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.

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Marshall “Eddie” Conway in Film, Screening
Wednesday, September 23rd : 7pm

2640 Space
2640 St. Paul Street : 21218

Featuring “Comrade Sunshine” by Cameron Granadino; “The Return” by Babatunde Salam, Will Arenas, and Jeorge Benton; and a discussion to follow.

The filmmakers accompanied by Dominique Stevenson (AFSC & Friend of a Friend), and Marshall “Eddie” Conway (former Black Panther/Friend of a Friend/Real News Network) will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

Set in Baltimore and filmed during the Summer of 2012, Cameron Granadino’s short documentary focuses on the friendship between Dominique Stevenson, whose Friend of a Friend program—co-founded by former Black Panther Eddie Conway, helps men in prison through peer mentoring, and Wahid Shakur, a recently released 20-something now working with her to help build community. As she attempts to guide him in making a smooth transition back into society, Wahid faces the new challenge of life on parole. Dominique, meanwhile, continues to raise questions about the dire impacts of incarceration.

“The Return: the story of Marshall ‘Eddie’ Conway”

This short biographical documentary uses extensive archival footage and Conway’s own testimony to portray his life’s work as a medical orderly, Minister of Defense of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, political prisoner, and activist.

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Miss Chthonic Star Dream Pageant: Baltimore!
September 24 – September 26

E.M.P. Collective
307 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets Available
www.psychicreadings.church

***Who Will Be Baltimore’s Miss Chthonic Star?!***

Miss Chthonic Star Dream Pageant is coming to Baltimore! Brought to you by Psychic Readings Co., this beauty pageant is a monstrous parade of internal realities fueled by sacrifice. Watch as labor, exploitation, and sexual/economic oppression are thrust onto the catwalk! Each night three local contestants will appear before our judges with the hope of becoming Baltimore’s Miss Chthonic Star, but the pageant quickly turns into a perverse reality show where the real objective is to try to get out of the pageant alive! Braiding pleasure and the abject and spiking it with a heavy dose of buffoonery, Miss Chthonic is a stress dream starring a whole bunch of anxiety.

The pageant will take place September 24, 25 & 26 @ 8pm at EMP Collective, 307 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201! Tickets are $10- $12! (Dress in sequins and get in for $8!)

WANT TO BE A STAR? Baltimore hopefuls dreaming of becoming the next Miss Chthonic Star may sign up to be a pageant contestant!! just email [email protected]

Written and directed by Ric Royer, sound by G Lucas Crane, and featuring G Lucas Crane, Ryan William Downey, Adam Endres, Crystal Kovacs, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Tavish Miller, Emma Reaves, and Ric Royer!

ABOUT PSYCHIC READINGS Co.
Psychic Readings Co. is dedicated to the advancement of a higher histrionics through exaggerated examples of life and death. Psychic Readings was formed in 1999 to challenge the decline of aliveness in live performance. Psychic Readings shows are written by Ric Royer with sound by G Lucas Crane (American Theater Wing Hewes Design Winner/Bessie Nominee for OBIE-winning THIS IS THE END).

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Amy Sherald – EMPATHY -CreativeMornings/Baltimore
Friday, September 25 at 8:30am – 10:00am

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Tickets Available creativemornings.com (free)
Let’s talk EMPATHY with artist, Amy Sherald at Creative Alliance.

Amy Sherald is an unbelievably talented painter whose work was most recently acquired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art in Washington, D.C. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her M.F.A. in painting in 2004.

In past years Sherald’s work has been autobiographical but has changed in response to her move to Baltimore, taking on a social context with an allegorical twist. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Creative Alliance.

So, join us for Creative Mornings_BAL on Friday, September 25th. Dooby’s Coffee and Relay Foods will be there with breakfast goodies. It’s all FREE!

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20th Baltimore Book Festival
Friday, September 25th – Sunday, September 27th

Inner Harbor : Baltimore

The Baltimore Book Festival turns 20 in 2015!  Baltimore’s celebration of the literary arts features renowned and celebrity authors, bestselling books, local and independent writers, cookbook demos, readings and panel discussions.  The festival takes place Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015, 11am to 7pm daily at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.   

Events take place on West Shore Park and Rash Field, along the 400 blocks of Light Street and Key Highway.  New this year is a curated, regionally-sourced food and beverage program and The Ivy Bookshop as the festival’s official bookseller.  

