanes is a jazz vocalist, trumpeter and composer from Baltimore. At 23, he is already emerging as one of the city's most talented young performers, combining a virtuosic technique on the trumpet with an impressive command of the vocal repertoire of the Great American Songbook. As a composer, he draws on his jazz and classical influences, as well as the klezmer music of his Jewish heritage, to create exciting new works.

Gabrielle Goodman Holiday Concert 

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec 26 - 7:30 & 9 pm
: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
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Gabrielle Goodman, vocals
Warren Wolf, piano and vibes
John Lamkin III, drums
Craig Alston, bass

Gabrielle will perform a mixture of Jazz, R&B and Christmas classics.

Baltimore-born Gabrielle Goodman is a jazz singer, composer, author, and associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. She began working as a backup vocalist for Roberta Flack while at the Peabody Institute and later sang with Michael Bublé and Chaka Khan.

ImageDennis Chambers Band with Leni Stern and Tom Kennedy 

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, Dec 28 & 29 - 8 & 9:30 pm
$30 in advance/$33 at door/$10 full-time student with ID; Seniors: $25 in advance/$28 at door
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Dennis Chambers, drums
Leni Stern, guitar
Tom Kennedy, bass

Dennis Chamber is a world-renowned drummer and Baltimore native. He makes a rare appearance in Baltimore to celebrate the year's end at An die Musik Live. With Dennis are two very talented guitarists, Leni Stern and Tom Kennedy. These shows will be memorable!

ImageBlack Composers Forum VI
Year-End Concert to Celebrate Kwanzaa 

WHEN: Sunday, Dec 30 - 6 pm
$15 advance /$18 door /$10 full time students with ID
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Celebration/Observance of the Spiritual Music inspired by Kwanzaa Featuring "Kawaida" the work of James Mtume

Eric Kennedy, Drums
Herman Burney, Bass
Allyn Johnson, Piano
Jamal Moore, Percussion
Special Guest:  TK Blue, Sax/Flute

Moderator:  George "Doc" Manning

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Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar

WHEN: Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 7:00am to 12:00pm
: underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets

For the 2018 season, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar features new and returning farmers, concessionaires and bazaar vendors, and continues its “First Sunday” program, in which there is a special theme on the first Sunday of every month. "First Sundays" was started in 2017 to honor the 40th anniversary.

School 33 Art Center Winter Exhibitions

WHEN: Through Saturday, February 2, 2019; Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
: School 33 Art Center,1427 Light Street, Baltimore

View the works of artists based in Baltimore and from across the country during School 33 Art Center’s latest multimedia exhibitions. In Your silence will not protect you., Nature As A Metaphor For Economic, Emotional And Existential Horror and Labor of Suggestion, artists explore nature, culture and identity. Image credit: Alex Callender, Beyond the Borders of New Space and Lost Time. More Info

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular

WHEN: Monday, December 31, 2018, 9pm-12:30am
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Ring in the new year with live music and a spectacular fireworks show at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Thunderball performs a variety of music starting at 9pm at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets. Stunning pyrotechnics ignite the harbor skyline at midnight during a 15-minute show choreographed to music. More Info

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2019, 12pm
: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Celebrate the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic organizations, marching bands, cheer and dance squads, and military units participate in this parade rich in tradition. The procession commemorates the remarkable leader’s advocacy for racial equality, economic justice and international peace. More Info

For Your Safety

WHEN: Through Sunday, January 6, 2019
Top of the World Observation Level, 27th floor, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt Street

Erin Stellmon considers the physical and metaphorical presence of walls and fences in her mixed-media collages and paintings. The artist questions her ancestors’ right to lay claim to land and build barriers, as well as exposes the fragility of these boundaries. Image credit: Erin Stellmon, Alien Landscape Under ConstructionHours & Tickets

The Cloisters Open Houses

WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11am-3pm; Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11am-3pm; Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11am-3pm; Saturday, March 9, 2019, 11am-3pm
: The Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road

Step into an enchanting medieval-inspired attraction and rental facility during Open House Plus, held throughout the year. Local caterers, photographers, florists, DJs and bridal shops are on hand to discuss options for those interested in having their special event at The Cloisters. More Info

Lateral Distance

WHEN: Through February 23, 2019; Saturdays, 11am-4pm
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw Street

Visual art and science inform Amy Wetsch’s works in response to her recent experience working with Dr. Sarah Hörst, a planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University. The artist’s large-scale installation, sculptural objects and drawings aim to capture her imagined essence of Titan and the wonder and grandeur of the solar system. More Info


WHEN: Through February 23, 2019; Saturdays, 11am-4pm
: Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw Street

Martha Dougherty’s discarded first attempts form new 3D constructions in her paintings and collages. Her multicolored works are in response to various subject matters, from the hidden beauty in a gritty cityscape to freshly picked tomatoes from a friend’s garden. Image credit: Martha Dougherty, Abstract Collage with String Instrument Watercolors. More Info


WHERE: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore

Join us for our Community Holiday Potluck this Thursday, Dec. 20th! Stop by for food, drinks, art and community while you enjoy 15% off your holiday shopping. Dew More Poets will join us for a poetry reading at 6:30pm, and we will have pop-up shows by Make Studio and Victory Tables and more.

