Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Photos From American University's MFA Thesis Show

Nikki Painter
American University's second year MFA students are currently exhibiting their thesis work at the Katzen Art Center's Museum. Check out the work of Bonner Sale, Nikki Painter, Lana Stephens, Zac Willis, Joshua Baptista, Allison Reimus, Kate Sable, Kate Gartrel, Igor Pasternak, and Erin Raedeke on view through May 17.

Bonner Sale, above and two below

Zac Willis' photo installation

Nikki Painter, above and two below

Igor Pasternak

Josh Baptista, above and below

Igor Paternak

Allison Reimus

Josh Baptista

Kate Sable

Allison Reimus

Winston Sale looking at his brother's work

Bonner Sale

Lana Stephens

Kate Gartrell

Zac and Bonner


Photo and more from Wrath of Khan

This weekend the Annex Theatre, under the direction of Michael Farley and Ryan Mitchell, presented Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan (the play). Taken from the small screen to the big screen and now to the stage, the Wrath of Khan featured high energy performances and imaginative sets. The Wrath of Khan tells the story of the USS Reliant searching for a dead planet for Project Genesis, this enables Khan to escape from a 15 year exile to seek revenge on Kirk.

Evan Moritz gave a stellar performance as Admiral James "Jim" T. Kirk. While giving nods to the original Kirk played by William Shatner, he still was able to perform as a character and not a caricature. Kaitlin Murphy played a passionate Khan set on revenge. The Khan clan looked as if they might have wandered off the set of Waterworld, but fashion is difficult to keep up with while being banished on Centi Alpha V. Tim Paggi as Kirk's illegitimate blond haired son added an extra element of humor as well as showing how bratty a scientist can be. Typecasting was apparent, though it seemed to add to the play with easily recognizable characters. The use of viewscreens and sliding doors really brought familiar elements of Star Trek to life.

Sets were true to the campiness of the movie. Using puppetry and special effects, we were really transported where no man had gone before. Stand out scenes took place in the elevator where Kirk first tries to put the moves on Lt. Commander Saavik, gets interrupted by Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, and finally has trouble communicating with Dr Carol Marcus through a viewscreen. The play ends on a somber note as Captain Spock sacrifices his own life to save the crew of the Enterprise with one last unexpected and tender moment with Kirk.

Final two Everyone an Artist? Events

Reception: Thursday May, 7, 6 - 8pm
April 30 - May 7
The Gallery at CCBC Cantonsville

Best Drawing
Reception: Friday, May 8, 5:30 - 7:30pm
April 13 - May 8
Towson University's Center for the Arts (3rd Floor)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Maestro Sensation Presents: MS3 The Resurrection! THIS WEEKEND!

Please join us this weekend for the third installment of the Maestro Sensational trilogy!!! Heartstrings will be tugged, demons will be purged, and inner lights will be lit -- all in one action-packed hour and a half of puppets and music!

Witness the rebirth of vaudeville with host and giant-sock extraordinaire Maestro Sensational and his loyal ragtag gang of Sockophants! Your charming host will present a veritable uprising of comic bits and slapstick revival. See him unveil the talents of Baltimore's paradigms of puppetry! Enliven your heart with the toe-tapping tunes of host-band Walker and Jay!

Guest performers include Owen Brightman, Kevin Sherry (of Squidfire fame), April Wood, Justin Lucas, and Black Cherry Puppet Theater's own Michael Lamason.

By popular demand, we have added a Friday evening show (three shows total) and are offering advanced ticket purchase through
The Dates and Times and Prices:
Friday, May 1st - doors at 8, show at 8:30
Saturday, May 2nd - doors at 8, show at 8:30
Saturday, May 2nd - doors at 10, show at 10:30

Tickets are $5, with an additional $1.12 charge online.
Shows will start promptly!!!

To Purchase advanced tickets, click here:

The shows all happen at:
Black Cherry Puppet Theater
1115 Hollins St.
Baltimore, MD 21223

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Emily C-D: New Collages @ Shine May 1

May 1st from 6-9pm, Emily C-D is showing new artwork at
SHINE in Hampden, located at 1007A w.36th St.

"PAPELES POR MIS OJOS is a series of collages created from paper
materials mostly collected in Mexico that Emily made in response to
her brief but intense journey there during the Day of the Dead
celebration last year. The series is also inspired by her work
teaching art to Latino students in the Mi Espacio program in East
Baltimore and considering the challenges they face as teenagers who
live lives split between two cultures."

