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<><><><><><><><>Parts and Pieces Performance Tuesday, April 19th : 8pm
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201
Hosted by Noelle Tolbert and Alex D’Agostino. Parts and Pieces is a regular event at EMP organized by members Noelle Tolbert and Alex D’Agostino. The night features movement and dance works from local and visiting artists. Noelle and Alex are performers, movement researchers, and dance explorers. Recent works include: Floweraxe, Atrium, and The Swan. The duo also facilitates a weekly movement class on Sundays at EMP.
Pulse : Salon Wednesday, April 19th : 8pm
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201
The award-winning Pulse salon and event series is back after winter break! Join us for drinks, conversation, and new and expanded performance works from: Nicoletta de la Brown, Talbolt Johnson, Mike Smith, and Irina Varina (Philly).
Born in early 2014, Pulse is a salon and event series creating a platform for the discussion, development, and elevation of performance work in Baltimore. Pulse is organized by Carly J. Bales*. The next salon is May 26th. You can sign up here to participate: tinyurl.com/pulsesubmit
<><><><><><><><>Open Circle Read and Response Wednesday, April 20th : 7:30pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224
The inaugural reading event of a new, collaborative series featuring poets Michael Fallon, Ailish Hopper, and Abdul Ali, Jean McGarry, with live music and visual art responses by Creative Alliance residents Paul Rucker, and Christopher Kojzar. This will only happen four times per year, at the Creative Alliance, so don’t miss it!
The mission of the Open Circle Reading Series is to gather the too-often segmented community spheres – academic, grassroots, visual arts, and literary arts – and create one “open circle.” Hosted by Creative Alliance resident fiction writer, Amanda Fiore, future iterations of the reading event will have themes and all will feature different combinations of readers and artistic responses. The suggested donation of $5 per audience member supports the continuation of the program. The Open Circle Reading Series is open to all members of the community.
7:30pm | $5 suggested donation
<><><><><><><><>Devin Allen + Kwame Rose : One Year Later Wednesday, April 20th : 6-10pm
Impact Hub Baltimore
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21218
Devin Allen rose to fame when his image of a protestor went viral. The image was shared by major celebrities like Beyonce and Rihanna on their social media accounts which led Devin to gain thousands of followers on his Instagram account, which acts as a diary.Today Allen’s posts garner hundreds of likes. He covers topica varying from everything to violent protests, to local happenings in the Sation North Arts district.
Devin went on to have his image be the cover of Time Magazine. And, has since had exhibitions at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and in Philadelphia’s Slought gallery. Devin has been featured as one of BET’s 29 People You Should Know, won a Russell Simmons RushCard Keep the Peace grant for a photography workshop, been named as on of 2016’s Ford Men Of Courage, and has been called “the eyes of Baltimore” by CNN. Devin is now a Photographer & Media Designer for Baltimore’s own Under Armour.
Joining Devin onstage will be Kwame Rose, a social activist, and artist who gained notoriety during the Baltimore Uprising for his heroic confrontation with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, challenging the media’s inaccurate representation of protestors during the peaceful protests. Since then Kwame has become one of the more visible protesters in Baltimore, which has prompted Law Enforcement to continue to target his efforts. Kwame is a contributing writer for Abernathy Magazine, UrbanCusp.com, and City Paper. Kwame’s passion for public speaking once earned him a full scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio as a member of the Debate team. As a student, he advocated for hip-hop infused education as a means to educate the youth and give a voice to the voiceless. After the completion of his freshman year, deteriorating social conditions in his hometown of Baltimore prompted the permanent return of the young activist with a firm commitment to improve and serve his community. […]
During this intimate, no holds barred conversation between the two artists / activists we will hear some of their more intimate thoughts on varying Baltimore centric topics.
This will also act as an opening for the photographs that Devin’s mentees at Ericka Alston’s Kids Safe Zone have taken.
Devin is trying to collect over 200 cameras for the children at Kids Safe Zone, where there is no operating budget. If you have any cameras or camera equipment that you are no longer using please bring it with you to donate to #dvnsyllbx this evening. #devinandkwameIHB
B’more Shorts Thursday, April 21st : 7:30pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224
A night of short films highlighting Baltimore’s best filmmakers who’ve premiered and screened their short and feature films at the Creative Alliance!
