Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is presenting their competitive annual solo exhibition featuring Northern Virginia-based artist Julia Kwon, thru August 4.The artist, who is based in Woodbridge, Virginia, uses traditional Korean-inspired textiles “to create a dialogue on othering and objectification she experiences as a Korean-American woman. Her work touches on her minority identity and delves deeper into a broader commentary on the dehumanizing and reductive process of being categorized.” She “draws her main aesthetic inspiration from bojagi, a Korean practice of wrapping objects in cloth to protect good luck. Historically, bojagi was a creative outlet for women in the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) who had limited contact with the outside world.” Kwon was selected from more than 130 North American applicants as part of Target Gallery’s annual Open Call for a Solo Exhibition. The jury panel for this opportunity was: Sandy Guttman, a curatorial assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Michael Matason, Gallery Manager of DC Arts Center; and Terence Nicholson; a DC-based artist.
The Torpedo Factory Artists' Association Working Artists + Open Studios is exhibiting LANDSCAPE X 3 at Gallery 311, June 1-30.Painters Ellen Delaney and Gale Wallar and photographer Jo Ann Tooley present landscapes in a striking new way. "Delaney’s elegant paintings consist of larger- than- life abstracts while Wallar’s work emphasizes a majestic topography with defined shapes and edges. Tooley’s black & white photographs strip nature of its color."
Images below, from left: Caribbean Blue by Ellen Delaney; The Road Less Traveled by Jo Ann Tooley; and The Magic Mountain by Gale Wallar.
Arlington Arts Center’s summer exhibitions will open with a family-friendly event on June 22.The day will include snacks and art projects for children of all ages and will celebrate the opening of Amanda Browder’s monumental fabric lawn installation, City of Threads and three new summer exhibitions: Transitional Objects; Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost; and Jason Horowitz: Ashton Heights Re/Seen. Visitors can stop by resident artists’ studios to see what they have been working on. Amanda Browder’s Lawn Installation will be on view thru July 21.The large-scale fabric installation will enliven the exterior of the AAC building with donated fabric - in collaboration with community members. Her process invites members of the public to get involved with the process of creation, thereby “spurring conversations about community, art, architecture, and public space. The final result of the collaborative process – the large-scale fabric installation – will work playfully with the architecture of AAC’s building, both complimenting its architecture and introducing an element of whimsy onto the building’s façade.” Transitional Objects, on view thru September 7, will highlight artists who explore human relationships to inanimate material – commodities, tools, personal belongings, clothing, and all of the other nonliving substances that populate our daily lives. The participating artists will be Kyle Bauer, Calder Brannock, Dexter Ciprian, Emily Culver, Liz Ensz, Kyle Hittmeier, Trish Tillman, and Holly Trout.
Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost, will be on view thru September 7.The exhibition “both enacts and subtly critiques the endless pursuit of perfection. Manipulating the material characteristics of latex paint, Noone repeatedly coats the surfaces of acrylic boxes, picture frames, and shelving units, before scraping away layers of the dried latex.
Jason Horowitz: Ashton Heights Re/Seen, will be on view June 22-September 7.The artist “uses the Photo Sphere/Street View app and his smartphone’s camera to create immersive abstract views.tT
The image below is by Dexter Ciprian from Transitional Objects.
Old Town Alexandria’s Waterfront is undergoing a major transformation in 2019. A greatly-expanded new park area at the foot of King Street seamlessly connects Old Town’s historic retail corridor with the water. The Park, which features four distinct areas, is adjoined to the original Waterfront Park and is designed for ongoing enjoyment and special activations and events. The official opening celebration will take place in March to coincide with the opening reception for a major new public art installation.
Image below: Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, is a site-specific, temporary installation that will activate the Old Town Alexandria waterfront from March through November 2019. Image Credit: SOFTlab
The Tall Ship Providence will arrive in Alexandria in the summer of 2019 and will provide a living link to Virginia’s rich maritime, naval, and Revolutionary history. The Providence is a reproduction of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones's firstAmerican command. Visitors will be welcomed aboard to see the ship, meet John Paul Jones, and get a taste of what life was like aboard an eighteenth-century sloop. Cruises will be offered on the Potomac, including family-oriented adventures and a regular "craft brew cruise" in partnership with Port City Brewing. The ship can be rented for special tours to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or corporate event.
Image below: A view of The Providence - Credit: Tall Ship Providence Foundation
The annual USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration will take place at Oronoco Bay Park along the Potomac River waterfront on July 13.The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will perform, and there will be patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display.
George Washington's Mount Vernon will display Independence Fireworks on June 28 & 29. The family fun and fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music celebrating our nation's founding. Tours of the Mansion will be available, plus musical performances, and games and opportunities to greet General and Mrs. Washingtonin the historic area. There will be 18th-century dancing demonstrations, and Mount Vernon’s colonial artisans will reveal how 18th-century ice cream was made in the days before freezers. Washington’s Tomb can also be visited at night. Elsewhere, sparks will fly at the blacksmith shop. Concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant will be available.
