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Happenstance Theater Presents: Slapstick Jukebox
Thursday, March 1st – Sunday, March 4th

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : 21201

Happenstance Theater’s award-winning company presents a suite of comic material old and new. Noted for their physical comedy and precise ensemble work, the company recasts free-standing material from their repertoire along with new works informed by great comedy of the past: 19th Century European Circus entrées, Vaudeville, silent film, and early television. A playful new format will structure the material and enhance the audience experience. The Hits just keep on coming!

Featuring Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon.

TICKETS:   $25 (General Admission)   $20 (Senior/Artist/Military$15(Student)

ONLINE:  http://www.theatreproject.org/slapstick-jukebox/
BOX OFFICE:  410-752-8558

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Diminishing Returns: A Discussion of the Economics of Art
Friday, March 2: 6 PM – 7:15 PM

Goucher’s Merrick Lecture Hall, located in the Dorsey College Center
Call 410-337-6477 for more information.

A panel discussion on the economics of art with Doreen Bolger, former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, David Findlay, Pugh Family professor of economics at Colby College, Laura Amussen, director of art galleries at Goucher College, Jim Condron.

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BABBLE
Friday, March 2: 7-9 PM

March 2-March 28, 2018

GALLERY CA
440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21201

ARTISTS: Jianfeng Yao, Alina and Jeff Bliumis, Gerald Leavell II, Brendan Fernandes, Lucio Pozzi, Naoko Wowsugi.

Curator: Yuzhuo Mark Zhang

#BabbleBaltimore
www.BabbleBabble.com

GALLERY HOURS M-F 12-4 pm / And by appointment

ADMISSION | Free

A Declaration in Patchameena performed by Lucio Pozzi at 8 pm during the opening. Music by Tee Tree Trio.

Babble features multimedia works by national and international artists that deconstruct how language barriers alter verbal communication and understanding. This curatorial project and its related programming untangles the roots of human expression in order to establish an aesthetic and universal lingua franca.

Gallery CA is a contemporary arts space devoted to showcasing local, regional, national and international artists. The gallery also serves as an agent for community engagement by offering regular programming and creating sustainable partnerships with local arts institutions and community organizations.

Lucio Pozzi — A Declaration in Patchameena

A four-parts speech in the artist’s traditional nonsense language, delivered through the buildup of sound, physical gestures, and facial expressions.

Music by Tee Tree Trio

Performance during the opening reception of the exhibition Babble, curated by Yuzhuo (Mark) Zhang.

Friday, March 2, 8 PM
Gallery CA, 440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Lucio Pozzi is a pioneering multidisciplinary artist, who lives and works in Hudson NY and Valeggio s/M Italy. Pozzi’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art; the DIA Center for the Arts; P. S.1 MOMA; the Venice Biennale, Italy; Documenta in Kassel; Kunsthalle Bielefeld and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany, among many other museums.

Tee Tree Trio is a High-density, arhythmic, & percussive improvisatory trio featuring Chris Cummins (cello, auxiliary percussion, objects), Hayden Right (prepared guitar, found sound, AM radio), and Maria Emilia Duno (circuit bent electronics and electro acoustics).

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Regular Goods: E. Saffronia Downing & Nicole Dyer | Opening Reception
Saturday, March 3rd : 7-10pm

Terrault
218 West Saratoga Street, Third Floor : 21201

Please join us for the opening of Terrault’s newest exhibition,
‘Regular Goods’ by E. Saffronia Downing and Nicole Dyer

Regular Goods: Bananas. Corn. Phones. Sardines. Daily objects that make up our lives. Nicole Dyer and E. Saffronia Downing play with the boundary between painting and sculpture by re-thinking the object as painting, and painting as object.

E. Saffronia Downing molds her sculpture through notions of femininity, sexuality, and childhood, leaving the mark of her body on each piece. Ceramic fruit and vegetables are the building blocks of work that expresses the kinship between body and vessel.

Nicole Dyer’s paintings are a visual recording of the primal, sensual, and sometimes violent need to be with others. A plate of food can be both nourishing and dangerous; a beautiful moment can be over in an instant, yet preserved forever through social media.

E. Saffronia Downing (b. 1992) was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She received a BA from Hampshire College in 2014 in Studio Art and Women’s History. Downing has recently completed residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, and Mall of Found Residency in New Lebanon, NY.

