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.

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