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Light City Baltimore 2017
March 31 – April 8

See Light City Website for locations, times, and performances

Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people from across the globe over seven nights.

Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.

Light City’s innovation programming generates an ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day – while lights, performances and live music re-imagine Baltimore at night.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. strives to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity.  Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Top Photo: by Kelsey Marden (featuring LabBodies at the Inner Harbor) for BmoreArt – tune in later this week for her full photo essay on Light City!

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Baltimore Japan Art Festival
Wednesday, April 5th – Friday, April 7th

The Crown / Centre Theatre / Big Friendly Gallery
Station North : 21201

Through film, music, food, performance and visual art, attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a blend of traditional and contemporary Japanese ideas, concepts and works. The festival will span three nights (April 5-7, 2017) at venues located in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – The Crown
– performances from Tenma Haru & Reika, Whiskey Joy, Betty O’Hellno and Maki Roll
– DJ sets by Genie
– “Pulse Demon: Noise And Experimental Music From Japan” presented by Sean Gray
– interactive workshops & more

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Centre Theatre (JHU-MICA Film Centre)*
– Japanese tea lecture & tasting hosted by Rob Perry
– New York Japan CineFest hosted by hosted by New York Japan CineFest / Mar Creation, Inc.(Q&A/discussion after)

Friday, April 7, 2017 – Big Friendly Gallery
– “Sake: 2000 Years of Tradition” presented by Tiffany Soto
– Japanese food tasting by Matcha Time Cafe
– performance by Sumie Kaneko
– Tenma Haru photo prints exhibition and special collaboration performance by Tenma Haru, Reika & Sumie Kaneko

! PLEASE NOTE !
3-Day Passes are the second option in the drop-down menu. They show up as “Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:00PM” because the full title (Wed Apr 05, 2017 – Fri Apr 07, 2017) is too long to display.

* All events are 18+
** Attendees wishing to partake in the tasting portion of “Sake: 2000 Years of Tradition” on 4/7/2017 must be 21+

For more information, visit www.BaltimoreJapanArtFest.com

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Tragicomedy: A Solo Exhibit by Cara Ober :: Reception
Thursday, April 6th : 5-7pm

Horowitz Center
Howard Community College : Columbia

A painter, teacher, curator, and writer, Cara Ober layers drawing, painting, and printmaking into mixed media works that examine and reinterpret sentimental imagery. Ober’s narrative works utilize specific phrases and fonts to suggest multiple voices, perspectives, and time periods. Rather than illustrating the text, the images create discord and contrast, layering metaphorical and nonsensical outcomes over personal notation.

A solo show of paintings, drawings, and digital prints by Cara Ober, Tragicomedy examines the complicated human condition and includes references to current events, ancient history, American ephemera, and pop songs.

Horwitz Visual & Performing Arts Center – Department Gallery
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

More info and directions at the gallery website: http://www.howardcc.edu/discover/arts-culture/horowitz-center/areas-of-interest/visual-arts.html

<><><><><><><><><><><>Book-Making Workshop with Amanda McCormick
Thursday, April 6th : 6-8:30pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

Join artist and co-founder of Ink Press Productions Amanda McCormick for a special book making event in the BMA Studio. Bind your own book, sip on spirits, chat with fellow creatives, and enjoy an after-hours tour of books in the BMA collection. All supplies, tools, and refreshments are provided for this hands-on experience – just bring your curious spirit.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Out of Order Spring Benefit + KIDOOO
Friday, April 7th : 6:45pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Maryland Art Place (MAP) announces the return of the Annual Spring Benefit & Silent Auction, Out of Order (OOO). Out of Order will celebrate its 20th year on Friday, April 7, 2016 at 7’oclock in the evening. The iconic fundraiser will take place at 218 West Saratoga Street, the original home to MAP, located in the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District on Baltimore’s west side. One of the most celebrated annual events among the Baltimore arts community, Out of Order is a one-night-only opportunity for collectors to acquire contemporary art at unbelievably low silent auction prices.

