Monthly Archives: January 2017

This Week in the DMV 1/29/17

DC Cool Night

February 3rd.  The Washington Auto Show hosts this special evening event to honor the coolness of the District. DJ Dimmy will be on the ones and twos. Attendees can also enjoy a cash bar with drink specials, a photo booth and plenty of socialization and networking. You gain access to the event simply by paying admission to the show.

Baby Screams Miracle

Starting January 20th.  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company stages this apocalyptic play that will leave audiences both questioning and appreciating blind faith. When a torrential storm tears through a family’s home, their extravagant daughter watches as her religious relatives attempt to pray their way out of the situation. You’ll be thrust into the storm, both physical and metaphysical, in this engrossing production.

Trilogy & Alexander Gurning

February 4th.  Founded in 2011, Trilogy is made up of violinists Hrachya Avanesyan, Lorenzo Gatto, and Yossif Ivanov, each a soloist in his own right. As Trilogy, their aim is to present new and exciting arrangements for three violins that range from the classics to recent popular music. In this program, Trilogy will play unique versions of music from the 18th to the 21st centuries—from Vivaldi to Daft Punk.

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions

February 4th.  Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is the must-see video game concert of the year. All-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Gamers of all ages will enjoy the rare opportunity to hear live renditions of the tunes that have soundtracked their favorite Pokémon hunting expeditions and battles through every generation of the beloved Nintendo series—starting with “Red” and “Green” from the original GameBoy and building up to “X” and “Y” for the 3DS. Cartoon fans are also in for a treat, as the performance includes an orchestral arrangement of the Pokémon television show theme song. Gotta hear ‘em all!

Silent Disco Saturday

February 4th.  Silent Dance Society is bringing the Silent Disco experience back to Station Kitchen and Cocktails! Gather up your friends for the ultimate dance experience. Get your wireless headphones and switch between 3 Different Music Channels by 3 Live DJs. Join the silent dance movement by reserving your wireless headphones in advance for $15 online (reserve online), or $20 at the event.

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This Week in the DMV 1/15/17

The Hard Problem

Opening this weekend and going until February 19th.  Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard brings his newest work to the illustrious Studio Theatre this January. The Hard Problem concerns Hilary, a young psychology researcher who is attempting to define consciousness in her latest project. A past decision haunts Hilary, causing her to make new, perhaps dangerous choices, leading the audience to contemplate the difference between science and actual living, and how belief affects us.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 16th.  The nation’s capital is a great place to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., especially during the holiday held in his honor. Visit the majestic Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall before or after you attend the 11th Annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade, a festive community gathering that Dr. King would love. The Washington Wizards also celebrate his memory with a matinee game against the Portland Trailblazers, an annual occasion that makes for a perfect day-off activity.

Shen Yun Performing Arts 2017

January 17th to 22nd.  One of the world’s foremost classical Chinese dance and music companies, Shen Yun Performing Arts, will transport you to the Land of the Divine this January. China was once known as the Middle Kingdom, and Shen Yun will bring this ancient world to life through dance, an orchestra and incredible backdrops. All of these elements come together to reveal 5,000 years of awe-inspiring Chinese stories and history.

 

This Week in the DMV 1/8/17

Travel & Adventure Show

January 14th – 15th.  Looking to get inspired for your next adventure? Mark the calendar for the only travel show in the DC area, which features thousands of experts doling out info on top destinations and must-know travel tips. You’ll be immersed in cultures from around the world and can hear from other globetrotters to help you live out wildest travel dreams. This year, keynote speakers include Peter Greenberg, an Emmy Award-winning reporter and CBS News travel editor, and Travel Channel host Samantha Brown.

Bold Broadsides and Bitsy Books

Starting Monday and going until March.  From the public nature of broadsides to the intimacy of a tiny handmade book, the Library and Research Center revels in contrasts of delightful collection items. The “Dead Feminists” broadside series presents eye-catching typography and layouts profiling international feminist heroes, while miniature artists’ books demonstrate intricate, hand-held craft, meant to be easily carried and privately enjoyed.

In the Tower : Barbara Kruger

Open until January 22nd.  Barbara Kruger has a style all her own, making this exhibit a perfect fit to reopen the National Gallery of Art’s reimagined East Building. In the Tower displays Kruger pieces that feature images of figures in profile overlaid with impactful figures of speech. Often times, the figures shown are passive, making the words that much more intense. Don’t miss this installation that showcases one of the most distinctive voices in art.

From Royal Mail to Public Post

Open until January 16th.  Royal Mail celebrates its 500th anniversary as the United Kingdom’s postal service this year, and DC’s National Postal Museum presents this display of original documents dated from 1635 to 1840 in honor of the incredible milestone. During the period at hand, the Royal Mail developed extensively, and you will be able to view important artifacts that chronicle the postal reform of the time, which saw the system go from one available only to high-ranking officials to one available to the public.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year from the Discover DMV family.  While you are busy with your new year’s resolutions, here are a few events that are closing out early this year.  So if you missed out on them in 2016, let 2017 give you a second chance.

Muppets & Puppets

Ending January 8th.  This exhibit at the National Museum of American History will be an outstanding family activity during the holiday season. Muppets & Puppets gathers Muppets and marionettes that date as far back as 1900, as well as Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit from Capitan Kangaroo and the first Kermit created by Jim Henson.

NO MANS LAND: WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION

Ending January 8th.  Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by the Rubell Family Collection (RFC), Miami. Centering on images of the female body and works that explore the physical process of making, NO MAN’S LAND imagines a visual conversation between women artists new to the Rubell Collection and those whose works they began collecting decades ago. The exhibition presents a highly focused selection of paintings and sculptures often using unconventional materials and unexpected formats by women artists who are generationally, intellectually and politically diverse. RFC collaborated with NMWA to realize a new vision for the exhibition, which premiered in RFC’s space in Miami in Dec. 2015.

INTO THE WOODS

Ending January 8th.  The Stephen Sondheim classic that intertwines numerous fairy tales into one glorious story comes to the Kennedy Center this December. Reimagined by Fiasco Theater, Into the Woods is an enthralling musical featuring wolves, witches and wishes that is sure to satisfy the entire family. Expect unforgettable songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone” during this refreshing rendition of a timeless play.

WICKED

Ending January 8th.  The Broadway smash that tells the tale of the Witches of Oz calls the Kennedy Center home throughout the holiday season. The prequel to Dorothy’s adventures in Oz follows a young woman born with green skin who possess great talents. Her friendship with an enthusiastic blonde goes well into the world decides to label one “good” and the other “wicked”. With outstanding and original music, expect to be wowed by this new classic that has captivated audiences everywhere.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

Ending 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.