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BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Show Openings and Events, February 6 – 12

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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 [email protected]!

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Perennials: Artist Lecture and Opening Reception
Thursday, February 8: 5-8 PM

930 King St, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

The Stoop Celebrates 10 Years of Telling Tales of the Human Experience

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Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler, creators of The Stoop Storyteling Series. Photo via coolprogeny.com
Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler, creators of The Stoop Storytelling Series. Photo via coolprogeny.com

“Everyone Has a Story.  What’s Yours?”

On Valentine’s Day, Baltimore will celebrate ten years of its very own storytelling series, The Stoop, so named for Charm City’s rich history of stoop sitting in its many neighborhoods.  Just as row house neighbors rest on their front steps and share stories, so it is with The Stoop.  Baltimoreans from across the city come together to tell tales simply for the pleasure of the shared experience. 

Buck Jabaily Cooks Up a New Venture With Performance Kitchen

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Courtesy Bmore Media – Buck Jabaily recalls the audience’s apprehension towards the performance of Chinese playwright Gao Xing Jian’s “The Other Shore.”

“It was a difficult piece, unique in the sense that it didn’t have a clear narrative,” says the former executive director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. “My error is that I didn’t prepare the audience for it. A lot of people after said that it made them feel stupid, and that’s not at all what I wanted.”

Amazing Photos of MICA from 1970s Prove That Art Students Have Fun, Look Cool

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Hanging out after an art opening at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD. 1976

We just stumbled on photographer Paula Gillen‘s amazing photographs of MICA students in the 1970s (when Gillen herself attended the art school). They’re disconcerting, in that they clearly come from a bygone era of omnipresent cigarettes and grainy film (instead of grainy Instagram filters), but a quick browse also reveals that today’s art students don’t look all that different. Odds are, though, that they bought their Bowie t-shirts at Urban Outfitters instead of at a concert. Some of our favorite blasts-from-the-past are below; check out Gillen’s whole flickr set here.

Free Dance Show Thursday at MICA: Racoco/Rx Experiments and Scores

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This Thursday, February 23rd — at 7 p.m. — come to MICA to experience the experimental dance troupe Racoco/Rx, about whom John Rockwell of The New York Times raved, “[Watching Racoco/Rx is] like being lost in a fun-house mirror, sweet and innocent and threatening all at once.”

The show, titled Would/A Body, is free and open to the public. And the group sounds very rad + entirely original. In their hands — and arms and legs — movement, sculpture and music all three interact. The members, in their own words, create “fantastic excavations of ordinary things: visually exciting theatrical experiences in which movement, music, sets/costumes, humor, and emotion are inextricably linked.”

Choreographer Rachel Cohen and Racoco/Rx were invited to perform at MICA as part of the Department of Humanistic Studies Multi-Media guest series.

Brooklyn-based Racoco/Rx, led by Cohen, “will perform two of its unusual interactions with inanimate materials, featuring music by composers Lynn Wright and Chris Becker and featuring live accompaniment by Israeli bassoonist Gili Sharett. 

In Tilt (excerpt; this will be the first public performance), performers interact with a wooden environment in an exploration of delusion, in a narrative loosely based on Don Quixote. Performers build, dismantle, and reconfigure the set and props around themselves in a physical manifestation of the emotional and psychological structures we build, tear down, and re-create around ourselves. The costumes will incorporate wood, tools, and sandpaper, interacting with the wearer and set and adding to the soundscape. 

Thrown (2006) is a deconstructed creation myth, a tactile excavation of the human body and its relation to the earth through the medium of clay. In a performance that is part museum diorama, part excavation, and part ritual, dancers and clay artists mine the physical and metaphysical connections between earth and the body through movement, sculpture, music, and the interaction of these three art forms.”

When: Thursday, February 23 @ 7 pm

Where: The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave

Price: Free!

More information online or call 410-225-2300.

Synchronized Swimming + Film Noir + Baltimore = ?

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I don’t know how many murder mystery/synchronized swimming performances you’ve seen lately, but I tend to believe Fluid Movement when they claim that this weekend’s Mobtown Murder Mystery will be “the greatest water ballet thriller in many years.”

If you’ve got an out of town visitor staying with you for the weekend, this is pretty much your ideal event. Your house guests will be able to appreciate how talented, imaginative, and just plain weird Baltimoreans are. Next week they can slink back to Boston or Houston or Toronto or wherever, and tell all their friends about the “live film-noir inspired daytime synchronized swimming extravaganza!!!” they saw performed in Baltimore.

The relevant details:  the show will splash your way this weekend (Saturday, July 23 at 3pm and 5pm; Sunday, July 24 at 5pm and 7pm) at Druid Hill Park Pool; it’ll repeat next weekend on Sunday, July 31 (5pm and 7pm) at Patterson Park Pool. Tickets cost $10. But for the full-immersion experience, consider attending the Benefit Show on Saturday, July 30 at 6pm (also at Patterson Park Pool):  you’ll get to watch the show, plus enjoy a pool party with food, drinks, and general silliness. That one costs $20, and is well worth it.

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