Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:56:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 April 2015 Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum http://thedistrict.com/april-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/april-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:44:25 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6766 April 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

Cherry Blossom Family Celebration
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 11:30 am
Come celebrate Cherry Blossom season with the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Enjoy traditional Japanese music and dance performances while you make tatebanko (Japanese paper dioramas) with guests from the Freer | Sackler. Fold origami birds and learn about preparing your garden for the spring from Smithsonian Gardens.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tickets: None
Event Link

Tea Talks with Teaism
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 1:30 pm
Come and try a spot of tea from local restaurant and teahouse Teaism, then get a closer look at contemporary craft teapots in the Luce Foundation Center. Assorted teas available for tasting.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tickets: Free; walk-in
Event Link

Yoga in Luce
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6 pm
Relax in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center with this new yoga and art appreciation series. Reflect on an artwork before unwinding with a one-hour vinyasa class led by a credentialed yoga instructor.
Location: Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: $10; Space is limited
Event Link

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:30pm
Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations about artworks presented by a volunteer ASL gallery guide. For more information, go to americanart.si.edu or email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tickets: None
Event Link

Kuniyoshi: Curator Talk
Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:30 pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a talk with Tom Wolf, exhibition co-curator, professor of art history at Bard College, and Kuniyoshi scholar, as he presents an overview of the exhibition and discusses his recent findings on Kuniyoshi’s work and friendships.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: None
Event Link

Conservation of Our Collection: Mingering Mike
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12 pm
Join Catherine Maynor, paper conservator, for a gallery talk that looks into the techniques used to treat and preserve the artist’s LP albums, original album art, liner notes, 45 rpm singles, and more.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: None
Event Link

Luce Artist Talk with Source Festival Artists
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:30 pm 
Come listen to local artists discuss their work and process while relating what they do to artworks on view in the Smithsonian American Art Museums’s Luce Foundation 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: Free; walk-in
Event Link

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1 pm
Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations about artworks presented by a volunteer ASL gallery guide. For more information, go to americanart.si.edu or email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: None
Event Link

Watch This! Artist Panel
Friday, April 24, 2015, 6 pm
Come listen to Michael Mansfield, curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, lead a panel of artists featured in the new exhibition Watch This! Eve Sussman, David Behrman, and Camille Utterback discuss how, for each artist, the manipulation of technology has become an integral part of the artistic process.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: None
Event Link

 

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Music/Film

Luce Unplugged with Gully Waters
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:30 pm
Up and comers, Gully Waters, emerged in the local scene only last year, but the three-piece group is already attracting attention with their contemporary take on R&B and soul music. Hear them perform in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center after an art talk on a work they selected.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tickets: Free; walk-in
Event Link

American Scenes with the Washington National Opera
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7 pm 
The Washington National Opera’s Domingo Cafriz Young Artists return for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s twelfth annual presentation of American opera.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Steinway Series: Left Bank Concert Society
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3 pm
Pianist Larissa Dedova joins the Left Bank Quartet to perform homages by two composers to their homelands. Inspired by his native Norway, Edvard Grieg wrote his only string quartet with sonorous results, while his contemporary, Antonín Dvo?rák, incorporated the highly colored landscape of Czech folk music into his beloved piano quintet.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free tickets available at 2:30 p.m. G Street Lobby
Event Link

Take 5! Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5 pm
Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments and borrow a board game to play during the concert. Feeling inspired to create? Local artists from ArtJamz set up a temporary studio, offering an opportunity to paint your own canvas while you listen to music during the Thursday Take 5! programs.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: None
Event Link

21st Century Consort: Worlds Away
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 4 pm
Artists-in-residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum conclude their thirty-ninth season with “music of our times.” Artistic director Christopher Kendall leads his accomplished musicians in a program inspired by the exhibition The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Works by Kamran Ince, Nicholas Maw, Unsuk Chin, and others are included.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: None
Event Link

