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This week: Amalie R. Rothschild: Rock Icons and Images reception at Goya Contemporary, Reading and Discussion with Kondwani Fidel at the Walters, Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival Taste Test 2020 at Eaton DC, MLK Day events, and more!

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Amalie R. Rothschild: Rock Icons and Images | Reception
Wednesday, January 15th • 6-8pm
Goya Contemporary
3000 Chestnut Avenue, Suite 100 : 21211

On View January 15 through March 2, 2020. The exhibition Amalie R. Rothschild: Rock Icons and Images includes more than 30  photographs documenting the  historic, iconic, turbulent, inventive, revolutionary, and defining time of 1968-1971, experienced through one of that era’s most transparent truthtellers: Music.

This time period, rich and complex in American historical and cultural shifts,  include such events as Woodstock, the Vietnam War protests and troop withdrawals,  the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the My Lai Massacre, the first human landing on the moon, the Stonewall Riots, the Manson murders, among countless other significant occurrences. Myriad musical developments which articulated the iconic moments from the benchmark years of 1968-1971 were caught on film by the documentary style photographer and filmmaker Amalie R. Rothschild, often refered to as  the “unofficial photographer of Woodstock.”   Her images subsequently became the iconic images of that time, illustrating the passion and the progress of  a movement within the chronicle of Rock and Roll.

Goya will screen four of Rothschild’s celebrated films [It Happens To Us (1971) 32. Min;  Woo Who? May Wilson(1969) 33 min.; Conversations with Willard Van Dyke (1981) 56 min.; Nana, Mom, and Me (1974) 47 min. ] throughout her exhibition.  Please visit our website ( for screening times.

Rothschild grew up in Baltimore, MD.  She currently lives and works in Florence, Italy, and  New York, NY.  A film screening schedule is attached.
Image: Janis and Tina at Madison Square garden, 1969, Header Image: Jimi Hendrix


Arts Every Day’s 10X10 Exhibit: Identity | Opening Reception
Thursday, January 16th • 4-7pm
Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21211

Arts Every Day’s 2020 10×10 Exhibit is inspired by IDENTITY. This theme is intended to encourage discourse in the classroom about diversity, heritage, and place-based identity using a variety of artistic methods.

The 10X10 will provide a platform for students and teachers to share who they are or help give voice to individuals whom they identify with while using art as a tool for exploring those complex ideas and perceptions about oneself.
Exhibition: January 13th – February 28th, 2020



Reading and Discussion with Kondwani Fidel
Thursday, January 16th • 6:30-8:30pm
Walters Art Museum

Join us for a reading by Baltimore artist and author Kondwani Fidel, whose collections Hummingbirds in the Trenches (2018) and Raw Wounds (2017) have been praised by literary and civil rights leaders. Winner of the 2018 Civil Rights Literary Award, Fidel confronts education reform, civil rights, and growing up in an underserved community through his work. Following the talk, join us in the Walters Cafe for continued conversation and a book signing with the author. This program is held in celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.



SIMAETHA: a Dreambaby Cabaret

Friday, January 16th – Sunday, 26th
Carroll Mansion
800 East Lombard Street : 21202

SIMAETHA (pronounced sigh-mee-thuh) is an experimental witch cabaret written and performed by Jacob Budenz (a.k.a. Dreambaby), featuring dance and performance by Alexander D’Agostino. Through poetry, storytelling, music, and ritual, the show weaves together real and conjured memories, using mythology to rewrite identity. Simaetha, the angry witch in Idyll 2 by the Ancient Greek poet Theocritus, becomes the inspiration for an ageless, genderless creature navigating the seductive and double-edged gifts of demons, family ghosts, lovers, legends, and lonely yearnings of immortality. At once meditative, surreal, and darkly funny, SIMAETHA: a Dreambaby Cabaret explores myths invented and reimagined through theatrical vignettes, tied together by haunting songs in Dreambaby’s signature witch cabaret style, raw dance performances by Alex D’Agostino, and various rituals that implicate the audience in the story.

The show runs approximately 75 minutes from Friday-Sunday, January 17th-26th, 2020 at The Carroll Mansion, located on 800 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21202. All shows are at 8 PM, except January 19th, which will be a 2:30 PM matinee.

JACOB BUDENZ is a queer writer, multi-disciplinary performer, and educator with a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from University of New Orleans. The author of PASTEL WITCHERIES (Seven Kitchens Press 2018), Jacob has recent and forthcoming work in Slipstream, Pussy Magic, Mad Scientist Journals, Lycan Valley Press, and Mason Jar Press. A theater artist in Baltimore since 2010, Budenz has performed in and directed numerous productions, including writing and directing an original adaptation of Bulgakov’s THE MASTER AND MARGARITA that appeared in Baltimore City Paper’s Top Ten Staged Productions of 2016, as well as a recent position as the composer and music director for MICA’s spring production, AT THE WATER’S EDGE. By reviewers in the Baltimore Sun and DC Metro Theater Arts, Budenz’s performances have been referred to as “angelic” and “truly grotesque,” respectively.

