BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is lovingly updated on a daily basis.

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Happy Independence Day, Y’all !

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AVAM’s July 4th: Visionary Pets On Parade!

  • When: Friday, July 4
  • What Time: 10am (9:30am Pet Registration)
  • Cost: FREE!

Dress your pet & strut your stuff. Animal fun! Animal prizes! Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best dog-gone parade in town! Followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! And Sit, Stay for a rousing game of pet musical chairs! Pets must be leashed or carried. H20 and baggies provided.

Pet Registration begins at 9:30am, Parade kicks off at 10am. This event is FREE & OPEN to the public, no advanced registration required.  avam.org.

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Fourth of July at The Bank

An afternoon of grilling fading into a night of music at M&T Bank Stadium. With Tunes by:

Ami Dang : Receiver and deceiver of one of the greatest Twit compliments of all time. A fundamental fusing of things welded congruently. A light pepper baked musing of mixtures of acoustic and electronic music, with a healthy touch of non-westernism thrown in. Also she put local celebrity Kate Levitt in some kind of place to do some sort Teddddd Talking, that’s fucking fucked up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edKPjnj_qpU

Godwilling (Container): Schofield’s overweight man project that, with a lot of seams, buries sound in a coiled malaise that blasts and racks back. This concept of “fat noise” is a weird one that he abandoned for good reason. Why we want to see this? I don’t know. It’s the dude who does container, will that get us, like, 40 more heads at the gig?? here we find him playing a guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyZSwf4hVtI

Farewell My Concubine (Angles in America): It’s ya boi! Markkkkieee Bewwelll. Surely a drake in his own right. A member of promising band that has likely disintegrated Stew’s kid’s college funds, Miami Angels In America. Farewell My Concubine goes more towards “super tall synther songwriter” vibe. In this project Farewell My Concubine grows his body to be, ohhh like, 9 1/2 tall and crunches down on some vintage home designed affects pedals. Bring ear plugs fatties! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktikg8Myw7w

MSHR (Portland) You wish you could crown a couple President of The United States Of Ugly America, but alas no one two people can be dark ass enough combined. Unluckily for you dumb plumpies the room is dark ass enough for all of us. No lights up, all lights down on the performers as they use their dark ass presidentialness (newly found!) to create verbose fast paced ascending and descending clabber pops through the space. So yum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCvZKRmV9Sw

Dream Baby Dream–the coolest guild to raid beyond the arc. This 4th of July get patriotic with songs about the American Dream Baby Dream. That’s right Kudler & Palmer (shana & ben) cover your least favorite Suicide songs about America to remind you to set off mad fireworks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaZRSQfFo8Y

The Dj booth will be held down by Schwarz and company. Little Howlin Wolf Free Fat Backs and Slaw Dogs ALL NIGHT.

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CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY AT BALTIMORE’S INNER HARBOR

Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music and celebratory fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration takes place Friday, July 4, 2014 from 4pm to 10pm.  Entertainment is provided by Top 40s bands Thunderballat 4pm followed by the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade at 7pm.  Performances take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets.  The fireworks show, choreographed to festive music, begins at 9:30pm.  The display is produced by Pyrotecnico.  The holiday fireworks can be viewed from several locations in downtown and the surrounding areas, including Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East.  Baltimore’s Fourth of July Celebration is presented by Ports America Chesapeake.  Additional support is provided by GEICO.  Fox 45 is the media sponsor.

Visitors can make a day of their holiday downtown by going to area attractions, and nearby restaurants and retailers.  Top of the World Observation Level offers Picnic at the Topon Friday, July 4, 2014 from 7:30pm to 10pm.  Visitors can take in a 360-degree view of Baltimore as well as have the best view of the vibrant fireworks display.  Family-fun activities and food & beverages will be available.  Tickets cost $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12.  Top of the World Observation Level is located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 East Pratt Street.  For more information on Top of the World Observation Level or upcoming events, please visit 410-837-VIEW (8493) or visit www.viewbaltimore.org.

In addition, Baltimore Beach Volleyball holds “Hat Draw” Tournament on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 1pm.  Registration opens at noon on-site.  The tournament takes place at the Inner Harbor’s Rash Field, located on Light Street and Key Highway.  Men, women, co-ed teams and singles are invited to participate in the event.  Cost is $25 per person.  Proceeds from the tournament benefit Sail Baltimore, a non-profit providing a program of visiting ships & maritime events.  For more information on Baltimore Beach Volleyball and upcoming tournaments, please visit www.baltimorebeach.com.  For more information on Sail Baltimore visit www.sailbaltimore.org

In the event of a cancellation due to severe weather, the fireworks show will take place Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 9:30pm.

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A Star-Spangled Spectacular: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville

Baltimore’s favorite Fourth of July tradition returns: the Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park(Cockeysville, Md.) on July 3 & 4 features patriotic favorites that culminate in a brilliant fireworks display. Actor and conductor Damon Gupton (seen in Unfaithful, The Last Airbender andFOX TV series “Rake”) leads soloist Soloman Howard and the BSO in selections such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and more. Each concert begins with the National Anthem, sung by the winner(s) of the BSO’s seventh annual “O, Say Can You Sing?” competition. (Full details about the competition, including audition information, will be announced at a later date.)

 for A Star Spangled Spectacular ($9-18). Two shows on July 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. will showcase patriotic favorites and fireworks. bsomusic.org.

