You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. -- Joe Lewis
My only regret in life is that I didn't drink enough Champagne. --John Maynard Keynes
National Museum of American History
and National Museum of the American Indian
and National Museum of the American Indian
Reopening September 25
The National Museum of American History, along with the National Museum of the American Indian, reopens to the public on Friday, September 25. They will reopen with new health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with reduced days and hours. Please visit our website or read below to learn more about planning your visit.
Here’s Which D.C.-Area Restaurants Are Offering Takeout, Delivery, And Alcohol During The Coronavirus Pandemic
DCist has posted a list that is being regularly updated as businesses announce more changes. To jump to restaurants offering carryout/delivery/alcohol, click here. To see which restaurants are closed, click here.
In mid-March, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered restaurants and bars in the District to close down to dine-in patrons. For many restaurants, this is an extremely hard pill to swallow. While it’s understood this is what’s needed to “flatten the curve,” it doesn’t make the reality any easier. Owners and managers have had to cut hours or simply lay-off workers in an effort to stem the losses.
March arts and culture tips
March on! Here's a sampling of cool events taking place.
Theater - On TodayTix Pipeline finishes at Studio today. 39 Steps continues at the wonderful Constellation on 14th. Look for the free lottery for Guys and Dolls at Fords. Silent Sky is very good there right now. Merry Wives finishes at Folger as they start their renovations. Today Tix is a good app.
1. PEREFECT ATMOSPHERE. The Environmental Film Festival March 12-22 is now live. There are still tickets for the closing night film that we posted about Jane Goodall. There are also films at the Embassy of the Netherlands, Canada, the Austrian Embassy and the French Embassy (Wine Calling – how appropriate). So many highlights! An Ethiopian film called Anbessa at AFI 3/16 and Jaclyn tells me not to miss Kifaru from Kenya on 3/20. Solas Nua also hosts the Capital Irish Film Festival next weekend at AFI. Opening Reception on thursday.
2. ROSE BLOOMS. This Friday, artist, muralist (RBG), community organizer Rose Jaffe gives a talk at and Community Workshop at one of our favorite places, The Washington Studio School (take one of their classes!). It’s free. Following the lecture and conversation, Rose will guide participants through the process of using images and text to create a simple but powerful poster to convey each unique idea. Light refreshments and all materials will be provided. Register here.
3. FRENCH KISSES. The Francophonie Festival arrives in March. It looks like they are still tweaking the schedule – usually ends with the Grand Fete at the French Embassy. Stay tuned. The Embassy of the Ivory Coast has a Cultural Diversity Day next Saturday. Register here. The New African Film Festival takes place at AFI from March 5-19 - Always really interesting fare.
4. AMEN CORNER. While a spectacular production of The Amen Corner continues at Shakespeare Theater, The National Museum of African American History and Culture will host Amen, Brother Baldwin: Explorations Of The Religious And Performative Dimensions Of James Baldwin on March 8. Tickets are free here. On March 19 they will hold a A Seat At The Table: A Conversation About Food Equity And Sustainability. It’s a community dinner and discussion - $25 for members or $35. Sounds pretty cool - tickets here. And the esteemed Berkley Center holds a lunch at Georgetown U on Tuesday. Register here.
5. CZECHS AND BALANCES. Delve into and evening of "Bohemian Stories," an illustrated history of Czechs in the United States, with author Renáta Fučíková, March 5 at the Czech Embassy. Register here. Ever been to an opening at the Korean Cultural Center? A little crowded but they manage to feed everyone. Register here for March 6.
6. GALLERIES. On Wednesday the beautiful new Goethe Institut at 14th and R hosts the closing for its bauhaus.photo exhibit: A Special Selection of Photos from the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. Register here. Both Addison Ripley and Watergate have receptions next Saturday at 5. Mark your calendars for AU Katzen on April 4. Printmakers in Georgetown displays next on March 14.
7. COOL EVENT. On March 22, The EDCJCC hosts THE 21%: THE LIVES OF ARAB CITIZENS OF ISRAEL. There will be a film, a conversation and some tastings. Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel—the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef—is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on traditional dishes. Get Pay what you choose tickets here. EDCJCC’s JxJ has a wonderful new cinema showing awesome independent films. See schedule here.
