Free Fall and Black Male Identity

As this week takes us out of October, we see the end of a high-energy, event filled Free Fall. Many thanks to the organizations and individuals who participated this month and opened your doors to audiences throughout the region. Special thanks to the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for all of the coordination, publicity, and support.

For this final week of Free Fall, I want to highlight the events being done through the Black Male Identity Project this week. I don’t typically post specific events in this section of our email, but I want to feature this small subset of events as a reminder of how diverse and powerful our cultural community can be when a great project like Black Male Identity happens and is supported by the community:

Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents The Middle Passage Mural: Joseph Norman by African-American artist Joseph Norman. Comprised of 401 black and white drawings, the scale of the project presents a dark historical period as a powerful example of artistic achievement. Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224; Sept. 24 – Oct. 29; or 410/276-1651 for hours.

Unchained Talent presents an evening of spoken word exploring the reason and rhymes of black males and the productive use of their time; Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30pm; Lake Clifton Campus Theatre, 2801 St. Lo Drive, Balt., MD 21213; or

Fleckenstein Gallery presents Travelin’ Shoes, an exhibition w/ artists Rams Brisueño, Schroeder Cherry, and Kylis Winborne. Fleckenstein Gallery, 3316 Keswick Rd., Balt., MD 21211; Oct. 5 – Nov. 5; gallery hours T-F 11am-7pm, and Sat 11am-5pm; or 410/366-3669.

MICA PLACE presents Black Light (The Mysteries of the Young Black Male), organized & w/ works by MICA students; Oct. 10 – Nov. 4; The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, MICA PLACE, 814 N. Collington Ave., Balt., MD 21205; blmysteries@gmail for information.

National James Baldwin Literary Society presents 5 Monday Writers Talk About Writing Oct. 24, 6-7:30pm; register online. Station North Café and Art Gallery, 3618 Greenmount Avenue, Balt., MD 21218; or 410/625-6440 for information.

Studiokafi and Station North Arts Café present a Closing with Spoken Word for Body Politic II, an exhibition of photographs by Kafi D’Ambrosi; Oct. 27, 5-7pm; 1816 N Charles St Balt, MD 21201; for details and other information.

Theatre Action Group presents I’d Rather Stick a Needle in My Eye, Oct. 29, 8pm at The Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles St., Balt, MD 21218; also: Different People, Different Beliefs, Different Yearnings…, Oct. 30, 8pm at Hidden Stream Park, 500-598 N. Woodyear St., Balt, MD 21217; reservations at 443-494-9524.

Theatre Morgan presents the play BROKE-OLOGY by Nathan Louis Jackson — can poverty break this African-American family apart? (Some mature language); runs Oct. 28 – Nov.6 at Morgan State University at the Murphy Fine Arts Center; 443-885-4440 or for reservations.

Chat & Scat, Economics of Black Male Identity, featuring a panel discussion moderated by Executive Director of Associated Black Charities, Diane Bell-McKoy. Eubie Blake Center, 847 N. Howard Street. Free and open to the public. Wednesday, October 26 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Until next week–



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