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Upcoming Events at the Arts Club of Washington, DC





Comic Gems from the Great American Songbook

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show

Thursday,  February 14, 2019


General Public: $95 per person or $170 for two

Arts Club Members: $75 per person or $140 for two


The surest signs of an enduring love relationship is a couple’s ability to laugh together.Shake off the winter blahs and reaffirm your romance by laughing and humming along with some of the funniest love songs of theGreat American Songbook.  

This fun evening includes champagne, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and a special Valentine’s Day buffet dinner before the show.

Free parking after 6 pm.

RSVP online, via email, or call (202) 331-7282 ext 3






with Pattee Hipschen

Wednesday,  February 13, 10:00 am


General Public: $27

Arts Club Members: $25





The Friday Noon Concert Series

Gregory Miller, Producer

Friday,  February 15, 12:00 pm




Laura Kobayashi, violin

Kenneth Law, cello

Francesca Hurst, piano 




Restorative Yoga at the Arts Club


Saturday,  February 16, 10:00 am



Limited space available; RSVP required





An event in celebration of

Black History month

Friday, February 23, 2019







Thursday, February 28, 2019


Three 10-minute plays, hors d'oeuvres, and bubbly!




 Club lunch is available to members Wednesday - Friday at 12:30 pm. Please RSVP by 3 pm the day before the lunch. 
Reservations can be made

at (202) 331-7282 ext. 3 or via email.

The Arts Club of Washington - 2017 I Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006 - (202) 331-7282






  Judy Harris Cooking School

 2402 Nordok Place

Alexandria, VA 22306





Each 3 hour class includes:  

* Intro hors d'oeuvres and wine 

* Full Participation class 

* Leisurely sit down multi course dinner with wine
* Lots of chef's tips, secrets and more   

* Recipe booklet
*All levels

Register Now! 


Hurry! Classes fill fast



Fun Cooking Class Dinners & More

*Classes on Schedule

*Wine Dinners

*Your Private Party

*Your Team Building Event
*Gift Certificates

Hurry! Classes fill fast

Register Now! 


Judy Harris Cooking School 


Friday, November 30   7 PM    $75

Entertain this holiday season with our super collection of prepare-ahead hot and cold treats: Award-Winning Hot Pepper Jelly Cheesecake, Skewered Caribbean Meatballs with Sweet Sour Apricot Dip, Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple in Peanut Sauce, Crispy Cinnamon Pecans, Sesame Crisps with Arugula Cannellini Dip, Warm Artichoke Parmigiano Gratin with Blue Tortilla Chips and more. Your friends will think your party was catered! Learn pretty platter presentations, garnishing tips, easy shopping hints and much more. Perfect to bring to potlucks too. You'll enjoy a bountiful Hors'doeuvres Buffet! Participation.


Saturday, December 15    6 PM    $170/ Couple

By popular demand! Bring along your favorite partner - friend, colleague, spouse, or parent. Delight in these sun-drenched flavors from the French Mediterranean. Light and luscious describes this high flavor menu featuring: Sunset Soup Provencal with Fun Painted Designs, Grilled or Broiled Seafood Brochette on a Bed of Confetti Yellow Rice Pilaf, To-Die-For Triple Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae with Berries, Strawberry Sauce and Raspberry Cabernet Glaze. All toasted with wines. Participation.

Friday, January 4    7 PM $85

Have fun preparing a full-course dinner while learning lifetime skills of planning, shopping, using knives and professional presentations. Melt-In-Your-Mouth Gruyere Cheese Soufflé, Scaloppini of Salmon with Hazelnuts and Buerre Blanc Sauce, Lemon Zest Rice Pilaf, and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Crème Chantilly Swirls and Chocolate Espresso Beans. All toasted with wines. Perfect for novices and intermediate cooks. Great for a Holiday Gift Certificate! Participation.

Saturday, January 19    6 PM    $85

Students say this is one of their favorite classes! Introduce your friends to the unique tastes of Spanish hors d'oeuvres popularized by Jaleo and Las Tapas Restaurants. Learn an array of prepare-ahead dishes from the famous tapas bars of Spain: Savor Grilled Shrimp, Chorizo in Cognac, Miniature Empanadas, Spicy Spanish Olives, Tiny Meatballs in Saffron Sauce and more. Taste a variety of fine Sherries and beers, the perfect tapas compliment. Great for buffets, cocktail parties and casual dinners. Great for a Holiday Gift Certificate! Participation.

Friday, January 25    7 PM    $75

Thai cuisine is one of the worlds most sumptuous. Wow your family and friends with this exotic menu: Lemon Grass, Chicken and Coconut Soup, Popular Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Shrimp and Peanuts), Velvet Thai Curry with Colorful Oriental Vegetables, Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Homemade Mango Sorbet Wreathed in Tropical Fruits and Kiwi Sauce and Frosty beer and wine. Explore Thai ingredients, techniques, shopping hints, and Washington's top Thai restaurants. Great for a Holiday Gift Certificate! Participation.

Friday, February 8    7 PM    $85

Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019, with our fun filled class of authentic Chinese foods, music, decorations and more. Imagine dancing dragons and firecrackers to guarantee you good luck. Discover simple Chinese cutting, cooking techniques, and sauces while preparing an authentic Chinese feast: Swechuan Dumplings with Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce, Popular Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts, Speedy Rainbow Vegetables Stir Fry, Fragrant Perfect Jasmine Rice and Lucky Orange Grand Marnier Ice Cream with assorted Chinese Cookies. Great for a Holiday Gift Certificate! Participation.

Thursday, February 14    7 PM    $180/couple or
Friday, February 15    7 PM    $180/couple

Treat your valentine to a romantic and memorable candlelight dinner cooking class. The dinner party includes a greeting with wine and light hors d'oeuvres, a full participation style class, a candlelight sit down multi course dinner with wines, and a souvenir recipe booklet. Mystery Menu. Hurry!  Classes fill fast! Makes a perfect Holiday Gift Certificate. Participation.

Saturday, February 23    6 PM    $85

By popular demand! A wonderful evening of cooking and fun together! Great beers have all the complexity and excitement of fine wines. We'll taste and cook with a variety of American microbrews and classic European styles creating a multi-course dinner: Awesome Crispy Beer Batter Shrimp and Colorful Veggies, Dortmunder Pulled Beef with Best-Ever Barbeque Sauce, Rainbow Confetti Coleslaw and To Die For Chocolate Silk Stout Pie with Chantilly Cream and Chocolate Espresso Beans. A fun filled evening. Class always fills fast. Early registration advised. Especially popular with our young professionals and men. Great for a Holiday Gift Certificate! Participation.

Friday, March 1  7 PM    $85

A great evening of cooking and fun together. Our Roman holiday became an amazing adventure in enchanting new foods and sights: open air markets, speedy Vespas, unctuous rose flavored gelato at Piazza Navonna and earthy pastas at friendly trattorias. Savor these authentic and easy to master Roman specialties tonight for a memorable cucina romana dinner: Heavenly Garlic Soup with Parmigiano Croutons, Pasta Aglio e Olio with Semolina Pasta, Saltimbocca alla Romano (Pan Seared Chicken Scallopini with Prosciutto and Sage), Seasonal Vegetables Sauté, Amazing Amaretto Gelato and Flaming Amaretto. All toasted with Vino Italiano. Participation.


Watch for our exiting New Schedule coming in February!!!!!!



Announcing the first Ghvino Forum:

to Advance the Understanding of the Origin and Evolution of Wine Culture

See DCdigest's FOOD AND WINE page for more information about wine from the Republic of Georgia 

Receptions, Tastings, and Seminars

Washington, DC / Nov. 11-13, 2018 / open to the public upon registration 


Nov. 11 (Sunday); 5:00-8:00 pm

Embassy of Georgia (1824 R Street NW, Washington, DC)

Join Vino Forum speakers and attendees at the Embassy of Georgia to enjoy a variety of Saperavi wines and meet some of Georgia’s top winemakers. Saperavi (pronounced: sah-per-ah-vee) is a red wine grape indigenous to Georgia and is one of only 13 grape varieties in the world that has both red skin and red flesh. Saperavi wines have deep fruit character and brisk acidity, and often flavors of dark berries, licorice, grilled meat, tobacco, chocolate, and spices.



Nov. 12 (Monday)

12:00 noon-1:30 pm, open to licensed trade and credentialed media only

1:30-3:00 pm, open to the public

SUPRA (1205 11th Street NW, Washington, DC)


The trade and media portion will include lunch, as well as a blind tasting contest involving Georgian varietals vinified in qvevri, stainless steel, and oak, competing to win a trip to Georgia in 2019. With more than 8 centuries of continuous winemaking, Georgia – a country the size of West Virginia -- is home today to 400 commercial wineries as well as more than 100,000 family wineries, embracing both traditional and modern winemaking methods.



CONFERENCE: “Wine, Society, and Geopolitics: How History, Political Economy, and Wine Intersect in the Caucasus and Beyond”

Nov. 13 (Tuesday)

9:00am-4:00 pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies (1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC)


As a primary driver of Georgia’s burgeoning tourism industry (representing 18% of Georgia’s GDP in 2017), wine has been crucial to the internal development of Georgia’s trading, financial, and legal infrastructure. Panels will explore how wine production evolved in Georgia and the Caucasus and transformed Georgia’s economy; the geopolitical consequences of a new wave of trade liberalization and foreign investment for the Caucasus; and the dynamics of local and global economies of wine, their politics and prospects. Attendees may attend one panel, two, or all three.


This event series is organized by the America Georgia Business Council (AGBG), with support from the National Wine Agency of the Georgian Department of Agriculture, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Georgia to the United States of America.

