Brendon and wife

 Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tree Planting imageService Day: Planting Trees by the Patterson Park Branch

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries teamed up with the Parks and People Foundation and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake to plant trees along Fayette Street in the Patterson Park Branch neighborhood.

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  Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Washington Monument reveal partyHappy Hour and Exclusive Tour of the Washington Monument
Black and White Party 2016 Party Theme Reveal

Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a happy hour and an exclusive tour of the newly restored and renovated Washington Monument by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. The theme of the 2016 Black and White Party theme, A Midsummer Night's Dream, was also revealed with the help of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

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 Thursday, July 30, 2015

Photo Exhibit Reception with City Paper Photo Editor Joe Giordano
Baltimore Museum of Industry

City Paper Photo Editor Joe Giordano's photos from the Freddie Gray protests and Baltimore unrest are on display in an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. During the reception, Joe discussed his work and experiences covering the unrest and answer questions. 
Joe Giordano is an award-winning photojournalist based in Baltimore and a long time Pratt Contemporaries member.   His recent series, Summer of The Gun was featured on Al-Jazeera America. His clients include The Ditlo Agency, The Daily Telegraph, i-D Magazine, Discovery Channel Inc., Rolling Stone on line, XLR8R, The City Paper, and The Baltimore Sun.  

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 Thursday, June 4, 2015

WTMD concert photoWTMD First Thursday Concert Series

The Pratt Contemporaries teamed up with WTMD for their First Thursday Summer Concert Series. Members and guests enjoyed a reserved area during the concert. 





 Thursday, May 14, 2015

members meeting imagePratt Contemporaries Annual Members Meeting

This month, members and the Board of the Pratt Contemporaries came together to designate the funds raised throughout the fiscal year from membership dues, donations, and special events, including the Black & White Party, for child and teen literacy programs and initiatives at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. More than $100,000 was designated to support programs including bringing national authors to Pratt branches for school-aged children, arts programs, and STEM programming.





 Thursday, April 30, 2015

Trivia Night 2015TRIVIA NIGHT 2015

It was a fun and fabulous night as the Pratt Contemporaries hosted their 4th annual Trivia Night. 24 teams answering great questions by Baltimore's NewsUp. 

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 Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Silo Happy Hour picsSpring Happy Hour at Silo.5 Wine Bar

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries welcomed spring at Silo.5 Wine Bar with a wonderful view of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It was a great opportunity for members to reconnect and meet new members.

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 Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Eat Drink Read Books and VodkaEat, Drink, READ with Blackwater Distillery and Sloop Betty Vodka

A fun night of great books and fabulous cocktails. Blackwater Distillery paired six drinks with six books featuring Sloop Betty Vodka. All perfect for your next bookclub meeting or a quiet night at home.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

BwParty2015 logo2015 Black and White Party  

The 2015 Black and White Party had a futuristic theme inspired by Aldous Huxley's novel and films like 'Tron' and 'The Fifth Element.' Guests danced the night away under an awesome projection cube chandelier by Imaginex and music by DJ Kempton Ingersol. Food and drinks from Copper Kitchen, Sloop Betty Vodka,  The Brewer's Art, and Dooby's. The event raised more than $125,000 for children and teen literacy services at the Pratt Library. Presented by COVERGIRL.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday KaraokeThe Pratt Contemporaries Holiday Party:

"Oh what fun..."
 It's that jolly time of the year again. Members of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a fun evening of merriment, book swapping, karaoke, food and wine.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Social Expressions logo wine tastingThe Novel Holiday Wine Tasting with Social Expressions

Grab a glass and enjoy the taste of the season with a literary-inspired wine tasting event featuring holiday food and wine pairings, live music, hourly door prizes and more!

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 Thursday, October 23, 2014


More than 30 teams battled it out during the first ever Pratt Contemporaries Cornhole Tournament.  From first timers to kings of their tailgate, the event was a huge success. Prizes included a five course meal with wine at Roy's Baltimore, tickets to the Black and White Party, gift basket from Quintessential Gentleman and tickets to a Baltimore Blast game. Proceeds benefited the Pratt Library. 

