The Collection will open Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery and The Hunter's Hound in the former Ralph Lauren building in 2020. Urban Plateswill open in 2020 next to Farr Park - opposite Little Beet Table.
PotbellySandwich Shop opened on Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights in early February. The shop has about fifty seats, including tables for four and high chairs for two. In addition to sandwiches, they offer soup, salad and beverages - but no coffee. There is no information about the business which will occupy the small adjacent space.
American University Museum Winter Shows opened at the Katzen Art Center in January and continue on view thru mid-March.
Cinema Art Bethesda will screen Woman at War, a film from Iceland, on March 15 at Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema. The film received 15 awards, including Best Screenwriting, at the Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a fifty-year-old independent woman who lives a double life as a passionate environmental activist. She succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and a corporation building a new aluminum smelter. As she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. The film will be screened in Icelandic with English subtitles. The ticket price incudes coffee, bagels & cream cheese, plus a post-film discussion. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at https://cinemaartbethesda.org
The eighth annual Bethesda Film Fest Documentary Film Festival will feature four short documentaries made by local filmmakers at screenings at Imagination Stage on March 27 & 28. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers. The films to be screened will be:
CRI: The Story of Juan Pineda (23 minutes) by Gabriel Veras. It's about a D.C.-based visual artist whose distinct style is characterized as urban-contemporary/street art.
Deathly Silent by Eman Alghamdi (18 minutes) about a young woman from Saudi Arabia - it examines stories of her past that have helped shape who she is now.
Gun Show by Richard Chisholm (30 minutes) about a sculptor who goes on the road to explore America's obsession with guns.
Sage (18 minutes) by Gabe Dinsmoor and Rebecca McCutcheon about efforts to organize city-wide ceasefires.
March is Orchid Month at Hillwood, and it's an ideal time to tour Hillwood’s greenhouses. Marjorie Post constructed greenhouses to hold her extensive collection of exotic orchids, as well as cut flowers grown for floral arrangements throughout the mansion.
Visitors can learn about Post’s infatuation with orchids, and the exotic blooms and fragrances on display. Tickets are distributed at the visitor center upon opening each day. A twenty-minute tour is limited to ten visitors and meets in the visitor center conservatory. Drew Asbury, who is Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager, is responsible for the greenhouses, the cutting garden, and the horticulture volunteer program.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection will exhibit Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants, March 24-August 23. The exhibition is comprised of 20 paintings of Amazonian flora by the artist, explorer, and environmentalist Margaret Mee (1909–1988) in the Dumbarton Oaks rare book collection. These works, acquired by Dumbarton Oaks founder Mildred Bliss in 1966 and 1967 and dating to Mee’s first three expeditions in the Amazon, have never been displayed together. The exhibition draws on manuscript and print works from the rare book collection ”to situate Mee within a tradition of women botanical artists and illustrators that stretches back to the seventeenth century."
Portraits of Plants also interrogates the enduring interplay between art and science through a variety of media (botanical illustration, watercolor, photography) extending to the present day, with works by contemporary photographer Amy Lamb, scientific illustrator Alice Tangerini, and botanical artist Nirupa Rao. The exhibition is curated by Yota Batsaki, Executive Director, and Anatole Tchikine, Curator of Rare Books, with assistance from Leib Celnik, Postgraduate Curatorial Fellow.
Dumbarton Concerts will present The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good, with Riley Mulherkar, trumpet, Chloe Rowlands, trumpet, Andy Clausen, trombone and Willem de Koch, trombone at Dumbarton Church on March 28. The quartet takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. They bring together jazz, roots, and chamber music influences.” The program will showcase their personal take on the American song, with original compositions by each ensemble member, plus a curated mix of classical, traditional, and jazz.
The Thirteen will perform concerts titled Mysticin March. The concerts will explore humanity’s search for the divine across time and space with nearly a millennium of music, featuring the German composer Hildegard von Bingen, Spanish composers Victoria and Lobo, Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt, and contemporary American composer Mason Bates. One of the concerts will be performed on March 8atBradley Hills Church inBethesda, MD.
Chevy Chase Concerts will have their 43rd Annual Bach Marathonon March 22 at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. The tradition is that ten organists will present half-hour programs on the church's 3-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. The presenter advises "Come when you can; leave when you must." The concert will be followed by a catered traditional German dinner (seating limited to 80).
