KIM DEITCH AT HOPKINS The underground comics of the 1960s counterculture produced its fair share of now household names: Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Bill Griffith, Art Spiegelman. Somewhat lesser known among the general public but revered among comics fans is Kim Deitch, whose work for the East Village Other in the late 1960s put him alongside Spiegelman, Vaughn BodAc, and Trina Robbins. Deitch has worked steadily ever since, combining his visual gift for recalling the vibrant, early 20th-century look of comics--his father is the animator/illustrator Gene Deitch--and his own insouciant, subversive sensibility, creating stories where the real and imagined worlds coexist, interact, and overlap. Deitch concludes the Homewood Art Workshops' 35th anniversary celebrations with a slide talk entitled "The Search for Smilin' Ed and Other Tales," at 5:30 p.m. April 26 in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building of the Mattin Center on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. And on April 25, Deitch signs copies of his new book, The Search for Smilin' Ed, at the Johns Hopkins Barnes and Noble from 4-6 p.m. Visit jhu.edu/artwork/ for more info.
MARQUEE BALL This weekend the Creative Alliance at the Patterson holds its annual fundraiser gala, and the theme this year is Moulin Rouge, the famed cabaret located in Paris' Quartier Pigalle that housed so many artists since the late 19th century. The Patterson receives a decadent makeover for the eve, complete with burlesque stage and an "absinthe lounge," the Swingin' Swamis and jazz singer Felicia Carter. The "Ooh-la-la Zee Marquee Ball Art Auction," organized by the Goya Contemporary's Amy Eva Raehse, features more than 90 pieces by local artists, and the evening also honors two deserving friends of local arts: Baltimore Museum of Art Director Doreen Bolger receives the Golden Formstone Award, and filmmaker/musician/organizer Catherine Pancake receives the Peter Pan Award. For more information visit creativealliance.org.