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 Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pride of Baltimore II imageSailabration Aboard the Pride of Baltimore II

The Pratt Contemporaries had a Star-Spangled Celebration with a happy hour aboard the Pride of Baltimore II. Members and guests learned more about the ship and met with the crew while enjoying the sunset while docked on Pier 5 in the Inner Harbor.

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 Thursday, July 17, 2014

Barcocina Happy Hour photoSummer Happy Hour By The Harbor

Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a fun summer evening of networking at Fells Point's newest restaurant and bar by the harbor, Barcocina.

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 Monday, June 2, 2014

Beekman Boys eventPrivate Reception with authors and The Cooking Channel's The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a private reception and author signing with the winners of CBS's The Amazing Race and hosts of The Cooking Channel's The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge. Josh and Brent discussed their new cookbook, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook.






 Thursday, May 1, 2014

Trivia Night 2014 imageTRIVIA NIGHT 2014

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries and guests enjoyed a fun evening battling out for the title of Trivia Champ 2014. The annual Trivia Night event was held in the Central Library Main Hall and hosted this year by Mix 106.5's Reagan Warfield. Participating teams won prizes including gift cards and tickets to an Orioles game. Food provided by Joe Squared and Harris Teeter Canton Crossing.

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 Wednesday, April 2, 2014     

Meg Wolitzer receptionPrivate Reception with Author Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a private reception with best-selling and award-winning author Meg Wolitzer.
The reception was followed by a public Writers LIVE event  where she talked about her book, The Interestings. It was named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Time, and The Chicago Tribune, and named a notable book by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post.






 Thursday, March 23, 2014

Wine and Words Fleet Street KitchenEat, Drink, READ! Wine and Words presented by Fleet Street Kitchen

A good wine and a great book always make a wonderful combination. Fleet Street Kitchen's sommelier Philip Lucas paired wine with books that you can share at your next book club or enjoy at home. 

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 Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Brewers Art logoWinter Happy Hour at The Brewer's Art

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries and guests escaped the cold and enjoyed food and drinks at The Brewer's Art for a special winter happy hour.





Saturday, January 25, 2014

BWParty imageBLACK & WHITE PARTY 2014
Presented by COVERGIRL

Erin Morgenstern's best-selling book, The Night Circus, was the theme of the annual Black & White Party. The sold out event featured contortionists, acrobats, magicians and a lot of dancing.
Presenting sponsor, Ringmaster: COVERGIRL

Illusionists sponosor: Baltimore Sun
Fortune-teller sponsors: Brown Advisory, Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom, M&T Bank, Style Magazine, Union 3 Events, Venable LLP, and two anonymous sponsors.
Aerialist sponsors: Brewer's Art, GWWO Architects, Jill Andrews Gowns, Ober Kaler, PNC Bank, Stifel Nicolaus, and Valley Motors.
Performer sponsors: La Cakerie, Sloop Betty Vodka, WPG Financial
Campbell and Company, Cobblestone Wealth Management, Colliers International, Gallaghner Evelius Jones, Haute Blow Dry Bar, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mercy Hospital, The Helen J. Serini Foundation, and Stewart Title 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wally Lamb with PC membersPrivate Reception with Author Wally Lamb

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries joined members of the Pratt Society for a private reception with award-winning and best-selling author Wally Lamb at the Central Library. Lamb was at the Pratt to talk about his new book, We Are Water.







Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday sweaterHolly Jolly Happy Hour

Tis the season . . . to spread some holiday cheer in your favorite ugly holiday-themed sweater! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the Pratt Contemporaries have so much to be thankful for. 
Help us celebrate all of our members,  new and old, by wearing your favorite ugly holiday-themed sweater to our holly jolly little happy hour. December 17 from 6 to 8 pm.  This is a complimentary members only event. The best outfit will earn a fabulous prize, so may your choices be tacky and bright!
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Senator Theatre imagePrivate Reception and Tour of the newly Renovated Senator Theatre 

Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a private reception and tour of the newly renovated Senator Theatre during their opening night celebration.  The evening included a screening of John Waters' Hairspray with a guest appearance of the director himself. Food was provided by Shoo-Fly Diner and beer by Ryan's Daughter. Proceeds benefited the Pratt Contemporaries. 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Crab Bash 2013B&O American Brasserie 4th Annual Crab Bash

Baltimore's Best Chefs competed for the best crab dish at B&O American Brasserie's 4th annual CRAB BASH. Proceeds benefited The Pratt Contemporaries. 

