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D Center Convo #82: Does language create reality?
Tuesday, May 2 : 6:15 PM – 8 PM
The Windup Space
12 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
How does language need to change in order for society to change?
D Center Convo #82 is asking questions about the relationship between language systems, design, and social agency. Poet and journalist Celeste Doaks, creative technologist Victor F. M. Torres, and Odyssey Works co-founder Abraham Burickson will be discussing the ways in which language works and presenting language re-invention case studies.
Celeste Doaks will start the conversation off by demonstrating the relationship between language and representation. She will discuss based on her own experience as a published poet, and knowledge of the processes of other well-known poets, language as both obstacle and opening to reality.
Victor F. M. Torres will continue demonstrating this relationship by presenting a brief history of language systems, specifically focusing on phonemes– atomistic time capsules of speech. He will also present his 2015 “Language Writes Myth Writes Reality” MFA thesis exhibition.
Abe Burickson and students from MICA’s Design|Writing|Research class will also present three language re-invention case studies. The questions the D|W|R class asks are: if we reinvent language, are we hiding the truth or are we reconstructing the ways in which we engage with the world?
Convo curator: Lori Rubeling, designer, educator, and D Center board member
120 West North Avenue : 21201
Also featuring Carol Westcott and Lauren Erazo
Show Time 7:30-9:30PM Ages 18 yrs and older
Bird in Hand
11 East 33rd Street : 21218
Join us at Bird in Hand on Wednesday, May 3 for Barbara Bourland’s ‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’ book launch!
About the author: Barbara Bourland lives in Baltimore, MD. Formerly, she was a freelance writer for Forbes Traveler, Condé Nast Digital’s Concierge.com, and a web producer for O, The Oprah Magazine and OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network.
‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’ is her first novel. She is at work on a sequel, entitled ‘Maniacs.’ Her third novel, ‘Pine City,’ is also forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing and riverrun.
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : 21230
A group exhibition featuring works that examine and dissect deeply ingrained American iconography such as the American flag and printed U.S. currency. The featured artists engage in a literal and tactile deconstruction, reconstruction, and/or re-imagining of this imagery in an effort to process the complex, evolving relationships that they themselves and others have with it—be they critical, reverential, or anywhere in between. ‘MERICA concentrates its lens upon the formal qualities of these symbols—and on issues of patriotism, jingoism, pride, and protest—as well as perceptions surrounding who they actually do and do not represent.
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : 21230
Just when you think everything is set in place with a clear trajectory, it seems like something always comes along to flip it all upside down. Your once certain way of being, your tried and true ways of existing within yourself, your environment, and with others… everything is now challenged and called into question. You ask yourself, “Where do I go from here?”
Dave Eassa’s You Can’t Just Draw A Line In The Sand embodies both the visual and the physical, inviting the viewer to enter the manifests through his paintings, sculptures, and immersive installations. Eassa utilizes insulation foam to carve figures, objects, and environments covered in thick, vibrant oil paint. His tactile, process-driven aesthetic contributes to his continuous narrative of negotiating personal exploration within established societal constructs.
Healthcare for the Homeless
421 Fallsway : 21202
Art enriches the lives of everyone around us and deepens the work of Health Care for the Homeless.
Year-round, clients at Health Care for the Homeless come together to make art and to talk about the important role art plays in their lives and path toward stability. Our Work: Client Art Exhibition 2017 is a reflection of that time together and a display of exceptional talent, creativity and imagination.
Please join Health Care for the Homeless on Thursday, May 4, 5-7 p.m., to meet client artists, hear the stories behind their work and enjoy fellowship with local community members. This open-house style art exhibition is free to all. Refreshments will be provided.
Health Care for the Homeless works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy and community engagement.
Building an Inclusive Baltimore
Thursday, May 4th : 6:30-8pm, Free
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) hosts Building an Inclusive Baltimore: A New Lens for Inclusion at The Baltimore Museum of Art in partnership with Beyond Conflict, a global initiative internationally recognized for its powerful new approaches to achieving peace in divided societies. Open to the public, the free event on May 4, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. brings together leaders in the arts, conflict resolution, and behavioral science to share the drivers of exclusion and the ways people consciously and unconsciously act. The event seeks to apply these insights to spark strategies for cultural organizations to more meaningfully engage with and reflect their communities.
Speakers and moderators include: Rebecca Saxe, Principal Investigator, SaxeLab for Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, activist and former South African Ambassador to the U.S.; Carrie Mae Weems, Contemporary Artist, MacArthur Genius Award recipient; Jeannie Howe, Executive Director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance; Mark Muller, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Envoy to Syria;Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director; and Timothy Phillips, Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict.