8. EARLY MOTHERS DAY. I’ll always do anything at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. On March 11, they will have Motherhood Redux, a poetry reading and wine reception for just $15, $12 for members. Listen to Camille Dungy, Tina Chang, and Beth Ann Fennelly read their work about motherhood. Get your ticket here.
9. MORE MORAN IS BETTER. The Kennedy Center continues to have lots of cool stuff. They will celebrate the director Ana Duvernay in March with a bigtime showing of 13th with Jason Moran doing live music on March 9. A Wrinkle in Time will be free on March 14 at the awesome Reach. Selma will play on March 15. Moran also hosts a Fats Waller Dance Party on April 25 that we might do a meetup for.
10. WOMEN AND MIGRATION. On March 10, Join NYU Washington, DC in welcoming NYU Tisch's Deb Willis and Ellyn Toscano for this special DC Dialogue on Women and Migration(s). This panel’s perspective on migration seeks to capture a breadth of experience: an account of the migration of women is the totality of many stories. Register here. Free.
Enjoy and come on out!
GIN WEEK D.C
March 1st – March 6th
Ginworld is taking over Washington DC for the 4th year with gin education and cocktail events around the District to showcase the exciting spectrum that is Gin.
Sunday March 1st – Ginworld Kickoff Party at Service Bar DC
Monday March 2nd - Monday March 2nd 11am - 5 pm at Hook Hall Ginworld Symposium USA. - day long symposium showcasing some of the best minds in the industry and the category of gin.
Tues March 3rd Casino Royale Themed Ginworld Pop Up at the Gibson DC
Weds March 4th Ginworld Martini vs Negroni Takeover at The Gin Joint
Thurs March 5th Ginworld Gin Rickey Takeover at Wisdom DC’s Original Gin Bar
Friday March 6th Gin Tastings at Batch 13 Friday March 6th 6-8pm - 1724 14th St NW, Washington D.C.
The Critics are RAVING about
Le Cabaret de Carmen!
"Le Cabaret de Carmen is a haunting, beautiful spin on the popular tragedy... entrancing from its languid opening to its dramatic finale." -Rachael Goldberg, Broadway World
"It is opera for those unafraid of art's raw power." -Whitney Fishburn, DC Metro Theater Arts
"A Carmen for our time, the production... must be seen." -Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene
Bizet’s opera comes to life in a unique and intimate tango-cabaret experience. As audiences sit at tables with performers, a tango-ensemble brings a beloved music to life up close and personal, and the ultimate femme-fatale begins her intoxicating and immortal chanteuse performance. Performed in a breath-taking and unforgettable 90 minutes, an evening of laughter surrounds this darkly unfolding tragedy loved the world over.
All performances at Source Theatre 1835 14th St NW
January 10 at 8 pm - IN & OUT Pride night with champagne toast; 6:30 inclusive introductory tango class and on-stage dancing
January 11 at 8 pm - 6:30 introductory tango class and on-stage dancing
January 12 at 3 pm
January 17 at 8 pm - 6:30 advanced tango class and on-stage dancing
January 18 at 3 pm and 8 pm
January 19 at 3 pm
Step into LE CABARET DE CARMEN
with pre-show tango lessons and on-stage dancing.
Complete your evening out at LE CABARET DE CARMEN with a pre-show tango lesson and dancing on stage. All lessons start at 6:30 pm at SOURCE (1835 14th Street NW). $10 suggested donation taken at the door.
1/10 - Inclusive beginner lesson by Tango Mercurio in celebration of IN&OUT Pride Night (use code PRIDE for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket purchase)
1/11 - Beginner tango lesson (use code TANGO for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket puchase)
1/17 - Advanced tango lesson (use code TANGO for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket purchase)
IN Series: Opera that Speaks. Theater that Sings
Calling all DC foodies! Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Lidia Bastianich and Myron Mixon are headed to town THIS WEEKEND for MetroCooking DC! Join them Saturday and Sunday, Nov 16-17 at the Washington Convention Center for the top culinary event of the season! Get your tickets at MetroCookingDC.com or check Groupon for discounted tickets. There’s also a BBQ Bash, a Grand Tasting Pavilion and a Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden; separate tickets to these events include General Admission for that day to a full schedule of activities at MetroCooking DC.
PostClassical Ensemble Offers Three Concerts combining
Classical and Native American Music and Dance
On Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm at the National Cathedral (The Great Nave) PostClassical Ensemble, along with the musicians from the Lakota Music Project (South Dakota), the Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy, Bryan Akipa, Dakota flute, Emmanuel Black Bear, singer, William Sharp, baritone Netanel Draiblate, violin, Emanuele Arciuli, piano, PCE conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez will present a performance of Native American music and dance, highlighting composers that have been influenced by the culture and music.
On Saturday, October 19, 2:00pm at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian members of SDSO and the Lakota Music Project will present a performance featuring Lakota singer Emmanuel Black Bear singing with hand drum and NEA National Treasure Bryan Akipa, Dakota cedar flutist.
On Monday, October 21, 7:30pm – at the National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel members of SDSO; The Dakota String Quartet, Dakota Wind Quintet and the Lakota Music Project perform in the final performance of the Post-Classical Ensemble’s Native American Festival.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
10th ANNUAL ITALIAN WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL SAINT MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Oct 12th, 2019
Wine Tastings Noon to 5 PM
Italian Food Served Throughout Afternoon
Tasting Over 75 Italian Wines, Limoncello, Liqueurs, Prosecco, Bellinis
Italian Trivia Contests for Prizes * Artisan Italian Cheese Tastings
Other Foods for Tasting from Shop * Live Italian Music & more
Bocce Ball * Columbus in Person – Come Meet Him!
Discounts in List of St. Michaels Shops Provided at Event with Wristbands
$35/ Person Per Day includes Wine & Food * $10 Designated Drive * Kids Free
Under Tents at 104 Railroad Ave
Simpatico1@verizon.net or 410-745-0345
Purchase tickets on www.simpaticostmichaels.com/Events or www.localwineevents.com
WINE, FOOD & CERAMIC SPECIALS STOCK UP ON YOUR FAVORITES!!!
Theatre Week Kickoff Party - Free Event
45+ Theatre Organizations, Performance All Day, Children’s Programming
on the SouthWest Waterfront at Arena Stage
Washington, DC – August 26, 2019 – The 2019 Theatre Week Kickoff Party celebrates the launch of the 2019-2020 theatre season and the start of Theatre Week in the Washington region. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 11am-4pm at Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater. It is a free event and tickets are available through the TodayTix app and website. More details on DCdigest's Theater & Music
Virginia Wine Festival NEW LOCATION - One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA!
VIP Tickets Nearly Sold Out....
Taste & Purchase 200+ VA Wines
- VA Wineries & Cideries Listed Below
44th Annual Virginia Wine Festival®
The East Coast's Longest Running Wine Festival
One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA!
October 19th & 20th, 2019
Fresh VA Oysters Shucked Fresh...
Schlurp Them Down with Cold VA Wines!
VA Craft Brews and VA Oyster Pavilion
Presented by Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association
Check Out the Website: http://virginiawinefest.com/
PULITZER PRIZE-FINALIST RAJIV JOSEPH HAS “AN EAR FOR THE HEARTBEAT OF THE MOMENT” IN
DESCRIBE THE NIGHT
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
May 27 - 30, 2019: Pay What You Will and other preview performances
Describe the Night runs from May 31 - June 23, 2019
In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies, and blood.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
woollymammoth.net // 202.393.3939
641 D Street NW Washington, DC 20004
Judy Harris Cooking School
2402 Nordok Place , Alexandria, VA 22306 Website: judyharris.com
CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS!
FUN COOKING CLASSES FOR EVERYONE
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
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
AMAZING PARTY HORS D'OEUVRES
Saturday, June 1 6 PM $75
Entertain this Spring & Summer 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 and for picnics too. We'll sit down to a bountiful Hors D'oeuvres Buffet with some Sparkling! Participation.
COUPLES: SURF & TURF DINNER & SUMMER HERB GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, June 29 6 PM $170/couple
By popular demand!
Bring along your favorite partner - friend, colleague, spouse, or parent - for a great evening of cooking and fun together:
Seared Rib Eye Steaks with Bearnaise Tarragon Garlic Butter, Grilled or Broiled Sesame Rosemary Shrimp Brochettes, Smashed Red Skin Potatoes with Pick Your own Garden Chives and Chocolate Ice Box Cake with Creme Chantilly Swirls, warm Belgium Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Mint Springs. Wow! All toasted with wine! Tour our culinary herb and edible flowers garden. Pick your own bouquets of herbs to take home for your home cooking. Participation.
FUN PRIVATE GROUP CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR BIRTHDAYS, TEAM BUILDING, ETC. ON REQUEST!!
