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Artist Talk: Meleko Mokgosi
Tuesday, May 1st · 5-7pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

Get a sneak peek at the new exhibition Acts of Resistance by Meleko Mokgosi from 5-6 p.m., followed by an in-depth conversation between the artist and Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Kristen Hileman, discussing his new suite of paintings. Hear more about how Mokgosi explores the varied notions of resistance, expanding on conventional understandings to include the roles of race, gender, love, intimacy, metaphor, and narrative.


Maryland Film Festival 2018!
Wednesday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 6th

The SNF Parkway Theater + MICA

From May 2 – 6, more than 10,000 moviegoers will pack Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District for the 2018 Maryland Film Festival. 2018 marks the Maryland Film Festival’s 20th anniversary.

Once again, the hub of the festivities will be the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, the long-vacant 1915 movie house that returned in 2017 after an $18.2 million restoration that made it Baltimore’s centerpiece for film appreciation and education.

 This year’s Opening Night shorts program will be hosted by cinematographer Bradford Young, whose credits include Arrival, Selma, and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Skipping the competition and categories typical of many festivals, The Maryland Film Festival instead celebrates and showcases passionate filmmaking, with an emphasis on fostering a connection between filmmakers and audiences.

With panel discussions and all screenings of North American films hosted by the artists, the Festival encourages both film buffs and casual moviegoers to be inspired by the world of cinema. In past years, the Festival has hosted screenings by famed directors including Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Melvin Van Peebles, Jonathan Demme, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins, Matthew Porterfield, David Lowery, Kris & Joe Swanberg and Lena Dunham.

Tickets to regular screenings will be $13, which will take place at the Parkway’s three screens, the MICA Lazarus Center, MICA Gateway Building and MICA Brown Center. Presale tickets will be made available online and onsite at the Parkway in mid-April, as well as onsite during the Festival at our Main Box Office and screening venues.

Ticket prices for Special Events, such as the Opening Night Shorts Program, Closing Night Film and Party, the John Waters’ Pick, and Alloy Orchestra Screening will be announced in mid-April.

Tickets for students will be $11 purchased on-site only

All-Access Passes are on sale to the public for $425 and a new pass for all films showing at MICA’s Brown Center is available for $100 at


Too Many Dinner Parties | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 5th · 7-10pm

218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Terrault is pleased to announce the featured artists selected for the 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition!

Too Many Dinner Parties features 12 artists from Baltimore and across the U.S. and opens to the public with a reception on Saturday, May 5th 7-10PM.

Exhibition runs May 5- May 26th, 2018
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1-5PM (except for opening night)

Featured Artists:
Erick Antonio Benitez
Brian Dunn
David Elliot
Morgan Rose Free
Curtis Miller
Heidi Nam
Alexis Novak
Danni O’Brien
Malcolm Peacock
Banjamin Terry
Sarah Tortova
David Ubias

Facebook Event for Opening Reception here.

Featured artwork on flyer: Play Date by Danni O’Brien, latch hooked yarn and plastic rope, wood, wire, plastic tubing, glitter, glazed ceramics, 60 x 30 x 12″

<><><><><><><><>Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest
Saturday, May 5th – Sunday, May 6th

Waller Gallery
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

The newly announced Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival puts black femme-identified people into focus, through the medium of film.

Featuring films created by black women of all nationalities and sexual orientations, the weekend will feature over 25 short films, a performance and a panel.

This event will occur May 5- May 6 at Waller Gallery during “Drapetomania: The Strong Urge to Escape,” writer and filmmaker Nia Hampton’s first solo gallery show.

Presale tickets are available now! CLICK HERE

<><><><><><><><>20th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 5th · 10am

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230

  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: All Day! Race kicks off at 10am
  • Where: Begins & ends @ AVAM (800 Key Hwy, Baltimore)
  • Cost: FREE for Spectators!

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race through Baltimore of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR WATERS,constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)!

The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots (“Kinetinauts”) compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more.

Race starts at 10am at the American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet).

Great spots to see the vehicles:

  • 1st Checkpoint atop Federal Hill (around 10:15am)
  • The Water Entry at the boat ramp at Canton Waterfront Park (around 11am)
  • the not-so-quick-Sand Pit in Patterson Park (1:15-3pm)
  • the uphill Mud-Pit in Patterson Park (1:15-3pm)
  • and, of course, anywhere along the 15-mile route through Baltimore.

For more information—including past race photos & inspiration—visit

<><><><><><><><>Thrive Release Party
Saturday, May 5th · 8pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

W/ Amy Reid, Scroll Downers & More

Come celebrate the release of Gather Together’s THRIVE zine! This workbook features a year of skill-shares by and for people impacted by rape and abuse. Launched in 2017, THRIVE created a space to grow, learn, and heal as a community. This zine catalogues the phenomenal facilitators who led one year of workshops. Music and drinks!

Amy Reid
Scroll Downers
Infinity Knives + Randi
DJ Set: Genie
DJ Set: Ami Dang
with Healing Arts by Alanah Nichole

Gather Together, a project based out of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, is multi-racial, multi-gender, Baltimore based grassroots collective of people who encountered and survived sexual and domestic violence at some point in their lives. Gather Together empowers survivors to equally lead by sharing the power of a community, establish and provide safe/supportive spaces for healing and sharing, and engage their voices to create art activism and community action.

We welcome and honor survivors and victims of sexual and domestic violence to our family. We organize a variety of ways for all survivors to be part this effort, including a monthly potluck, a monthly skill-share series, and special programs and events, with a focus on the arts.

$12 Advance | $15 Day Of

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