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<><><><><><><><><><>mpx1fbtrAn Evening of Poetry: Austin Allen, Cody Walker, and Greg Williamson
Tuesday, October 25th : 7pm

The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road : Baltimore 21209

Austin Allen’s poems have recently appeared in The Yale Review32 PoemsSouthwest Review, The Missouri Review and Prelude. His debut poetry collection Pleasures of the Game won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize.  He received his MFA from Johns Hopkins University and currently studies and teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

Cody Walker is the author of two poetry collections: The Self-Styled No-Child and Shuffle and Breakdown.  His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry(2007 and 2015), Parnassus and Slate.  His essays have appeared online in The New Yorker and The Kenyon Review.  Born in Baltimore, he now lives in Ann Arbor, where he teaches at the University of Michigan.

Greg Williamson is the author of four volumes of poetry: The Silent PartnerErrors in the ScriptA Most Marvelous Piece of Luck and most recently The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True.  His poems have been published in The Yale ReviewSouthwest ReviewPoetryThe Norton Anthology of Poetry and many other places.  He has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writer’s Award and a grant from the NEA.  He teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

<><><><><><><><><><>t4vp7bgrJerrell Gibbs: Guernica el Negro
Tuesday, October 25th : 6:30-9:30pm

La Bodega Gallery
1501 Guilford Avenue : Baltimore 21202

Best of Baltimore Award winner, Jerrell Gibbs is pleased to personally invite you to his first silent art auction on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM. Scott Burkholder will give an informative summary on the background of “Guernica” followed by a brief discussion and Q&A with Jerrell Gibbs.

This highly anticipated event will be the first public showing of Gibbs’ latest work “Guernica el Negro” inspired by Picasso’s “Guernica” masterpiece. This work was created in response to the police brutality and killings of black people in America in recent years. Jerrell Gibbs is an advocate for raising awareness on social issues, with art being his weapon of choice.

<><><><><><><><><><>786t-bkbBaltimore Re-Collected: Architecture Past & Present – Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 25th : 6:30-9:30pm

Full Circle Photography
21 East 31st Street : Baltimore 21218

Baltimore is rich in architectural landmarks, quietly making up the backdrop to our daily, urban lives. Our Charm City skyline is on the rise as our vertical profile changes rapidly, particularly along the water’s edge. Some sections of the city have seen restoration andreuse. Other sections of the city either remain in derelict purgatory, or simply crumble. Neighborhoods and echoes of city lives past often go unnoticed. When we see theseplaces we lament the loss of things that have been taken for granted. As our social history often lies in social spaces, the story of our town emerges in the photographic imagery of Amy Davis and James Singewald, as they trace the geometry, and thus, the stories of Baltimore past and present. Their work in Baltimore Re-Collected compliments each others vision and reinforces their projections of these shared spaces as a valuable component of our identity.

 

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Livewire 7: The New York School and Beyond
Featuring Special Guest Artist Malcolm Goldstein

Wednesday, October 26th – Saturday, October 29th

UMBC – Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall and other venues
UMBC : Halethorpe

The New York School, which included composers John CageMorton FeldmanChristian Wolff and Earle Brown (as well as pianist David Tudor) flourished in the 1950s and 60s, revolutionizing contemporary Western music and creating connections with dance, theatre, visual arts and poetry that continue to influence artists today. Over a span of four days, Livewire 7 explores music by these composers and explores “the Beyond,” with performances of works by figures such as Bunita MarcusBen JohnstonToshi IchiyanagiJames TenneyAlvin LucierThomas DeLioChristopher Shultis, and others. Prominently representing “the Beyond” will be featured guest composer/violinist Malcolm Goldstein, whose “soundings” improvisations have received international acclaim for extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the violin.

Livewire 7 features performances by Malcolm Goldstein, Stacey MastrianPaul HoffmannCurtis Cacioppo, Ruckus (the new music ensemble in residence at UMBC), numerous UMBC faculty, and others. Additionally, artist Ray Kass will discuss John Cage’s visual artworks.

