Arts District

Culture Club: Tawny Chatmon Exhibit at Galerie Myrtis; MdFF; palatePALETTE

Our monthly roundup of openings, events, and news from the art world.
Tawny Chatmon "But She Already Knew They Were More Precious Than All the Jewels and Gold in the World," 2020. —Courtesy of Galerie Myrtis

Visual Art

If I’m no longer here, I want you to Know…
Portraiture and ornamentation reveal truths about both artist and subjects in this new solo exhibition at Galerie Myrtis. If I’m no longer here, I want you to Know…features intimate images of photographer Tawny Chatmon’s friends and family, adorned with stones in an elaborate, Byzantine-influenced style. These beautiful works, on display through July, convey messages of social justice and personal legacy. May 15 through July 10. Galerie Myrtis, 2224 North Charles St.


2021 Maryland Film Festival
Make some popcorn, dim the lights, and find your perfect seat on the couch. The 23rd Maryland Film Festival is virtual again this year, providing viewers with nine days of new and exciting feature films and shorts to take in from home. Catch Baltimore-based projects such as All Light, Everywhere and Mom & M, and don’t forget to stick around after the credits for opening and closing night festivities. May 19-27, Online.


Eubie Blake: A Conversation About Rags, Rhythm, and Race
In celebration of Shuffle Along’s 100th anniversary, the Maryland Center for History and Culture presents this Zoom webinar with Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom, co-authors of Eubie Blake: Rads, Rhythm, and Race. The Grammy winners will discuss how they used Blake’s personal collections to research their biography of the composer and pianist, as well as the ways in which his experiences in Baltimore shaped his identity and impact on our culture. May 6, 12 p.m. Virtual


Krystal Mack is a force in the often-overlapping worlds of art, food, and justice, and her new project, palatePALETTE, is a testament to her work across all three. Along with a talented team of contributors, Mack has created a beautiful newsprint-format zine that explores the stories of workers and organizers adapting, thriving, and creating a vibrant culinary community. Physical copies of Issue 1 can be found at Greedy Reads, Red Emma’s, Charm City Books, Normal’s, and Good Neighbor, while digital copies are available for purchase here


Serious Adverse Effects
Rapid Lemon Productions returns to the Motor House stage this month for the world premiere of Derek Lee McPhatter’s Serious Adverse Effects, directed by company member Noah Silas. This all-too-relevant tale of a scientist chasing the cure for a mysterious disease sits at the intersection of medical ethics and how we forgive when we cannot forget. May 7-23, Online and at Motor House, 120 West North Ave.