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<><><><><><><><>O0RrRCeTParts and Pieces Performance
Tuesday, April 19th : 8pm

EMP Collective
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: FloweraxeAtrium, and The Swan. The duo also facilitates a weekly movement class on Sundays at EMP.

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Pulse : Salon
Wednesday, April 19th : 8pm

EMP Collective
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

<><><><><><><><>YaPMxO4iOpen 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

<><><><><><><><>12968160_1926418377584599_3974145522555853434_oDevin 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

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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

<><><><><><><><>UBrpWVy6Good 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.

<><><><><><><><>ZKrK42CnLisi 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.

<><><><><><><><>KJGjICgDCUBA 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.

<><><><><><><><>cckc-headerSisters Quimm Present: Queer Fairy Tales
Friday, April 22nd + Saturday, April 23rd : 7pm

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201

Dates: April 22 & 23, 2016
Times: Cocktails at 7:00pm
Show at 8:00pm
Performers: 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!
Tickets: $15 – General Admission
$10 – Students
Buy Tickets Online Now [click here]
Location: Baltimore Theater Project
45 W Preston St
Baltimore, MD 21201

<><><><><><><><>i1xauXuXShape Shifters: Performative Constructions by Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr.  Opening Reception
Friday, April 22nd  : 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

School 33 Art Center presents Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions by Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr.,” an exhibition curated by Melissa Webb in the Main Gallery from Friday, April 22 through Saturday, June 18, 2016. A free opening reception takes place Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6-9pm, featuring continuous performances by all three artists. Laure Drogoul will also present her performance “Potty Training (for adults) and other civil duties” as part of “The Way Out House,” an installation by Drogoul and Amanda Burnham in the first floor restroom. Light refreshments will be served. School 33 Art Center is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

Performance art exists within the realm of the ephemeral, even when sculptural objects and environments are utilized by the artist. Shape Shifters presents performance works that explore the tangible and the tactile, incorporating layered, task-based actions relating to the sculptural elements of each piece. These are fluid, experiential spaces that exist in a performer-activated state, as well as in a state of stillness- holding the energy created by the performer’s actions.

In her installation murmuration, Renee Rendine continually constructs and deconstructs: appropriating, shifting, and reshaping the materials that make up her environment. Ultimately the residue created by her actions serves as a physical document of her movements. With This table is a drum/These feet are drumsticks/And I’m sick of It, Marcus Civin explores what it takes to march, to move your body through space as a statement of protest. Civin’s work alternately seeks to control the performative dialog- then allows viewers to take the reins. Bobby English Jr. marries sculpture and the body while exploring ritual and personal mythology. The Eye and I is a roving, meandering performance that builds on itself as time progresses, leaving evidence of internal and external struggle and catharsis.

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Lewis Colburn : Early America  Opening Reception
Friday, April 22nd  : 6-9pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : Baltimore 21230

School 33 Art Center presents “Early America,” a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Philadelphia-based artist Lewis Colburn in the Members and Project Space galleries from Friday, April 22 through Saturday, June 18, 2016. There will be a free opening reception with light refreshments on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6-9pmSchool 33 Art Center is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

At best, objects make unreliable tour guides. They cannot argue with the histories we imagine for them. Lewis Colburn’s work uses meticulous replicas of historical objects to question the ways in which we re­tell and re­interpret our narratives about the past. Colburn’s “Early America” series takes as its point of departure the artifacts and material culture of late 18th­century America. For obvious reasons, this is a time period that receives special emphasis in our popular histories; yet our narratives about this period are full of apocryphal, perhaps even fictional episodes, from George Washington and the cherry tree onward. “Early America” is Colburn’s ongoing engagement with these products of our romanticized past, generating a series of sculptures that live somewhere between art object, museum replica, and the furnishings for a yet to be realized living history site.

<><><><><><><><>12928288_1582969932015944_1397941772273766989_nStephanie Schafer + William Wright  Opening Reception
Friday, April 22nd  : 7-10pm

Escape Artists Gallery
827 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

The next in the Escape Artists Plus One series features guest artist Stephanie Schafer and Escape Artist William Wright. Opening reception with the usual food, drink and entertainment. The show will run from April 20th til May 1st. Gallery hours are Thurs through Sun 2-6.