Malcolm Goldstein has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s in New York City. He co-founded the Tone Roads Ensemble and participated in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant Garde and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. His “soundings” improvisations have received international acclaim for extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the violin and revealing new dimensions of expressivity. His work has been presented internationally, and released on record labels such as Experimental Intermedia (XI), da capo, Wergo, Nonsequitur, What Next, 0.0. Discs, Eremite, Folkways, In situ, and others. He has written extensively on improvisation and is the author of the book Sounding the Full Circle.

UMBC will host the festival in the stunning Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall and other spaces in the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

<><><><><><><><><><>r4tg1bquAVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
Thursday, October 27th: 5-7pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : Baltimore 21230

5–7pm: Free “Lumin-Eeries” Lantern-Making Workshop! Monsters & their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern, BYO Glass Jar (any size w/ label removed), all materials: glue, paper, googly eyes & bling provided; ALL AGES family workshop in our Sculpture Barn & Face Painting too!

5–7pm: Free Museum Admission! Explore the latest AVAM exhibition: Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food, & tour the rest of our wonderland campus.

5:30pm: Join AVAM & Race Pace Bicycles for the first ever “Ride of Frankenstein” pre-Flick bike ride. Meet at 5:30pm at Race Pace Bicycles (1410 Key Hwy), then pedal through the historic neighborhoods & parks of Federal Hill, ending at AVAM around 6:30pm – just in time for you to visit the museum & catch the free Flick From The Hill screening of Young Frankenstein at 7pm! Bring your own bike, or rent one from Race Pace Federal Hill (please call ahead to reserve as supply is limited: 410-986-0001); helmets, lights & locks are strongly suggested. COSTUMES ENCOURAGED!

7pm: Free Flick: Young Frankenstein (1974)! Bring a blanket and get cozy on Federal Hill, as our critically acclaimed outdoor movie series, Flicks From The Hill, makes a special, one night only October appearance. Costumes encouraged! (Movie rain location: inside AVAM’s Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd floor)

FREE, but please PRE-REGISTER for this event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-visionary-art-museum-tickets-26908891218?ref=ebapi

MORE INFO: http://avam.org/news-and-events/events/freefall-at-avam.shtml

<><><><><><><><><><>nwvd61ujHappenstance Theatre Presents : Cabaret Macabre: The Return Visit
Thursday, October 27th- Sunday, November 13th

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201

WHAT:  The Helen Hayes Award winning ensemble of Happenstance Theater exhumes material from one of their early Edward Gorey inspired theatrical collages.

Cabaret Macabre: The Return Visit features Victorian nightmares, musical histrionics, perils of the deep, gothic romance, afternoon tea, and the dangers of croquet. The Washington Post calls Happenstance Theater’s series of dark, comic vignettes “Wickedly funny…a Gorey illustration brought to life. It’s a feather that will tickle your fancy.”

Featuring :: Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon.

<><><><><><><><><><>therockyhorrorshowposterIron Crow Theatre Presents : The Rocky Horror Show
Thursday, October 27th- Monday, October 31st

The Motor House
120 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Join Iron Crow Theatre for the quintessential queer theatrical experience and what is sure to become a Baltimore tradition in this cult classic film turned live stage musical, The Rocky Horror Show! Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, seeking shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite scientist Dr. Frank N Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Complete with call-outs, cascading toilet paper and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic thriller is more fun than ever!

The Rocky Horror Show is Iron Crow Theatre’s Special Yearly Event and Fundraiser and is not considered a part of its curated season. All proceeds from The Rocky Horror Show go directly to increasing artist stipends, production quality and value and to ensuring that Iron Crow Theatre remains a vibrant and sustainable theatre in Baltimore City.

Please note that The Rock Horror Show explores mature themes, contains adult language, sexual content and violence.
The Rocky Horror Show may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18. The Rocky Horror Show is not included in the MainStage, SecondStage or Season Pass options.

