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A Tale of Mysterious Coffins

March, 2015   Volume 3, Issue 2

Dear Reader,

It was a moody Chesapeake afternoon late in 1990. There was a message waiting for Maryland Historical Society President Burt Kummerow when he returned to St. Mary’s City after a trip up the road. At the time, he was Director at Historic St. Mary’s City, and the archaeologists had a new find they wanted him to see. There always was something interesting going on in the field but there was palpable excitement with this request.

A visit to the 17th century capital of Maryland is an eye opener. A compact college campus and a small church on bluffs overlooking a picturesque river are surrounded by flat, rolling farmland. The so-called “Metropolis of Maryland” has vanished over the centuries. The remains of a hamlet of post in the ground wooden buildings with a brick structure here and there are now hidden under foot.

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Aerial photo of St. Mary’s City, courtesy Historic St. Mary’s

“This was the first rugged frontier for British America,” Kummerow says. “When I walked out into that large, empty field on a cloudy afternoon, our crew was digging in the foundation of Maryland’s first substantial Catholic Church. That Chapel, long dismantled but still hallowed ground with many burials of settlers seeking freedom from the religious wars then wracking Europe, was yielding a great mystery. It was a king of the conundrums that archaeologists, anthropologists and historians live for.”

As Kummerow walked up to a pit exposing the area of interest, about a half dozen or so archaeologists, trowels in hand were staring in wonder. “We had our answers along with a huge question. There, partially uncovered, were three lead coffins, large, medium and small, laid out in a row. We knew that there were important folks buried in these coffins but who could they be?”

The small group, students and supervisors, were all a bit shaken. They explained that, as they had uncovered the coffins, a sudden intense storm had rolled over the site. They all ran for cover thinking that perhaps they had unleashed some terrible force.

“Within an hour, we called up Ted Koppel of ABC News who had a second home only a mile or two away,” Kummerow said. “He and his wife, Grace Anne, wasted no time driving over to take a look. After parking on the side of the road, jumping a fence and marching through the tall grass to join our awe struck band, Mr. and Mrs. Koppel, seasoned world travelers, knew instantly that here was an important story in the making. Many months later, a special ABC “Nightline” reported on an amazing investigation then in the works.”

“That investigation, with hundreds of volunteer scientists, engineers, military medical personnel, even a local funeral director, began to unfold with a visit from Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer. Holding a trowel for a photo-op, the Governor was so excited that he almost fell in the pit. That first visit with its attendant moment of drama began a year of adventures that no one involved would ever forget.”

 

A Tale of Three Coffins: Living and Dying
in 17th Century St. Mary’s City

 

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Fast forward 25 years to the present. On Maryland Day, March 25, 2015, the Maryland Historical Society will present the items uncovered in St. Mary’s City as part of a new exhibition, ‘A Tale of Three Coffins: Living and Dying in 17th Century St. Mary’s City.’

The coffins, which are made of lead, held members of the Calvert family and represent the only physical remains of Maryland’s founding family scholars have ever recovered. The exhibition contains the coffins in the exact arrangement as they were discovered in the foundation of the Jesuit Chapel, the oldest brick building in Maryland.

“The presentation of this exhibition is a project we regard with the utmost respect,” Kummerow said. “For a short while, we will serve as the guardians of these coffins, which belong to Maryland’s founders. We wish to tell their story to as many people as possible. Because the coffins will be reburied, this is literally the only time you will be able to see them before they returned to their original location in the recreated 17th century Chapel in Historic St. Mary’s City.”

The exhibition will feature insights into seventeenth-century life from what settlers ate to the often gruesome medical practices they faced to their religious and burial customs that present a complete view of the harsh reality of seventeenth-century living. In addition, ‘A Tale of Three Coffins will highlight the process of archeological investigation, including film footage of the surprising discovery made in 1990.

The largest of the three lead coffins contained the poorly preserved, possibly embalmed remains of a male in his mid-50s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, right-handed, with no evidence of heavy physical labor. Carbon-isotope testing indicated that he was English but had lived in Maryland several years. Pollen evidence in the coffin indicated that he died in the winter.Only one man matched the male’s forensic profile – Philip Calvert, son of the first Lord Baltimore. He had come to America in 1657, and served as Maryland’s governor, chancellor, and chief judge. He died in the winter of 1682-1683.
A woman’s coffin was placed close to his in an arrangement typical of a husband and wife. His first wife, Anne Wolseley Calvert, matched the forensic profile of the female buried there.
The smallest coffin contained the remains of an infant buried later than the other two. Much mystery surrounds the child, and to whom it belonged. Portions of the skeleton of the child will be on display; its bones are very fragile and some are quite small. An investigation into the child’s life reveals it suffered from extreme maladies, such as rickets, and was possibly swaddled to death.

The coffins are encapsulated in an acrylic resin called B-72 and so therefore, there is no lead exposure.

The Brutal Reality of Life in the Chesapeake

Bone and burial data reveal the rigors of life in the Chesapeake. Brutal summer heat and humidity taxed the colonists’ endurance. Heavy labor and outbreaks of conflict could gravely injure them. No one escaped illness. Limited medical knowledge and lack of larger family support made their lives even more precarious.

In addition to the coffins, the archeological investigations uncovered the remains of ‘everyday life,’ such as houses, pots, and food. Using these details, archeologists have been able to piece together remarkable insights into the colonists’ lives.

It is very fitting that this exhibit will be opening on March, 25, which is Maryland Day. With this special Maryland Day partnership between Historic St. Mary’s City and the Maryland Historical Society, visitors will have an opportunity to pay homage to the brave settlers who founded our state against long odds.

You’re invited celebrate Maryland Day for the opening reception of  ‘A Tale of Three Coffins: Living and Dying in 17th Century St. Mary’s City.’ You will have the opportunity to meet the personalities and experts behind the fascinating discovery of these unique artifacts from Maryland’s founding family. The reception will take place on Wednesday, March 25 at noon. To reserve your ticket, please call 410-685-3750 Ext. 377 or visit the Maryland Historical Society website.

The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 W. Monument Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

 


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Chronological Order

 

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

 

Basilica Celebration

 

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

 

BSA Exp Flyer

For all of the Baltimore School For the Arts’ Spring Events, click here.

 

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

 

After the Rev

After the Revolution
By Amy Herzog
Mar 18 – May 17

“A beautifully rendered portrait…truthful and touching.”
-The New York Times

Emma Joseph is young, ambitious, talented, and about to put the ideals of her politically leftist, New York family into action. But a long-buried secret about her much-loved blacklisted grandfather threatens her work and throws her principles – and loyalties – into question. As the family, including grandmother Vera, wrestle with their legacy, Emma must chart her own course forward.

To purchase tickets, visit this link.

After the Revolution is a part of the Amy Herzog festival. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

 

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

 

Barney Frank

WRITERS LIVE!
Barney Frank
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage
Thursday, Mar 19 at 7 PM
Central Library, Mail Hall

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective politicians of our times? In this feisty and moving memoir, former Congressman Barney Frank recounts the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s, the debates over “big government” and gays in the military during the Clinton years, and the 2008 financial crisis. In 2010 he coauthored the most far-reaching, and controversial, Wall Street reform since the Great Depression and helped bring about the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Frank also discusses the frustrations and fears that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet for many years and how he decided to reveal his sexuality when the conflict between his public crusade against homophobia and his private accommodation of it was becoming unbearable. He discusses his quarrels with allies, his friendships with other public figures, and how he found love with his husband, Jim Ready.

To reserve a seat, buy a copy of Frank online for $25, click here. Additional seating available on a first-come, first-seated basis. For information, call 410-396-5494.

McCabe Booker

Carol McCabe Booker, ed.
Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press
Tuesday, Mar 10 at 6:30 PM
Central Library, Poe Room

In 1942, Alice Allison Dunnigan, a sharecropper’s daughter from Kentucky, made her way to the nation’s capital and a career in journalism that eventually led her to the White House. With Alone Atop the Hill, Carol McCabe Booker has condensed Dunnigan’s 1974 self-published autobiography and added scholarly annotations that provide historical context. Carol McCabe Booker is a former journalist and attorney.

Preeti John

Dr. Preeti R. John, ed.
Being a Woman Surgeon: Sixty Women Share Their Stories
Thursday, Mar 12 at 7 PM
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

Being a Woman Surgeon, the first anthology of its kind, consists of contributions by a multidisciplinary group of female surgeons. This compilation of essays, interviews, and poems captures the essence of being a woman in a demanding medical field and offers vivid portrayals of the culture of surgery from a woman’s perspective. Dr. Preeti R. John, a critical care surgeon at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center, will be joined by a panel of several surgeons who contributed to the book.