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Tyler Hildebrand: Grandma Whitey Rejects  Opening Reception
Friday, April 22nd: 6-8pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

On View: April 22 – 30

Reception: April 22 | 6 – 8pm

Grandma Whitey Rejects is a 48-foot long continuous painting installation depicting the violent absurdities and excess that flourish within Mohawk BLVD, an imagined reality created by Creative Alliance resident artist Tyler Hildebrand, based off pop culture, politics, and personal experience.

<><><><><><><><>GA-Bak8SPro.ject M Two_Nine Fashion Show
Saturday, April 23rd  : 7-8:30pm

MICA
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217

You are invited to experience the realization of phase one of Pro.ject M Two_Nine by Micah E. McClain in the Leidy Atrium of the Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art on April 23rd at 7PM. Pro.ject M Two_Nine is the incarnation of Micah’s senior thesis at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is comprised of ready-to-wear outerwear as well as accessories. Due to capacity restrictions, you cannot be admitted without a ticket! Tickets are limited so be sure to reserve yours on Eventbrite!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-m-two-nine-phase-one-mica-tickets-22926272097

<><><><><><><><>6yDPMa_aUp Resting : Workshop
Saturday, April 23rd  : 1-4pm

1401 North Fremont Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Upresting is a sound installation, instrument, and tool for community expression.  A patch created with the programming language Max/MSP, Upresting places the participant in a quadrophonic environment left with nothing but a microphone.  The participant may speak/sing/shout/emote into the microphone and hear his or her voice get turned into the articulations of many.  You might just think that you’re at a protest or rally — the awesome power of a group harnessed by the singular. This experience is meant for everyone who deserves the opportunity to be heard and has been denied that opportunity.

Upresting is split into two parts: 1) Workshops and 2) Performances.  Both the workshops and performances are FREE.

Workshops

During the workshops, members of the community and public will be able to participate with Upresting.  They will get to pick up the mic and say whatever they have to say.  In addition, members of the activist communities who focus on the arts will present on their work, sharing techniques and strategies for effective activism.

Workshops will take place:

Saturday, April 16 and 23

1-4pm

1401 N. Fremont Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

Featured participants will include Kwame Rose and members of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, like Lady Brion and DevRock.

If it is scheduled to rain during either day of the workshops, please check back to this website for updates.

<><><><><><><><>baltimore_stories_headerMultiple Communities, Multiple Stories
Múltiples Comunidades, Múltiples Historias

Saturday, April 23rd  : 12:30-4:30pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

You are invited to join the conversation on April 23rd
In the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, we need conversations that bring together a variety of voices and communities to address the intersections of poverty, race/ethnicity, and gender and help create new stories about Baltimore.

This event will highlight Baltimore communities and stories through conversations about the past, present, and future of the city. Participants will explore questions about equity, identity, immigration, and belonging and discuss how residents’ experiences are shaped in and through their neighborhoods. After the conversation, participants can also learn how to use digital storytelling as a way to record and disseminate their voices.

Se le invita a que se una a la conversación el 23 de abril 
La muerte de Freddie Gray en abril del 2015 ha motivado la necesidad de reunir una variedad de voces y comunidades para dialogar sobre la intersección de pobreza, raza/etnia y género, y ayudar a crear nuevas historias sobre Baltimore.

Este evento traerá a la luz historias de identidad, pertenencia y activismo de varias comunidades de Baltimore a través de conversaciones sobre el pasado, el presente y el futuro de la ciudad. Los participantes explorarán temas de inmigración, cambio, relaciones entre las comunidades, e igualdad social, y hablarán sobre como las experiencias de los residentes se forma dentro y a través de los vecindarios de la ciudad. Después de la conversación, los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de crear historias digitales como una forma de documentar y diseminar sus historias.

The public is welcome to participate in this free event: Registration Form

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Saturday, April 23rd  : 11-3pm

The Chesapeake Arts Center
194 Hammonds Lane : Brooklyn Park 21225

Chesapeake Arts Center Presents:
3rd Annual Arts in the Park Festival
Saturday, April 23, 2016
11am-3pm
Outside of the Hammonds Lane Theatre
Free Admission!

Join us for our 3rd Annual Family-Friendly festival or Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Food! Activities for kids of all ages. Be the first to hear about our 2016/2017 season!

