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Tis the Season: 20 Best Local Handmade Holiday Craft Shows in Baltimore
by Rachel Bone

<><><><><><><><>New Galapagos Gala | A Soiree Among the Specimens
Tuesday, December 12th : 7pm

The Peale Center
225 North Holliday Street : 21202

Join Submersive Productions and the cast of H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musæum on Tuesday, December 12th from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for a party at the speed of thought! One night only! Explore and tour at your leisure all four floors of our otherworldly art installation. Sip themed creative cocktail concoctions. Meet, greet and dance with the show’s creators and other fans and supporters. Partake of the personalized cutout silhouettes and Charles Wilson Peale selfie station. Enter to win a door raffle for unusual artifacts. Get the first crack at our silent auction of objects from the show. Sights and sounds abound!

Hosted by Baltimore’s burlesque drag legend Betty O’Hellno as the Marchesa Luisa Casati! Rumor has it that the Marchesa, a wealthy and eccentric heiress, had a brief and stormy courtship with H.T. Darling during one of his sojourns to Rome. Offer her a drink or two and the stories should start to roll off her tongue.

Who wants to go to another fundraiser gala where people sit around tables and watch speeches? Submersive is raising funds for current and future artworks, and we want to enjoy our New Galapagonian atmosphere with you while we do it.

Fancy and/or alien dress encouraged (but not required)

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Baltimore Chanukah Festival Menorah Lighting 
Tuesday December 12: 5 pm

McKeldin Square Inner Harbor

The Baltimore Chanukah Festival is a project of Chabad Lubavitch Centers of Greater Baltimore in conjunction with Baltimore City, Office of the Mayor, Council President and Police Department. The Festival aims to bring the joy of Chanukah and its messages of freedom of religious practice and unity to all.

The Baltimore Chanukah Festival is a project of Chabad Lubavitch Centers of Greater Baltimore in conjunction with Baltimore City, Office of the Mayor, Council President and Police Department. The Festival aims to bring the joy of Chanukah and its messages of freedom of religious practice and unity to all. More information here.

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Holiday Heap
Saturday, December 16th : 10am-5pm

2640 Space
2640 St. Paul Street : 21218

Come Join 50+ amazing independent crafters for the 11th annual HOLIDAY HEAP CRAFT FAIR presented by the Charm City Craft Mafia! Shop handmade and local for all your holiday needs on Saturday, December 16th from 10am-5pm. Free and family friendly.

Delicious food from Dooby’s and Wild Thyme Food Truck. Music by Daniel Biltmore. Artists and Craftsman Supply will be on hand giving craft demos!!

Go to http://www.charmcitycraftmafia.com/holiday-heap/ to check out the vendor gallery and our wonderful sponsors.

<><><><><><><><>Post Typography Print + Poster Sale
Saturday, December 16th : 12pm-4pm

Post Typography Studio
2219 St. Paul Street : 21218

Post Typography is opening our studio for our 6th annual one-day-only print & ephemera sale on Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. We have new prints available only at this sale (and some past favorites are back again)! Stop by and grab original, affordable gifts for the holidays—most items are priced between $5 and $50.
The sale will feature limited edition prints, posters, books, music, and apparel produced by Post Typography including:
•    Screenprinted Future Islands 2017 tour posters — this is the only place to get all 3 of the star chart triptych posters.
•    More screenprinted posters for Double Dagger, Dan Deacon, Future Islands, the Baltimore Museum of Art and more!
•    Post Typography-designed T-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and notecards.
•    Signed posters for the Maryland Film Festival, Johns Hopkins Film Festival, and our classic Bill Murray Groundhog Day movie poster.
•    Limited edition prints from our OSAYCANYOUSEE show
•    Out-of-print Double Dagger vinyl including rare Masks EP!
Other goods for sale include snazzily-packaged music by Peals, Double Dagger, and Pure Junk along with signed copies of Lettering & Type and other Post Typography publications.
The sale takes place at our studio in Old Goucher at 2219 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 on Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Come early! Most items are available in limited quantities — first come, first served. (Prints cannot be reserved ahead of time.)
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2AFAMSs
More info at posttypography.com or email [email protected].

<><><><><><><><>Current Art Market
Saturday, December 16th : 12pm-6pm

Current Space
421 North Howard Street : 21201

Current’s 5th Annual Art Market in support of local artists and friends. No gallery commission, no table fees, no bullsh!t.

Come buy art directly from the artists, meet the person behind the work, and support them by buying art for yourself or someone special.

Monique Crabb
Elena Johnston
Anna Crooks
Lisa Krause
Shelby Rose
Whitney Simpkins
Zoe Friedman

and more TBA

*picture from Art Market 2015

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Meet The Artist: Amy Boone-McCreesh
Saturday, December 16: 2 pm

 York College Art Galleries
Wolf Hall, 411 Country Club Rd, York, Pennsylvania 17403

Come meet artist Amy Boone-McCreesh before her installation, Taste & Privilege, ends on December 20. Exhibition catalogues will be available at this event.

