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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reel B.A.D. film night #2: Crooklyn
Tuesday, July 21: 7-11
@Stewart’s Lot, 200 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc. is excited to host the second reel B.A.D. film night, our new outdoor film series showcasing Baltimore-based art and filmmaking alongside feature film favorites and brew & snacks from local vendors! This month the feature film is Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, a “vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in ’70s Brooklyn.”
JULY 21 – LOCAL FILM LINE UP
Peace in the Absence of War (Baltimore 4/27/15 – 5/2/15)
by Theo Anthony
On April 27th, 2015, following more than a week of protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra held a free concert in downtown Baltimore. Footage is culled from that concert, along with various demonstrations on that same day. All nights shots taken while following the route of Freddie Gray’s arrest after curfew.
Director/Editor/DP: Theo Anthony, Field Sound: Marc Gallant, Post Sound: Schwarz
The Ballad of Holland Island House
by Lynn Tomlinson
The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house’s point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise.
Music: Anna Roberts-Gevalt with Elizabeth LaPrelle
Lyrics: Lynn Tomlinson
Bicyclists of Baltimore (trailer)
by Andy Dahl & Marissa O’Guinn
We are screening the trailer for this in-progress film! From the directors: “We believe in the bicycle’s power for social equality, and so as bicyclists we create this lens into the injustices in a hostile car-centric city, as well a celebration of our lives, joys, and dreams. Bicyclists of Baltimore is dedicated to a community — our community; one that shares the city with each other.”
Co-directors/producers/filmmakers: Andy Dahl & Marissa O’Guinn, Music: William Hicks
by Anton Makarau
Doomed is about a man destined to die a gruesome death. After being flung off of a cliff, he lands gut first in a tree and bleeds out. His spirit is separated from his corpse and must pursue the lifeless body throughout different environments on its way to Hell. Director: Anton Makarau
JULY 21 FOOD VENDORS
Alewife Restaurant serving small pulled chicken & pork sandwiches
BEER & WINE
Union Craft Brewing
DJ ABDU ALI FROM 7pm till showtime!7pm: Food & beer from local vendors (for sale)
8:45pm: Juried local short films (to be announced)
9:30pm: Feature films
Location: 200 W. Lexington Street (at Park Avenue) Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact us here: email@example.com or 410.528.7710.
Programming of the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment, Inc. is made possible by individual contributions and generous support from the Goldseker Foundation, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Market Center Merchants Association, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation and Towner Management Company.
ART/SOUND/NOW : Eric Derr & Max Bent
Thursday, July 23rd : 7-8:30pm
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St. : 21201
This summer a beatboxer, spoken word artist, electronic musician, percussionist, and vocalist will turn the galleries at the Walters into dynamic spaces with music, sound, art, and insightful commentary by museum experts. A new way to experience the museum on Thursday Nights! Open until 9 p.m.
The second concert in the ART/SOUND/NOW series features the percussion of Eric Derr and the beatboxing of Max Bent. Mr. Derr will be joined by Susan Wager, Mellon Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Walters, for a guided tour of the Museum’s 18th-century gallery, where works by painter Giovanni Tiepolo and composer Carolyn Chen will spur a conversation about time and space. Mr. Bent, who will create original compositions based on chants in early music, will be joined by medieval art curator Martina Bagnoli to explore the ideas of awe and mystery within the Walters’ collection of medieval art. Ticket holders will enjoy a private bar, a complimentary drink voucher, and exclusive access to the Museum’s third-floor galleries during this evening of intimate conversation and exciting music.
Memory Like Light, An ArtScape 2015 Gallery Network Exhibition
Reception: Friday, July 24th from 6 to 8 pm
The Gallery at CCBC Dundalk
Artists: Sondra N. Arkin, Greg Minah, Steven Shapiro, and Michael Weiss
Curator Rowan Bathurst
July 17th through September 25th
7200 Sollers Point Rd
Baltimore, MD 21222-4649
The Gallery is in the College Community Center (formerly Building K).
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday noon-5 pm, the Gallery is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Please call the gallery location at 443.840.3497 before visiting to assure that the gallery is operating according to posted schedule.
Fluid Movement Presents “Goldblum: The Water Ballet”
Saturday, July 25th : 7p
Patterson Park Pool
148 S. Linwood St. : 21224
Everyone knows and loves Jeff Goldblum, from his star turns in such films as The Big Chill, Earth Girls Are Easy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Fly, and Jurassic Park to his ever present persona in every corner of every television.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be inside his head? Well, this is the summer for you! Fluid Movement, Baltimore’s beloved performance art troupe, puts the “trippy” in trip with its 14th annual synchronized swim spectacle, “Goldblum: The Water Ballet,” which imagines a fictional Jeff Goldblum’s spiritual journey through his own acting career, in public pools with choreographed swimming and pounds of glitter. This year also marks the second annual night show, with transformative lighting elements added to the performance.
Founded in 2001, Fluid Movement is a Baltimore-based performance art group that juxtaposes complex subject matter with delightful and unexpected mediums. We create art that is accessible, and often educational, for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Our performances are created for urban spaces, in Baltimore and beyond. We encourage a sincere understanding and appreciation for city life and city dwellers through our work. In this summer’s production, approximately 90 Baltimoreans will appear in the show as swimmers, actors, puppeteers, and crew.
Tickets are $10 for all shows except Aug 1 5pm [special $5 show]. To purchase tickets or for further information, please visit www.fluidmovement.org
Hani Alqam: “Of Love and War” Opening Reception
Saturday, July 25th : 4-8pm
830 Park Ave. : 21201
XOL Gallery is delighted to invite you to a solo exhibition by Jordanian artist Hani Alqam on the theme of love and war, a constant theme the artist had to live with in the Middle East, a region torn by wars and oppression, and notorious for its widespread sexual discrimination against women.
Alqam tackles the subject of life and death, sexuality, freedom and oppression, and the rise of a brand of Islamic extremism, the like of which the world has never known in its violence and barbarity. The figures in his artwork are hypnotically intense and seemingly haunted by all that is happening. In his unique palette and brush strokes, some of Alqam’s canvases are infused with humor, mockery, irony and a lot of cynicism.
“Cross This Line” Closing Reception
Saturday, July 25th : 2-4pm
126 N. Madeira St. : 21231
MAXgallery & The Artscape Gallery Network present
Cross This Line : A Partnership of Emerging and Established Baltimore Artists
Now thru July 25, 2015 | FREE to the public
Closing Reception: Saturday, July 25, 2015 • 2 – 4 pm
A|Friend, Zizwe Allette, Denée Barr, Abby Bennett, Brandon Buckson, Schroeder Cherry, Michael Q. Howell (How-Well Toons), MJ Kehne, Bart O’Reilly, Ronald Rucker, Dorian “Pinky” Smith, Frank Stewart-El, and Maxine Taylor
Check out BmoreArt’s Review of the Exhibit here.