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The Holiday Issue

December, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 11

Dear Reader,

MonumentLighting2015
This year’s poster was created by Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez

It’s been a monumental year in every regard for Baltimore’s Washington Monument, and the celebrations continue tomorrow with a beloved yearly tradition, The Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting celebration. The festivities 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 Chick-Fil-A Inner Harbor 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 the Harlem Globe Trotters, a step squad called Lethal Ladies of Bliss from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, music from the Baltimore City College Choir, Kristen Toedtman Band and much more.

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

But the Monument Lighting isn’t the only holiday happening in Mount Vernon…

Here is a shortlist of some of the very best neighborhood events this month:


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

Baltimore Basilica
409 Cathedral Street | 410-727-3565 | Website

 

Christmas Liturgy Schedule

Basilica

December 24th – Christmas Eve
Masses at 4:00 pm (Bishop Madden);
6:00 pm (Fr Graham) and
Midnight (Bishop Madden)

December 25th – Christmas Day
Mass at 10:00 am (Archbishop Lori)

December 31/January 1
Feast of Mary, Mother of God
Masses at 5:30 pm (Dec 31 – Vigil)
and 10:00 am (Jan 1)

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

 

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Friday, Dec 11 | 7 PM
Saturday, Dec 12 | 11 AM & 4 PM
Friday, Dec 18 | 7 PM
Saturday, Dec 19 | 1 PM

BSA’s beloved Nutcracker, choreographed by Barry Hughson especially for our high school and TWIGS dancers, is returning to the Schaefer Ballroom. Herr Drosselmeyer and his hosts are excited to welcome guests back to their magical party featuring dancing mice, toy soldiers, Mother Ginger, and of course, the Nutcracker prince and Clara!

Tickets: $20, $15 (for students and seniors 75+) at Mission Tix.

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

 

Brian Stokes Mitchell

‘Tis the Season with Brian Stokes Mitchell
Wednesday, Dec 9 | 2 PM
Friday, Dec 11 | 2 PM & 8 PM
Saturday, Dec 12 | 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday, Dec 13 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Damon Gupton, conductor
Brian Stokes Mitchell, host and vocalist

Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the BSO SuperPops to warm your heart with carols, classics and lots of surprises! Featuring holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

Hurry – kids 25% off!

And, get a Holiday Photo at the Meyerhoff! Capture a memory of your holiday experience with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Arrive at the hall a few minutes early and have your photo taken with Santa in our special set in the lobby. For only $10 you will leave with a beautiful souvenir photo. $9 photo tickets are available in advance by calling the box office at 410-783-8100.

Proceeds from photos with Santa go to support the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s education programs and initiatives.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Polar Express

Polar Express
Saturday, Dec 5 | 11 AM
The Meyerhoff

Ken Lam, conductor
Robert Cantrell, baritone
The Maryland State Boychoir
Actors from the Baltimore School for the Arts

Truly a holiday classic! Hop on the train as we yell “All aboard!” for a first-class ride to the North Pole on The Polar Express. This timeless tale of a boy who believes will have your young ones waiting for the sound of Santa’s bells! As still images from the book are projected onto the stage, the music by Robert Kapilow and the words on the pages of this magical Caldecott Medal winner will come to life.

Prior to each family concert, join us in the inspiration zone beginning at 9:45 am with fun interactive pre-concert activities!

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Home Alone

Home Alone: Movie and Music
Saturday, Dec 19 | 3 PM & 7 PM
The Meyerhoff

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Tom Hall, director

John Williams: Home Alone

The score to Home Alone contains some of John Williams’ most instantly recognizable and beloved melodies in a career full of memorable soundtrack themes. Conductor Nicholas Hersh leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a live score accompaniment of the classic 1990 film.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

 

X's and O's

X’s and O’s
Nov 13 – Dec 20, 2015

By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein

“Like the game itself: some of the hits are so hard, they’ll make you uncomfortable, but you won’t want to stop watching.”
– San Jose Mercury News (UK)

Baltimore. Loves. Football. And as the season kicks into high gear, Center Stage brings you a deeply moving, ripped-from-the-headlines play about our love for the game. Based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans, X’s and O’s delves deep into the questions that are being asked around dinner tables across the country: what are the dangers of the game? Should our children play? How do we balance our love for the sport with its potential risks? Co-commissioned by Center Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theater, and developed in part through Center Stage’s Play Lab series, X’s and O’s is a celebration of football that fearlessly tackles the sometimes tragic results of our passion for the sport.

Click here for tickets.

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

 

Enoch Pratt Book Sale

Book Sale
Friday, Dec 4, 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday, Dec 5, 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Dec 6, 1 to 5 PM
Central Library

Don’t miss this annual event at the Central Library!

Amazing deals on thousands of used and new books, DVDs, VHS tapes, music CDs, books-on-tape, encyclopedias, collectibles and more.

Stock is replenished throughout the sale.

Sunday 12/06/15 will be $3.00/box Day!

Cash or personal checks with ID only.

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Hands on Holidays:
Hannukkah

Wednesday, Dec 9, 10:30 AM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden

Join the Downtown Baltimore Jewish Community Center for a fun, cultural look at the Jewish holiday Hannukkah.

For children ages 3-5 with a caregiver.

Grace & St. Peter’s Church
707 Park Avenue | 410-539-1395 | Website

 

Grace & St. Peters
The interior of Grace & St. Peter’s Church

 

The Bridge Ensemble presents: “December Light”
Saturday, Dec 5, 7:30 PM

Free Will Donations Accepted.

We are very honored to host the Bridge Ensemble, a top notch professional choir specializing in pre-17th-century and 20th/21st-century choral music. This new ensemble, founded by baritone and conductor Gilbert Spencer, has already made an enormous contribution to the cultural life of Baltimore, and we are delighted to hear them offer their December program in Grace & St Peter’s Church. The concert is Saturday December 5th at 7:30, and admission is free, although voluntary donations will be accepted.

A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, December 12 at 7pm

Tickets are $12 available at the door or by clicking here

On Saturday, December 12th, join us for a wonderful night of music, revelry and history as we present a concert of colonial Christmas music. Musicians Tyler St. Clare, Janna Critz, Joshua Barnett and Michael Jancarek will play music that might’ve been heard in Baltimore’s churches and taverns 300 years ago. They’ll also discuss the complicated history of Christmas in the colonies, which can be pretty different from popular imagining. The celebration of Christmas was for many years banned in Puritan New England, and any colonists caught reveling on that day could face fines, imprisonment or lashes. Even where it was legal to celebrate, Christmas was usually an occasion to get heavily drunk and harass the town’s gentry. However, a rich musical tradition emerged around the holiday, and you’ll get to hear it on this night.

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

 

Store Postcard

Opening in time for the 44th annual Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting on Thursday, December 3, 2015, The Maryland Historical Society is proud to announce the grand opening of its new Museum Store. Featuring hundreds of Maryland-themed gifts, children’s items and antiques, it’s the perfect place to find that holiday gift!

“We are thrilled to open a new museum store and showcase great gift items from Maryland artists,” says Mark B. Letzer, President and CEO of the Maryland Historical Society.

The store contains thousands of new and hardcover books, stationery, t-shirts, Maryland-themed gifts and a children’s section. A consignment shop rounds out the store’s offerings and features hundreds of high-end silver antiques and other collectibles. The store will be open during regular museum hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday from noon-5 pm.

As part of the celebration, the Maryland Historical Society will feature free museum admission, caroling and refreshments from 5-8pm on December 3.

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

 

THE MARYLAND HUMANITIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE HUMANITIES FUND FOR BALTIMORE

(Baltimore) – The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications to its new special grant program, the Humanities Fund for Baltimore.

The Humanities Fund for Baltimore will:

    • Support Baltimore nonprofits to create public programs that use the humanities (e.g. history, literature, poetry, ethics, sociology, philosophy, criminal justice) to respond to, interpret, and shed light on the unrest of April 2015 and to bring people together to understand the many contexts for the unrest.

 

    • Support humanities programs that educate young people and adults about the history and the roots of economic and racial inequality in communities of color in Baltimore City (e.g. housing discrimination, de-industrialization) and give opportunity and space for telling their stories.

 

  • Tap into and build on work already being done by others in the community. More specifically, we want to inspire new work that uses the humanities to explore the complex problems that plague our city.

Phoebe Stein, Executive Director of the Maryland Humanities Council, said: “Both the peaceful protests and the violence in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody this past April responded to decades of structural racism and inequity in housing, education, and economic opportunities. The Maryland Humanities Council believes that the equity that needs to be created here in Baltimore, and across much of the nation, can begin with the humanities. The humanities – especially history, the law, ethics, and philosophy – can give us the contexts for understanding and addressing these problems. Through the Humanities Fund for Baltimore, we hope to inspire new partnerships that move Baltimore to a better future.”

