FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation announces the 2013 John L. Dales Scholarship Program for eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their children.
Established in 1973 to honor John L. Dales who served as the SAG Executive Secretary for 37 years, the Dales Scholarship Program has provided over 1500 scholarships to members and their children who are pursuing their educational dreams.
Visit the SAG Foundation website for information, guidelines and applications.
Post written by Stephen Brockelman
I wrote about the SAG Foundation's response to Hurricane Sandy and our members in need a few days ago. SAG and AFTRA have increased their effort and want to make all members of One Union know that help is available. Here's member, Ron Pearlman to explain. Please share this with your fellow union members.
Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund
Hellboy Ron Perlman films a PSA for the Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund.
We are honored to share this video with you. As an actor whose family and friends have been touched by the devastation of Sandy, Ron jumped at the idea of recording this video.
As many of you are aware, SAG Foundation, SAG Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund and the AFTRA Foundation have come together to provide immediate financial support to active SAG-AFTRA members affected by this tragedy. We have made a significant contribution to this fund but of course, with additional donations we can have a much greater impact and reach many more people.
If you need help, ask. If you can help, give. We're all in this together.
Please pass this video along.
And to my fellow union members, Remember Rule One.
Please join us at Gertrude's on Thursday, November 8, 2012 as John Shields hosts a Maryland Public Television Appreciation Evening.
Bring your friends, enjoy dinner, and Gertrude's will donate 33% of the evening's sales to MPT!
It's a deliciously easy way to help support the great programming from MPT. All you have to do is show up with friends, eat a terrific meal, and the donation is made.
Reservations available online through OpenTable.
Donated funds from this event will assist the MPT Foundation in the work that it does for our community.
If You Need Help, Ask.
Actors Ron Perlman and
Jane Curtin join with
We have partnered with the Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare
Fund (SAG MPPWF) to create a Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund
specifically to provide financial support grants to active SAG-AFTRA members
affected by the recent hurricane.
If you need help, ask.
Our mailing address is:
Some great events this week in Baltimore, Literary Arts Week.
Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore's literary luminaries, 19thC
merchants, and industrialists. To reserve a spot, www.MtVernonLitWalk.eventbrite.com
or call (410) 685-4186. Meet in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400
Cathedral Street, 11:00 a.m.
October 17 — Moon Madness: A Night for Lunatics, Lunarians, and Luna Lovers.
Bring your best writing about, or inspired by, the moon and share it with other admirers of our lovely Luna. Maryland Writer’s Assoc., Baltimore Chapter. http://mwabaltimore.wordpress.com/. Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul Street, 6:30 p.m.
October 18 — CITYLIT PROJECT'S FREE FALL BALTIMORE EVENT! — CityLit Press and the State of Publishing — Join the local authors of CityLit Press—Jen Michalski, Laura Shovan, Bruce Sager, Jennifer Wallace, Leonora "Peachy" Dixon, and Neil Didriksen—and publisher Gregg Wilhelm as they share their wonderful literary art and discuss the dynamic state of publishing. email@example.com. Poe Room, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, 6:30 p.m.
October 19 — Baltimore Review Revue: The Baltimore Review.
A burlesque of editorial striptease that will titillate your literary impulses—with workshop, readings, and more. firstname.lastname@example.org. Minás Gallery, 815 W. 36th Street, 7:00 p.m.
October 20 — Maryland Writers’ Conference 2012: Writing in Times of Change.
With Keynote Speaker and Workshop leader Marita Golden. For writers of all genres and levels. www.marylandwritersconference.org. Thumel Business Center, University of Baltimore, 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Registration 8:15 a.m., start 9:00 a.m.
October 20 — Baltimore City Senior Citizens Poetry Contest Awards.
Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks - Senior Division: Awards to senior citizen poets in a contest to celebrate their literary talents and imagination. Winner announcement, readings. Light reception follows. email@example.com. Poe Room. Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, 400 Cathedral Street, 2:30 p.m.
October 20 — 510 Readings: Fiction.