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Natty Boh TowerNatty Boh Rooftop Happy Hour

Great evening and a fabulous view of Baltimore on the rooftop of the Natty Boh Tower in Brewers Hill. Despite the weather members of the Pratt Contemporaries and guests had a fun evening. Thank you to our sponsors WPG Financial.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Private ReceptioBlau and Pekkanenn with authors Jessica Anya Blau and Sarah Pekkanen

Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a private reception with authors Jessica Anya Blau, The Wonder Bread Summer, and Sarah Pekkanen, The Opposite of Me. Wine provided by The Wine Source and snacks by Harris-Teeter.







Thursday, May 16, 2013

Trivia Night 2013 logoTRIVIA NIGHT 2013

Back by popular demand! Trivia Night! The fall event was a huge success we hosted a spring edition. Members and guests had a fun evening answering fun questions like "What is MacGyver's first name?" and winning prizes including Orioles tickets and gift cards to Joe Squared, Ra Sushi, B&O American Brasserie, TownHouse Restaurant, The Corner Bakery and Brio Tuscan Grille. Beer and wine provided by The Wine Source. Pizzas provided by Joe Squared. Snacks provided by Harris Teeter.  Moderated by WJZ's Adam May.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

13th Floor Happy Hour pictureHappy Hour at the 13th Floor of the Belvedere

Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed happy hour at the newly renovated 13th Floor of the Belvedere while gazing at the spectaculor view of Baltimore's skyline.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

BMA Tour and Reception picsPrivate Reception and Tour of the Baltimore Museum of Art's New Contemporary Wing

The BMA recently unveiled its newly re-envisioned Contemporary Wing. Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries enjoyed a private reception and tour of the Contemporary Wing with its curator.

Fourteen refreshed and revitalized galleries showcasing masterworks from the collection by Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg alongside more than a dozen new works by established and emerging artists working today. More than 100 objects—including paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, and moving image works—will be presented thematically in galleries improved with state-of-the art lighting and new wall and floor finishes.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Presented by COVERGIRL

It was a Great Gatsby themed Black & White Party. Guests danced the night away in the Central Library Main Hall and strutted down the red carpet and posed with fun 20s themed props like a cane, cigars, hats and pearls. 

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Brown Advisory, M&T Bank
Ober Kaler, PNC Bank, Stifel Nicolaus, Valley Motors, 
The Brewer's Art, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Style Magazine, The Wine Source, and Union3 Events
Bloom & Associates, Cobblestone Wealth Management, Freedom Car, Groove Commerce,Johns Hopkins Medicine, Legaci, Let's Dish!, Mercy Medical Center, Towson Town Center, and Tydings & Rosenberg.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chris Hayes and BookPrivate Reception with MSNBC's CHRIS HAYES

Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries mingled with MSNBC host Chris Hayes during a private reception prior to his public talk. Hayes discussed his new book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.

In Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes outlines the effects, and then the cause, of America's crisis of authority, and calls for a sweeping overhaul of the social order.

Chris Hayes is editor-at-large of The Nation and host of "Up With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC.



