2012 - 2013 Performing Arts Season

The On Screen/In Person Independent Film Series continues on Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm with "Dislecksia: The Movie" and a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell. Tickets are $10; $7 for Maryland Hall members. (Click here to purchase tickets.)

Come early for a beer or glass of wine and to meet Harvey Hubbell. Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 6:30 pm. Wine and beer will be available for purchase for the evening.

 
Maryland Hall has partnered with The Summit School to present a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell, and a panel of experts following the film to answer questions and share thoughts on the film and subject.
 

Sitting down to view the film I thought to myself, sure, I’m familiar with Dyslexia. That is when people see words backwards, right? Well, there is a lot more to this learning difference than what I thought I knew. I expected to sit down and spend 90 minutes learning facts from professional interviews and seeing stats across the screen. I thought I would return to my reality armed with these new facts a wiser person. Well I did, and much more.

Director Harvey Hubbell V brings us through not only his journey with Dyslexia but the journey of the disorder itself. The myths and truths are explored through Harvey’s contagious lightheartedness and positivity. Some of the most interesting perceptions are how many highly successful people live with Dyslexia and the ways they have learned to adapt. People like Stephen J. Cannell, Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy winning actress Sarah Joy Brown have made successful careers based on the need to read, yet share this learning difference.

I can only think how immeasurably frustrating it must be to feel like you can’t keep up with your friends in class. School can be hard enough. As I watched the intimate views of struggles & shortcuts, it made me wonder what resources were available and how involved are the school systems? Well, those questions seem to have become easier to answer thanks to the determination and passion of some. Educators and scientists have developed learning programs that have evolved through the years to benefit those with Dyslexia and without. One of the places that these practices focus on is instructing teachers & educators on how to recognize and teach a child that experiences hurdles in learning. The Haskins Laboratories of Yale University have been implementing this practice worldwide. It seems that many teachers never knew how to reach a student who enters their classroom before these practices were taught to them. Many teachers have given feedback on how teaching in these new ways has eased the stress on the relationship they have with the students. The best part, all of the kids in the class can learn reading and writing skills this same way so students don't feel segregated or that they have a difference at all. Technology has proved to be a friend for the dyslexic as well. Former Harvard Neuroscientist turned educator Dr. Gordon Sherman takes advantage of technology to facilitate computer programs in audio/video that allow the dyslexic brain to thrive. Students are able to learn in a way outside of words, outside of ways that cause them anxiety and inside environments that encourage confidence to grow.  

This film turned out to be one of my favorites that I viewed for this series. Harvey Hubbell V brings Dyslexia to light what many people don’t even know about it and the constant attention that it needs in order for schools to continue to receive funding for their programs and to keep these priceless educators inside their walls. Watching these stories brings hope not just to those dealing with Dyslexia, but to people who are affected by any learning challenge.

--Rebecca Daubney, Performing Arts Coordinator

Dirk Hamilton will perform at Maryland Hall on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm. Opening for Hamilton is five time WAMMIE nominated singer-songwriter, Georgie Jessup. Tickets are $15; $10 for Maryland Hall members.
*Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 7 pm.* Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the evening.
 
 

Dirk Hamilton is a classic case of "woulda, shoulda, coulda". Hailed in the 70's as a true poet/troubadour, his songwriting and singing were unique enough to make him standout from the singer-songwriter du jour, with a quirky style that was fresh and totally original. His voice was often compared to Van Morrison’s, and his performances and music were praised by respected publications like Rolling Stone and the LA Times.

His first album, "You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right," was released on ABC records in 1976. Produced by Gary Katz, who at the time was working with Steely Dan, and would later work with local legend Root Boy Slim, it was an excellent album that showcased his eclectic style as a writer, and was fairly well-received by the critics. His next album, "Alias," I would pair him with guitarist Don Evans, whose distinctive guitar sound would help shape and define Hamilton’s sound for the rest of the decade. In 1977, he released "Meet Me at the Crux," an album that is considered to be one of his finest works, and by many, myself included, a minor masterpiece. Rolling Stone magazine called it an "overlooked gem," among other things. He finished out the 70's with "Thug of Love," another excellent album full of well-crafted songs that would cement his legacy as the best singer-songwriter nobody ever heard of. Then he basically walked away from the "busyness," as he calls it. After laying low for much of the 80's, he returned to recording in the 90's, and since that time has recorded and released some of the best music of his career. Hamilton's latest album is called "Solo Mono" and it is his first truly solo acoustic record. Just guitar, vocals, and Dirk laying his soul on the line.