Four fiction readers of local, national, and international acclaim. Socializing at Fraziers Bar afterward. Local authors Jen Michalski and Michael Kimball are your hosts. http://510readings.blogspot.com/. Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th Street, 5:00 p.m.
October 20 — Literature Party 2012: Publishing Genius.
A night of readings and performances featuring the best writers from around town and around the country. www.literaturepartybaltimore.info. Metro Gallery, 1700 N Charles Street, 8:00 p.m.
Literary Arts Week is created and sponsored by CityLit, GBCA, and MSAC.
The news of this event made smile; I hope it does the same for you.
Something fishy is going on at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!
We’re expanding the Museum’s hours and adding new tours and programs!
Beginning October 21, the Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm, Sunday through Thursday. Tours of the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue, third oldest synagogue building in the US, will now be available five times daily.
To hook you on JMM’s new hours, the Museum is proud to present GefilteFest on October 21, 2012.
Join us for a day of cooking, eating and storytelling for the whole family. Don’t miss the gefilte fish “throw-down,” as teams vie for the honor of being crowned champion of this classic Jewish delicacy. Meet the owners of Gefilteria, a Brooklyn-based startup, making waves in the food world with their boutique gefilte and other old world Jewish foods.
We’ll be sharing fish tales throughout the day, with recipe swaps, cookbook readings, music and more.
Get in the swim at the JMM (but please note: no crabs allowed).
The Jewish Museum of Maryland
at the Herbert Bearman Campus
15 Lloyd Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District will be officially celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Friday, September 28, 5 - 9PM.
Here's the teaser:
On the rooftop at the Charles Street Parking Garage, 1714 N Charles Street, join Governor Martin O'Malley for a party with a MICA invited exhibition, music, drinks, and a whole lot more. The evening will include tours of the Station North District.
Check back often for complete details on what promises to be an entertaining — and artful — evening.
Killing a President. Fracturing a nation. Satiating an ego. Destroying a brother. Listening to voices. Following a cause.
For 147 years, John Wilkes Booth left unanswered questions that Quarry Theatre will mine in this Theatre Project production of The Booth Project.
This production is set in Greenmount Cemetery, and as a member of the audience you will be taken on an abstract ride into the mind of a killer.
Thursday - Saturday @ 8PM
Sunday @ 2PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Students with ID
This is the link to purchase tickets.
The Theatre Project
45 W Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
The folks at the Paley Center for Media in New York City have put together some of the best theme-program schedules that I've ever seen. This series ups their already impressive ante.
The Paley Center recalls the days when, if you liked someone, you made them a tape. We like you, so we're making mixtapes for you—compilation screenings of amazing things in our collection, curated to provide a unique viewing experience each month with a different theme. Plus it's all on a movie-size screen with great sound.
Every month the Paley Center will present special screenings culled from their massive collection, curated to provide a unique viewing experience … audiences can expect classic episodes from favorite series enhanced by exclusive Paley Center content, original compilations of the weird and wonderful created for this series, and selections from rare programs unavailable anywhere else. Plus there is the thrill of seeing it all on the big screen, with great sound.
Here's the package, the line-up:
Summer "Camp" - starts July 5th 2012
Welcome to a compilation of television’s most outrageous, campy, and head-scratching moments—a celebration of the weird, wild, and wacky side of the small screen, culling only the best moments in discrete chunks for the YouTube generation.
We excerpt the craziest scenes from afterschool specials, old network celebrity spectaculars, outdated training and educational films, camp classic television movies, bizarre music videos, and other outré ephemera. A surefire hit for the Gen-X audience and available exclusively at the Paley Center.
Hotter than Hellmouth - August
Hell hath no fury like a demon scorned … or something like that. Join us as we celebrate the dog days of August in air-conditioned bliss with this really creepy compilation of television programming spotlighting emissaries from hell (both fictional and not), anchored by “Once More With Feeling,” the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which will be screened in its entirety. We don’t want to give too much away, but also look for clips from The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, South Park,Thriller, plus a few gems from our collection of programs, commercials, and Paley Center panel discussions. To conclude the package, we’ll screen excerpts from Tom Snyder’s legendary 1981 interview with Charles Manson.
