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Meet Meatball

October, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 4

Dear Reader,

Meatball the dog

He may be my favorite actor…

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

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

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

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

But I think he’s up for it.

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

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

Check out this interview with the director, Blake Robinson:

Shakespeare in Love interview
Video courtesy Center Stage

I just hope Meatball gets paid in dog treats!

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

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


 

Zen In the City

 

Buddha
Buddha at the Moment of Victory, leaded bronze with shell, lacquer, and gilding, Thai, late 15th century, 54.2775

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

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

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

Mt Vernon views

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

November Events in Mount Vernon

 


 

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

 

Chamber Chorus and String Orchestra

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

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

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

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

INTERMISSION

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

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

Click here for more information.

Opera Scenes

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

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

Click here for more information.


 

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

 

The Wizard of Oz

Movie with Orchestra:
The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, Nov 4 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Scott Terrell, Conductor

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


 

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

 

Center Stage's Annual Open House

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

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

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

Activities Include:

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

Did I mention it’s free?!

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


 

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

 

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

Lawrence P. Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information.


 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

Purple Hibiscus

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

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

For more information, visit this link.


 

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

 

Peabody Wind Ensemble

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

Harlan D. Parker, Conductor
Abhinn Malhotra, Assistant Conductor

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

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

Click here for more information or to reserve tickets.
 
 

The Elixir of Love

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

by Gaetano Donizetti
Sponsored by Claire and Allan Jensen

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

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

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

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

Transformative Art for Troubled Times

Dear Reader,

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncertain Times runs through Sunday, October 29, 2017.

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


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon

 

Baltimore School For the Arts

712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

 

BSA banner

Open House/Information Day for Prospective Students
and Parents

Saturday, Oct 7 | 9 AM

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

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

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

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

All interested students must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more information.

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

 

Jurassic Park

Movie with Orchestra:
Jurassic Park

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

Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

 

The Christians

The Christians
Sept 7 – Oct 8, 2017

By Lucas Hnath

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

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

This show also features choirs from Baltimore area churches.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

 

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

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

Lawrence P. Jackson

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information.

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

 

Brewster

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

 

Mt Vernon Park

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

 

Joseph Young

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

Joseph Young, Conductor

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

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

Click here for more information or to reserve tickets.

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

 

Two Trains Running

TWO TRAINS RUNNING
Sept 8 – Oct 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

A Mount Vernon Staycation

August, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 2

Dear Reader,

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

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

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

An Interesting Bit of History

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

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

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

The Hotel Indigo’s Library, courtesy of the hotel

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

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

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

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

A Jewelbox In Mount Vernon

The Ivy Hotel’s winding staircase, courtesy Miller Orians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perfectly at Home in Baltimore

Room service includes goldfish
at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon

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

BSA banner

Open House/Information Day for Prospective Students
and Parents

Saturday, Oct 7 | 9 AM

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

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

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

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

All interested students must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more information.


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

Wynton Marsalis

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

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

Brick Wall

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

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

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

Click here for more information. Registration is not required.

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

lady Baltimore

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

Mt Vernon Park

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

Peabody Conservatory to Offer Dance Degree

danah bellan

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

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

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

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

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

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

Cleanup Day Volunteers

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

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

We will be working in three teams:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncertain Times

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

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

Click here for more information.

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

New Developments at Grace & St. Peter’s Church

January, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 1

Dear Reader,

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Interesting Bit of History

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

Jonathan Carney

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

A Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to register.

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

 

The Ground On Which We Stand

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

Sunday, February 12 | 4 PM

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Alexander Shtarkman

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

Alexander Shtarkman, Piano

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

Free admission, no ticket required.

Click here for more information.

Marin Alsop

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information.

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

 

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

THE THREEPENNY OPERA
Jan 13 – Feb 5, 2017

German adaptation by Bertolt Brecht
directed by Michael Blum

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

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

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

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

 

Pasta Making with Schola

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

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

Click here for more information or to register.

Gerome

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

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

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

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

Welcome Home, Center Stage!

December, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 7

Dear Reader,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

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

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

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

LesLiaisonsVid
Click to view video.

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

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

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

Washington Monument

The 45th Annual Monument Lighting Is Thursday!

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

Child's Christmas

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

A Swingin' Nutcracker

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

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Step Afrika!, dancers

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

It's a Wonderful Life

Movie and Music:
It’s a Wonderful Life

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

Justin Freer, conductor
Handel Choir of Baltimore

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

Click here for more information or to register.

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

 

MDHS Holiday Shop

 

A Sampling of Gifts Under $25

 

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

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


 

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

 

Maryland Humanities

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

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

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

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

 

Peabody Concert Orchestra

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

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

Now Hear This

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

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

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

Harlan D. Parker

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

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

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

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

 

Game's Afoot

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

Nov 17 – Dec 18, 2016

by Ken Ludwig
directed by Fuzz Roark
with Danny Romeo

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sillage

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

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

Inspired by the special exhibition

A Feast for the Senses.

Make Night: Scented Candles

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

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

Inspired by the special exhibition A Feast for the Senses.

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

Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

Princes, Philosophers, Angels & Saints

“Tapestry with Narcissus at the fountain,” ca. 1500, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Charles Potter Kling Fund, IL.2016.35.1
November, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 6

Dear Reader,

Trumpeting Angel, 14th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Francis Warden Fund,

A Feast for the Senses: Art & Experience in Medieval Europe highlights items from The Walters Art Museum‘s world-renowned medieval collection. The exhibit transports visitors to the 12th-15th centuries while using sounds, smells and sights that appeal to modern sensibilities.

Citizens of our Digital Age may be used to the fast-paced world of a virtual reality, but in the Medieval era, people learned through sensory experience.

“In many museums today, visitors experience the artworks by viewing them from afar in silent galleries,” says curator Martina Bagnoli. “A Feast for the Senses will push the boundaries of the art museum by inviting visitors to encounter art with more than just their eyes.”

Enter the exhibit and you walk into a garden, depicted by a large tapestry teeming with animals, plants, flowers and a trickling fountain (pictured at top).

It’s a primordial land, one that appeals to a child-like sense of wonder. Have you ever noticed how a child’s eyes widen with delight when they gaze upon something new?

To Medieval philosophers, the five senses conveyed moral and spiritual meanings, and their artworks depicted a state of wonderment, as though something was being seen through the eyes of a child.

The garden scene at the start of the exhibit could signify paradise. How townspeople would have gazed with awe upon the intricately woven story!

Masterfully, The Walters utilizes the aid of children in helping to describe this exhibit: Wide Angle Youth Media filmed garden scenes and sounds at Ladew Gardens, in Monkton, MD, which are projected on the gallery walls and over loudspeakers.

Another, literal interpretation for the senses deals with smell. To Medieval sensibilities, a foul odor would literally be a sign of “something rotten.” One painting from the 14th century illustrates the death of a widely feared king, who was something of a tyrant and thought to have a corrupt soul. Two of his advisors seem to recoil from the putrid stench of his last breaths.

Censer, Gilded Silver, Germany, 1498, Acquired by Henry Walters, 57.699

In another gallery, visitors’ noses wrinkle at the pleasant fragrance of myrrh. Monks would fill censers with incense, and when used during a church service, each waft of smoke literally carried the prayers of the faithful up to heaven.

Sound, conveyed through bells and chanting, simultaneously alerted the faithful to important moments of a Mass and dispelled the works of the devil.

Spiritual matters aren’t the only themes of the exhibit–another gallery invites visitors to partake in a Medieval banquet, complete with Jasper chalices and intricately etched carving knives.

Another room illustrates how princes and other courtly folk expressed their feelings to their beloveds, and even showcases a heart-shaped book of poetry.

Shakespeare was inspired by these Medieval themes. Even in today’s Technological Age, in which there is a scientific explanation behind every happening, we devote a lot of attention to the supernatural. From Game of Thrones to the lyrics of Taylor Swift–our quest for deeper meaning continues as we search to find the truth in life, and, possibly, a glimpse at greater things.

Now if only we could find a few dragons.

A Feast for the Senses is on view through January 8, 2017.

The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 N. Charles Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District. It’s open daily from 10 am-5pm and is completely free of charge. Call 410-547-9000 for more information or visit www.thewalters.org.


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

French Antilles

Fall Musical: Once On This Island
Friday, November 18 | 7 PM
Saturday, November 19 | 1pm and 7 PM

Come away to the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea for BSA’s fall musical.

The winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1995, Once On This Island tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who uses the power of love to bring people of different social classes together.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets (between $10-$15).


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

Marin Alsop

Mahler’s Symphony No. 6
Friday, November 11 | 8 PM
Saturday, November 12 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor

An acknowledged Mahler authority, Maestra Alsop is passionate about this composer – a man who grappled mightily with his own nature and that of all mankind, illuminating the human condition with every note he wrote. The Sixth Symphony is a massive undertaking – for the composer, for the conductor, for the orchestra and for the audience. Big, dramatic and life-affirming, it packs into one masterpiece Mahler’s lifelong efforts to succeed against the inevitable blows of fate. Not heard at the BSO since 1992, this is a rare opportunity to experience this extraordinary work.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

BSO Rusty Musicians

BSO Rusty Musicians
Wednesday, November 16 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor

On November 16th, BSO Rusty Musicians brings together adult musicians and singers with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a special reading of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 led by Music Director Marin Alsop. No audition required!

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 “Choral”
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
IV. Presto – Allegro ma non troppo (Please note that the English translation of the fourth movement text will be used for this event.)

EVENT SCHEDULE
6:30 – 7:20pm Group 1 (Movements 1-3)
6:30 – 7:20pm Mandatory Chorus Rehearsal (JMSH Recital Hall)
7:20 – 7:50pm Break
7:50 – 8:40pm Group 2 with Chorus and Soloists (Movement 4 Only)

Click here for more information or to register.

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

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Nov 26 – Dec 23, 2016

By Christopher Hampton
Directed by Hana S. Sharif

“What shocks even now is the sight of two French aristocrats using sex as an instrument of revenge.” – The Guardian

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

Les Liaisons Dangereuses marks the reopening of Center Stage’s Calvert St. building, which remains under construction through December, 2016. Please note there will be no food or drink service, no lobby, and limited Box Office services.

Stay tuned for more exciting details about the renovation in our next Mount Vernon Cultural District Newsletter! 

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

Out of the Box

“Out of the Box:” The Costume Collection at the Maryland Historical Society
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6-8 PM, lecture at 6:30 PM

Monkey Dress
Givenchy’s ‘Monkey Dress,’ 1954, collection of the Maryland Historical Society

The costume collection at the Maryland Historical Society is one of the museum’s greatest treasure troves. It’s comprised of more than 12,000 garments dating from the early eighteenth century to the 1960s, including Givenchy’s “Monkey Dress,” created for Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

This gorgeous dress (pictured at right) will be highlighted during Alexandra Deutsch’s richly illustrated lecture, “Out of the Box: The Costume Collection at the Maryland Historical Society” on Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm. 

Curator Deutsch will detail the discoveries made this summer by our Costume Interns, who rehoused hundreds of dresses in our collection in order to preserve, and, in many cases, save them.

Attendees will be offered the opportunity to see selections from the collection, many of which have not been on view at MdHS for decades, such as an extremely rare lace mantilla which Jerome Bonaparte gave to Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.

Click here for more information or to register.

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

All American Boys

One Maryland One Book: “All American Boys” discussion
Friday, Nov 4 | 12:30-1:30 PM

Enoch Pratt Free Library-Orleans Street Branch 1303 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD, 21231

Join us as we discuss the 2016 One Maryland One Book, “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Contact the Orleans Street Branch at 410-396-0970 for more information.

Baltimore

Baltimore Stories:
Morrell Park: A Community Conversation Event

Thursday, Nov 17 | 6-8 PM
Morrell Park Rec Center 2601 Tolley St, Baltimore, MD, 21230

Join us for the latest installment in Baltimore Stories, a short film of Morrell Park residents voicing their views about their neighborhood-past, present, and future. Share in the conversation afterward about the challenges and opportunities ahead for this community. Food and refreshments will be available.

Click here to register. For more information regarding the Baltimore Stories project, click here.

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

Sinfonia

Peabody String Sinfonia Presents Food Pantry Benefit Concert
Wednesday, Nov 9 | 7:30 PM
Leith Symington Griswold Hall

The concert will feature soloists Violaine Melançon, violin and Michael Kannen, cello, music by Peabody composers Ledah Finck and Kevin Puts and other gorgeous music for strings by Bach, Barber, Bartok, Bloch, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Pachelbel and Vivaldi.

FREE ADMISSION: NO TICKETS REQUIRED. PLEASE BRING A DONATION OF A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM.

Click here for more information.

Blair Tindall
Blair Tindall (right) with Jason Schwartzman at the Golden Globe Awards

Dean’s Symposium: Blair Tindall
Monday, Nov 28 | 2:30 PM
Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

Dean’s Symposium with Blair Tindall, New York Philharmonic oboist and author of Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music. This event will also be streamed live on the Johns Hopkins UStream channel.

FREE ADMISSION: NO TICKETS REQUIRED.

Click here for more information.

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

Game's Afoot

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

Nov 17 – Dec 18, 2016

by Ken Ludwig
directed by Fuzz Roark
with Danny Romeo

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

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

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

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

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

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
 

Old Makes New, Again & Again

 

Old Makes New, Again & Again

 

Summer, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 5
“Colossal Head in the Guise of Hercules,” Venetian, 2nd century, reworked 14th century, The Walters Art Museum, 27.533

Dear Reader,

“Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling,” a remarkable new exhibit at The Walters Art Museum, demonstrates a very ancient practice.

This might sound surprising. After the unprecedented mass consumerism following WWII, the concept of recycling gained steam in America. First, in the 1970s, with the advent of Earth Day, and then in the 80s and 90s as landfills overflowed and the rainforests were razed–recycling wasn’t just popular, it was the right thing to do. But curiously enough, the idea wasn’t new.

“I think everyone can relate to the concepts of reuse and recycling, so key in our modern world,” says Lynley Anne Herbert, the Robert and Nancy Hall assistant curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. “Through this exhibit, visitors will discover how equally prevalent and important this was in the medieval era.

Located in the Walters’ Manuscript Gallery, the exhibit features 20 treasures that visibly display proof of prior incarnations.

For instance, an enormous head of the Greek god Hercules did ‘double duty’ as a medieval saint outside of a baptistery in Florence, Italy. Originally chiseled during the 2nd century, craftsmen unearthed the 3-foot high marble head in the 1300s. They drilled precise holes in his lustrously curled beard so that medieval pilgrims would better observe the effect from far distances.

This process was known as spolia, says Curator Herbert, which means a reuse of decorative sculpture on new monuments, and it was quite common throughout the medieval era. These artisans did not have the complex trading routes the ancient Romans used to secure new building materials of the same caliber, so they simply reused what they found.

I’m not sure how Hercules himself felt about the costume change–his head had been repurposed so many times, curators at the Walters actually weren’t sure what era to categorize him in–but he seems quite happy greeting visitors into this exhibit. Plus, he makes a fine subject for a selfie or two.

Ghostly Writing

Beneventan Sacramentary-Missal, Venetian, 2nd half 11th century, Manuscripts & Rare Book, R358434

Curator Herbert also detailed how parchment, which is made by soaking, drying and stretching animal skin, would be reused in medieval times. As new psalms were created, monks couldn’t just buy another ream of paper at Staples. Thus they undertook an arduous process of literally washing the old ink from the parchment, drying it, and then applying new verses with tattoo-like precision.

On the manuscript (at right), conservators had discovered the text of an older psalm using a special light. (In fact, the Walters is renowned for advancements made in the realm of manuscript conservation.) An x-ray image of the ghostly text accompanies the page on display.

The Walters always does a fantastic job in not only telling stories, but also illuminating the process behind their discoveries, which makes the visitor feel like they’re along for the ride. You can also see examples of other fascinating conservation projects here. Or, you can visit The Walters’ conservation lab and watch their process first-hand every Friday-Sunday between 12:30 and 4pm.

“Two Leaves from the Mirror of Human Salvation,” German, late 14 century, The Walters Art Museum, W.149

A Textbook Cover of Epic Proportions

An even more apparent example of recycling parchment is another manuscript fragment (at right) made in Germany in the 14th century. Can you see the outline of the book the outer page covered? Who doesn’t remember using a brown paper bag to wrap their elementary school text books! The idea behind this practice is the same, as both are done to protect a valuable book from wear and tear. “Someone would have carried this book around in a knapsack,” Curator Herbert explains. “It would have gotten dirty, it would have had grunge.” She also adds that many of The Walters’ astounding collection of 4,500 manuscripts have unique covers because Henry Walters had a keen eye for these pieces.

