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Meet Meatball

October, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 4

Dear Reader,

Meatball the dog

He may be my favorite actor…

Appearing in Baltimore Center Stage‘s newest production, Shakespeare in Love, meet Meatball, the Chihuahua!

Don’t let that face fool you -Meatball is a Serious Method Actor.

Meatball plays the role of Spot, and if you remember from the Oscar-winning movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Spot appears in two scenes: in the first, he performs tricks before Queen Elizabeth I as part of her favorite play, The Two Gentleman of Verona.

I won’t give away the second scene, as it is a moment of intense action – Meatball will need to summon his mighty strength to convince the audience he is up to the challenge!

But I think he’s up for it.

From the first moment he padded on stage, Meatball won my heart. I think you should see this production, if only to see Meatball, but then of course, being Center Stage, there are about a dozen other exemplary actors whose performances can’t be missed.

The play itself spotlights “Will” Shakespeare (the bard himself) as he falls in love with his muse, Viola, and at the same time writes Romeo and Juliet. It’s funny, it’s uplifting, and it’s just about the perfect way to begin the holiday season.

Check out this interview with the director, Blake Robinson:

Shakespeare in Love interview
Video courtesy Center Stage

I just hope Meatball gets paid in dog treats!

Shakespeare in Love takes place now through November 26 at Baltimore Center Stage, with a Meet the Actors night, a Family Day (including lunch), and even a happy hour discussion about the use of drag in Shakespearean performances – click through for the 25% discount! Click here for the complete list of performance dates and times.

Center Stage is located at 700 N. Calvert Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.


 

Zen In the City

 

Buddha
Buddha at the Moment of Victory, Thai, late 15th century, 54.2775

The Walters Art Museum’s show-stopping Asian Art collection is back on view after a three-year hiatus. In that timeframe, its galleries underwent needed structural repairs, and priceless artworks were conserved. The resulting new, three-floor exhibition literally exudes serenity, making it worth a visit anytime you’re in the area.

The exhibition begins on the 3rd floor; find it by walking through the Renaissance and Baroque galleries and then turn left. You’ll enter a room of breathtaking Japanese ceramics, backlit by the Washington Monument.

Take the winding staircase down into another world–a world of centuries-old art from India, the Himalayas, and East and Southeast Asia. The figures on view, made of gold, lacquer, sandstone and ivory, were once vital parts of community ceremonies and give off seriously “good vibrations”; in fact, the space was so tranquil that the group of journalists I toured it with simply didn’t want to leave!

Mt Vernon views

Exhibition Curator Dr. Amy Landau designed moments of reflection within the galleries by using atmospheric lighting and muted background colors, which allows each singular object to sing. Take in the bronze statue, Buddha at the Moment of Victory (pictured at top), and notice his right hand touching the earth. See how his eyes are downcast and the quiet smile playing on his lips. His chest is broad, and filled with prana, the sacred life force–you can almost feel his exhalation.

In true Walters fashion, this museum-going experience appeals to all senses–from the sounds of a gong softly playing in one corner to a video loop of a vibrant ritual worship involving Hindu deities, to the plush seating arrangements positioned for prime viewing.

“When the Hackerman House closed in 2014 for building improvements, it gave us an opportunity to take a fresh look at the Asian art collections,” says Julia Marciari-Alexander, Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director. “I am thrilled to unveil a re-envisioning of Arts of Asia that offers more engaging ways to experience our amazing collections.”

Buddha
Parvati Nursing Ganesha, India (Jaipur), Rajput, 19th Century, W.871

I especially liked how the Walters has responded to contemporary interest in pluralism, the idea of gathering together ideas from various groups into a state of coexistence. Audience response was positive to similar arrangements presented in Pearls on a String, and so in this exhibition, Curator Landau incorporated Buddhist, Islamic and Christian artist views of each other’s iconography, often with spectacular results.

The tiny watercolor (at right), created in India in the 19th century, features a representation of the familiar Christian image of Madonna and Child; only here the Hindu goddess Parvati is featured, along with her son, Ganesha. It’s fantastic.

Arts of Asia is on view permanently, with new works rotated every few months. Admission to the Walters Art Museum is always free. It’s located at 600 N. Charles Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. For more information, call 410-547-9000 or visit their website.


 

November Events in Mount Vernon

 


 

Baltimore School For the Arts
712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

 

Chamber Chorus and String Orchestra

FREE CONCERT: Chamber Chorus & String Orchestra Concert at Grace United Methodist
Sunday, Nov 5 | 3-4 PM

Join us at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles Street, for a free concert.

Part I: Simple Symphony for String Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Part II: Serenade in C Major, Op. 48, Peter Ilich Tschaikovsky (1840-1893)

INTERMISSION

Part III: Adore te Devote, Mark Hardy (b.1970)

Part IV: Requiem op. 9, Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)

Click here for more information.

Opera Scenes

FREE CONCERT: Opera Scenes at Grace United Methodist
Sunday, Nov 19 | 3 PM

Opera Scenes is on the road this year! Join us at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles Street, to see our students perform favorite scenes from famous operas. This is a free concert.

Click here for more information.


 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

 

The Wizard of Oz

Movie with Orchestra:
The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, Nov 4 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Scott Terrell, Conductor

Experience the Oscar®-winning classic The Wizard of Oz on a giant HD screen as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the score live. Adventure down the Yellow Brick Road with beloved songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard.” All rights reserved.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


 

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street | 410-332-0033 | Website

 

Center Stage's Annual Open House

FREE: Center Stage’s Annual Open House
Saturday, Nov 4 | 10 AM-2 PM

Center Stage’s annual free, family-friendly open house is back on Saturday, November 4 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Theatregoers of all ages can peek backstage at the beautifully renovated building, enjoying live demonstrations and visiting the scenic, props, and costume shops.

