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Aug
22
Wed
Mansion Magic Show with Master Magician Richard Bloch @ The Mansion on O & O Street Museum
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of magic and laughter with Richard Bloch, one of the busiest corporate entertainers in the world. Rich is a frequent headliner on Las Vegas and Atlantic City stages, a motivational speaker (Rich is a two-time recipient of the coveted “Blackstone Award” from the International Platform Association), author and playwright. He has served as scriptwriter and magic consultant to the legendary Orson Welles (who once introduced Rich as “an Edison of Magic”) and to various theater companies, including the Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington. He has been a five-time nominee for Stage Magician of the Year and is a 2006 Fellowship recipient at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle.

Rich also has a long history in magic as an inventor, (out of magic, too — he holds a patent on a device to assist disabled ice skaters), builder and performer. He is the originator of more than a hundred effects used worldwide by professional magicians.

In 2010, Rich opened Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, Delaware, which has quickly become a favorite entertainment spot for both local residents and tourists, as well as a much desired venue for performing magicians from all over the world. And, he is the founder of the highly successful “Magic Castle At Sea” program, exclusive to Crystal Cruises, which provides their vessels with world class magic performers on every cruise.

Doors Open: 3:00pm, Live Show: 4:00pm On-line reservations are required.

Guests are invited 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!

Proceeds of this show go to support the artist-in-residence, heroes and other programs at O Museum in The Mansion.

Aug
25
Sat
Family Mindfulness: Protectors and Guardians
Aug 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Beat the heat with your little ones during our summer meditation series! Take a moment to pause and reflect in front of protectors and other guardian figures in our permanent collection. Then, strike a pose with a series of guided activities to help deepen your awareness of art on display. Finally, we’ll slow things down and experience guided breathing, storytelling, and other beginner-friendly mindfulness techniques led by instructors from Yoga District. Come ready to move in comfy clothes. Mats are provided. For ages four and above with adult companions.

Open Studio: Geometric Design Makerspace
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring the family to experience the beauty of geometric designs from the Arab world. Learn about inlay technologies and techniques shared between makers past and present with visiting experts from Futuremakers. Drop into our studio and prototype an artwork-inspired pendant to take home. At 12:30 and 2:30 pm, take a gallery tour and discover inlaid metalwork from the Arab world. Prepare to get messy! All ages welcome with adult companions.

Family Mindfulness: Protectors and Guardians
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Beat the heat with your little ones during our summer meditation series! Take a moment to pause and reflect in front of protectors and other guardian figures in our permanent collection. Then, strike a pose with a series of guided activities to help deepen your awareness of art on display. Finally, we’ll slow things down and experience guided breathing, storytelling, and other beginner-friendly mindfulness techniques led by instructors from Yoga District. Come ready to move in comfy clothes. Mats are provided. For ages four and above with adult companions.

Aug
29
Wed
Open Studio: Geometric Design Makerspace
Aug 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring the family to experience the beauty of geometric designs from the Arab world. Learn about inlay technologies and techniques shared between makers past and present with visiting experts from Futuremakers. Drop into our studio and prototype an artwork-inspired pendant to take home. At 12:30 and 2:30 pm, take a gallery tour and discover inlaid metalwork from the Arab world. Prepare to get messy! All ages welcome with adult companions.

Sep
29
Sat
Open Studio: Exploring Modern Japan
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the opening weekend of Japan Modern with free family activities! Witness firsthand the beauty and complexity of Japanese photographs and prints. Take a family-friendly tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm) of the exhibitions, and then make your own creations inspired by the works on display with artists from Pyramid Atlantic. Come prepared to get your hands inky. All ages welcome with adult companions.

Oct
20
Sat
Art & Me: Preserving Ancient Cultures
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Bring your little ones to learn about the conservation of ancient artifacts from South Arabia with Freer|Sackler conservator Ellen Chase. Take a guided tour of A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen, and experiment with using professional tools to examine objects. Then, return to the studio to build your own archaeological goody bag to take home! For ages three to five with adult companions.

Art & Me: Preserving Ancient Cultures
Oct 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Bring your little ones to learn about the conservation of ancient artifacts from South Arabia with Freer|Sackler conservator Ellen Chase. Take a guided tour of A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen, and experiment with using professional tools to examine objects. Then, return to the studio to build your own archaeological goody bag to take home! For ages three to five with adult companions.

Oct
27
Sat
Open Studio: Exploring Modern Japan
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the opening weekend of Japan Modern with free family activities! Witness firsthand the beauty and complexity of Japanese photographs and prints. Take a family-friendly tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm) of the exhibitions, and then make your own creations inspired by the works on display with artists from Pyramid Atlantic. Come prepared to get your hands inky. All ages welcome with adult companions.

Oct
28
Sun
Family Workshop: Luminous Lights in the Arab World
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Visit the exhibition Engaging the Senses with teaching artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz and learn about the beautiful patterns and designs on Arab glasswork. Then, return to the studio to collaborate with family and friends on decorating your own glass lamps. For ages 6–12 and adult companions.

Ebtisam Abdulaziz is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. She incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces, and works on paper. Originally from the United Arab Emirates, Abdulaziz has exhibited her work at the Venice Biennale; Sharjah Biennial; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; NYU Abu Dhabi; RhizomeDC; and DC Arts Center.

Family Workshop: Luminous Lights in the Arab World
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visit the exhibition Engaging the Senses with teaching artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz and learn about the beautiful patterns and designs on Arab glasswork. Then, return to the studio to collaborate with family and friends on decorating your own glass lamps. For ages 6–12 and adult companions.

Ebtisam Abdulaziz is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. She incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces, and works on paper. Originally from the United Arab Emirates, Abdulaziz has exhibited her work at the Venice Biennale; Sharjah Biennial; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; NYU Abu Dhabi; RhizomeDC; and DC Arts Center.