Week of June 14th – June 20th

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Sunday June 14th

2015 DC CARIBBEAN FILM FESTIVAL Continues @ AFI Silver Theater & Cultural Center
The 2015 DC Caribbean Film Festival continues tonight with screenings of:
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Venicia (Venice) The first CUBAN crowdfunded film at 8:30PM.
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General admission is $12. Click links for ticket information.
An Introduction to The Phillips Collection @ The Phillips Collection
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Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members
FREE. 1:00PM
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL: A MIDSUMMER’S FANTASIA @ FREER GALLERY Meyer Auditorium

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Divided into two sections—one in black and white, one in color—this quiet, subtle feature centers on a Japanese town dominated by the elderly because the younger people have all moved away. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

FREE. 3:30PM
SUNSHINE & STRANGERS FESTIVAL @ Meridian Hill Park
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“Tea with Strangers (TWS) brings together strangers of the DC area who wouldn’t have otherwise met. Why? To converse, to laugh, and to share stories with people who have more in common with you than you’d think.All we ask is that you bring your own bit of fun. We do things potluck style, so the more blankets, snacks, frisbees, guitars, and labradoodles you bring, the better. Bring everyone you know. Meet someone new!”

FREE. 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Monday June 15th
SECRET MONKEY SOCIAL CLUB @ DOLCEZZA FACTORY
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Secret Monkey Social Club, the brainchild of Lukas B. Smith (currently of Dram & Grain and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, formerly beverage director of Daikaya) and Shayna Blass (actress, singer and dancer, appearing in Cabaret currently at Signature Theatre), aims to pay homage to the cabarets of decades past with a lounge environment full of drinks and funk.
FREE 8PM – 11PM
FUGA MUNDI: READING BY MAR GÓMEZ GLEZ @ THE FORMER SPANISH AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE

Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland, in conjunction with SPAIN arts & culture, presents a free reading of Fuga Mundi, a new play by Spanish playwright Mar Gómez Glez, in a new English-language translation. Set in 17th-century Spain, Fuga Mundi explores the complicated lives of women living in an increasingly intolerant state. Audacious sculptor Juana stands at the center of a controversy surrounding her latest work: a statue of the Virgin based on a young Moorish girl. This play and its all-female cast explore the politics of gender, sexuality, and race in a society that demands conformity—or else. The reading will be presented in English, with a Spanish text available

FREE. 6:30PM
TABLETOP CERAMICS EXHIBIT @ THE ART LEAGUE GALLERY
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For The Art League’s internationally juried exhibition “Tabletop,” ceramic artists from all corners of the United States and Canada turned out to submit various functional wares associated with eating, drinking, presenting, and enjoying food. Juror Trevor Dunn, a successful ceramic artist and educator who lives in Durango, Colorado, selected 36 pieces from the 164 pieces submitted. The 34 exhibiting artists come from 14 states, DC, and Canada.
FREE. 10AM
Tuesday June 16th
Millennium Stage
The National YoungArts Foundation, a non-profit organization that identifies and supports the next generation of artists and is the nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, will present YoungArts@KennedyCenter, a free-seven night performance series on the Millennium Stage. Taking place Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19 and on Sunday and Monday, June 21 and 22, the performances will feature YoungArts alumni, some of whom are also former U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
FREE. 6PM
THE BOOK OF MORMON @ KENNEDY CENTER OPERA HOUSE
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The Book of Mormon returns to the Kennedy Center for the summer!

Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century” and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney’s Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

Wednesday June 17th
“YOU’RE THE EXPERT” Live Taping @ DC IMPROV
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You’re the Expert is a live show, podcast, and new public radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, that uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians (Seaton Smith, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins) will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist does all day. You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping, hosted and produced by Chris Duffy.
 Thursday June 18th
CULTUREBLAST: Featuring WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP @HILLYER ART SPACE
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Join current Hillyer Art Space exhibition artists Dane Winkler and Evan Reed for Artist Talks, a Q&A Audience Discussion, and a Meet-and-Greet Reception that all starts at 6:30 pm, followed by a special surprise DIY sculpture activity.  Enjoy beer, wine, and snacks throughout the evening.
FREE 6:30PM – 8PM
Music: MIRACLES OF MODERN SCIENCE @ COMET PING PONG
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Brooklyn’s chamber pop string aficionados Miracles of Modern Science performs at Comet Ping Pong with DC’s Honest Haloway and Incredible Change (featuring members of Ra Ra Rasputin).

$12 9PM – 12AM
Friday June 19th
YOGA FRIDAYS @ Hirshorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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Starting this Friday the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will be offering a FREE yoga class to the public, on our beautiful outdoor plaza. The class with be an all levels, vinyasa class from 9-10am, and be held every Friday through Sept. 11.

Spotlight Talks @The Philips Collection

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“15-minute spotlight tours, focused on different works of art, are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at noon.”

Free (w/admission). 12PM

Saturday June 20th 
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – FREE OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE RETURNS @
The courtyard of the Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown
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The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade brings free outdoor productions of the works of William Shakespeare to DC each summer. Join them under the stars for their production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the magic for Free! Doors opens for picnicking at 7pm. Concessions will be available.

FREE. 7PM – 10:30PM
SILENT DISCO SUNSET SATURDAYS @ THE EMBASSY ROW HOTEL
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Silent disco is now on The Rooftop. It’s an ultimate music party! Bring your friends for a unique dance and music experience powered by a DJ and wireless headsets. Join us for the ultimate summer music experience at the brand new Rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle, DC’s best kept secret. Come to enjoy the sunset with a backdrop of spectacular city views and submerge into the world of music with 3 Different DJs | 3 Different Music Channels  |  Hula Dance Performances & Open Air Dance Floor. Wireless Headphones are $15 in advance (reserve online), $20 at the event.
$15 / $20 7PM – 10PM
THE ART OF WALT DISNEY': INTERPRETATIONS FROM THE DISNEY SONGBOOK @
ST. STEPHEN & THE INCARNATION EPISCOPAL CHURCH – WASHINGTON, DC
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This limited seven-city tour, showcasing a series of solo soprano saxophone expositions, proudly presenting extensive musical deconstructive emphasis on a core medley spanning over 75 years of Disney songbook classics; in all its historic glory, this experimental / improvisational jazz performance will guarantee a mesmerizing night of structured musical abstraction, while pleasantly making acquaintance with the memorable abstraction of its yesterself.
$5 7PM – 8:30PM

 

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