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JCC Blog

Category: Arts & Culture


On the Spectrum

by Alex Holt 

Alex Holt was born on Long Island but grew up near Albany and Buffalo, New York. He was first identified as being on the autism spectrum around 1994 or 1995. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in journalism in 2013 before moving to Baltimore and receiving his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014. He recently completed an internship at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC in 2017, where he still writes.

“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism” - Dr. Stephen Shore

What’s it like being autistic? I honestly couldn’t tell you, at least not completely. Actually, that’s not quite true: I was diagnosed with...

Gordon Center Theater
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Meet Our New Gordon Center Directors

Alyson Bonavoglia, Artistic Director

The JCC of Greater Baltimore is thrilled to announce that Alyson Bonavoglia has been named the new Artistic Director of the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. Since 2014 Alyson has served as Community Engagement Coordinator and Director of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

"I have been involved in many aspects of the Gordon Center -- from designing events with Associated agencies and partners in the Baltimore arts community, to writing grants to government and private foundations, to working with the film committee to bring the best in new Jewish interest movies to Baltimore. I see my deepening engagement with the community as crucially...

Jonah Platt

J LIVE welcomes Jonah Platt

Actor, musician, and writer Jonah Platt will bring a powerful dose of soulful singing and timely comedic relief to the Gordon Center on March 3, 2018, as he and his band headline our 2nd annual J Live at the Gordon fundraising gala to benefit need-based scholarships for JCC children and teens.

Jonah has appeared on the stages of Broadway, Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl; Philadelphia’s Trocadero, Palestra, and Wells Fargo Center; and LA’s Catalina Jazz Club, Roxy, Whisky A-Go-Go, and Troubadour. As a Hollywood writer, he has written for Fox’s Family Guy and NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Jonah’s work as an actor spans nearly 20 years of stage, screen, and (web) streaming. He spent last year starring as “Fiyero” in the smash Broadway musical, Wicked. Recently, he starred...

Gordon Soundboard
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The Joy of Resounding Sound

Gordon Introduces New Audio and Visual Systems 

There’s a new sound in town at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts this fall. For the 2017-2018 season, the Gordon has added brand new sound and video systems, new stage monitors, and new technology to better assist both visual and hearing-impaired audience members.

This massive undertaking has been in the works for almost a year, starting with the selection of the Baltimore-based business HP Electronics Inc. to install the Gordon Center’s new Danley Sound Labs speakers. It’s a setup particularly well suited for the Gordon, according to Theater Manager and Technical Director Peter Michaelson, because the goal was to reinforce sound, not amplify it.

“Our stage is close enough to the audience that they can hear what’s going on offstage”,...

J Live Broadway Boys

J LIVE a rip-roaring success, raises over $45,000

Do you know the JCC preschool father who recently lost his job and can no longer afford full tuition, or the single mother raising three children who relies on the J as a safe and nurturing place for her kids to play and learn? 

Have you met the retiree now living on a fixed income who needs a place to stay active, the child with special needs who wants to participate in J Camp with her siblings, or the young athlete hoping to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games so that he can meet other Jewish teens from around the world? 

These are just some of the 700 individuals who were...


GRAMMY Award-Winner, Mister G, coming to the Gordon!

Funky, original Jewish-themes songs with Latin GRAMMY Award winner Mister G! 

Mister G, a Latin GRAMMY Award winner and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winning PJ Library artist, will be bringing his dynamic live show to the Gordon, Sunday, March 5 at 3:00pm.

Mister G has released seven albums of original, multicultural music, spanning genres from funk to folk, reggae to rock, and bluegrass to bossa nova. He regularly headlines major venues and festivals around the country including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The Getty Museum in LA, Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia, the National Zoo in Washington, DC, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and ...


Laughin’ Out Loud with Judy Gold

On Saturday night, January 28th, the Gordon plays host to an uproarious night of humor with comedian, actor, and writer Judy Gold.

Winner of two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO and Comedy Central and has written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows.  She has also had guest-starring roles on multiple sit-coms including Louie, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock, and 2 Broke Girls, and has a recurring role on the upcoming new TBS series, Search Party. Read Judy’s full bio.

Recently, the editors of...


Let the Vocals Play

World-Renown Naturally 7 hits the Gordon with the Maccabeats January 15 

With over 3 million views on Facebook of their joint YouTube video “Shed a Little Light,” internationally-acclaimed A cappella and vocal play groups, The Maccabeats and Naturally 7, will perform their first ever live concerts together - Sunday afternoon, January 15, 2017, at 1:30pm and 5:30pm, at The Gordon Center for Performing Arts.

Using only their voices, these talented men will provide a spiritual, celebratory concert in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every instrument sound Naturally 7 sings is created by the human voice including the rhythm of drums, guitars, horns, flutes.  They’ve toured and performed the world over with luminaries as diverse...


This is not your ordinary chamber!

You pick the set list, then SHUFFLE goes to town! 

SHUFFLE, a hot young group of New-York based chamber musicians and vocalists, takes to the Gordon stage Saturday night, December 3, 2016, at 8:00pm. This modern day chamber group puts on an unexpected, inspiring and energetic concert in which the audience chooses the tunes.

SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished; they are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College and have all individually won numerous prizes and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world. Their roster is as follows:

Eliran Avni

Eliran Avni is SHUFFLE’s artistic director and pianist. The SHUFFLE concept was born while Avni was exercising...


Keeping it Real

Singer/songwriter Cris Jacobs is the former front-man for the legendary Baltimore band The Bridge, a roots rock band. He will be performing live at the Gordon Center Saturday, November 5 with his solo band, following a set by Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers.

Cris is doing a deep dive with his music and lyricism these days, “looking for more meaning and emotionality to come through in my songwriting, and infusing my songs with greater relevance,” he says.

If you know Cris’s roots, you might be expecting an eclectic set of blues, country, rock, and bluegrass November 5, but “it will be all those things but not one,” he says.  “I love so many different kinds of music – I can’t say I want to be blues, or rock, or bluegrass alone. I aspire to write something of substance, as opposed to when I was a singer and just wanted...