Thursday, February 24, 2011

First Friday Events on Harford Road in Hamilton and Lauraville

First Friday Events on Harford Road in Hamilton and Lauraville

Check out the events page on the website of your favorite local restaurants, pubs, art galleries and studios in Hamilton and Lauraville for their schedule updates for First Friday events and more throughout the month.

Some events for First Friday, March 4, 2011 (and other days, too) are:

March 8th Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Episcopal Church of the Messiah


Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Time: 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Where: Episcopal Church of the Messiah

5801 Harford Road-the corner of Harford Road and White Avenue

Price: $5.00 for adults and children 11 and over

$3.00 for children 6 to 10

Free for children 5 and under

A little history about where this feast began.

“Shrove Tuesday occurs the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become the last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting during the Lenten season. Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages. As in contemporary times, food items like meats, fats, eggs, milk, and fish were regarded as restricted during Lent. To keep such food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items that would inevitably become spoiled during the next forty days.”

"Pancakes and doughnuts are associated with the day  because they were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, and sugar."
Please feel free to contact Laurie Blackwell, at 410-818-4463, if you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets in advance! There will be tickets available at the door.

Movie News for February 25th from the Chop Movies (Lauraville 21214)

Movie News from the Chop Movies, 4321 Harford Road in beautiful Lauraville.




Black Orpheus at 6: 00 PM

Black Orpheus (Portuguese: Orfeu Negro) is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting it in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during the Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy.

The film is particularly renowned for its soundtrack by two Brazilian composers: Antônio Carlos Jobim, whose song "A felicidade" opens the film; and Luiz Bonfá, whose "Manhã de Carnaval" and "Samba of Orpheus" have become bossa nova classics.

Mediterraneo 8:30 PM
(Thanks Dave Kennedy! Great suggestion)

Mediterraneo is an Italian film that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1991. The film is set during World War II, and regards a group of Italian soldiers who become stranded on a Greek island and are left behind by the war. The filming took place on the island of Kastellórizo.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

March 4th Student Show at the Hamilton Gallery

March 4th to Open 2011 Season at the Performance Theatre Workshop in Hamilton

This spring we celebrate the opening of our new resident theatre with an exciting series  of extraordinary stories written by six of the world’s outstanding playwrights.

[Un]told Stories
 Opens on March 4th and continue through March 27th.
Performed by award-winning Actor, Marc Horwitz,
and directed by Co-Artistic Director, Marlyn G Robinson,
The stories are arranged into five performances in rotation.
The playwrights and the stories:

George Bernard Shaw
The Adventures Of The Black Girl In Her Search For God

Tennessee Williams
Portrait Of A Girl In Glass

Luigi Pirandello
In Silence
W.B. Yeats
Stories Of Red Hanrahan

Oscar Wilde
The Canterville Ghost

William Saroyan
The Inventor And The Actress, A Visitor In The Piano Warehouse, Dear Baby

Edgar Allan Poe
The Tell-Tale Heart

Join us for a wine and cheese reception following each performance.
For information on the time and date of each story, please visit our website
$ 20 General Admission
$ 12 Student (with current ID)
$ 50 Three Show Subscription Series
$ 60 Four Show Subscription Series
“Pay-what-you-can” Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Special Sunday Evening Performances at 7:30 pm *

Three by Saroyan
The Inventor And The Actress, A Visitor In The Piano Warehouse, Dear Baby

$ 15 General Admission
$ 7.50 Student (with current ID)
$ 7.50 Subscriber

For more information and reservations, please call 410.659.7830 and visit our website:

Free Music Together® music and movement programs for children.

Evergreen Academy of Talent Education is getting ready for our spring semester and we are offering some free classes for interested families. Music Together® is a music and movement program that is designed to foster the natural musical intelligence in young children. Classes happen over a 10 week semester and each one consists of singing, dancing and instrument play using a research-based curriculum. Included in the registration fee is a professionally recorded CD, a songbook, and a DVD parent guide to help encourage your child's natural musical talent.

