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MICA Art Walk 2015 Highlights

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.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!



Pixilated Federal Hill presents OffBEAT: Artist Installation Party
Wednesday, May 20: 6pm – 12am

Pixilated Federal Hill
46 East Cross Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Calling all artists! We’re launching Pixilated Federal Hill with OffBeat, a salon style “anything goes” art show and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Wednesday, May 20th 6pm – 12am: Artist Installation Party
Thursday, May 21st 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Opening Reception

OffBEAT will run from May 21st until June 25th.
For more information:


– All artists are welcome to participate!
– One piece of original artwork ready to hang
– No larger than 36″ x 36″
– Wall space is available on a first come, first serve basis
– Artwork must stay at Pixilated Federal Hill for the duration of OffBEAT (May 21st – June 25th) unless otherwise discussed



David Brown Solo Exhibition

Opening Reception Wednesday, May 20 : 6-8pm

Goya Contemporary

3000 Chestnut Ave : Baltimore MD



Christine Neill, “Metaphors of Light and Night”

Opening Reception Wednesday, May 20 : 6-8pm

Goya Contemporary

3000 Chestnut Ave : Baltimore 21211



Talking Shop: 3D Printing + Access presented by The Contemporary
Thursday, May 21: 7 – 8:30 pm

Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

3D Printing + Access, moderated by Program Manager Ginevra Shay, will pair LA-based artist Dwyer Kilcollin and the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Officers, Adam Metallo and Vince Rossi. The panel will explore 3D scanning and printing, its extended techniques and usage, relationship to arts and culture, and its capacity for public access and policy change.

Talking Shop, our 2015 Speaker Series, partners acclaimed artists and professionals from various disciplines to discuss the nexus of art, science, medicine, technology, politics, and more. Where are the intersections of these practices? How can society utilize these disciplines in collaboration as catalysts for creative thinking? Each evening will begin with short presentations by the invited participants which will set context for moderated group discussion.

Talking Shop is made possible with generous support from The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation. This series is free and open to the public and hosted at the Baltimore School for the Arts located at 712 Cathedral St. Each panel will begin promptly at 7pm, doors close at 6:45pm.



Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) 6-Pack

Thursday May 21-Sunday May 24 

Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Ave : Baltimore 21224

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) is invading the Creative Alliance! Two forces for creativity in Baltimore stand united to conquer the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere.

The Rock Opera 6-Pack is an exciting NEW format for BROS: a collection of six one-act rock operas, 25 minutes each. BROS are breaking out of their typical format of one huge epic show to bring short-form rock musical spectacles to wider audiences. These smooth, crisp, refreshing rock operas are filled to the brim with deep, handcrafted flavor. The Rock Opera 6-Pack: “Oh Boy, what a show!”

General Admission Tickets: $15. Each ticket gets you into a showing of three short rock operas. A-Weekend (May 21–24) and B-Weekend (May 28–31) are totally unique shows! Ticket-buyers who want to experience all 6 shows over both weekends will get a discounted ticket price with the BROS Shotgun Pass, $25 for tickets to both weekends!

Tickets purchased day of the show are subject to a $2 service charge.  

Click here to purchase A-Weekend Tickets
Click here to purchase B-Weekend Tickets
Click here to purchase tickets for both weekends!

A WEEKEND (May 21–May 24)

Determination of Azimuth – The story of Katherine Johnson, an unsung true hero of the Space Age. Katherine was a human computer who rose above barriers of race and gender and became one of the most trusted mathematicians of the  Apollo program.
Revival – A faith healer at a tent revival encounters a demon that has possessed a young child. An intense examination of faith, showmanship and gospel music.
Sidelines – Sidelines is everything you love about SPORTS crammed into twenty minutes: glorious victories, crushing defeats, last-minute-plays, training montages, and foot-stomping anthemic glam rock. Set to a score so epic it will make “Bohemian Rhapsody” sound like that song about rowing boats, this show is guaranteed to make you leap to your feet and exclaim: “There’s nothing in the rule book that says a puppet can’t play!”
A Weekend Showtimes:
Thursday May 21 – 6:30pm & 9:00pm
Friday May 22 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Saturday May 23 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Sunday May 24 – 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm

B WEEKEND (May 28–May 31)

