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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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<><><><><><><><><><>jazzJazz Brings Us Together with Korean Breath
Wednesday, July 27th : 7:30pm

The Motor House
120 West North Avenue : Baltimore 21201

Join us for a fusion of Western jazz, Korean jazz, and traditional Korean music. Enjoy performances by the World Music Group SE:UM and saxophonist Craig Alston and his Ensemble. The event is FREE.

WHAT: Joint fusion performance of Western jazz, Korean jazz, and Korean traditional music
WHO: The World Music Group SE:UM, saxophonist Craig Alston and his ensemble
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 pm (RSVP required)
WHERE: Motor House (120 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201)
HOW: Free with an RSVP; details at and

In partnership with Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) community engagement office and by Station North Arts and Entertainment District, the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents a groundbreaking performance by Korea’s cutting-edge jazz fusion group, The World Music Group SE:UM, in concert with saxophonist Craig Alston and his jazz ensemble at Motor House in Baltimore, Md. on July 27. This joint performance will introduce Korean jazz music on the world stage as a key part of contemporary Korean music, and celebrate harmony among Baltimore’s diverse regional communities through cultural exchange and a shared love of jazz music.

SE:UM is one of Korea’s most innovative ensembles, drawing instrumental, vocal, and improvisation techniques from both Korean and Western jazz traditions. This event will feature U.S. premiers of their major works, including Abyss, The Other Side, Smell of the Water, Seven Steps One Bow, and Sa-Gye-Hwa. Craig Alston is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known as the saxophonist for jazz soul band Fertile Ground, and whose versatility has allowed him to play with musicians across genres, from The Temptations to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The public can attend the July 27 performance for free with an RSVP. For details visit and The July 28 event is by invitation only.



Baltimore Borders: LABBodies

Wednesday, July 27  – Saturday July 30

This year marks the second iteration of LabBodies Performance Art Review: Borders Boundaries and Barricades. In between July 27th to July 30th, 2016, we will highlight time based performance art work that has been presented in the greater Baltimore region.

The Labbodies curatorial team: Ada Pinkston and Hoesy Corona will fill the gallery with an installation that includes sculptural assemblage, video art, photos, and other ephemera that is connected to performance art.

BBB:RETROSPECTIVE will program multiple live performances every evening over the course of 4 nights. The live performances will be a program of performative work that examines the theme Retrospective.

The term Retrospective has been considered and used more in contemporary times than it has been in the past one hundred years. Selected performances will be an examination of or related to the past. There will performances that are an examination of history as far back as one hundred years, to one year, to one month, to one week. Performances that examine a macro retrospective, such as social, political, or economic history will be juxtaposed with performances that examine a micro retrospective such as personal histories related to identity, family, and aging.

WED JULY 27th 2016

7:00pm Pastel Witch by Jacob Budenz

7:30 pm We Wear the Mask by Christina Joseph

8:00pm Tenderling Edges by Matthew Williams

8:30pm the Swan: a Serial Killer Ballet Pt. II by Alex D’agostino

9:00pm Slicing Onions by Sarah Eargle

THUR JULY 28th 2016

7:00pm Cave of the Winds by Christine Ferrer

7:30 pm Sin Eater by Carly J. Bales

8:00 pm The Way of Lead(.38 caliber) by Laure Drogoul

8:30pm untitled (a meal between friends) by Chanan Delivuk

9:00pm Rainbow & Heart Bridge by Yuqi Wang & Selina Doroshenko

FRI JULY 29th 2016

8:00pm Negrita Doctress by Nicoletta de la Brown

8:30pm Untitled by Jenné Afiya Matthews

9:00pm  Shoot  Dice – Remixing the past. by Kariz Marcel

9:30pm Lost and Loss by Tsedaye Makonnen

SAT JULY 30th 2016

8:o0pm Sync by Kristin McWharter

8:30pm The Student Lounge: Goxxtica, Cindy and Fred  by Laura Weiner & Christianna Clark

9:00pm whitemilk#fucktrump by Esther Baker-Tarpaga

9:30pm For the Love of Whiteness by Waqia Abdul-Kareem

10:00pm Untitled by Sophia Mak

More info here:


Q71KFhJFRainbow Fest : 5th Annual LGBTQA Film Festival
Thursday, July 28th – Saturday, July 30th

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

For the 5th anniversary of our fabulous LGBTQA Film Festival we are expanding into the Creative Alliance Rainbow Fest! This year, in addition to the thoughtfully curated films, we are including dazzling performances, witty comedy by beloved author Isaac Oliver, a wild Drag Party hosted by Betty O’Hellno, saucy happy hours, and more!

