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 Arrivals: Art Quilts
Wednesday, December 16th (through June 2016)

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

Unlike its predecessors, the art quilt is intended for display on the wall rather than the bed.

Among the many recent additions to the BMA’s late 20th-century textile collection are five stunning quilts created by professional artists who chose to express themselves with cloth and thread, in some cases abandoning their original media in order to do so.

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Grit Fund 2: Information Session + Grant Writing Workshop
Wednesday, December 16th : 6-8:30pm

The Contemporary
429 North Eutaw Street, Suite 1S : Baltimore 21201

Information Session #1 + Grant Writing Workshop

The Grant Writing Workshop is led by Tamar Cloyd, a fundraising and communications consultant, and board trustee of The Contemporary. This workshop provides strategies for writing a compelling and competitive grant narrative.

The Grit Fund, administered by The Contemporary, supports unincorporated and collaborative artist-organized activity that contributes significantly to Baltimore’s arts landscape but seldom qualifies for traditional funding. The fund provides 8-12 grants in amounts between $1,000–$6,000, totaling $50,000 annually.The Contemporary will lead 4 free information sessions and 3 free workshops in different venues throughout Baltimore City. Each of the 4 info sessions will cover the same information and provide details on the Grit Fund application process, guidelines, eligibility, funding priorities, and more. Each of the 3 workshops focuses on a different topic outlined below. You are welcome to attend just the info session or workshop portion of each event, or both. While attending an info session and/or workshop is encouraged, attendance is not required to apply for funding. No RSVP necessary.

Submissions open: December 8, 2015
Submissions close: January 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM / More info: gritfund.org

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Flip Side Launch Part
Thursday, December 17th : 6-9pm

Current Space
421 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21201

Muse 360 Arts, in partnership with Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc., is launching a new youth-lead online TV platform, “The Flip Side.” Flip Side is an online TV platform that provides youth with the opportunity to have a voice to express themselves on important issues that affect youth and the community at-large. Flip Side’s goal is to promote critical thinking, encourage life-long education and challenge the status quo. The Flip Side is also a forum for self-expression, communication, and social change while bringing into focus the important issues and positive personalities that shape Baltimore.

In its first year, Flip Side will run a season of 8 episodes covering diverse topics such as education, environment, community safety, arts and family structure. Episodes will feature interviews with artists, actors, business owners & more in the Bromo Arts District and beyond.

LAUNCH PARTY

Come celebrate “The Flip Side” at our launch party at Current Space on December 17, 6-9pm. Watch the first episode, meet the youth producers and learn more!

WATCH THE INTRO HERE : www.vimeo.com/bromodistrict

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Peter Stern: Land Beyond the Water, Reception
Thursday, December 17th : 6-9pm

Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road : Towson 21204

As a photographer and pilot living in Baltimore, Maryland, Peter Stern seeks out and photographs the most unusual and visually compelling landscapes in the Mid-Atlantic Region, from the coal mining regions of Pennsylvania, to the forests, marshlands and coastal areas of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. His aim is to interpret these landscapes with his photography as one would with painting, where the combination of light, color, texture and form becomes more important than the factual information presented in the photograph.

Land beyond the Water a solo exhibition featuring Peter Stern’s photographs will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from November 20, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 6-9pm. Please visit www.goucher.edu/rosenberg  for more information. Please note the gallery will be closed November 24-29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Last Stop Hops ‘n Shop
Thursday, December 17th : 5-9pm

Peabody Heights Brewery
401 East 30th Street : Baltimore 21218

Save the date!  This year’s Last Stop Hops ‘N Shop will be held on December 17th from 5-9 at the Peabody Heights Brewery tasting room.  If you can’t make it to our Holiday Heap, would like to experience other new vendors and products, or simply want to do your handmade holiday shopping after work on a weeknight, this is the show for you.  A free brewery tour will be available at 7 PM, along with beer, wood-fired pizzas by Dizzy Cow Pizzeria, and another incredible vendor lineup (INCLUDING YOUR FRIENDS AT BMOREART!) to satisfy all your last minute handmade holiday gift needs.

Come buy our magazine and drink beer with us !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Trixie and Money’s 11th Annual Spectac-u-thon
Thursday, December 17th –  Saturday, December, 19th

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

OMG SOLD OUT!

Breaking news from the North Pole! After a three-year absence from the show, Monkey himself is coming home for the holidays! Alongside the current Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Trixie Little, your favorite naughty elves are reunited at The Patterson this year! Baltimore’s best holiday tradition always delivers outrageous acrobatics, smart striptease, heart-warming songs and an overdose of laughter. Hosted by the hilariously inappropriate Moisty the Snowman and with the 8th Wonder of the World, Mr. Gorgeous, and the candy coated cutie, Lil Miss Lixx.  Live music by the French Horn Trio, Très Horny. More nuts than the Nutcracker, more cheese than a cheese log and more fruitcakes than your family reunion!

More: www.trixieandmonkey.com

Above Photo credit: Steve Parke

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Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community at MICA

Reception: Friday, Dec. 11 from 5–8 pm

MICA hosts Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, a traveling exhibition examining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities and ideas through fiber crafts.