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), led by Marin Alsop, will perform Mozart and Mendelssohn in The Music Center on March 29. A work newly commissioned by the BSO from the young British composer Anna Clyne will be juxtaposed with Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C Major. The program will also include Fanny’s famous brother’s “Italian” Symphony No. 4. French pianist David Fray will perform Mozart’s youthful masterpiece of the classical style, the Piano Concerto No. 9 “Jeunehomme.”
Images below: Anna Clyne by Jennifer Taylor & David Fray by Paulo Roversi
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform Mozart's Requiemin The Music Center on March 21. The orchestra will be joined by Suzanne Karpov, soprano, Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano, Norman Shankle, tenor and Kevin Deas, bass. The orchestra will also perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major with Jon Manasse, clarinet.
Cantate Chamber Singers, conducted by Victoria Gau, will perform a concert titled PASSION – Through the Dark Cloudsat Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda on March 1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem will be "interspersed with haunting newer works exploring loss and mortality, yet also bringing a sense of peace in contrast with the powerful and terrifying requiem text."
The concert will feature an orchestra and guest soloists Deborah Sternberg, soprano; Cara Gonzalez, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor; and Kevin Deas, bass-baritone.
The program will also include works by Victoria Bond, John Tavener, Moses Hogan, and Andrew Earle Simpson.
The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville will present the Baltimore Consorton March 6. The Consort "is known for their lively renditions of Renaissance tunes. They will present a new program featuring their core repertory--music of the Elizabethan era--with songs and consort music from the Shakespeare plays. Soprano Danielle Svonavec will perform some of the greatest hits from the Bard’s songbook, and Consort instrumentalists will play arrangements of dances and consort music related to the plays, with their “exquisite consort” of instruments--lute, cittern, viols, and flute.
The Washington Conservatory of Music will present the Pressenda Chamber Players on March 7 at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. They will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 127 and Schumann’s String Quartet in a minor. The performers will include Aaron Berofsky, violin; Kathryn Votapek, violin; Gregory Luce, viola; and Tobias Werner, cello. Families with children are encouraged to attend.
Bel Cantanti Opera will perform the world premiere of Briscula the Magician - an opera in two acts with music by Frances Pollock and libretto by Bob Misbin - on March 7, 8, 14 & 15 at Randolph Rd. Theater in Silver Spring, MD. The opera, led by Artistic Director, Producer Katerina Souvorova, tells a story of love and hate in Mussolini's Italy. The tale was inspired by Thomas Mann's Mario and the Magician. The opera will be presented in English, fully staged, in costume and accompanied by a chamber orchestra. The lead roles will be sung by Peter Burroughs, Michael Butler, John Harrison, and Leah Brzyski.
Washington ConcertOpera will present the 6821 Quintet performing works commissioned for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, sponsored by Ryuji Ueno Foundation, at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, MD on April 4. The quintet is an ensemble of international artists named for the distance from Tokyo to DC. The group will showcase their musical artistry in various performances in the DC area during the Festival. Families with children are encouraged to attend. Visit www.washingtonconservatory.org/2020/04/04/sat-april-4-800-pm-6821-quintet/
Papyrus, the greeting card and stationery chain, plans to close all of their stand-alone shops at the end of February, including the shop in The Collection in Chevy Chase. The shops are offering their cards and other products at sale prices, and the company has filed for bankruptcy protection. Their greeting cards will continue to be available at select retail stores and online. Visit www.papyrusonline.com/
Theater J is presenting Anna Ziegler’s THE WANDERERS, directed by Amber Paige McGinnis, thru March 15. The drama is about two couples whose lives couldn’t be more different; but the hidden connections between the seemingly disparate people draw the audience into an intriguing puzzle and “a deeply sympathetic look at modern love.”
Theater J will present Mark St. Germain’s play Becoming Dr. Ruth, directed by Holly Twyford and starring Naomi Jacobson, March 27-April 19. Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer - America’s favorite sex therapist - Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role in an earlier production, will return to Theater J "for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater."
Keegan Theatre is presenting Boy, written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Susan Marie Rhea, thru March 7. Set in the 1960s, the story unfolds as "a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold… Inspired by a true story, BOY explores the complicated journey of trying to find love in a new body and the inextricable bonds that are built along the way."