Monthly Archives: June 2015

This Week in the DMV – 6/28/2015

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

June 30th.  The Swamp Donkeys are an extremely versatile group of young musicians who play traditional jazz, blues, vaudeville, original music, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles.

Gallery Talk: Super Natural

July 1st.   These bite-size lunchtime talks are offered every Wednesday. Museum staff members facilitate interactive conversations, encouraging close looking and the investigation of the overarching themes of special exhibitions throughout the museum. This week, Associate Educator Adrienne L. Gayoso discusses pieces in the special exhibition, Super Natural.

A Patriotic Cocktail Competition and Tasting

July 1st.  Though the cocktail is now ubiquitous in America, there was a time when it was virtually unknown. It makes its first appearance in 1803 in the Farmers Cabinet and is first defined in 1806 within a piece of political commentary in The Balance and Columbian Repository, in which it is described as “containing spirituous liquor of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.” It goes from there to become not just a drink (and category of drinks) known throughout the nation but to be a signifier of our cultural, political and social life.

Tracking the Elusive Pueblo

July 1st.  In January 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo. The seizure of the ship, equipped with electronic and signals intelligence systems and 83 crewmen, provoked outrage in the US, with some calling for a nuclear response. What really happened during this hot Cold War incident? CDR Douglas Hackett, USN (Ret.) will explore the Pueblo’s surveillance mission, and provide the definitive naval intelligence assessment of whether the Pueblo was in North Korean waters, based on North Korean-provided information. He’ll also share the US government’s response to the crisis, North Korea’s motivation, what happened to the crew who were held prisoner for nearly a year, and what has become of the Pueblo today.

Bare Naked Ladies, the Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay: LIVE in Concert

July 3rd.  BARENAKED LADIES, VIOLENT FEMMES, and COLIN HAY will host THE LAST SUMMER ON EARTH.

Best of DC at the DC Improv

July 2 – 3rd. We’ll leave the July 4 fireworks to the professional pyromaniacs, but all the indoor fireworks will be at the DC Improv July 2-3. We’ve got a “Best of DC” show that features some of the finest stand-ups from the region — Jason Weems, Rob Maher, Rahmein Mostafavi and Kasaun Wilson. When the Founding Fathers threw off the yoke of British oppression, they had a clear future in mind: A nation of people who were free to sit in an air-conditioned basement and laugh their asses off. Honor their vision!

Midtown Liberty Bar Tour

July 2 – 3rd.  Lindy Promotions and Coors Light are kicking-off Independence Day Weekend with a night full of bar-hopping and celebrating America! Join us after work on Thursday, July 2nd for Redds, Light, and Blue drink specials, patriotic giveaways, and more!

A Capitol Fourth

July 4th.  This July 4, America’s national Independence Day celebration will mark 35 spectacular years on air, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Celebrating 35 spectacular years on air, A CAPITOL FOURTH will kick off the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.

Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary Blowout!

July 4th.

In celebration of Foo Fighters’ 20th Anniversary, Dave and the boys are bringing together so many of the groundbreaking American acts featured in their HBO docuseries, Sonic Highways, for one big 4th of July jamboree at RFK Stadium. Beyond the absolutely insane lineup, the all-day extravaganza features fireworks, a motorcycle rally, BBQ, and so much more. Long story short: You spend your 4th of July with the Foos and friends… you have your life rocked by maybe the best concert you’ll ever attend.

Independence Day Family Activities

July 4th.  Between noon and 4 p.m., meet Revolutionary figures: Abigail and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

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This Week in the DMV – 6/22/15

The Taj Mahal Trio

June 23rd.  Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more.

Gallery Talk: Special Selections – Super Natural and Organic Matters

June 24th.  These bite-size lunchtime talks are offered every Wednesday. Museum staff members facilitate interactive conversations, encouraging close looking and the investigation of the overarching themes of special exhibitions throughout the museum. This week, Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris discusses selections from the special exhibitions, Organic Matters-Women to Watch 2015 and Super Natural.

Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement

June 24th.  During the civil rights movement the Stars for Freedom-a handful of celebrities both black and white-risked their careers by crusading for racial equality, and forged the role of celebrity in American political culture. Focusing on the “Leading Six” trailblazers-Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Gregory, and Sidney Poitier – author Emilie Raymond reveals how they advanced the civil rights movement. A book signing will follow the program.