Dueling Star Treks - September
Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in September, and with this specially produced compilation the Paley Center boldly goes where thousands and thousands have gone before, tackling the red-hot-button question of whether The Next Generation was also the greatest generation, or whether that honor belongs instead to the original series. Was the first Star Trek too campy? Next Generation too earnest? Beverly Crusher or Bones McCoy? Spock or Data? Kirk’s bare chest or Picard’s bare head? We will shy away from no issue, illustrating our points through a deft selection of clips featuring moments from both shows and a few surprises as well, including excerpts from Paley Center events with the cast and the creative team of TNG and with Captain James T. Kirk himself, the great William Shatner.
Sweet TV Dreams (are made of these?) - October
For the month of chills and thrills, the Paley Center brings you a sixty-minute mixtape that shows the truly frightful—as well as the lighthearted—dreamscapes that have seeped out of our collective unconscious and into our daily TV viewing over the years.
The creepy/scary stuff will come from the usual suspects—Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, The Outer Limits, Buffy the Vampire Slayer—joined with the more psychological hauntings of Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and M*A*S*H. Then we'll look to Bewitched, My So Called Life, The Practice, and Absolutely Fabulous for the lighter side of our neuroses.
James Bond: 50 Years on Film - November
This mixtape will screen in November, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the first Bond film (Dr. No) and also the release of the new Bond film (Skyfall). Included are clips from the 1954 television version of Casino Royale (Bond’s screen debut); two Bond-themed TV specials in our collection; The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which Ian Fleming helped develop (plus a Paley Center panel with star Robert Vaughn); Get Smart (including clips from PaleyFest); Archer (including our David Cross–moderated seminar); The Avengers (starring Bond girl Diana Rigg); and appearances by Bond stars Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore in television programs and ads.
Christmas Carols: A Scrooge Mash-up - December
Arguably the most famous and familiar holiday story ever written, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol continues to enchant generation after generation and inspire countless adaptations, with more, no doubt, yet to come. Since everyone has their particular favorite dramatization, the Paley Center presents its own “Scrooge mash-up,” so to speak.
The entire story will be told using clips from versions starring Mr. Magoo, Patrick Stewart, and Basil Rathbone among others, as well as the tale as interpreted by the casts of such shows as WKRP in Cincinnati, Northern Exposure, and The Honeymooners.
Ok now Baltimore, if you love classic film and television as much as I do, let's book some Bolt Buses and head to The Big Apple for a what will certainly be a monthly fun-fest. And bring your friends. There are new finds and real surprises in this collection of shows. I'm sure that you haven't seen some of these moments before. That's all I'm going to say.
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street • New York, NY 10019
Free for Paley Center Members and included with general admission.
From my good friend, Laura Rodini, at the Historic Charles Street Association —
Where will you be on Saturday afternoon?
That's the day of our Let's Eat Charles Street Festival, and everyone in Baltimore will be there!" Let's Eat Charles Street is the best thing to happen to Charles Street since Starbucks," says Haluk Kantar, owner of Cazbar Restaurant.
With restaurants like The Beef Brothers, Mick O'Sheas, Sascha's, Caribou Coffee, Midtown BBQ & Brew, Lumbini, Mina's Delights, Ban Thai, Cazbar and HomeSlyce Pizza Bar on hand, you can be sure you won't leave feeling hungry.
And I'm proud to say that our Let's Eat Charles Street festival will be the launching pad for Baltimore's first sushi truck, called Noodlerolla. Owner James Sin is the former Executive Chef at Sticky Rice, and his first food truck venture has been highly anticipated. "We will be serving sushi, bento boxes and even Korean fusion," James says.
Music To Your Ears: An Interview with The Carousel Rogues
Great food and shopping make up only part of what we have in store for you on May 12th. Six great musical acts will be taking the stage. Here's the lineup:
12-12:30pm - Jenee & Cornell
12:30-1pm - Charles Towers' apartments favorite R&B artist, Kevin Phillips
1-2pm: Andrew Grimm & June Star
2-3pm: Karter Jaymes, a 2-Time Grammy nominee
3-4pm: The McTell Brothers
4-5pm: Our headliners, The Carousel Rogues, sponsored by WTMD
I recently had the pleasure to sit down with The Carousel Rogues' lead singer, Caitlin Nethery Anselmo.