In addition to sculpture and manuscripts, “Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling” features exquisite jewelry, carved ivory, spiritual vessels and more. The exhibit runs now through Sunday, September 18 and is completely free–making it a great place to escape the humid summer heat.

More Fun at The Walters

Waste Land (2010), a film by Vik Muniz and presented in partnership with the Maryland Film Festival

Accompanying the exhibit, The Walters is hosting a special discussion about modern ‘remixes’ of art and music on Thursday, July 7 from 6:30-7:15 pm: Curator Herbert will examine the medieval art exhibition Making Odd Ends Meet, artist Loring Cornish will discuss his mosaic works, and DJ James Nasty will demonstrate how music is sampled and remixed. Register for this event here.

A screening of the film Waste Land takes place on July 14 at 6:30pm. Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”-self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. His artistic collaboration with these inspiring characters reveals both their dignity and despair as they begin to re-imagine their lives outside the dump. A moderated Q&A session will follow the screening. This event is presented in partnership with the Maryland Film Festival. Register for the film event here.

And on Thursday, August 18 at 6pm, Guest artist Thea Canlas will show you some easy techniques to turn those plastic bags you have overflowing in your kitchen into a useful DIY object! Participants will learn how to make “plarn,” or plastic yarn, which can be used for knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Register here.

The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 N. Charles Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District. It’s open daily from 10 am-5pm and is completely free of charge. Call 410-547-9000 for more information or visit www.thewalters.org.


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

Music Motivating Minds

Time For Summer Camp!

Current BSA students and BSA alumni are either partaking –or organizing–innovative camps this summer for students of all ages! Music Motivating Minds, run by two BSA alumni, Dontae and Mashica Winslow – is a two-week summer camp that is free of charge for 35 children who participate in music, dance, academics and other activities throughout the day. Dontae recently worked with Beyonce and Dr. Dre and played at the BET awards. He’s also a grad of Peabody and won their Young Maestro Award. 

In addition, current BSA students are participating in a six week video camp sponsored by the Saul Zaentz Foundation. BSA high school students across all disciplines are learning to film, write scripts, act, and will produce short pieces at the end of six weeks. Check out this piece by Ron Matz from WJZ on that program by clicking here.

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

 

Star-Spangled Spectacular

Star-Spangled Spectacular
Sun, July 3, 2016 | 8:00 PM
(Oregon Ridge Park)
Mon, July 4, 2016 | 8:00 PM
(Oregon Ridge Park)

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Larry D. Hylton, tenor
Audrey Weise, “O, Say Can You Sing?”
contest winner performing July 3
Michael Miller, “O, Say Can You Sing?”
contest winner performing July 4

The BSO’s essential red, white and blue bash! This outdoor celebration features patriotic favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, topped off with dazzling fireworks. Plus, hear the winner of the BSO’s famed “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest perform The Star-Spangled Banner.

Come out early for food trucks and fun! Gates open at 5 pm.

There are two options for parking at Star-Spangled Spectacular:

Free parking in a remote lot with shuttle is available in a new location this year: Shawan Downs, located across from The Oregon Grill at 1401 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville.

A limited quantity of on-site parking is available for $12 in advance, $15 on site. Advance purchase is recommended.

Event tickets available online at $18 for adults and $9 for children. Tickets will also be available at the gate at $20 for adults and $10 for children. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert
Thursday, August 4 | 7:30 PM
The Meyerhoff
Saturday, August 6 | 3:00 PM
The Meyerhoff

Justin Freer, conductor

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Baltimore Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16) Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

 

What & Why:
Collecting At the Maryland Historical Society
A New Exhibit 
Sign from the Hippo, club formerly on Charles and Eager Streets, Baltimore, 1980s, MdHS, Gift of Mr. Charles Bower, 2015.19

The Maryland Historical Society proudly launches its newest exhibit, Why & Why: Collecting at the Maryland Historical Society, which contains more than 50 items spanning four centuries of donations to the Maryland Historical Society, including the sign from Club Hippo, two of Eubie Blake’s practice pianos, period clothing, portraits, silver, a wool tapestry of George Washington, and a video installation of images from the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising project. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2017.

About the Sign from the Hippo, club formerly on Charles and Eager Streets, Baltimore 

Charles L. “Chuck” Bower, the donor, was the second owner of the Hippo after purchasing the establishment in 1978. When he recently needed to vacate the building, he offered this sign to the Maryland Historical Society.

From 1972 until its closing in the fall of 2015, the Hippo, formerly the Chanticleer Club, was the linchpin of Baltimore’s gay community. Chuck Bower, owner of the club since 1978, wanted it to be a place where everyone was accepted and, in the late 1980s, stepped up to help Baltimore deal with the HIV/AIDS crisis. The role of the Hippo became more than just a meeting place, but grew to be one of the main symbols of the city’s gay community.

When asked to why he gave this sign to the MdHS, Bower wrote, “I know the Maryland Historical Society will take great care of [it.]” He went on to give a history of the club, explaining, “In 1972, Club Hippo opened to serve Baltimore’s gay population. For many years the ‘Club’ was a safe place where the gay community could gather, dance and enjoy themselves. As the years passed and society became more accepting of the lifestyle, one could find people from all walks of life enjoying the energy, atmosphere, state of the art lights and the high energy dance music. The Hippo is one of a few clubs that can boast of its longevity, open for 44 years under the same name. The club hosted many events to support community needs to would benefit citizens of Baltimore. It is my pleasure to donate the sign that welcome people for 44 years. The sign hung over one of the many entrances of the club.”

“We are very excited about the acquisition of the Club Hippo sign,” says Maryland Historical Society President and CEO Mark B. Letzer. “We are committed to telling the stories of the LGBT community as well as of all Marylanders.”

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

 

July 5-14: Chautauqua History comes alive with Maryland Humanities’ FREE Chautauqua living history performance series each July. Audience members meet historical figures then participate in a thoughtful dialogue with each character. Chautauqua 2016 celebrates the Pulitzer Prize centennial with three characters: Duke Ellington, the incomparable showman; Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize; and Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest American literary figures of the twentieth century. Find a location near you at mdhumanities.org/events.

July 16: Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour 11 a.m.

Meet outside the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch
400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD, 20201, Baltimore Metro

On the Maryland Humanities literary walking tour of Historic Mount Vernon, you can dive into the world of rare books at the Peabody Library, see where the lives of Emily Post and Gertrude Stein intersected, and more. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at https://2016mtvernonlitwalk.eventbrite.com

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

 

Evita

TICK, TICK, … BOOM!
July 8-July 31, 2016

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jonathan Larson
Direction: Jillian Bauersfeld
Musical Direction: Michael W. Tan

Synopsis: An aspiring composer questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday in Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical. Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick…Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and TONY Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors, and a band, Tick, Tick…Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster!

Garrick Zink as Jon; Clare Kneebone as Susan; and Rob Wall as Michael

Fri & Sat – 8pm; Sun – 2pm

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
 Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: July 14, 2016 – 8:00pm at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

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

 

The Walters Appoints Kate Burgin Deputy Director for Museum Advancement
Kate Burgin

Kate Burgin has been named the institution’s new Deputy Director for Museum Advancement after a national search. Burgin will lead the museum’s Advancement Division of development, marketing and communications, and visitor services staff dedicated to engaging audiences, building support and increasing awareness of the Walters. In this role, she joins the Walters’ senior leadership team, which comprises Eleanor Hughes as Deputy Director for Art & Program; Kathleen Basham as Chief Operating Officer; and Executive Director Marciari-Alexander.

“Kate brings a depth of experience in organizational strategy, audience development and revenue enhancement with a focus on cultural nonprofits,” said Marciari-Alexander. “Her data-driven approach and expertise in building engagement will lead to an expanded base of support for the Walters, and her wonderful presence will be an incredible asset to Baltimore’s arts community.”

“The naming of Kate Burgin to this role completes Julia’s new senior leadership team,” said Ellen N. Bernard, president of the Board of Trustees of the Walters Art Museum. “As the Walters continues its commitment to free admission for everyone, this leadership team will ensure that we engage audiences and increase our generous public and private support to sustain this great museum for generations to come.”

Burgin comes to the Walters with extensive experience in organizational strategy, audience development and revenue enhancement for arts and cultural nonprofits and foundations. Previously she was Senior Vice President and Director of Research and Special Initiatives at TDC, one of the nation’s top management consulting firms for the nonprofit sector. Burgin’s prior experience includes six years at the Boston Consulting Group, where her work focused on strategy, consumer audience research, and organizational development. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in history and literature, from Harvard College.

