This week: BROS Presents: Death Records New Year’s Eve at the Ottobar, Prince New Year’s Eve tribute at Rituals, ADAM Gallery Show by Joshua Levy reception at Luann Carra Gallery, Russ Bradshaw: Shooting Jennipur Jane opening reception at Alchemy of Art, 2020 Baltimore Crankie Fest at Creative Alliance, the BSO presents Movie with Orchestra: Amadeus at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall + Strathmore, Yellow Arrow Housewarming, Scott Opirhory’s artist talk, and Founders Show opening reception at InSquare Art.
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BROS Presents: Death Records New Years Eve
Tuesday, December 31st • 8pm
2549 North Howard Street : 21218
The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is once again taking over The Ottobar for Baltimore’s best New Year’s Eve party!
The past decade has been really great for BROS, and as a way of wrapping it up and officially launching into our tenth year of operation we’re going to celebrate the film that was the inspiration for it all: Brian de Palma and Paul Williams cult masterpiece The Phantom of the Paradise!
Join us as we turn Ottobar into Studio 69 for a 6D presentation of the film on the main stage with a collection of BROS musicians and singers performing the entire soundtrack live! We’ll be decked out in full, movie-accurate costumes, have live video mixing, and at midnight we’ll drop a lightning bolt across the room and fry up some Beef!
A Prince Tribute: 2020 Revolution.
Tuesday, December 31st • 9pm
12 West North Avenue : 21201
$10 at the door or beforehand thru Missiontix.
Live Band! Gender non-conforming costume contest!
Category is: Prince & the Revolution.
Hosted by: Jordi Equitable
With Baltimore’s finest singers:
DJ Sylent Hill
ADAM Gallery Show by Joshua Levy | Reception
Thursday, January 2nd • 6:30pm
Luann Carra Gallery
1918 Fleet Street : 21231
On Thursday, January 2nd, Joshua Levy will be showing his photographic series “Adam” at The Luann Carra Gallery, located on 1918 Fleet Street in Baltimore, MD. Joshua is an established photographer in Baltimore and specializes in portrait and fine art photography. For the past four years, Joshua has photographed the male figure. “Adam” is the culmination of this work and we are pleased to present the photographers second solo exhibition.
“The male figure has been displayed to show off the strength and influence it can have on society. ADAM was created to break every preconception that society has of traditional male masculinity to show the emotional position of the male body while showing vulnerability within the portraits.
Each male was photographed to express the longing for a significant other. Throughout my life, I have never been the person that was desired, placing my mind in a dark place. I was hurt; feeling as though I was never wanted by anyone. ADAM was my way of expressing the loneliness that I felt during those times and the dark thoughts that haunted my mind. In the end, I wanted to be the individual that the male subjects long to be with.”
Light refreshments will be available.
Russ Bradshaw: Shooting Jennipur Jane | Opening Reception
Thursday, January 2nd • 6:30-9:30pm
Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : 21231
The Alchemy of Art is proud to welcome local artists Russ Bradshaw who uses other featured artist Jennipur Jane as his muse and subject matter in his photographs and Jennipur Jane shares their “dark” drawings.
Russ Bradshaw’s series ‘Shooting Jennipur Jane’ started over the past 2 years. He’s had the pleasure to capture impromptu visions and collaborate ideas with a most amazing woman. These spur of the moment photo shoots have been entertaining for the both of us. This body of work represents the admiration and trust we have for each other and how spontaneous life can be.
Bradshaw is a self taught photographer inspired by the social life of Charm City. Originally from Michigan, he has been shooting candid and street photography including concerts, festivals, and protest marches for the past 10 years. His work has been featured at Full Circle Gallery’s Civil Protest and Demonstration Photo Collection, Gallery 788’s ERO7, and a publication in Baltimore Magazine.
Jennipur Jane is a dark artist who focuses on the aspect of life after death and the beauty of decay. This show, “Till Death Do We Part” is a celebration of our skeletons, and the personal touch we bring to our meat suits and the relationships we build with them. It explores the aspects of the afterparty to life.
Many pieces in this show are created on and using cardboard, as the concept of “reduce, recycle, and reuse” is important to me. Mass production and consumption in our world has lead our environment down a dark path to a point where the earth and humanity are dying.
Other pieces in this show are done with a special interfacing material used for collecting samples from tombstones. They are a combination of stone rubbings and added mediums such as colored pencils, paints, nail polish, and wax, along with other found objects.