Although there was promise never realized, there are absolutely no regrets on his part. He told me "I feel good about how things have transpired for me so far. I've stayed alive in the largest sense, and I've never stopped living and growing as an artist and a man. I'm more alive than ever, I'm approaching "wise", and have never been better as an artist".

That’s more evident than on Dirk’s latest release “Solo Mono,” a stripped down, back to his roots record that has Hamilton in peak form as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. And while some of his contemporaries have gone on to greater success, it’s not all about the “busyness” for Dirk; it’s about the craft and what people derive from his music.

Dirk is making a rare trip to the East coast and will be making an appearance at Maryland Hall on Wednesday Nov 14th. He will be performing songs from "Solo Mono" as well as dipping into his extensive back catalogue for classics like "Billboard on the Moon" and "Meet Me at the Crux." If you missed Hamilton the first time around, meaning 35 years ago now is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about. I promise it’ll be worth your while.

-- Michael Macey, Box Office Coordinator

MHCA Presents: Dan Zanes

Sunday, September 30, 2012 | 3 pm

$28/$23 MCHA members/$18 Child (10 & under) and Senior (65+)

Dan Zanes Website

Dan Zanes has two things that set him apart from everyone else. First, he makes homemade family music and encourages similar behaviors in friends and neighbors. Second, he is the guy that sings along with anyone, anywhere. This Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Album for Children will take the stage on Sunday, September 30 at 3 pm.

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On Screen/In Person: “Runaway” – Amit Ashraf

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Runaway" Trailer

In Amit Ashraf’s first feature film, “Runaway,” the crowded city of Dhaka is the perfect hiding place for men seeking to disappear. Babu has made it his life mission to find these runaways and return them to their families and rural villages. But Akbar is a man with powerful connections and a race against time begins as Babu tries to return him home before his pursuer catches up.

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Showcase Artist Series: Casey Driessen

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Casey Driessen Website

With limitless energy and spontaneity, The Singularity Tour kicks off in the summer of 2012, putting Casey Driessen’s unique creative vision center stage. The setup is simple: One man, one fiddle, one pedal board. Mixing his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects, the Grammy-nominated fiddler will build each show layer by layer in real time in front of the audience. The result is a one of a kind experience that pushes the boundaries of musical genres and styles.

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MHCA Presents: Chris Isaak

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$78/$73 MCHA members

Chris Isaak Website

As a child spinning his parents 45s in their Stockton, California home, Chris Isaak has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis' Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there—including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis—all of them discovered and nurtured by the late, great Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. Now, at long last, Isaak has acted on this lifelong obsession, magically recapturing the transformative hepcat brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-'50s, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity. "Beyond the Sun", Isaak's first Vanguard Records release, is truly a labor of love. Nominated Grammy singer-songwriter, American rock musician Chris Isaak will perform live at Maryland Hall on Tuesday, November 13.

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Showcase Artist Series: Dirk Hamilton

(Georgie Jessup opening)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Dirk Hamilton Website

Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton picked up a guitar as a youth and was writing songs and playing live performances by the time he was in high school. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 70s and recorded four critically acclaimed albums: two while at ABC Records, and two while at Elektra/Asylum Records. A poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, Hamilton creates music that can't be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, so indie rock, alt-rock, roots music, americana and folk-rock are often used. For his lyrics and performance style he is most often compared to Dylan, Van Morrison, and John Hiatt.

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On Screen/In Person: “Dislecksia: The Movie” – Harvey Hubbell

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Dislecksia: The Movie" Trailer

The light-hearted documentary “Dislecksia: The Movie” chronicles dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V’s journey across the United States to learn more about a condition affecting 35 million Americans. Along the way he discovers that scientists are close to unlocking its secrets. The film gives dyslexics and their families hope as well as a crash course in how to keep smiling.