"My husband, Zach Anselmo, and I were friends in high school. We started dating a year after we formed a band," Caitlin says. "We fell in love over music."Zach plays guitar and vocals and their friend, Daniel Wiley, rounds things out on keyboard. Their Indie-pop sound was quickly noticed by Baltimore area alternative radio."We played on WTMD's 'Baltimore Unsigned' a few years ago. After we put out our self-titled album, program director Scott Mullins liked one of our songs, 'Clementine,' and added it to their rotation."
"It became the number one song on their station for several weeks." Caitlin says their music is influenced by bands like Weezer, Phantom Planet and The Cardigans. "We definitely have late-90's sensibilities," she laughs, as well as other, indie sounds such as Teenage Fan Club.
"We also like a lot of music from the 1960s. I mean," she adds, "Who's not influenced by The Beatles"?
"Another source Caitlin credits for inspiration may seem unlikely: children's fantasy novels.
"I wrote a song about this Andrew Peterson book for laughs. Dan (the keyboardist) encouraged me to send it to the author - we found his email address on his website. Andrew liked it so much he actually passed it on to his producer, Ben Shive. He reached out to me a couple months later about meeting up in Nashville to discuss working on some kind of project together. That's how our first record got started.
"The Carousel Rogues will begin recording their second album in Nashville this July. They'll be playing Clementine at our festival. So all you WTMD lovers, be sure to check them out! See you all on Saturday!
A Few Festival Nuts and Bolts
Of course, putting on a street festival requires lots of help from different sources, and I would like to thank Carrollton Bank for their generous sponsorship, and the City of Baltimore for all of their assistance in securing our permits. The entire 300 block of N. Charles Street between Saratoga and Mulberry Streets will be closed to traffic as of 4:30 am on Saturday. So if you normally park there on the weekends, make sure you have another spot by then. Here are two alternatives: Our friends at PMS Parking offer weekend specials at their St. Paul Garage (behind the Tremont, at the corner of Charles & Saratoga) and their Franklin Street Garage (next to the Pope Garden at the intersection of Charles & Franklin). You can park all day at either garage for just $5.
The following bus schedule is in effect on Saturday, May 12 between Saratoga and Mulberry Streets: The No.3, 11 and 64 Lines will operate their regular route on northbound Charles Street. They will be diverted left on Fayette Street, right on Park Avenue, right on Mulberry Street, then back to their regular route on Charles Street. Bus stops at Fayette, Lexington, and Saratoga Streets, will be inoperative on Saturday, May 12th until 6pm.Southbound routes are all on streets other than Charles Street and will not be affected.
How You Can Help Out!
I've also been getting a lot of questions from folks who want to know what they can do to help out on May 12. This is what I'm telling them:If you like us: Come on out and support our 40 local businesses and great live music that afternoon. And while you're here, make sure you fill out one of our surveys provided by our friends at The Downtown Partnership. We'll have raffle tickets for $75 worth of Zipcar driving credit to give away for filling it out! And if you like us, you like us, you really, really like us: You will consider volunteering a few hours of your time on Saturday. Our beer & wine tent and donation tables are already well staffed, but I'd love to have a few more folks help us with our setup between 9am and noon on Saturday, or manning our 2 awesome bounce houses in our children's play area. Please email me if you're interested, and my sincerest thanks for your support! — Laura Rodini
A Fierce Longing will return to Theatre Project, Baltimore, for a limited run June 1 - 9. The play, written by John Schneider, was developed in workshop by the company members of Milwaukee's Theatre X and first performed in April, 1978. Later that year it came to Theatre Project and Performance Garage in NYC.
