THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT

Korean Beauty (Meyerhof Hall).

The year of the Rabbit for CHINESE, and the associated countries in the continent, 2023 could bring dire consequences. RED could help your rabbit hop to a safe landing.

For those who subscribe to the proponents of Zodiac mythology, RED is the mitigator. Red shoes, red handbags, even red underwear!

Pastries before the Concert (Notice, the red box).

It’s Baltimore Maryland; (January). Asians are a staple in our society. Our new Governor is Black (a first) and our outgoing governor (white) is married to an Asian from Korea. Our primary Concert Hall is the Meyerhoff; so, what better way to show “inclusion” than to have the splendor of this community at this facility, in celebration of the Lunar New Year. A first for Baltimore!

Noodles! A must have, at Asian gatherings. (Photos by OSC).

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Ms. Yue Boa (Houston Symphony Orchestra); guest violinist, Stella Chen, hobbled out on crutches, and thrilled the packed house with the speed of her fingers on the violin, at times, making it look as though the violin is in replacement for that loved one that took her breath away.

It was a thrilling night, that lasted four hours with a potpourri of music and food in the foyer:

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Baltimore Artists to fill Mini Billboards/Kiosks

(Example of stand alone Kiosk)

Did you know the word “billboard” was originated with a man whose name had the word board in it? He made signs for advertising purposes. Like “Xerox” or “Band Aid”, the product name had little to do with its purpose or fulfillment.

Concrete Beauty” by Takia Ross (Baltimore MD.)

Billboards have had an enormous impact on the human psyche; MARLBORO and LUCKY STRIKE, cigarette company brands raked in millions of dollars using billboards.

Remember the stand-alone phone booth? Then someone thought of inserting pictures on the sides for advertising purposes; that gave birth to the marketing Kiosk; much cheaper than billboards.

Truth Hurts” by Wickerham & Lomax (Baltimore MD.)

In Baltimore Md., there is this organization known as CURRENT SPACE.COM. The intent, to advertise local artists, hoping to provide recognition, and eventual renumeration.

The cry is out, loud, and clear, Baltimore, support your local artists!

Crooked Smiles” by Bryan Robinson (Baltimore MD.)

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THE BLUEBELLS IN THE FIELD TOLL

Gaby Echiverri (violin).

The headline was taken from a poetic song by Ging heut Morgan (1897).

Spaceship Landing: Jefferson Hirshman, Bruce Adams (guitars); Daniel Stuckenschneider (bass); Conner LeFevre (drums).

In summary he (Morgan) was delighted by the vegetation as it responded to the dawn of nature, when the world came alive, and in later years of maturity, that vegetation, unlike people, whose talents mature only with time and gentle coercion; then comes the embrace, very palpable and loud, … “you have made it!”.

The German composer had no idea that 225 years later, his classical song would be sung by a youthful African mezzo-soprano, NICOLE OKUNDAYE.

It was an Honors Showcase, night at UMBC (Baltimore County), presenting to the public what the “harvest” of musical talent has produced this year.

Nicole Johnson (piano).

DR. LISA CELLA, Chair of the Performing Arts program at the school, was nervous and excited, and like Morgan, her exuberance said, “Is it not a fine world!?”

What fine fruits, these bluebells, I say.

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IN CONSIDERATION OF THE MESSIAH

CIMONE AUSTIN (Soprano)

It happened this December on the East Side of Baltimore Md. A small group of believers decided to follow a man in his vision to save the inner-city black youth, from the speedy treadmill to nowhere. (Cash-app robberies, squeegeeing, flunking school, drugs, and alcohol abuse) He used what he has mastered successfully, music.

Urban Choral Arts Society Ensemble

How will this manifest itself? Music is not a mechanic shop, not an air conditioning or sheet metal factory! Not a bakery, brick laying industry, electrical apprenticeship, culinary arts! “Non- a -dat!” “Feel me?”

Ronal S. McFadden donned the robe, and proceeded to engage in acts of mercy, saving youth. He is perhaps as tall as his Master whom he is emulating and felt just as Jesus, with the wave of a hand changed the world, so can he with a baton.

Ronald wanted us to see how far he has come since 2015 and thought the messianic celebration month (December) was the time to do it; he formed THE URBAN CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY. Here’s what he gave us on December 13, 2022:

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Correction:

The first Soprano in the video is Angel Strong -Archer, and not Maya Millsape, as it reads.

 

OH, HAPPY DAY

Cast of BLACK NATIVITY

In 1967, when gospel great Edwin Hawkins converted the 1755 hymn, it became the “go to” for the then “negroes”. Today, we are African Americans, and “God is Good” is the replacement.

We have arrived at another December, with the adoptive birth month of Jesus. (Chronology puts it as October, for shepherds would not be out with their flock in December when its snow on the ground).