Cups by Lana Heckendorn

Our annual Winterfest exhibition, Holiday Sale and Resident Artist Cup Sale are up through Dec. 31st. We are also hosting pop-up shops through-out December by Make Studio, Victory Tables, blacksmith Nate Weiss, Euphoria chocolates, ceramicist Eileen O'Donnell, and more. Shop handmade this holiday season and perfect the art of giving.

Don’t miss this “Love Letter to Charm City” @ Center Stage

A Wonder in My Soul


In a Baltimore beauty shop, two longtime co-owners and best friends grapple with a major decision: remain as the anchor of their beloved neighborhoo, or relocate under the pressures of gentrification and crime? In dialogue that resonates with everyday poetry and underscored with music both profound and stirring, A Wonder in My Soul looks at the evolution of one family, the history of Baltimore and a whole community.

Content Advisory: This story of friendship and Baltimore neighborhoods is fitting for audiences in middle school and beyond.

Approximate runtime is 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.

A Wonder in My Soul Earned More Rave Reviews!

"From the opening lines to the closing bows, you get an evening of theater that is one for the record books." —MD Theatre Guide

"A really powerful play." —WYPR

"Music, friendships, and lively performances make this an amazing theater experience."  —CultureSeen4U

"A drama with searing wit and exquisite insight." —MD Theatre Guide


  • Fri, Dec 21 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec 22 at 2pm

This play must close this Sunday, December 23. Don’t miss it! The Box Office is open noon–6pm every day except Mondays, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

WHERE: Baltimore Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore

Hurry! BIG Improv classes fill up fast!

January - February improv classes

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

Click dates to register.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Level 302: Creating Characters

Make good scenes great with the right kind of characters. A character without consistency is a crazy person. A character without action is just a silly voice. And a character without reaction is a like playing with a wall! This class will push deeper into point of view and behavioral games in order to create exciting, believable and helpful characters. You’ll learn more advanced techniques for telling stories and initiating, maintaining, and enriching scenes.  Prerequisites: Level 101 and Level 201

7 Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm, January 9th - February 20th

Level 304: Intro to Sketch Writing

This class will focus on the fundamental structures of sketch comedy, that is, the skeletons on which great laughs are built.  In this class, we will explore and write with and around several traditional sketch formulas and genres.  Students should expect to write at least one sketch per week outside of class working towards a final presentation of the writing and are expected to see at least one sketch show during the course of the class. Prerequisites: Level 101 and Level 201

7 Thursdays, 7-9 pm, January 10th - February 21st

Level 501: The Harold

In the final class of BIG's Core Curriculum, you'll combine all the elements of Levels 101-401 into the most quintessential of longform improv formats: The Harold.  This legendary format was created by Del Close and used as the foundation of improv theaters such as Improv Olympic and The Upright Citizens Brigade.  The class will focus on all elements of a successful Harold, including the Pattern Game opening, scene work, beat structure, group games, memory, and premise.  Students will be taught to utilize variety, texture, and group dynamics to bring complex, hilarious ideas to life on stage. Prerequisites: Level 101, Level 201, Level 301, & Level 401 (or another 300/400-Level class, with teacher permission)

7 Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm, January 7 - February 18

Level 502: Monoscene

The Monoscene is a 25-30 minute scene that utilizes all the same characters in the same setting for the entirety of the show.  With a need to establish sustainable characters and a cohesive, plot-driven storyline, the monoscene will push improvisers to work on developing deeper, more complext characters and relationships.  The monoscene format will teach improvisers to make more out of their environment and editing techniques in an effort to enrich the scene and give it more substance. Prerequisites:  Level 101, Level 201, plus at least two 300/400-Level class

7 Saturdays, 3-5:30pm, January 12th - February 23rd

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

Red Room Thursday: Susan Alcorn & Anna Roberts-Gevalt

Susan Alcorn & Anna Roberts-Gevalt

WHEN: Thursday, December 20th, Doors at 8:30, show at 9
: The Red Room @ Normals Books and Records, 425 E 31st Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: $5-10. Cheap!

A mesmerizing master of the pedal steel, local legend Susan Alcorn joins former Baltimorean (now New Yorker) Anna Roberts-Gevalt, half of ever-more-expansive meta-folk duo Anna & Elizabeth in a new duo formation. Listen to good listeners!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

It's Concert Week with The Bridge Ensemble!

Image may contain: candles, fire, night and textAnnual Candlelit Christmastime Concerts

WHEN: December 19: 7:30pm
Church of the Redeemer Baltimore (Chapel), 5603 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD
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WHEN: December 21: 7pm
: All Hallows Episcopal Davidsonville (Chapel), 864 W Central Ave. Davidsonville, MD
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A friendly reminder: Our annual candlelit Christmastime concerts are just around the corner, this week on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We are so excited to bring you a sumptuous program of music for Christmas and Advent, sure to transport you away from the stress of the holiday season.

As always, admission to our performances is free, but we are asking for help in fundraising for our educational outreach initiatives and hope that you will be able to contribute. Click here to donate now!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


The “SHE” IS WISDOM conference series is designed to bring women into emotional empowerment, and reclaim, embrace and find balance of the mind, body and soul, through focus on innate wisdom.

Visit the event website

WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 9 AM – 3 PM
The Eubie Blake Cultural Center | 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Calling All Artists: Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Application Now Open

Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (This Land Is Your Land) by 2018 Sondheim Artscape Prize winner Erick Antonio Benitez; Photo: Mitro Hood, The Baltimore Museum of Art



Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Apply now for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. Selected artists have the opportunity to exhibit their works at the Walters Art Museum. Each finalist not selected for the prize is presented with an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. The 2019 jurors are artist Laylah Ali, curator Regine Basha and artist and critic William Powhida.

Applicants will also be reviewed for potential inclusion by the curators for Artscape and Artscape Gallery Network, which provides residents and cultural tourists with an extended opportunity to view the works of Baltimore’s talented artists before, during and after the festival weekend.


The 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with the 38th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Walters Art Museum. The 2019 competition is made possible through the generous annual support of presenting sponsor M&T Bank. Additional funds come from an endowment established with the support of the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Amy and Chuck Newhall, Brown Advisory, Caplan Family Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Rosemore, Inc., Rouse Company Foundation, Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. BOPA would additionally like to thank the more than 40 individuals who contributed to the Sondheim Prize Endowment Fund in 2017 in honor of former BOPA CEO Bill Gilmore.

Join us for December events at "The Importance of Being Earnest": Have "More fun than ought to be legal" at Everyman in December

The event of the season is here! Join us for all of the fun coming up in December.

“More fun than ought to be legal… The hats alone deserve a bow. Extraordinarily spectacular!”DC Metro Theater Arts

“A joy to behold! Everyman has chosen to ditch the 10th grade English vibe... the candy-colored result is a delight from beginning to end. Holds up to the theater’s ‘great stories, well told’ mantra.”Baltimore Magazine

A must see! Irresistibly entertaining and completely relevant.”MD Theatre Guide



WHEN: Friday, December 14, 6pm - 7:30pm

Pride Night at Everyman

Celebrate the holiday season with discounted tickets and a pre-show happy hour featuring drink specials, light nosh, and a conversation with Director Joseph W. Ritsch. Learn about his inspiration for the show and the meaningful, relevant history of playwright Oscar Wilde's life and the coded language he's hidden within the play.


WHEN: Friday, December 14, 6:45pm - 7:30pm

Friday Flow Yoga

An introduction to The Importance of Being Earnest's theme of IDENTITY utilizing Vinyasa style sequences designed for all ability levels taught by Lead Teaching Artist and certified yoga instructor, Brenna Horner. The restorative practices are the perfect compliment to a healthy life and an enriched playgoing evening.


WHEN: Monday, December 17, 6:30pm

Tea Time in Earnest

It’s tea time! Wear your best hat and join Gwendolen Fairfax, Lady Bracknell, and Algernon Moncrieff for a one-of-a-kind evening tea complete with sandwiches, soup, and dessert. Deepen your appreciation of Everyman Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest, through a fun, light-hearted inside look at the world of the play in-between delicious courses served at the 2018 Best Tea House in Baltimore—Emma’s Tea Spot.


WHEN: Sunday, December 23, 1:30pm - End of Show

Childcare Matinee

Watch a show and let Everyman watch your children. Take in a Matinee confident that your children are well looked after and supported by Everyman Theatre Education and Community Engagement staff. Perfect for ages 3-12.


WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 10am - 1:30pm

Learn the British Dialect

Blimey! Want to explore the British accent from The Importance of Being Earnest, while learning tips and tricks for sounds celebrated in the land of her Majesty the Queen? Ace! Join educator Steven J. Satta for a vocal trip "across the pond."


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Opening Reception This Friday: School 33 Art Center Winter Exhibitions