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This week: Forced Intimacy: Panel and Levity After-Party at The Peale, Ernest Shaw solo exhibit at Motor House, Baltimore Jewelry Center’s 4th Birthday Celebration, Where Have We Been + misperception opening at Towson University, The Ivy Bookshop hosts the Great American Poetry Crawl, mad rad soft: a group show opening at Waller Gallery, WDLY and Baltimore Beat present Bey and the Beat: A Beyoncé Karaoke Fundraiser at Center Stage, Slow Drip, An Unfaithable Shake and Endless Vessel opening at Resort, The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition Award Ceremony at the Walters, and United SKATES screens at the Lewis Museum.

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Forced Intimacy Panel and Levity After Party
Wednesday, July 10th • 7pm-midnight

The Peale
225 North Holliday Street : 21202

Forced Intimacy Panel and Levity After Party
June 10, 7pm-Midnight
Tickets: $10 each | $15 for both

In conjunction with the Forced Intimacy exhibition, join us on Wednesday, July 10th for two very special events:

Chit Chat: A Conversation about Baltimore Queer Nightlife, 7-9pm
Hosted by Levity artist’s Perri B.B & Alejandra Nuñez

The panel will feature artists and organizers from the Baltimore queer scene specifically DDm, Kotic Couture, Trillnatured, Randi misfit, hunter hooligan, & Baby.

Panelists have all played a unique part in shaping the scene we have today.

Levity Afterparty and visuals with Dj Genie, 9:30- Midnight

Forced Intimacy is on display at the Peale through July 14. Featuring photographs by Aaron Brown and Perri BB, this exhibit showcases nightlife scenes of different marginalized communities in Baltimore documented over the last four years.

Ernest Shaw: Testify! A Life’s Time of Emerging Blackness | Reception
Thursday, July 11 • 6-8pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

Join us at Motor House located at 120 W. North Ave for a reception. Light fare & drinks at Showroom Bar & Cafe. To celebrate this exhibition which is a culmination of work created during my sabbatical from Baltimore City Public Schools and work done for the Blackness, Manhood and Masculinity Initiative. This event is sponsored by The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Register for a free ticket here.

Baltimore Jewelry Center 4th Birthday Celebration
Friday, July 12th • 6-8pm

Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 East North Avenue : 21201

Where Have We Been // misperception | Opening Reception
Saturday, July 13th • 2-4pm

Towson University Center for the Arts Galleries
7700 Osler Drive : 21204

This summer, the TU Center for the Arts Galleries offer two distinct exhibits exploring identity, on display from July 13—August 10. As a part of the Artscape Gallery Network, Where Have We Been, in the Center for the Arts Gallery, includes the work of four Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists, two of which are Towson alums. misperception, a showcase of work housed in the Holtzman MFA Gallery, is a culmination of workshops conducted by local artists, including TU professor Kimberly Hopkins at The Children’s Home, Inc, a nonprofit serving youth overcoming trauma. The public is invited to join the opening reception on Saturday, July 13 from 2—4 p.m.

Where Have We Been, an Artscape Gallery Network Exhibition

The works in Where Have We Been have been carefully selected by J. Susan Isaacs, Gallery Curator, and Erin Lehman, Gallery Director. This group exhibition explores the identities that we are born with, and those assigned to us through history, sometimes embraced and sometimes fought against, and those that we take on ourselves, often with a mix of joy and trepidation, which shape and challenge us as we move through life. The writer James Baldwin once wrote “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”  The artists in this exhibition, like Baldwin, confront history and present, both personal and global, that is often beyond words. 

The exhibition includes work by four finalists and two alums for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Artists include Lauren Adams, Taylor Andrews, Akea Brionne Brown, Schroeder Cherry, Anna U. Davis, Nicole Dyer, Justyne Fischer, Camila Franco Ribeiro Gomide, Amy Lynn Helminiak, LaToya Hobbs, Nora Howell, Nate Larson, Lindsay Cameron MacCuaig, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Jackie María Milad (MFA ’05), Lavely Miller-Kershman, Margaret Murphy (BS ’90), Katie O’Keefe, Gina Gwen Palacios, Jamaal Peterman, Scott Ponemone, Beverly Ress, Haley Sanborn, McKinley Wallace III, Stephanie Williams and Curtis Woody.

