Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:38:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Washington DC Metro Track Work Information for December 12-14, 2014 http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:06:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=4257 Metro Train

Washington, DC Metro track work information is available to help visitors and riders plan ahead for weekend travel changes. Metro is investing over 5 billion dollars in the reconstruction of its Metrorail system, and track work is expected on most weekends. Weekly updates are provided to inform travelers which lines are affected. This is a weekly press release provided by Metro. Service changes begin at 10pm on Friday night and continue through closing on Sunday night.

According to Metro:

“Over the weekend of December 12-14, Metro will operate regular weekend service at 85 out of 91 stations. Riders traveling to or from the following six stations should allow additional travel time on Saturday and Sunday: Largo Town Center, Morgan Boulevard, Addison Road, Capitol Heights, Benning Road and Greenbelt.Red, Orange and Yellow line trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule. Green Line trains will run on a regular weekend schedule between College Park and Branch Ave stations. At Greenbelt Station only, buses will replace trains on Saturday and Sunday.

Blue Line trains will operate normally between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory, and Silver Line trains will operate normally between Wiehle-Reston East and Stadium-Armory. Riders traveling to or from five stations at the far eastern end of the Blue/Silver lines should allow additional time.

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Red Line

Regular weekend service

Note:
After 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, some trains may experience a brief delay (less than 5 minutes) due to overnight work.

Work Performed:
Joint elimination, rail tie, fastener, and insulator renewal between Farragut North and Judiciary Square.

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Orange Line

Regular weekend service

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Silver Line

Regular weekend service between Wiehle-Reston East and Stadium-Armory

Silver Line trains will operate:

  • Between Wiehle-Reston East & Stadium-Armory at regular weekend intervals.
  • At Largo Town Center, Morgan Boulevard, Addison Road, Capitol Heights and Benning Road trains will arrive and depart about every 20 minutes.

Work Performed:
Joint elimination, rail, tie and insulator renewal between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.

Travel Tips:

  • Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the “bus only” option.
  • Before traveling, consult the trip planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.

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Blue Line

Regular weekend service between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory

Blue Line trains will operate:

  • Between Franconia-Springfield & Stadium-Armory at regular weekend intervals.
  • At Largo Town Center, Morgan Boulevard, Addison Road, Capitol Heights and Benning Road trains will arrive and depart about every 20 minutes.

Work Performed:
Joint elimination, rail, tie and insulator renewal between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.

Travel Tips:

  • Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the “bus only” option.
  • Before traveling, consult the trip planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.

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Yellow Line

Regular weekend service (Huntington-Fort Totten)

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Green Line

Buses replace trains between College Park and Greenbelt on Saturday and Sunday

Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between Branch Avenue and College Park

Stations Closed:
Greenbelt

Free shuttle buses will replace Green Line trains between College Park and Greenbelt.

Work Performed:
Continued construction of a new test track located between College Park and Greenbelt to accept Metro’s new fleet of 7000-series railcars.

Travel Tips:

  • Riders who normally use Greenbelt may consider parking at College Park where Green Line trains will provide more frequent service.
  • Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the “bus only” option.
  • Before traveling, consult the trip planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.

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For more information:

For schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information, visit wmata.com. Metro riders can access Metro’s new mobile website by entering wmata.com into their smartphone browser. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].”

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, visit wmata.com.

 

 * Photo Credit: WMATA Photograph by Larry Levine

 

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December 2014 Events at the National Building Museum http://thedistrict.com/december-2014-events-at-the-national-building-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/december-2014-events-at-the-national-building-museum/#respond Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:02:02 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6508 December 2014 Events and Exhibits at the National Building Museum in Washington DC

Plan your December visit to the National Building Museum in Washington DC and check out the following events:

National Building Museum

Family

Tuesday, December 2, 10 am–Noon
Book of the Month: Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
Free with admission to the Building Zone.
Recommended ages 3–5.
“I am the Gingerbread Baby, fresh from the pan. If you want me, catch me if you can!”

Saturday, December 6, 10 am–4 pm
Home Sweet Home Gingerbread Workshop
Two Sessions: 10 am–Noon & 2–4 pm.
Per house: $60 Member, $75 Non-member. Space limited, prepaid registration required.
Build your own edible house using gingerbread and royal icing, and decorate it with a variety of materials. Member pre-registration starts Monday, November 17 at 10 am. Any open slots will become available to non-members on Monday, November 24 at 10 am.
For registration details, visit go.nbm.org/gingerbread.

Programs

(the numbers and letters at the end of each entry indicate that attendees could earn professional continuing education credits)

Wednesday, December 3
Turner Prize: Department of Architectural Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University
5:30–6:30 pm Student Poster Session
6:30–8 pm Panel discussion and award ceremony
$12 Member and Penn State Alum | Free Student | $20 Non-member.
The National Building Museum awards the Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction to Department of Architectural Engineering of The Pennsylvania State University for its innovative research at the GridSTAR Center in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. Students, where professors, industry professionals, and city officials are coming together in a broad range of collaborative research efforts that will lead to efficiencies in the construction process and encourage energy-efficient building solutions. Following a student poster session and award ceremony, Karen Sweeney, senior vice president of Turner Construction Company, leads a panel discussion titled “University-Industry-Government Collaboration on Innovative Building Research and Education.” 1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES) / 1.5 (GBCI)

Sunday, December 7, 2–4 pm
Keystone Society Gingerbread Challenge
$40 per house. Participant fees: Free Keystone Society member | $15 Non-member. Ages 21+. Space limited, prepaid registration required.
Emerging professionals: you’re never too old to get in the holiday spirit! Build your own edible dream house or team up with friends and join us for drinks and a friendly competition to design the best gingerbread house. For registration details visit go.nbm.org/gingerbread.