 Georgia is home to more than 520 indigenous grape varieties, Georgia is being transformed from an ancient cottage industry into an artisanal powerhouse, with winemakers producing some of the world’s most unique and distinctive fine wines using both qvevri and European winemaking methods.


 Wednesday, November 14th, 6:30 pm

“Georgian Feast” Dinner with author Darra Goldstein at The Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC)

$95 for individual tickets, discounted ticket price for members



Sunday, November 18th, 1:30-2:45 pm

Wine Tasting and Seminar: “The Politics of Wine Traditions; How Georgia was excluded from established wine tradition” at Dio Wine Bar (904 H Street NE, Washington, DC)

$40 for individual tickets





Help us support our local


Join us for a debut performance

in Sterling:

The Polaris Piano Trio
Laura Kobayashi, violin,
Kenneth Law, 'Cello
Julee An, Piano

Sunday, November 4, 6:00 PM
Guilford Station Arts in Sterling

We are thrilled to have this renowned trio perform for us. They're actually local but have played all over the US and, in fact, the world. The following are excerpts from reviews that highlight their appeal:

"Kobayashi and Gray slid confidently into each of the road’s three moods: the biting, bluegrassy opening with relentless rhythm, the calm inner movement (Kobayashi’s full tone almost viola-like) and the moto perpetuo spiccato third movement, which was driven and tight."

Rosemary Ponnekanti, The News Tribune/Tacoma, Washington

"Your performance was enthusiastically received by our audience and I continued to receive rave reviews after Tuesday evening."

Dr. Richard Steinbach, Sioux City Chamber Music Society

"Cellists with his rich, burnished tone and expressive powers are hard to come by; cellists who have those things and the searching musical intelligence and unfailing integrity he brings to every performance are one in a million."

-Spartanburg Herald Journal

As always, this recital will be held in our quaint, early-American living room (the way chamber music was originally intended to be enjoyed) followed by a delicious buffet meal prepared by the most authentic Lebanese chef this side of the Atlantic -- Mona!
$25 contribution per person (under 18 & students half-price)

We hope you can make it to this event.
For more information and to sign up, please visit the website --
You can also email Bill directly: 
Include your name and the number of guests. 

One-hour performance begins at 6:00 PM, followed by Mona's buffet.

If you have questions, please first read the website's "Tradition" page, then reply to this email or call 703.992.3508. If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible; seating is limited -- preferably call if it's the day of the event. We really want to know! The "Attendees" page shows who's signed up.




Aida Pay-What-You-Can Preview 

Attend OCTOBER 11th's Preview Performance of Aida and Pay-What-You-Can for your ticket! All tickets will be available for purchase at the door on a first come, first served basis. The box office will begin selling tickets at 7 PM for an 8 PM show.

Read DCdigest's review on our Theater page.  Spoiler Alert:  we loved it!


Aida continues through November 18!



Marie and Rosetta 

now through September 30, 2018  

Mosaic Theater Company

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-399-7993 ext 2






September 24 2018 at 6:00pm


La Traviata with the Washington National Opera



Photo credits: Cade Martin Photography


The Italian Cultural Institute and the Washington National Opera (WNO) are pleased to present a special preview of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata debuting on October 6th at the Kennedy Center.

WNO's Artistic Director Francesca Zambello will take you inside the composer's mind and into the history and social context of the opera, explaining the behind the scenes of this revival of Verdi’s most famous work, an everlasting story of love and sacrifice. From the famous “brindisi” drinking song to the heartbreaking “Addio del passato” aria, La Traviata captures Violetta’s unforgettable plight and illuminates tensions of social class that ring just as true today.

 Presented in collaboration with





Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street NW
Washington, DC 20008



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Alan Naylor


Alan Naylor "Spring and Love, Loss and 


Friday, September 14 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 PM

Alan Naylor returns to the Cauldron with collaborator Barbara Wilkinson for a program that harkens back to his award-winning cauldron debut in Jacques Brel.  The Romantic program of Art Song and four-hand piano music centers on the drama and experience of the poet-lover.  Schumann's iconic Dichterliebe will inspire you with visceral highs and lows of love and loss, but no need to brush up on your Deutsche... if English is your only language you will still leave with your heart filled and your eyes teary.


Creative Cauldron
410 S Maple Ave, Suite 116
                                                Falls Church, VA 22046





Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce 

Contrary to its title, this bubbly and whimsical comedy from the acclaimed playwright of The Vibrator Play will make you fall in love with love.


Tilly, a bank teller, is consumed by a melancholy so exquisite that everyone she meets becomes infatuated with her; her tailor, her hairdresser, and even her therapist succumb to the allure of her perpetual sadness. But when Tilly inexplicably discovers happiness, her joy wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

Previews August 10 - 12  Attend the first public performance of Melancholy Play and Pay-What-You-Can for your ticket! 

All tickets will be available for purchase at the door on a first come, first served basis starting at 7 PM (show at 8).

Performances continue through September 2 with ticket prices as low as $19.

Constellation Theatre Company

1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Washington, DC 20009



Bathe yourself in the warmth of the Adriatic sun as we welcome Spring!

Treat yourself to an intimate evening of opera, new friends, and great singing.


Tickets are expected to be sold-out soon.


The Washington Opera Society


Voices of Spring in Croatia


Olga Orlovskaya, 

Timothy Augustin,

Natalie Conte,

Jesús Daniel Hernández

Piano Accompaniment &

The Washington Opera Society String Ensemble

Conducted By

 Maestro Robert Scott Beard


The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

2343 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

Friday 27 April 2018

6:30 P.M.

Hors d'oeuvres, Desserts, Croatian Wines & Beers Served



$110.00 ~ Front Reserved

$80.00 ~ Middle Reserved

$60.00 ~ Rear Unreserved


Reservations: Instant Seats or (202) 386-6008


A Michael J. Reilly Production


I cannot attend, but I would like tomake a tax-deductible contribution:

Click Here to Make a Donation




Fried Chicken and Champagne Weeklong Special

Monday - Saturday, December 4-9

Macon Bistro & Larder, at the bar

5:00pm-10:00pm, nightly

This week-long special will continue every Monday night!


Come enjoy $12 glasses of Champagne from 3 outstanding producers: Pierre Paillard, Canard -Duchêne & Leclerc Briant. 




Women in Champagne Roundtable:

Tuesday, December 5



Join via Facebook live for a discussion with awesome women in the champagne business; 

Blaine Ashley of NY Champagne Week and her own wine label - Champagne Bulle de Rêve & Rita James of La Caravelle Champagnes.

*by invitation




Champagne Pairing Dinner

Wednesday, December 6





Featuring: Krug, Vilmart & Cie, Cedric Moussé Special Club 2012, Piper Heidsieck Rare 2002, Pierre Paillard Les Terres Roses


An indulgent multi-course champagne pairing event. This will truly be a food and wine lover's dream!




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Masterclass on Biodynamic & Sustainable Champagnes:

Thursday, December 7

Dio Wine Bar 




Explore the greener side of Champagne, tasting through a range of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable growers. Taught by our very own champagne expert, Alison Marriott. 


Featuring: Moussé & Fils, Franck Pascal, Lacourte-Godbillon, Pierre Paillard, Champagne Roederer




Old Vintages Tasting at Columbia Room:

Friday, December 8




Join DC Champagne Week and recently-voted "Best American Cocktail Bar" Columbia Room for a once in a lifetime tasting of rare Champagnes.


Enjoy a guided tasting through flights of top champagne houses, exploring the 1982 and 1990 vintages in Columbia Room's private Tasting Room. Both 1982 and 1990 are lauded as two of the most iconic vintages in Champagne history. This collection of rare top cuvées has been specially curated for this unprecedented event. The tasting will be guided by DC Champagne Week co-Founder, Alison Marriott, with food pairings by Columbia Room's acclaimed chef, Johnny Spero. Featuring: Krug, Pol Roger, Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Roederer Cristal.






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Join us for the 12th annual MetroCooking DC Show! The ultimate food lover’s weekend returns to the Washington Convention Center December 9-10, 2017.

Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or expert entertainer, the two-day culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts.

Enjoy cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs. Sample from over 50 local restaurants in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. Wash down your fare with a local brew from the Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden. Learn new techniques and tips in the Taste Talk Workshops. Sharpen your skills in the pop-up cooking school. Meet your favorite James Beard award-winning chef and see them whip up delicious dishes live on the James Beard Stage.

Plus, shop from hundreds of specialty food vendors in the exhibitor marketplace! Chances are, you’ll discover a new favorite hot sauce! 



Committee for the Republic presents


Republic For Which We Stand

Founding Fathers

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Congressional Auditorium in United States Capitol Visitor Center

The performance described below will be repeated at the U.S Capitol 

on Thursday, January 18 at a time TBD  

     At 6:30 pm, the Committee for the Republic will confer Defender of Liberty awards to Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Cal) and Walter Jones (R-NC) for their unwavering defense of congressional responsibilities over war and peace. At 7 pm, an unprecedented dramatic challenge to presidential wars will be performed, followed by a discussion.

     Admission is free. Allow time to clear security (prohibited items). Please invite all Members of Congress you know. The play is for them as well as you.

     John Henry’s play Republic For Which We Stand portrays the behind-the-scenes struggle of the Founding Fathers and Mothers in drafting the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. The debate centers on the decision to entrust the power to declare war on Congress—a stunning break in history aimed at preventing the Republic from degenerating into an Empire like the British. All previous political dispensations had crowned the executive with that power, the most significant in the entire Constitution.

     While they wait for a convention quorum, George and Martha Washington stage three plays at Benjamin Franklin’s home. The plays-within-the-play pivot on the conquests of the three greatest warrior kings in Medieval England: William the Conqueror, Edward III and Henry V. After each performance, Benjamin, George and Martha — together with James and Dolly Madison, George and Sarah Mason — spar with Alexander Hamilton over the lessons of limitless executive power and the philosophical foundations of the American Revolution.

     After a sold out Virginia premiere, The American Conservative wrote "Henry's play... burns with a hard gemlike flame, throwing off beams of light as well as heat, cool as well as astringent, witty as well as wise—a buoyant bonfire of all human vanities.” Henry’s drama foreshadows how three generations of Presidential wars have betrayed the Founders’ magnificent handiwork.

     The cast of two-dozen citizen actors includes Bill Walton as George Washington, Gail Kitch as Martha Washington, Hugh Hill as Alexander Hamilton, Bruce Fein as James Madison, Pat Nicklin as Dolly Madison, Bill Nitze as George Mason, Hali Jilani as Sarah Mason, Faith Lewis as Madame Helvetius and Matilda, Howard Coon as Edward III, Paul Anderson as young Edward III and Priest, Nuchhi Currier as Queen Isabella, Edward Hughes as Benjamin Franklin, Lynn Sullivan as Norman Lady, Donna Christenson as Countess of Salisbury, Jennifer Ruger as Virgin Mary, and William Marmon as King John and Lombard banker.

     Republic for Which We Stand is directed by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Professor of Theater at George Mason University. This event was made possible in part by a grant from RAAC's Mitchell Arts Fund.


Congressional Auditorium in United States Capitol Visitor Center


Tuesday, November 7th

Doors open 6:00 pm

First St NE, Washington, DC 20515

Limited parking (travel recommendations)



The Committee for the Republic is a citizen-based, non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2003. The Committee sponsors speakers monthly on challenges to the American Republic, including the military-industrial complex, too-big-to-fail banks, campaign finance, and U.S. competitiveness. For questions or requests email



DC's 1st Taco Festival-7/15 - Get Your Tix!

Wow - Check Out Our Tequilas & Mezcals Here!

Exotico, Dobel Diamante, Creyente, Dulce Vida & More


July 15th - 60+ Tacos, 80+ Beers & Tequila!!


DC's 1st Taco Festival - Details!

Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival

Saturday, July 15th (2 Sessions)

The Yards Lot (Next to Nat's Stadium)

Purchase Tickets

DC’s Best Taquerias and Taco Trucks Come

Together to Showcase DC’s Best Tacos!

See Complete list of Taco Trucks & Taquerias Here!

2 Sessions:
Session 1: Noon-3 pm (VIP 1 Hour Early Access)
Session 2: 6 - 9 pm (VIP 1 Hour Early Access)

20+ Taco Trucks/Taquerias
80+ Craft Beers
Tequila Pavilion (Mezcal Too!)
Lucha Libre Wrestling & Live Entertainment

Get Your Taco On - Taco Trucks/Taquerias List

DC Taco Fest Tickets



Our Last Free Community Concert of the Taste Of North Capitol

Taste of North Capitol


 Tour the World Tasting Each Country’s Specialties at the Embassy Chef Challenge!

  Embassy chefs serve up signature dishes to win the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice Awards

  Wednesday, May 24, at 6:00 pm 

  Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

  A sensational way to experience a country’s culture is through its food. You can take a culinary tour on a grand scale at 
  the 9th Annual Events DC presents Embassy Chef Challenge on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm 
  at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  

  Think you can’t afford a culinary tour around the world?  Tickets are just $65 and that’s an all-inclusive price.  That’s probably less than you would pay for dinner, drinks,     tax and tip at many area restaurants.   The Embassy Chef Challenge will probably become your favorite foodie event of the year!  

  More details on our DCdigest Food & Wine page.  

  Get your tickets at








We've got one  free community concert, and

one final house concert happening this week!


First up: FRIDAY 

Music for String Quartet 

and Piano  

Friday April 28

7:30 pm

Clarendon United Methodist Church  

606 North Ivy Street, Arlington


The Schumann Quintet for Piano and Strings, Wolf's charming Italian Serenade, and the String Quartet #1 by Edvard Grieg.



This concert is free! Your goodwill donations are welcome and help us present these programs to the community. Join us for a reception following the concert.

Street parking is available.
CUMC is a few blocks south of the Clarendon Metro.


MAY  5


Joseph Scheer, Ashley Booher, and John Sutherland Earle perform works for piano, violin, viola and clarinet at a private home in DC. The program includes works by Bartok and Bruch. Your $35 ticket includes an intimate concert and an elegant reception. Email
Susan to reserve.

Ashley Booher, clarinet

IBIS Chamber Music Society, 300 North Garfield Street, Arlington, VA 22201-1231



House Concerts from IBIS Chamber Music


featuring Joseph Scheer, violin

Sean Neidlinger, cello

John Sutherland Earle, piano   

Piano Trios by Gabriel Faure and Antonin Dvorak

Fauré's Piano Trio Op 120 in D minor was written when he was 78 and nearly blind. Fauré's career spanned the Romantic, Impressionist and Modernist eras and this dazzling work invokes all three.  Also on the program: Dvorak's "Dumky" Trio, one of his most beloved works. 




Enjoy a glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres, an hour long musical presentation, followed by sweets and more wine and socializing.

Hear chamber music in an intimate setting, as it was meant to be heard, while helping to support IBIS and our free community concerts.


Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm
Private home in Washington DC

Sunday, March 26 at 6:30 pm
Private home in McLean


A donation of $35 is requested, $15 for kids 18 and under

Space is limited--please email to

reserve & exact address will be sent to you.

You can also make payment with a credit card or Paypal


All payments received will be acknowledged with an email.

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit




Music for String Quartet and more

Sunday, March 19 at 4 pm

Lyon Park Community Center

414 N Fillmore Street Arlington VA 



Virginia Wine Festival Logo

41st Annual Virginia Wine Festival®

VA's Premiere Wine Festival - More Food Trucks, More VA Wineries, and New VA Oyster Pavilion

September 17th - 18th, 2016

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

General Admission Tickets – $29 in Advance, $40 Day of (at Gate)

General Admission includes Tasting Glass, unlimited wine tasting from over 40 VA Wineries, and Festival access to VA Oyster Pavilion, and all concessions and musical entertainment

VIP Tickets – $79 in Advance (87% Sold Out as of 08/25/16)

VIP 1-Hour Early Admission, Special “Exclusive” VIP Reserve Wine Tasting (1-4 pm )- includes Virginia Artisanal Cheese & Charcuterie plate per each attendee, Private Tent & Bathrooms and includes Tasting Glass, unlimited wine tasting from over 40 VA Wineries, and Festival access to VA Oyster Pavilion, and all concessions and musical entertainment

VA’s Top Wineries Pouring

-Taste Over 200+ Virginia wines (unlimited wine tastings are included in your event ticket) and buy bottles and cases and take them home to enjoy all year (you can even age them – if they last that long!)

-Virginia Wine Tasting glass, and unlimited wine tastings included with admission price

Did we Mention Food?


Announcing the first “VA Oyster Pavilion”

– Entry included in your ticket price!
** Briny Freshly Shucked Oysters from VA’s Chesapeake Regions **
** Delicious Oyster Dishes with Regional Flare (Menu soon!) **
Food Trucks Galore
Gourmet Local Food Vendors
Virginia Products Showcased
Vegan & Gluten-Free Options Available
See What You’ll Be Eatin’!
Wine Pick-Up Service
Live Music from Top Bands
Kids activities and family fun!

VIP Ticket Includes 1-Hour early access, free wine glass, unlimited wine tasting, Private Tented VIP area, Private Bathrooms, access to the VA Oyster Pavilion and tastings of select VA Reserve Wines (wines exclusive to VIP ticket holders) – Treat yourself well!

General Admission Includes free wine glass, unlimited wine tasting, and access to the VA Oyster Pavilion
(2-Day General Admission Also Available – See Tickets)


The Smithsonian Food History Festival

Smithsonian Food History Festival and After Hours

A full day of free activities and experiences celebrating food history for visitors of all ages.

Saturday, October 29 • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 9 p.m.


DC Public Library Foundation Distributing Hundreds of Banned Books Citywide

#UNCENSOREDDC to Celebrate Banned Books Week Beginning Tuesday, September 6

UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party - Friday, September 30, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

WASHINGTON – New this year, DC Public Library Foundation will celebrate Banned Books Week throughout September with an UNCENSORED social media scavenger hunt. Starting September 6, a selection of hundreds of banned books will be hidden throughout the District including bars, coffee shops and public spaces. DCPLF is partnering with several local businesses to increase the project’s impact, including Compass Coffee, Politics & Prose, Petworth Citizen, Zaytinya, Proper Topper, Upshur Street Books and more.

Clues will be distributed online from DCPLF’s social media accounts (Twitter: @dcpl_literati, and Instagram: @dcpl_literati) and with partners including Brightest Young Things and A Creative DC. Fifteen winners will be selected at random and win a free pair of tickets to UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party on September 30 (the event is for those 21+).

To enter the ticket giveaway, you must take a picture of the banned book you found and post the photo to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #UNCENSOREDDC. The winners will be be notified by September 23. 

UNCENSORED is DC Public Library’s brand for their celebration of Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1), which includes public programming at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library and 25 neighborhood libraries, along with a fundraiser for the DC Public Library Foundation, UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party. This year’s theme is “Diversity,” which will celebrate literature written by diverse writers that has been banned or challenged, as well as explore why diverse books are being disproportionately singled out in the first place.

We chose six banned books which reflect this year’s Banned Books Week theme of DIVERSITY. Below, please find a complete list of our selected titles, along with some information about when and why it was banned and a link to our source:

The Catcher in the Rye (Anti-White): In 1963, a delegation of parents of high school students in Columbus, OH,  asked the school board to ban the novel for being "anti-white" and "obscene." The school board refused the request.

