Mobtownblues Cultural Calendar, Mar. 23 – Apr. 20

Below is a sampler platter of just a few of the awesome things going on in Baltimore over the next four weeks or so. I’m involved in couple of them, attending a few, and wishing that I could clone myself in order to participate in the rest.

March 22
withhart.dance.projects
presents Rite
8 p.m., Theatre Project; Free
withhart.dance.projects will share an informal workshop performance with excerpts from current repertory. The highlight of the evening will be Lauren Withhart’s newest project, Rite. Influenced by Nijinksy’s Rite of Spring, Rite explores femininity, protest, and the sacrifice of territory. A hat will be passed and donations gratefully accepted and appreciated.

Mar. 23
Honky Tonk Angels: Karen Collins &The Backroads Band w/The Sweetback Sisters & The Blue Moon Cowgirls.
8 p.m., Patterson Theater; $16; $11, CA members.
Great gal-led country bands! DC`s Karen Collins and the Backroads Band play honky tonk, original shuffles, buckle-polishing slow tunes and twangin`covers from Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb to Loretta Lynn. A renegade retro band, Brooklyn`s Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the Everlys, The Judds, and the sassy rockabilly of Wanda Jackson. Vocalists Ann Porcella and Lynn Healey of Collins’ second band Blue Moon Cowgirls join in, celebrating their appearance on Backroads’ new disc No Yodeling on the Radio.

Mar. 23
Brooks Long and Old Man Brown
8 p.m., 8×10 Club; $10
Soul shouter, pop poet, and Full Circle Storytelling house songster Brooks Long brings his unique blend of soul, blues, R&B, and pop to the 8×10, where he’ll share the stage with one of his favorite bands, Old Man Brown.

Mar. 23-25
Glass Mind Theatre presents Adapting Cinderella
8 p.m. Mar. 23 & 34; 2 p.m. Mar. 25; Load of Fun Theater; $12; $8, students & seniors
Come for the final weekend of Adapting Cinderella, GMT’s devised journey throughout numerous cultural retellings of the Cinderella story. Multiple variations of the fairy tale will be interwoven into one person’s journey to find the key to a true, free identity. A vibrant exploration of self and the idealism of love through dance, text, and music that is not to be missed this season!

Mar. 24
Insquared: The Inclusive Innovation Unconference
8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., MICA Brown Center; $20
This is a day-long gathering of diverse individuals ready to seize opportunities in tech entrepreneurship. The event will inspire and equip people of all backgrounds to join the innovation economy.

Mar. 24, 25, 31 & Apr. 1
Fluid Movement presents “Howard & Lex: The Way We Roll”
3 p.m., 228 W. Lexington St; $5; Buy tix at the door or http://www.Brownpapertickets.com (keyword howardandlex)
Come back to the heart and soul of Baltimore’s department store district to witness a rejuvenating roller ballet! Follow our heroine, Sylvia Kleinman, as she takes a trip down the West Side’s Memory Lane, recalling: the debut of Frank Sinatra at the Hippodrome; the heyday and today-day of Lexington Market; the long-storied tradition of ptrotest, West Side-style; those lovely ladies who lunch amid the spectacle of department store fashion; and the holiday parades of yesteryear, all rolled into one!

April 6
Hamilton Arts Collective presents the Old Time Peanut Gallery Showcase
7 p.m., Hamilton Theater; $5
Come to the Hamilton Arts Collective on April’s First Friday Evening for a foot-stomping night of old-time tunes, featuring: The Manly Deeds; Walker & Jay; Bumper Jacksons; The New Hamilton Wrong Bus String Band; and Storyteller Kevin Griffin Moreno [that's me! - ed.] Free fixin’s for Old Fashioneds provided; BYO bourbon.

April 14
Ninth Annual CityLit Festival
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pratt Library, Central Branch; Free
Celebrating the Literary Arts in Baltimore with the CityLit Project.

April 20
Greater Baltimore Technology Council presents BmoreFail
Time/Location TBD
BmoreFail is a one day conference celebrating failure. Tech entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers come together to learn from their failure and that of others. Failure is universal. No matter how sharp or shrewd you are, things don’t go as planned. How can you predict what will work and what won’t? Well, you can’t. But you can share your mistakes with others (and they with you.) So that we can all learn to fail smarter, faster, and cheaper. It’s okay to fail. As long as we learn from our mistakes and build something better next time.

April 25
Full Circle Storytelling presents “That One Thing”
7 p.m., Bohemian Coffee House; Free
We all have that one thing: that one thing about us that nobody knows; that one thing we did all those years ago that still keeps us up at night; that one thing someone did for us that changed our lives forever. Join Full Circle Storytelling for tales about That One Thing over coffee and goodies at Bmore Bohemian. Music by Brooks Long.

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