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<><><><><><><><>lightcityLight City Feedback Sessions
Wednesday, May 4th : #1 – 8:30-10am +#2 – 6-8pm

#1 – Top of the World (admission waived)
401 East Pratt Street : Baltimore 21202

#2 – Impact Hub Baltimore
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites the community to share their experiences with the inaugural Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation which attracted an estimated 400,000 attendees in 2016. The Light City Baltimore Feedback Sessions, taking place on Wednesday, May 4, are open to the public to share successes, challenges and lessons learned to help improve and grow the festival in 2017 and beyond.Light refreshments will be served.

Attendees are asked to RSVP at [email protected]

For those who are unable to attend, feedback can be emailed to [email protected].For information, call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org .

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The 18th Annual Maryland Film Festival

May 4th-8th, 2016 

Location: downtown Baltimore in and around the Station North Arts District, as well as at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

**Tent Village will now be in the Ynot Lot (W. North Avenue and N. Charles St) ** 

Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in early May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties — narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid — to tens of thousands of audience members.

For every North American feature film screened within the festival, a filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. The hundreds of filmmakers who have hosted screenings within Maryland Film Festival include such names as John Waters, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, Melvin Van Peebles, Alex Gibney, Matt Porterfield, Joe Swanberg, Lisandro Alonso, Todd Solondz, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Lena Dunham.

Check out BmoreArt’s Guide to the Maryland Film Festival 2016 for more information !

More official info here: http://www.mdfilmfest.com

 

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We Need to Talk – Closing Reception
Thursday, May 5th : 5-8pm

Whole Gallery
405 West Franklin Street : Baltimore 21201

In conjunction with Alex Ebstein’s professional development class at Maryland Institute College of Art, students present We Need to Talk. The closing reception will be held from 5-8pm at The Whole Gallery on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

As artists we participate in a dominant patriarchal world, We Need to Talk upsets the binary of femininity and masculinity, widening the spectrum. As a class we are artists that previously had no overlapping intentions of exhibiting together. In We Need to Talk we are providing a space free of patriarchy and binaries. The viewer enters the conversation in an environment we deem free of our usual oppressive influences. Artist come together to create a space that subverts dominance and pursues inclusion.

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From URL to IRL: Balti Gurls and Deana Haggag

Thursday, May 5: 6-8 pm @ Platform Gallery 

Platform is pleased to present the first of many artist talks with local collectives. This includes investigating the practices, and goals of each group as well as the individuals it’s comprised of.

This talk will introduce the new and exciting work of Balti Gurls, an art squad of black and brown female-identified artists. Their mission is to create a community of like-minded folks, IRL and URL.

The talk will be an informal discussion of relevant topics followed by a QA. FROM URL TO IRL will be moderated by Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary.

BALTI GURLS is a women of color artist collective based in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 2014 by artist and city native Jenné Afiya as an informal discussion group amongst friends has evolved into an 11 member collective. We are DJs, filmmakers, painters, photographers, graphic designers, and performance artists. And with a particular focus on new media and cross-disciplinary practice, our mission is to cultivate platforms and “creative safe space” for other women of color. To establish a community of like-minded folks, physically and online.

DEANA HAGGAG has been the Director of The Contemporary since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with the museum, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD in the City Arts building — home to over 90 artists. Deana received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various public art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and teaches at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, is an advisory member for FORCE, and founded the Baltimore Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and is an active participant of the StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Deana was named “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013 and a “Young Cultural Innovator” by the Salzburg Global Forum in 2015.

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Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of East Oliver Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. We hope you will join us on Friday, May 6th for our monthly round of rad events! We will start the night off with a happy hour sponsored by Union Craft Beer at the Station North Tool Library that will be followed by an Alloverstreet Artist Talk at Area 405. This month we will host Gallery CA and Viveca Licata.

Friday, May 6th, 2016
5:00-7:00PM – Happy Hour at Station North Tool Library (417 E Oliver St)
7:00-7:30PM – Artist talk featuring Gallery CA and Viveca Licata at Area 405 (405 E Oliver St)
7:00-10:00PM – Art openings on East Oliver Street and surrounding area.