Sunday, December 14, All day
Museum closed
The Museum is closed for filming of Christmas in Washington, a charitable fundraiser featuring popular artists performing holiday favorites.

Thursday, December 18, 6:30–8:30 pm
CityVision Final Presentation
Free, drop-in program. Reception follows presentations.
Learn more about local middle school students’ exploration of Washington, D.C. as CityVision participants share their view for their city. After studying the basics of urban design and architecture, students from Takoma Education Campus and Raymond Education Campus present their innovative plans for Buzzard Point, the proposed area for a new soccer stadium.

Thursday, December 25, All day
Museum closed
Please note that the Museum is closed for Christmas.

Exhibitions

The Architectural Image, 1920–1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection
Through May 3, 2015
Between 1920 and 1950, architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any similar timespan in history. This exhibition presents prints, original drawings, and paintings from this transformational period, all selected from a single private collection in Washington, D.C.

Investigating Where We Live: D.C. Now & Next
Through July 7, 2015
During the five weeks of Investigating Where We Live, local teens used digital photography, writing, and original artwork to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in Washington, D.C. With the help of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., local photographers, and Museum curators, the 2014 participants selected the photos and writings they felt define the city’s identity. Join us for a visual journey and discover a fresh perspective on the nation’s capital.

Designing for Disaster
Through August 2, 2015
Design can—and does—reduce our risk and increase our resiliency to the most destructive forces of nature. From seismic retrofits and safe rooms to firebreaks and floodplain management, Designing for Disaster showcases how regional, community, and individual preparedness are the best antidotes to disaster.

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions
Through May 25, 2015
Dozens of objects from the Museum’s collection—from a 9- foot-tall statue to a tiny dollhouse chair—illustrate the varied ways we can learn about architecture and design. Join us as we open up our storage room and display some special objects.

PLAY WORK BUILD
Long-term
Build them up…and knock them down! Create the tallest towers, the most ridiculous shapes, the truly impossible structures. Children and adults alike are encouraged to put their skills to the test and let their imaginations run wild with blocks—small, big, and virtual—in this exhibition, which also features a selection of architectural and construction toys from the Museum’s collection.

Building Zone
Long-term
The Building Zone—for ages 2-6 with adult supervision—introduces children to the building arts through play.

House & Home
Long-term
Exhibition Tours: Mondays and Fridays at 2:30 pm, Wednesdays at 10:30 am, and Saturdays at 10:45 am (based on docent availability).
House & Home features a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, exploring American domestic life and residential architecture.

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For more information about this museum, see our National Building Museum page.

Register online at www.nbm.org or by calling 202.272.2448.

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December 2014 Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum http://thedistrict.com/dec-2014-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/dec-2014-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2014 03:34:05 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6494 December 2014 Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Programs are free and open to the public unless ticket information is noted.

Art Talks and Activities

Handi-hour
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 – 8pm
DC’s premier DIY hour is back for a fun evening of all-you-can-craft activities at the
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Enjoy craft beers specially selected for the event and live music from local talent. This month, we’re featuring bird-themed crafts in conjunction with the exhibition “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art.”
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: $20 at the door, includes two drink tickets, light snacks, and all you can craft. Additional food and drinks for purchase at the event. Ages 21 and older.
Event Link

American Art: After & Before
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the gallery where we will discuss a featured artwork after it has received treatment by our conservators. Then continue on to the Lunder Conservation Center for a behind the scenes look at the way our staff applies science, art history, and skilled hands to address our artworks before they are unveiled in our exhibition spaces.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
Event Link

Indie Arcade
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1 – 7pm
For one day, MAGFest andAmerican University’sGame Lab are turning the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s courtyard into an Indie Arcade!  This takeover includes free classic arcade games like Asteroids, Pac Man, Tron, Star Wars, Arkanoid, Donkey Kong and many more. Visitors can play old favorites, learn to build games, and discover new games created by local chapters of theInternational Game Developers Association. Don’t miss the arcade!
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Event Link

Richard Estes’ Realism Gallery Talk
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 5:30pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and exhibition co-curator Jessica May, the Portland Museum of Art’s chief curator, on a gallery talk highlighting the role of photography in the painting practice of Richard Estes.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby
Event Link

Conservation of Our Collection – Untitled: The Art of James Castle
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Catherine Maynor, paper conservator, for a gallery talk that features an inside look into the techniques used to treat and preserve James Castle’s artworks on display.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby
Event Link

The Singing and the Silence: Curator Talk
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6 – 7:30pm
Curator of contemporary art Joanna Marsh discusses her role in shaping the exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art while providing insight into artists’ representations of birds as a way to understand and respond to contemporary culture.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Event Link

Italian Holiday Family Festival
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:30am – 4pm
Celebrate the holiday season with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Embassy of Italy! Enjoy seasonal music and costumed performers that embody Italian culture, and join us as we make festive arts and crafts for children and families.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Event Link

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Music/Film

Film Screening – James Castle: Portrait of an Artist
Monday, December 1, 2014, 6:30pm
Director Jeffrey Wolf introduces his documentary on James Castle, providing a revealing look at the artist’s life and creative process. Following the screening, Wolf and museum curators Nicholas Bell and Leslie Umberger discuss Castle’s inspirational story and take audience questions.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Event Link

Luce Unplugged with Margot MacDonald
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Luce Unplugged invites local musician, guitarist, pianist, and opera-trained vocalist Margot MacDonald to perform after a staff-led art talk as part of the museum’s own acoustic concert series.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the F Street Lobby
Event Link

21st Century Consort – A Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 4pm pre-concert discussion, 5pm concert
The 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s artists in residence, present Jon Deak’s modern Dickensian classic A Christmas Carol, along with another holiday favorite, Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Event Link

Steinway Series with Elana Ulyanova
Sunday, December 14, 3:00pm
Acclaimed pianist Elena Ulyanovaperforms a selection of beloved works from romantic composers Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Liszt.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
Tickets: Free tickets available at 2:30 p.m. G Street Lobby
Event Link

Take 5! Joe Herrera and the Unity Quintet
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 5 – 7pm
Relax with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. Local trumpeter Joe Herrera and group present a quintet performance of works by famed jazz musician Larry Young. Local printmakers from Lily Press create a temporary studio, offering a free opportunity to make your own print to take home. Food and drinks are available in the museum café.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Event Link

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Ongoing Programs

Sketching: Draw and Discover!
Tuesdays, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet at the Luce Foundation Center information desk.
Event Link

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For more information on this museum, visit our Smithsonian American Art Museum page.

