This Friday and Saturday evening The Living Room Company presents a special concert-version of playwright Geoffrey Himes’ “A Baltimore Christmas Carol” at the Creative Alliance.
Also on the bill is “Tiny Tim’s Lost Week,” in which actor/director Michael Patrick Smith imagines the adventures of a grown-up Tiny Tim as he goes on a good old fashioned holiday bender in various bars Baltimore, singing all the way. Shows are at 8:00pm at the Patterson Theater at 3134 Eastern Avenue.
Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 pm the BMA hosts African Spirit: The Kwanzaa Family Day, a celebration of family, community and culture featuring traditional African storytelling and folk-tales and hands-on art workshops. The museum will also offer tours of works by African American artists in the BMA’s collection, and a performance by North African belly dancers, Moor Hips.
Also on Sunday The Ottobar presents its annual Winter Flea Market. Starting at 3:00pm, you can browse the selection of cool clothing, books, jewelry, CDs and DVDs, and everything else you might expect to find at a rock-n-roll yard sale.
In the evening you can see a fashion show and enjoy the musical stylings of Temp Sound Solutions, Yukon, The New Flesh, and New Brutalism. The Ottobar is located at 2549 North Howard Street, and you can find them on-line
And if you’re looking for something that really celebrates the spirit of Christmas in Baltimore, take a drive over to 34th Street in Hampden, and marvel at the city’s most spectacular display of holiday cheer.
The entire block between Keswick and Chestnut is festooned with a dazzling array of shining lights, colorful decorations, sparkling tinsel and toy trains. An annual pilgrimage to this neighborly, collaborative effort has become a holiday tradition for many Baltimoreans, native or not.
For a special treat, stop by on New Year’s Eve and witness a visit from the Baby New Year himself as the clock strike midnight.
This evening, Maryland Art Place is opening its doors for a pre-holiday bash they’re calling Unkonventional Kitch. The party starts at 7 o’clock, and you’re invited to bring along your kitschiest holiday ornaments to decorate the gallery’s tree.
There will be plenty of refreshments, and live music by 70’s cruise singerJim Forero. Maryland Art Place is in downtown Baltimore’s Power Plant Live building at 8 Market Place, and more information is on the web.
Tomorrow afternoon, Clayton and Company Fine Books is hosting a 2 p.m. poetry reading featuring local poets Piotr Gwiazda, author of Gagarin Street, and Rosemary Klein, executive director of the Maryland Literary and Poetry Society.
The reading will also feature Signal contributor Reginald Harris, whose poetry you might have had the pleasure of hearing on last week’s episode of our program. Clayton and Company Fine Books is at 317 North Charles Street, and more information is at 410-752-6800.
If you’re a fan of “The Boss,” you might want to stop by An Die Musik tomorrow afternoon. That’s where author Geoffrey Himes will be reading form his new book about Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA. Himes will be joined by musician Bob Kannenberg, who’ll be playing ‘unplugged’ versions of Springsteen classics. That’s happening at 2 p.m. tomorrow at An Die Musik — 411 North Charles Street.
And late-night Saturday, historic preservationists and indie rockers will join unlikely forces to support the long-standing Baltimore custom of arabbing, the city’s unique tradition of vending produce from horse-drawn cars. By the way I wrote a blog post about relationships between radios and cars so you can read it from here.
The Arabbers Preservation Society presents a benefit show at the Charles Theatre featuring the local bands Celebration and Low Moda. The show starts at midnight, and the Charles Theatre is at 1711 North Charles Street.