BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

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<><><><><><><><><><>15440510_10157879383225015_7617865700014642351_oBell Foundry + Oakland Fire Relief Fund Benefit
Tuesday, December 13th : 8pm

Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles Street : 21201

This is a call to action, a cause to party, and a statement that our creative voices will not be silenced by gentrification, politics, or opportunists.

Hosted and curated by DDM and Kahlon, The Agency with DJ sets by Dan Deacon and Abdu Ali Performances by Elon,Basement Rap, Bobbi Rush and a reading by Jana Hunter.

$10 / Doors at 8pm

Proceeds go to the Bell Foundry GoFundMe page and the Oakland Fire Relief Fund.

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Tuesday, December 13th : 6:30-8:30pm

The Horseshoe Casino
1525 Russell Street : 21230

Before CDs and long before Napster, iTunes, and Spotify hit the scene, we all rocked out to our favorite cassette tapes. Although we’re living in the digital age now, let’s never forget how it felt to be an original music curator. Channeling our musical superpowers to create the perfect mix of Nirvana, Boyz II Men, and TLC, we were ultimate mixtape masters.

Much like that magical feeling of closing our eyes and cranking our boomboxes all the way up, amazing things can happen when creatives mix and mingle. That’s how the Creative Mixtape — a networking event for Baltimore creatives hosted by Charm City’s flyest groups — was born. Put your Netflix plans on pause and join us for the ultimate mixer on Tuesday, December 13. Don’t miss out or you’ll be totally buggin’.

Find out more about the Creative Mixtape event taking place on December 13, 2016, at the Horseshoe Casino on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with our hashtag: #CreativeMixtape.

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Wednesday, December 14th : 4:30-7pm

Fells Point Tavern
1606 Thames Street : 21231

Please join Arts Every Day for a happy hour with Baltimore Boom Bap Society’s Wendel Patrick and Erik Spangler aka DJ Dubble8! The Happy Hour will feature music from the band GTore and 30% of the drink proceeds will donated to support their collaboration with Commodore John Rodgers Elementary School.

Come by and meet Wendel and Erik, enjoy live music, and help us reach our goal of $7,500 to support their collaboration with Baltimore City Students!

You can also donate to our campaign at www.crowdrise.com/artseveryday.

<><><><><><><><><><>8esjuwzpGrit Fund Information Session #1 + Project Proposal Workshop
Wednesday, December 14th : 6-8:30pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

The Contemporary will lead three free information sessions and three free workshops. Each of the three info sessions will cover the same information and provide details on the Grit Fund application process, guidelines, eligibility, funding priorities, and more. Each of the three workshops focuses on a different topic outlined below. You are welcome to attend just the info session or workshop portion of each event, or both. While attending an info session and/or workshop is encouraged, attendance is not required to apply for funding. No RSVP necessary.

  • Information Session #1 + Project Proposal Workshop

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    Info session 6:00 – 7:00 PM
    Project Proposal Workshop 7:00 – 8:30
    Maryland Art Place
    218 West Saratoga Street

    The Project Proposal Workshop provides strategies for writing a compelling and competitive project description.

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Thursday, December 15th : 6-9pm

Pop-Up
825 West 36th Street : 21211

Come party at the pop up on the Avenue this Thursday! 20% of sales from our collaborators that day will be donated to Sharp Dressed Man & Dress for Success Baltimore. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Participating vendors and artists:
Mount Royal Soap Co.
Gina Tackett Jewelry
Christopher Schafer Clothier
Vanik
ShoptheStylist.com
Wight Tea Company
Harold & Baxter
inkpress Productions
Can You Picture That Photography
Kingsfunk
Diego Arnedo
Philosophy With A Hammer
Diego Jaguart Deco
Kristen Lapointe

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Love for Others Starts Within
Thursday, December 15 :  7 PM – 9 PM

The Room – Mt. Vernon
800 Saint Paul St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Lots of us are looking for ways to positively affect the world, which is fantastic. The truth is you can do that, but the best and most effective way to create positive change and love others starts inside yourself. When you love yourself, you radiate outwards and start affecting everything and everyone around you.

Join Mary England at The Room for a special free workhop where we’ll talk about self-love, self-care, and how to build self-esteem– including body positivity! We’ll talk about building the foundation and where to start, and then how to start radiating that love outwards to spread happiness in the world.

There will be goody bags for attending, plus a book signing! You’ll be able to purchase Mary’s five-star rated book on self-love, her self-love workbook, and other awesomeness that might intrigue you.

