Week of May 4th-10th



Monday May 4th 

Factory 449’s CLOSET LAND @The Anacostia Arts Center



**Pay what you can Monday, May 4th**

“In an unnamed country, at an unknown time, a man claiming to be a government agent relentlessly interrogates a young woman, insisting that her children’s books contain hidden messages against the state. As his methods grow more ruthless, she is forced to decide if resistance is her only weapon… Showtimes: April 17 – May 10, 2015;  Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm” Tickets $20-25

Life Drawing @Hillyer Art Space

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“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 5th

Spotlight Talks @The Philips Collection



“15-minute spotlight tours, focused on different works of art, are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at noon.” Free(w/admission). @12pm

Wednesday May 6th

Contemporary Collectors Night @All We Art



Yoga in the Galleries @The Katzen Arts Center

Credit: Mahnoor Hussain
Credit: Mahnoor Hussain

“Join Eva Blutinger for a reflective yoga practice in the Museum. Allow art and yoga to refresh, rejuvenate and take you on a journey to your intuitive, creative and authentic self!”

@10AM. Tickets $5 online or cash.


Thursday May 7th

Phillips after 5: Nerd Night@The Phillips Collection

Man Ray, Objet mathématique, 1934_1936


Geek out at the Phillips! Learn about the intersection of art and math through a screening of Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land, be inspired by Man Ray through speed chess, and let Hiroshi Sugimoto’s interest in math guide you in a mathematical challenge.


6, 6:30, 7, & 7:30 P.M.
15-minute focused discussions about works in the special exhibition.

5:15–8:15 P.M.
Christylez Bacon, a GRAMMY® nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist, multi-instrumentalist, and human beat-box performer spins his version of  Shakespeare Sonnets and Mathematical Equations.


6–8 P.M.
Toast the bees and their honey with a tasting from Baltimore’s Charm City Meadworks.
**Reservations recommended for this popular event. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed. **

Friday May 8th

Climate and Actions: Storytelling with Saris Exhibition Opening@The Anacostia Arts Center



“Storytelling with Saris is a multi-layered collaborative art and advocacy project that uses woodblock prints on saris, writing, performance, and video to address women’s empowerment in the face of climate change in a remote Bangladeshi island linked to the artist’s heritage.

These elements come together in Climate and Actions, an exhibition with workshops to facilitate actions to address climate change. The exhibition will include interactive sari pledge workshops where participants will write and print on saris their personal stories and pledges to reduce carbon footprint.  The workshops will culminate in a public performance in fall 2015 using the pledge saris, which will later be returned to Bangladesh to be worn by coastal women.” From 6PM-8PM. Free.


ARTnights: ’60s Go-Go Dance Workshop @Capitol Hill Arts Workshop



“Join the folks at CHAW for an introductory go-go dance class. In the 1960s, go-go dancing was all the rage. Break out that fringe and those go-go boots and let’s bring it back. This class will show you all the classic moves with a modern twist. No dance experience required. Wear comfortable shoes.” @6:30PM. Tickets: $25

Saturday May 9th

Peter Krsko: Apoptosis @The Fridge



“The Fridge presents Apoptosis, a sculptural exhibit from DC-based artist and scientist Peter Krsko. Krsko will transform the gallery space through a large-scale installation composed of repurposed lumber collected during the artist’s recent explorations throughout the metro region and beyond. Krsko relates the process of developing his sculptures to the natural scientific process known as apoptosis. During this process, cells sacrifice their own life in order to create gains for the greater good. Similarly, in larger structures, cells and organisms are destined to die in order to improve the overall functionality of the systems they support.” From 6PM-10PM. Free.

Amy Lin: Dreamworlds Opening Reception @Addison/Ripley Fine Art

“Looking at “Dreamworlds”, this new body of work by Amy Lin for her third show in this gallery, I am reminded of the artist’s description of her own work as being “social” and as representing human beings, that the thousands of individual marks make up a community much the way, say, mushrooms develop from tiny spores. Lin’s statement: “The pieces evolved into being more about the interactions between the cut-out portals and the societies. The latest pieces explore the idea of what is seen and what is hidden below the surface. Looking through the cut-out portals, much of the drawing can’t be seen – or there are pieces that are seen through multiple cut-outs but the viewer can’t piece everything together.”, supports this analogy. In this body of work the artist has literally added another dimension to her work by creating these windows or portals between paper layers.” -Joan Miró 

From 5PM-7PM. Free.

Interspacial Opening Reception @Transformer Art Gallerie


“Join [Transformer] for the Opening Reception of Interspacial, a group show curated by Quota. Founded by Dawne Langford and Avi Gupta, Quota is a curatorial collaboration dedicated to broadening cultural diversity in public discourse around artistic creation and representation. In this group exhibition, artists Rachel Schmidt, Johab Silva, and Levester Williams explore the concept of spaces, both real and imagined with responses to changing or unfamiliar landscapes and restrictive environments.” From 6PM-8PM. Free


Sip & Sew DC: Mother’s Day Class @The Anacostia Arts Center



“Discover the art of sewing from two master seamstresses, Cecily S. Habimana (Simply Cecily) and Tisha Thorne (Tisha Sewing Studio).  Learn basic techniques to complete a project in a fun, laid back environment at this special Mother’s Day class for Mommy and daughters or anyone with a special young person (8 years or older).  We’ll have plenty of orange juice going around for this class! All materials and sewing machine usage is included. Sponsored by Nubian Hueman and Community Wellness Collective” From 2PM-5PM. Tickets $90 (admits 2)

Gamer Symphony Orchestra @Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery


“University of Maryland’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a student-run symphony and chorus and draws its repertoire exclusively from the music of video games. The GSO returns to the Smithsonian American Art Museum as an encore to their packed performance during the 2012 Art of Video Games exhibition.”@3PM. Free.

Kogod Courtyard
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Streets NW, Washington, D.C.

Sunday May 10th

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