Wednesday June 3rd
The Seven Show @ Artisphere
“JOIN US AT THE ARTISPHERE ON JUNE 3RD FOR A FASHION JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS. GUESTS WILL EXPERIENCE LOOKS THAT REPRESENT GREED, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH, WRATH, PRIDE AND ENVY. MERCHANDISE AND TALENT WILL EMANATE FROM LOCAL D.C. AREA FASHION DESIGNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND ART INSTITUTE FASHION STUDENTS. THIS FASHION SHOW WILL FURTHER CULTIVATE AND PROMOTE THE ARTS IN THE LOCAL DC, NORTHERN VIRGINIA, AND MARYLAND AREA.”
Free. 12:30PM – 1:30PM
PERFECT LIARS CLUB @ Bier Baron
“Four people tell a story. All are captivating but only three are true. Listen. Laugh. Interrogate. Vote. Can you spot the liar? This underground DC smash-hit sells out fast. Washingtonians pride ourselves on being shrewd operators. We’re used to lies. Nobody can pull the wool over our eyes… or so we’d like to think. “Storytelling at its finest” – Washington Post”
$10 in Advance/ $15 at Door. 5:30PM- 9PM
Thursday June 4th
JACOB LAWRENCE’S ‘STRUGGLE’ SERIES @ The Phillips Collection
“Produced between 1954 and 1956, Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle series illustrates scenes from American history, chronicling events from the Revolutionary War through the great westward expansion of 1817. This exhibition, which brings together 12 panels from the private collection of Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross, presents a rare glimpse into the artist’s narrative invention at mid-century while considering the significance of his Struggle series.”
Included w/ Museum Admission. Open During Museum Hours
Previews: THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT @ THE GUNSTON ARTS CENTER
“The professional premiere of a new English translation by Laurence Senelick
By Jean Giraudoux
Directed by Christopher Henley
When the world is going to hell, who ya gonna call? Four eccentric women and their outrageous street friends conspire to save the world from rapacious capitalists. The classic French comedy is a fable for our times in a new translation that gives the 99% their due. Vive la résistance! #OccupyChaillot!”
Limited Stay June 4 to 28, 2015
Order tickets online or call 703-418-4808
Pay What You Can OR Pay With a Can or a Coat! (food will be donated to Arlington Food Assistance Center; winter outerwear will be donated to Nauck Community Services Center)
PWYC previews June 4–6, 8 | 7:30PM
FILM: ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA @ Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
“Experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s documentary examines the life and music of Ornette Coleman, one of jazzdom’s most distinct musicians. His “harmolodic” theory remains one of the foundations of the free jazz movement. Commentary in the film is provided by William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Discussion and Q&A with a museum educator follows the film.”
Sign up online or call 202.633.4844 to register.
TUDOR NIGHTS MUSEUM COCKTAILS: SILHOUETTES TO SELFIES @ Tudor Place: Historic House & Garden
“But first, let me take a…portrait? Portraits in the historic house at Tudor Place house tours do more than help us identify family members, servants, friends, and others. Examined closely, long-ago likenesses can tell us far more than just “who” and “with whom” and open questions about the selves we try to project and the changing technology we use to do it.
Join us at Tudor Nights to celebrate our summer installation, “Silhouettes to Selfies: Capturing Portraits Over Time.” Taste the evening’s specialty cocktail, the Self-Portrait, and other beverages, and sample tasty hors d’oeuvres, while exploring two centuries of faces, adaptations, and attitudes in the way we depict ourselves. And be sure to try the original Tudor Place “photo-booths”! Snap a selfie in the garden using our custom-made frames, or a portrait in our colonial cut-outs, all while viewing unique objects not usually on public display that connected to portraiture.”
$20/ Free to Members. 6PM- 8PM
Friday June 5th
ORGANIC MATTERS – WOMEN TO WATCH 2015 @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Dawn Holder, Monoculture (detail), 2013; Porcelain, 2 1/2 x 92 x 176 in.; Courtesy of the artist
“Historically, women artists were encouraged by society to take the natural world as their subject. Rather than narrative art, which was thought to require invention and imagination beyond women’s capabilities, subjects such as botanical drawings, still-life paintings and images of animals seemed to require merely the power of observation. Turning this archaic paradigm upside-down, the contemporary artists highlighted in Organic Matters actively redefine the relationship of women, nature and art by investigating the natural world—to fanciful and sometimes frightful effect. Collectively, their work encompasses modern society’s complex relationship with the environment, ranging from concern for its future to fear of its power. Through a diverse array of mediums, including photography, drawing, sculpture and video, these artists depict fragile ecosystems, otherworldly landscapes and creatures both real and imagined. Women to Watch is an exhibition series held every two to three years, developed in conjunction with the museum’s national and international outreach committees. Each of these exhibitions features emerging and underrepresented women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has committees.”
$10. Museum Hours 10AM- 5PM.
SUPER NATURAL @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
“Rather than merely document beauty, artists in Super Natural engage with nature as a space for exploration and invention. Historical painters and naturalists focused on the singularity or strangeness of plant and animal specimens, sometimes adding narrative details and imagined settings. Super Natural juxtaposes their works with photographs, books and videos by contemporary artists who share their artistic foremothers’ uninhibited view of flora and fauna. Performance artists incorporate the female body into the landscape. Book artists sculpt paper and wood into hybrid plants and beasties. Photographers shoot spectacular still lifes with equal focus on living objects’ beauty and the decay that threatens them. Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Maria Sibylla Merian, Patricia Piccinini, Rachel Ruysch, Kiki Smith, Sam Taylor-Johnson and others illuminate women artists’ unrestrained absorption with nature.”