ALLOVERSTREET KICK OFF
Area 405 (5:00-7:30PM)
A happy hour sponsored by Brewers Art followed by an artist talk featuring Gallery CA and Viveca Licata at Area 405.
Area 405: 405 East Oliver Street

EVENING EVENTS (7-10PM):

DOUBLE TAKE
Terrault Contemporary
An exhibition by Madeline Gallucci.
The Copycat, 1515 Guilford Avenue

Nu-Delineation
La Bodega Gallery
Featuring projections by Stephen Crouch (DC) and Sean Berg (Baltimore) and performances by Ch’lich K’aaxil (Baltimore), Cigarette (DC) and Anne Claire (NC).
The Copycat, Unit A100, 1511 Guilford Avenue

Ass Dance: A Showlo-so
LightHole! Intermedia Art Monthly
A solo show by Cathy Cook.
The Copycat, Unit B401, 1511 Guilford Avenue

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Ballroom Gallery
Work by Michael Quednau, Maya Ragazzo, Aja Bivens, and Amanda Perkins.
The Copycat, Unit B202, 1511 Guilford Avenue

The Edge at Ballroom Gallery

DOUBLE TAKE at Terrault Contemporary.

Nu-Delineation at Bodega Gallery
GINA DEBUT
Penthouse Gallery
Works by Ginny Huo and Christina Martinelli.
The Copycat, Unit B501, 1511 Guilford Ave

Open Works Tour
Open Works
Join William Holman of Open Works and architect Ethan Marchant, AIA, of Cho Benn Holback + Associates for a sneak-peek tour of Open Works, a makerspace opening this fall.
1400 Greenmount Ave

Fill All My Holes
Gallery CA
Painings by Viveca Licata.
440 E Oliver Street

Catherine Pancake
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Works by Catheine Pancake
405 E Oliver Street, 2nd Floor.

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01.-Tigh-an-ChnoicTigh an Chnoic: New Work by Bart O’Reilly + Reap/Sow: Jinie Park
Friday, May 6th : 5-9pm

Hamilton Arts Gallery
5502 Harford Road : Baltimore 21214

Bart O’Reilly begins his paintings with the original space of the raw unprimed canvas. Bart improvises through the application of acrylic paint and a limited palette of greens, golds and earth tones to see where the process takes him. His approach is as a meditation and an attempt to be present. The body of work is entitled Tigh an Chnoic because as a series they are strongly reminiscent of the landscape where Bart grew up, the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains.

Jinie Park creates paintings that reveal the experience between the unexposed and exposed parts in the common highway landscape. Her current body of work is inspired by her experience of commuting to and from Baltimore from Landover, Maryland over the course of six months. Park captures the moments from the outside of a car window and tries to reveal these specific experiences through her painting by drawing the view outside and revealing the inner parts of the
surface on the typically unexposed side.

Also exhibiting this month Hamilton Gallery artist members: Jude Asher, Ron Cohn, Donna DiSciullo, Ned Epps, Marcus Dagold, Amy Klainer, James MacDonald, Ania Milo, Charles Mens, Lynn Poshepny, Theresa Reuter, Valerie Smith, Grace Sweeney, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Maxine Taylor, Linnea Tober & Alex Vanicky.

<><><><><><><><>Ot-rKIb7Taste the Arts X Fundraising Gala
Friday, May 6th : 6:30-10pm

Hippodrome Theatre
12 North Eutaw Street : Baltimore 21201

10th Annual Taste the Arts Fundraising Gala
Young Audiences/Arts for Learning brings together award-winning artists and 25 local restaurants to support arts education in Maryland

Tapas-style offerings from 25 of the Baltimore area’s best restaurants, including:

Clavel • La Cuchara • Alma Cocina Latina • Absolutely Perfect Catering • Argosy Café • Baltimore Waffle Co. • Blue Pit BBQ • Brio Tuscan Grille • Charm City Cakes • The Charmery Charmington’s • Gertrude’s • Golden West Café • Heavy Seas Alehouse • Mothers • The Local Oyster • The Oceanaire • The Scratch Mill Kitchen • Tio Pepe • Beer from Union Craft Brewing

 Awards ceremony honoring arts-in-education leaders

2016 Nina Collier Arts Champion Award: Paul Wolman

Paul Wolman, founder, Chairman, and Chief Impact Officer of Feats, Inc., is a true champion of the arts and education throughout Baltimore with a strong focus on the development of leadership talent.

2016 Artist of the Year Award: Jamaal Collier

Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier, a dedicated and versatile hip hop artist, has more than a decade of experience facilitating workshops and live performances.

2016 Visionary School Award: Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School

A shining example of a school that keeps the arts central to teaching and learning, Baltimore’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School is dedicated to providing an arts-integrated and arts-enriched education for all its students.

2016 Josephine L. Kohn Leadership Award: Lois & Michael Mark

Lois and Michael Mark’s involvement in Young Audiences spans more than twenty-five years, with each serving as Board President through critical periods of the organization’s development.
They have generously given their time, talent, and resources to help hundreds of thousands of students benefit from the arts.