Nonprofit organizations, community associations, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for funding. All projects must be rooted in one or more disciplines of the humanities; engage communities impacted by structural racism in Baltimore; enlist the participation of humanities scholars or experts; be free and open to the public; and occur between January 29 and July 1, 2016 or between April 15 and September 15, 2016.

To learn more about MHC’s Humanities Fund for Baltimore, including full eligibility requirements and application information, click here.

The Humanities Fund for Baltimore is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the “Common Good,” an NEH initiative that seeks to bring the humanities into the public square and foster innovative ways to make scholarship relevant to contemporary issues. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization. The Maryland Humanities Council creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. For more information, click here. The Maryland Humanities Council is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.

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

 

James Olin

Peabody Brass Ensembles present Holiday Brass
Thursday, Dec 3, 2015
8- 10PM
Leith Symington Griswold Hall

Peabody Brass Ensembles
Holiday Brass
James Olin, Director

Tickets: This is a FREE event. For more information, click here or call 410-234-4800.

Mendes Cohen

Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Singers, & Peabody-Hopkins Chorus perform Duruflé and Tchaikovsky
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015
8- 10PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Peabody Concert Orchestra
Peabody Singers
Peabody-Hopkins Chorus
Edward Polochick, Conductor
Zoe Band, Mezzo-soprano
Rob McGinness, Baritone

The livestream event begins at 8 PM EDT (7 PM CT) and can be viewed live on Johns Hopkins Ustream channel.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. To purchase tickets, click here or call 410-234-4800.

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

 

A Tuna Christmas

A TUNA CHRISTMAS
Nov 20 – Dec 20, 2015

Book: Jaston Williams, Joe Sears,
& Ed Howard
Direction: Fuzz Roark
Stage Management: Ben Kinder

Synopsis: It’s Christmas in Tuna, TX, the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn display contest and the mischevious pranks of the Christmas Phantom. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. All the while Aunt Pearl’s chickens are terrorized by an evil Blue Jay. And we all wonder, will Beula’s husband ever come home?

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Sept 17, 2015 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Dec 6, 2015 immediately following the performance.

Performance Dates: Fri & Sat – 8 PM; Sun – 2 PM Dec 4, 5, 6; 10, 11, 12, 13; 18, 19, 20. Ten Spot Thursday: Dec 10, 2015 – 8 PM.

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

 

Gerome

Gérôme and His Circle: Travel, Art, and Business in the Middle East
Nov 14, 2015 to Sunday, Feb 7, 2016
10 AM – 5 PM on Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun

Jean-Léon Gérôme was the leading French academic artist during the second half of the 19th century, specializing in scenes depicting present-day Egypt and Turkey. He was extraordinarily influential in his time, training many artists from both Europe and the Middle East. In a new exhibition opening at the Walters in November, Gérôme forms the fascinating focal point of an international network of mid-19th-century painters who were his friends, travel companions, and business associates and who also took the Middle East as their subject matter.

Gérôme and His Circle complements the exhibition Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. Like Pearls on a String, this exhibition examines the creativity resulting from interactions fostered by collaboration and exchange. It also continues the focus on the story of how the Walters’ collection was formed, begun last October in the installation From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. Most of French art in Gérôme and His Circle was purchased by William T. Walters.

Curated by Jo Briggs (18th- and 19th-century art) and Amy Landau (Islamic and South Asian art), Gérôme and His Circle explores the movement of people, art, and ideas between Europe and the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 19th century. Through 17 works from the collection, this exhibition in the museum’s Level 3 manuscripts gallery presents a new angle on the relationships between French dealers and artists and elite Ottoman patrons, whose taste for art depicting the people and places of the Middle East and North Africa was shared by collectors in Europe and United States, including William T. Walters. The two main themes of this exhibition – personal relationships and travel-are illuminated by drawings from Walters’ albums, an impressive Ottoman Turkish helmet owned by Gérôme, and exquisite 19th-century enameled glass inspired by medieval Egyptian examples.

Click here for more information.

Muslim Cloth

Local Lens: The Muslim Experience in Baltimore
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 | 2-3:30 PM

What role can the museum play in the contemporary conversation about race and diversity? This panel discussion, moderated by Alison Kysia, ICJS Educator at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, offers an opportunity for audiences to hear the viewpoints of the Latino and black Muslim communities. The panel includes Baltimore-based scholar Harold Morales from Morgan State University and entrepreneur Saafir Rabb from Interculture.

This program was also made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

Tickets: Regular: $10, Senior (Age 65+): $5, Young Adult (Age 18-25): $5, Member: Free. To purchase tickets, click here.


Happy Holidays!
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

Timeless Themes, Illuminated

November, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 10

Dear Reader,

Georgian Costume
Safavid, Iran, School of Muhammad Zaman “Young Woman in a Georgian Costume,” 17th century Oil on canvas, Anonymous Lender

Now on display at The Walters Art Museum is a breathtaking exhibition on arts of the Islamic world. The exhibition, “Pearls on a String” (on view through January 31, 2016) contains 125 works of art focusing around three, vivid individuals: 1) Sixteenth century Mughal writer Abu’l Fazl, who stirred up some controversy by depicting his ruler as a semi-divine figure. 2) The 17th century painter Muhammad Zaman, who introduced a radical new, European style of painting to what is present-day Iran, and 3) 18th Century Ottoman Sultan Mahmud, who commissioned priceless versions of gem-encrusted rifles and other, every day objects, which illustrated great enthusiasm for the luxury arts. Each figure jumps from their illuminated pages and beckons us in for a closer look.

The exhibition brings together artworks from the Walters’ collection as well as major loans from internationally renowned institutions such as London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Following its Baltimore run, “Pearls on a String” will travel to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

The exhibition’s title, “pearls on a string,” comes from a Persian, Arabic and Turkish metaphor: It alludes to a collection that, when viewed together, forms a harmonious whole.

Mughal, India Attributed to Anant, “Akbar and ‘Abd al-Rahim, from the Akbarnama (Book of Akbar)”,
ca., 1586-1589,
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (IS.2:7-1896)

But what’s even more fascinating than the sparkling gems or sumptuous object on display is the fact that, three centuries later, we’re still asking the same fundamental questions posed by these artists, patrons and writers.

Take the writer Abu’l Fazl, author of a three-volume biography of Persian Emperor Akbar. Within its pages Fazl writes about a pluralistic community engaged and fascinated by various traditions. He details the geographies and religious customs of the world around him. Sound familiar?

Although Fazl lived in the 1500s, today’s museumgoer can appreciate the risks that the writer took: Fazl didn’t solely immortalize the grand gestures of Akbar, his patron, he focused on Akbar’s weaknesses as well. Because of this, Fazl inspired countless other artists in nearly every medium. In one drawing, recounting Fazl’s story about Akbar’s bout with chicken pox, a manuscript artist depicted worry lines on the brows of courtisans – you can literally feel the tension on each face.

Another drawing was made in response to Fazl’s description of a Jesuit priest, who must have really stuck out in Akbar’s Indian court upon his first appearance in the 1570s. The artist sumptuously details the black vestments the Jesuit wore. This level of detail represents a very human desire to understand other cultures more deeply, says Amy Landau, Associate Curator of Islamic and South Asian Art.

Fazl also translated other works of literature into Persian in an effort to promote understanding among the community. Christian icons are depicted, and there’s even a tiny figure of a baby Jesus on view, sculpted from rock crystal.

“Often, stories about people aren’t so common in exhibitions of Islamic art,” Landau tells the Baltimore Sun. “This exhibit honors the Islamic tradition that holds that works of art are imprinted with human traces.”

Adding to the sensory experience are interactive stations that allow the viewer to hear songs inspired by Fazl’s writings. Lining one wall are intricate sandstone sculptures of complementary Indian gods. Brilliant silk screened images of buildings from each era hang in the galleries and help to locate the viewer in time.

Surprisingly, the anchor of the exhibition is a contemporary artwork. Commissioned by the Walters and created by MICA artist Sarah Shahabi, this large-scale sculpture depicts the title “Pearls on a String” in Persian. Within the sculpture are words that Shahabi describes as being evocative of humanity: “Compassion, love, fear, envy, life and death.” Timeless themes, indeed.

To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

To view events related to the exhibition, click here.

The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 N. Charles Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM. Visit the website for more information or call 410-547-9000.


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Friday, Dec 11 | 7 PM
Saturday, Dec 12 | 11 AM & 4 PM
Friday, Dec 18 | 7 PM
Saturday, Dec 19 | 1 PM

BSA’s beloved Nutcracker, choreographed by Barry Hughson especially for our high school and TWIGS dancers, is returning to the Schaefer Ballroom. Herr Drosselmeyer and his hosts are excited to welcome guests back to their magical party featuring dancing mice, toy soldiers, Mother Ginger, and of course, the Nutcracker prince and Clara!

