Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Thu, 21 May 2015 01:27:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 June 2015 Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum http://thedistrict.com/june-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/june-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 16:34:05 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6494 June 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

Conserving and Curating Media Art
Wednesday, June 3, 6 pm
Objects Conservator L.H. (Hugh) Shockey, Jr., and Curator of Film and Media Arts Michael Mansfield discuss the challenges and triumphs of conserving and exhibiting media arts in the twenty-first century.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
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Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the American Art World
Thursday, June 4, 6:30 pm
Writer and art historian Avis Berman establishes Kuniyoshi as a twentieth-century modernist and places him among his contemporaries, including artists Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Stuart Davis.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
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Drawing at Dusk
Friday, June 5, 5:30 pm
Join us for a special evening session of our Draw and Discover! program. Sketch from a live, clothed model in the Luce Foundation Center or take inspiration from one of the thousands of artworks on view. Basic drawing materials are provided. Open to all ages and all levels of artistic ability.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Free, but space is limited and view points of the model will be on a first come, first served basis.
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Luce Design Series with Katie Stack
Sunday, June 7, 1:30 pm
A summer series on design brings in local experts to share their influences and creative process. Visitors will hear about the Katie Stack’s aesthetics and glean tips on creating leather and canvas bags and accessories as she does for her store, Stitch and Rivet. She also teaches classes in her studio so others can learn to make their own pieces.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Free
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Distinguished Artist Talk with Beth Cavener
Saturday, June 7, 2 pm
Ceramist Beth Cavener creates haunting and emotive sculpture of animals personifying human experiences.  Much of her work is inspired by personal memories and people she has encountered.  Join Cavener as she describes her process and work, past and present.
Location:Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: Free
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Watch This Gallery Talk with Kota Ezawa
Wednesday, June 10, 5:30 pm
Kota Ezawa samples imagery from a broad range of sources, including news media, popular cinema, and the history of art, which he then distills into flattened landscapes of pure form. Ezawa walks through the Watch This! exhibition and discusses his work LYAM 3D, a refiguring of Alain Resnais’s French New Wave film, L’Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad), stripped clean of any romance or narrative arc and rendered as only the essential shapes
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in Watch This Gallery, third floor
Tickets: Free
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Yoga in Luce
Wednesday, June 10, 6 pm
Bring your mat and relax with this new vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series. Participants will be invited to reflect on a Luce Center artwork of their choosing before a credentialed instructor from Flow Yoga Center leads a one hour, all levels class.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: $10 (cash only) at the door. Space is limited.
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The Art of Collecting Vinyl
Friday, June 12, 4 pm
Meet Adrian Loving, Jamil Hamilton (aka DJ Jahsonic), and Neal Becton (aka DJ Neville Chamberlain)-local vinyl collectors who share their passion for rare funk, soul, jazz, and hip hop albums and play selections from their collections.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: Free
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Framing American Art 
Tuesday, June 16, 12 pm
Martin Kotler, conservator of frames, leads a gallery tour showcasing the variety of frames in our collection and discuss their historical backgrounds and ongoing care.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Curator Gallery Talk: Mingering Mike
Tuesday, June 16, 5:30 pm
Learn about Mingering Mike’s visionary collection of fabricated music ephemera with Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art, as she discusses the artist’s influences and shares how the museum came to own the collection.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA Gallery Talk & Film Screening
Wednesday, June 17, 5:30 pm
Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton from 217 Films present the premiere of Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA. The film celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project and tells the story of how the New Deal used the arts to bring a message of hope and recovery to the American people . Join a docent-led tour of the museum’s New Deal artworks before the screening.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Thursday, June 18, 5:30 pm
Join us 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, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Luce Artist Talk with Rachel Schmidt
Saturday, June 20, 1:30 pm
Local artists discuss their work and process while relating what they do to artworks on view in the Luce Foundation Center. Rachel Schmidt will talk about her sculptural installations and drawings. She will also discuss her inspiration and creative process.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Free
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Gallery Talk: Nineteen American Masterworks
Wednesday, June 24, 6 pm
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America were a “coming-of-age” period in American art. Art historian William Kloss explores this special installation of masterworks by Gilded Age, impressionist, and Ashcan school painters.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
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American Now! Innovation in Art
Saturday, June 27, 4 pm
Come explore how artists are using technology to propel their work! Join digital paint pioneer Jeremy Sutton as he paints on an iPad, with the image projected on a large screen using motion capture technology. He paints to the beats of electro-swing band Good Co. and DJ Eliazar. Wear an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset for 3D gaming, to exploreTotal Cinema 360’s films, immerse yourself inEarthborn Interactive’s games, or be transported into Greg Aring’s artworks. Play the interactive game Starry Heavens, created by Italian architect Nathalie Pozzi and video game designer Eric Zimmerman, under a floating, ribbon-like installation designed for the museum’s Kogod Courtyard.

