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.

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