“Julia’s arrival as Executive Director has marked the beginning of a new era for the Walters, characterized by a rethinking of how to leverage its renowned collections and programs to achieve even greater impact,” said Burgin. “I look forward to working with the museum’s exceptional leadership team, talented staff and committed Board of Trustees and volunteers.”

A native of Sacramento, California, Burgin lives in Baltimore with her husband and three children. She began her new position on May 9.


Until next month,

laura-sig

 Laura Rodini
 Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

 

A Standout Performance


April/May, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 4
From left: Brian Marable (Sly), Sarah Nealis (Caroline), Amari Cheaton (Lank), and Michelle Wilson (Chelle) in Center Stage’s production of Detroit ’67

Dear Reader,

Sometimes, the best way to understand history is by telling a story.

Center Stage has hit another home run with their latest theatrical production, Detroit ’67, which explores issues of race, urban identity and American history in a way that captivates its audience.

It’s no surprise, given Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah’s brilliant ability to put a finger on the pulse of our collective consciousness (last year’s Marley is just one example).

This story, written by Dominique Morisseau, centers around the relationship between siblings Chelle (played by Michelle Wilson) and Lank (played by Amari Cheatom), as they come of age in the tumultuous environment of Detroit in the year 1967. While Motown sounds from their record player (and boy is the music wonderful), the city around them erupts in violence. Detroit was the scene of a 5-day riot that began when police raided an unlicensed bar in the city’s West Side.

Michelle Wilson (Chelle) and Amari Cheaton (Lank), photo by Richard Anderson

The entire story takes place in the basement of Chelle and Lank’s childhood home, where they often throw parties. One night, Lank carries home a white woman he discovered bruised and bleeding in the ‘wrong side of town.’ They allow Caroline (played by Sarah Nealis) to stay with them while she recovers, but her presence both transforms and threatens to tear the family apart.

Director Kamilah Forbes masterfully juxtaposes pathos and humor. Childhood friend Bunny (played by Jessica Frances Dukes) provides levity with her wild stories and psychedelic outfits that could have come out of Austin Powers. Sly (played by Brian Marable), compels Lank to invest the family savings in a nearby bar, to Chelle’s chagrin. But his motives are pure, as he wants the family to own the legitimate small business they deserve. He expresses his adoration for the reserved Chelle in an absolutely touching scene.

I won’t give away the entire plot, but the story takes a tragic turn during the height of the unrest, forever changing each character. There is no happy ending, and there shouldn’t be. There are no easy answers, just as the questions raised in this production have much relevance to Baltimore today. The siblings begin to find healing through dialogue with each other, serving as a microcosm of their larger community, and ours.

I’m looking forward to seeing it again.

While Center Stage’s Calvert Street theaters undergo renovations, performances of Detroit ’67 are taking place at Towson University’s Center for the Arts (1 Fine Arts Drive, Towson, MD). The show runs through Sunday, May 8 and tickets are available by clicking this link.

Center Stage plans to be back in its Mount Vernon home for the 2016-17 Season, after work has been done toward creating a redesigned 400-seat Head Theater, new lobby and entrance place, a new, 99-seat theater space, and a dedicated education and community programming studio. Learn more and subscribe to its 2016-17 Season by clicking here.


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

The Lone Bellow

BSO Pulse: The Lone Bellow
Thursday, April 28 | 8:30 PM
The Meyerhoff

Happy Hour @ 5:30-7 PM
Lobby Activities @ 7 PM
Concert @ 8:30 PM

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Jeremy Denk

Beethoven’s Emperor
Thursday, May 12 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

John Adams, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano

Post-minimalist conductor-composer John Adams returns to the BSO podium to conduct Beethoven’s grandiose “Emperor” concerto and his own intensely expressive Harmonielehre, the symphonic essay that helped him become one of the most performed and important composers alive.

 The appearance of guest conductor and composer John Adams is made possible through the major support of the Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Guest Artist Fund.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

Annette Gordon-Reed

Writers LIVE:
Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Thursday, April 28 | 6:30 PM
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

In this groundbreaking work of history, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed and the country’s leading Jefferson scholar Peter S. Onuf present an absorbing and revealing character study that finally clarifies the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson. Tracing Jefferson’s development and maturation from his youth to his old age, the authors explore what they call the “empire” of Jefferson’s imagination – his expansive state of mind born of the intellectual influences and life experiences that led him into public life as a modern avatar of the enlightenment. Jefferson often likened himself to an ancient figure – “the most blessed of the patriarchs.”

 Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School.

 Peter S. Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia.

Click here for more information.

Ron Tanner

Writers LIVE:
Ron Tanner, Missile Paradise

Sunday, May 1 | 2 PM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden, Night Room

In the Marshall Islands, an island-nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that was once a testing ground for nuclear bombs, American engineers and programmers are making and testing missiles while their “hosts,” the indigenous Marshallese, sweep their streets and clean their houses. It’s 2004, the Iraq war is heating up, and 9/11 is fresh in everyone’s minds.

 Following four interconnected story lines – the meltdown of a burned-out cultural liaison who has “gone native” and bitterly resents his role in keeping the Marshallese down; a young programmer who has lost his leg in a reckless solo sailing journey; the struggles of a young widow with two children whose husband drowned in a mysterious diving accident; and the destructive spiral of a Marshallese teenager whose American girlfriend rejects him when she returns to the States – Missile Paradise is an epic, heartbreaking, and satirical novel about the clash of cultures between the Americans trying to realize their American Dream in this seeming paradise, and the Marshallese who are both angered and bedazzled by that dream.

 Ron Tanner’s awards for writing include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, a Maryland Arts Council grant, and many others. He is the author of A Bed of Nails (stories), Kiss Me Stranger (illustrated novel), and From Animal House to Our House (memoir). He teaches writing at Loyola University Maryland and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project.

Click here for more information.

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

The Preserve the Baltimore Uprising
2015 Website Has Launched

Images From Website Will Become Part of a Video Installation at the
Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore Uprising image
Portrait of young demonstrator during student led protest taken by Jack Flame Sorokin, April 19, 2016

The Maryland Historical Society announces the launch of a website containing thousands of images documenting the unrest and cleanup efforts in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death. 

A video installation of these images will be displayed as part of the Maryland Historical Society’s newest exhibition, entitled “The What and the Why: Collecting at the Maryland Historical Society” which will open to the public on June 29, 2016.

“We have an obligation to record all aspects of Maryland’s diverse history, not only its distant past but its current events as well,” says Maryland Historical Society President and CEO Mark B. Letzer, “This material will be a seminal contribution to the collections of the Maryland Historical Society.”

The Maryland Historical Society believed that the events unfolding around the city in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death were important and historic. With many people plugged into the instant technologies of social media and cell phone photography, more people than ever before could participate in recording and preserving history as it unfolded. “We sensed the importance of what’s going on and sensed that people would study this event for years to come,” says Digital Projects Coordinator Joe Tropea.

More than 12,000 images were submitted, including photographs taken from cell phones and cameras, audio segments, oral histories, and more than 2,000 intergovernmental emails surrounding the unrest that were released by Baltimore City. The images depict activists, demonstrations, the presence of the National Guard, police officers, military hardware, and more.

Interns worked on processing the images. They included Michael Stone, grad student of UMBC, Angela Koukoui, an undergraduate from the University of Baltimore, and Jennifer Montooth, a grad student from UMBC (both pictured). They spent two days per week working on the project.

Angela and Jenn
Interns Angela Koukoui and Jennifer Montooth

“There’s a lot of material on the Internet, but no guarantee that those locations will exist indefinitely, says Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor of Public History at UMBC, “It’s important to ask people to think about what will survive into the future, and what organizations will survive. It was fantastic to have the Maryland Historical Society say ‘let’s partner here,’ to make sure those voices survive regardless what happens to Youtube or Twitter.”

The video installation will be part of an exhibit called “What & Why: Collecting at the Maryland Historical Society” that will open June 29, 2016. The exhibit spans four centuries of Maryland Historical Society acquisitions. “What & Why” will also contain objects recovered after the unrest such as burnt brick, a melted tail pipe from a bus and a lighter found in a looted convenience store.