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Watch for our exciting New Schedule Autumn 2019
Curated Previous Events Listed Below
Tickets now available for DC & Virginia performances!
We live in a Wilsonian America. We began with a Madisonian America. Against the backdrop of World War I, John Henry’s Republic Undone dramatizes the conflict over the meaning of the American Revolution -- what it means to be an American.
May 18th: Stone Hill Amphitheater. At 7 p.m. George Mason's Green Machine Band will perform a pre-show musical assortment. Etlan Little Country Store BBQ truck. The play begins at 8 pm and runs a little more than an hour.
May 21st: Hosted at the Woman's National Democratic Club. Cocktail bar open at 6:30 pm, light snacks included. The performance begins at 7 pm.
More details on DCdigest Theater page
Meet our ZooFari: Bite Night celebrity chefs!
ZooFari: Bite Night, a benefit for wildlife at the National Zoo on May 16!
Luigi Diotaiuti, the chef/owner of Al Tiramisu and Aperto, a world-renowned authority on Italian cooking and sommelier who has brought his farm-to-table ethos to restaurants, to the world of books, and to TV for four decades.
Cathal Armstrong, the chef/owner of Kaliwa—which is on Washingtonian's 100 best restaurants list for 2019—and the former chef/owner of Restaurant Eve. (He's also an eight-time James Beard Awards nominee.)
Tim Ma, who fights food waste as the chef/owner of American Son at the Eaton DC hotel.
ZooFari is the longest-running gourmet tasting event in D.C. Show your support for FONZ and the Zoo's species-saving mission while sampling delicious food and wine, visiting the animal houses after-hours, bidding on items at the silent auction tent, and more!
Thursday, May 16
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Exclusive pre-party 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
General Admission Tickets
FONZ members: $175
VIP packages include access to the VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., special parking, and much more.
ZooFari is a 21+, rain or shine event. No babies, children, or strollers will be allowed to enter.
Friends of the National Zoo helps the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species by raising funds to support its mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring our members and guests.
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park | 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Reading & Art Exhibit
at The Arts Club of Washington
The Open Door, and Other Tales of Love and Yearning
BY JORAM PIATIGORSKY
Exhibit of Pieces from
AUTHOR’S INUIT ART COLLECTION
READING FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm
$40 DINNER RECEPTION (optional)
Includes wine bar & buffet dinner
6:30 pm. Reception and Art Exhibition
7:00 pm Reading by Author plus Q&A by Sandra Beasley
8:00 pm Reception Dinner
Enjoy a reading from Joram Piatigorsky new book The Open Door, and Other Tales of Love and Yearning, his new book of short stories, released April 2nd by Adelaide Books.
He also will present part of his Inuit art collection (one of the largest in the U.S.) – which served as the inspiration for many of the whimsical, artistic, and inviting stories that will greet you at The Open Door.
Inuit art refers to artwork produced by Inuit people, that is, people of the Arctic. The Inuit, through their artistic works, which include carvings and sculptures, express their culture and the natural beauty of the Arctic. Inuit Art Carvings often depict the animals of the Arctic or figures that represent Inuit folklore, mythology and religion, which took the form of nature worship. Read more on Joram’s Inuit Beautiful Blog.
Joram is the son of the Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and Baroness Jacqueline de Rothschild. His recent memoir, “The Speed of Dark”, which blends a lifetime in science studying eyes and genetics with the mystery and beauty of art, will also be available for purchase.
Arts Club’s well known writer and former Literary Events chair Sandra Beasley will be conducting an interview with Joram about his writing.
“Joram Piatigorsky audaciously weaves the fantastic with the familiar to show what love can do to those who yearn for it.
Nothing is impossible in the worlds he creates, while the characters who experience the startling transformations that occur could be ourselves.
Surprise and recognition are the hallmarks of these utterly original and delightful stories.”
– Kate Blackwell, author of You Won't Remember This: Stories
“The prose is precise, and their characters surprise with their longing to change their lives, when they struggle to make sense of their histories, and when they find beauty in uncommon places and persons.”
· – Sergio Troncoso, author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories
“The stories in Joram Piatigorsky’s The Open Door are full of imagination, curiosity, and human longing. A lively, engaging read.”
