Dec
15
to Nov 12

Portraits of the World: Switzerland

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"Portraits of the World: Switzerland" is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the National Portrait Gallery will showcase a portrait created by an international artist affiliated with the lending country. The featured work for 2017-18 is Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi by the great Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler, on loan from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva. Hodler's experimentation with the abstract elements of color, line and expression created a vibrant new mode of Swiss art at the dawn of the twentieth century. December 15th - November 12, 2018.

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Jan
4
to Oct 28

Jackson Pollock's Mural

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A special installation in the Gallery’s East Building features Mural (1943) by Jackson Pollock, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, the early painting is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long, and represents a major turning point in the seminal artist’s career and style. On display until October 28, 2018.

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Jan
18
to Dec 31

Americans

American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. The images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, and from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the familiar historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain popular reference points in everyday conversations. Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It will surround visitors with images, delve into the three stories, and invite them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.

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Feb
7
to Oct 14

Orchids at the US Botanical Garden

Come immerse yourself in our annual orchid show, presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent, and many other aspects. Visit the USBG Conservatory to explore thousands of amazing orchid blooms arranged in captivating displays, and appreciate many unique, rarely seen orchids from the USBG's and Smithsonian Gardens' extensive plant collections. January 31st - October 15th, 2018.

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May
4
to Jul 22

A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA

The National Sporting Library & Museum is the opening venue for the major traveling exhibition of eighty-four paintings organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) with representative masterpieces of the genre-including works by George Stubbs, Sir Francis Grant, John Frederick Herring, Benjamin Marshall, and George Morland- celebrates Paul Mellon's gift of British sporting art to the VMFA. It also proposes a fresh look at sporting art within wider social and artistic contexts, including the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the transformation of the British countryside, the evolutionary history of the horse and other animals, and society's changing habits and customs.

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Jun
28
to Sep 16

Heavy Metal Exhibit at The National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Heavy Metal, the fifth installment in NMWA's Women to Watch exhibition series, showcases contemporary artists working in metal. The exhibition series is presented every two to three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and participating outreach committees. The 20 committees participating in Women to Watch 2018 worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with metal. From this list, NMWA curators selected the artists whose work is on view in Heavy Metal. Featured artists in Heavy Metal investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of objects, including sculpture, jewelry, and conceptual forms. Works in the exhibition range from large-scale installations to small objects intended for personal adornment; these disparate works are fashioned out of iron, steel, bronze, silver, gold, brass, tin, aluminum, copper, and pewter. This exhibition seeks to disrupt the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds metalworking and demonstrate that contemporary women artists carry on a vibrant legacy in the field.

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Jul
2
to Jul 31

History Has Its Eyes on You: George Washington & Alexander Hamilton

Beginning Saturday, May 26, the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center will display four new Washington-Hamilton objects in the space that will highlight the vital partnership and friendship between these two founding fathers in its new temporary exhibit, "History has its eyes on you": George Washington & Alexander Hamilton. The exhibit features an engraving of Hamilton standing beside General Washington of the British surrender at Yorktown. Hamilton appears just behind George Washington, who is flanked by French and American officers. As Washington's aide, Hamilton drafted much of Washington's correspondence during the Revolutionary War. A letter from Washington, in Hamilton's handwriting, will be on view in "History has its eyes on you": George Washington & Alexander Hamilton exhibit. A condolence letter to Martha Washington from Hamilton following Washington's death will also be on view in addition to a letter from Martha to Eliza Hamilton.

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Jul
2
to Jul 31

Ferris Wheel at National Harbor

As you soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront, you will marvel at the incomparable views. Sights visible include the National Cathedral, Washington Monument, Masonic Temple, City of Alexandria, Prince George's County, and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

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Jul
2
to Jan 13

Fabergé Rediscovered

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Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the fascinating histories that surround them. Now, a special exhibition at Hillwood will unveil new discoveries relating to its own collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works.

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Jul
2
to Sep 12

Hamilton

Winner of 11 Tony Awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Price for Drama, Hamilton is one of Broadway's biggest hits. From the mind of 2015 MacArthur Genius grant recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow's landmark bestselling biography comes a new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever change America, Alexander Hamilton. Tony Award-winner Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down. June 12th-September 16, 2018.

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Jul
2
to Jul 31

Largest Matisse Exhibit

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The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 works of art-including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.

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Jul
4
to Sep 5

Fun House Exhibit

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Fun House, designed by Snarkitecture, is the latest in the Museum's imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall. Fun House is Snarkitecture's first comprehensive museum exhibition, examining the prolific activities of the studio throughout the entirety of the Great Hall. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the heart of the exhibition is presented within a Snarkitecture-designed house-a freestanding structure that recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home. Fun House includes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects, like Dig (2011) and Drift (2012), as well as new concepts developed for the Museum. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio's peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment.

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Jul
7
to Jul 29

Capital Fringe Festival

At Capital Fringe our focus is on expanding audiences appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art. Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of the DC's independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.

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Jul
11
to Aug 1

Jane Austen Film Festival

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Join The Dumbarton House for the 7th annual Jane Austen Film Festival. Tickets are $6 per film or $20 for all four films. Become a museum member and get in for free, plus have early entry! Every Wednesday from July 11 to August 1st, 2018.

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Jul
19
to Jul 22

Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations

Don't miss this electrifying new musical about "the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more.

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Jul
23
to Jul 28

Loudoun County Fair

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The Loudoun County Fair is a chance for cityfolk to get a taste of the country, with lawnmower races, a petting zoo, goat showmanship, a kiss-a-pig contest, a real-deal rodeo, milking demonstrations, a poultry parade, an egg toss contest, sack races, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, and more

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Jul
27
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Garden Tour

Like the historic 1816 mansion, Tudor Place's grounds evolved over time. Join us for a guided tour of the property's 5½-acre landscape. Hear the stories of the people who created and cared for the gardens for over two hundred years in this quiet retreat in bustling Georgetown.

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Jul
28
to Aug 5

Citi Bank Tennis Open Tournament

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Citi's presence in Washington, D.C. spans over a century, and Citi continues to help those in the nation's capital on their journey from ambition to achievement with its sponsorship of the Citi Open. The tournament's owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), is a non-profit organization that has been improving the lives of underserved youth in the Washington D.C. area for more than 50 years by using tennis as an entry point to share life lessons with young people. Citi is proud to partner with the WTEF to enable growth and progress in the Washington D.C. community and help set young people on the path towards reaching their full potential.

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Jul
31
to Aug 26

The Color Purple

The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times), directed by Tony® winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

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Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Garden Tour

Like the historic 1816 mansion, Tudor Place’s grounds evolved over time. Join us for a guided tour of the property’s 5½-acre landscape. Hear the stories of the people who created and cared for the gardens for over two hundred years in this quiet retreat in bustling Georgetown.

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Jul
10
8:00 PM20:00

Georgetown Sunset Cinema

Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and head to the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park to view films with the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge. Films start at sunset--around 8:30/8:45 p.m. Arrive early to picnic and to get the best seating!

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Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Phillips After 5: Mateship

July 4th commemorates 100 years of Mateship between the United States and Australia! The date marks the anniversary of the first time our troops fought side by side in an offensive action, at the Battle of Hamel on France's Western Front. Come find your mate at Phillips after 5 and learn about US and Australia facts. Sample Aussie Little Creatures beer and enjoy the electrifying jazz + neo Afro-Soul-blues-reggae-funk-rock-folk sounds of Akua Allrich and her band.

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Second City;s Generation Gap Comedy Show

Chicago comedy institution The Second City will present a new show created for Kennedy Center audiences. From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, The Second City's twelve-week summer run of Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X? takes you on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in this two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages.

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Dinner with a View at POV

Once you're ready to see and be seen, ascend to POV, W Washington's DC iconic rooftop lounge. Ensure you are dressed to impress, as your fashion statement is just as meaningful as your political one. Break through the red tape of DC with views of the White House normally reserved for those elected to office. Inspired by three contextual insights local to D.C., social, physical and historical, the design of POV reflects these insights through its design details. Designed to transition from casual daytime brunches overlooking the monuments of D.C., to a hub of nightlife and cocktail culture at night, POV features various seating zones ranging from communal tables to VIP banquettes. The space creates an intersection where the various parties of D.C. can mingle and enjoy the W Washington DC's unique programming centered on its passion points of Music, Fashion, Design and Cocktail Culture

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Brew at the Zoo

Drink beer. Save wildlife! Join Friends of the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.'s best beer festival on July 19. Enjoy great times and great brews with unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries, exotic animal encounters, live music and entertainment, and fare from popular food trucks-it's a unique after-hours Zoo experience. Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's mission to save species

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Hiking at Sky Meadows State Park

With a large picnic area and many interconnecting trails, including the newer James Ball, Corporal Morgan, and Hadows trails, Sky Meadows Park has become a popular destination for families and more experienced hikers alike. The lower trials pass through rolling fields and cross babbling brooks, with the upper trails above Bleak House providing spectacular views of the Piedmont. The 7.1 mile circuit hike we describe here takes you through the lower trails and pastures along several creeks, then heads uphill on the South Ridge to the North Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail (AT). The meadows in this section of the circuit are similar to the high meadows found on Cold Mountain in the southwestern part of Virginia. Finally descend back towards the parking area and pass the Piedmont Overlook, the best vista of the circuit.

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Jul
1
10:30 AM10:30

First Sunday Arts Festival

First Sunday Arts Festivals goes big for July 1st. This will be the largest First Sunday Arts Festival yet as the festival expands further up West Street in front of the Loews Annapolis Hotel with more artists. The festival is also expanding into the parking lot on Calvert Street across from Whitmore Park to bring a Farmers Market to Downtown Annapolis during First Sunday Arts Festivals. "This will allow the festival to reduce the size of the wait list of artists wanting to get into the festival and help a new farmers market get re-established for residents in downtown Annapolis." says Erik Evans, Executive Director of the Annapolis Arts District and Downtown Annapolis Partnership. The festival will be offering free tote bags to the first 100 farmers market customers on July 1st.

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May
28
10:00 AM10:00

National Memorial Day Parade

The National Memorial Day Parade, held annually along Constitution Avenue in our nation's capital - Washington, DC - shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations. The parade, commemorating its fourteenth year, is our nation's largest Memorial Day event, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.

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May
23
6:00 PM18:00

26th Annual Spring Garden Party

Tudor Place's most significant fundraiser and a glamorous "must" on the local calendar. Chairs Amy Gross and Megan Paleologos invite you to an elegant party on the South Lawn to support Tudor Place and to honor the memory of Elizabeth Powell, their friend and a friend to the museum. Elizabeth Powell called Tudor Place her "backyard before she had a backyard." She spoke fondly of the fun she and her children enjoyed exploring it. Creative and selfless, Elizabeth brought extraordinary verve and dedication to the Tudor Place Board when she joined it in 2012. She and her husband Jeff were faithful supporters of the museum and its Garden Party, which she chaired in 2015. Her enthusiasm helped the museum reach new audiences and supporters, emphasizing its value to the community. The Spring Garden Party is Tudor Place's most significant annual fundraiser, helping fund education, operations, and preservation of the historic house and its 5½-acre landscape.

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May
22
4:00 PM16:00

The Fashionable Life of Dina Merrill

Marjorie Merriweather Post's youngest daughter, Nedinia Marjorie Hutton, known professionally as "Dina Merrill" began her career as a fashion model working for Vogue during the 1940s and 1950s. Frequently working with photographers John Rawlings and Richard Avedon, Merrill appeared in countless editorials and features throughout her life. As a film actress, Merrill was dressed by top costume designers including Helen Rose and Charles Le Maire. Later, Merrill entered the beauty and cosmetics industry with a vested interest in creating products for others suffering from sensitive skin. Though she adhered to a simple idiom: "I like clothes that I wear-that don't wear me," Dina Merrill remains entwined with twentieth century Fashion as she epitomized American elegance and ease in her public wardrobe.

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May
22
to Jul 8

Camelot

Amid mystical forests and grand castles, Camelot tells a beloved tale of a leader's integrity, courage and empathy-a chronicle of the struggle for civilization and goodness in a world accustomed to violence and hate. With the legendary story of King Arthur's Round Table, doomed romance and a stunning score ("If Ever I Would Leave You," "I Loved You Once in Silence"), Camelot has won the hearts of generations of musical theatre lovers.

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May
21
to May 31

Americans and the Holocaust Exhibition

Five years in the making, the Museum is opening a groundbreaking exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust. This exhibition is a portrait of American society in the 1930s and '40s that shows what shaped Americans' responses to Nazism. We ask why, if Americans knew so much, rescuing Jews didn't become a priority, except for a few who went against the grain to help.

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May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Taste of Arlington

Ballston's 31st Annual taste of Arlington is the largest food, beer, music, kids & dog festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington's food scene and attracting nearly 25,000 people. The exciting and highly anticipated festival transforms downtown Ballston into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music, and entertainment for all ages. Taste of Arlington is located along Wilson boulevard from N. Randolph Street to N. Lincoln Street.

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May
19
to Jun 16

rebirth::Washington, DC 50 Years After 1968

The 1960s was a decade of upheaval. Post-World War II suburbanization had left American cities economically fragile and socially stratified. An unpopular and seemingly endless war in Vietnam was fueling dissent. And racial inequality remained despite the continuing struggle for civil rights. rebirth::Washington DC 50 Years after 1968 examines architecture's role in the city's rebirth. Organized geographically by neighborhood and chronologically by completion, it presents significant projects in each area that have served as catalysts for change. Through June 1st, 2018.

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May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Jazz in the Garden

The free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles-Traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, Ska, Funk, Blues, Pan-Caribbean salsa, boogaloo, Go-go, and more. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Sculpture Garden but may be purchased at the café. Jazz in the Garden takes place in the Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the National Gallery of Art every Friday evening May 18 - August 24, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:30pm.

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May
17
4:00 PM16:00

Embassy Chef Challenge

The 10th anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA celebrates culinary diplomacy and provides a uniquely DC opportunity to taste authentic food & drinks from embassy chefs representing all regions of the world. An array of international performances including musicians and dancers provide the entertainment throughout the evening. In no other city can you experience in a single evening the array of delicious, authentically-prepared global cuisine and diverse, live cultural performances. Cultural diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of the Challenge. Attendees must bring an empty stomach, open mind and be prepared to take a journey around the world.

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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Concert Series: Friday Morning Music Club

oin the Dumbarton House on Tuesdays at noon for free chamber music concerts presented by the Friday Morning Music Club. Concerts are held in the museum's Belle Vue Room, which can be accessed through the lower terrace off the parking lot. Groups are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. RSVPs encouraged, but not required.J

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Georgetown Garden Tour

The tour will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, and features some of Georgetown's most intriguing gardens, open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Garden Tour has featured a wide variety of gardens from spacious sweeping lawns and majestic trees to intimate outside rooms

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May
11
4:00 PM16:00

The Wiz

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum's magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, "The Wiz" is a musical feast featuring soul, gospel, R&B and pop. Rediscover the power of courage, heart, brains and friendship.

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May
10
4:00 PM16:00

Arena Stage Gala

Broadway's Maurice Hines and singer-songwriter Mary McBride will join this gala event, at which Mayor Muriel Bowser will receive the Beth Schwartz Award in recognition of her commitment to and support of the arts. All proceeds from the event, which will include a cocktail reception and a seat dinner, support Arena Stage's award-winning artistic productions and community engagement programs.

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