About The Website

The effort behind the creation of the baltimoreuprising2015.org website, called Preserve the Baltimore Uprising, is a joint effort by Maryland Historical Society, faculty from University of Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, MICA, Johns Hopkins University, and staff from the Maryland State Archives to preserve and make accessible original content that was captured and created by individual community members, grassroots organizations, and witnesses to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015.  Submissions are still being received.

If you are interested in joining our efforts to Preserve the Baltimore Uprising and have questions about how you can join in, please contact Joe Tropea at the Maryland Historical Society by email at remembrance@mdhs.org.


Step into the “Atomic Era” with our 1950s Vintage Pop Up Trunk Show on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30PM at The Maryland Historical Society! We’re celebrating the 1950s with an evening of curated shopping with local vintage clothing dealers and an Atomic Era fashion primer with Maryland Historical Society Chief Curator, Alexandra Deutsch. Trust us, you’ll need a strapless cocktail dress to wear this spring!

* Fashion Primer: 6:30-7:00 PM, Curated Shopping: 7:00-9:00 PM
* Light appetizers and beverages will be served.
* Silent auction of 1950s era hats worn by Helen Delich Bentley
* Wear your best vintage outfits – we’ll be awarding prizes!

Tickets are just $10 for MdHS Members and $15 for non-Members.
Register for the Atomic Pop Up Vintage Trunk Show by clicking here.

Then join us…

Enjoy vintage cocktails and the smooth sounds of jazz musician Lafayette Gilchrist, who’s been called “an old soul at ease in the modern world” by National Public Radio.

The cocktail party takes place in our beautiful Monument Street Garden on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30PM. Dress in 1950s inspired attire for the possibility to win fabulous vintage prizes.

* Who will be the best…?
* Best Beatnik? Best Celebrity? Best Couple? Best Cry Baby character? Best Rock Star?

Plus you’ll get a peek at objects we’ve acquired from Jazz Great Eubie Blake, including his practice piano! (An exhibit will open in June). Lite fare and vintage cocktails will be served.

Tickets are just $30 for MdHS Members and $35 for non-Members.
Combo tickets (Atomic Era Pop Up + Jazz Cocktail Party) are available.
Register now by clicking here.

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

Multiple Communities, Multiple Stories

Múltiples Comunidades, Múltiples Historias 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | Sábado, 23 de abril del 2016 
Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224) 
Community Conversation | Conversación comunitaria: 12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. Digital Storytelling Workshop | Taller de historias digitales: 2:45 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. 
You are invited to join the conversation on April 23rd 
In the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, we need conversations that bring together a variety of voices and communities to address the intersections of poverty, race/ethnicity, and gender and help create new stories about Baltimore. 
This event will highlight Baltimore communities and stories through conversations about the past, present, and future of the city. Participants will explore questions about equity, identity, immigration, and belonging and discuss how residents’ experiences are shaped in and through their neighborhoods. After the conversation, participants can also learn how to use digital storytelling as a way to record and disseminate their voices. 
Se le invita a que se una a la conversación el 23 de abril La muerte de Freddie Gray en abril del 2015 ha motivado la necesidad de reunir una variedad de voces y comunidades para dialogar sobre la intersección de pobreza, raza/etnia y género, y ayudar a crear nuevas historias sobre Baltimore. 
Este evento traerá a la luz historias de identidad, pertenencia y activismo de varias comunidades de Baltimore a través de conversaciones sobre el pasado, el presente y el futuro de la ciudad. Los participantes explorarán temas de inmigración, cambio, relaciones entre las comunidades, e igualdad social, y hablarán sobre como las experiencias de los residentes se forma dentro y a través de los vecindarios de la ciudad. Después de la conversación, los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de crear historias digitales como una forma de documentar y diseminar sus historias. 

 Information on the program / Informacion del programa
Register / Inscri­base

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Md Humanities

Journalism & Its Power to Inform: The Environment
Tuesday, May 10 | 7 PM
The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The Maryland Humanities Council is commemorating the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes with a year-long series of events highlighting the impact of this award-winning work on our lives. “The Environment” is the final of four panel discussions featuring acclaimed journalists. Featured journalists include Will Englund (Pulitzer 1998), John McQuaid (Pulitzer 1997, 2006), Elizabeth McGowan (Pulitzer 2013), and McKay Jenkins. Panels are FREE and sponsored in part by The Baltimore Sun.

Click here for more information.

Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour
Tuesday, May 21 | 11 AM
The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Spring marks the return of the Maryland Humanities Council’s Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour. Dive into the world of rare books at the Peabody Library, see where the lives of Emily Post and Gertrude Stein intersected, see the desk of legendary novelist John Dos Passos, and more.

NOTE: Meet outside the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Click here to purchase tickets for $10.

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

Fleisher

Peabody Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart and Rachmaninoff
Saturday, April 30 | 8-10 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
 Leon Fleisher, Guest Conductor
 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, “Jupiter”
 Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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

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

Evita

EVITA
Apr 15 – May 15, 2016

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics: Tim Rice
Direction: Fuzz Roark
Musical Direction: Michael Tan

Synopsis: Evita tells Eva Peron’s passionate and unforgettable true story. Eva used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world – while her greed, outsized ambition, and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
 Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: April 21, 2016 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Talk Back with Cast & Director: May 1, 2016 immediately following the performance.

Performance Dates: Apr 15, 16, 17; 21, 22, 23, 24; 29, 30, May 1; 6, 7, 8; 13, 14, 15. Ten Spot Thursday: April 21 – 8 PM.

After-School Academy

The 2016 Young Actors Academy Registration is Open!

Lower School Academy – 2016 (grades K-5)
 Program is divided in to Lower School I (grades K-2) and Lower School II (grades 3-5)

 Five one week modules are designed to provide an approach to acting, play writing, and the general craft of storytelling; students come away with notions of dramatic structure, character development, monologue and scene work, and more.

 A morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are provided through the Baltimore Summer Lunch Program (a joint mission of the Department of Agriculture, Baltimore Housing Authority, and Baltimore Food and Nutrition Services). Limited before & after care is available.

Upper School Academy – 2016 (grades 6-12)

 A five week theatre intensive providing a range of education for both the Classical Theatre student and the Musical Theatre student. Classical Theatre students will have workshops in Acting Methods, Improv, Stage Combat, Movement, and Make-up. Musical Theatre students will have workshops in Voice, Dance, Music Reading, Stage Combat and Make-up. All classes are taught by regional and national theatre professionals.

Click here for more details, or to register your child. You may also email the Academy or call 410.752.1225 for more information or to register.

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

Expression through Fashion

Expression through Fashion
Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Fashion has been an important mode of expression in cultures from ancient eras until today. Join Manager of Docent Programs, John Shields, and Baltimore fashion designer Margie Troy as they use the Walters collection to discuss how garments were constructed and what they meant to their respective societies.

Click here for more information or to register.

Peabody on the Court Music Series

Peabody on the Court Music Series: Andrew Marino
Friday, May 6, 2016 | 12 PM – 1 PM

Please join us for this Peabody on the Court Music Series concert featuring guitarist Andrew Marino. Held on the Sculpture Court, these free concerts are presented on select First Fridays in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Click here for more information.

World's Longest Game of Telephone

World’s Longest Game of Telephone
Sunday, May 22, 2016
10 AM – 12 PM: Check-in/Registration
12PM – 3 PM: Longest Game of Telephone
Please note that this event will be filmed for record-keeping purposes.

Break the Guiness World Record for the Longest Game of Telephone. More than 1,330 volunteers are needed to form a line through the Museum’s galleries and pass a message – based on the Museum’s history – from beginning to end. Be a part of history by participating in this large-scale art game that nods to the original Guinness Record set in Baltimore for World’s First Instant Telecommunication in May 1844. This event will feature activities and presentations along the game path, and the opportunity to experience the Walters Art Museum like never before!

 This program is produced in partnership between the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore artist Lexie Mountain. It is funded in part with a grant from the Awesome Foundation.

Click here for more information.



 Until next month,
laura-sig

 Laura Rodini
 Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

Fabulous Finds at The Walters


March, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 3

Dear Reader,

“Saint George Slaying the Dragon from the Porto San Giorgio Altarpiece,” Carlo Crivelli. 1470.

The weather could not be more perfect today, which was a far cry from the snowy morning visit I made to the Walters Art Museum last week. But two new exhibits there are worth a visit in any type of weather.

These exhibits are free and are located on an upper floor amongst the Walters’ permanent collection, so your route involves an exploration of the museum’s gorgeous tiled hallways and objects ranging from ancient Greek sculpture to Byzantine paintings.