The Veronicas

June 24th.  The Veronicas are a pop duo from Brisbane, Australia. They were formed in 1999 by identical twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso.In 2005, The Veronicas released their debut studio album, titled The Secret Life of… which peaked at No. 2 on the Australian charts and gained an Australian ARIA certification of 4x platinum for 280,000+ sales. The album spawned five singles, led by “4ever”, three of which were top ten singles in Australia.In 2007, the duo released their second studio album, Hook Me Up, which also peaked at No. 2 on the Australian charts and earned an Australian ARIA certification of 2x platinum for 140,000+ sales. The album garnered four Australian top ten singles. The album’s title track, “Hook Me Up”, was The Veronicas’ first No. 1 single in Australia, while “Untouched” was an international top ten hit.Following a lengthy hiatus (broken only by the July 2012 release of the Top 40 single, ‘Lolita’), The Veronicas released “You Ruin Me”, the first single from their self-titled third album in September 2014. The song debuted at number one on the ARIA Charts, becoming the girls’ second chart topping single and their first to debut in the top spot.

SPAMERICAN Tour

June 24th.  The Spam food truck is going on a U.S. tour, appropriately named “SPAMERICAN Tour”, and it’s coming to the Woodrow Wilson Plaza. The truck will be handing out samples! Stop by to taste the many flavors of SPAM and to learn new recipes. This leg of the tour has been made possible by the Trade Center Management Associates.

HONEYHONEY

June 25th.  The third full-length effort from L.A.-based duo HONEYHONEY, 3 is an album born from fascination with the sweet and the sleazy, light and dark, danger and magic. Working with Dave Cobb (the producer behind Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music), lead singer/banjo player/violinist Suzanne Santo and vocalist/guitarist Ben Jaffe twist their gritty, harmony-driven brand of Southern-flavored rock & roll through tales of lost souls, broken boys, girls with gold in their spit. Equal parts inward-looking and endlessly curious, the two songwriters also take a mirror to their own experience in lust and heartache and never shy away from revealing the messy truth. And whether they rattle or soothe or joyfully inspire, HONEYHONEY instill each song with a straight-from-the-gut honesty and elegance of storytelling that make 3 both cathartic and electrifying.The follow-up to 2011’s Billy Jack (named one of the top albums of the year by American Songwriter and hailed for finding “the common pop thread between alt. country, spaghetti western soundtracks and swampy blues” by Paste), 3 was recorded in HONEYHONEY’s one-time home of Nashville with a lineup of locals that includes musicians like Robbie Turner (a pedal steel guitarist who’s played with Johnny Cash and The Highwaymen). And while the album finds HONEYHONEY offering their most finely crafted melodies and richly textured sound to date, the band also embodies a loose and scrappy energy drawn out with some help from Cobb.

Amy Lin: Dreamworld

June 27th.  Looking at “Dreamworlds”, this new body of work by Amy Lin for her third show in this gallery, I am reminded of the artist’s description of her own work as being “social” and as representing human beings, that the thousands of individual marks make up a community much the way, say, mushrooms develop from tiny spores. Lin’s statement: “The pieces evolved into being more about the interactions between the cut-out portals and the societies. The latest pieces explore the idea of what is seen and what is hidden below the surface. Looking through the cut-out portals, much of the drawing can’t be seen – or there are pieces that are seen through multiple cut-outs but the viewer can’t piece everything together.”

This Week in the DMV – 6/15/15

Jazz in the ‘Hoods

Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC (June 10-16), features more than 45 clubs, restaurants, museums, libraries, loft spaces, and hotels across the District. This includes the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking and beyond-jazz artists, and the East River JazzFest featuring half a dozen “Celebrating Stayhorn!” performances honoring the 100th anniversary of composer William “Billy” Strayhorn.

Gallery Talk: Super Natural

June 17th.  These bite-size lunchtime talks are offered every Wednesday. Museum staff members facilitate interactive conversations, encouraging close looking and the investigation of the overarching themes of special exhibitions throughout the museum. This week, Director of Education and Digital Engagement Deborah Gaston discusses pieces in the special exhibition, Super Natural.

You’re The Expert at the DC Improv

June 17th.  “You’re the Expert” is a live show, podcast, and new public radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, that uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist does all day. You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping, hosted and produced by Chris Duffy.

Shtick: A Night of Local Comedy

Bier Baron is the place to be June 17th for some serious laughs.  Watch five amazing stand-up comediennes electrify the stage, including headliner Sara Armour and host Dana Fleitman!  Support comedic talent and a good cause by purchasing your $10 ticket online at jwi.org/shtick, or get tickets at the door for $12. 90% of proceeds support JWI’s work in ending violence and empowering women and girls.

Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October

June 17th.  Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld has announced plans for a solo tour dubbed “An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld Of Blue October” to promote the release of the expanded 3rd Edition of his book of lyrics and writings dubbed “Crazy Making”. The shows will consist of spoken word, rounded off with a question-and-answer session, and will also include an acoustic set of songs never before heard and intimate versions of favorites. The evening will focus on breaking down the walls of artist and audience and will provide fans the most access to Justin evers.

Pianist Joel Fan at the Kennedy Center

June 17th.  Joel will perform a program inspired by his tours of China and his multicultural background. From China with Love–Connecting Cultures through Music is an engaging piano recital that showcases both Chinese and Western favorites. It is a follow-up to Joel’s recording projects West of the Sun and World Keys (both debuted on Billboard’s top ten classical chart), which highlight undiscovered solo piano vignettes from across the world.

Third Thursday Open House

June 18th.  Experience both our latest special exhibition, Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, and its inspiration, Whistler’s famous Peacock Room. Take advantage of this rare chance to see the Peacock Room with its shutters open while enjoying art-making activities and curator-led tours. Plus, uncover hidden stories about the installations through a renegade performance by Museum Hack.

Nixon’s Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War

June 18th.  In their initial effort to end the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger attempted to lever concessions from Hanoi at the negotiating table with coercive diplomacy and excessive military force, which included the specter of nuclear force. As authors Jeffrey Kimball and William Burr discuss, Nixon and Kissinger launched a secret global nuclear alert in hopes that it would lend credibility to their prior warnings and perhaps even persuade Moscow to put pressure on Hanoi to end hostilities. A book signing will follow the program.

Astronomy Festival on the National Mall

June 19th.   The Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, wilt be Friday June 19, 2015 from 6 – 11 pm, Washington Monument Grounds NE, 15th Street and Constitution Ave. (map attached). The rain date is June 20th at The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC Metro stop Brookland-CUA, Red line. There will be solar, optical, and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn; and hands-on activities, demonstrations, hand-outs, and speakers from scientific sand education organizations; posters, banners, and videos; and a portable blow-up dome with a digital planetarium.

This Week in the DMV – 6/8/15

Medium Cindy Kaza

June 10th at DC Improv.  And now for something completely different … We’ve had all kinds of shows at the DC Improv, but we’re pretty sure that Cindy is our first medium. Cindy uses her abilities to connect her audience with the spirit world. She’s an evidential medium, which means she brings forth specific information about people on the other side. Cindy is based in Nashville and Los Angeles, but her work takes her all around the world – and now, it’s bringing her to D.C.

Gallery Talk : Organic Matters – Women to Watch 2015

June 10th at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  These bite-size lunchtime talks are offered every Wednesday. Museum staff members facilitate interactive conversations, encouraging close looking and the investigation of the overarching themes of special exhibitions throughout the museum. This week, Associate Curator Virginia Treanor discusses pieces in the special exhibition, Organic Matters-Women to Watch 2015.

John Scofield Uberjam Band featuring Andy Hess, Avi Bortnick, and Tony Mason

June 10th at the Hamilton Live.  Guitarist John Scofield started the Uberjam project in 2000. Once he found super rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, he played with various bass-drum teams before finding the right chemistry for two CDs: Uberjam and Up All Night. Today his bassist is Andy Hess and Tony Mason handles the drum duties.Scofield is one of the principal innovators of the way modern jazz guitar is played. He expresses himself in the vernaculars of Bebop, blues, jazz-funk, acoustic chamber jazz and electronic groove music. He has worked as a sideman with musicians ranging from Miles Davis to Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. He has recorded with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson to name a few.Uberjam has just released a new recording, Uberjam Deux, and Scofield has this to say about it: “We explore different forms of groove music…We get into funk, Afrobeat, reggae, house music, R&B…Many of the new tunes are co-written by Avi and myself.”

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet with Special Guest Edmar Castenada

June 11th at the Hamilton Live.  Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of eleven GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra.

Comedian Doug Benson

June 11th at DC Improv.  A certain part of the population knows exactly who Doug is. But they’re also a forgetful part of the population, so here’s a reminder. For the last decade, Doug has cornered the market on stoner comedy – but he’s got a goofy, lovable style that everyone can enjoy. He starred in the documentary “Super High Me,” created “The Marijuana-Logues” and was even named the Stoner of the Year by High Times Magazine. He currently travels the land, performing stand-up and recording the immensely popular “Doug Loves Movies” podcast.

