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Sep

28

Journey to NO MAN’S LAND: Celebrate the opening of an exciting new contemporary art exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. is hosting an exhibition titled “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection” from September 30, 2016, through January 8, 2017.

Established in 1964 in New York City, the Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collection. The exhibition showcases the works of 37 contemporary artists from 16 nations who have used their aesthetically diverse ideas to address various political and intellectual themes. The presentation focuses on the process of art making as well as images of female body as an extension from the feminist art movement in the 1970s.

Cecily Brown, Service de Luxe (detail), 1999, Oil on linen, 75 x 75 x 2, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

Cecily Brown, Service de Luxe (detail), 1999, Oil on linen, 75 x 75 x 2, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts curators worked with RFC to choose a highly focused group of paintings and sculptures that center on the process of making as well as images of the female body, both topics that extend from the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Many artists in the exhibition use labor-intensive techniques to alter conventional notions of “women’s work” and handcraft. Some sculpt or paint semi-abstract shapes that reference the body obliquely, while others depict the female form directly, forcefully reclaiming its visualization and interpretation.

Painting and sculpture are among the oldest and traditionally most revered mediums of fine art, yet in the hands of many contemporary artists, they are avenues for experimentation, play, and subversion. Artists in NO MAN’S LAND paint with neon, weave with Carnival beads, and glue metal bread baskets into their assemblages.

http://www.nmwa.org/exhibitions/no-man’s-land-women-artists-rubell-family-collection

Sep

12

DC Shorts Returns to Celebrate the Art of Short Film

The DC Shorts Film Festival is Washington, DC’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. All films are 20 minutes or less. The DC Shorts Film Festival includes 131 films and 6 screenplays from 33 countries. The 11-day event will include film screenings of shorts in every conceivable genre and style, Q&As, filmmaker workshops and parties.

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Joe Bilancio, Director of Programming for the DC Shorts Film Festival and Associate Programmer Derek Horne viewed 1,368 submissions for this year’s festival, culling the final number down to 131. Bilancio bemoans that they could have added another few hundred to that final tally. “There’s literally at least another 200 films that were so good, you’re almost crying that you can’t screen them,” he says.  Special this year is the amount of films that have been critically acclaimed at other festivals around the world including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes and are making their DC premiere.

The DC Shorts Film Festival runs Sept. 8 to 18 at various locales throughout the city (though most of the Showcases are at the Landmark E Street Cinema). Tickets are $12 to $15 with all-access passes available for $125. Seventy-five of the shorts are available for online viewing for $30. http://festival.dcshorts.com

Aug

21

Visit CityCenterDC FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market

Located in the Park at CityCenter, this lunchtime market is nestled in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. and convenient for our residents. Shop for delicious prepared foods, pasture-raised meats, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, cut flowers, plants and more! Open rain or shine,Tuesday’s from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The FRESHFARM CityCenterDC Market is a vibrant and bustling farmers market contributing to our neighborhood and community.  In addition to fresh, local produce from our region’s finest farms, the market offers many delicious lunch options, all featuring local and seasonal ingredients, from handmade Chinese dumplings to organic vegan salads.

Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services recently visited the Foggy Bottom market.

Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services recently visited the Foggy Bottom market.

Undersecretary Concannon chatted with farmers, and discussed the need for greater food equity and access in DC with the FRESHFARM executive director Mike Koch (pictured here).

As DC students start back to school, 3,000 of them will have opportunities this academic year to garden, cook, and eat tasty nutritious recipes together, in school, as part of the FRESHFARM FoodPrints program. Now in its 10th year, FoodPrints continues to bring positive, hands-on gardening and cooking experiences to students in partner DC public elementary schools.

FoodPrints educates students and their families about ways to eat nutritious, local, in-season foods. Students in the program grow produce in their school gardens and prepare recipes using what they harvest–supplemented by produce from FRESHFARM farmers markets–in kitchen classrooms. Many of the students who participate are from high-needs areas of the city, making in-school access to a variety of produce all the more important.

