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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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MFA Exhibitions: Jodi HooverSidney Pink
Saturday, December 29th • 12-4pm

Towson University Center for the Arts, Holtzman MFAGallery
Towson University : 21204

Hoover’s drawings and prints explore storytelling as a (sometimes unreliable) way to explain the dangerous, beautiful world. Familiar and domestic designs, such as quilt patterns, bleed into fairytale landscapes. The resulting imagery is an uneasy blend of whimsy and threat. Free

Pink explores drawing in relation to somatic practices such as dancing, walking and breathing. This exhibition invites viewers to experience connections between phenomenology and drawing to create new ways of thinking. Interactive installations include dance scores, soundscapes and guided meditations for viewers to engage in different modes of being.

Kwanzaa Celebration
Saturday, December 29th • 12-4pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
840 East Pratt Street : 21202

Celebrate this African American holiday with African dance, storytelling with puppets, drumming performances, workshops, lectures, craft activities and a fashion show celebrating the principle Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH) or Collective Economics. Vendors can contact the museum to participate in the annual African Marketplace.

Special Admission is $5.

The Madlab Post Presents: Short Film Slam Round V Championship Finals
Saturday, December 29th • 7pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201


Mature Audiences Only (18/21+)


Come watch an international selection of one dozen short films at the 2018 Short Film Slam: Round V Championship Finals. Attendees get to cast a vote to choose which film will win the Grand Prize during this tournament style showcase presented by The Madlab Post.

From the startling family dynamics in Tyler Yarbro’s dark comedy A CHRISTMAS DINNER to Iranian director Saman Hosseinpuor’s technology drama THE LAST EMBRACE, the complexities of humantiy unfold through stories about sacrifices made in the quest for truth, compassion and a better tomorrow.

Our Movie of the Month Award recipients will also be celebrated including Baltimore director Ladarris “Quik” Boykin, whose film STILL WATERS depicts the struggles of people affected by traumatic experiences. Harvard University graduate Claudia Stack will also be recognised for her documentary SHARECROP: DELTA COTTON, in which Mississippi plantation farmer Sylvester Hoover reflects on his upbringing, the peonage system and blues music.

WATCH films, MEET the filmmakers, and VOTE for your fave!

Glitter Ball
Saturday, December 29th • 8pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

Betty O’Hellno and Jacqueline Boxx invite you to a decadent end-of-year celebration with burlesque glitz, music, and all around fabulousness!

The Glitter Ball transforms Creative Alliance into a shimmery, winter wonderland, a true celebration of all thing that shine and sparkle! Your night includes elaborate decor, themed costumes (come dressed in all that glitters and shines), a DJ dance party, circus performances, and a Sparkle Market where attendees can add even more shine to their outfits. Then, the main event: an extravagant burlesque show featuring NYC’s own Perle Noire (“The Mahogany Queen of Burlesque,” named a Top 5 Burlesque Performer of the world by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine on 3 occasions) and Poison Ivory (2016 Miss Exotic World at the Burlesque Hall of Fame), alongside the best in local talent, MC’ed by Betty O’Hellno herself!

Limited seating, first-come-first-served. For accommodation in our accessible area, just contact the box office!

SAT DEC 29 | 8PM | $28, $25 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door)

The Importance of Being Earnest
Closing Night | Sunday, December 30th

Everyman Theatre
315 West Fayette Street  : 21201

Everyman Theatre’s next show in the 2018-2019 season is The Importance of Being Earnest, a light-hearted romantic comedy packed with twists, turns, and witty repartee.  Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch Artistic Director of Rep Stage, the tale of worlds turned topsy-turvy with assumed identities lampoons the absurdity of Victorian virtues.  The Everyman production showcases a subtext that is as relevant today as it was to its intended 19th-century audience—Wilde’s “bachelor” compatriots—inside jokes abound through subtly scripted details.  The play runs December 4 – December 30, 2018.  

A complicated connection between friends and rakish bachelors Algernon and Jack takes a turn for the ridiculous when Algernon assumes the character of Jack’s imaginary wicked brother, Earnest.  Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin, the beautiful Gwendolen, but he first must convince her mother, Lady Bracknell, (played by Baltimore’s master of comedy, beloved Resident Company Member Bruce Randolph Nelson), of the respectability of his past.  Town and country clash in a brilliantly wild, funny story of romance, identity, perambulators, and capacious handbags.

Everyman’s Earnest draws inspiration from the historical context within the play with choices that endow the well-known work with fresh framing and a new energy.  “I’ve always been a fan of [Earnest] and respect where it sits in the canon”, states Director Joseph W. Ritsch.  “Restoring the original script (that was heavily censored after playwright Wilde returned from imprisonment due to his homosexuality) honors the politics of the play and elevates the comedy. Knowing that it’s intended for two audiences—the regular affluent theatre patrons of the day and the underground gay community—magnifies the double entendres and innuendo when considering the gay code of the play.”

“After learning of (Director) Joseph’s unique vision, I immediately knew he was the right person for the job,” say Everyman Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi.  “Other art forms play a heavy influence in this show, and the result jumpstarts this cherished work into a caffeinated classic.”  Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and the Pop Art movement, the set and costumes are a modern mash-up: traditional period architecture and silhouettes combined with bold pops of color and oversized patterns provide an exciting upgrade to the set and costumes.

The Importance of Being Earnest runs December 4 through December 30, 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).

The cast for The Importance of Being Earnest includes Resident Company members Danny Gavigan* (Algernon), Paige Hernandez* (Cecily), Wil Love* (Rev. Chausable), Bruce Randolph Nelson* (Lady Bracknell), and Carl Schurr* (Merriman/Lane).  Fellow cast members returning to the Everyman stage include Helen Hedman* (Miss Prism), and Katie Kleiger* (Gwendolen), while Jaysen Wright* (Jack) makes his Everyman debut.

The production team for The Importance of Being Earnest includes set designer Daniel Ettinger (Sweat, Book of Joseph), costume designer David Burdick (Sweat, Book of Joseph), lighting designer Harold F. Burgess II(Sweat, Aubergine), sound designer Roc Lee (Aubergine), dramaturgist Lindsey R. Barr, properties master Jillian Mathews, and stage manager Cat Wallis*

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States Everyman Resident Production Member

To learn more about Everyman Theatre, visit or call 410.752.2208.

BROS NYE: 2 K9 Teen!
Monday, December 31st • 9pm

The Ottobar
2549 North Howard Street  : 21218

Join the Barktimore Rock Opera Society this New Year’s Eve as we return to The Ottobar for our annual tradition of covering the place in weird stuff, rocking out to great tunes, and partying the night away! This year, attendees will enjoy a tail-wagging good time as we embrace all things canine and welcome 2 K9 Teen!

Help us ring in the New Year at this unleashed celebration! You’ll enjoy live performances from The Hollywood Blanks, Outcalls, and Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band with DJ Pancakes rounding out the night with tunes that’ll have you howling. BROS members will be performing their best stupid human tricks for treats, and we encourage everyone to come dressed to the (K)nines as their favorite dog and make use of our photo booth. Make sure to stick around until midnight for a complimentary champagne toast, and to share a sloppy kiss with your favorite pup when the ball is dropped, chased, and fetched.

Don’t get collared by a lame NYE. Bark the night away with BROS at Ottobar!

NOTE: No real dogs allowed :-/

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