Lieberman

Jeffrey Lieberman, MD
Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
Tuesday, Mar 31 at 7 PM
Central Library, Poe Room

In Shrinks, Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, shares the story of psychiatry’s origins and the checkered history of useless or harmful treatments that made psychiatry the black sheep of medicine. Lieberman describes psychiatry’s scientific rehabilitation, beginning after WWII, with the discipline’s slow embrace of psychopharmacology, genetics, and neuroscience, and how it has been transformed into an evidence-based profession. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman is former president of the American Psychiatric Association; Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons; Psychiatrist in Chief at Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital; and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

For the complete schedule of events and to register, click here.

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

 

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

The Maryland Humanities Council’s popular monthly Literary Mt. Vernon Walking Tours resume Saturday, April 18 at the low cost of $10 per person. Tour goers will learn of the novelists, muckrakers, Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and authors, rappers, and editors who lived, worked or visited the cultural district, with a little history thrown in and sense of place to boot. The two-hour walking tour also includes a unique, hands-on experience with a presentation by Peabody Library Curator Paul Espinosa on some of the Library’s treasured collections. Appropriate for high school aged walkers and above. Reserve your spot online today!

On March 19th at Morgan State University Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies Building the American Institute of Architects Baltimore celebrates Women’s History month with a talk and a sneak peek of a Maryland Humanities Council supported traveling exhibition launching in June that highlights early women architects in Maryland. The event features a brief presentation followed by an open gallery, and a reception. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AIA.WAM or contact Sadie Dempsey at (410) 271-1773.

The Maryland Humanities Council supported traveling exhibition, “Moving History/History Moving: Stepping Down the Path of Peabody Dance through 100 Years of Maryland History” opens at the Peabody Mews Gallery on March 28. Marylanders can discover the Institute’s history within the context of dance in Baltimore and statewide, major historical figures in dance, and national dance movements. Five recently restored historical films dating back to 1930s are among the items that transport viewers along the path of Peabody Dance.

You can hear all about the latest Maryland Humanities Council’s programs by tuning in to WYPR Radio’s Humanities Connection on Thursdays at 4:44pm. The March 12 segment features the AIA project and the March 19 segment features the Peabody Centennial. Check out the shows by clicking here.

 

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

 

Centennial Dance

Peabody Dance Centennial Celebration
Mar 28 at 7:30 PM

Peabody Dance celebrates 100 years of excellence and innovation in American dance training with a new archival exhibit, a conference, and two special performances at the end of March. The celebration culminates in a performance on Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 pm, highlighting the program’s history and prominent partnerships.

Antony Tudor’s masterpiece, Dark Elegies, will be performed, as well as a restaging of Isadora Duncan’s Valse Brillante, the world premiere of a collaborative, contemporary dance piece titled Dear Mother, and a new ballet by Katherine Morris to the music of Gershwin. For tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime performance, please call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800. For more information on all the centennial events, please visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/dance100.

The Peabody Opera Theatre will present Mozart’s first great hit comedy, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) in two performances on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 8, at 3:00 pm. Garnett Bruce is the stage director and Hajime Teri Murai will lead the Peabody Concert Orchestra, with a cast of Peabody students joined by the rising young professional bass Aaron Sorensen. Tickets for the performances, at the Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, are $29.50, $39.50, and $49.50. For tickets, call 410-900-1150 or visit www.lyricoperahouse.com.

 

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

 

Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh
Lance Bankerd, director
Feb 20 – Mar 15, 2015

A dark Irish comedy, full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals. Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, join us for the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement. Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Click here for more information.

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16
TICKETS JUST $10 on Ten Spot Thursday: Thursday, Feb 26 at 8 PM

Cuckoos Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
by Dale Wasserman
Greg Bell, director
Mar 27 – Apr 19

Who really is running the asylum? McMurphy, a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison, learns he has made a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, and faces the final punishment. Click here for more info.

Spotlighters After School

After- School Theatre Program For Students in K-8th grades
Tuesdays, Mar 10 – May 5
4 PM – 6 PM

We are also working on some shorter 3-4 hour workshops for Middle and High School students; as well as some special workshops for adults. Please email or click here for more information.

 

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

 

Free African American Family Festival

Free African American Family Festival
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015
10 AM – 4 PM

Join us in honoring the rich African American culture that has made our world a beautiful place through music, story, and art.

Enjoy captivating performances, innovative art activities, and much more! Click here for complete details.

Rinehart Bust

Rinehart’s Studio:
Rough Stone to Living Marble
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 – Sunday, Aug 30, 2015
10 AM – 5 PM on Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

This spring, the Walters story continues with an exhibition exploring the workshop of 19th-century sculptor William Henry Rinehart, a Maryland-born artist whose works were among William T. Walters’ earliest acquisitions.

Today the Walters Art Museum contains an extensive collection of Rinehart’s exquisite sculptures, including marble portrait busts of Walters family members. Rinehart’s work can also be seen in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon Place and Green Mount Cemetery, and is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Rinehart’s Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble is a counterpart to HAND/MADE, an exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Organized by students in MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS), HAND/MADE showcases works of multi-disciplinary contemporary sculptors alongside a 19th-century marble work by Rinehart, a former MICA student. It will be on view at MICA’s Fox Building, Decker Gallery from January 30 through March 15.

This exhibition has been generously supported by Nanci and Ned Feltham and the Helen M. Hughes Trust.

For complete details and other events at The Walters, click here.

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 Knockout ‘Night’

 

February, 2015 Volume 3, Issue 1
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Pictured (left to right) Grasan Kingsberry, Sullivan Jones, Tory Andrus (Photo by Richard Anderson)

Dear Reader,

This story begins on a night in February, 51 years ago. The location? Miami. The four men who had gathered in a nondescript hotel room read like a Who’s Who list of 1960s Pop Culture: musician Sam Cooke, human rights activist Malcolm X, football player Jim Brown and heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay.

Earlier that night, Clay had defeated Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Championship. It was a stunning upset.

The next day, Clay would publicly convert to the Nation of Islam, changing his name to Muhammad Ali.

Just what happened that night? Well, you have to see it to believe it…

Playwright Kemp Powers’ story ‘One Night In Miami’ imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. As the Civil Rights Movement stirs outside, and the melody of “A Change is Gonna Come” hangs in the air, the four men emerge ready to define a new world.

‘One Night In Miami,’ the latest production at Center Stage, has been earning rave reviews for its take on race, religion and friendship, and for its stunning portrayal of these larger-than-life characters. “In less than 90 minutes, a long, difficult chapter of American history seems to sweep by,” writes Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun, “The mind keeps flashing back and forward, even as the play grips us with the immediacy of the hotel room, where the buddies alternate between playfulness, rumination and, fully aware of the irony, eating the only food in the room – vanilla ice cream.”

The performance has been so popular, it was just extended for four shows that run through February 15. So if you haven’t seen it yet, you still have a chance!

‘Inviting The Audience In’

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Pictured (left to right): Royce Johnson, Tory Andrus, and Genesis Oliver. (Photo by Richard Anderson)

The action of ‘One Night In Miami’ actually doesn’t begin on the stage. Before the show starts, a pre-show performance takes place in Center Stage’s lobby, which has been transformed into the 1964 Miami Convention Center, complete with an announcer, an Etta James singer, and a boxer.

“It’s great to watch people’s faces light up when they see this,” says Public Relations Manager Cassandra Miller, “They’re not expecting a boxer to run through the lobby and to start punching the air.”

“We hear from our audience members how hearing Sam Cooke sing ‘You Send Me’ sends shivers down their spines,” Miller continues, “The actors are so knowledgeable about the characters they portray, and it shows. This isn’t a ‘sit down and leave’ kind of play. In our post-show discussions, audience members have the chance to talk about themes brought up during the performance, and even share memories.”

Director Kwame Kwei-Armah has long been known for his ability to make characters come alive, and he has done that in spades with this production.

“I am so proud of this production, and thrilled with the response from audiences,” Kwei-Armah says. “People are responding to the powerful messages of these four iconic men. We’ve received many calls, emails and social media messages from people wanting to share this play with their friends and family. We’re glad to be able to give people one more weekend to experience ‘One Night in Miami.'”

Center Stage is proud to be a part of Baltimore’s thriving theater scene, along with established theaters like Everyman and the Hippodrome, Mount Vernon institutions such as Spotlighters, which highlights up-and-coming Baltimore talent, and newcomers like Single Carrot Theater and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. While the show has been extended, tickets to ‘One Night In Miami’ are nonetheless selling fast — so get yours now by visiting Center Stage’s website or calling 410-332-0033.

Center Stage is located at 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.


 

February/March Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Chronological Order

 

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

 

Basilica Celebration

 

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

 

Songs & Stories with Maria Broom & Jali D the Drumtalker
Saturday Feb 7; 12 PM and 1:30 PM

Maria Broom

Join storyteller Miss Maria, as she reads her new book, The Village Bully. Young Michael Jose Jamal and his classmates learn from their teacher how to create a “circle of love” to help stop bullying. Jali D accompanies Miss Maria as she tells this story based on the traditions of the Babemba tribe of Africa.