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Holiday Events at Mount Vernon http://thedistrict.com/holiday-events-at-mount-vernon/ http://thedistrict.com/holiday-events-at-mount-vernon/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:06:26 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6607 mount vernon gardens and estate -- george washington's home

Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, welcomes a festive season with special events at the estate of the first president! Walk off your Thanksgiving meal, get away from the in-laws, or add some culture to your holiday by visiting Washington’s estate on Thanksgiving. Step back in time during Mount Vernon by Candlelight tours.  “Lady Washington” again hosts this popular event weekends from November 28 through December 21.  For the first time ever, on Saturday, December 20, Mount Vernon will open its doors for a special evening of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs. For Mount Vernon’s daytime visitors, we host Christmas at Mount Vernon, with Christmas decorations, a special Christmas camel, and the opportunity to tour the third floor of the Mansion.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Nov. 28-30, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 19 & 21, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join “Mrs. Washington” as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours!  Tours include merry music, dancing, and characters from Washingtons’ world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening at Mount Vernon.

On the Mount Vernon by Candlelight tour, visitors will meet a cast of friends and family of the famous founding couple. In the kitchen, the final stop on the tour, guests will hear about 18th-century holiday cooking, see a reproduction of Martha Washington’s Great Cake, and be given a complimentary copy of the recipe to try at home.  Following the Mansion tour, guests are invited to stroll candlelit walks, join in fireside caroling, and visit Aladdin the Christmas camel. Tickets for Mount Vernon by Candlelight are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under.

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Saturday, December 20, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Ring in the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River at George Washington’s Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 20! For the first time ever, Mount Vernon will open its doors for an evening of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs. Before the fireworks show at 8:45 p.m., Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon offers guests a chance to step back in time and experience a festive holiday evening at the first president’s estate. Stroll through the historic area while being serenaded by local choirs. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Visit a winter encampment and meet re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment.

Enjoy cider, cookies, and a bonfire while listening to the harmonious sounds of musicians performing 18th-century tunes. Impress holiday guests by learning 18th-century dance moves with costumed guides in the Greenhouse. Warm up in the blacksmith shop – a working reconstruction of Washington’s blacksmith shop. Sip hot chocolate while watching a fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River. “General and Lady Washington” along with a cast of costumed characters from the 18th century will be on hand to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests.   Tickets are $30 adults, $20 children (6-11), children five and under are free.  Please note that tickets are still available for this special event, however a Mansion tour is not included.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

November 28 – January 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mount Vernon is joyfully decking the halls for Christmas at Mount Vernon, a special daytime program offered through January 6. Themed decorations (including 12 Christmas trees) and historical chocolate-making demonstrations will be offered.

Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. During Christmas at Mount Vernon, visitors can meet a camel on the grounds. For more information about these events, visit MountVernon.org/Christmas.

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For more information about Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Page.

To buy tickets online to Mount Vernon, click here.

For hotels close to Mount Vernon, click here

 

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US Park Police Information and Prohibited Items for the “Concert for Valor” in Washington DC http://thedistrict.com/us-park-police-information-and-prohibited-items-for-the-concert-for-valor/ http://thedistrict.com/us-park-police-information-and-prohibited-items-for-the-concert-for-valor/#respond Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:12:08 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6723 The National Park Service has issued the following press release about the “Concert for Valor” in Washington DC:

The National Park Service and the United States Park Police in cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement, public safety and transportation agencies, have developed security, logistics and access plans for HBO’s permitted Concert for Valor. The concert will take place on Tuesday, November 11 from 7-10 p.m. on the National Mall.

Road Closures

The following roads will be closed and off-limits to vehicles starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11:

  • Constitution Avenue NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 18th Street NW
  • Madison Drive NW from 3th Street NW to 15th Street NW
  • Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street SW to 15th Street SW
  • Independence Avenue SW from 3rd Street SW to 17th Street SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW from Independence Avenue SW to 7th Street SW
  • 3rd Street from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street SW
  • 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to C Street SW
  • 6th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 6th Street SW from Independence Avenue SW to C Street SW
  • 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to C Street SW
  • 10th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 12th Street ramp from I-395 to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 14th Street from E Street NW to C Street SW
  • 15th Street from E Street NW to Maine Avenue SW
  • 17th Street from C Street NW to Independence Avenue SW

Additional closures will be in place in advance of the concert to allow for setup of the venue. These include:

  • 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to C Street SW will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Monday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Madison Drive NW from 3rd Street NW to 4th Street NW will be closed from 6 a.m. on November 10 through 10 a.m. on November 12.

Getting There

Concert-goers are strongly advised to use public transportation. All Metro stations will be open from 5 a.m. until midnight on November 11 EXCEPT Smithsonian, which will be closed because it is within the security zone for the concert. Selected Metro stations near the National Mall will remain open after midnight, if needed, until all passengers in line are accommodated. See Metro’s Concert for Valor Metrorail Service Information page for full details.

