This Week in the DMV 12/11/16

People on the Move : Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

Now until January 8th.  At The Phillips Collection, Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series reunites all 60 panels (1940-41) in the series split between the Phillips and New York City’s MoMA, providing a chronicle of the 20th century diaspora of 6 million African Americans from the rural South to the urban Northeast. The exhibit provides expert analysis about the historical, literary, socio-cultural, aesthetic and contemporary manifestations of the resettling of so many individuals.

Miracle on Seventh Street

Now until December 31st.  It’s no secret that Derek Brown knows DC’s cocktail scene like the back of his hand. The famed mixologist’s trio of bars on 7th Street in Shaw – Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency – are decking the halls for year two of the Miracle on Seventh Street with more funky holiday decorations (think: a chandelier made of dreidels and more illuminated garland running the length of the bar). Cool down at this cocktail winter wonderland in one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods starting this Friday through Dec. 31 (concluding with a New Year’s Eve bash).

Giving in America

Now until December 31st.  The National Museum of American History unveils this philanthropy-focused exhibit just in time for the holiday season. Giving in America highlights four themes: “Who Gives?” “Why Do We Give?” “What Do We Give?” and “How Do We Give?” as well as “Sustainability and the Environment”. You’ll be able to see care-giving artifacts that date back to the 1800s and learn how you can help your community in 2017.

Deco Japan : Shaping Art and Culture, 1920 – 1945

Now until December 31st.  Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens showcases the affect that the art deco movement had on the culture of Japan, enriching the tradition-rich country’s creativity and ushering it into the post-World War II, Modern age. This will be the first time that Japanese art deco is displayed in DC, as visitors will have a chance to see sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, jewelry and furniture created in this distinctive manner that blends futuristic imagery with the classic Japanese style.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

Now until January 6th.  George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on Dec. 16 and 17, enjoy an incredible fireworks display along the Potomac River. Mount Vernon stays open every day of the year.

 

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