The Color Purple (Smut): Banned in the Souderton, PA Area School District (1992) as appropriate reading for 10th graders because it is "smut." Challenged on the curricular reading list at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, CT (1995) because sexually explicit passages aren’t appropriate high school reading.

Native Son (Profane & Sexually Explicit): Challenged at the Berrian Springs, MI High School in classrooms and libraries (1988) because the novel is "vulgar, profane, and sexually explicit."

Slaughterhouse Five (Just Plain Filthy): One of the books at the heart of a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1982 on the removal of books from public school libraries. In Island Trees School District v. Pico, a Levittown, N.Y. school board removed several books from the high school and middle school libraries because they were "anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and just plain filthy."

A Separate Peace (Filthy, Trashy Sex Novel): Challenged in Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY School District (1980) as a "filthy, trashy sex novel."

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Pornographic): In 1974, five residents of Strongsville, OH, sued the board of education to remove the novel. Labeling it "pornographic," they charged the novel "glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination."

More info can be found at and at

About UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party





UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party will include exclusive drinks; live music; a pop-up market featuring local retailers and a DCPL Fab Lab station for crafting; designed by Kim Burke and Katie Parker, the creators of the Miracle on Seventh Street Christmas pop-up at Mockingbird Hill and much more! Tickets can be purchased here.

UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party - Friday, September 30; 7:00 - 10:00pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library; 901 G Street, NW; Washington, D.C.
UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party will take place in the Great Hall



Event Chairs:





More Event Participants To Be Announced

Holly Bass, Jennifer Barger, Derek Brown, DC Brau, Anna Fuhrman, Morgan Hungerford West, Mess Hall and Svetlana Legetic

Local artist Adrienne Gaither showcasing her provocative display "...And Now the World Knows." The piece juxtaposes her favorite quotes and excerpts from literary masterpieces to TV color test screens and iconic archival images. it will be on display the entire month and visible from the corner of 9th and G Streets NW, on the second through fourth floor of the MLK Jr. Library.

2 Birds 1 Stone/Adam Bernbach, Collectif 1806/Duane Sylvestre, Columbia Room/JP Fetherson, Papa Pilar Rum/Aaron Joseph, Petworth Citizen Reading Room/Chantal Tseng, Southern Efficiency/Paul Taylor and Zaytinya/Bartender TBA

Kim Burke and Katie Parker (of Mockingbird Hill's Miracle on Seventh Street)

Chain and the Gang, DJ Ayes Cold and The Feedel Band















Creative Cauldron Presents 7h Annual Summer Cabaret Series

July 1st – September 19th, 2016 at ArtSpace Falls Church


 Falls Church, VA – Creative Cauldron’s 7th Annual Summer Cabaret Series will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from July 1st through September 19th at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue. The Summer Cabaret Series treats audiences to performances by some of the finest musical theatre talent in the Washington, DC-Metro area. Tickets range from $18 to $20 and can be purchased online at or by calling 703-436-9948. 


Summer Cabaret Series Lineup


Three For a Song presents: Cocktails for Three, Parts 1 & 2

Friday, July 1st and Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 at 8 PM

Three For a Song is a jazzy trio formed by internationally featured tenor Doug Bowles, world-renowned novelty pianist Alex Hassan, and Creative Cauldron fan-favorite Iyona Blake (Caroline, or Change, Once On This Island, Love As We See It). Their classic 30’s stylings have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and BBC INTERNATIONAL.


Nora Palka presents: Live Your Truth – A Cabaret

Friday, July 8th and Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 8 PM

Nora Palka has been seen in The Kennedy Center’s Shear Madness, Signature’s Girlstar and Studio’s Rocky Horror. She will serenade with stories from her life through song, featuring some catchy ukulele covers and showtune favorites.


Katie McManus presents: The Devine Miss McM

Friday, July 15th & Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 8 PM

Katie McManus was in Creative Cauldron’s Helen Hayes Award Nominated ensemble for Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris, and last season’s Helen Hayes Recommended production of The World Goes Round. She has performed at the Shakespeare Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature and as a special guest soloist with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center. She brings her flair, and her hair, to Creative Cauldron with a tribute to the original showgirl: Bette Midler.


Dani Stoller presents: Awkward – A Musical Ode to the Funny Best Friend

Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 8 PM 

Dani Stoller is a Helen Hayes Nominated actress (Bat Boy, 1st Stage) and has performed in Creative Cauldron’s Nevermore, Marry Me a Little, and Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theatre productions of Peter Pan & Wendy and Tales From the Brothers Grimm. She has performed at Signature Theatre, Folger Theater, and the Kennedy Center. Her Musical Ode to the Funny Best Friend is a night of heartfelt songs dedicated to awkward girls everywhere.


Jade Jones presents: Jazzed & Jaded

Friday, July 29th & Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 8 PM

Jade Jones is a Helen Hayes Award Nominated actress for Creative Cauldron’s Once On This Island. She recently performed at Ford’s Theatre in 110 In The Shade, won the Signature Idol at Signature’s 25th Anniversary Open House, and is a regular performer with La-Ti-Do. Jazzed and Jaded is a soulful journey through love, heartbreak and everything in between.


Sandy Bainum presents: Ever Blondeward

Friday, August 5th & Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at 8 PM

Sandy Bainum is a superstar straight from Broadway’s 42nd Street, and has since performed with Signature, Ford’s, MetroStage and more. The “delicious” songstress (Peter Marks, The Washington Post) will perform Ever Blondeward, a dedication to golden-haired legends like Betty Huddon, Judy Holliday, Doris Day and Marilyn Monroe.


Alan Naylor presents: Welcome to My Parlor

Friday, August 12th & Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at 8 PM

Alan Naylor won a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Creative Cauldron’s Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris, and has performed with Studio, 1st Stage (HHA Nomination, Bat Boy), UrbanArias, and TheatreWashington’s ShowTunes and Cocktails. Welcome to My Parlor is a musical salon featuring Naylor’s personal grand piano and his rich baritone.


Matt Conner & Stephen Gregory Smith present: DREAMLAND

Friday, August 19th & Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at 8 PM

Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith are a musical theatre power duo. Their work has been produced internationally, including multiple world premieres through Creative Cauldron’s “Bold New Works” program (The Turn of the Screw and Monsters of the Villa Diodati). Conner’s work regularly premieres at Signature Theatre (Nevermore, Crossing, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the upcoming Silver Belles). Smith has performed at Ford’s Theater, Olney Theatre Center, Arena Stage and earned a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Signature’s 110 in the Shade. Together, they earned a 2016 Helen Hayes Nomination for their direction on Creative Cauldron’s The Turn of the Screw. DREAMLAND is a revue through their songbook celebrating 10 years of music at Creative Cauldron.


Sam Ludwig presents: Sam and the Amazing Quasi-Interesting Dream Date, -or- A Brief Interview With a Hideous Musicals Fan

Friday, August 26th & Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 8 PM

Sam Ludwig played Lord Byron in Creative Cauldron’s critically acclaimed Monsters of The Villa Diodati, and won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for his performance in Olney Theatre Center’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He has performed with Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, MetroStage, Theatre J, and the Kennedy Center. His Summer Cabaret is a tongue-in-cheek musical theatre diatribe for his unsuspecting and unseen date.


Susan Derry and the National Broadway Chorus present: And There Was Music

Saturday, September 10th and Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 8 PM

Susan Derry debuted on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Wonderful Town, headlined as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She was the lead the first two productions from Creative Cauldron’s “Bold New Works,” The Turn of the Screw and Monsters of the Villa Diodati. In And There Was Music, Derry will perform Broadway arrangements with the National Broadway Chorus under the music direction of Warren Freeman (music direction of Creative Cauldron’s Monsters of the Villa Diodati and Turn of the Screw).


Fact Sheet


Who:               Creative Cauldron

What:              The 7th Annual Summer Cabaret Series

When:             July 1st – September 17th, 2016 (for detailed schedule, see “Passport Schedule” above).

Where:            Creative Cauldron at Artspace Falls Church

           410 South Maple Avenue

                         Falls Church, VA 22046 (Free Parking in 410 and 400 South Maple Building Garages)

Ticket Prices:   $20 Adults   $18 Students/Seniors/Military

                              $100 Table for 4 with bottle of Wine

                              $50 Table for 2 with 2 glasses of Wine

Info/Tickets:            (703) 436-9948


Creative Cauldron programs are funded in part through grants from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Little City Catch Foundation.  Creative Cauldron also receives generous support from individuals and corporations.









A Free Concert from IBIS
Saturday, May 14 7:30 pm

Lyon Park Community Center







Our last concert of the season!



Join principal players from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra  

as we complete our "Four Elements" cycle with music for flute, viola and harp. William Alwyn's lush Naiades, Jacques Bondon's fiery Le Soleil Multicolore, the quietly evocative Slow Fires of Autumn by Rochberg and more are on the program.





Adria Sternstein, fluteThis concert is free! 

Your donations happily accepted!            

Join us for a post concert reception.

Lyon Park Community Center

 414 North Fillmore Street

Arlington VA 22201

Street parking available,

The LPCC is less than 1 mile south of the Clarendon Metro 







IBIS Chamber Music Society, 300 North Garfield Street, Arlington, VA 22201-1231





House Concerts from IBIS
Violin Sonatas by Beethoven and Fauré

featuring Joseph Scheer, violin,
and John Sutherland Earle, piano


 There are two opportunities to hear this program

  Sunday April 3 

at 3:00 pm

In a lovely private home

in Washington DC

Saturday April 9
at 7:30 pm 

At the home of Jackie Anderson and Bill Ewing in McLean VA 


These concerts present unique opportunities to hear chamber music as it was meant to be heard, in intimate settings, and to mingle with both music lovers and musicians. Plus, your donations help support IBIS!

