Arts District

Culture Club: WTMD First Thursday; Maryland Art Place; Annex Theatre

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

Welcome to our first Culture Club. In this roundup, we’ll highlight openings, events, and news from the art world each month.

Concerts and Shows

WTMD’s First Thursday concerts
6:30 tonight, Canton Waterfront Park

Let the dreadful heat dissipate as you relax under the stars and listen to the infectious tunes of Moon Taxi, David Wax Museum, and Anders Osborne with local boy Cris Jacobs. And, the best part—it’s free.

Nights on the Fringe
July 8 and 9, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W Preston St.
You might have heard of, or perhaps attended, the fall festival of all things independent in the arts scene, Charm City Fringe. And now, there’s a summer component—a vaudeville-style show that combines hip hop, acrobatics, spoken word, Shakespeare (in other words, plenty of variety).Friday’s show features 2015 Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate (and Best of Baltimore winner) Derick Ebert, Bmore Than Dance, and acrobatics by Club Sandwich. On Saturday, catch aerial performers In the Dark Circus and “A Fool’s Paradise” (which we wrote about during Charm City Fringe) along with Interrobang Theatre Company.

Ama Chandra presents Kintsugi: She has made treasure from my scars
Sunday, July 10, 4 p.m.; Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.
This woman continues to amaze us with her bravery and eloquence (check out our recent story on her here.). Now, on the one-year anniversary of surviving a violent attack in her Baltimore home, she shares new songs she composed to “help put her broken pieces back together.”

Visual Art

Young Blood
Starts July 14, Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St.

It’s always exciting to see young talent, and this exhibit is the ideal place to do that. It showcases the work of eight masters of fine art graduates work from throughout the Baltimore area, who are sure to provide a good dose of inspiration.

To Be Black in White America
Through July 30, Galerie Myrtis, 2224 N. Charles St.
In a sentence, this exhibit explores the politicization of black identity in the U.S. But trust us, seeing this exhibit will add so much more to that description because these astute artists—Sondheim finalist Larry Cook, Jeffrey Kent, and Oletha DeVane among them—have a way of communicating ideas and feelings that words cannot.


The Lord of the Flies
July 14 through Aug. 7; Baltimore Annex Theatre, 219 N Park Ave.
Relive the 1950s-era classic novel in all its creepy glory—but with an updated twist. This version takes us to a new island, and now the characters have all the advancements of global warfare to experiment with when governing themselves goes awry.

The Three Musketeers
Through July 24; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City
Summer seems like the perfect time for adventure, and the swashbuckling heroes in this adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ classic provide just that. Plus, it’s park location is ideal for picnicking and soaking up the season.