February Arts Preview

January 30, 2012 5:00 AM

(credit: Walters Art Museum/thewalters.org)

There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy art event in Baltimore. Here’s our quick guide to the five can’t-miss arts picks for February.
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(credit: Walters Art Museum/thewalters.org)

Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes

Through April 15, 2012

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General admission is free

Combining science with art, this groundbreaking show explores the power of touch by exploring the connection between tactile stimuli and appreciation of European Renaissance art. If you’ve always been annoyed that you can’t touch the art in museums, this exhibition is for you. Visitors can hold and register their evaluations of replicas of “appealing” statuettes, as well as those assumed to be unappealing.

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Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking

Through Feb. 12, 2012

Hollywood legend Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show Wishful Drinking has had sold-out runs in theaters across the country and even had a successful engagement in Broadway’s Studio 54. Now it makes a stop at the Hippodrome Theatre, bringing the hilarious confessional to Baltimore audiences. Expect to laugh out loud as Fisher uses her signature wry wit to share tales of life in Hollywood.

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Toms River 1950-1990 by Jerry Kaba (Photo Credit: courtesy Maryland Art Place)

The Sum of the Parts

Feb. 22 – March 31, 2012

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Amy Boon-McCreesh curates this show which features the work of contemporary artists Emily Barletta, Lauren Clay, Jerry Kaba and Nikki Painter. The theme focuses on repetitive processes as a way to create art that is grand and ambitious. In this multimedia exhibition, sculpture, installation and drawing are explored through processes such as knitting, cutting paper and mold-making.

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(credit: Everyman Theatre/everymantheatre.org)

Fifty Words

Through Feb. 19, 2012

Michael Weller’s two-character play Fifty Words explores the challenges of marriage and complicated relationships. Adam and Jan, a Brooklyn couple, attempt to enjoy a night alone while their 9-year-old son is on his first sleepover but a night of passion is derailed by a series of revelations. Directed by Donald Hicken, the play’s subject matter may be a bit too heavy for a date night, but watch it if you’re in the mood for a realistic, and sometimes haunting, look at modern-day marriage.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: The Genius of Mozart

Feb. 16, 2012, 8 p.m.

Feb. 17, 2012, 8 p.m.

Love Mozart? Then don’t miss BSO’s special event. Pianist Lise de la Salle makes her Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut with one of Mozart’s most popular concertos, and James Gaffigan conducts orchestral masterworks by Brahms, Wagner and Richard Strauss. Catch one of the two dates this February. Performances are at the Strathmore and at the Meyerhoff.

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