The gala will also include roaming performers and both a live and silent auction. Tickets to the event are $100 and can be purchased athttp://www.yamd.org/support/taste-the-arts/.

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Friday, May 6th : 7-10pm

Escape Artists Gallery
827 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

The Escape Artists Gallery is proud to present, Bloom, a group show celebrating flowers and nature. The show will be on view from May 6th to May 22nd, at our gallery location: 827 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD, on the second floor. Please join us to celebrate the show’s opening on May 6th, from 7pm to 10pm. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Annie Cowan and Steve Hung. The show will feature artwork on the theme of flowers and nature, from the Escape Artists Gallery members and local guest artists, selected by a jury, from a public call.  The artwork featured will consist of a variety of mediums and styles, from expressive painting to photography. Viewers are invited to both the opening and the show to celebrate with the artists. The gallery’s weekly business hours are Thursday – Sunday, from 2pm to 6pm.

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Friday, May 6th + Saturday, May 7th : 8pm

EEC Baltimore
811 Cathedral Street : Baltimore 21201

Symphony Number One closes its inaugural season with John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony. Adams puts a new spin on some of his earlier music in this rambunctious, high-octane work for chamber orchestra.

Also on the program is a World Premiere by our Call for Scores winner, Andrew Posner, alongside Nick Omiccioli’s [fuse] for chamber orchestra. You won’t want to miss the Season Finale!

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Friday, May 6th : 8pm

Bethel AME
1300 Druid Hill Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Marin Alsop, conductor

Reverend Jimmie Thomas, narrator

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Forrest: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
Dvořák: Adagio allegro molto from Symphony No. 9
Richard Smallwood: “Total Praise”
Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World
Johnson: “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Bob Christianson: Hallelujah from Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

Music Director Marin Alsop leads the BSO, the Bethel AME Church Choir, BSYO and the BSO OrchKids in a free concert in recognition and admiration of the spirit of the citizens of Baltimore. Central to the concert is New Morning for the World by Joseph Schwantner, the narration comprised of public speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King that spanned more than a decade of his life. “In a world and country that can sometimes seem so divided,” says Alsop, “the BSO strives to bring our neighbors together through our common language — music.”

Please Note: This is a free concert. Tickets will not be issued for this performance and seating is first come, first served. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. The concert will take place on 1300 Druid Hill Road, Baltimore, MD 21217.

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Saturday, May 7th : 10am

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : Baltimore 21230

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots (“Kinetinauts”) compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more. The all-day race kicks off at 10AM at American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in the Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet). Other great spots to see the vehicles are the 1st Checkpoint atop Federal Hill; The Water Entry at the boat ramp at Canton Waterfront Park; the uphill Mud-Pit in Patterson Park; the not-so-quick-Sand Pit in Patterson Park; and, of course, anywhere along the 15-mile route throughout Baltimore City. For more information—including past race photos, inspiration, costume ideas, route map and a handy Spectator’s Guide—

visit: KineticBaltimore.com.

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Saturday, May 7th : 7-10pm

Current Space
421 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21201

The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five

Current Space is pleased to present a group show of hanging sculpture. The exhibition will take the form of an immersive sensory environment braided into a literal and anecdotal web. This ensemble of work serves to highlight not only the narrative potential of individual elements but also the spaces and stories in between.

Exhibition Date: May 7th – May 29th
Opening Reception: Sat. May 7, 7 – 10pm
Gallery Hours: Sat. Sun. 12 – 4pm.

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KSminvbGBaltimore Clayworks Bash + After Party
Saturday, May 7th : 7pm

The Belvedere Hotel – 12th Floor
1 East Chase Street : Baltimore 21202

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to present its annual fundraising gala, the Clayworks Bash and After Party. This year’s theme is the “Best of Clayworks Awards!” where the shining stars of Baltimore Clayworks will be celebrated – community members, students, volunteers and teachers will receive creative awards in outstanding areas.
Join us at the historic Belvedere Hotel on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The full gala experience starts at 7PM and the After Party begins at 9PM in the elegant grand ballroom located on the 12th floor of the Belvedere. This event is Clayworks’ largest fundraiser of the year and directly supports the mission by funding exhibitions, community arts, education and artistic programs throughout the year.

At 9PM the dance floor opens for the AFTER PARTYfeaturing The Bellevederes, one of Baltimore’s finest funk and soul bands. Get ready to dance the night away to this fully instrumented band that plays tunes from obscure funk, soul and R&B records from the 60’s and 70’s.