<><><><><><><><><><>syphUnder the Scope – Reception + Gallery Talk and Fermentation Workshop
Thursday, October 27th : 6-9pm

Silber Gallery
Goucher College : Towson 21204

Under the Scope brings together seven contemporary artists each of whom explore different methodologies and aspects of science. Through sculpture, installation, painting, printmaking, performance, photography, and video, the artists; Selin Balci, Lauren Kalman, Elizabeth Crisman, Nicole Shiflet, Benjamin Andrews, A. Gray Lamb, and Kathy Strauss probe beneath the surface of things, often diving into the depths of the microscopic world. This culled knowledge is then naturally folded back into their artistic practices and shared with the audience in hopes of sparking new curiosities and wonder.

Under the Scope will be on view in Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sandy J. Unger Athenaeum from October 25 through December 4, 2016. This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please visit www.goucher.edu/silber or call 410-337-6477 for more information. Please note the gallery will be closed October 14-16th for fall break and November 23-27, 2016 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Join artist Benjamin Andrew in a hands-on Microbiology and Wild Fermentation workshop examining the local populations of microorganisms that live all around us. Learn about the history and science of fermented foods, and take home a wild yeast starter for homemade soda or sourdough bread. Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6 to 7 PM.

HEX Ferments who produces living foods, teeming with enzymes and probiotics, sourced from local organic farms, will aid in feeding our microbiome by providing fermented Kombucha and Kraut during the reception.

<><><><><><><><><><>ziTanya Ziniewicz: Enwind – Reception + Gallery Talk
Thursday, October 27th : 6-9pm

Rosenberg Gallery
Goucher College : Towson 21204

Imperfection. Surface. Time. Transformation. These are the seeds of Tanya Ziniewicz’s inspiration. Her paintings and prints are wrought with invented organic forms that continually emerge, grow, reach, and intertwine; they are suggestive of such things as rhizomes, ribbons, neurons, or strands of muscle tissue. The strands might represent emotions or mounds and tangles of abstract thought. They might be strings of sentimental memories, overlapping and confusing one another. Or, they might be to-do lists yet to be written, fears not yet confronted, or knots waiting to be untied. Each work wavers between definition and ambiguity, inviting the viewer to discover a unique interpretation and association.

Tanya Ziniewicz: Enwind will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from October 19th through December 18th, 2016.  This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, October 27th, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please visit www.goucher.edu/rosenberg or call 410-337-6477 for more information. Please note the gallery will be closed November 23-27, 2016 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

<><><><><><><><><><>hl8xpuupInfinity Ink Presents: An Internet
Thursday, October 27th : 8-11pm

Fifth Dimension at The H&H Building
405 West Franklin Street : Baltimore 21201

>> Performances! Multimedia! Interactive presentations! Music & more! $5-$10 sliding scale at the door. <<

Join us at the Fifth Dimension for a night of performances as we launch the newest hot thing, AN INTERNET – a multimedia collaboration! A mind-bending, time-melding experience that creates a new form of interactive art.

Hosted by Infinity Ink creators Dylan Kinnett // Amanda McCormick // Tracy Dimond

Featuring performances by:
>> Peter Redgrave & Khristian Weeks
>> Poetry by Mary Walters
>> Dialogues by Stephanie Barber
>> Music by Moon Tongue
>> Special Guests – Mike Tager, Carabella Sands, and Jessica Borowski

<><><><><><><><><><>ffqeud0nNot What You Think: A Slide Talk by Catherine Kehoe
Thursday, October 27th : 5:30pm

JHU Mattin Building, Room 101
Charles and 33rd Streets : Baltimore 21218

Boston-based painter Catherine Kehoe will present a slide talk on her work on Thursday, October 27 at Johns Hopkins University.

