Pop-up Koreatown

You can always count on the many local Korean restaurants for a generous stone bowl of bibimbap or 2 a.m. Korean barbecue. They’re reliable post-show gathering places, but you’ve probably never paid much attention to their décor. And you definitely didn’t think you’d be going to your favorite KBBQ place for an art show any time soon. But for three days, six Korean-owned businesses in Station North will double as art spaces, exhibiting the work of local Korean and Korean-American artists. “BeWare” at BeOne will present altered Korean advertisements, meant to shed light on perceived inconsistencies in Korean ideals. Seoul Rice Cake is showing new work by several artists inspired by the store and its atmosphere. Shows and events will also be held at Jeong Kak, Nakwon, Elle’s Studio, and The Crown. The collaboration is meant to spark dialogue about culture and identity, especially as it pertains to the Korean diaspora and the Korean community in Baltimore, particularly within the Charles North, Midtown, and Old Goucher neighborhoods. Plus, it’s a really good excuse to break from the Artscape madness and eat bulgogi. Opening reception and curatorial tour 5 p.m. July 15 at the Ynot Lot, through July 17, various locations around 20th and Charles streets, artscape.org, free. (Mia Capobianco)

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