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 updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!

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The Feminist Art Project – Baltimore, Open Info Meeting
Wednesday, August 26th:  6-8pm

City Arts Apartments
440 E. Oliver St. : 21202

The Feminist Art Project – Baltimore (TFAPB) is a grassroots, nomadic, non-profit arts incubator that supports and promotes self-identified women in the arts.

We now have affordable membership levels with sweet perks, as well as some great volunteer / bartering options!

Join us in August to learn more about:
– TFAPB Membership
– Internship Program
– Curator-In-Residency Program
– An Annual Membership Exhibition
– Artistic, Holistic & Development Workshop Series

Wednesday August 26th 6-8Pm @City Arts Apartments Lounge

www.thefeministartproject-baltimore.org

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Kyle Bauer: “don’t fly too close to the sun” Opening Reception/Artist Talk
Thursday, August 27th:  5:30-7:30pm

Rice Gallery, McDaniel College
2 College Hill, Westminster MD : 21157

Baltimore artist Kyle Bauer is featured in a solo exhibition at McDaniel College. “don’t fly too close to the sun” runs Thursday, August 27 – Friday, September 25, in McDaniel’s Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, at 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. An opening reception takes place Thursday, August 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Bauer combines mixed-media sculpture forms with metaphorical references to navigation.

About his work, he said, “Each sculpture is conceived with an adherence to the formalist perspective of objects, and my intention is to convey balance, tension, and control. The individual works are oriented to aid viewers as they navigate the gallery space.”

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. Rice Gallery hours are MondayTuesdayWednesday, and Friday from noon – 4 p.m., Thursday, noon – 8 p.m., and Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Visit www.mcdaniel.edu for information about McDaniel College.

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ART/SOUND/NOW: JoAnna Ford
Thursday, August 27th: 7-8:30pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St. : 21201

Reception with private bar opens at 6 p.m. Performances start at 7 p.m.

The third concert in the ART/SOUND/NOW series includes the diverse vocal stylings of singer JoAnna Ford. Ms. Ford will be joined by Jo Briggs, curator of 18th- and 19th-century art, for a guided, musical tour of the special installation From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. This program features musical works inspired by the paintings of Edwin Lord Weeks, William Mulready, and others. With music ranging from Classical to Contemporary, Jo and JoAnna will explore themes of exoticism and folk art forms, while shedding light on the personal collecting habits of the Walters family. Ticket holders will enjoy a private bar, a complimentary drink voucher, and exclusive access to the Museum’s fourth floor galleries during this evening of intimate conversation and exciting music.

This performance is part of a three part summer music series. Receive a discount to all three performances if you register for the series.

JoAnna Ford holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. At Morgan State University, she was a frequently featured soloist with the renowned University Choir, singing in major venues such as the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Basilica, and National Theater of Ghana.  As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, JoAnna studied music at the Humboldt University of Berlin, received her certificate of fluency in the German language, performed in recitals and concerts throughout the country, recorded for an independent German gospel label, and made her operatic debut as Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.

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CreativeMornings Baltimore presents The Baltimore Bike Party: ACTION
Friday, August 28: 8:30 – 10 am

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E Pratt St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Join us for August’s Creative Morning’s Baltimore event on Friday August 28th! This month the elusive organizers of the beloved Baltimore Bike Party – Tim Barnett, Kimi Lillig, and Michael Berlanger – take the stage at Reginald F. Lewis Museum to talk on the theme of ACTION.

What started as an attempt at organizing Critical Mass in 2012, quickly evolved into what is now known as Bike Party, the monthly mass bike ride through the streets of Baltimore. A fascinating, dynamic, and diverse community event, Bike Party crowds number well above 1000 each month. Don’t miss this chance to hear the organizers talk about how and why Baltimore Bike Party exists in such a wildly successful way! More info here.

As always, Dooby’s will be there with coffee and treats! Everything is FREE! Gotta bike?! RIDE TO THE TALK!

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The Goonies Screening @ Creative Alliance

Fri Aug 28: 7:30pm

Dress like your favorite Goonie, shout the lines, play games, enter the Truffle Shuffle dance contest, imbibe One Eyed Willy drink specials, and win stuff! We’re making Goonies a wild interactive movie night!

7:30pm Mingle, 8pm Film | ADV $10, $7 mbrs. DOOR $12, $9 mbrs. | Free popcorn!

$5 Ultimate Fan Packs Available at the Door
Fan Packs include everything you need to “play” the Goonies movie game.
Which we made up… Game Rules, eyepatches, things to throw, fun quotes, movie facts, City Paper giveaways, and more!

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The 14KT Cabaret presents Penelope at the Theatre Project
Aug 28-30, evening and matinees

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W Preston St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Three evenings of performance at The Theatre Project featuring Penelope, musical guests, films, a smell séance and other extravaganza!

PENELOPE is a shadow play that takes its inspiration from the weaver in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. The performance features the songs and soundscapes of Lurch and Holler, acro-balancing by the Dandy Vagabonds, performances by Selena Schreyer, Joe Meduza, and Isa Leal. Animation by Laurence Arcadias, garments by John Flowers and lighting design by David Crandall. Set and directed by Laure Drogoul.

The 14Karat Cabaret: August 28th, 29th at 8pm and August 30th 2015 matinee at 3pm
Theatre Project: 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Tickets available at the Theatre Project on-line and at the door.
Tickets: $14 general admission, $9 artists and students with ID.
Pay at the Theatre Project with cash and receive a $2 discount on tickets!

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Schw-ingo!
Saturday, August 29: 5-9 pm

@ Schwing Art Center / 3326 Keswick Rd / Front, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Tickets Available www.artful.ly

A spin on the typical Bingo, Make Studio and local artists have teamed up to offer art prizes! Doors open at 5 with food trucks and refreshments available for sale. Bingo begins at 6.

The “Ambassador of Hampden,” Lou Catelli will be our celebrity caller. All proceeds to benefit the programming at Hampden-based Make Studio, supporting the art of emerging adult artists with disabilities.

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Esther Ruiz Artist Talk at Platform Art Center
Sunday, August 30: 1-4 pm

Platform Gallery
116 W Mulberry St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Studio visits with ESTHER RUIZ are offered on the 30th in addition to the artist talk. To register, please email [email protected] All visits are first come, first serve.

THE WHOLE IS OTHER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS comes from the Gestalt Theory or the “Law of Simplicity,” meaning that the whole is neither greater nor lesser than the totality of its individual components rather, each is entirely different, and should be considered within a separate context. Ruiz, inspired by space operas, pop culture, geometry and the setting sun, creates objects that operate simultaneously as miniature landscapes from a distant future (“A planet with neon cosmic dust rings and a triangular shaped moon, which align perfectly as they slip away from the sun…”) and actual size sculptures informed by the distant family of Minimalism.
In the past, Ruiz has exhibited distinct works together, neatly curated as a collection of singular fleeting moments stuck in time.

Ruiz’s minimal approach gives the viewer an opportunity to appreciate the material honesty of each player within the fictional landscape constructed primarily through Ruiz’s organic sculptures accented by synthetic colors and shaped neon. THE WHOLE IS OTHER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS is comparatively accented by a few of Ruiz’s smaller geode sculptures. Each piece is elegantly abstract and evocatively representational.

ESTHER RUIZ received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Rhodes College in 2011. She has shown nationally and internationally at various galleries including Brooklyn Wayfarers, New York; Platform, Baltimore; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Field Projects, New York; Fridman Gallery, New York; Regina Rex, New York; and The American Center for Physics, College Park. She was born in Houston, Texas, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.