Monday May 11th
Life Painting @ Hillyer Art Space
“An independent figure drawing class that allows students to work from a nude model in your choice of mediums.While easels, chairs and artistic ambiance are provided by Hillyer, artists are required to bring their own drawing materials. Space will be limited to 30 attendees. Walk-ins are welcome to join if there are seats available.” Every Monday 6-9PM. Member $10/ Non-Member $12″
Comics and Cocktails by Fantom Comics @ Bier Baron Tavern
Join fellow DMV geeks at Fantom’s weekly Happy Hour to discuss art, comic books, pop culture and whatever else comes up in conversation when the beer is flowing! Begins at 6:30pm. Free.
Tuesday May 12th
Eunsook Lee: Dispersed Family @ Torpedo Factory
“Korean artist Eunsook Lee transforms Target Gallery with her site-specific work, Dispersed Family. With this installation, Lee explores what it means to be family, maintaining connections across the globe. She uses black-light-sensitive threads, resulting in a dramatic fluorescent palette. The glow-in-the-dark threads represent relationships that are both continuous, yet free in their own space. She weaves them together with layers of letters, photographs, and seeds to represent the hope for possibilities and regrets of separation.” Open during Gallery Hours 10am- 6pm.
BORDERS ON THE HORIZON: Three Perspectives on Migration from Africa to Europe @ the Embassy of France
“The French Cinémathèque series by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents Borders on the Horizon: Three Perspectives on Migration from Africa to Europe, a cycle of three short films portraying different perils of young African immigrants who do not hesitate to risk their lives in search of a better future in Europe.This program is part of the third annual European Month of Culture in Washington, DC.” From 6PM – 8:30PM. Tickets $5. Located at 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
TASTE OF ADAMS MORGAN Food Festival @ 18th Street
“Mary’s Center and the Adams Morgan Partnership BID would like to invite you, friends, and family to join us for a fun-filled evening of sampling Adams Morgan’s most delicious eats! Our AdMo partners will serve small plates of their signature dishes to raise funds for Mary’s Center, an Adams Morgan-born, Federally Qualified Health Center, that provides high quality medical, educational, and social services to diverse communities throughout the DC metropolitan area. Come support a great cause and join us as we embark on a culinary adventure right in our backyard!”
From 6PM – 9PM — 4 TICKETS FOR $20. Each ticket may be exchanged for one “taste” at any participating restaurant.
ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD: Pay What You Can Night @ The Folger Theatre
“Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including “Best Play,” this fabulously inventive absurdist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrive in Elsinore with the dubious task of identifying what afflicts Hamlet. Can this bewildered duo keep their heads as they engage with an unscrupulous ragtag group of players, find themselves on the high seas, and are attacked by pirates? A feast of wordplay and wit, Stoppard’s modern classic was hailed by The New York Times as “very funny, very brilliant, very chilling.”
Pay What You Can. 7:30PM
Wednesday May 13th
SILA: THE BREATH OF THE WORLD by Washington Performing Arts @ Meridian Hill Park
“Washington Performing Arts presents DC premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams’ Sila: The Breath of the World. Co-commisioned with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, this unprecedented musical experience for winds, percussion, strings and voices disperses musicians throughout the outdoor settings allowing listeners to roam freely around to discover their own listening points.” The performance will also be appearing Friday evening 6pm in the beautiful Constitution Gardens.
From 6PM-8PM. Free.
The Life of A Poet: Conversations w/ Ron Charles – Poet Mary Ruefle @ The Hill Center At The Old Naval Hospital
“Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and The Washington Post. Made possible through the support of National Capital Bank. Mary Ruefle is the author of Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007); she is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and published in A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006). There will be a free reception and refreshments with Ruefle following the discussion.”
From 6:30PM – 9PM. Free.
Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Julia Bullock @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
“Hailed for her versatile talent in opera and concert repertoire, soprano Julia Bullock is an “impressive, fast-rising soprano…poised for a significant career” (The New York Times). As First Prize Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists Auditions, she was presented in debut recitals at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall. Shenson Chamber Music Concerts are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration does not guarantee your seat(s). Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Open seats will be given to guests on standby beginning at 7:25 p.m.” Free w/ RSVP.
Thursday May 14th
2nd Thursday Art Night @ Torpedo Art Factory
“Enjoy a special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it! Visit torpedofactory.org/events for details of each month’s events.” From 6PM – 9PM. Free.
HAMLET, Q1 by TAFFETY PUNK THEATRE CO @Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
“The so-called “bad quarto,” or first printing of Hamlet has mystified scholars for hundreds of years. It’s half as long and far less poetic than the “normal” Hamlet, with garbled-seeming text, a different plot sequence, and an additional scene between Horatio and Gertrude. Competing theories speculate that it may be a touring script or an early draft that was never meant for printing. One theory maintains that it is a pirated version of Hamlet—a very poorly pirated version. Taffety Punk fell in love with the bad quarto when it was performed as the 2012 Bootleg. The brevity and—admittedly—peculiar language of this version jar both actors and audience from the comfort of the play they know so well, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to reconsider what Hamlet is.”
