Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:08:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Visit the “Orchid Exhibit Family Festival” at the Natural History Museum on February 21, 2015 http://thedistrict.com/visit-the-orchid-exhibit-family-festival-at-the-natural-history-museum-on-february-21-2015/ http://thedistrict.com/visit-the-orchid-exhibit-family-festival-at-the-natural-history-museum-on-february-21-2015/#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:18:59 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6756 OrKID Family Festival

Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the world of orchids at the “Orchid Exhibit Family Festival” in the Evans Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10am – 2pm. This fun-filled day of free activities celebrates the exhibition, Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty. The event is a collaboration between Smithsonian Gardens, the United States Botanic Garden, the National Museum of Natural History and the North American Orchid Conservation Center. Activities include constructing a field journal, an orchid corsage and an orchid puzzle. Visitors can even pot an orchid to take home! Orchid experts from the Smithsonian and U. S. Botanic Garden will be available to answer questions and tell visitors about unique plants from their collections that will be on display.

For more information about this event, visit: http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/orchid-exhibition.html

For more information about this museum, visit our National Museum of Natural History page.

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/visit-the-orchid-exhibit-family-festival-at-the-natural-history-museum-on-february-21-2015/feed/ 0
Winter Events at Mount Vernon http://thedistrict.com/winter-events-at-mount-vernon/ http://thedistrict.com/winter-events-at-mount-vernon/#respond Fri, 02 Jan 2015 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, offers special activities at the home of the first president! Take tea with “Martha Washington” or learn about the decorative arts of Mount Vernon through a new tour. Listen to a free book talk at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Experience “snow” in Mount Vernon’s Revolutionary War Theater. In February, celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s Birthday by visiting his home and burial site FREE of charge.

Tea with Lady Washington
Saturdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, and February 7. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Lady Washington for tea as you discuss the news of the day!  Listen to her stories about life at Mount Vernon while enjoying a selection of lite fare prepared by the Mount Vernon Inn. Following tea, enjoy a self-guided exploration of the estate and decorative arts found in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Tickets: $30 for adults, $20 for youth (12 and under), includes tea, lite fare, and general estate admission.

—————–

Beer Dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn
Friday, January 23, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Learn more about how beer was brewed and enjoyed in early America at this event co-hosted by Old Ox Brewing Company. Guests will enjoy a reception, beer tasting and a four-course menu paired with specialty beers by the Mount Vernon Inn with commentary by knowledgeable staff. Old Ox Brewing Company is a family owned and operated commercial brewery located in Loudoun County. Tickets: $100 per person (includes tax & gratuity).

—————–

The Taste & Style of George Washington
Friday-Sunday, January 8 – February 8 (no tour January 17 and 18)

Mount Vernon’s first fine arts tour offers guests the chance to appreciate a lesser known quality of George Washington – his keen eye!  He understood that certain objects denoted gentility, sophistication, enlightenment, and wealth.  This tour, which includes the Mansion as well as the museum, explores Washington’s tastes and his selection of decorative fine arts for his home! A portion of the available tickets are offered in advance. Tickets: This tour is included in admission, however you must register for a tour ticket online or at the ticket window. Limited capacity.

—————–

Ford Evening Book Talk
January 8, 7 p.m.

Mount Vernon welcomes author Turk McCleskey to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book, “The Road to Black Ned’s Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier,” on January 8. This event is free, however registration is required.

—————–

Signature Tour
Daily through February 12 (no tour January 17 – January 19)

During your guided exploration tour of the Mansion, visit areas not normally open to guests, including the basement and the third floor where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799! Tickets: $5/per person in addition to general admission. Hours vary.

—————–

George Washington’s 283rd Birthday Weekend Celebration
February 14 and 15 (Sat and Sun, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

George Washington’s favorite breakfast was “hoecakes swimming in butter and honey.”  Join “General Washington” for a sample of hoecakes prepared by Mount Vernon staff  (while supplies last) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Following the breakfast sampler, visitors can mingle with costumed characters from George Washington’s world from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Are you ready for “Dancing with the 18th Century Stars”? At 1:45 p.m. take part in Mount Vernon’s largest-ever 18th-century dancing demonstration with costumed characters on the Bowling Green!  After the dancing ends, re-enactors gather with visitors to share selected stories with “George Washington” at 2 p.m. All weekend guests will be encouraged to create birthday greetings for George Washington which will be shared with “General Washington.” A wreathlaying at the tomb of George Washington takes place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This event is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $18; children ages 6-11, $9; and children under 5 are admitted free.