Her talk, “Not What You Think,” which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Kehoe is best known for intensely observed self-portraits and the rich color of her complex still lifes. Her paintings are small in size, yet monumental in scale. Earlier this year, reviewing her exhibition, “Vectors and Blind Spots,” Boston Globe art critic Kate McQuaid wrote: “In some ways, Kehoe is an abstract painter, paring down still lifes and interiors to juxtapositions of flat color hung on formal skeletons. A strip of orange, a line of peach, billowing blocks of beige — the translucent curtain in ‘Window Inferno’ — tilt us into a warm world of ordinary things, yet we can’t quite find our bearings. Kehoe, then, puts us on the alert, wakes us up. This is what painting is meant to do.”

Kehoe’s work has appeared in dozens of solo and group exhibitions throughout the East Coast and can be found in numerous private and public collections. She is represented by Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston.

She teaches drawing and painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been a visiting artist at Indiana University, Swarthmore College, George Mason University and JSS in Italy, Civita Castellana. She has received many grants and awards from institutions including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts. To learn more, visit her website.

<><><><><><><><><><>eof_obhlMagnolia Laurie: “we roam and lie still” – Artist Talk + Reception
Thursday, October 27th : 5:30pm

Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
McDaniel College : Westminster

A solo exhibition at McDaniel College highlights mixed media works by Baltimore artist Magnolia Laurie. “we roam and lie still” runs Thursday Oct. 27–Friday, Nov. 18, in McDaniel’s Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, at 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. An opening reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 275-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Magnolia Laurie, a 2015 Sondheim Prize finalist, creates detailed paintings and installations that reference the sustained need to try and to build, with sometimes precarious results.

She said, “Within my paintings and installations, the structures and systems created are illogical; they are delicate and makeshift in a way that may not endure their own weight, let alone the impending disruptions. Yet, they are made, and to me they reference the sustained need to try, to build, to create, even in the face of complete futility. They depict the instinctive, sometimes manic, and desperate human act of building and within them I am thinking about the cyclical rise and fall of civilizations.”

An assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., Laurie was born in Massachusetts and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her recent exhibitions include “LANDMARK” at frosch and portmann in New York, “with a tug and a hold” at VisArts in Rockville, Md., and the 2015 Sondheim Artscape Finalist Exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. More information about Laurie can be found at http://www.magnolialaurie.com.

<><><><><><><><><><>gyjyl-l5Landscapes into Art – Opening Reception
Thursday, October 27th : 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Landscapes Into Art: a survey exhibition of landscape painting. Characterized by a dedication to place, these works transcribe the experience of open space with exuberance and selectivity on scales both intimate and expansive. Local and faraway scenes include the Mid-Atlantic countryside, remembered villages left behind in childhood, and surreal apocalyptic projections.
The artists in this exhibition often work within a set limit of time dictated by the movement of light, thus infusing their paintings with an awareness of the expanse of a day (or night). In many works we witness the natural begin to fracture, whether by the displacement of memory or in the presence of human traces; a farmhouse, a headstone, an abandoned laboratory on the tundra.
A vista can be defined as a pleasing view seen through a long, narrow opening. Occasionally, this frame is present in the work as a window or archway – apertures which call attention to the painting itself as an opening through which a fragment of the sublime may be witnessed. Scenic details are magnified or omitted in the face of vast amounts of sensory information. Through such a window, to quote Eugene Leake, “the paintings that work right are the ones where I’ve found the truth of a given hour.”
The exhibition will be on view from October 27 – December 22, 2016. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 276 – 8pm.
Featured Artists:
David Armacost
David Brewster
Henry Coe
Aschely Cone
Robert Dash
Eugene Leake
Raoul Middleman
Eleanor Ray
Giorgios Rigas
Nora Sturges

<><><><><><><><><><>xpjkyth3Amy Wike: This is a Sentence – Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Friday, October 28th : 7-9pm

Common Ground Gallery, VisArts Center
155 Gibbs Street : Rockville

Amy Wike’s work plays with the ideas of translation, interpretation, and the complexities of language. In this body of work, Wike takes small nuances of speech—turns of phrase, words that have multiple meanings, and the varying ways we interpret them—and abstracts them beyond recognition by translating them into Morse code and knitting the transcription row by row with yarn. The resulting amorphous shapes act as visual representations of the intricacies of communication. No matter your language of origin, the viewing experience is equal.
Wike aims to create a space where visitors are challenged to think about language in a way we aren’t used to experiencing it; visually, but also tactilely—by using the knit and purl stitches to represent sounded and silent beats respectively in Morse code, the works are given a braille-like surface.