Curated by John Chaich, Queer Threads showcases works of art from 26 artists from the United States, Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Denmark who combine fine art traditions with thread-based craft materials and processes, including crochet, embroidery, knitting, lace, macramé, needlepoint, quilting and sewing, to show the diversity of LGBTQ experiences. The exhibition, making its Maryland debut at MICA, marks the first time the pieces have been displayed together for the purpose of connecting and highlighting their queerness.

The exhibition responds to the gender connotations, feminist herstories and power hierarchies situated within the history of fiber art and domestic handicrafts, while examining the icons, tastes, roles, relationships and spaces socialized within and around gay and lesbian culture.

Queer Threads is both international and intergenerational in scope. The exhibition includes works from artists Chris Bogia (New York), Melanie Braverman (Massachusetts), Jai Andrew Carrillo (California), Chiachio and Giannone (Argentina), Liz Collins (New York), Ben Cuevas (California), Pierre Fouché (South Africa), James Gobel (California), Sabrina Gschwandtner (California), Harmony Hammond (New Mexico), Jesse Harrod (Pennsylvania), Larry Krone (New York), Rebecca Levi (New York), Aubrey Longley-Cook (Georgia), Aaron McIntosh (Maryland), Allyson Mitchell (Canada), John Thomas Paradiso (Maryland), Sheila Pepe (New York), Maria E. Piñeres (California), Allen Porter (America), L. J. Roberts (New York), Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa), Sonny Schneider (Denmark), Buzz Slutzky (New York), Nathan Vincent (New York) and Jessica Whitbread (Canada). While the majority of the featured works were created in the last decade, the oldest work on view date to 1955 and 1971.

Specifically, MICA’s Fiber Department faculty member Aaron McIntosh’s Road to Tennessee uses a photographic image of a man in a woodland scene, reminiscence of the artist’s childhood, and patchwork quilt, a symbol of his traditional craft experience and his self-described pieced together identity.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by MICA and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Queer Threads was on exhibition at the museum from January to March 2014. It will travel to the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts in April 2016.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first museum dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of LGBTQ art. Recognizing the need to preserve and establish a safe space for LGBTQ art, the museum began as an exhibition in the Soho loft of collectors Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman in 1969. The co-founders established the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Inc. in 1987 and received their official museum charter in May 2011.

Gallery hours: Mondays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 pm., and Sundays, noon–5 pm.

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Globus Hystericus Performance Workshops
Friday, December 18th –  Sunday, December, 20th

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 – 20
$30 – 3 DAY WORKSHOP ($40 after 12/1)

So…this is the coolest and we hope you can join us!

The incredible performers of Globus Hystericus (Ljubljana, Slovenia) will be in Baltimore at EMP for a special three day physical theater and clowning workshop.

Space is extremely limited (approximately 8 slots). The workshop will take place Friday night and Saturday/Sunday afternoons the weekend of December 18 – 20.

Reserve your spot: http://tinyurl.com/globushystericustix

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 
This is a 3-day, 20 hour, clown intensive. Nose provided! In this intensive, performers can:

**Give birth to your inner clown – metaphorically!
**Gain a deeper understanding of their bodies and performance instincts – literally!
**Experience the pleasure of allowing a unique and archetypal energy to pass through them in the present moment – palpably!

Here’s how the workshop goes: We start with an overview of Lecoq-based physical theatre principles. Then there’s an exploration and analysis (from Greek analyein, “loosen up, release, set free”) of each performer’s body: their rhythm, galt, gestural habits, etc. Then, from analysis, we move on to play, play, play, allowing each performer to fully embody their clown. And finally, from play we can experience each clown’s unique comic and poetical way of life. (If, and only if, the performer really goes for it!)

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Thea Osato: The Common Nerve, Reception
Friday, December 18th : 6-8pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Amalie Rothschild Gallery
On view: December 18, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 18th, 6 – 8pm

Artist Thea Osato,  who is also a highly-regarded window dresser, presents her first solo exhibition in over 15 years this December in the Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery.  Her interpretive portraiture, executed in pastels, explores commonalities between neighbors, friends, historical, and cultural figures alike.  Most of her portraits are created without the model present, relying instead on her feelings about the subject, the power of memory and cultural imagery to inform her choices. Osato describes her new work as “time traveled portraits from the ether, memory, love and awe.”

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FLxXx-MAS : Club Wonderland
Friday, December 18th : 9:30pm

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

$CRAPER WORLD ENT. presents…
FLXXX-MAS : Club Wonderland.

Suit-up. Come celebrate the holidays with all your favorites!!!

We’re turning EMP to a MEGACLUB/WINTER WONDERLAND

line-up is STACKED!!!

***As always this will be an audio/visual situation and a hate-free zone

All night Give-aways
+Drink Specials
+Surprise guest!!!

**Tickets are limited and this event will sell out!!…
**RSVP here (fb) for reduced list / to insure ur spot…

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All AGES
21+ w/ ID to drink