SPONSORS:
Arts Council of Anne Arundel County

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Saturday, April 23rd  : 5-8pm

Rowhouse Project
2640 Huntingdon Avenue : Baltimore 21211

<><><><><><><><>KHkxITdFnot really here  Closing Reception
Sunday, April 24th  : 6-9pm

Platform Gallery
116 West Mulberry Street : Baltimore 21201

Where are you?
Traveled across continents.
In between spaces,
neither here nor there.
In between languages.
Across times zones
Who are you?

not really here explores the space between flight and settlement, knowing and not knowing, belonging and separation, fulfillment and loss, as informed by international migration. The exhibition brings together four conceptual artists who, after relocating to another part of the globe, express a duality between their country of origin and where they currently live.

<><><><><><><><>17_T-NKESee the Light – National Capital Art Glass Artist Talk + Demonstration
Sunday, April 24th  : 2pm

VisArts
155 Gibbs Street : Rockville 20850

The National Capital Art Glass Guild is a group of about 200 glass artists of all persuasions, primarily from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC as well as several other states and countries, who come together to share ideas, learn from each other, and have fun. The NCAGG is a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization and strives to educate the community about the glass arts, and give member-artists and their artwork exposure to the whole world.

Jurors:

Kari Minnick (Internationally recognized glass artist and teacher),

Pati Young (Board member of the American Craft Council, art collector), and

Jack Devine (Principal Partner of Artists Circle Fine Art, Member of the VisArts Artist Advisory Council, VisArts Board of Directors, and Chair of the Gallery Committee).

 <><><><><><><><>XCAbOY4cImPermanent Landscapes  Screening
Sunday, April 24th  : 6-7pm

Terrault Contemporary
1515 Guilford Avenue : Baltimore 21202

Curated by Sarah G. Sharp

Artists: Cathy C. CookAriel JacksonCarolyn LambertJaimes Mayhew, Megan Michalak, Joe ReinselChristine Stiver.

Presented by SVA Art Practice.

(im)Permanent Landscapes brings together video work by seven contemporary artists who address landscape and place in complex political and personal terms. These single-channel works range broadly from poetic re-combinations of natural imagery, historic narrative and “mundane” travel photos to an interstellar testimonial and DIY proposals for energy production. Together, they complicate accepted narratives surrounding social histories in relation to concrete and imagined public spaces.

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Sunday, April 24th  : 2-5pm

Project 1628
1628 Bolton Street : Baltimore 21217

Paintings | Minas Konsolas
Photographs | David Valle
Poetry | Agnes Osinski, Amanda McCormick, Edgar Silex,Gina Caruso, Linda Joy Burke, Jennifer Keith, Jennifer Lee,Leslie Miller, Patricia VanAmburg &  Ron Williams

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GBCA Arts and Culture Happy Hour
Monday, April 25th  : 5-7pm

Crystal Moll Gallery
1030 South Charles Street : Baltimore 21230

Don’t miss Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance‘s next Arts & Culture Happy Hour at Crystal Moll Gallery!

Enjoy drinks and light fare while exploring the Cuba 2016 Show. Come see what happens when 20 artists travel to Cuba to capture the crumbling buildings, classic automobiles, the stunning countryside, and the amazing Cuban people.

Date: Monday, April 25th
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Address: 1030 South Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21230

This event is open to the public, but your RSVP is required.
RSVP here: 
http://goo.gl/forms/Tpu5cv0pPK

<><><><><><><><>PbnFXIe9Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars 
Artist Talk Monday, April 25th  : 6-7:30pm

The Former Peale Museum
225 Holiday Street : Baltimore 21202

Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, a new body of work, including installations and performances, focuses on DeVille’s ongoing research of the Peale Museum’s building and the unruly nature of history. Founded as an arts and natural history museum, the original vision for the Peale Museum, by its founder Rembrandt Peale, was to create an institution that was simultaneously entertaining and scholarly, and to be used as an instrument of democracy. The building operated as such until 1829, going on to become many firsts including Baltimore’s first City Hall and the location of several of Maryland’s first public schools for African-American children.

Much of the building’s timeline had to be unearthed for this project, rediscovering facets of its past that had fallen through the cracks of time. In her work, DeVille’s investigations lead to the construction of narratives, environments, and experiences which reference histories that are often overlooked or forgotten. For this project, DeVille postures the Peale Museum’s site as a theoretical passage through spacetime, creating shortcuts for long journeys across history. Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars contributes both original research and new perspectives on little-known narratives and lost years of the Peale Museum’s building, opening the door for conversations on education, legislation, cultural preservation, and art’s ability to challenge our notion of time and history.

Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars is free and open to the public—additional information can be found at contemporary.org.