July 16, 2018
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  • Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
    Photos courtesy of John Altdorfer
    Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
  • Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
    Photos courtesy of John Altdorfer
    Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
  • Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
    Photos courtesy of John Altdorfer
    Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
  • Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
    Photos courtesy of John Altdorfer
    Squonk Opera will bring its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.

Artscape Returns July 20-22

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Billed as America’s largest free arts festival, the 37th annual Artscape is set for July 20-22 near Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street in Baltimore.

Hours are 11:00am to 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday and 11:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday, with Artscape After Hours taking place Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm to 11:00pm.

The 2018 festival is headlined by girl group TLC on July 20 at 7:30pm, reggae group Toots & The Maytals on July 21 at 7:30pm and blues rock sensation ZZ Ward on July 22 at 5:30pm at the MICA Main Stage. Also, Dance returns to the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric with Garth Fagan Dance.

New to Artscape this year is Youth Day, taking place on July 20. On Youth Day, Artscape will feature a variety of performances and visual art by Baltimore youth artists, makers, and performers at indoor and outdoor venues.

Artscape will also welcome Squonk Opera, which brings its show “Pneumatica” to Artscape for three days of performances. In this show, the “Squonkers” pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience. Other new Artscape components include Teenscape, a section dedicated to teen programming presented by BOPA’s Youth Arts Council and a new Kidscape performance space.

Artscape features 11 large-scale artwork projects for festivalgoers to explore, interact with and admire throughout the festival footprint. Among these projects are “Trash-scape” by the Department of Beauty Maintenance and Thick Air Studios, which is an evolving street performance surrounding a sculpture of recyclable material in the shape of a mandala. Also along Charles Street is “Choose Your Own Adventure” by Becky Borlan and Graham Coriel Allen, which transforms an intersection of Charles Street into a colorful and safe pedestrian playscape of creative crosswalks and an immersive environment of floating beach balls.

Some projects have a specific tie to Baltimore, like Screen Station, where festivalgoers will be able to try their hand at screen-printing and print their own messages related to youth advocacy and justice. Also worth exploring is Headspace by Magdalena Sudnik, a giant wooden head people can walk through.

More artwork will be showcased at the Artist-Run Art Fair, which transforms the parking garage at 1714 North Charles Street into a showcase of contemporary artwork from artist-run galleries from across the country. Two additional visual art exhibitions, “How-to” and “Open During Construction,” are on display indoors at MICA’s Dolphin Gallery (100 Dolphin Street) and MICA’s Pinkard Gallery (1401 West Mount Royal Avenue).

Returning to Artscape this year is Dance Camp, presented by Guardian Dance Company, with a schedule packed full of dance competitions, social dances and workshops all weekend. Along with dance, Artscape features a full schedule of street theater performances throughout the weekend including belly dancers, dance troupes, storytellers and puppeteers. Stilt walkers, the BSO OrchKids and other performers will also pop up throughout the weekend. Scheduled theater, jazz and opera performances take place indoors at the Theatre Project (45 West Preston Street) and the Brown Center (1301 West Mount Royal Avenue), as well as classical music and organ concerts at Corpus Christi Church (110 West Lafayette Avenue). The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present the BSO Academy Music Festival at Artscape, where adult musicians will join the BSO for three days of performances.

Artscape continues to serve up innovative and creative fare from more than 30 Maryland food vendors such as Rouge Fine Catering, CREPE., The Urban Oyster, Black Dirt Farm, Ekiben, Connie’s Chicken & Waffles and more. Artscape features local brews from The Brewer’s Art and Monument City Brewing Company, plus Natty BOH and its new Crab Shack Shanty.

Artscape wouldn’t be complete without music. In addition to the talent performing at the Artscape Main Stage, the Johns Hopkins University Station North Stage and the Morgan State University Festival Stage showcase local, regional and national talent such as The Crawdaddies, Super City, Grayson Moon, Bmore BeatClub, Liberata and more. Also performing are the winners of Sound Off Live!, an annual competition where up-and-coming bands from the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia region compete for a performance slot at either Artscape, Light City or the Baltimore Book Festival.

To see the full schedule of events, visit www.artscape.org. Stay connected by following Artscape on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #Artscape.


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