Doll making

Apr. 5th, 2011 09:55 pm
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A dear friend of mine recently passed away at age 97, and she wanted her effects to go to "people who would make good use of them." We've managed to find charities, friends, or friends of friends who will make good use of most of it, but there is one exception: she made collector dolls.

The finished dolls all went to family, but we have six large-ish boxes of dollmaking stuff: clothing patterns (many of them 30-40 years old or more), wigs, miscellaneous supplies and trim, a few near-complete but undressed dolls and not-quite-finished clothes, and at least a dozen dolls' worth of mostly ceramic heads and limbs. Many of the body parts are signed and dated by her; she had access to a ceramic kiln and made her own.

Does anybody know a dollmaking group or individual in the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis who would "make good use" of all this stuff, possibly in exchange for a token donation to a local charity or church? (Or for that matter someone outside of the area who is willing to assume responsibility for transporting it?)

I'm going to poke around online to see if I can find any clubs or organizations in the area, but I'd prefer something or someone I had at a least a word-of-mouth recommendation from. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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In case you haven't heard, Baltimore has cut funding for the Poe House.

It can easily be said that American speculative fiction was born in this house. Here Poe penned one of the pioneering science fiction stories “Hans Pfaal,” (that would go on to influence Jules Verne), and his seminal horror tales “Berenice,” “Morella,” and “Ms. Found in a Bottle.” If the city cannot be persuaded to change its mind about cutting funds, the Poe House—a site of pilgrimage for Poe fans all over the world—will have to shut its doors no later than early 2012.

You can sign a petition here.

You can also contact the Mayor’s office via email or by phone at 410-396-3835.

Snail mail can be sent to:

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor
City Hall, Room 250
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Field Trip!

Apr. 7th, 2010 05:13 pm
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So I've never been to the National Zoo, and I'm wondering if anyone might like to make it a field trip and come along? We could either MARC it down on a weekday, or if folks work during the week and have a car, we could ride down to Greenbelt on a weekend and Metro in. Perhaps we could meet up with some [profile] dc_metro people, too.

If you're interested, leave a comment with what days of the week you can go and if it's the weekend, whether you have a car.
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The Windup Comic Fest is a one-day sequential art event, held twice a year in Baltimore at The Windup Space. Indie comic book artists and comic book stores set up shop for an afternoon of comic awesomeness.

There is no cover charge. The Windup Comics Fest is an all-ages event. Alcohol is available for guests 21 and older. Parking is on-street, or in one of two nearby garages.

MAY 22, 2010. 2pm - 7pm. 12 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

P.S. Vendor Space still Available. Check the website for details.
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Discovered this small, Baltimore-based t-shirt company at the spring craft show at the Timonium fairgrounds today: Tolerate Social Deviance

Awesome designs, good quality shirts & printing. They do seem to run small, however: I'm a size 14 and the XL tank I chose fits me like a glove. A sexy, curvaceous, deviant glove, I'll grant you, but I'd still recommend ordering a size up.
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What? The Baltimore Free School is an idea that came out of Red Emma's and is now an up-and-running project, having debuted last summer. Anyone can teach and take classes, and they're completely free. You can usually start a class at any time, though there's an online signup so that the instructor knows what to expect. Classes range from practical to fanciful to academic to creative, and there's a constantly rolling list of options.

Where? Courses are at 1323 N. Calvert. The website for the Free School is here. You can sign up to register for courses, to teach a course, and to participate in a message board for discussion about the school and courses.

When? The schedule is rolling, but most courses meet weekly or every other week. You can see what's happening on the website.

Some upcoming/current courses:

  • Worm composting
  • Community crochet
  • Pathologies of the self
  • Anarchism study group
  • Introductory herbal medicine
  • Terror, genocide, and human rights in the twentieth century
  • Gardening workshop
  • Saturday yoga
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So I thought I'd kick this comm off by making some suggestions for concerts at the BSO. If you've never been to the BSO, you really should try to get a chance. The conductor, Marin Alsop, is amazing. She's the only female conductor of a major US symphony, not to mention an out lesbian. She's very dynamic and fun to watch, too, if you make it to one of the concerts she's conducting. Most concerts, if not heavily sold, will have last-minute deals where you can attend for $20 or $25, and college students can get $10 rush tickets. Some concerts I would recommend are:

  • Beethoven & Mozart with a Twist, Feb. 25-26: A really cool pianist, Robert Levin, is coming in to do Beethoven's 1st Piano Concerto, as well as improvisations in the style of Beethoven. Though improvisations are normally more of a jazz thing, they used to be the norm in classical music. The familiar "Overture to the Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart is also on the program.
  • Cirque de la Symphonie, Mar. 11-14: If you're not sure how you feel about classical music, this might be a good program. There are some pops concerts on the season, but I think this is cooler: it's a full Cirque du Soleil style performance with 20th century classical pieces as accompaniment. It's also pretty heavily sold, but look for tickets on the Friday night
  • Hearts, Cards, and Carnival, Mar. 25 & 28: Marin's conducting this one too, but it'll be easier to get tickets to than Cirque, and it's a pretty cool program. There's a full ballet, plus two really fun, short operas by Barber and Gershwin.
  • Russian Perfection, Apr. 30: This program features the amazing violinist Gil Shaham, and it's got two of my favorite pieces, Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D Major and Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony. My favorite program on the season.
  • Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle, May 29: Battle is an opera diva, but she'll be performing spirituals and hymns to celebrate the roots of African-American music. Another good program if you're not quite sure about classical.
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