Folkal Point: Paul Margolis and John Shock
Jan. 7, An Die Musick, 409 N. Charles St. A new music series is starting at beloved Mount Vernon venue An Die Musick. Head to its intimate, second-floor concert room to hear roots and folk rhythms at the appropriately named Folkal Point concerts, the first of which features a duo that’s been playing together since 1987.
Tuvan Masters: Alash with Shodekeh, Raw Silk, and Joyce Scott
Jan. 12, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. The Tuvan throat-singing trio Alash, torchbearers of this singing style unique to Central Asia, return to Charm City. And, as in past performances, the concert’s collaborations—especially with beat boxer Shodekeh—are not to be missed.
Bmore BeatClub 28
Jan.12, Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. If you’re a producer with beats, a rap or hip hop artist looking to hone your craft, or just curious about what improvisation looks like in real life, head to the first Bmore BeatClub of the year, hosted by Eze Jackson with DJ MooseJaw on the turntables.
Exit Pluto at The Strand Theater Company
Jan. 12-29, 5426 Harford Rd. The Strand Theater presents the second offering in its new home in Hamilton-Lauraville— a world premiere production by Baltimore playwright, Amy Bernstein. “Betty believes that by running her bakery like a fortress constantly under siege, she will stave off what she fears most and understands least: change,” says the play’s description. “But change is a hungry beast, knocking at the door, and not even the fortress can withstand the pounding.”
Charm City Bluegrass Battle of the Bands
Jan. 20, Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave. Watch as a host of bluegrass/folk/jamgrass bands compete for the ultimate prize of opening the 5th-annual Charm City Bluegrass Festival—and what better way to cheer them on than with a beer in hand. Featured bands include The Plate Scrapers, Haint Blue, The High and Wides, Ladybird.
Phaan Howng: Eulogies for the Present Past
Jan. 14, School 33, 1427 Light St. Howng’s hypnotic, enveloping, crazy cool installation “'Biological Controls: If it Bleeds You Can Kill It” is the subject of this event, where the artist and others will read poems about mankind's continual descent into the Anthropocene epoch. Attendees are also invited to write and recite their own poems, and light snacks and Bloody Marys will be served.
Jan. 14-Feb. 4, Terrault, 218 W. Saratoga St. Artist Erin Fostel started creating the architectural drawings that make up this exhibit while grieving the loss of her father, who died in 2014. He was an architect himself, and Fostel wanted to create work that served as both a commemoration of his life and a relief from the heartbreak his death brought. She aims to capture feelings in her drawings, manipulating the light and dark areas and leaving parts of the structures unfinished, which exudes the emptiness that loss brings.
Writers Resist Baltimore: Voices United!
Jan. 15, E.M.P. Collective, 307 W. Baltimore St. On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, more than a dozen writers from around the state are coming together to support the ideals of equality, free speech, the spirit of compassion, and the fundamentals of democracy at this event presented by CityLit Project. Readers and performers include Saida Agostini, Abdu Ali, Derick Ebert, Kevin Shird, Laura Shovan, and Tariq Touré.
Nasty Women & Bad Hombres: Inauguration Night in Baltimore
Jan. 20, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. In true Creative Alliance style, this inauguration night party is being billed as “a powerful and wild proclamation of American diversity.” Performers include rapper/producer TT The Artist and her amazing dancers, a drag soiree hosted by Betty O’Hellno, piñatas, food, guest musicians, and a wild 'let it all out' dance party. Proceeds support Artesanas Mexicanas, a group of women who hail from Mexico and other Latin American countries, reside in Southeast Baltimore, and engage across generations to preserve and pass on their cultural traditions.
Jan. 14, Movement Lab, 301 W. 29th St. This is the first in a series of dance parties that aim to benefit humanitarian and environmental organizations while teaching you to free your mind and just dance. The all-ages soiree on Jan. 14 will benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
If you’re planning on heading to Coachella music festival in California this April, you won’t have to look far to find a piece of home. Beloved Baltimore rockers Future Islands will be performing, returning after their lauded 2014 debut. We bet Sam Herring will have some new dance moves ready.