$10. Museum Hours 10AM- 5PM.
SCAPE SCAPE IV FESTIVAL @ STATION NORTH ARTS DISTIRCT
“Baltimore’s annual Scapescape Music and Arts Festival makes its triumphant return. Join us for a three day celebration of the artistic and musical diversity of Baltimore featuring nearly 100 curated performers, including T.T. The Artist, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Arboretum, Blacksage, Microkingdom, J Pope and Funk Friday, Chiffon, Abdu Ali, War on Women, Sun Club, Deaf, Scene, Kane Mayfield, Among Wolves, Raindeer and MANY MORE.”
Weekend passes are $30. June 5-7.
HSIN-HSI CHEN – “HEDRONS” @ Hillyer Art Space
“Part of Hillyer’s First Friday Exhibition, Hsin-Hsi Chen will present Hedrons, using pencil, paper and wood to transform the gallery into one large drawing the viewers can walk into. Chen’s work is an evolution to merge drawing, light, shadow and actual illumination. Surreal and illusionary light and shadow versus real light and shadow are constructed from 3D architectural paper, wood forms to large-scale/full-room installation.
Her work will be in the gallery June 5th – June 27th, 2015.”
POETS RESPOND: ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD @ Folger Shakespeare Theater
“Poet Sandra Beasley and members of the Madeira Slam Poetry Team respond with poetry to Folger Theatre’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in this free reading before the 8pm performance. Poets Respond is a FREE event! A performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead follows.”
Free. 6:30PM – 7:30PM
WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER PRESENTS: SUMMER LOVE @ DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARTS CENTER
“As DC’s premier company for longform improv, WIT’s ensembles make up the most experienced and skilled improvisers in the city. Spurred by a single audience suggestion, these creative performers spontaneously build entire worlds populated by colorful characters and situations. Each performance is a one-of-a-kind show, never to be seen by another audience.”
“This “keenly observed portrait of a family living in a communication vacuum” (The Hollywood Reporter) shared the top prize in the Busan International Film Festival’s prestigious New Currents competition. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.”
Saturday June 6th
IMAGINATION BETHESDA @ Downtown Bethesda
“The 21st annual Imagination Bethesda, a children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts. Musical performances and professional children’s entertainers will light up the stage, while hands-on art & craft activities will line the streets along Elm St. and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Organized and managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the festival will host 20 local businesses and arts organizations that will provide a variety of hands-on art and craft activities to entertain and energize the 12-and-under crowd. Additionally, the festival will feature face painters, balloonists, a stilt-walker, free giveaways and more.”
DREAM ISLAND @ JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
“A highly charged physical expression, ‘Dream Island’ is part carnival, part laboratory, part archeological trip. Melding movement, text, music, and installation, it concocts thirteen vignettes infused with playful, humorous, explosive, amorphous, and dark absurdity. Initially inspired by a Japanese theme park built on the buried landfill called ‘Dream Island’, this piece digs, examines, and reveals layers of debris, getting deeper and more distant from the reality. The audience is asked to bare witness as five characters attempt to search, reconstruct, and uncover memories and histories, both tangible and fleeting, personal and collective.”
$25. 8PM – 10PM
DISPARTMENT OF “THE NIGHTWATCH” @ Anacostia Arts Center
“DC Artist Jared Davis has painted a baroque large format painting that he claims has no place in “today’s art world,” and it must be destroyed. Nightwatch, an acrylic on canvas work, measures 16’ X 9’ and features 20 figures, one dog, and a lot of curtain. This figurative painting uses models that are primarily pulled from the DC burlesque/side-show scene.
The Dispartment of Nightwatch will be will be part lecture, part performance art, and part variety show. Limited to 80 guests, the evening will include performances by: GiGi Holliday, Candy del Rio, Lucrezia Blozia, Kittie Glitter (all featured in the painting), and a TEDtalk-style lecture by the artist followed by the destruction of the artwork. Guest names will be drawn at random and each person may choose any available 8×10″ portion of the work to take home. Jared, with some assistance, will slice the painting down to shreds as the evening continues. If there are no more contiguous pieces left towards the end of the evening, guests may select 8×10 equivalent pieces.”
Tickets Available Online. $20. 8PM- 10:30PM
Sunday June 7th
TRANSFORMER’S 2015 Collector’s View – JUANITA & MELVIN HARDY @ Private Residence
Transformer DC’s Collector’s View 2015 series ends at the private residence of Juanita & Melvin Hardy. Collector’s View shares the private collections of a select and diverse group of DC’s contemporary art collectors. Now in its 8th year, this annual spring series of special receptions provides participants an insider’s perspective on the motivations, interests and passions of dynamic collectors on the work they collect.
Juanita and Melvin Hardy have been collecting art since 1985 and share a passion for collecting, albeit for very different reasons: Juanita for the sheer joy of owning an artwork for its aesthetic qualities; Mel for the historical context of that artwork within the canon of modern and contemporary art. Their collection, reflective of their heritage as African Americans, includes works on paper, canvas, and sculpture, by celebrated 20th Century painters and printmakers such as David Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Al Loving, Camille Billops, Michael Platt, EJ Montgomery, and Samela Lewis. Their interest in advancing cultural literacy more broadly, led them to also collect African art and art works from their travels to countries in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. The result is an eclectic array of artworks that tastefully populate their cozy town home.”
For further details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.483.1102. Online registration available
POWERPLAY: A COMEDY SHOW @ Cafe Saint-Ex
“POWERPLAY is a free comedy variety show that features comedians from the DMV performing their own original characters and then they will be interviewed by the hosts and the audience.”
Free. 6:30PM – 8:15PM