ADA Parking and Shuttle Service

ADA shuttle bus service will be provided from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on November 11 for concert attendees. Prearranged ADA parking is available at RFK Stadium Lot 3. Passengers in need of ADA service and their attendants will be dropped off on Independence Avenue SW at 6th Street SW. Parking and transportation arrangements can be made at www.ustreetparking.com.

Public Access

The following public entry points will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and will remain open until the concert venue can no longer accommodate additional people.

  • 4th Street NW and Madison Drive NW (credentialed media, ticketed and VIP guests ONLY)
  • 4th Street SW and Jefferson Drive SW (credentialed media, ticketed and VIP guests ONLY)
  • 7th Street NW and Madison Drive SW
  • 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 12th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
  • 12th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
  • 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

The following public entry points will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and will remain open until the concert venue can no longer accommodate additional people.

  • 15th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

Security Screenings

All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, are subject to a thorough security screening before entering the concert venue. Please allow additional time for the security screening, as it is expected that lines may be long.

Automated Notification System

To receive text alerts, advisories, traffic information, and additional updates about the concert via the Nixle community information service, text VALOR2014 to 888777.

Prohibited Items

The following items will be prohibited at the concert:

  • Alcohol
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than helper/guide dogs
  • Balloons
  • Bicycles
  • Hard shelled coolers
  • Explosives/fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Illegal firearms
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Folding tables, tents, chairs (and other items that could be considered “structures”)
  • Weapons
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • Any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard

Concert Information

For information about the Concert for Valor, including lineup and schedule for the show, visit www.theconcertforvalor.com.

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US Capitol Police Information for the “Concert for Valor” in Washington DC http://thedistrict.com/us-capitol-police-information-for-the-concert-for-valor-in-washington-dc/ http://thedistrict.com/us-capitol-police-information-for-the-concert-for-valor-in-washington-dc/#respond Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:51:48 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6720 The US Capitol Police have issued the following press release to help visitors to the National Mall for the “Concert For Valor” in Washington D.C.:

On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, The Concert for Valor will be broadcast live on HBO from the National Mall in Washington, DC from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The U.S. Capitol Police will have enhanced security measures in place for this free event.

Temporary lighting, variable message boards, and signage will be in place around the Capitol Complex in order to facilitate way-finding to the concert on the National Mall. The U.S. Capitol Police will coordinate and work closely with regional law enforcement, transportation, public safety, and emergency management agencies throughout the day and during the event.

Street Closures (U.S. Capitol Grounds)

On Tuesday, November 11, from 6:00 am until the conclusion of the event, the following street closures and traffic restrictions will be in effect and apply to “through” traffic, non-emergency vehicles:

  • 1st Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st Street, NW and 3rd Street, NW
  • Maryland Avenue between 1st Street, SW and 3rd Street, SW
  • Non-emergency vehicles traveling northbound on Washington Avenue, SW between D Street, SW and Independence Avenue, SW will be redirected eastbound on D Street.

On Tuesday, November 11, from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm (except where noted), the following street closures and traffic restrictions will be in effect and apply to pedestrian traffic:

  • Union Square (1st Street between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle; 100 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; 100 Block of Maryland Avenue, SW; 3rd Street between
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and Maryland Avenue, SW
  • 100 Block of 1st Street, NW
  • U.S. Botanic Garden (5:00 pm to midnight)
  • Area north of and adjacent to Union Square (6:00 am to midnight)

Capitol Tours and Tour Buses

On Tuesday, November 11, the Capitol Building and Capitol Visitor Center will be open for tours until 4:30 pm.

From 6:00 am until 5:00 pm, tour buses going to the U.S. Capitol for tours will be permitted to access Garfield Circle and Peace Circle. Tour buses must enter and exit at 3rd Street, SW and Maryland Avenue, SW. After 5:00 pm, no tour buses will be permitted to enter or exit at this location.

If there are any questions about these events or our security procedures, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.

Concert for Valor Map

Concert for Valor Official Web Site

 

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Events and Exhibits at the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Galleries of Art http://thedistrict.com/events-at-the-freer-gallery-of-art-and-arthur-m-sackler-gallery/ http://thedistrict.com/events-at-the-freer-gallery-of-art-and-arthur-m-sackler-gallery/#respond Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:09:23 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6074 Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery in Washington, DC

Exhibitions

Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy
through March 22, 2015
Arthur M Sackler Gallery
This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta’liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta’liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice
Freer Gallery of Art
In 1887, Charles Lang Freer purchased the entire Second Venice Set, 26 atmospheric etchings by James McNeill Whistler. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between collector and artist, which eventually led to the founding of the Freer Gallery, today the world’s largest and finest repository of Whistler’s works. Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector.

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia
through May 31, 2015
Arthur M Sackler Gallery
Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy
through May 31, 2015
Freer Gallery of Art
A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips
through June 7, 2015
Arthur M Sackler Gallery
Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota
through June 7, 2015
Arthur M.  Sackler Gallery
Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer. Haunted by the traces that the human body leaves behind, the work amasses personal memories of lost individuals and past moments through an accumulation of discarded shoes and notes collected by the artist. Visit the Sackler pavilion during museum hours between Monday, August 18, and Thursday, August 21, to watch Shiota create this installation.

