District Diversions: World Festival, FilmFest DC, Fashion for Paws, Tom Wesselmann Draws, Norman Ambrose, Seance, and MORE this Week in D.C.

DC Local / April 4, 2011

Meets Obsession District Diversions April 4th Edition

Weekly District Diversions: April 4- April 10, 2011

A Weekly Collection of Standout Events in D.C.

Taste of The Nation DCTaste of the Nation DC
Taste of the Nation DC will take place on April 4th, 2011 at the National Building Museum. Washington’s finest restaurants and chefs will gather at this momentous event to raise money and awareness to help end childhood hunger in our community and in America. All proceeds will directly benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes support for our local ben…eficiaries Capitol Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center.

Sample dishes from over 60 of the city’s best restaurants, as well as cocktails from 10 of the hottest mixologists around. General admission ticket holders will also have the opportunity to bid on unique culinary experiences and gifts in our silent auction.

Eatonville Restaurant Presents Eatonville Restaurant Presents “Pairing Dinner” with PEDRONCELLI Winery
On Monday, April 4, 2011, Eatonville Restaurant features a 4-course menu by Executive Chef Garret Fleming featuring wine pairings by Pedroncelli Winery of Sonoma County.

Join Special Guest, Julie Pedroncelli St. John, to taste and treasure their family tradition since 1927.  The Pedroncelli Family sustainably farm the Dry Creek Valley and are committed to a lifestyle of “a slower pace, a good meal, lots of family and friends, and a great glass of wine!”  Join us for an enjoyable evening celebrating the joy of a memorable pairing experien ce featuring a Zinfandel of 100 year vines!!

MENU (Wine Pairing with EACH Course)
— Pan-seared Scallop with roast garlic-black bean succotash
— Toasted Benne Seed and Oyster Stew
— Grilled Squab with rosemary-corn spoonbread, beets and greens
— House-made Lady Baltimore Cake

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs @ Woolly Mammoth

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs @ Woolly Mammoth
Following his smash hit monolo gue, The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America’s most mysterious technology icon. With a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design, Daisey illuminates the war—from China to Silicon Valley—over how we see our world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech toy.

Orpheus & Euridice @ Artisphere

Orpheus & Euridice @ Artisphere
The ancient myth seen through the prism of modern life.  In Gordon’s version, Orpheus is a clarinetist, Euridice a soprano.  They sing together, with and without words; Gordon shows us their domestic bliss before we see them torn asunder.


Orpheus & Euridice @ Artisphere 

Destroyer @ Black Cat
Wit h a biting wit reminiscent of Dylan and repeated nods to the glam and bombastic folk appr oaches of early T. Rex and Bowie, Dan Bejar’s work as Destroyer is far from the more straightforward pop of his “other” band. The New Pornographers, that is. But you can hear a few colloquial pop hooks seeping into the formula here, just to sweeten the pot. On his new album Kaputt, Bejar brings his usual idiosyncratic pop back to the stage.

New York City Ballet @ The Kennedy Center

New York City Ballet @ The Kennedy Center
As the company that shaped 20th-century dance in America and continues to have a profound influence, New York City Ballet performs three mixed repertory programs featuring a definitive collection of Balanchine’s “black and white” ballets, including Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Duo Concertant, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in Three Movements. These works represent the clean break that the choreographer and company made with the traditions of classical dance, sending NYCB in a direction filled with vitality and new discoveries. “Here was proof that ballet needn’t be ornate to enthrall an audience,” says the Washington Post of the company’s neoclassical direction. By concentrating on the essence of movement rather than costuming and storytelling, they serve as prime examples of the bearing Balanchine had on ballet, defining the look and feel of a generation of dancers.

Common Threads World Festival DC

Common Threads World Festival DC
On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Common Threads will bring together some of the most influential Washington DC chefs, state & federal elected officials, diverse professionals, philanthropists, and foodies for a fundraising gala to help sustain and grow our Washington DC after-school programs. Hosted at The Carnegie Institution (1530 P Street NW) from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m., chefs including: Art Smith (Art and Soul), Carla Hall (Alchemy), Scott Drewno (The Source), Dean Gold (Dino), Todd and Ellen Gray (Equinox), Kate Jansen (Willow), Ris Lacoste (RIS), Jamie Leeds (Hank’s Oyster Bar), and Ramon Martinez (Jaleo), Michel Richard (Citronelle & Central), Susan Watterson (CulinAerie) among many others will come together to serve-up global gourmet cuisine to benefit health and nutritional education for Washington, DC youth. Common Threads currently operates in four Washington, DC locations including: CulinAerie with Bancroft Elementary students, E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Charter School, West Education Campus and The Washington Middle School for Girls at The ARC. In addition to the talented participating chefs, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA), Congresswoman Marsha Fudge (D-OH) and Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) among many others will be in attendance. World Festival celebrates food and how it influences the many different cultures of the world around us. In addition to global food stations, guests will enjoy a tempting silent auction including chef experiences, professional athletic events and much more!

