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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New Day Campaign : Talking Touched with Fire I
Wednesday, October 28th : 1-2:30pm

CCBC Essex, Arts and Humanities Hall
7201 Rossville Boulevard : Baltimore 21237

Talking Touched with Fire I is an opportunity to come together and truly grapple with the question: what is the relationship between mental health challenges — discomfort in this world — and creativity? This is a free-ranging conversation with a few artists jump-starting us with their own sharing. Thus far, we’ve had one event that touched on this issue, and discussion was deep, rich, and powerful.

Please spread the word, consider joining us, and doing it together by getting on a bus WE’RE providing for FREE to the first 33 people who reserve a spot!
The bus leaves from the corner of Lanvale & St. Paul St. (right by Penn Station) at 12:15pm and returns by 3:30pm. Short and sweet.
Please email [email protected] to reserve a spot. She’ll email you back to confirm if you have a seat.

A reception follows in the gallery to see the exhibition Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain — a powerful, provocative show, to say the least.

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Carly Bales Artist Talk
Thursday, October 29th : 5-7pm

Arellano Theater @ Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

The Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center and Homewood Arts Program present an artist talk by Baltimore-based performer, director and curator Carly Bales. Bales will speak about explorations of the feminine, the grotesque, beauty, horror, humor, and hysterics in performance. She will also touch upon her arts organizing and real estate development efforts in downtown Baltimore. Bales will deliver a 45 minute presentation and then take questions. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Carly J. Bales is a Baltimore artist working primarily in performance. Her work explores femininity and gender dynamics, power and control, intimacy and strangeness through performance, and often, a healthy dose of humor. Carly is the curator of the PULSE performance salon and event series, a project and experimental staging ground for the development and elevation of performance work in Baltimore. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of programming for EMP Collective, a multi-use space and incubation nest in downtown Baltimore (“Best Collective” 2012, “Best Multi-Use Space” 2014, “Best New Series” 2015, Baltimore City Paper). She is also the co-director of Le Mondo, an initiative to create artist-owned real estate in the heart of Baltimore and develop an internationally-recognized hub for experimental arts. Historically, Carly J. Bales was birthed from a fissure in the ground at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, made her way down to the Everglades to wrestle alligators, and now endures long, cold Baltimore winters without a proper coat and shoes, disappointing her mother greatly.

The ‘Carly Bales Performance Artist Talk’ is presented by the Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center (DMC) and Homewood Arts Program as part of the Fall 2015 DMC Salon Series in which rising Baltimore cultural stars give multimedia talks on their critically engaged work. The DMC is a multimedia lab and resource center for students exploring creative uses of emerging media and technology to communicate their ideas. The Homewood Arts Program presents student-group-led theater, dance, music and visual art programs in the Mattin Arts Center; where it also supports the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and Center for Visual Arts.

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Jane Dickson – “The Architecture of Distraction”
Thursday, October 29th : 5:30-6:30pm

Mattin Center @ Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

New York-based artist Jane Dickson, who paints on everything from sandpaper to Astroturf, will discuss her work on Oct. 29 at Johns Hopkins University.

Her talk, “The Architecture of Distraction,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus in North Baltimore. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Dickson’s paintings, drawings, and prints first came to prominence in the 1980s through her work with seminal DIY artist collectives such as Colab (Collaborative Projects) and Fashion Moda.

In an essay/interview published on Hyperallergic.com, art historian and critic Jennifer Samet writes, “Jane Dickson is best known for her nocturnal cityscapes of the old Times Square—peep shows and porn parlors—but she has also mined subjects such as Las Vegas, Coney Island, American highways, demolition derbies, and suburban homes. She often paints on alternative supports like carpets, vinyl, sandpaper, and Astroturf. The pixelation of the image she achieves with these surfaces, and the implied feeling of distance, could be mistaken as a commentary on modern detachment. However, it is more reflective of Dickson’s attitude, a nonjudgmental form of observation that creates space for projection and reflection.”

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Free Fall Halloween Celebration
Friday, October 30th : 4-7pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : Baltimore 21230

Join us for another freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM!

4-7pm: Free “Lumin-Eeries” Lantern-Making Workshop!Monsters & their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern, BYO Glass Jar (any size w/ label removed), all materials: glue, paper, googly eyes & bling provided; ALL AGES family workshop in our Sculpture Barn & Face Painting too!