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Wildness: a film by Wu Tsang | Screening with Elliot Doughtie
Saturday, December 16th : 1pm

School 33 Art Center
1247 Light Street : 21230

Join us on Saturday, December 16 at 1pm for a screening of the film ‘WILDNESS’ by Wu Tsang! This screening will be presented by Elliot Doughtie, who’s installation titled Lost Earring is currently on view in our Project Space, and will be followed by a discussion of the film.

Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, WILDNESS is a documentary portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been home for Latin/LBGT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party (organized by director Wu Tsang and DJs NGUZUNGUZU & Total Freedom) called Wildness, which explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean, and who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.?

Wu Tsang is a filmmaker, visual artist, and performer who incorporates strategies of activism, art making, and stage production across a range of multi-disciplinary projects. While Tsang’s work has a rich visual style, her attention to shifting identities, transitional spaces, and communities emphasizes contingent identifiers such as language, voice, and persona, prompting inquiries into how individuals and communities resist ingrained social prejudices. Using the frameworks of popular media forums such as cinema, television, theater and dance clubs, her work considers prescient debates about social gathering as a form of insurgency and the political capacity of contemporary art.

In his multi-media installation, Lost Earring, Elliot Doughtie ponders how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body. Found materials and cast plaster sculptures of familiar plumbing implements surround a projection of an isolated clip from the 1996 movie Bound by the filmmaking duo the Wachowski siblings — pruriently discovered by Doughtie as a teenager in search of his own identity. As two disembodied hands endlessly tighten and untighten the hidden plumbing of a bathroom sink, this charged and repeated gesture explores a non-heteronormative narrative of function and aspiration. Through the use of light, objects, and moving imagery, Lost Earring reimagines the commonplace setting of a bathroom in a queer and trans context — where bodies and minds are often flooded with emotions from terror to desire.

<><><><><><><><>Navasha Daya Presents: A Soulful Rock & Roll Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Saturday, December 16th : 8pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

This Jimi Hendrix tribute concert will feature a stellar band, including soulful guitarist Matthew Chase. Other special guests include:

Kelly Bell (Kelly Bell Blues Band)
Katrina Ford (Celebration)
Lafayette Gilchrist (Lafayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes)
And others…

Navasha Daya expresses her Mississippi blues and soul lineage by honoring the bluesy, soulful and psychedelic Jimi Hendrix!  “Jimi Hendrix’s blues roots are very evident in his playing. Utilizing his guitar as the paint brush and his innovative pedal effects as the color pallet, his artistic compositions changed the way the guitarist approached music and influenced some of rock & roll’s most recognized artists.” ~Navasha Daya.

SAT DEC 16 | 8PM | $25, $22 MEMBERS ( +$3 at the door)

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Gothbrunch: The Homocoming
Sunday, December 17: 12 – 4

Rocket To Venus
3360 Chestnut Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21211
Hosted by ROUGH TRADE 

Mourn the Homo-Coming of Ellen Degenerate (aka Michael Anthony Farley) with an epic #GOTHBRUNCH at Rocket to Venus! Featuring a drag brunch followed by an afternoon-tea-style dance, with all the Cold Wave, electo-trash, and weirdo disco you’ve come to exxxpect from Baltimore’s sleaziest nomadic queer party.

#GOTHBRUNCH: the rules are simple. Wake up in last night’s look. You can subtract no makeup, only add black. Cover up daytime-inappropriate outfit with only mesh. Walk-of-shame hair cannot be brushed, only veiled or entombed in a church hat.

<><><><><><><><><>Joshua Highter: Intimately Unfamiliar | Gallery Talk
Sunday, December 17th : 6pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

Joshua Highter’s process-driven, abstract paintings focus on the intersection between observation and memory. Higher utilizes drawing, painting, and printmaking to create a richly textured surface where the visual space plays with tensions between the familiar, observed experiences, and the foreign, distant memories that are remnants these experiences.

Higher earned his MFA in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington and currently lives in Takoma Park, Maryland. Prior to moving to the DC metro area, the artist lived in Berkeley, California and spent three years teaching drawing and painting as a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis. Prior to moving to California, he taught drawing and painting at Herron College of Art and Design in Indianapolis. He has been an artist in residence at Root Division, in San Francisco, and at the Vermont Studio Center. He currently spends his days as “Dad,” exploring with his son Aurele, and teaches at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Smithsonian Associates, and at the George Washington Corcoran Center for the Arts. Higher is originally from Vermont and will always call the Green Mountains “home”.

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Home Alone / Die Hard Double Feature at the Parkway
Monday, December 18: 7-11:30 PM

The SNF Parkway / Maryland Film Festival
5 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Holiday double features continue at the Parkway with a double-shot of Christmas action!

7pm HOME ALONE (Chris Columbus, 1990)
9pm Intermission
9:30pm DIE HARD (John McTiernan, 1988)

Tickets will be available for the individual features at a regular price of $10/each, or together at a discounted $16 double-feature rate.

We’ll also offer matinee screenings of DIE HARD and HOME ALONE the afternoon of Saturday, 12/16.
Don’t miss these other awesome double features at the Parkway!