Directed by John C. Wilson, this is a highly visual, multi-media production that borrows stylistically from Japanese theater traditions. The play is drawn from the life and work of the Nobel-nominated Japanese novelist and playwright Yukio Mishima. A Fierce Longing chronicles his life, his work, and his turmoil. A complex man, Mishima struggled with family issues, wrestled with a St. Sebastian fetish and homosexual desires, sought fame and celebrity for his Nobel-nominated writing, and desired to honor the Emperor and the Samurai tradition through his ultra-conservative political views and formation of a militia. Ultimately, he committed seppuku, ritual suicide, in 1970.
"A Fierce Longing rocked my world when I first saw it for a variety of reasons," said director John C. Wilson. "A strong ensemble cast, mind-boggling visuals, a fascinating central character from an unfamiliar culture, and an exploration of themes of beauty, sexuality, and death all contributed to an unforgettable piece of theater. I'm reviving this play to pay tribute to one of the peak theatrical experiences of my life, and to honor the exceptionally rich history of work presented at Theatre Project over its 40-year history."
The opening of A Fierce Longing coincides with Theatre Project's 40th Anniversary "Homecoming Weekend."
Events will include:
Opening Night, June 1—This will be a "Pass the Hat" performance in honor of Theatre Project's beginnings as a free theatre. Suggested donation $10.
Opening Weekend Gala, Saturday, June 2—Pre-show reception and silent auction, followed by the performance of A Fierce Longing and after-show gathering. Tickets are $40 in celebration of Theatre Project's 40th Anniversary.
Theatre Project Open House, Sunday, June 3—This is a family friendly event that will be free and open to the public, featuring a potluck picnic and performances throughout the afternoon.
June 1 @ 8pm "Pass the Hat" Opening
June 2 @ 8pm Gala Performance
June 7 @ 8pm
June 8 @ 8pm
June 9 @ 8pm
Gala Performance ~ $40
General Admission ~ $20
Seniors/Artists/Military ~ $15
Students ~ $10
We are casting for a union PSA for the "Too Small to Fail" organization.
Auditions for Boy Swimmers who can also hold their breath underwater are taking place Tuesday 4/24 at a pool near Baltimore.
To be considered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Swimmer."
Include your name, phone number, headshot, current photos.
Good luck, young swimmer-types. And to my fellow union members, remember Rule One.
The premiere is presented by Venus Theatre in Prince Georges County and the production is Adult Friendly. If you have little ones, you'll need a sitter.
Punk Rock Mom by Alyson Mead tells the story of Jamie Fontaine, a former punk rocker and single mother to Joan Olivette.
Though she's lost a little eyeliner and a whole lot of black leather along the way, Jamie still has the music. When Joan makes a startling announcement, Jamie has to find her daughter's birth father and comes to terms with the fact that she'll be a grandmother soon. What does it mean to age when you don't feel old? And how can you bridge the generation gap when you're the one who needs to grow up?
Venus Theater director Deb Randall said, “When I read Alyson’s script I was struck initially by the reverse role play between mother and daughter. The assumed conservative/liberal flip of the generations was delightful to read. As we work the play we are constantly challenged to explore what it means to truly be maternal, and whether it’s possible to actually walk away from our own personal history.
This is a play that insists on coloring outside of the lines. Staging it is akin to hanging out with the bad kids smoking under the bleachers in high school. It feels irreverent and, in that spirit, boldly flips the bird to what middle age means to women in this culture. I think I’m in love.”
Punk Rock Mom's domestic explosion of punk rock music and rebellious bliss reaches new levels when a conservative daughter decides to have a child on purpose. Playwright Alyson Mead said, "I was fascinated by the invisible battle lines that get drawn between generations, particularly between mothers and daughters. Combine a role model who's never had boundaries with a kid who wants nothing but, throw in a little sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, and fire up the blender. In my career, I've had the pleasure of working with actors from Susan Sarandon to this ensemble, and I'm thrilled that Deb and her talented cast at Venus are presenting my play's World Premiere."
A note from the folks at Venus Theatre: Punk Rock Mom by Alyson Mead is the second of four brand-new plays in the Venus Theatre 2012 Bold Hope Season. Each play offers a bit of hope or triumph. Venus tips her hat and continues to pay respect to those that were lost on C Street in the boating accident at Sandy Point in December. To the ones they left behind, we celebrate love and joyful life moments that are eternal and stronger than loss. Love wins. Always.
