Hello everyone, hope everything is well with you. I am doing okay myself. I want to thank the many friends and associates and fans for being there for me at my brother’s funeral services. Your prayers and you physically being there helped me through a difficult time. You all came through for me.
My night club folks, my sisters and brothers of the Eastern Star and Masons; My goodness! You all came, including the musicians and their wives. Rev. Frances Toni Draper and her husband Andre’ were there for me; Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Carlos Hutchins, Michael Haynie, Charles Faison, The Arch Social Club, Maceo’s; and Roots Lounge were represented. There are just too many to name. Special thanks go out to Dr. Estelle Levy, Carlos Johnson, Tiny Tim Harris, Sir Thomas Hurley, Ms’ Maybelle, Darlene Douglass, Rev. Henry Turner, the Wallace Sisters and Phyllis Otten} who participated in the program. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
All right my dear friends, get out your cowboy hat and boots, your jeans and spurs, I feel a Country Western Dance is coming. The Annie S. Banks Chapter No. 42 of the Myra Grand Chapter is hosting a cabaret style Country Western Dance on April 27, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Masonic Temple, 1307 Eutaw Place. Melvin M. Thorpe is Grand Master. For more information and tickets, call Sis Judy Marvin at 410-462-3488 or Bro Lamoth Haynie at 301-343-4799.
The I. H. Clayborn Consistory No. 363 of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple is hosting a Black & Gold Scholarship Banquet on April 27, 7-11 p.m. at the La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 S. Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. This is a formal attire event to raise funds to support our youth. For ticket information, contact Leroy Dingle Jr. 410-292-7833.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum will unveil wax images of four educators—Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, born 1875- died 1955, founder of the National Council of Negro women; Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Morehouse College president from 1940 to 1967; Dr. Benjamin Quarles, chairman of Morgan State University’s history department from 1953 to 1974 and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, who has been president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992—in a ceremony from 2:30-5 p.m., following a VIP reception at Morgan’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, Gilliam Concert Hall, 2201 Argonne Road. The program will include a performance by the University of Maryland Baltimore County Gospel Choir. For more information call Gloria Todman at 410-563-3404, ext. 20.
Honey Child! Check this out! Creative Alliance is presenting a Marquee Ball. This year’s Marquee Ball doles out three themed parties in one night at the Patterson on Eastern Avenue with a dinner cabaret in the theater, a buffet in the lounge and late night costume ball all based on the film noir Whatsit movie, Kiss Me Deadly on April 20, 6 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. They are transforming the Patterson into scenes of “Blood Red Kisses” and “White Hot Thrills” with some clandestine Cold War tactics to keep the mysterious glowing box under wraps. Then there is the Baltimore’s Best Costume Bash, a Private Eye Dinner. During all of this, Creative Alliance recognizes “Baltimore’s Lady of Jazz,” Ethel Ennis with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards as she celebrates her 80th birthday. So get all dressed up in black and white or blood red, and step into the Golden Age of Film Noir. Hosted by Jeanine and Pat Turner, The Marquee Lounge will be turned into a sultry nightclub as they debut a special cocktail with a Clementine’s buffet just for this soiree, then dance to the Belvederes. Ticket also includes live jazz entertainment, silent auction, beer, wine and food. For more information and tickets, call 410-276-1651. Congratulations my dear friend Ethel, it is very well deserved.
This information is for all my musicians. Applications are being accepted for “Sound off Live” at Artscape. Performers can apply to the battle of the bands completion for the opportunity to play on one of the area’s biggest stages. The competition is open to bands from the Baltimore-Washington area that performs various genres of music. You can download applications on line from www.artscape.org. Deadline for submissions is April 19 by 4 p.m.
On April 26 for the Press Preview and April 27 there will be an open reception, a panel of discussion and an exhibit at Creative Alliance at 3134 Eastern Avenue on Baltimore’s Globe Poster Printing Corp. The exhibition will chart the concurrent trajectories of Globe Poster and African-American music history, beginning with the golden era of R&B and ending with the last days of Go-Go. Concerts, educational workshops, a film night, panel discussions and exhibition tours with bilingual docents will encourage old and new audiences alike to find personal connections with the exhibition material. The exhibition will be curated by MFA candidate Chloe Helton-Gallagher. When Globe Poster closed its doors in 2010 the company’s collection of posters, printing tools and ephemera was purchased by the Maryland Institute College of Arts where it lives on as a working collection, accessible and in use by students, artists, educators and historians. Yours truly, “Rambling Rose” will be one of the panelist for this event. For more information, call 541-953-4445 or email email@example.com.
Oh, my goodness! I am out of space. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.