Works by contemporary artists, including Steven Pearson, art professor and chair of the art and art history department at McDaniel, and Reni Gower, retired professor in the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University, are showcased in this exhibition curated by Gower. Other artists with works showcased are Virginia artists Jorge Benitez, Jennifer Printz, Tanja Softić, and Joan Elliott. As well as Kristy Deetz and Al Denyer. According to Gower, these artists embrace repetition and ritual as mindful strategies to ascertain meaning.
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The Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space, 801 McCulloh Street, is now showing its latest exhibition, Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither. This collection spans from Dr. Gaither's personal mentors to Baltimore history and icons from the wider Maryland African American community. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public through February 28th, 2019. Gallery hours Thursday/ Friday 4pm-7pm; Saturday 12-6pm; Sunday 12-4pm. Call 410-728-6500 or email [email protected] to arrange group tours.
Join Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein as she explores the poems and travel writings of Melech Ravitch from his visit to China in 1935. Ravitch was one of Warsaw’s most influential literary figures in the interwar period. His vivid, sometimes disturbing writings helps readers experience his own wonder at the novelty of traveling to these fabled places while drawing connections and a sense of familiarity between his Yiddish readers and der vayter mizrakh (the Far East).
Celebrate African American History Month with God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse by Harlem Renaissance poet James Weldon Johnson. Directed by Kwame Kenyatta Bey, this lyrical revision of Biblical tales stars local pastors and is a revelation for the whole family about the foundations behind the African American church. Tickets are $25 and available by phone at 410-728-6500 or online at www.arenaplayersinc.com. Playing weekends 2/8/19-2/24/19, showtimes are 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday performances begin at 4pm.
The Department of English presents a reading by novelist Michael Downs. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Downs is the author of The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist, his debut novel from Acre Books. Earlier works include The Greatest Show: Stories, inspired by the true story of the historic Hartford Circus Fire of 1944, which killed 168 people; and House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, named a finalist in memoir for the Connecticut Book Award. He lives in Baltimore and is a professor of English at Towson University.
This year's group of New Generation Scholars of Muse 360 Arts welcomes the Baltimore City community to an Open Classroom. The scholars in this dynamic leadership program will each give a presentation about the African Diaspora and its direct relationship to the city of Baltimore and its resilient citizens. Please join us for an evening of knowledge-sharing and discussion!
Tickets are available for donation!
Above the Drowning Sea recounts the courageous intervention of Ho Feng Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna who defied his own government and braved the Gestapo to issue visas to Jewish refugees. In this film Jewish refugees and the Chinese residents of Shanghai who helped them survive in China recount their experiences, terrors and deprivations as well as the remarkable friendships forged across cultures, friendships that survive to this day.
Hear from Yvonne Daniel, the child of Jewish German parents who fled to Shanghai following Nazi persecution. Yvonne was born in Shanghai, far from her ancestral home, and as an adult went on a journey of rediscovery to try and fully understand her past. Join us as Yvonne imparts her story, one of many shared by the children of Shanghai.
Join doctoral candidate Sara Halpern as she shares the experiences of Jewish families in Shanghai during World War II. Using oral histories, memoirs, and archival documents she will explore the separate worlds of children and their parents, the former attending school and playing with friends while the latter struggle to support the family, cope with loss, and seek entry to the United States.
McDaniel College’s art and art history department showcases work by McDaniel College senior Jonathan Nepini of California, Md.
“My current studio practice is rooted, broadly, in an interest in our relationship with water, particularly the relationship between residents of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Nepini. “I have spent my entire life in southern Maryland where I have been surrounded by water, and it is a source of inspiration and calm to me.”
Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, Minyan In Kaifeng takes us into the homes of two families descended from an ancient Chinese Jewish community who themselves have never even celebrated Shabbat. They have invited a modern group of Jewish travelers into their homes, leading to a reunion one thousand years in the making. This film is a story of ancient Diaspora, of old dangers and newfound wisdom.
The UMBC Wind Ensemble, directed by Brian Kaufman, teams up with The Sounding Board, Emmy nominated composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, singer-songwriter Diana Lawrence, UMBC’s Cleftomaniacs, and other special guests to present an interactive musical event that will explore how we can navigate the current polarization in America. Music, multimedia, and spoken-word serve as catalysts for an interactive discussion with performers and audience members moderated by Tom Hall, host of WYPR’s Midday.