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Learn the basic skills of Improvisational Theater from Michael Harris, the Artistic Director of Baltimore Improv Group, including universal skills of listening, agreement, immediacy…and fun! The focus of this class is to develop the confidence to step on stage without advance planning and to learn how to trust your scene partner and yourself. We will apply basic improvisation techniques to a style called Short Form.
LIFE ON THE LINE CAN TURN ON YOU
Internationally acclaimed artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno uses iridescent panels, spider webs, and inflatable orbs in three fascinating sculptures on view. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Entangled Orbits, transforms the East Lobby with clusters of iridescent-paneled modules held in place by strings reminiscent of a spider web. Appearing somewhat like bubbles, these spherical modules evoke the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities,” which look to naturally occurring forms for inspiration and might provide environments for future human habitation.
For 40 years, Al Loving experimented with materials and process to expand the definition of modern painting, drawing on everything from free jazz to his family’s quilting tradition. In the 1980s, Loving broke free of the flat image, using heavy rag paper to make three dimensional collages in brilliant colors. Spiral Play features 12 of these collages, some of them monumental in scale. The work is radical, beautiful, and deeply human. In the artist’s words, “I chose the spiral as a symbol of life’s continuity. It became an overall wish for everyone.”
Los Angeles-based artist and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby will debut a suite of new paintings that draw upon her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States, maintaining ties to her family in Nigeria, and building relationships in America. Layers of paint, fabric, and photographic transfers not only energize the interiors and figures depicted in the artist’s works, but serve as a metaphor for the complex merging of relationships and cultural backgrounds that contribute to Akunyili Crosby’s sense of self.
The third iteration of the Commons Collaboration kicks off with an exciting project from Baltimore-based artist Phaan Howng in collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore. For this project, Howng creates an immersive environment with intense, unnatural colors inspired by toxic waste. Through her partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, Howng will highlight local environmental issues and create a space and suite of programs to raise awareness about Baltimore's waterways.
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For a limited time, take a special tour of the historic Peale Center, including vintage gas lights and our own “Magic Ring of Fire,” as demonstrated by Rembrandt Peale in 1816!
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are available 19 January – 7 March 2018:
Wednesdays and Fridays at noon and 5pm;
Sundays at 11am, noon, and 1pm.
The tours are free for GBCA members or with your donation to the Peale in any amount. Reservations are required using the form below. Don’t see a date you are available? Contact us to arrange another time.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team. With “THIS THING CALLED LOVE”, married musical partners, Comstock and Fasano, revel in the many sides of romance – the joys and complications, the agony and the ecstasy. “Exhilarating … a hotbed of pleasure!” raves The New York Times. The New York Observer adds, "The hip husband-and-wife team are holding court while their audiences hold hands.
Join us for a Valentine's Day evening with novelist Tayari Jones who will read and discuss her new book, An American Marriage, followed by a book signing and heart-themed refreshments. Wednesday, February 14, Central LIbrary, African American Department, 6:30 p.m.
In honor of Presidents Day, we invited Steve Ross, an American treasure to perform his most patriotic Cabaret, "C'MON AND HEAR!": An Irving Berlin Celebration."
"The best songs are stories, and the best singers storytellers. Great singers can make you care about what they're feeling. You have a sense of knowing them." - Steve Ross
Tonight is the second part of our series Nisa’a/Women: Muslim Cultural Identity-Six Women on Stage and in Conversation. Nisa’a celebrates the powerful artistry of women with roots in Muslim communities in the U.S. and around the world. During extended engagements in the city, these artists will perform and participate in conversations with students at Baltimore City schools and audiences at the Creative Alliance.
Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
Price // Dances in the Canebrakes
Prokofiev // Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major
Mussorgsky/Ravel // Pictures at an Exhibition
A history-making production of Othello in 1833 will shock London audiences and reverberate through history to influence theatre today. Red Velvet, by Lolita Chakrabarti, takes audiences backstage to witness the London debut of the trailblazing African-American actor Ira Aldridge as Shakespeare’s tragic Venetian general. He was the first man of color to play the role at an influential European theatre. Based on a true story, the play captures the emotion of the times and the drama both on stage and off surrounding this revolution in the theatre.
Ready to take the next step with your Encaustic painting skills? Kirsten Lapointe will demonstrate and guide participants on how to add objects and 3-D materials to their encaustic surfaces. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and create at least one painting to take home. Encaustic materials and some 3-D materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own add-on objects.
SAT FEB 17 | 10AM-1PM | $70, $55 MEMBERS
Creative Alliance presents
JUNIOR BACHATA & SALSA con Ms. Johana!
Special dance class for youth ages 8-15 years old. Colombian salsa and bachata instructor, Johana, brings a smile to your face and energy to your hips. Classes are fun and choreographed towards a public performance! Adult class follows at 11:30am-12:30pm.