The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh @ Studio TheatreThe Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh @ Studio Theatre
A sinister twist on high farce, this chilling tale exposes a family’s Sisyphean games as a father forces his two sons to reenact their troubled past through cross-dressing, slapstick, and denial. When a young woman unwittingly intrudes, things take an irrevocable turn.

Acadiana Bourbon Dinner - A Southern Gathering

Acadiana Bourbon Dinner – A Southern Gathering
Join Acadiana for a southern gathering as the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau appoints Chef/Owner of Acadiana Jeff Tunks the 2011 Kentucky Colonel. The award is in recognition of his passion to preserve Southern traditions and provide an extensive bourbon selection.

 

Each course will be served with a bourbon pairing.

Guest Chef Jonathan Lundy of Jonathan at Gratz Park Restaurant joins with Chef Tunks for a spectacular five course dinner, including Grilled Rosemary Shrimp, Cherywood Smoked Quail, and of course Bourbon Chocolate Cake!

Macy's Culinary Council James Beard Award winning chef, restaurateur, and author, Takashi Yagihashi @ Metro Center

Macy’s Culinary Council James Beard Award winning chef, restaurateur, and author, Takashi Yagihashi @ Metro Center
Join James Beard Award winning chef, restaurateur, and author, Takashi Yagihashi, as he reveals his secrets to innovative, multi-cultural cuisine. Chef Yagihashi will share some of his favorite recipes and gourmet techniques direct from the kitchen of his renowned Chicago restaurant, Takashi. Following the demonstration, Chef Yagihashi will sign copies of his cookbook which will be available for purchase the day of the event.

Green Sneakers @ Artisphere

Green Sneakers @ Artisphere
Green Sneakers is an elegy for Gordon’s partner, Jeffrey Grossi, who died in 1996; it gives us a searing, but also humorous glimpse of his partner’s life before his death from complications of AIDS.

Potiche @ FilmFest DC

Potiche @ FilmFest DC
Gleefully setting his time machine for 1977, director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, Under the Sand) returns to the mode of his sparkling 8 Women. Like that film, this comic ensemble piece is based on a stage farce and stars Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. “Potiche” is French slang for a trophy wife, and Deneuve’s Suzanne has had a purely decorative role for decades. When the workers at the family’s umbrella factory go on strike, prompting the physical collapse of Suzanne’s imperious husband, Robert (the reliably oily Fabrice Luchini), Suzanne takes over the business with the help of Robert’s former secretary/mistress (the hilarious Karin Viard) as well as Suzanne’s twenty-something children. (The kids are played by Judith Godreche and Jeremie Renier, dramatic actors who clearly relished this frothy change of pace.) The factory purrs under enlightened new management (after all, Deneuve has had a way with parasols ever since 1964’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and Suzanne briefly reawakens an old romance with a leftist legislator (Depardieu). But what will Suzanne do when Robert returns from convalescing and demands to reclaim his old role? She won’t go back to being a potiche—that’s for sure. With its neon colors, screwball dialogue, and closing musical number, Ozon’s latest romp is hardly a political drama, but its delight in Suzanne’s liberation is genuine and infectious. —Mark Jenkins

Phillips After 5

Phillips After 5
Phillips after 5 is a lively mix of art and entertainment, with food and cash bar.5–8:30 p.m.: Support Japan, Give with the Phillips
Gather at the Phillips to support disaster relief efforts in Japan. The Phillips will donate 50% of bar and membership proceeds, as well as designated visitor donations, to the American Red Cross. A special installation of work by Japanese artists provides a space for personal reflection and remembrance.
7:30 p.m.:  Give-by-text Rally
Join in a give-by-text rally to benefit the American Red Cross.
6 & 7 p.m.:  Gallery Talk–Japonisme and Bonnard
5–8:30 p.m.:  DJ Donald Syriani
5–8:30 p.m.:  Japanese-themed food and drink help set the mood. Enjoy dumplings by Geppetto Catering, sushi by FoodArts, a Cherry Blossom Cocktail, Japanese beers by Premium Distributors of DC, and sodas provided by Ace Beverages.
5–8:30 p.m.:  44° North Rainier Cherry Flavored Vodka

Due to the event’s popularity, advance reservations during special exhibitions are encouraged to ensure admission.

