E. Brady Robinson brings quirky road trip to...


April 26, 1992|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

E. Brady Robinson brings quirky road trip to screen

Gospel-singing shoppers, guitar-shaped cafes, street corner dancers.

This is E. Brady Robinson's world, and welcome to it.

Or, to be exact, the world she and her friend, Hugh Harwood, discovered during a 3 1/2 -day road trip from Baltimore to New Orleans recently.

The results can be seen Friday at 10 p.m. when her short video, "Liked Everything Except for the Ride," debuts during an open screening in the Maryland Institute's Mount Royal Station Auditorium.

Set to the music of Miles Davis, the 10-minute compilation of images and interviews plays like a hipper, quirkier Charles Kuralt segment.

"It seemed like the world was turning into Shoney's," says the 21-year-old photography major, who lives in Bolton Hill. "What I wanted to do was show the individuality of each place."

Ever since Ms. Robinson picked up a camera as a teen-ager, she has had an eye for the unusual. "Local drag queens" were the subject of her first solo show at the Fontanne Gallery in Baltimore last summer. And her latest work attempts to debunk the myths about a rarely united duo: cowboys and housewives. Rae Cherry wonders: Could she have done a better job raising her four children? Hugged them more, hollered less? Would that have prevented one from losing his way to drugs?

The 53-year-old grandmother may not be able to undo the past, but she has learned from it -- and is applying that knowledge as a lay therapist for the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland.

"It's hard to try to develop a little mind into a responsible adult. That's the hardest thing we women have put on us," she says.

She began working with troubled families four years ago after seeing too many youngsters hanging out near her Northwest Baltimore home. For her efforts, Ms. Cherry and other volunteers will be honored at a noon brunch today at Hightopps Bar & Grill in Fells Point.

While her involvement has given her insights into other families, she's also learned plenty about herself.

"We all made some mistakes in raising our kids," she says. "If we share them, maybe we can help these young mothers raise their kids right."

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