Jennipur hoping to able to put up some of the stippled pieces as well so people can see them up close in person. A few of them have been sold but the owners said they would lend them to me for the show. Jane has a few more which are nearing completion and haven’t been seen by the public yet that they are SUPER excited about.
The Alchemy of Art is a local contemporary gallery focusing on but not limited to local up and coming artist. The building itself is a unique space as it is a converted convent and the gallery is on the entry level and one of the two rooms is the old chapel room with beautiful arched ceilings. Along with the gallery there is a boutique which carries local made art and goods. The gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 12:30pm to 6:30pm and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday but subject to change. To keep posted on hours of operation and events follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Crankie Fest 2020
Friday, January 3rd – Sunday, January 5th
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
Watch the world’s greatest stories unroll before your eyes! Baltimore’s beloved festival of scrolled panoramas known as crankies, returns for its 7th year of fireside wonder.
All performances will feature the same lineup of artists and musicians.
SAT JAN 4 | 4PM (LOW TICKET WARNING)
With Crankies by:
Emily Schubert (Festival Curator)
Alex & Olmsted
Plus musical guests…….
Crankie Fest is made possible that to the generous support of John Cammack & Kimberly Warren
Crankie Artists and Musical Guests to be Announced
Movie with Orchestra: Amadeus
Friday, January 3rd – Sunday, January 5th
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall + The Strathmore
Fri, January 3, 2020 8 pm Meyerhoff
Sat, January 4, 2020 8 pm Strathmore
Sun, January 5, 2020 3 pm Meyerhoff
*LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE
Nicholas Hersh, conductor
BSO Symphonic Chorale, Edward Polochick, director
Lura Johnson, piano
Experience the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Baltimore Symphony, joined by the BSO Symphonic Chorale.
Amadeus LIVE is an Avex Classics International production
Obstructed View Seats: Please note that for seats in these areas the movie screen will be partially blocked by speakers or other equipment. You will still be able to see the film and most of the screen.
Yellow Arrow Housewarming
Saturday, January 4th • 10am-12pm
The Yellow Arrow House
335 South Conkling Street : 21224
We are thrilled to announce the opening of the Yellow Arrow House in January. Located in the heart of the Highlandtown Arts District, we look forward to bringing writing workshops, classes and events to the community.
Please join us on January 4th from 10am-12pm for a house warming and blessing of the space. We are welcoming donations at that time of new and used items to stock our location, see a complete list of needed items here.
If you aren’t able to make it, please consider contributing to our GoFundMe campaign.
Our number one goal is to provide support and encouragement for emerging women writers, and having a space will allow us to do this in more ways than we could ever imagine.
We are so excited about the growth and development of Yellow Arrow Publishing, and we are thrilled to have your support. See you there!
Artist Talk: Bring-Forth
Friday, January 4th • 2-3 pm
Full Circle Fine Art Services
33 East 21st Street : 21218
Scott Opirhory will be discussing his multi-year project and how the show came to be on the last day of the exhibition.
The debut collection of photography from Baltimore-based Peter Scott Opirhory explores a single post-war boom house in which rays of light and shadows suffuse hallways, walls, and mirrors with eidetic refractions of decades lived by three overlapping generations.
“Bring-Forth” features large medium-format photographs selected from his book, Fair Lawn, which delves into a multi-year navigation through a deeply personal space at a time of unexpected transformation. Returning regularly to the home owned by his family for five decades—in which his mother had returned to be with his aging grandmother—Opirhory distills years of images into an intuitive map of empty rooms populated by ineffable perceptions that lurk just beyond the literal.
Embracing a methodology that prioritizes temporal observation and engagement, Opirhory positions the present moment in conversation with a shifting understanding about the past. Bring-Forth’s sustained communion with its surroundings invites references from cinema as much as still photography. As in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, obscured human forms situated within vivid physical spaces assume in their identity-blurring abstraction; as with the 16mm films of Nathaniel Dorsky, Opirhory’s physical relationship to the world manifest as the camera’s relationship to the image.
Founders Show | Opening Reception
Sunday, January 5th • 1-4pm
19 South Stricker Street : 21223
New artwork by Stephen Spartana and Shaul Tsemach, two of the founders of InSquare Art.
Header image credit: Katherine Fahey