Gypsy Soul is a multifaceted company that specializes in promotions, media services and event management. Each month, the company presents “Ear Candy,” which it describes as “not a concert, but a unique concept, an evolved listening party and performance with a simplistically sultry atmosphere that allows fans to experience rare moments as they get to know the artists they love while introducing newcomers to artists they are sure to fall in love with.” Artists that have participated include Melanie Fiona, The Foreign Exchange, PJ Morton and Yahzarah.
Organic Soul Tuesdays
Hosted by poet/art educator Olu Butterfly, Organic Soul Tuesdays is probably the most successful open mic jam session with a live band in Baltimore. It only helps that the live band are musicians in the jazz/soul group Fertile Ground. Organic Soul Tuesdays has been a staple in the Baltimore live performance arts scene for more than 9 years. The likes of Raheem Devaughn, Jsoul, Maimouna Youssef, Carolyn Malachi and Malcolm Jamal Warner have graced the stage.
Emerging Voices Project
Emerging Voices is a University of Baltimore project that showcases new works by community writers in reader’s theater. It highlights local developing work in the University of Baltimore’s Spotlight UB summer performance series, from June through August. In total, seven new works are presented in a series of staged readings in the UB Student Center Performing Arts Theater. The series includes new plays, short stories and poetry. All of the presentations are free and open to the public.The audience is encouraged to participate in a workshop with the authors after the performance.
2011 Maryland Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival is an annual four-day event that takes place the first weekend of May. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties — narrative, documentary, animation, experimental and hybrid — to tens of thousands of audience members. The festival takes place on screens in and around Baltimore’s Station North Arts District, all within short walking distance of each other, including the five-screen, independent art-house Charles Theater and the state-of-the-art campus auditorium of Maryland Institute College of Art.
The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center is the place to be every third Sunday for Storytellers. Hosted by Raven Ekundayo, luminoUS and Quill Wordsmith, the monthly open mic performance arts showcase gives poets, rappers, singers and actors the opportunity to share their stories. Music provided by DJ Phaze.