America Now! is a three-partner collaboration among the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and National Museum of American History. Generous sponsorship is provided by Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Sunday, June 28, 1 pm
Join us 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, Meet in F Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
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Music/Film

Luce Unplugged with Tomás Pagán Motta
Thursday, June 11, 5:30 pm
DC-based songwriter Tomás Pagán Motta makes emotive,thought-provoking neo-folk music described by Washington City Paper as “a warm, folksy fusion of twangy acoustic guitar and slick pedal steel, laced with pulse-setting shakers.” See him perform following an art talk on a work he picked out from the collection.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Free
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Steinway Series with VERGE Ensemble
Sunday, June 14, 3 pm
Violinist Lina Bahn, pianist Lura Johnson, and cellistTobias Werner, offer a diverse selection of music influenced by genres from classical, to bluegrass, to Argentinian tango. This concert by the Verge Piano Trio features works by contemporary American composers Donald Crockett, Astor Piazzolla, and Dan Visconti.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
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Take 5! DC Jazz Composers Collective
Thursday, June 18, 5 pm
The DC Jazz Composers Collective is a local non-profit committed to performing original jazz compositions in the DC metro area. Inspired by artworks in the museum’s collection, bassist Kevin Pace, tenor saxophonist Bobby Muncy, pianist Gene D’Andrea, and guest trombonistReginald Cyntje improvise in the best jazz tradition.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
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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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Washington DC Metro Track Work Information for May 22-25, 2015 (Memorial Weekend) http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#respond Wed, 20 May 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:

“Green Line trains will operate at regular intervals throughout the weekend; Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes with additional service between 9AM-9PM each day. On Saturday and Sunday only, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes. On Monday, Orange and Silver line trains will operate every 15 minutes, while Blue and Yellow line trains will run every 18 minutes.

Memorial Day service information
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities.

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Orange Line 
Trains every 24 minutes on Saturday & Sunday only

Orange Line trains will operate every 24 minutes Friday night, Saturday & Sunday. Regular service on Monday (trains every 15 min).

Orange Line trains will single track between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW to allow for platform rehabilitation and emergency call box installation for a safer ride.

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Red Line
Trains every 20 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows Friday through Monday:

  • Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 20 minutes
  • Between Grosvenor & NoMa-Gallaudet: every 10-12 minutes each day from 9AM-9PM only

Red Line trains will single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook to allow for ballast, track fastener and insulator renewal for a safer ride.

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Silver Line
Trains every 24 minutes on Saturday & Sunday only

Silver Line trains will operate every 24 minutes Friday night, Saturday & Sunday. Regular service on Monday (trains every 15 min).

Silver Line trains will share one track between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW to allow for platform rehabilitation and emergency call box installation for a safer ride.

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Blue Line
Trains every 24 minutes on Saturday and Sunday; every 18 minutes on Monday

Blue Line trains will operate as follows from Friday night through Monday:

  • Friday night, Saturday & Sunday: every 24 minutes
  • Monday: every 18 minutes

Blue Line trains will single track between Smithsonian & Federal Center SW to allow for platform rehabilitation and emergency call box installation; and between National Airport & Braddock Road to allow for joint elimination, track fastener and insulator renewal for a safer ride.

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Yellow Line
Trains every 24 minutes on Saturday and Sunday; every 18 minutes on Monday

Yellow Line trains will operate as follows Friday through Monday:

  • Friday night, Saturday & Sunday: Huntington to Fort Totten every 24 minutes
  • Monday: Huntington to Mt. Vernon Square only, every 18 minutes. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt. Vernon Sq should use a Green Line train to complete your trip.

Yellow Line trains will single track between National Airport & Braddock Road to allow for joint elimination, track fastener and insulator renewal for a safer ride.

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Green Line
Regular weekend service

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.

