Fri. Apr. 5
BY POPULAR DEMAND: Brandon Welch's "Welcome to Baltimore, Hon" & Niki Lee's "Here Lies Dorothy Parker" Responding to many requests we reprise some of our most popular performances as part of our series "By Popular Demand." Tonight we bring back two one-person shows in an evening of performance inextricably linked to Baltimore. A drug dealer, lover of hip-hop, and tolerant Mom are some of the characters that Brandon Welch lovingly crafts in his hilarious ode to Baltimore's characters. Fueled by a passionate obsession, Niki Lee evokes the life of writer and civil rights activist Dorothy Parker (whose ashes rest at the NAACP in Baltimore) in song and monologue. 8pm. $12, $8 mbrs. For adv. tkts. call 410-276-1651
Sat Apr 13
VELIKA PLESNA ZABAVA (Big Dance Party!) with SVIRAJ!
Last Fall's Velika Zabava (a Big Party for our Balkan neighbors and friends) was such a success, we've decided to bring Sviraj, the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Balkan dance band, to town for Velika Plesna Zabava (Big Dance Party.) "Sviraj" means "play" in Serbian and Croatian. On traditional instruments, this trio of ethnic Balkan musicians plays the swirling, intricate tamburitza music of their heritage with passion, fun, and astonishing musicianship. We'll begin with a dance lesson. "Sviraj plays the bejabbers out of Balkan and East European folk music," Philadelphia Inquirer. 8pm $12, $8 mbrs and Balkan language spkrs. For advance tkts. call 410/276-1651. Partially funded by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program supported by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; William Penn Fd; PA Council on the Arts, and Pew Charitable Trusts; administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Fd.
Tue Apr 16
WHISKEY, WINE & WILLS
In the spirit of an Irish wake, the Creative Alliance opens a few bottles of wine and talks about the overlooked but important issue of wills and testaments with Attorney (and erstwhile artist) Cynthia Sanders and Jim Astrachan of Astrachan, Gunst & Thomas. We'll go over the basics - and the latest - in estate law and taxes, the specifics of how to handle artwork, and provide resources. This program is dedicated to the memory of Mike McGovern and John Fonda - we miss you. 8pm. $5, $3 mbrs., or free with a bottle of wine to share.
Fri Apr 19
CAMM COLLEGE FILM/VIDEO BAKE OFF
A big ol' screening and party featuring the best in college film and video work. The CAmm Program Committee juries work from Baltimore campuses. The dramatic and the funny, documentary, narrative and experimental: all this diverse work has in common is the youth and energy of its makers. Come have a bit of Bake Off Cake and meet Baltimore's newest talent. Submission Deadline: Mar 25. See website creativealliance.org for details. $5, $3 w/ college ID, free to mbrs, 8pm
Thu Apr 25
WIDE ANGLE BENEFIT 7 YOUTH VIDEO SHOW
Share the fruits of the surging community media movement! Youth Entrepreneur Associates, fighting stereotypes of youths as hoodlums, show off their cafÈ, business plan and $35,000 in capital. See a teen made video poem, and hear two young artists, one from Dunbar, one from the School for the Arts, compare their visions of art education. 7:30pm $8, $6 mbrs. 18 & younger FREE!
Fri May 3
BELTANE V2.0: A Post-Digital Fertility Festival Welcome to May Day in cyber-space, complete with an electronic Maypole! Dyane Fancey hosts a herd of costumed celebrants in a polyglot observance of spring fertility traditions. Artists of all kinds are invited to stoke the fires of creativity and inspiration for another year. Lorraine Whittlesey opens with an invocation to the wind spirits on her Theremin, and triptastic neo-tribal music is provided by Joe Wall's Thrispis, a band of electronic improvisateurs. Floral/leafy/earthy costumes are encouraged! Creative improvisation and visionary street theater will be rewarded! 8pm. $7, $5 mbrs.
Fri May 10
BALTIMORE MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA'S ALL MOM'S CONCERT
Happy Mother's Day! Founded in 1925, the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra is a local treasure. With a world class collection of mandolins, mando cellos, mando bassos and other vintage instruments, the 28-member orchestra includes accomplished amateurs, members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a professional soprano, as well as local celebs Tony and Laura Norris, owners of Bertha's. This charming performance offers sweet, lyrical music, from classical to popular, selected especially for all those hard working, much loved mothers out there. 8pm. $8, $5 mbrs & mothers.
Fri May 17
BURNING MAN, WIGSTOCK AND MERMAID PARADE: DAN VAN ALLEN CHRONICLES
25,000 people gather in the desert to celebrate outrageous costumes, spontaneous performance, and the burning of a massive sculpture. Men in drag take over the streets of New York. A parade of mermaids works its way through the crowds along the Coney Island boardwalk. Artist, Arabber preservationist and InterTribal PowWow founder Dan Van Allen leads a tour of some of our nation's great alternative festivals with slides from four years at the Burning Man festival and short highlights from NYC's Wigstock dragfest, and the Coney Island Mermaid parade. 8pm. $7, $5 mbrs. Proceeds benefit the Creative Alliance!
Fri May 24
TIGIST EJIGU - SOUNDS OF ETHIOPIA
With her 1997 album Ambassel, Ethiopian piano sensation Tigist Ejigu established herself as a force to reckoned with, refashioning traditional Ethiopian music for the piano. Ejigu will be joined by other stars of the local Ethiopian music scene. We'll also serve up fresh Ethiopian food to round out the evening. Brought to us by the local rockers at Baby Bunny Productions. 8pm. $8, $5 mbrs. Dinner sold separately.
Fri May 31
LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS
Known as the Creole Cowboy, Louisiana native Leroy Thomas is a throwback to the early days of zydeco - a master accordion player who can rock out zydeco's infectious two step but isn't afraid to slide into a slow, dreamy waltz. His performance at last years Fells Point Fun Festival was a blowout success so don't miss this rare Baltimore appearance. We've got the floor cleared so bring your dancing shoes. We'll begin with a lesson for beginners! 8pm lesson, 9pm dance. $10, $8 mbrs.