Ticket info: VIP $225/$250 non-member * Gala $175/$200 non-member * After Party $50/$60 non-member. The ticket, sponsorship and auction proceeds directly benefit the ongoing programs and initiatives Clayworks provides through the year at their Mt. Washington location and throughout surrounding Baltimore City neighborhoods. To purchase tickets and to learn more about the event, visit baltimoreclayworks.org or call 410 578 1919 x210.

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iam[i am] Project KALI – Chapter II
Saturday, May 7th : 4-6pm

Rouse Gallery @ MICA Place
814 Collington Avenue : Baltimore 21205

 [i am] Project KALI – Celebration of Womanhood unveils its Chapter II culminating exhibition of artworks created by Baltimore based female artists at Rouse Gallery on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Project KALI is a social justice community-based project focusing on the emotional needs of senior women from East Baltimore to explore the therapeutic correlation between art making and self. Inspired by the Hindu mythological figure, Goddess Kali—the destroyer of evil and spectacle of beauty—the project creates a safe gathering place for women to creatively voice concerns, which are suppressed over time.

Hamida KhatriArtist-in-Residence at the Men and Families Center, Inc. writes, “In creating an array of fiber-based artworks for the exhibition the artists spent weeks to carefully plan, draw, articulate, sew, and develop characters and quilts depicting their personal stories. With much love and affection, they designed spaces in which their strengths reside. The process of being with them in designing the artworks for the show has truly been liberating. Their journeys are unique, therefore colorized to illustrate stories of a very distinct nature. Being part of the exhibition, they have now been given the status of ‘artists’. This title is presented to them with great honor and appreciation.”

Hamida Khatri – MFA in Community Arts, MICA – initiated this project at the Men and Families Center, Inc. in October 2015 as part of her residency. She is the recipient of support from MICA’s Office of Community Engagement – France-Merrick Opportunity Fund (Baltimore) and The Pollination Project (California).

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MICA Masters Benefit Art Sale
Saturday, May 7th : 12-4pm

Fred Lazarus IV Center
131 West North Ave : Baltimore 21201

Browse, discover and purchase high-quality works of art from students in MICA’s graduate programs. This is a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at the College’s studios and graduate facilities.

Proceeds from the art sale benefit the artist directly, with a small percentage reserved for Graduate Research Development Grants, a competitive funding program advancing graduate students’ creative research.

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Jo Brown Gallery Talk
Saturday, May 7th : 4pm

Y:ART Gallery
3402 Gough Street : Baltimore 21214

Y:Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our fourth exhibition, The Spring Show; a group exhibition featuring painters Nieves Saah and Jo Brown with sculptor Donald Edwards. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, 6pm-9pm.

As winter fades away, we as a society slowly rise out of hibernation and begin to reintroduce ourselves into the world of Spring. Slowly but surely, the colors of warmer weather emerge around us. As we shed off our coats, we are reminded of what we’ve missed during the cold months: the toasty, warm hues of the sun, the calming effects of the sea, and a bright, insatiable desire to learn and reinvent.

Abstract-realist Jo Brown is no stranger to beautiful environments. Influenced by artists ranging from Mark Rothko to Frederick Kensett to Dutch seascape painters, Brown decisively chooses to paint out-of-doors, even in the most inclement weather. Educated in the fine arts at Yale University, in sculpture, photography, and painting, as a landscape painter she nonetheless is entirely self­-taught. Brown’s brilliant light, sensitive palette, and photographic clarity urge us to see the world with new eyes, and find peace and beauty in the ordinary.

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The Contemporary Presents: Sunday Salons
Sunday, May 8th : 12-2pm

The Former Peale Museum
225 North Holiday Street : Baltimore 21201

Please join us for regular Sunday Salons in concert with Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, a project with New York-based artist Abigail DeVille at the former Peale Museum located at 225 N. Holiday Street. Each Sunday, till June 5th, will feature local performers, poets, storytellers, and musicians from 12pm-2pm. Feel free to grab a bite from the Sunday’s Farmer Market and join us at the Peale Museum for an afternoon of performances. The current schedule is subject to change and includes:

5/01: Kondwani Fidel, Abu the Flutemaker, WombWork Production’s NuWorld Art Ensemble

5/ 08: Sheila Gaskins performance from 12-2pm.

In addition to Sunday Salons, the microphone in the Peale Museum’s theater will always be on and available for public use—feel free to hop on for a moment and/or organize your own event, karaoke night, meeting, convening, concert, or practice session. Contact us for additional details.