Tickets $20, $15 (for students and seniors 75+) at Mission Tix.


 

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

 

Bolero

Boléro
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 | 8 PM
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Jun Märkl, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano

Revel in the flamenco rhythms, colorful sounds and evocative scents of Spain as Falla, Debussy and Ravel each draw on a Spanish muse. The dramatic crescendo and orchestral textures of Ravel’s Boléro bring the program to a rousing conclusion.

Tickets start at $38 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

Judy Collins

Judy Collins with Ari Hest
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 | 4 PM
The Meyerhoff

Her voice is shining and true. For over five decades, Judy Collins has been singing and touching the soul. See Judy Collins sing the songs that have inspired three generations. “Both Sides Now,” “Send in the Clowns,” and more. One performance only!

Tickets start at $33 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.


 

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

 

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Now Thru Nov 29, 2015

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“A show about courageous children who show lost adults how to deal with their pasts and embrace their gifts.”
– The Chicago Tribune

Orphaned in a cholera epidemic, 10-year-old Mary Lennox travels from India to her new home in England where she is taken in by her distant and detached uncle, Archibald Craven, who is still grieving from the loss of his wife a decade earlier. Secrets of the past haunt the corners of the Craven manor, and soon Mary can only find refuge in a mysteriously locked garden that becomes her kingdom and her oasis. A lush, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical based on the classic novel of the same name, The Secret Garden is an enchanting story about the pains and joys of growing up, and the beauty that often grows in the places we least expect.

Click here for tickets.

 

X's and O's

X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)
Nov 13 – Dec 20, 2015

By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein

“Like the game itself: some of the hits are so hard, they’ll make you uncomfortable, but you won’t want to stop watching.”
– San Jose Mercury News (UK)

Baltimore. Loves. Football. And as the season kicks into high gear, Center Stage brings you a deeply moving, ripped-from-the-headlines play about our love for the game. Based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans, X’s and O’s delves deep into the questions that are being asked around dinner tables across the country: what are the dangers of the game? Should our children play? How do we balance our love for the sport with its potential risks? Co-commissioned by Center Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theater, and developed in part through Center Stage’s Play Lab series, X’s and O’s is a celebration of football that fearlessly tackles the sometimes tragic results of our passion for the sport.

Click here for tickets.

 


 

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

 

Princesses of the Chesapeake

Princesses of the Chesapeake, Family Program
Sunday, Nov 22 | 2 PM

Did you know? We now have Family Programs at the Maryland Historical Society! Designed for kids ages 4-12, they take place on the weekends in our galleries — our next program, “Princesses of the Chesapeake,” includes a royal fashion show, activities and crafts, and takes place on November 22.

Come dressed in royal attire to receive a prize! From 2 – 3:30 we’ll rotate through stations packed with activities and crafts. Learn to speak French, make a tiara, a silhouette, and decorate yourself like the “princesses” of the Powhatan and Yoacomoco. From 3:30 – 4 we will walk the runway for a royal fashion show and test out our royal etiquette over tea and cookies!

This program is geared towards children ages 4-12.

Click here to register for “Princesses of the Chesapeake.”

Sign up here to receive information about all of The Maryland Historical Society’s upcoming Family programs, or share them with a friend.


 

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

 

A Tuna Christmas

A TUNA CHRISTMAS
Nov 20 – Dec 20, 2015

Book: Jaston Williams, Joe Sears,
& Ed Howard
Direction: Fuzz Roark
Stage Management: Ben Kinder

Synopsis: It’s Christmas in Tuna, TX, the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn display contest and the mischevious pranks of the Christmas Phantom. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. All the while Aunt Pearl’s chickens are terrorized by an evil Blue Jay. And we all wonder, will Beula’s husband ever come home?

Performance Dates: November 20 – December 20, 2015
Nov 20, 21, 22; 27, 28, 29; Dec 4, 5, 6; 10, 11, 12, 13; Dec 18, 19, 20. Ten Spot Thursday: Dec 10, 2015 – 8 PM.
Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Dec 6, 2015 immediately following the performance.


 

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

 

Street Scene

Peabody Opera Theatre / Peabody Symphony Orchestra Present Kurt Weill’s ‘Street Scene’
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 | 7:30- 10:30 PM
Modell Performing Arts Center

Kristine McIntyre, Stage Director
Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Steven White, Music Director
An opera set in 1940s Baltimore, Street Scene portrays the daily life and dramas of a working class American neighborhood.
Kurt Weill: Street Scene

Two performances on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 pm at the Lyric, 140 West Mount Royal Avenue.

Tickets: $25 and $35. To purchase tickets, click here or call 410-900-1150.

Sponsored by Claire and Allan Jensen. Special sponsorship has been provided by Marc von May. Additional support provided by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Now Hear This Performs Dennehy, Wolfe, and Grisey
Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Leith Symington Griswold Hall, The Peabody Institute
17 E. Mt. Vernon Place

Courtney Orlando, artistic director
David Smooke, faculty advisor

The Peabody Conservatory’s new contemporary music ensemble makes its debut performance, with works by Donnacha Dennehy, Julia Wolfe, and Gerard Grisey. Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Students. To purchase tickets, click here.


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 Little Lunchtime Music

 

A Little Lunchtime Music

 

October/November, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 9

Dear Reader,

The Peabody Institute, located
in the cultural heart of Mount Vernon

Any day or night, just few steps from Baltimore’s Washington Monument, you’ll hear the trill of scales on the piano or Mozart on the violin.

It’s a welcome sound, synonymous with Mount Vernon, and it’s been going on ever since the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857.

About 600 graduate and undergraduate students attend the Peabody Institute each year.

The school is known for its gifted student performers and prepares them for careers as professional musicians. Performances are naturally part of their curriculum — this year alone, there will be nearly 1,000 concerts and recitals!

A Peabody student performer

But did you know you can enjoy many of these concerts for free?

Peabody’s Thursday Noon Recital Series showcases student musicians who are hand-picked by faculty. “These students are performing at a very high level and among the most advanced performers at Peabody,” says Director of Marketing Tiffany Lundquist. “Some are already started on their professional careers.”

The 50-minute lunchtime concerts, usually held in the beautiful Miriam A. Friedberg concert hall, are comprised of shorter works, such as sonatas, pieces by classical greats and contemporary composers.”You get a little taste of everything,” Lundquist adds.

This semester’s list of Thursday Noon Recitals are below — and with the health benefits of classical music ranging from lowering your blood pressure, improving your sleep, and even reducing instances of aggression on the Autobahn, you’d be foolish not to partake in these performances. The Peabody also offers a free lecture symposium and $5 Jazz nights (which make for a perfect and inexpensive date). Support and enjoy our talented Mount Vernon neighbors!

Thursday Noon Recitals This Semester

Date Type Time Cost
Oct. 22 Guitar Noon FREE
Oct. 29 Woodwinds Noon FREE
Nov. 5 Jazz Noon FREE
Nov. 12 Percussion Noon FREE
Nov. 19 Strings Noon FREE
Dec. 3 Voice Noon FREE
Dec. 10 Chamber Music Noon FREE

 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

Gotta Dance

 

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

 

Valentina Lisitsa

Mozart and Mendelssohn
Friday, Oct 23, 2015 | 8 PM
Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Making their BSO subscription debuts, two rising stars showcase their talents. YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa brings passion and drama to Mozart’s D-minor piano concerto. Joshua Weilerstein leads the BSO in Mendelssohn’s evocative musical reminiscence of the Scottish highlands and also Prospero’s Rooms, which channels the gothic energy of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” and is composed by Baltimore’s own Christopher Rouse.

Tickets start at $33 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

Kaddish

Bernstein Symphony No. 3
‘Kaddish’ Recording

Marin Alsop, conductor
Claire Bloom, narrator
Kelley Nassief, soprano
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The São Paulo Symphony Choir
The Maryland State Boychoir
The Washington Chorus
Members of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

This cd is available for $15 at the BSO online store.


 

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

 

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Oct 30-Nov 29

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“A show about courageous children who show lost adults how to deal with their pasts and embrace their gifts.”
– The Chicago Tribune

Orphaned in a cholera epidemic, 10-year-old Mary Lennox travels from India to her new home in England where she is taken in by her distant and detached uncle, Archibald Craven, who is still grieving from the loss of his wife a decade earlier. Secrets of the past haunt the corners of the Craven manor, and soon Mary can only find refuge in a mysteriously locked garden that becomes her kingdom and her oasis. A lush, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical based on the classic novel of the same name, The Secret Garden is an enchanting story about the pains and joys of growing up, and the beauty that often grows in the places we least expect.