The first exhibition, “A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli” features 14 paintings that literally jump from their gilded frames, due to the painter’s use of gems and other 3-D objects.

You might even say Crivelli was one of the first painters to ‘bling’ out his works.

His themes are religious, but Crivelli was also known to personalize his biblical stories using objects that would have appealed to the everymen of his era. For instance, there are cucumbers on the table at the Last Supper. “He has whimsy,” says Joneath Spicer, the James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art. “These are farmers. They eat local.”

“Crivelli finds one detail you can relate to,” she continues, “And from that you can extrapolate yourself.” His depiction of St. George slaying the dragon places the saint, who would have lived in the year 400, in a more contemporary surrounding. His horse utilizes stirrups, which were invented in China in the 5th century but would not be found in Western Europe for several hundred more years, and George himself wields a lance that also dates to the Renaissance Era. “Crivelli responds to the realistic trends of his own time while respecting the past that is part of the culture of the Adriatic basin – the culture of his patrons – yet his style is all his own.” Spicer says.

Studying these paintings, one can’t help but wonder why Crivelli wasn’t recognized as much of a master as other painters of his day, like Leonardo da Vinci. It might come down marketing. Spicer says that Da Vinci worked in Rome, the capital and hub of commercial activity. But Crivelli was born on the East Coast, in Venice. Ideas would not have spread as quickly (certainly not as fast as today) and thus might explain why Crivelli was more obscure.

But his hometown didn’t diminish his abilities – in fact, it added to his originality, as Crivelli sought reference from Byzantine painting models as well as the more physical realities of Renaissance Art.

“Splendor” was a word curator Spicer used to describe the works, and it is a fitting summation of the exhibit as a whole. See it while you can before May 22, 2016.

“Pair of Vases (Vases à tête d’éléphant), 1756-62, made by Sèvre and owned by Mme. de Pompadour, The Walters Art Museum

A Woman Ahead
of Her Time

I am partial to the second new exhibition at The Walters, because it’s simply so pretty.

The gallery featuring Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker is painted to resemble an 18th century boudoir, similar to the apartments in Versailles that Madame de Pompadour kept.

The mistress of King Louis XV employed artists and craftsmen to create cameo engravings, which are raised etchings on jewels, and intaglio engravings, which are designs etched into the gems themselves. She also commissioned her favorite images, of her dog, Bébé, for instance, to appear within other art forms, such as in prints and on vases and porcelain.

The gallery showcases examples of each medium as well as a remarkable discovery curator Susan Wager made: A first-edition set of Pompadour’s commissioned etchings that had been thought lost for more than a century. “They had been hiding here at the Walters masquerading as a much later posthumous,” Wager says.

Many people know that Pompadour was a great patron of the arts, but not as many people know how seriously she took her commissions, nor their relationship across different media. “Pompadour was the first member of the bourgeoisie to get the title of chief mistress of the King,” Wager says. “She had a lot of power.”

And with status and power comes envy. Pompadour was mocked by insecure members of court – they even printed pamphlets ridiculing her. They tried to downplay her accomplishments. “Because she was a woman in the 18th century collecting luxury items, people thought of her as a mindless accumulator.” Wager says. But what Pompadour did was different, and in many ways, ahead of her time.

“The works on view show that she was thinking about these objects and images in a very sophisticated way,” Wager says.

Pompadour herself had a great sense of humor. Her original surname, Poisson, meant fish. So she collected and displayed Chinese fish vases and even had them mounted with French mounts. Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker, is on view through May 29, 2016.

The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at 600 North Charles Street and open Wednesday-Sunday 10 am-5pm and Thursday 10 am-9 pm. For more information, call 410-547-9000 or visit www.thewalters.org.


Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

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

Turtle
Turtle by Neysa Johnson is one of about 50 works by BSA students included in the exhibit. The exhibit will be open through April 30, 2016.

The Development of the Young Artist
Friday, Mar 11 | 11 AM – 12 PM

Please join us at U.S. Department of Education for an Art Exhibit Opening featuring BSA students.

The program will include classical, jazz and theatre performances by BSA students and the Art Exhibit featuring the work of BSA’s visual artists. Remarks by Chris Ford, BSA Director, and Monique M. Chism, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. All are welcome and we hope you can join us!

Location: The U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C.

Tickets: Please RSVP by Thursday, March 3 to bzuknick@bsfa.org Questions? E-mail or call Brigid at 410-625-0494.

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

Yuri

Yuri Temirkanov Returns
Friday, Mar 18 | 8 PM
Saturday, Mar 19 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
Denis Matsuev, piano

At the heart of the anniversary celebrations, Music Director Emeritus Yuri Temirkanov brings authenticity and passion to two classics of the Russian repertoire. Tchaikovsky lays bare his soul in the fourth symphony, which combines fragile beauty and brassy bombast. First Prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Denis Matsuev proves himself the equal to Rachmaninoff’s famous, bravura concerto.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Dr Dog

BSO Pulse: Dr. Dog
Thursday, Mar 24 | 8:30 PM
The Meyerhoff

Igor Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat
Members of the BSO
Baltimore Boom Bap Society

Happy Hour from 5:30-7 PM
Lobby Activities at 7 PM
Concert at 8:30 PM

Pulse is back – this time with Dr. Dog! The program starts with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s L’histoire, a high-energy tale told through music of a fiddling soldier who does a deal with the devil – with spoken word narration by the Baltimore Boom Bap Society. Followed by a performance by Dr. Dog, culminating with a unique collaboration.

Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

Detroit 67

Detroit ’67
Apr 8- May 8, 2016

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Kamilah Forbes

“[A] poetic play of fire-fueled dreams and frustrated love that is set against a backdrop of historic social unrest in Motown.” – Star Tribune

After the death of their parents, siblings Chelle and Lank (named for poet Langston Hughes) make ends meet by hosting late-night parties in the basement of their childhood home. In 1967 Detroit the latest sounds of Motown echo from the record player, but the risk of their unofficial nightclub is high, given the intensifying police presence in the all black neighborhood. The danger increases when Lank rescues a battered white woman, and relationships between black and white, brother and sister, friend and stranger begin to shift. The music and politics of the Motown era sizzle in the background of this sharp-eyed drama that explores our shared humanity, across family and across race.

Playing in the Mainstage Theatre at Towson University.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

The 14th Librarian of Congress

The 14th Librarian of Congress

We’d like to congralate the Enoch Pratt Library and Dr. Carla Hayden! President Obama recently nominated her to be the next Librarian of Congress. Click the link above for the fantastic video!

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

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

Holy Week Schedule
Sunday, Mar 20 – Sunday, Mar 27

Palm Sunday, March 20
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:30 a.m. Confessions
10:00 a.m. Blessing of Palms, Procession, and High Mass
Messe Basse – Gabriel Faure
Solus ad victimam – Kenneth Leighton

Maundy Thursday, March 24
6:00 p.m. High Mass and Procession to the Altar of Repose
8:30 Confessions
Mass for 4 voices – William Byrd
Ave Verum Corpus – Peter Phillips
*Watch before the Altar of Repose begins after Mass

Good Friday, March 25
5:00 p.m. Confessions
6:00 p.m. Solemn Good Friday Liturgy
The Passion According to St John – Victoria
The Solemn Reproaches – Victoria

Holy Saturday, March 26
6:00 p.m. Confessions
7:00 p.m. Easter Vigil and High Mass
Missa super ‘Ich stund an einem Morgen’ – Jacob Handl
Now the Green Blade Riseth – Anonymous

Easter Day, March 27
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:30 a.m. Confessions
10:00 a.m. Procession and High Mass
Missa super ‘Ich stund an einem Morgen’ – Jacob Handl
Alleluia: Christus surrexit – Felice Anerio
Healey Willan: Rise up, my love – Healey Willan

Click here for more details.

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

A Taste of Maryland

A Taste of Maryland
Thursday, April 7, 2016
6-8 PM | Lecture begins at 6:30 PM, Reception to follow

Presented by Joyce White Food Historian

Learn about the history of Maryland’s most iconic food traditions and food businesses, such as Maryland Beaten Biscuits, crab cakes, coddies, McCormick Spices and Old Bay to some less well-known fare including black licorice, white potato pie, and peach fluff. A look at Native American fare will also be included. The presentation will be followed by the opportunity to taste as assortment of sweet and savory Maryland fare such as Mock Turtle Soup, Crab Chips, Otterbein’s Cookies, Jewish Apple Cake, and Maryland White Potato Pie!