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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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Now There’s an App for George Washington http://thedistrict.com/now-theres-an-app-for-george-washington/ http://thedistrict.com/now-theres-an-app-for-george-washington/#respond Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:30:32 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6850 mount vernon estate and gardens

Mount Vernon’s New App Brings Tours, a Plant Finder, Games, and Colonial Selfies to iPhones and Android-Powered Smartphones

America’s most visited historic home has jumped into the 21st century with the launch of an innovative new app. The new Mount Vernon App is loaded with special features including interactive maps of George Washington’s estate, immersive tours, quizzes, and a “Plant Finder” designed to help garden lovers to identify what’s in bloom. Using its “Colonial Selfie” feature, visitors can dress themselves up in bonnets, powdered wigs, and tricorn hats for a photo opp that users can utilize anywhere. This app is free to download and available on the Apple Store and Google Play. For a $2.99 fee, guests can also unlock five new audio tours that cover Mount Vernon’s rich history, architecture, and gardens.

“Visitors don’t put their smartphones away when they arrive at Mount Vernon. They use them to snap photos, post to their social networks, and search for more information about what they are seeing,” said Rob Shenk, senior vice president for Visitor Engagement, who oversaw the app development. “We set out to create an app that would not only be helpful and informative, but also a platform for fun and exploration of this amazing estate.”

The app’s basic features include: Location-aware maps with more than 400 clickable points of interest—making it one of the most complete resources for information on Mount Vernon

  • A searchable Plant Finder feature that filters by season, color, and location to help identify the flowers, shrubs, vegetables, and trees in bloom
  • A Colonial Selfie feature,  which lets guests “pose” in 18th-century attire and share the images with their social networks
  • Interactive Washington quizzes and biography lessons
  • Fun features like an estate-wide scavenger hunt and photo puzzles
  • Essential visitor information, including updated schedules, links to restaurant reservations, tour times, and more

This new app is just one step in a digital revolution at the historic estate. In a few weeks, Mount Vernon will unveil another new offering, the Agent 711: Revolutionary Spy Adventure App. Designed with teens and tweens in mind, the Spy App will take its users across the estate as they seek to solve various challenges in the service of George Washington and his spy ring.  Revolutionary war ciphers, secret ink, hidden messages, and careful observation of the enemy all play a key part in this challenge.

In developing this exciting new product, Mount Vernon took another revolutionary step, blanketing the estate’s fifty-plus acres with full WiFi coverage, which is available to guests at no cost. Mount Vernon partnered with Blue Door Networks to establish WiFi throughout the estate, helping to bring the Mount Vernon App into the pocket of every guest.

In developing the app’s capabilities and offerings, George Washington’s Mount Vernon worked with XCO Software of McLean, Virginia, a leader in developing apps for museum and cultural institutions.

“XCO Digital is proud to be George Washington’s Mount Vernon mobile technology partner for enhancing the visitor experience,” said Paul Armstrong founder of XCO. “Our joint goal was to engage, inform, and educate on-site or virtual visitors with a really dynamic app experience.”

The Mount Vernon App was developed with the financial support of The Life Guard Society for Historic Mount Vernon and Scott and Lynn Molitor. Bartlett Tree Experts funded the development of the Plant Finder feature.

For more information and to view demo videos of The Mount Vernon App, visit www.mountvernon.org/app.

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May 2015 Programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum http://thedistrict.com/may-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/may-2015-programs-at-the-smithsonian-american-art-museum/#respond Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:44:25 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6766 May 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

Innovation Family Festival
Saturday, May 2, 11:30 – 5pm
Celebrate creativity, invention, and thinking outside the box-or container! Explore how containers are put to work, from shipping art and precious gems, to eco-friendly plant beds, to space suits. Make new containers from old ones in the cardboard playground or watch containers being made in a 3-D printer.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Artist Talk with de la Torre brothers
Sunday, May 3, 2pm
Living and working in both México and California, brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre became active in the glass-art world in the 1980s and are well-known internationally for their colorful, assemblage style of work. Join the brothers as they describe their process and work, past and present.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Art and Asana
Wednesday, May 6, 6 – 7:30 pm
Bring your mat and relax with this new vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series. An instructor from Flow Yoga Center will lead a one hour, all levels class, then students will reflect on a Luce Center artwork of their choosing.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: $10 (Cash only) at the door
Event Link