“I encourage everyone interested in creating a more inclusive Baltimore to participate in this event,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals and cultural institutions to harness the considerable wisdom and experience of the panelists to reflect on the narratives that they tell and how they interact with their communities.”
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201
On Thursday, May 4th from 5-7pm Arts Every Day will host a reception for its annual student art show at the Walters Art Museum. The exhibition will showcase over 100 pieces of art work from students in Baltimore City Public Schools.
The reception will feature poetry readings, drum performances, and musical numbers. The annual exhibit showcases how teachers integrate visual arts, music, dance, theater, and media across grade levels and subject matter such as Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Following Arts Every Day’s tenth year celebration in March, the event will reflect on Arts Every Day’s decade long work in providing arts integration experiences in Baltimore City Public Schools.
The exhibition will be on view from May 2nd-May 7th at the Walters Art Museum’s Sculpture Court.
RSVP to the reception at 2017aedstudentexhibit.eventbrite.com.
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
The Stoop presents an open mic night of true, personal tales on the calendar appropriate theme ” May the Fourth Be With You: Stories of Fandom and Obsession.”
Put your name in the hat to tell a 3-minute true, personal tale on the theme — or just come to listen.
7:30pm | $12, $9 mbrs | + $3 at the door
Art Lecture Hall
Towson University : Towson
Panel Discussions at The Maryland Film Festival
May 5 at 4 PM to May 7 at 7 PM
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
30 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
FRIDAY MAY 5
*12-1PM: A Cinematographer’s Perspective*
Ashley Connor (PERSON TO PERSON)
Jessica Kingdon (COMMODITY CITY)
Sean Price Williams (GOLDEN EXITS)
Moderated by: Christopher Reed (Chair, Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University, Hammer to Nail and BmoreArt)
*1-2PM: Spirituality in Cinema: How is Cinema a Practice of Devotion?*
Josephine Decker (Opening Night Co-Host)
Brian Mcomber (Composer: THE STRANGE ONES, PERSON TO PERSON)
Karen Yasinsky (THE PERPETUAL MOTION OF MY LOVE FOR YOU)
Moderated by: Kristen Yoonsoo Kim (film critic)
*2-3PM: Moving Images Beyond The Cinema*
Lily Baldwin (PARTHENON)
Marnie Ellen Hertzler (GROWING GIRL)
Jillian Mayer (Borscht Co., ARROWS, MEASUREMENTS)
Alan Resnick (JOHNNY BUBBLE)
Wickerham & Lomax (Baltimore artist duo)
Moderated by: Ginevra Shay (The Contemporary)
SATURDAY MAY 6
*12-1PM: Short to Feature*
Josh Crockett (DR. BRINKS & DR. BRINKS)
Kristin Slaysman (DR. BRINKS & DR. BRINKS)
Christopher Radcliff (THE STRANGE ONES)
Lauren Wolkstein (THE STRANGE ONES)
Moderated by: Max Weiss (Baltimore Magazine)
*1-2PM: Relation to Place: Narrative Filmmaking & The Cinematic Landscape*
Stephen Cone (PRINCESS CYD)
Jeannie Donohoe (GAME)
Eliza Hittman (BEACH RATS)
Ashley McKenzie (WEREWOLF)
Matt Porterfield (Baltimore Filmmaker)
Moderated by: Nick Pinkerton (Artforum)
*2-3PM: The Role of The Image in Activism*
Lucas Alvarado-Farrar (WHOSE STREETS?)
Malaika Aminata (Baltimore Filmmaker)
Jonna McKone (Baltimore Filmmaker)
Erik Ljung (THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP)
Moderated by: Jessica Douglas (Maryland State Archives)
SUNDAY MAY 7
*12-1PM: Documentary Filmmaking & Storytelling through Non Fiction
Theo Anthony (RAT FILM)
Hugh Gibson (THE STAIRS)
Nathan Truesdell (BALLOONFEST)
Tarek Turkey (NIDAL)
Miao Wang (MAINELAND)
Moderated by: Jonna McKone (Baltimore Filmmaker)
*1-2PM: Baltimore Film Fatales Showcase*
Baltimore Film Fatales (a national organization working towards gender parity in the film industry) hosts a meetup for women filmmakers, as well as a showcase of local members’ work.
*2-3PM: Historically Black Colleges & Universities: A Historic and Current Perspective*
Malaika Aminata (Baltimore Filmmaker, Morgan State Alum)
Ryan Bowen (Baltimore Filmmaker, Morgan State Alum)
Jamar Jones (Six Point Pictures, Morgan State Alum)
Nia Johnson (SunSets, Morgan State)
Stanley Nelson (TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES)
Moderated by: Angela Carroll (Writer, Critic)
307 West Baltimore Street : 21201
Mind on Fire is a contemporary chamber orchestra performing the works of living composers of notated music. This is our first variety show.