Take 5! An Afternoon of Ella
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2 pm
Come join the celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month and as our annual birthday salute to Ella Fitzgerald! The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble. Toronto-based vocalist/trumpet player Tara Kannangara pays tribute to the queen of jazz by re-interpreting her historic collaborations with Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
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

Lunder Conservation Center Behind the Scenes
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Learn how museum conservators use science, art history, and skilled hands to preserve objects from our collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. Group size is limited. Program repeats weekly.
Location: Meet at the Luce Foundation Center Information Desk, Third-floor Mezzanine
Event Link

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

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Washington DC Metro Track Work Information for the Cherry Blossom Festival http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:06:36 +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:

“This year, Metro will perform limited track work over the first two weekends of the Cherry Blossom festival. The work, which will take place between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport, is necessary to allow personnel to replace sections of rail and clear speed restrictions for a safer, smoother, faster trip. The last two weekends of the festival will be track work free.

  • Sat. Apr. 4 & Sun. Apr 5: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines.
  • Sat. Apr. 11 & Sun. Apr 12: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines. Metrorail will open two hours early (at 5 a.m.) for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

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Travel Tips

Metro encourages all customers to consider the following travel advice for a more pleasant trip during Cherry Blossom season:

  • Make it an off-peak trip. Trains and stations are always more crowded during Cherry Blossom season. Visitors are encouraged to travel during non-rush hour times and especially avoid traveling at the peak of evening rush hour (4 to 6 p.m.) when trains are very crowded.
  • Avoid Smithsonian. Smithsonian Station can become extremely busy with visitors at this time of year. Consider L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, Arlington Cemetery or Federal Triangle instead.
  • Buy in advance. Skip the long lines at vending machines by loading enough value for your entire roundtrip, in advance, on your SmarTrip card. If using a paper farecard, remember to add $1 for each trip ($2 for roundtrip) to the applicable fare.
  • Multiple trips? Buy a One-Day Pass. For maximum convenience, visitors can purchase an unlimited One-Day Pass for $14.50 at any station. The pass allows you to take an unlimited number of Metrorail trips on the day it is used, through system closing time.
  • More room in the back. Metro runs a combination of 6- and 8-car trains. You can check the train’s length on the digital platform displays or via wmata.com on your mobile device. If your upcoming train is 8 cars long, spread along the entire platform and consider boarding the last two cars, where more space is usually available.

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For Your Safety

  • Stay clear of the doors. When boarding, please move as far into the train as possible to allow others to board. Do not stop in the doors or block the doors at any time. They will not reopen like elevator doors.
  • Stand right. When riding on Metro escalators, kindly stand on the right side to allow others to pass on the left.
  • Take kids by the hand. With moving trains, moving escalators and other potential hazards, it’s important that your little ones stay with you at all times. Please hold the hands of small children so you don’t get separated and they don’t get hurt.
  • Step back from the platform edge. For your safety, all riders should stand behind the “bumpy” warning strip on Metrorail platforms until lthe train comes to a complete stop. When the doors open, allow passengers to exit before you attempt to board.
  • Slow down. The most common types of injuries on Metro are slips, trips and falls. April showers can cause platforms and floors to become slippery. Please take your time and don’t run. There’s always another train.”

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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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April 2015 Events at the National Building Museum http://thedistrict.com/april-2015-events-at-the-national-building-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/april-2015-events-at-the-national-building-museum/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:23:02 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6767 April 2015 Events and Exhibits at the National Building Museum in Washington DC

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

National Building Museum

Family

Saturday, April 4, 1–3 pm
National Cherry Blossom Festival® Paper Tube Shelter Challenge
Pre-registration required.
Price per participant: $5 Members | $10 Non-members
Design, model, and build shelters inspired by the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who builds both permanent and temporary structures with recyclable paper tubes. We’ll bring the tubes, you bring the creativity as we work together to build the biggest and strongest paper tube structures.

