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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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Moms and Meds Documentary Screening
Tuesday, May 24th : 6:30pm

Stevenson University Inscape Theatre
1525 Greenspring Valley Road : Stevenson 21153

Moms & Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication (formerly Women & Meds) is a documentary film that explores the options women face when they want to have children, but take psychotropic medication for mental illness. The film follows multiple women as they attempt to navigate the conflicting attitudes surrounding this issue.

Other interviewees include doctors, advocates and family members who influence, and are affected by, these decisions. The film focuses on the personal stories of the women, and the many facets, both positive and negative, of making such decisions. It addresses the struggle and emotional turmoil, as well as the hope and perseverance of the featured women, and advocates for their ability to make the best individual and personal choices for themselves and their families.


holt-759x500Natural World of Art Workshops : Fanciful Bird
Wednesday, May 25th : 6:30-7:30pm

Holt Park and Center for the Arts
34 Elmont Avenue : Baltimore 21206

$2 per project Discover the connection between art & nature using a variety of materials & techniques. Projects are designed to bring out the inner artist in people of all ages.


Your imagination may soar as you paint and embellish, but this bird will stay put.

<><><><><><><><>Untitled-2_0I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Ackerman
Thursday, May 26th : 7:30pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Dir. Marianne Lambert, Belgium, 2015, 67 mins. In French and English, with English subtitles.

I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE: THE CINEMA OF CHANTAL AKERMAN explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40 plus films from Brussels to Tel Aviv, and from Paris to New York, the film charts her authorial journey.

An experimental filmmaker and a nomad, Chantal Akerman shared her cinematic trajectory with Marianne Lambert, and it’s one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence.  With her editor and long-time collaborator Claire Atherton, she examines the origins of her film language, and aesthetic stance.

I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE includes excerpts from many films made throughout Akerman’s career, including JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (1975), NEWS FROM HOME (1976), THE RENDEZ-VOUS OF ANNA, JE, TU, IL, ELLE (1974), SOUTH (1998), FROM THE EAST (1993), FROM THE OTHER SIDE (2002), LÀ-BAS (2006), and, what would be Chantal Akerman’s last film, NO HOME MOVIE (2015).

“Akerman cuts a fascinating figure worthy of both study and praise – and leaves a body of work that will endure… The film communicates this insight through intimate conversations with her, cross-cut with well-chosen clips from her expansive body of work… The cumulative effect helps bring an artist, whose work is often heady, down to a wonderfully relatable human scale.” – Sean Egan, The Villager

7:30pm | $10, $7 | + $2 at the door

<><><><><><><><>13177226_10154025380285552_7257375683076389676_nThe Master & Margarita
Thursday, May 26th – Sunday, May 29 : 8pm

Baltimore Annex Theater
219 Park Avenue : Baltimore 21201


TICKETS | $15 General | $7 Student & EBT (Door Only)

The Annex Theater presents a new adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s classic novel, The Master & Margarita, adapted and directed by Jacob Budenz.

When the devil and his retinue of witches, talking cats, and defunct choirmasters pay a visit to Moscow, their supernatural havoc drives the unsuperstitious Muscovites mad—and seeks to restore the lives of the heroine Margarita and her lover, the disgraced writer known as the Master. THE MASTER & MARGARITA is a surreal, playfully grotesque journey through atheist Moscow under the Soviet Union.

Drawing from a variety of translations, Budenz’s new adaptation honors the carnivalesque, chaotic nature of Bulgakov’s masterwork while subverting the man’s-world character tropes symptomatic of its time.

Autumn Breaud, Martin Casey, Emily Classen, Theresa Columbus, Samy El-Noury, Terrance Fleming, Jonathan Jacobs, Sarah Jacqueline, Lucia Treasure, and Caitlin Weaver


Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe – Opening Weekend
Friday, May 27th – June 2017

The American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : Baltimore 21230

“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” –Charles Dickens

AVAM is thrilled to announce an all-new original art exhibition, MATT SESOW: Shock and Awe. Washington, D.C.-based self-taught artist Matt Sesow’s “raw, visceral, good to the bone” paintings will be displayed in the museum’s third floor gallery of its Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building beginning Memorial Day Weekend 2016 (Friday, May 27, 2016) and remain on view thru June 4, 2017. Among the original 150 plus works on display, visitors will witness Sesow’s salute to the first 100 American soldiers killed in the Iraq War, his fantastical depictions of animals and birds, personalized tributes to great humanitarians, his own autobiographical paintings, and an illustrated “Key” to understanding the artist’s repeated singular language icons. Curated by museum Founder and Director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this will be the first exclusive showing of Sesow’s work at AVAM.

Matt Sesow (1966– ) was born in Omaha, Nebraska. At age eight, a life-changing “shock” came, interrupting an idyllic summer evening of outdoor play among his posse of childhood friends. Captain of a game of “SPUD” in a field behind his home, Matt’s outstretched arms threw high a ball into the night sky just as a 19-year-old pilot cut his plane’s engine to silently swoop in for a practice manual landing at an adjacent small grassy airfield. The plane’s propeller blade struck Matt’s raised left arm and severed it instantly. The young pilot didn’t see Matt until it was too late.