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Showcase Artist Series: Rob Levit Holiday Show

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Rob Levit Website

Get in the holiday spirit with noted area musician Rob Levit and talented local performers for an enjoyable assortment of holiday music and carols.

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WAE Presents: Israeli Vocalist and Band

Monday, December 17, 2012 | 7 pm

FREE

World Artists Experiences Website

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Showcase Artist Series: Jayme Stone

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Jayme Stone Website

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone makes music inspired by folk traditions from around the world. His latest album, Room of Wonders, explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals.

Stone thrives on unexpected inspiration: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote Malian villages. He finds it with influences as diverse as Anouar Brahem, Bill Frisell, and Toumani Diabaté. His Juno Award-winning albums, most notably Africa to Appalachia, both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music.

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MHCA Presents: Peking Acrobats

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 7 pm

$27/$15 MCHA members and children

Peking Acrobats Website

The Peking Acrobats, a troupe of China's most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments will bring their 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatics to North America for an extensive tour of North America.

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On Screen/In Person: “Cafeteria Man” – Richard Chisholm

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Cafeteria Man" Trailer

“Cafeteria Man” tells the true story of rebel chef Tony Geraci and his mission to radically reform the way kids eat at our nation’s schools. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional system. It’s about what’s possible when citizens come together and what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen.

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MHCA Presents: Footworks Percussive Dance – “Steps & Stripes”

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 8 pm

$25/$20 MCHA members and children

Footworks Website

”Steps & Stripes” was conceived when The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts commissioned Footworks to create a piece to commemorate The Star Spangled Banner’s 200th anniversary and perform it for the 50th annual Americans for the Arts conference in Baltimore in June of 2010. Robert L. Lynch, President of Americans for the Arts, wrote that it was a “rousing and patriotic performance” and that the audience “loved the portrayal of our American history and its many threads through dance. [It was] a deeply moving and entertaining piece that resonated with us all.”

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On Screen/In Person: “Abel Raises Cain” – Jenny Abel

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Abel Raises Cain" Trailer

In “Abel Raises Cain”, the filmmaker provides an unprecedented glimpse into the life and extraordinary career of her father, Alan Abel, the notorious media prankster who has made a name for himself several times over with a series of elaborate hoaxes and schemes, all of which were designed to provoke, amuse and make people question everything that they see, hear or read.

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Showcase Artist Series: The Farewell Drifters

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

The Farewell Drifters Website

Rising out of Nashville’s thriving independent music scene, the Farewell Drifters are an alt-folk band known for their 60’s era-inspired harmonies and adventurous musical energy. They have crafted a seamless blend of intellectual psychedelic pop with melodic songs that openly explore the brightest and darkest corners of life with raw intensity. The Farewell Drifters’ latest album, Echo Boom, has been met with critical praise and finds them growing from young men into thinking men and establishing their considerable place in this world.

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Showcase Artist Series: “Music in Art” – Joe Dickey

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

After jamming together for two decades, friends Joe Dickey and Henry and Cindy Whitesel took their music to the streets, and Crabgrass made its debut at a street festival in Annapolis in 1993. From there, the band played at gallery openings in the local area, retirement homes, and street festivals. When the washtub bass player retired in 2001, Tim Bowen joined the band. The band has been playing regularly at the famous 49 West Restaurant and Café in downtown Annapolis since 2000. They bring their special blend of harmonies and instrumentation to traditional and contemporary bluegrass, gospel, folk, and country music. On display will be a collection of woodturning pieces by Joe Dickey.

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On Screen/In Person: “What We Need Is The Impossible” – Sam Green

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

“What We Need Is The Impossible!” gathers together an evening length program of short films by Academy Award nominee Sam Green. The eclectic mix of documentaries range from a portrait of the world’s largest shopping mall in China to an elegy for Meredith Hunter, the young man killed by Hells Angels at the notorious 1969 Altamont concert, to an exploration of the little- known universal language of Esperanto.

To purchse tickets, visit our website www.marylandhall.org or click here.

 

 

 

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