Activities Include:

  • Check out the brand-new Morgenthaler Costume Shop
  • Tour the Props and Scene Shops
  • Watch a live rehearsal of Lookingglass Alice
  • View stage Combat Demonstrations
  • Play Theater Games
  • Make Arts and Crafts
  • Enjoy free Face Painting, Clowns, Mimes, and Bubbles
  • Raffles for Prizes

Did I mention it’s free?!

There’s no need to RSVP – for more information visit Center Stage’s website or call 410-332-0033.


 

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | 410-396-5430 | Website

 

Writers LIVE: Katherine Reynolds Chaddock, Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College
Tuesday, Nov 14 | 6:30 PM
Central Library, African American Department

Lawrence P. Jackson

Richard Theodore Greener (1844-1922) was a renowned black activist and scholar. He was the first black graduate of Harvard College, the first black faculty member at a southern white college, and the first black U.S. diplomat to a white country, serving in Vladivostok, Russia. Yet he died in obscurity, his name barely remembered.

Because he was light-skinned and at ease among whites, Grenner’s black friends and colleagues sometimes wrongfully accused him of trying to “pass.” While he was overseas on a diplomatic mission, Greener’s wife and five children did just that. They stayed in New York City, changed their names, and vanished into white society. Greener never saw them again.

Katherine Reynolds Chaddock’s Uncompromising Activist is a long overdue biography about a man, fascinating in his own right, who also exemplified America’s discomfiting perspectives on race.

Katherine Reynolds Chaddock is distinguished professor emerita of education at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of The Multi-Talented Mr. Erskine: Shaping Mass Culture through Great Books and Fine Music and Visions and Vanities: John Andrew Rice of Black Mountain College.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Click here for more information.


 

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website

 

Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland's Social Landscape

 

Now on Vew: Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape
Special Curator’s Tour: Wednesday, Nov 1 | 6:30 PM

This installation brings together commissioned works by Maryland-born artist David Brewster with objects from the MdHS collection. This marrying of old with new, contemporary with “antique,” creates a dialogue that will inspire thought-provoking discussions of how the objects of the past remain relevant to today’s ever-changing social landscape. It will also highlight Brewster’s often challenging perspective on the modern world, one that looks to the overlooked or unseen.

Brewster’s commissioned works focus on challenging and complex themes like gender, race, urban decay, suburban sprawl, environmental conditions, and the political tensions in American today. Many objects within the Maryland Historical Society’s collection are relevant to the themes Brewster examines in the ever-changing social landscape of today’s Maryland.

Click here to reserve tickets to the Special Curator’s Tour.


 

Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street | 410-685-0095 | Website

 

One Maryland One Book – Book Discussion
Saturday, Oct 28 | 1-2 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Cherry Hill Branch

Purple Hibiscus

Join us for a discussion of Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They’re completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home–a home that is silent and suffocating. As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father’s authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins’ laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

For more information, visit this link.


 

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website

 

Peabody Wind Ensemble

Peabody Wind Ensemble
Saturday, Nov 4 | 7:30 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Harlan D. Parker, Conductor
Abhinn Malhotra, Assistant Conductor

Viet Cuong: Sound and Smoke
Peter Graham: Harrison’s Dream
James Barnes: Third Symphony, Op. 89, “The Tragic”

This free performance will be held in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall at 1 E. Mount Vernon Pl., Baltimore, MD 21202. Reservations are required.

Click here for more information or to reserve tickets.

The Elixir of Love

Peabody Opera Theatre presents The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore)
Nov 15-18 | 7:30 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

by Gaetano Donizetti
Sponsored by Claire and Allan Jensen

One of Donizetti’s most beloved scores, this charming comedy of a young man’s pursuit of love will be re-imagined on a college campus in the early 1960s.

Click on your preferred date to reserve your tickets:
Wednesday, Nov 15 | 7:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 16 | 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov 17 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 18 | 7:30 PM

This free performance will be held in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall at 1 E. Mount Vernon Pl., Baltimore, MD 21202. Reservations are required.

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore

Transformative Art for Troubled Times

Dear Reader,

 

A painstaking work of devotion
“Orb of the Empire,” Johann Leonhard Tauber, 1752,
Thin paper mounted on board,
The Walters Art Museum, W.728

 

Now on view at The Walters Art Museum is a treasure chest of an exhibit, tucked in an alcove within the Rye to Raphael Galleries, which showcases “spiritual medicine” for troubled times from the 16th century.

Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul, curated by Zanvyl Krieger Fellow Yu Na Han, features artifacts that illustrate Martin Luther’s teachings — including a tiny prayer book owned by Luther’s best friend, Philip Melancthon.

The 16th Century was a turbulent time in Catholic Europe. The Church was rife with corruption and sold “forgiveness” in the form of indulgences to the highest bidder. Young Martin Luther was a German monk with a big task at hand. Believing the Church had strayed too far from the Bible’s original teachings, Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses on the door of a chapel in Wittenburg, Germany. His theses, published 500 years ago this month, became the foundation for the Protestant Reformation.

Instead of focusing on Luther’s doctrinal arguments, Uncertain Times focuses on the personal ways that Luther inspired his contemporaries. For one, he had the Bible translated from Greek, which only the elite could understand, into German, the common language of his day. He encouraged people to memorize New Testament stories as examples on how to live their lives. Illustrated allegories like the Ship of Penitence taught people right from wrong. Several of these painstakingly drawn masterpieces are on display.

