July 21st. “Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou” presents selected dialogue and music from the new musical Fannie Lou, inspired by the life of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. The original work is written by composer/lyricist Felicia Hunter. The event is being presented to mark this, the 50th anniversary year of the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
July 21st. March on Washington Film Festival and the National Museum of Women in the Arts present Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson and renowned visual artist Joyce J. Scott, discussing the impulse to migrate for southern descendants of slaves. Their stories of migration speak to the ever-present threat of violence, economic deprivation and institutionalized racism that drove millions north in search of a freer way of life. Together, the new arrivals to the northern states carried with them generations of inventive expressions and cultural markers that helped ensure their survival while providing creative fuel for the Civil Rights movement.
July 22nd. Museum staff members facilitate interactive talks that encourage close looking and discussion about works on view in special exhibitions and the museum’s collection.
July 22nd. Author Arthur Downey discusses The Creole Affair, the story of the most successful slave rebellion in American history, and the effects of that rebellion on diplomacy, the domestic slave trade, and the definition of slavery itself. Held against their will aboard the Creole-a slave ship on its way from Richmond to New Orleans in 1841-the rebels seized control of the ship and changed course to the Bahamas. Because the Bahamas were subject to British rule of law, the slaves were eventually set free, and these American slaves’ presence on foreign soil sparked one of America’s most contentious diplomatic battles with the United Kingdom. A book signing follows the program.
July 22nd. Many Washington, D.C., residents-like Larz and Isabel Anderson-opposed Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s. Learn about the capital’s underworld of speakeasies and bootleggers with remarks from Garrett Peck, author of Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t, and sample Green Hat Gin from New Columbia Distillers, the first distillery to open in D.C. since Prohibition.
July 25th. This is the event that started it all. Three years ago during the last weekend in July we threw our first beer fest at the same location. Join us as we celebrate our 4th Annual Beer Fest at the Block! Drink the District Beer Fest is a celebration of beer, summer, and youth in the Nation’s Capital.
Inspired by acts like Washed Out and Wild Nothing, Color Palette blends a sunny West Coast sound with a natural northern edge. The brainchild of vocalist Jay Nemeyer, Color. Palette was formed after Nemeyer’s former band The Silver Liners split. He quickly recruited Jon Jester (percussion) and Nico Grossfeld (bass) to travel with him to Los Angeles and record their debut full-length, set to be released this summer.