Fellows’ Lectures in American Art
Wednesday – Friday, May 6 – 8, 2 – 5pm
Join the 2014-2015 Smithsonian American Art Museum fellows as they present new scholarship on topics ranging from John Sloan to Bruce Nauman, from depictions of the American frontier in nineteenth-century worlds’ fairs to the rise of self-taught artists in the twentieth century.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Thursday, May 7, 5:30pm
American Art presents gallery conversations about artworks by an ASL gallery guide. For more information email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location:Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Gallery Talk: The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Thursday, May 7, 5:30pm
Co-curator Joann Moser leads a tour of the Kuniyoshi exhibition, highlighting rarely seen works that reveal themes Kuniyoshi explored throughout his career and highlighting his American modernist sensibilities.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Luce Artist Talk with Molly Springfield
Saturday, May 9, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Local artist Molly Springfield talks about her work with large scale prints and book marginalia. She will connect her work to objects on view in the Luce Foundation Center.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Media Arts 101 Gallery Talk
Tuesday, May 12, 6pm
Join us for a Watch This! Revelations in Media Art in-gallery discussion with curator Michael Mansfield as he shares insights into the development and evolution of film and media arts, highlighting technological advances and artistic breakthroughs.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet at Exhibition Entrance
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Watch This! Conservation Talk
Thursday, May 14, 6pm
Objects Conservator L.H. (Hugh) Shockey, Jr., and Curator of Film and Media Arts Michael Mansfield discuss the challenges and triumphs of conserving and exhibiting media arts in the twenty-first century.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Tea Talks with Teaism
Saturday, May 16, 1:30am – 3:30pm
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, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talks
Sunday, May 24, 1pm
American Art presents gallery conversations about artworks by an ASL gallery guide. For more information email wilsoncl@si.edu.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby
Tickets: Free
Event Link

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Music/Film

Gamer Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, May 9, 3pm
University of Maryland’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a student-run symphony and chorus and draws its repertoire exclusively from the music of video games. The GSO returns to the Smithsonian American Art Museum as an encore to their packed performance during the 2012 Art of Video Games exhibition.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
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Steinway Series with Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Sunday, May 10, 3pm
The Mendelssohn Piano Trio continues their complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Trios, performing Piano Trio No. 11 in G Major, Op. 121a (the “Kakadu” Variations), Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 1 in E-flat Major, and Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2 in E-flat Major.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets: Free tickets are available in the G Street Lobby at 2:30pm
Event Link

Take 5! Organissimo
Thursday, May 21, 5 – 8pm
Organissimo’s trio presents new, original music that is instantly identifiable yet constantly evolving, infusing elements of funk, gospel, blues, progressive rock, and Latin rhythms onto a solid foundation of jazz. Organissimo features Jim Alfredson on Hammond B3, Larry Barris on guitar, and Randy Marsh on drums.  Tonight, they celebrate the great organist John Patton.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Take 5! Remembering the Music of Larry Young
Thursday, November 20, 5 -7pm
Relax and “Take 5!” in American Art’s Kogod Courtyard while local jazz musicians pay tribute to Larry Young, the deeply talented Hammond B-3 jazz organist.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets: Free
Event Link

Luce Unplugged Community Showcase
Friday, May 22, 6 – 8pm
Explore the center’s thousands of artworks while listening to sets by Pleasure Curses and Young Rapids selected with the help of the Washington City Paper’s arts editor Christina Cauterucci. Libations and small snacks will be available for purchase from a cash bar.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Tickets: Free
Event Link

U.S. Army Field Band Opera Performance
Sunday, May 31, 3pm
The U.S. Army’s premier touring group returns to the Smithsonian American Art Museum to perform selections by Strauss, Verdi, Massenet, Rossini, and Leoncavallo.
Location:Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Tickets:Free tickets available at 2:30 p.m. G Street Lobby
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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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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.

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre
May 16, 2015–January 2, 2017
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. He reinterprets James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin, an aesthetic space that is literally overburdened by its own excesses—of materials, history, and creativity. Like Filthy Lucre and the original Peacock Room, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the complex relationships among art, money, and the passage of time. Darren Waterston’s installation Filthy Lucre, 2013–14, was created by the artist in collaboration with MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts.
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Programs and Events

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.

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.