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Summer Film Series Kicks Off at Creative Alliance July 5:

Series to feature two of Bollywood’s most popular recent films

SAT JULY 5 | 7:30pm: Bollywood Film Night
BHAAG MILKHA BHAAGG (RUN MILKHA RUN)
Hindi with English Subtitles
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra |India | 2013 | 186 minutes
Tickets: $12 / $9 members

The most popular Bollywood Film of 2014! A world champion runner overcomes great odds to become India’s Olympic sports icon. Acclaimed filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Rang De Basanti) returns with a sweeping biopic about the “Flying Sikh”—Milkha Singh. The world champion runner and Olympian surmounted the horrors of the 1947 India-Pakistan partition and refugee poverty to become India’s premiere sports icon. Mehra has turned Singh’s story of personal triumph during turbulent times into an inspirational screen tale for the ages. Add to that a rousing soundtrack by Bollywood super-composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, stunning cinematography from veteran Binod Pradhan and a jaw-dropping performance by multi-hyphenate actor/director Farhan Akhtar, and you have cinematic gold. (Synopsis courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art.)

Delicious Indian specialties will be available in the Marquee Lounge bar & restaurant.

Awards:
59th Filmfare Awards (India), Best Film
20th Screen Awards (India), Best Film
15th International Indian Film Academy, Best Film

Event Listing & Trailer Link here.

“beautifully shot” – The Los Angeles Times

“With Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, (Director Mehra) takes no shortcuts in depicting the literal blood, sweat and tears Singh shed in his pursuit of excellence.” – the Hollywood Reporter

“…the movie strikes its chosen couple of notes resoundingly, making clear what makes Singh run.” – The New York Times

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Ongoing Stuff You Should See because it’s a Holiday Weekend, but definitely check our Calendar for MORE:

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Sondheim Prize at The Walters

Presented by the Walters and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, this exhibition will show the work of the finalists for the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Artists will compete for top honors and a $25,000 fellowship in the Greater Baltimore area’s most prestigious arts competition. The prize assists in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in this region. Held in conjunction with Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, the semifinalist and finalist exhibitions will be presented in partnership with the Walters and the Maryland Institute College of Art. The competition winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Walters on July 12. Artscape will be July 18–20, 2014. More information here.

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Front Room: Seth Adelsberger at the BMA
June 29–November 2, 2014

A variety of luminescent and textured paintings from Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger demonstrates the artist’s innovative approaches to painting over the past five years. In intense blues and saturated magentas, he creates hisSubmersion Paintings by staining untreated canvases with rich washes of acrylic paint before applying a thick layer of gesso. In his hands, this viscous white paint is unorthodoxly sandwiched in between the initial stained layers and a final wash of color, adding texture and dynamic form. More info here.

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We’re All Strangers Here at E.M.P. Collective

June 27 – July 27, 2014

Inner worlds collide into extraterrestrial landscapes as artists create new terrains to be interpreted, reinterpreted, and to get lost in.  We’re All Strangers Here features the installation works of Gina Alexandra Denton, April Camlin, Hoesy Corona, Nikki Painter, Lisa Krause, and Laure Drogoul.

This show is organized by curator Sara Barnes and EMP Artistic Director, Carly J. Bales. More info here.

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School 33

School 33 Hosts Three Exhibits: 35th Year Anniversary Show, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s “On the Brink,” and “I Would Like Everything I’m Entitled To,” a solo-exhibition of new work by Margaret Rogers in the Project Space

Exhibits June 13 – August 21, 2014

35-33-35 : School 33 Art Center’s 35th Anniversary Exhibit!

Curated by Peter Dubeau and René Treviño  in School 33′s Main Gallery
This exhibit features 35 artists at School 33 Art Center on the occasion of our 35th Anniversary!

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Memory: Captured Moments at [email protected][werks]

Artist Talk & Reception: Saturday, June 28, 4:00 to 6:00 pm / Talk begins at 4:45 pm
Exhibit Runs June 27 through August 15, 2014

Featuring artists Rick Cleaver, Jim Condron, Robert Creamer, Kurt Godwin, Katie Pumphrey, Nancy Scheinman and Ronnie Spiewak.

Memory: Captured Moments examines how an artist’s observation of his or her subject matter evolves over a defined interval — an hour, the course of a day, two-weeks in the garden, a thirty-year career or forty years in the studio. For these seven contemporary artists, invented worlds and cosmologies emerge in each of the selected works through experimentation, iteration and playfulness. While the creative processes of the individual artists differ, all work with recreating familiar shapes, spaces, color and light. This familiarity serves to elicit automatic memories, memories that occur without conscious intent, prompting the viewer to consider how observations and perceptions change over time.

Artscape: Friday, July 18, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Case[werks] Showroom & Gallery
1501 Saint Paul Street, Suite 116, Baltimore, MD 21202