Thursday, November 1, 2012

Trivia Night website


Can you name which Pratt Branch Governor O'Malley proposed to his wife Katie? That's just one of the fun and tough questions asked at the Pratt Contemporaries first ever TRIVIA NIGHT. Members and guests enjoyed a fun night answering trivia and winning prizes. Moderated by WJZ's Adam May.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Banned Books Happy Hour FrameBANNED BOOKS HAPPY HOUR: Celebrating Banned Books

Members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries celebrated banned books at a special happy hour at the Central Library. Guests had their banned books 'mug shot' taken and enjoyed a tour of the historic Central Library. Wine and beer provided by The Wine Source. Snacks provided by Harris Teeter McHenry Row.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chris Cleave and GoldPrivate Reception with Best-selling Author Chris Cleave

Meet best-selling author Chris Cleave at a private reception at the Central Library. Cleave will be signing copies of his new book, Gold. A public Writers LIVE event will follow in the Wheeler Auditorium.
Chris Cleave is the author of Incendiary and the international bestseller Little Bee. Incendiary won numerous awards, including the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award. Little Bee has sold more than two million copies worldwide.  


 Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pratt Contemporaries Center ClubPratt Contemporaries Summer Kick-off:

Cocktails at the Center Club

Members of the Pratt Contemporaries hosted a special happy hour at the Center Club overlooking Downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. PC members were guest bartenders as everyone enjoyed cocktails, food and great friends.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Singles Cover

Private Reception with author and columnist Meredith Goldstein

Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe.  In addition to “Love Letters,” the most popular blog in Boston next to the Red Sox blog, she cowrites the paper’s society column, “Names.”

In Goldstein's anticipated debut novel, The Singles, she tells the story of five single people as they experience their uniquely entertaining trials of heartbreak, loneliness and relationship disasters amongst a lavish wedding along the Chesapeake Bay.

Wine provided by the Pratt Contemporaries' official wine sponsor, The Wine Source.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Beers and books picture frameEat, Drink, Read Series: Beers & Books
Presented by Brewer's Art 

Beer has always been a part of Baltimore's history. From Natty Boh to H.L. Mencken, beer has been part of the city's culture and literary history for generations.
So we're pairing Beers and Books with Brewer's Art owner (and former librarian) Volker Stewart.

Set in a grand Mt. Vernon townhouse, The Brewer's Art offers many temptations for your palate. In addition to brewing fine beers on the premises, Brewer's Art offers a carefully picked selection of beers and fine wines from around the world, and one of Baltimore's best selections of scotches and spirits.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Josh Charles and Sophie FlackReception with Author Sophie Flack and Actor Josh Charles
In Partnership with The Ivy Bookshop

The Ivy Bookshop has invited members of the Pratt Contemporaries to a private reception of mimosas and snacks with Bunheads author Sophie Flack and The Good Wife star and Baltimore native Josh Charles.

Sophie Flack danced with the New York City Ballet from 2000 until 2009. She is currently studying English at Columbia University. Bunheads is her first novel.

Josh Charles, Emmy award nominee and Baltimore native, attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. He has starred in dozens films and television shows and is best known for the roles of Will Gardner on The Good Wife, Daniel "Dan" Rydell on Sports Night, and his early work as Knox Overstreet in Dead Poets Society and Iggy in John Waters' Hairspray.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Explorers Lounge

Happy Hour at the Explorers Lounge

Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel
550 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland  


Join us for a fun night of networking, free appetizers and drink specials overlooking the Inner Harbor and Downtown Baltimore.


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Saturday, January 28, 2012



Bonjour! Join the Pratt Contemporaries for the best party of the season, the 2012 Black and White Party!
Get ready to dance under the Eiffel Tower as we sweep you to Paris. Pull out your black and white outfit as we heat up winter inside the Central Library.

"Hottest tickets in town." - Baltimore Sun Magazine

"IT ticket" - Baltimore Magazine

* Covergirl, M&T Bank, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
* PNC Bank, The Wine Source, The Pantry Catering, Bozzuto Group
* Delbert Adams, Tydings and Rosenberg, Friends of Canton, Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP, Brewer's Art, Let's Dish!, Delegate Pete Hammen, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Saul Ewing
* The Nanny Network, Give Corps, Urbanite, CityPeek

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

GleamTheater Night!

