Arts District

Culture Club: Akimbo, Baltimore Book Festival, BBW

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

By Gabriella Souza | September 8, 2016, 12:20 pm

-David Ubias
Arts District

Culture Club: Akimbo, Baltimore Book Festival, BBW

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

By Gabriella Souza | September 8, 2016, 12:20 pm

-David Ubias

Performing Arts

Akimbo
Sept. 10, Station North Arts District At five years old, this dance and movement art festival continues to expand our minds when it comes to how we think about dance, and where it can take place. This year, as in the past, performances are spread throughout Station North, from the stairs of the Montessori School to inside venues like The Windup Space and The Crown. And there’s something for everyone—whether you’d like to see more traditional dance forms, have your mind expanded, or bond with fellow movement enthusiasts by participating in a drum circle and dance jam.

Wait Until Dark
Through Oct. 9, Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St. You might have seen this classic Audrey Hepburn movie, but everything’s always better live, right? Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine set the stage for this thriller perfect for pre-Halloween.

Baltimore Afrobeat Society
Sept. 16, Fifth Dimension at the H&H Building, 425 N. Eutaw St. When the horn blasts and thumping beats of Fela Kuti’s music begin, who could possibly sit still? The Afrobeat Society—comprised of five percussionists, three guitarists, two trumpets, five singers, one bass, and five saxophones—will test that theory.

Itzhak Perlman plays Mendelssohn
Sept. 17, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. You must take advantage any time you can hear this violin legend—especially when he’s playing his signature piece. At this BSO gala performance, also hear a BSO-commissioned world-premiere from composer Caroline Shaw.

BSO Pulse with Houndmouth
Sept. 22, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The groundbreaking WTMD and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert series that pairs symphony musicians with indie bands—is back for round two. And the first concert of this year includes the alt country band Houndmouth.

Blacksage Record Release
Sept. 23, The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. We’ve been anticipating the next release from this electro-goth duo, and singer Josephine Olivia and producer Drew Scott always put on an impressive live performance. Plus, music scene mainstays like :3ION, Soul Cannon, and DJ James Nasty join them on the bill.

Visual Art

Good and Plenty, Relative Territory, and Annoying Poem
Sept. 9-Oct. 29, School 33, 1427 Light St. Three new exhibits open on Friday at School 33, featuring an installation, sculpture, and intermedia works by 2016 Sondheim finalist Darcie Book, Brazil-based Lydia Malynowskyj, Dina Kelberman, and Matt Hollis.

BBW
Sept. 10-Oct. 1, Platform Gallery, 116 W. Mulberry St. Artist Theresa Chromati (you’ll know her from the vibrant posters she’s created for the musical event Kahlon) has created an installation to compliment her series of works on paper that celebrate the excellence of the black woman. In each figure, Chromati highlights the beauty of black women, from their poses to the elegant curves of each silhouette.

Invisible Children
Sept. 15-Oct. 22, C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. Rania Matar’s photographs document young Syrian refugees on the streets of Beirut and third-generation Palestinian girls living in refugee camps. Matar depicts these children at work: selling red roses, carrying beat-up shoe-shining equipment, often camouflaging themselves with the graffiti they stand before.

Lest We Forget
Sept. 12-Oct. 16, Galerie Myrtis, 2224 N. Charles St.Works by the likes of 2016 Sondheim finalist Larry Cook, Wesley Clark, and Shaunte Gates examines pivotal moments and figures in U.S. history, as well as everyday occurrences and unknown individuals that have impacted the African American experience.

Onslaught of Obsolescence
Sept. 9-Oct. 2, Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore at Spacecamp, 16 W. North Ave. Artist David Ubais is serious about making silly paintings. David utilizes modest materials such as paper pulp, hot glue, and wood and the result is intensely textured and colored paintings that teeter on the threshold of relevance while also questioning whether we can maintain a constant state of curated comfort.

Teacher
Sept. 10-Oct.2, Terrault, 218 W. Saratoga St. Artist, and Baltimore native Dominic Terlizzi uses a symbolic palate and textural lexicon to discuss youth and unknowing in this latest show. Spectrums of color offer a lush backdrop to divergent narratives and coded meanings.

Events

Baltimore Book Festival
Sept. 23-25, various locations throughout the Inner Harbor This celebration of all things literary is back on the Inner Harbor with bestseller Terry McMillan, hometown favorite D. Watkins, and a special edition of The Stoop Storytelling Series.

Female Trouble on 35mm, presented by the Johns Hopkins Film Society
Sept. 9, Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University Some call this cult classic John Waters’ best film, and what better way to view Divine in all her glory than in luscious 35mm?

News

Starting Sept. 19, you might notice some changes to WYPR 88.1 FM’s daytime programming. Current Midday host Sheilah Kast will be creating a program consisting of interviews on current events and topics to air following Morning Edition from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. And Tom Hall, the current host of Maryland Morning, will be moving to Midday, which airs weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m.




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