A donation of $35 is requested, $15 for kids 18 and under.

Space is limited--please email to reserve.
Be sure to specify which date you are interested in.

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit


John Sutherland Earle, piano
                                                                              Joseph Scheer, violin 




Our next free community concert is Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm

IBIS Chamber Music returns to Arlington's Clarendon United Methodist Church for a program of French music for piano and strings. The gorgeous Ravel string quartet will open the program, and the second half will contain a rare work by Chausson: the "Concerto" for Piano and Violin, accompanied by string quartet.  This work, by turns tender and dramatic, is the only one extant for that instrumentation.
Soloists John Sutherland Earle, piano, and Joseph Scheer, violin.


Ernst Chausson

IBIS Chamber Music Society, 300 North Garfield Street, Arlington, VA 22201-1231

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House Concert from IBIS Chamber Music 
(or Super Bowl pre-game show)
Works for Piano Trio by Haydn and Ravel 
featuring Joseph Scheer, violin, Sean Neidlinger, cello 
and John Sutherland Earle, piano
Sunday February 7  
at 3:00 pm

In a lovely private home

in Bethesda MD 

Enjoy a glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres during our social hour, 
an hour long musical presentation, 
then sweets and coffee. 
This opportunity to hear chamber music as it was meant to be heard, also helps support IBIS and our series of 
free community concerts!

A donation of $35 is requested, $15 for kids 18 and under. 
Space is limited--please email to reserve. 

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit 

Sean Neidlinger, John Sutherland Earle, Joseph Scheer


In a benefit to provide a season of free and low-cost concerts to the community, the IBIS Chamber Music Society, an ensemble of world-class musicians from orchestras including the Kennedy Center, Boston Pops and National Symphony, will host their annual house party and season kick off concert.  An elegant reception will give us all an opportunity to socialize, as well as meet the musicians.  

I am on the Board of this wonderful group of musicians, and we hope you can join us!  Please invite your friends!  

An evening under the stars...




By the Light of the Silvery Moon



Our Annual Fall Fundraiser and Garden Party!

Saturday September 12 at 7 pm

in Arlington Virginia


Join us for an evening of moon inspired

melodies in the lovely garden of our friends (and host and hostess extraordinaires) Greg and Elizabeth Bramham.


Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, champagne and sweets, and a private concert by IBIS musicians.  We are delighted to be joined by soprano Colleen Dalya rising star in the world of opera.

A donation of $75/person is suggested; please consider a donation if you cannot attend.  IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit.

To reserve space email, or call (703)755-0960


We've been busy planning our upcoming season!  Full details to follow soon, but here are the dates for our free concert series.


Sunday October 4 at 3 pm Clarendon United Methodist Church

All Dvorak program including the Sonatine for Violin, the Terzetto for 2 Violins and Viola, and the Quintet for Piano and Strings


Saturday November 14 at 10 am Rock Spring Congregational UCC

Annual Concert for Children


Sunday November 15 at 4 pm Rock Spring Congregational UCC

"Earth, Air": Music for Flute, Viola and Harp by Takemitsu, Debussy, Cage, and more

Saturday February 20 at 7:30 pm  Lyon Park Community Center
       Music for string quartet, program TBA

Sunday April 24 at 3 pm Clarendon United Methodist Church
       Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings by Chausson

Saturday May 14 at 7:30 pm Lyon Park Community Center
      "Fire/Water": Music for Flute, Viola and Harp by Farr, Alwyn, Bondon,        and more

Stay tuned for details on our ticketed house concert series...



OUR 2015-2016    

This season IBIS looks at the
Four Elements of Nature, and much more! 
Please scroll to the bottom for details on
our house concert series
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
By the Light of the
Silvery Moon
Our Annual Fall Fundraiser and House Party

There's still time to RSVP for this fun event!  Sip champagne under the stars and enjoy a private concert of moon themed melodies from IBIS musicians. Special guest soprano Colleen Daly will dazzle us with her talents!

Saturday September 12 at 7 pm at the Arlington home of IBIS friends Greg and Elizabeth Bramham.  Email Susan to reserve.

All Dvorak 
The Sonatina for Violin, the Terzetto for 2 Violins and Viola, and the  
Piano Quintet in A Major

Sunday, October 4 at 3 pm
Clarendon United Methodist Church

606 North Ivy Street, Arlington
FREE--Your donations happily accepted 
Music for flute, viola and harp by Takemitsu, Debussy and others. Guest artist Daniel Foster, principal viola of the National Symphony

Saturday, November 14 at 10:30 am: Concert for Children
Sunday, November 15 at 4 pm

Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ  

5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted!   


An Evening of
String Quartets
The charming Quartettsatz of Schubert, one of Beethoven's Late quartets (No. 12, Op. 127), and the sole string quartet of Claude Debussy, a groundbreaking and gorgeous work, that established it's composer as a modernist.  

Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 pm
414 North Fillmore Street, Arlington
FREE--Your donations happily accepted!


Chausson Concert
for Violin, Piano and String Quartet
An unusual work by the composer who bridges Franck and Debussy, featuring Joseph Scheer, violin, and John Sutherland Earle, piano, accompanied by string quartet. This is the only known chamber work extant for this instrumentation.


Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm 

Clarendon United Methodist Church

606 North Ivy Street, Arlington

                                                                 FREE--Your donations happily accepted!  


The second in our Four Elements series: music for flute, viola and harp by Gareth Farr, William Alwyn, Jacques Bondon and others.

Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm
Lyon Park Community Center  

414 North Fillmore Street, Arlington             

FREE--Your donations happily accepted 


House Concert Series

Intimate House Concerts in private homes around DC,
each followed by
an elegant reception.

Help IBIS fund our free community concerts,
while hearing
chamber music as it was meant to be heard!

Tickets $35
$15 for kids 18 and under
Limited space available
Email Susan  to reserve
or call (703)755-0960

Sunday, October 25 at 3 pm

  Music for J.S. Bach for solo violin with Joseph Scheer

Sunday, February 7 at 3 pm

Piano Trios by Ravel and others with Joseph Scheer, violin,
Sean Neidlinger, cello, and John Sutherland Earle, piano

Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm
Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm

Works for violin and piano by Beethoven and Faure with
Joseph Scheer, violin and John Sutherland Earle, piano

To receive a copy of our beautiful new brochure
please email Susan with your address!                              

 Sunday! Chipotle kicks off support for DC farmers' markets

In conjunction with National Farmers’ Market Week (Aug. 2-8), Chipotle Mexican Grill is teaming up with farmers’ markets in DC to support the efforts of local farms around the country.

This Sunday, August 2from 8:30am – 1:30pm, Chipotle will host a tent at the Dupont FRESHFARM Market Farmers’ Market (20th St. NW between Massachusetts Ave. and Hillyer Pl).  To encourage shoppers to support their community’s farmers’ market, Chipotle will be offering FREE currency tokens redeemable for $5 worth of fresh ingredients at the market to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can’t make the first market appearance on 8/2? Chipotle will be on-site at the following markets offering additional $5 vouchers to visitors in support of Farmers’ Market Week:

Crystal City
Tuesday, 8/4 - 3pm – 7pm 
Location: I Street NW (between 10th and 11th Streets)
Foggy Bottom 
Wednesday, 8/5 - 3pm – 7pm
Location: 23rd and I St. NW Walkway 
Silver Spring
Saturday, 8/8 - 9am – 1pm
Location: Ellsworth Dr. between Fenton St. and Georgia Ave.

ShopHouse, Chipotle’s Southeast Asian restaurant concept, will also lend its support to local farmers’ markets during National Farmers’ Market Week. The restaurant will be on-site at the Foggy Bottom market alongside Chipotle and will host its own tent at the FRESHFARM Penn Quarter farmers’ market on Thursday, 8/6 from 3 – 7pm.


If you missed this excellent discussion, it will be broadcast on  C-Span on Saturday, Aug 15, at 2pm EDT via C-SPAN2. 



Guilford Station Arts Club

Great Performances in Sterling, Virginia

Erin and Jorge Espinoza ‘Cello Duet

July 12, 2015 at 4:00 in Sterling, VA

$15 includes performance followed by Lebanese light buffet reception
 RSVP is required 


Cello Duo Jorge and Erin Espinoza will present a concert on Sunday, July 12th in Sterling, performing a program of music from the Baroque and Romantic periods and tangos from twentieth-century composer Francisco Canaro. Opening the program with a Sonata by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, the couple will fill the space with baroque harmonies taking the audience back to the time when Paris was the European hub of political ideas and cultural activity. Boismortier’s sonatas possess a buoyant confidence. Although defined by grace and deceptive simplicity, the music opens itself to the interpretation and virtuosity of the performers.

Borrowing from J.S. Bach’s violin repertoire, the couple will perform the Chaconne from the Partita in d minor. Considered to be one of the most beautiful and difficult movements from Bach’s violin sonatas and partitas, the duo plays an arrangement for two cellos. Violinist Joshua Bell has said the Chaconne is “not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It’s a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect.” Bell played this piece during his “busking” at the L’Enfant Plaza metro station.  Canaro’s tangos will introduce the second half of the program. The program’s finale features a suite for two cellos by David Popper. 

Erin and Jorge Espinoza have performed concerts as professional cellists for eighteen years.   Originally from Northern Virginia and Chile, they enjoy playing recitals of classical and Latin American music and performing chamber music and orchestral repertoire in the Washington, D.C. area and in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They have graduate degrees in cello performance from Peabody Conservatory and degrees in cello from Carnegie Mellon University.

