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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Halloween: Night of the Masquerade
Tuesday, October 31st :  8pm

Creative Labs
178b Union Avenue :: 21211

Come experience an artsy spooky good time for an adult level Halloween night. Enjoy a fashion show and walk your costume on the runway! Enjoy dancing with our DJ’s. Also at midnight come to our ribbon cutting ceremony with a toast, of our brand new venue upstairs and dance into November!

$15 includes refreshments, Falafels and more provided by BeMore Alive!

Set times:
Costumes on the runway! – 8:30
Babies: 9-10
Danny Baltimore 10-11
Mack.Neato : 11-12
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mcwavy : 12:30-1:30

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Bollymore with Ayes Cold
Thursday, November 2: 8 PM

Metro Gallery
1700 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Bollymore is back at Metro Gallery on Thursday 11/2!!
$5 ADV // $7 DOS – Free Food!

Inspired by the sounds + stories of the subcontinent. Baltimore’s space of fellowship and exchange amongst the South Asian diaspora, celebrating the arts and collaborating across cultures.

DJs:
Ayes Cold https://soundcloud.com/ayescold
Sudo https://soundcloud.com/sudobeats
Nikilad https://soundcloud.com/nikilad

Drag performances by our host Kunj
Henna by Aayesha Aijaz
Prints available from Lohitha Kiran

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Maxine Taylor: More Than Square | Opening Reception
Thursday, November 2nd : 6:30-10:30pm

The Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue :: 21231

Taylor exhibits pieces that have been deconstructed, re-worked, recycled, and re-imagined from preivous work.

Show runs November 2 – December 3, 2017.
Opening Reception Thursday, November 2, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12:30 – 6:30 pm, Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Contact: Sherdian Costa, Gallerist | [email protected]
805-705-2305 | www.thealchemyofart.net

<><><><><><><><>Charm City Fringe Fest
Thursday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 12th

Various Locations
Bromo Arts District :: 21201

This year Charm City Fringe announces the largest number of performances since the annual festival’s inception six years ago. Charm City Fringe will present 26 shows and more than 90 performances during the 11-day festival, which this year moves to a centralized two-block campus in the Bromo Arts District and stretches over two full weekends from November 2 to 12.

Charm City Fringe features performers from all over the North America, who will come to Baltimore to present new and experimental work. This year’s shows include a thriller on roller skates, a rock opera, and a one-person show starring “All Things Considered” host Emil Guillermo. Find all show selections below, and at http://charmcityfringe.com/artist-line-up

Festival venues are conveniently located within three blocks in the Bromo Arts District, with the new Le Mondo space serving as the Charm City Fringe headquarters and location of Fringe After Dark performances and parties. Additional venues include the 14 Karat Cabaret at Maryland Art Place, Downtown Cultural Arts Center, and 322 North Howard Street.

2017 Charm City Fringe Venues:

  1. Le Mondo: 406 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
  2. 14 Karat Cabaret at Maryland Art Place: 218 West Saratoga St,Baltimore MD 21201
  3. Storefront building at 322 North Howard Street, Baltimore MD 21201
  4. Downtown Cultural Arts Center: 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Passes to shows are now available at http://charmcityfringe.com/tickets. Options include 3-ticket, 5-ticket, and all-access passes, as well as a new Date Night combo pass that includes 2 tickets to 2 shows (for a total of 4 tickets).

As previously announced, this is the first year Charm City Fringe is partnering with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and the Bromo Arts District, which is providing financial and programming support. Charm City Fringe is also made possible with support from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Special programming leading up to and during the festival includes Fringe After Dark events at Le Mondo of live music, spoken word, dance parties and more; a pop-up gift shop; and the “Baltimore Star Walk” honoring 20 Baltimore legends, including Billie Holiday, Babe Ruth and Tom Clancy. More programming details will be announced soon.

Charm City Fringe, Inc. is part of the worldwide network of fringe festivals and aims to connect and develop Baltimore’s theatre community, engage existing audiences, attract non-traditional theatre-goers, and reach out to communities not commonly represented. Through an annual theater festival and regular educational community workshops, CCF looks to cultivate Baltimore as a hub for theater and the performing arts and expand, strengthen, and enhance creative learning opportunities for Baltimore’s youth. The 2017 festival theme is “theater without boundaries.” For more information, visit www.charmcityfringe.com.

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Good Fridays Dance Party
Friday, November 3 : 8-11 PM

The Motor House
120 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Baltimore music pioneers Wendel Patrick and Eze Jackson are the featured performers at November’s Good Fridays event at The Motor House, which also features special guest Dope KNife from Savannah and Baltimore social activist and visual artist Aaron Maybin.

Good Fridays Baltimore is a multifaceted event that includes a three-hour dance party, live musical performances, live interviews with Baltimore artists and a music video countdown of some of the latest and greatest videos.

Ansar Miller-Abdullah, Pipe Dreamz proprietor, hosts. DJ JaySwann keeps people dancing. The production team includes Miller-Abdullah,@Gabriella Souza and Cassandra Miller.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/good-fridays-tickets-38827201204?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

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New Works: Screening and Performance
Friday, November 3: 8:30 – 11:30 PM

Normal’s Books & Records
425 E 31st St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Come on out for another edition of New Works! We’re back with videos by:

Tom Boram
Max Anderson
Clarissa Gregory
Lydia Milano
Helen Jackson-Adams
Jimmy Joe Roche
Matisse Rifai
Matthew Sullivan
Kiera Mulhern
Nina Giosa

There will also be a performance by Lucas Haroldson after the screening that you will not want to miss!
5-10$ Sliding Scale, Doors at 8:00, show starts 8:30.