Filmmakers present will include: Kristen Anchor, Ashleigh Coffelt, Margaret Rorison, Skizz Cyzyk, Mike Finazzo, Bryan “Grasshopper” Robinson, and Cathy Cook.
Highlights of this showcase include:
PULL/DRIFT (2014) 16mm to video, b/w and color, dir. Margaret Rorison 9 min
Margaret Rorison is a curator and filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. She works with language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. Rorison is the co-founder and curator for the experimental film series, Sight Unseen, which has partnered with various institutions such as The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Goethe Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and Creative Alliance.
Managers Corner (2004) dir. Skizz Cyzyk 2 min
In the 90s, Skizz Cyzyk turned his home, a former funeral home, into a microcinema called “The Mansion Theater,” which hosted screenings by filmmakers from all over the world. In 1997, he founded the underground film festival, MicroCineFest, dedicated to bringing off-beat, low-budget, psychotronic, films to Baltimore.
Trust Issues (2015) dir. Ashleigh Coffelt, 8 min
After film school, Ashleigh Coffelt established her film production company, Miss Ash Productions and dedicated all her efforts to working on films. In 2015, she was awarded the RAW:Baltimore Filmmaker of the Year. Her award winning short films have screened at film festivals both internationally and nationally. As a proud Filipino American Director, Ashleigh takes on the responsibility of helping change media portrayals of women and minorities.
7:30pm | $10, $7 | + $2 at the door
<><><><><><><><>Good News Baltimore Presents: What is Progress? Reflections One Year Later Thursday, April 21st : 6-9pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
This April, Good News Baltimore is exploring that question. Good News Baltimore is an online docu-news series creatively highlighting the city’s most pressing issues and practical ways we can effect positive change, everyday. We’re launching our 2nd season of Good News Baltimore with GNBLive, a 3-part engagement series connecting local change makers and sparking possibilities for deeper impact in the city.
<><><><><><><><>Lisi Raskin : Visiting Artist Lecture Thursday, April 21st : 4:30-5:30pm
UMBC Fine Arts Building
UMBC : Baltimore 21227
Since 1998, Brooklyn-based artist Lisi Raskin has traveled to the Arctic Circle, former East German and Yugoslav Atomic bunkers, and through the American west exploring the intersection of nuclear-age fears and utopian mythologies as they manifest in oral histories and the architectures of the Cold War.Raskin’s on-site research has informed the making of paintings, drawings, objects, videos, and large, constructed environments that she has exhibited internationally at institutions including Kunsthaus Graz, Casino Luxembourg, the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Center for Curatorial Studies/Hessel Museum at Bard College, and the Rubin Museum of Art. Her web projects have been published in Triple Canopy magazine, with The Dia Foundation, and on Creative Time Global Reports where she is a regular contributor. She has built large-scale environments at the 11th International Istanbul Biennale, the 2nd Athens Biennale, and the 3rd Singapore Biennale. She has installed site-sensitive sound projects in the 1st Time Machine Biennale of Contemporary Art, D-O Ark Underground and the Momentum 7 Biennale of Nordic Art.
<><><><><><><><>CUBA 2016 Opening Reception Thursday, April 21st : 6-8pm
Crystal Moll Gallery
1030 South Charles Street : Baltimore 21230
‘CUBA 2016’: April 4th – May 24th, 2016
Dozens of artists have recently traveled to Cuba to paint! From February 6th – 13th an organized group of artists descended on Cuba to capture the scene as it is at this time… after the long embargo. The paintings, drawings, and photographs created on this trip will depict the crumbling buildings, classic automobiles, the stunning countryside, and the amazing Cuban people. Crystal Moll Gallery will host an exhibition of some of these works created on this historic art trip in April and May…. We are looking forward to showcasing works filled with vibrant color and culture. Closing Reception May 19th 6-8 p.m.
<><><><><><><><>Sisters Quimm Present: Queer Fairy Tales Friday, April 22nd + Saturday, April 23rd : 7pm
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201
April 22 & 23, 2016
Cocktails at 7:00pm
Show at 8:00pm
Crys Matthews, Musician
Brinjal Band, World Music & Bellydancing
Joyce Rebar, Comedian
Tyler Vile, Poet
Little Waist, Fairy Lady PunkAnd, queer fairy tale comedy sketches from the CCKC Players!