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics
December 13, 2014–June 14, 2015
Freer Gallery of Art
Invented in Japan in 1605, Oribe ware introduced vivid pattern and color to a ceramics tradition that had previously favored somber, monochrome designs. Oribe ware vessels were used primarily for serving food and drinking tea, and their sprightly patterns with glossy black or brilliant green glazes made them a shimmering addition to 17th-century dining trays and tearooms. A major technological advance in ceramics—the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln, which allowed potters to melt glazes to dazzling translucency—made this radically new appearance possible. This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer’s collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan
December 13, 2014–June 14, 2015
Freer Gallery of Art
Zen Buddhism, tea, and ink painting—well-known expressions of Japanese culture—have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas brought to medieval Japan from the late 12th to the 16th century. By the end of that period, arts and customs from Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasty China had been assimilated into Japanese culture, emerging as Japanese practices such as chanoyu, the art of tea. In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century
December 20, 2014—December 2015
Freer Gallery of Art
Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.

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Programs and Events

lecture
“My love for writing went beyond everything”: The Life and Times of Sultan Ali Mashhadi
Sunday, December 14, 2 pm
Sackler sublevel 1
Fifteenth-century Persian calligrapher Sultan Ali Mashhadi has long been considered one of the most eminent practitioners of the nasta?liq script. David J. Roxburgh, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History at Harvard University, examines the master’s life and achievements through his writings and work.
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performance
Music From Japan 40th Anniversary Concert*
Mayumi Miyata, sho; Wu Man, pipa; Jin Hi Kim, komungo
Tuesday, February 10, 7:30 pm
Three of the world’s leading exponents of Asian instruments make a rare joint appearance in this concert of music for Japanese mouth organ, Korean zither, and Chinese lute.
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performance
Musicians from Marlboro II*
Wednesday, February 11, 7:30 pm
Don’t miss Metropolitan Opera soprano Sarah Shafer and mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle as they perform gorgeous songs by Brahms and Dvo?ák.
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lecture series
Voyage and Discovery
Sundays, January 11, February 22, 2 pm
Sackler sublevel 1
Explore travel across Asia by journeying to new lands with ancient travelers and modern adventurers. Guest lecturers use themes of travel as a frame for perceiving the world and mapping trips through China, India, and Japan. Presented in connection with The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia.

Gentility on the Move: Chinese Women’s Travelogues circa 1900
Sunday, January 11, 2 pm
Ellen Widmer, professor at Wellesley College, compares Shan Shili, an upper-class Chinese woman who wrote of her international travels in 1903, to other groundbreaking journeyers of the day. Presented in connection with The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia.
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Ibn Battuta and Emperor Babur on Paths of Conquest in Precolonial India
Sunday, February 22, 2 pm
With original photographs gathered in the field, Tamara Sears, assistant professor at Yale University, explores the routes traversed by Ibn Battuta and Babur, focusing on sites in central India. Presented in connection with The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia.
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point of view
Off-Road Encounters:  Early Twentieth-Century Explorers and Tourists in Asia
Tuesday, January 13, 12 pm
Sackler sublevel 1
Through the examples of museum founder Charles Lang Freer in China and archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld in the Middle East, archivist David Hogge demonstrates how travel beyond tourist routes led to individual discoveries. Presented in connection with The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia.
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Debating the Use of Lost-Wax Casting in Ancient China
Thursday, January 15, 7:30 pm
Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Donna Strahan, the new head of the F|S Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, discusses evidence of and theories on the use of lost-wax casting for bronze production in ancient China. The lecture is supported by the Edward W. Forbes Fund.
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imaginasia
Archaeological Adventures
Saturday, January 17, and Sunday, January 18, 2–4 pm
Sackler sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom
After a self-guided tour of Unearthing Arabia, dig into a mini “excavation site” and create clay models inspired by works in the exhibition. All ages welcome; best for children ages 8 to 14 with adult companions.
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conversations
Meet the Archaeologist
Sundays, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, and May 17, 2–4 pm
Sackler sublevel 1
Dig deeper into the field of archaeology by asking questions about the methods, tools, and technologies used to uncover artifacts today and on Wendell Phillips’s expedition in the early 1950s. Presented in connection with Unearthing Arabia.
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lecture
Hafez and Lines of Beauty
Sunday, January 25, 2 pm
Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Works by the renowned Persian poet Hafez (d. 1389/90) uphold the same notions of beauty as does the nasta’liq script. Dr. Dick Davis, an accomplished poet and scholar of Persian literature, examines Hafez’s life and poetry along with the development of nasta’liq. Presented in connection with Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy.
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workshop
In Your Words: Imagined Journeys
Saturday, January 31, and Saturday, April 25, 2–4pm
Sackler sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom
Join staff of the Freer|Sackler and 826DC [link to http://826dc.org] for a writing workshop. Inspired by artworks in The Traveler’s Eye, use memoir and journalistic techniques to compose short pieces. For ages 12–18. Registration required: https://support.asia.si.edu/events/imagined-journeys
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talk and book signing
The Oriental Carpet: Foreign Gifts and Foreign Affairs
Thursday, January 29, 6 pm
Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Walter Denny, a leading expert in textiles of the Islamic world, speaks about his new book How to Read Islamic Carpets, which explores the history, design techniques, and craftsmanship of carpets made in the “Rug Belt” of Morocco to northern India. Presented in collaboration with the World Affairs Council—Washington, DC, the George Washington University Museum, and the Textile Museum.
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point of view
The Adventures of Wendell Phillips
Tuesday, February 3, 12 pm
Sackler sublevel 1
Chief Curator Massumeh Farhad explores the adventures and findings of Wendell Phillips, the paleontologist and geologist who headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to South Arabia in the early 1950s. Presented in connection with Unearthing Arabia.
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imaginasia
Love in Every Language
Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, 12–4 pm
Sackler sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom
Enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art from the Freer|Sackler collections. In the classroom, use prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages to create a Valentine’s Day card to take home, and learn how to fold heart-shaped origami. All ages welcome.
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point of view
Travelers on the Tokaido in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Tuesday, February 17, 12 pm
Sackler sublevel 1
Through works by Hiroshige, Hokusai, and other artists, Ann Yonemura, senior associate curator of Japanese art, describes the various travelers who shared the Tokaido, a vital and scenic route between Edo and Kyoto. Presented in connection with The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia.
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Film

series
Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien
“I make films because I love this world and I believe in people,” notes Hou Hsiao-hsien. This retrospective of the acclaimed Taiwanese director’s work is copresented with the AFI Silver Theatre (afi.com/silver) and the National Gallery of Art (nga.gov). Visit their websites for additional schedule information.
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The Puppetmaster 
Sunday, December 7, 2 pm
Hou masterfully recreates the life of puppeteer Li Tien-lu (1909–1998), one of Taiwan’s official national treasures. (1993, 142 min., 35mm, Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Japanese with English subtitles)