Click here for tickets.


 

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

 

Writers LIVE: D. Watkins, The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 6:30 PM

D Watkins

D. Watkins, a native son of the east side (the beast side) of Baltimore, has survived the kind of life in urban America that has claimed the lives of many of his friends and family members. He writes with the compassion and unsentimental clarity of a survivor — of a man who is passionately determined to stop the cycles of violence and suffering that have long been inflicted on his community. Watkins’ debut book, The Beast Side, is a rare, highly personal dispatch from the streets.

When his older brother was shot down by business rivals, Watkins took over his drug racket, earning enough to continue his education. He eventually earned a master’s of education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Baltimore. He now teaches creative writing at Coppin State University.

Location: Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Writers LIVE: Wil Haygood, Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America
Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 7 PM

Wil Haygood

Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this new biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood details the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past 100 years.

Using the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists and others who shaped – or tried to stop – the civil rights movment of the 20th century.

Wil Haygood is currently the Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism and film at Miami University (Ohio). For nearly three decades he was a journalist, serving as a national and foreign correspondent at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and then at the Washington Post, where he wrote the story “A Butler Well Served by this Election,” which became the basis for the award-winning motion picture The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels. He is also the author of biographies of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., and Sugar Ray Robinson.

Wil Haygood’s appearance at the Pratt Library is sponsored by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.

MahoganyBooks will have copies of the author’s books on sale at the event.

Location: Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a generous grant from PNC Bank.


 

Grace & St. Peter’s Church
707 Park Avenue | 410-539-1395 | Website

 

Music for Strings: Dvorák, Schoenberg, Murphy
Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 8 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2015 | 3 PM

Nicole Murphy

Antonín Dvořák, Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22
Arnold Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht
Nicole Murphy, Featured Composer, World Premiere

Join Symphony Number One for an evening of sensational music for strings! Opening the second program of the season is one of Dvořák’s most popular orchestral works, his Serenade for Strings. Conductor Jordan Randall Smith will then delve into Arnold Schoenberg’s hauntingly beautiful Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), arranged for string orchestra. Composed originally for string sextet, the one movement work is based on the poem of the same name by Richard Dehmel.

The highlight of the program will be a world premiere for string orchestra by award-winning Australian composer Nicole Murphy.

Tickets $5-15 available by clicking here.


 

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

 

Baltimore’s Next “Poe Toaster” Auditions
Saturday, November 7 | 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Hosted by the Maryland Historical Society, in partnership with Poe Baltimore

Poe Toaster
Click here for a printable poster!

Do you have what it takes to become Baltimore’s Next “Poe Toaster”?

Beginning in the 1930s, a mysterious individual began visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s original gravesite at Westminster Hall every year on the author’s birthday, January 19th. Later dubbed the “Poe Toaster,” the man began a tradition in which he would sneak into the cemetery at night while dressed in black clothing, a wide-brimmed black hat, and a white scarf.

Upon arriving at Poe’s grave, the toaster would place 3 roses beside it before opening a bottle of cognac. The roses are believed to be in memory of the three individuals buried at the site of the Poe Monument: Poe, Maria Clemm, and Virginia Poe. After toasting Poe with a glass of cognac, the man would then place the bottle next to the grave before disappearing into the night. Sadly, the “Poe Toaster” has not appeared since 2009, but never fear, this long held Baltimore tradition will be reclaimed this fall.

On November 7, the Maryland Historical Society and Poe Baltimore are teaming up to host the Baltimore’s Next “Poe Toaster” Competition. Along with their friends at Westminster Hall and The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe, the organizations aim to revitalize the bygone tradition of the “Poe Toaster”, but with a new twist!

Each finalist will be given 3 minutes to perform as their own original vision and interpretation of the “Poe Toaster”. This performance could be anything within the bounds of the imagination – a dramatic reading, song, interpretive dance – you name it, as long as it’s connected to our dear friend Edgar. Three celebrity judges will comment on the performances, but the audience will ultimately decide on the winner. The newly dubbed “Poe Toaster” will then have the honor of “toasting” Poe, however he or she so chooses, at Poe’s gravesite at Westminster Hall for his birthday in January 2016, as well as other events throughout the city during the year.

Entries must be received by October 23. Click here for complete rules and submission details. To watch the November 7 competition, get tickets here.


 

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

 

A Taste of Cherry
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 6:45 PM

Taste of Cherry

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s classic macabre film (1997, 95 min. Farsi with subtitles) explores the complex views Iranian citizens hold about life, culture, and religion, as the protagonist, Mr. Badii, drives around Tehran. Following the screening, film critic and filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire will lead a talk. Presented in partnership with the Maryland Film Festival. This program is held in conjunction with the upcoming special exhibition Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts.

Location: Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201


 

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

 

Zombie Prom

ZOMBIE PROM
Oct 16-Nov 8, 2015

Music: Dana P. Rowe
Book & Lyrics: John Dempsey
direction: Kristen Cooley
musical direction: Michael W. Tan

Synopsis: This girl loves ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Sept 17, 2015 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Nov 1, 2015 immediately following the performance.

Performance Dates: Oct 16, 17, 18; 22, 23, 24, 25; 30, 31, Nov 1; 6, 7, 8 (Ten Spot Thursday: Oct 22, 2015 at 8 PM).


 

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

 

Peabody on the Court Music Series
Friday, November 6, 2015 | 12 PM to 1 PM

This Peabody on the Court concert features violinist Alan Choo, whose playing has been described as “an intoxicating brew of poetry and dare-devilry.” Held on the Renaissance Sculpture Court, these free concerts are presented on select First Fridays in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Violinist Alan Choo has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony, the Singapore Festival and Chinese Orchestras, and the Baltimore Baroque Band. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore, and subsequently earned two Master of Music degrees at the Peabody Conservatory-one in Violin Performance and another in Early Music.

Drop-In Art Activities: Landscapes
Saturday, November 7 & Sunday, November 8 | 11 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday

Explore landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes! Paint places you wish to visit, create a city, and make a collage of the world around you.

Every weekend join us in our studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out our monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required — drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you!

*November 7 & 8: Seaside Scenes
*November 14 & 15: Fantastical Cities
*November 21 & 22: On the Horizon
*November 28 & 29: Torn Paper Landscapes

Pearls on a String

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
Sunday, November 8, 2015 – Sunday, January 31, 2016

The first international loan exhibition of Islamic art to foreground stories about people, Pearls on a String emphasizes the role of human relationships in inspiring and sustaining artistic creativity. This exhibition comprises more than a hundred works in all media from a geographic area that spans the Bay of Bengal to the Mediterranean. The works on view date from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century: a period marked by the global movement of ideas and technologies and increased interaction among cultural and religious communities.

Pearls on a String pivots around three protagonists who embodied the spirit of their time and realized their patron’s ambitions through individual initiative and a network of personal relationships. In all three episodes, the patron confronts alternative literary and religious traditions along with new technologies and modes of artistic expression. Each protagonist offers his patron a creative means of incorporation and synthesis, embracing an ever-changing early modern world through the written word, painted image, and ingeniously engineered object.

The exhibition was organized by the Walters Art Museum in partnership with the Asian Art Museum, and will be on view at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco February 25 through the May 8, 2016.

The Pearls on a String exhibition and related programming have been generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating Fifty Years of Excellence; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Gary Vikan Exhibition Endowment Fund; Ellen and Edward Bernard; Douglas and Tsognie Hamilton; the Herb Silverman Fund; and anonymous donors.

Photo: Govardhan (attrib.), Abu al-Fazl Presenting the Akbarnama to Akbar, from the Akbarnama (detail), Mughal India, ca. 1600-1603. (C) The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (In 03.176b).


Until next month,
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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 Hotel With History

September, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 8

Dear Reader,

One of the city’s most picturesque buildings, with turrets and a six-story spiral staircase, the Hotel Brexton, located at the corner of Park Ave. and Tyson Street, could have come straight from a fairy tale.

Hotel Brexton
The Hotel Brexton,  photo credit Bob Glock

“The hotel is not out of the way, but it’s not on the main drag, either,” says General Manager Bob Glock. “But once people find us, they love us. There are other boutique hotels in Baltimore, but what sets us apart is that we are authentic.”

And steeped in history.

Built in 1881 for Samuel Wyman, The Hotel Brexton was made of Baltimore brick and constructed in the Queen Anne design style, with an asymmetrical façade, corner towers, a dormer roof and oriel windows. It served as a ‘residential hotel’ for the first few decades of the Twentieth century, and its most famous tenant was Wallis Simpson.

An Epic Romance

Wallis Simpson
A portrait of the ever-fashionable Wallis Simpson hangs in the lobby

Wallis Simpson was known as the Baltimore woman who stole the heart of Britain’s King, Edward VIII. Because Simpson was twice divorced when the two met in the early 1930s, the British government would not allow the King to marry her. So Edward did the unthinkable – he gave up his crown in order to be with his love. Talk about a fairy tale.