Make Studio at the Ballroom
Friday, May 27 : 7 – 9 pm

Ballroom Gallery
1511 Guilford Ave B202, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Join us to celebrate the works of individuals at Make Studio! Make Studio is a community-based arts organization located in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 2010 with the mission of providing multi-modal arts programming to individuals with disabilities, make studio aims to put art and abilities to work throughout Baltimore and beyond to create more inclusive communities for all.

There will be a second opening in conjunction with Alloverstreet on June 3.

For more information on Make Studio, please see their website at:

<><><><><><><>articonArticon: A Group Fantasy and Sci-Fi Art Show – Opening Reception
Friday, May 27th : 7-10pm

The Escape Artists Gallery
827 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

The Escape Artists Gallery is proud to present, Articon, an inter-galactic group show inspired by Science Fiction and Fantasy cultures. The show will be on view from May 27th to June 12th, at our gallery location: 827 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD, on the second floor. Please join us to celebrate the show’s opening on May 27th, from 7pm to 10pm. This will also be a costume event and all those attending are invited to dress as their favorite Science Fiction or Fantasy characters. There will be a costume contest with out of this world prizes. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by the local band Canopy, who is famous for their futuristic sounds all over planet Earth and other planets as well. The show will feature artwork on the theme of Science Fiction and Fantasy, from the Escape Artists Gallery members and local guest artists, selected by a jury of multi-planetary judges, from a public call.  The artwork featured will consist of a variety of mediums and styles, from expressive painting to photography. Viewers are invited to both the opening and the show to celebrate with the artists. The show will be on display until June 12th and will be simply magical. The gallery’s weekly business hours are Friday – Sunday, from 4pm to 7pm.

The Escape Artists Gallery is an artist owned and artist run gallery whose mission is to provide a venue for local established and emerging artists to show and sell their art to the public as well as provide opportunities to share their artistic knowledge through workshops, classes, and networking with the community. If you would like more information about Escape Artists or this exhibit, please Katia Baskina ([email protected]).

Sunday Salon: Adam G Holofcener, ANXNIMXUS_AL, Loading Dock Inc.
Sunday, May 29th : 12-2pm

The Contemporary @ The Former Peale Museum
225 North Holiday Street : Baltimore 21201

Please join us for regular Sunday Salons in concert with Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, a project with New York-based artist Abigail DeVille at the former Peale Museum located at 225 N. Holiday Street. Each Sunday, till June 5th, will feature local performers, poets, storytellers, and musicians from 12pm-2pm. Feel free to grab a bite from the Sunday’s Farmer Market and join us at the Peale Museum for an afternoon of performances. The current schedule is subject to change and includes:

In addition to Sunday Salons, the microphone in the Peale Museum’s theater will always be on and available for public use—feel free to hop on for a moment and/or organize your own event, karaoke night, meeting, convening, concert, or practice session. Contact us for additional details.

<><><><><><><><>530033_10150686304241597_2094997411_n32nd Annual Sowebo Festival
Sunday, May 29 : 12-8pm

Sowebo Festival
1000 Hollins Avenue : Baltimore 21223

Baltimore’s always free and utterly unique Arts and Music Festival surrounding historic Hollins Market is well on it’s way for a great Memorial Weekend (Sunday, May 29) day of fun. We still inviting volunteers who live and breath music, visual art, and children’s activities.



BmoreArt Magazine Launch 2
Saturday, June 4 : 7-10

Area 405
405 W. Oliver Street : Baltimore MD 21202

Looking ahead… have you purchased your tickets to our June 4 Magazine Launch Party ??

Besides being a super fun event, our magazine launch raises funds for our NEXT print issue. We plan to release a new magazine each spring and fall, but we can’t do it without your support.

The second issue of the BmoreArt Journal of Art + Ideas has arrived! Enjoy a cocktail reception at Area 405, one of Baltimore’s most unique and best loved art venues! A $25 ticket includes drinks, snacks, a chance to bid on amazing local art, collaborative popsicle art, Nachos, DJ Dude Diligence and dance floor, and … the first chance to take home the second issue of BmoreArt’s print magazine!

This full color publication is a unique art piece in itself and a time capsule of Baltimore’s creative individuals and output. Issue 2: Money explores the theme of money for artists; how sustainable practices impact art production and the versatile and creative ways that artists fund their careers. Like our first publication, this publication features content created only for print, with writing by Bret McCabe, Julie Scharper, Ashley Minner, and Kerr Houston, photos by JM Giordano, Justin Tsucalas, E. Brady Robinson, Joe Hyde, Kelvin Bulluck, Tommy Bruce and Sean Scheidt, with illustrations by Alex Fine. Issue 2 includes conversations with a cross section of Baltimore area artists, collectors, creative professionals, and philanthropists.

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