The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 27, 2003
May 27, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 36


Monthlong SummerStage Begins Friday at the Mattin Center

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Singers, dancers, actors and puppeteers are ready to entertain during a series of warm-weather performances known as SummerStage, which takes place on the Homewood campus. The low-cost shows featuring local performers begin on Friday, May 30, and run through Friday, June 27. All performances will take place in the Swirnow Theater at the Mattin Center. For further information or reservations, call 410-516-4695.

Friday, May 30
8 p.m. Audiofix. Audiofix is a DJ-based instrumental quartet--Ryan Kinetic (Ryan Brown) on turntables, Gregg Gaither on bass guitar, Jay Seay on trumpet and Dan Miller on drums--playing blend of hip-hop, rock and avant-garde jazz. $7; $5 students and seniors.

Friday, June 6
8 p.m. Kyle Coughlin Quartet. Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Kyle Coughlin is a Peabody graduate whose music blends jazz with elements of Latin rhythms, Impressionistic harmonies, 1960s go-go beats and Irish jigs. Joining him is the rhythm section from his award-winning CD, When Afternoons Return--Michael Raitzyk on guitar, Jeff Reed on bass and Mike Kuhl on drums. $7; $5 students and seniors.

Saturday, June 7
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performing The Barker of Seville. Featuring nine beautifully crafted dog puppets and two costumed characters, 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; $3 students and seniors.

Saturday, June 14
2 p.m. Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble performing Steps Around the World. A lively program showcasing percussive dances from different countries and bringing to life the multicultural nature of the United States, Steps Around the World is a 45-minute family show. $5; $3 students and seniors.

Saturday, June 14
8 p.m. Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble performing Incredible Feets. A music and dance revue that celebrates the world of percussive dance, this 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. $10; $8 students and seniors.

Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21
8 p.m. Gaining Ground. A collaboration of award-winning modern dance choreographers known as Gaining Ground--Jayne Bernasconi, Andrea Chastant, Vicki Angel and Vincent Thomas--will explore in dance the physical dynamics of relationships. $10; $8 students and seniors.

Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28
8 p.m. Welcome to Baltimore, Hon. This one-man show, written and performed by Brandon Welch, is a humorous and unflinching examination of Baltimore's "white trash" image as Welch channels a host of characters and takes the audience through various Charm City locales. $7; $5 students and seniors.