Poet Janea Kelly reading selections from her work
FRUITS: A puppet play by Feral Woman
Join us for our very first concert as a group, made to make more music of creative virtuosity and present more art made with love in Baltimore.
Tickets are available through EventBrite on a sliding scale*
New Beginnings Barbershop
1047 Hollins Street : 21223
On Friday May 5, 2017 Baltimore-based and focused zine True Laurels will be celebrating the release of its second issue. The launch will take place at Sowebo-based barbershop and gallery space, New Beginnings, located just outside of Hollins Market. The event will give attendees the first chance to read and purchase the issue, which like its predecessor, features stories on some of the most captivating musical and visual artists of Baltimore City and beyond.
Since releasing its inaugural issue last May, True Laurels has been featured in The Fader, The Baltimore Sun, The Creators Project, Nylon, and more as an independent publication to keep an eye on. In addition, it’s been featured as an exhibitor at both the New York and LA Art Book Fairs curated by Printed Matter, one of the world’s largest publicly available source for artists’ books. The publication also exhibited at the inaugural Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair in Brooklyn, an event dedicated to giving visibility to work made by artists of color. True Laurels Issue 02 features rising Baltimore-born and based artists like Lor Izzy, Malcolm Peacock, Corey Washington, and more. The event will not only give a first look at the issue but also display work from artists featured.
The Barn at Single Carrot Theatre
2600 North Howard Street : 21218
As spring takes its first steps, the voices of our elders guide us through stories of the aging mind and spirit on its journey. Songs and gestures emerge, objects from the past shift places, then shift again. Multiple generations, from near and far, come together to imagine an evening of something new.
Come Shining was created by Temple Crocker with residents from Springwell Senior Living Community using TimeSlips, a collective story telling technique developed for people with dementia related memory loss.
Come Shining is performed by Temple Crocker, Ben King and Dan Hanrahan, and incorporates the voices of many of the collaborating residents from Springwell including Leslie Bathurst, Bonnie Behner, Phyllis Cohen, Ursula Oliver, Alice Marks, Rosetta Mangeri, Josephone Sharoky, and Jackie Taylor.
Other artists contributing their talents to the project are David Crandall, Keri Eastridge, Nathan Ebelein, Christine Ferrera, Julianne Franz, Ellen Kruger, Sarah Lloyd, Chas Marsh, Juanita Rockwell, Tom Shade and Pete Wiedman
Tickets are $10.00
for reservations contact: [email protected]
When reserving tickets please include name, date of show you wish to attend, and number of tickets requested. You will receive an email back confirming your reservation.
After Saturday’s performance there will be a panel discussion led by Brian Francoise, director of Community Engagement at Everyman Theater.
Come Shining is supported by a Ruby Artist Project Grant. The Ruby grants were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
440 East Oliver Street : 21202
Join us for the opening reception to Young, Black, & Gifted, a collaborative show between Shan Wallace and Baltimore Youth Arts, at Gallery CA.
About the exhibition: Young, Black, and Gifted’s purpose is to demonstrate the talent of young black artists in Baltimore. The youth artist of Baltimore Youth Arts want to show Baltimore in a more positive light to address the stigma of youth of color and change the narrative that isn’t reflective of their true identity.
5707 Smith Avenue : 21209
Longtime Baltimore icon and internationally known expert on race and culture Leslie King-Hammond will be curating the upcoming People of Color, People of Clay (POC2) exhibition at Baltimore Clayworks. The show will feature work created by artists of color from across the country, and runs from May 6th thru July 1, 2017, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, May 5th from 6pm to 8pm.
The premise behind POC2 was grounded in the unearthing of exhibiting artists’ love of clay, and the voice they found upon the first touch of the materials, and will illustrate the creative community of clay coming together to celebrate, raise up, and promote one another. Artists confirmed as presenting their work in the exhibition include: Gina Aparicio, Mariana Baquero, Sophia Capaldi, Patsy Cox, Rachel Eng, Michel Fujita, Blanca Guerra, Aisha Harrison, Kahlil Irvin, Akiko Jackson, Rob Kolhouse, Jae Won Lee, Courtney Leonard, David MacDonald, Julie Moon, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Nathan Murray, Mario Mutis, Sharon Norwood, Ruben Olguin, Mercedes Ortiz, Sonya PauKune, E. M. Ray, Nigel Rudolph, Nan Smith, and James Watkins.
Also on display in the Solo Gallery will be a collection of pieces from Sharif Bey, Associate Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University, whose work ranges from decorative/functional pottery to conceptual wearable ceramic works. His solo exhibition, titled “Lived History and Cultural Memory” includes artwork inspired by functional pots as well as nonwestern rituals, traditions, and practices.
