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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2016 RUBYS Grant Information Session – Harford County
Tuesday, January 12th : 6-7pm

Bel Air Library
100 East Pennsylvania Avenue : Bel Air 21014

Attend an information session to learn more about the grant program, tip and strategies for preparing a strong grant application, and have your questions answered by the grants manager in-person. Grant sessions are listed below and are free to attend. >Please RSVP here<–.

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Grit Fund 2: Information Session + Budget Workshop
Tuesday, January 12th : 6-8:30pm

The Motor House
120 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Info Session 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Budget Workshop 7:00 – 8:30 PM

The Budget Workshop is led by Rebecca Chan, program officer for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. This workshop offers a detailed look at the Grit Fund Budget Form and tips on preparing a realistic budget that is consistent with your grant proposal.

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 EST

gritfund.org

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Citizen Artist Baltimore Listening Session : East
Wednesday, January 13th : 7-8:30pm

The Baltimore American Indian Center
113 South Broadway : Baltimore 21231

Citizen Artist Baltimore announces arts voting initiative and six city-wide listening sessions ahead of the 2016 primary election.

Citizen Artist Baltimore is a call to action for individuals, organizations, institutions, and foundations to work together to advance inclusion of the arts, culture, and humanities as an issue in the April 2016 Primary Mayoral Election and beyond. The growing partnership consists of grassroots artists, community cultural leaders, and organizations including the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Citizen Artist Baltimore invites everyone who cares about the arts in Baltimore to participate in its city-wide series of listening sessions throughout the month of January 2016. Using the findings from these listening sessions, Citizen Artist Baltimore will present mayoral candidates with a questionnaire for comment and make their responses publicly available via web, print and social media.

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The Stoop Storytelling Series : 21 Club
Wednesday, January 13th : 7:30pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

A Stoop special event, taking it back to where they began! An evening of open mic with true, personal tales about turning 21 — or being in your early 20s — in celebration of the Creative Alliance’s 21st birthday!

It’s a Stoop open mic night. Put your name in the hat to tell a 3-minute true, personal tale on the night’s theme — or just come to listen. It’s sure to be a night of great stories. Because truth really is stranger than fiction.

Music provided by Bmore’s two favorite country crooners, together at last, Arty Hill + Letitia VanSant

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Thursday, January 14th : 5-9pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the student-members of the Baltimore Urban Debate League along with world renowned dance group Illstyle & Peace, showcase their unique talents in honor of one of America’s most historic leaders. The festival is free for all ages, and no registration is required.

6–7 p.m.

Baltimore Urban Debate League connects Baltimore’s experience in the riots of 1968 and the unrest in 2015. Debaters will challenge listeners to embrace peace in order to improve Baltimore.
Graham Auditorium

7–8 p.m.

Pentacle presents
Illstyle & Peace Productions uses a new style of hip hop to inspire hope and bring about positive change in people’s lives.
Graham Auditorium

7–9 p.m. 

Pixilated Photo Booth
Level 1 Lobby

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Art After Hours
Friday, January 17th : 7-10pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

Tickets for Members start at $20. 

When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Hours, a lively new series of evening events with activities, inspired by the BMA’s collection.

Boost yourself with a beer & a bite, build a giant fort, mix up a sassy & spicy dry rub, dance to live music, and experience the Imagining Home exhibition.

Event partners include Waverly Brewing Company, blacksauce kitchen, Haute Mess Kitchen Sublime Savories, What Weekly and WTMD!

Cash bar; tickets include one free drink. $20 Members; $25 non-Members. This event is for people aged 21 and older. Tickets here.

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“Paper Paintings” by Teddy Johnson, Opening Reception
Friday, January 15th : 5:30-7:30pm

Bromo Arts Tower
21 South Eutaw Street : Baltimore 21201

A new exhibit, “Paper Paintings: Recent Works by Teddy Johnson” is on display at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower on Friday, January 15 through Saturday, February 27, 2016. A free opening reception takes placeFriday, January 15, 2016 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.

For Teddy Johnson, painting is a way to find a personal center in a place where present, past, and future co-mingle. Painting acts for him as a mechanism to process and meditate on systems and to respond to immediate and far-flung surroundings. It is also way to imagine, construct, and recollect. History and human experience are ongoing themes in Johnson’s work. In his series “Paper Paintings,” newspapers, images from art history books, Xeroxes, digital printouts, receipts, post-it notes, envelopes, printer paper, and memos are the raw materials of his assemblages, which Teddy observes and interprets through oil paint and brush. In these works, compositions of ephemera and everyday detritus jumble and layer about the picture plane, alternately revealing and obscuring.

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BROS “CHRONOSHRED: The Adventures of Stardust Lazerdong”
Opens Friday, January 15th : 8pm (+ more dates)

Everyman Theatre (former space)
1727 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

SHOW DATES: January 15 – February 6
Thursday, Friday & Saturday showtimes: 8:00PM
Sunday 1/17 showtime: 7:30PM (no matinee)
Sunday 1/24 & 1/31 showtimes: 2:00PM, 7:30PM
SPECIAL MIDNIGHT CLOSING SHOW 2/6!

CHRONOSHRED: The Adventures of Stardust Lazerdong is an action-packed adult sci-fi comedy that feels like watching all of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons – transported 3000 years into the future!

Join Stardust Lazerdong and his band of badass alien bandmates as they transmit their music to billions across the universe on a pirate video signal, creating new fans (and even more enemies) as they time-travel across the galaxy! They’ll have to work together to outsmart the evil BiznizCorp, battle T.I.M.E.C.O.P.s, and discover the secret of the Chronoriff to fulfill their destiny and throw the biggest concert of all time.

Set to a live band playing a mixture of anthemic metal, party rock and a dash of pop and experimental music paired with blazing guitar lead work and catchy riffs bound to be stuck in your head for days, CHRONOSHRED is the 7th original full-length feature written and produced by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS).

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“I am the Face of ___” by BCCC Refugee Youth Project, Opening + Fabric Wrap Necklace Workshop
Friday, January 15th : 6:30-9:30pm

Chunky Bead Necklace Workshop
Saturday, January 16th 

Pixilated Federal Hill
46 East Cross Street : Baltimore 21230

Any one of us can be a leader and ignite change, but it starts by claiming it from within. Check out artwork created by RYP participants inspired by their unique backgrounds and social justice leaders.

During gallery hours you can purchase a handmade item such as a candle, book, or t-shirt, created in collaboration with local refugee youth. All proceeds benefit ongoing RYP programming!

The show will run from January 14-17

Also be sure so come to the necklace-making workshops on Friday and Saturday! Find the event pages on Pixilated Fed Hill’s Facebook page.

The RYP is a joint program of Baltimore City Community College and the International Rescue Committee.

The RYP is fully grant-funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s School Impact Grant. This grant is distributed and monitored by the Maryland Office of Refugee and Asylees which provides support and services to refugees to ease their transition into American society, and serves as a resource to the governor and general assembly on refugee and immigrant policy.

The RYP currently serves more than 300 refugees between the ages of 4 and 21 from over 17 countries.

Learn more at http://refugeeyouthproject.org/

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Rye Rocks Drinks Party
Saturday, January 16th : 7-10pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Back by popular demand! Warm your winter spirits at this special cocktail party featuring rye whiskey, the American classic that launched the Walters family fortune. Enjoy nationally distilled ryes and inventive rye cocktails mixed by your favorite local bartenders. The evening also includes hearty artisan fare and beer. Creative cocktail attire encouraged!

Generously sponsored by Sagamore Spirit and the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild, this event celebrates the special installation From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story.

Rye Donations & Participation by
Bower Hill Barrel Reserve Rye · Catoctin Creek Rye · Cody Road Rye · Copper Fox Rye · Crater Lake Rye · Filibuster Rye · High West Double Rye · Kinsey Rye · Redemption Rye · Rough Rider Rye · Templeton Rye

Proceeds benefit the Walters and its educational programs and exhibitions. In the event that you are unable to attend Rye Rocks, we are sorry, but refunds are not available.

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Culture Is Not Your Friend: A FlucT Exhibition, Opening + Performance
Saturday, January 16th : 7-10pm

Platform Gallery
16 West Mulberry Street : Baltimore 21201

Labbodies and Platform Gallery are pleased to present C​ulture is not your Friend,​a solo exhibition by the acclaimed Brooklyn, NY, based performance art duo FLUCT. The solo show, a traditional exhibit of non traditional work, including performance photographs, videos, performance ephemera, soundscapes, an interactive installation and a live performance. The dynamic duo composed of Monica Mirabile and Sigrid Lauren have presented their work throughout the United States­­ performing at various institutional, public, private and underground venues such as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Queens Museum, Grace Exhibition Space and The Baltimore Museum of Art among others. The duo met in Baltimore in 2010 and by 2012 they had established a celebrated movement vocabulary. Their first large scale production, Solar Solipsis at Baltimore’s Penthouse Gallery, was commissioned by Ehse Records and incorporated a musical score by Salamander Wool.

“​The performance art duo, FLUCT, subverts the white male gaze through their powerful and provocative movement based performances.”​­­ Ada Pinkston

“F​luctuating in between the athletic and the fragile, the beautiful and the grotesque FLUCT destabilizes the modes in which both traditional dance and visual culture depict the white female form. Their performative movements reclaim female sexuality in a technological age and challenge the conventional white male construct of the universal docile white female experience . ​” ­ ­ ­ Hoesy Corona

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade
Monday, January 18th : 12-2pm

MLK and Eutaw Streets

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrate the 16th annualDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.  The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2016 at noon.  More than 50 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. This year, organizations such as the NAACP honor Dr. King and other civil rights leaders by making colorful floats that also represent the theme of #OneBaltimore.  The parade steps off at the intersection ofMartin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street.  Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street.  This year’s parade is emceed by Konan of “The Ko Show” on 92 Q and April Watts of Magic 95.9 FM.  The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Saturday, January 16th : 7-10pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : Baltimore 21230

A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America’s history. Join us for guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and special performances at this FREE, fun-filled day! The museum is FREE & open to the public from 10am–6pm: see our latest exhibition, The Big Hope Show, and tour our entire wonderland campus, including the Jim Rouse Visionary Center & more! A special invitation extended to educators and all the wonderful people who help to empower the next generation. Teachers, come pick up our educational materials and discover the many educational offerings we have available for you and your students. Donations greatly appreciated. For questions, call us at (410) 244-1900.