Copies of the book, beautifully illustrated by John Malloy and including a CD, will be available for the special price of $10. Book signing and refreshments follow each reading. Reading will take place in the France-Merrick Library. The event is free.

Expressions 2015 goes “Behind the Scenes” for a look at BSA- Join us!
March 7, 8 & 10

Expressions BSA

Expressions is BSA’s popular annual show featuring our talented young artists. A vital fundraiser for BSA, Expressions proceeds help to provide for everything from performances and scholarships to master classes, cultural outings, and supplies. Over the course of a long weekend and three great events, we’ll welcome 2,000 guests to the school to see our students perform. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting weekend!

Expressions events feature a Saturday Gala on March 7; two family performances on Sunday, March 8; and a lively cocktail party for the business community and friends sponsored by BSA’s Stage One|FANS on Tuesday, March 10. Click here to purchase tickets. Every year is a sellout so be sure to get your tickets early! For a copy of the invitation, click here.

This year we’ll be exploring “Behind the Scenes” and we’re thrilled to have Erin Becker at the helm as our chair. Thank you Erin and all of the sponsors, families and friends who support BSA and our young artists-in-training. To see our sponsors, click here.

For the Baltimore Sun’s video recap of last year’s Saturday gala featuring interviews with a few of our chairs, click here. For the Sun’s Scene and Heard gallery, click here.

 

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

 

African-American Innovators

African-American Innovators
Ken Lam, conductor
Baltimore City College Choir, Marcus Smith, director
Shannan E. Johnson, narrator
Marquita Lister, soprano
Break Dancers

Sat, Feb 21, 2015 11:00 AM

Celebrating Black History Month, this concert highlights the innovations of Elijah McCoy, Duke Ellington and Harriet Tubman. With musical selections by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, and traditional spirituals, the accomplishments of these innovators come to life in an inspiring concert experience. Featuring guest artists such as Baltimore City College Choir, narrator Shannan E. Johnson, soprano Marquita Lister, and break dancers, this program honors the impact of African-American innovation on our collective history.

For children 4 and up and their families! Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket.

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

Patti Austin

Patti Austin Sings
Ella and The Duke
Jack Everly, conductor

Fri, Feb 20, 2015 8 PM (Meyerhoff)
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 8 PM (Meyerhoff)
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 3 PM (Meyerhoff)

Grammy and Oscar-winning vocalist Patti Austin joins The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance dedicated to the brilliance of Duke Ellington and “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Enjoy Austin’s transcending style as she evokes the beauty and emotion of these legendary jazz classics such as “Cottontail,” “I Got It Bad,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and more.

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

 

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

 

Ron Shapiro

Ron Shapiro, The Power of Nice
Sunday, Feb 22 at 2 PM
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

In his 50-year career as a negotiations expert, sports agent, New York Times bestselling author, attorney, business leader and educator, Ron Shapiro has discovered that people from all walks of life can make deals that achieve their goals if they embrace a systematic approach that focuses on making the deal and keeping strong relationships. Many dealmakers who play hardball by assuming a winner-take-all attitude risk alienating the party opposite them at the negotiating table, thereby losing out on future opportunities. In this revised and updated edition of The Power of Nice, Shapiro shows us how to use his Systematic Approach and do Win-Win deals.

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

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

 

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

 

The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe
Thurs-Sat from March 26-early May, 2015, at 8 PM

Enoch Pratt House
Enoch Pratt House, unknown photographer, ca. 1926. MdHS, Vertical File, Special Collections, xa00839

Businessman and philanthropist Enoch Pratt left a legacy on Baltimore that continues to be felt today. Boston-born Pratt moved to Baltimore in 1831 with only $150 to his name, but he soon established himself as one of the country’s most successful merchant businessmen, making a fortune in railroads, banking and finance, iron works, and steamship lines.

Most people remember Pratt because of the many gifts he gave to the public, including the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the First Unitarian Church, to name a few.

Pratt and his wife, Maria Louisa, lived in Baltimore. In 1846, they constructed a substantial five bay, two-and-a-half-story tall gabled Greek Revival House on Monument Street in Mount Vernon. Enoch and Maria Louisa Pratt lived in the home for the remainder of their lives. In 1919, the house became the Maryland Historical Society’s main headquarters, library and gallery.

For decades, the house served as a site for educational tours for Maryland school children until it was closed to the public in 2004. But this spring, thanks to generous funding from PNC Bank, the Maryland Historical Society is excited to announce that the historic Enoch Pratt House will be the site of a new, immersive theater experience that is gaining national attention.

Mesmeric Revelations

The theatrical performance is called Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe, and it will channel the spirit and characters of one of Baltimore’s most treasured writers, Edgar Allan Poe.

The performance will take place in the theatrical style known as immersive theater. That means, in a nutshell, that there is no stage. Audiences will enter a Poe-inspired world that can be freely explored as stories unfold and secrets are revealed.

Throughout the show, audience members will share moments directly with the characters, interact with the sets, explore the environment, choose which stories to follow, and come away with a unique experience to discuss with others. The six main characters are pulled from Poe’s life and fiction, including Poe’s wife, Virginia, and his mother, Eliza. Both died of tuberculosis at a young age, but the show envisions how they may have lived beyond their deaths — a theme common in Poe’s work. “We’re drawing traits from a number of Poe’s characters, including Ligeia, Berenice, Morella, and Madeline Usher,” says producer and director Glenn Ricci, “The connections between the women in Poe’s life and fiction is a major focus.” The show also includes a character inspired by Poe’s detective, Auguste Dupin, and another by Sarah Helen Whitman, a love interest of Poe’s during the last year of his life.

These characters and others inhabit what the group calls “the Mesmeric World,” a unique crossroads between living and dead, fact and fiction. Poe used the theme of mesmerization in three of his stories and portrayed the mesmeric experience as a state in which one can tap into a greater consciousness and larger truths.

Being a site-specific work, Ricci knew the location would be crucial. The search to find a fitting home for the show took several months. The search eventually led to the doorstep of the Enoch Pratt House. Since it was built during the last decade of Poe’s life, “it seemed too good to be true,” Ricci said, “The house will be like another character in the show — and it really does have a great deal of character.”

Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe, will take place Thurs-Sat from March 26-early May, 2015, at 8 PM. The performance has already received national media attention from the New York Times, so tickets are going fast! To get yours, visit myedgarallanpoe.com.

 

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

 

Maryland Stories

MD Stories

The Maryland Humanities Council has launched a new website called www.mdstories.com. The site is dedicated to exploring Maryland heritage and culture on an annual theme. This year’s theme is sports in conjunction with the launch of the Maryland tour of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, opening this Saturday at the Bannker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis. Be sure to check it out!

MHC is also about to announce the 2015 One Maryland One Book, which will be announced next week! Want to know which book is chosen? Join our OMOB Facebook page or sign up to receive our February Enewsletter.

 

Mount Vernon Place Conservancy
817 St. Paul Street | 410-752-1225 | Website

 

FREE weekly YOGA in Mount Vernon Place
Feb 7, 2015, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Weekly on Saturday until May 23, 2015

Bring your yoga mat and a water bottle! Appropriate for all levels. Click here for more information.

Location: The Belvedere, 1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD

 

Old Saint Paul’s
233 N. Charles Street | 410-685-3404 | Website

 

How is the Episcopal Church Organized?:
How does Old St. Paul’s Function?
This Sunday’s Forum, February 8th 9:30-10:20 AM
The Grand Historic Venue
Led by The Rev. Mary Luck Stanley

Old St. Paul's

Our Church has a democratic structure that makes us different from some denominations.

Join us to explore questions like, what does it mean that we are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion? Where are decisions debated and voted upon? Who makes key decisions? Where does the authority rest? Who does what on the local level?

Kids & Families from Old St. Paul’s
are Invited to go Ice Skating
Sunday, February 8th
3 – 5 PM

Families, children, and youth from Old St. Paul’s are all invited to join us to have some fun together, building friendships outside of church. On February 8th come join your Sunday School friends for an ice skating event. The event will take place at Patterson Park Ice Rink from 3-5 pm. Admission is $4. Skate rental is $2. This is a public session so there is no need to RSVP. Just show up and have fun!!! Hope to see lots of Sunday School friends and family there!!!

 

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

 

Amit Pelad

February 12 – Peabody celebrates Founder’s Day (the day George Peabody signed the founding documents in 1857) by re-creating the recital performed here by the legendary cellist Pablo Casals 100 years ago. Faculty cellist Amit Peled will perform the same program – on the same cello – at 8 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

February 12 through February 15 – Peabody Chamber Opera presents the U.S. premiere of Mansfield Park, based on the Jane Austen novel. Composer Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton will attend the opening night performance, at 7:30 PM February 12 at the Theatre Project, and take part in a post-show Q&A.