Tuesday, April 7, 10:30 am–Noon
Book of the Month: One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis
Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
Free with admission to Building Zone.
Recommended ages 3-5.
Experience the pleasure and tranquility of the Japanese garden during this National Cherry Blossom Festival®-inspired reading. Follow along as a young girl explores the beauty of the garden and discovers the fun of haiku.

Programs

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

Thursday, April 2, 6:30–8 pm
Generative Space Series: Design for Health and Hope
$12 Museum & ASID Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
Discover the recently-opened Conway Health and Resource Center at Community of Hope in Bellevue, which provides homeless and underserved families in Southwest D.C. offering resources to become healthy, stably housed, well-educated, and financially secure. Project designers Tamara Cavin, IIDA, and David Cordell, ASID, of Perkins+Will outline the importance of the evidence-based interior design principles employed at this LEED Silver center, which include maximum daylighting and flexible “universal” rooms to accommodate myriad clinical functions and patient demographics.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 0.1 CEU (IDCEC)

Wednesday, April 8, 12:30–1:30 pm
Smart Growth: Chinatown Green Streets
Free Member | $10 Non-member. Pre-registration required.
The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project, spearheaded by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems to manage stormwater, beautify the public right of way, and enable safe access for all users of all ages and abilities. Deborah Steinberg, ASLA, representing the client, and Steven Spears, ASLA, representing the design team, explain how this project aims to become a world-class model for green and complete streets. This program is presented in April in celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month.
1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

Wednesday, April 15, 12:30–1:30 pm
Building in the 21st Century: Building Passive, Affordable Housing
Free Member | $10 Non-member. Pre-registration required.
In late 2013, the Washington, D.C. chapter of Habitat for Humanity began construction on six “passive” town houses in the Ivy City community in Northeast D.C. These homes, which incorporate elements of the Empowerhouse designed by students in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, employ building technologies such as solar heating and energy recovery ventilation and allow Habitat residents to consume significantly less energy while creating more affordable, sustainable lifestyles. Andrew Modley, production manager at Habitat for Humanity, discusses the project design and construction.
1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CE (GBCI)

Wednesday, April 15, 7–8:30 pm
Spotlight on Design: Bjarke Ingels
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member. Pre-registration required.
Architecture is always responding to a series of existing conditions: the context, the culture, the landscape, the climate. Bjarke Ingels, founding principal of BIG, explores how architecture evolves in response to its context and climate. After, he discusses this process with Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator of HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation. That exhibition will be open to attendees prior to the program.

Thursday, April 30, 6:30–8 pm
Tour and Workshop: Drawing On The Architectural Image
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
Space is limited to 25 participants and requires pre-registration. Ages 18+.
The program begins with a short tour of The Architectural Image, 1920-1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection, during which senior curator, G. Martin Moeller, Jr. speaks about the deep impact of architecture and infrastructure on memories and experience as represented in the works. Look closely in the exhibition at how artists have portrayed the energy and drama of the built environment through observation and drawing from memory, and then give it a try yourself in a number of different drawing exercises. Bring B-type pencils (HB, 2B, 4B), a sketchbook or drawing pad, an eraser, and memories or images of your favorite buildings, cities, or other places.
1.5 LU (AIA)

Exhibitions

Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom
Through January 3, 2016
This exhibition features breathtaking, one-of-a-kind imagery captured from the dizzying scaffolds at the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. The architectural sensibility of fine art photographer Colin Winterbottom transformed the recent, earthquake-driven repairs at both landmarks into an opportunity to redefine how we perceive and understand these two fragile and enduring national symbols.

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation
Through August 30, 2015
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.

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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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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 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 22:09:23 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6074 Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery in Washington, DC

Exhibitions

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

Perspectives on Travel in Chinese Landscape Paintings
Tuesday, April 7, 12 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Stephen Allee, associate curator for Chinese painting and calligraphy, explores works that reinforce concepts of peace and prosperity by depicting the harmonious travels of everyday people. Presented in connection with The Traveler’s Eye.

Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
Thursday, April 9, 12 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance in a special performance on the National Mall. Led and choreographed by Kabuki dance master Isaburoh Hanayagi, this troupe is one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan and comes from the country’s most prestigious performing arts school.