More details on our Theater & Music page at 






House Concert from IBIS Chamber Music

featuring Adria Sternstein Foster, flute
 and Susan Robinson, harp

Principal players of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra 

performing music that is evocative, introspective and ethereal,
by Debussy, Hovhaness, Stella Sung, Persichetti and Villa Lobos


Saturday June 6  

at 7 pm

In a lovely private home

in Bethesda MD

Enjoy a Pimm's Cup or a glass of wine during our social hour,

our musical presentation, then a dessert and champagne reception.
While you enjoy chamber music in an intimate setting, as it was meant to be heard, you also help support IBIS and our free community concerts!


A donation of $25 is requested, $15 for kids 18 and under.

Space is limited--please email to reserve.

You can also make payment with a credit card or Paypal


All payments received will be acknowledged with an email.

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit


Adria Sternstein, flute



Adria Sternstein Foster, Flute

Susan Robinson, Harp 


Tickets are still available for this evening of epicurean delights. 


Join Royal Danish Embassy, Embassy of El Salvador, Embassy of Georgia,

Embassy of Ghana, Embassy of Guatemala, Embassy of Hungary,

Embassy of Indonesia, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of the State of Qatar, Embassy of South Africa, Embassy of Sri Lanka and Embassy of Venezuela

for the ...



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20004



Photo of 2014 Participating Chefs

About the Embassy Chef Challenge

 Embassy chefs will present signature epicurean delights and compete for the Judges' Choice and People's Choice Awards.

World-class Cuisine prepared by embassy chefs from diverse nations; Silent and Live Auctions with exclusive experiences; Mingle with the largest Diplomatic Community in the world; People's Choice winner selected by you, guests of the gala; and Premium beers, wines and spirits included.





  Cultural Tourism DC Embassy Chef Challenge 2015 Chef Competitors









Around the World Embassy Tour


Saturday, May 2, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.




Join us for the Around the World Embassy Tour on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  This event is FREE and open to the public!


Participants travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 50 embassies opened their doors to visitors in 2014, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more!


Come, see the world through the embassies of missions of our global neighbors. Participating embassies include African Union, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, League of Arab States, Libya, Malaysia, Mexican Cultural Institute, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Venezuela!

Passport DC offers something for everyone, so come to DC and join the fun!




Jan Du Plain

Du Plain Enterprises, Inc.




Event website:



Hashtag: #PassportDC


Event Sponsors

  Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge 2015 Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor




House Concert from IBIS Chamber Music
Gypsy Dances and Reveries

featuring IBIS Founders Joseph Scheer, violin
 and Susan Robinson, harp

Saturday March 14
at 7 pm


In a private home in Arlington VA


Music by Debussy, Bartok,

Ravel, Saint-Saens, Falla, and more

  Enjoy chamber music as it
was meant to be heard,
good food and fellowship,
and help support IBIS!


Our event will start with a cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and socializing,

followed by a musical presentation, then desserts.

A donation of $25 is requested, $15 for kids 18 and under.

Space is limited--please email to reserve.

You can also make payment with a credit card or Paypal


All payments received will be acknowledged with an email.




Brahms Horn Trio

Sunday April 12 at 4 pm


Featuring hornist Geoffrey Pilkington, principal horn of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, along with
Joseph Scheer, violin and John Sutherland Earle, piano

Also on the program: Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata



Quintette Instrumentale de Paris 

Sunday May 17 at 4 pm


IBIS pays homage to the 19th century French ensemble of harp, flute and string trio in a program of works commissioned by the Paris Quintet.

Both concerts are free and take place at
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ,
5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington 








"Bessie's back with a vengeance"

                                 - by Nelson Pressley for the Washington Post


Bessie's Blues playing through March 15th

TKTS: $55 - $60

WED, THU, FRI @ 8, SAT @ 3 & 8, SUN @ 3 & 7


Call the box office at 703-548-9044 


Robert Gilbert's

~Fine Art Ruminations~

December, 2014



Upcoming Events


Holiday Show

                         "Art and Architecture"

December 13th, Saturday and Sunday the 14th

10 am to 5 pm

The Center for Education at Wolf Trap

1635 Trap Road

Vienna, VA


This coming weekend is the Holiday Art Show and Sale and I'm thrilled.  As an architect I've always thought art was a big part of building and space design.  Now we have made this the theme of our second Wolf Trap Christmas show.  Sun Design will once again be our sponsor and we'll have 36 artists in booths that feature original oil paintings, watercolors, photography, wall hangings and jewelry, sculpture, pottery, purses and walking sticks.  There will also  be Christmas ornaments and cards for sale.  Please come and see some really fine art and the opportunity to meet an abundance of very interesting artists.


Besides being forced to eat two Thanksgiving day dinners and then get ready for the upcoming Holiday Art Sale I've been working hard on four paintings for one of my collectors.   In my last news letter I showed you the side elevation of "Falling Water".  I wanted to show you its partner and talk a little about this particular collector.  There are several wonderful things about working with this individual.  For instance, she is looking for suggestions to add more art work in a recently completed new home in Vienna and she wants ideas.  One of her priorities was to hang something in her master bedroom where she has a large architectural ink drawing of Frank Loyd Wright's  Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.  She wanted something to complement it.  I suggested something that is architectonic and designed by Frank.  I also suggested instead of having just one large painting there could be two paintings next to each other.  She agreed.  I sketched out what I was thinking and the result is the two 19x19, oil  paintings of "Falling Waters" front and side elevations.  These are framed very simply in a 1-1/2 inch black frame and they are hung about three inches apart. 

The collector also asked me for my ideas about a painting for her main hall that runs from the front door through the house to the back patio.  Her thoughts were to paint something really edgy, unusual and fairly large.  My recommendation was to paint one of my 3-D multi-panel paintings with 30 canvas' of varying heights and sizes. The subject of the painting would be a field of various colored tulips taken from a thousand feet up.  Fortunately, she loved the idea and immediately told me to press on.  There was no indecision and she immediately understood the concept.  Here is the design of the 42x66 canvas.



I know its hard to visualize but the blocks of color are separate canvases that will be attached to each other and to a backing.  The height of the canvas' ranges from 1/8" (white) to 3/4" (pink) to 1-1/2" (red) to 3" (purple).  The size is written on each block of color.  Think of the entire painting as a topographic map or model.  Once completed I will paint over it in an abstract design similar to the photo on the right. 

Okay, one last photo.  This is my redo of a small cabin or shed that is used for maintenance of small farm equipment.  this past summer I painted it on one of my many sojourns into Loudoun county as a member of the Loudoun Sketch Club.  I say its a redo because I liked the painting's composition and feeling when I "finished" it the first time but the more I looked at it the more I wanted the building to pop and the trees to become large nebulous shapes.  Anyway, I reworked it and it will be at the Holiday Art Show and Sale this coming weekend. 




       See you December 13 and 14th at the Center for Education, Wolf Trap in Vienna.    

This is a terrific venue with lots of artists, good lighting and great parking.


Gilbert's Studio & Gallery

9250 Wood Glade Dr.

Great Falls, VA 22066

703 463 1369


As many of you know, I'm on the Board of this wonderful chamber music ensemble made up of world-class musicians who play in major orchestras including Kennedy Center Opera House, National Symphony, Washington National Opera, and the Boston Pops ...offering free or very low cost concerts to the community!

Please join us …and tell your friends!

November House Concerts from
IBIS Chamber Music 
Sunday November 9
Private home in McLean VA
6 pm
Sunday November 16
Private home in Bethesda MD
5 pm
Two opportunities to hear piano
 trios by Schubert and Beethoven
with Joseph Scheer, violin
Sean Neidlinger, cello
and John Sutherland Earle, piano.

Our wonderful hosts both have longstanding traditions of in-home concerts.  Enjoy chamber music as it was meant to be heard and support IBIS!

Each event will start with a cocktail and social hour with a light buffet,
followed by a musical presentation, then desserts.

A donation of $25 is requested, $15 for kids 18 and under.
Space is limited--please email to reserve.
You can also make payment with a credit card or Paypal

Music that hearkens back to Halloween, and forward to the Christmas season for harp, strings and piano. 
Works by Caplet, Bernard Hermann, Britten, Bach and more.

Saturday November 22 at 10:30 am: Concert for Children
Sunday November 23 at 4 pm
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington 



Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay plus James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage, RAMW Grand Tasting Pavilion, 100s of specialty food exhibitors set for two-day food extravaganza

Chef Bobby Flay

(Oct 13, 2014 – Washington, DC) Some of the biggest names in the culinary world will grace the stage at the 2014 Metro Cooking Show, November 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri return to headline this year’s show. 

In addition, local and regional chefs all honored as James Beard Foundation winners, nominees or as guest chefs at The James Beard House, will cook on the Beard Foundation Stage. On November 8, chefs from L’Academie de Cuisine will lead cooking classes; on November 9 more than 40 restaurants will offer signature tastes at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Grand Tasting Pavilion.

Throughout the two day event there will be non-stop activities including ongoing tasting and entertaining workshops from knife skills to holiday entertaining to a beer, wine and spirits pavilion that will highlight local mixologists.

Known as a great shopping show, this year 300 specialty food exhibitors will showcase products – all for sale. New this year, a Natural Foods Pavilion will feature organic and natural products.


General admission tickets are $20, celebrity theater performances, cooking classes and Grand Tasting Pavilion are ticketed events and sold separately.

Ticket packages are available including a two-day celebrity theater presentation pass as well as VIP tickets affording meet-and-greet receptions with Flay and Fieri.



Saturday November 8 – Sunday November 9, 2014

Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC

Hours: 10 am – 6 p.m. Nov 8; 10 am – 5 pm Nov 9

Ticket prices: General Admission - $20.00 in advance; $24.50 at the door

Children 4-12 - $10.00 in advance; $13.50 at the door

Children under 4 free


Taste of DC

  • Taste of DC is a multi-day culinary and cultural event in the heart of the nation’s capital. This expansive festival packs five blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue with area restaurants, great drinks, lively entertainment, engaging corporate partners, and fellow Washingtonians and visitors. 
    Saturday, October 11: 12pm - 7pm 
      Sunday, October 12: 12pm – 7pm 

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW | 9th St - 14th St 

  • Entrances are located at 11th St & E St and at 13th St & E St. All prepurchased tickets must be redeemed at the 11th St entrance. If you are purchasing tickets when you arrive, you can purchase them at either entrance.

