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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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<><><><><><><><><><><>CoHosts II | Sharon Hayes + Penthouse Gallery
Tuesday, May 16th : 7-9pm

Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral Street : 21201

The lecture will begin at 7pm, doors close at 6:45.

Sharon Hayes: Over the past ten years, Sharon Hayes has been engaged in an art practice that uses multiple mediums—video, performance, and installation—in ongoing investigation into various intersections between history, politics and speech. Her work is concerned with developing new representational strategies that examine and interrogate the present political moment, not as a moment without historical foundation but as one that is always allegorical, a moment that reaches simultaneously backwards and forwards. To this aim, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism.

Hayes’ work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally at venues including the New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum, the Deutsche Guggenheim, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Art In General, Artists Space, as well as in 45 lesbian living rooms across the US. Hayes’ work was shown in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and in Greater New York at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. Additionally, her work was exhibited in the Istanbul Biennial in 2009, the Yokohama Triennial 2008, Guangzhou Triennial 2008 and PERFORMA05. Her collaborative piece, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, made with Andrea Geyer, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne was shown in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany and subsequently at the Tate Modern in London and REDCAT in Los Angeles. Hayes is an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union. She is represented by Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Penthouse Gallery: Established in late 2008, Penthouse Gallery is a collaboratively-run residential art space that has been shared by a wide range of artists, musicians and creative individuals since its inception. Penthouse does not limit itself to one artistic specialization or curatorial approach, rather it’s identity is based in the network of relationships it has fostered over the years through communal living, collaborative work, and the byproducts of those conditions. Penthouse Gallery is currently on hiatus in response to the state of uncertainty faced by many arts spaces locally and nationally in regards to code violations and fire safety.

<><><><><><><><><><><>An Evening with Snail Mail
Tuesday, May 16th : 8-10pm

1 Olympic Place : Towson

At this year’s South by Southwest, everybody was talking about a three-piece rock band from Baltimore named Snail Mail.

Pitchfork raved about them, and awarded them Best New Track. In a huge profile of Snail Mail’s singer, Lindsey Jordan, Pitchfork called her “the wisest teenage indie rocker we know” —

Stereogum gushed that Lindsey is “able to fit a universe of emotion into a single turn of phrase without any vocal affectation” —

On Tuesday May 16, you can see Snail Mail live, right here in WTMD’s intimate performance studio, a week before they set off on their first big national tour.

Snail Mail won’t be playing rooms this small for long.

An Evening With Snail Mail is Tuesday May 16 at 1 Olympic Place in Towson. ALL AGES. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9.


Babel: A Fulldome Projection by Kelley Bell
Friday, May 19th : 6:30pm – Sunday, May 21st : 3pm

David M. Brown Planetarium
1426 North Quincy Street : Arlington VA

Babel is an animated video by Baltimore City artist Kelley Bell. The soundtrack features the song “Many Horses” from For Stars and Atoms, an album by the excellent band Yeveto. Babel takes advantage of David M. Brown Planetarium’s domed ceiling to present a 5-minute tour of the iconic structures and institutions that boast this architectural feature, placing viewers beneath the oculus at Rome’s Pantheon; gazing up at the gorgeous lattices of Tilla Kari Madrasa in Uzbekistan, and our own nation’s Capitol Building, to name a few.

Here is a preview:

This screening is made possible by support from Arlington Arts.

Kelley Bell holds an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Imaging and Digital Arts, and a BFA in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute. Her animations have been screened locally and as far away as Zagreb, Croatia. Screenings include the Visionary Arts Museum, the Annapolis Film Festival, The Transmodern Arts Festival, and the University of Maryland College Park. She was a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2004, and 2013, a semifinalist for the Sondheim Art Prize in 2010 and 2011, and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation And Collaboration Grant in 2013. Never one to think small, her large-scale public projections have appeared in numerous festivals like the InLight Festival in Richmond, Virginia, the Lumen Festival in Staten Island, New York and the Northern Spark Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Animafest Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. Her projection series, The Clock Strikes 100, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Baltimore, Maryland’s BromoSeltzer Tower was named Best Public Art Project by Baltimore Magazine in 2011. She is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Visual Arts Department at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Sunsets May 2017
Friday, May 19th : 7-10pm

Exit the Apple
2334 Guilford Avenue : 21218

This month’s session is all about GRACE.


  • Elissa Blount Moorhead, producer, artist, writer and curator
  • Carolyn Malachi, GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter

$10 suggested donation. Free wine!


Bring your vibrant energy, an open mind, and a friend!

(Image designed by N’Deye Diakhate)

<><><><><><><><><><><>Lauren Davies + Melissa Webb | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 20th : 6:30-9:30pm

405 East Oliver Street : 21202

<><><><><><><><><><><>The Show Must Go On!  A Stoop Storytelling Event
Monday, May 22nd : 7:30pm

Everyman Theatre
315 West Fayette Street : 21201

Everyman Theatre and Stoop Storytelling will partner to present “The Show Must Go On!,” an entertaining evening of hilarious-but-true stories of the unexpected pitfalls and pratfalls of live performance – inspired by the theatre’s upcoming production of Noises OffThe Show Must Go On! takes place live on the Everyman Theatre stage, on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:30pm. The ticketed event ($20) will be preceded by live music entertainment and happy hour in the theatre’s lobby bar, beginning at 6:00pm.

“There are no such things as ‘outtakes’ in live theatre,” said Noises Off director and Everyman Theatre Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi. “Anything can happen. Hence, many performers are harboring a treasure trove of on- and off-stage stories of unexpected things gone awry. It’s a treat to partner with Stoop Storytelling in assembling this uproarious evening of behind-the-scenes hilarity, just waiting to be shared!”
“We are looking for spirited and authentic submissions from actors, singers, magicians, jugglers – performers of all kinds,” says Stoop Storytelling host, producer, and co-founder Jessica Henkin, who will be emceeing the show alongside her husband, WYPR’s Aaron Henkin. “It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing and hearing these stories on the Everyman Theatre stage, on the set from Noises Off.”

Tickets for The Show Must Go On! are $20 and can be purchased online (, by phone (410.752.2208), or at the Everyman Theatre Box Office (315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201).

In performances May 17-June 18, 2017Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, is a love-letter to the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage, starring eight Resident Company members of Everyman Theatre. Details at

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