Here's the latest info from Baltimore’s nonprofit arts council, events center, and film office.
Apply Now for These Commissioned Projects
Before we jump into this week's event roundup, we want to highlight two opportunities for Baltimore artists brought to you by BOPA. Take a look!
In collaboration with The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, BOPA is accepting original digital artwork designs in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Washington Monument lighting. This opportunity is open to emerging & professional artists residing in Maryland. Applications must be received online through BOPA's Submittable application page. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 17.
BOPA and the Baltimore Ravens are partnering in the search for Baltimore-based emerging & professional visual artists to produce creative, uplifting, and community-centered mural designs to be implemented in the City of Baltimore and replicated digitally for the inside of M&T Bank Stadium. Applications must be received online through BOPA's Submittable application page. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 20.
Things to See & Do in Baltimore
RACHEL: A World Premiere Adaptation by a Baltimore Playwright
Journalist, poet, and playwright Angelina Weld Grimké, one of the forebears of the Harlem Renaissance, wrote Rachel in 1916 in defiant answer to the recent release of D.W. Griffith's film Birth of a Nation. In 1921, Rachel was the first play to be performed in New York City to an integrated audience. Now, 100 years later, Baltimore playwright Aladrian C. Wetzel debuts her new adaptation, commissioned by Rapid Lemon Productions. Opening on Friday, September 10, the show runs through Sunday, September 26, and offers both in-person and online viewing options.
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Virtual Magic Classes for Youth
School of Magic Arts (SOMA) has opened fall registration for its popular 2021-2022 virtual after school program. SOMA’s Performance Program
offers youth aged 717 a curriculum in the study of magic that builds, week over week, to public performances. In addition, SOMA’s programs are specifically designed for a virtual environment, with professionally-curated magic kits arriving at students' doors before classes start. The registration deadline for Year 1 students is September 10. Get details and register below.
A Theatrical Concert Presentation
The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) is hosting a theatrical concert presentation of one of hip-hop’s most iconic albums — Stankonia, the powerhouse quadruple-platinum album from duo Outkast.

The show opens in person on Friday, September 10. Can't make it live? No problem! BROS will be streaming the whole performance online on Friday, September 24 for free. Get more event details at the button below.
Latin American Artisan Market
On Saturday, September 11, from 3:007:00 p.m. outside the Creative Alliance, celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, observed in the U.S. from September 15–October 15. There will be music, performances, food, and crafts from Latin American artists and creatives. Click below for event details.
Visit the Memorial at Top of the World
This Saturday, September 11, marks the 20th commemoration of the 2001 terrorist attacks. A ceremony in remembrance of the brave local citizens who lost their lives that day will be held at Baltimore World Trade Plaza, 401 E. Pratt Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. Baltimore’s observation level at the World Trade Center, Top of the World Observation Level, will be open free to the public on Saturday, September 11, from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. to view the 9-11 memorial. For directions, see below.
Dear Mama: Tupac's Homage to Black Mothers
Join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and WEAA’s Today with Dr. Kaye Radio Show in a live on-air discussion of Tupac’s iconic hip hop song Dear Mama on Wednesday, September 15, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. This event is produced in partnership with Tupac Shakur Commemoration Week in Baltimore and will include a panel talk with Black mother activists and Black sons. Note: This program may be live-streamed due to recent COVID surges. Check event site for details.
A Virtual Program That Takes You Behind the Art
Tune in to this virtual program on Thursday, September 16, from 6:00–7:00 p.m. for an inside look at one of Maryland Center for History and Culture's newest exhibitions, Losing Winter. Join a discussion about the concept behind this participatory project and how the photograph collections at both MCHC and UMBC complement and juxtapose collected memories of winter with the featured artists .
This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering, an automated confirmation email will provide connection instructions. 
Baltimore Rhythm Festival 2021
Baltimore Rhythm Festival is a spirited day celebrating the power of rhythm and community in Baltimore City. The festival runs from noon–8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18. Three stages will feature a mix of local, national, and international performance acts and don't forget to bring your drum if you have one! There will also be a children's area, food & drink vendors, and makers offering unique crafts, art, clothing, jewelry, and musical instruments. The day will conclude with a FREE all-star concert upstairs at the Guilford Hall Brewery. The Baltimore Rhythm Festival is proud to be a fiscally sponsored program of Fusion Partnerships. For full details, click the button below.
Get a Jump Start on Wedding Planning
On Wednesday, September 22, from 5:00–8:00 p.m., the Cloisters Castle invites newly engaged couples and their families to tour the castle and meet with local vendors during the Cloisters Castle Open House. Caterers, photographers, florists, and more will be available to help with all planning needs to create the perfect wedding at this historic landmark of Maryland.
Sarah Wockenfuss Photography
Nessa K Photography
The Open House offers a tour of the rental facility’s stunning architecture while connecting guests to a full array of excellent wedding vendors. For more information about attending, click the button below.
Tour the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District
Experience the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District during a night of artistic performances, exhibits, and open studios on Thursday, September 23, from 5:00–9:00 p.m. This event is free, but guests are asked to register to get event updates and access to special discounts. This programming is made possible by the Maryland State Arts Council, the City of Baltimore, and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. For more information and to register, click below.
In Case You Missed It
The BmoreArt Journal of Art + Ideas recently published a stunning photo essay by Baltimore transplant Gregory McKay, who moved here six years ago to attend graduate school at Johns Hopkins. Whether you're new to Baltimore, or you've lived here your whole life, these photographs will show you the city in a captivating new light. Click the link to see.

Though he is perhaps best known for playing President Obama's favorite TV character (Omar Little, The Wire), friends and colleagues of Michael K. Williams remember him for so much more. He may not be from around the way, but Baltimore mourns him as if he were one of our own. Read the touching tribute below.

Theatres and performance venues across the country are formulating reopening plans with added precautions to help keep patrons safe. Baltimore's own Hippodrome Theatre announced its vaccination requirements earlier this week. Read more about their policy below.

Since 2019, the Hot Sauce Artists Collective has hosted roaming exhibitions in green spaces and parking lots across Baltimore. (You may have seen them last year during Free Fall Baltimore!) Read more about this group of artists and their vision for the city's art scene below.

Local photographer J.M. Giordano recently published a new book to benefit the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund. Featuring photos, recipes, and essays from local hospitality workers, Back of House shows what restaurant life is like behind the scenes. Read more about this tasteful collaboration below.

Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar
Sundays, 7:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar is back on Sundays from 7am to 12pm! 

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar has welcomed back beloved elements like hot food vendors and the Bazaar’s artisans in a limited capacity, after offering a food-only market throughout the 2020 season. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar continues maintaining public health regulations to provide a safe experience for all.  

The 44th season is scheduled to run weekly, 7:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. on Sundays through December 19, 2021, with continuous adaptation to maintain health and safety.
Photo credits: Edwin Remsberg and Tiffany Thompson
See the full list of farmers, food vendors, and Bazaar artisans by visiting the link below!
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