About the Artist: Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Wike earned my degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship Management at the University of South Carolina, with a minor in Art History. She moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in the arts, which led to her current position in the communications department at a museum in Washington, D.C. Wike’s current artwork explores visual representations of the intricacies of communication.

www.wpadc.org/artist/amy-wike

lzeqbufgMichael Sastre: Collision/Collusion – Opening Reception
Friday, October 28th : 7-9pm

Kaplan Gallery, VisArts Center
155 Gibbs Street : Rockville

Michael Sastre’s recent series of paintings explores the movement of contraband via clandestine airstrips in Florida. The paintings reference a parallel economy where ordinary life collides and colludes with a subculture of smuggling activities. Sastre’s narrative paintings, presented in an installation with airplane parts and “swamp stuff”, are quirky, funny, disorienting, and smart. They elude to the Romantic sublime themes found in British and American land and seascape painting and to pirate genre painting. In beautiful, vast natural surroundings touched by extraordinary color and light, are very ordinary, yet nefarious characters engaged in criminal activities.

Sastre began this series long after discovering a very close family connection to the world depicted in his recent work. He literally has been using his latest paintings to exact some sort of “revenge through ridicule” and to reveal the contradictions that are hidden in plain sight. He has no dogmatic social message, just acts as an observer. The depth of this underground reality defies any sort of organized war. He is one man grappling with how the narco world rubs up against his personal/cultural reality.

About the artist: Michael Sastre has broadly exhibited across the United States including 22 solo exhibitions. His works are included in both private and public collections. He is the recipient of a State Arts Council Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts award. He currently divides his time between Derwood, Maryland and Miami, Florida. Sastre’s studio is located in the Annex building of Washington ArtWorks in Rockville, Maryland. Sastre’s paintings capture the tense duality of the landscape as a sublime natural phenomenon and as a remote, inaccessible site for illicit activities.  Paradise-like marshes and riverways set the scene for nefarious characters who arrive and depart from astonishingly beautiful, natural areas. Research for the artist’s work is an art form in itself involving a great deal of archeological exploration through found imagery, metal scraps, and observation. Sastre’s work delves into the tension and beauty of remote, inaccessible areas.

7rb9c68bLillina Bayley Hoover: For the Moment – Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Friday, October 28th : 7-9pm

Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts Center
155 Gibbs Street : Rockville

In Lillian Bayley Hoover’s recent paintings, pieces of sky and architecture wedge up against one another reflecting encounters with environments on the brink of change yet strangely static. The world in Hoover’s compositions is moving and still, represented and abstracted, caught for the moment in a tense intersection of opposing energies. The paintings are compelling glimpses of ordinary, awkward places. The air seems to be magically suspended in a state of absolute quiet, but it may suddenly rush in. They are presentations that bear the history of slow, careful looking at anything anywhere anytime.

About the Artist: Lillian Bayley Hoover’s paintings explore the banal, awkward, overlooked, and imperfect elements of our material environment. Recent solo exhibitions include Edges and Allowances at Honfleur Gallery (2016), Rapport at Goya Contemporary (2015), and Borders at Loyola University (2014). Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at venues such as School 33 and Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD), the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE), and the Keisho Art Association (Aichi, Japan). In 2015, Hoover was awarded a full fellowship to participate in a residency at Vermont Studio Center, and she won the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Award in 2012. She has been selected as a semifinalist for Baltimore’s Sondheim Prize on five occasions. Hoover has received many other honors, including the Bethesda Young Artist Painting Award, three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grant from Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists, which allowed her to conduct research and photograph in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work has twice appeared in New American Paintings and was selected for the cover of the 69th issue. Hoover earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently teaches drawing and painting courses at MICA, University of Maryland, and Towson University.