Begins at 7:30PM. Tickets $15.
Pallas Theatre Collective presents Major Barbara @ Anacostia Arts Center
“George Bernard Shaw‘s great drama of moral ambiguity will place the Undershafts in early 1930s Washington when the Bonus Army camped on the banks of the Anacostia River. As directed by Pallas Artistic Director Ty Hallmark this Major Barbara grapples with gun culture and class warfare as we continue to live in a world decades deep in wartime economies and racial strife.”
Pay What You Can. 7:30 pm.
Friday May 15th
Project Youth ArtReach 15TH ANNIVERSARY Exhbition @ Washington Artworks
“Class Acts Arts, a leader in community arts education, and Washington ArtWorks’ charitable project, ArtWorks Aid, present the Project Youth ArtReach 15th anniversary exhibition. Project Youth ArtReach is a program of Class Acts Arts, a leader in community arts education. Project Youth ArtReach provides court-involved youth and women in correctional and probation settings with rigorous, skills-based arts programs led by a team of professional teaching artists to enhance participants’ cognitive, linguistic, social and civic development.”
Opening Reception From 6PM-9PM. FREE.
Transformer’s 2015 Collector’s View @ The Private Residence of Sid Stolz & David Hatfield
“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. Light fare and libations will be served at each View. Collector’s View guests are invited to view the Stolz-Hatfield Collection in their Logan Circle loft. Works by Sol Lewitt, Adam Fuss, James Nares, Richard Serra, Robert Silvers, Frank Stella, and Andres Serrano, plus a commissioned Graham Caldwell make this collection unique for condo living and art enjoying.”
From 6PM-8PM. Tickets $50.
9 Songwriter Series @ Artisphere
“Founded by local singer-songwriter Justin Trawick, The 9 Songwriter Series features performances by nine solo singer-songwriters—including Trawick—who will perform in rotation,providing audiences with a rich, intimate and varied listening experience. Frustrated by the lack of performance opportunities for solo artists, Justin Trawick created the concert series in 2008 and has since collaborated with over 60 artists at shows in the D.C. area, New York City, Richmond, Philadelphia, Charlottesville and more. The show typically comprises of two sets; the first set features two solo pieces from each performer and the second set is similar to an encore set where the group plays one last time.”
From 8PM- 10PM. Tickets $12
Saturday May 16th
The Washington Ballet: ALICE (in wonderland) @ Kennedy Center
The Washington Ballet revives its celebrated adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which first premiered in 2012.
Artist Performance: LIGHT MATTER by Jaanika Peerna @ Hillyer Art Space
“Jaanika Peerna’s live performance will bring the physical act of drawing in a world of physical limitations into focus. Peerna’s approach to drawing is a very physical, whole body experience. Her large scale dense surfaces of freehand straight line drawings are made by leaving traces of her body “falling down” with a bundle of pencils and they have the energy of descending liquid matter (water or oil). Physicists have been trying to create matter out of light. Jaanika Peerna combines light, Mylar and traces of movement to create works that point towards LIGHT MATTER. Part of EU Month of Culture with the Embassy of Estonia“
Begins at 1pm. Free.
Sunday May 17
In Your Ear @ DC Arts Center
“Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. May’s performance features Tina Darragh and M. Mack. Curated by Meg Ronan and Tony Mancus.”
SELF/NON-SELF: Sequence & Abstraction Artist Talk @DC Arts Center
“In his first solo exhibition in Washington, artist Justin D. Strom presents seductive surfaces that express an aesthetic based on the human image as shaped by, and reflecting, our digital age: an age that attempts to dissolve the distinction between the virtual and the corporeal. Employing a hybrid of photography and digital printmaking, Strom navigates a world of microbiology and abstraction. Strom references opulent Dutch still life paintings through a rich canvas of constructed scenes that act as symbolic reminders of transformation and impermanence.”
TXT (D.C. Premiere) @ The Center for Poetic Thought in Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
“One of Brian Feldman’s signature projects, “txt” (pronounced ‘text’) makes its D.C. premiere in 2015 at American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought (located within the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in Brookland); with 48 performances taking place at 7:00 PM every Sunday (except Feb. 1, Feb. 22, May 10 and Sep. 13), beginning on January 4, 2015. “txt” is an interactive performance featuring a mysterious character named txt, played by Brian, who recites increasingly absurdist dialogue written anonymously by the audience in real time via Twitter.”
6:45PM. Tickets $20 General Admission; $15 Students & Seniors.