An American Celebration at Mount Vernonwill take place on July 4.The annual Independence Day event salutes the first commander-in-chief with made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac River and the roar of cannon fire during special military re-enactments. There will be free birthday cake (while supplies last), a visit from General and Mrs. Washington and a performance by the National Concert Band during its "Red, White and Blue" concert.
Virginia Bronze, directed by Brian Seemann, will perform a concert titled High Voltageat George Washington Masonic National Memorial on June 23. The concert, presented in collaboration with electronic music composer and bell enthusiast, Victor Cristobal, will feature Wagner’s ‘Velocity’, Payne’s ‘Laudation,’Muse’s ‘Knights of Cydonia,’ and the world premiere of Nick Hanson’s arrangement of ‘160 BPM’from the movie ‘Angels and Demons.’
A view of the interior of The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present The Producers - written by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan & directed by Kristina Friedgen - July 27-August 17.The 2001 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is about “the onetime king of Broadway producers, who is hungry to strike it rich. His accountant - with dreams of someday becoming a theatre producer - discovers that they could get richer by producing a flop instead of a hit. They start by finding the worst show, worst director, and worst actors. When their new production, Springtime for Hitler, turns out to be a smash success, the plan is thrown off and the partners' lives are thrown into chaos.”
Alexandria Little Theatre will present Ken Ludwig's play titled A Fox on the Fairway, directed by Scott Strasbaugh, June 8-29. It's a "charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with … golf. Ludwig’s play is a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and romantic missteps, this furious paced comedy recalls the best of the Marx Brothers’ classics."
Avant Bard is presenting A Misanthrope- a new distillation of Molière’s The Misanthrope - written by Matt Minnicino & directed by Megan Behm at the Gunston Arts Center Theatre, thru June 30. It'd "a brisk, biting comedy about a cynic who thinks insincerity is a sin—but the joke’s on him when he falls for an ingenue who’s more than his match."
NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon, Virginia is presenting Singin’ in the Rain, thru June 23.It's Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann's "wildly inventive re-imagining of an American mega-musical as no one has seen it before."
Signature Theatre is presenting Spunk: Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston, thru June 23. In the musical fable - adapted & directed by George C. Wolfe - "an unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman, to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love." The show, with music by Chic Street Man, is said to be "glowing with wit, humor and energy, resonating with evocative staging and soulful music........three tales of survival told in the key of the blues."
Signature Theatre will present the world premiere of Blackbeard, a new musical about the most infamous pirate of all time, June 18-July 14. The "riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure" from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix was commissioned by Signature. "After learning he’s a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea." The fresh musical salute to the Seven Seas will be immersively-staged entirely on a pirate ship.
Signature Theatre will present Blowin' in the Wind: Folk-Rock in America, June 25-30. Robbie Schaefer and others will host "an evening of folk-flavored music with an electric rock beat." The show will feature "the lyrical storytelling and guitar melodies of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Neil Young, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Carole King, Paul Simon and some of Robbie’s original songs."
UrbanArias will present Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters, July 11-14. The show is "a collection of musical love notes to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Multiple characters of varying ages and backgrounds present short, overlapping stories of passion, loss, death, and betrayal that stretch across space and time." The groundbreaking series of dramatic ballads by Costello and Brodsky Quartet will be presented in an immersive cabaret setting.
Synetic Theater is presenting Richard IIIthru June 16. Paata Tsikurishvili depicts “the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III of England in an action-packed and cutting edge display of movement. Longtime Synetic Theater company member and fan-favorite Alex Mills stars in the wordless adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. The production is recommended for ages 13+."
Synetic Theater will present Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Tori Tolentino, July 17-August 18.It’s a modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of “buccaneers and buried gold.” The timeless tale follows an orphan girl “who longs for adventure, as she is swept up on a wild hunt for buried treasure with a ruthless band of buccaneers.” Visit https://synetictheater.org/
Pride Month will celebrate LGBTQ in historic Alexandria throughout June. There will be more than a dozen events, happenings, food and drink specials, and hotel packages, including Priday Night at Port City Brewing Company and ALX Pride 2019 Mix & Mingle at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. There will be Pride cocktails and delicious offerings at local restaurants like the “Baked This Way” Cupcake at Buzz Bakeshop and Rainbow Baked Alaska at Brabo Brasserie. Many events and offerings will benefit LGBTQ organizations, including NOVA Pride, AGLA, Safe Space NOVA and The Trevor Project.
Image below: Baked-This-Way-Cupcake at Buzz Bakeshop - Credit Rose-Collins