Ms. Maybelle’s Full Figured Fashion Show is Dec. 13 at the Positive Youth Expression School, 200 N. Bentalou Street, with many guests including, comedian Alabama and other surprises. For ticket information, call 443-226-8895.
Hello everyone and Happy Holidays. I am telling you my friends this month is starting out with a bang! The hustle and bustle has started with the shopping, putting up decorations and buying gifts for family, friends and love ones; it is like a whirlwind. I feel the pain too.
Shirley Duncan will host her 18th Annual Christmas Ball, 6-11 p.m., Dec. 14 at the Promenade Sport Facility, 2605 Lord Baltimore Drive in Baltimore. For more information, call 410-523-0575.
Well, I have a way for you to take a break. There are several events you can enjoy by attending and supporting the cause. Also, to help out with your shopping especially for decorations and your Christmas dinners, I suggest one of my favorite places, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market, which by the way closes on Dec. 21. They are open only on Sundays. The market offers seasonal items including: turkey, brisket, ham, lobster, pies, cider, gingerbread cookies, apples, pears, citrus fruit, crab cakes and dips, sweet potatoes, greens, honey, nuts, goat, fish, dairy, coffee, breads, spices, truffles, candy and much more. As far as gifts they have a wide range of unique jewelry, soaps and lotions, holiday ornaments, vintage clothing, mugs and other dishes, original works of art, handcrafted baskets, leather goods and much more. You can also get wreaths, Christmas trees and other decorations for your home or businesses. The Farmer’s Market is located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets. I’ll see you there.
Robert Shahid, drummer and his Quartet with Sheila Ford as vocalist will perform for the Jazz Expressways Jazz Breakfast event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 14, at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue. Also enjoy a fantastic buffet breakfast, music and book signing by Rambling Rose. For ticket information, call 410-323-7295.
Some of the other events coming up are the Caton Castle shows; 6-10 p.m., Dec. 20, the Warren Wolf Quintet; 6-10 p.m., Dec. 27, the “Be Mo Jazz Holiday Jazz Jam” with Warren Wolf & Craig Alston with Alex Brown, Romeir Mendez and John Lamkin. For ticket information, call 410-566-7086.
The Fantastic Four & Carlos Hutchins will present a “Holiday Cabaret Party” featuring the Panama Band, 8 p.m. to midnight, Dec. 19 at the Bleu Room on Security Blvd., and Colonial Road in Baltimore. This event is BYOB & BYOF. For ticket information, email Carlos at email@example.com.
Eubie Blake and “Jazz Beyond Borders” invite you to attend a Holiday Concert, 7 to 10 p.m., Dec. 13, featuring the Eric Byrd Trio. For ticket information, call 410-225-3130.
The Eubie Blake Center is having a Holiday Open House and Bazaar with a “New Holiday Shopping Experience,” 2 to 6 p.m., Dec. 14 at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 North Howard St. All ages are welcome and it is free admission. Enjoy food, movies, music, story-telling and a wide variety of arts, crafts and fabulous holiday gift items including autographed copies of Rambling Rose’s book: “African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland” (Remembering the Yesterday 1940-1980) and my “Pennsylvania Avenue Book” that is fondly called by my fans, but entitled “African-American Entertainment in Baltimore” . They are wonderful for gifts this time of the year. For more information, call Cheryl Goodman at 410-370-8994.
Bilal Ali Productions presents a “Smooth night of Jazz and R&B” show with a special musical tribute to George Benson, 7 p.m., Dec. 13, with open bar, dinner and free parking at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills. For more information, call 443-540-7797.
There is one more thing I want to mention and that is last week, I checked out a new club in South Baltimore, and it is very, very nice and the food is good too. I am talking about an old friend, Edward “Slim Butler”, that’s right! The same “Slim Butler” who built “The Castle on the Hill” known as the Palladium on Liberty Heights Avenue and the Giovanchy’s on Fulton & Baker Streets back in the day. He now owns another club. Well, he gutted out this huge building on the corner located 1173 W. Hamburger Street and remolded it. It has a lounge area with a half horse-shoe bar, a kitchen with a chef and a classic upstairs lounge where he will soon have live entertainment. The name of his club, which he told me will be called, the TD Lounge is not on the building yet. There is plenty of street parking and a parking lot across the street from the club. I would love to have some of the old gang from his other clubs meet me and Shorty for a drink.
Well my dear friends, that is all I have space for. You have a happy holiday, and a very Happy New Year with peace and blessings. Even though the AFRO will be on vacation for two weeks until Jan. 5, you can still contact me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 410-833-9474. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.