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.

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Tuesday, March 1st : 8pm

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

Hosted by Noelle Tolbert* and Alex D’Agostino*. A night of movement and dance investigations from local movers and shakers. Experience new works and experiments, talk shop with the artists afterward.

Featuring
Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks
The duo are developing a set of provocations that build fluid theatrical events out of sparse components. 72 for Mother makes use of crowd-sourced lighting, the chair bit, and an offering to celebrate a new year.

Maggie Schneider
A trans-disciplinary artist based in Baltimore City performing Knees|Hips|Shoulders. Check out more of her work here: www.maggieschneider.com

tabooTaboo and Others: Curated by Elijah Forrest and Anoushe Shojae-Chaghorvand
Tuesday, March 2nd : 8-9pm

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

Elijah Forrest* and Anoushe Shojae-Chaghorvand are bringing TABOO from Maine back to Baltimore! Described as “bizarre, intense, and ritualistic”, the night also features music acts Malcriado (Baltimore), Sects (NYC), Trogpite (Baltimore), Sean Seaton & Elijah Forrest (Baltimore).

Taboo
“Next-cycle symbolists and polytheistic archetypists. Their music follows a proto/meta-atavisceral threas from bardic theurgy to romantic minestrelsy, performing intuitive warband tradtionals of their clan” Music preview here.

What more could you want?!

beetripBeet Trip: Episode 49 – A Hip-Hop Cypher Event
Thursday, March 4th : 9pm

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201

LLAMADON* lays down the next installment of Beet Trip this Friday. Beet Trip is an open hip hop cypher event for freestyle rapping and beats. Join in or sit back and see some great talents in the city work their flow.

This episode is supported by
Jacob Marley
Butch Dawson
Urban Shaman
Tromac Pineapple
MFUNDISHi
Unreliable Lame

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Something Like Jazz Music – Opening Night + More Performances
Wednesday, March 2nd : 8pm

Single Carrot Theatre
2600 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21218

Secrets and stories, once packed away, take on lives of their own in this original production by Single Carrot Theatre. When workers in a Baltimore warehouse encounter a mysterious, magical container of luggage from the roaring ‘20s, they are swept into the dramatic lives of the cases’ former owners. As they uncover new layers of old stories, the workers’ desires and decisions begin to affect the past, even as the past changes them. World Premiere.

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Manufactured Beauty Spring Lecture Series : The SCIENCE of Beauty
Wednesday, March 2nd : 6pm

MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Vernon Avenue : Baltimore 21217

For thirty-seven years, AIABaltimore has been hosting the only architecture lecture series in Baltimore. And for the second year the series is free. The public will have free admission to all five lectures between March and April, each taking place at Falvey Hall in the MICA Brown Center at 6:00 pm with a reception to follow.

This year, the series will take a critical look at Manufacturing Beauty.

Beauty has the power to arouse the senses and create a greater capacity for empathy. However, our modern understanding of beauty still tends to be limited and undervalued. We live in an era where everything is measured, material goods are prized and impersonal exchanges are the norm. And yet, beauty in the built environment can still move us and teach us something new about ourselves and the spaces we inhabit.  At a time when efficiency, expense and the bottom line are often project drivers, has beauty for beauty’s sake become a lost model from a bygone era?

What is the value of beauty? This series highlights designers working to answer this question through science, details, place, process and innovation.

March 2 – The SCIENCE of Beauty

Featuring: Ed Connor, PhD, Director of the JHU Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Baltimore, MD 

 Dr. Connor’s research is part of an emerging field called neuroaesthetics, which uses neuroscience to understand and explain perceived beauty within art, music, or any other contemplated or created object. In new studies funded by the Hopkins Brain Science Institute, Dr.Connor’s laboratory has begun to investigate the sensory basis of principles behind appreciation of beauty.

The human capacity for identifying, evaluating, and interacting with objects is remarkable. How do these neural processes determine visual aesthetics, and what is distinct and interesting about the neural activity patterns evoked by beautiful sculptures, paintings, and architecture?

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Hamlet – Opening Night + More Performances
Friday, March 4th : 8pm

Church on the Square
1025 South Potomac Street : Baltimore 21224

Cohesion Theatre Company is proud to announce the second main stage show of their Second SeasonCohesion Co-Founder Alice Stanley is set to direct the full production going up at Church on the Square in Canton for 9 performances March 4th – 20th, 2016.“The play [Hamlet] is a tall order simply because of its prominence in our culture and its status as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) plays in the English language.” says Stanley. “It addresses issues that we don’t often get to talk about in the media – even when you do see movies or shows about transgender people, so often they focus on the character’s transition. In this play, Devon has already completed her transition and is living life the way she wants to, and her old ghosts come back to her in the form of an estranged father.”
Stanley’s Hamlet is set in 1993 Seattle, the epicenter of the grunge movement, as well as using gender blind casting to allow for new captivating relationships amongst Shakespeare’s characters. The production will draw on key elements of grunge – such as apathy, social alienation, rejection of corrupted culture, and the sense of madness and rage – to bring out the dynamics present within Shakespeare’s text. Design elements will use the grunge aesthetic to create a surreal and emotional world as a new way of telling this timeless story, and will be heavily influenced by early 90’s icons such as Kurt Cobain.
Caught between the death of a Father, the betrayal of a Mother, and the lust of an Uncle-become-King, Shakespeare’s famously brooding protagonist seeks revenge above all else in the most influential play of the English language. A calculating schemer, or a raving lunatic, Hamlet’s emotional soliloquies and tragic story have captivated and intrigued audiences for hundreds of years. The turmoil will be palpable in Stanley’s production as they draw the audience into the emotional life of the often distant and intellectual protagonist. As Hamlet’s grip on the world spirals out of control, and those closest find themselves manipulated and betrayed, the production elements will spiral right along with Hamlet.
THIS PRODUCTION, AND THE REMAINDER OF COHESION’S 2015/16 SEASON, IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF NICHOLAS DELANEY.Hamlet will run Fridays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm, March 4 – 20th, 2016.  Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students and Seniors, and can be purchased online at cohesiontheatre.org/tickets.