A core focus of FRESHFARM’s philanthropic work is improving food access in our region. Do you know about FRESHFARM’s Matching Dollars program? This program matches what shoppers spend with their federal nutrition benefits at market, up to $10. Matching Dollars increases the purchasing power of our neighbors in need and gets more money in the pockets of our hardworking farmers. It’s a win-win! If you’d like to donate to the Matching Dollars program, click here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/Yq8i1Q.

Donate at least $20 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a ticket to the FRESHFARM Feast on October 18.

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You shop at your local farmer’s market because you care: about where your food comes from, how it was made, and the people behind it. When you shop at a FRESHFARM Market, you’re doing more than your weekly grocery shopping – you’re supporting sustainable agriculture, helping family farms thrive, and reinvesting your food dollars in the local economy. You’re also supporting a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to expand food access, educate the public about food, and support our region’s farmers and makers.

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Aug

07

Jelly’s Last Jam at Signature Theatre August 2nd – September 11th, 2016

Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award®-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton.

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Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with “he who drinks from the vine of syncopation” in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied.

Directed by Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story, Cabaret), this Washington premiere stars acclaimed jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Strathmore), and features Tony Award®-winner Cleavant Derricks (Broadway’s Dreamgirls) and the soul-stirring Nova Y. Payton with dazzling, high-energy choreography by Broadway’s Jared Grimes. Now that’s how you jazz!

For tickets and information: http://www.sigtheatre.org/events/2016-17/jellys-last-jam/

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Mark G. Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) ALBUMS: To the People, Somethin’ Good, A Child is Born. CONCERTS: Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Small’s Jazz Club, The Strathmore (2015 Strathmore Artist in Residence), Bohemian Caverns, Bethesda Jazz & Blues Supper Club, Twins Jazz, The Metropolitan Club, An Die Musik. INTERNATIONAL: Qatar, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, The Caribbean. APPEARED WITH: Bobby McFerrin, Kendrick Lamar, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, and Warren Wolf. AWARDS: Washington City Paper’s Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year, Finalist in the DC Jazz Festival’s Band Competition. TEACHING: Jazz Instructor, Duke Ellington School of the Arts; director/arranger for “The Mellow Tones” Duke Ellington’s jazz vocal ensemble; Graduate Assistant, The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.  www.MarkGMeadows.com @MarkGMeadows

Jul

07

DC’s Capital Tennis Tradition Begins July 16 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center

Frances Tiafoe, one of the most promising young American players and a native of Prince George’s County, Md., will receive a wild card entry into the main draw of the Citi Open® Tennis Tournament. “I’m looking forward to the Citi Open this year more than any other tournament,” Tiafoe said. “I am thankful for the chance to play in front of my family and friends and will make the most of the opportunity.”

Tiafoe, 18, was the youngest player in the Top 200 of the ATP World Tour Rankings last year. In 2014, at 16 years old, Tiafoe made his ATP World Tour debut at the Citi Open with a wild card entry, in front of a cheering home crowd. In 2015, he secured his first ATP singles win at Winston-Salem, and competed in the main draws of both the French Open and U.S. Open. This year, he was named as one of 14 ATP “Next Generation” — young players who are rising to prominence in the sport.

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Tiafoe joins an exciting field of players at the tournament, which includes current top seed World No. 9 Tomas Berdych; three-time tournament champion and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro; 2015 tournament finalist John Isner; dynamic players Gael Monfils and Nick Kyrgios; Americans Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Denis Kudla, Steve Johnson, and Taylor Fritz; and top international stars Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, Marcos Baghdatis, and Borna Coric.

In the exciting women’s field, the tournament boasts former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki; defending champion Sloane Stephens; former U.S. Open champion and current No. 1 seed Samantha Stosur; Grand Slam finalists Eugenie Bouchard and Sabine Lisicki; and American Shelby Rogers, who had an incredible run to this year’s French Open quarterfinals.

Citi Open runs from July 16-24 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, showcasing established and emerging tennis stars from all over the world.

Numerous ticket options are available, so you can customize your experience at one of DC’s most popular sporting events. Get tickets: http://www.citiopentennis.com/en/tickets