High Jinx is a schedule of site-specific street performances at numerous places about Baltimore city coinciding with the High Zero festival (before and during 21-24 September). These events are creative, musical and socially challenging. They are rarely obnoxious and never intended to do anyone harm. They are not officially sanctioned by the city, therefore you participate at your own risk. However, these events have been some of the greatest public art performances happening in Baltimore.

There are far too many events planned here for one person to execute. We need your help to make them happen. If you are interested in helping (performing, organizing or technical help) then come to our meetup at the Red Room to connect with more people.

HighJinx Photos from past High Zero Festivals: Flickr!

What do Highjinx need?

Directors: People who can decide on an event, organize it (what, where, who and when) and then follow through and execute it. This can be a simple event with one director/performer standing on a street corner or a complex event with many involved.

Performers: People who either have skills which satisfy the needs of a particular perfomance or people who want to perform in something that doesn’t need specific skills

Places: A great site can dictate what should be perfomed there (ex. crossing over). Or, a great site can be perfect for anything you put in it.

Documenters: Video cameras, journalists, poets, photographers, sound recordists, spys.

Creative thinkers: High Jinx is almost “anything goes”. Simple ideas can make beautiful events. What can you amplify? (knitting needles) Take the mundane and over emphasize it (ultrareductionist library band). Make music out of almost nothing by merely changing the context of existing sounds (honkers). Just act silly (the hat band). Be visual (folded paper). Be weird (crossing over). Be conventional (music games). Show off your basement projects (invented instrument)

Promoters: People who’ll tell people what’s happening, where and when, post to email lists, put up flyers. People who will bring more people to get involved.

We’ll put a submission form on our Participate page at highzero.org where you can get your event on a public calendar. You’ll be able to follow all the highjinx going on this year.

Event location:

Red Room at Normals' Books and Records

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.