Wallis, born Bessie Wallis Warfield, lived at the Hotel Brexton with her mother for a few lean years beginning in 1905. Her father had died when she was an infant. Back then the building was sliced into 58 rooms – and one can only imagine how tight the spaces were, as today’s layout is comprised of just 29 rooms.

Simpson’s mother Alice, who was equally beautiful, earned a living by cooking meals for her neighbors and sewing children’s clothing at the Woman’s Industrial Exchange on Charles Street. “Many times Wallis walked up the brick edged steps with a heart as heavy as a suitcase,” writes one of her biographers.

The hotel's turret
The hotel’s turret during hard times

Eventually Alice’s sister invited them to move into her home at 9 West Chase Street. When Alice remarried, they moved again: In total, Wallis called several residences in Mount Vernon home and even had her Cotillion at the Lyric Theater.

Wallis left Baltimore for Asia after her marriage to her first husband, a dashing aviator named Earl Spencer, in 1916. While she would become known as one of the world’s most fashionable women, inspiring a generation of couturiers and jewelry designers, she made several visits back to her hometown. And she credits her grade school teacher in Baltimore for instilling her with a sense of style.

Meanwhile, the Hotel Brexton underwent a few stylish renovations of its own, in 1927, when a front canopy was installed, and later in 1947 when all 59 rooms were converted into apartments. But in the 1980s the building fell on hard times and was closed due to changes in the city’s building codes. It sat vacant for the next 25 years.

In 2007, Richard Naing of RWN Development Group purchased the property and spent more than $4.5 million to restore it. “Hotel Brexton, abandoned and in terrible condition when I purchased it, has been a labor of love,” Naing told the Baltimore Sun.

The exterior of the building was returned to its original grandeur and the interior rooms reconfigured so that each had a private bath. The six-story spiral staircase was rehabbed and amenities were added, including cable TV and wireless Internet.

Changes were made to highlight the building’s impressive architectural details. “After all, one would expect to see inside what’s on the outside of this remarkable building,” says General Manager Bob Glock.

The elegant new lobby
The elegant new lobby

The Hotel Brexton became a part of the Historic Hotels of America Network and its restored design received a Preservation Award from Baltimore Heritage in 2010.

In the past few months, General Manager Bob Glock has made improvements that once again elevate the building’s profile. The lobby has been renovated and the spiral staircase returned to its natural wood finish. Glock is adding eclectic furniture and artwork to the hotel’s 29 rooms, giving each a distinct personality. There’s even a suite devoted to Wallis Simpson, on the top floor, and a suite next door named after her King. Both are decorated in royal fashion.

Glock is planning to add “Weekend In Mount Vernon” packages that include rooms at the hotel and admission to our neighborhood’s many wonderful cultural institutions. He is also planning on wine socials on the Brexton’s outdoor patio for both guests and area residents to enjoy. September room rates at the Hotel Brexton begin at $139. The Hotel Brexton is located at 868 Park Avenue in Baltimore. Call 443-478-2100 or visit their website or Facebook page for more information.


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

Board-close up
Second Chance, by Sarah VanDerBeek

Photography Exhibit:
The Movement of Memory

Sep 18, 2015 – Oct 14, 2015

BSA’s Visual artists are kicking off the year’s events with an exhibit of the work they’ll create with BSA alumna Sara VanDerBeek. A critically acclaimed artist, Sara is currently featured in the Front Room at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She and BSA’s seniors will consider the impact of performance, process, and site on contemporary photography. Join them at the Opening Reception Friday, September 18, from 4-6 pm. Free! The exhibit runs through October 14, 2015. Visit the Baltimore School for the Arts website for more information.

Labor of Love
Sep 26, 2015 | 9 AM-2 PM

BSA’s annual clean-up, fix-up, team-up fun-day is back on schedule for the fall – The school welcomes volunteers! Save the date Saturday, September 26 from 9 am to 2 pm to help us beautify BSA. All welcome and encouraged! Contact Carter Polakoff at cpolakoff@bsfa.org for more information!


 

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

 

Dawes

BSO Pulse: Dawes
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 | 7 PM
The Meyerhoff

Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3

Doors open at 5 PM
Lobby bands at 7 PM
Concert to follow

Expand your musical horizons with Pulse, a new concert series that brings together the classical world and the indie rock scene on one stage. Each concert will explore connections that cross genres, opening with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance featuring the headliner and culminating with a unique collaboration. Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!

Pulse is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.

Tickets are $35 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Markus Stenz, conductor

With his illustrious opera background, the BSO’s new Principal Guest Conductor, Markus Stenz, brings to life the dark humor and supernatural drama of Mozart’s libertine, woman-seducing anti-hero who ultimately receives his karmic undoing. Don Giovanni headlines this all-Mozart concert also featuring the solo debut of the BSO’s new Principal Viola Lisa Steltenpohl.

Tickets range from $33 to $99 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.


 

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

 

Pride and Prejudice

A World Premiere Production of Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice

Now through Oct 11
The Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage

Adapted by Christopher Baker

“As fresh and relevant as the day it was written.” – The Independent (UK)

Jane Austen’s mastery of manners and morals will be on full display in Center Stage’s new production of her beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. In the Bennet sisters’ 19th-century English world, marriage is the prize, but for second-eldest, Lizzy, companionship trumps blind courtship. Enter Mr. Darcy, and one of literature’s most iconic and tempestuous romances takes flight. Journey through a world quite unlike-and yet perhaps not so different from-our own, as Lizzy and Darcy learn that first impressions aren’t all they seem, and that second chances can lead to answers that have been there the entire time.

Tickets range from $19 to $39 and are available by clicking here.

Opening Night: Friday, September 18
Guests and ticket-buyers are invited to special Opening Night activities and an after-party with heavy hors d’oeuvres by sponsor Classic Catering and beer from sponsor Union Brewery.

Meet the Actors: Friday, September 25
We provide a casual atmosphere to chat with the cast after the show. Ask them your questions and get some autographs!


 

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

 

Writers LIVE: Dale Russakoff, The Prize:
Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:30 PM

Dale Russakoff

When Mark Zuckerberg announced his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools – and to solve the education crisis in every city in America – it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved: Newark’s key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s students.

Journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts, as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents and bewildered students. The growth of charters forces the hand of Newark’s school superintendent Cami Anderson who closes, consolidates, or redesigns more than a third of the city’s schools.

The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America’s schools.

Dale Russakoff spent 28 years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy and other topics.

Location: Central Library, Poe Room 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Writers LIVE: Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth
from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 7 PM

Freeman Hrabowski

When he was 12 years old, Freeman Hrabowski heard Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talk about a children’s march for civil rights and opportunity. Hrabowski convinced his parents to let him participate in the famed Children’s Crusade. He spent five terrifying nights in jail and became a leader for the younger kids.

Dr. Hrabowski went on to fuse his passion for education and for equality. As president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, he founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which has been one of the most successful programs for educating African Americans who go on to earn doctorates in the STEM disciplines. In Holding Fast to Dreams, Hrabowski recounts his journey as an educator, a university president, and a pioneer in developing successful, holistic programs for high-achieving students of all races.

Location: Central Library, Main Hall, 1st floor 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a generous grant from PNC Bank.


 

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

 

Used Book Sale and Free Museum Admission all weekend!

Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4, 2015
Open during regular museum hours
(Friday/Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday 12-5 PM)

BookSale

Come peruse thousands of titles, including a wide selection of Maryland themed books, as well as popular fiction, reference, non-fiction, and much more for bargain prices. Lithographs, photo prints, antique and rare books will also be on sale.

Spend $10 or more during the used book sale and receive a free copy of In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812. And, don’t miss out on the Sunday Special Deal: all you can carry for just $3!

Admission will be FREE all weekend! No registration necessary.


 

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

 

MDHumCouncil

On September 19, join the Maryland Humanities Council for our Literary Walking Tour of Mount Vernon! This guided 90-minute walking tour takes you past Mount Vernon’s elegant mansions and majestic cultural institutions and into the minds of Baltimore’s literary luminaries. Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub. Registration is required for this tour: register here.

On September 25-26, the Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland will host Democracy and the Humanities, a free two-day symposium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The symposium is co-sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, the Council of Independent Colleges, National Humanities Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Council of Graduate Schools in America, and the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. Featured speakers include NEH Chairman William Adams, who will also appear on Humanities Connection, MHC’s weekly program on WYPR, on Thursday, September 17 to reflect on fifty years of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Book discussions, film screenings, and other interactive programming around this year’s bestselling One Maryland One Book, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, take place throughout the city in September and October at Enoch Pratt Free Library branches. Visit the MHC online calendar to find one near you!

