This week: Made-in-Baltimore Spring Pop-up Grand Opening, Jubilee Arts Friends & Family Exhibition Opening, The Baltimore Mixtape in Station North, Artist Roundtable: Quilting in B’More at the Lewis Museum, the 21st Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race at the AVAM, and Ageless Grace at the Creative Alliance.

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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!! Upcoming BmoreArt Event !!

BmoreArt Magazine Party: Issue 07 Body
Thursday, May 23rd • 7:30-9:30pm

The Parkway Theatre
3 West North Avenue : 21201

Tickets $25-30 / More information here

Join us to celebrate Issue 07: Body, an exploration of Baltimore and DC-based artists who represent the body, who nourish it in their work, who use it as art medium and concept, and offer new patterns of thought around the politics, benefits, ethics, and limitations of having a body in 2019.

This event will be hosted at The Parkway Theatre and is an opportunity to celebrate in one of Baltimore’s architectural gems and to do it in style. Dress code is old school Hollywood glam. Have we mentioned they have best popcorn in Baltimore? Your ticket includes an adult beverage, popcorn, photo booth, and the first opportunity to take home our latest issue.

 



Made In Baltimore Spring Pop-Up Shop: Grand Opening Event!
Friday, May 3rd • 5-8pm

Made In Baltimore Pop-Up
20 West North Avenue : 21201

RSVP / DETAILS: bit.ly/MIBGRAND19

Baltimore Development Corporation’s Made In Baltimore program returns May 3 with a brand new Made In Baltimore Pop-Up Shop for Spring. Following the program’s recent success with a holiday store of the same concept, the Made In Baltimore Spring Pop-Up will again reside at 20. W North Avenue, and feature gifts, food, apparel and more, exclusively made in Baltimore City.

Join Made In Baltimore for a celebration of Baltimore Made Products, May 3 from 5pm – 8pm, as the doors open on the 2019 Made In Baltimore Spring/Summer Pop-Up. As with previous renditions, this spring’s pop-up will feature products by 60+ local businesses, all made within Baltimore City limits. The May 3 event will feature local shopping, a live DJ, local food + drink vendors, snack samples, a selfie station from local paper-cut artist, Annie Howe, and more. All ages welcome, FREE admission.


Jubilee Arts Friends & Family Exhibition | Exhibition Reception
Friday, May 3rd • 6-8pm

Jubilee Arts
1947 Pennsylvania Avenue : 21217

The Jubilee Arts Friends & Family Exhibition celebrates the work of artists connected to Jubilee Arts, a community arts center & gallery in West Baltimore. Curated by Frances Wertimer, the exhibit includes work by artists as young as 6 years old, as well as professional working artists working within Baltimore City. It is designed to showcase all of the talent within our network and those who take classes here. We believe that art is a way to unite and empower communities – come and see what we have been working on!
Join us for an exciting evening with works by:
Onyinye Alheri
Sydney Baldwin
Jonathan Chamberlain
Cheryl A. Crockett
Benjamin Jancewicz
Bri’Nae Jones
Abdurraheem Lewis
Adam Lewis
Munirah Lewis
Renée A. Lewis
Alani McIntyre
Amadi McIntyre
Amaya McIntyre
Liz Miller
Gary A. Mullen
Maia Owen
Lydia Peters
Nancy Smith
Balaji Srinivasan
Saniya Tubman
Antonio “AJ” Tubman
Addison Wilson
& more….

 


The Baltimore Mixtape
Saturday, May 4th – Sunday, May 5th

Station North Arts + Entertainment District

The Baltimore Mixtape, a new, multi-genre DIY festival bringing Baltimore’s best loved musical artists, has just announced that internationally renowned hometown feminist punk band War on Women will headline the event taking place May 4th – 5th in Station North.  Produced by a diverse group of artists and performers, the music and arts festival is a 2 day, four stage love letter to Baltimore City. More than forty artists including Super City (choreographed dance pop), Soul Cannon (experimental hip hop), Raindeer (indie), DJ James Nasty, Haint Blue (folk pop), Snakefeast (metal), and Chiffon (electronic) will perform at the Ynot Lot, The Windup Space, and The Crown.

These performers (and many more) represent a range of creative scenes in Baltimore City, including dance DJs, folk singers, hip hop MCs, rock and indie acts, jazz ensembles, metal bands, music collectives, and even a brass band. Each stage has been curated to showcase a wide variety of music and performance, illuminating unexpected cross-genre connections and inviting audiences to enjoy the artists they know and love alongside music they may have never experienced before. The festival will also feature local food and art vendors. Advance tickets are on sale now, $30 for a weekend pass and $20 for a single day.