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Art After Hours
Friday, November 3rd: 8-11 PM 

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

The BMA’s next Art After Hours is inspired by four amazing exhibitions: iridescent spheres and spider webs in Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits; colorful, swirling collages in Spiral Play: Loving in the ‘80s; digitally produced textiles and sculptures in Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask; and the intense, immersive environment of Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature.

Admission includes after-hours access to the galleries, entertainment, and a free ticket for food or drink—plus opportunities for guests to collaborate and create their own mini-masterpieces to take home.

Join us to:
• Build a giant inflatable futurist sculpture with architecture students from Maryland Institute College of Art and Morgan State University
• Make a wearable rope spiral with Clare Nichols
• Watch a performance by Baltimore-based artist Phaan Howng in the immersive environment she created with unnatural colors inspired by toxic waste
• Chat with artist Annet Couwenberg about her new work inspired by the biology of fish and her passion for digital and traditional fabrication processes
• Browse a carnivorous plant demo and sale with the Mid-Atlantic Carnivorous Plant Society
• Make a miniature laser-cut sculpture with Open Works
• Enjoy music by DJ Dubble8 and drinks and light bites by City Seeds

Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members.

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Altered Realities:  MAP’s Fall Benefit Exhibition | Closing Reception
Saturday, November 4th : 6pm

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street :: 21201

Maryland Art Place will hold a closing reception for Altered Realities, MAP’s Annual Fall Benefit Exhibition, at Maryland Art Place on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Altered Realities is on view from Friday, September 14 to Saturday, November 4, 2017. MAP is located at 218 W Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Altered Realities focuses on uncanny interpretations of the everyday experience. The show will highlight works of art that subvert the viewer’s perspectives literally or metaphorically.

Featured artists include Thomas Dahlberg, Chris Peters, Phaan Howng, Mehves Lelic, Jonah Calinawan, Johnathan Baker, Bryan O’Neill, Hadar Silverman, Luke Ikard, Nancy O’D Wilson, Sasha Baskin, Scott Cawood, Brad Blair, Rachel Hayden, Se Jong Cho, Justin Tsucalas, and Balti Virtual.

Participating artists in the mask display include Bevadine Zoma Terrell, Tom Kennedy, Amanda Belles, Annette Wilson Jones, Amanda Wiater, Katharine Watson, Barbara Treasure, Aleia Street, Sandra Street, Christine Stoddard, Sheryl Southwick, Meg Rayford, Stephanie Podue, Jim Opasik, Elizabeth Ann Miller, Shawn E. McCoy, Diana Marta, Leah Lucci, Amanda Johnson, Laurie Hewitt, Brenda Harrison, Martha Gatewood, Michael Free, Mark Eisendrath, Carolyn Cavanaugh, G.E. Burgtorf, Ram Brisueno, Tonica Poe, and Julian C Brezon.

​For more information, visit www.mdartplace.org.

<><><><><><><><>‘Super Hot Female’, Paintings by Corynne Ostermann | Opening Reception
Saturday, November 4th : 7-10pm

Terrault
218 West Saratoga Street :: 21201

In this body of work, Corynne Ostermann examines the digitization and creation of pop cultural images of femininity. As an individual who also works within the music industry, she is interested in the intersection of reality, digital reality, and hyper produced imagery through mainstream pop outfits (major record companies, advertising agencies, specific designers, etc.), and how these pop channels and imagery create a communal dissertation of pop femininity to be consumed at rapid-fire online as well as replicated in the real world. By using decades-old images of pop stars, cheesecake pin-ups, dead princesses, or out-of-date imagery, the work in Super Hot Female invokes non-linear notions of time, nostalgia, and the future through compressed and collaged digitally-collected images.

Working with banal feminine symbols, words, and objects juxtaposed with moments of abstraction, recognizable images and objects, Ostermann creates grids, windows, and overlapping image structures that create a screen through which the picture is perceived. These filters are intentionally defunct, employing layers of transparency and overlap to suggest destabilized meaning and subjective response. The intersection of symbols and recognizable objects and moments of abstraction propose notions of fantasy, decoration, femininity, and the digital realm, as well as root the symbols in a nonexistent material and bodily plane.

Artist Bio: Corynne Ostermann is an artist/musician and performer based in Baltimore, MD. She produces paintings, collages, drawings, films, and the occasional three-dimensional object. She also creates and performs music with her band, Natural Velvet, as the front woman vocalist and bassist, where she is known for her unique voice and aggressive bass playing.

Ostermann was born in the western suburbs of Chicago and attended Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI as a high school student. Ostermann graduated Summa Cum Laude from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 with a degree in painting and gender studies. Her band, Natural Velvet, has released four records including this year’s full-length Mirror To Make You, out on Friends Records. They have toured the US extensively, and have been featured in such publications as Elmore Magazine, Bitch Media, and Impose Magazine.

Exhibition runs: November 4th – December 23rd, 2017
Gallery Hours: Saturday’s, 1-5pm (except opening day)

www.corynneostermann.com

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DC Art Book Fair #2
Sunday, November 5: 12 – 5 PM

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20005

The second annual DC Art Book Fair is happening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on November 5, 2017, from 12noon until 5pm. 40+ tablers will be selling their books/zines/comics/prints/art/other cool things. Admission is free and this event is kid-friendly.

This is also a Free Community Day and admission to the museum is free.

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Featured Image: Foodless Food @ Charm City Fringe