Friday Night Live: Young Voices this week at DCA

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Special to The Dorchester Banner/DCA
Emma Myers and Sam Pugh return to the DCA Gallery Stage tonight at 7 p.m. for Friday Night Live: Young Voices.

The Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the return of Emma Myers and Sam Pugh to the first floor Gallery Stage on tonight at 7 p.m. for the Friday Night Live: Young Voices performance. Tickets for the event are $10 for DCA members and $12 for non-members.

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Continuing the series on April 24, DCA welcomes vocalist and guitarist Evan Button. Hailing from Virginia Beach, but big on local connections, this 16-year-old talent boasts, as Veer Magazine states, a “big John Mayer-like voice with a little hint of Dave Matthews.” Evan’s first full-length CD, “Walking On Earth,” was released in January 2015.

The final performance in this spring series will feature 14 year-old Katelynn Cherry on May 29 at 7 p.m. Her past performances have included the Avalon Theatre, MD House and Senate Dinner, Governor and Lt. Governor, National Cherry Blossom Festival and more. She is a student of master voice classes in New York City, and a local community theatre performer.

To charge tickets by phone with Visa, Master Card or Discover, call 410-228-7782.

New At DCA: Booktastings: Samplings of Maryland’s art, heritage, and environment

DCA is pleased to present Dr. Elaine Eff, author, on March 29 at 2 p.m. Dr. Eff will share the story of Baltimore’s screens and 300 years of painted screens around the world as presented in her book The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed.

The 256-page book featuring 300 color photographs represents the life’s work of this folklorist and scholar, who began researching the uber-provincial custom of screen-painting as a graduate student in 1974.

In 1985, Dr. Eff founded the Painted Screen Society. Rooted in the vibrant neighborhoods of early 20th century East Baltimore, where they provided a decorative means of ensuring privacy in the row homes, the screens’ painted exteriors “trapped” the vision of onlookers, preventing them from seeing inside. This clever invention is credited to William Oktavec in 1913, a storeowner on the East side from the Czech Republic (as it is known now). Maryland Traditions, the Folklife Program of the Maryland State Arts Council, has announced the ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) Award recipients for 2014. Under the category of TRADITION, The Painted Screens of Baltimore is the winner.

On April 12 at 2 p.m. Poet Sue Ellen Thompson will discuss and read selections from her published poetry. Known for her elegant control of form, Ms. Thompson’s poetry has been praised for its metaphorical heft and sinuous syntax. Her poems have been read on National Public Radio by Garrison Keillor, featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s nationally-syndicated newspaper column, and received numerous awards, including the 1986 Samuel French Morse Prize, the 2003 Pablo Neruda Prize, and two Individual Artist’s Grants from the State of Connecticut.

She is the author of five books, including most recently They (Turning Point Books, 2014). Previous books The Golden Hour (Autumn House, 2006) and The Leaving: New & Selected Poems (2001) were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Ms. Thompson has given readings throughout the U.S., including the National Arts Club in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, as well as internationally, including Galway University in Ireland. She is also the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2005), a selection of work from 94 American poets that is now being used in college classrooms across the country.

Refreshments and reception with the authors will follow the presentations. The events are free and all are welcome. Reservations are advised and can be made by calling 410-228-7782.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Mickey Love, executive director.

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