An eclectic crowd of nearly 140 fans -- many of whom left work or class early -- showed up at the Charles Theatre on Thursday to join a global gaggle watching Kanye West's newest projects debut live on the screen.
The hip-hop artist and fashion designer premiered his newest album "The Life of Pablo" and clothing line "Yeezy Season 3" Thursday at Madison Square Garden. He broadcasted the album listening party/fashion show via satellite in movie theaters around the world, with several locations in Maryland, including Baltimore.
The 4:15 p.m. showing at the Charles Theatre attracted Howard University students Fred Sands IV, 22, and Ta'daviyon Reed, 21, who traveled from Washington, D.C.
"I haven't been to any screenings or concerts, and this is my first time in Baltimore. I wanted to do something outside the norm," said Reed, who studies audio and film production. "I'm also interested in experiential design, so I want to see what [West] comes up with."
"The cool part is I don't know what to expect," Sands said. "Is it going to be video footage?"
Sands' class was cancelled — but he admitted he would have attended the screening regardless. Reed, who had a design course that afternoon, got permission from his professor to attend and include West's premiere as a part of his field study.
According to Lyon, Fathom, the company hired to put on the screening, was vague on details about West's screening.
Prices for the tickets started at $25 general admission. The most expensive package offered a custom Yeezus jacket, a hoodie, a T-shirt, a ticket to the screening and a digital copy of the album for $581.