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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

Ron Tanner


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

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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.

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“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.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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.

Click here for more information.

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.

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
  

The Holiday Issue

December, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 11

Dear Reader,

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This year’s poster was created by Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez

It’s been a monumental year in every regard for Baltimore’s Washington Monument, and the celebrations continue tomorrow with a beloved yearly tradition, The Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting celebration. The festivities will begin at 5 PM and run through 8 PM when the monument is illuminated with thousands of sparkling, energy-saving LED lights.

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

The Morgan State University Choir will be on hand as well as the Harlem Globe Trotters, a step squad called Lethal Ladies of Bliss from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, music from the Baltimore City College Choir, Kristen Toedtman Band and much more.

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

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

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


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

Christmas Liturgy Schedule

Basilica

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

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

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

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

 

The Nutcracker

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

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

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

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

 

Brian Stokes Mitchell

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

Damon Gupton, conductor
Brian Stokes Mitchell, host and vocalist

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

Hurry – kids 25% off!

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Polar Express

Polar Express
Saturday, Dec 5 | 11 AM
The Meyerhoff

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

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

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Home Alone

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

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

John Williams: Home Alone

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

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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

 

X's and O's

X’s and O’s
Nov 13 – Dec 20, 2015

By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein

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

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

Click here for tickets.

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

 

Enoch Pratt Book Sale

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

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

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

Stock is replenished throughout the sale.

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

Cash or personal checks with ID only.

menorah

Hands on Holidays:
Hannukkah

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

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

For children ages 3-5 with a caregiver.

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

 

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

 

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

Free Will Donations Accepted.

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

A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, December 12 at 7pm

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

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

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

 

Store Postcard

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

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

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

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

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

 

THE MARYLAND HUMANITIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE HUMANITIES FUND FOR BALTIMORE

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

The Humanities Fund for Baltimore will:

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

James Olin

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

Peabody Brass Ensembles
Holiday Brass
James Olin, Director

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

Mendes Cohen

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Tuna Christmas

A TUNA CHRISTMAS
Nov 20 – Dec 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gerome

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information.

Muslim Cloth

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

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

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

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


Happy Holidays!
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

Timeless Themes, Illuminated

November, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 10

Dear Reader,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

To view events related to the exhibition, click here.

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


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

The Nutcracker

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

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

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


 

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

 

Bolero

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

Jun Märkl, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano

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

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

Judy Collins

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

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

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


 

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

 

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Now Thru Nov 29, 2015

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

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

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

Click here for tickets.

 

X's and O's

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

By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein

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

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

Click here for tickets.

 


 

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

 

Princesses of the Chesapeake

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

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

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

This program is geared towards children ages 4-12.

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

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


 

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

 

A Tuna Christmas

A TUNA CHRISTMAS
Nov 20 – Dec 20, 2015

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

Street Scene

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtney Orlando, artistic director
David Smooke, faculty advisor

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


Until next month,
laura-sig

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

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

A Little Lunchtime Music

 

A Little Lunchtime Music

 

October/November, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 9

Dear Reader,

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

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

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

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

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

A Peabody student performer

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

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

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

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

Thursday Noon Recitals This Semester

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

 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

Gotta Dance

 

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

 

Valentina Lisitsa

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

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Valentina Lisitsa, piano

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

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

Kaddish

Bernstein Symphony No. 3
‘Kaddish’ Recording

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

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


 

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

 

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Oct 30-Nov 29

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

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

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

Click here for tickets.


 

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

 

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

D Watkins

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

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

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

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

Wil Haygood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

Nicole Murphy

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

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

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

Tickets $5-15 available by clicking here.


 

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

 

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

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

Poe Toaster
Click here for a printable poster!

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

Taste of Cherry

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

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


 

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

 

Zombie Prom

ZOMBIE PROM
Oct 16-Nov 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pearls on a String

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

A Hotel With History

September, 2015
Volume 3, Issue 8

Dear Reader,

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

Hotel Brexton
The Hotel Brexton,  photo credit Bob Glock

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

And steeped in history.

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

An Epic Romance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The elegant new lobby
The elegant new lobby

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

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

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


 

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon
Presented in Alphabetical Order

 

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

 

Board-close up
Second Chance, by Sarah VanDerBeek

Photography Exhibit:
The Movement of Memory

Sep 18, 2015 – Oct 14, 2015

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

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

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


 

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

 

Dawes

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

Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3

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

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

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

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

Don Giovanni

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

Markus Stenz, conductor

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

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


 

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

 

Pride and Prejudice

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

Now through Oct 11
The Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage

Adapted by Christopher Baker

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:30 PM

Dale Russakoff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 7 PM

Freeman Hrabowski

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

Used Book Sale and Free Museum Admission all weekend!

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

BookSale

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

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

Admission will be FREE all weekend! No registration necessary.


 

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

 

MDHumCouncil

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

Hajime Teri Murai

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Season Opener

September 26, 8 PM

Music Director: Hajime Teri Murai

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

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

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

The Peabody Trio
September 29, 8 PM

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

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

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


 

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

 

A SENSATION NOVEL

A SENSATION NOVEL
Sept 11 – Oct 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase tickets by clicking here.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACADEMY
Fall 2015

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

Collage

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

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

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

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

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

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

More classes may be developed over the next few weeks.

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

For more information visit www.spotlighters.org.


 

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

 

MakeNightBreathe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GlobalStories

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

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

Panelists:

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

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

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

Alex Kalman, Co-founder, Mmuseumm, New York

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

Freedom to Read

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

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

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

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


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

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