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Aug
22
Wed
Docent’s Choice Tour
Aug 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: Portrait Gallery
Event Location: Meets in F Street lobby
Cost: Free.

Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the America’s Presidents exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view.

Starting in September 2016 tours will occur as follows:

Year-Round:
Most Mon.-Fri.: 2:30 PM
Most Sat. and Sun.: 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM

DowntownDC Get Social Happy Hour with DCBX @ Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the BID on Aug. 22 for a Get Social Happy Hour in partnership with local Bachata and Latin Dance organization DCBX. Enjoy networking, music, dance performances and complimentary appetizers with DowntownDC professionals, residents, property and business owners and more from 5-7pm on the rooftop at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

Gallery Talk with John Jacob
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Categories: After Five,Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in G Street Lobby
Cost: Free
Related Exhibition: Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Join John Jacob, the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, as he guides visitors through Paglen’s complex works. Examining themes of landscape and surveillance, Jacob will discuss the importance of Paglen’s images of the unseen.

Underground Silent Disco Yoga @ Dupont Underground
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm
Cheers and Namahste brings yoga events to non-traditional spaces with the intention of building community, connectivity, and change.

Join us for an hour long silent disco yoga class where you can sing louder than your neighbor and disrupt no one from their flow. Enjoy the brand new Corcoran 20/20 exhibition action after class with complimentary refreshments and great music. Tickets are $22 in advance $25 at the door. This is an all-levels yoga class. Please bring your own yoga mat and arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

Aug
23
Thu
Alice Beasley – Art of Illusion – Artist Talk @ Mansion on O Street
Aug 23 @ 2:00 pm

Alice Beasley – Art of Illusion – Artist Talk

Meet The Artist: 2:00 pm
— Doors open one hour before the event begins to select your seat & tour
— Cash Bar

Fabric is her chosen medium of expression through which she creates realistic portraits of people and objects.

Her work has been exhibited in many venues throughout the United States including the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum as well as abroad in Madrid, France, Japan and Namibia. Her work has been purchased or commissioned by a number of individuals and public entities including the County of Alameda, Kaiser Hospital, Highland Hospital and the Sunnyvale Medical Facility.

From the artist: “I find color, light, shadow, line and value in the pattern of ordinary household fabrics. From these I snip small pieces which I arrange and fuse into a figurative composition. As such the work grows from within rather than being applied to the surface of a canvas by paint, pencil or similar drawing tools. When the image is complete, I sew it together with the stitch line constituting the final “drawn” line.”

Guests are invited to arrive one hour before the event begins to explore the museum’s themed rooms and secret doors, 60 signed guitars, memorabilia, art and much more before the event begins. Be sure to bring a shopping bag everything is for sale!

This event is free but reservations are required.

Cash bar.

Docent’s Choice Tour
Aug 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: Portrait Gallery
Event Location: Meets in F Street lobby
Cost: Free.

Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the America’s Presidents exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view.

Starting in September 2016 tours will occur as follows:

Year-Round:
Most Mon.-Fri.: 2:30 PM
Most Sat. and Sun.: 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM

Bard in the Park: Kiss Me Kate (1953) @ Canal Park at Capitol Riverfront
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 7:00 pm
Canal Park at Capitol Riverfront
TICKETS:  Free

Join us on August 23 to catch the Bard on the big screen at Capitol Riverfront.

Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew and scored by the music of Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate is a raucous, slapstick classic musical comedy starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Enjoy a viewing of this Broadway musical adapted for the big screen under the stars at Canal Park.

The movie will begin at sundown.

Canal Park is located at 200 M Street SE. For more information on and directions to Canal Park, please visit Capitol Riverfront.

Dawes with Shovels & Rope and Joseph
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing on the Òfolksy, confessional vibe of Seventies Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne,Ó (Rolling Stone) Dawes creates breezy and emotional songs that converge retro California vibes with contemporary folk rock. Sister-trio Joseph and husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope kick off the night with perfect harmonies and Òbooming melodies, break-neck lyricism and a robust take on Americana musicÓ (NPR).

Aug
24
Fri
Art Bites Gallery Talk: Michaela Rife on Ernest Lawson’s “Gold Mining, Cripple Creek”
Aug 24 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: Meet in the G Street Lobby

Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows on the fourth Friday of each month as they share their discoveries about artworks from the collection. Learn the stories behind these works of art and find out what they can tell us about America’s ever-changing culture.

Image: Ernest Lawson, Gold Mining, Cripple Creek, 1929, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design

Open Studio Fridays– The American Flag
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Categories: Workshops
Venue: Portrait Gallery
Event Location: Education Center

Visitors can work with a different art material each week or explore the museum with a Portrait Discovery Kit. Open Studio takes place in the National Portrait Gallery’s education center, room E151 on the first floor.

Docent’s Choice Tour
Aug 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours
Venue: Portrait Gallery
Event Location: Meets in F Street lobby
Cost: Free.

Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the America’s Presidents exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view.

Starting in September 2016 tours will occur as follows:

Year-Round:
Most Mon.-Fri.: 2:30 PM
Most Sat. and Sun.: 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM

Jazz in the Garden @ National Gallery of Art
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm

Jazz in the Garden

Concerts may be canceled due to excessive heat or inclement weather. For up-to-date informationvisit nga.gov/jazz, call (202) 289-3360, or check the Gallery’s Twitter feed at @ngadc. For the safety of visitors and works of art, access to the Sculpture Garden will be limited if the space becomes too crowded.

July 13- The Funky Dawgz Brass Band (funk and hip-hop)
July 20- Dave Chappell (blues guitar)
July 27- Incendio (instrumental world guitar)
August 3- Son Del Caribe (pan-Caribbean salsa)
August 10- Andrea Brachfeld (jazz flutist)
August 17- 3Divas (swing piano trio)
August 24- Speakers of the House (funk and boogaloo)

The summer hours (May 18 through August 25) of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden are extended to accommodate Jazz in the Garden.

 

 

Aug
25
Sat
17th Street Festival
Aug 25 all-day

The 17th Street Festival celebrates the shops and restaurants along 17th Street. The festival features 100 vendors, with more than 60 artists and makers selling everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors include area nonprofit organizations, politicians, entrepreneurs, and local businesses.  The kids zone has activities for children, including a moon bounce, ball crawl, face painting, and games throughout the day.

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Luxurious Quilts from Nineteenth-Century America @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Aug 25 @ 10:30 am

Many of the quilts that survived the nineteenth century were created with great skill, using luxury materials in the most current fashions. This Saturday, August 25, Textile curator Elizabeth Lay will examine high-style quilts of the mid-Atlantic area, with examples from the Montgomery County Historical Society’s collection. Lay will illuminate the rich traditions and history expressed through fine needlecraft using examples that include the “Woodbourne” quilt, an important chintz medallion quilt, and an embroidered Victorian crazy quilt.

Summer in the City Family Day
Aug 25 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Categories: Kids & Families
Venue: American Art Museum
Event Location: 1st Floor; Kogod Courtyard
Cost: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Escape the heat and still play in the sun! Come and enjoy all your favorite summertime games, a museum scavenger hunt, and crafts. If you are looking for something more low-key, put on a lei and listen to relaxing island music. Enjoy refreshing summer treats from the Courtyard Café.