I’m comin’ down like a monkey, but it’s all right. Phil Collins’ whole life has consisted of making shit up as he goes along. Sussudio is his entire career in microcosm: A nonsensical string of syllables, one leading to the next, terminating at the nearest convenient gaping-mouth vowel and repurposed as an alleged woman’s name. It’s all stream-of-consciousness, and it’s served him well for 30 years.
Tonight, “come down like a monkey” to the Crossroads Arts District for the First Friday Artwalk. It will be “all right.” You can walk from gallery to gallery without a plan, although you will need a parking space. We recommend the MAX bus as an alternative to circling the neighborhood, searching for a place to park while crying out, Please get me out of here! Someone get me out of here! Just help me! I'll do anything, anything! If you'll just help get me out of here!
Here are a few First Friday openings to get you started.
Surface Design Trunk Show at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut Street. As you might have guessed, this is a display of textile art by various artists in conjunction with the Surface Design Conference.
Phantasmania at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd. "The exhibition, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, features painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation by 17 young, emerging artists."
The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. Textile art by multiple artists in conjunction with -- guess what? -- the Surface Design Conference.
Dolphin Gallery, 1901 Baltimore: Group exhibit, various media.
The Late Show, 1600 Cherry: Paintings by "outsider artist" Russell Easterwood, textile art by Tabitha McCale Evans and Jeremy Evans. There’s also a wall commemorating the life and work of the late artist and MoMo Gallery owner Mott-ly.
Barbershop Gallery, 33rd and Gillham, behind the Linwood Costco: "Cool, Okay, Rad." A series by Brock Potucek -- paintings and an installation. --Chris Packham