Local artists Oletha DeVane and Sallah Jenkins will also be presenting their works in the Project Space and Community Arts Gallery. DeVane, an Ellicott City resident, is a multi-media artist who will be displaying several recent 2-D pieces. Jenkins, a long-standing Community Arts instructor with Clayworks and Baltimore native, will be presenting works titled “Sacred”.
814 North Collington Avenue : 21205
East Side Stories III is a year long exploration of stories from the neighborhood that surrounds The Baltimore United Viewfinders, an after school youth organization located in East Baltimore. There have been two previous publications of Eastside Stories, but this time around, The Senior Viewfinders have compiled our materials into a ‘zine. Throughout the year, we have explored the subject of home in many different ways. We have deliberately been inclusive of the views of young adults, new residents, high school students, and immigrants within the neighborhood. Our publication will include original artwork created by The Viewfinders, as well as in-depth interviews with community members.
According to Community Artist Miranda Hontz, who has been the editor-in-chief of the project, “Home is felt in a unique way by residents of communities, like those of East Baltimore, that are constantly in flux. Residents are trying to fight for their right to be where they are and constantly worried about their living place being taken away.
Whether it’s where we live, a family heirloom, or our favorite pair of shoes, home is uniquely instilled in all of us in our individual ways. With the publication of Eastside Stories III, we hope to start a larger conversation about home—the way it is experienced in East Baltimore and all over our city.”
<><><><><><><><><><><>Grad Art Sale
Saturday, May 6th : 12-4pm
MICA Lazarus Center
131 West North Avenue : 21201
Browse, discover and purchase high-quality works of art from students in MICA’s graduate programs. This is also an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at the College’s studio and graduate facilities.
Proceeds from the Art Sale benefit the artists and designers directly, with a small percentage reserved for Graduate Research Development Grants, a competitive funding program advancing graduate students’ creative research.
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 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.
CHM Sculpture Park
1450 Homestead Street : 21218
Volunteer opportunity with CHM Sculpture Park! On May 6 from10 am – 5 pm plantings will go into our pocket art park. All plants going in will be native to Maryland and selected for their benefits to birds and butterflies! Come give us a hand – we need your help to beautify this 13,500 square foot space – formerly a vacant lot! I will have cold water, snacks, gloves, ample gardening tools and more. Contact [email protected]
<><><><><><><><><><><>Flower Mart Literary + Art Event: Show It/Tell It
Saturday, May 6th : 12:30-1:30pm
17 East Mount Vernon Place : 21201
“Show it, don’t tell it” is a mantra for writers, but it begs the question: why would you use words to conjure images when the going exchange rate is 1000 words : 1 image? At Baltimore’s legendary Flowermart festival for Spring, join novelist Madison Smartt Bell, novelist and screenwriter Jessica Anya Blau, and spoken word artist Slangston Hughes as they show us / tell us why. Moderated by trickster Maya Alexandri.
700 North Calvert Street : 21202
7:00pm Doors Open / 7:30pm Stories Begin
The Moth Radio Hour features beloved stories from live shows around the world and behind-the-scenes commentary from The Moth’s artistic team. The series debuted in 2009 and airs on more than 400 stations.
The Moth Mainstage is a community where entertainment and enlightenment merge. This curated event will feature five tellers who have developed and shaped their stories with The Moth’s directors.
We’re excited to host The Moth in their only Baltimore appearance. Tickets are $25, and seating is General Admission.
The Laughing Pint
3531 Gough Street : 21224
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
Resident artist Tiffany Lange’s Heartstrings aims to transport the viewer – even if only for a moment – to an imaginative place where her experimental sculptures and playful creatures pluck at our inner sensitivities.
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
Cynthia Brower’s new work is based on the poetic landscape surrounding her native city Cape Town, South Africa, its ever-changing light, color, and atmosphere in the mountains and nearby seas.
Courthouse Surface Parking Lot
2100 Clarendon Boulevard : Arlington VA
All pedestrian visionaries are invited to hop out of your cars and join us for three County Wandering walking tours with artist Graham Coreil-Allen to explore and reimagine the urban and suburban space of, Lee Highway, Courthouse and Columbia Pike! The alternative walking tours take place on three Sundays (11:00 am until 12:30 pm), each beginning at a different location: Langston Brown Community Center (April 30), Courthouse Surface Parking Lot (May 7 / partnering with Jane’s Walk), and the Columbia Pike Farmers Market (May 21). All are invited to participate as we share our collective insights into the history, design and uses of everyday public spaces. Free and open to the public, reservations are not required but encouraged.
UMUC Arts Program Gallery
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center : College Park