On March 7, my co-producer Andrew Hazlett and I hosted the second-ever SHOW Baltimore, a lively mix of earnest conversation and gonzo performance at the Windup Space. The lovely Jessica Keyes was on hand to take photos.
I led off the evening by interviewing photographer Kafi D’Ambrosi, whose style is strongly influenced by Hilton Braithwaite, the onetime spouse of the legendary Angela Davis. Kafi spoke of the importance of mentorship – both providing and receiving it – and about discovering one of the principal animators for the 1970′s ‘Lord of the Rings’ film living right here in Baltimore.
We then made way for three dirndl-ed and bewigged members of the community-based performance art group Fluid Movement, who skated onstage to promote their upcoming roller ballet “Howard & Lex,” as well as other skate- and water ballet performances.
Andrew moderated a “lightning politics roundtable” that featured Baltimore Brew columnist Rodney Foxworth, Baltimore Sun columnist Marta Mossburg, and Sun reporter Julie Scharper. The panel discussed, among other topics, the recent shakeups in the mayoral administration and the need for more common-sense approaches to economic development in Baltimore.
Tom Smith of Johns Hopkins University introduced the crowd to the Gado, a $500, open-source, DIY, tabletop robot that is helping to preserve African-American history by digitizing thousands of images from the Afro newspaper archives. You can order prints of these images here and see the Gado in action below. (Video courtesy of Project Gado)
Rounding off this spectacular lineup were two of my new favorite people, Xani and Erin Polodny, the real-life sisters behind the local food blog Black Coffee and a Donut. Not only did they share their party-planning and entertainment tips (which you’ll be able to hear on the forthcoming audio from the show), but they handed out homemade gourmet rice krispie treats to everyone in the audience.
Free rice krispie treats. Bet you’re wishing you’d been in that audience right about now.