More information about the music programs for kids at Evergreen Academy can be at our website,

Free classes at the Maryland State Boy Choir Center for the Arts:

3400 Norman Ave. Baltimore MD 21213

Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 10:30
Friday February 25, 2011 at 9:30
Saturday February 26, 2011 at 9:30
Monday February 28, 2011 at 9:30

Free Classes at White Marsh Ballet Academy
5022 Campbell Blvd, Baltimore MD 21236

Thursday February 24 at 9:30

Zoe Johnstone Stewart
Director, Evergreen Academy of Talent Education

March 5th Book Release, Poetry Reading @ Charmed Life Studios

Book Release and Poetry Reading


By Virginia Crawford

March 5th, 2011
6:00PM to 10:00PM

Charmed Life Studios
4505 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
(804) 854-5548

Charmed Life Studio is moving beyond the visual arts, and into the fast paced world of book signings and poetry reading. We will be the hosting the second stop in Virginia Crawford’s book tour, celebrating the release of her first solo book, Touch, published by Finishing Line Press. It’s a poetry reading. It’s a book signing. There’s going to be live music provided by Jennifer Parde. There will also be complimentary food and beverage provided by Virginia Crawford. It’s all happening March 5th starting at 6:00PM and ending at 10:00PM.

These poems serve as a meditation on what it means to be broken open by love. Touch aims to
help us open the curtain and raise up that good and human face – the one we all share, the one
that hungers for luminosity.

Michael S. Glaser, Poet Laureate of Maryland 2004-2009,
Professor Emeritus, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Jennifer Parde is a singer-songwriter/pianist living in the Baltimore area. Jennifer majored in Jazz at Goucher College, and was a student of the late Pam Bricker. Recently, Jennifer has been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band and playing keyboards for the folk-rock group Midway Fair. Jennifer is currently revitalizing her solo career, and has one self-produced solo album, entitled "Natural Surreality".

Born in Baltimore City, Virginia Crawford is a graduate of Emerson College, Boston and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She is the proud parent of two children and has been married for thirteen years. Virginia lives in Baltimore and teaches poetry through the Maryland State Arts Council. To learn more about her workshops for elementary students, go to: You may also follow her at:

Feb 25 & 26 Musical Line-up at Chef Mac’s and All That Blues

Chef Mac’s and All That Blues

Feb 25, 2011
Ursula Ricks Project
The most sought out female blues artist on the East coast

Feb. 26, 2011
Community Groove
Gary Gilpin [keyboard], Rob Thorworth [guitar, vocals], Jay Dulaney [bass], Dave Fairall [saxophone, keyboards] & Mark St,. Pierre [drums]

Show begins 8:00 PM

Buffet $25 (all inclusive) or Open Dining with $10 general admission – BYOB


Maclonza Lee

Chef Mac's and All That Blues
4709 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214
(410) 319.6227

Studio 55 Art Exhibition: "Windmills and Landscapes" Sneak-preview March 4, 2011

Studio 55 Art Exhibition
“Windmills and Landscapes”

Baltimore, Maryland (February 22, 2011) -- Studio 55 - Art Gallery is proud to announce an art exhibition, “Windmills and Landscapes” presented by environmentally conscience artists inspired by energy alternatives. This art exhibition of recent original paintings by the art gallery’s artists will introduce a unique message in visual art. The need for clean air to preserve the world’s landscapes and alternative resources for our increasing energy consumption of our planet’s natural resources is a clear and important message.

Studio 55 artists have devoted their time and talent in their classic and traditional art styles to create works of art that could evoke the interest of the viewer to explore alternate power technology that can save our planet. Windmills can become the solution for efficient energy alternatives to onshore, coastal and offshore sites by providing infinite and renewable sources in an economically desirable way.

The art opening and artists’ reception is free to the public and will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Studio 55, 5529 Harford Road in Hamilton, Baltimore City. A sneak-preview showing will be held on Friday evening, March 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. View our website at for directions or call the art gallery - 410-444-0022 for more information.

About Studio 55

Studio 55 - Art Gallery was established in 2009 by artist Mary Rever of Timonium, Maryland and is located at 5529 Harford Road in Baltimore City, an area designated as an important revitalization project. The gallery represents many talented Maryland artists with a diverse selection of artwork, including classic and traditional styles in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic paintings. The gallery also offers introductory and advanced art classes in charcoal drawing and painting.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Music News from Chef Mac's and All that Blues in Lauraville (21214)

Feb 18, 2011 at Chef Mac’s
Electrofied Blues Band
Tony Fazio [guitar], Rob Rusteberg [Bass]
Rick Burgess[drums, Scott Taylor [vocals]
Feb. 19, 2011
Skyla Burrell Band
Skyla Burrell [lead guitar, lead vocals], Mark Tomlinson [lead guitar], Ezell Jones, Jr. [drums] and Christine Cersley [bass]

Buffet begins 7:00 PM – Show 8:00 PM

BYOB - $25
Maclonza Lee
Chef Mac's and All That Blues
4709 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214
(410) 319.6227

Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe - Now Opened on Mondays

News from Nicole, owner/operator of the Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe

Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe now opens on Mondays from 7 am to 5pm! On the first Monday, 2/21, stop in for coffee to go between 7 am and 9 am and get a free regular coffee. Our way of saying "thank you" to our early morning commuters!

Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe
4337 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214

Friday, February 11, 2011

CascadeKidz Keep A Child Alive Fundraising Event at the Hamilton Theater on Harford Road (21214)

Keep A Child Alive Benefit Showcase
February 12 @7:00 p.m.
Hamilton Theater
5440 Harford Road
Admission is $8

The Keep A Child Alive organization is dedicated to providing desperately needed medical care and health aid like food and clean water to families in Africa and India.The Keep A Child Alive organization is dedicated to providing desperately needed medical care and health aid like food and clean water to families in Africa and India.

February 12th at 7pm, the CascadeKidz are organizing a benefit showcase to raise money for this very important cause. There will be t-shirts, bracelets and refreshments for sale as well!

The showcase will feature vocal, poetry, dance and inspirational drama performances from local artists and students!

March event at Charmed Life Studios in Laurville

A Roland Dorsey Retrospective
Art Opening
March 4th, 2011
6:00PM to 10:00 PM

March event at Charmed Life Studios

Charmed Life Studio is excited to present a Roland Dorsey Retrospective for the month of March. The show opens March 4th, 6:00PM till 10:00PM.

This event is free and open to the public and features complimentary food and beverage. Live music will be provided by Trio De Jaz.

Charmed Life Studio is located at 4505 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Weekend Special Event at Studio C in Lauraville

Studio C
4337 B Harford Rd.
(below the Red Canoe)

Valentine's Weekend Special Event

Friday, February 11th,

Saturday, February 12th, 10-5

Sunday, February 13th, 10-3

Enjoy light refreshments

Free Gift with purchase

Choose from a fabulous selection of one of a kind jewelry to add sparkle to your Valentine's Day or choose from a variety of other "sweet" gifts!

Now offering expert jewelry repair and engraving services.

February 13, Noon - 3

Meet Will Hester & Allan Binder, experienced goldsmiths for a free consultation. Bring in your broken jewelry, or special pieces that you would like to have personalized.

Getting ready for the 18th Annual Hamilton Street Festival; Some highlights from last year's event

Los Amigos Valentine's Event Friday Feb 11, 2011

What: Celebrate Valentine's Day early at Los Amigos  with Live Music by Mike Sharp

When: Friday, February 11, 2011

Where: 5506 Harford Road; Baltimore MD 21214

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

We are preparing a special menu for the Valentine Friday event. The menu includes:



With Beef and Chicken. lettuce. tomato. sour

cream. guacamole. cheese & chopped onions




Flour tortilla grilled with cheese and stuffed with your choice of refried beans or black beans. Served with spanish rice. Guacamole salad and sour cream. (choose spinach. beef. or chicken)


Pork chunks cooked golden brown. delicately seasoned with our secret spices. herbs & beer. Served with rice. Your choice of refried beans or black beans.


Filled with grilled steak. chicken. or vegetables. Your choice of refried beans or black beans. spanish rice. and pico de gallo.







Marianella Palomino
Los Amigos Baltimore

w (410) 444- 4220
fax (410) 444-4226

Clementine'sValentine's Day Menu (Hamilton 21214)

Clementine'sValentine's Day Menu

5402 Harford Road, Hamilton, Baltimore

We will be open for Valentine's Day. Come with your love, come with your friends.... here is the menu. We are not doing a Prix Fixe- order as much or as little as you like:

Valentine's Day Menu

~ Classic Shrimp Cocktail w/ Giant Shrimp & Local Honey Cocktail Sauce 14

~ Beef Tartare w/ Quail Egg, Miso & Yuzu 11

~ House Made Charcuterie Plate 13

~ Local & not-so-local cheeses plate featuring raw milk cheeses 13


~ Arugula, Cress & Montmorency cherry vinaigrette w/ Asiago 6.5

~Roasted Root Vegetable salad w/ Maple Rosemary Vinaigrette & OberGood's Raw Milk Goat Cheese 10