www.lillianhoover.com

<><><><><><><><><><>bycnrwm5BROS Present: Brides of Tortuga
Friday, October 28th – Saturday, November 12th

Chesapeake Arts Center
194 Hammonds Lane : Brooklyn Park

This raucous, rebellious rock and roll musical begins in 1661 in Calais, France, and crosses the wild & dangerous open Atlantic Ocean and comes to a bloody close in the Caribbean Sea. The show follows Charlotte, a French freedom fighter who must figure out how to captain an unblooded crew and escape the French Navy who are hot on their tails, and Mary, a humble barmaid who gets swept up in the adventure.

Brides of Tortuga features a large cast, epic sets, intensive fight choreography, a stirring vocal ensemble, and live rock band buttressed by strings, horns and a strong percussion section. The show is a powerful statement about rage, self-determination and kicking ass on a boat.

Advanced General Admission tickets are available for $20 via www.baltimorerockopera.org and https://www.artful.ly/store/events/9900. There are two levels of VIP tickets available as well: $30 Supporter tickets and $40 Super Duper Supporter tickets, both loaded with fun perks!

<><><><><><><><><><>azu38mxiI Voted – Closing Party
Friday, October 28th : 6-8

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Towson

What Role Do Artists Play in Our American Democracy? 
How Does Art Inform Our Choices?
Artwork that has a timely significance with the 2016 Election & / or the larger themes of voting, politics, and involvement in democracy.
Curated by:
 Edwin Remsberg

FEATURING: Jerry Dadds, Elizabeth Elder, Eric Fine, Howard Greenberg, Greg Houston, Benjamin Jancewicz, Marty Katz, Kathleen Knust, and Trisha Mudd

<><><><><><><><><><>jdkltd1qThe Flower Queen, A Play 
Friday, October 28th – Monday, October 31st

Yellow Sign Theatre
1726 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

The Flower Queen is a little girl becoming imaginary friends with the monster under her bed, punctuated by ballets performed by the Tree Maidens. Featuring original music of hit new band, the Flowery!

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The Flower Queen is about the initiation of a little girl into the mysterious secrets at the heart of the alphabet and how they shape her life.
The Flower Queen is about how the heaviest spell we cast on a child is ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
The Flower Queen breaks the spell of the alphabet and teaches us how powerful it is to just be imaginative and have fun.
The Flower Queen is about how your imagination can bite you in the ass, and how you can bite back.
The Flower Queen will not answer the question of who those mysterious Tree Maidens that you’ve been seeing are.
The Flower Queen is not a play for kids. It is a play that makes adults feel the terror and whimsy of being a child.

<><><><><><><><><><>zl3qd1nnHistorian C.R. Gibbs: Maryland Emancipation Anniversary Lecture
Friday, October 28th – Monday, October 31st

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : Baltimore 21202

Historian C.R. Gibbs presents “A Hard Road to Freedom: The Civil War, African Americans, and Emancipation.” Why did it take until November of 1864 for the state of Maryland to end slavery? Gibbs examines the key factors in this prolonged political struggle involving divisions among the state’s political parties, the plight of African American Marylanders prior to emancipation, and the heroic role black soldiers played in the Civil War.

Gibbs is an award-winning historian, humanities scholar, and exhibitor of artifacts. He is noted for writing, researching, and narrating Sketches in Color, a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series, The Civil War. He has received an Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in Public Education by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust, and named one of the “50 most influential people in Washington, D.C.” by the Washington Informer.

Please let us know that you’re coming. Click here to RSVP online.

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VINCENT COMO: NO HOPE. NOT NOW, NOT EVER.

October 29, 2016 through December 3, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 29, 2016 7-10pm

GUEST SPOT @ THE REINSTITUTE presents,  Vincent Como: No Hope. Not Now, Not Ever. Join us for a special Opening Reception on Saturday, October 29, 2016 7pm-10pm.  Accompanying the exhibition will be the release of the publication Hail Thee Holy Darkness,  text by James Harris.

Vincent Como: No Hope. Not Now, Not Ever explores the concept of the expendable art object, as it relates to over-culturalism and the current global scarcity crisisComo’s exhibition subverts the reverence for art history through the use of common materials, repetition, simulation, and the often overlooked nuances of a world rendered whole by its own multiplicity.

The multiple, a system of synthetic bifurcation,  has contributed to the historic decline and eventual rise of scarcity as a phenomenon by changing the mechanicalism of the familiar.  Familiarity as an aesthetic value construct is predicated on the idea that repetitivere-occurrence of something prior should result in its success; the re-occurrence is both the synthetic cause and affect. Vincent Como’s work explores an idée fixe with a re-cultism that is dominated by an Institutional compass grounded in abundance.  The majority of critique falls on the market-determination of the sublime, which shifts the nostalgic perspective to an ahistorical curation of trends and to a civilization void of scarcity economics.

Vincent Como (b. 1975, Kittanning, PA) has exhibited his work throughout the United States and abroad, including in Mexico, England, and Vienna. Recent solo and group exhibition include Art in General, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Momenta (all NYC); Samson Projects (Boston, MA); Illinois State Museum (Lockport, IL); Western Exhibitions, University of Illinois (both Chicago, IL); Evanston Art Center (Evanston, IL); SPACES (Cleveland, OH); Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI); Art Museum of the University of Memphis (Memphis, TN); and House Gallery (Salt Lake City, UT), among many others.

Como’s work has been discussed in publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, ArtSlant, Progress Report, WagMag, The Boston Phoenix, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Journal, and Salt Lake Tribune, among others. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, OH).

Vincent Como is an artist living in Brooklyn, NY. The focus of his practice is centered on Black as both Subject and Material. Como is represented by MINUS SPACE Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and is a founding member of TSA New York an artist run exhibition space also in Brooklyn.

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qx2mrje417th Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival + Glow Ball
Saturday, October 29th : 3:30 +

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

17th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival in the tradition of Día de los Muertos!
Celebrate of life and new beginnings with Creative Alliance’s Artesanas Mexicanas! Learn the traditions of Día de los Muertos and altar making! Create NEW hand drum lanterns, and march in the parade with your community!

Saturday, October 29 (Rain Date: Oct 30)  
PARADE DAY SCHEDULE
3:30pm | Festival
Lantern workshops, Day of the Dead altar making, hayrides, crafts vendors, food trucks, beer garden, live music, and Zumba!
4pm | Kids Costume Contest
5pm | Pop Up Costume Yoga
6:30pm | Parade Line-up
7pm | Parade Kick Off
~8:15pm | Parade Finale with Mariachi Rey Azteca!
FREE!

Keep Baltimore Glowing! Support Creative Alliance and the Great Halloween Lantern Parade by making a donation!

The wild parade after-party! Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuses traditional Afro-Mexican music with a politically charged modern urban sound that can only come from the Chicano culture of East L.A.

The group’s sound is rooted in the son jarocho of the state of Veracruz, Mexico. A regional folk style that evolved on the West Coast of Mexico, it’s a sound that represents a fusion between Spanish, African, and indigenous musical elements. Highly rhythmic, the primary harmonic instrument is called the jarana.  From the same instrument family, the requinto, which looks similar to a ukulele, is plucked with a cow horn pick. Las Cafeteras round out their son jarocho instrumentation with the percussive plucked-key box bass called the maimbol, and scraped donkey jaw-bone called a quijada, as well as percussive dance. While the root of Las Cafeteras’ sound is essentially deep folk music, their take on it is distinctly urban and American, with a showmanship and lyrical bent that is all their own.

Noted for their infectious live performances, they’ve crossed many genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and most recently, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

DOORS 9PM | PARTY 9:30PM | $13, $10 mbrs | + $3 at the door

<><><><><><><><><><>cl4521-jpgDía de los Muertes Community Celebration
Sunday, October 30th : 12-3pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

The museum’s community ofrenda, or altar, will be on display for the two weeks leading up to our Día de los Muertos celebration on October 30 from noon to 3 p.m.. Artist Edgar Reyes has created this year’s altar and is inviting all members of the public to bring items to place on the altar in honor of loved ones who have passed away.

Noon–3 p.m. 

ON VIEW
Community Ofrenda
View the community altar created by local artist Edgar Reyes with community contributions, and make an offering of your own.

ART ACTIVITIES 

Personal Ofrenda. Create a small Día de los Muertos altar you can take home with you.

Paper CempasúchilLearn how to make paper marigolds, or cempasúchil. The flower plays an important role in the rituals of Día de los Muertos, as their bright color and unique scent attract the spirits of the dead back to collect the offering made in their honor.

1–2 p.m.
DANCE PERFORMANCE
Bailes de Mi Tierra
: Join us in the auditorium for a traditional Mexican folk dance performance by local dance troupe Bailes de Mi Tierra.

1–3 p.m.
Pixilated Photo Booth:
 Commemorate your Día de los Muertos experience with a FREE photo

<><><><><><><><><><>voxrqgavScapes: The Artwork of Cindy Mehr – Artist Reception
Sunday, October 30th : 1-4pm

Liriodendron Foundation Gallery
502 West Gordon Street : Bel Air

The Liriodendron Foundation Gallery is pleased to announce an art exhibit, Scapes, the work of artist Cindy Mehr beginning October 30, 2016 continuing through December 11, 2016.  The Liriodendron Gallery is located at 502 W. Gordon Street, Bel Air, MD 21014.  A reception with the artist will be open to the public on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Gallery hours are Sundays 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 1:00-7:00 p.m.

Mehr earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters of Arts degree from Millersville University.

She has exhibited her work in Morocco, Spain, France, and Japan.  Locally she has had solo shows at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore and has won awards in juried shows at the Maryland Federation of Art, the Lancaster Museum of Art, The Annapolis Maritime Museum Show and The Towson Art Collective where she was a featured artist in June, 2015.

<><><><><><><><><><>0x0jljzdSalon Series: Top Girls
Monday, October 31st : 6pm

Everyman Theatre
315 West Fayette Street : Baltimore 21201

Everyman Theatre is excited to announce the return of the Salon Series Women’s Voices in the 16/17 Season. Thanks to last season’s overwhelming demand and sold-out performances, this year, the informal play reading series will increase from four to six plays and will take place over the entire 16/17 Season. The six plays of The Salon Series complement the Main Stage production and feature the work of female playwrights. These Salon readings will also be directed by the women of Everyman’s Resident Acting Company and hosted by well-known and accomplished women in our area. The readings will take place in the theatre’s second-floor rehearsal hall, which will be transformed into a stripped-down performance space with a bar, on select Monday evenings:  September 19, October 31December 12February 6March 27 and June 5 from 6PM to 10PM.

“This year we really wanted to have a dialogue between the Main Stage shows downstairs and the readings upstairs,” said Everyman’s Artistic Associate Johanna Gruenhut. “While we were curating the Salon, we realized that each of the Main Stage productions examined a type of ‘new normal.’ We took that theme and are using it to examine change within the parameters of families, specifically driven by strong female leads. Everything audiences loved about the salon last year, Baltimore premieres, diverse points of view, and powerful stories, are back in full force. I’m thrilled for our patrons to get to know these incredible women.”

Full casting and hosts will be announced at a later date. Each reading will include a pre-show cocktail reception in the rehearsal hall beginning at 6PM, where audience and performer can mix and mingle with the actors and guest hosts. Insomnia Cookies will provide light refreshments. The reading itself will begin at 7PM. Directly following the reading, there will be a post-show cocktail hour, which will allow for conversations and reflections between cast and audience.

 Caryl Churchill’s Obie Award-winning 1982 play Top Girls is an examination of the age-old question: what does being a successful woman mean? Shifting between fantasy and reality, Marlene must come to terms with her past and her future as she struggles and explores the price of her own success.