Ticketing and Further Information: “A Taste of Maryland” is part of our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. To register for this event, or subscribe to the entire series, click here.

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

Pulitzers

Join the Maryland Humanities Council for a series of discussions featuring acclaimed journalists, highlighting the best work in their profession, as we commemorate the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes. The panels will touch on some of today’s most significant issues and will offer historical context to current events in Baltimore and beyond. Mark your calendar and join us for one or all four. All panels are free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A brief Q&A will follow each discussion.

  • March 29: War/Veterans/National Security – Dan Fesperman,David Wood (Pulitzer 2012)
  • April 19: Challenges Faced by Baltimore – Justin Fenton, Erica Green, E.R. Shipp (Pulitzer 1996), Diana Sugg (Pulitzer 2003)
  • May 10: The Environment – Will Englund (Pulitzer 1998), McKay Jenkins, Elizabeth McGowan (Pulitzer 2013), John McQuaid (Pulitzer 1997, 2006)

Andrew Green, Editorial Page Editor at The Baltimore Sun, will serve as moderator for all panels.

All panels begin at 7 p.m. and are sponsored in part by The Baltimore Sun, which will also serve as the host venue. The Baltimore Sun is located at 501 North Calvert Street in Baltimore.

Visit the Maryland Humanities Council website for more details on the panels as well as our other Pulitzer programming throughout the year, or contact us at (410) 685-0095.

This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The panel discussions were made possible in part by The Baltimore Sun.

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

osi

Mozart’s popular comic opera
Così fan tutte

Thur, Fri, and Sat, March 10, 11, 12
7:30 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Peabody Opera Theatre
Jennifer Blades, stage director
Peabody Concert Orchestra
Hajime Teri Murai, Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities

Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students. For more information, click here or call 410-234-4800.

Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series
“Poets and Another Planet”

Tuesday, March 29 | 8 PM
Leith Symington Griswold Hall

Peabody director of chamber music and cellist Michael Kannen joins with vocalists William Sharp and Hyunah Yu, pianist Seth Knopp, violinists Violaine Melançon and James Stern, violists Victoria Chiang and Maria Lambros, and cellist Alan Stepansky to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe, and the Sextet from Capriccio by Richard Strauss.

Tickets: For more information, click here or call 410-234-4800.

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

LADY DAY

LADY DAY at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Mar 18 – Apr 3, 2016

Book: Lanie Robertson
Direction: Tom Flatt & David Gregory
Featuring Anya Randall Nebel

Synopsis: The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia – Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Feb 18, 2016 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Mar 27, 2016 immediately following the performance.

Performance Dates: Fri & Sat – 8 PM; Sun – 2 PM Mar 18, 19, 20; 24, 25, 26, 27; 31, Apr 1, 2, 3. Ten Spot Thursday: Mar 24 – 8 PM.

Mask and Movement

Mask & Movement Workshop
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 | 11 AM

In our introduction to Mask & Movement Workshop you will learn the following:

  • Dynamic, highly physical research for the stage including muscle-memory exercises.
  • Ensemble play.
  • Historical context for the use of masks around the world.
  • A physical foundation for creating characters for the stage.

Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral Street, in The Great Hall (look for the signs)

Further information: click here or call 410.752.1225

After-School Academy

After-School Academy
Spring 2016 (Programs begin Mar, and run into May 2016)

If you are interested, please complete the online survey so that we can schedule the classes you want, when you want them. We will use information from the survey responses to schedule which classes are held, and on which days of the week, each class is held. Most classes require 6 students to achieve critical mass, and we will stop registration at 12 students.

We are pleased to announce that we have been given a funding grant by the Brown Foundation to support scholarships for students with a financial hardship. A short financial aid application will be provided those requesting financial assistance.

Further information: click here or call 410.752.1225



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

Celebrating Baltimore’s War Effort

February, 2016
Volume 4, Issue 1

Dear Reader,

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It’s hard to believe but just seventy years ago, the surrender of Germany and Japan marked the official end to World War II. Baltimore played a vital role in the wartime manufacturing effort, and The Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society wish to pay homage to this bygone era by hosting a special Victory Bash on Saturday, February 27th: featuring period garb, live music and dancing, craft cocktails and great eats.

During America’s involvement in WWII, the Maryland Historical Society housed the state’s official War Records Commission. Over a period of several years, the staff obtained photographs and textual material from Maryland industries and farms, every branch of the military, government agencies, civic groups, and relief agencies. In addition, they conducted personal interviews and collected articles from several Maryland newspapers. The result was a deep, rich collection of material, thoroughly documenting the involvement of Marylanders in the war and the war’s impact on all aspects of life in the state. Proceeds from the Victory Bash will go a long way in supporting the Maryland Historical Society’s one-of-a-kind archive.

Bodine
“First released,” Veterans returning, World War II, 1945, A. Aubrey Bodine, Maryland Historical Society, B614B

The archives of the Maryland Historical Society also contain hundreds of images by famed Maryland photographer Aubrey Bodine. His photographs span of wide variety of subjects, including the exuberant homecoming of our heroes such as the black and white photograph pictured at right.

So help The Maryland Historical Society channel this swinging spirit at a fantastic venue, Baltimore’s Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, in Baltimore’s Guilford neighborhood.

They’re calling all flyboys and GI Janes to help put the “big” in Big Band with a big dance floor, big sound (both swing and modern music), and delicious refreshments. Come out and celebrate the Allied Victory! Get your tickets to the Victory Bash now by clicking here.

Wondering What to Wear To The Victory Bash?

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Sure, you can find 1940s vintage clothing on Etsy or Ebay. But, can you try it on first? Do you know your size? And are you certain that it’s the right style for the 1940s?

You’re invited to take the mystery out of 1940s vintage clothing with a Vintage Pop Up Trunk Show and Fashion Primer on February 3 at the Maryland Historical Society. This is your chance to get dressed by the best vintage clothing dealers in Maryland, such as Annapolis-based Retropolitan Fine Antiques & Vintage, who worked on the film “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Ken Burns’ documentary “Prohibition,” and HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire.”

Atomic Cheesecake Studios will be on hand to teach you pinup hair and makeup skills. So let the primping begin!

In addition, there will be a fashion primer focusing on period-appropriate silhouettes, accessories, hair, and makeup with Chief Curator, Alexandra Deutsch. This is a unique opportunity to work directly with our vintage dealers who will help with your soup-to-nuts 1940s makeover. Vintage clothing options for men and women will be available. Walk-in 2016, walk-out 1940s! Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Ticketing and Further Information:
The Victory Bash is sure to be a sellout! Taking place on Saturday, February 27 from 8 pm to midnight at The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Baltimore. Get your tickets now while you still can by clicking here.
The 1940s Vintage Pop Up! fashion primer and trunk sale takes place at The Maryland Historical Society on Wednesday, February 3 from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $10 members/$15 nonmembers and available by clicking here.

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

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

Finding the Story:
Confronting the Past

February 20, 2016 | 2 PM

What happens when you visit a National Park and people from the past reach out and talk to you? What does it feel like to hold the 170 year old diary of a girl exactly your own age? Did you realize that a hundred years ago enslaved people spent their lives working in your own neighborhood? Baltimore School for the Arts theater students explore answers to these questions in “Finding the Story: Confronting the Past,” three short plays about Hampton.

Partnering with the National Park Service and Historic Hampton, Inc., students and playwrights created scripts based on actual documents about the people that lived and worked at the historic plantation. The stories they tell take us back in time to periods in American history we thought we knew about, but there are surprises in store. Uncovering relationships of the past, we begin to understand what is still with us today. As we celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service, it is a great time to look at what we have chosen to preserve, and how much we can still discover when we look with the eyes of the next generation. A public performance of “Finding the Story: Confronting the Past” will be presented at Hampton NHS on February 20, 2016 (snow date Feb. 27).

For more information, visit the BSA website.  

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

Josh Bell

BSO 100th Anniversary Concert!
Thursday, Feb 11 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Mason Bates, electronica

Join Marin Alsop and the BSO for a magical night as we party into our second century!

Make history with Maestra Marin Alsop and the incredible artists of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate a milestone birthday! You’ll enjoy the timeless music of Gershwin, a suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story with superstar violinist Joshua Bell and Mothership, a work by composer Mason Bates, featuring local artists Cris Jacobs on the cigar box guitar and Tim Green on the saxophone. Celebrity guests will recount the BSO’s storied history and offer a glimpse into our future. The evening’s crescendo culminates in Ravel’s rousing Boléro followed by a champagne toast.