Luther was also an advocate of “spiritual medicine” that could be found in the comforts of sharing a meal with friends. He emphasized that it was okay to be human — and even enjoy a few beers, as partaking in the little joys of life could help carry a person through larger travails. A stone beer tankard from the year 1600 is on display, alongside these words from Luther:

“Whenever the devil harasses you, have another drink, or joke and talk nonsense. Even sin a little to spite him. We are lost if we try too hard not to sin at all.”

One remarkable artwork inspired by Luther’s transformative teachings is a drawing of a cross made with tiny, hand-lettered prayers by Johann Leonhard Tauber in 1752. Tauber, who identified himself as a 63-year-old gravel-crusher from Nuremberg, Germany, composed this drawing by repeating lines of Biblical verse, Martin Luther’s catechism, and the Lord’s Prayer. The very act of writing became a meditative practice for the artist, as repeating the words would impress them onto his memory and bring him to a spiritual state.

The breadth of this little exhibition is astonishing. And Luther continues to inspire people – learn how he brought comfort to Curator Han in this great article by The Baltimore Sun.

Uncertain Times runs through Sunday, October 29, 2017.

The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 N. Charles Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. For more information, call 410-547-9000 or visit their website.


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon

 

Baltimore School For the Arts

712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

 

BSA banner

Open House/Information Day for Prospective Students
and Parents

Saturday, Oct 7 | 9 AM

Do you know a student interested in Baltimore School for the Arts? Join us at BSA for annual Open House/Information Day to learn all about the audition process and the school’s academic and arts curriculum. No reservations required, and all parents and families are welcome.

If your last name begins with A-L, please attend the morning sessions:
9 AM: Visual Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music
10 AM: Academics
11 AM: Dance, Theatre, Theatre Production

If your last name begins with M-Z, please attend the afternoon sessions:
12 PM: Visual Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music
1 PM: Academics
2 PM: Dance, Theatre, Theatre Production

You’ll learn about how to apply, how to prepare for the audition, how acceptance decisions are made, our college prep program, and what our alumni do. Student-guided tours follow each arts session.

All interested students must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more information.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

 

Jurassic Park

Movie with Orchestra:
Jurassic Park

Saturday, Sept 30 | 8 PM
Sunday, Oct 1 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor

One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation. Now audiences can relive this ground-breaking film as never before – projected in HD while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ magnificent score. “Welcome… to Jurassic Park!”

Jurassic Park is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street | 410-332-0033 | Website

 

The Christians

The Christians
Sept 7 – Oct 8, 2017

By Lucas Hnath

“This nonjudgmental show, which offers a safe place for good people to disagree and even, possibly, evolve spiritually, is a tonic for tough times.”Dallas News

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE LOSE FAITH IN OUR LEADERS? Does absolute tolerance require tolerance of the intolerant? Can a divided head find a way to lead? When the stakes are eternity, what happens if your pastor is wrong? These are the questions that arise in a present-day American megachurch in The Christians, a new play about the seemingly insurmountable distance that exists when people of the same religion hold different beliefs. Stunning in its theatricality, this production will feature multiple choirs from area churches. Prescient in its investigation of the commercialization of religion, this play spotlights the sensitive and challenging obstacles of all successful organizations.

This show also features choirs from Baltimore area churches.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | 410-396-5430 | Website

 

Writers LIVE: Lawrence P. Jackson
Chester B. Himes: A Biography

Wednesday, Sept 20 | 6:30 PM
Central Library, African American Department

Lawrence P. Jackson

In this definitive biography of Chester B. Himes, the African American author who had an extraordinary influence on black writers globally, Lawrence P. Jackson explores Himes’ middle-class origins and his eight years in prison. He also recounts Himes’ painful odyssey as a black World War II-era artist and his escape to Europe, where he became internationally famous for his Harlem detective series. Enhanced by friendships with Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Carl Van Vechten, Himes published twenty literary works over a long career, including the bestsellers If He Hollers, Let Him Go and Cotton Comes to Harlem.

Lawrence P. Jackson is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Indignant Generation and other works.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of Jackson’s book for sale at a book signing following the program.

Click here for more information.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website

 

Brewster

Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape Opening Reception
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
6 – 8 PM

Join us for the opening reception of Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape. The evening will feature a guest DJ and a wine reception. Attendees will be invited to view the exhibition and participate in a ‘What’s your perspective?’ activity.

Maryland Historical Society opens its latest exhibition, Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape. The installation brings together commissioned works by Maryland-born artist David Brewster with objects from the MdHS collection. Brewster’s commissioned works focus on challenging and complex themes like gender, race, urban decay, suburban sprawl, environmental conditions, and the political.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street | 410-685-0095 | Website

 

Mt Vernon Park

Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour
Saturday, Sept 16 | 11 AM
Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library

Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore’s literary luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and majestic cultural institutions built by Baltimore’s successful 19th century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspaperman, philanthropists and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $10 per person and can be reserved online. Tours begin at 11 a.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library at 400 Cathedral Street.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website

 

Joseph Young

Peabody Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, Sept 19 | 8 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Joseph Young, Conductor

Antonín Dvořák: Othello Overture, Op. 93 George Frideric Handel: Concerto grosso in F major, Op. 3, No. 4 Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944

This free performance will be held in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall at 1 E. Mount Vernon Pl., Baltimore, MD 21202. Reservations are required.

Click here for more information or to reserve tickets.

Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website

 

Two Trains Running

TWO TRAINS RUNNING
Sept 8 – Oct 8, 2017

by August Wilson
Director: Fuzz Roark
Stage Manager: Phelix Blais-Evers

Synopsis: This is the 1960s chapter of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright’s decade by decade saga of ordinary African Americans in this turbulent century. It takes place in Memphis Lee’s coffee shop in a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is on the brink of economic development. Focus is on the characters who hang out there: a local sage, an elderly man who imparts the secrets of life as learned from a 322 year old sage, an ex con, a numbers runner, a laconic waitress who slashed her legs to keep men away, and a mentally handicapped man who was once cheated out of a ham. With Chekhovian obliqueness, the author reveals simple truths, hopes and dreams, creating a microcosm of an era and a community on the brink of change.