Art @ The Hexagon May 1

The Hexagon presents Meet the Members, an annual member art exhibition featuring work by Josh Atkins, Krista Faist, Andrew Geddes, Alex Ghinger, Carlos Guillen, Anna Jiongco, Torin Nash, Phuong Pham, Miguel Sabogal, Rick Weaver, and Marty Weishaar.
On view at The Hexagon Gallery from May 1 to May 29, 2009.
Opening reception May 1, 6:30 PM to 8 PM, followed by homemade dance music event. Light refreshments, all ages.
The HexagonCommunity-run Gallery and Performance Space
1825 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Gallery Hours: by appointment and during performances. Performance times available at arrange appointment and for gallery inquiries, please contact

Reverse Ark Open Call for Workshop Proposals


The Contemporary Museum

100 W. Centre Street

Most Saturday Afternoons Through August

In the tradition of free schools and with a shared curiosity aboutlearning, join us Saturday afternoons this summer for free workshops,readings, and film screenings as we explore some of the ideassurrounding the exhibition "The Reverse Ark". Workshops will investigate a range of topics such as interdependence, post-industrialproduction, storytelling, and community, as they pertain to practicesas diverse as art, science, and public policy.

The Reverse Ark School house seeks to use the framework created by the Futurefarmers to generate dialogue in an art environment that is socially, politically,and environmentally relevant.


The Reverse Ark Schoolhouse is currently accepting proposals forworkshops or events to make up our curriculum For more information,e-mail, or visit their blog,

UPCOMING Saturday, May, 2nd 2–4pm2059: A Time Capsule WorkshopCome to the Contemporary to work on a time capsule! Daniel Allende andthe Contemporary Museum invite everyone to bring small personaleffects, souvenirs and messages to be sealed away for 50 years.Bringing something is encouraged but not necessary.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Buffalo Bill and the Indians @ the Charles Theatre this week


1976 Robert Altman. Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Burt Lancaster, Shelley Duvall, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel, Allan F. Nicholls, Geraldine Chaplin, John Considine, Robert DoQui, Bert Remsen. 123m.

Paul Newman's larger-than-life performance is the surprise at the center of Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, another of his provocative and largely undiscovered black comedies. Altman's clever casting of the revered actor as the eponymous Wild West charlatan turned the part into a scathing meditation on contemporary celebrity, and Newman gamely played along. Eschewing his card-calling likeability, Newman portrays William Cody as a faker, a racist, and a charming but vainglorious fool in some of the most honest and underrated work of his career. The film is packed with great performances, among them a rueful Burt Lancaster as Ned Buntline, dime novelist and chief engineer of Cody's legend, and a hilariously meek Harvey Keitel. Long before Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven mined the same territory, Buffalo Bill cast a cold eye on the lies history tells about the great frontier.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Midnight Movie @ the Charles Theatre this Friday! They Live!

Friday April 24th at Midnight.
Charles Theatre
They Live.
Directed by John Carpenter.

Star Trek Wrath of Khan the play @ Annex Theatre

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
Doors: 7:30pm
Show 8pm sharp.

The Annex, Baltimore.

419 E. Oliver St.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Off the Wall Opens @ The Whole Gallery

Spider and web by Freda Mohr, Pink tentacle by Christina Martinelli
Off the Wall, a group show of installation work rooted to the floor or suspended from the ceiling, opened at the Whole Gallery this weekend. Curated by Emily C-D, the show features 19 artists working with plastics, fabrics, fibers, bones, feathers and roller skates, filling the entire gallery and overflowing out the windows to the sub-roof below. Decidedly interactive, the opening included performance, crafting, and lounging in Alzaruba's cave-like plastic installation, complete with couches and chairs. While the opening was the main event, the exhibition will be on view through May 17. For more information, visit the new Whole Gallery blog!
Sarah Matson

Dino by Annie Gray, geodesic domes by Liz Zacharia

Jill Greenberg

Jen Kirby, above and below

Ellen Nielsen's points, Liz Ensz's roller skate parachutes

Caitlin Murphy

John Bohl and Sarah Matson

Alzaruba's plastic in the background

Elisa Urtiaga performing

Edward Knapp's tree with skull, Gina Denton's felt blob

Alzaruba's installation

Me with plastic in my face

Seth with plastic in his face

Someone trying to escape the plastic

Joe Giordano!

Melissa Webb's outdoor installation

Dixie and Rusty