BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Galleries, and Events May 9 – 15

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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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<><><><><><><><><><><>10th Annual MICA Art Walk
Thursday, May 11th : 5-10pm

1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

Discover: The next generation of up-and-coming artists and designers.

Be Inspired: Talk directly with the most exceptionally talented students.

Purchase: Artwork by both emerging and accomplished artists before their prices soar.

Party: Get a taste of Baltimore’s best curated food trucks.

Exercise: Walk the most visually stunning 2-mile route through 7 art-filled MICA buildings.

 $50 VIP Admission includes:

  • Early bird admission at 4 p.m. See the artwork 1 hour earlier than general admission patrons and be the first in line to purchase your favorite art.
  • A champaign toast at 4:15 p.m. in celebration of ArtWalk’s 10th anniversary.
  • 5% off one purchased piece of artwork at checkout. Discount does not affect student commission & only valid May 11, 2017.
  • 2 beverage tickets
  • A canvas MICA tote

$20 General Admission includes:

  • Admission to Artwalk at 5 p.m.
  • 1 beverage ticket

Children 10 years old and under are free.

A selection of Baltimore’s best food trucks will line Mount Royal Avenue serving up some great savory and sweet eats to fuel your walk.

Menu items range between $8-$14; most vendors accept credit cards.

  • The Green Bowl – Asian and Latin inspired for the omnivore and vegetarian with a conscience…or taste buds.
  • Kommie Pig – Finger lickin’ good BBQ ribs and chicken, a MICA favorite.
  • Koco Truck – Serving up Korean fusion favorites bulgogi, bibimbap, and more. Cash only.
  • Pasta La Vista – Traditional and authentic Italian cuisine
  • Sláinte on Wheels – Traditional Irish pub favorites along with some eclectic gourmet creations.
  • Iced Gems – Satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of delicious offerings from the pink polka dot truck.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Center Stage Play Labs
Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street : 21202

Join us for our Spring Play Labs, two works by Playwright Dan Hoyle:

Each and Every Thing
Newly reconceived, written, and performed by Dan Hoyle
$10 | $5 for Members
Jay Andrus Rehearsal Hall
Fri, May 12 at 7:30 pm
Sat, May 13 at 7:30 pm


Borders/No Borders
Sun, May 14 at 2 pm
A special presentation of the first draft of a brand new project

Tickets to Play Lab include the Toast Bar, an array of breads and spreads.

From the creator of the award-winning shows Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans comes Each and Every Thing: a new piece of journalistic theater about finding connection in our digital age. From the hardscrabble corner boys of Chicago to the intellectual temple of Calcutta’s famed Coffeehouse, from a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California to an intimate confession in Midtown Manhattan, Each and Every Thing brings a comic and riveting story to vivid life on stage.

Sunday’s Play Lab matinee will feature the very first draft of Hoyle’s newest solo project, employing his signature style to a host of indelible characters who challenge us with questions about how we negotiate borders every day, from the international to the deeply personal.

*Patrons are also invited to attend a free open rehearsal at 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 13. Anyone interested in attending this should contact the Box Office at [email protected]. Please arrive 10–15 minutes prior to the start time.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Amplified Cactus vi.: if I love myself, does fame matter?
Thursday, May 11th : 8pm

Spirits of Mt. Vernon
900 North Charles Street : 21201

Amplified Cactus is Baltimore-based performance and art series that examines questions of vital personal and social importance through music, literature, and visual art.

Amplified Cactus vi: if I love myself, does fame matter? Art in response to this burning question + wine.

<><><><><><><><><><><>Building Bridges: The Politics of Love, Identity and Race :: Reception + Talk
Saturday, May 13th : 3-6pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : 21218

Galerie Myrtis located at 2224 North Charles Street presents Building Bridges: The Politics of Love, Identity and Race curated by Myrtis Bedolla and Ana Joa. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM. An Artists’ Talk will take place the day of the openingSaturday, May 13th and will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

The exhibition presented at Galerie MyrtisBuilding Bridges: The Politics of Love, Identity and Race features works by American and Cuban artists who unite to investigate the politicization of love, identity and race. Artists of multiracial and multicultural backgrounds explore the notion of love—as power and play; offer conceptual and formal dialogue on identity; and examine race as a mechanism to unify or divide a nation and its people.

The exhibit builds upon the new relationship charted by America and Cuba. Participating in the exhibit are preeminent Cuban artists: Julia Valdés Borreno,  Zaida del Rio, Alicia Leal Veloz and Eduardo Roca (Choco) Salazar who will be visiting from Havana and available for interviews from May 12th – May 19th

<><><><><><><><><><><>WTMD Presents: Baltimore Band Block Party
Saturday, May 13th : 2pm

1 Olympic Place : Towson

Fifteen bands are competing by raising money for WTMD. The top 10 bands will perform live at the WTMD studios on Saturday, May 13th.

Tickets are $20 each or $60 for a VIP ticket which includes food and drinks, VIP lounge and commemorative poster.  You’ll get to see ten great Baltimore bands in one night!

The more money your favorite band raises the closer they’ll be to playing First Thursdays so support them now!

Bands competing this year:

Pocket Bells

Legends of et Cetera

Amazing Bill

Kurt Deemer Band

Slow Lights

Thunder Club

Harlan County Kings

A Hoodoo Few

Tribe Jackson

Leo & Cygnus

Hall Williams Band

David Chappell

Great Heights Band

The Outskirts


There are prizes for the top bands, including a Merit Award made possible by The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. 

<><><><><><><><><><><>Pile of Craft
Saturday, May 13th : 10am-5pm

2640 Space
2640 St. Paul Street : 21218

Pile of Craft features high quality handmade goods from over 50 talented artists. The show will be a perfect place to pick up that amazing handmade gift just in time for Mother’s Day.

View our vendor gallery and sponsors here:

Enter our raffle to win a gift basket of handmade goodies donated by our vendors to benefit this year’s charity, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School

There will be pizza from Dizzy Cow Pizzeria, coffee and doughnuts from Sundays Bakehouse and shaved ice from Hula Honeys Hawaiian Shave ice.

Baltimore Jewelry Center will be on hand giving demonstrations.

It’s going to be a great day of fun, food and shopping! We hope to see you there! Free entry from 10AM – 5PM

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