BmoreArt’s Picks: August 16-22

This Week: Unveiling Resistance exhibition continues at The Galleries at CCBC, MAP presents a J.M. Giordano fundraising auction for Baltimore Abortion Fund, Baltimore Old Time & Bluegrass jam at R. House, Station North SIPS, BROS cosplay karaoke at No Land Beyond, CLLCTIVLY’s We Give Black Fest at West Covington Park, Single Carrot Theatre’s Kiss Me Mr. Musk a climate change parable at Baltimore Theatre Project, To Go Faster opening reception at Current Space, and Crystal Moll’s 9th Annual Plein Air Show — PLUS Hopkins Symphony Orchestra community auditions and more featured opportunities!

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.

To submit your calendar event, email us at events@bmoreart.com!

Unveiling Resistance
Ongoing through September 9
@ The Galleries at CCBC + Online

For centuries, art and object making has served as a tool of resistance. Through song, dance, and hand-made objects, ancient cultures gave praise, asked for strength, and mobilized their peoples in order to fight against evils both physical and metaphysical. In modern history, artists have used their practice to provide social commentary and critiques against injustices affecting humans worldwide. Unveiling Resistance is a snapshot of the broad scope of issues concerning artists based in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. This exhibition hosts a captivating group of artworks regarding issues including the prison industrial complex, refugee crises, racialized violence, and other oppressive systems inflicted on marginalized groups.

Artists in this exhibition use well-known figures such as Kwame Ture (otherwise known as Stockley Carmichael), Sam Sharpe, and the “Founding Fathers” of the United States to draw attention to important historical accounts as well as propagandas that force us to question the information we’ve been indoctrinated with. Other artworks depicting scenes of dilapidated neighborhoods, protests and marches, and refugee migrations portray communities currently under siege. Controversial objects such as the American flag, ropes, fire hoses, and African masks illustrate the intricacies of oppression – they each invoke complex thoughts and emotions that are determined by one’s own life experiences.

The mere fact that this exhibition exists is an act of resistance and an exercise in a freedom of speech we have the privilege of utilizing. Change begins when we each start to question why and how we need to alter our own participation in the status quo. Through platforms such as this, we are able to identify these atrocities and amplify the voices that dare to speak out against them, while at the same time incorporating symbols of victory. By including both scenes of struggle and triumph, Unveiling Resistance aims to inspire the impulses necessary to create the change we want to see in the world. Like Dr. Kaba Kamene said, “It ain’t over ‘til we win.” So, let’s continue to galvanize a positive social evolution.

We Used to Live at Night Benefit Auction
Sunday, August 14 – Sunday, December 14
hosted by Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is honored to support the Baltimore Abortion Fund (BAF), in collaboration with critically acclaimed photojournalist, Joseph M. Giordano through the sale of select digital photographs from his recent exhibition “We Used to Live at Night” (held at MAP in May 2022). MAP, the producer of this new giving site and the exhibition “We Used to live at Night,” created the giving site specifically for the purposes of drawing attention and visibility to this important cause. Registration to participate in the sale is easy and free and can be accessed at WeUsedToLive@givesmart.com. Proceeds mutually benefit both Baltimore Abortion Fund and MAP, both 501 c) 3 charitable organizations. The virtual Exhibition and Sale can be viewed HERE beginning TODAY, Sunday, August 14 at 10 am and concluding on Sunday, December 14 at 5 pm.

The Baltimore Abortion Fund (BAF) was founded in 2014 and provides financial assistance and practical support to individuals who live in or travel to Maryland for abortion care. BAF supports clients residing in all 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City. BAF believes that abortions are essential healthcare and a human right.

“We Used to Live at Night” covers 25 years of Baltimore After Dark and includes shots of underground scenes, drag scenes, crime scenes, club scenes, music clubs, portraiture, and more. Selected images for the site are from Giordano’s book “We Used to Live at Night” published by Culture Crush Editions, NYC in 2021. Shots were taken from 1994 and continued until Covid-19 ended the old way of living at night for good.

Joseph M. Giordano is a Baltimore-based photojournalist who has been featured in ProPublica, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Washington Post, The Baltimore City Paper, i-D Magazine, and Rolling Stone to name a few. Giordano is the co-host of the podcasts 10 Frames Per Second and Photo Flip.

The ‘We Used to Live at Night” sale will run from August 14 – December 14 , 2022.

Baltimore Old Time & Bluegrass Jam at R. House
Tuesday, August 16 • 7-10pm
@ R House

August 16th // 7-10pm
September 6th // 7-10pm
R. House // 301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

The legendary Baltimore Old Time & Bluegrass jam is coming to R. House for two evenings of acoustic stringband music! All are welcome to play along in the jam regardless of skill level or instrument. Even if you don’t play, you can come to soak in the scene, listen to the music and grab a bite to eat from one of the ten food stalls or a drink from R. Bar. It’s THE happening spot in town for food and community.

On Tuesday, August 16, Ken & Brad Kolodner will lead the Baltimore Old Time Jam from 7-10pm. The first hour of the jam will be a “slow jam” so anyone can hop in and play along at a moderate tempo. From 8-10pm, they’ll kick up the tempo for the “fast jam.” Imagine a sea of fiddles, banjos, guitars and more all swelling together in a chorus of joyous tunes!

On Tuesday, September 6, Alex Lacquement & Lucas Chohany will lead the amazingly fun Baltimore Bluegrass Jam from 7-10pm for a jam featuring bluegrass songs and instrumentals. Come with a song or two to lead – or just show up and jam along.

There is an abundance of free parking at R. House next to the space or caddy-corner in the police department parking lot (available to R. House patrons).

If all goes well, who knows — this may become a weekly jam at R. House. Let’s show the love to R. House for giving this a chance!

Best of all, the jam is FREE!

Read more of this week’s picks at BmoreArt.