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Art To Dine For
Tue Jul 31

Creative Alliance’s highly anticipated annual Art To Dine For season presents an insider’s view of Baltimore’s fascinating and diverse arts community! 

The 2018 season features an inspiring variety of distinctive parties in intriguing locations with fabulous art, luscious fare, spirited cocktails, and lively conversation.

Art To Dine For supports Creative Alliance’s free education and community programs for children, youth, and families.

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Wed Jul 25

This summer, Creative Alliance welcomes nine local youth to the 2018 Teen Council! The Teen Council serves as a youth advisory board for Creative Alliance. The team learns to develop positive work habits and attitudes by participating in an array of projects.

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Fri Jul 6

Creative Alliance is thrilled that former resident artist Paul Rucker is receiving massive, well-deserved attention for his work on dismantling the symbols of systemic racism, as featured in a new Ted Talk released in late June.

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Fri Jul 6

Call for artists and community groups to create NEW, BIG, BRIGHT, FUN, MOBILE objects over 10’ feet tall, less than 6’ wide, that are lightweight and can be carried by you and your crew! We’re looking for Baltimore-based illuminated sculptures or floats that compliment this year’s frightening theme – EEEK! 

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Upcoming Events

  • Reels & Reads: Corazon and The Heart

    presented in partnership with The Ivy Bookshop and Living Legacy Foundation

    THU AUG 16 7:30PM
    Looking for great new books to read?  Do you love film?  Creative Alliance and The Ivy Bookshop are teaming up to launch a new series that pairs a book and movie that explore similar topics.  Read the book, then join us for a screening of the related film at Creative Alliance.  After the screening, we'll have a discussion of the book and film pairing, led by members of our community who are experts on the shared topic.  Haven't read the book yet? No problem!  The Ivy Bookshop will be selling copies on site! THE FILM Corazón depicts the story of Elena Ramirez, a young Dominican woman living in Santo Domingo who is selling her body to provide for her family – only Elena’s body is failing her. Elena has a bad heart and has been given months to live unless she gets a new heart. After fainting, Elena meets a U.S.-based cardiologist, Dr. Mario Garcia, who is volunteering in his native hometown of Santo Domingo. Elena is past the point of help from conventional medicine, but Dr. Garcia gives her a fighting chance to live via a mechanical heart surgery that he and his colleagues can only perform at Montefiore in the Bronx. Elena sets out on a journey from Santo Domingo to New York City, facing challenges along the way, but always motivated by her conviction to live. This is a story of chance, hope, courage, friendship, love and generosity. World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 THE BOOK Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating. The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death. As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, Maylis de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival. Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. Visit the Ivy Bookshop to get your copy of The Heart! 6080 Falls Road Baltimore, MD 21209 ABOUT LIVING LEGACY FOUNDATION As the organ procurement organization for Maryland (with the exception of Montgomery, Prince George's, and Charles Counties), The Living Legacy Foundation facilitates donation and transplantation in area hospitals, provides donor family support, and educates hospitals and the general public about the life-saving power of organ, eye, and tissue donation. We are passionate about saving and enhancing lives while honoring the legacy and generosity of our donors and their families. THU AUG 16 | 7:30PM | $10, $7 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door) ... (more)
  • RISK!

