Arts District

Culture Club: WTMD Changes Hands, Nightmares at Ottobar, and McKinley Wallace III’s Solo Show

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


WYPR Plans to Acquire WTMD
After nearly 40 years of being operated by Towson University and its affiliates, WTMD is changing hands. According to the university, there was plenty of interest in purchasing the popular local station, but WTMD was “most excited about working with WYPR, since it is a local community licensee with a proven track record and commitment to growing the beloved format of the station.” The acquisition by the NPR member station will allow WTMD to continue partnering with TU and providing listeners with events such as First Thursdays. The announcement also stated that WYPR will “seek financial support from the community, inviting both major donors and grassroots supporters to participate and become members of this expanded public service opportunity. With the help of our community, it is WYPR’s intention to preserve and strengthen this public resource for music discovery.”

Metro Gallery Expands to Former Velocipede Space
On June 1, Metro Gallery announced that, as they celebrate their 14th birthday, the beloved North Charles Street venue will expand its footprint to include the former Velocipede, which stretches behind the current building. According to the venue’s Instagram, the team at Metro Gallery hopes to have renovations finished sometime this fall.

Visual Art

Separate, But/We Hold These Truths
Head to Old Goucher’s Waller Gallery to take in powerful new works by mixed-media painter McKinley Wallace III. In this solo exhibition, Wallace’s paintings, which utilize acrylic, charcoal, graphite, and ink on wood, explore the idea of privilege as a weapon. They encourage viewers to reconsider their ideas about power, freedom, and archives. June 11 through July 16. Waller Gallery, 2420 Calvert St.


An Evening with J.M. Giordano, Michael Anthony Farley, and DDm
If you’ve been missing dark bars, sticky floors, stage lights, and the vibrant sounds of Baltimore clubs over the past year and a half, this talk through Enoch Pratt’s Summer Break Baltimore program is for you. Join photographer J.M. Giordano, artist and drag performer Michael Anthony Farley, and rapper DDm to discuss Giordano’s We Used to Live at Night and the scene they all love. June 22, 7-8 p.m. Virtual


Return to the Ottobar (vaccine card and mask in hand) to experience this series of interviews about what creeps into our heads at night. Comedian Robin Hazel and cartoonist Emily Flake will be joined by guests Arika Casebolt, Allison Robicelli, Sandy Asirvatham, and Laura Lippman to draw and discuss their very own unpleasant dreams. June 5, Doors at 8 p.m., Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St.


Summer 6-Pack Series
Settle in with the comfort of your home’s A/C for this summertime play series. Each week from now through mid-July, Everyman will stream new play readings that take on everything from separating fact from fiction in media (The Lifespan of a Fact, based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal) to the complicated task of making friends as an adult (R. Eric Thomas’ Crying on Television). Viewers can select individual shows, or grab the whole six pack for a month and a half of on-demand theater.  May 31 through July 11, Online.