Arts & Culture

Culture Club: ‘A Play for Living in a Time of Extinction,’ ‘Novo Legado: Bmore Legends,’ Area 405 For Sale

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


A Play for Living in a Time of Extinction

Baltimore playwright Miranda Rose Hall will premiere her newest work, A Play for Living in a Time of Extinction, at Center Stage this month—inviting audiences in for a communal experience and a climate change play within a climate change play. Follow stage manager/light board operator/dramaturg Naomi (Lindsay Rico) as she works to tell her theater company’s important story and “wake up” her audience. Stream online, or catch a screening of the play at the National Aquarium on July 22 with pre- and post-show activities. July 15 through August 8, Online.

Visual Art

Novo Legado: Bmore Legends

Head to the reopened Towson University campus this month to view this new exhibition from The Hot Sauce Artist Collective and TU’s Holtzman MFA Gallery. Novo Legado: Bmore Legends will highlight the lives and practices of artists within collectives, including Alpha Massaquoi, Italo De Déa, Kayla Fryer, Ernest Shaw, Erin Fostel, and LaToya Hobbs. Both in-person and digital versions of the exhibition will be on display. July 10-24. Holtzman MFA Gallery, Center for the Arts, 2nd Floor, Towson University, 1 Fine Arts Dr. 


Art Sound Now: WAYTA

Multi-instrumentalist duo WAYTA (Cesar Mazat and Gustavo Vargas) will fill the Walters with sounds of the Andes both past and present during this 20-minute concert inspired by the museum’s Sculpture Court. The filmed performance, which will be streamed online, focuses on indigenous culture placed in contemporary space and context. July 29, 5:30-6 p.m. On Facebook and YouTube.


Susan Page: Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi And The Lessons Of Power (In Conversation With Karen Tumulty)

Log on for this live reading and discussion with Susan Page, New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief, whose new book offers an intimate, in-depth look at one of the most powerful women in American history—Baltimore’s own Nancy Pelosi. Page will be joined on Zoom by Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty for this evening of game-changing women and great conversation. July 22, 7 p.m. Online.


For Sale: Area 405

As previously reported by the Baltimore Business Journal, much-loved arts space Area 405, a hub of creative activity for the Station North neighborhood, is up for sale. The four-story building is now listed on Cushman & Wakefield’s site as “Oliver Street Lofts” and billed as a “mixed-use redevelopment project” that is “poised to attract a sophisticated and urbane renter.” According to reporting by BmoreArt’s Cara Ober, longtime residents and artists who use the space were not contacted ahead of the listing, and there is uncertainty among even some of the building’s owners about the sale. The hope is that future ownership will embrace the history, community, and power of this visionary space and maintain it through new development. But, for now, the future of Area 405 remains unclear, and Cushman & Wakefield’s listing shows offers due by July 28. We’ll be keeping an eye out for what comes next.