Activist, rapper and ‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley to speak at Hopkins

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Radical Oakland rapper and activist Boots Riley, best known for directing 2018’s trippy, anti-capitalist satire-tour de force “Sorry to Bother You,” is coming to Homewood next month.

Sex and subtext in the BMA’s ‘Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War’ exhibit

Max Ernst’s “Europe After the Rain II.” Image courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Recognizable in the corrosive oranges and reds of “Europe After the Rain II” is the unforgiving desert landscape of Sedona, Arizona, where Max Ernst lived as a refugee for years after fleeing Nazi-occupied France. The 1942 painting, a bombed-out widescreen of radioactive rubble currently on display as part of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War” exhibition, shows two mutated figures standing among a heap of coral-colored, crushed bones and gazing off into the horizon, frozen by the impossibility–and necessity–of imagining a future.

War is an insistent presence in the exhibit, which frames Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Andre Masson and Ernst as interpreters of a violent century, unable to forget what they saw. But it’s far from the only one. There’s also sadomasochism, cybernetic anxieties and at least one castration fantasy embedded in this slice of the surrealist canon, most of which flies under the radar of the BMA’s cataloging.

Weekend Events Calendar: Gogol Bordello, Old Time Music Festival, Baltimore Wing Festival and more

Gogol Bordello plays in Belgium for Festival Dranouter in 2018. Photo by Luk Dombrecht, via Flickr.

This weekend, do something new. Check out a new brewery, an inaugural old-time festival or a new album from a local band. Here’s the lineup:

Baltimore Eagle sets April 19 for reopening

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After months of dormancy, The Baltimore Eagle leather bar will reopen under new management on April 19.

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack makes solo turn as Joyero

Credit: Dan Stack.

In Wye Oak, Andy Stack creates the percussive and atmospheric underpinnings of the band’s sound, sometimes using one hand to play the drums while the other controls a keyboard.

Stack and guitarist/vocalist Jenn Wasner, who cut their teeth and found a national audience while in Baltimore, have pushed their sound to more experimental territory, adding in a mix of synths and electronic tones.

Group of musicians plans multi-genre music fest The Baltimore Mixtape

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Seeking to add another showcase of the city’s music scene, a group of eight musicians and promoters has announced The Baltimore Mixtape, a multi-day festival bringing together local artists from various genres.

One of the organizers, musician Rich Kolm, writes in an email that it would be in line with other everything-but-the-kitchen-sink offerings from the last 15 years such as Whartscape, Scapescape, the Baltimore Folk Festival and Ratscape.

Baltimost: Bill Stevenson, owner of Waverly Color Company and co-owner of Waverly Brewing Company

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Bill Stevenson, 55, is the owner of Waverly Color Company and co-owner of Waverly Brewing Company. In his words:

Church of the Redeemer VOICES Series: Kaye Whitehead, Wednesday, March 20


Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. – Kaye Whitehead at the Church of the Redeemer. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an associate professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, a featured Public Commentator for WYPR, and an Op-Ed columnist for the Baltimore Sun. This evening Dr. Whitehead will speak on “The Moral Arc of Justice: 400 Years of Shifting Narratives & Black Genius, Brilliance, and Survival”.

Speakers begin at 7:00 p.m. each evening and do not require prior sign-up.

Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 N. Charles Street in North Baltimore. For more information about the event, click here.

Weekend Events Calendar: St. Patrick’s Day, Weezer and Pixies, and new plays

Weezer. Image via Facebook.

St. Patrick’s Day arrives this weekend. Get out in the streets to celebrate the Irish. Plus, check out music from such masters as Weezer, Pixies and Bach.