Tickets: Adults $22; Seniors (60+) $20; Students & Military $18.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Sept 14, 2017 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Post Show discussion with Cast and Director: Sunday, Sept 24, 2017 immediately following the performance.

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore

A Mount Vernon Staycation

August, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 2

Dear Reader,

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown
The Beautiful Hotel Indigo,
courtesy of the hotel

Greetings from the ‘other side’ — I want to thank you for your well wishes as I underwent major surgery earlier this year. It has taken a while, but I’m happy to say I’m back on track!

Perhaps my mind has been sensitive to beautiful surroundings to escape and relax in, because this month, I had the chance to visit some of the city’s best hotels–and they’re located right here in Mount Vernon. So take a virtual tour with me and then enjoy a special discount for a staycation of your own making, below.  Special thanks to Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown, The Ivy Hotel and the Hotel Monaco for opening their doors to us.

An Interesting Bit of History

Some of you might remember when this 1908 building was a YMCA — in fact, it was one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Closed since 1981, after a $14 million renovation, in 2015 the Hotel Indigo Downtown Baltimore opened, and the place has been buzzing ever since. This is Intercontinental’s boutique offshoot, offering the brand’s same level of high-end service and modern accommodations at wallet-friendly prices.

Walk up the short flight of steps, and you’re welcomed into an expansive lobby lit by Palladian windows. To your left is the chic library, with several volumes dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, himself perhaps the most stylish writer to walk the streets of Baltimore.

The Hotel Indigo’s Library, courtesy of the hotel

In fact, it’s said that Poe got into fisticuffs with a literary critic across from the Baltimore Basilica on nearby Mulberry Street!

Back at the hotel, you can create your own literary fantasies on one of its custom chartreuse sofas. The popular restaurant, Poets Modern Cocktails, fills the opposite end of the building, bedecked in glossy white shelving, dramatic etched mirrors and a selection of tasty home brews, such as the signature Gold Ale.

Hotel Indigo Downtown Baltimore is extending a special Friends of Mount Vernon discount to our readers: click here for complete details.

The hotel is located at 24 W. Franklin Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District. Call 410-489-1580 for more information or visit http://www.baltimoreindigohotel.com.

A Jewelbox In Mount Vernon

The Ivy Hotel’s winding staircase, courtesy Miller Orians

Making headlines as one of the coolest new luxury hotels in the country, the 18-room Ivy Hotel is nestled into a historic brownstone on Calvert Street. 

Step inside and you feel as though you’ve entered a friend’s house; that is, if your friend is a B&O Railroad Baron. A conservatory filled with greenery and zebra-print chairs is the site of the evening cocktail hour. Guests are welcome to play a game of chess or billiards – both are antiques. Hand-painted murals by Baltimore artists fill one room; carved mahogany rosettes are in another.

All gratuities are included in your room rate, so when you get hungry you won’t feel bad about calling down to the famed on-site restaurant, Magdalena: The chef himself will send up a plate of goodies.

Guests take the winding wooden staircase (it’s original to the building) or one of two elevators to the upper-floor guest rooms.

Each layout is different and filled with one-of-a-kind finds: when I visited a 16th century tapestry from Spain had just arrived.

A bathroom fit for a king – or a B&O Railroad Baron, courtesy Miller Orians

The heralded Spa at the Ivy must have had a hand in the bathroom design, as each features heated limestone floors, deep soaking tubs, and NaturaBisse products. I can attest that the remote-controlled toilet speaks Japanese.

The Ivy Hotel has become a favorite haunt for weekenders from Pennsylvania, DC and Virginia (and beyond), so make your reservations now while you can. 

This hotel is located at 205 E. Biddle Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Call 410-514-6500 for more information or visit http://www.theivybaltimore.com.

Perfectly at Home in Baltimore

Room service includes goldfish
at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore

Speaking of the B&O Railroad, its 1831 headquarters has become one of the city’s most popular overnight destinations, duly representing West Coast style and Charm City swagger: The Hotel Monaco.

It’s part of the Kimpton brand, which is best-known for its upbeat vibe and some quirky extras that feel right at home in Baltimore. Not only are dogs welcome, cats birds and even amphibians are allowed.

For those having trouble counting sheep, the front desk can supply a goldfish who will swim in circles for your evening enjoyment.

A beautiful grand marble staircase leads down from the hotel’s lobby area to the popular street-level B&O Brasserie. New arrivals will find friendly staffers in the lobby sharing space with bold art and contrasting patterned fabrics.

The Modern Lobby at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, courtesy of the hotel

The nightly wine hour that Kimpton is known (and loved) for takes place by the fireplace near the reception desk. Generous staycation packages at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore include National Aquarium tickets and free parking: click here for all of the details.

The Hotel Monaco Baltimore is located at 2 North Charles Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Call 443-692-6170 for more information or
visit http://www.monaco-baltimore.com


Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon

Baltimore School For the Arts
712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

BSA banner

Open House/Information Day for Prospective Students
and Parents

Saturday, Oct 7 | 9 AM

Do you know a student interested in Baltimore School for the Arts? Join us at BSA for annual Open House/Information Day to learn all about the audition process and the school’s academic and arts curriculum. No reservations required, and all parents and families are welcome.