General Admission : $10.00

12 & Under : $5.00

Children 5 and under are free

Beverage Tickets - Individual Tickets: $1.00/ticket,  Online 25 ticket pack: $20 (save 5.00)            Note: Beverage Tickets will be required in the Craft Beer & Wine Walk areas of the event. Other beverage locations will accept beverage tickets or cash.

How Restaurants Work

Each restaurant will be preparing a small selection of their menu for you to try event weekend. All restaurants will have 1-4 menu items and each restaurant will have at least one "tasting" menu item priced from $1-$3. All restaurants will be accepting cash and some will accept credit. We highly recommend bringing cash to use with the restaurants.        

What a Ticket Gets You
1) Admission into Taste of DC

2) Access to over 40 restaurants in 1 place

3) Over 50 beers and 50 wines to taste

4) Live entertainment all weekend

For list of chefs, mixologists, restaurants, VIP events and more:



Summer Hummer: Ménage à Trois Delivers 60+ Theatre Stars Baring Almost-All

Nova Y. Payton and Austin Colby in the 2013 Summer Hummer
(Christopher O. Banks)

ONE NIGHT ONLY, Monday August 18 at Signature Theatre at 8:00 p.m. 

Washington, DC – On Monday, August 18, the third annual Summer Hummer, a bawdy, naughty burlesque bonanza of more than 60 stars of the Washington stage, will again raise funds to benefit Taking Care of Our Own, a program of theatreWashington.

The Summer Hummer has become the Washington area’s hottest, sweatiest, most provocative summer tradition. Directed by Eric Schaeffer and Matt Gardiner, it unites some of Washington’s top theatre talent – from stentorian Shakespearian actors to buff chorus boys and voluptuous divas. While this mischievous musical romp mesmerizes audiences, most importantly, it raises critical funds for Taking Care of Our Own, a program of theatreWashington that provides emergency assistance to Washington-area theatre professionals experiencing unexpected need.

Lauren Williams in the 2013 Summer Hummer
(Christopher O. Banks)

When Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer first suggested the idea of a Summer Hummer to benefit Taking Care of Our Own to theatreWashington President Linda Levy, she jumped at the opportunity. “The Summer Hummer has significantly helped to fill the Taking Care of Our Own coffers,” she explained. “With every glove that’s dropped and with every strap that slips, these amazing artists are helping colleagues who one day may find themselves in desperate need for help. Moreover, with every ticket purchased and dollar bill tucked, audiences are helping to provide immediate, tangible relief to a neighbor experiencing hardship.”

Co-director Eric Schaeffer commented, "This year's Summer Hummer promises to be another scandalous night in the theatre, with Washington's acting community baring their all. There’ll be some bawdy surprises, some kick-ass show tunes, and, of course, lots of exposed skin. And it’s all to raise funds for Taking Care of Our Own!"

At press, musical numbers and special appearances were slated to feature an opening number by Chris Youstra titled "All Good Things Cum in Threes," special choreography by Matt Gardiner and Karma Camp, and a company of more than 60 singers, dancers, and strippers. Included in the line-up are: Evan Casey, Austin Colby, Carolyn Cole, Erin Driscoll, Sherri L. Edelen, Catie Flye, James Gardiner, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Maria Rizzo, Nicholas Rodriguez, Stephen Gregory Smith, Rick Hammerly, Tom Story, Nicholas Vaughn, and Lauren Williams, with more to be announced soon.

In addition to the Summer Hummer, theatreWashington’s Taking Care of Our Own program is funded by a recurring Bucket Brigade, hosted by area theatres. On a rotating schedule, actors solicit donations during curtain speeches then pass bright yellow buckets among the exiting crowd. Together, the Summer Hummer andBucket Brigade have raised more than $50,000 in 2013 alone.

Summer Hummer has only one performance on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 8 pm at Signature Theatre. Tickets are available on at $35 for general admission and $75 for prime reserved seating. Signature Theatre is located in Shirlington Village at 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206.


Together, with the region’s dynamic professional theatre community, theatreWashington creates and invigorates audiences, strengthens the region’s theatrical workforce, and celebrates excellence on Washington stages to build and an even more vibrant community for all.




Please join us Sunday afternoon, June 1 ...I'm on the Board of this wonderful chamber music ensemble made up of world-class musicians who play in major orchestras including Kennedy Center Opera House, National Symphony and the Boston Pops ...offering a free concert to the community!

Please join us …and tell your friends!


IBIS Logo 

A free chamber music concert from IBIS
featuring a world premier of a newly commissioned work and a unique arrangement of Barber's "Knoxville Summer of 1915"
featuring guest artist soprano Elizabeth Kluegel

June 1 at 4 pm
Rock Spring United Church of Christ
5010 Little Falls Rd

IBIS concludes its season of American music
James Agee's childhood home
with a brand new small ensemble version of Barber's great work based on a poignant text by James Agee,
Knoxville Summer of 1915.

Poet Walt Whitman
Also on the program: The Better Angels, a newly commissioned work for IBIS by composer Ray Shattenkirk.  The Better Angels is a song cycle based on Walt Whitman's poetry on Abraham Lincoln and, along with the Barber,  features wonderful soprano Elizabeth Kluegel.  Music by John Williams, and Shattenkirk's setting of Robert Frost round out this program for flute, clarinet, harp and strings. 

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.


ZooFari, a Culinary Safari, 

will be served up Thursday, May 15 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Gourmet Food, Fine Wine and Live Entertainment on the Menu

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo feeds 400 species regularly, but on Thursday, May 15 Friends of the National Zoo will host the human species at ZooFari, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited on a culinary safari to sample gourmet fare from more than 100 of the D.C. area’s finest restaurants. The list of restaurants includes  Marcel’s, Equinox, 1789 Restaurant, Central, Proof, and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab.   Fifteen vintners will be on hand to cleanse diners’ palates with glasses of wine between bites. 

This year also features a Celebrity Chef Grill Off  with Judging 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  Celebrity Chefs will battle for the title of Zoofari Grill Master using a mystery ingredient from the Zoo's Animal Kitchen. Sponsored by Capital One Bank and hosted by Tommy McFly from Fresh 94.7 FM. 

Strolling musicians will spice up the evening with live musical performances. And for those hungry to learn more about the National Zoo from curators and keepers, live animal demonstrations will take place between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

The Zoo’s great cats will be out for a nightcap and on view for a limited number of guests in the VIP LivingSocial Lion Lounge. The 
Lounge will be a carnival of fun for guests with a sweet tooth.  Hello Cupcake, Firehook Bakery, Ben & Jerry’s, Shake 
Shack, Sugar & Ice, Whole Foods Market  and Dolci Gelati will serve delicious desserts. The lounge will be lavished with specialty cocktails, festive carnival games, a photo booth and live entertainment.

The fun won’t stop at the food. Guests can also bid on exclusive items such as behind-the-scenes tours of the Zoo at the ZooFari silent auction from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For those who can’t wait until the evening of the event, there is also a ZooFari online auction, which includes items such as artwork created by the Zoo’s giant pandas and exclusive dining opportunities. 
Tickets for ZooFari are available through the National Zoo’s website  or in any Zoo gift shop.  Tickets are:

   • $175 for FONZ members 
   • $200 for non-members
Groups should consider purchasing tables for 10. Tables include tickets for a group of guests, access to the LivingSocial Lion Lounge and valet parking passes. Visit the Zoo’s website for more information about tables. 

ZooFari benefits many Zoo initiatives, from new and improved exhibits, such as American Trail, to conservation and research programs dedicated to the survival of species such as the Asian elephant, tiger, and cheetah. Sponsors for ZooFari include: Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast, GEICO, LivingSocial, MIX 107.3 – WRQX FM, NBC4, Rosenthal Jaguar/Land Rover, Washingtonian magazine, Widmer Brothers and 105.9 WMAL. 

For updates on ZooFari and other events at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo follow Friends of the National Zoo on Twitter and Facebook. 

Photos by DCdigest 'Donna Christenson at ZooFari  2012 & 2013




Cultural Tourism DC

Dine Around the World

Cultural Tourism DC presents its 6th annual Embassy Chef Challenge gala on Thursday, May 15, 2014, when a dozen embassy chefs will present signature epicurean delights and compete for the Judges' Choice and People's Choice Awards. 

Capricia Penavic Marshall, Former Chief of Protocol of the United States, is the Honorary Gala Chair. The event is co-hosted by the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

What the Night Includes

  • World-class cuisine prepared by embassy chefs from diverse nations including Italy, Thailand, Nigeria, and Poland
  • Silent and live auctions with exclusive experiences
  • Mingle with the largest diplomatic community in the world
  • People’s Choice winner selected by you—guests of the gala
  • Premium beers, wines and spirits included

All proceeds from Embassy Chef Challenge benefit Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Foundation and Government Funders 
DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Ludwig Family Foundation, MARPAT Foundation, 
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 



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Washington Musica Viva



Flower Avenue House Concert

Saturday April 26 at 8:00 pm





Joseph Scheer, violin
Carl Banner, piano


Brahms Sonata #3 in D minor, Op. 108
 Schubert Duo in A major, Op 162, D. 574


Joe Scheer is the concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and co-founder of IBIS   


Please join us at the BannerArts Studio at 7502 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park for great music and good cheer!  

 Doors open at 7:30 pm; music at 8:00 pm.  