Come for a fabulous evening of positivity, real talk, and cheer. There will be sparkle, there will be sequins, there will be self-love. Let’s start together!

The event is hosted by Artists Compound LLC / Chastity Sollmer. For more on Uncustomary check out Uncustomary.org.

<><><><><><><><><>wwr4d59jMike McConnell: Crayon Workshop
Thursday, December 15th : 7-9pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

Join artist and crayon expert Mike McConnell for an evening of fun crayon drawing in his Creative Alliance exhibition “Crayons”!

7-9pm | Suggested donation $5

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The Witches: Music at Jordan Faye Contemporary
Friday at 8 PM – 10:30 PM

Jordan Faye Contemporary
218 W Saratoga St. | top floor | the m.a.p. bldg., Baltimore, Maryland 21201

We are happy to present local experimental improv duo, The Witches! Join the Witch of the North (Louna Dekker) and the Witch of the South (Ledah Finck) for an evening of exploring vulnerability and fragility. Find strength in the unknown and the untamed parts of ourselves in an evening of sound woven with poetry. (Accompanied by the porcelain sculpture of DC-based artist, Jeff Herrity)

Thrive Music is what happens when music, art, and friends collide at monthly concerts. No stage. No categories. No boundaries.
We offer Baltimore’s new music live at Jordan Faye Contemporary, a gallery that champions the work of emerging artists.

$20 – $10 suggested donation

Snacks and Bevererages Provided

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Neighborhood Fiber Co Holiday Party
Saturday, December 17 from 10 AM – 5 PM

Neighborhood Fiber Co.
700 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Come join us for our annual Holiday Party! We will have custom dyeing available all day, guest vendors, a needle-felted ornament station, previews of our spring classes, special guests, and tasty refreshments!

<><><><><><><>aazixwldGorilla Lens: A Mobile Device Workshop and Short Film Competition
Saturday, December 17th – Sunday, December 18th

Towson Arts Center
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : 21204

This is the first workshop of a five part series.  Participants will learn Guerrilla filming in practice with the iPhone.

3 hour 1 day Workshop with competition enrollment.

2-4 hour 1 day Hands on Lab, Production Planning, and Post Editing Lab.

When: Dec 17th – Dec 18th, 2016

Where:  40 W Chesapeake Ave, Towson, MD 21204

*Audience: 18 years old and Over

**Registration Fee: $50

Details: 

Saturday, Dec 17th, 2016

Workshop

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Sunday, Dec 18th, 2016

Lab – Production – Post Film Editing

***Time Slot A: 11am – 3pm

***Time Slot B: 4pm – 8pm

*Exceptions can be made for ages 16 and 17. Please contact Jared Jackson to request an exception.

**Equipment & entry fee for video competition is included in price. Financial Aid upon request. Contact Jared Jackson with Legend Labs

***Length of time slot may be subject to change.

<><><><><><><><><><>7erogmxzShifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art
Sunday, December 18th – June 2017

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art, the first exhibition of contemporary African art drawn from the museum’s collection. It features a selection of powerful prints, drawings, and photographs by seven artists who offer pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants. The exhibition is on view in the African Art Galleries December 18, 2016–June 18, 2017.

“Shifting Views provides visitors with an opportunity to experience a broader range of African art from the BMA’s outstanding collection,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “These works on paper demonstrate the common viewpoints of contemporary African artists examining the effects of global capitalism.”

Exhibition highlights include Senam Okudzeto’s All Facts Have Been Changed to Protect the Ignorant drawings, reminiscent of early capitalist drives that fueled the trade of Africans into slavery; Julie Mehretu’s Landscape Allegories (2003–04), which mark the journeys of migrants in and explore the environmental impact of late-stage capitalism; William Kentridge’s upending racial presumptions in Industry & Idleness (1986–87); and Gavin Jantjes’ critique of state-sponsored racial violence in his famed A South African Colouring Book (1974–75). David Goldblatt quietly confronts the intersections of capitalism and racism in a 1970 photograph taken on assignment for Anglo American, a giant gold mining conglomeration; Robin Rhode’s Pan’s Opticon Studies (2009) addresses race-based surveillance measures; and Diane Victor’s Smoke Screen (Frailty and Failing) of 2010 re-presents the disappeared: people missing and incarcerated.

The exhibition is curated by Associate Curator for African Arts Shannen Hill, along with Kevin Tervala, Former Curatorial Fellow in the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia & the Pacific Islands.