Art Soiree - InFocus Cherry Blossoms project @ L2 Lounge

Art Soiree – InFocus Cherry Blossoms project @ L2 Lounge
Join Art Soiree at DC’s upscale evening establishment – L2 Lounge – as we celebrate the cherry blossom season in DC and together give to a good cause! This is the first exhibit within our “ART CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” series and will present cherry blossom inspired work by adults with autism at CSAAC.

It all began in December 2008 when two CSAAC staffers volunteered to teach a weekly photography class for the adults in the program who wanted to learn a new set of skills. The results were astonishing and a group of talented photographers emerged. Specially for this event they put together artwork highlighting the festival and this time of the year.

Sounds of spring will be in the air as string quartet Singing Strings DC performs its all new dynamic and exciting program. For the first time we will have a raffle for 2 VIP passes to ALL future ART SOIREE events, and by ALL we really mean ALL!! 100% proceeds from the raffle will benefit CSAAC Foundation, while the artwork made by adults with autism displayed at the event will be made available as “gifts for donation” to CSAAC Foundation. Contributions are fully tax-deductible. So don’t miss out and WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE!!!

Wisdom Teeth Book Release Party for Derrick Weston Brown @ Busboys and Poets
 

Wisdom Teeth Book Release Party for Derrick Weston Brown @ Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets Press celebrates the release of 14th & V Poet-in-Residence, Derrick Weston Brown’s new full length poetry manuscript, “Wisdom Teeth”. To consider Wisdom Teeth is to acknowledge inevitable movement, shift, and sometimes pain. There’s change hidden just below the surface and, like it or not, once it breaks, everything has to make room. So goes the aptly titled debut poetry collection from poet and educator Derrick Weston Brown. Wisdom Teeth reveals the ongoing internal and external reconstruction of a poet’s life and world, as told through a litany of forms and myriad of voices, some the poet’s own. “Wisdom Teeth” is a questioning work, a redefining of personal relationships, masculinity, race, and history. It’s a readjustment of bite, humor, and perspective as Brown channels hip-hop, Toni Morrison, and Snagglepuss to make way for the shudder and eruption of wisdom.

Tom Wesselmann Draws Opening @ The Kreeger Museum
 

Tom Wesselmann Draws Opening @ The Kreeger Museum
Director Judy A. Greenberg is pleased to announce that Tom Wesselmann Draws willl be on view at The Kreeger Museum from April 8-July 30, 2011. Tom Wesselmann Draws is the most comprehensive exhibition of drawings by the artist that has ever been assembled.

Many of the 108 works have never been seen outside the artist’s studio in New York. In the 1960s, Tom Wesselmann was one the key leaders in the Pop Art Movement along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Robert Indiana. He was a brilliant colorist, superior draftsman and innovator of new techniques, who devoted his life to his art and his family.

The exhibition, which covers drawings from his entire career spanning 1959-2004, was originally curated in 2003 by Wesselmann and his wife Claire and encouraged by Emilio Steinberger, Director of the Haunch of Venison Gallery in New York. Wesselmann passed away in 2004 at the age of 73 and the show was put on hold. Five years later, Claire felt ready to revisit the project. “Working in collaboration with the Museum on the installation of the exhibition, his wife Claire will apply her own aesthetic sensibilities to capture the essence of her husband’s oeuvre,” says Greenberg. As stated by Aimee Walleston in the December 2009 issue of Art in America, “Claire Wesselmann is as alive as in Wesselmann’s drawings, with a keen intellect and a uniquely personal take on her husband’s practice.”

“Some supporters have urged me to put together a drawing show because I have never had a major drawing show. The project interests me from another point of view in that I have made drawings in ways more adventurous than what many envision…The scope of the show will be to present a well edited selection of the best drawings available covering the full range of my varied production. I don’t view the show as delineated by decades in any way, but as a continuity of drawings as they occurred…A show that will enlarge the common perception of what a drawing is to a surprising and rewarding degree.”  –Tom Wesselmann, New York City, 2003

The exhibition opened at Haunch of Venison in November 2009 and travelled to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University in October 2010. The Kreeger Museum will complete the run of the show. The catalogue, Tom Wesselmann Draws, Haunch of Venison, New York, 2009 accompanies the exhibition.  Tom Wesselmann: His Voice and Vision by John Wilmerding, Rizzoli, 2008 will also be available.

Norman Ambrose Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus
Norman Ambrose Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus

Couture designer, Norman Ambrose, exhibits his latest collection. Watch Ambrose speak to SVELTE Tv about the line at Mazza Gallerie here.
Converse Presents Get Out of the Garage Music Tour featuring The Whigs @ 9:30 Club
Converse Presents Get Out of the Garage Music Tour featuring The Whigs @ 9:30 Club

“Frontman Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio, and bassist Hank Sullivant formed the Whigs in 2002, while the three Athens-based musicians were attending college at the University of Georgia. With a jaunty mix of Westerberg-like swagger, alt-rock songwriting, and a heartfelt country disposition, the Whigs played their first shows around campus and soon graduated to higher-profile performances, including opening slots for the likes of the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and the Futureheads. Recording sessions for the band’s debut album, Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip, took place in an empty frat house several years later, and the disc was independently released in 2005. By the following year, the Whigs’ audience had widened considerably, prompting Rolling Stone to hail the trio as one of the “10 Artists to Watch.” The bandmates graduated from college that spring, and ATO Records signed them to its roster before the year was up. Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip was released again in 2005, this time with ATO’s help. Despite the surge of good luck, Sullivant soon exited the group to pursue a solo career as Kuroma — a project he eventually put on hold in order to join MGMT’s backup band — and Tim Deaux climbed aboard as his replacement. With a revised lineup in place, the Whigs traveled to Los Angeles in 2007 to begin work on their sophomore album, eventually announcing its completion that October. Mission Control was issued in January 2008, and the band supported its release with a series of late-night TV performances and tour dates alongside the Drive-By Truckers, the Kooks, and Kings of Leon. They returned to the road with Kings of Leon in early 2009, as well, and spent much of the year’s remainder writing songs for a third album. Recorded in Athens with producer Ben Allen (who had spent the previous year recording Animal Collective’s highly acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion), In the Dark was completed in late 2009 and released the following March.” – MacKenzie Wilson, AllMusicGuide 

 

Friday Night Eclectic: Sin Miedo @ The Strathmore
Friday Night Eclectic: Sin Miedo @ The Strathmore

Sin Miedo is Spanish for ‘Fearless,’ and it’s also the name of one the best Salsa bands in Washington” (Washington Post). Led by French pianist Didier Prossaird, Sin Miedo’s 8-piece orchestra performs original music with Spanish and French lyrics and salsa hits from the ‘70s to today.
DC Collaborative Benefit Gala @ La Maison Française / Embassy of France
DC Collaborative Benefit Gala @ La Maison Française / Embassy of France
A celebration 12 years in the making under the Patronage of Chargé d’Affaires François Rivasseau, Embassy of France.Enjoy fine wines, sumptuous appetizers, an exciting live and silent auction, a music soundscape by DC Jahsonic, and well-deserved recognitions and honors. The evening also includes a jubliant student performance provided by the DC Youth Orchestra. Join DC’s cultural leaders, philanthropists and arts and humanities institutions as we celebrate our mission of providing access to the arts and humanities for all DC public and chartered public school students. Help us to raise funds to support another 12 years and beyond. Be a part of the transformative power of the arts and humanities. Be a part of supporting the movement to make DC a world-class city for arts and humanities education! 

 

Seance - The Solo Show of Yosiell Lorenzo @ Northside Social
Seance – The Solo Show of Yosiell Lorenzo @ Northside Social

Throughout history people have sought out discourse with the deceased for help in seeking answers to life’s many mysteries.  Whether it is through the use of a crystal ball, a deck of tarot cards, an Ouija board, or an actual séance with a living medium, the living are continuously calling on the dead; stirring up paranormal energies and communicating with entities that sometimes disguise themselves as deceased loved ones. Unfortunately, many amateurs who have meddled with these spiritual devices in search of a cheap thrill have consequently paid a hefty toll.  Once the portal between the world of the living and the dead has been opened, there is no telling what price one may have to pay for admittance.  Yosiell Lorenzo’s exhibition, SEANCE, will be materializing a series of new artwork that explains why it may be best to leave the dead at peace, and allow life’s answers to unravel on their own.  After all, what is the point of being privy to life’s mysteries if you end up losing your soul in the process?
Fashion for Paws 5th Annual Runway Show
Fashion for Paws 5th Annual Runway Show

On April 9, 2011 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (after party: George) the 5th annual Fashion for Paws (F4P) Runway Show event designed by Syzygy Event Productions will take place at the National Building Museum to benefit the Washington Humane Society (WHS). This year, the event will be Hosted by “The Fashion Guy,” Lawrence Zarian and Co-Chaired by Amanda Polk and Dr. Dondi Dahlgaard. The Executive Committee will be Co-Chaired by… Tommy McFly and Wendy Gordon, with Windy Shepard as the Committee Fundraising Chair. The Mistress of Ceremonies will again be Pamela Sorensen. Please visit, www.washhumane.org/F4PRunwayShow2011 for more information and to purchase tickets/tables and/or support a model!
Simone Dinnerstein @ Sixth & I Synagogue
Simone Dinnerstein @ Sixth & I Synagogue

Dinnerstein’s sold out appearance on the 2008/09 Hayes Piano Series was a season highlight, and you won’t want to miss this much-anticipated recital as she performs Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op.27 No. 1, Schumann’s Fantasiesucke, and Bach’s sublime Chorale Preludes.
The Polaroid Retrospective II Opening Reception @ Lamont Bishop Gallery
The Polaroid Retrospective II Opening Reception @ Lamont Bishop Gallery

“The Polaroid Retrospective” is an on-going exhibit dedicated to the world of Polaroid and instant film photography that utilizes both traditional and non-traditional gallery spaces. All images used in our exhibits were taken with retro instant-film cameras of different styles. 

Current artists included in the exhibit are Kim Oberski, Angela Kleis, Ryan Kibler, Joshua Yospyn, Dan Murano, Guiseppe Molinario, Justin Violini, Ada Rose Bitterbaum, Sarah Stierch, Konstantinos Kissas, Duncan Ris, Ramune Rastonis, Jodi McKee, Azuree Wiitala, Aya Sato, Maria Bryk, Justin John, Lisa McCarty, Eric Wayne, Rachel Carrier, Gail Vollrath, Jillian Pichocki, Candice Welsh, Alan Campbell, Karima Selehdar, Sergio Herrera, Jati, Glenann Godden and Eric Kemp.

Countdown to Yuri's Night: Out of this World Party
Countdown to Yuri’s Night: Out of this World Party

DC’s Annual Cosmonaughty Art Exhibit, Variety Show, and Dance Party Commemorating the 50th Anniversary Human Space Flight.
Toad the Wet Sprocket @ 9:30 Club

Toad the Wet Sprocket @ 9:30 Club
Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, this 4-piece band of Santa Barbara, CA high school cronies came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. To this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound made them one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early 1990s. What’s up with the band? Glen Phillips: Glen recently released cds with two projects: Plover with Neilson Hubbard and Garrison Starr and Remote Tree Children with John Askew. Glen is currently touring with Works Progress Administration, a project with Sean and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs), Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Wilco), Benmont Tench (Heartbreakers), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), and Davey Faragher (Cracker, Elvis Costello). Check WPAmusic.com for dates near you. Dean Dinning: Dean is co-writing with Todd Nichols and hit writers in Nashville and L.A. for upcoming projects. Check out Myspace.com/DeanDinning to hear what he’s currently working on. Dean also composed the music and songs for the independent film “Desertion”, which won the Valley International Film Festival’s Best Feature Film award in 2009. In his spare time, Dean manages Toad’s touring, licensing, and merchandise business. Todd Nichols: Todd is currently co-writing with Dean Dinning as well as hit writers in Nashville and L.A. and producing demos for new songs for upcoming projects. Some of these demos are posted at Myspace.com/ToddNichols. Randy Guss: Randy still plays the drums.

