Election Night Winners by Jordannah Elizabeth
If you’re like me, this year’s election campaigns have triggered, appalled, and drained you to levels of exasperation that… really aren’t normal. Nonetheless, the truth of the matter is you can’t avoid the existence of Election Day on November 8th, if you still want to be social in the evening.
Here are a few events that let you tackle Election Day head on, mixed in with a few that will allow you to blissfully ignore this terribly frightening night.
Guerrilla Girls Election Night Party at the BMA
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, Maryland 21218
7-10 pm, $10 admission $5 for BMA Members
Feminists destroy! You can go to the Guerrilla Girls Election Night Party at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Co-sponsored by Center Stage and the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City you can mingle with fancy and smart women, and hopefully get to be as angry as you like with no shade. Take some money if you’d like to get a little mashed at the event. There will be a cash bar.
“Make political posters and masks; join in-gallery conversations on the intersection of art and politics with BMA curators and educators; and stay up-to-date on returns. Enjoy music by DJ Isabella, cash bar and concessions provided by Alma Cocina Latina, and more.”
The 2016 Transmodern Performance Festival
225 Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202
7:30 – 9 pm
The last day of Baltimore’s Transmodern Festival falls on Election Day. I am somewhat sure the Cakewalk (Let them Eat Cake) theme of the fest has some heavy political implications, which will invoke some very real artistic commentary and installations, but my advice is to go find out for yourself.
On November 8th Contact Dance Artist Isa Leal will be facilitating the Authentic Movement Vigil for Mourning and Reflection from 7:30 – 9 pm. Sounds interesting to me. Go move, reflect, and mourn the state of our nation in the Front Room of the Peale Museum.
For those of you who don’t like museums or simply don’t want to be reminded of anything fancy on formal, you should make your way to a warehouse show. Former Baltimore based musician Weyes Blood has returned to Baltimore to perform in support of her new album, “Front Row Seat to Earth.” That sounds pretty trippy and pleasantly distracting.
Locals like Twig Harper, HOW and The Flowery will be sharing the bill, so it should be a familiar, chill, and entertaining hyper local event. Everyone at the show mostly won’t care about politics because if they did, they’d be somewhere else paying attention to some wack news outlet. Go there and become politically #dramafree.
Night of 1000 Melanias: Rough Trade’s End of the World Party
Local drag queen, sister girl Ellen Degenerate will be celebrating her birthday in the midst of this hip election party at the Crown. Dress up like Melania Trump and you’ll get into the party for free. Drinks will be flowing, the election will be playing for everyone to watch and boo hiss. Of course, like clock work, a dance party will commence soon after. This will probably be the most twisted election party in town.
Tony Molina, Wildhoney, Snail Mail, Wipeout
And last but 100% not least, you can always go see a Wildhoney show. The amazing prince of noise alt rock Tony Molina will be in town headlining the show, sharing the bill with Wildhoney, Snail Mail and Wipeout. If you understand underground music, then you’ll know this is one of those bills you’ll be telling your kids about while they roll their eyes at you after you catch them sneaking out to clubs to see their favorite nu-gaze and noise bands.
Author Jordannah Elizabeth is an author, music and arts critic, editor and folk soul musician. She is the founder and director of the literary nonprofit organization, Publikprivate.org and the author of a “Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As” published by Zero Books. Follow her @lovejordannah.