By covering the walls from floor to ceiling, Out of Order provides an opportunity for artists to hang their work in a salon-style exhibition.  OOO plays host to a variety of artists and professionals practicing in the visual arts, and is a great opportunity for students and emerging artists to get their feet wet in Baltimore’s creative sector. MAP expects up to 400 guests to filter in and out of the Out of Order exhibitionArtists and art patrons will mix and mingle while enjoying music, libations and light fare.

“We are thrilled to continue our Out of Order tradition and celebrate this 20th anniversary milestone by inviting youth artists to participate,” stated Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Executive Director of Maryland Art Place.

For Out of Order’s 20th Anniversary, MAP is celebrating art of all ages with the launch an accompanying youth-driven exhibition.  KIDOOO will take place in tandem with MAP’s annual OOO on April 7, 2017 on the 2nd floor in the new MAP Member Gallery.  KIDOOO was created as an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a major arts venue, expanding MAP’s services to students in elementary, middle school and high school level arts classes.  KIDOOO encourages creative expression and promotes artistic engagement across Maryland’s youth.  Young artists, ages six to sixteen, are encouraged to apply.

Tickets to the April 7th OOO Exhibition and Silent Auction are on sale now for $40 pre-sale on MissionTix and $45 at the door. All tickets include free entry to KIDOOO.

OOO is a unique way to get involved with Baltimore’s growing art scene while supporting one of Baltimore’s most established contemporary arts organizations.  Proceeds from art sales are split equally between MAP and the artist.  Revenue generated at Out of Order directly supports MAP’s programs, exhibitions and opportunities; furthering MAP’s mission to support emerging and mid-career artists and professionals throughout the year.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Hueman : The 24th Annual Benefit Fashion Show
Friday, April 7th + Saturday, April 8th

MICA Falvey Hall
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Hueman, the 24th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, a runway-style showcase of student-designed fashions that will take place on Friday, April 7, 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 8, 8 p.m., at Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

Organized by MICA students Ashley Lian (director) and Briana Arrington (assistant director), Hueman features 20 individual fashion lines created by 26 designers representing the College’s Fiber, Painting, General Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Interactive Arts programs, among others.

The show was conceived to highlight the ways in which color affects our perception of the world and each other. Each of the designers contributes to this conversation with fashions that encourage viewers to reflect on color’s impact on society, particularly on ideas of race, gender, sexuality and emotion.

“I think Hueman is a culmination of the right ideas at the right time,” said Lian. “Briana and I knew we wanted to focus on color as early as last year, and given the current political climate, I think it’s extremely important for audience members to think about their own internal biases and associations that are based on color and how they relate to identity, clothing and art.”

Tickets are available in person at the MICA Store or online at store.mica.edu. General admission is $20. Student admission with a valid ID is $7 on April 7 and $15 on April 8.

Sponsored by MICA’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, a portion of the fashion show’s proceeds will support the office’s diversity programming and scholarly initiatives for students.

Participating designers include Courtney Banh, Megan Beck, Calvin Chang, Joe Donatelli and Mubtasin Zaman, Chas Druin, Alex Dukes, Diana Eusebio and Shelby Slayden, Aura Evans, Gina Fulton and Chelsea Lozano, Margaret Garrison, Grayson Gross, Nikki Hendricks, Bokeum Jeon, Julia John, Suwan Kim, Sasha Landar and Alyssa Ziobro, Chelsea Lee and Ayaka Takao, Ellie MacInnes, Babs Weiss, Sam White and Haylie Zapantis.

Image (left to right): Grayson Gross, Chas Druin, Margaret Garrison.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Safe and Sound : Labbodies + April Danielle Lewis
Friday, April 7th : 8pm

Greater Mondawmin

<><><><><><><><><><><>“Porn: A Love Story” by Jen Diamond
Friday, April 7th – Sunday, April 9th

Cohesion Theatre Company
923 South East Avenue : 21224

Cohesion Theatre Company’s Season 3 Playwrights Fellowship Presents:

Porn: A Love Story by Jen Diamond directed by Caitlin Carbone
Public Workshop Showings: April 7th at 8pm, April 8th at 8pm, & April 9th at 4pm

Tickets are just $10, and support the Playwrights Fellowship
Talkbacks with the playwright and cast after each performance.