February 24 – Violinist Herbert Greenberg and pianist Ann Schein together celebrate 140 years of music making with a special recital of works by Beethoven and Walton, 8 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

 

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

 

Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh
Lance Bankerd, director
Feb 20 – Mar 15, 2015

A dark Irish comedy, full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals. Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, join us for the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement. Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16
TICKETS JUST $10 on Ten Spot Thursday: Thursday, Feb 26 at 8 PM

 

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

 

Free Chinese New Year Celebration!
Sunday, Feb 22, 2015, 12 PM – 3 PM

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Good luck and fortune begin at the Walters! Celebrate the Lunar Year of the Sheep with art activities and traditional Chinese performances. Those born under the sign of the Sheep enjoy cultural activities and focus much of their energy on artistic hobbies. Let’s celebrate together!

Performances
12:30 and 1:30 PM Baltimore Chinese School Sculpture Court, Level 2A
1 and 2 PM Johns Hopkins University Lion Dance Troupe Sculpture Court, Level 2A

Art Activities
10 AM – 3 PM Meaningful Monuments Studio A, Lower Level
12 – 3 PM Dancing Dragons Studio B, Lower Level
12 – 3 PM. Lovely Lanterns Level 2 Lobby

 
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

The Holiday Issue

Mount Vernon’s Holiday Cheer

 

December, 2014 Volume 2, Issue 12

Dear Reader,

Monument Lighting Night

Now that the scaffolding has come down from the Washington Monument, the stage is set for the 2014 Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting, which will be held tonight, Thursday, December 4! The festivities begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8 PM.

The event is produced this year, as always, by Downtown Partnership with support from the City. In addition, there has been a lot of support from the Mount Vernon Conservancy, which has devised a new way to hang the lights from the Monument so that the structure is not damaged by the wires that support the lights. There will be live music, a holiday village in West Park and a special children’s zone. And, as always, the event will end with a spectacular crescendo including a fireworks display and the lighting of the Monument!

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

But that’s not the only holiday happening in Mount Vernon! Here is a shortlist of some of the very best events in our neighborhood this month. You’ll definitely want to check them out:


 

December Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Chronological Order

 

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

 

Christmas Liturgy Schedule

Basilica

Christmas Eve,
Wednesday, December 24:

4 pm Mass
Christmas Carols by the Basilica Choir beginning at 3:30 pm

6 pm Mass
Christmas Carols by the Basilica Choir beginning at 5:30 pm

12 am Mass
Christmas Carols by the Basilica Choir beginning at 11:30 pm

Christmas Day,
Thursday, December 25:

10 am Mass
Church closes immediately after Mass

Mother Mary

Vigil: Solemnity of Mary,
Mother of God

New Year’s Eve, Wednesday,
December 31st:

5:30 pm Mass

New Year’s Day,
Thursday, January 1st:

10 am Mass

Church closes immediately after Mass

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

 

The Nutcracker with the BSO returns for a third year to the Modell Lyric, December 19-21.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker with the BSO returns for a third year to the Modell Lyric, December 19-21.

BSA & TWIGS dancers will perform The Nutcracker for the third year with the world renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Modell Lyric. Last year, our hometown version of the classic was cited by the Baltimore Sun as one of “The Week’s 10 Best.” This is a not-to-be-missed holiday classic beautifully choreographed by Barry Hughson especially for BSA’s dancers and conducted by Robert Bernhardt. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Looking for other ways to celebrate as well? Join the BSO for their Holly Jolly Pops December 10-14 featuring our dancers in their Santa suits and tap shoes. The town’s favorite kick-line is choreographed by Jennifer Ladner.

For more information about The Nutcracker, call 410-783-8000.

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

 

Holly Jolly Pops

Holly Jolly Pops
Jack Everly, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Tom Hall, music director
Debbie Gravitte, vocalist
Ted Keegan, vocalist
Baltimore School for the Arts dancers
Artists from Cirque de la Symphonie

Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2 PM
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 2 PM
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 7:30 PM
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 2 PM
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 7:30 PM
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 2 PM
All events held at the Meyerhoff

Jack Everly and the Tap-Dancing Santas are back! Experience this sparkling holiday celebration with full chorus, orchestra and guest vocalists. Carols, sing-alongs and artists from Cirque de la Symphonie will get you into the holiday spirit and deliver fun for the whole family!

Tickets range from $10 (College Night) to $84 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

 

It's A Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life:
A Live Radio Play

Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III
Nov 18 – Dec 21

Revisit Bedford Falls, fall in love again with George and Mary, and discover the magic of an angel named Clarence. It’s Christmas Eve in 1946, and inside a live radio broadcast brings to life Frank Capra’s timeless film in all of its feel-good glory. Be a part of the live studio audience, and join the cast and crew as they take you on a journey through the most important evening in one man’s life. It’s the perfect holiday outing for the entire family and, who knows, an angel might even get his wings.

Tickets start at $19. Click here to purchase.

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

 

Enoch Pratt Book Sale

Winter Book Sale
Friday, Dec 5 at 10 AM to 5 PM
Through Dec 7, 2014
Central Library, Central Hall and 3rd Floor Hallway

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

For sale: thousands of used and new books, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, music CDs, DVDs, and books-on-tape.

New stock will be offered each day, all day.

Collector’s Corner: old, rare, and valuable books for sale.

Box Day: Sunday, Dec. 7, just $3.00/box for all the books you can carry.

Prices, excluding Collector’s Corner:
Hardback books $1
Paperbacks .50
DVDs (per disc) $2
VHS tapes .50
CDs (music) $2
Record albums $1
Record albums, multiple records $2
Books-on-tape $1
Boxes (empty) $1

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

 

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

 

Sunday, December 7: Advent II

8 AM – Low Mass
9:30 AM – Confessions
10 AM – High Mass
Missa Brevis No. 1 in E-flat – Healey Willan
Never weather beaten sail – Charles Wood

Monday, December 8: Immaculate Conception BVM

Noon – Low Mass
6 PM – High Mass
Mass in F-minor – Josef Rheinberger
Alma Redemptoris Mater – G.P. da Palestrina
Bishop John Rabb, guest preacher

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

 

Monument Lighting

Monument Lighting Open House!

Visiting Baltimore for tonight’s Washington Monument Lighting? Come in from the cold at The Maryland Historical Society. You can experience some good cheer, and explore our galleries for Free! We will be open until 8:00PM. Warm beverages and cookies will be served.

The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 W. Monument Street in Baltimore MD (21201). Click here for directions.

And, for more information about the Monument Lighting visit this link.

Happy Holidays from The Maryland Historical Society!

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

 

Mendes Cohen Living History Performance
Dec 14, 2014, 2 PM

Mendes Cohen

Mendes Cohen was there. At Ft. McHenry when the bombs were bursting in air; at the Supreme Court when states rights were at stake; in Paris when the people prepared the barricades; at the Vatican for the installation of a new pope; down the Nile to collect artifacts; in Jerusalem as the first American tourist; in Annapolis when arguments raged over fugitive slaves; on the board of the nation’s first railroad. But who was Mendes Cohen?

A soldier, a banker, an adventurer, a politician, a philanthropist… a member of the elite, a member of a persecuted minority… a son of England, a son of Germany, an American patriot, a proud Jew? Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of! The Jewish Museum of Maryland has developed a living (well, almost living) history character, the ghost of Mendes Cohen. Cohen’s ghost will visit some of his previous haunts throughout the year. This performance is free to the public.

Location: Pikesville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208

Contact Info: 410-887-1234

Mount Vernon Place Conservancy
817 St. Paul Street | 410-752-1225 | Website

 

Make your own holiday wreath WORKSHOP!
December 13, 2014, 12 PM – 1:30 PM

We will have all of the materials ready for you to assemble your wreath. Pat Sherman, a Master Gardener, will run the workshop and instruct us on how to create a beautiful wreath!! Hope to see you on Dec. 13th in the North MVP Square at Noon! $20 materials fee

Location: Mount Vernon Place North Square, 699 Washington Place, Baltimore, MD 21201

Old Saint Paul’s
233 N. Charles Street | 410-685-3404 | Website

 

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert
Sunday, Dec 14th, 7:30 PM

This concert will feature our very own talented OSP church choir (and Katie El-Diwany, organist).