Author highlights for this year include 2015 Newbery Medal Winner Kwame AlexanderThe Crossover; Maria BroomThe Village Bully; Lou DobbsBORDER WAR; Chef Patrick O’Connell, (proprietor , The Inn at Little Washington) The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession, Ryan FergusonStronger, Faster Smarter; D.Watkins, Beasting: Living (and Dying) While Black in America,  the Fabulous Beekman BoysReid MitenbulerBourbon EmpireWes MooreThe Work; Dr. Gerard MullinGut Revolution; Isaac OliverIntimacy Idiot; Issa Rae, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl; Joanna RakoffMy Salinger Year; Bryan VoltaggioHOME; Katie WorkmanDinner Solved and Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker), Homemade Decadence.

Additional presenting authors are to be announced leading up to the festival.  The 20th annual Baltimore Book Festival is presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

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Passing From One Hand, Opening Reception
Friday, September 25th : 7-10pm

Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 East North Avenue : 21218

The exhibition celebrates the legacy of three Baltimore jewelers and the continuation of Baltimore’s metalsmithing and jewelry tradition.

The Baltimore Jewelry Center’s inaugural exhibition Passing From One Hand: Betty Cooke, Joyce Scott, Shana Kroiz and a Tradition of Metalsmithing and Jewelry in Baltimorewill be on view in its new gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from Sept. 25 – Nov. 6, 2015. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in June 2014, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the successor organization to the MICA Jewelry Center, which had served the metalsmithing and art jewelry community in the Baltimore area for the past twenty-two years. Today, the non-profit is providing a rigorous academic program and robust studio access program for metal and jewelry artists.

The Baltimore Jewelry Center’s first exhibition celebrates the legacy of three pioneering jewelers who represent three generation of makers in Baltimore. Betty Cooke, the most preeminent mid-century modern art jeweler, along with Joyce Scott, and Shana Kroiz are all Baltimore natives whose work has been informed and sculpted by their relationship to the city and its communities. The artists chose iconic Baltimore landmarks or buildings important to their work and reflective of their personal narratives, images of which will be incorporated into the display of the artists’ work and serve as a connecting theme throughout the gallery. Also featured in the exhibition is a small grouping of work showcasing the current instructors of the Baltimore Jewelry Center.

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The Arc: Art in the Round, Opening Reception
Friday, September 25th : 6:30-9:30pm

Pixilated Federal Hill
46 East Cross Street : 21230

From September 25th to October 8th, a selection of artworks from The Arc’s annual Art in the Round exhibit and auction showcase will be on display at Pixilated Federal Hill.

Dedicated to providing advocacy and high quality, life-changing supports since 1949 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, The Arc Baltimore supports more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy) and their families.

The Art in the Round exhibit and auction showcases the talent and artistry of individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information on this year’s event at The Grand Lodge of Maryland, go to https://www.thearcbaltimore.org/events/art-in-the-round/

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MakeScape 2015
Saturday, Sept 26 at 10:00am

Open Works
1400 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
MakeScape 2015 – FREE & FUN FOR ALL

Celebrate and discover Baltimore’s Maker Community at MakeScape! Enjoy demos, food, crafts, and activities for kids— plus take a tour of the future home of Open Works—Baltimore’s new creative incubator and safe place open to all to learn, make, and innovate…no matter age, education, income, race, neighborhood or social class.

Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OpenWorksBmore

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Ajay Kurian : Work Harder Under Water, Opening Reception
Saturday, September 26th : 7-9pm

Rowhouse Project
2640 Huntingdon Street : 21211

September 26 – November 14

“If you love without evoking love in return – that is, if your loving as loving does not produce reciprocal love: if through a living expression of yourself as a loving person you do not make yourself a beloved one, then your love is impotent – a misfortune.” – K.M.

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New Public Sites – The Ragged Edge of Rockville, Walking Tour
Sunday, September 27th : 3-5pm

VisArts
155 Gibbs Street : Rockville, MD

Explore the invisible sites, contradictory features and historical spirits embedded in downtown Rockville. Radical walking tours and a gallery installation of banners, videos and maps stitch together an array of new and old buildings, urban and suburban places, and psychically – charged, poetic sites. New Public Sites – The Ragged Edge of Rockville is part of Come Back to Rockville!, a two-person, participatory art project with Naoko Wowsugi, curated by Laura Roulet and sponsored by VisArtsClick here for the full press release.

Tour activities will include making paper rubbings and collecting Shards of Site while engaging memorials of literary tribute and contested Civil War histories. Along the way, you will explore newly created public spaces aspiring to urban authenticity while beholding suburban voids overturning in speculative wait.

All tours meet at VisArts155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850