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Our Bob Needs Your Help

Baltimore Fishbowl’s Robert “Bob” O’Brien.

You may know Bob O’Brien as Baltimore Fishbowl’s resident truth-teller, ready to take Governor O’Malley to task for various hypocrisies, or to introduce us to exciting new local musicians. You may also know Bob as a poet-about-town, or as the organizer of the Worms reading series. He’s one of those rare people who manages to be both sharp and sweet at the same time; oh, and he’s hilarious. Forgive my gushing; my ultimate point here is to let you know that Bob has recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Treatment is expensive and Bob doesn’t have health insurance, so the Metro Gallery has offered to host a sure-to-be-thrilling evening of performance, bands, comedy, and all around entertainment to raise funds on his behalf this weekend. And you should most certainly attend.

    High Zero 2012: Improvisational Music and Dance Festival Takes Over Charm City

    Jimmy Joe Roche on a billboard on Greenmount. Original photo by Stewart Mostofsky.

    Currently in its 14th year, High Zero is an egalitarian, dogmatically improvisational Baltimore music festival whose format is something like the international experimental music community’s version of a corporate team-building exercise. The performers play several sets over the course of the festival, thrown together in various ad hoc collaborations. Often, the players haven’t even met each other before entering into a spontaneous musical partnership.

    New JHU Film Course Gets Students out of Their Ivory Tower


    Too often, film courses give equal attention to theory and “theoretical practice.” Students are likely to leave knowing a lot about how to compose a shot, or keep to one side of the director’s line, but comparatively little about how loud and short a video needs to be to share a bill with rock bands, or how many Ikea china balls it takes to properly light a DIY green screen.

    But this spring, video artist Jimmy Joe Roche is pioneering a class at Johns Hopkins that takes a realistic look at the practice of filmmaking. Baltimore Filmmakers will introduce students to fourteen “working video artists and filmmakers from Baltimore,” artists will be able to speak directly about the real obstacles to creating and screening work with budget and time constraints.

    Guest filmmakers will include Sondheim finalist Stephanie Barber, local celebrity Matt Porterfield, Erin Gleeson and Ben O’Brien (makers of the internet puppet telelvision show Showbeast), and others.

    Roche hopes the course will give students a “deeper connection to the community in which they live” and even get them thinking about “regionality” in video and film, a novel concept in an age when so much of the video art we interact with comes to us from the regionless internet.

    The class will be held at Hopkins’ Homewood campus and is also open to MICA students.