Location: The Ynot Lot, The Windup Space and The Crown in Station North, Baltimore City (corner of North Avenue and Charles Street)

Ticket Link: https://www.mt.cm/baltimore-mixtape.


Artist Roundtable: Quilting in B’More
Saturday, May 4th • 1-2pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : 21202

Enjoy quilting at its best with an artist talk with renown quilting artists from the B’more region. Visitors will view various quilting images and see several quilts during this discussion with fiber artist Stephen Towns, quilting artist Dr. Joan Gaither and the African American Quilters of Baltimore.

In conjunction with Linda Day Clark: The Gee’s Bend Photographs

Included with Museum Admission.

 


Peacemaking; a Baltimore Ceasefire Workshop
Saturday, May 4th • 2-5pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : 21209

Join artist and Baltimore Ceasefire Ambassador Jo Brown for a workshop on peacemaking and art-making. Like every productive art practice, peacebuilding demands specific discipline, practice, and skill, which can be learned. This includes: discernment, envisioning, translation, perspective, courage, persistence, and empathy. With hands-on claywork, drawing, and color exercises, we will engage the direct & exciting interplay between artistic discipline and peacebuilding. In this free workshop, we will make clay cups for sale to benefit Clayworks Community Arts programs. All welcome; suitable for adults and young people ages 15+ accompanied by parent or guardian.

Jo Brown is a painter, photographer and peace artist with the Baltimore Ceasefire, a peace movement of Baltimore residents. She is a longtime student at Baltimore Clayworks.

 


21st Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 4th • 10am

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230

Photo: Tom Jones/KineticBaltimore.com

The American Visionary Art Museum presents its 21st Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race on Saturday, May 4, 10am. Held on the first Saturday of May every year, the event is the culmination of the museum’s yearly challenge to the public, both adults and students: Build a work of art—a moving land/sea-worthy original sculpture—that is totally human-powered and engineered to travel 15 miles through Baltimore streets and neighborhoods to cheering crowds, bravely traversing all obstacles of sand, mud, and deep harbor waters. The race teams, aka “Kinetinauts,” are asked to problem solve, think green, and work as a team, while maintaining abundant good humor as they vie for the Grand Mediocre East Coast Champion Award, in recognition of the team that finishes dead middle of the pack. Click here for more information on the race. And for high resolution images, click here.

Saturday, May 4th Race Schedule
9:30–10:00 Opening ceremonies with Blessing of Da Feet and Le Mans start at AVAM
11:15–1:00 Splashdown at Canton Waterfront
1:15–3:00 Patterson Park Obstacle Course: Sand, Mud, & Pagoda Pit Crew Challenge
6:00–7:00 Awards Ceremony at AVAM

Theme
This year’s theme is “Wheel-ality TV,” inspired by the museum’s current mega-exhibit “PARENTING: An Art without a Manual.” The late Kinetic Race Founder, Hobart Brown, also preached, “Adults are obligated to have fun so that children will wish to grow older.”

 


Ageless Grace
Sunday, May 5th • 4pam

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

Ageless Grace, the annual concert presented by Dance Baltimore that features performances by dancers in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. This year, performing modern, tap, belly dance, jazz, African, Latin and more, senior companies will include solo, duet and ensemble selections by former professional dancers as well as “recreational” dancers from the community. This year, a special guest performer will be Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, former principal dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Company and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Currently, a Professor of Dance at Towson University, Ms. Fisher-Harrell will perform a solo selection. Ms. Fisher-Harrell’s Baltimore School for the Arts instructor and professional mentor, Stephanie Powell, will also be performing in this year’s Ageless Grace concert. Other former professional dancers appearing include Heather-Brooke Malone-Wolf, formerly of Bowen McCauley Dance and CJay Philp, former Broadway dancer (Hairspray, Big, the Musical).

In a discipline filled with young, flexible dancers, it isn’t often that seniors have the opportunity to take to the stage and offer their own expressions through movement. Leg extensions may not be as high as they used to be, lunges as deep as their younger counterparts but the senior dancers stand on solid ground with deep emotion and vast experience guiding their performance, evident in every step on stage. Dancers in this year’s Ageless Grace production are both former professional dancers as well as everyday residents who perform in more recreational forms.

SUN MAY 5 | 4PM | $20, $17 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)