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November 5, 2007
CONTACT: Heather Egan Stalfort
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Boister to Perform at Evergreen Museum & Library

Boister will perform as part of an evening of Chansons and Cabaret at Evergreen Museum & Library on Friday, Nov. 9. The performance will take place at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

The performance will be held in the Bakst Theatre at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Free on-site parking is available. Tickets are $15 for the public, $12 for members. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at /www.missiontix.com or by calling 410-516-0341 (service fees apply). A cash beverage and dessert bar will be available prior to the concert and during intermission. Complete information is available online at www.museums.jhu.edu or by calling the museum at 410-516-0341.

This evening of classic chansons of the French cabaret, with a twist, is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Dufy: The Evergreen Collection. Guests are invited to tour the exhibition beginning at 7 p.m. The show kicks off in the Bakst Theatre at 8 p.m. with Franco-accented introductions and chansons by hostess Laure Drogoul accompanied by Paul Baroody, and a unique performance by mezzo-soprano performance artist Martha McDonald, before Boister takes the stage.

Based in Baltimore and comprising six members, Boister is part of American music's burgeoning "neo-cabaret" movement. The French press has compared Boister's music to that of artists as diverse as Edith Piaf, John Coltrane, Frank Zappa, and Erik Satie and the Washington Post describes Boister as "a too-rarely-heard area band that makes beautifully orchestrated cabaret pop."

Led by Anne Watts, Boister has written music for silent films, including an original score for Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill." The group has recorded four CDs including their most recent effort, Les Foules en Amour (2004), which is entirely in French. Boister's music can be heard on the radio in France, Spain, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, Finland, Belgium and Norway.

Philadelphia-based performance artist Martha McDonald was Evergreen Museum & Library's summer 2007 artist-in- residence, and her original performance piece, "Dress me slow, I'm in a hurry," debuted at the museum in October. Her work has been produced in Berlin at Brotfabrik; in New York City at PS 122, The Joyce SoHo, Galapagos Art Space and HERE Center for the Arts; in Baltimore at 14K Cabaret; and in Chicago at Links Hall.

Performance artist/sculptor Laure Drogoul is a longtime fixture in Baltimore's arts community. She founded and runs the 14-Karat Cabaret on West Saratoga Street, and her performance pieces and large-scale mixed-media installations have been fixtures in local galleries for just as long. Her work, "The Root (blue-eyed)," was created for Sculpture at Evergreen 2004 at Evergreen Museum & Library, and won the debut Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize in 2006.

Dufy: The Evergreen Collection is the first exhibition devoted to 19 brilliantly colored oil and watercolor paintings by the French artist Raoul Dufy (1877- 1953) that were collected by arts patron Alice Warder Garrett. These works reveal the joyous energy with which Dufy rendered his favorite subjects horse races, Mediterranean landscapes, sea goddesses, regattas and other lighthearted scenes of leisure and spectacle and his distinctive use of color and line, learned in part from Henri Matisse and other Fauve painters. Also on view are related works from the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Evergreen Museum & Library at The Johns Hopkins University is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of the philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, inspirational venue for contemporary artists. It is open for guided tours on the hour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (last tour at 3 p.m.).