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Readings with Ralphie, hosted by Rafael Alvarez, is the first Tuesday of each month. A lifelong Baltimorean, Alvarez worked as a City Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun for twenty years, specializing in the folklore of city neighborhoods. In 2001 he left to work as a laborer on cable ships and soon after began writing for HBO’s police drama, The Wire.
This month Rafael is joined by award-winning photojournalist Amy Davis, film scholar Christopher Llewellyn Reed and poet Garrett J. Brown.
By 1950, when Baltimore’s population peaked, movie fans could choose from among 119 theaters. But by 2016, the number of cinemas had dwindled to only three. In Flickering Treasures, Amy Davis, an award-winning photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun since 1987, pairs vintage black-and-white images of opulent downtown movie palaces and modest neighborhood theaters with her own contemporary full-color photographs, inviting us to imagine Charm City’s past as we confront today’s neglected urban landscape. Punctuated by engaging stories and interviews with local moviegoers, theater owners, ushers, and cashiers, plus commentary from celebrated Baltimore filmmakers Barry Levinson and John Waters, the book brings each theater and decade vividly to life.
For over 25 years, Professor Christopher Llewellyn Reed has worked as an educator; he has been making movies for almost 20, and has worked on numerous award-winning films as director, cinematographer, and editor. He is the current Chair of the Film & Moving Image Department at Stevenson University. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, in Slavic Languages and Literatures (concentration in Russian), an M.A from Yale University, in Russian and East European Studies (concentration in Russian Film), and an M.F.A. from the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Professor Reed is the lead film critic for Hammer to Nail, a website devoted to independent cinema, and writes occasional reviews and pieces for Bmoreart and Film Festival Today. He also blogs regularly about cinema on his personal website, chrisreedfilm.com. In addition, he is the host of Dragon Digital Media's award-winning Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed and is a regular film commentator on The Baltimore Sun's "Roughly Speaking” podcast. He is the author of Film Editing: Theory and Practice.
Garrett J. Brown was born in Baltimore. His first book of poems, Manna Sifting, won the Liam Rector First Book Prize from Briery Creek Press in 2009. His other awards include the Paul Carroll Award in Creative Writing in 2011, first place in the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 2005 Juried Reading, judged by Jorie Graham, runner up in the 2003 Maryland Emerging Voices Competition, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. His poetry and creative non-fiction has appeared or is upcoming in such literary journals as Black Warrior Review, Poetry East, TriQuarterly, Natural Bridge, the American Poetry Journal, and the Ledge. His is currently Assistant Professor at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.
TIME & DATE
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm