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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Stoop Storytelling
Wednesday, October 7th : 7pm

Senator Theatre
5904 York Road : Baltimore 21212

Beginnings and Endings: Stories about birth and death, creation and destruction, sparks and flame-outs.

We kick off our 10th Anniversary Season with a night of extraordinary true, personal tales at the Art Deco gem that is The Senator Theatre.

7 p.m. Cocktails and live music from chamber rock band Community Center

8 p.m. Show

Stoop 3-show Season Pass, $55. Buy here / Single ticket, $20. Buy here

All seats General Admission

Ticket problems? Or want to buy over the phone? Call 1-800-838-3006.

*There is likely to be tickets for sale at the door. Cash only. $22.

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2nd Annual Int’l Black Film Festival
Wednesday, October 7th – Monday, October 12th

The Charles Theater
1711 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21202

Baltimore International Black Film Festival Save the Dates: October 7-12 2015! We are gearing up for an exciting festival with a slate of quality independent films, workshops and events which showcase the experiences of African Americans, the African Diaspora and the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender communities. Join us in this effort to use the power of film to bring us together as we promote “Reel Unity!” Go to http://bibff.com/festival-passes-tickets/ to purchase your discounted “ALL ACCESS” passes today….

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Ruri Yi : Concurrence, Opening Reception
Thursday, October 8th : 5:30-7:30pm

Bromo Arts Tower
21 South Eutaw Street : Baltimore 21201

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower welcomes “Concurrence,” a solo exhibition of recent works by Ruri Yi. The exhibition is on view from Saturday, October 3, 2015 through Saturday, January 9, 2016. A free opening reception takes place Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30pm where guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibition, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 21 S. Eutaw Street.

Ruri Yi’s works reinterpret elements of the urban landscape and its in-between spaces. Her paintings depict static, abstracted images of these landscapes through the use of hard-edged lines, minimalist compositions, symbolic figures, and balanced color; creating a simplified version of how she sees the world.  For some of the works presented in “Concurrence,” Yi chose wood panels for the beauty and texture of the wood grain. When the painted elements of her pieces are combined and carefully arranged with the complex and unique patterns found in nature, they form a language all their own. Yi’s minimalistic, modern works create a space in harmony with the architecture and historic nature of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, an iconic structure dating over one hundred years. The works in this exhibition were selected by Yi with specific consideration to the gallery spaces at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, composing a scene of coexistence between the present and the past.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm.  Guests have an opportunity to view artwork throughout the building, including 15 floors of working artist studios and special exhibits.  Visitors can also learn more about the historical building and participate in a tour of the clock room ($5).

For more information on “Concurrence,” contact Melissa Webb, Exhibitions Manager at 443-263-4352.  For more information on Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, call 443-874-3596 or visit www.bromoseltzertower.com.

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JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Composing Data – the AlloSphere, A Lecture at UMBC
Thursday, October 8 at 5 pm

Fostering non-traditional research partnerships that intersect the fields of science, engineering, and new media 

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Professor of Media Arts & Technology and of Music. A composer and researcher specializing in multimodal interaction, she is the Creator and Director of the AlloSphere at the California NanoSystems Institute and the Creator and Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The AlloSphere is an instrument for the creation of new modes and genres of expression, including electronic art, computer music, audio simulation. Creators can explore forms of immersion-based entertainment and education such as immersive theatre, 360 degree 3D filmmaking, digital planetariums, large-scale outdoor digital arts, distance learning, and video and internet gaming. More information here.

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Touched with Fire : Behind the Curtain, Opening Reception
Friday, October 9th : 6-8pm

The Gallery at CCBC Essex
7201 Rossville Boulevard : Baltimore 21237

The Gallery at CCBC Essex would like to invite you to the opening reception of Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain, featuring artists including Elisif Bruun, Emily Ruggles Holman, Christopher Kojzar, Jonathan P. Maser, and Rob Waalkes.

About the Exhibit-

“The theme draws its name from the groundbreaking 1996 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, by renowned psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison. The same driving discomfort leading to substance misuse and desperate behaviors also may yield extraordinary creativity: grand gifts to the rest of us born of incomparable urgency. Touched with Fire: Behind the Curtain presents uplifting and life-affirming art alongside words and journal entries that reveal a harrowing darkness: how to reconcile these two internal forces?”

The reception will be held from 6pm-8pm. At 6:30 there will be remarks made by curator Peter Bruun. After this you are invited (but not required) to sample an introductory healing experience from acupuncturist and body worker Rebecca Donnelly. There will be free food and drinks served throughout the evening.

The show will run October 5th – November 20th.

About the New Day Campaign-

“The New Day Campaign is a 2015 initiative using art to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction, making the world a more healing place. Through 92 days, 15 art exhibitions, and 60 public events curated around our virtues and beliefs, the New Day Campaign brings Baltimore together to show that where stigma ends, healing begins.”

To learn more and find out about other events and exhibitions, please visit newdaycampaign.org.

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Lian Tsai : Performance + Installation
Friday, October 9th : 7-10pm

Penthouse Gallery
1511 Guilford Avenue, Unit B501 : Baltimore 21202

Curated by Lian Tsai & Kimi Hanauer
Friday, October 9th7 – 10 PM 

You are cordially invited to a very special, one night only performance and installation by Lian Tsai. Born and raised in Taiwan, Lian is an interdisciplinary artist and recent Maryland Institute College of Art alumni. Penthouse Gallery Presents: Lian Tsai will feature the work Tsai created during her month-long residency at the gallery in collaboration with Kimi Hanauer, one of the gallery’s co-curators. This event will mark and celebrate her confirmation of another year of residence in the United States through the recent approval of her PTO visa.

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Station North CSA Happy Hour
Friday, October 9th : 5-6:30pm

Pen & Quill
1701 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Join us next Friday, October 9th from 5 – 6:30 for a CSA Happy Hour at Pen & Quill. Learn more about the Station North’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program, meet participating artists, and support the program while enjoying delicious drinks and snacks from Pen & Quill! %5 of sales from the happy hour come back to Station North and the CSA program.

Unwind from a long week at work, support the CSA, and get ready for an evening of art with Alloverstreet. That’s right! Alloverstreet: East Oliver Street Art Walk will also be on Friday, October 9th after the happy hour from 7-10pm. After your drink with the CSA at P&Q pop-on-over to the Alloverstreet central reception at the Area 405 Loading dock (405 East Oliver Street) to get all the info and the appropriate art-marathoning snacks you need for an evening of Art!!

Can’t make the happy hour? You can always buy your CSA share here http://bpt.me/1981082!

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Big Bad October ALLOVERSTREET
Friday, October 9th : 7-1opm

East Oliver Street + Surrounding Area Galleries
Station North : Baltimore 21201

In celebration of School 33 Art Center’s Annual Open Studio Tour on October 10th & 11th, Alloverstreet: East Oliver Street Art walk will be held on Friday, October 9th from 7-10pm. Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of East Oliver Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

This month’s event is packed and will mark the opening of two new projects that are both located at the Copycat building: Ballroom Gallery, an art space directed by Reed Monson, Hannah Leighton, Trace Byrd and Caeli Carr-Potter and Lighthole! an environment dedicated to showcasing new media work in Baltimore curated by Victor F de M Torres. This Alloverstreet will also feature special pre-events including: a celebration of the new Greenmount West Community sign at the Calvert/Federal Park and a Station North Happy Hour for their Community Supported Art Program at Penn & Quill!

Make sure to stop by our central reception at the Area 405 Loading dock (405 East Oliver Street) to get all the info and the appropriate art-marathoning snacks you need!!!!

Pre-evening events:

Station North Community Supported Art Happy Hour, Sponsored by Penn & Quill
Penn & Quill (5-6:30PM)
Learn about Station North’s Community Supported Art Program and get to know the members and artists involved while you enjoy the happy hour with the Station North team!
1701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Calvert/Federal Park (6-8pm):
Celebrate the new Greenmount West community sign as part of their project for the 2014 HCPI Community Spruce Up Grant. Reception from 6 – 8pm.
1601 N. Calvert St.