NMWA Nights : Earthly Delights

June 11th at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Channel your crafty side during this happy hour event. Enjoy specialty refreshments, try your hand at activities inspired by Super Natural and Organic Matters-Women to Watch 2015 and take themed tours of the exhibition and museum’s collection. Please note this event is 21+. Price includes 2 drink tickets.

Korean Film Festival : “The Liar”

June 12th at Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Kim Kkot-bi, one of Korea’s most talented young actresses, stars in this compelling drama that exposes the fault lines between Korea’s rich and poor.  Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman with UNDERWATER GHOST featuring Allison Miller

June 12th at the Hamilton Live.  As though it was always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds their fated fourth member in longtime friend and collaborator, saxophonist Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and David King – pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes the supergroup best: “It’s as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It’s like that.”Now touring as a four-part collective, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman prepares to release an album of original compositions written by – and specifically for – this ensemble. As The Boston Globe says, “The new album seems to seal this collaboration as a creative unit on its own terms, not merely a band showcasing a featured soloist.”

Comedian Bert Kreischer

June 11th – 13th at the DC Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant.  They’ll be singing folk songs about Bert one day. He was a legendary party animal at Florida State, and now he’s climbing to the top of the comedy mountain with a combination of amazing real-life stories, genuine friendliness and hustle. Bert has a cult following — and it’s the cult that throws the best parties. You can seem him as the host of “Trip Flip” on the Travel Channel, read his memoir, or (our preference) see him at Improv this June.

Jazz at The Yards

June 12th – 13th at The Yards.  DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present: Jazz at The Yards (June 12 & 13),is an exclusive blowout where fans can enjoy jazz at the beautiful urban, green, innovative Capitol Riverfront at The Yards overlooking the Anacostia River; wine and beer tastings; chef demonstrations; and a marketplace. The event features such vital artists as Grammy Award-winning hip-hop legend Common, who took home a Golden Globe and is nominated for an Academy Award as co-writer in the Best Original Song category, for “Glory,” from the film Selma, and whose beyond category artistry has collaborated with jazz artists ranging from Roy Hargrove to Robert Glasper, as well as R&B titan John Legend and Femi Kuti; jazz bassist, bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz artist to ever win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist (2011); Nigerian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Femi Kuti,(son of Afrobeat legend & Broadway show subject FELA Kuti); and beyond jazz & jam saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe(KDTU), who’ve toured most recently with The Rolling Stones.

Doug Loves Movies Podcast Taping

June 13th at DC Improv.  Special showtime: 4:20 p.m. There are a few great loves in Doug Benson’s life. One of them, as you may have heard, is pot. Another is movies. Since 2006, Doug has channeled his love of movies into one of the most popular podcasts in the known universe; he invites fantastic guests to talk about cinema and comedy in front of a live audience. The show started out taping in Los Angeles, but Doug now often takes it on the road – and this June, you can see it live at the DC Improv.

The Language of Line

Until June 13th at Neptune Fine Art.  Meticulous and powerful, these six American artists provide a broad range of the best contemporary drawing. They are all deeply committed and passionate about their work which re-imagines and transforms the language of line. This exhibition synthesizes their exploration and personal connection to drawing. Featuring: Lois Dodd, Emily Francisco, Andrew Krieger, Linn Meyers, Charles Ritchie, and Ben Tolman.

Capital Pride Parade

June 13th on 22nd & P Streets.

The annual Pride Parade, part of the 40th Celebration of Pride In The Nation’s Capital, steps off on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm, from 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The Pride Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street.  The Pride Parade attracts over 150,000 spectators annually and includes more than 170 contingents-floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment and much more. People from all walks of life participate in this annual event to show they have pride. The review stand is located at 15th and P Streets, NW; another announcement stand is just east of Dupont Circle on New Hampshire Avenue. A sign language interpreter will be available at the 15th and P Streets review stand. The first contingent is expected to reach the review stand before 5pm; and the final contingent should pass the review stand at by 7:15pm.

History of the Cocktail : The Birth of the Cocktail

June 13th at National Archives Museum.  Though the cocktail is now ubiquitous in America, there was a time when it was virtually unknown. It makes its first appearance in 1803 in the Farmers Cabinet and is first defined in 1806 within a piece of political commentary in The Balance and Columbian Repository, in which it is described as “containing spirituous liquor of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.” It goes from there to become not just a drink (and category of drinks) known throughout the nation but to be a signifier of our cultural, political and social life.  Panellists include: Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, Duane Sylvestre and moderated by Logan Ward.  This seminar will include a tasting of specialty cocktails. Must be 21+ to attend.

