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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GBCA Arts & Culture Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 9th : 5-7pm

Gordon Center for the Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue : Owings Mills 21117

Join the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance for our next Arts & Culture Happy Hour at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts! Explore the Dancers Among Us exhibit, featuring Jordon Matter’s photography. Stay after for the Gordon Center’s monthly Open Mic Night for live music from local artists.

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The Stoop Turns 10!
Wednesday, February 10th : 7pm

The Senator Theatre
5904 York Road : Baltimore 21212

7 p.m. Cocktails and live music from All Mighty Senators
8 p.m. Show

The Senator Theatre
5904 York Rd. Baltimore 21212
Plenty o’ free parking!

Got a true, personal tale for this show?

Email three sentences summarizing your story to [email protected]

We’ll take it from there!

Tickets, $20. All seats General Admission
Purchase Online or call 1-800-838-3006

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“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” Screening
Thursday, February 11th : 6-9pm

Stevenson University
11200 Gundry Lane : Owings Mills 21117

Film and Moving Image Artist-in-Residence: Ramona Diaz 
Reception: 6 p.m.
Screening of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey: 7 p.m.
School of Design Soundstage (SD101)

Ramona Diaz is an Asian-American filmmaker best known for her compelling, character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Ramona’s latest film, the Tribeca Film Institute-supported Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, is a feature length documentary film about the iconic ’80s band Journey and their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, whom they discovered through YouTube.

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Hold Me While I’m Craven’ – Directed by Lexie Mountain
Friday, February 12th – Sunday, February 14th : 10pm

Psychic Readings Company
219 Park Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Hold Me While I’m Craven, directed by Lexie Mountain, is the second production in Psychic Readings Company’s Late Night Theatre Series, presented at Psychic readings, 219 Park Ave. It runs for one weekend only, February 12th through 14th. All shows at 10pm.

The series focuses on rare, unpublished, original and indefinable performance pieces. In this the first season of the series, guest directors include Bonnie Jones, Ric Royer, Lexie Mountain, Theresa Columbus, Carly J. Bales, Admiral Grey, and Rosiland Cauthen.

In Hold Me While I’m Craven, Lexie Mountain mashes up two films by the Kuchar brothers and puts them onstage in an alien abduction love triangle for the brokenheartened and woebetided! A toilet water festival, spooing pixie dust everywhich place! A cavalcade of eyeliner and hot groping!

All shows in the series begin at 10pm. Complete schedule below. More info can be found on our website:http://psychicreadings.church/current

February 12-14
“Hold Me While I’m Craven”; A theatrical montage inspired by the Kuchar brothers. Directed by Lexie Mountain

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“Color : Coded” Solo Exhibition by Dennis Beach, Opening Reception
Friday, February 12th : 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

Dennis Beach is a Wilmington, Delaware-based sculptor and painter whose works of geometric abstraction possess a minimalist, yet detailed presence. Working primarily in plywood and using acrylic paint, his pieces blur the lines between sculpture and painting. In “Color : Coded,” Beach seeks a type of beauty created through repetition, strong color relationships, and readily identifiable, yet unexpected forms. Kinetic sculptures rotate through the use of solar cell-powered motors, contributing to the element of physical motion. The visual space in “Color : Coded” is created through the layering and proximity of multiple works.

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“Lakeland Chronicles” Solo Exhibition by Rachel Guardiola, Opening
Friday, February 12th : 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

Rachel Guardiola is inspired by the means with which we create documents, locate artifacts, and construct histories. “Lakeland Chronicles” creates a space that playfully teeters between fact and fiction- a dialogue between object and image presented through evidence and photographic documents. Guardiola’s interdisciplinary practice utilizes alchemical darkroom processes, archival methodology, and antiquated technology. The resulting display of fantastical excavations outlines the what, who, and when of what is being unfolded for the viewer—a story that travels well beyond the picture frame.

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“Co-Lab(oration): The Way Out House” Installation by Amanda Burnham and Laure Drogoul, Unveiling
Friday, February 12th : 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

An exploration of toilet culture and digestion, “The Way Out House” is a transporting sanctuary of banal ritual. Artists Amanda Burnham and Laure Drogoul have transformed the space of a typical public lavatory into a psychedelic powder chamber, evoking the cyclical systems of both nature… and the Call of Nature.

