by Petula Caesar
This weekend’s pick has become something of a tradition in the arts/entertainment/culture scene in Baltimore. There are very few events that can say they have been in existence for over a decade and have consistently continued to attract sold-out crowds. There are very few events that can say they feature a collective of multi-talented women whose talents range across every type of performance art imaginable. But “Ladies Verse”, the extravaganza honoring International Women’s History Month and the brainchild of creative visionary Olu Butterfly can claim all those things and more.
Ladies Verse happens this Sunday, March 16th. It is 14 years old, and it is also “Fearless” – which is this year’s theme. As always, each woman on the bill is amazing in her own right, and to see any one of them solo would be a treat. But to see all of them in this collaborative concert is an experience you really cannot afford to miss. That roster of talent includes (in addition to Olu Butterfly): Ama Chandra, Jasmine Pope, Lady Brion, Miss Cream, JaHipster , April Sampé, Ana Temple Rodney, Rebecca Dupas, Shelly Says So, Martina Lynch, and Nakia “Fiya Angelou” Brown. Ladies Verse will be hosted this year by David Ross of The 5th L.
The event takes place at The Creative Alliance at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore, and kicks off at 6 p.m. with an interactive healing arts village presented by 7Temples which will include a Reiki demonstration. The show begins at 7 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are STRONGLY suggested, because this show does SELL OUT, and you don’t want to be turned away at the door. Tickets are being sold by all the artists, and are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. (For Creative Alliance members tickets are $10 and advance and $12 at the door.) Tickets are also available at Everyone’s Place located at 1356 West North Avenue, or at Grind House Juice Bar, located at 2441 St. Paul Street. They can also be purchased online at http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2014/ladies-verse.