About the playright: Alyson Mead attended Boston College, the Slade School of Art in London, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked in publishing as an editor and ghostwriter, and in film development at New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures, Village Roadshow, and the Buena Vista Motion Picture Group. She has also produced a documentary on mandated medical care, featuring Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon. Her plays have been staged at Off-Off Broadway and regional theaters around the country.
Alyson's fiction, essays and articles have appeared in over thirty publications, including Salon, In These Times, Bitch, BUST, Whole Life Times, Punk Planet, MSN, The Sun, AOL's That's Fit, Tapestry, Stylus, Clackamas Literary Review, and the New York Daily News, among others. She has received the Columbine Award for Screenwriting, the Roy W. Dean Filmmaking Grant, and awards from Writer’s Digest and USA Book News.
Punk Rock Mom is suitable for adults only, and shows that the ferocity of parental love knows no bounds.
The production features: Deb Randall, Ann Fraistat, Alex Zavistovich, Chris Williams, and James Waters.
Box Office: 866.811.4111
Performances: May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, and 26 at 8pm May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 3pm The playwright will be in attendance Saturday, May 26th.
Just in from Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Jobs, internships, and more.
For the week beginning March 26th 2012:
Creative Alliance seeks Part Time Box Office Assistant
Previous Box Office experience preferred but not required
Wide Angle Youth Media announces Call for Submissions: 7th Annual Youth Media Festival
Submissions due April 15
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts announces Free “Money Matters” Morning Symposium
Friday, April 20, 9am - noon
CENTERSTAGE offering Executive Fellowship
Exposed to all aspects of the administrative side of the theater as well as the administrative interface with artistic and production
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra seeks Group Sales Assistant
Successful candidate will have previous phone sales, theater venue or other hospitality related experience
Soledad Salamé announces Solar Etching and Monoprint Workshops
For artists who have prior print knowledge
Good luck with your submissions and check back here often. It's looking like a very busy season is just beginning for folks looking to work in the arts in Baltimore.
GBCA was born out of a series of conversations between 1998 and 2001, when the cultural community identified a need for a more unified and connected arts and cultural sector. In December 2001, founder Nancy Haragan incorporated Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Nancy Haragan stepped down as director in December 2009. J. Buck Jabaily served as executive director from January 2010 to January 2012, when he was succeeded by Jeannie L. Howe.
Since its launch, GBCA has served as both a catalyst and an incubator for various programs and initiatives in the region. GBCA promotes within and for the cultural community with BatlimoreFunGuide.com, Weekly FunSaver Emails, JobsPlus, and our weekly community newsletter. GBCA has sponsored and co-sponsored bothy symposia and the annual Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting, and offered a number of community convenings. GBCA has helped coordinate sector-wide participation in ambitious citywide festivals, such as VIVAT! (2003), Tour de Clay (2005), Free Fall Baltimore (2006, 2007, 2008), and The Maps Festival (2008), and completed several important sector-wide studies, including a Collaborative Arts Marketing Study. Other significant initiatives were GBCA serving as licensee for the Maryland Cultural Data Project (2007-2011), hosting RadarRedux.com (2008-2011), the Wealth Analysis (2007), and since 2008, our ongoing administration of the Baker Artists Awards on behalf of the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. For more on current GBCA programs, click here.
Here's an important letter from the Peabody Institute via Margaret Bell.
Dear Fellow Baltimore-Area Arts Organizations:
As you know, this year the Peabody Institute will produce its first summer issue of Arts Alive. This is a reminder that we are currently looking for your performing arts events, from June 1 to Sept. 15, for inclusion in the Arts Alive.
The deadline for those submissions is Thursday, March 15. (If you need more time, please let me know.) These listings are free of charge. This third annual issue will be a stand-alone publication, distributed in the same quantities as the fall and spring Peabody Magazine inserts.
Peabody continues to work with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the BaltimoreFunGuide.com to provide a comprehensive listing of music, dance, and theatre events in the Baltimore/Washington region.