Goodbye South, Goodbye
Friday, December 12, 7 pm
Kao, his protégé Flathead, and their girlfriends try to get rich quick, but they are too confused—or too human—to be proper “gangsters.” (1996, 124 min., 35mm, Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles)

Flowers of Shanghai 
Sunday, December 14, 2 pm
New 35mm print courtesy Center for Moving Image Arts (CMIA)
Tony Leung stars in Hou’s quietly sumptuous tale of brothel life in 19th-century Shanghai. Phillip Lopate called it as a “visually ravishing masterpiece.” (1998, 130 min., 35mm, Shanghainese and Cantonese with English subtitles)

Millennium Mambo 
Sunday, December 21, 2 pm
The glamorous Shu Qi wanders through neon nightclubs in this hypnotic look at Taipei’s youth, which Film Threat described as “sublime, compelling, and beautifully crafted.” (2001, 119 min., 35mm, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles)

series
19th Annual Iranian Film Festival
The festival is cosponsored by the ILEX Foundation and curated by Tom Vick, Freer|Sackler; Carter Long, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Marian Luntz, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. All films are in Persian with English subtitles unless otherwise indicated.

Manuscripts Don’t Burn
Friday, January 9, 7 pm
Sunday, January 11, 2 pm
Made in defiance of a 20-year ban on filmmaking, this incendiary thriller was inspired by the Iranian government’s 1995 attempt to murder several prominent writers and intellectuals.
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Fish & Cat
Friday, January 16, 7 pm
Sunday, January 18, 2 pm
In person: Shahram Mokri, director (Friday only)
Based on a true story about a rural Iranian restaurant that served human flesh, this highly original film was shot in one continuous take.
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What’s the Time in Your World?
Friday, January 23, 7 pm
Saturday, January 24, 2 pm
A woman returns to Iran and recovers her past in Safi Yazdanian’s debut feature, which won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival.
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Bending the Rules
Friday, January 30, 7 pm
Sunday, February 1, 2 pm
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Bending the Rules illuminates the conflict between emboldened young people and an older generation that fears the consequences of rebellion.
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Fifi Howls from Happiness
Friday, February 6, 7 pm
Sunday, February 8, 2 pm
Once known as the “Persian Picasso,” exiled artist Bahman Mohassess recounts his fascinating life in this lively, lyrical documentary.
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series
Discovering Georgian Cinema
This collaboration between the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, was organized by Susan Oxtoby and Jytte Jensen. Organized for Washington, DC, by Margaret Parsons, National Gallery of Art, with special thanks to the Embassy of Georgia. For a complete list of venues, visit nga.gov/film.

Eliso
Friday, February 13, 7 pm
Live accompaniment by Trio Kavkasia
Directed by one of the great early figures of Georgian cinema, this cherished classic from 1928 depicts the country’s majestic landscape and the deep-rooted traditions of its people.
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Salt for Svanetia
Sunday, February 15, 2 pm
Live keyboard accompaniment by Burnett Thompson; introduced by Dr. Peter Rollberg, GWU
Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1932 debut film is a haunting portrait of life in a Caucasus village that is cut off by snows from the outside world.
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Nail in the Boot
Sunday, February 15, 3:30 pm
Live keyboard accompaniment by Burnett Thompson; introduced by Dr. Peter Rollberg, GWU
The poor quality of a nail in a soldier’s boot leads to the defeat of a military unit in this allegory on Soviet industry from 1932.
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Paradise Lost
Friday, February 20, 7 pm
Davit Rondeli’s “Paradise Lost is still called the best Georgian comedy of the 1930s,” according to the Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema.
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Repentance
Sunday, February 22, 2 pm
Introduced by Dr. Julie Christenson, GMU
One of the most important censored films to come off the shelf with the cultural liberalization of the late 1980s, Repentance was the first to deal with the terrors of the Stalin era.
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Special Event

Lunar New Year Family Day
Saturday, February 21, 11 am–4 pm
Sackler sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a day of festivities at the Freer|Sackler. Explore the many countries in Asia that celebrate the holiday with family-friendly tours (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) as well as hands-on art activities and demonstrations (ongoing 11 am–4 pm).
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Programs marked with * require free tickets. Up to four tickets can be reserved (with service fee) beginning two Mondays before the event through Ticketmaster at 800.551.7328 or ticketmaster.com. Unreserved and no-show tickets (two per person; no service fee) are distributed at the Meyer Auditorium beginning one hour before showtime. asia.si.edu/admissionpolicy

For more information about this museum, visit our Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Galleries of Art page.

