Arts District

Culture Club: The Ivy Bookshop, E.M.P. Space, Creative Alliance

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

By Gabriella Souza | March 09, 2017, 3:10 pm

From left to right: J. Pope, Anne Watts, QueenEarth, Letitia VanSant -Courtesy of the Creative Alliance
Arts District

Culture Club: The Ivy Bookshop, E.M.P. Space, Creative Alliance

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

By Gabriella Souza | March 09, 2017, 3:10 pm

From left to right: J. Pope, Anne Watts, QueenEarth, Letitia VanSant -Courtesy of the Creative Alliance

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Literature and Immigration
The Church of the Redeemer and The Ivy Bookshop are sponsoring a fundraiser featuring author Mohsin Hamid, a Man Booker prize finalist whose new novel Exit West, the story of two young lovers struggling to survive as their country explodes into civil war. All proceeds from the event (March 11, The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.) will benefit the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that works to rescue and resettle families at risk. “While this anti-refugee rhetoric increased, it’s important for these events to exist where immigrants can see people who support them,” says Ruben Chandrasekar, director of the IRC’s Baltimore office. “It gives them a different look at what America is and can be.”

Alia Malek a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, will to discuss her book The Home That Was Our Country, which uses Malek’s family history to illuminate Syrian history, society and politics (March 15, Bird in Hand, 11 E. 33rd St.). And Johns Hopkins University’s Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, in conjunction with the Forums on Race and the Foreign Affairs Symposium, will host author Dan-el Padilla Peralta for the 2017 Richard A. Macksey lecture (March 29, Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus). He will discuss his memoir Undocumented.

The Re-Model: Strategic Career Thinking from Art World Insiders
March 9, The Motor House, 120 W. North Ave. The Re-Model is a new speaker series from online journal BmoreArt designed to bring nationally recognized artists and arts professionals to Baltimore to challenge existing structures of success and to build awareness and diversity within current models for best professional practices. Lectures will be free, hosted quarterly, and followed by an informal reception for speakers and guests to network and purchase books and publications. The series kicks off with New York-based artist and author Sharon Louden, who will discuss her newest book Artist as Culture Producer.

Arts Every Day 10th Anniversary Celebration Symposium
March 10-11, Baltimore Design School, 1500 Barclay St. Arts Every Day (AED) celebrates 10 years of bringing art to Baltimore City Public Schools with a two-day anniversary event. The celebration kicks off with an ceremony to recognize those who have made an impact on the arts in Baltimore City Schools. The second day features a day-long symposium that will bring together teachers, administrators, and artists to discuss the state of arts education in Baltimore, featuring Paige Hernandez, a Baltimore School of the Arts alumnus, performing artist, director, choreographer, and playwright, and Stefanie DeLuca, co-author of Coming of Age in the Other America.

Women’s Unity Event
March 12, Studio 5, 3500 Parkdale Ave. Building 1 Suite 5 On the heels of International Women’s Day, this soiree features works from women artists and artisans—including Sondheim finalist Darcie Book and photographer Janet Jeffers—as well complimentary mimosas and brunch style savories and a chance to meet and mingle with the makers. Proceeds from artwork and ticket sales benefit, Arts Every Day, a non-profit organization working towards equity and access for all Baltimore City Schools students.

Le Mondo’s Birthday Party
March 16, 404 N. Howard St. It’s so close they can almost taste it—the artist collective that hopes to turn three vacant buildings on Howard Street into vibrant performing spaces and artist hubs is looking to open its first building this summer and is throwing a fundraising bash to celebrate and help push the project over the finish line. The night will begin with a free, public discussion with Bert Crenca, who founded the art space AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, and a cocktail hour, followed by a ticketed dinner and performance event with Bert at Current Space (, Le Mondo's fellow artist-owner neighbors across the street at 421 N. Howard St.

Anton Piatigorsky reads at Bird In Hand
March 25, 11 E. 33rd St. This nationally-known playwright, author, and librettist reads from his new book Al-Tounsi, which tells the behind-the- scenes story of U.S. Supreme Court Justices as they consider a landmark case involving the rights of detainees held in an overseas U.S. military base, inspired by a true case from 2008 addressing Guantanamo Bay. It addresses personhood, imprisonment, national security, and fear and terror.

Performing Arts

B'more Songstresses: Letitia VanSant, Anne Watts, QueenEarth, and J. Pope
March 10, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Four astounding female vocalists that span folk, funk, and art rock come together to perform four unique sets. Expect a night of musical surprises from four of the strongest singers in the region.

March 16-18, E.M.P Space, 307 W. Baltimore St. Flatlands, by Akimbo co-founder Sidney Pink, is an art installation/performance art piece that combines dance and live drawing. Audiences are invited to move through a dreamlike environment of light and sound, while viewing a series of improvised movement vignettes, becoming fully immersed in the piece.

Leo Sandoval and Eduardo Belo + Nic Gareiss and Cleek Schrey
March 25, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. This performance hightlights masterful footwork through two percussive pairings. Brazilian tap dancing phenom Leo Sandoval and bass player Eduardo Belo, who is also Brazilian, team up, as do American flatfoot dancer Nic Gareiss and fiddler and hardanger d’amore-player Cleek Schrey. The syncopating rhythms will be like nothing you’ve ever heard.

Visual Art

John Bodkin: The Essence Of BeingThe Essence Of Being
March 11-26, Jordan Faye Contemporary, 218 W. Saratoga St. This exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Maryland-based artist John Bodkin showcases his use of color and his dynamic juxtapositions of pattern and form make his work highly tactile. The scale of these paintings envelope the viewer and inspire moments of delight, nostalgia and an inescapable sensory experience.

America’s Team
March 11-April 29, Platform Gallery, 116 W. Mulberry St. This multi-disciplinary exhibition of works by Abdi Farah, an artist from Baltimore, who currently lives and works in New Orleans takes its name from the slogan for the Dallas Cowboys football team in the 1990s. It represents groups of individuals linked by a shared affiliation that is chosen and at other times forced upon or inherited. The works presented employ a collage aesthetic, incorporating various languages of representation and image making. He is in search of the place where collective and individual identity intersect and either conflict or cohere in compelling ways.

Not The Grammys
March 11th - April 1st, Terrault, 218 W. Saratoga St. 3rd floor This exhibit is juried by acclaimed local artists Stephanie Barber, Mina Cheon, and Amy Sherald, and includes work from a selected group of 11 diverse artists. The selected works span painting, photography, sculpture, and more.

Labbodies Presents Recharging the Canon
March 23, The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. This Baltimore-based laboratory for performance art brings new works created for the Walters’ sculpture court and ancient world galleries. These interventions connect ancient art with contemporary questions about race, religion, gender, and identity. Ada Pinkston’s From God’s Name to No Name will lead viewers in a ritualized procession through the galleries, while Hoesy Corona’s Nobodies Gala will act as a quinciañera celebration and highlight the museum’s Mexican earthenware collection.

Meet The Author
Gabriella Souza is the arts and culture editor for Baltimore magazine, where she covers arts, entertainment, music, and culture.

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