Arts District

Culture Club: Baltimore Museum of Art, Ru-Jac Records, and Joy Postell

Our monthly roundup of openings, events, and news from the art world.

By Gabriella Souza | November 2, 2017, 9:00 am

Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature -Courtesy of Phaan Howng and Baltimore Museum of ARt
Arts District

Culture Club: Baltimore Museum of Art, Ru-Jac Records, and Joy Postell

Our monthly roundup of openings, events, and news from the art world.

By Gabriella Souza | November 2, 2017, 9:00 am

Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature -Courtesy of Phaan Howng and Baltimore Museum of ARt

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Visual Art

Phaan Howng's The Succession of Nature
Opens Nov. 3, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. The third iteration of the Commons Collaboration kicks off with an exciting project from Baltimore-based artist Phaan Howng in collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore. For this project, Best of Baltimore winner Howng creates an immersive environment with intense, unnatural colors inspired by toxic waste. Through her partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, Howng will highlight local environmental issues and create a space and suite of programs to raise awareness about Baltimore’s waterways. The opening takes place at Art After Hours, where guests can partake in after-hours access to the galleries, entertainment, and collaborate and create their own mini-masterpieces to take home. 

Structures at C. Grimaldis
Nov. 9-Dec. 23, 523 N. Charles St.  This exhibition of new photography by Ben Marcinfeatures work from the artist's ongoing series of abstract grids that compartmentalize urban architecture into meditations on shape and form, pattern and geometry.

Slow Form: Decompositions: Lost Earring at School 33
Nov. 10 - Jan. 6, 2018, 1427 Light St.  Three brand new exhibits open this month at the Federal Hill arts institution. Slow Form is a group show that explores a sense of the physical world in a state of flux and includes photographs, sculpture, painting, film, and video work by artists such as Kei Ito and Mary Baum. Decompositions, a solo exhibition by Chris Zickefoose, studies structure, renovation, and the physical traces of time. And in his multi-media installation, Lost Earring, Elliot Doughtie ponders how our cultural touchstones shift over time while considering the evolution of his own queer sexuality and transgender body.

Performing Arts

Charm City Fringe
Through Nov. 12, various locations  After five years at venues spread throughout various Baltimore neighborhoods,  this year's Charm City Fringe Festival will be held in the Bromo Arts District, and for the first time, it is now possible to walk to every venue. There's much to see at this eclectic, Best of Baltimore winning celebration of independent theater and performing arts, including Fluid Movement's Druid Hill Haunt: A Chiller Thriller Roller Show and Trajectory Dance Project work Barriers, which investigates, through movement, the social boundaries that divide us.

PDZ City of Dreams
Nov. 4, Pipe Dreamz, 407 N. Charles St.  This showcase of some of the biggest names in Baltimore's hip hop scene—Al Rogers Jr., Lonnie Moore, Tragedy, and Brittany Anderson—is sponsored by art space and boutique Pipe Dreamz, as well as City of Gods, the Hollins Market apparel brand and creative instigator.

Ru-Jac Records and the Legacy of Baltimore Soul
Nov. 11, Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Ave.  This event, sponsored by the Creative Alliance, celebrates the history of the 1960s West Baltimore R&B record label. Featuring performances by Ru-Jac stars Winfield Parker and Joe Quarterman as well as Joy Postell, all backed by young Baltimore musicians. Beginning the night is a panel discussion that takes a deep look into the Ru-Jac Records' place in the era’s bustling music scene. Discussion moderated by Brooks Long. The event will take place at Arch Social Club, a century-old African-American organization that has been centered in Penn North neighborhood, close to Ru-Jac’s headquarters, for over 40 years.

Music in the Stacks Part 2
Nov. 15, George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mt. Vernon Pl.  This collaborative recital will explore the connection between music and literature in the stunning George Peabody Library. Come hear music inspired by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Ovid, and many more! Featuring Caleb Bradley on oboe, Sam Bessen on horn, and Yesse Kim on piano. 

Joy Postell and Wendel Patrick at The Motor House
Nov. 17, 120 W. North Ave.  Two of Baltimore's most talked-about performers have come together for a unique local line up at The Motor House. Joy Postell is a soulful singer-songwriter who uses unruly, jazz-like rhythms, fiercely sharp lyrics, and emotive energy to address issues faced by the African-American community. Wendel Patrick has been referred to as "David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer" by Urbanite Magazine and as "wildly talented" by the Baltimore Sun. The alter-ego of classical and jazz pianist Kevin Gift, Wendel Patrick is rapidly making a name for himself as a producer to be recognized. His five albums, "Sound:", "Forthcoming", "JDWP", "Passage" and "Travel" were all produced without the use of samples, with Patrick playing every note of every instrument. They will be joined by Randi Withani Roberts and DJ Station North Sadboi.

Classical Music for People With Short Attention Spans
Nov. 30, WTMD, 1 Olympic Place, Suite 100, Towson  Do you love classical music, but can't sit through a whole 90-minute symphony from start to finish? This show is for you. WTMD and Classical Revolution Baltimore are partnering to present. It's the "Cliffs Notes" of classical music -- all of the parts you know and love in a few minutes or less.The arrangements vary, too, from more traditional classical ensembles to electric guitar and beatboxing. Featured performers include Pique Collective and the Baltimore vocal artist Dominic Shodekeh Talifero, and who will present such beloved pieces as “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.


The Necessity of Tomorrow(s)
Nov. 11, Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.  The first event of the BMA's new series, The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), brings together one of the most accomplished artists of his generation, Mark Bradford, and BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford for a conversation exploring how the artist grapples with these and other key questions in his artistic practice and community-based work. Doors open at 11:30am with performances curated by SunSets with spoken word artist Kondwani Fidel, jazz musician Clarence Ward III & Dat Feel Good band, and DJ Pierre Bennu. Enjoy light refreshments, community conversation, and a collaborative activity to map the future with Baltimore-based artist Graham Coreil-Allen.

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