Admission is $15 (advance only, non-refundable) plus contribution of snack food and/or drink. Purchase tickets online, or send check to WMV, 7502 Flower Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912. Space is limited to about 35 guests.





Donate to the Quartet Fund

(WMV's new initiative!)

Washington Musica Viva, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, and all contributions are fully tax deductible. Donate online or send a check to WMV, 7502 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.






Clematis, encaustic on wood, detail  

Marilyn Banner's


open studio


is part of the  

Flower Avenue Art Walk,  

May 3, 2014. 


Save the date! 




You're invited to a demo in Washington, DC of To Your Taste! Confidence-in-a-Box for Wine Consumers! (Apr 15, 2014)

Details below here to register: You're invited 







Immigrant Composers in America



A free concert from IBIS Chamber Music

Sunday, February 23 at 4 pm 

Lyon Village Community House

Please note: IBIS often performs at the Lyon Park Community Center, but the Lyon Village Community House is a different venue!



Throughout the 2013-14 season, IBIS has examined American music. This concert will showcase the many cultural threads that make up the fabric of American music with a program of works by composers who immigrated to the US.  Our musical melting pot will include works for strings and harp by Bartok, Piazzolla, Dohnanyi, Bright Sheng, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, as well as the string quartet "Ellis Island" by Stella Sung.

This concert is free and is suitable for older kids! 
Your donations are welcome. 

Please join us for a reception following the music.


The Lyon Village Community House is located at 1920 North Highland Street in Arlington. It is 1/2 mile north of the Clarendon Metro Stop.  Street parking available.

THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY CONCERT!  While not a children's concert, the selections are light, and none are lengthy.  It is a perfect event for an older, music loving kid to enjoy.





Sunday, March 9 at 4: The next in our increasingly popular series of house concerts. Music for two violins and violas by Wieniawski, Dvorak and Handel/Halverson. Enjoy the music in an intimate setting in a lovely DC home, followed by an elegant champagne reception. Tickets $25.  Email Susan for more information.

Sunday, March 30 at 4: Made in America
Piano trios by Charles Ives and Brahms
Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ Arlington

IBIS returns to the gorgeous Belmont Mansion in Dupont Circle
for a concert to benefit Music Link.
Friday April 25 at 7:30 pm
Details to follow

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts





  Sunday, January 26
at 4 pm
Clarendon United Methodist Church

606 N. Irving St

5 blocks south of Clarendon Metro~ Parking lot and street parking available


Sunday 2/23 at
4 pm at the
Lyon Village
Community House  

 IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts 

Music from Canada, USA and South America




A pleasing trio of flute, harp and viola performs music from our neighbors to the north and south.  IBIS musicians Adria Sternstein Foster, flute, Chiara Dieguez, viola and Susan Robinson, harp will perform works by Canadians Ben Steinberg and Milton Barnes, US composers Katherine Hoover and Robert Beaser, Argentinian Astor Piazzolla and Brazilian Villa Lobos.  This concert is free--your goodwill donation is welcome!




Metro Cooking DC 

Foodie weekend to include TV stars, a new chefs tasting Pavilion, 100s of specialty food vendors, cooking demonstrations

Saturday November 2: 10 am – 6 pm   Sunday November 3: 10 am – 5 pm 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

General admission, $24.50 (+ processing fee); children 4-12, $12.50

Children 4 and under free

For information 703.543.1628

More details on the Food & Wine page



IBIS  2013-2014  


A season of American Music 

Sundays at 4 pm--all concerts are free!

Please scroll to the bottom for details on our
new series of intimate house concerts. 



Jazz is a Heartbeat

Music by African American composers

"Swing Landscape" by Stuart Davis


IBIS welcomes guest artist Rick Robinson, bass and his Detroit based ensemble CutTime, for a program for strings that includes works by Hailstork, Still, Ellington, Joplin and others.  

Saturday, November 2 at 10:30 am: Concert for Children 

Sunday, November 3 at 4 pm  

Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted!   


November 6 at 12 noon, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

(Due to the shutdown, this concert may be cancelled. Please double check before attending!) 



The Americas

Music for Flute, Viola and Harp


IBIS performs music by our neighbors to the North (Canadians Milton Barnes and Ben Steinberg) and the South (Astor Piazzolla), as well as by Americans Robert Beaser and Katherine Hoover.

Sunday, January 26 at 4:00 pm

Clarendon United Methodist Church, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted 





"Allies Day" by Childe Hassam

I Hear America Singing

...the varied carols I hear

The Immigrant Composer in America

IBIS examines the many cultural threads that make up the fabric of American music. Harp, flute and string quartet perform works by Dohnanyi, Korngold, Casella, Bloch, Chung and more.  Also on the program: Ellis Island by Stella Sung. 


Sunday, February 23 at 4:00 pm

Lyon Village Community House, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted!


*Please note that this is NOT the Lyon Park Community Center.  The LVCH is located at 1920 North Highland St, about 1/2 mile north of the Clarendon Metro.                                                                                                                                              




Made in America

Music for Piano Trio


This program includes a piano trio by American iconoclast Charles Ives (left), as well as the Piano Trio #1 of Johannes Brahms. The Brahms trio was premiered in New York City, and its final movement quotes The Star Spangled Banner.

Sunday, March 30 at 4 pm

Rock Spring Church Congregational Church of Christ, Arlington

FREE--Your donations happily accepted! 





Knoxville Home circa 1915

American Voices

With guest artist soprano Elizabeth Kluegel


Texts from great American writers and thinkers such as Abraham Lincoln, James Agee and Robert Frost are set to music on this program.  Works will include a newly commissioned piece,The Better Angels, by Ray Shattenkirk, as well as Shattenkirk's settings of Frost poetry, and a special arrangement of Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915.



Sunday, June 1 at 4:00 pm

Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ, Arlington             

FREE--Your donations happily accepted 






Salon Series

Intimate House Concerts in private homes,
each followed by an elegant reception

Tickets $25, limited space available
email Susan to reserve
or call (703)755-0969

Sunday October 27 at 4 pm
in Cabin John MD

 Music for violin and piano by Beethoven, Schubert and Franck, with Joseph Scheer, violin and John Sutherland Earle, piano

Sunday, March 9 at 4 pm
in Washington DC
Music for 2 violins and viola by Dvorak, Handel/Halverson and Wieniawski, with Joseph Scheer, Joel Fuller and Henry Love

Friday, June 13 at 7:30 pm Venue TBA
The Natural World: Music for Flute and Harp by Alwyn, Sung, Sierra and others, with Adria Sternstein Foster, flute and Susan Robinson, harp

To receive a copy of our beautiful new brochure

Please email Susan with your address!

IBIS is a 501(c)3 non profit and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

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The Georgetown Shuck It! Oyster Festival

Oyster & Beer Lovers: mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26, 2013.
Rain or shine, Tony & Joe’s will host the first annual Georgetown Shuck It! Oyster Festival at Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront, from 2 to 6pm. The highlight of Shuck It! is the variety of oysters from Maryland, New England and Canada. The cost is $75 per person – all you can eat shucked, grilled and fried oysters. In Eastern Shore tradition, there will be steamship beef and pulled pork sandwiches to complement the local crafted beers, wines and oyster shooters. Marine Corps Marathon participants can join the pre-run fun
for just $45 with proof of race entry.
Tickets are limited and available online.

What's Fun at Shuck It!?

Jumpin' Jupiter, long hailed by many as one of Virginia's premiere rockin' and rollin' rockabilly outfits, will bring their jams to the Georgetown waterfront to keep the party at its peak all afternoon!

94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly will emcee the Oyster Marathon – an oyster eating contest, awarding first place to the fastest—just like the Marine Corps Marathon.

MCM Weekend at Tony & Joe's

MCM Finishers Brunch, Sunday, October 27
Great for spectators and celebrators. Open early for the bountiful brunch buffet at 10:00am & served until 3:30pm. Click here for the voucher.

 Lobster Celebration Dinner, Sunday, October 27
Get a lobster and a side Caesar salad for only $20! While supplies last.
Reservations recommended; call 202-944-4545.

Oyster Recovery Partnership

Shuck It! benefits the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a large-scale restoration program to plant disease-free oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay.
There will be information provided by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.



Admissions Details

We've made admission quick & easy via advance ticketing.

Adults: $30 / $27 advance

Premier Pass: $65 / $62 advance

Ages 13-20: $20

Designated Driver (non-drinker): $20

>>> BUY NOW! Buy in advance and get a discount! Advance tickets are available via MissionTix.

Bordeaux, Grand Cru, Premier?

Maryland wineries are producing incredible wines that are going head-to-head with top-rated wines of the world.
We collect some of the best wines in the state in the Premier Tent. Buy a Premier Pass and enjoy:

   • Samples of premier MD wines

   • A large (16-oz) stem ($15 value)

   • Great lite fare from local chefs

   • Discussions with winemakers

   • Free State Throwdown comparative tasting
   • And more...

Learn More About the Premier Pass >>>

Two stages of music will be on-going.  The entertainment line-up for Saturday at the Main Stage includes:  The Hep Cats, Uncle Jack, Blue Moon Big Band, and Bourbon Street Ramblers.  

Sunday’s entertainment on the main stage includes Crawdaddies, Big Cam & The Lifters, and Bourbon Street Ramblers.


Entertainment for the 2nd Stage includes:  The groups of Chris Swam and Greg Gottleib alternating throughout Saturday’s event. Sunday’s line-up includes Middle Sister and Wylde Fire.


Also, visitors to this 30th Anniversary Wine Festival will have the opportunity to bid on items at the silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, with a different inventory each day.


Sign up at the Memorabilia Tent for the hourly opportunity to receive free prizes when your name is drawn!



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