Cole Porter, Buster Keaton and Boister of Baltimore:
Indoors and Out at Evergreen
By Abby Lattes
The comedy of Buster Keaton, an original film score
performed live by Baltimore's Boister and the songs of Cole
Porter played amid the splendor of
Evergreen House will be combined on Friday, Aug. 5, for
"Buster, Boister and 'Anything Goes.' "
That evening, Evergreen House and the Creative
Alliance will host a screening of Keaton's film Our
Hospitality in Evergreen's upper garden (rain location:
the Carriage House) with live musical accompaniment by Anne
Watts and Boister, a Maryland-based band known
internationally for its silent film scores. Before the film
begins, guests may tour Evergreen; hear vocalist John Dean
and pianist Phil Heiliger perform Cole Porter songs in the
drawing room, where Porter performed when he was the
Garretts' guest in the 1920s; and enjoy a picnic on the
"The Garretts, Evergreen's former owners, were
terrific hosts," Evergreen curator Jackie O'Regan says.
"Their home was always filled with art and open to
musicians, artists and friends. This evening is a
particularly fitting way to honor their legacy."
Boister, which specializes in the films of Buster
Keaton, has been commissioned by Evergreen House to compose
the score for Our Hospitality. The band's silent
film scores have won the praise of Roger Ebert and been
performed to sold-out houses at the Kennedy Center, the
Smithsonian, the Creative Alliance, the Charles Theatre and
the Virginia Film Festival. Boister will premiere the score
at Evergreen, performing live on the patio as the film is
projected in the garden.
The gates and main house open at 7 p.m. and the film
begins at 9. Admission is $12; $6, children 12 and under;
free, babes in arms. Tickets are available online at www.missiontix.com or
call Evergreen House at 410-516-0341 for reservations and
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