Calendar of Events

Jul 12th

Flickering Treasures

 

Sunday, July 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Speaker Amy Davis

Included with Museum Admission

 

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Celebrate the golden age of movie-going with Baltimore photographer and author Amy Davis as she presents photographs from her upcoming book, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.” The integral role of Jews in Baltimore cinema, as theater owners, operators and moviegoers will be explored. The collection of vintage and new photographs in Flickering Treasures tells a fresh story of Baltimore through the cultural prism of film exhibition. Share your reminiscences after traveling in time back to your favorite movie houses.

 

Photojournalist Amy Davis has garnered many national awards since joining the staff of The Baltimore Sun in 1987. Her fine art training from The Cooper Union informs her documentary approach. Her photographic work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, and is in the collection of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York.

 

Creative Alliance, a lively non-profit arts organization based in the Patterson Theatre in Highlandtown, is the fiscal sponsor for Flickering Treasures.

 


Jul 2nd

The Great Debate, 1939—1941

 

How Harry Warner, Ernst Toller, and Alvin York Helped Win “The Great Debate” for American Interventionists

Thursday, July 2nd, 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ken Sutak, author and curator

 

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Ken Sutak, author of Cinema Judaica: The War Years, will explore how three unexpected men influenced the outcome World War II. Harry Warner, president of Warner Bros, Ernst Toller émigré Prussian-Jewish playwright and Alvin York, the immortal Sergeant York of WW I fame, who later became the most important interventionist spokesperson during “The Great Debate.” These three men were in the forefront of those who managed to change popular American opinion regarding World War II and help prepare the country for war.

 

*a members only cocktail reception will be held prior to the presentation, details TBD


Jun 21st

The Forgotten Jewish Heritage of American Whiskey

Schnapps with Pops: The Forgotten Jewish Heritage of American Whiskey

 Sunday, June 21st from 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Speaker Ried Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

Admission $10, includes whiskey tasting

 

The frontier iconography of countless American whiskey brands, particularly bourbon labels, captures many popular myths about the rise of this nation. Of course, the reality behind these labels is more complicated, and more interesting. Many were started by Jewish entrepreneurs who formed a prominent part of this quintessentially American industry well after the frontier was settled. Their involvement–and occasional efforts to downplay that role for political and economic reasons–is a story that illuminates the American experience as much as any of the marketing myths.

 

Taste your way through this history, samples of a number of the whiskeys explored are included in the program admission.

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Reid Mitenbuler is the author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey (Viking). His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Whisky Advocate, among other publications.