ALEXANDER D’AGOSTINO is a performance artist, teacher, and arts organizer based in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 with a BFA in painting. He investigates the queer and otherworldly through dance, ritual, teaching, installation and performance art.



MLK Day 2020: An Unequal Education
Sunday, January 19th • 11am-12pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue: 21224

Education remains the single most important civil rights issue of our time. Even after Brown vs. Board of Education, the Little Rock Nine, national desegregation, and the fading of overt racism from public dialogue, Maryland schools are more segregated now than they have been in decades. This leads to huge achievement gaps, and robbing all students of the experience of interacting with people of different backgrounds and perspectives that is crucial in the real world.

Join Repair The World Baltimore at the Creative Alliance to commemorate the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of fighting for racial justice with a documentary screening and discussion about the inequality in Baltimore City Public Schools. View the 2017 film Teach Us All, hear from a panel of local experts about their experience with educational inequity, and pack mid-year school supply restock kits for middle schoolers in West Baltimore.

If you would like to contribute to the mid-year school supply restock kits, please bring the following items to donate: pens, pencils, lined paper, pocket folders, highlighters, and small binders

*All are welcome, no matter your identity, ability, or faith background.



Taste Test 2020
Sunday, January 19th • 6-9pm
Eaton DC
1201 K Street, NW : Washington DC

These shorts – created by and for Black femmes imagine the Black femme as a global protagonist and universal archetype.

“Taste Test” is a night of short films centering the black femme as a global protagonist. The event also serves to inform the public of the opening of submissions to the 2020 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival. Submissions will be handled through is the url.

Featuring selected short films from Brazil, Canada, and the United States the festival allows Black femme filmmakers the chance to create community amongst each and foster intercultural understanding through the medium of film in movie goers. This years theme is LEGACY and we’ve selected seven short films that speak to the legacy of the black femme. Featuring animated, experimental and horror films, Taste Test 2020 is sure to give viewers an idea of what to expect at our film festival in Baltimore MD this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Screening Date: January 19th 2020
Screening Time: 6-9pm Filmmaker Panel starts at 8:30 pm
Screening Location: Eaton Workshop 1201 K St. NW DC
Admission: In advance, $13, $15 at the door



MLK Day Celebration at the Lewis
Monday, January 20th • 11am-4pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : 21202


Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King at the Lewis Museum!

  • Stop by A Ride To Remember Story Hour and Mural Art Project to explore the story of thedesegregation of a local amusement park and carousel.
  • Join Dr. Traci Parker, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as she discusses Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement.
  • Enjoy an Urban Theatrical Presentation and Talkback session of the Voices of Carmen, examining escalating conflicts among young people
  • Prepare to be wowed by selections by Baltimore City College Choir.
  • View the Annual High School Juried Art Exhibition.

Click here for tickets. SPECIAL $5 ADMISSION



20th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Monday, January 20th • 12pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard + Eutaw Street

Join the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in commemorating the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12pm. The 20th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade features more than 70 units, including high school and community marching bands, cheer and dance squads, street theater performers, elected officials, civic and religious organizations, military units and equestrian groups. The 2020 honorary grand marshal is Raheem DeVaughn, three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and international R&B star. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. The parade is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and sponsored by FOX 45/The CW Baltimore, Radio One: 92Q, Magic 95.9, Spirit 1400, Praise 106.1, and WOLB 1010, The Afro-American Newspapers, and The Harbor Bank of Maryland, with additional support from the City of Baltimore.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade joins Baltimore business and community members in tribute to the remarkable civil rights activist. Annually, hundreds gather for the parade as festivities fill-up the Midtown neighborhood.

The 20th Anniversary Parade will excite spectators with performances by The Carroll School of Dance, the House of Flying Dancers, the Morton Street Dance Center, Roland Park Cheerleaders, and The Ravens Skate Club. Marching bands, including The Baltimore Allstars Marching Unit, the Extravaganza Marching Unit, the Patterson Marching Clippers, and the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Marching Band “Magnificent Marching Poets”, showcase their precision and showmanship. Greek-letter organizations Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. present rich heritage and tradition. Community-focused organizations such as Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement, Baltimore Community Mediation Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Greater Baltimore Urban League honor Dr. King’s legacy. Additionally, Baltimore City Fire Department Honor Guard, Carver Vo-Tech High School JROTC and Band, and the Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc. walk in his honor.



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