Korea Day: A Family Festival
Sunday, May 3, 11 am–4 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
The Korean Film Festival kicks off with a full day of Korean cultural activities for the whole family. Explore the richness of Korean culture through hands-on activities, an animated film, gallery conversations, cooking demonstrations, and dance performances. Generous support for the Korean Film Festival and Korea Day: A Family Festival is provided by the Korea Foundation and by Professor Klaus Nehring and Dr. Yang-Ro Yoon.
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Travelers on the Tokaido in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Tuesday, May 5, 12 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
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.
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Musicians from Marlboro III
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Cellist Peter Wiley is joined by young virtuosos from the Marlboro Music Festival for a concert of music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. Part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series.
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Garden Fest: Sumi-e Japanese Brush Painting
Friday, May 8, 10 am–3 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
During the Smithsonian Garden Fest, learn and practice the Japanese brush painting technique known as sumi-e. Experiment with ink gradation and color to create four flowers that symbolize empowering qualities.
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Meet the Archaeologist
Sunday, May 10, 2–4 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Dig deeper into the field of archaeology by asking questions about the methods, tools, and technologies used to uncover artifacts today and on Wendell Phillips’s expedition in the early 1950s. Presented in connection with Unearthing Arabia.
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Stories of Art and Money
Saturday, May 16, 3:30–5 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Collectors, artists, scholars, and market experts explore how art acquires commercial and social value and how these values have transformed the nature of art today. Presented in connection with Peacock Room REMIX.
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The Symphonic Landscape: Merging Art and Music in Filthy Lucre
Sunday, May 17, 2:30–4 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Artist Darren Waterston and members of the band BETTY discuss the relationship between art and music and their collaboration on the soundscape for Filthy Lucre. Then, BETTY gives a live musical performance to accompany their recorded soundscape.
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Peacock Room Shutters Open
Thursdays, May 21 and June 18, 12–5:30 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
See the Peacock Room in a new light! Docents answer questions (12–2 pm) and lead a tour of Whistler’s works (2:15 pm).
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Third Thursday Open House
Thursday, May 21, 5:30–8 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Experience both our latest special exhibition, Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, and its inspiration, Whistler’s famous Peacock Room. Take advantage of this rare chance to see the Peacock Room with its shutters open while enjoying art-making activities and curator-led tours. Plus, look out for the band BETTY, which created the soundscape for Filthy Lucre and pops up this evening for a performance.
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My Travel Storybook 
Saturdays, May 23 and 30; Sundays, May 24 and 31, 1–4 pm
Freer and Sackler Galleries
Join the staff of the Freer|Sackler and Sushmita Mazumdar, lead artist of Studio Pause, for a tour of The Traveler’s Eye followed by a bookmaking workshop. All materials included. For ages 8–14 with adult companions. Registration required.
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Korean Film Festival DC 2015
Beginning with a Korea Day celebration on May 3, our annual celebration of Korean cinema returns with new and classic movies, presented here and at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Visit our Korean Film Festival page for complete schedule information. Generous support for the Korean Film Festival and Korea Day: A Family Festival is provided by the Korea Foundation and by Professor Klaus Nehring and Dr. Yang-Ro Yoon.

Korea Day Screening: The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
Sunday, May 3, 2 pm
A satellite comes to earth in the shape of a girl and falls in love with a boy turned into a cow in this whimsical animated film. The fantastical world conjured up by director Chang Hyung-yun is fun for all ages.

Cart
Friday, May 8, 7 pm
Inspired by actual events that caused an uproar in Korea a few years ago, Cart tells a story of social injustice that is as relevant in the United States as it is there.

301, 302
Sunday, May 17, 2 pm
F|S Curator of Film Tom Vick introduces this stylish thriller, which is featured in a Film Comment magazine feature on the Korean Film Archive’s YouTube collection.

Man on High Heels
Friday, May 29, 7 pm
In person: Jang Jin, director
Director Jang Jin blends explosive action scenes with sly humor in this clever send-up of the Korean gangster movie genre.

We Are Brothers
Saturday, May 30, 2 pm
In person: Jang Jin, director
Satire specialist Jang Jin pokes fun at everything from reality TV to organized religion in this comedy about two brothers trying to track down their missing mom.

Quiz Show Scandal
Sunday, May 31, 2 pm
In person: Jang Jin
Four people find out the winning answer to an upcoming episode of a quiz show—with a prize worth more than $10 million—in this comic satire of Korean society.

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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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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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White House Visitor Center Reopens to the Public Sept 13, 2014 http://thedistrict.com/white-house-visitor-center-reopens-to-the-public-sept-13-2014/ http://thedistrict.com/white-house-visitor-center-reopens-to-the-public-sept-13-2014/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:55:57 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6660 The White House in Washington, DC

From the National Park Service:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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