Concerts & Event Listings
Deadline for Event Information:
Thursday, March 15
Since your organization is located in Baltimore City or the five contiguous counties (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard) your event information will be pulled directly from the BaltimoreFunGuide.com.
Your events must be listed on this site to be included. Many of you are currently working with the GBCA and have a user name and password to enter events through the BaltimoreFunGuide Content Management tool, but if you do not, please contact GBCA at email@example.com or 410-230-0200 to learn more about accessing the system.
Arts Alive is a special tear-out section in Peabody Magazine published twice a year and a guide to arts around the region. Arts Alive is distributed free of charge to cultural institutions in Mount Vernon, Downtown Baltimore, the Baltimore Visitors Center, and DC. Please let me know if you’d like to receive copies at your venue.
Advertising Information – Deadlines for Advertising
Space reservation, March 31; Art due April 5
The Gazelle Group, Inc. is the advertising representative for the Peabody Magazine and Arts Alive. The Gazelle Group currently represents the Johns Hopkins Gazette and other local publications. Questions regarding advertising should be directed to Julie Wittelsberger at the Gazelle Group, Inc., (443) 275-2687 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Iron Crow Theatre presents the Baltimore Premiere of Canadian playwright, Daniel MacIvor's The Soldier Dreams at Theatre Project.
Directed by Steven J. Satta-Fleming, The Soldier Dreams features Marsha Becker, Rich Buchanan, Joseph Ritsch, Karin Crighton, Alec Weinberg, Steve Sawicki, Sarah Lynn Taylor and Paul Wissman.
"Daniel MacIvor's writing is spare and elegant, yet rich with powerful poetic images. His sharp observations and wicked sense of humor keep this play earthy, accessible and extremely entertaining. We recognize ourselves in his flawed, jagged characters, who, ultimately, arrive at a kind of rough, believable nobility we can admire," said Director Satta.
The Soldier Dreams is the wickedly funny and deeply moving story of the exuberant and charismatic David. When David falls ill, his family invades the home he shares with his partner Richard. While in a coma, David dreams of his secret life, while family dynamics shift and tilt in surprising ways.
Playwright Daniel MacIvor creates a family portrait that examines the effect of death on the living, while paying homage to the loved ones who have left us.
Two of the actors in The Soldier Dreams offer some wonderful insight:
The actor portraying Richard, who is dealing with the the inevitable death of his lover, Joseph Ritsch commented, "The writing in the play is so beautifully simple that it forces the performances to be painfully complex. As an actor in the world of this play, every choice is magnified. There is nothing to hide behind in the text. The challenge as an actor with this play is to trust the text, speak it's simple truths while simultaneously creating a vast emotional journey underneath."
Paul Wissman who plays David shares, "I love these characters. The first time I read through the script, I thought so much was going on under the surface that I wasn't sure what had happened. It's challenging and fun to find out what's behind the dialogue."
Daniel MacIvor's plays have been labeled everything from postmodern to meta theatrical, but these are cold terms that do nothing to capture the warm, accessible soul of a writer whose honesty and compassion for both audiences and his characters is at the heart of all his work, including 'The Soldier Dreams'. —Variety
The Soldier Dreams is presented by special arrangement with International Creative Management (ICM).
April 7 - 21
Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
Sunday, April 15 @ 7pm
General ~ $15
Students/Seniors/Artists/Military ~ $10
Box Office: 410-752-8558
45 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Click here for tickets – after you see the production, send me your review. I'll publish it.
The title of this wonderful play—to be presented in April—is The Drowsy Chaperone. It was written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
The show was launched in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway on May 1 2006. The show won two Tony Awards, Best Book and Best Score. The concept began as a spoof of old musicals written by friends for the wedding of Bob Martin and his wife, Janet as a wedding gift for . The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, London, and Japan, as well as two North American tours.
Here's the story:
The Johns Hopkins University Barnstormers are performing the hilarious musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone.
A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, The Drowsy Chaperone boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you've ever found yourself sitting in a dark theatre and thought, "Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good," this is the show for you!
It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays her favorite cast album on her turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in her living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.