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2014-15 Season at the Arena Stage http://thedistrict.com/2014-15-season-at-the-arena-stage/ http://thedistrict.com/2014-15-season-at-the-arena-stage/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:47:41 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6693 The Shoplifters Arena StageThe Shoplifters
World-premiere comedy
Written and Directed by Morris Panych
Featuring Jayne Houdyshell as Alma

Previews begin: September 5, 2014
Closing night: October 19, 2014
In the Kreeger Theater

Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior citizen deal. When her life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous rookie security guard and his ambivalent mentor, she risks losing her freedom, her resolve and maybe even the steak she has stuffed in her pants. Tony-nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet, Follies) leads an expertly drawn cast of oddball characters in this biting, world-premiere comedy about society’s haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common.
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Our War Arena Stage Our War
National Civil War Project theatrical event
Directed by Anita Maynard-Losh

Previews begin: October 21, 2014
Closing night: November 9, 2014
In the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

Commissioned writers as of February 26, 2014:
Maria Agui Carter, Lydia Diamond, Amy Freed, Diane Glancy, Joy Harjo, Samuel D. Hunter, Naomi Iizuka, Aditi Kapil, Dan LeFranc, David Lindsay-Abaire, Ken Ludwig, Taylor Mac, Ken Narasaki, Lynn Nottage, Robert O’Hara, Heather Raffo, Charles Randolph-Wright, Tanya Saracho, Betty Shamieh, John Strand, Tazewell Thompson, William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., Karen Zacarías and two students from George Washington University: Zinhle Essamuah and Nicholas Ong.

An esteemed collection of some of America’s finest playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, has been assembled to create a dynamic new theatrical event reflecting on the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. Through a rich tapestry of short monologues, a core ensemble of gifted actors, accompanied by notable Washingtonians, give voice to far-reaching questions about the war, its aftermath and its reverberations in our lives today. Our War, commissioned by Arena Stage for the National Civil War Project, uses the power of live theater to bring new understanding to the shades of Blue and Gray that define one of the most significant periods of American history.
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Fiddler on the Roof Arena StageFiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein / Music by Jerry Bock / Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Molly Smith
Featuring Jonathan Hadary as Tevye

Previews begin: October 31, 2014
Closing night: January 4, 2015
In the Fichandler Stage

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic! More than just a poor milkman, Tevye is a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters, who want to be their own matchmakers, and the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land. With a jubilant and masterful score including “If I Were a Rich Man;” “Sunrise, Sunset;” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition,” Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary makes his Arena debut as Tevye in this a celebration of family, community and life’s unexpected miracles, large and small.
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Five Guys Named Moe Arena StageFive Guys Named Moe
Book by Clarke Peters / Music and Lyrics by Louis Jordan / Directed by Robert O’Hara
A co-production with Cleveland Play House

Previews begin: November 14, 2014
Closing night: December 28, 2014
In the Kreeger Theater

The boys are back in town, with a brand new look: bigger, bolder, and badder than ever. Classics like “Let the Good Times Roll” and “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” have been remixed for an explosive, re-imagined tribute to “King of the Jukebox” Louis Jordan. Led by the fearless mind that stunned audiences with Bootycandy, director Robert O’Hara (The Mountaintop) is back at Arena Stage and once again “shaking up the world, one audience at a time” (The New York Times). Come and dance the blues away with Eat Moe, No Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Big Moe and Little Moe, as big band meets boy band in this dynamic, dazzling musical revue.
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Baskerville Arena StageKen Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
World-premiere adaptation
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
A co-production with McCarter Theatre Center

Previews begin: January 16, 2015
Closing night: February 22, 2015
In the Kreeger Theater

Get your deerstalker cap on— the play’s afoot! From the Tony Award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 25 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.
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King Hedley II Arena StageKing Hedley II
By August Wilson / Directed by Timothy Douglas
Featuring E. Faye Butler as Ruby

Previews begin: February 6, 2015
Closing night: March 8, 2015
In the Fichandler Stage

King Hedley has returned, but to reign for how long? With an angry scar down the length of his face and seven years of prison haunting him, King has a chance to lock away his past and achieve an entrepreneurial dream. But Pittsburgh’s Hill District is an unforgiving place, and the return of Elmore, a scheming conman armed with a derringer and family secrets, could strike a fatal blow to King’s second coming. The eighth installment of August Wilson’s acclaimed play cycle examining Black America, King Hedley II is one of his most stirring and ferocious explorations of fate, honor and the daily struggles of American life. The production will feature Arena Stage favorite E. Faye Butler.
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The Originalist Arena StageThe Originalist
World-premiere political drama
By John Strand / Directed by Molly Smith
Featuring Edward Gero as Antonin Scalia

Previews begin: March 6, 2015
Closing night: April 26, 2015
In the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (Red) returns to Arena Stage as one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court? From Charles MacArthur Award winner John Strand (Lovers and Executioners) comes this daring new work about passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their version of the truth.
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Arena StageVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang / Directed by Aaron Posner

Previews begin: April 3, 2015
Closing night: May 3, 2015
In the Fichandler Stage

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play (and the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League and the Drama Desk), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a “sunny new play about gloomy people” ( New York Times). Siblings Vanya and Sonia live out their days in an endless, bleak tableau in Bucks County, PA. All seems numbingly mundane until in sweeps hurricane Masha, their fading movie star sister, with her shiny new boy toy and a big announcement. Satirizing characters and themes from Chekhov’s classics, Christopher Durang’s latest madcap masterpiece serves up family drama with comic savagery and poses the question: if you could choose your family, would you necessarily choose your family?
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The Blood Quilt Arena StageThe Blood Quilt
World-premiere family comedy-drama
By Katori Hall / Directed by Kamilah Forbes

Previews begin: April 24, 2015
Closing night: June 7, 2015
In the Kreeger Theater

Welcome to the Jernigan Gals’ Quilting Corner. Gathering at their childhood island home off the coast of Georgia, four disconnected sisters meet to create a family quilt to honor their recently deceased mother. When their reunion turns into a reading of their mother’s will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual, laughter and tears, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever? Inaugural resident playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop ) is once again “fearlessly redefining theater” (Washington Post) with this funny and fierce world premiere.
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White House Visitor Center Reopens to the Public Sept 13, 2014 http://thedistrict.com/white-house-visitor-center-reopens-to-the-public-sept-13-2014/ http://thedistrict.com/white-house-visitor-center-reopens-to-the-public-sept-13-2014/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:55:57 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6660 The White House in Washington, DC

From the National Park Service:

The White House Visitor Center in Washington DC, operated by the National Park Service (NPS), officially opens to the public at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014. Included in the nearly 16,000 square ft. remodeled space is a new retail store, run by the Association, which supports the upkeep of the visitor center and the Association’s larger educational mission.

