Thursday, February 25, 2010

Local Dance Makers Series Seeking Submissions

Effervescent Collective, a local dance-making organization, is inviting all Baltimore City choreographers to audition their work for the local dance-makers series, “Load of Dance,” running April 17th, 24th, and May 1st at Load of Fun/Theater.

They are interested in work that moves beyond the stage and takes advantage of their unique warehouse space at Load of Fun/Theater. They are giving priority to work that would otherwise have no appropriate outlet. They are also interested in presenting screendance/videodance projects. If you are interested in having your work shown as part of this series, please contact Lily at Let them know the working title of your work, your set and sounds needs, the number of dancers involved, and a brief explanation of your piece.

For more information on Effervescent Collective mission and past projects, please visit out website

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals
Submit now: entry deadline March 20, 2010

Calling all artists and activists! We want your signs, banners, emblems, pennants, flags, sandwich boards, or protest posters. You can even picket or perform! Amplify your voice. This salon style exhibition will be on display at the Whole Gallery in May 2010.

Submit your work to

Ehse on Ice @ the Patterson Park Ice Rink

Come celebrate winter style at the Patterson Park Ice Rink
Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro Skating Rink, 200 South Linwood Ave in Patterson Park, Baltimore MD 21224
Friday Feb 26th, 9:30 pm (sharp) to 12:30 am.

Performances by:
Needle Gun
Secret Secrets (Melissa Moore and Shana Palmer)
Sky Crab (Gerry Mak, Nick Becker, Jake Freeman, and Patrick Baron)
Nicolette Le Faye

Plus special Emcees, Martin and Lawrence (aka, Ric Royer and Lexie Mountain)

And refreshments by Taco Style

$5 door; $2 skate rental

Husbands @ the Charles Theatre

The Charles will screen John Cassavetes' praised and reviled HUSBANDS three times this week in the Revival time slots.

Saturday, February 27 at Noon
Monday, March 1 at 7pm
Thursday, March 4 at 9pm

1970 John Cassavetes. Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes. Restored version.

"...this formally radical, deeply personal work still packs plenty of surprises.
The story centers on three longtime friends, neighbors on Long Island and fellow-commuters—Gus, Archie, and Harry —whose buddy Stuart has died suddenly. After the funeral, they go on a two-day bender. Returning home, Harry has a violent row with his wife and his mother-in-law and decides to fly off to London that day. Fearing for Harry’s well-being, Archie and Gus accompany him. Once there, the three go to a casino and end up bringing women back to their hotel rooms. The drama turns on a simple question: whether any of them will go home." (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)

"A master at the top of his groundbreaking form.
Never before had Cassavetes been this powerful and personal." (Rolling Stone)

"HUSBANDS is an important and great film!"
(Time Magazine)

"Sigmund Freud himself could not have done the job more efficiently. It's a film that - like much of Cassavetes' work - is excessively boring, hard to follow, and extraordinarily illuminating about masculinity and its incorrigible delusions." (The Guardian)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Date for The Earth Is Flat @ Park School

Featuring: Chris Jordan, Lynn Geesaman, Ken Hale, Jessie Lehson, Jackson Martin, Trace Miller, Ellen Lupton & Abbott Miller, Lawrence McFarland, Paul Rutkovsky, Rachel Sitkin and Shannon Young

Richman Gallery 
Park School

February 11 - March 31
Artists' Reception Thursday, February 25th 6 - 7:30 pm

Friday, February 19, 2010


Brown Center’s Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Thursday, February 25 at 7pm

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) hosts Faythe Levine, co-author of Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design, to present a free screening of the 2009 documentary film of the same name and discuss the contemporary craft movement with the audience. Dubbed “the ambassador of handmade” by the New York Times, Levine in 2004 founded Art vs. Craft, Milwaukee’s independent craft fair. She is co-owner and curator of Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery in Milwaukee.

About the film: In 2006, Levine traveled to 15 cities and interviewed 80 artists and designers to capture the virtually tight-knit community that exists through Web sites, blogs and online stores and connects to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries and craft fairs. Interviews were also conducted in artists’ studios and homes of the featured makers.

This screening and talk is in conjunction with the Warren Seelig: Textile per se exhibition on view at MICA. For a sneak peek of Handmade Nation, visit

MICA’s galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Forum of 40 Champions @ Minstallation Gallery

Forum of 40 Champions
Minstallation Gallery
Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD
Opening Reception: Friday, February 26, 5-9pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 10, 5-7pm
February 27 – April 10, 2010

Forty champions, each possessing a special power, have been invited to create a warrior to enter the Minstallation Gallery and face the special powers of their peers.