Reception and tickets to Centerstage's production of Gleam

FREE for all members

Gleam by Bonnie Lee Moss Rattner
Based on the novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
Directed by Marion McClinton

At 16, Janie faces a marriage of convenience and a life of quiet drudgery. Instead, she embarks on a journey that brings successes and losses enough for several lifetimes—a passage to fulfillment so singular that it manages to speak for all of our dreams. This soaring saga brings to life the vivid characters of Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved novel, a shining jewel of the Harlem Renaissance by one of America’s literary giants. 

Reception at 5:30pm with special guest Dr. Ruthe Sheffey of Hurston Society. Show at 7pm.




Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Meyerhoff Photo of NantucketCocktails and Private Tour of the Meyerhoff Photography Collection

Neil Meyerhoff is a photographer with over 30 years experience, the last 15 years specializing in panoramic photography. During this time, he has studied with Sally Mann, Alex Webb, Steve McCurry, Larry Fink, Jay Maisel, Harvey Stein, among others.

Neil's photographs are in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California; Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland; New York Historical Society; New York Public Library; and the Cleveland Clinic. His corporate clients include Johns Hopkins Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Becton Dickinson, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, T. Rowe Price,and the Maryland Stadium Authority.

Neil is currently represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, and Panoramic Images in Chicago. His photographs have been shown in New York, Miami, and Baltimore.

Wine provided by The Wine Source.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Small deliriously happyPrivate Reception with Best-Selling Author Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle is one funny guy. Deliriously Happy is his new collection of short humor writing covering everything from childhood to evil genius, pets to parenthood, Mark Twain to Twitter. A former writer for The Simpsons, Doyle works in showbiz and writes funny pieces for The New Yorker. He is the author of I Love You, Beth Cooper, which won the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor and was made into a major motion picture, and Go, Mutants!

Wine provided by the Pratt Contemporaries' official wine sponsor, The Wine Source.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BandO logoEat, Drink, READ with B&O American Brasserie award-winning mixologist Brendan Dorr

 Reading a hot new book with your book club? B&O American Brasserie award-winning mixologist Brendan Dorr has some imaginative cocktails to pair with your book. Just add friends. Liquor provided by the Pratt Contemporaries' official wine sponsor, The Wine Source. 

Brendan Dorr BandOBrendan Dorr is the Head Bartender and Mixologist at B&O American Brasserie, one of Baltimore’s newest restaurants, delivering new American cuisine with the soul of a traditional brasserie and cutting edge cocktails.  Dorr brings an artistic approach to mixology, using fresh and seasonal ingredients and a flair of creativity with every cocktail creation.  Under Dorr’s leadership, B&O American Brasserie has been named one of Baltimore magazine’s Best Bars in 2009.  Dorr’s cocktail menus have been recognized as the “Best of Baltimore” by Baltimore’s City Paper and his commitment to the bar earned Ixia the honor of “Best Upscale Bar” several times. He has been featured in Market Watch Magazine, Urbanite Magazine, Baltimore magazine, Style Magazine, Maryland Beverage Guide, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. He has been awarded from competitions like the international Cocktail World Cup (where he was named "People's Choice Bartender of the Year") and the Grand Marnier Cocktail Summit.

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 Thursday, October 6, 2011

Canton Branch Small photoCocktails at the Canton Branch

Its a member exclusive cocktail party at the oldest Pratt location, the 125 year old Canton Branch. Members are encouraged to bring a guest and enjoy wine and snacks in the beautiful historic library. Wine provided by the Pratt Contemporaries' official wine sponsor, The Wine Source.  

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Storyteller fictionFiction Storyteller Award Ceremony at Urbanite Rollout Party

The Pratt Contemporaries awarded its first ever Fiction Storyteller Awards: First place: "Belly" by Quinn Fusting; Second Place: "Werewolf Attacks" by David Finney and Third Place:  "The Guns In Gaza" by Jeffrey Barken.  The ceremony was held during Urbanite Magazine's August 2011 Rollout Party. Quinn Fusting's short story, Belly, was published in Urbanite Magazine.  Co-sponsored by Urbanite Magazine. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Small MezrichReception with Best-selling Author Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich, author of the best-selling novel The Accidental Billionaires (the basis of the Academy Award nominated film The Social Network) releases a new book, Sex on the Moon. One of his first stops during his book tour was the Pratt Library and a private reception with members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries. 

Ben Mezrich, a Harvard graduate, is the author of eleven books, including the international bestseller Bringing Down the House, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into the movie 21, starring Kevin Spacey. He is a columnist for Boston Common and a contributor to Flush magazine.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Second stacksHappy Hour Tour of the Central Library

It's the Pratt Contemporaries annual tour of the Central Library for members and guests. You'll have a rare look of the Pratt's vault, Special Collections Department and Mencken Room.

Enjoy food, beer and wine in the library's Main Hall.


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Monday, March 28, 2011

dogwood logoAn Evening with Chef Galen Sampson: Let the Ingredients Sing
Local ingredients, Local Food with Dogwood Restaurant's Executive Chef


Chef Galen Sampson will cook while talking about using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to create delightful regional cuisine.  He'll also discuss Dogwood's social mission to transform lives one plate at a time by providing training, opportunity and paid employment to individuals who are transitioning from addiction, incarceration, homelessness and/or underemployment.
Award-winning Chef Galen Sampson grew up in Reisterstown, MD and has worked with top chefs in some of the finest restaurants in the country including: the five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge in Utah; the Sonesta Lodge in Bermuda; and the Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore. During his tenure at the Harbor Court Hotel, the hotel achieved its Five-Star, Five-Diamond rating. The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism named Galen its Chef of the Year in 2005 and in 2008, he was featured as a CNN Hero for his work providing culinary training to individuals in transition. He is now living his dream: running and owning his own restaurant and having the opportunity to train others in the profession he loves.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011BlackandWhiteBLACK AND WHITE PARTY 2011

Join the Pratt Contemporaries for the best party of the season, the Black and White Party!Look dashing like James Bond or fabulous like a Bond Girl as we heat up winter inside the Central Library. Join the party and the celebration on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 8pm.

Proceeds from the benefit will support the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Children and Teen Literacy efforts.


M&T Bank
PNC Bank, University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mercedes Benz of Hunt Valley, Cobblestone Wealth Management, The Bozutto Group, Let's Dish, Intervid Incorporated, Urbanite Magazine, The Pantry Catering, Wine Source, and White Marsh Brewing Company.   

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Reception with Author Bill German

In Under Their Thumb, Bill German discusses his ups and downs with the "world's greatest rock and roll band." He chronicles how he befriended the Stones (while just a teenager) and how he became the band's official historian for almost two decades.He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes, and witnessed their concerts, recording sessions, and in-fights. German will share some of his humorous Stones anecdotes, as well as some never-before-seen photos.

Bill German co-authored The Works with guitarist Ron Wood and wrote about the Stones for Rolling Stone and Spin.


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

walter wickWalter Wick Reception and Exhibition Tour

Love the "I Spy" books? Enjoy a private reception for members and guests of the Pratt Contemporaries in the Sculpture Court, followed by a tour of the new exhibit, Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic."

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic is the first museum retrospective of award-winning author and photographic illustrator Walter Wick. Author of Can You See What I See? and co-creator of the I Spy book series loved by millions of children and adults around the world, Wick has a keen interest in puzzles, games, science and illusions. The exhibition will feature a selection of Wick’s early photographs, which provided a foundation for the artist’s interest in illusions. It will include several of the handcrafted, meticulously detailed installation models accompanied by his large-format color photographs that are the illustrations in his children’s books. Together they will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s creative process and a window into the puzzles and illusions for which he is so well known. The exhibition will include two models and photographs from Wick’s 2008 book, Can You See What I See on a Scary, Scary Night?, inspired in part by the Walters' Chamber of Wonders, as well as the debut of models and photographs from his newest book, Treasure Ship.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

halfemptyReception with Author David Rakoff

A private reception with author David Rakoff exclusive for members of the Pratt Contemporaries and their guests. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the author one on one and have copies of Rakoff's new book, Half Empty, signed.