4-7pm: Free Museum Admission! Explore the latest AVAM exhibition: The Big Hope Show, & tour the rest of our wonderland campus.

7pm: Free Flick: The Goonies (1985)! Bring a blanket and get cozy on Federal Hill, as our critically acclaimed outdoor movie series, Flicks From The Hill, makes a special, one night only October appearance. Costumes encouraged! (Movie rain location: inside AVAM’s Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd floor)

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“Animals” Exhibition Closing + Halloween Party
Saturday, October 31st : 3-6pm

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Baltimore 21204

Thank YOU for your support of TAC’s EBC Arts Center!
Please invite your contacts to the Oct. 31 3-6pm Halloween Party
(Exhibit Closing Reception)
Mask making for kids of all ages & other demo’s of animal drawing &
jewelry-making!
Tutus maybe modeled as well!

A special welcome to MAKE, SCALE, & Carroll County Artists who are participating in
this exhibit of over 80 works of art!

btw –Let me know if you’d like extra credit : ) . . . if you can park an “antique” or artistic car or cycle outside TAC EBC and pass out
candy!  Candy provided . . . Feel free to look antique-ish or as
animal-isH as you want.
You can always wear shades . . .

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“Viscerally Yours” Artist + Curator Panel
Saturday, October 31st : 2pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

Artists Erin Curtis, Gary Kachadourian, Kelley Bell, Fred Scharmen, and Paul Shortt and curator Kim Domanski speak as a panel about their individual practices and the work they’ve included in “Viscerally Yours.” Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the artists and the show’s curator through a conversational format. Light refreshments will be served.

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Saturday, October 31st : 2-6pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

Join us for a festive evening of live entertainment, an auction, and door prizes. Galerie Myrtis will host “The Empire Strikes Baltimore,” a fund-raising event to benefit University of Maryland University College’s Arts Program, to celebrate Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia artists, and to honor those featured on Empire, the FOX television series: Jeffrey Kent, Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Arvie Smith.

The festive evening will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2015, 6:00-9:00 PM, with an open house to the general public on Sunday, November 1, 2015, 2:00-6:00 PM.

Enjoy the sultry vocals of Baltimore’s Joyce Scott, who will be accompanied by keyboardist Derrick Thompson. Join in the fun of the auction, which will offer collectible works created by emerging and established local artists and valuable gift items donated by area merchants.

This celebration takes place on Halloween night, so stroll down the red carpet and be greeted by impersonators of the “Empire” cast, Larkis Webber as Lucious Lyons and Tracey Farrar as Cookie Lyons. WBFF Fox45’s Chardelle Moore will be your MC for the evening.

Saturday’s event is a ticketed price: $40
Sunday’s Open House is for viewing the art: Free

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GhostFood + Panel Discussion
Monday, November 2nd : 6-9pm

Johns Hopkins University
3400 Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

The Contemporary is pleased to announce GhostFood, its upcoming project in collaboration with the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. GhostFood, developed by New York-based artist Miriam Simun, is a performance served out of a mobile food cart that examines biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. GhostFood servers guide the public through a pre-nostalgic experience that engages dialogue, considers environmental change and human innovation, and enhances food science understanding. Using technology, memory, and olfactory stimulation, GhostFood serves flavor illusions of foods that are threatened with extinction due to climate change. This iteration of GhostFood is organized by The Contemporary in collaboration with eighteen students in the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University enrolled in ‘GhostFood: Curatorial Practicum with The Contemporary,’ which runs Fall 2015. The cart will travel in Baltimore throughout October-November 2015, with select site engagements highlighted below, including this event at Johns Hopkins University in conjunction with a panel discussion featuring artist Miriam Simun, anthropologist and educator Anand Pandian, moderated by Adam Sheingate who is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at JHU. The event is free and will be held at JHU’s Homewood Campus in Mergenthaler, Room 111, from 7pm-8:30pm.

JHU HOMEWOOD | 11/2 | 6pm-9pm with panel discussion: 7pm-8:30pm —in conjunction with a panel discussion featuring artist Miriam Simun, anthropologist and educator Anand Pandian, moderated by Adam Sheingate who is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at JHU. The event is free and will be held at JHU’s Homewood Campus in Mergenthaler, Room 111, from 7pm-8:30pm. Read BmoreArt’s GhostFood review here.