Headlong Dance Theater @ Danceplace
Headlong Dance Theater @ Danceplace

In More, Headlong imagines a dance of our bodies after our bodies have gone away. In an ever-shifting landscape, a house is built, dismantled, and built up again. Rooms morph into sculptures strewn with bodies. And a horse-field of green appears from nowhere. Through it all, a furious lament of disappearing bodies tear across a domestic world of microwaves and Doris Day songs.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Attend one of Washington’s most exciting springtime traditions − the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® on Saturday, April 9, from 10am – noon, rain or shine. The Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW, and is simulcast live, in its entirety, on WJLA−ABC7 and TBD TV. Lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and performers burst down the historic avenue in an energy-filled spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Pyramid Atlantic 30th Birthday Celebration
Pyramid Atlantic 3oth Birthday Celebration

Pyramid is celebrating 30 years!  Come and celebrate our 30th Birthday Party with us.  Enjoy artist  demonstrations, studio tours, our annual members exhibition, live music, hands on arts activities, door  prizes, art raffles, cake & ice cream and so much more! 

It’s going to be a special day and we want you there.  So mark your calendars and bring a friend. We will  save you the corner piece!

Flamenco, Flamenco @ FilmFest DC
Flamenco, Flamenco @ FilmFest DC

To explore Spanish music and dance through the eyes of revered master director Carlos Saura is to indulge in as immersive a visual and aural experience as cinema has to offer. Flamenco, Flamenco is his 10th film on the subject in nearly 40 years, and features 21 practitioners performing in traditional and more innovative styles, including Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Estrella Morente, and Eva Yerbabuena. Photographed over seven weeks on a former Seville Expo ’92 pavilion, the film is Saura’s sixth collaboration with the great cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. It employs a velvety rich color palette and scrims of classic European paintings featuring assertive women to create a stunning world of movement, light, and sound. “Flamenco is at a fantastic moment,” Saura told The New York Times in February. Although he’s too modest to say so, his devotion to the art form has played a key role in that success. —Eddie Cockrell
8th Annual Blue Jeans Ball
8th Annual Blue Jeans Ball

The Blue Jeans Ball is a one-of-a-kind, community-wide charitable event that encourages residents in the D.C. area to “come as you are,” learn more about the high prevalence of hunger among our neighbors throughout the metro region, and become part of the solution.  Recognized as one of the area’s top charitable events, the dress code is all about comfort – and a good cause.
The Washington Ballet: Le Corsaire
The Washington Ballet: Le Corsaire

Join the dancers of The Washington Ballet for this swashbuckling adventure of pirates, pashas, and the slave girls who love them in internationally-regarded classical repetiteur Anna-Marie Holmes’ thrilling production of the 19th century classic by Marius Petipa. The story of lovers Conrad and Medora, the evil Seid Pasha, and company of corsairs enchants and excites. Don’t miss this adventuresome company premiere!
In the Tower: Nam June Paik @ National Gallery of Art
In the Tower: Nam June Paik @ National Gallery of Art

Nam June Paik (1932–2006) is a towering figure in contemporary art. Born in Korea and trained in Japan and Germany in aesthetics and music, Paik settled in New York in 1964 and quickly became a pioneer in the integration of art with technology and performance. The exhibition features a selection from Paik’s estate as well as from the Gallery’s own collection. The centerpiece is One Candle, Candle Projection (1988–2000), one of the artist’s simplest, most dynamic works. Each morning a candle is lit and a video camera follows its progress, casting its flickering, magnified, processed image onto the walls in myriad projections. Two other closed-circuit works share the main gallery—one involving eggs, the other a bronze Buddha. 

The adjoining room features works on paper and a short film about the artist. The exhibition also highlights an important new acquisition: Untitled (Red Hand), 1967, gift of the Hakuta Family, which includes a 19th-century Japanese scroll, a flashing bulb, and the artist’s handprint. Here—as in so much of Paik’s work—tradition and technology, elegance and humor, meditation and irreverence, come together in surprising harmony.

Chefs by the Bay
Chefs by the Bay
In its twelfth year Chefs by the Bay is a “don’t-miss” evening of indulgences of every kind with this unique gastronomic event that showcases various local and regional culinary talents preparing an array of delicacies. 

New this year guests can sample ales and beers from local breweries and wines from local and national vineyards. The tasting, the wines and the brews pared perfectly make this event a true Annapolis culinary experience.

In addition to sampling, the  event includes a competition amongst chefs for the creation of Best Dessert, Best Appetizer, Best Beverage and Best Booth Display, judged by a panel of highly regarded culinary connoisseurs.

One of the evening’s highlight is the interactive raffle Hats and Aprons where one lucky winner will walk away with $1,000. A silent auction, raffle of fabulous prizes and live music put the finishing touches on a deliciously decadent evening.

Proceeds benefit the many community programs of Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. (JLA).


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