Week of May 27th – 31st

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PRINTED ART: THE POTOMAC @ THE ART LEAGUE
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“In “Printed Art: The Potomac,” John Gosling’s linocut relief prints illustrate the “Nation’s River,” past and present. Working within the constraints of the medium, the images become simplified, almost abstracted vignettes of people and places that line the Potomac.”
10:00AM. FREE

 

DC EMERGENCE BLUES DANCE LESSONS @ EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE
$5 7:55PM – 9:00 PM

“Join us for this month’s beginner blues lesson series in metro-accessible DC! If you’ve heard about blues dance, or ever wanted your slow dance to have a bit more comfort and style, or if you’d just love to dance more…this is your jam. This is a class series that starts on the first Wednesday of every month, but if you miss the first class, no worries — there’s a bit of review at the beginning of each lesson.
– You don’t need to bring a partner
– After class, there’s a great dance at Angles Bar in Adams Morgan, so you can practice all your sweet moves and make some new friends.”

THE WONDERLAND CIRCUS @ WONDERLAND BALLROOM
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“The producers of The Capital City Showcase (www.capitalcityshowcase.com), the variety show that brings you some of DC’s finest performing artists, return to The Wonderland Ballroom (www.thewonderlandballroom.com) with their latest installments of The Wonderland Circus on Wednesday, May 27th at 8:30pm!

The Wonderland Circus is the variety show where anything goes! See a wide variety of performers do their stuff. Much like any circus, expect thrills, chills, and amazement! The show is Free Admission, though donations will be collected for the artists.

The May Circus will feature (in alphabetical order):

comedian Andrew Bucket (www.twitter.com/andrewbucket)
comedian Danny Charnley (www.twitter.com/dankcharnley)
musician Linsay Deming (www.linsaydeming.com)
comeidan Nicki Fuchs (www.twitter.com/nfewks)
burlesque artist Miss Fanny Tittington (www.dcgurlyshow.com)

Doors open at 8:00pm, show starts at 8:30pm. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Full bar service is also available!

For more info, call 202-431-4704.

Step Right Up!”

MOVING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK: JOURNEYS ACROSS THE OLD SPANISH TRAIL @ FORMER RESIDENCE OF THE AMBASSADORS OF SPAIN
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“This artistic project explores the Spanish legacy found along the Old Spanish Trail combining photography, video and sound. Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail started in March 2014 with a road trip across the Southwest of the Spanish photojournalist Janire Nájera. She and her assistant Matt Wright followed the footsteps of trader Antonio Armijo, who opened the route of the Old Spanish Trail between the states of New Mexico and California in the 19th century.

During her trip, Janire met and interviewed Spanish descendants to analyze how the traditions of the first settlers have merged with local cultures influencing the creation and identity of today’s pueblos and cities, revealing some traces of Spanish intangible heritage that remains across these states.Nájera has captured her experience along the route in a daily log, a book and a photography exhibition that will travel across the U.S. and that premieres at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Washington, D.C.”

FREE 12pm NOON – 7pm

THURSDAY

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POLITICS & PROSE AND SIXTH & I PRESENT AN EVENING WITH CHUCK PALAHNIUK
@ SIXTH & I HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE“One of the most provocative fiction writers at work today, Palahniuk, who has described his own work as “transgressional,” has written fourteen novels, including Fight Club, the basis for the film starring Brad Pitt. This evening will be as unique as the author on stage, full of prizes, games, a sure-to-shock story, and audience Q&A. Each ticket holder will receive a signed copy of Make Something Up and issue #1 of the Fight Club 2 comic.
In Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread (Doubleday, $26.95), Palahniuk’s first collection of stories, his full range of invention, absurdity, and strangeness is front and center. The author also revisits Tyler Durden, giving us an unexpected side of his Fight Club protagonist in the short story, “Expedition.
Fight Club 2 is the long-anticipated graphic-novel sequel from Dark Horse Comics which features more of fan-favorite Tyler Durden, Marla, and The Narrator and throws us straight back into the mayhem and revolution of the original story.”
6:00PM. $35BREAKBEAT POETS @ UPSHUR STREET BOOKS
“The bookstore and Split This Rock are delighted to present a talented triumvirate of poets from the anthology, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall, and published by Haymarket Books).
There will be fantastic poetry, refreshments, and books!”
“More about The BreakBeat Poets: ‘Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. It has produced generations of artists who have revolutionized their genre(s) by applying the aesthetic innovations of the culture. The BreakBeatPoetsfeatures 78 poets, born somewhere between 1961-1999, All-City and Coast-to-Coast, who are creating the next and now movement(s) in American letters. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation. It is for people who love Hip-Hop, for fans of the culture, for people who’ve never read a poem, for people who thought poems were only something done by dead white dudes who got lost in a forest, and for poetry heads. This anthology is meant to expand the idea of who a poet is and what a poem is for.”
7:00PM. FREE
!!! ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!! THE POLICE DOC: CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU @ ANGELIKA POP-UP AT UNION MARKET
MV5BMTQyNTU1MzkzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTE4MzE2NDE@._V1_“Andy Summers, guitarist of the six time Grammy Award-winning group The Police, has produced and helped shape the new rock documentary Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police. The film features performances from their 2007/8 Reunion Tour as well as rare archival footage and insights from Summers’ memoir, One Train Later.Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police follows Summers’ journey from his early days in the psychedelic ‘60s music scene, when he played with The Animals, to chance encounters with drummer Stewart Copeland and bassist Sting, which led to the formation of the punk trio, The Police, who would go on to win Grammy Awards for their hits “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” as well as “Every Breath You Take.” In 2003 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have been featured on multiple lists, including Rolling Stone Magazine and VH1, as some of the best artists of all time.”
7:00PM $10.50

