BmoreArt’s Picks: September 13-19

This Week:  Creative Confluence at TU Asian Arts & Culture Center, Candice Carty-Williams book release at Greedy Reads, 24th Annual High Zero Festival, C. Grimaldis Gallery hosts a reception for Janet Olney, Annette Sauermann, Bill Schmidt, and Nora Sturges, Neighbor Night at MCHC, Andrew Liang and Jeremy Rountree opening reception at Current, Alberto Cavalieri opening reception at Catalyst Contemporary, artist reception for Suzy Kopf at Gormley Gallery, Lavett Ballard, Monica Ikegwu, and Megan Lewis opening reception at Galerie Myrtis, and “The Return” puppet show at CPM — PLUS Sweaty Eyeballs call for animation submissions 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!

Creative Confluence: South Asian Community Reflections, Connections, and Dialogue | Opening Reception & Meet the Artists
Wednesday, September 14 • 7:30-9pm | Ongoing through December 17
@ Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center

Celebrate the opening of Creative Confluence with a reception and introduction to the exhibition by guest curator, Nikita Yogaraj. Meet and chat with the artists.

Featured artists: Riya Ashby, Shirey Baig, Aishwariya Chandrasekar, Shanthi Chandrasekar, Pothik Chatterjee, Ameena Fareeda, Farida Hughes, Sughra Hussainy, Sagar Kamath, Sitarah Kassam, Priyanka Kumari, Anila Kumari, Alif Laila, Prachy Mahbub, Sushmita Mazumdar, Neha Misra, Adrianna Morgan, Nadia Nazar, Kanika Sircar, Jasmin Smith, Asma Waheed, and Nikita Yogaraj.

Suggested donation: $10. Make a donation at bit.ly/aacc-donate
Top images: (Left) Partition by Pothik Chatterjee, (Right) The Melody of the Flute by Sushmita Mazumdar.

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EXHIBITION – Creative Confluence: South Asian Community Reflections, Connections, and Dialogue
September 14 – December 17 (closed November 23-27)

Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts, Towson University

Explore the rich array of creativity, cultures, and traditions expressed through the works of twenty-two South Asian artists from across the Greater Baltimore and Washington, DC area. Discover the intersecting and distinct experiences of these artists—with cultural roots in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Barbados, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania and Trinidad—who share their perspectives on lineage, self-identity, ideas of homeland, spiritual traditions, sensory experience, and connections to the natural world.

This exhibition is part of AA&CC’s celebration of creativity and diversity in the DMV’s South Asian communities curated by a team of local South Asian artists and leaders including Samia Mahbub Ahmad, Nadia Amdad, Ryan Artes, Shanthi Chandrasekar, Nilimma Devi, Ameena Fareeda, Harjant Gill, Farida Hughes, Anila Kumari, Shyama Kuver, Alif Laila, Neha Misra, Adrianna Morgan, Pratisha Pradhan, Rachana Saurabh, Priya Sekar, Manoj Singh, Jasmine Smith, Shobha Subramanian, Nimi Trehan, and Nikita Yogaraj.

Info: towson.edu/asianarts

Candice Carty-Williams presents PEOPLE PERSON
Wednesday, September 14 • 7-8:30pm
@ Greedy Reads Remington

Candice Carty-Williams returns to Greedy Reads Remington for the first time since our opening in 2019 to celebrate the release of her new book, PEOPLE PERSON! This is a ticketed event; each ticket includes admission to the event and one hardback copy of the book. Please note that masks are required at all times inside Greedy Reads.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The author of the “brazenly hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is first novel” (Oprah Daily) Queenie returns with another witty and insightful novel about the power of family—even when they seem like strangers.

If you could choose your family…you wouldn’t choose the Penningtons.

Dimple Pennington knows of her half siblings, but she doesn’t really know them. Five people who don’t have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad’s gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues. Dimple has bigger things to think about.

She’s thirty, and her life isn’t really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple’s life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she’s never felt more alone in her life. That is, until a dramatic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie, and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.

From an author with “a flair for storytelling that appears effortlessly authentic” (Time), People Person is a vibrant and charming celebration of discovering family as an adult.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Candice Carty-Williams is a writer and the author of the Sunday Times (London) bestselling Queenie, which has been shortlisted by Waterstones, Foyles, and Goodreads for book of the year, 2019, as well as selected as the Blackwell’s Debut of the Year. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, the first inclusive ini­tiative of its kind in book publishing. Candice has written for The Guardian, i-D, Vogue, every itera­tion of The Sunday Times (London), BEAT magazine, Black Ballad, and more. She will probably always live in South London.

24th Annual High Zero Festival
Thursday, September 15 | Ongoing through September 18
@ Baltimore Theatre Project

The 24th annual High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 15 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 18. The 22 featured performers include 2022 Pulitzer-winning composer Raven Chacon.

High Zero’s unusual music festival presents exclusively improvised performances. Further, the performer roster comprises 22 individual artists – 11 international and 11 from the Baltimore area – who are combined by the festival’s curatorial team into fresh ensembles each night, prioritizing combinations that have never occurred before. (See below for link to full performer list.)

Performers include sound artists, experimental musicians, dancers, and performance artists. Some are classically trained, some in the jazz tradition, and still others are entirely self-taught. Some artists perform using their own invented instruments or techniques.

High Zero Foundation has weathered COVID shutdowns through collaborative streamed presentations with like-minded organizations across the U.S. as well as its own streamed concert series, Red Room in Your Room. The festival’s devoted local fan base has welcomed hundreds of new international fans that discovered High Zero’s thrillingly unusual programming via Twitch.

High Zero Foundation has expanded its programming in recent years, bringing high-profile artists to the Red Room, the year-round performance space operated by the group, as well as launching the Diffusion Festival of multi-channel electroacoustic music and continuing to mount the Worlds in Collusion festival as part of Baltimore’s Artscape.

High Zero has proven time and again that radical music can be popular, and has had a palpable effect on the cultural scene in Baltimore. The festival highlights Baltimore as home to highly unusual, risk-taking, and adventurous artists and productions.

Read more of this week’s picks at BmoreArt.