The Barnstormers are working with director Jayme Kilburn of Baltimore and music director Rodney Long of Silver Springs on this production.
Thursday, April 5th at 8p.m.
Saturday, April 7th at 3p.m. and 8p.m.
Friday, April 13th at 8p.m.
Saturday, April 14th at 8p.m.
Sunday, April 15th at 3p.m.
To reserve tickets, visit thejhubarnstormers.org
College students - $5
General admission - $10
All performances will take place in the Swirnow Theater in the Mattin Center on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, located on North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.
About the Barnstormers:
The JHU Barnstormers, originally chartered in 1919, are the University's oldest and largest theatrical troupe on campus. They are organized entirely by students and perform published plays and musicals of all genres. Of the six shows they produce each year, they invite professional directors to direct two "mainstage" shows including the fall drama as well as the spring musical.
I say this to you: Go. See. Enjoy. Laugh and tap your feet.
It's not a prediction; it's a fact. I don't even have to verify this with my favorite weather-guru, Justin Berk.
Coastal Disturbances will be with us in Baltimore through March 4th. And, I know you'll enjoy watching the Baltimore premiere.
For the first time in Baltimore, Tina Howe brings us this beautiful story that examines love from all sides, amid the ebb and flow of summer life in a private New England beach, swirling around a mishmash of quirky characters. Garnering a Tony Award Nomination for Best Play when it premiered in 1987, Coastal Disturbances is a slice of Chekhov with a healthy dash of Ionesco's absurdism. Howe's beloved tone shines in this sensuous comedy.
The New York Times' Frank Rich wrote:
The people in Coastal Disturbances, four generations of vacationers on a private Massachusetts beach, are always welling up with love, lust or anger whenever one least expects. As written by Ms. Howe…the emotional cloudbursts, no less than the meteorological, can take the breath away.
When Coastal Disturbances premiered on Broadway it received good recognition:
1987 Tony Award Best Play
Written by Tina Howe; Produced by Circle in the Square (Theodore Mann: Artistic Director; Paul Libin: Producing Director) [nominee]
1987 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play
Annette Bening [nominee]
1987 Tony Award Best Direction of a Play
Carole Rothman [nominee]
1987 Theatre World Award
Annette Bening [winner]
Timothy Daly [winner]
1987 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play
Carole Rothman [nominee]
1987 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lighting Design
Lighting Design by Dennis Parichy [nominee]
Fells Point Corner Theatre
251 South Ann Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
See the show times and get your tickets here - this show may well be a sell out.
Notes: Coastal Disturbances has some strong language and mild adult content and may not be suitable for all children. Coastal Disturbances will be performed in FPCT's upstairs, Sokal Stage and is not handicap accessible.
The Center for International Theatre Develoment
Wed February 22 - Sun February 26
Elena Gremina is one of Russia’s most important playwrights. This play has been hailed by many as a unique new direction in Russian playwriting because it takes a difficult ongoing subject and does not disguise the names of real people involved. While pressure was put on the theatre not to stage this play, they didn’t back down - and so far it has run for several months without any negative consequences to those involved.
One Hour Eighteen (1:18) is an important play. It's so important that it is being mounted at Baltimore's Theatre Project and the tickets are free. The theatre will just pass a hat following the performances.
In January 2009, Sergei Magnitsky, a young Russian tax lawyer was arrested and imprisoned without trial on charges of tax fraud - Eleven months later, he was dead.
1:18 tells the true story of a senseless tragedy, a series of small steps taken by ordinary people in a corrupt, crumbling justice system.
In 2011, New York Times journalist Ellen Barry won a Pulitzer Prize for her detailed coverage of this case, which exposed the flagrant violations of human rights that continue on in Russia.
1:18 uses court transcripts, interviews, Magnitsky's own letters from prison, and fictional accounts that piece together what might have happened.
"It’s about normal people taking small steps that somehow lead to somebody dying. Each one of us can become the vessel for something really horrible." -- 1:18 director Yury Urnov
1:18 by Elena Gremina
Translated by Yury Urnov and Stephen Nunns
Directed by Yury Urnov
Post-show discussion panel following each performance: