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Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

April 28, 2003
CONTACT: Eric Beatty
(410) 516-0774

Summerstage at Johns Hopkins Mattin Center

Singers, dancers, actors and puppeteers are ready to entertain during a series of warm-weather performances known as SummerStage at the Mattin Center on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

The low-cost shows featuring local performers begins on Friday, May 30, and runs through Friday, June 27. All SummerStage performances will take place in the Swirnow Theater at the Mattin Center, located at the corner of Charles and 33rd streets. For further information or reservations, call 410-516-4695.

Friday, May 30
Audiofix, 8 p.m.

Audiofix is a DJ-based instrumental quartet featuring Ryan Kinetic (Ryan Brown) on turntables, Gregg Gaither on bass guitar, Jay Seay on trumpet, and Dan Miller on drums. A blend of hip-hop, rock, and avant-garde jazz, Audiofix has been performing since August 2000 in a wide array of venues in their hometown, Baltimore. $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors.

Friday, June 6
Kyle Coughlin Quartet, 8 p.m.

Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Kyle Coughlin has been entertaining audiences on the East Coast for more than 15 years. A Peabody grad, his music blends straight-ahead jazz with elements of Latin rhythms, Impressionistic harmonies, 1960s go-go beats, and Irish jigs. Coughlin will be joined by Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Jeff Reed on bass, and Mike Kuhl on drums -- the rhythm section from his award-winning CD, When Afternoons Return. Coughlin is the winner of the Individual Artist Award in Music Composition, Maryland State Arts Council 2003. $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors.

Saturday, June 7
Puppet Show
Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performing "The Barker of Seville," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Featuring nine beautifully crafted dog puppets and two larger than life costumed characters, this is song, dance, and laughs at its best. "The Barker of Seville" is an original musical comedy about a day in the life of an aspiring opera singer. The story stresses the social themes of discipline, hard work, and perseverance. $5 general admission, $3 students and seniors.

Saturday, June 14
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble performing "Steps Around the World," 2 p.m.

A lively program demonstrating percussive dances from different countries while bringing to life the multicultural nature of the United States. This fun, 45- minute program offers the experience of rhythm-making, singing and dancing for fun and self-expression. Family show. $5 general admission, $3 students and seniors

Saturday, June 14
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble performing "Incredible Feets," 8 p.m.

A music and dance revue that celebrates the world of percussive dance. This engaging show introduces the audience to related traditional step dances from Ireland, England, South Africa, Canada and the American South as well as hamboning, hoofin' and early jazz tap. The influences of these joyful traditions come together in original, innovative pieces choreographed by Footworks. $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors.

Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21
Gaining Ground, 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday

Gaining Ground is a collaboration of award-winning modern dance choreographers in the Baltimore/Washington area. Jayne Bernasconi, Andrea Chastant, Vicki Angel and Vincent Thomas will present an evening of dance that explores the physical dynamics of relationships with each another, themselves, and their world. Among the dances presented will be Bernasconi's Summer Salt, a humorous duet that defines the boundaries of give and take in a relationship. $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors.

Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28
"Welcome to Baltimore, Hon," 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday

This one-man show, written and performed by Brandon Welch, is a humorous and unflinching examination of Baltimore's "white trash" image. Culled from 10 years of field research with actual residents, "Hon" is a psychoactive thrill ride of local color. Welch channels a host of characters while taking the audience through various Charm City locales. $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors.

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