Evening events (7-10pm):

Area 405 Loading Dock
Central Reception for Alloverstreet Featuring: Commerce Coop artists including APT 50, STÜPIDO, VERSACE JESUS & DANNILION. **Come get all the info, maps and tasty treats you need for a solid night of art-marathoning!**
405 East Oliver Street

Area 405 Studios
Quilt Workshop with FORCE facilitated by Shanti Flagg.
3rd Floor Area 405 Studios, 405 East Oliver Street

Gallery CA
Cutz: Black Men in Focus
Work by Gracie Xavier. Curated by Michelle Ivette Gomez.
Gallery CA 440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute
JEAN ALEXANDER FRATER: PAINTING BETWEEN THE MEANS
1715 North Calvert St

LIGHTHOLE!
An event series curated by Baltimore based, intermedia artist Victor F de M Torres.
The Copycat, 1511 Guilford Avenue, Unit B401

Bodega Gallery
Group show featuring Erick Benitez, Frank Aweda, Delaney Cate, Vin Seadler, Danyell Perkins, Camillo Perrera, Phaan Howng, Pablo Machioli, Alexia Lythos, Drew Haglin and Mark Wehberg.
The Copycat, 1511 Guilford Avenue, Unit A100

Terrault contemporary
Kevin Sherry’s Gallery Show
Screenprints, drawings, flyers, and t-shirts by Kevin Sherry. Kevin Sherry will present an 80 plus cartoon illustrated slide lecture about the gruesome history of WW1 at 8pm and will also be doing a Crankie performance following the lecture at 9pm.
The Copycat, 1515 Guilford Avenue

Penthouse Gallery
Penthouse Gallery presents: Lian Tsai
Curated by Lian Tsai and Kimi Hanauer
The Copycat, 1511 Guilford Avenue, Unit B501

Ballroom Gallery
HAZMAT
work by Alex Ebstein, Ginevera Shay and Jamiee Shim.
The Copycat, 1511 Guilford Avenue, Unit B202

More info at Alloverstreet.tumblr.com

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Baltimore Clayworks Open Studio Kick-Off Event
Friday, October 9th : 6-8pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209

The “Community Spotlight Event” is a kick-off event on Friday, October 9 from 6-8PM, before the 2015 Open Studio Tour that takes place Sat-Sun, October 10 & 11 (12-5PM).

Please join us for this event while we celebrate our 35th Anniversary Show and hear from exhibiting artists about the artwork featured in the exhibition. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with our new resident artists who arrived this fall as well as chat with artists that have recently completed our residency program and are moving on to the next exciting chapter of their ceramic arts careers. Lite fare and refreshments will be available.

But wait, there’s more! After having been inspired by the ceramics you viewed and having talked to some amazing artists – you can try your hand at making a cup. We will be hosting a cup-a-thon in our studio building where you will be taught how to make a cup – which will donated to our “Cup for a Class” community arts initiative.

This Community Spotlight event is funded by Bank Of America, presenting sponsor of Open Studio Tour 2015, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

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CUTZ: Black Men in Focus : Photography by Gracie Xavier, Opening Reception
Friday, October 9th : 6-9pm

Gallery CA
440 East Oliver Street : Baltimore 21202

ABOUT GRACIE XAVIER

Gracie Xavier is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) MFA in Community Art program who utilizes mixed media as a tool to engage communities. As a Haitian immigrant growing up in Miami, Florida, Xavier understood from an early age the need for building platforms that allow communities to showcase and narrate their own stories.

 Prior to MICA, she received dual degrees in psychology and social work from Florida State University, and certification in graphic design from CUNY College of Technology. Using her diverse skills has enabled her to produce many community-focused projects in Baltimore, New York City, and Haiti while exploring the intersections between art and social work. She is currently a Detroit Revitalization Fellow, a program of Wayne State University, serving as Director of Corporate & Economic Development Strategy.

