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This week: Summer Selection 2019 at Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore Comedy Festival at the Motor House, Christian Benefiel at McDaniel College’s Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, the Parkway hosts a Maker Conversation with Wild Kombucha and 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest, Space 2640 hosts Brivele, Mark Gunnery, and Barrage Band Orchestra, Horse Lords/Smoke Bellow/Lexie Mountain at Current Space, and Can I Kick It? Presents: Predator at the Creative Alliance.

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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Summer Selection 2019
ongoing through September 28th

Steven Scott Gallery
808 South Ann Street : 21231

31st Anniversary Summer Group Exhibition featuring Robert Andriulli, Gary Bukovnik, Anne Marie Fleming, Red Grooms, Ellen Hill, Sheep Jones, Tom Miller, Kathryn O’Grady, Katja Oxman, Hollis Sigler and Frank Trefny

Maker Conversation with Wild Kombucha
Thursday, August 29th • 6-8pm

SNF Parkway Theatre
3 West North Avenue : 21202

You love their local products, now you have an opportunity to hear their stories. Join Made in Baltimore at our Maker Conversation series at the Parkway Theatre, as we introduce you to maker entrepreneurs in our network. On August 29th, our business development coordinator, Keisha Ransome, sits down with the owners of Wild Kombucha to have a candid conversation about “making” in Baltimore. Learn about their brand, how Baltimore has embraced them, and their inspiration for creating komucha you love. After the conversation, join us in the theater lobby where you can purchase food, beverages, and enjoy kombucha.

Baltimore Comedy Festival
Wednesday, August 28th • 9-10:30pm

Motor House
120 West North Avenue : 21201

8:00 – RECEPTION – Food, Fun and Vibes. Come and Enjoy the Motor House while DJ Dragn supplies music. Meet performing Comedians during this Opening Reception.

9:00 – SHOWCASE – Performing Comedians – Kiragu Beauttah, Bryson Young, Brandon Mitchell, Tink, Elizabeth Norman
and Archie Jamieson


This system is working – an exhibit by Christian Benefiel
Reception: Thursday, August 29: 5:30 – 7:30

Esther Prangley Rice Gallery
McDaniel College, Peterson Hall, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Maryland 21157

McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “This system is working,” an exhibit by Christian Benefiel, August 29 through September 27 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6:00 p.m.

Christian Benefiel is a sculptor who works in material, installation, and extended objects. His work addresses systems and relationships as they relate to inter-connectivity and causality. He has shown nationally and internationally and is in collections and public installations throughout the United States. He has received The Roth Endowment Award, MSAC lndividual Artist Grant, William J Fulbright Post Graduate Research Grant, the Oliver Award, and Hamiltonian Fellowship among others awards. He has done artist residencies with the Pirkkala Sculpture, The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Jackson County Green Energy Park, The Finnish Academy of Fine Art, as well as traditional art spaces such as Hamiltonian Artists and Vermont Studio Center. He currently splits his time between teaching sculpture and drawing at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown WV, making, and exhibiting work. He lives and works in western Maryland.

The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information on Benefiel, visit For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.

2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest
Friday, August 30th – Sunday, September 1st

SNF Parkway Theatre
3 West North Avenue : 21202

The 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest is proud to return for its second year. This year’s festival will feature over 50 films including narratives, documentaries, music videos, web series, experimental films, and more! The BFS Film Fest takes place over three days (Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st) at the SNF Parkway Theatre at Charles Street and North Avenue.

The BFS Film Fest centers Black Femme filmmakers and re-envisions the Black Femme as a global protagonist, empowering their stories through film. In addition to screening films that face systemic barriers of sexism, racism, and classism, BFS Film Fest strives to foster an intentional community of filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

The theme of the festival this year is Access. Festival programs will elaborate on subjects such as Access to Power, Access to Guidance, and Access to Love. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a collection of Baltimore-made films, including B. Monet’s documentary Ballet After Dark and Antonio Hernadez’s documentary Indelible: Abdu Ali.

Friday’s Opening Night will feature Numa Perrier’s acclaimed film Jezebel.

Saturday’s programs include Mariama Diallo’s horror-comedy Hair Wolf and Iyabo Boyd’s surreal and introspective Me Time, as well as a Pitch Competition for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Sunday’s programs include Tchaiko Omawale’s coming-of-age feature Solace and Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel’s Happy Birthday Marsha, a documentary about the iconic transgender artist and activist Marsha Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

Brivele, Mark Gunnery, and Barrage Band Orchestra
Friday, August 30: 7-10

Space 2640
2640 Saint Paul Street: 21218

Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts. Brivele is pronounced “BREE-veh-leh” (בריוועלע) and means “Little Letter” in Yiddish.(

Mark Gunnery is a Baltimore-based electrofolk artist. (

Barrage Band Orchestra is a brass band from Baltimore that plays an assortment of Balkan, New Orleans second line, klezmer and the occasional cover tune. (

2640 Space (2640 St Paul St, Baltimore)
$10-20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.
All Ages

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: 2640 Space can be entered via a short set of stairs or a ramp. There is one wheelchair accessible bathroom.

Horse Lords, Smoke Bellow, DJ/MC Lexie Mountain
Saturday, August 31st • 7pm

Current Space
421 North Howard Street : 21201

Horse Lords:

Special guests TBA soon!

Smoke Bellow:

and DJ/MC Lexie Mountain!

Come early, as the bands must end by 11pm!

This outdoor show will be held in our rear courtyard. Enter through the alley – Tyson Street, between Franklin and Mulberry.

*Bar will be open! (No BYOB please)*

Can I Kick It? Presents: Predator
Sunday, September 1st • 7:30pm

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21221

CAN I KICK IT? is a unique film experience, produced by SHAOLIN JAZZ, that caters to the lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music they inspired, and everything in between. At each CAN I KICK IT? event SHAOLIN JAZZ screens a cult-classic martial arts film and the movie is given a unique scene-by-scene score featuring a blend of hip hop, soul, funk, and more mixed LIVE by DJ 2-Tone Jones. The result – your movie experience is redefined by 2-Tone’s live soundtrack!

Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action horror film directed by John McTiernan and written by brothers Jim and John Thomas. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite military rescue team on a mission to save hostages in guerrilla-held territory in Central America. Kevin Peter Hall co-stars as the Predator who is a technologically advanced monster spying, stalking, and hunting the main characters.

About Can I Kick It?
In 2017, SHAOLIN JAZZ teamed up with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District to produce their first CAN I KICK IT? outdoor film screening series at Freedom Plaza. That series brought out crowds of 300+ people each week. In August 2018, they were featured in the 23rd Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival presented by the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and their screening of the Shaw Bros. classic, Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu, was the most well-attended film of the festival. Recently, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts announced CAN I KICK IT? as part of their 2018-19 Hip Hop Culture Season Lineup.

SUN SEP 1 | 7:30pm | $12, $9 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door) 

cover image: Numa Perrier’s film Jezebel

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