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Stoop Storytelling @ Centerstage Tonight

After their one-off show at Hopkins a few weeks ago, The Stoop is back in its regular home at Centerstage tonight to present Culture Shock: Stories about confronting the new, strange, and often scary.

Here's a scene from Pleasantville, a movie all about confronting scary new culture shock.

We’ve written about the Stoop enough times now that we’re having trouble coming up with new angles. We thought we might just blog a story of our own about ‘confronting the new, strange, and often scary,’ but all the ones that came immediately to mind were ones we don’t really feel like putting up online. Some way to run a personal blog, yes.

So instead, for further reading go over to B-More Cultured, where Katie recently posted an interview with Stoop producer Jessica Henken.

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Centerstage is at 700 N. Calvert St. in Mount Vernon. Tickets for tonight’s show are sold out.

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2011 Theater Subscription Series’ in Baltimore

Anyone who paid even a little bit of attention to print and online media during the Christmas season has surely by now heard the phrase “give the gift of theater.”

You can’t blame the thespians for trying to claim their share of the huge figgy pudding that is Christmas shopping receipts, especially with so many people now committed to shopping locally. A theater subscription does make a great gift if there’s someone on your list who you know is regularly seeing theater anyway, but it’s something we’re much more likely to buy for ourselves.

It got us to thinking that the new year is an excellent time to take a look around the local stage scene to see what’s playing, which subscriptions and memberships are available, and how much it will cost.

Centerstage
Centerstage offers very flexible memberships. Patrons can build their own custom package of tickets for four or more shows and become a member automatically. You get your choice of specific shows, dates, and seating sections, and with a membership you receive receive 25% off the total face value of your order. Prices run from $10-$60 per seat, meaning memberships start as low as $30. Highlights for 2011 include Second City Does Baltimore (on now), Snow Falling on Cedars, and Crime and Punishment.

Everyman Theater
The Everyman is currently offering subscriptions to the remaining 3 productions of their 2010/2011 season (Shooting Star, Stick Fly, and Pygmalion). They allow you to subscribe to a particular day of the week (Friday Nights, Thursday Previews, Sunday Matinees, etc) with prices ranging from $75 to $115 depending on the day. Subscriptions also come with a number of benefits, such as the waiving of service fees, ability to trade in tickets, and insurance against lost tickets.

Theater Project
For their 2010/2011 season Theater Project has chosen five shows, and lets the subscriber choose from one of eight of their other shows (including the annual High Zero Festival) for a six ticket subscription. Total cost is $80, with discounts for seniors and artists ($70) as well as students ($55). Unfortunately, there are only 2 shows left in the series, but one imagines 2011/2012 subscriptions will be similar in nature.

Single Carrot Theater
There are still three shows remaining in Single Carrot’s season for 2010/11 (The Other Shore, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and Linus and Alora). Pro-rated subscriptions are available for Thursdays-Sundays at a rate of $55 for adults, $40 for artists, seniors and students. If you really want to show the Carrots some love, and enjoy several extra benefits, you can avail yourself of a pro-rated membership for $99.

Mobtown Theater
Up at Clipper Mill, the Mobtown Players have four shows remaining in the current season (She Stoops to Conquer, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Epicoene, Welcome to the Good Life, Baby.) Their website does not offer any subscription information, but adult tickets are available for $15 at brownpapertickets.com.

Audrey Herman Spotlighters
The Spotlighters are running a long season this year, with six productions remaining stretching all the way to August. They’re currently offering a choice of two subscriptions; a ten-ticket ultra flexible family pack for $135, or a pick-5 subscription at $72. Highlights this year are A Streetcar Named Desire, Approaching Zanzibar, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Strand Theater
The Strand’s season subscription offers excellent value, consisting of five shows for $45. Unfortunately the only two shows remaining this year are The Year of Magical Thinking and One Flea Spare. Individual tickets for those productions can be had for $15 apiece.

Fell’s Point Corner Theater
FPCT has scheduled five productions between now and June with highlights including Reasons to be Pretty and their 10×10 short plays series. Their site hints at discounts and benefits for subscribers, but their actual subscriptions page seems to be currently under construction. We’d suggest using the contact form on their site for more information.

Vagabond Players
Currently in the run of their 95th season, Vagabond Players is offering a 3-play mini-subscription choice among their four remaining productions. Patrons can choose three from Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Death of a Salesman, Six Degrees of Separation, and Abducting Diana for just $30.