~House Smoked Lobster Bisque w/ Roasted Tomato & Rye Whiskey 6/7

~ Curried Beet Root w/ Spearmint Labne 5/6


~ Rainbow Trout Stuffed w/ Lobster Risotto, Thai Basil Mashed & Honeyed Peas & Tomato Concasse 27

~Grilled Prime Rib w/ Forestiere Sauce 35

~ Cherry Pork Jus Braised Pork Shank w/ Corn, Chive & Cypress Hill Tomme Pudding 25

~ Grilled Lamb Chops w/ Minted Sauce Verde & Fennel Tomato Slaw 29

~ Duck two ways; Seared Coriander Duck Breast w/ Ginger 'Barbecued' duck confit , topped w/ green cardamom honey cream & pomegranate berry wine Gastrique 28

~ House Smoked tofu, roasted carrot & asparagus stuffed zucchini w/ sesame sautéed trumpet & Shiitake mushrooms w/ lemongrass syrup 18


~ an array of delicacies

Reservations suggested

We are also debuting our new wine list and our new cocktail & beer list! Lots of fun new stuff from small batch distilleries, wineries and the creative minds of our lovely bar staff.

Treat your Sweetheart to Koco's Crabcakes for Valentines Day Feb 14, 2011

News from Koco's Pub

Treat your Sweetheart to Koco's Crabcakes for Valentines Day!!!

We will be open from 5 - 9pm (last seating at 8pm)


6 oz. Crab Cake & 6 oz. Filet Mignon Steak with a Caesar Salad or French Fries & Coleslaw $27.99

includes glass of Champagne & Strawberries (special is dine in only)

Regular Menu and Carry Out also available as well as Bar Seating.

Make your reservations today! Call us at 410-426-3519 or email your reservation request at




Saturday Feb 12, 2011 Special Valentine Event at Chef Mac's and All that Blues

Special Valentine's Day Event at Chef Mac's and All that Blues
Saturday, Feb 12, 2011
8 PM until
$45 per person
Jazz by Nex Lev'l Band
Soups [Table Service]
Shrimp Bisque Butternut Squash Bisque

Salads [Table Service]

Wilted Spinach Salad with warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Endive Salad with Roquefort and Walnuts


Entrée Items

Beef Filet Mignon served on Grilled Portabella Mushroom Cap topped with Lump Crabmeat and Mustard Caper Sauce

Broiled Stuffed Lobster with Shrimp Dressing & Lemon Butter Sauce

Boneless Stuffed Pork Shop with Wild Mushroom Ragu

Herb Roasted Cornish Hen

Side Dishes

Steamed Asparagus with Lemon Butter

Fresh Broccoli Medley Mix

Sauteed Mushrooms with Roasted Garlic

Wild Rice

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes
$45 per person

Complimentary Wine & Champagne

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Have you always wanted to learn piano? Piano Lessons in Hamilton (21214)

Piano News from Patrick Rowan Sütter


Have you always wanted to learn piano? I would love to encourage the musician in you to explore new heights! We can experience music together through the piano. Let me know what you want to know and we will make it happen.

Patrick Rowan Sütter taught piano at The Laurel School of Music for 5 years and has been playing for over 15 years. He studied classical piano at the Baltimore School for the Arts and studied jazz piano at UMBC. Patrick has been in several bands and enjoys exploring music every day. He teaches in Hamilton with a unique perspective and a progressive approach.

Please contact

Herring Run Park Advisory Board Truck Study

Ghost of Poe at the Hamilton Arts Gallery Feb 26

The Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday February 26th - 8:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Arts Gallery
Enjoy Poe themed beverages and desserts and a visitation from the Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe.
Intimate performance for approximately 30 guests.
Tickets are $20
For more information, call (443) 418-4762

Hamilton Arts Gallery
5502 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md 21214

Sewing Workshop and Crochet Necklace Class at the Hamilton Arts Gallery (Baltimore 21214)

Sew Fabulous Sewing Workshop
Tuesdays or Thursdays in February - 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Hamilton Gallery

This class is open to beginner or intermediate sewers:

Beginners sewing-Tuesday evenings 6:30pm to 8:30pm for 6 weeks.
Fee for the class is $80.00
First class Is Tuesday, February 8th.