Nicole Dyer​ (b. 1991) is an artist currently based in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 with a BFA in Drawing. Dyer has shown in several two person and group shows including “Wide Eyed” at Savery Gallery (Philadelphia), “Phantom Limb” at Guest Spot (Baltimore), and “Sad Intentions” at LVL 3 (Chicago). She has exhibited internationally at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, where she studied in 2012. In 2017 she was a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant. Dyer most recently completed a three month residency at the Wassaic Projects in Wassaic, NY.

<><><><><><><><>Salad For Everyone: Philip Hinge/Nick Irzyk/Jennifer Sullivan| Opening
Saturday, March 3rd : 6-9pm

St. Charles Projects
2701 North Charles Street : 21201

“I think a mouth is a very funny thing, because you do everything with it. You don’t put spinach in your eyes”

-Willem De Kooning-

St. Charles is pleased to present SALAD FOR EVERYONE a group show of recent works by Philip Hinge, Nick Irzyk, and Jennifer Sullivan. Like the elements of a well-made salad, there is an appreciation of each identity that is found through the contrasting relationships of each part to the whole. Being an mélange of ingredients a salad is a combination of textures forms and palettes. An egalitarian dish offering endless possibilities, a salad can be more style than sustenance. The sum of its parts, this side or main dish may be light and fresh, hefty and rich, green or red, warm or cool, oily or acid, wilted or sturdy, chopped or tossed, casual or composed, tender or crisp, humble or haughty.

Philip Hinge’s self-loathing Goths, gaping cat mouths, and fantastical studio scenes question tropes and painting vernacular. The works are at once darkly humorous and quietly sobering, disarming the viewer with bright colors and absurdity.  Nick Irzyk’s works decode painted language in a flurry of marks tossing together references, colors, and gestures all exploring separations between order, procedure and chance. Irzyk places abstract painting against representation, re-evaluating the role of each language. Jennifer Sullivan unites the autobiographical with the fantastic, and familiar with the surreal. In her idiosyncratic personal mythology Sullivan explores intersections of representational painting by blending figuration and still life with abstraction.

With these artists mixed together, overlapping palettes may offer notes harmonious, flavors paired, textures contrasting or ingredients in discord. By offering a SALAD FOR EVERYONE authorship may wander, ownership may fade and healthy well-dressed tastes will build.

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Saturday, March 3rd : 7pm

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230

13th Annual SMALL FOODS PARTY
Baltimore’s Annual Celebration of Tiny Edibles

COMPETITION 7:00 pm | KIDS AWARDS 8:00 pm
MAIN COMPETITION AWARDS 9:00 pm
ENTRY FEE: $10.00 NON-COMPETITORS | $5.00 COMPETITORS

Tickets: www.smallfoodsparty.com
Proceeds benefit Moveable Feast

Join us at the American Visionary Art Museum for the 13th annual SMALL FOODS PARTY, Baltimore’s annual celebration of tiny edibles. This event is part culinary competition and part party, with a dose of performance art thrown in. Competitors serve up their petite offerings while attendees taste and vote for the best. Categories of competition include “International” and “Bad Idea”. $5.00 Competitors, $10 Non-competitors. Advance tix strongly suggested. Check us out in Atlas Obscura!

<><><><><><><><>World Sound Series: Meklit
Sunday, March 4th : 6:30pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, composer, and cultural instigator bringing together Ethio-Jazz with a singer-songwriter’s storytelling and strum. Her latest album, When the People Move, the Music Moves Too, was released to rave reviews, reaching #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts, #1 on the NACC World Charts and #12 on the World Charts in Europe.

Best known in the Ethiopian community for her song Kemekem – I Like Your Afro , and her TED talk, The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds which went viral in the Eithiopian community. Meklit is excited to perform her first ever Baltimore show at Motor House, and you will not be disappointed!

A traditional Ethiopian dinner is available as a package for an additional $20.

DINNER BUFFET MENU:
Shiro (chickpea stew)
Misir Wott (spicy red lentils)
Yebeg Aleche (beef stew)
Gomen (spicy collards)

Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:00 PM

<><><><><><><><>Artist Talk: Dawoud Bey, Photographer and Educator
Monday, March 5th : 6pm

MICA Lazarus Center
131 West North Avenue : 21201

Dawoud Bey is a photographer and educator whose portraits of people, many from marginalized communities, compel viewers to consider the reality of the subjects’ own social presence and histories. Through his expansive approach to photography—which includes deep engagement with his subjects and museum-based projects—Bey is making institutional spaces more accessible to the communities in which they are situated.

The talk is sponsored by the B.F.A. Photography department, in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation and made possible by alumnus Stuart Cooper.