—————–

George Washington’s 283rd Birthday Celebration – FREE Admission!
February 16 (Mon, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s Birthday by visiting his home and burial site FREE of charge on this day.   The traditional wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s Tomb takes place at 10 a.m., followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green at 11:15 a.m.  Visitors can mingle with costumed characters from George Washington’s world from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “General Washington” is on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day.

Listen to a special musical tribute for the first president from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Are you ready for “Dancing with the 18th Century Stars”? At 1:45 p.m. take part in Mount Vernon’s largest-ever 18th-century dancing demonstration with costumed characters on the Bowling Green!  Re-enactors gather with visitors to share selected stories with “George Washington” at 2 p.m. All day guests will be encouraged to create birthday greetings for George Washington which will be on display and shared with “General Washington.” A wreathlaying at the tomb of George Washington takes place at 3 p.m.

—————–

New! Nine Paintings from John Chapman on View
Virginia Sites from George Washington’s Life
(February 13, 2015 – May 25, 2016)

Nine unique paintings by the Virginia born artist John Gadsby Chapman (1808-1889) illustrating landscape scenes important to George Washington’s biography are on view in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center through starting February 13. The series begins with the site of Washington’s birth at the Pope’s Creek Plantation in Westmoreland County, continues through the site of the Battle of Yorktown, and concludes with scenes of Mount Vernon including the bedchamber in which the Washington died and the new tomb in which he was interred in 1831.

Chapman exhibited seven of these paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York City during the summer of 1835.  Later, nine of the paintings were acquired by James Kirke Paulding (1778-1860), the New York author and onetime Secretary of the Navy, who illustrated two of the works in his 1835 biography of George Washington.

These paintings are on loan to Mount Vernon from the Wethersfield Estate, located near Poughkeepsie, New York which was the home of Chauncey Stillman.  It is now a museum open to the public during the summer and boasts five acres of Italiante Gardens on a larger estate of 1,200 acres.

—————–

George Washington’s Masonic Apron on View
February 13–16 (Fri – Mon, 9am – 4pm)

This Masonic apron was made in France and is believed to have been presented to George Washington at Mount Vernon in 1784 by the Marquis de Lafayette, a former general and close friend of Washington’s, who was also a Freemason.  The apron features Masonic symbols, such as compasses and a square, together with the crossed flags of the United States and France, all exquisitely embroidered in silk and gold- and silver-wrapped threads with metallic sequins. On view in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, Washington would have worn this apron when attending Masonic meetings. Thanks to a loan from the Brethren of Mt. Nebo Lodge #91 of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Mount Vernon has been able to display this special object on the national observance of George Washington’s birthday since 2011.

——————————-

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

 

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/winter-events-at-mount-vernon/feed/ 0
January 2015 Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum http://thedistrict.com/jan-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/jan-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/#respond Fri, 02 Jan 2015 03:34:05 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6494 January 2015 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

Modern Art Conservation – Guided Looking
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6pm
Feel like you don’t “get” contemporary art? Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery talks focused on modern and contemporary art. Guided Looking sessions are led by a museum educator and encourage dialogue and debate.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, Third Floor
Tickets: None
Event Link

Contemporary Realism Gallery Talk
Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 5:30pm
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s director Betsy Broun and chief curator Virginia Mecklenburg discuss artist Richard Estes’ mastery of contemporary realism and his complex, dramatic constructions of light, reflection, and perspective.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free; space is limited; register at estes.eventbrite.com
Event Link

American Art: After & Before
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 1pm
Conservators from the Smithsonian American Art Museum lead in-gallery discussions about a featured artwork after it has received treatment in the museum’s conservation labs. Then, they continue on to the Lunder Conservation Center for a behind the scenes look at the way conservators apply science, art history, and skilled hands to address artworks before they are unveiled in exhibition spaces.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Winter Family Festival
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 11:30am – 3pm
Don’t fly south for the winter, flock to the Smithsonian American Art Museum! The museum hosts feathery fun for the whole family to celebrate the exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, including crafts and a printmaking workshop with Lily Press.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: None
Event Link

Bird Sighting: A Gallery Talk
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6 pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition curator Joanna Marsh and Pete Marra, head of the Migratory Bird Center at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, explore the overlap between art and nature as they walk through The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Exhibition Entrance, Third Floor
Tickets: None
Event Link

Luce Artist Talks with Tai Hwa Goh
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 1:30 
Local artist Tai Hwa Goh discusses her work and process while relating her art to artworks on view in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center. This series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery. Free coffee or tea is available.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: None
Event Link