The film festival is one of Creative Alliance’s signature 21st Birthday programs and is only part of our ongoing support of the LGBTQA community of artists and activists in Baltimore!

– Festival Tickets & Weekend Passes –

Individual Film: $10 | + $2 at the door

Weekend Pass: $30, $25 mbrs.
Access to all Films & Rainbow Fest Drag Party! Get 2016 Festival Passes HERE.

Isaac Oliver: $20, $17 mbrs.

Rainbow Fest Drag Party!: $10 ($5 if you show your ticket from a film)

<><><><><><><><><><>c6BKK7fMART/SOUND/NOW : Amy Reid + TRNSGNDR/VHS
Thursday, July 28th : 7-8:30pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Immerse yourself in live music while you enjoy the galleries. The Art/Sound/Now performance series returns this summer, with a new lineup of Baltimore musicians performing original compositions inspired by the art. The series is held every third Thursday night this summer.

<><><><><><><><><><>-cAlM1c0Ut Pictura Poesis: Works by Melissa Godoy Nieto in collaboration with poetry by Lane Harlan – Closing Reception
Saturday, July 30th : 7-10pm

Platform Gallery
116 West Mulberry Street : Baltimore 21201

PLATFORM is pleased to present UT PICTURA POESIS with works by Melissa Godoy Nieto in collaboration with poetry by Lane Harlan. UT PICTURA POESIS came from a long-term conversation between Nieto and Harlan, who share a friendship in addition to having this creative collaboration.

Melissa Godoy Nieto seeks to explore the dialogue between verbal and visual communication. Lane Harlan’s poetry acted as a catalyst for Nieto’s drawings and paintings for the past months in her studio. UT PICTURA POESIS is the result of the collaboration in which Godoy investigates her relationship with nostalgia, identity, and longing through symbolism by creating visual responses and expressions of Harlan’s poems written during her journeys in Mexico in the past year.

Oaxacan toy instruments and recorded street sounds by Matthew Pierce.

<><><><><><><><><><>fdSVKgThUbu the King Performance
Saturday, July 30th : 7:30pm

EMP Collective
307 West Baltimore Street : Baltimore 21201


Guest performers Rough House (Chicago) return to EMP and Baltimore with Ubu the King, an elaborate, silly, and brilliantly designed new adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 french masterpiece of absurdo-surrealism.

The show will feature puppets and live music and is guaranteed to be ridiculous, heartbreaking and spectacular.

<><><><><><><><><><>Eric-Celarier-883x1024Garbage Art Workshop with Eric Celarier
Sunday, July 31st : 2pm

155 Gibbs Street : Rockville 20850

Workshop: Garbage Art, Sunday July 31, 2 PM, $5.00,  RSVP

Rockville, MD- “Trash does not lie,” says Eric Celarier.  “It can tell us, without passion or prejudice, what is ultimately important to us,” he concludes. In his solo exhibition at VisArts, Celarier explores the testimonial qualities of garbage to portray what humans actually do and to describe biological evolution in the wake of human existence.  Crafting a swarm of creatures and environments from refuse, he lends form to the idea that all future flora and fauna can be seen as byproducts of our existence. His creatures generate a whimsical, but cautionary environment.

On July 31 at VisArts the artist will lead a workshop where participants can make their own creation out of trash and consider other artists who use discarded materials.

<><><><><><><><><><>baker20162016 Baker Artist Awards Exhibition
Sunday, July 31st – Sunday, September 11th

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

The BMA celebrates the 2016 Baker Artist Awards with a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing examples of works by winners of the prestigious prizes. This year’s exhibition in the May Galleries features the work of visual artist Joyce J. Scott, winner of the $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize and literary artist Jen Grow, winner of the $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winner. Also featured are the winners of three $5,000 prizes: performing artist Naoko Meashiba, filmmaker Matt Porterfield and visual artist Bill Schmidt.

Winners of the Baker Artist Awards are selected from over 700 artists who create portfolio’s of their work on the Baker Artist portfolio website. Participation in the portfolio site and awards is open to artists of all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties.

The Baker Artist portfolios and associated awards were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community.

A public reception will be held on Wednesday, September 7th, from 6PM – 9PM. This special event will also feature performances, readings, and films in the BMA Auditorium.

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