Intermediate sewing-Thursday evenings 6:30pm to 8:30pm for 6 weeks.
Skirts, vests, pants and handbags. Challenge yourself using buttons,lining or zippers!
Fee for the class is $90.00

First class is Thursday, February 17th
For more information or to sign up, contact Margaret Garland at (443) 676-7465 or

Sabirahs Sculptured Crochet Wired Necklace Class
Friday February 11,18 and 25 - 6pm to 8pm at the Hamilton Gallery
Fee for the class is $60.00 and includes supplies
For more information, contact or Cara Sue at (301) 356-6025

Fundraiser at the Hamilton Arts Collective Theater to benefit families in Africa and India

CascadeKidz Keeps A Kid Alive

Saturday, February 12- 7:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Theater

CascadeKidz are organizing a benefit showcase to raise money for Keep A Kid Alive . There will be t-shirts, bracelets and refreshments for sale as well!

The Keep A Kid Alive organization is dedicated to providing desperately needed medical care and health aid like food and clean water to families in Africa and India. The showcase will feature vocal, poetry, dance and inspirational drama performances from local artists and students!

Admission is $8

Hamilton Arts Collective
5440 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

Please Yourself Anti Valentine Show at the Hamilton Theater (Harford Road 21214)

Event news from the Hamilton Arts Collective

Please Yourself Anti Valentine's Show

Friday, February 11- 7:30pm at the Hamilton Theater

B-More Erotic Performance Arts Series offers you an alternative to traditional Valntine's Day entertainment. Valentine's Weekend means we all need some love, and self love is the root. So love yourself and come see some of the area's most intriguing performers. Make a date with you and all your fabulousness-see you there!
Performers include:Desiree Envoutant

Cosplay Burlesque

Marla Meringue



Monica Stevens

Admission is $10

Hamilton Arts Collective
5440 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

Fundraising news from the Hamilton Arts Collective

Fundraising news from the Hamilton Arts Collective

Donate to the Building Fund!
The HAC needs your help to buy it's building. We've raised thousands of dollars and come a long way to purchasing our building at 5440 Harford Road but we still need your help. We need to raise an additional $1,800 to complete the downpayment.
Please consider donating to create a permanent home for the arts in Hamilton. Donors of $500 or more will be honored on the buildings commemorative founders plaque.
If you have any questions please contact Jesse at 410-804-3452 or

Record-Relase Potluck Concert hosted by "Loveasaurus Recs" at the Hamilton Arts Collective Friday Feb 4 at 5:00 - Re

News from Jason at the Hamilton Arts Collective

Greetings everybody- This week is the starting gun for the volunteer-run music collective I'm working with- "Loveasaurus Recs."

If you are in Baltimore, consider coming out on Friday (Feb 4)- our record release potluck/concert is at 5pm @ the Hamilton Arts Collective (5440) Harford Rd) $5 or FREE if you bring a dish of food to share.   There's a bike parade beforehand meeting at Penn Station at 3pm. All are welcome.

Not in Baltimore? Housebound on Friday? Go to right now, because we've got the first 2 tracks up for download as a digital single. We'll post 2 more on monday night... another two on tues, 2 more on wed. and the last two thursday night... so by the time the potluck rolls around, we'll have the whole thing up for download.

Recorded by Nate Pauzenga (Prodigy Audible) and featuring lovely artwork from Kathleen Mazurek, Kristi Allen, and Amanda Dorsey.

Much love


Hamilton Arts Collective
Theater & Studios: 5440 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
P.S. this project aims to make the prospect of making a recording available to everyone, so if you want to make some sounds, just sign up to volunteer with us and you'll get the preferential treatment from all the lovely loveasaurs involved.

Swashbuckler Classic "The Prisoner of Zenda" playing at the Donovan Film Fund Feb 19 at 7:00 p.m. (Lauraville 21214)

Donovan Valentine Film Fund Fest.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

A romantic swashbuckler classic starring Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, David Niven &
Douglas Fairbanks,Jr.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
7:00 pm
4321 Harford Road (above the Chop Shop)
Suggested Donation $10

This film is part of a series to benefit The Donovan Fund which assists medically fragile Baltimore City seniors with fixed incomes. The Fund helps seniors pay BGE bills and purchase supplies much-needed items.

Seating limited. For Reservations contact Chris Muldowney
410-366-1980, x271 / 410-426-2529