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan

Until June 14th at Freer and Sackler Galleries.  Zen Buddhism, tea, and ink painting-well-known expressions of Japanese culture-have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas brought to medieval Japan from the late twelfth to the sixteenth century. Devout Japanese and Chinese Buddhist monks brought the teachings of Chan Buddhism to Japan, where it was known as Zen Buddhism, and attracted the patronage of powerful warriors who ruled Japan as shoguns from 1192 to 1867. Prestigious Chinese art collected by Zen monasteries and their ruling-class patrons introduced new techniques, styles, and aesthetic ideas, transforming Japanese artistic expression. By the sixteenth century, arts and customs from Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasty China had been assimilated into Japanese culture, emerging as Japanese practices such as chanoyu, the art of tea. In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Oribe Ware : Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

Until June 14th at Freer and Sackler Galleries.  Invented in Japan in 1605, Oribe ware introduced vivid pattern and color to a ceramics tradition that had previously favored somber, monochrome designs. Oribe ware vessels were used primarily for serving food and drinking tea, and their sprightly patterns with glossy black or brilliant green glazes made them a shimmering addition to 17th-century dining trays and tearooms. A major technological advance in ceramics-the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln, which allowed potters to melt glazes to dazzling translucency-made this radically new appearance possible. This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer’s collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

Asia After Dark : PEACOCKalypse

June 13th – 14th at Freer and Sackler Galleries.  Don your finest feathers for the first Asia After Dark of 2015, hosted by the Silk Road Society. Flash back to the gilded glamour of Whistler’s Peacock Room and experience the all-new Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre. Strut through the galleries sporting gold temporary tattoos, take offbeat tours, fashion your own masterpiece, and make fun photo booth memories. Plus, sip specialty cocktails and shake a tail feather to music by the activist pop rock trio BETTY. Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.

This Week in the DMV – 6/1/15

Gallery Talk: Daisy Makeig-Jones

June 3rd, 12pm – 12:30pm at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  This week, Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Midon discusses ceramics in the special exhibition, Casting a Spell: Ceramics by Daisy Makeig-Jones.

Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

June 1st, 12pm – 1pm at the William McGowan Theater.  Authors William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh will discuss this timely topic and their book Back Channel to Cuba, which chronicles a surprising, untold history of bilateral efforts toward rapprochement and reconciliation from the Kennedy administration to Barack Obama.

Concert: Yaritza Veliz

June 3rd, 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Yaritza Veliz, a native of Coquimbo, Chile, won first prize-among 47 contestants from all regions of Chile-at the Women to Listen To Lyrical Singing Contest, held in Santiago, Chile, organized by the Chile Committee of NMWA in conjunction with Universidad Mayor.

Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, DC

June 3rd, 12pm – 1pm at the William McGowan Theater.  Author and beer scholar Garrett Peck taps this high-gravity history while introducing readers to the bold new brewers leading the capital’s recent craft beer revival. A book signing will follow the program.

Hands-on Adult Workshop: Digital Photos

June 3rd, 5pm – 7:30pm at the Boeing Learning Center.  Are your digital photos a mess on your computer? Do you need practical tips to organize and preserve these treasures? Through fun hands-on activities,Leslie Johnston, NARA’s Director of Digital Preservation, will help you ways to organize your digital collections and will provide practical steps for preserving them.

Covenant House Washington’s 20th Anniversary Gala

June 4th, 6pm – 10pm at the Howard Theatre.  Covenant House Washington (CHW) is celebrating 20 years of transforming the lives of homeless and disconnected youth across the Greater Washington Region. As part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, CHW will host its 4th annual Night of Stars Gala on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC.

Cabaret – Pride Night

June 5th, 8pm – 10:30pm at MAX.  American writer Cliff Bradshaw travels to Berlin searching for inspiration. He finds it in English club performer Sally Bowles and they begin a torrid affair. However, outside their door, the nazis’ impending rise to power heralds a brutal end to their decadent way of life.

Korean Film Festival: “Haemoo”

June 5th, 7pm – 12-am at Freer and Sackler Galleries.  When a tragic accident occurs, the crew of a fishing boat must decide how much the lives of their cargo-30 illegal Chinese immigrants-are worth.

Free Community Day: June

June 7th, 12pm – 5pm at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  The first Sunday of every month is a Community Day at NMWA, with free admission to the public. Take this opportunity to explore current exhibitions as well as the museum’s collection.