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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Reading Your Way Through the Civil War, Part Two: “March” by Geraldine Brooks

Anne Sarah Rubin leads our second book program as she discusses the Pulitzer Prize winning March by Geraldine Brooks. The conversation will consider the relationship between March and Little Women, some of the biographical connections to Louisa May Alcott, and the way in which the novel reflects an alternative Civil War experience.

Register for this talk today, so you can have a good read ready for the cold winter months. Copies of the book are available and can be borrowed at no cost from the Museum. Register now with Trillion Attwood tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org or 410-732-6400 ext.215

Anne Sarah Rubin is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She received her AB from Princeton University and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. Dr. Rubin is currently President of the Society of Civil War Historians.

This is a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War partner program! Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
National Aquarium Hosts Maryland Premiere of Ocean Frontiers II

The National Aquarium and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hosts the Maryland premier of Ocean Frontiers II, a documentary that tells the story of residents from New England, a region steeped in old maritime tradition, and their plan to create a healthy ocean after the devastating effects of modern big ships, energy industries and a changing climate. The film’s message will help guide efforts in maintaining long-term oceanic health along the East Coast. A Q&A panel discussion will be held immediately following the premiere with state and regional experts.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Still Life in the Dead of Winter

This program is for people who have an interest in sketching natural objects.

We meet on the third Thursday of each month from 7-9pm to sketch specimens from our natural history collections as well as natural objects found by our volunteers and naturalists.

There is one still life display to work from, and many objects built around a theme. The theme for our February session is ‘Still Life in the Dead of Winter’. We’ll look at skulls, stalks, antlers, bones, and other items related to nature in winter.

Everyone from novice to seasoned artist is welcome.

The cost is FREE for members and $5 for non-members. You may want to bring a hand lens or magnifying glass along with the art supplies you’ll use for sketching. Adults are welcome to bring refreshments to enjoy while sketching.

Please join us to practice your sketching skills and spend an enjoyable evening with other nature and art lovers.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - Sunday, February 23, 2014
The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore

The American Craft Council Retail Show is returning to the Baltimore Convention Center, February 21-23, 2014, and will feature more than 650 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists presenting their latest handmade creations in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor. The Retail Show runs for three days with a special $5.00 ticket price Friday evening after 5:00 p.m. This year, show-goers will enjoy two new onsite exhibitions: Make Room, Modern Design Meets Craft – Let’s Entertain and American Craft™ Charm Collection.

Make Room, Modern Design Meets Craft – Let’s Entertain puts craft into context by featuring room vignettes designed by regional interior designers who have been inspired by objects of fine craft that are ideally suited for entertaining. From serving pieces to furniture, light fixtures to textiles, sculptures to decorative accessories, the possibilities are endless when is comes to the items a fine craftsman contributes to making a space feel warm and welcoming.

American Craft Charm Collection is an exclusive handmade assortment of charms, charm bracelets, cluster pendants and pins designed by American Craft Council artists. The collections will represent a broad range of aesthetics, price points and materials including alternative, semi-precious and precious. Each artist’s collection will be on display in a special pop-up exhibition space on the show floor.

With a variety of specialty categories, the American Craft Council Show offers something for everyone. Shoppers will experience the work of hundreds of the country’s most talented craft makers under one roof, while exploring the process each artist uses to create his or her work. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop one-of-a-kind, fine-quality crafts while engaging with the country’s most talented craft makers.

Friday, February 21, 2014
Temperament Through Time: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

Acclaimed author and performer Stuart Isacoff leads us through the battles over the tuning of the musical scale, placing them in the context of quarrels in the worlds of art, philosophy, religion, politics, and science. Following the lecture demonstration, Anne Midgette, author and classical music critic for The Washington Post, will conduct a live interview with Isacoff on the stage of Smith Theatre. A book signing and reception with Isacoff and Midgette will take place immediately , and Howard County Poetry & Literature Society

About Isacoff’s book Temperament: “Charming…a whirlwind tour of Western culture’s big ideas.” The Los Angeles Times “An immensely entertaining, original and informative book.” The Economist “Isacoff untangles the complexities of this issue with the aplomb of a virtuoso pianist playing scales.

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