Monday May 18th
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″
Tuesday May 19th
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.
Wednesday May 20th
Press Plays Hump Day: Red Nose Edition @The Anacostia Arts Center
Come join comedic troupe Press Play as we honor America’s first Red Nose Day and raise money for one of our favorite DC charities, Food & Friends.
All proceeds from the show will be donated to Food & Friends, a local nonprofit that prepares and delivers specialized meals, groceries, and nutrition counseling to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. They help thousands of people a year, many of whom have nowhere else to turn to.
Tickets are $10 advance, $15 cash at the door. From 7:30PM-9PM.
Thursday May 21st
CULTURE BLAST: Solas Nua presents Big Thing Little Thing
Solas Nua presents the FINAL play reading of its season: Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly. In Nigeria, a frightened child puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. In Dublin, ex-con Larry, with a wounded backside, has to get out of the city to rob a convent. Meanwhile, Scarab Oil plans to unleash its new clean fuel of the future. The film roll Martha is carrying attracts the urgent interest of some very powerful and ambitious people. Two actors play Martha and Larry, who take a high octane jump into the brutal world of international energy skullduggery and awaken passions they thought were long behind them.
Donal O’Kelly is one of Ireland’s foremost socially engaged playwrights. In this new stream-of-consciousness thriller, he pulls out all the stops.
Join us afterwards for a Q&A Audience Discussion with the director, cast, and the Director of the Play Reading Series!
This event is FREE, but donations to Hillyer are always appreciated!
Popcorn will be provided.
Friday May 22nd
Jazz in the Garden @The National Gallery of Art
Jazz in the Garden every Friday evening May 22 – August 28, 2015, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
An eclectic mix of jazz is performed by top Washington-area artists. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Sculpture Garden but may be purchased at the café. Admission is free.
Taffety Punk Presents Hamlet, The First Quarto @CHAW
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. 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.
Performances will take place at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Wednesday-Saturday, May 2-23 at 7:30pm with 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays, May 9, 16, and 23 and pay-what-you-can previews on April 30 and May 1.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online HERE.
Saturday May 23rd
Clash of the Arts @Blind Whino
“This is an event for Everyone 18 to party 21 to Drink.. DMV will showcase their DOPEST skills in various genres such as music, poetry, mixology, fashion, visual art, hair & makeup artistry, and performance arts.” Tickets.
Sunday May 24th