Where Have We Been is part of several exhibitions presented as part of the Artscape Gallery Network, coordinated by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. The Artscape Gallery Network provides art lovers with an extended opportunity to enjoy Baltimore’s artists before, during, and after the festival weekend. The Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize awards $25000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region.

Great American Poetry Crawl: Baltimore
Saturday, July 13th • 6-8pm

The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road : 21209

Florida-based poet and educator Brendan Walsh brings his summer poetry tour to The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, Maryland. Join him and local authors Lynn Houston and M. L. Doyle Author for an evening of stirring literary work and performance.

Living Things: The Great American Poetry Crawl, sponsored by Sutra Press, is harnessing the fellowship of writing by connecting to independent literary communities up and down the East Coast. This reading tour stretches from Florida to Rhode Island; Walsh is also conducting interviews with local poets in each city, creating a video series that illustrates the reciprocal relationship between poetry and place.

mad rad soft: a group show | Opening Reception
Saturday, July 13th • 6-9pm

Waller Gallery
2420 Calvert Street : 21218

Opening reception for mad rad soft: a group show

The exhibition “mad rad soft” is an opportunity for the community to celebrate femme-ness. Adding -ness to the end of a word is to define its quality or state of being. The artists on view express a state of femme-ness or femininity that will guide the viewer through language that may be new to them. The exhibition, curated by Joy Davis, features the works of Ada Pinkston, Ana Teixeira, Darius Johnson, Desmond Beach, Elana Casey, and Sienna Kwami. The artists on view will celebrate and honor the femme qualities of the human form and the human condition. Artwork on view illustrates different perspectives of the femme identity and forms as seen in nature, history, and through their varied mediums.

There will be light refreshments and opportunities to meet the artists and curator.
Event starts at 6pm and goes until 9:30pm

The exhibition will be on view from July 13th through August 31st. Our open hours are 12-5pm, Thursday-Saturday.

Bey & The Beat: A Beyoncé Karaoke Fundraiser
Saturday, July 13th • 6-10pm

Baltimore Center Stage
700 North Charles Street : 21202

Bey & The Beat: Beyoncé Karaoke.

Come drink, dance, and sing through all of Beyoncé’s spectacular discography at this beautiful location in solidarity with our favorite independent journalism platform.

(21 & Older)

hosted by WDLY and Baltimore Beat

Slow Drip, An Unfaithable Shake and Endless Vessel | Opening Reception

Saturday, July 13th • 7-10pm

235 Park Avenue : 21201

Resort is pleased to announce the opening reception for three exhibitions:

Slow Drip – summer group show featuring Adam Amram, Morgan Blair, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Michael Dotson, Rachel Hayden, Terry Hoff and Cody Tumblin

Beki Basch: An Unfaithable Shake
A solo installation in the window gallery

Endless Vessel – Alex Kovacs / Boi Ceramics
A solo installation in the back project space

These shows open after the announcement of winner of this year’s Sondheim Prize at the Walters Art Museum.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition Award Ceremony

Saturday, July 13th • 7-9pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

The Walters Art Museum, in collaboration with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, is proud to present the 14th-annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition. The exhibition showcases the work of seven finalists in this prestigious competition, which awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the greater Baltimore region. This year’s finalists are Negar Ahkami, Akea Brionne Brown, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Schroeder Cherry, Phylicia Ghee, Jackie Milad and Stephanie Williams.

Attend the award ceremony and be among the first to celebrate the winner, then mingle with members of Baltimore’s arts community at a reception on the Sculpture Court. The museum remains open until 9 p.m. for this event.

Film Screening: UNITED SKATES
Sunday, July 14th • 2pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : 21202

As America’s roller rinks are threatened with closure, United SKATES spotlights communities who fight to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating. Following the showing, participate in a conversation with the film’s cinematographer and see a roller skate performance from Baltimore Rec & Park’s Shake and Bake Family Fun Center.

Free admission.

Click here to watch the trailer

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