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What’s up at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum


The Geppi emporium of pop culture has several special exhibits on tap for the year, according tothis press release:

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards (‘GEM-), the internationally acclaimed 17,000-square-foot center for pop culture, has announced its roster of special exhibits through Dec. 1.

Currently on view as a tribute to Black History month, an exhibit titled Finally in Full Color chronicles the rise of African-American characters from the early days of comics through modern day. The comic books and toys in this exhibit – which runs through March 10 – come from the long-held collection of Professor William H. Foster III. Poet, playwright and expert commentator for both CNN News and National Public Radio, Foster authored the 2005 book Looking for a Face Like Mine.

On March 17, GEM will unveil Pulp Art: Selections from the Robert Lesser Collection. Hailed as a visionary collector in the field of pop culture, Lesser was light years ahead of the pack in his push to preserve the original 1930s and ’40s paintings that served as cover art for dime novels, sci-fi, action and crime ‘pulp- magazines. From the Shadow to Tarzan to scores of damsels in distress featured in the cover art of these ephemeral publications, all found sanctuary in the Robert Lesser collection. In this retrospective, art of a bolder, brassier nature is brought to the forefront as an important component of 20th-century entertainment. Pulp Art: Selections from the Robert Lesser Collection runs from March 17 through June 2 and includes larger-than-life paintings by Virgil Finlay, George and Jerome Rozen, Frank R. Paul and many of their accomplished contemporaries.

The Force is with Us: 30 Years of Star Wars launches on June 9 with a comprehensive exhibit of toys, advertising items and other memorabilia documenting the series of films that added a new dimension to science fiction. Since 1977, the Star Wars anthology has spawned a veritable galaxy of unforgettable characters. From Darth Vader to Yoda, Jedi to Sith, GEM’s exhibit running from June 9 through Sept. 8 will allow earthling visitors to relive three decades of adventure from a galaxy far, far away.

Baltimore has much to be proud of. The birthplace of Babe Ruth and a city whose rich history includes landmark events from the struggle for American Independence through the French & Indian Wars, the Civil War and beyond, ‘Monument City- or ‘Charm City,- as it is known, is also home to Baltimore magazine. This fall, GEM will mount a tribute to this enduring publication so beloved by Baltimorians, which celebrates its centennial year in 2007. Walk through 100 years of the colorful events and remarkable people who shaped 20th-century Baltimore as seen in the pages of one of America’s great city magazines. The exhibit titled Baltimore Magazine’s 100th Birthday is tentatively set to open in September; exact dates to be announced.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards is a family-oriented attraction that warmly welcomes school, civic and out-of-town groups. For additional information or to obtain museum hours, admission prices or driving directions, log on to www.geppismuseum.com or call 410-625-7060.

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