The transformed space affords an outstanding stand-alone experience and provides an enhanced experience for visitors who take a self-guided White House tour. All new exhibits weave together the stories of the White House as a home, office, stage and ceremonial space, museum, and park. More than 90 White House artifacts, many of which have never been on public display, give a glimpse into life and work inside the Executive Mansion.

“The partnership between the National Park Service and the White House Historical Association has created a captivating new experience for all Americans and people from around the world,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said. “I am proud of the thought and care that inspired the White House Visitor Center’s world-class exhibits and accessibility – and encouraged by the modern technology that seeks to engage our country’s next generation in the important and historic story of the Presidencies that have shaped our country.”

The Association’s contribution of $7.5 million to the project has enabled the National Park Service to create a modern, engaging, and fully accessible visitor experience. The Association has pledged an additional $5 million endowment that will be used for ongoing care and updates to the center.

“The White House is one of our nation’s most important icons—this visitor center is dedicated to making it accessible to all, in new and exciting ways. Through the use of rare artifacts, new technologies and innovative displays, it will make the White House experience more meaningful for all who visit Washington,” White House Historical Association Chairman Ryan said.

The Association’s impressive contribution helped to create a space above and beyond what the NPS would have been able to do on its own. Through partnerships, the NPS is able to expand its programming and benefits to this and future generations.

“The National Park Service and White House Historical Association’s collaborative effort to modernize the White House Visitor Center demonstrates the level of excellence we can achieve through a modern public-private partnership,” said NPS Director Jarvis. “As we approach the National Park Service’s Centennial in 2016, this center will help us to engage new audiences in the great stories we tell through some of our nation’s most iconic places.”

“The White House Historical Association’s mission of enhancing the public’s understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion is brought to life in the new White House Visitor Center. Visitors will experience an incredible interactive exhibit, rich with artifacts from the White House Collection, and a new signature film featuring interviews with members of first families across administrations. We believe this project is exemplary of what is possible through public-private partnerships,” said Stewart McLaurin, president of the Association.

The visitor center and new exhibits were designed with a strong focus on accessibility for all visitors, and the project team worked closely with the National Center on Accessibility to achieve a fully accessible experience. Exhibits provide numerous tactile exhibits for visitors who are blind or have low vision; all videos are open-captioned, and a comprehensive audio description of the exhibits and interactive elements will also be available.

The NPS and the Association hope to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Gold certification, the second-highest level awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainability efforts include exhibit design that uses energy efficient lighting and limits power usage by audio-visual systems, a new entrance vestibule that greatly reduces the temperature and humidity swings inside the center, and low-flow faucets and toilets, which will reduce potable water use by 32.5 percent.

The White House Visitor Center is free and open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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The Smithsonian’s National Zoo Invertebrate Exhibit is Closed http://thedistrict.com/the-smithsonians-national-zoo-invertebrate-exhibit-is-closing/ http://thedistrict.com/the-smithsonians-national-zoo-invertebrate-exhibit-is-closing/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:27:18 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6371 National Zoo Invertebrate Exhibit

The following Press Release is from the National Zoo in Washington DC:

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo Invertebrate Exhibit, home to dozens of small aquatic and terrestrial species without backbones, closed to the public Sunday, June 22, 2014. The last day to visit the Invertebrate House was Saturday, June 21, 2014.

“This difficult decision is not a reflection of the importance of invertebrates or how we feel about them,” said Dennis Kelly, Zoo director. “The exhibit has been a hidden gem cared for by passionate and expert staff. But this was a necessary decision for the financial and operational health of our organization.”

Closing the Invertebrate Exhibit permits the Zoo to reallocate funding, staff and resources to other areas of the Zoo that need attention. With overall costs escalating, the Zoo must adapt its activities and programs to live within its existing budget while continuing excellent animal care and planning for the future.

Every permanent staff person will retain their job and be reassigned to other positions throughout the Zoo. The Invertebrate Exhibit, as it exists today, is not included in the Zoo’s Strategic Five-Year Plan or its 20-Year Programmatic Master Plan. The long-term vision includes a future Hall of Biodiversity, which will include some invertebrate species. The annual operating cost for the Invertebrate Exhibit is $1 million. The exhibit currently needs an estimated $5 million in upgrades to equipment, life-support systems, building infrastructure and exhibit interpretation.

In 1987, the National Zoo opened the Invertebrate Exhibit in the basement of the Reptile Discovery Center. Hailed as a ground-breaking exhibit at the time, it allowed the Zoo to showcase and educate visitors about invertebrates as nature’s unsung heroes, quietly playing vital roles in Earth’s ecosystems. Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all known living species. Today, the Invertebrate Exhibit is home to the common cuttlefish, corals, anemones, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, water scorpions, the giant hermit crab, leaf-cutter ants, the American spiny lobster, giant clam and butterflies, among others.

Per Smithsonian protocol, most of the animals will be de-accessioned through formal processes to new homes. Some will be moved to Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facilities, and some may be moved to another location in the Zoo. Those with short life spans will likely live out their lives in the Invertebrate Exhibit. The Zoo will provide updates on the invertebrate collection via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and through National Zoo News.

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