Seth Adelsberger - Christine Bailey - Kelley Bell - John Bohl - Dustin Carlson – Dearraindrop - T. W. Dixon - Lara Emerling - Michael Farley - Taylor Fischer - Dennis Garcia - Zak Greene - Sam Christian Holmes - Dina Kelberman - Lisa Krause - Stefani Levin - April Danielle Lewis - Andrew Liang - Sebastian Martorana - Mayplez - D. Neal McDonald - Jason Q. Monberg - Michael Moore – motorbus - Lexie Mountain - Katrina Novarra - Hermonie Only - Audrey Lea Collins Petrich - David Purcell - Ric Royer - Chuck Sehman - Emily Slaughter - Nolen Strals - Antoinette Suiter - Virginia Warwick - Erin Womack - Karen Yasinsky - Andrew Yff - Ming-Yi Sung Zaleski

Curated by Gary Kachadourian
Installation and Logo Design by Eamon Espey
Sound by Witch Hat

Magic Eye presents Baltimore filmmakers @ the Charles Theatre

Monday, February 22, 2010
The Charles Theater

Magic Eye is proud to present a night of short films and videos created by Baltimore artists. This group features work by Kari Altmann, Kristen Anchor, Mark Brown, Lauren Friedman, Jenny Graf, Clarissa Gregory, Justin Kelly, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Catherine Pancake, Jimmy Joe Roche, Paul Sharitis, Stan Vanderbeek, Fred Worden and Karen Yasinsky.

The films, dating from the early 60s to contemporary work, range from experimental narrative to animation, music videos and performance documentation.

In celebration and remembrance, Magic Eye will screen Paul Sharits’ T,O,U,C,H,I,N.G (1968) featuring the Baltimore poet David Franks.

This installment of Magic Eye is programmed by Matt Porterfield.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Photos from the Opening of New Painthings @ Nudashank

Tatiana Berg and friend

Ted Gahl

Scott, Jaime and Russell

Jimmy Joe Roche

Kendall and Seth

The bad cat.


Max and Alex

American Graffiti @ the Charles Theatre

AMERICAN GRAFFITI plays twice this week at the Charles. There will be no Monday show.

Show Times:

1973 George Lucas. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack, Bo Hopkins, Harrison Ford, Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., Joe Spano, Suzanne Somers. 112m. Technicolor.

"The Charles Theatre revival series this week offers its loyal but frigid audiences the closest they can come right now to Grade A cinematic comfort food: George Lucas' 'American Graffiti.'

George Lucas' memories of growing up with carhops, cruising, hot rods and hoods produced a film 37 years ago that sent the whole country into an early-1960s flashback. Its in-and-out, vignette style, and its nonstop rock-oldies soundtrack, quickly became standard issue for teen movies. Some of Lucas's characters - the nerd (Charlie Martin Smith), the deceptively 'dumb' blonde (Candy Clark), the hot-rodder (Paul Le Mat) - were stock figures even in 1962, the year in which the story takes place. But Lucas reanimates the cliches, using them to externalize and flesh out the cruising mind-set of his teen era. He gets at the archetypal bonds and tensions between eternal high school types like the brainy semi-outsider ( Richard Dreyfuss) and the sharp yet inertia-prone class prez ('Ronny' Howard). And the rock-and-roll moviemaking rhythms give 'Graffiti' a souped-up engine all its own. This 1973 movie recaptured the idea of teen years being fun - a notion that has since gotten way out of hand.

The uncanny casting, including Harrison Ford as Paul Le Mat's nemesis and Suzanne Somers as Dreyfuss' dream girl, doubly ensures this film's place in history. By now, it too is a nostalgic memory - not just for the supposedly innocent time of 1962, but for the seat-of-the-pants innovations of early-1970s moviemaking. The Dolby Digital prints allow you to appreciate how Walter Murch's sound montages woke a generation on the rise to the power of the soundtrack. He uses classic rock 'n' roll in ways it had never been used before. It becomes the natural sound of a small-town California night - more natural than crickets or coyotes. Murch and Lucas don't just exploit rock to set a mood; they use it to fix the movie's meanings in a viewer's mind, like a Greek chorus with a beat. At times, the sound alone makes us feel as if we're in the middle of a giant, rainbow-colored jukebox.

But the filmmakers also know how to blow away that aural mist to exploit silence and sound effects - usually in places where conventional movies would use a musical score to pound home emotional tension or crises in the plot. When Dreyfuss has to sneak a hook onto the undercarriage of a police car in order to prove himself to a gang known as the Pharoahs, the rock 'n' roll subsides. All you hear is the nerve-rattling sound of an approaching train. A year before, the sound of an unseen train had worked for Michael Corleone's murder of a rival mobster and a crooked cop in 'The Godfather.' In a different manner and context, it works just as brilliantly here.

