This Week in the DMV – 7/5/15

Gallery Talk: Daisy Makeig-Jones

July 8th.  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, Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Midon discusses ceramics in the special exhibition, Casting a Spell: Ceramics by Daisy Makeig-Jones.

Code Name: CYNTHIA – A Spy Musical

July 9th.  Join us for a staged reading and singing of the action-packed new spy musical celebrating the exploits of Betty Thorpe whose real spy career ranged from Madrid to Warsaw to Washington. Presented by the Pallas Theatre Collective, code name: CYNTHIA opens as Paris falls to the Nazis and master spy Betty Thorpe (code name: Cynthia) barely escapes with her life. When a mysterious mastermind blackmails the stunning beauty back into intelligence for the Allies, Betty resolves to seduce the enemy, steal France’s naval codes from the Vichy Embassy in Washington, DC, and save her own delicate world from falling to pieces. This lyrical homage features music by Karen Multer and book and lyrics by Steve Multer, a 2014 finalist for the Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre.

Our Crime was Being Jewish

July 9th.  Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. In his latest book, Our Crime was Being Jewish, award-winning historian Anthony S. Pitch, has collected the true stories and memories of hundreds of Holocaust survivors and compiled them into one of the most important books of our time. These recollections begin with the persecutions at the start of the war as well as the daily hell of the concentration camps and what actually happened inside. A book signing will follow the program.

Cirque Italia Water Circus

July 10th – 11th.  Get ready for an experience that will take you far, far away to the wonders of Italy and the magic of an immersion into its culture. And into water! Yes, you heard well. Our circus features a 35,000 gallons water stage! Isn’t that crazy? We’re like no other circus in the United States, you can be sure- and we take pride in our uniqueness.

Crab Leg Feast Cruise

July 12th.  It’s the ultimate celebration of summer! Come enjoy an exciting cruise along the Potomac River complete with stunning views, interactive DJ entertainment and a special Crab Leg Feast Buffet Menu.

Comedian John Witherspoon

July 9th – July 12th.  John Witherspoon is a comedy institution. Most people know him from TV and movies — he’s the crazy father figure from “Friday,” “The Wayans Brothers” and “The Boondocks.” He’ll do anything to entertain his fans – he once cut a rap album, and he had his own internet cooking show. The guy could live off catchphrases alone, if he wanted. But he’s also a great stand-up comedian who’s endearing, honest and knows how to send a crowd home happy. One of our favorites!

Literary Event: Transformations

July 12th.  Kim Todd, author of Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, presents a lecture on Maria Sibylla Merian’s 1699 trip to Suriname, looking at the ways her research there shaped her art and understanding of the natural world. Book sale and signing to follow.

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