Calendar of Events

Nov 3rd

Folk Film Festival: Under African Skies

Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Under African Skies

Join us Tuesday evenings in November for our Folk Film Festival. Our premier film is Under African Skies, a documentary where “Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.”


Don’t miss the rest of the series!


A Mighty Wind – Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m.


Inside Llewyn Davis – Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m.


Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune – Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30 p.m.


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Nov 1st

The Black-Jewish Century of Music

Sunday, November 1st at 3:00 p.m.

Speaker Prof. Jeffrey Melnick, University of Massachusetts Boston

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No history of American popular music in the Twentieth Century can be written without African Americans and Jews at the center of the narrative.  From the early days of Tin Pan Alley, through the heyday of Brill Building pop in the 1960s (with which Paul Simon was associated early in his career), and up through the hip hop explosion of the 1980s and 1990s, African Americans and Jews have been complexly and productively connected.  In this talk, Professor Melnick will outline this history, with a special focus on the complicated ways that Jewish Americans—as songwriters, producers, theater owners, and performers—have been crucially involved with the production of what has been understood as “Black” music.  With a cast of characters including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Sophie Tucker, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday Jerry Wexler, and the Beastie Boys, this presentation will engage the audience in a consideration of the difficult politics surrounding the Jewish involvement in African American music.
Jeff Melnick is Professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts, where he specialize sin teaching about immigration and cultural history.  His books include A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song, Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in the New South, and, most recently, 9/11 Culture: America Under Construction.  Professor Melnick served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies for many years and has lectured widely on American popular culture.  He is currently writing a book provisionally titled Creepy Crawling  with the Manson Family.


Oct 25th

Still Crazy After All These Years: Classic Musical Monster Mashes

Free Fall Baltimore!

Sunday, October 25th at 1:00 p.m.

Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, UMBC


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Novelty songs have always occupied a quirky corner of our collective pop culture, and Halloween is the best time of year for cool and creepy ditties that celebrate all the monstrous mayhem. Join Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg as he takes you on a tour of classic monster mashes, especially those that added a wacky twist to the popular music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s!


ARNOLD T. BLUMBERG is the “Doctor of the Dead” and “The MCU guru” – a world-renowned zombie expert and authority on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he teaches courses in those and many other media subjects at the University of Baltimore). He spent 15 years in the comic book industry and owns small press ATB Publishing (Doctor Who essay collections Outside In and Outside In 2). He has appeared in film (Doc of the Dead, The Walkers Among Us, The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen, the forthcoming Marvel Renaissance) and contributed to books like Triumph of the Walking Dead, Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies, and The Undead and Theology. His podcasts – Doctor of the Dead, The G2V Podcast, Who’s Talking, and The MCU Review – are all available at Find Arnold on Twitter at @arnoldtblumberg, @DoctoroftheDead, @G2VPodcast, and @WhosTalkingCast.