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<><><><><><><><>Black Filmmakers Reception
Tuesday, August 15th : 7:30-10pm

Nancy by SNAC
131 West North Avenue : 21201

CHAMPAGNE & POPCORN: Black Filmmakers VIP Reception & Screening

7:30 VIP Champagne Reception (Filmmakers Only)
8:00 Welcome / Meet & Greet
8:30 Screenings
9:00 Mingle with Filmmakers

<><><><><><><><>Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask | Exhibition Opening 
Wednesday, August 16th (runs through February 2018)

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

This intimate exhibition of approximately 11 works by Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg reveals the intersection of science, art, technology, and history that makes textiles such a fascinating art form.

In the summer of 2014, Couwenberg, a Maryland Institute College of Art professor and internationally exhibited artist, received a prestigious Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF). As a part of this program, which paired scientists with visual artists, Couwenberg worked with Dr. Lynne Parenti at the National Museum of Natural History to examine fish fossils. She has applied the patterns and structures of aquatic life forms captured through advanced technological methods to her artwork, which is also visually connected to traditional textiles and costume forms drawn from her own Dutch heritage.

In her latest efforts, she pays homage to the Netherland’s production of damask during the 17th century, when this fabric was referred to as “white gold”. Returning to her homeland, she wove four panels featuring designs generated by her Smithsonian studies adapted to damask patterns and inspired by the BMA’s Portrait of a Young Woman (1634) by Dutch artist Frans Hals.

Image: Maker: Annet Couwenberg. Legacy. 2014.

<><><><><><><><>Slangston Hughes at BHOMS
Friday, August 18th : 7:30-10pm

Bolton Hill Open Mic Series
1111 Park Avenue : 21201

#BHOMS IS BAAAAACK!!!!! And on August 18th we have the one and only Slangston Hughesas our featured poet Mark your calendars and share this with a friend! Its going to be another dope night at The Bolton Hill Open Mic Seriess We will also have spotlight performances by Ogun Lumumba aka Poet Deep and members of the Baltimore Youth Slam Team. Come out and show your support!!!!!

Doors Open At 7pm Early Signup at 6:30pm
Show Starts At *pm
BYOB $10 cover
Free Parking until 11pm (sharp)

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Other Colors, Amy Reid, Shoe City + dj lil set
Saturday, August 19: 7-11 PM

Current Space
421 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

<><><><><><><><>Sentient RIFT | Audrey Gair and Diana Lozano
Saturday, August 19th : 7-10pm

Open Space
512 Franklin Street : 21201

Open Space presents: SENTIENT RIFT, a two-person show composed of the work of Audrey Gair and Diana Lozano

“I make a mirror. I work it. I shatter it. I form it. I grind it. I polish it with sand.I apply to it a glue of bat excrement. I prepare it. I polish it with fine cane. I make it shiny.I regard myself in the mirror. I appear there in my looking mirror. From it I admire myself.” – Lucy Lippard’s I see/You mean.

Presenting the shattering, grinding and polishing of gestures and forms extricated from a distinctly chosen history; one that remains infinitely complex yet intimately bound to the identityof the maker. Within a broader landscape of indulgent accumulation, figurative sensuality anddecorative sensibilities, Gair and Lozano magnify culturally embedded details that exist within the tangled intersections of phenomenology, autobiography and identity politics.

Gair is interested in visual platforms that exist beyond a contemporary art context, such as community murals or a living room table arrangement. The vocabulary of motifs is specific to the artist’s lived experience and becomes the framework for her paintings. Captured within this framework are moments of fleeting, intangible, natural phenomena that are universally recognized symbols of time elapsing, growth, and other forces beyond human control.

Lozano presents hand sculpted and decorative aesthetics as symbolic of the perceptual andperformative psychology of feminine identity. Through botanical imitations and surrealist renderings, the work redefines ornamentality and symbolic assignation as manifestations of suppressed sensory desires, as well as tools for deconstructing the amalgamation of history and trauma. Idiosyncratic arrangements and mercurial juxtapositions deem objecthood as sensually indulgent; fetishism becomes subversive through the aesthetic excess of the objects.

Audrey Gair (1992) is a Miami native, currently based in Baltimore MD.
Diana Lozano (1992) is a Colombian artist, based in Brooklyn NY.OO

<><><><><><><><>GLOCAL: Re-Mixed-Media Event
Saturday, August 19th : 7-11pm

Ynot Lot
4 West North Avenue: 21201

****The Official BaltimoreGirls Documentary will be Premiering at this event****

This will be Superfly Safiyatou’s first indie production for Station North’s Arts and Entertainment district in Baltimore. Freshly inspired after traveling outside of the country this re-mixed-media experience is sure to activate, enliven, arouse, inspire and move you! All cultures, ethnicities, ages and genders are encouraged to come out and join us as ONE PEOPLE as we communicate through the ARTS and the Universal language-MUSIC!🎶 in the spirit of love, unity, one heart, harmony,one mind and one destiny. At sunset we will be Premiering The Official BaltimoreGirls Documentary and our “Where my sistas at?” Music video by Adonna Black. So plan to wear your dancing shoes, bring your chair or blanket, don’t forget your personality and come take this voyage!!🚀

We’re going #GLOCAL on Safiyatou’s Mothership Voyage ReMixedMedia Experience…see you on board!

<><><><><><><><>Red Bull Amaphiko Festival
Sunday, August 20th : 3-8pm

Impact Hub
10 East North Avenue: 21201

The Red Bull Amaphiko Festival is a celebration of creativity, community, and innovative solutions to some of the social challenges facing U.S. communities today.

On their surface lot in Station North, Impact Hub Baltimore will co-host a full day of programming including special performances by musician/rapper Abdu Ali, rap duo Bond St. District, the Eubie Blake drum circle and kids dance program, and an on-site cypher for Baltimore area B-Boy’s hosted by legendary breaker Crazy Legs and Baltimore Dance Crews Project. The night will culminate in a Deep Sugar dance party featuring noted singer Ultra Naté.

At the Ynot Lot, there will be a series of projects on display from the 2017 Red Bull Amaphiko Academy participants and will also feature a community clean-up project, yoga sessions led by Amaphiko Academy participant Changa Bell and bouquet flower making. A community dance party celebration will take place towards the end of the day, featuring sets by Baltimore based DJ’s and more.

At the Impact Hub, Red Bull Amaphiko will host talks and Q&A’s throughout the day, kicking off with a youth photojournalism presentation, hosted by “The Beast Side” best-selling author and professor D. Watkins and photographer Devin Allen, as well as a couch session featuring AFROPUNK Festival co-founder Jocelyn Cooper. The evening will end with a special screening of “Baltimore Stories” by Red Bull Amaphiko: a series of mini documentary shorts featuring the work of local Baltimore filmmakers Emily Eaglin, Charles Cohen and Malaika Clements celebrating the storytellers and changemakers that call Baltimore home.

Event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

<><><><><><><><>Labor of Art | Opening Reception
Sunday, August 20th : 2-5pm

MAXgallery
126 North Madiera Street : 21231

The 3rd in a series of exhibitions celebrating the work ethic of Baltimore artists.
 Robinson Munoz •  Scott Philip Goergens • 
Minas Konsolas • Arin Mitchell • Landis Expandis