This Week in the DMV – 7/24/15

The Paul Reed Smith Band with Special Guests Dennis Chambers and Junior Marvin (of The Wailers)

July 26th.  We are The Paul Reed Smith Band and we’re glad you found us. Rooted in Annapolis, we carry our music as far as sound can reach. We’ve traveled all over the world, including our favorite venues in Germany, Italy and Japan, to spread love through good music. The heart of our music can best be described as Chesapeake Gumbo, true to our roots with a heart of funky rock. We are anchored by the world-famous Grainger Brothers in our rhythm section, Michael Ault & Bill Nelson on guitars, Mia Samone on killer vocals, and Paul Reed Smith on guitar. Come on out to a show and see what we do best.

Gallery Talk: Super Natural and Organic Matters — Women to Watch 2015

July 29th.  Most Wednesdays, museum staff members facilitate interactive talks that encourage close looking and discussion about works on view in special exhibitions and the museum’s collection.  This week, Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris discusses selections from the special exhibitions, Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015 and Super Natural.

Enabling Acts:  The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights

July 29th.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the widest-ranging piece of civil rights legislation ever passed in the history of the United States, and it has become the model for most civil rights laws around the world. In his book Enabling Acts, author and professor Lennard Davis tells the untold story behind the act, which is a fascinating story of how a group of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill. A book signing will follow the program.

Bombino

July 31st.  Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound. Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and iTunes World chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service, which calls it “utterly, utterly fantastic” and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad “a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.”

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