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My only regret in life is that I didn't drink enough Champagne. --John Maynard Keynes

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

Republic Undone

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.

Tickets VA May 18th

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.

Tickets DC May 21st

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!

BUY TICKETS

EVENT INFORMATION

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

Non-members: $225

VIP Packages

VIP packages include access to the VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., special parking, and much more.

Click here for more info.

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

Plus

Exhibit of Pieces from

AUTHOR’S INUIT ART COLLECTION

READING FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Followed by

$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/

TICKETS:

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.

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

*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

COUPLES: THAI DINNER RESTAURANT FAVORITES MADE EASY

Friday, May 10 7 PM $150/couple

Bring along your favorite partner - friend, colleague, spouse, or parent - for a great evening of cooking and fun together. Students rave about our Thailand dinners. Learn how easy it is to make your favorite restaurant dishes at home with our quick and easy feast: Grilled or Broiled Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad, Velvet Coconut Curry with Chicken and Colorful Oriental Vegetables, Jasmine Scented Rice from Thailand, Ginger Ice Cream with Coconut Cookies and Frosty Beer and Wine. Explore Thai ingredients, techniques, shopping hints, and Washington's top Thai restaurants. Perfect for everyday and dinner parties. Participation.

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

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.


INTRODUCTION

Vesela Sretenović, curator of Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

PART I: IN CONTEXT

Presenters

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

Panelists

Susanna Temkin, El Museo del Barrio

Benigno Trigo, Vanderbilt University

Kelly Baum, The MET Breuer

Moderator: Abigail McEwen, University of Maryland

PART III: LEGACY

Panelists

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

2-5 pm

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

photo by Donna Christenson

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

https://www.woollymammoth.net/

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

Studio Theatre

1501 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

https://www.studiotheatre.org/ Box Office - 202.332.3300

Scena Theatre

Presents

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.


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Event

11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA

Date & Time

Tuesday, Apr. 02, 2019

6:30PM

Location

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20004

Details on DCdigest Food and Wine page.