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@ Red Emma's

Come celebrate the summer with SWOP, learn about what SWOP Baltimore is working on and how you can get involved, and enjoy specials on cocktails (alcoholic and non-alchoholic) at the bar and patio at Red Emma's!

SWOP Baltimore is a local chapter of The Sex Workers Outreach Project, which is a national network of sex workers and allies organizing to decriminalize sex work, fight stigma, and build power among.

On April 30th, the US-backed opposition in Venezuela, with the Trump administration's blessing, attempted to overthrow the elected government of Venezuela. While the US supported strategy of tension in Venezuela—including unilateral sanctions, the failed coups of both 2019 and 2002, and two decades of media scaremongering—along with precipitous drops in the price of oil on the global market have created serious challenges for the Chavez/Maduro project, popular support for Bolivarian 21st century socialism and the elected government remains.

Ann Fawcett Ambia and one-time Baltimore resident Keith Brooks were part of a US-based delegation of observers to Venezuela present during the failed coup attempt earlier this year—come hear a reportback on the balance of power in Venezuela and the continuing impacts of the Bolivarian revolution, as well as stories from two of the occupiers in the (ultimately unsuccessful) efforts to defend the DC embassy of the Venezuelan embassy against an opposition takeover.


America’s suburbs are not the homogenous places we sometimes take them for. Today’s suburbs are racially, ethnically, and economically diverse, with as many Democratic as Republican voters, a growing population of renters, and rising poverty. The cliche of white picket fences is well past its expiration date.

The history of suburbia is equally surprising: American suburbs were once fertile ground for utopian planning, communal living, socially-conscious design, and integrated housing. We have forgotten that we built suburbs like these, such as the co-housing commune of Old Economy, Pennsylvania; a tiny-house anarchist community in Piscataway, New Jersey; a government-planned garden city in Greenbelt, Maryland; a racially integrated subdivision (before the Fair Housing Act) in Trevose, Pennsylvania; experimental Modernist enclaves in Lexington, Massachusetts; and the mixed-use, architecturally daring Reston, Virginia.

Inside Radical Suburbs you will find blueprints for affordable, walkable, and integrated communities, filled with a range of environmentally sound residential options. Radical Suburbs is a history that will help us remake the future and rethink our assumptions of suburbia.

@ Red Emma's

Baltimore artist Daniel Conrad paints in light—constructing hypnotic, thought-provoking dynamic visual compositions in which ephemeral color combinations fade together and apart imperceptibly in continuous motion. For Artscape 2019, he is taking over Red Emma's for a major show of his work—and will be giving a talk on his methods on Wednesday, July 24th at 8pm. 

The show will open on Friday July 19th and close July 29th.

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Join us for the launch of Fred Scharmen's Space Settlements!

In the summer of 1975, NASA brought together a team of physicists, engineers, and space scientists—along with architects, urban planners, and artists—to design large-scale space habitats for millions of people. This Summer Study was led by Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill, whose work on this topic had previously been funded by countercultural icon Stewart Brand’s Point Foundation. Two painters, the artist and architect Rick Guidice and the planetary science illustrator Don Davis, created renderings for the project that would be widely circulated over the next years and decades and even included in testimony before a Congressional subcommittee. A product of its time, this work is nevertheless relevant to contemporary modes of thinking about architecture. Space Settlements examines these plans for life in space as serious architectural and spatial proposals.
Fred Scharmen teaches architecture and urban design at Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning. His work as a designer and researcher focuses on how architects imagine new spaces for speculative future worlds and who is invited into those worlds. Recent projects, with the Working Group on Adaptive Systems, include a mile-and-a-half long scale model of the solar system in downtown Baltimore (in collaboration with nine artists), and a pillow fort for the Baltimore Museum of Art based on Gottfried Semper's Four Elements of Architecture.

Houseless activists from HOUSING OUR NEIGHBORS (HON - Baltimore, MD), RIGHT 2 SURVIVE (R2S - Portland, OR), & PICTURE THE HOMELESS (PTH - NYC) will convene for a public dialogue. These groups are leading a national movement for SLEEP NOT SWEEPS, HOUSE KEYS NOT HANDCUFFS, & THE RIGHT TO REST.