The Adventures of Wendell Phillips
Tuesday, April 14, 12 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Chief Curator Massumeh Farhad discusses the adventures and findings of Wendell Phillips, a paleontologist and geologist who headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to South Arabia in 1950 and 1951. Presented in connection with Unearthing Arabia.

Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art
Saturday, April 18, 11 am–12 pm and 1–2 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Historian Carol Bier explores architecture and ornament to see how mathematical aspects of Islamic art contribute to beauty in form, structure, and pattern. Cosponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute as part of the National Math Festival.

National Math Festival: Design a Kolam
Saturday, April 18, 2–4 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Discover the curved loops and geometric symmetry of kolam, a South Indian style of painting that uses rice flour. Watch a professional artist create a kolam and try making your own. All ages welcome; best for ages 8–14 with adult companions.

In the Dig House: Behind the Scenes in Archaeology
Saturday, April 25, 10 am–1:30 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Archaeologists reveal what work and life are like on a dig site. Four guest speakers discuss the definition of a “dig house,” what we know about life on early expeditions in the Middle East, and how excavations have been recorded, among other topics. Open to the public; no registration required.

In Your Words: Imagined Journeys
Saturday, April 25, 2–4 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Join staff of the Freer|Sackler and 826DC 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.

Shanghai Quartet
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
The world-renowned ensemble performs Ravel’s only work for string quartet as well as Beethoven’s op. 59, no. 2, and the world premiere of Lei Liang’s Verge Quartet. Presented as part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series.

Road Works: Films Inspire Writers
In connection with The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia, two adventurous writers share films from Asia that inspired them to travel or influenced their work.

Old Men
Sunday, April 12, 2 pm
Thoughtful and introspective, Old Men is a moving meditation on what it means to grow old in today’s China. Introduced and followed by a book signing with Val Wang, author of Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of Changing China.

Gringo Trails
Sunday, April 19, 2 pm
From the Bolivian jungle to the deserts of Timbuktu, Gringo Trails traces stories that show the long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment. Introduced by travel writer, blogger, and former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler Keith Bellows. Followed by a panel discussion with director Pegi Vail and Costas Christ, editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler.

Angkor’s Children and the Arts in Cambodia
Sunday, April 26, 2 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
The story of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance is shown through the experiences of young Cambodian women who are part of a global movement that is changing and inspiring the world. Followed by a discussion with the director and other panelists.

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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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March 2015 Events at the National Building Museum http://thedistrict.com/march-2015-events-at-the-national-building-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/march-2015-events-at-the-national-building-museum/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:02:02 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6508 March 2015 Events and Exhibits at the National Building Museum in Washington DC

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

National Building Museum

Family

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30–Noon
Book of the Month: Animal Homes: 3D Close Up by Barbara Taylor & Animal Homes: Peek Inside by Anna Milbourne
Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
Free with admission to Building Zone.
Recommended for ages 3–5.
Peek inside burrows, hives, and treetops, and even under the sea to find all kinds of animals in their homes. Learn why homes are important to all living creatures during this month’s “Book of the Month.”

Sunday, March 8, 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!

Saturday, March 21, 11 am–2 pm
National Cherry Blossom Festival® Tokyo Picnic Club
Free. Drop-in Program.
Bring a blanket, a basket, and a lunch, and have your picnic in style in the Great Hall. The Tokyo Picnic Club was founded in 2002 to commemorate the bicentennial of the founding of London’s Pic-Nic Club and to stand up for the “Picnic Right” of the residents of Tokyo, where public park area per person is only 5.2 square meters. Featuring a prize for the most stylish picnic, activities for families, aerial picnic photography and more!

Saturday, March 28, 1–3 pm
National Cherry Blossom Festival® Family Program: Zen Gardens
Pre-registration required. Price per Garden Kit: $15 Member | $20 Non-member
Join us for our most meditative program yet! Zen gardens like the one at Ryoan-ji represent nature in the abstract and provide space for contemplation. Learn the history of Japan’s famous Zen rock gardens, then design and build your own.