Read our write up here: http://bmoreart.com/2016/02/the-most-crap-tastic-bathroom-in-baltimore.html

Funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, School 33 Art Center’s Co-Lab(oration) has been a platform for diverse artists to work collaboratively in a process of creative exploration, resulting in the development of multiple new works. The goals of Co-Lab(oration) are to cultivate the production and exhibition of works that integrate the ideas of artists from varied disciplines, to encourage experimentation and creative risk-taking to support the development of innovative practices or new artistic forms, and to transform non-gallery spaces, thus enabling the building itself to become a work of art. School 33 is excited to celebrate the hard work of the participating artists who have created four works in spaces both inside and outside of School 33 Art Center’s historic building:

Project #1: Nanotecture by Jonathan Latiano & Jennifer Strunge
Project #2: Front Stoop / Back Yard by Kelley Bell, Linda DePalma, & Melissa Webb
Project #3: Pattern Perception by Kyle Bauer, Amy Boone-McCreesch, & Katie Duffy
Project #4: The Way Out House by Amanda Burnham & Laure Drogoul

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“By Land or By Sea” Installation by Zoe Friedman, Opening Reception
Friday, February 12th : 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

Drawing inspiration from traditional shadow puppets and sculptural mobiles, “By Land or By Sea” is an installation comprised of hand cut paper shapes activated by light, shadow, and motion. Friedman’s use of colorful mobiles and playful figures takes on a new dimension in shadow form, illustrating an evolving story across the walls and ceilings of the gallery.  Tigers and birds meander through forests, whales and fish float though the sea, and boats carrying cargo navigate the room, revealing a greater journey and pattern of migration. “By Land or By Sea” explores the connections that humans have to the natural flow of migration, instinctual survival, and the increasing need to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

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Cups for KC Fundraiser
Friday, February 12th : 6-8pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209

Free and open to the public.
Please join us for an event hosted by our ceramic artists, to raise money to assist in the cost of travel, hotel and admission cost to attend NCECA 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each artist will be selling beautifully crafted cups for $30 each. There will also be drinks and lite fare.Participating artists:  Patty Bilbro, Mary Cloonan, Ben Freund, Yoshi Fujii, Matt Hyleck, Samantha Momeyer, Kevin Rohde, Dan Scully, Missy Steele, Dan Tomcik, Jeremy Wallace and Travis Winters.

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“Shiny and New” by Kate Bancroft, Closing Reception
Saturday, February 13th : 6-9pm

Pixilated Federal Hill
46 East Cross Street : Baltimore 21230

Shiny & New will be exhibited at Pixilated Federal Hill Sunday, January 24th through Friday, February 19th.

Kate Bancroft paints the type of super hot women that are glorified by contemporary media: the young, the fit, the gorgeous, the enviable. Epitomizing media-prescribed contemporary beauty standards, the women in her paintings are often working toward self improvement in their appearance. In inoffensive, friendly, candy-colored palettes, she places the bodies on the surface of the painting more like an abstract composition than a classical figure painting. She applies the paint to work towards a slick, smooth, “Pop-Art” finish; however, she leaves elements of the painting raw, unresolved or in-progress, as in the way women are encouraged to regard their bodies and themselves as things that are never ready or finished.

http://pixilatedfederalhill.com/kate-bancroft

Kate Bancroft (b. 1989, Baltimore) lives and works in Baltimore.

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SHAG Presents: Renaissance Riddles
Saturday, February 13th : 2pm

Brody Learning Commons, Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus : Baltimore 21218

FREE program. All are invited. RSVP a must to enter Brody Learning Center at JHU.
(RSVP by responding to this email or to [email protected])

Renaissance Riddles: The Puzzling Art of the Printer’s Device, 1450-1650
February 13, 2:00pm
Meet at BLC Café and proceed as group to Macksey Seminar Room
Brody Learning Commons, M-level, Rm 2043
Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus

The SHAG (Society for History and Graphics) website http://shag.squarespace.com is sponsored by PCA | An RR Donnelley Company.

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Wikipedia Editathon: African American Artists at the BMA
Saturday, February 13th : 2-5pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

To celebrate African American History month, participate in a lively afternoon of Wikipedia editing to increase the visibility of African American visual artists online. Create, update, and improve entries pertaining to the lives and works of African American artists at the BMA and around the world. Library resources, rare ephemera from the archives, WiFi, and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your laptop or device and power cord.

Open to everyone. No specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. A brief overview of the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given from 2-3 pm and volunteers will be on hand for assistance throughout the event.

If you would like to request materials for a specific artist or have questions about the event, please contact Jessica Braiterman at [email protected]. RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

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Walk in Tour: Love in Painting
Sunday, February 14th : 1-2pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with a special tour that finds flirtation and love depicted in works of art throughout the galleries. From the ancient world to the 19th century, from painting to sculpture, love is in the air!

Each Sunday, enjoy a tour of a different part of the collection, with a museum-trained docent. No reservations are required. Just walk in and enjoy!