Alice is all about new beginnings: new relationship, new artwork, new job… as a content moderator for websites. The internet is a strange and frightening place. Alice’s job is to watch everything.

Staring:
Chara Bauer
Utkarsh Rajawat
Lee Conderacci
Jeff Miller
Kathryne Daniels
Zack Jackson
Frank Mancino

This piece is in development as part of Cohesion’s Playwrights Fellowship. Constructive audience feedback is welcome and encouraged after each performance.

<><><><><><><><><><><>In a Dignified Fashion: Solo Exhibition by Devin N. Morris :: Opening Reception
Saturday, April 8th : 7-10pm

Terrault
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Terrault is pleased to present In A Dignified Fashion, a solo exhibition of recent work by Devin N. Morris. Join us on April 8th for the opening reception as well a reading performance by Devin N. Morris.

 Morris’ work explores how experiences materialize in the intermediary ephemeral space that exist between a dream and a memory. A memory bank, or life archive, stores impressions left by past experiences. These impressions, like dreams, weave themselves to past physical experiences that alter our perceptions of reality itself. In this body of work titled, In a Dignified Fashion, Morris creates mixed media using paintings, collage, photography, video, and text to subvert value systems found in American life. In particular he abstractly depicts the intersections of consumerism, queer identity, family ties, and urban geographies found in the American Black experience. These works are filled with a children’s story book like joy and look to break commercial, sexual, and imaginary desires down to facets of visual stimulations that question and subvert our reality.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Chrissy Fitchett, Raising Daughters: Women of the Kahtmandu Valley :: Reception
Saturday, April 8th : 5-8pm

Full Circle Gallery
33 East 21st Street : 21218

Raising Daugters: Women of the Kahtmandu Valley is a photographic exploration into the swiftly changing roles of women living in Nepal. Photographer Chrissy Fitchett introduces viewers to real, multi-generational figures who are in the midst of anexpansive conversion of traditional Nepalese roles. In recent decades, Nepal has undergone rapid political and social transformations, especially in regards to women’s access to education and participation in economic activity. In the past, a woman in her early 40’s living in Nepal might have been entirely excluded from formal education in her youth, but now her daughters are completing masters’ degrees. And while education is a transformative and powerful force of inclusion and opportunity for women, what holds them together is a social knowledge that is incapable of being described through formal measure. With beautifully descriptive portraits, personally revealing domestic details and context setting landscapes, Fitchett’s photographs examine her subjects within the context of their own ancestry and contemporary socio-political circumstances.

<><><><><><><><><><><>The Other Side of Darkness: Oletha Devane :: Reception
Sunday, April 9th : 2-5pm

Project 1628
1628 Bolton Street : 21217

<><><><><><><><><><><>Minás Konsolas: Sequence :: Opening Reception
Sunday, April 9th : 1-4pm

Bismark/Wilson Gallery
1760 Bank Street : 21231

Minás Konsolas develops his canvases by adding and eliminating multiple layers of paint. He creates his textured images by scraping and smearing. This process allows him to paint and draw at the same time.

Minás was born in Greece and has lived in Baltimore since 1976, where he graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He is former owner of Minás Gallery, an outlet for poetry, both visual and verbal. The gallery, one of Baltimore’s alternative art spaces, was located above his vintage clothing boutique in Hampden. It was a gathering spot for local artists, writers and performers for twenty-two years. Minás has participated in two public mural projects for Baltimore City, in Greektown and at the Farmers’ Market. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Maryland Poetry Review and Passager. His original artwork and reproductions are widely collected, locally, nationally and abroad.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Interdisciplinary CIRCA Catalyst with Mark Alice Durant and Guenet Abraham
Monday, April 10th : 12-1pm

UMBC Dresher Center Conference Room
UMBC : Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Visual Arts Department professors Mark Alice Durant and Guenet Abraham will discuss their collaboration on Durant’s 27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography published by Saint Lucy Books. The publications mark a new direction for Saint Lucy a website devoted to writing about photography and contemporary art. Founded in 2011, Saint Lucy features essays, portfolios and wide-ranging conversations with artists, writers, and curators.

27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography is a series of linked essays that weave memoir with photographic history and theory, to examine how photographs are inextricably bound in our personal and collective histories. Illustrated with a broad spectrum of images from family   snapshots, photojournalism and Hubble space imagery to the work of artists such as Josef   Koudelka, Julia Margaret Cameron, Larry Sultan, Maya Deren, Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz and Chris Marker, 27 Contexts describes a life immersed in the quotidian, the political, and the enigmatic powers of photography.

Mark Alice Durant’s essays have appeared in numerous journals such as Art in America, Aperture, Dear Dave, and Afterimage, and many catalogs, monographs and anthologies, including Vik Muniz:Seeing is Believing, Jimmie Durham, Marco Breuer: Early Recordings, and The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire.  He is author of 27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in PhotographyRobert Heinecken: A Material History and McDermott and McGough: A History of Photography.  With Jane D. Marsching, he was co-curator and co-author of Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology and the Paranormal. He was co-curator and co-author of the traveling exhibition Some Assembly Required: Collage Culture in Post War America, and Notes on Monumentality at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  He has served on the faculties of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, and Syracuse University. He is a professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Maryland. In 2011 he started the website Saint-Lucy.com which is devoted to writing about photography and contemporary art. In 2016 Durant founded Saint Lucy Books.

Guenet Abraham started her career as a graphic designer at Random House in NYC. She was senior designer at W. W. Norton and Company. Her work as a book designer has been recognized by national design organizations including the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), American Association of Museums (AAM), and University College & Designers Association (UCDA).  Guenet continues her practice as a book designer. The list of her clients include, Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, St. Martin’s Press, Hyperion, Viking, and New Press, CADVC and most recently Saint Lucy Press.  Guenet is a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC teaching in the Graphic Design emphasis and continues to work as a book designer. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC. Professor Abraham received her M.F.A. in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art.

CIRCA Catalyst is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A lunch with vegetarian options will be provided by CIRCA. This event is free, and open to the public.

Admission is free.

Directions and parking information
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in the Administration Drive Garage — please see here for additional information.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Wild Style Screening + Panel Discussion
Monday, April 10th : 6:30pm

MICA Falvey Hall, Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

Join us for a screening of Wild Style followed by a panel discussion with pioneers of Hip Hop, Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, legendary subway graffitti artist LEE Quinones (plays Zoro in the film), Chief Rocker Busy Bee Starski, one of the original solo MCs, and Grand Wizzard Theodore, who is widely credited with inventing the scratch technique and contributed heavily to the Wild Style soundtrack. Come get a history lesson in Hip Hop.

<><><><><><><><><><><>The Gun Show Pop-Up Exhibition
Monday, April 10th : 10am-5pm

Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall
Johns Hopkins University : 21218

The Gun Show
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Glass Pavilion

In Conversation: Artist David Hess and Dr. Kathy O’Dell
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Glass Pavilion

The artist, David Hess, and his team will be present at the event to answer questions and facilitate dialogue on issues related to gun violence and gun control.

The event will be followed by a conversation between the David Hess and Dr. Kathy O’Dell. Dr. O’Dell is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts, as well as the Special Assistant to the Dean for Education and Arts Partnerships at UMBC. Dr. O’Dell is curating “the Gun Show,” at the CADVC. Opening in September 2017, the exhibition will feature the collective arsenal of almost 100 mock assault rifles made by David Hess.