Programs

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

Wednesday, March 4, 12:30–1:30 pm
Smart Growth: People Habitat
Free Member | $10 Non-member. Pre-registration required.
Longtime smart growth leader Kaid Benfield, author of People Habitat: 25 Ways To Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (Island Press, 2014), shares key thoughts about better communities, including why cities sometimes don’t matter as much as we may think, how green housing developments may be no such thing, and why, ultimately, sustainability must come from the heart.
1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30–8 pm
Women of Architecture: Sharon Davis Design: Needs Beyond Architecture
$12 Member & NMWA Members | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Sharon Davis, principal, Sharon Davis Design, presents this year’s Women of Architecture talk. The New York-based firm emphasizes social justice, economic empowerment, and sustainability in such projects as the Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda (completed June 2013), which has been featured in Architectural Record and Metropolis and earned the 2011 World Architecture Festival Award for Best Future Educational Project.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

Sunday March 15, 1–2:30 pm
Portraits in Design: Beatrix Farrand as Mentor
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
Beatrix Farrand (1872–1959) was an American landscape architect whose career included the design of nearly 110 gardens, public and private. The few projects that survive include Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden on Mount Desert, Maine; and elements of the Princeton, Yale, and Occidental campuses. Lynden B. Miller, a public garden designer and director of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, speaks about Farrand’s life and work. Miller is the author of Parks, Plants, & People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009) and will sign books after the talk.
1.5 LU (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

Tuesday, March 17, 12:30–1:30 pm
Building in the 21st Century: Small and Sustainable
Free Member | $10 Non-member. Pre-registration required.
Brian Levy commissioned the first Minim House in 2013. Working closely with Foundry Architects on the design and Element Design +Build on the construction of the tiny house, Levy went on to found Minim Homes LLC to make the plans for and completed versions of micro homes with cutting-edge sustainable technologies widely available. Levy speaks about these technologies, including off-grid electric and water, cooling, heating, and air quality systems appropriate for small dwellings.
1.0 LU HSW (AIA)

Thursday, March 19, 6:30–7:30 pm
D.C. Environmental Film Festival: The Absent House
$10 Member | $10 Student | $12 Non-member. Prepaid registration required.
Puerto Rican architect Fernando Abruña Charneco pioneered green architecture thirty years ago, and today he confronts climate change with sustainable constructions, including a house without a roof that is completely independent of power and water utilities. In times of climate change and the doomsday consequences it entails, The Absent House (Icarus Films, 2014, 55 minutes) delivers a hopeful, proactive message that we can live sustainably while preserving the planet for future generations.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

Saturday, March 21, 10 am–5 pm
Exhibition Opening: Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom
This new exhibition of fine art and documentary photography opens to the public.

Monday, March 23, 6:30–8 pm
D.C. Environmental Film Festival: Building Green
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is designed as one of the most environmentally-savvy buildings on earth. CBF president Will Baker and SmithGroupJJR architect Greg Mella use excerpted documentary fotage to present the dynamic, collaborative process for the design and construction of the center and discuss why it is an international model of energy and water efficiency, collaboration, and minimal impact.

Exhibitions

Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom
Opens March 21
This exhibition features breathtaking, one-of-a-kind imagery captured from the dizzying scaffolds at the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. The architectural sensibility of fine art photographer Colin Winterbottom transformed the recent, earthquake-driven repairs at both landmarks into an opportunity to redefine how we perceive and understand these two fragile and enduring national symbols.

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation
Through August 30, 2015
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.