In Half Empty, a collection of witty, wise and poignant essays, David Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny contemporary culture and finds that the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won't come true. Rakoff is the author of Don't Get Too Comfortable and Fraud. He is a regular contributor to Public Radio International's This American LifeThe New York Times Magazine, a correspondent for Outside, and Writer-at-Large for GQ. His writing has also appeared in Vogue, Salon, Seed, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Observer, and Wired, among others.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

grant wahl2BEHIND THE GOAL: 2010 WORLD CUP with Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl
Thursday, August 26, 6pm, Red Star Bar & Restaurant

Author and Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl covered the 2010 World Cup in South Africa this summer.  Join us for this special author salon and happy hour and find out what really happened at the World Cup and what the future holds for U.S. Soccer. 

Grant Wahl is the author of The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America (now available on paperback). In twelve years at Sports Illustrated, senior writer Grant Wahl has written thirty-one cover stories and more than two hundred articles while covering five World Cups, three Olympics, and twelve NCAA basketball tournaments. Wahl has won four Magazine Story of the Year awards, given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He lives in Baltimore with his wife. 

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

wes mooreReception with Wes Moore

You've seen him on Oprah and read about him in the Baltimore Sun. Now see author and Baltimore native Wes Moore at the Central Library on Tuesday, May 18, 6:30pm, discussing his much talked about book, The Other Wes Moore.

The Other Wes Moore is about two kids with the same name, living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Violence, drugs, single mothers, uninformed choices, all played critical roles in their development, but they have radically different futures. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

Prior to the public event there will be a reception exclusively for members of the Pratt Contemporaries starting at 5:30pm.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

happy hour tourHappy Hour at the Pratt

Relive the Orioles' glory days! Celebrate the start of baseball season with a happy hour at the Pratt!

Enjoy free drinks and snacks as you peruse rare Orioles and Maryland sports memorabilia from the Pratt's Special Collections.
You'll also have an opportunity to take a tour of the Central Library and meet library staff!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Grant Wahl  -  Sports Illustrated Writer and Author

Meet Sports Illustrated writer and author of "The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America" at a private reception. Grant will then give a public reading from his new book about famed soccer player David Beckham in wheeler Auditorium. Whether you are a sports fan or want to learn more about Posh Spice's second half, this is an event you won't want to miss! The Beckham Experiment is a no-holds-barred account of ego clashes and epic winless streaks, rivalries and resentments, big gambles and great expectations, cultural and class collisions, and ultimately the volatile mix of celebrity and professional sports. As Beckham embarks on this third season with the Galaxy, the question remains: even for a player the caliber of David Beckham are some goals out of reach?

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

black and white photoBlack and White Party 2010

Help the Pratt Contemporaries celebrate our third anniversary! The party is Inspired by Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball. Like the infamous party, everyone is requested to wear black and white and enjoy a night of food, wine and dancing in the beautiful Main Hall of the Central Library.




Brown Advisory, Urbanite Magazine, Bonterra Vineyards and Chef's Expressions

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Party and Private Book Sale

The Pratt  Contemporaries will join the Enoch Pratt Society for a private book sale and holiday party in the Main Hall of the Central Library. Shop for rare and used books, DVDs, CDs and more while enjoying live holiday music and light fare.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Pratt Presents... New York Times columnist Frank Rich

Join us for an evening guaranteed to fill the mind with stimulating conversations, tease the palate with delectable desserts, and inspire the soul with cool jazz.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wine in the Stacks:  An Edgar Allen Poe-Themed Tour of the Central Library

Just in time for Halloween! Enjoy a glass of wine and light fare before exploring the hidden treasures of the historic Central library on a guided tour with the Pratt's Wesley Wilson and Jeff Korman. See photographs of Edgar Allen Poe, fragments from his original coffin, locks of hair, and letters written by the famous author.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Brunch with Ira Glass

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, was the special guest during a special Pratt Contemporaries brunch at the home of chair Kate Powell.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Reception with Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich will discuss his new book, The Accidental Billionaires:  The Founding of Facebook - a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.  Mezrich tells a captivating story of betrayal, vast amounts of cash, and two friends who revolutionized the way humans connect to one another-only to have an enormous falling out and never speak again. The film, The Social Network, was based on The Accidental Billionaires.