FRIDAY
THE BERNARD SHAKEY FILM RETROSPECTIVE SERIES @ AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

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“In honor of one of folk and rock’s most respected artists, Neil Young, AFI will host the Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective series, which begins Friday, May 29, and continues through June 17.

The series will showcase concert movies such as JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST (1974) and RUST NEVER SLEEPS (1979) to fiction features such as GREENDALE (2003). The series will also include the DC theatrical premiere of MUDDY TRACK (1987), the newly restored director’s cut of HUMAN HIGHWAY (1982), and Young’s two collaborations with Jim Jarmusch: DEAD MAN (1995) and YEAR OF THE HORSE (1997″).

THE BLOOD QUILT @ ARENA STAGE AT THE MEAD CENTER FOR AMERICAN 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.”

$40. 7:30PM – 10:00 PM
SATURDAY 
#AWESOMECON AFTER PARTY! @ Blind Whino
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After nerding out to DC’s finest at Awesome Con 2015 head over to the Blind Whino in SW! One of our favorite spots filled with live music, art exhibits, and, of course, an afterparty is nothing without, drinks!
 $20 At Door Or Online
SARI PLEDGE CLIMATE AWARENESS WORKSHOPS @ ANACOSTIA ARTS CENTER
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“Join artist/activist Monica Jahan Bose for an inspiring and empowering Sari Pledge Workshop. The workshop includes an audio/visual learning session on climate change and its impacts in coastal Bangladesh followed by hands-on woodblock printing with Bangladeshi blocks and writing with paint on handwoven cotton saris. Learn how you can make a difference to global warming by pledging to reduce your own carbon footprint. Participants become part of Storytelling with Saris and can add their experiences to the project website and are also invited to join in a public performance in the fall using the saris. The saris will ultimately be returned to Bangladesh to be worn by coastal women. The workshop is 1 -1/2 hours and participants for Saturday workshops should plan to join at 11 am or 12:30 pm. The workshop is designed for adults and teens but children 10 and older may join with parent supervision.”
FREE 11AM- 1PM
SCOTTISH BALLET: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE @ KENNEDY CENTER OPERA HOUSE
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“In its Kennedy Center debut, Scottish Ballet makes a splash with a sexy, dynamic new take on the beloved American literary masterpiece, Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Dedicated to strong classical technique, Scottish Ballet isn’t afraid to take on groundbreaking modern pieces. A contemporary ballet company that specializes in the seminal 20th century canon, they also perform classic full-length story ballets, making them relevant for today’s audience.
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the play, Scottish Ballet collaborated with renowned film and theater director Nancy Meckler (Royal Shakespeare Company) and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to create a vibrant fusion of drama and dance set to a specially commissioned jazz-inspired score by Peter Salem.
Trying to leave a troubled past behind her, fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois moves into her sister Stella’s New Orleans apartment. Stella’s brutish husband Stanley sees that Blanche is not what she appears to be, and sets out to destroy her. The New Orleans Times-Picayune praised the production, saying “before a stunned and silenced house of 2,200 theater goers, the Scottish Ballet showed the depths of its roster and the dramatic savvy of the team that assembled the project.”
Recommended for age 16 and up.
7:30PM. $30
SUNDAY 
INTERSECTIONS @ 5: ARTISTS’ PERSPECTIVES @ THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
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“Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Phillips’s Intersections contemporary art projects that invites artists to create work inspired by the art and spaces of the museum. Hear from the some of the series’ artists as they share insight on their projects and works that have entered the Phillips’s permanent collection.”
FREE. 6:30PM

DANCEAFRICA DC 2015 @ DANCE PLACE

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The 28th annual festival celebrating the dance and music of the African Diaspora! Featuring outstanding African dance companies from the DC metropolitan area, a master class series and African marketplace, this festival is guaranteed to inspire, invigorate, educate and entertain.

featuring: Sankofa Dance Theater, Ezibu Muntu African Dance Theatre

$25.00 ADVANCE / $30.00 AT DOOR
1:30PM – 4:00 PM

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