Artist Talk with Marilyn Pappos
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2pm
The Smithsonian American Art Museum invites distinguished fiber artist Marilyn Pappas to discuss her work and how influences such as her travels through the Mediterranean and a fascination with ancient Greco-Roman sculpture have shaped her work over more than sixty years.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: Free; space limited – first come, first served
Event Link

Sleepy Hollow: Ballet and American Art
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1 – 4 pm
The Smithsonian American Art is excited to collaborate with The Washington Ballet and artistic director Septime Webre for a production of Sleepy Hollow. Learn how paintings from the museum’s collection inspired sets and costumes for Weber’s original production. Dancers perform never-before-seen excerpts from the upcoming world premiere of the full-length ballet and Webre discusses the creation of the new ballet, costume and set design, and the link with American Art’s Hudson River school paintings.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: None
Event Link

——————————

Music/Film

Luce Unplugged with Seán Barna
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 1:30 
D.C.-based singer, songwriter and drummer Seán Barna performs after a staff-led art talk in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center, part of the museum’s series highlighting local musicians.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free, walk-in
Event Link

Steinway Series with Leo Sushansky and Carlos Rodrigues
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3pm
Acclaimed violinist Leo Sushansky and piano virtuoso Carlos César Rodríguez perform works by Dvorák, Mozart, Svendsen, and Mendelssohn.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free tickets available at 2:30 p.m. in the G Street Lobby
Event Link

Take 5! The Music of Charlie “Bird” Parker
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5 – 7pm
Relax and Take 5! at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. This month, the museum celebrates one of the most influential musicians in jazz history, alto saxophonist and composer Charlie “Bird” Parker. Visitors can borrow board games to play during the concert and can make prints to take home with local printmakers from Lily Press. Refreshments are available in the museum’s Courtyard Café.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Film Screening: Aves
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6 – 7:30pm
Christina Hunter, director of the Nancy Graves Foundation, introduces Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Flamingo by the artist Nancy Graves. This experimental nature film studies form in flight and explores the perception of space as this species move through the sky.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: None
Event Link

——————————

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

——————————

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

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/jan-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/feed/ 0
January 2015 Events at the National Building Museum http://thedistrict.com/january-2015-events-at-the-national-building-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/january-2015-events-at-the-national-building-museum/#respond Thu, 01 Jan 2015 21:02:02 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6508 January 2015 Events and Exhibits at the National Building Museum in Washington DC

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

National Building Museum

Family

Tuesday, January 13, 10 am–3 pm
Homeschool Day
$10 per child per program. Discounted admission to Museum exhibitions available.
Homeschool families are invited to participate in a range of hands-on programs for ages 4–14 encouraging students to practice the professional skills used by architects and engineers. Students can design habitats for animals, learn how to build a house, discover the art of architectural drawing, and more. Programs are designed to complement a variety of curricula, encourage teamwork, and put students’ problem-solving skills to the test.

Tuesday, January 13, 10:30 am–Noon
Book of the Month: Maisy Goes to the City by Lucy Cousins
Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
Free with admission to Building Zone.
Recommended for ages 3–5.
Today Maisy and her friends are going to the city. There’s so much to see there: skyscrapers, busy streets, the park, the subway, and more. It’s fun to explore the city, and even more fun with Maisy!

Sunday, January 18, 9 am–4 pm
A Day of Flying in the Great Hall
Model Airplane Workshop, 9–11 am
Cost per plane: $10 Member | $15 Non-member.
Recommended ages 8+ and Webelos Cub Scouts.
Construct a rubber-band-propelled model airplane with the D.C. Maxecuters and test fly it in the Great Hall.
Flying in the Great Hall, 11 am–4 pm
Free. Drop-in demonstration.
All ages.
Witness death-defying feats of acrobatic aeronautics—on a small scale. Watch as the D.C. Maxecuters fly their model airplanes through the Great Hall!

Programs

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

Thursday, January 8, 6:30–8 pm
Spotlight on Design: 11th Street Bridge Park
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
The 11th Street Bridge Park, Washington, D.C.’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River, took another step forward with the recent selection of a winning design by firms OMA and OLIN. Jason Long, partner-in-charge at OMA, Hallie Boyce, RLA, ASLA, partner at OLIN, Scott Kratz, director, 11th Street Bridge Project, and David W. Smith, executive director, The Pearl Coalition, discuss the project, community involvement, and plans to create an engaging civic space.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

Sunday, January 11, 1–2:30 pm
Portraits in Design: Le Corbusier
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
Special series pricing for all three: $30 Member | $30 Student | $50 Non-member.
Anthony Flint, author of Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow (New Harvest, 2014), presents a portrait of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (1887–1965). Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, suggests that there is much to learn from the Swiss-French architect of the Villa Savoye and the Ronchamp chapel, who was also influential in urban planning and dedicated to developing better living conditions in crowded cities. A book signing follows the talk.
1.5 LU (AIA)