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

 

Baroque Band

Baltimore Baroque Band
Dec 10, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Baltimore Baroque Band
Peabody’s Baroque Orchestra
John Moran & Risa Browder, directors

Les Caractères de la Danse
Music of Lully, Rebel, Locke, Avison, and Mudge

Tickets: Free and open to the public

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

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

 

Holiday Cabaret

HOLIDAY CABARET
PETER BISUITO, Stand-up Comic
TOM GOSS, Singer/Songwriter
ONE NIGHT! Dec 27th , 8 PM & 11 PM

PETER BISUITO – My Big Funny Peter
Peter Bisuito is the worlds Funniest Gay Bodybuilding Comedian. Peter considers himself a late bloomer. Although he’s been performing for 25 years, he decided to pursue comedy as a “full-time” career less than 2 years ago. And since then he’s made quite a mark in the comedy and entertainment scene. Peter sells-out theaters and receives standing ovations all over the country and also performs on cruise ships. His comedy was briefly seen on Oprah in 2010 when he entered her nationwide contest in finding America’s Newest Talk Show Host and made the top 20! His audition video was aired on her show December 30, 2010. He’s considering legally changing his name to “As Seen On Oprah, Peter Bisuito.”

Peter also teams up with charities all over the country for fundraising opportunities. He’s raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research, HIV Aids, children’s programs, fallen heroes and animal shelters. Oh…and he also likes pizza.

TOM GOSS – Singer/Songwriter
Tom’s music continues to stand at the forefront of LGBTQ equality and arts. His newest music single and video, “Illuminate The Dark” stars injured war hero turned underwear model Alex Minsky and challenges the way we see beauty and 2014’s single “Bears” became an instant hit, garnering attention worldwide. His previous videos have tackled DADT and marriage equality and have been featured in HuffingtonPost, The Advocate, Out, Queerty, LOGO, Towleroad and After Elton generating over 2.75 million views world wide.

A touring machine, Tom has performed in 40 states and over 100 cities to tens of thousands of listeners. Instantly accessible, his music has been featured on ABC, HBO and several independent movies. He is a 2 time finalist for the Mid-Atlantic Song Competition, was named 2011 and 2012’s best musician by The Washington Blade, won the 2009 Pride In The Arts award for “Favorite Male Musician” & his 2009 album “Back To Love” was voted best album of the year by independent NYC radio station “Radio Crystal Blue” and was spun nationally on over 250 radio stations

Tickets: $25, A Benefit for Spotlighters Theatre. Click here to purchase.

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

 

Jessye Norman: In Conversation with Tom Hall
Friday, Dec 5, 2014, 7 PM – 9 PM

Jessye Norman

Come hear Jessye Norman, one of America’s most accomplished and beloved opera singers, discuss her new book Stand Up Straight and Sing! This Grammy Award-winning international opera star will offer perspectives on her life – from growing up in the South to performing on the world’s greatest stages in conversation with Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

This program is held in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. A book signing of her recent memoir follows. Copies available for purchase in the Walters’ Museum Store.

Museum doors will open at 5:30 PM. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The Museum Café will remain open until 7 PM. Click here to register online.

Tickets: $25 (includes one book).

Folger Consort Performs A Renaissance Christmas:
Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500
Sunday, Dec 14, 2014, 2 PM – 4 PM

Folger Consort

The Folger Consort, the early music ensemble-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library since 1977, will present A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500, a 90-minute concert featuring vocalists, winds, and strings. This performance is inspired by the Walters’ Madonna and Child with Angels, currently on view in our Italian Galleries. You won’t want to miss this special holiday program performed on the beautiful Sculpture Court.


One Final Note

Thanks

The holiday season is a time for giving thanks, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, our loyal readers of our Mount Vernon Newsletter.

In particular, I wanted to give a special shout to our friend Dorothy Weidner, who has sent me a note after every newsletter goes out for the past 3 years.

Dorothy enjoys reading about the many interesting events in our Mount Vernon neighborhood — in fact, with so many wonderful things going on, it makes my job to report on them easy!

Dorothy recently retired after 28 years of ministry/service for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in the Administrative Offices on Mulberry and Cathedral Streets, and while she misses being downtown on a daily basis, she will continue to enjoy and appreciate such a historic area through all of our goings-on.

Thank you for your many years of great service Dorothy, and we look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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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 Salute to Our Veterans

Veterans’ Voices

In Mount Vernon

 

November, 2014 Volume 2, Issue 11

 

Dear Reader,

With over 400,000 veterans living in Maryland today, there are heroes all around us. The Maryland Humanities Council has partnered with University of Baltimore to present the stories of veterans in our community in a very meaningful way.

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The program, called “Veterans’ Voices,” will take place on November 10 at 7pm as part of the University of Baltimore’s Salute Our Troops Week activities.

A range of veterans, with experience from the Korean War to Iraq War, will read selected literary works –some self-written– that explore soldiers’ experiences. “Since I have begun sharing my military stories… not only have I begun healing wounds that I didn’t know were so vast and exposed, but I see healing in those around me who just want so badly to know even a little of my military experiences and truth,” says Lisa M. Van Wormer, an Iraq War veteran and a MFA candidate at the University of Baltimore in Creative Writing and Publishing.

Other featured Veterans’ Voices include:

  • Ken Turner, An University of Baltimore employee who served with the US Marine Corps Reserve for 22 years, including with the 4th Combat Engineers Battalion, Baltimore and 4th Civil Affairs Group, Washington DC. Turner was deployed during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and retired with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) in 2002. During his military service he was awarded two meritorious promotions, twice awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
  • Louis Diggs joined the all-Black Maryland National Guard (726th Transportation Truck Company of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion) in 1950, served in the Korean War from 1950 until 1952 and remained in the US Army until 1970. Upon retirement, Mr. Diggs served as Supervisory Personnel Staffing Specialist for the Washington, D.C. Public School. Over the past twenty years he has been an avid historian and author, publishing ten books on historic African-American communities in Baltimore County.
  • Dr. Joseph Wood, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History and of Public Affairs of the University of Baltimore and holds over 25 years of experience in higher education. He served in Vietnam as a combat engineer.

 

“Literature is a powerful tool for connecting people and producing conversation,” says Phoebe Stein, Executive Director of the Maryland Humanities Council, “We hope ‘Veterans’ Voices’ will create bridges between service men and women and the general public, generating a deeper understanding of their unique experience.”
 

Veterans’ Voices’ is a component of the Maryland Humanities Council’s new programs for veterans, part of a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative called  “Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War,” designed to use the humanities to create mutual understanding, respond to the needs of veterans, and assist them in thoughtful transition to civilian life. Each year, the Maryland Humanities Council creates programs that reach 1.5 million Marylanders.

The program begins at 7pm on November 10 in the University of Baltimore’s Wright Theatre. It’s free and open to the public. RSVP by calling (410) 837-5909 or visiting www.ubalt.edu/spotlightUB. And when you RSVP, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate.

You can find out more about the Maryland Humanities Council’s innovative programming by visiting their website. Or, check them out on the Humanities Connection, a weekly segment on Thursdays at 5:45pm on WYPR 88.1 FM! The Maryland Humanities Council is located at 108 West Centre Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon.


 

November Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Chronological Order

 

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

 

Gotta Dance III

 

 

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

 

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Bernstein & Beethoven
Marin Alsop, conductor
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Cathedral Choral Society
J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 8 PM
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 3 PM
All events held at the Meyerhoff

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Beethoven’s great Seventh Symphony anchors two contrasting works by Bernstein, Marin Alsop’s inspirational mentor. Both pieces occupy the fascinating nexus between Christian and Judaic liturgical traditions, the introspective First Symphony, and Chichester Psalms, with its catchy melodic and rhythmic appeal.

Tickets range from $10 (College Night) to $84 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

 

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

 

Baltimore Basilica's 225th anniversary

November 6 marks the Baltimore Basilica’s 225th anniversary as the first Catholic diocese in the United States! On November 10, the bishops of the United States will gather for a special Mass to commemorate this important date in American Catholicism.

In other news, The Basilica Gift Shop has recently undergone major changes and we encourage people to check out the new inventory!

 

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

 

Next to Normal

Next to Normal
Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by David Schweizer
Oct 8 – Nov 16

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal dives boldly into one family’s search for love in the face of loss. Set to an electric score and filled with equal parts humor and empathy, this “brave, breathtaking musical” (The New York Times) gets right to the heart of what it means to truly miss someone.

Tickets start at $19. Click here to purchase.

It's A Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life:
A Live Radio Play

Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III
Nov 18 – Dec 21

Revisit Bedford Falls, fall in love again with George and Mary, and discover the magic of an angel named Clarence. It’s Christmas Eve in 1946, and inside a live radio broadcast brings to life Frank Capra’s timeless film in all of its feel-good glory. Be a part of the live studio audience, and join the cast and crew as they take you on a journey through the most important evening in one man’s life. It’s the perfect holiday outing for the entire family and, who knows, an angel might even get his wings.

Tickets start at $19. Click here to purchase.

 

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

 

Enoch Pratt Exterior

Public Meeting:
Central Library Renovation

Sunday, Nov 9, 2 PM
Central Library Wheeler Auditorium

Tell us what you think about the upcoming renovation.

The renovation will preserve the past and position the Enoch Pratt Free Library to serve all Marylanders in the future. With more than half a million visitors each year, the state-of-the-art renovations to the Central Library will improve the building’s infrastructure and increase opportunities for learning, research, creativity and civic engagement. It will complement the Pratt’s significant print collection with the latest technologies, welcoming a vibrant future while preserving a cherished historic landmark.

The renovation is expected to be completed in 2018. The Central Library will remain open throughout the construction.

Click here for more information.

 

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

 

Mask of Zorro

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday, on November 9, is a day to remember those who have died in the service of their Country. Remembrance Sunday is also known as Armistice Day, when the hostilities of World War I officially ended.

At Grace & St. Peter’s Church, there will be a Solemn Requiem at the 10:00 a.m. High Mass on Sunday, November 9. All are welcome to attend.

Concerning the Music of the Mass

Grace & Saint Peter’s Church holds high the role of art and music in the priority of its mission. The church maintains a fully professional liturgical choir, whose duty is to offer some of the finest sacred choral music ever composed in the very environment for which it was created: the sacred liturgy of the church. Each Sunday, the choir sings a setting of the Mass Ordinary at High Mass. Their repertoire encompasses all of the significant periods of Western music history, from the Medieval to the present day.

On this Sunday, deemed ‘Remembrance Sunday’ at Grace & Saint Peter’s Church, a solemn Requiem is offered for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed. The hour of the weekly High Mass (10 o’clock) promises to be an exceptionally transcendent experience. The Mass begins with an organ transcription of the beloved ‘Adagio for Strings’ of Samuel Barber, preparing the hearts and minds of the faithful to enter the presence of God. On this day, the choir sings a breathtaking setting of the Requiem Mass published in the year 1605 by Tomas Luis de Victoria (c.1548-1611), a noted composer, singer, organist… and priest!… in 16th-century Spain. This is a part of the last music that Victoria published in his lifetime.

This Missa pro defunctis, or Requiem Mass, was written for Empress Maria, sister of Philip II of Spain. The Empress died in 1603, at which time this music was offered at her Requiem. Victoria had (in his clerical role) been appointed personal chaplain to her in the final years of her life.

On this day, the choir also offers the traditional chants of the rite for the dead, along with a more recent motet (1892) of Charles Villiers Stanford, depicting the text from the Book of Wisdom, ‘The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God’.

All are invited to experience the Anglo-Catholic liturgical experience at its finest. You will be glad to have visited!

 

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

 

Images of a Vanished Baltimore
The Art of Jacob Glushakow

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“Druid Hill Park,” Jacob Glushakow, Jacob Glushakow Collection, Gift of Herbert and Naomi Denenberg, and Helen and Mildred Glushakow, MdHS, 2014-70-_02, 

Jacob Glushakow (1914-2000) painted the everyday of Baltimore, the people, the neighborhoods, the harbor, the markets and, perhaps most significantly, the vanishing urban landscape of the city. The first child of Russian Jewish immigrants, Esther and Abraham Glushakow, Jacob entered the world at sea on the ship Bradenburg traveling from Bremen, Germany to Philadelphia. The family, after fleeing the beginning of World War I, settled in East Baltimore. Jacob graduated from City College in 1933 and attended the Maryland Institute of Art. Until the end of his life, he sketched and painted the city he loved. When asked about his work, he described his powerfully rendered images as “emotion recollected in tranquility.”

In his vivid compositions, often painted with electric turquoises, saturated oranges and rusty browns, Glushakow found importance in the humdrum, the noble in the quotidian. His eye transformed people sitting in a park, workmen lounging at the harbor, even the interior of a tailor’s shop resonate with visual significance. He made the common place scenes and objects of life tell stories. Today, his work provides a glimpse of a largely vanished Baltimore and reminds us that the urban landscape of the city changed profoundly throughout the twentieth century.

In 2014, thanks to the generosity of the Glushakow family and Helen Glushakow in particular, the Maryland Historical Society received a gift of paintings, drawings and oil sketches by the artist. From touching family portraits to more jarring scenes of urban renewal at work, Glushakow’s art explores the human experience with sensitivity, honesty, and sometimes, humor. On November 13, 2014, the Maryland Historical Society will open “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow,”an exhibition which will highlight this important acquisition and celebrate the significance of this Baltimore artist’s work. A FREE reception will take place from 6-7:30 PM. Click here for more information.

“Jacob’s dream was to have his paintings at the Maryland Historical Society,” remarked Helen Glushakow, his sister. Glushakow’s work intersects seamlessly with the museum’s other 20th century holdings of paintings and photography. “This gift of Glushakow’s paintings and drawings offers us so many opportunities to interpret life in twentieth-century Baltimore. His art provides glimpses of the everyday, but it tells big stories about this city’s history. His work “puts the viewer on the ground” in this city as it looked in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s…” Alexandra Deutsch, the museum’s Chief Curator observes. “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow” will remain on view until March, 2015.

 

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

 

Jennifer Blades

Peabody Opera Theatre; Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Nov 14-16, 7:30 PM

Peabody Opera Theatre
Jennifer Blades, Stage Director
Thom Bumblauskas, Set Designer

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Hajime Teri Murai,
Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities

Jules Massenet: Cendrillon (Cinderella)

In this sophisticated French take on the beloved fairy tale, Cendrillon is an outsider in her own home. Magic and music help her find her place in the world.

Op-Orations Pre-performance talk with Jennifer Blades 6:45 p.m. Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.

Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students. Please visit the Peabody Box Office or call 410-234-4800.

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

 

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

 

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Fuzz Roark, director
Nov 21- Dec 21, 2014

Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. Throw in famous guests from Hollywood and a sudden romance, what more can happen? Just tons of laughs in the 1939 classic!

Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Tickets: Adults/ $20; Seniors (60+)/ $18; Students & Military/$16
ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Ten Spot Thursday! Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 at 8 PM. No other discounts apply. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

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

 

Now On View! ‘From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story’ 

From Rye to Raphael

From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story brings together for the first time an extraordinary group of art and artifacts to illustrate the intriguing stories behind the magnificent gift to the City from the Walters family. The dramatic new installation features 200 works chosen for their beauty and craftsmanship as well as never-before-seen Walters family photographs and historic material culled from the museum’s archives. At the end of the installation, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Walters Art Museum, visitors are invited to consider the impact of giving on our community today.

From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story has been generously supported by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation; the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum; Cynthia Redmond Mead; PNC – celebrating its 147-year relationship with the Walters and our shared commitment to Baltimore; Walters Family; Kathleen and William Farley; and other anonymous donors. For more information  programming related to From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Storyvisit the website.


 

Mark Your Calendar!

 

Monument Lighting Night

Now that the scaffolding has come down from the Washington Monument, the stage is set for the 2014 Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting, which will be held on the First Thursday of the month, December 4! The festivities begin at 5:30 that afternoon and end at 8 PM.

The event is produced this year, as always, by Downtown Partnership with support from the City. In addition, there has been a lot of support from the Mount Vernon Conservancy, which has devised a new way to hang the lights from the Monument so that the structure is not damaged by the wires that support the lights. There will be live music, a holiday village in West Park and a special children’s zone. And, as always, the event will end with a spectacular crescendo including a fireworks display and the lighting of the Monument!

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

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

‘Went to church in Baltimore and saw that it was good’

October, 2014 Volume 2, Issue 10

Dear Reader,

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

Along the quiet corridors of West Monument Street less than a block from Mount Vernon Place Park, you’ll find Grace & St. Peter’s, an Episcopal parish offering the Anglican and Western Catholic traditions of liturgy, music, and teaching.

This brownstone church was constructed in 1852 and was the first church built of stone in the city — interestingly, the stone was set backwards, and so the exterior has weathered in a beautifully haphazard fashion over the last century and a half.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Grace & St. Peter’s has been at the center of Baltimore’s architectural and religious history since its very beginning. The church was founded as Grace Church in 1850 and was merged with St. Peters about 60 years later.

Traveling even further back in time, below is a painting of the site of the present-day Grace & St. Peter’s Parish, as it looked during the Mexican American War in the 1840s. How strange it is to see Army tents in Mount Vernon!

Dulin House
‘Dulin House,’ unknown painter, c.1846,
MdHS, 1932-15-1

In the same leafy neighborhood that A. S. Abell, Robert Garrett, Enoch Pratt, and William and Henry Walters would build fashionable residences, in 1850, Bishop Whittingham decided that an Episcopal church should be built there since he knew Mount Vernon would be a prominent part of the city. So he helped find a new rector, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, for the church, who happened to be Union-minded, while the congregation had Confederate sympathies. There was a lot of tension. Rector Coxe strongly supported the Union side during the Civil War. He traveled to Antietam, following the battle, and his account of the horrors at Antietam provided his first-hand account for The Baltimore Sun.

History is indeed alive and well at Grace & St. Peters – Two brothers were prominent parishioners, William and Augustus Albert. The former was the founder of the Union Club in Baltimore; the latter, a Confederate sympathizer. A descendent of Augustus Albert is a current parishioner and sits in the same pew as did his ancestor.

The Chinatown Connection

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

In the early 20th Century, the 300 block of Park Ave. in Baltimore was known as Chinatown. Grace & St. Peter’s established a mission to serve Chinese immigrants, most notably, by offering English language classes in addition to providing other support to help Chinese immigrants make the transition to their new country.

Grace & St. Peters welcomed immigrants into the parish and about 1/3 of parishioners are of Chinese descent. Chinese traditions play a big role in church activities today: You can see Chinese emblems in several places throughout the church. It’s also why Grace & St. Peters celebrates Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year
A Chinese frontal adorns the high altar.

Regardless of class and ethnic heritage, the church’s mission is to glorify and worship God through Anglo-Catholic worship, preaching, teaching, and music.

Especially music.

A Fan From Minnesota

In 2007, while on a weekend trip to Baltimore, Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor visited Grace & St. Peter’s and had this to say about his experience:

The distinctive doors at Grace & St. Peter's
The distinctive doors at Grace & St. Peters.
In Baltimore with friends Sunday morning, a splendid fall day under blue skies, we marched off to the nearest church and found ourselves in an old brownstone temple of 1852, wooden box pews, stained glass on all sides, old tiled floor, for a High Anglican-Catholic Mass, a troop of choristers in white, altar boys, bearded priests in medieval vestments, holy water and puffs of smoke and bells and chanting of Scripture, precision bowing and genuflecting, all rather exotic for an old fundamentalist like me but deeply moving, and it made me think about my father, whose birthday was Oct. 12, and brought me to tears.

Keillor went on to say that “The singing was O my God just heartbreakingly good.” You can read his complete article, titled ‘Went to church in Baltimore and saw that it was good’ by clicking here.

You can hear Grace & St. Peter’s renowned mixed-voice choir for yourself as its 2014-2015 season commences with the Feast of the Dedication of the Church on Sunday, October 5th High Mass at 10 o’clock.

Led by Choirmaster, David Lawrie, the choir performs a setting of the ordinary, plainsong propers and anthems every Sunday from October through June. Its repertoire ranges from the fourteenth to twenty-first centuries.

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

And for more information about the Asian American community in Maryland, the Maryland Historical Society has a collection of papers and materials donated by Katherine M. Chin, including a translation of the article “I Love Baltimore” by the Baltimore Asian Trade Council. See the Maryland Historical Society’s Special Collections Department for more information and to access the documents.


 

A New Center for Technology at the
Baltimore School for the Arts!

 

Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology

 

Ribbon Cutting
Lisa Akchin, Stephanie Rawlings-Black, Makeba Woods and Chris Ford cut the ribbon to the new Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology.

Last month, when the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) opened the doors for its 2014-2015 school year, it also unveiled a new Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology.

The new space is modeled on modern business incubators and features 16 work stations equipped with advanced software programs that will allow students to compose music, edit film and design graphic arts materials.

“This unique place to work and study will bring the most current thinking and resources about creative environments to BSA’s students and faculty,” says BSA Director Chris Ford.

Students Working
Students at work in the Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology.

Students can work on programs such as Finale, which bring together different arts niches, such as dance, visual arts and music. “Playwrights looking for a score will be able to reach out to other schools in the city,” says Under Armour executive Scott Plank, who, together with his wife, Dana, were instrumental in helping the BSA to open this innovative new Center.

The Center will be open until 7 p.m. each evening and is staffed with an arts technologist tasked with facilitating student and faculty work.

As you can see, the Baltimore School for the Arts is excited for another year of excellent student arts! Download their performance schedule here and visit their website for more information. The Baltimore School for the Arts is located at 712 Cathedral Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore.


 

From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story,
Opening October 26 at
The Walters Art Museum

 

Installing Specs
The exhibitions team installs two Barbedienne urns from a foundry in France. An example of a spec drawing that is created for each case. The entire installation process takes about 5 months.

As curators put the final touches on The Walters Art Museum’s newest exhibition, “From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story,” a free installation in honor of the Walters Art Museum’s 80th anniversary, a select few were invited to watch the precise, and sometimes hair-raising installation process of the art that will be on display.

Pictured above, the exhibitions team installs two Barbedienne urns from a foundry in France. The urns, which were made of enameled and electroplated brass, were purchased by The Walters in 1989.

As the urns were painstakingly measured and then lowered into place, Curator Dr. Jo Briggs remarked how “These objects show how the museum has expanded since the Walters’ time.” For instance, the Walters recently acquired paintings by African-American artist Robert Seldon Duncanson, who painted the American countryside in a luminous setting. “By doing so,” Briggs continued, “the Walters can build on its existing collection in an informed way.”

We learned how the exhibitions team built vitrines and custom cases to support an object from below and above, and the minute, scientific calculations that occur to make sure humidity is kept at bay.

Brooch
Tiffany and Company, Iris Corsage Ornament, 1900, (57.939), An example of a ‘small, shiny thing’ favored by Henry Walters

“We use our collection to tell the story of art,” Briggs continued, “But it’s also a story of two men, William and Henry Walters, and what they were doing at the time. You get to know the taste of the times through their purchases. William liked big, serious French paintings that teach you something. Henry liked small, shiny things.”

Henry Walters, in particular, competed with other collectors of the time, such as New York financier J. Pierpont Morgan.

In total, 200 works from different cultures around the world were selected for inclusion in the “From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story” exhibition.

Highlights include:

    • A 19th century salon-style gallery with paintings hung floor-to-ceiling to re-create selections of the Picture Gallery adjacent to the family home at 5 West Mt. Vernon Place

 

    • A gallery of early 20th century jewelry by Tiffany and Lalique acquired by Henry Walters at International Exhibitions and World’s Fairs

 

    • A gallery of French works by contemporary artists of William Walters’ time including Delacroix, Rousseau, and Gérôme alongside works by the same artists collected by Henry after his father’s death

 

    • Family photographs from the Walters’ archives

A story wall that gives a glimpse of 19th century life, in Baltimore and beyond and invites visitors to imagine the museum’s future.

“From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story” brings together many of our most famous works of art with lesser-known works in order to explore the intriguing stories of our founders” says Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director of the Walters Art Museum. “Visitors will discover more about these two entrepreneurs, collectors, philanthropists and the incredible legacy they left to Baltimore.”

A unique, mobile site will serve as an interactive educational component. Visitors can use their smartphones to select an object on display, which will show them similar items in the collection along with information about the object’s provenance.

“From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story” opens on October 26 and will run through April 17, 2016 at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles Street in Mount Vernon. The museum is completely free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-547-9000 or visit their website.


 

A New Member Welcome

 

Homeslyce
The sleek interior of Homeslyce, our newest member.

I’d like to take a moment and welcome the newest members of our Mount Vernon Cultural District!

  • Byrnes & Associates
  • Cazbar
  • Day Capital, Inc.
  • Homeslyce

You’ll hear more about our new members in upcoming issues of the Mount Vernon newsletter. As always, we thank you for supporting our Mount Vernon Community!


 

October Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Chronological Order

 

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

 

Jack Everly

Broadway Standing Ovations
Jack Everly, conductor
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 8 PM
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 8 PM
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 3 PM
All events held at the Meyerhoff

Jack Everly brings you a Wicked good evening of Broadway showstoppers when Ben Crawford, Christina Bianco and Broadway’s “Phantom,” Ted Keegan, join the BSO SuperPops to perform selections from The Phantom of the Opera, Once, Les Miserables, Wicked and more!

Tickets start at $40 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

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

 

Baltimore Basilica

 

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

 

Next to Normal

Next to Normal
Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by David Schweizer
Oct 8 – Nov 16

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal dives boldly into one family’s search for love in the face of loss. Set to an electric score and filled with equal parts humor and empathy, this “brave, breathtaking musical” (The New York Times) gets right to the heart of what it means to truly miss someone.

Tickets start at $19. Click here to purchase.

And don’t forget: Amadeus runs at Center Stage only until October 12! Tickets are going fast. Click here for more information.

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

 

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition – 50 Years, Works, Reasons
Saturday, October 18
(more dates through January 4, 2015)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are (2013), Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition is a retrospective of original works by the late, great Maurice Sendak. The artwork is presented with heartfelt words from 50 extraordinary people, whose lives were all touched by this beloved author and illustrator.