    FRI AUG 17 8PM
    RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share. Founded in 2009 by Kevin Allison of MTV's legendary sketch comedy show, The State, RISK! has been downloaded tens of millions of times and has featured incredible true stories from Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Michael Ian Black, and regular folks from around the world. Slate calls RISK! "jaw-dropping, hilarious and just plain touching." RISK! also puts on live shows for sold out crowds internationally. Kevin Allison, creator and host of RISK!, started his comedy career on the legendary sketch series The State on MTV. But in 2009, everything changed. "I was doing a solo show out west, playing characters as usual," he says. "Afterward, Michael Ian Black [also of The State] said, 'I kept hoping you'd drop the act and tell some of your own stories.' I said, 'Yikes, that just seems so risky...' But even as I said it, I could feel in my gut that that kind of risk could lead to the best stuff." The very next week, Kevin was on stage telling his own stories. "Suddenly, I was looking right into the eyes of audience members. We were reacting to each other, like friends. After the show, people didn't just say, 'That was funny,' they said, 'Thank you. That really got to me.' I was finding the meaning in my own experiences and the people listening felt like they'd lived through these things with me. The more I worried I was taking a risk with a story - because it was too emotional, too provocative, or just too nuts - the more the audience lit up." In August of 2009, host Kevin and producer Michelle Walson started the live show RISK!, "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public" at Arlene's Grocery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was an instant hit. Stories ran the gamut from the sacred to the profane, the hilarious to the horrific - and for the audience, it was a chance to re-connect with the things that make us human. It's still just about the most cathartic, laugh-out-loud, anything-goes kind of smorgasbord you're likely to see anywhere. The monthly RISK! live show, winner of an ECNY Award for Best Variety Show, now lives at The Bell House in New York City and the Bootleg Theater in LA. RISK! also tours to sold out international crowds. Many remarkable people have shown a side of themselves on RISK! that you probably haven't seen elsewhere, like Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, R. Ben Garant, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Michael Showalter, Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, Lili Taylor, Adam McKay, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Joe LoTruglio, and more. The audio podcast of RISK! - also hosted by Kevin Allison - premiered online in October of 2009. The podcast includes not just the best stories from the live shows but also "radio-style" stories and interstitial music and comedy from artists all over the world. Most episodes of the show are free and easy to download from iTunes and other sources. With new episodes released each Monday, the RISK! podcast is the winner of an ECNY Award for Best Podcast, and has been downloaded tens of millions of times to date. In 2010, the RISK! live show series went bi-coastal. Monthly RISK! shows in Hollywood are hosted by Beowulf Jones at the Bootleg Theater. In 2011, Kevin and the RISK! team created The Story Studio, at www.thestorystudio.org, a school dedicated to teaching people from all walks of life to turn their most meaningful experiences into powerful self-expression. "Practically anybody will benefit from this training," Kevin says. "We always say that, from the bar to the boardroom, a good story well told is what leaves a lasting impression." New workshops through The Story Studio start each month and corporate workshops can be custom-tailored to a company's needs. RISK! is a labor of love, a communal groundswell, and a start-up with one hell of a future in the works. Be a part of it all. Or, as Kevin ends every episode of the podcast saying, "Folks, today's the day. Take a risk!"  FRI AUG 17 | 8pm | $22, $19 mbrs (+$3 at the door) ... (more)
  • Songwriting w/ Victoria Vox

    SAT AUG 18 1-2:30PM
    There are many ticking parts in getting a song to work. Melodies, rhythms, chords, and lyrics... Which chords will work? What notes will work? In this interactive workshop we can look at a tune you have written, or are working on, and we'll take a look at what works or . . . doesn't! Learn about songwriting techniques to get you out of a rut, or to perhaps inspire new ideas. There is no right or wrong answer here.   All levels welcomed. Victoria Vox is an award-winning songwriter and performer. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox has lived in France, England, Nashville, Baltimore, and now resides in Costa Mesa, CA. Vox is an ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10 (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and in 2003, she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment.  Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006 (… and her Jumping Flea), Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene (Ukulele Magazine, front cover + feature article). However, she straddles into the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her uke while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice. SAT AUG 18 | 1 - 2:30 PM | $20, $17 MEMBERS ... (more)
  • We Hate Movies: Podcast Recording

    SAT AUG 18 8PM
    ***SOLD OUT*** Founded in New York City, the We Hate Movies podcast uses bad movies, ranging from the tasteless to the tedious, as a jumping-off point for long-form conversations that include personal anecdotes, detailed trivia, and extensive criticisms. Since 2010, the podcast has quickly become a cult sensation amongst the bad-movie podcast crowd, and has been praised in The AV Club, Splitsider, and numerous other online publications. Hosted by comedians Andrew Jupin, Stephen Sajdak, Eric Szyszka, and Chris Cabin, We Hate Movies brings their own unique twist to the time-honored tradition of ragging on movies most people forget about. We Hate Movies will be covering the film Cobra (1986) starring Sylvester Stallone as a tough-on-crime street cop who must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans SAT AUG 18 | 8PM | $20, $17 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door) ***SOLD OUT*** ... (more)
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