On October 17, join the Maryland Humanities Council for its final Literary Walking Tour of Mount Vernon of the 2015 season! Tickets are $10 per person; register online now!


 

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

 

Hajime Teri Murai

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Season Opener

September 26, 8 PM

Music Director: Hajime Teri Murai

Hajime Teri Murai leads the PSO in the first Peabody concert of the season, performing Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony and Selected Songs by Richard Strauss featuring Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition Winner Alexandra Razskazoff, soprano.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. Click here or call 410-234-4800 for more information.

Location: Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 17 E Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, Peabody Institute

The Peabody Trio
September 29, 8 PM

Peabody’s resident faculty ensemble performs a program of works by Schnittke, Loevendie, and Beethoven to open the 2015-16 Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. Click here or call 410-234-4800 for more information.

Location: Leith Symington Griswold Hall, 17 E Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, Peabody Institute


 

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

 

A SENSATION NOVEL

A SENSATION NOVEL
Sept 11 – Oct 4, 2015

Book: W.S. Gilbert
Music: Michael Nash, T German Reed
direction: Michael Blum
musical direction: Erica Rome & Michael Blum

Synopsis: W. S. Gilbert, long before he worked with Arthur Sullivan, was Victorian England’s leading dramatist. In this hilarious topsy-turvy send-up of Victorian “Sensation Novels” (a genre still with us today as Romance Fiction), Gilbert gives us 5 “stock characters” who refuse to conform to society’s expectations or the novel’s author’s plans for them – they turn the story upside down, break all the conventions of the stage, and indulge in some VERY modern activities. This musical play, with a new score by British composer Michael Nash that incorporates some of the original (mostly lost) music, is both outrageous, touching and funny – a window into an 1871 that was FAR from stodgy and predictable!

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Sept 17, 2015 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply)

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Sept 27, 2015 immediately following the performance.

Performance Dates: Sept 11, 12, 13; 17, 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27; Oct 2, 3, 4.

Purchase tickets by clicking here.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACADEMY
Fall 2015

(Programs begin late Sept, and run through week of Nov 16)

Collage

Below are a few of the classes we are offering this semester:

If you are interested – please complete this online survey so that we can schedule the classes you want – when you want them. We will use information from the Survey Responses to schedule which classes are held, depending on response and on which days of the week, each class is held.

K-3rd grades: Actors Tool Box I
An introduction to acting and theatre. Focusing on the basic skills and concepts needed to present fully developed characters and telling the story of the play. Students learn about developing characters and the components of a play, using creative drama work to devise their own work. Students work in the areas of Improv Acting, Movement & Physical Acting, Voice & Projection. (6-8 weeks)

4th-8th grades: Actors Tool Box II
An introduction to acting and theatre. Taking the next step for students with limited theatre experience to students with classroom training, this program focuses on the needs of each student to help them improve their skill level and tackle more difficult work on stage. Students work with local theatre professionals to gain a better understanding of character development and stagework. (6-8 weeks)

6-8th grades: Shakespeare for the Middle School Actor
Tackling the major works of William Shakespeare to provide a general understanding of the work and its characters, this class provides students a wide range of knowledge of the writings of Shakespeare and some of his best known works. Students will read each work and discuss the various plots, while developing a character study on a single character and preparing a scene from the work. (8-10 weeks)

6th – 8th grades: Intro to Dance for the Middle School Actor
Focusing on primary dance forms for Musical Theatre, this workshop will prepare the non-dancer for basic work in most Musical Theatre productions, and improve confidence in the audition process. Providing a familiarization with terms and concepts from Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Stage Movement, this workshop give the Young Actor the advantage. (8-10 weeks)

More classes may be developed over the next few weeks.

Full Tuition for classes: $125
Discount for Returning or Sibling Students: $95
LIMITED Scholarship Funds are available, please request a Financial Aid Application from Academy@spotlighters.org

For more information visit www.spotlighters.org.


 

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

 

MakeNightBreathe

Make Night: A Moment to Breathe
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Katherine Kasdorf, Mellon Fellow in South Asian and Islamic Art, begins this Make Night with a discussion of works from the Walters’ Asian art collection. Following the talk, Martha McAlpine of Charm City Yoga will lead a 90-minute kundalini yoga workshop for all skill levels in the serene Renaissance Sculpture Court. Kundalini is used to release the “coiled energy” at the base of the spine so that it can flow up and out through the crown of the head. Participants will practice simple breathing techniques paired with repeated physical motions that strengthen and open the physical body.

A limited number of mats will be available, so please bring your own.

Charm City Yoga Members will receive the member discount. Please contact Jayne Levinson or Allison Korycki at 800-336-9642, ext. 1, for the member code.

Martha McAlpine has practiced yoga for 16 years, exploring astanga, vinyasa, yin, kundalini, yoga trance dance, and, most recently, anusara styles of yoga. Her classes emphasize the space from one pose to the next as well as the poses themselves.

Make Night is a unique, dynamic museum program blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds.

Click here to register (pre-registration required). Each Make Night includes one drink ticket.

GlobalStories

Telling Global Stories
Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

How does globalization inform the way that museums present art and history? A panel of professionals from museums that have undertaken innovative displays in response to new ideas on “globalized” art history will address the opportunities and pitfalls of reinstalling collections that reflect this theme. Through dialogue with the audience, panelists will guide a conversation about how the Walters might use its displays to reflect a broader cultural context.

Panelists:

Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University

Amelia Peck, Marica F. Vilcek Curator, American Wing, and Manager, Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Devine, Manager of Audience Engagement and Interpretive Materials, Brooklyn Museum

Alex Kalman, Co-founder, Mmuseumm, New York

This event is free. Click here to register (pre-registration is required). Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Freedom to Read

The Freedom to Read
Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 6:30 PM to 8 PM

In conjunction with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3), join us for a talk on the power of words and art. Chief Curator Rob Mintz will speak about the issues of censorship raised in Liu Dan’s painting The Dictionary (1991), currently on view. Dr. Mintz will be joined by Ellen Riordan, the Pratt’s Chief of Planning, Programming and Partnerships, to discuss recent examples of the most frequently banned books, a few of which will be on view next to The Dictionary.

Following the talk, visitors will be treated to a “read out” of passages from banned books. If you would like to read a portion of your own favorite banned book during this program, please e-mail Hannah Burstein, Coordinator of Adult Programs, at hburstein@thewalters.org.

Following this event, the Walters Enthusiasts invite you to a reception featuring literary-themed cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres at Ware House 518 (518 N. Charles St.). For more information, please email WE@thewalters.org or visit the Facebook event page.


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

227 Steps

August/September, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 7

Dear Reader,

Monumental Bicentennial
Thousands of people celebrated the Washington Monument’s reopening at the July 4 Monumental Bicentennial, courtesy Mount Vernon Place Conservancy

Ask any Baltimorean for their thoughts about the Washington Monument, and you’ll likely receive a nostalgic response: Many have childhood memories of racing up the 227 narrow steps to the monument’s top, and the breathtaking city views that rewarded them.

With Baltimore’s recent building boom, the skyline has changed since the Monument was last open to the public, which makes a compelling reason for another visit. But the brand-new exhibit displays and beautifully preserved interior spaces are also showstoppers in themselves — and they’re worth a closer look.

Deciphering 19th Century Shorthand

MVPC Gallery
The restored interior gallery,
courtesy Mount Vernon Place Conservancy

“In the interior gallery, behind the finished plaster are rough, 4-feet stone walls” says Lance Humphries, PhD, Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. “Many people may remember that these walls and the ceiling used to be a dark, battleship grey.

The walls of the interior gallery were originally made in a building technique referred to as “stuccoed in imitation of stone.”

But what exactly was that?

An analysis of the building finishes revealed that original building material used on the walls was actually porous.  After it was installed in the late 1830s it quickly sustained much water damage and was eventually replaced. During the restoration, the team at Hayles & Howe went back to what was most likely the original wall finish, a natural cement.

It was a common practice during the early 19th Century to create faux finishes which gave a space the impression that it was more opulent than it actually was. Joint lines were cut into the plaster, giving the effect of massive block walls.

The resulting feel is quite spacious, and much different from the dank and dreary space of your memory.

New lighting inside the gallery serves to highlight these beautiful architectural features, as well.

Secrets of the “Bronzed Green” Fence

car accident
The aftermath of the 2012 accident,
courtesy Baltimore Sun

The Washington Monument has been witness to several car accidents in recent years; In 2012, a driver of a car had fallen asleep at the wheel, overturning the car in Mount Vernon Square. The driver was unharmed. In 2010, the driver of a van barrelled directly into the iron fence encircling the Monument. This driver, who fled the scene and was never found, had destroyed fifteen feet of fencing.