If your last name begins with A-L, please attend the morning sessions:
9 AM: Visual Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music
10 AM: Academics
11 AM: Dance, Theatre, Theatre Production

If your last name begins with M-Z, please attend the afternoon sessions:
12 PM: Visual Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music
1 PM: Academics
2 PM: Dance, Theatre, Theatre Production

You’ll learn about how to apply, how to prepare for the audition, how acceptance decisions are made, our college prep program, and what our alumni do. Student-guided tours follow each arts session.

All interested students must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more information.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

Wynton Marsalis

2017 Gala Concert with Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, Sept 9 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Dan Nimmer, piano
Carlos Henriquez, bass
Ali O.M. Jackson II, drums

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, nine-time Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and three of the finest jazz artists in the world; the perfect pairing of legendary jazz and classical musicians in a celebration of America’s art form.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | 410-396-5430 | Website

Genealogy Circle Meeting: Brick Wall Session
Saturday, Aug 12 | 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden Night Room

Brick Wall

Do you have ancestors you just can’t find? What do you do when your research comes to a standstill and you’ve hit that proverbial brick wall? When you’ve already tried all the obvious places, you’ll need to consider the not so obvious.

Bring your questions, as well as your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems. We’ll share and work together to break down those brick walls!

A panel of Maryland genealogy experts, including Lisa Crawley from the Reginal F. Lewis Museum’s Resource Center; Melvin Currie who has been working with genetic genealogy for over ten years; and Malissa Ruffner, Vice President of the Maryland Genealogical Society, will be on hand to work with you.

Click here for more information. Registration is not required.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website

lady Baltimore

Eliza Crawford Anderson Godefroy: Shattering the Glass Ceiling in the Intellectual World of Baltimore, 1800-1819
Thursday, Sept 7, 2017
6:00 PM Cocktails
6:30-7:30 PM Lecture
7:30-8:30 PM Reception

This lecture is part of the Francis Scott Key Lecture Series, and is presented by Edward Papenfuse, Ph.D., Maryland State Archivist (retired).

A friend of Elizabeth Patterson, abandoned wife of a failed Baltimore merchant, a single mother who divorced for love to marry a French artist/architect, and an accomplished editor/writer in her own right, Eliza Godefroy’s life was both extraordinary and tragic. Her failed journal, the first of its kind in America edited by a woman, remains a monument to her skills as a writer and observer of the intellectual life of the emerging urban presence of Baltimore, as much as her second husband’s Battle Monument remains as the centerpiece of the city’s official seal. This lecture will explore the career of the brilliant, Eliza Godefroy during the first two decades of the nineteenth century.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street | 410-685-0095 | Website

Mt Vernon Park

Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour
Saturday, Aug 19 | 11 AM
Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library

What do Tupac Shakur, Upton Sinclair, and Emily Post have in common? At one point, all three resided in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. On Maryland Humanities’ Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour, you’ll walk in the footsteps of these iconic cultural figures, along with other literary greats of Baltimore like Edgar Allan Poe and H.L. Mencken. There are only a few more tours left this season – get your tickets now and join the fun!

Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $10 per person and can be reserved online. Tours begin at 11 a.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library at 400 Cathedral Street.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website

Peabody Conservatory to Offer Dance Degree

danah bellan

The Peabody Institute has announced the launch of a new bachelor’s degree in dance.

Internationally known dancer, choreographer, and teacher danah bella will chair new Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance program.

Building on its long history of high-level training for dancers, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University will launch a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance program beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, pending approval of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. danah bella, the founder of danah bella DanceWorks and former chair of the dance faculty at Radford University, will lead the new department.

“The Peabody Conservatory Dance BFA is designed to prepare exceptional 21st century artists to push the boundaries between dance and science and expand the role and relevance of dance,” stated Abra Bush, Peabody’s senior associate dean of institute studies. “With her bold artistry and diverse experiences as a performer, choreographer, and teacher, we’re thrilled that danah bella has agreed to lead this innovative new program at Peabody.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website

Cleanup Day Volunteers

SPOTLIGHTERS CLEAN UP DAY
Saturday, Aug 26 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Volunteers can work as little as 2 hours – or as much as all day!

We will be working in three teams:

1. General Theatre Clean
Deep cleaning of seating areas
Cleaning Baseboards
Dusting / Cleaning around window & mouldings
Cleaning Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures

2. Costume Room Organization
Sorting and Re-hanging of costumes
Re-stocking shoes & hats into proper containers
Re-shelving of fabrics (separating into finished pieces and raw fabrics)

3. Green Room / Dressing Room Clean
Cleaning counters and shelves
Organizing Under Cabinets and Kitchenette space
Cleaning Floors / Sweep, Vacuum, Mop as needed.

4. Outdoors
Re-painting the courtyard concrete (dependent upon weather)

To volunteer, contact Fuzz Roark by calling 410-752-1225.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000 | Website

Uncertain Times

Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul focuses on the ways in which Martin Luther, the 16th-century German religious reformer, comforted the distressed souls of his contemporaries by approaching them as a father, a husband, and a friend – rather than as a priest or theologian. This exhibition, curated by Zanvyl Krieger Fellow Yu Na Han, provides insight into Luther’s world, friendships, and family. Approximately 20 works will be on view, ranging from a simple beer cup to a mesmerizing rendering of the Lutheran orb and cross composed entirely of microscopic hand-lettered prayers. The Walters presents this one-gallery exhibition during the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Click here for more information.

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit BaltimoreC

New Developments at Grace & St. Peter’s Church

January, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 1

Dear Reader,

Grace & St. Peter's Church
Grace & St. Peter’s

Amidst all the buzz and new construction along Park Ave., one of the city’s oldest most established parishes is also seeing changes.

Grace & St. Peter’s Church, located at Park and Monument Streets, encompasses nearly an entire block with its grade school, The Wilkes School, and parish-owned apartments. But this past summer, its rector, Frederick Thomas, suddenly passed away. Father Thomas had been rector since 1998, and he was a familiar presence in the Mount Vernon community. A search community is hoping to name a new rector by the end of the first quarter. In addition, Sandy Schull is retiring after 20 years as Head of School at The Wilkes School.

“it’s an exciting time for our congregation,” says parishioner Dante Berretta, “even though our congregation is small, it’s cohesive and open to change.”

Berretta hopes that the church and school will do even more outreach in the neighborhood. And while these top-level changes are taking place, you might notice the church itself is being transformed.

Renovations are underway in the garden to make the entrance handicap-accessible and the space more inviting in general. New trees and shrubs are being planted, the retaining walls are being fixed and old ironwork is being repaired. “It is our hope that the community will be able to use the space for outdoor performances and events,” says Berretta.

An Interesting Bit of History

A Chinese New Year Celebration
A Chinese New Year
Celebration at Grace & St. Peter’s

In the early 20th century, the 300 block of Park Ave. in Baltimore was known as Chinatown. Immigrants moved west to work on the transcontinental railroad, and Grace & St. Peter’s established a mission to serve Chinese immigrants, most notably, by offering English language classes.

Grace & St. Peters welcomed immigrants into the parish and about 1/3 of parishioners are of Chinese descent. Chinese traditions play a big role in church activities today: You can see the slumbering dragon insignias on many of the cushions throughout the church. Check them out some time!

This year, you can celebrate the Lunar New Year through a special event at The Walters Art Museum on Sunday, January 29 from 11 am-4pm. There will be art activities and traditional Lunar New Year performances by the Baltimore Chinese School, the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, and the Korean dance groups Sang Hee Ju Traditional Dance Company and Stepping Stones. See the Walters’ website for details.

Grace and St. Peter’s is located at 707 Park Avenue at Monument Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Like them on Facebook and visit their website for more information.


 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

 

Jonathan Carney

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
Thursday, January 12 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor
Valentina Peleggi, conductor*
Jonathan Carney, violin

From the vivid first notes of the Capriccio espagnol to the joyous close of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, this program is sheer delight. The Capriccio, a feast of Spanish melodies and a showpiece for soloists within the orchestra, introduces newcomer Valentina Peleggi, the current winner of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia fellowship. Concertmaster Jonathan Carney takes center stage in Walton’s tempestuous Violin Concerto, shining a light on his virtuosic talents. Beethoven called his Seventh Symphony “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

A Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes
Friday, January 27 | 8 PM
Saturday, January 28 | 8 PM
Sunday, January 29 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Jack Everly, conductor
Ann Hampton Callaway, vocalist
Tony DeSare, vocalist
Frankie Moreno, vocalist

Come fly away with Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops as we welcome Broadway’s own Tony DeSare, Ann Hampton Callaway and Frankie Moreno for a tour of your favorite Sinatra standards. It takes you back to the time when a great voice and a great song came together… and there was magic.

Click here for more information or to register.

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street | 410-332-0033 | Website

 

The Ground On Which We Stand

The Ground On Which We Stand:
An Exploration of Black Excellence

Sunday, February 12 | 4 PM

100 Baltimore Jack & Jill youth were challenged to interpret the best of the African diasporic canon. Center Stage welcomes the contemporary voices of the heroes and sheroes of tomorrow as they celebrate the writers, poets, musicians, industry leaders, and intellectuals who redefined America. This one-time performance will feature music, dance, art, film, and projection technology highlighting breakthrough moments in history.

Presented by The Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in partnership with Baltimore Center Stage.

Click here or call 410.332.0033 for more information or to purchase tickets for $15.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website

 

Out of the Box
Druid Hill Black Swimming Pool
Image: People swimming at the “Black Swimming Pool.” Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. Ca. 1948. Photograph by Paul Henderson Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, MdHS, HEN-01-03-013

Special Enoch Pratt Lecture
Honoring MLK and Civil Rights
Exhibit Relaunch
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tours 10:30-12:30 PM | Lecture 2 PM

The Maryland Historical Society proudly relaunches its Paul Henderson Civil Rights-era photography exhibition featuring never-before-seen scenes of Baltimore life c. 1940-1960.

On January 14, 2017, free tours of the Paul Henderson: Maryland’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs exhibition will be offered in advance of a special MLK Commemorative lecture hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Maryland Historical Society. The lecture, which will begin at 2pm, features Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Founder and President of Economic Education and author of the new book, Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy.

Beginning at 10:30 am, Curator of Films & Photographs, Joe Tropea, and Historical Investigations Specialist, David Armenti, will lead guided tours of the exhibit Paul Henderson: Maryland’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs, c.1940-1960. The tours will cover topics such as Henderson’s life and work as a photojournalist, MdHS’s work on the 7,000 piece collection, and the many stories his photos convey. Each tour will begin on the half hour: 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Tours will meet in the Symington Library.

Then at 2pm, The Enoch Pratt Free Library hosts its annual King Commemorative Lecture featuring Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Founder and President of Economic Education. This lecture will begin at 2:00pm in France Hall.

Click here for more information or to register. The museum will be free all day.

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website

 

Alexander Shtarkman

Variations on Goldberg IV
Thursday, Jan 26 | 8 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Alexander Shtarkman, Piano

The concert will feature Alexander Shtarkman on piano, performing Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988.

Free admission, no ticket required.

Click here for more information.

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop conducts Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Barber, Strauss, Shostakovich
Saturday, Feb 4 | 8 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

This event will also be streamed live on the Johns Hopkins UStream channel.

Tickets required. Currently, tickets are unavailable. Please call the Box Office at 667-208-6620 to be added to the waiting list.

Click here for more information.

Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website

 

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

THE THREEPENNY OPERA
Jan 13 – Feb 5, 2017

German adaptation by Bertolt Brecht
directed by Michael Blum

Synopsis: In 1928, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill adapted John Gay’s 18th-century The Beggar’s Opera to fashion a savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality, set to unforgettable music with tunes that have been famous for 90 years. Our contemporary world sees 19th-century London through the lens of 1920s Berlin, to tell the bitter tale of the predatory outlaw Mack the Knife, who marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss but is betrayed by his sinister in-laws and his favorite prostitutes and sent to prison. He temporarily escapes with the help of the Sheriff’s daughter, but all the forces of society converge to bring about a menacing finale of ferocious irony.

Tickets: Adults $22; Seniors (60+) $20; Students & Military $18.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Jan 19, 2017 (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Post Show discussion with Cast, Director & Creative Team: Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 immediately following the performance.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000 | Website

 

Pasta Making with Schola

Make Night: Pasta Making with Schola
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 | 6 PM – 9 PM

Celebrate the Walters’ Italian art collection with a culinary connection to the past as we make fresh pasta with the chefs at Schola Cooking School. After learning about some of the great works from the collection, you’ll use a pasta sheeter to create a few of the old favorites-fettuccine alfredo, pappardelle with Bolognese sauce, and cheese ravioli in spinach pesto. This workshop will be held offsite at Schola Cooking School, 1005 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Click here for more information or to register.

Gerome

Adrienne L. Childs on Henry Ossawa Tanner
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM

The Walters Art Museum is proud to have reinstalled Lion Drinking by African-American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner as part of From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. To celebrate this installation in conjunction with Black History Month, the museum will host scholar Adrienne L. Childs for a talk that discusses Tanner’s use of imagery from the Holy Land and North Africa.

Click here for more information or to register. Free, advance registration requested.

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore

Welcome Home, Center Stage!

December, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 7

Dear Reader,

‘Tis the most glorious season of the year for our Mount Vernon Cultural District! Our neighborhood is the setting for two special happenings this month: The first is Downtown Partnership’s Annual Monument Lighting Ceremony, which takes place tomorrow beginning at 5 pm (details are below). And Center Stage’s historic Calvert Street building reopens to the public with the debut of a scintillating new performance of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Fulfilling Its Mission to Become Our Community’s Best Theatrical Hub

Center Stage Reno
Click here for a look at the renovation underway.

Since January, Center Stage has been transforming its historic theater through a $28 million renovation which will result in a new theater, a redesigned lobby and additional space for community and educational programs.

The Head Theater on the fourth floor is being completely redesigned by Charcoalblue, a theater design company based in London. Center Stage is adding a new 99-seat Third Space to be able to produce more cutting-edge work, as well as family programming. The Deering Lobby will be much more open and welcoming. There will be a new education center (the Eddic C. and C. Sylvia Brown Education Center) and a new costume shop (the Terry H. Morgenthaler Costume Shop), as well as a new café and bar (the Sherman Café and Bar). The project’s architect is Cho Benn Holback and its contractor is Whiting Turner.

“With this renovation, Center Stage will be able to fulfill its mission to be the best possible theatrical hub for our community, meeting people wherever they may be to engage and entertain,” Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah says, “Through this transformational investment, we will be able to continue to offer diverse programming that reflects and supports our community and our times. For me, every inch of our theater is the stage. From the moment you walk in, you’re engaging with art. Let’s open up this space to everyone.”

Center Stage’s grand reopening will be on March 3, 2017, but starting on Dec 2, audiences can glimpse a peek at the renovation and enjoy the redesigned lobby and Pearlstone Theater, which has been updated with improved sound and lighting, making it a fitting location for the classic tale of love and betrayal, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons).

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Two French aristocrats, Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover, the Vicomte de Valmont, challenge each other to seduce unsuspecting innocents in this story of revenge, debauchery, and hidden motives. Set just before the French Revolution, Les Liaisons is a glimpse into the lives of beautiful people poised to denigrate and control everyone around them, including each other. But when one of them actually falls in love, the real betrayals unfold.

Les Liaisons is a compelling story for contemporary audiences, says Center Stage Associate Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif. “The story is set at a moment right on the cusp of the French Revolution, a time when there had been no greater divide between the haves and the have-nots, the aristocracy and the common man,” she says.

“But inside the world of the play, people feel very isolated from the poverty and the dangers of a world on the edge. And that resonated with me in 2016,” she continues. “As a director, I wanted the production to be both period but contemporary in its energy, to be sleek and sexy, and to challenge us and illuminate something about our own nature.” Click here to read her full interview.

LesLiaisonsVid
Click to view video.

Befitting a production set in 18th century France, the costumes are both interesting and over the top. Award-winning costume designer Fabio Toblini details the time-intensive process he and his staff employed to create each dress-and which show-stopper is his favorite.

Previews of the performance are happening tonight and tomorrow, and Opening Night is Friday, Dec 2. The show runs through Friday, Dec 23 with a special Meet the Actors Night on Friday, Dec 16. Click here for full details and tickets.

Center Stage is located at 700 North Calvert Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Neighborhood. Call 410-332-0033 or click here for more information.

Washington Monument

The 45th Annual Monument Lighting Is Thursday!

Our beloved yearly tradition continues tomorrow! The Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting celebration will begin at 5 PM and run through 8 PM when the monument is illuminated with thousands of sparkling, energy-saving LED lights.

The Monument Lighting will feature dozens of food and craft vendors, local entertainers, delicious eats, a Kid’s Corner, and a spectacular fireworks display and laser show. If you haven’t seen it, you must check it out!

The Morgan State University Choir will be on hand as well as a family from the Ronald McDonald House, who will help us count down to the finale

Click here to check the Downtown Partnership’s website for all of the latest.