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

Click here for a complete list of October events at the Enoch Pratt Library.

The Garrett Jacobs Mansion
and Engineers’ Club
11 West Mt. Vernon Place | 410-539-6914 | Website

 

Mask of Zorro

2013-14 Silent Movie Series
Featuring James Harp, organist

Mask of Zorro
Tuesday, October 8

Movie begins at 7 PM at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion.

Tickets: $10/Adults; $5/Children 11 and under.

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

 

Pipes & Port: A Young Defenders Party
Hosted by the Young Defenders of the MDHS
October 4, 2014

Pipes and Port
Wharf from Pratt Street, Spears, ca. 1875, MdHS, CC2851.

Join us for a rowdy celebration of Baltimore’s historic waterways, watermen, and the goods that kept them going: Pipes & Ports!

Straddling the line between high society enclave and gritty seaport, historic Baltimore had a knack for entertaining rowdy sailors and genteel merchants alike. In honor of the city’s rich maritime heritage, we’re celebrating that special libation held in regard by privateer and banker alike: port!

Port is fortified wine traditionally produced in Portugal. With climates less hospitable to the cultivation of grapes, England and its colonies traded with Mediterranean countries for wines, and during the 18th and 19th centuries, England increasingly relied on Portugal. Sailors too valued port for another reason. “Fortification,” the addition of distilled spirits to the wine, made a hardier product more likely to survive trans-Atlantic voyages for trade at landing… and perhaps for consumption en route, as sailors’ enjoyed its significant “kick.” Trade goes both ways, and ships headed back to the Old World were full of that American staple: tobacco. Always close to vice, there is nary an image of a sailor without his corn-cob pipe.

On October 4th we’ll be providing several ports and tobacco blends, along with basic pipes, but feel free to BYOP (bring your own pipe) too! We’re celebrating our inner drinking, smoking seafarer, so feel free to come in your best maritime apparel.

Pricing: $35/MdHS Members; $45/New Friends. Tickets are all inclusive.

Beverages: In addition to led port tastings and the provision of premier pipe tobacco, an open bar will include wine and local beer from Union Craft Brewery.

Food: Light hors d’oeuvres (including cheeses, chocolates and cured meats to complement the wines)

Tours: Guests can learn about one of the conflicts that made port America’s go-to wine in our exhibition “In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812.”

To register click here. Check out our Facebook page for more information and event updates.

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

 

MHC October Events

Book Discussions of this year’s One Maryland One Book, The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande, take place throughout the city in October at Enoch Pratt Free Library branches. Visit the MHC online calendar to find one near you. On October 4 at 1pm the Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosts MHC Speakers Bureau scholar and author Vince Leggett in his living history portrayal of Charles Ball, an escaped slave from Calvert County who fought in the War of 1812 in Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla. The Jewish Museum of Maryland will present a living history performance of the unique Jewish Marylander who is the centerpiece of their new exhibition, “The aMAZE-ing Mendes Cohen” on October 5 at 5pm. The character was developed with MHC grant support. Several other grant recipients host events in Baltimore City this month.

Clifton Mansion

On October 11th from 10am-3pm Civic Works offers “After the Battle: A Day at Clifton,” a free family-friendly commemoration of Clifton Mansion’s founder and War of 1812 hero, Captain Henry Thompson, along with the unveiling of the extensive renovations of the beautiful Mansion itself, horse artillery drills, food, lectures, costumed presentations, and more.

Oedipus

On October 20-22, Loyola University of Maryland offers a three day free symposium titled “Conversations with Oedipus” which explores the contemporary value of ancient theatre, including free public lectures, workshops and a free performance of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King performed as authentically as possible to its original rendering (RSVP to djjacobson@loyola.edu).

Lastly, don’t miss the MHC grant supported exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, closing October 18th “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond,” exploring the instrument’s role in local business and why Baltimore was the epicenter of one of America’s first popular music crazes. Visit our website to find information about these and other humanities events statewide.

Mount Vernon Place Conservancy
817 St. Paul Street | 410-752-1225 | Website

 

Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween Spooktacular
For ages 10 and under
Costumes are welcome! It’s all FREE!
Saturday, October 25*
1 PM – 4 PM

The Mount Vernon Place East Square will be all decked out for Halloween… don’t miss it! Great photo-ops with your child! We’ll have pumpkins for the kids to decorate and take home, and other fun activities as well as yummy munchies and drinks! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: East Mount Vernon Place Square, 699 Washington Place, Baltimore 21201

Art Beyond the Museum
Walking Tour

Mount Vernon Place:
Art Beyond the Museum
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:30 AM – 11:45 AM

While visitors and locals alike love the Walters Art Museum for its amazing collection of art from around the world, Mount Vernon Place itself offers a stunning collection of statues and monuments that tell stories of art and artists in Baltimore.

Our fall Mount Vernon Place tour series is organized in partnership with Baltimore Heritage.

Pricing: $10 admission.

Location: Meet at the Lafayette Sculpture in the South Mount Vernon Place Square, 699 Washington Place, Baltimore, MD 21201

Ready for some fall gardening!
Saturday, October 18th
9 AM to Noon

Help us plant 4,000 flower bulbs that will bloom in the spring! Mount Vernon Place will be popping with color! We’ll have everything you need!

Volunteers Needed! Please register here!

FREE WEEKLY YOGA IN MOUNT VERNON PLACE
Volunteers Needed!
Every Saturday, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
The Belvedere Ballroom on the First Floor

Bring your own Yoga mat and a bottle of water! Appropriate for all levels!

Location: Meet in the West Mount Vernon Place Square near the Turtleboy fountain
699 Washington Place, Baltimore, MD 21201

Thank you to Belvedere & Co. for sponsoring our community yoga class.

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

 

Alex Pope Norris

Peabody Improvisation & Multimedia Ensemble
October 10, 7:30 PM
Alex Pope Norris, Director

“I’ll Remember April”
Music by Gene de Paul / Arranged by Kevin Clark and Alex Norris

“Beatrice”
Music by Sam Rivers / Arranged by Kevin Clark and Alex Norris

“Sunset”
Music by Paul Bollenback / Arranged by Alex Norris

“Todo Modo”
Music by Charles Mingus / Arranged by Sly Johnson / Adapted for PIME by Alex Norris

“Jean De Fleur”
Music by Grant Green / Arranged by Alex Norris

Additional selections TBA

Tickets: Free! For tickets, please visit FreeFall Baltimore or call 410-234-4800.

Location: Joe Byrd Hall, 17 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202

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

 

YAA

Fall After-School Academy
Late Sept – Mid Nov

Check out the exciting classes offered for the Fall Semester of the After-School Academy!

Classes for students in grades K – 4; 5-8 and 6-8!

Fees for the classes will range from $125 to $175.

Click here for more information and class listings/descriptions.

Love Letters

ONE NIGHT ONLY:
AR Gurney’s Love Letters
Featuring Elisa Dugan & Anthony Scimonelli
Thursday October 2, 2014 – 7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 donation online or at the Door. Supports local Suicide Awareness & Prevention Services.

Rocky Horror Picture Show!
I see you shiver with antici-pa…
Book, Music & Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
Greg Bell, director
Michael Tan, musical director

Performances: Oct 17, 18; Oct 24, 25; Oct 30, 31; Nov 1; Nov 7, 8
Friday & Saturday at 8 PM – No Sunday matinees
Late Night Show – 11 PM performances on Saturday evenings at 11 PM
HALLOWEEN LATE NIGHT SHOW – Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 11pm!

Rocky Horror

That sweet transvestite and his motley crew time warp into Spotlighters. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. Brad & Janet get caught in a storm and seek shelter at the home of Dr. Frank N Furter, a mad scientist, ready to unveil his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror…

…But what about Eddie?

Presented by arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd.

Tickets: Adults/ $20; Seniors (60+)/ $18; Students & Military/$16
ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Ten Spot Thursday! Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 8 PM. No other discounts apply. Visit our website for details and to purchase tickets.


Trivia Time!
Congratulations abound to everyone who correctly answered last month’s question!

According to The Baltimore Sun, the Old Rennert Hotel once hosted luminaries such as Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, Flo Ziegfeld, and President William Taft. Today, it hosts a 7/11 — and we’re glad to have it in our neighborhood!

View from the Top
The view from the top! Courtesy Mount Vernon Place

This month:In lieu of a trivia question, I invite you to step away from your computer screens, and check out the progress made on the restoration of our beautiful Washington Monument!

According to our friends at Mount Vernon Place, restoration work on the statue of George Washington and the column have been completed. Now, the Monument scaffolding will start coming down — as soon as next week! Work will continue through early spring. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop by to check it out! And be sure to ‘Like’ Mount Vernon Place on Facebook for updates.

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