The Savage Manufacturing Company cast the fence originally in 1838. G. Krug & Son, a Baltimore blacksmith since 1810, repaired the fence after the 2010 crash and was instrumental in the complete restoration in 2014-15.

Just like the interior walls, the iron fence was made to look more elaborate than it actually was. The fence, designed by Robert Mills, was painted to resemble weathered bronze.

“This color blends in with the letters on the base of the monument, which were actually cast in bronze,” says Humphries.

ax drawing
A drawing of the ax finials by Robert Mills found on an envelope, 1838, Maryland Historical Society, MS-876

The color of the fence was referred to as “bronze green.” A paint analyst delved down over 20 coats to find the original finish. Seeing the original, 200-year old color through the lens of a microscope was an exciting discovery in itself.

The gate posts of the railing are topped by ax finials. These are beautiful emblems of American military prowess. Interestingly, even these items have a backstory. According to Humphries, when the fence was first cast, eagles were produced and installed to ornament the fence. They somehow were unsatisfactory, and Mills was called upon to come up with a new design, selecting the ax and submitting a new design.

Sights Previously Unseen

George Washington
A bird’s eye-view of America’s First President, courtesy Mount Vernon Place Conservancy

Interactive touch screens in the interior gallery allow visitors to explore the Monument, giving them access to areas they wouldn’t see previously, such as a personal vista of the George Washington statue at top.

“Washington was sculpted to be seen from 200 feet away,” says Humphries, “No one was going to see him up close but the birds.”

In addition, the two time capsules, which had been sitting within the Monument’s walls for 100 and 200 years, respectively, are now on display at the Maryland Historical Society.

The 1815 time capsule contained a copy of the Declaration of Independence, reprinted in the Federal Gazette on July 3, 1815, the day before the cornerstone was laid.

“The fact that the builders added a copy of the Declaration of Independence to the 1815 time capsule before they sealed it is very telling” Humphries says. “They didn’t just create this monument in tribute to George Washington; they made it as a monument to American independence.”

Steps
The restored spiral staircase,
courtesy Mount Vernon Place Conservancy

The interactive displays also contain live video streams of the North, South, East and West views from the Monument’s pinnacle.

But if you’d like to see them for yourself, you are more than welcome to!

The227 steps to the Monument’s top are once again open to the public. They spiral up through 9 rotations. All new lighting has been installed to try to recreate the original feeling of ascending the stairs –which, according to Humphries, was originally done with a lantern!

And the view at the top is worth the climb, even in August. It’s a cherished vantage point for our Mount Vernon neighborhood, and one we’re thrilled to see again.

“People from Baltimore, who were born here, who have lived here, they’re incredibly proud of the monument,” says Humphries. “It’s beautiful to see the pride they’re showing in posts on our Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Facebook page. We at the Mount Vernon Conservancy believe that restoring the monument really is our way of giving back to Baltimore,” he add, “It’s our goal to get people back to Mount Vernon Place and see this first-hand.”

Naturalization ceremony
At the Monumental Bicentennial’s Naturalization Ceremony, 39 people became U.S. citizens. Image courtesy Mount Vernon Place Conservancy

The monument is more than a historical icon; it’s a living and celebrated gathering place for our city, as demonstrated by the thousands of people who came to the Monumental Bicentennial celebration on July 4.

The Washington Monument is open Thursday 4 pm-9 pm and Friday-Sunday noon- 5 pm. The interior gallery and exhibits are free. Admission to climb the steps is $5 and reservations may be made following the instructions on the “Visit” tab of the Conservancy’s website.  The Conservancy is launching an online ticketing system in the coming weeks; check their website for updates.


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

Board-close up
Second Chance, by Sarah VanDerBeek

Photography Exhibit:
The Movement of Memory

Sep 18, 2015 – Oct 14, 2015

BSA’s Visual artists are kicking off the year’s events with an exhibit of the work they’ll create with BSA alumna Sara VanDerBeek. A critically acclaimed artist, Sara is currently featured in the Front Room at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She and BSA’s seniors will consider the impact of performance, process, and site on contemporary photography. Join them at the Opening Reception Friday, September 18, from 4-6 pm. Free! The exhibit runs through October 14, 2015. Visit the Baltimore School for the Arts website for more information.

Labor of Love
Sep 26, 2015 | 9 AM-2 PM

BSA’s annual clean-up, fix-up, team-up fun-day is back on schedule for the fall – The school welcomes volunteers! Save the date Saturday, September 26 from 9 am to 2 pm to help us beautify BSA. All welcome and encouraged! Contact Carter Polakoff at cpolakoff@bsfa.org for more information!


 

 

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

 

Lang Lang

Gala Celebration with Lang Lang
Sat, Sep 12, 2015  |  8:30 PM
The Meyerhoff

Christopher Seaman, conductor
Lang Lang, piano

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

His virtuosity at the Olympics was experienced by over one billion worldwide. “Technical fireworks,” raves the San Francisco Examiner of Lang Lang. For one performance only with the BSO, Lang Lang plays Rachmaninoff’s ravishing Second Piano Concerto.

Tickets range from $75 to $100 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

Dawes

BSO Pulse: Dawes
Thu, Sep 24, 2015  |  7 PM
The Meyerhoff

Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3

Doors open at 5 PM
Lobby bands at 7 PM
Concert to follow

Expand your musical horizons with Pulse, a new concert series that brings together the classical world and the indie rock scene on one stage. Each concert will explore connections that cross genres, opening with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance featuring the headliner and culminating with a unique collaboration. Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!

Pulse is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.

Tickets are $35 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.


 

 

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

 

Pride and Prejudice

A World Premiere Production of Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice

Sep 11 – Oct 11
The Meyerhoff

Adapted by Christopher Baker

“As fresh and relevant as the day it was written.” – The Independent (UK)

Jane Austen’s mastery of manners and morals will be on full display in Center Stage’s new production of her beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. In the Bennet sisters’ 19th-century English world, marriage is the prize, but for second-eldest, Lizzy, companionship trumps blind courtship. Enter Mr. Darcy, and one of literature’s most iconic and tempestuous romances takes flight. Journey through a world quite unlike-and yet perhaps not so different from-our own, as Lizzy and Darcy learn that first impressions aren’t all they seem, and that second chances can lead to answers that have been there the entire time.

Tickets range from $19 to $39 and are available by clicking here.

Audience members get a sneak peek at the final rehearsals of the play for a discounted ticket price from a post-opening night performance.

Night Out LGBTQ Pre-show Reception: Tuesday, September 15
A pre-show reception that welcomes the LGBTQ community to mingle before a Preview performance with complimentary wine and appetizers from Gertrude’s Restaurant.

Opening Night: Friday, September 18
Guests and ticket-buyers are invited to special Opening Night activities and an after-party with heavy hors d’oeuvres by sponsor Classic Catering and beer from sponsor Union Brewery.

Meet the Actors: Friday, September 25
We provide a casual atmosphere to chat with the cast after the show. Ask them your questions and get some autographs!


 

 

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

 

Writers LIVE: Amy Stewart, Girl Waits With Gun
Tuesday, September 15, 2015  |  7 PM

Amy Stewart

This debut novel from the author of The Drunken Botanist is based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.

Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago.

One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family – and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

Amy Stewart has written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist,Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society’s Book Award, and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Award.

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

Location: Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Writers LIVE: Dale Russakoff, The Prize:
Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?

Thursday, September 17, 2015  |  6:30 PM

Dale Russakoff

When Mark Zuckerberg announced his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools – and to solve the education crisis in every city in America – it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved: Newark’s key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s students.

Journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts, as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents and bewildered students. The growth of charters forces the hand of Newark’s school superintendent Cami Anderson who closes, consolidates, or redesigns more than a third of the city’s schools.

The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America’s schools.

Dale Russakoff spent 28 years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy and other topics.

Location: Central Library, Poe Room 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Writers LIVE: Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth
from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement

Thursday, September 24, 2015  |  7 PM

Freeman Hrabowski

When he was 12 years old, Freeman Hrabowski heard Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talk about a children’s march for civil rights and opportunity. Hrabowski convinced his parents to let him participate in the famed Children’s Crusade. He spent five terrifying nights in jail and became a leader for the younger kids.

Dr. Hrabowski went on to fuse his passion for education and for equality. As president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, he founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which has been one of the most successful programs for educating African Americans who go on to earn doctorates in the STEM disciplines. In Holding Fast to Dreams, Hrabowski recounts his journey as an educator, a university president, and a pioneer in developing successful, holistic programs for high-achieving students of all races.

Location: Central Library, Main Hall, 1st floor 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a generous grant from PNC Bank.