 

Baltimore School For the Arts
712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

 

Child's Christmas

A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Thursday, Dec 15 | 6 PM

Join us for a cabaret at Germano’s to celebrate the holiday season. Donald Hicken will read this heartwarming classic, and BSA theatre faculty and friends join in for a sing-a-long to cap the evening.

Dylan Thomas’ prose/poetic recalling of his boyhood in the coastal village of Swansea is a humorous, touching, and deeply human story of one particularly fabled Christmas seen through the eyes of the children who populate the poet’s memory. Renowned director Donald Hicken narrates this delightful Christmas classic. Following the reading, he will be joined by Nancy Krebs and Becky Mossing, who will lead the audience singing seasonal favorites.

Show at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6 pm for pre-show dining.
Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High Street. Call for reservations 410-752-4515.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets ($15). The $15 charge is a tax-deductible donation to The Baltimore School for the Arts.


 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

 

A Swingin' Nutcracker

A Swingin’ Nutcracker à la Ellington Featuring Step Afrika!
Friday, Dec 9 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 10 | 2 PM
Saturday, Dec 10 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 11 | 2 PM
The Meyerhoff

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Step Afrika!, dancers

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, composed and arranged by Ellington/Strayhorn/Murtha

STEP into the holiday season with this fully realized jazz version of the timeless Nutcracker. Riffing off of Ellington’s dazzling reimagining of a portion of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created an entire “Swingin Nutcracker” with both an Act 1 and Act 2.

This semi-staged production features the vibrant and percussive dancing of Washington based company, Step Afrika! Join the BSO for this very special world premiere.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

It's a Wonderful Life

Movie and Music:
It’s a Wonderful Life

Thursday, Dec 15 | 7 PM
Friday, Dec 16 | 7 PM
The Meyerhoff

Justin Freer, conductor
Handel Choir of Baltimore

George Bailey’s extraordinary Christmas Eve journey with an Angel Second Class is a story we turn to year after year. As the BSO performs the score live to accompany the film, you’ll experience the warmth of this cinematic classic as never before.

Click here for more information or to register.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website

 

MDHS Holiday Shop

 

A Sampling of Gifts Under $25

 

Tote Bag - MD Old Bay Soup Mug
Home State Apparel Tote Old Bay Soup Mug
$14.99 $14.99

Visit all of its new, consigment and Maryland-made gift items by clicking here!


 

Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street | 410-685-0095 | Website

 

Maryland Humanities

Maryland Humanities & The University of Maryland College Park Present Worldwide Arts & Humanities Dean’s Lecture: The Pulitzer 100
Tuesday, Dec 6 | 7-9 PM

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, Maryland, 20742

What is the impact of the humanities on American life? As part of the Pulitzer Prizes’ Centennial Celebration, Maryland Humanities has partnered with the College of Arts and Humanities to present Pulitzer Prize-winning author-historians Taylor Branch and Isabel Wilkerson. NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill will moderate an engaging discussion between the two on the historical context behind their Pulitzer Prize-winning work and its relevancy to our lives today. A book signing and reception will follow the event. Tickets are free, but reservations required. Tickets will be available soon at www.mdhumanities.org.

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website

 

Peabody Concert Orchestra

Peabody Concert Orchestra with the Peabody Singers and the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus
Tuesday, Dec 6 | 8 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Tickets are FREE but required. Call 667-208-6620 or click here for more information or for tickets.

Now Hear This

Now Hear This
Wednesday, Dec 7 | 7:30 PM
Leith Symington Griswold Hall

Courtney Orlando, artistic director
David Smooke, faculty advisor
Works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Georg Friedrich Haas, and current Peabody students

Tickets are FREE but required. Call 667-208-6620 or click here for more information or for tickets.

Harlan D. Parker

Peabody Wind Ensemble
Saturday, Dec 10 | 7:30 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Harlan D. Parker, conductor
Ricson Poonin, trombone
Works by John Leszczynski, Johan de Meij, John Mackey, and Morton Gould

Tickets are FREE but required. Call 667-208-6620 or click here for more information or for tickets.

Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website

 

Game's Afoot

THE GAME’S AFOOT
(or Holmes for the Holidays)

Nov 17 – Dec 18, 2016

by Ken Ludwig
directed by Fuzz Roark
with Danny Romeo

Winner – 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

Synopsis: It is Dec 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays. A WhoDunnit with twists and turns and murderous pandemonium!

“An inspired whodunit…a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery. There are twists… that cause the audience to gasp.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tickets: Adults $22; Seniors (60+) $20; Students & Military $18.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Dec 8, 2016 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Post Show discussion with Cast, Director & Creative Team: Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 immediately following the performance.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000 | Website

 

Sillage

Sillage
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 | 10 AM to 5 PM

Have you ever thought about how to describe the smell of your neighborhood? Sillage is a collaborative art project that asks you to do just that. Contribute your thoughts about your neighborhood’s scents to the Sillage survey, and artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter will distill the submissions into ten new fragrances that represent Baltimore. Visit the Museum on Dec 4 with friends and family, and you can experience your neighborhood scent! Throughout the day a collective scent of Baltimore will fill the museum.

Inspired by the special exhibition

A Feast for the Senses.

Make Night: Scented Candles

Make Night: Scented Candles
Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 | 6-9 PM

Participants in this workshop will explore the diversity of scent while making two of their own scented candles. Local artist Letta Moore of Knits, Soy & Metal will teach attendees about an array of smells to fill your home with, ranging from floral, to earthy, to food inspired.

Inspired by the special exhibition A Feast for the Senses.

Make Night is an evening blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds. Each workshop begins with a free drink and a visit to the galleries. Advance registration required.

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore