Parallax Gap transforms the Renwick Gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a visual puzzle. This immersive, site-specific installation explores examples of interplay between craft and architecture through a ceiling-suspended structure running the length of the Renwick’s iconic gallery. The installation embraces both Eastern and Western concepts of perspective through trompe l’oeil effects and multiple vanishing points to create a sense of soaring architectural volume. July 1, 2017- February 11, 2018.
American by Belief, a special exhibit running from fall 2015 to fall 2018 at President Lincoln’s Cottage, introduces the public to Abraham Lincoln’s little known immigration policies. Lincoln believed that America offered immigrants the full realization of its founding promises and a fair chance to succeed. Some of these very principles continue to draw immigrants to the United States 150 years later. American by Belief will be on exhibit until October 2018
Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Washington, D.C. takes visitors on a visual journey through the capital city as it was illustrated through postcards from the early-to-mid 20th century. Organized by AIA|DC, the exhibition features over 300 vintage postcards reproduced from collections held at the DC Public Library, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and National Building Museum. The exhibition highlights sightseeing, transportation, street scenes, museum and government buildings, commercial establishments, sacred spaces, and parks. July 10-September 8, 2017.
One of the most important post-World War II artists in Germany, Markus Lüpertz helped chronicle and shape the postwar image of his country, achieving enormous success across Europe. Astonishingly, this is his first major museum retrospective in the United States. This exhibition, organized in close collaboration with the artist himself, explores his five-decade career, from his earliest works—the perplexing “dithyrambs” and provocative manipulations of German motifs, such as helmets and fields of wheat—to the more recent paintings that are redolent with mythological subject matter and art historical allusions. Through September 3rd, 2017.
Revival presents contemporary women sculptors and photo-based artists whose arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter spur the viewer into a transcendent encounter with the art object. Spectacle and visual enchantment undergird much contemporary art. Yet the artists gathered here harness the illimitability of scale, technique, and effect in sculpture and photography explicitly to reanimate deep-rooted emotions related to the human experience. Their imagery elicits a ripple of exhilaration, a shiver of fear, or a wave of anxiety rather than merely tantalizing the eye. Through September 10th, 2017.
European art in the later nineteenth century was defined as much by new interpretations of subject matter as by experimentation with artistic styles and techniques. This is especially true of the way artists depicted women and children. By the last quarter of the century, the Academic nude female and the Realist peasant woman were types of the past. Their place was taken by the fashionably dressed, urban female who was represented as stylish, graceful, and beautiful. This “new woman,” as she was called, lived a life of leisure: she strolled on the beach, performed an operatic scene, rested with her child, or simply adopted a pose to make a striking impression. Similarly, artists no longer depicted children as small adults, but as playful, sometimes rebellious youngsters. Through March 2018.
Ron Daniels’ “enrichingly nuanced” (The Washington Post) production of Othello returns for the 27th annual Free For All, a beloved Washington tradition. Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello turns on his new bride Desdemona and his loyal lieutenant Cassio, and rapidly spirals from hero to murderer in one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies. Performances run August 15th- August 27th, 2017.
Step into imaginary territory of lines, dots, and letters, and immerse yourself into this virtual playground of four dimensions: X (horizontal), Y (vertical), Z (depth), and T (time). XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed French contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. The interactive show offers an exploratory physical experience through ten digital landscapes and opened to public June 1st through September 3rd, 2017.
Donavon Frankenreiter's new album, "The Heart," officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter's second decade as a solo recording artist. It's been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He's raising a family and nurturing two creative careers-one onstage, one in the waves-but on top of all that, he's still learning what makes him tick.
A charming manor house resort and spa, the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond sits in beautiful gardens that reach down to the gentle waters of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Steeped in history and style, this rural retreat enjoys a reputation as one of the best luxury resorts in Maryland. While just a pleasant drive from Washington, D.C. and less than two hours from Baltimore and Philadelphia, it could be a world away. Relaxation is the order of the day: lounge in the fabulous Linden Spa, float in the infinity pool or savor seafood in the gastronomic restaurant. Stroll into St. Michaels to discover intriguing antiques shops—or set out to sea on a yacht or heritage craft.
Since 2010, the 17th Street Festival celebrates 17th Street and its diversity of restaurants and retailers. The festival features an entertainment stage, including djs, dance troupes, bands, and drag performances throughout the day. There are 100 vendors, with more than 50 artists displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors include area nonprofit organizations, politicians, entrepreneurs, and local businesses.
The Maryland festival, which attracts an average of 14,700 visitors each day, pays homage to the period with live performances on eight stages, a jousting arena, and dozens of intriguing street acts in an English village that spreads across 25 acres. The annual event is fun for all ages and an interesting way to learn about Henry VIII and his royal court. At the family-friendly event, held in Anne Arundel County about 30 miles from Washington, DC, you can see a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians, and listen to re-creations of Renaissance music. August 26-October 22nd, 2017.
Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night.
The Farm Women's Market ~ A unique, intimate, quirky and festive shopping experience in Downtown Bethesda. The Market features great food, drink and music with artisans, crafts and boutique businesses from around the Mid-Atlantic region. Local vineyards and breweries provide tastings and food trucks offer a quick meal. We are a ten minute walk south on Wisconsin Ave from the Bethesda Metro Station at the intersection of Bethesda Ave. and Wisconsin Ave. Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7:00am-4:00pm.
A total solar eclipse will sweep across America, casting millions of people into temporary darkness. It will be the biggest astronomical event America has seen in years, watched by millions of people from within the path of totality and tens of millions more who are outside it.
Located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is DC’s destination for fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts. For over 136 years, Eastern Market has served as a community hub, connecting neighbors, families and visitors. Eastern Market is located at 225 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
Journey out to the Virginia hunt country to escape the city for day. Begin your visit in downtown Middleburg to peruse boutiques and admire the countryside beauty. When ready for a lunch break, continue your venture to Millwood, VA to eat at Locke’s General Store featuring local and regional foods, and goods to take back home. While in Millwood, visit the antique stores, and check out Elizabeth Locke’s world reknowned fine jewelry at her outlet store in the village of Boyce nearby.
The summer season in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant week. Throughout the promotion, nearly 200 restaurants across DC offer three-course prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Brunch and lunch priced at $22 and dinner at $35. Check out a restaurant that you’ve wanted to try!
The FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market is located in the heart of one of Washington, DC's most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Washingtonian magazine credits the market with "teaching Washingtonians to love their fruits and vegetables." The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London also named the market one of the top farmers markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 50 farmers offering conventional and certified organic fruits and vegetables, pastured meat, poultry and eggs, farmstead and artisan cheeses, sweet and savory baked goods (including gluten free options), fresh pasta, pickles, jams, and jellies, locally roasted coffee, District-made spirits and beers, wood-fired pizza, handmade dumplings, soups and sandwiches, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps, and more.
Old Rag is Shenandoah's most popular hike. The number of blogs and websites about this hike attests to its popularity. There's no doubt that the scramble is great fun and the views are spectacular. A day on Old Rag is one of Shenandoah's premier experiences. We want to be sure that your experience is not marred by an accident or health issue that could be prevented with good planning.
The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 17th season in May. The free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—salsa, blues fusion, xylophone, Afrofunk, and more—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.
Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green presents “Countryside Artisans Create,” an exhibit featuring works by members of the Countryside Artisans of Maryland, from July 14 through September 1, 2017, at beautiful Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. The public is invited to meet the artists during a free Artists Reception on Thursday, July 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more. The exhibit features the artwork of Bev Thoms, Brenda Kidera, Claire Howard, Cynthia Jennings, Dalis Davidson, Jennifer Hamilton, Kristen Morrison, Lori Baker, Michael Holdahl, Orlando Morales, Penny McCrea, Susan Due Pearcy, and Tina Thieme Brown.
Join Millie’s on Wednesday nights in August for Lobster Bake Nights from 5pm to close. The new Spring Valley restaurant will offer a classic lobster bake, complete with corn, potatoes, drawn butter! Check out the new Nantucket themed restaurant that has been getting all the buzz and press this summer.
Join Mount Vernon and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the estate's official National Purple Heart Day Ceremony on the East Lawn overlooking the Potomac River at 10:30AM. This event will include remarks Mount Vernon President Curt Viebranz, General Washington, Dr. Gordon Sumner, PhD, and Medal of Honor recipient Captain Florent Groberg of the United States Army. Visit the Purple Heart Memorial near the entrance of the estate, which is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year.
Come out and enjoy Sunday afternoons in the Annapolis Arts District. Shop and meet over 130 artists and crafters plus cafe dining, live music and food trucks. Its a great time to spend the day with friends and family in Annapolis. The fun happens every first Sunday in May through December 11am-5pm.
The Sheridan School has a countryside farm stand conveniently located in Washington, DC. Its flagship market features the best of the PA-DC foodshed: a wide variety of freshly harvested, seasonal produce from its own farm and neighbors' farms and orchards, freshly-cut flowers, honey and jams, free-range brown eggs, maple syrup, cider, homemade baked goods, local cheeses, and freshly baked bread. From June-December from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, and from December - March, 9:00 am and close at 1:00 pm.
The winner of six Academy Awards including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. The Academy Award-winning film will be projected in HD onto big screens in-house and on the lawn
The Library of Congress will host a special outdoor film festival this summer to showcase several modern classics that have been added to the Library’s National Film Registry. The six-film series—“LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn”—will be presented on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. from July 13 through August 17 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
The Citi open is a world class US Open Series Event, and one of the first professional tennis tournaments in the United States. A portion of the proceeds from the Citi Open benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). The WTEF seeks to improve the life prospects for DC area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through tennis, educational and community-based activities that teach discipline, build self-esteem and improve academic performance. July 29-August 6,2017.
Offered monthly on "fourth Fridays" through October. History and horticulture meet in this beloved garden, which grew and changed over two centuries and six generations. Enjoy an expert guided tour of the 5½-acre landscape and learn about the people who created and cared for it. The Tudor Place gardens are also open Tuesday through Sunday for self-guided garden tours.
The Peterson House, where President Lincoln died, was the home of William and Anna Peterson, and located directly across from Ford’s Theater. On the night of April 14, 1865 the Peterson family housed and aided the wounded President Lincoln until his death on April 15th, 1865.
This exhibition is the first major presentation of Bazille’s work in America in a quarter-century and brings together some 74 paintings (and two sketchbooks) from private and public collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Paintings by Bazille are exhibited alongside key works by the predecessors who inspired him—including Théodore Rousseau and Gustave Courbet—and by the contemporaries, such as Manet and Monet, with whom he was closely associated.
The home of President James Madison, the Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bills of Rights, and Dolley Madison, America’s first “First Lady.” Montpelier estate features the historic home and grounds, gardens, historic buildings, exhibitions and tours, archeological sites, and over eight miles of walking trails.
Visit the oldest seat of women’s power on Capitol Hill. The house has stood on Capitol Hill for over two hundred years. Early occupants of the house participated in the formulation of Congress and witnessed the construction of the US Capitol and the Supreme Court. In 1929, the National Woman’s Party purchased the house and it soon evolved into and remains a center for feminist education and social changes. Check website for touring hours.
Patrick O’Connell’s famed inn is one to visit for a retreat or dining getaway outside of the city. The restaurant is one of three in DC to earn two Michelin Stars. All guest room reservations include a welcome cocktail upon arrival, afternoon tea, house breakfast, complimentary valet parking and a guaranteed dining reservation each evening.