Marion Elizabeth Rodgers (3/31)

For more than a quarter of a century, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers has been considered the foremost authority on the American critic and journalist H.L. Mencken as well as the editor of his works.

Marion Elizabeth RodgersMencken was born and lived his entire life in Baltimore where he was long associated with the Baltimore Sun papers along with editing two of the nation’s most distinguished literary magazines – The American Mercury and The Smart Set.  He was also the author of The American Language.

Ms. Rodgers is the author of a critically acclaimed biography – “Mencken: The American Iconoclast” – published by Oxford University Press in 2007. She also edited “Mencken and Sara: A Life in Letters: The Private Correspondence of H.L. Mencken and Sara Haardt.” In addition, she edited Mencken’s six-part “Prejudices” series in their most recent and definitive edition (Library of America). She is also the editor of “The Impossible H.L. Mencken: A Selection of His Best Newspaper Stories” published in 1991.

Most recently, Ms. Rodgers edited the definitive “H. L. Mencken: The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition: (Library of America)” published last year. Mencken’s memoirs, which began in the 1940s as installments in The New Yorker, included more than 200 never-before-published pages of his notes.  There is no single American writer and critic more knowledgeable about “the sage of Baltimore.”

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers will speak on March 31 at 8:30 a.m. in PAHB 428 (Advanced Journalism Seminar).  Visitors are welcome.

String Octets (4/2)

On Thursday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, UMBC music faculty and guest join forces with students to perform the titanic Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn, and more rarely heard Octet, Op. posth. by Max Bruch. Featured performers will include UMBC string faculty Christian Tremblay and Airi Yoshioka, violin; Amadi Azikiwe and Nana Gaskins Vaughn, viola; Gita Ladd, cello; Laura Ruas, double-bass; and student performers Ariel Byrd and Erika Koscho, violin; and Michael Bradshaw, cello. Complete information is available by clicking here.

Out of Rubble (4/2 – 5/16)

OutOfRubble01The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the exhibition Out of Rubble, which reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically and spiritually. Responding to a wide range of violent encounters taking place over four continents, Out of Rubble presents works by seventeen artists and architects from over ten countries who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery. Featured artists and architects include: Taysir Batniji, Lenka Clayton, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Susanne Slavick, Monica Haller, Sara Pellegrini and DAAR, Simon Norfolk, Jennifer Karady, Heide Fasnacht, Wafaa Bilal, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Enrique Castrejon, Rocio Rodriguez, elin o’Hara slavick, Osman Khan, Hirokazu Fukawa, Jane Dixon and Samina Mansuri. The exhibition is curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

The exhibition’s opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.   The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and is located in the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free. For complete information, click here.

UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble (3/27)

On Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, as part of the Department of Music’s Jazz Festival, the UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble will perform an eclectic concert of creative, improvised music. Members include trumpeter Tom Williams, vibist Mike Noonan, guitarist Tom Lagana, pianist Harry Appelman, bassist Tom Baldwin, drummer Scott Tiemann, and saxophonist Matt Belzer. Complete information is available by clicking here.

These Shining Lives (3/26 – 3/29)

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UMBC’s Department of Theatre presents These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, directed by Nyalls Hartman. Performances will be presented March 26 through 29 in the Black Box Theatre in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

An emotionally-gripping story of survival, These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of the women who worked at the Radium Dial Clock Company in Ottawa, Illinois during the 1920s and 1930s. Based on true events, the play dramatizes Catherine Donahue’s race against time and the bittersweet triumph of the women of Radium Dial as they stand up against oppression and injustice to hold the famous clock maker accountable for its negligence involving radium poisoning. Touching, wistful, and beautifully tragic, These Shining Lives turns back the hands of time and reminds us today that we must remain ever-vigilant in the fight against injustice to protect our own lives and the lives of those we love.

Complete information is available here.

Incidental Matters: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program

marx01UMBC’s 2015 MFA candidates in the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) program — Tim (Silouan) Bubb, Chanan Delivuk, Kata Frederick, Jason Hughes, Meghan Marx and Victor Torres — are featured in Incidental Matters, an exhibition presented jointly at Jordan Faye Contemporaryand Maryland Art Place (MAP) (both at 218 West Saratoga Street), and Current Gallery (421 North Howard Street). The exhibition is sponsored by UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), Department of Visual Arts, and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in partnership with the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District. The exhibition continues on display through April 10.

An Opening Reception will be held simultaneously at all three spaces on Thursday, March 26, from 5 to 7 pm. At MAP, Victor Torres will perform from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; at Current Gallery, Kata Frederick will perform a drawing from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.; and at Current Gallery Chanan Delivuk will perform an oral history beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Complete information about the exhibition is available by clicking here.