– Elizabeth Poliner, author, As Close to Us as Breathing
Events and more about author : https://www.jorampiatigorsky.com/
MEMBER RSVP WITH DINNER $40 - due now: $ 0
PUBLIC RSVP WITH DINNER $40 - due now: $ 40
RSVP LECTURE ONLY (free): $ 0
RSVP on Club website link above.
ART SYMPOSIUM AT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
In conjunction with the first museum retrospective of Zilia Sánchez, The Phillips Collection has organized a symposium to discuss Sánchez’s work in a broader context. The first part, In Context, features presentations by prominent art historians that frame Sánchez’s work within the trans-national development of modernism in Cuba, the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. The second part, Curatorial and Scholarly Perspectives, discusses the positioning of Sánchez’s work in museum collections and scholarly research. The third part, Legacy, introduces Sánchez’s former students (and now accomplished artists), sheds light on the preservation and conservation of the artist's stretched canvases, and touches on current issues in the field of Latin American art.
Ticket reservations for the symposium include untimed exhibition entry to Zilia Sanchez: Soy Isla, along with regular entry to the permanent collection, and can be redeemed for general entry anytime during museum hours on the date of the lecture.
Vesela Sretenović, curator of Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)
PART I: IN CONTEXT
Alejandro Anreus, William Paterson University
Edward J. Sullivan, New York University
Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio
PART II: CURATORIAL & SCHOLARLY PERSPECTIVES
Susanna Temkin, El Museo del Barrio
Benigno Trigo, Vanderbilt University
Kelly Baum, The MET Breuer
Moderator: Abigail McEwen, University of Maryland
PART III: LEGACY
Carlos Enrique Rodríguez, NYC-based artist
Jorge González, San Juan-based artist
Irene Esteves, University of Puerto Rico
Michele Greet, George Mason University
Moderator: Taína Caragol, National Portrait Gallery
Saturday, April 13
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW.
Metro: Dupont Circle (Q Street exit)
Tickets for the symposium include admission to the museum all day. Get them at https://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2019-04-13-symposium
See photos from the exhibit on the DCdigest page at https://www.dcdigest.com/museums-zoos-galleries
The Peculiar Patriot
Now Playing thru April 20, 2019
Written and Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson
Directed by Talvin Wilks
Presented in association with National Black Theatre and Hi-ARTS
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
woollymammoth.net // 202.393.3939
641 D Street NW Washington, DC 20004
more details on DCdigest Theater page
PYGMALION MEETS MTV’S THE REAL WORLD IN STUDIO THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE
P.Y.G. OR THE MIS-EDUMACATION OF DORIAN BELLE
The blistering comedy follows a Bieber-esque pop star from Toronto as he tries to shed his squeaky-clean image by hiring up-and-coming Chicago rap duo Petty Young Goons (P.Y.G.) to school him in the history, culture, and vernacular of hip-hop… all before the hungry eyes of the viewing public on reality television. Drawing inspiration from Shaw’s Pygmalion (which inspired the musical My Fair Lady) and the voyeurism of MTV’s The Real World, Chisholm ruminates on the power of transformation and narrative ownership as his characters take turns trying to cash in on the other’s cultural currency, whether it be street cred, public visibility, or crossover potential.
Runs April 3 – April 28, 2019
1501 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
https://www.studiotheatre.org/ Box Office - 202.332.3300
BECKETT TRIO & PINTER REP
by Samuel Beckett (Ireland) and Harold Pinter (UK)
directed by Robert McNamara (DC / US)
Previews: Fri April 5 (8 pm) | Sat April 6 (3 & 8 pm) | Sun April 7 (3 & 7 pm)
Performances: April 8 – May 5, 2019
$15 – $45 | Mon – Sat 8:00 pm | Sat & Sun 3:00 pm & 7pm
Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Don't miss this series of bold, short plays by two theatre giants.
Celebrate two theatre giants & Nobel Prize winners in a trio of plays by both—now playing in Rep. Ireland’s Beckett is the architect of absurdism. His brazen form of black comedy rages on with three of his most riveting classics in “Beckett Trio, Part 2”: Ohio Impromptu, Come and Go, and Catastrophe. Then, on separate nights, we present “Pinter Rep” by the master of modernism, London’s Pinter and it includes: One for the Road, Mountain Language, The New World Order, and The Pres and An Officer. Political at times, both legends will provoke your brain and stoke your emotions. Catch our month-long tribute to the greatest Thespians of the 20th Century.
11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA
Date & Time
Tuesday, Apr. 02, 2019
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004