ABOUT MICHELLE IVETTE GOMEZ

Michelle Ivette Gomez is an independent curator and artist originally from Miami, FL currently based in Baltimore, MD. In 2012, she received her BFA in General Fine Arts with a concentration in Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. Shortly after, she graduated with her MFA in Curatorial Practice from MICA in 2014.
Gomez has focused on expanded methods of art presentation and community-focused exhibitions, including CONGREGATE art + faith + community and Devociones y Fe (Devotions and Faith). She is currently based in Baltimore, MD where she works collaboratively with under represented audiences and artists to create relevant and accessible art exhibitions and programs about social issues, cultural identity, and community.

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School 33’s Open Studio Tour
Saturday, October 10th – Sunday, October 11th

Various Studio Locations
Baltimore MD

Baltimore’s artists are opening their studios and you’re invited!  School 33 Art Center’s 27th annual Open Studio Tour presented by Bank of America returns SaturdayOctober 10 and Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10am to 6pm. Throughout the city, artists open their studios to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to view and purchase original works of art, meet the artists, learn more about their process and explore their space.  Featured artists represent various media and showcase remarkable works of art, including paintings, photography and sculptures.  Participating studios and galleries are located throughout Baltimore City. The 2015 School 33 Open Studio Tour is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and held in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore and National Arts and Humanities Month on October 131, 2015.

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Saturday, October 10 from 1-3
Opening reception of Sandtown-Winchester: A Love Song, an exhibition featuring artists Tiffany Jones and Sallah Jenkins, and writer Devlon E. Waddell inviting, through art and words, reflections on who we are as a community and how we create a place of love. The art and words serve as jumping-off points for a community interactive engagement beginning at 1:30; reflections are shared and responses invited from those in attendance. The Holistic Life Foundation closes out the community conversation with a mindfulness exercise, along with a closing song by Sallah Jenkins.

This event is part of Free Fall Baltimore.

The New Day Campaign is a 2015 initiative using art to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction, making the world a more healing place. Find out more about the 60 events atwww.newdaycampaign.org.

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Rest in Power: A Monument Quilt Workshop to Memorialize Trans Women of Color
Saturday, October 10th : 1-5pm

Area 405
405 East Oliver Street : Baltimore 21202

Our first Rest in Power workshop was a success — it’s time for part two!

Join the Monument Quilt and the Baltimore Trans Alliance to create quilt squares to memorialize Mia Henderson, Maya Hall, Tyra Trent, Kelly Young, Lola, Chanel, and all trans* women of color who are victims and survivors of violence. Make your own piece, continue another’s work from the last workshop, or team up with somebody else.

We need all voices, all hands, and all spirits to join us.

Accessibility note: Please note that this studio is not wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator it is up 4 steps past the front entrance. To access the elevator, call the number posted on the door when you arrive, or email [email protected].com ahead of the event.

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Order in Chaos : Ayyad al-Nimer, Opening Reception
Sunday, October 11th : 3-6pm

XOL Gallery
830 Park Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Dynamic shapes dominate Ayyad Alnimer‘s mostly large paintings, whether of the figurative abstract expressionist kind or just cubistic in a structured chaos. There is a sense of control in the randomness and chaos of the shapes he creates, producing fresh canvasses that are both subtle and intriguing.
Ayyad has in some ways reinvented the medium he uses, abandoning the traditional easel to paint on unstretched canvasses lying flat on the floor. While Jackson Pollock created his own controlled chaos with his drip technique and smudges, Ayyad builds triangular and cubistic compositions, often creating both one-dimensional and three-dimensional seemingly random structures in the same painting. The viewer’s eye keeps wandering all over his canvasses, hardly settling anywhere, dazzled by the colors and shapes that keep moving to the front of the painting then to the background in the blink of an eye.
A one-of-a-kind artist with a rich cultural background brought with him from the Middle East, Ayyad remains, as he has always been throughout his career, a powerful example of an artist who is consistent, yet refreshingly creative every time.