African Americans converted to Christianity are in celebration mood. Coming out of the pandemic, the voices calling on the name of Jesus are erupting like unexpected volcanoes. (a.k.a. Hawaii).

At the oldest black theater in America (Arena Players) African Americans are lining up to see Black Nativity. Here’s why:

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VALUE DEPENDS ON THE COLLECTORS FORSIGHT

MICHAEL JACKSON (A John Waters Collection)

John Waters is now Baltimore Maryland’s premiere and most celebrated filmmaker. He has arrived to age 76, this year.

He is known for the “unpleasant” and “outlandish”, and in some circles ‘crazy”. An outlier for sure. Especially with titles like BUTT BOY, HAIRSPRAY, MULTIPLE MANIACA and PECKER to name a few.

PINK. (One of John’s favorite colors)

Over the years he has had many homes and several apartments, and in each of these he has decorated with collectibles to reflect his mood swings.

John, described in some circles as the grandfather of the underground cult of crossdressers, has apparently retired from filmmaking, so, what did he do with all his personal collection from 1964 to present?

( SELF IMAGE?)

Two of his friends, Catherine Opie and Jack Pierson have mounted a display at the Baltimore Museum of Art, for us to look at what John was thinking while at home, be it New York, San Francisco, or right here in Baltimore.

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FROM CHUCK, FREDDIE, AND MICHAEL TO EZE.

EZE JACKSON and fans

It was in the 1960’s, when black men appeared on stage, trying hard to look like white men; with parts on the left side when getting hair cuts, to the application of hair straighteners, to look like Elvis Presley or Pat Boone. Chuck Jackson hit the scene with ANY DAY NOW, (a love ballad) selling millions to white and black audiences.

In 20 years, lifestyles changed; the Afro hair cut without parts took over, and love among black youth revved up the horsepower. Freddie Jackson was singing, ROCK ME TONIGHT, and YOU ARE MY LADY.

On the heels was (M.J.) Michael Jackson, who championed the jerry curl hairstyle, and in some ways confused the black world that made it unsure of its R&B roots, especially when Michael denied Billie Jean was his lover, and the “blended” world thought of him as the King of Pop, not R&B.

“Who is that spitting in the microphone?” Sorry, it is not spitting, the correct term is rapping.

For the purpose herein, I will bypass the originators of rap, and skip to Baltimore Maryland’s EZE. EZE JACKSON.

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A REAL NIGGA SHOW

Real Nigga show art work by Davon Carey

For clarification purposes, note the spelling of the “N word in the headline. In this case it is spelt as though it were a salutation, and not a derogatory word describing one’s ethnicity.

The use of the word as spelt above becomes a password for entrance to view the life of African Americans is an innermost circle, of concentric circles of our society. If said without the right tonality, you will be stamped with an exclusionary sticker, NO ENTRY.

What goes on in this world heretofore was a secret, comparable to the secrets held by members of a Grand Lodge. Emerging from such an experience, have left onlookers mouth- opened with expressions as, “Was he not…?…” “I thought he would have been dead by now!”

Black youth in Baltimore from the 1960’s to now is what this theatrical drama is about, at the Arena Players, (Baltimore MD).It hangs under the banner, U THOUGHT I WAS HIM.

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The Lord is My Shepherd…hallelujah!

It felt like a bulldozed voice Vol- canoeing from atop a mountain with a righteous announcement.

The actual location was not Mount Sinai, (that Moses climbed according to Biblical records) but the Clarice Center in College Park Maryland, November 13th, 2022.

The occasion, FALL CHORAL SHOWCASE, with JASON MAX FERDINAND, as conductor.

This two-and-a-half-hour program featured the university Chamber Singers, the University Chorale, and the new Director of choral Activities mentioned above.

The yells, screams and whistles were for the tenor/baritone of RODERICK DIXON.

King David wrote the book of Psalms but has no recordings of his voice for comparison. However, on hearing RODERICK, one could only imagine the voice of Israel’s second king.

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NOT A BAKER’S DOZEN

Artist Ernie Shaw Jr. in front of his Squeegee kid.

Artist Laura Amussen, shows her back, honoring her brother,

Laura’s artistry is thigh high.

A parlance for centuries, “a baker’s dozen” refers to 13 and not 12. Mary Sawyers Baker was an artist from Baltimore who studied voice in Europe. I could not find how she made her money, but somehow to honor her husband listed as a civic leader in Baltimore MD., she created the Baker Awards in 1964.

This philanthropic behavior is intentional of a baker, who often gave 13 instead of 12, thus establishing credibility in the community. The relevance of the surname here, purely incidental.

Of the many artists who applied for the awards, a baker’s dozen (13) did not make it, so that $K10 per person found only 5 to meet the criteria. The night of honor was November 11th, 2022, at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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LISTEN UP JIVE TURKEY, THE PRESIDENT IS BLACK!

Picture taken from cover of playbill.