 

 

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

 

The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor
Thursday, September 10, 2015  |  6 PM

Presented by Carol Elkins, G.G., Senior Vice President,
Sotheby’s Jewels

Flamingo
Lot 20
The Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Citrine And Diamond Flamingo Clip, Mounted By Cartier, Paris, 1940
Estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000
Sold for £1,721,250 ($2,678,954)
Image courtesy Sotheby’s

Twenty-four years after Sotheby’s legendary auction, the Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor continue to capture our imaginations. Once worn by a woman who was a leader of fashion and the epitome of elegance and sophistication for her generation and beyond, the collection is comprised examples from the great French Maisons, such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, and also included jewels by “cutting edge” designers of the day such as Suzanne Belperron, Fulco di Verdura and David Webb.  The personal inscriptions on some of the jewels tell the tale of what was perhaps the greatest love story of the 20th century, the romance that led Edward VII to abdicate the throne of Great Britain for the woman he loved.

Carol Elkins is a Senior Vice President and Senior Specialist in Sotheby’s New York Jewelry Department with an emphasis on Antique and Period Jewels. Her responsibilities include organizing and promoting jewelry auctions in New York, meeting with clients to provide auction estimates, estate and fair market appraisals, researching 19th and 20th century historical jewels, working with department specialist trainees, and serving as guest lecturer to special groups. Ms. Elkins joined Sotheby’s in 1986.

The lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and there will be an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. To register, click here.


 

 

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

 

MDHumCouncil

Greater Baltimore Area Event Calendar: September

Book discussions and other interactive programming around this year’s bestselling One Maryland One Book, The Boys in the Boatby Daniel James Brown, take place throughout the city in September at Enoch Pratt Free Library branches.  Visit the MHC online calendar at www.mdhc.org to find one near you!

The MHC-funded traveling exhibit “Early Women of Architecture in Maryland” opens at the AIA Baltimore Gallery on September 1. The exhibit showcases the stories and Maryland projects of pioneering women in the architectural profession. Learn more here.

On September 11, the Rosenwald documentary film, partially funded through a major grant by MHC, opens at the Charles Theater in Baltimore. Rosenwald, by Aviva Kempner, tells the life story of Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African-American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. The Rosenwald Fund supported great artists like Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Jacob Lawrence. Among those interviewed are civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni writer Maya Angelou and director George C. Wolfe and Rosenwald relatives. Learn more and watch the trailer.

On September 19, join the Maryland Humanities Council for our Literary Walking Tour of Mount Vernon, offered every third Saturday in April through October! This guided 90-minute walking tour takes you past Mount Vernon’s elegant mansions and majestic cultural institutions and into the minds of Baltimore’s literary luminaries. Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub. Registration is required for this tour: register here.


 

 

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

 

Hajime Teri Murai

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Season Opener

September 26, 8 PM

Music Director: Hajime Teri Murai

Hajime Teri Murai leads the PSO in the first Peabody concert of the season, performing Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony and Selected Songs by Richard Strauss featuring Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition Winner Alexandra Razskazoff, soprano.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. Click here or call 410-234-4800 for more information.

Location: Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 17 E Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, Peabody Institute

The Peabody Trio
September 29, 8 PM

Peabody’s resident faculty ensemble performs a program of works by Schnittke, Loevendie, and Beethoven to open the 2015-16 Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. Click here or call 410-234-4800 for more information.

Location: Leith Symington Griswold Hall, 17 E Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, Peabody Institute


 

 

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

 

A SENSATION NOVEL

A SENSATION NOVEL
Sept 11 – Oct 4, 2015

Book:  W.S. Gilbert
Music:  Michael Nash, T German Reed
direction:  Michael Blum
musical direction: Erica Rome & Michael Blum

Synopsis: W. S. Gilbert, long before he worked with Arthur Sullivan, was Victorian England’s leading dramatist. In this hilarious topsy-turvy send-up of Victorian “Sensation Novels” (a genre still with us today as Romance Fiction), Gilbert gives us 5 “stock characters” who refuse to conform to society’s expectations or the novel’s author’s plans for them – they turn the story upside down, break all the conventions of the stage, and indulge in some VERY modern activities. This musical play, with a new score by British composer Michael Nash that incorporates some of the original (mostly lost) music, is both outrageous, touching and funny – a window into an 1871 that was FAR from stodgy and predictable!

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students &Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10:  Sept 17, 2015 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply)

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Sept 27, 2015 immediately following the performance.

Performance Dates: Sept 11, 12, 13; 17, 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27; Oct  2, 3, 4.

Purchase tickets by clicking here.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACADEMY
Fall 2015

(Programs begin late Sept, and run through week of Nov 16)

Collage

Below are a few of the classes we are offering this semester:

If you are interested – please complete this online survey so that we can schedule the classes you want – when you want them.        We will use information from the Survey Responses to schedule which classes are held, depending on response and on which days of the week, each class is held.

K-3rd grades: Actors Tool Box I
An introduction to acting and theatre.  Focusing on the basic skills and concepts needed to present fully developed characters and telling the story of the play. Students learn about developing characters and the components of a play, using creative drama work to devise their own work.  Students work in the areas of Improv Acting, Movement & Physical Acting, Voice & Projection. (6-8 weeks)

4th-8th grades: Actors Tool Box II
An introduction to acting and theatre.  Taking the next step for students with limited theatre experience to students with classroom training, this program focuses on the needs of each student to help them improve their skill level and tackle more difficult work on stage.  Students work with local theatre professionals to gain a better understanding of character development and stagework.  (6-8 weeks)

6-8th grades: Shakespeare for the Middle School Actor
Tackling the major works of William Shakespeare to provide a general understanding of the work and its characters, this class provides students a wide range of knowledge of the writings of Shakespeare and some of his best known works.  Students will read each work and discuss the various plots, while developing a character study on a single character and preparing a scene from the work.  (8-10 weeks)

6th – 8th grades: Intro to Dance for the Middle School Actor
Focusing on primary dance forms for Musical Theatre, this workshop will prepare the non-dancer for basic work in most Musical Theatre productions, and improve confidence in the audition process.  Providing a familiarization with terms and concepts from Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Stage Movement, this workshop give the Young Actor the advantage.  (8-10 weeks)

More classes may be developed over the next few weeks.

Full Tuition for classes:  $125
Discount for Returning or Sibling Students:  $95
LIMITED Scholarship Funds are available, please request a Financial Aid Application from Academy@spotlighters.org

For more information visit www.spotlighters.org.


 

 

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

 

Memento Mori

Memento Mori: A Night of Rogue Taxidermy
Thursday, September 3, 2015  |  6 PM-9 PM

Artist and rogue taxidermist Robert Marbury will join Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art Joaneath Spicer for a talk highlighting examples of taxidermy in the museum’s Chamber of Wonders. Following the talk, visitors are invited to join Bazaar Baltimore for an alternative taxidermy competition in the Sculpture Court.

Copies of Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide by Robert Marbury will be available for sale in the Museum Store.

For more information visit the website.

MakeNightBreathe

Make Night: A Moment to Breathe
Thursday, September 17, 2015  |  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Katherine Kasdorf, Mellon Fellow in South Asian and Islamic Art, begins this Make Night with a discussion of works from the Walters’ Asian art collection. Following the talk, Martha McAlpine of Charm City Yoga will lead a 90-minute kundalini yoga workshop for all skill levels in the serene Renaissance Sculpture Court. Kundalini is used to release the “coiled energy” at the base of the spine so that it can flow up and out through the crown of the head. Participants will practice simple breathing techniques paired with repeated physical motions that strengthen and open the physical body.

A limited number of mats will be available, so please bring your own.

Charm City Yoga Members will receive the member discount. Please contact Jayne Levinson or Allison Korycki at 800-336-9642, ext. 1, for the member code.

Martha McAlpine has practiced yoga for 16 years, exploring astanga, vinyasa, yin, kundalini, yoga trance dance, and, most recently, anusara styles of yoga. Her classes emphasize the space from one pose to the next as well as the poses themselves.

Make Night is a unique, dynamic museum program blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds.

Click here to register (pre-registration required). Each Make Night includes one drink ticket.

GlobalStories

Telling Global Stories
Sunday, September 20, 2015  |  1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

How does globalization inform the way that museums present art and history? A panel of professionals from museums that have undertaken innovative displays in response to new ideas on “globalized” art history will address the opportunities and pitfalls of reinstalling collections that reflect this theme. Through dialogue with the audience, panelists will guide a conversation about how the Walters might use its displays to reflect a broader cultural context.

Panelists:

Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University

Amelia Peck, Marica F. Vilcek Curator, American Wing, and Manager, Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Devine, Manager of Audience Engagement and Interpretive Materials, Brooklyn Museum

Alex Kalman, Co-founder, Mmuseumm, New York

This event is free. Click here to register (pre-registration is required). Refreshments and snacks will be provided.


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