2016 – 2017 Salon Series

Little Patuxent Review’s 2016-2017 Salon Series has begun.

The Salon Series is a monthly meeting from September to May sponsored by Little Patuxent Review and the Columbia Arts Center. The series covers a broad range of themes and topics featuring a variety of guests in different specialties. From lectures to workshops and demonstrations, the evening is guaranteed to teach you something new while engaging with the local community.

Attend one of the upcoming meetings below and on our Events page:

Monday, September 19,  7pm

The Maceo Leatherwood Retrospective:  Reflections of Family, Life & Culture.  

Maceo Leatherwood

This presentation, which is produced by his daughter, poet Vanita Leatherwood, will explore the creative journey of Maceo, a Washington DC native.  Having engaged subjects for his art as diverse as human rights, ancestral connections, music and spirituality in nature, his work is steeped in symbolism.  This presentation is a look at not only the story of one man and his craft, but a dialogue about what it means to make an art of living against the grain.

Monday, October  24, 7pm

Protest Art:  Art with a Message

Presentation by Ann Wiker, Art Historian, Artist, and Instructor for Howard Community College and Johns Hopkins’ Osher Program

From Picasso’s Guernica to contemporary graffiti, art has often been used as a means of communication. This lecture will explore how artists throughout history have used visual imagery to raise attention for political and cultural issues.


Monday, November 7, 7pm

Hayden Mathews:  Magical Places in Maryland

Join Hayden, regional historian and word-weaver, for an illustrated journey to magical places in Maryland that will span the length and breadth of the ‘Old Line State’ from the surf-washed shores of Assateague Island to Muddy Creek Falls and Finzel Swamp in rugged western counties.  Through the words of Maryland natives, Hayden’s personal reflections, and the images of these places, past and present, this presentation is sure to give you a renewed sense of appreciation for the beautiful places that can be visited in Maryland. Hayden currently offers programs for all ages that mix natural and cultural history. He also leads educational bus tours for the Smithsonian Associates.


Monday, December 5, 7pm

Speak to My Heart Songs of Joy for the Holidays with Vocalist Denee Barr and Accompanying Cellist David Duan.

Celebrate an evening of cheer as performer Denee Barr sings seasonal melodies and familiar carols with the accompaniment by cellist David Duan.  Enjoy music and songs that are timeless.  Let the night carry you away in a place of wonderful festivity.


Monday, January 9, 7pm

Bitter Memories:  The Fall of Saigon with Tom Glenn

Tom Glenn was in Saigon as an undercover signals intelligence operative in April 1975 during the fall of Saigon when the North Vietnamese attacked the city. Glenn cheated, lied, and stole to assure that none of his subordinates, their wives or children were killed or wounded in the attack.  Glenn will present his story of how he got them out of Saigon by any ruse he could think of. For his work during the fall of Vietnam, Tom Glenn received the civilian Meritorious Medal, his proudest possession.


February 27, 7pm

NASA’s HISTORIC MISSION TO PLUTO with Alice Bowman, The New Horizons Mission Operations Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Alice, the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM), will talk about the voyage of NASA’s historic mission to Pluto – which culminated with the first flight past the distant dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. Experience this journey through the eyes of the mission operations team as Alice describes some of the challenges of piloting the small robotic spacecraft through the solar system for nearly a decade.  Her team itself was part of history, operating a spacecraft that had to travel longer and farther than any mission ever to reach its main target.


March 13, 7pm

Food in Film with Mike Giuliano and Marie Westhaver, Film Professors at Howard Community College

If you haven’t experienced Mike and Marie’s film talks, then you are in for a treat!  Back by popular demand, this presentation marks the sixth time this dynamic duo has shared their film knowledge and expertise with our salon groups.  Mike and Marie will be sharing their knowledge about food as a topic in film.   In line with the theme, attendees are welcome to bring a favorite dessert or snack item.  Columbia Art Center will provide other potluck snacks and beverages.


Monday, April  3, 7pm

A Musical Journey through South Asia

Shaista Taj Keating will share folk songs, ghazals from Pakistan, and classical ragas from North India. Shaista has performed on national television. She has taught at UCLA and has also performed at the United States Embassy in New Delhi, UCLA, and several international celebrations.


May 15, 2017, 7-8pm

Helen Mitchell  Why Are They Doing That? Practices in World’s Religions!

Do you ever wonder why people dress a certain way, eat or avoid certain foods, engage in practices that can be puzzling to outsiders? What do the hand and body gestures associated with some of the world’s religions actually mean?  This ‘decoding” session will highlight the core beliefs and values that underpin these practices.


June 5, 2017, 7-8:30pm

Ceramics Panel Discussion:  New Technology in an Age Old Art

Computer technology enables seamless, hands free production of ceramic objects, allowing precision form and exact reproduction. But what is the downside to the loss of tactile interaction between ceramics artist and materials? Does smart technology further an artist’s reach or stand between artist and inspiration? When does ‘hand-made’ transition to ‘computer-generated’?  Does it matter?  Enjoy an evening panel discussion amongst recognized ceramics artists, including those exhibiting in Columbia’s 50th ARTrospective June exhibition in Columbia Art Center Galleries.




One thought on “2016 – 2017 Salon Series

  1. mozela9

    i’ll try again: 2 great salons in Baltimore- every first Saturday of the month at noon at the Youth Hostel (Cathedral at Mulberry) at noon- poetry discussion group- also another once a month (contact Dorothy Dodge( at her house) ) (in Towson)


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