Attend the entire Portraits in Design series:
February 22: Julia Morgan, FAIA, presented by Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq.
March 15: Beatrix Farrand, presented by Lynden B. Miller

Tuesday, January 13
Off-site exhibition: Creating Across the City: A Teen Art Showcase
Gallery Walk | Reagan National Airport.
The Museum collaborated with two local organizations, Critical Exposure and the Hirshhorn Museum’s ARTLAB+, to install an exhibition of teen-designed work from across the city. Opening January 13, selected photographs from the 2012 and 2013 Investigating Where We Live exhibitions will be on display at the Gallery Walk at Reagan National Airport through June 15. View a range of 2D and 3D works and see how teens are engaging with the city through art.
For more information, email teenprograms@nbm.org.

Tuesday, January 13, 12:30–1:30 pm
Smart Growth: Reimagining Industrial Areas in Washington, D.C.
Free. Pre-registration required.
Current national trends in urban manufacturing, the rise of the shared and maker economies, and changes in technology and the food industries are reshaping the demand for industrial space in Washington, D.C. Andrea Limauro and Tracy Gabriel of the D.C. Office of Planning discuss Ward 5 Works, a recently released plan calling for the transformation and reuse of the industrial areas in Northeast D.C. to diversify the district’s economy and grow emerging industries, as well as develop hubs for a creative economy, green jobs, and food production.
1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

Saturday, January 24, 10 am–5 pm
Exhibition Opening: HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation
After the resounding success of their BIG Maze last summer, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s HOT TO COLD focuses on how local culture and climate shapes the firm’s design solutions. More than sixty three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second floor balconies of the Museum’s historic Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space. Featured projects from across Europe and the United States will draw from the firm’s extensive archive of process material. Through August 30, 2015.

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30–8 pm
Panel Discussion: International Urban Disaster Resilience
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
Around the world urban communities are taking stock of their exposure to earthquakes and developing plans to be more prepared and resilient. Panelists present case studies on disaster resilience programs in Japan, Nepal, and New Zealand and relate lessons for similar efforts in the U.S. This program complements the exhibition Designing for Disaster, which is open to attendees before the talk.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30–8 pm
Talk & Book Signing: Some Place Like Home
$12 Museum & ASID Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
How can design psychology be used to create domestic spaces that support people’s positive growth and change? Dr. Toby Israel, author of Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places (Design Psychology Press, 2010), introduces this new field, defined as “the practice of architecture, planning, and interior design in which psychology is the principal design tool.” Based on her work with Michael Graves and Margo Grant Walsh, Dr. Israel’s interactive lecture considers the importance of one’s personal relationship to one’s own domestic space. A book signing follows the talk. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition House & Home, which is open to program attendees prior to the lecture.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 0.1 CEU (IDCEC)

Exhibitions

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation
Opening January 24
After the resounding success of their BIG Maze last summer, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s HOT TO COLD focuses on how local culture and climate shapes the firm’s design solutions. More than sixty three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second floor balconies of the Museum’s historic Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space. Featured projects from across Europe and the United States will draw from the firm’s extensive archive of process material.

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.

———————————

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

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

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/january-2015-events-at-the-national-building-museum/feed/ 0
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.

——————-

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.

——————-

Orange Line

Regular weekend service

——————-

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.

——————-

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.

——————-

Yellow Line

Regular weekend service (Huntington-Fort Totten)

——————-

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.

——————-

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

 

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/us-park-police-information-and-prohibited-items-for-the-concert-for-valor/feed/ 0
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

 

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/us-capitol-police-information-for-the-concert-for-valor-in-washington-dc/feed/ 0
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.

————————————-

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

————————————-

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

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.
More information…

————————————-

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).
More information…

————————————-

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.

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/events-at-the-freer-gallery-of-art-and-arthur-m-sackler-gallery/feed/ 0
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.
More information…

———————————-

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.
More information…

———————————-

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.
More information…

———————————-

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.
More information…

———————————-

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.
More information…

———————————-

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.
More information…

———————————-

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.
More information…

———————————-

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?
More information…

———————————-

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.
More information…

———————————-

For more information about the Arena Stage, visit www.arenastage.org.

 

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/2014-15-season-at-the-arena-stage/feed/ 0
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.

]]>
http://thedistrict.com/white-house-visitor-center-reopens-to-the-public-sept-13-2014/feed/ 0