Mezrich is also the author of Bringing Down the House which was made into the film 21 starring actors Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

David O. Stewart, talks about his book, Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy. 

Impeached challenges more than acentury of writing about the Senate trial of President Andrew Johnson in 1868, the first presidential impeachment. Bringing to bear his experience as lead defense counsel in a Senate impeachment trial in 1989, and as a criminal defense lawyer, David Stewart reveals the reasons why Johnson should and could have been removed from office, as well as the multiple bribery schemes hatched by the president's supporters to buy enough Senate votes to keep him in the White House.

David Stewart is the author of The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Michael Pollan talks about his most recent book, In Defense of Food.

Michael Pollan's last book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating. Now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time. Pollan proposes a new answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. 

Presented in partnership with Baltimore Green Works. The Ivy Bookshop will be selling copies of Michael Pollan's books.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Urbanite Magazine Rollout Party

Central Library, Poe Room (rsvp required)
Members of the Pratt Contemporaries are invited to attend Urbanite Magazine's May Rollout Party. This is a private, member's only event.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn talk about their new book, Race Course:  Against White Supremacy

In Race Course, Ayers and Dohrn discuss white supremacy and its troubling endurance in American life. They point to unexamined bigotry in the criminal justice system, election processes, war policy, and education, and explore their own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era and offer personal stories about their lives today.

Bill Ayers is a distinguished professor education at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Bernardine Dohrn is the director of the Children and Family Law Justice Center and a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wine and Reconciliation:  A Talk and South African Wine Tasting

Join Law Professor Sherrilyn Ifill of the University of Maryland Law School for a wine tasting and uplifting talk about the role of wine in the changing political and social landscape of today's South Africa.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Reception and Book Signing for Laura Lippman

Join us for the book launch celebration of Baltimore author Laura Lippman's new stand-alone novel, Life Sentences.  In this blazing tale of twisting suspense, Lippman raises difficult, illuminating questions about the nature of memory and truth. 

Laura Lippman is the author of 10 Tess Monaghan novels, plus four other suspense novels, a collection of short stories, and a mystery anthology. Co-sponsored with Mystery Loves Company Bookstore. 

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Thursday, March 5, 2009       

An Evening with Tavis Smiley           

The Enoch Pratt Free LIbrary welcomes PBS host and award-winning journalist and writer Tavis Smiley to discuss and sign copies of his new book, Accountable:  Making America as Good as Its Promise. Accountable provides real-life examples of how crucial issues, including health care, education, the economy, unequal justice, and the environment, manifest themselves in our communities. 

The book demonstrates the urgent need to hold politicians and ourselves responsible, because Smiley says the stakes have never been higher.  Join Tavis Smiley for this  "town-hall" style meeting on how we, as individuals and as a community, can implement solutions to the top 10 issues of greatest concern to all Americans.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Book Signing for Annette Gordon-Reed 

Join New York Law Professor and Rutgers University Professor of History, Annette Gordon-Reed before a talk on her new book, The Hemingses of Monticello.
In a follow up to her groundbreaking work, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed continues the saga of this American slave family against the backdrop of Revolutionary America, Paris on the eve of its own revolution, 1790's Philadelphia, and plantation life at Monticello.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Reception and Book Signing for Randall Kennedy

Meet the Harvard Law School Professor and author at a private reception. 
In his new book, Sellout:  The Politics of Racial Betrayal, Randall Kennedy grapples brilliantly and judiciously with "selling out," a subject of much anxiety and acrimony in black America.
Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard University.  He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the US. Supreme Court, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Associtation.


2008 Events


Reception and Book signing with author/actor Hill Harper

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Reception and tour of the MAPS Exhibit at the Walters Art Museum

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Reception and screening of Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones movie, Shine A Light

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