We say shop around now and find a subscription that suits you, or just pick up a few sets of single-show tickets if you want to mix and match. Some of these theaters are downright diminutive, and they all continue to enjoy growing popularity and subscriber bases. Make it your new year’s resolution to buy theater tickets now, before they’re sold out, and you won’t end up watching some tripe starring Michael Cera or Emma Stone on date night this spring.

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Stoop Storytelling: War Stories @ Centerstage Tonight

Well, it took a while, but the Chop has finally got our act together enough to buy a pair of advance tickets to something. We’re big on the pop-in, the drop-by, and the go-around-the-way. Whether it’s a band or a book signing or a baseball game, we don’t like to get locked into anything. Something’s happening? Maybe we’ll come by and check it out.

Nice as it is to keep your options open, it kind of sucks to miss your guess and show up to a packed house or a sold out event. The Stoop has fooled us before. We’ve been wanting to check out the Stoop for a long time now. We’ve even blogged about it before. Hell, we’ve actually shown up to Centerstage on time and heard the dreaded “We can put you on the waiting list.” Well, fool us twice, won’t get fooled again. Or something like that.

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The Stoop tells war stories at Centerstage tonight. 7 pm doors.

We’ve learned our lesson. The Stoop is popular. Storytelling is popular. Here in Baltimore, we tell ours on stoops, but out in San Francisco they do it by porchlight. In Portland they gather at the back fence, and down in DC they speak easy. Whatever you call it though, it amounts to the same thing… people relating to each other in the way they have since the beginning of time; no art, no artifice, just telling their stories.

If stories have been around since the beginning of time, then war stories have been around almost as long. There’s no shortage of stories close in to a battlefield. We’re sure that tonight’s topical tales will run the gamut from the heroic and inspiring to the heartrending and bittersweet, on down to the vulgar and absurd.

We only regret that we won’t hear the one story we want to hear most: the one about all the wars being over and done.

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Centerstage is at 700 N. Calvert St. in Mount Vernon. 410-332-0033 for tickets.

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Bmore Local Rally, Stoop Storytelling in Baltimore Tonight

What’s that Baltimore? You hate Mondays and you worked really hard all day and those reports are due and that meeting was a snoozer and the intern is incompetent and all you want to do is flop down on the couch and eat chocolate Cheerios for dinner and pass out?

Well, forget it. The Chop has plans for you today.

Bmore Local rallies to stop Wal-Mart at City Hall today. 4 pm.

Today, as soon as you get out of work, you’re heading straight down to City Hall to attend the Bmore Local coming out party/ meeting and rally at City Hall, as mentioned in the Mobtown Shank blog late last week. Today’s rally is a direct response to councilwoman Belinda Conaway’s plan to introduce the PUD for the 25th Street Station project, including a 24 hour Wal-Mart.

We can’t say we know too much about Bmore Local as yet, but the Chop definitely aims to show up and find out what they’re about. We’re really hoping this is the larger citywide Wal-Mart opposition we’ve been waiting for.

For more on the Wal-Mart proposal, be sure to check out the Shank as well as the Baltidome Blog.

Stoop Storytelling weaves a yarn at Centerstage tonight. 7 pm.

The good news is that after you sit through most of a boring council meeting, you get to head up Calvert Street to Centerstage for this month’s installment of the Stoop Storytelling Series. You can even get your tickets now to save time and avoid a sellout. Tonight’s topic is ‘Behind the Muse”, in which artists and creative types give their take on the creative process.

You might be wondering what it takes to create a daily blog, but the answer to that is simple: a liberal amount of Scotch, a Google calendar, a touch of internet porn, and a whole lot of righteous indignation.

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Bmore Local rallies on the steps of City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St. at 4 pm. City Council meeting begins at 5 pm.

Stoop Storytelling kicks off with a cocktail reception and live music at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Centerstage is at 700 N. Calvert St. 410-332-0033

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Stoop Storytelling Tonight.

If you want to find the Chop on the town tonight, you might bump into us at Centerstage, where we’ll be checking in with the wildly successful Stoop Storytelling Series.

Stoop Storytelling

This installment of the Stoop features seven speakers holding forth on Kitchen Confidential: Stories about cooking, eating, and assorted food issues.

Given the glut of craptastic food porn that’s been clogging up our cable box these last several years, it’ll be nice to be reminded that there are more perspectives on food than Alton Brown and Anthony Bourdain, and personalities more genuine than the insipid Rachel Ray and more exciting than the vapid Giada De Laurentiis. And right here in Baltimore.

Plus, its a good excuse to drop into Iggie’s, whose pizza is fantastic, and who supports local non-profits.

Throw in drinks and a little live music, and you’ve got yourself a Monday evening.

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