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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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March 2015 Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum http://thedistrict.com/mar-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/mar-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:34:05 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6494 March 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

Mingering Mike: Curator Gallery Talk
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:30pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the gallery and learn about Mingering Mike’s visionary collection of fabricated music with curator Leslie Umberger as she discusses the artist’s influences and shares how the museum came to own the collection.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tickets: None
Event Link

Yoga in Luce
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6-7:30pm
Bring your mat and relax with this new vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Reflect on a work in the Luce Center and enjoy a one hour session led by a credentialed instructor.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: $10; Pre-register here
Event Link

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5:30pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations about artworks presented by an ASL gallery guide. For more information email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: None
Event Link

The Craft Museum: Ideals and Practice
Friday, March 13, 2015, 10am – 6:30pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum in examining the role of a craft museum in modern culture as our own showcase for contemporary craft, the Renwick Gallery, is being renovated and re-imagined. We kick off the symposium with a special keynote presentation by Sir Christopher Frayling, former Rector, Royal College of Art, London.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Tea Talks with Teaism
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Warm up with this winter talk series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Try a spot of tea from local restaurant and teahouse Teaism, then get a closer look at contemporary craft teapots in the Luce Foundation Center. Assorted teas available for tasting.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free; Walk-in
Event Link

Luce Artist Talk with Deb Sevigny
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Come listen to local costume designer, Deb Sivigny talk about the connection between costume design and the fine arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free; walk-in
Event Link

Innovation Handi -hour
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 — 9pm
Come craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with cutting-edge artists Christy Oates and Joshua DeMonte who are bringing their laser cutting and 3D-printing skills to DC’s favorite crafting happy hour! Special one-time discounted admission gets you all you can craft, two drink tickets, live music, and snacks.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: $10; walk-in
Event Link

The Decorative Impulse: Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10:30am — noon
Come listen to artist, scholar, and author Bruce Metcalf moderates a panel discussion centered on the theme of the decorative impulse in contemporary craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He will be joined by Ulysses Dietz, chief curator and curator of decorative arts, Newark Museum of Art; Garth Clark, specialist in modern and contemporary ceramic art; Judith Schaechter, stained glass artist; and Molly Hatch, ceramist.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 1pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations about artworks presented by an ASL gallery guide. For more information email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link

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Music/Film

Steinway Series: United States Air Force Band
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum as we welcome United States Air Force Band, led by violinist, Master Sergeant Nathan Wisniewski, violist, Technical Sergeant Matthew Maffett and cellist, Master Sergeant Frank McKinster in their performance of Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free tickets available at 2:30 p.m.
Event Link

Mingering Mike: Supersonic Rewind
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 5 — 8pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for an ol’ school dance party as The Vybe Band plays and DJ NiteKrawler spins the soul hits of the 1960s and 70s that influenced Mingering Mike’s work. Meet the artist and check out his self-made album covers in our new exhibition of his work. Stop by our photo booth for a memento of the event.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free; walk-in
Event Link

Take 5! Jazz Series – Washington Women of Jazz
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5 – 8pm
Help the Smithsonian American Art Museum honor Women’s History Month and Take 5! by coming to hear the sensational Washington Women in Jazz ensemble in a performance that blurs the boundary between written and improvised music. Amy K. Bormet, piano and voice, Karine Chapdelaine, bass, Savannah Harris, drums, Chelsea Green, violin and viola, Sarah Foard, violin, and Janel Leppin, cello and voice will be performing.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Cine-concert: Safety Last!
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 2pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a film screening of Safety Last!
In this side-splitting comedy, Harold Lloyd plays Hugo Cabret, a small-town guy who, while trying to make it in the big city, gets drawn into a wild publicity stunt at the department store where he works. Also enjoy Andrew Greene, director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performing his original score for the Harold Lloyd silent classic.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Luce Unplugged with Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30 — 7pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum in welcoming DC rockers Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists and their high-energy, innovative and melodic punk music. Drinks will be available for purchase at a cash bar.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Free; walk-in
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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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, George Washington’s Mount Vernon highlights the lives and contributions of the slaves who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.  Throughout the month, a daily Slave Life at Mount Vernon Tour explores the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon at 11:30 a.m. The tour will conclude with a wreath laying at the Slave Memorial site. Black History Month activities are included in admission.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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