Cinematographer Haskell Wexler has said that 'what was groundbreaking' for him was that 'we were able to use documentary techniques, we were able to use smaller equipment, we were able to work in a simpler way and still have what ultimately was on the screen be interesting and good.' These days, Lucas is known for digital wizardry. He did some latter-day digital touch-ups on 'American Graffiti,' too. But what makes this movie click was the edge the actors got from knowing that Lucas was seizing on their most spontaneous reactions - including their stumbles and 'mistakes.'" (Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun)

"A brilliant work of popular art" (Dave Kehr)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Last Picture Show (try number two) @ the Charles Theatre

Due to the weather of the past week THE LAST PICTURE SHOW will be shown at the Charles again next week.

Saturday, February 20 at Noon
Monday, February 22 at 7PM
Thursday, February 25 at 9PM

Friday, February 12, 2010

Three openings @ the H & H tonight

Friday, February 12, 7 -11 PM

Gallery 4
Terms of Use
February 12 - March 27
Colin Benjamin
Benjamin Kelley
David More
Mats Silversten

Gallery Four, an independent exhibition space in Downtown Baltimore will feature sculpture, installation, and works on paper by four artists from Norway, Chicago, and Baltimore. Terms of Use surveys our relationships to materiality and technology through naturalist meddling, sci fi curiosity, and salty humor.

New Paintings: Ted Ghal/Tatiana Berg
February 12 - March 12

Ted Gahl is a painter based in Providence, RI, on the verge of finishing his MFA at RISD. His work was recently featured in Postcards from the Edge @ Zieher Smith, NYC, Not Abstract1 @ Parker's Box, Brooklyn, and the publication MFA Now: The Next Generation of Painting.

Tatiana Berg is an artist based in NYC and recently received her BFA from RISD. She recently was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.

The Whole Gallery
Animal Attraction
Lizzy Brooks, Eo Ryoung Choi, Jennifer Coster, Karla Cott, Ian Gibson, Ginny Huo, Shai Ivgi, Sarah Jacobs, Joshua Lefchick, John McNeil, Katie Miller, Michel Modell, Kendall Siedlecki, Ryan Smith, Ye Jin Song, Ryan Soper, Chaney Trotter, Virginia Wagner, Eli Walker, Micah Walter

Animals have been pervasive in art-making since the dawn of time and continue to be so. The exhibition focuses on the ways in which contemporary artists deal with the subject of animals in the metaphorical and spiritual ways. As the 'lolcat' became the official mascot for the Internet over the past decade, new fetished of role-play have emerged in the form of consumed Furries. Playful horses and deer remind us of our fondness for kitsch. But, what does the animal represent as a totemic icon and a force of nature? In the wake of Modernism, artists have been open to explore the animal as a figurative and narrative device. Our fascination with animals transcends, fantasy and mysticism, enforces our nostalgia for the Trapper-Keeper generation and provides an opportunity to think abstractly about current trends.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fluorescent Brown: A Salon @ Open Space

Fluorescent Brown: A Salon
Open Space
February 12 - March 5
Opening Reception: Friday, February 12, 7pm - 10pm

Featuring the work of Sheena Gabrielli, Sydney Howells, Mark Mahosky, and Mike Shoudt.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Last Picture Show @ the Charles Theatre

The revival this week is the Last Picture Show.


1971 Peter Bogdanovich. Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, 126m. (Director's Cut). bw. Written by Larry McMurtry.

"Peter Bogdanovich followed the route of the French New Wave filmmakers when he left criticism to make this 1971 feature, and like many of their films, it's an intimate psychological story laced with references to Hollywood movies. The setting is a small, stagnant Texas town of the 1950s; everybody's moving away, and even the movie theater is ready to close (the last picture show is Howard Hawks's Red River, apparently programmed by the Texas correspondent of Cahiers du Cinema). The few people who remain spend their time carrying on sordid affairs and eulogizing the vanishing west...Bogdanovich knows how to cast actors and highlight character turns (both Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman won Oscars). The handsome black-and-white photography is by Robert Surtees." (Dave Kehr)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Earth Is Flat and Other Truths About the Environment @ Park School

Chris Jordan, Lynn Geesamen, Ken Hale, Jessie Lehson, Jackson Martin, Trace Miller, Ellen Lupton & Abott Miller, Lawrence McFarland, Paul Rutovsky, Rachel Sitkin, Shannon Young

Richman Gallery at the Park School 
 February 11- March 31, 2010.  
Please join us for the Artist's Reception, Thursday February 18th from 6 - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

