Here's the latest info from Baltimore’s nonprofit arts council, events center, and film office.
ART AROUND TOWN
Things to See & Do in Baltimore
On Friday, December 3, the Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District invites you to the December Highlandtown Art Walk. Times vary from earlier in the day until 8:00 p.m. Venues feature COVID-safe activities including gallery tours, artist pop-ups, tastings, shopping, carry out dinner and more! Plus, a special performance by OrchKids and Juventud Latina — and a visit from Santa! — outside the Southeast Anchor Library at 6:00 p.m. Some galleries and venues require appointments, so be sure to check venue links for details. To find out more about all the businesses participating, click below for a link to the map.
ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING
Get Into the Holiday Spirit at Sagamore
Join local distillery Sagamore Spirit for their third annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, December 3, from from 5:30–9:00 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with music, warm cider, whiskey cocktails, and family-friendly activities including children's cookie decorating. Plus, enjoy great local vendors — including Bmore Greek Grill, CAnE Collective, Fuzzies Burgers, Suspended Brewing, and Black Acres Coffee Roasters. Also, this year Sagamore is partnering with Baltimore Safe Haven to donate lightly used winter coats. Please contribute if you can! See complete event details below.
AN ORIGINAL ART EXHIBITION
The Essence of a Black Woman
Blkarthouse, an art start-up focused on increasing access and representation of Black artists on the market, invites you to the opening of an original art exhibition on Friday, December 3, from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at the Motor House. The "Essence of a Black Woman" exhibition features 10 Black artists from around the country showcasing their original or commissioned artwork that speaks to varying perspectives and portrayals of Black women. The evening will include introductions of the artists, food from local Black food vendors, and a cash bar. Click the button below for tickets.
AN EVENING WITH ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS
Joyfully Accompanied by the BSO
This weekend, December 3–5, multiple award-winning performer André De Shields returns to his hometown to tell the story of Charm City and its influence on his journey to personal success, alongside the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. For tickets and information, click below.
IT'S OPENING NIGHT!
A Holiday Show for the Whole Family
Paula Vogel's "A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration" is playing at the Strand Theatre from Friday, December 3–Sunday, December 19. This is an all-ages show and will delight history buffs and holiday lovers alike. For tickets, directions, and safety protocols, click the button below.
AN ADAPTATION FOR ALL
CSC's Christmas Carol Returns to the Stage
The holiday classic with a Baltimore twist is back at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Running from Friday, December 3–Thursday, December 23, this spirited adaptation celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to Charles Dickens' novella. Advance ticketing is highly encouraged. Get tickets at the link below.
SHOP WITH LOCAL ARTISTS
Annual Art Mart Featuring Over 20 Local Makers
Luann Carra Gallery in Fells Point is hosting its Annual Art Mart on Saturday, December 4, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. Over 20 local artists are participating this year. You'll find paintings, photography, jewelry, knickknacks, holiday decor, mosaics, prints, hats & mittens, soaps, candles, and more! There will also be food and drinks available. Come check it out and check off some of your holiday shopping at the same time. Or treat yourself! (You deserve it.) Get directions and details below.
FREE VIRTUAL CONCERT
Presented by the Baltimore Composers Forum
On Saturday, December 4, at 8:15 p.m., the Baltimore Composers Forum presents a selection of short works, each showcasing a particular compositional technique. Featuring the works of Garth Baxter, Gavin Brown, Jin-Hwa Choi, ​Ray Fields, Jonathan Newmark and Ian Rashkin. The orchestral choices include percussion quartet (George Mason Percussion), piano quartet (The Carnac Quartet), piano (Gavin Brown), computer manipulated sound and brass quintet (Lyric Brass Quintet). The concert is free and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. Get the event details below.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
Focusing on Baltimore's Brightest Artists
Connecting Cultures Through Fashion
Yele Oladeinde is the founder and seamstress behind Yele Stitches, a clothing brand that fuses handmade African fashion with Western influences. Yele opened up her studio at Motor House during Open Studio Tour Weekend on October to show her latest collection and pieces in progress (right). Every garment bears Yele's signature bold colors and sumptuous textures. The silhouettes are stunning. You are guaranteed to make an entrance in a Yele original. If you're looking for a fun, new outfit for a holiday party or to ring in the new year, be sure to browse Yele's work at the button below.
Images courtesy of @yelestitches on Instagram
LIVE CONCERT AT CREATIVE ALLIANCE
Chicago Songwriter Performs Her Debut Album
On Wednesday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m.,Chicago songwriter Tasha takes the stage at Creative Alliance to perform songs from her debut album, "Alone at Last." Read more about the musician, her inspiration for the album, and get tickets to Wednesday's event by clicking the button below.
VIRTUAL DANCE CONCERT
Watch Full Circle Dance Company at Home
If you missed the in-person production of "BRAVE: art in times of crisis" — or you'd like to experience the magic again — Full Circle Dance Company is now offering virtual on demand access so you can enjoy the performance anytime between Monday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m.–Monday, December 20, at 9:00 p.m. Click the button below for tickets and streaming details.
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Photo credit: Rachel Dibs Photography
This month, we are launching a brand-new free quarterly digital newsletter called The Art of Love. Featuring vendor profiles, event planning tips, and the intimate history of the Cloisters Castle, this newsletter will help you plan your most important events no matter what, or where, they are. Click the button below to sign up. And while you're at it, check out some of BOPA's other newsletter offerings! They're all completely free and you can stop or restart them anytime.
BALTIMORE ARTS & CULTURE NEWS
In Case You Missed It
THE THEATRE COMMUNITY MOURNS ONE OF ITS OWN
Marlyn A. Robinson, beloved performer, mentor, and friend, passed away on November 15 at age 94. She is perhaps best known as the founder of the Performance Workshop Theatre, but her life and love of the arts cannot be summed up succinctly. Read more on her legacy below.

NIGHTCLUB TURNED TECH HUB IN STATION NORTH
From the mid-'70s to the early '90s, the building at 21 E. North Ave. was known as the popular nightclub Odell's. Recently, the space reopened as an arts & tech hub for two local nonprofits, Arts for Learning Maryland and Code in the Schools. Read more about the transformation below.

THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR (ACCORDING TO JOHN WATERS)
An annual tradition, each year Artforum International Magazine publishes the top 10 movies of the year selected by John Waters. Find out which flicks made the cut (and which didn't) at the link below.

NEW MATISSE CENTER TO OPEN AT THE BMA
Next weekend, the Baltimore Museum of Art will open its newly completed 2,500-square-foot Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies. This new center is being heralded as "a coup for Baltimore." Find out what all the excitement is about at the link below.

BALTIMORE FARMERS' MARKET & BAZAAR
Shop Local This Holiday Season
The Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar is on Sundays from 7:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.! 

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar has beloved elements like hot food vendors and the Bazaar’s artisans. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar continues maintaining public health regulations to provide a safe experience for all.  

The 44th season runs weekly, 7:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. on Sundays through December 19, 2021, with continuous adaptation to maintain health and safety.
Photo credit: Jade McDonnell
See the full list of farmers, food vendors, and Bazaar artisans by visiting the link below. We hope to see you on Sunday!
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