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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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Baltimore Boom Bap Society 7 Year Anniversary Spectacular!
Tuesday, November 20th • 9pm

The Windup Space
12 West North Avenue : 21201

Come celebrate Baltimore Boom Bap Society’s 7 year Anniversary with a jam packed lineup!

J Pope – emcee
Sean Jones – trumpet
Dirt Platoon – emcees
Chuck the Madd Ox – beatbox
Shodekeh – beatbox
83 Cutlass – emcee
Brinae Ali – tap dancer
Eze Jackson – emcee
Greymatter – emcee
Saleem – emcee
Rafaela Dreisin – trumpet
Tislam the Great – emcee
Jeron White – upright bass
Rufus Roundtree – trombone
Jonathan Lipscomb – guitar
And your hosts, DJ Dubble8 and Wendel Patrick on turntables and electronics.

Additional guests to be announced.
Vending by The Black Genius Art Show

$10 The Windup Space. 12 W North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201

BAZAART Holiday Art Market
Friday, November 23rd + Saturday, November 24th

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway : 21230

  • When: Friday, November 23 – Saturday, November 24
  • What Time: Friday, November 23, 12pm – 6pm; Saturday, November 24, 10am – 6pm.
  • Cost: FREE ENTRY!

American Visionary Art Museum’s annual holiday art market returns! Hundreds of original creations by regional artists and craftspeople, including paintings, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, apparel, and other work that simply defies categorization! Shop local on #SmallBusinessSaturday and support these original makers! FREE ENTRY. The rest of the museum, our Sideshow gift shop, and the 3rd floor restaurant at AVAM, Encantada will be open.

Location: American Visionary Art Museum, Jim Rouse Visionary Center 3rd Floor. Note: Bazaart shoppers are welcome to tour the entire Jim Rouse Visionary Center for free on Bazaart day. The rest of the museum is open 10am-6pm and regular admission applies.

BODY and SOUL | Holiday Sale – Jewelry & Art
Saturday, November 24th • 12-5pm

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : 21218

Artisans: Gloria Askin, Oletha DeVane, Espi Frazier, Leslie King-Hammond, Jose Mapily, Joyce J. Scott, and Trena Taylor

Jim Berger: A Charmed Life | Closing Reception
Saturday, November 24th • 5-7

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

During this reception, join us in celebration of Jim Burger’s contributions to Baltimore journalism and the close of his exhibition.

Jermaine Bell Card-Making Workshop
Sunday, November 25th • 11am-1pm

921 West 36th Street : 21211

Come shake off the turkey day doldrums and kick off the holiday season with a fun greeting card session with Jermaine Bell, a graphic designer, community organizer, and founder of the burgeoning stationery and lapel pin line, jtbeezwax. Create your own cards inspired by Jermaine’s work using everyday objects like scissors, construction paper, and glue.

through Sunday, November 25

Everyman Theatre
315 West Fayette Street : 21201

From its origins in the painstakingly researched fieldwork of two–time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage comes Sweat— the gritty, emotionally charged story of friendships and hardships in post-industrial small-town America. Hailed by The New York Times as “an extraordinarily moving drama” that “brims with the kind of ripe, richly imagined life associated with the work of the great August Wilson,” the show’s Baltimore debut runs October 23–November 25, 2018 and is directed by Everyman Theatre Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi.

Lifelong friends Cynthia and Tracey share everything together as coworkers in a steel mill of Reading, Pennsylvania. After a lethal combination of NAFTA-inflicted layoffs, lockouts, and picket lines plunge the town into economic distress, the sudden downturn crosses racial and generational divides. A
once–intimate friendship is changed forever; suspicion, desperation, and resentment grow as opportunities dry up, opioids take over, and demographics in the Rust Belt town begin to shift.

The action unfurls at the local bar as audiences connect the dots and the play moves between the months before September 11, 2001, and the Economic Crash of 2008. The lives of the factory workers crumble around them, and the beginnings of racial animus, deep division, and much–deserved anger unveil the march toward the nation’s current political milieu. In a world that is fractured and distrustful, Sweat challenges us to consider how we can find common ground to move forward as a country.

“Rooted in the culture of the working class, Sweat deftly captures the pressure cooker of trying times up the road in Reading, Pennsylvania— a post-manufacturing city not unlike Baltimore itself,” said Director Vincent M. Lancisi. “As industrial jobs disappear and skilled laborers lose the living once guaranteed to ensure a middle­–class life, Sweat is far beyond relevant. Lynn Nottage crafts an immensely personal, compelling story. This landmark production, further buoyed by the incredibly talented Everyman cast and crew, is an essential work of contemporary art.”

Sweat is the fourth play by Lynn Nottage to grace the Everyman stage.
Helen Hayes Award-winning Resident Actress Dawn Ursula*, who portrays Cynthia, has played leading roles in every work Everyman has produced in the Nottage canon ­–including last season’s Intimate Apparel, Ruined (2015) and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (2014).

Lynn Nottage is the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, joining acclaimed playwright August Wilson as the only other playwright of color to achieve this feat. She spent over two years heavily researching the background of the play, conducting hundreds of interviews and establishing deep relationships with Reading residents.

The cast for Sweat includes Resident Company members Megan Anderson* (Jessie), Deborah Hazlett* (Tracey), and Dawn Ursula* (Cynthia). Fellow cast members returning to the Everyman stage include Jason B. McIntosh* (Evan) and Kurt Rhoads* (Stan), while JaBen Early* (Brucie), Vaughn Ryan Midder*(Chris), Alejandro Ruiz* (Oscar), and Matthew Ward* (Jason) make their Everyman debut.

The production team for Sweat includes Daniel Ettinger (Resident Set Design), David Burdick (Resident Costume Design), Harold F. Burgess II(Resident Lighting Design), C Andrew Mayer (Sound Design), Lewis Shaw(Resident Fight Choreography), Lindsey R. Barr (Dramaturgy), and Amanda M. Hall* (Resident Stage Management).
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States 

Sweat runs October 23 through November 25, 2018. Tickets ($10–65) are on sale now: online (, by phone (410.752.2208), or at the Everyman Theatre Box Office (315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD).

Japanese Woodblock Prints: The Art of Collaboration
through January 6, 2019

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

Japanese Woodblock Prints showcases more than 40 lively prints dating from the 18th through 19th centuries from the Walters’ collection.

Japanese woodblock prints are often credited to individual artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige. However, these celebrated and beautiful works of art are the products of masterfully orchestrated collaborations among publishers, artists, carvers, and printers; their distinct roles are explored in this exhibition.

Read our review here by Kerr Houston.

BmoreArt Magazine Launch Party Issue 06: Home
** Rescheduled ** Thursday, November 29th • 7-9pm

Union Craft Brewing
1700 West 41st Street #420 : 21211

Join us for the launch of our Home Issue at Union Craft Brewing’s new home!

Tix & More Info Here

This party is an opportunity to support local art and artists and to celebrate creativity in the city we love. It’s also a chance to enjoy the things we love most at home: Beer, Pizza, Tacos, Magazines, and wearing whatever you damn well please.

Issue 06 features the photography of Devin Allen, writing by Kondwani Fidel, the amazing homes of artists, wearable fiber-based sculpture, the art of Zoë Charlton, the hows and whys of collecting with Schwanda Roundtree, and the stories of those who have intentionally made Baltimore their creative home. This issue is an exploration of what home means to different people, and how it is unique to Baltimore.

Tickets include a new magazine, Union Craft beer, pizza, tacos, and SKEE BALL !

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BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

This Week we are featuring online events that you can view from the comfort of your own couch. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.