The “street courthouse” is often where one gets the bare knuckles interpretation of what’s happening in politics, sports, and entertainment. For example, “Did O.J. kill Nicole?

In Baltimore Maryland, to get the “street” interpretation, required a trip downtown to Lexington Market. The views were aplenty, without solicitation.

When Barak Hussein Obama won the Presidency of the United States in 2008, the real gut wrenching, “feet’s don’t fail me now! “shucking and jiving came from the bowels of that marketplace.

Before “yes sir!” had a certain kind of ring to it, alternately, “much respect you sir!” With Obama in office, it became, “yes saa!” with a smattering of sarcasm.

Brandi Porter (L) and Breon Arzell (courtesy Woolly Mammoth Theatre)

“We’s in charge now! Wanna know what I think of the Po, Po?”

Never in my wildest dreams, did I believe that a play filled with Ebonics would hit a major theater like CenterStage and get a “belly” of laughs.

This play looks at all the different shades of black language in America. Remember Tiger Woods (Cablinasian)? The educated would ask, “what is that?” Hazard a guess how the man in the street would ask that question.

AIN’T NO MO looks at the black man in jail, and his various “baby mamas”; since Obama is half white, half black, do you continue to call him “mixed breed” or something else?

The show is a riot, but you’ll be disappointed, no one gets shot!

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BASKING IN THE SUN OF THE LEGENDS

Who are they? History has recorded their phenomenal mastery, almost from their birth, known today as THE LEGENDS OF JAZ: Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, to name a few of almost 30 whose work is indelible to the American fabric of JAZZ, thus making this unequalled body, legendary.

What happens when European harmony is conjoined with African rhythms? It is the birth of an original, “JAZZ BABY!”

What made ROUND MIDNIGHT, the jazz piece all jazz musicians want to try? Perhaps, the words when Monk wrote that piece. It is a love song, when examined carefully. Many of us are familiar with the cautionary admonition, not to let the sun set with your mind in a bad state.

Monk could not handle the midnight chime, with his love life was in despair! Thus, ROUND MIDNIGHT.

Monk was born in October 1917, died in 1982 of a stroke.

An Die Musik (a cultural haven) in Baltimore, showcased the legends of jazz this October with Benny Russell (saxophone); Nuc Vega (drums); Greg Small (piano) and Phil Ravita (bass).

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THE ART OF PAINTING A MANDALA STONE

LARGE MANDALA STONE by Oswald S. Copeland

Why would you want to paint a Mandala Stone? For those of us who lead busy lives, interacting with multiple personalities, some found in one person, achieving CALM is utopia!

This quest for peace and serenity by using Mandala stones, is popular in the Middle East, associated primarily with Hinduism, Buddhism.

The full effect is to paint while humming, blocking out the concentric circles of confusion, anarchy, selfishness, greed, invoking a deity to overcome you with an edifying spirit.

BOWIE MANSION on Tulip Grove Drive

Some of us get there singing songs based on the 66 books of the Bible, others smoke a “blunt”, making sounds while eating, or become excited after an inebriated night out.

I was curious. The invitation said, “Wine and Design at Belair Mansion”; so, after a 2-hour session of designing your own Mandala stones, pat yourself on the back with a refreshing beverage of your choice: Merlot, Sauvignon, Syrah, or water; not to mention great conversations with participants, and host/ instructress.

Small Mandala stone

At the end, I took a short walk inside the mansion, on Tulip Drive in Bowie MD. Original construction began in 1875; it is now a museum.

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BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

SQUEEGEE KIDS at the INNER HARBOR, BALTIMORE MD.

It is the title of a new film/documentary financed by the PEALE MUSEUN of Baltimore MD. An attempt to document what African Americans, (when they were called Negroes) did, to survive. From the 1900’s onwards; now the new survivor is THE SQUEEGEE KID, “WHO HAS ENTERPRENEURAL SKILLS”, (described by some of the well knowns in the city) that should be harnessed, channeled, rather than be harassed or prosecuted.

Why would the Peale do this? To show how entrepreneurial this brain thrust was; the film was made in 2019, and the media and the Baltimore population ignored it. Here we are in 2022, the Peale tries again, by getting the Reginal F. Lewis Museum to run a Free showing for public viewing consumption and sympathy. Many of us attending had scholarly interests. What does that tell you? The masses have no interest in the film/documentary.

Assembled panel of problem solvers concerning the Squeegee Kids .

I have written a letter about the squeegee kids and sent it to the Speaker of the House (MD. General Assembly) the candidates for Governor, and the Mayor’s Office. It has been two months, with no response from any party.

First, I am queasy about the documentary’s title. It implies and implicates disingenuousness, deceit, by any “means” seen fit by individuals, regardless of principled behavior. THAT IS TROUBLING. Look at Haiti today, the first African Republic in the Western Hemisphere, overrun by gangs, the population at large surviving “by any means necessary” Is that the forecast for the squeegee kid?

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