Tue Mar 19

Home.  Where  the  heart  is.  For  Bombino  and  most  other  Tuareg,  there’s  only  one  place  that  can  be.  In  recent  years,  the  rest  of  the  world  has  largely  written  off  that  home  as  a  hot  and  savage  wasteland,  a  bolt  hole  for  religious  extremists  and  terrorists,  a  geopolitical  video  nasty  with  little  to  offer  apart  from  the  oil,  gold  and  phosphates  that  lie  beneath  its  soil.  But  Bombino  would  like  us  to  take  a  closer  look  and  think  again.  His  feelingsare  beautifully  summed  up  in  the  song  “Tehigren”(‘Trees’),  from  his  brand  new  album  ‘Deran’:  ‘Do  not  forget  the  green  trees  /  In  our  valleys  in  the  Sahara  /  In  the  shade  of  which,  /  Rest  the  beautiful  girls  /  Radiant  and  lovable’.  

How  to  celebrate  that desert  home,  how  to  protect  it,  develop  it,  unify  it,  respect  it  and,  above  all,  never  forget  it,  are  the  salient  themes  of  ‘Deran.’They’re  dressed  up  in  ten  songs  of  rare  maturity  and  power  that  mark  a  turning  point  in  the  career  of  a  guitarist and  songwriter  who was  bornin  the  shade  of  an  acacia  tree  about  eighty  miles  north  west  of  the  ancient  town  of  Agadez,  and  has  since  risen  to  forefront  of  the  new  Tuaregguitar  generation.  It’s  a  turning  back  the  source  of  everything  that  makes  Bombino  who  he  is.

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Wed Mar 20

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Thu Mar 21

To some, the exercise of writing can meet a physical or spiritual need. From journaling to letter writing, putting pen to paper has long served as more than a tool for communication. In this workshop, we will explore the intersections of writing, health, and well-being. Whether you’re a regular blogger, a bullet journaler, a budding author, or a novice to writing, join us! We’ll explore writing as a tool to deal with difficult emotions or breathing techniques to help keep us centered and on-track as we create, as well as more concrete skills such as time management when writing. We hope you’ll join us on a writing journey!

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Thu Mar 21

For the first time ever, two Texas musical legends- the outrageous & though provoking Kinky Friedman, and the stubbornly independent traditionalist Dale Watson, join forces, sharing a night of songs, stories and humor.

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Fri Mar 22

 Baltimore and Maryland have a deep heritage in this music. The sounds of the fiddle and banjo, along with ballad singing, country song, flatfoot dance, and social square dancing are sewn into the fabric of this region. We're thrilled to celebrate and examine these rich traditions with you at the Creative Alliance!

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