Don’t miss the party of the century!

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Josh Bell

Joshua Bell Plays Tchaikovsky
Friday, Feb 12 | 8 PM
Sunday, Feb 14 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

The grand fanfare and orchestral roar of Also sprach Zarathustra is a perfect showpiece for our world-class BSO. One of the most celebrated violinists of the modern era, Joshua Bell brings his unique blend of passion and virtuosity to Tchaikovsky’s timeless Violin Concerto.

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

As You Like It

As You Like It
Jan 15 – Feb 14, 2016

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg

“A joyous, big-hearted affair.” – The Guardian

Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing comedy takes Center Stage by way of a new production that turns the Elizabethan tradition of all-male casts on its head. Performed by an all-female company of actors, As You Like It tells the story of lovers Rosalind and Orlando who, when forced to flee into the Forest of Arden, become ensnared in a game of romance and mistaken identity. Frenzied and beguiling, in As You Like It all the world’s a stage as understandings of love, gender roles, nature, and politics are up for grabs. Join us as we journey deep into the fertile Forest of Arden and explore this beloved comedy in a whole new light.

Playing in the Mainstage Theatre at Towson University.

Click here for tickets.

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

Poetry & Conversation:
Lisa Couturier & John Gery

Tuesday, Feb 9 | 6:30 to 8 PM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden Night Room

Lisa Couturier & John Gery

Lisa Couturier is a writer, poet, and animal advocate. Her collection of essays, The Hopes of Snakes (2006), is described as “beautiful, intelligent, and literary.” Her collection of poems, Animals / Bodies (2014), “gets right to the beating heart of what it means to meet, to lose, or to be a living creature.” Couturier is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner for her essay “Dark Horse,” which also was nominated for the Grantham Prize for Environmental Writing. She is cited as a notable essayist in Best American Essays, 2004, 2006 and 2011. Among many other places, her prose has appeared in Orion, Isotope, National Geographic’s Heart of a Nation, The New York Zoological Society’s Wildlife Conservation, the American Nature Writing series, Minding Nature, and City Creatures. She lives with her family and six horses on the nationally acclaimed Agricultural Reserve in Maryland.

John Gery has published seven books of poetry, most recently, Have at You Now! (2014). His work has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada and has been translated into seven languages. Gery has also published criticism on poets ranging from John Ashbery to Marilyn Chin, as well as a critical book on the nuclear threat and American poetry. He has co-authored a guidebook to Ezra Pound’s Venice and a biography of Armenian poet Hmayeak Shems, has co-edited four books of poetry and criticism, and has worked as a collaborative translator from Serbian, Italian, Chinese, Armenian and French. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the University of Minnesota. A Research Professor of English at University of New Orleans and Director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy, he lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradovic, and their son Petar.

Reading Tails
Sunday, Feb 14, 2 PM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden

Reading Tails

Same great program, brand new name! Come read to a dog from Therapy Pets Unlimited. You pick the book and your furry friend! Registration is suggested, but drop-ins are welcome! Book featured: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills.

Want to learn more about how you and your pet can volunteer with Therapy Pets Unlimited? Click here.

You can Read Down Your Fines at this event!

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

On February 2 and 23, Veterans Book Group discussions will be held at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Library. Led by James Schelberg, educator and Iraq/Afghanistan veteran, and coordinated by the Maryland Humanities Council, this book group is open to current service members and veterans from all eras. Participants should plan to attend all five sessions. The discussions run select Tuesdays from February through April. Dinner and materials are provided. Registration is required. To register please call the branch at 410-887-6166 or email the branch at towson@bcpl.net.

At the Baltimore Museum of Industry on February 13 at 1:00pm Patricia Fernandez-Kelly (Princeton University) will discuss her latest book, The Hero’s Fight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State (2015). The book addresses the links between race, poverty, and joblessness within Baltimore’s African American community. Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is funded by the Maryland Humanities Council. Free with museum admission ($12).

The deadline for the second round of applications to the Humanities Fund for Baltimore is February 15. This fund was developed by the Maryland Humanities Council to support local nonprofit organizations that will create public programs that use the humanities to respond to, interpret, and shed light on the unrest of April 2015. Funded programs will bring people together to understand the many contexts for the unrest, support humanities programs that educate young people and adults about the history and the roots of economic and racial inequality in communities of color in Baltimore City, and tap into and build on work already being done by others in the community. To learn more, including how to apply, click here.

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

Denyce Graves

Peabody Concert Orchestra
Friday, Feb 5, 2016
8- 10PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Hajime Teri Murai, Music Director
Denyce Graves, Mezzo-soprano, Faculty Artist
Richard Troxell, Tenor, Guest Artist

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

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

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

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES
Feb 12 – Mar 6, 2016

Book: Del Shores
direction: Fuzz Roark

Synopsis: Follow the journey of four gay boys in the Dallas Baptist Church. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears. With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, Sissies strives to find balance and acceptance in the world of religion.

Winner: GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, Los Angeles Critics Awards, Ovation Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards and Robby Awards.

Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Feb 18, 2016 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Talk Back with Cast & Director: Feb 28, 2016 immediately following the performance.

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

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

The Walters Art Museum has announced two staff promotions in its new Art and Program Division, comprising the Education, Conservation and Curatorial Departments. Amanda Kodeck has been named the Ruth R. Marder Director of Education and Public Programs, and Julie Lauffenburger has been named the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of Conservation and Technical Research.

Julia Marciari-Alexander, the Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director of the Walters Art Museum, said, “We are incredibly appreciative of the leadership support of the Ruth Carol Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Charitable Trust and many other forward-thinking and generous donors who have supported the endowment for these critical positions.”

Kodeck most recently held the position of Assistant Director of Education at the Walters and became Interim Director of Education and Public Programs in January 2014. Lauffenburger was Assistant Director of Conservation before becoming the Walters’ Interim Director of Conservation and Technical Research in July 2015.

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Prince Demah Barnes: Our Nation’s First African-American Portrait Painter
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, the Walters presents a talk by Amelia Peck, curator of American decorative arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who shares the story of her discovery of a painting by 18th-century American artist Prince Demah Barnes, the nation’s earliest known portrait painter of color. Prince’s story is extraordinary-he is the only known enslaved artist working in colonial America whose paintings have survived. To date, three portraits have been identified.

Amelia Peck is the Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was a speaker at the Walters’ Telling Global Stories Panel Discussion on September 20, 2015.

Click here for more information.

Carlo Crivelli

A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 – Sunday, May 22, 2016
10 AM – 5 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

This winter the Walters presents a new view of the Italian Renaissance. See the work of one of the most original and innovative painters in fifteenth-century Italy, Carlo Crivelli of Venice. This intimate exhibition showcases his luminous paintings, with their lavish use of gold, suggesting the materiality of goldsmiths’ work and luxury textiles. The Walters riveting Madonna and Child is featured together with 13 devotional paintings and altarpieces from national and international collections, ranging from San Diego to Krakow, Poland. See them in Baltimore in a special installation created for the Walters’ Italian Early Renaissance Gallery.

Join us for a special Opening Day Panel on February 28 featuring talks by experts and scholars who explore the artist whose rare and dazzling paintings mix the otherworldly with the everyday to spectacular effect. Later in the spring the Walters’ popular Make Night workshops focus on the art of Renaissance painting, inspired by Carlo Crivelli.

This exhibition is generously supported by an anonymous donor and by members and contributors to the annual fund.

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Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 – Sunday, May 29, 2016
10 AM – 5 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Also new this winter is an exquisite exhibition that explores the story of Madame de Pompadour, the influential mistress of King Louis XV of France, best remembered as an enthusiastic patron of the arts. Less well known are the works of art she made and collected. On view here for the first time are selections from the Suite of Prints, an extremely rare first-edition set of etchings created by the royal mistress in the 1750s and purchased by Museum founder Henry Walters from a Parisian book dealer in 1895. Fewer than 20 of these suites were made overall and the Walters has the only full remaining copy, which was also Madame de Pompadour’s personal copy. The exhibition also includes engraved gems, and a few of the most stunning possessions she collected including a woven tapestry and two pairs of Sevres porcelain vases. The approximately 30 works in the exhibition in the museum’s Manuscripts Gallery are all from the Walters collection.

This exhibition is generously supported by an anonymous donor and by members and contributors to the annual fund.

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Until next month,
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Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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