The Battle of Blue Apple Crossing – A retelling of the legend of Robert Johnson at the crossroads. A talented blues musician is the victim of a lynching and his soul becomes the subject of a battle of wits and strength between the Christian devil and the African trickster god Legba. From Delta blues to raging metal to field spirituals this show will be an emotional storm and a showcase for powerful soloists.
The Legend of Jessie Jean – A dark Western folk tale. Outlaws swap campfire stories of a ruthless bounty hunter hell-bent on bringing criminals to justice. Told through an extraordinary hybrid of shadowplay and dance, with a Death-Country soundtrack. What do wicked men fear?
RATS! – The truth behind Baltimore’s spirit animal is finally revealed in this punk/garage-rock parody of a certain Broadway spectacle. Featuring larger than life creatures and costumes, RATS! tells the story of a motley crew of hard-rocking rodents just trying to dance, party and fall in love – but a sinister exterminator has other plans. Can they overthrow this urban villain and take Baltimore back for the little guy?
B Weekend Showtimes:
Thursday May 28 – 6:30pm & 9pm
Friday May 29 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Saturday May 30 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Sunday May 31 – 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm



Emilia Pennanan, “Tidal Swell” Closing Reception

Thursday, May 21: 7-10pm

EMP Collective

307 W. Baltimore St : Baltimore 21201

Provocative performance and video work are featured in this solo exhibition from EMP Collective member, Emilia Pennanen.

Toppling systems of oppression and patriarchal foundations of power, Pennanen’s work places the empowerment of the feminine female at its center. By deconstructing taboos of the female body, Pennanen seeks to redefine and reinstate control and ownership of one’s own body.

Tidal Swell opens on Saturday, May 2, with a night of Pennanen’s live solo and communal performances and video installations. In addition, the opening and closing nights will feature performances works from local artists in conversation with Pennanen’s exhibition exploring patriarchal power structures in gender representation, female sexuality, body ownership, pleasure of different types of bodies, and authority of a body. Addtional artists include Carly J Bales, Hoesy Corona, Allana Clark, Noelle Tolbert, and Jennifer Wright.

May 9th 7-10 pm
Allana Clarke, Jennifer Wright, Emilia Pennanen, and Carly J. Bales

May 21st 7-10 pm
Noelle Tolbert, Hoesy Corona, Michael Wasteneys Stephens, and Emilia Pennanen



The Magic Flute at The Annex Theater
May 21 – June 14

The Annex Theater via the Chicken Box
1 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets Available
The Annex Theater presents W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute, adapted and directed by Evan Moritz, with musical directors David Crandall and Jacob Budenz.

After handsome Prince Tamino (K Froom) becomes smitten with an image of Princess Pamina (Natanya Washer from Center Stage’s Amadeus), the Queen of the Night (Allison Clendaniel) sends him on a quest to rescue the princess from the Sun King Sarastro (Jonathan O’Loughlin). He is accompanied on his journey by a wise­cracking bird catcher, Papageno (Ishai Barnoy), and a magical flute that transforms misery into joy. As the trio persevere through trials meant to test their righteousness, they begin to question the purpose of their mission. Is the Sun King really a villain? Or does the Queen of the Night have her own secret motives?

The Magic Flute is a fully staged opera that remains faithful to the structure and themes of the original piece while challenging its sexist caricatures. Inspired by the high-spirited original score, musical director David Crandall presents a historically aware virtual orchestra, based on samples of toys and mechanical instruments as well as the “classic” sounds our era, the buzz and warmth of tube amps.

We hope you’ll find your way to the Annex Theater for this whimsical comic opera featuring some of Baltimore’s greatest voices. The show opens May 21st and runs through June 14th at The Station North Chicken Box, 1 West North Avenue. Doors open at 7:30, and the show starts at 8pm, Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $12.

To reserve student or SNIP tickets, email [email protected] or call 410­-925-­4703.



Claes Gabriel, “Thicker Than Water” Opening Reception

Friday, May 22 : 7-10pm

Platform Gallery
116 West Mulberry Street : Baltimore 21201

Born in Haiti and drawing from the traditional tribal artworks of the region, his father’s artistic legacy and art history, Gabriel presents an intersection of masks, floor sculptures, and flat works.



Free Family Sunday: Make Musical Instruments at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, May 24: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Free Family Sunday

Make musical instruments as we explore African art in these hands-on art activities the entire family can enjoy.

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