PARTS&LABOR opens @ the Annex Theatre and Gallery

The Annex Theatre and Gallery
419 E. Oliver St. Unit 2W
February 6 - March 6 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6 at 7 pm

PARTS&LABOR is the debut visual/performing arts show at the Annex Theater. We are opening our interpretation of a "white cube" gallery in the established non-profit performing arts space with grants from STEW and The Baltimore Community Foundation. Artists were asked to respond to the concept of "Labor." The call was met with entries addressing capitalism, commuting, artistic process, workers' rights, childbirth, and light-hearted kvetching about the day jobs one ends up working with a BFA. Participating visual artists/collectives include:


The reception will begin at 7 PM on Saturday, February 6th followed by a video screening by Robby Rackleff and a 16mm film screening by Gina Carducci and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (Author: That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, Nobody Passes, and So Many Ways to Sleep Badly). The screenings will be followed by live perfomances by the curator (Michael Farley), Lexie Macchi, Anna Jilongco, Valeska Populoh, Maggie Burke, Jane Vincent, Elizabeth Thamm (of Club Lyfestile), La Hostess (Laure Drogoul and Paul Baroody) and Copycat Theater members Pilar Díaz with Monica Mirabile, Hoesy Corona with Alex D'Agostino, Sam Shea, and Person.

The closing reception will be held at 7PM on Saturday, March 6th with performances TBA.

Losing Yourself in the 21st Century @ MAP

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore
February 4 – March 27, 2010
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Artists and Curators: Thursday, February 4, 5 - 8 pm
4:00 pm LY Artists and Curators Present the Project

March 6: Contemporary Art and the Internet, 2:00-5:00 pm
Stacia Yeapanis Talk | Copyright Workshop with Maryland Lawyers for the Arts

March 18: Susan Lee-Chun Artist Talk and Public Art Demonstration, 6:00-8:00 pm

June 23: Lee-Chun’s public performance of Let’s Suzer-cise! in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Featured artists:
Katherine Behar, New York | Amber Boardman, New York | Milana Braslavsky, Baltimore | Kate Hers, Berlin/LA | Susan Lee-Chun, Miami | Noelle Mason, Tampa | Shana Moulton, Brooklyn | Renetta Sitoy, Bay Area, CA | Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Baltimore | Amber Hawk Swanson, New York | Stacia Yeapanis, Chicago |Saya Woolfalk, New York

LOSING YOURSELF IN THE 21ST CENTURY is a unique online curatorial project to be presented in a gallery exhibition and a series of public events at Maryland Art Place from February 4 to March 27, 2010. The exhibition features new work by young U.S. based women artists working in interactive and performative media to explore the idea of “self” in the 21st century. Their projects reveal how new media, information systems and consumer culture encourage personal expression at the same time they diffuse our sense of self and control our behavior. The artists alternately embrace, critique and transcend contemporary female identity.

Collaborative curators Cathy Byrd, Executive Director, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore; Susan Richmond, Contemporary Art Historian, Georgia State University Welch School of Art and Design; and Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate in Women’s Studies, Rutgers University, developed the project and selected participating artists through the site A virtual exhibition and curatorial essays will be posted online in February 2010.

LOSING YOURSELF IN THE 21ST CENTURY is premised on the notion that contemporary media, information systems and consumer culture foster flexible and diverse notions of self and community while simultaneously, and increasingly, regulating new spheres of personal life and conduct. By producing spaces in which individualism and personal choices are simultaneously encouraged and curtailed, this network of cultural discourse blurs traditional distinctions between private and public, self-empowerment and self-surveillance, consumerism and activism. The exhibition examines this phenomenon through the perspective of emerging women artists.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Putty Hill Preview and Benefit Tonight @ the Charles Theatre

Come by the Charles at 9PM tonight (Monday, February 1) for a sneak peek at Putty Hill.

They are raising money to fund the completion of Matt Porterfield's new film, PUTTY HILL, which is having its world premiere at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival!

The first 30 minutes of the film will be shown and never before seen behind-the-scenes footage from the production, shot by MICA junior Isaac Diebboll. The evening will be introduced by Maryland Film Festival Programmer Eric Hatch, and followed by a Q&A. There will be a merchandise table full of generously donated items from local businesses and artists available for purchase - books, records (the whole Wildfire Wildfire catalog), original artwork, gift certificates (including a 7-course dinner for 4 at The Chameleon Café), movie rentals, coffee, posters, etc... ALL of the proceeds will go towards the funding of the film. Admission is $5.

So come with your cash, come with your friends, and come support a great local independent film!

To learn more about the film, visit:
To donate online, visit: