The Agenda News August, 2021
A Guide to Places to Go & Things to Do in
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Northwest DC & Northern Virginia
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DINING: The spaces which will be occupied by Junction Bakery & Bistro and Hunter's Hound in The Collection have been completely gutted, and the facades have been removed. Windows were installed in June. Suskiko Restaurant - pictured at right - in The Collection has reopened and offers dining on their attractive patio as well as inside.
AUCTIONEERS & APPRAISERS: Sloan & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers are relocating to 5550 Friendship Boulevard in Friendship Heights – next to The Elizabeth Condominium - from 7034 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase. There will be an entrance on the North Park Avenue side of the building next to the Friendship Market. The company's next Estate Catalogue Auction will likely be this Summer. Visit http://www.sloansandkenyon.com/ Preparations for opening Amazon Fresh, the new Grocery Store coming to The Collection In Chevy Chase, continue. Meanwhile, the company has advertised positions for “Store Associates” in the new store. The salary offered Is $15-$16.95 an hour. Fencing around the property has been removed, and contractors’ vehicles are no longer on the site. SERVICES: Westwood Cleaners has opened a full-service branch in The Collection In Chevy Chase at 5457 Wisconsin Ave. – next door to Sushiko restaurant In addition to drycleaning, they offer shoe repair and more and feature home delivery. The new cleaners occupies space that formerly housed a Papyrus Card Shop. Visit Https://Www.Westwoodcleanersbethesda.Com Vive Dental Day Spa has moved into the Arcade of The Elizabeth Condominium at 4601 North Park Avenue in Friendship Heights. Dr. Janet Oyeledun and Dr. Dayo Ogunnaike, have acquired the dentist office in Suite C7 previously occupied by Dr. Alona Bauer. They are accepting new patients. Visit https://vivedentaldayspa.com/ FESTIVAL: The 9th Annual Rockville Arts Festival will take place September 4-5 at Rockville Town Square. The streets surrounding the Square will be transformed into a vibrant outdoor gallery full of stunning art, live music and performances, demonstrations, and artisanal foods from the eateries at the square and the Festival’s food trucks. A diverse group of 140 master artists from across the country will share their work in ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. The event is produced by VisArts, the area’s leading nonprofit visual arts organization. Visitwww.rockvilleartsfestival.org RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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ARTS & CRAFTS: SMITHSONIAN GALLERIES
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is presenting Visionary: The Cumming Family Collection (Part II) through October 31. Installed in two parts, the exhibition celebrates a major acquisition of 22 contemporary portraits recently gifted or promised to the Portrait Gallery by Ian and Annette Cumming. Part II features portraits by American artists Jack Beal, Chuck Close, and Nelson Shanks and includes likenesses of prominent leaders, such as Al Gore, President Barack Obama, and EO Wilson. The exhibition is curated by Portrait Gallery Chief Curator Emerita Brandon Brame Fortune. The Portrait Gallery will exhibit Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands August 27-May 30, 2022. The exhibition will be the first retrospective of portraiture by Hung Liu (b. 1948 in Changchun, China). More than 50 paintings, photographs and drawings will be shown in the Gallery’s first exhibition honoring an Asian American woman with a solo show. The exhibition is curated by Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture and coordinating curator for the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. The Portrait Gallery is exhibiting Warranted to Give Satisfaction: Daguerreotypes by Jeremiah Gurney thru February 6, 2022. Jeremiah Gurney (1812–1895) established one of New York City’s first daguerreotype studios in 1840, and his works were considered “nearer to absolute perfection” than those of other daguerreotypists. The exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard.
The Portrait Gallery will exhibit Block by Block: Naming Washington July 30-January 16, 2023. The exhibition will feature a selection of the people whom Washington city planners have deemed important enough to have streets and spaces named after them, including Farragut, Howard, Barton (See the image at right), Al Gore and Malcolm X. The exhibition is presented by Curator of Photographs Leslie Ureña. Visit http://npg.si.edu
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is displaying Welcome Home: A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975-1980, a survey conceived, led and carried out by women photographers—Elinor Cahn, Joan Clark Netherwood and Linda Rich. They photographed a cross-section of Baltimore residences and businesses, celebrating traditions while also acknowledging many challenges. The exhibition includes 104 photographs from the museum’s permanent collection. John Jacob, the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, organized the exhibition with Vitoria Bitencourt and Krystle Stricklin, curatorial assistants.Visit http://americanart.si.edu The Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery is exhibiting Forces of Nature thru August 15. The biennial showcase features artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Rowland Ricketts, and Debora Moorer. Visit https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/invitational-2020 The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art has reopened with an exhibition titled Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa. (The closing date has not yet beendetermined.) "Gold from West Africa was the engine that drove the movement of things, people, and ideas across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in an interconnected medieval world. As the incredible works in this exhibition show, it is not possible to understand the emergence of the early modern world without this West African story."Visit https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/caravans-gold-fragments-time-art-culture-and-exchange-across-medieval-saharan-africa:event-exhib-6501 The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Gallery will reopen Marcel DuChamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection on September 14. Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge will also open on August 20. The Hirshhorn’s exterior will be wrapped in a “curtain” by renowned Swiss artist Nicolas Party, September 18 to the Spring of 2022. Party’s work, titled Draw the Curtain (2021), will wrap 360 degrees around the temporary scaffolding that encases the museum building while the building’s envelope undergoes critical repairs. Visit https://hirshhorn.si.edu/upcoming-exhibitions The National Museum of Asian Art's Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery have reopened. Visit https://asia.si.edu/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE
arts & crafts: Independent galleries
The Phillips Collection reopened in March, 2021 with a celebration of the Collection's centennial year. The celebration features an exhibition titled Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century, which is on display thru September 12. As the museum marks its centennial, Dorothy Kosinski, who is Vradenburg Director and CEO of The Phillips, plans to conclude her tenure next year after 15 years at The Collection. The Phillips Collection is exhibiting Intersections: Marley Dawson, thru September 5. Australian artist Marley Dawson has created a site-specific project in two parts that respond to the Phillips’s collection and architecture. The Collection is displaying Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle Special Exhibition, thru September 19. Lawrence’s 30-panel series Struggle…From the History of the American People, painted between 1954 and 1956, “invited a new way of chronicling erased histories about America’s founding." For the ﬁrst time since 1958, the series is reunited, along with two new panels discovered in 2020 and 2021. Visit https://www.phillipscollection.org/ The Phillips Collection is displaying Inside Outside, Upside Down - a special exhibition - thru September 12. The juried invitational features dynamic work across media by 64 artists of the greater DC region, making vivid the turmoil, strength, and resiliency of the human spirit in the face of the past year’s global covid-19 pandemic and social upheaval. The guest curator is internationally renowned artist Renée Stout. Visit https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-07-16-inside-outside-upside-down?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jennifer-mitchell&utm_content=July+2021+Media+Calendar Looking ahead, The Phillips Collection plans to screen “Miss Alma Thomas” - the first documentary film that explores the incredible life of the black woman artist - through the lens of curators, art specialists, scholars, and her family – October 30-January 23, 2022. Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard will provide “the voice” of Miss Thomas. The 20-minute film will be released in conjunction with a major four-city museum retrospective, where thousands will have the opportunity to learn of her life, work, and continuing influence. Arlington Arts Center's summer 2021 exhibitions include: We Can't Predict Tomorrow, Emily Fussner: Even a Parking Lot is Beautiful at Dawn, Patrick McDonough: Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man, and Dane Winkler: Timepiece Mythos. We Can’t Predict Tomorrow, which is the lead exhibition, is on view thru August 28. The featured artists are James Balo, Nakeya Brown, Tommy Bobo, Leigh Davis, Guarina Lopez, Lex Marie, Jackie Milad, Jared Nielsen, and Bahar Yürükoğlu. The exhibition offers a snapshot of life as lived throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The guest curator is Amanda Jirón-Murphy. Visit https://arlingtonartscenter.org/exhibits/2021/we-cant-predict-tomorrow/ The Kreeger Museum in Northwest D.C. has reopened and is exhibiting Objects from the Studio: The Sculptor’s Process thru August 31. The exhibition brings together maquettes, sketches, and other objects from sculptors’ studios “to explore how outdoor sculptures are made, focusing on works from The Kreeger Museum’s Sculpture Garden. The show offers insight into the artistic process, from preliminary drawings to handcrafted models.” Artists featured include Kendall Buster, Richard Deutsch, John L. Dreyfuss, Carol Brown Goldberg, Dalya Luttwak, and Foon Sham. The exhibition was curated by Danielle O'Steen, Ph.D. Visit https://kreegermuseum.org/exhibitions/view/upcoming Culture House, the art space at 700 Delaware Avenue in Southwest DC, will exhibit Andrea Limauro: American Civil War, July 31-August 28. Italian-born Andrea Limauro is a visual artist and city planner whose work explores issues of migration and migrant identity, nationalistic narratives, gun violence, climate change and other social topics. The exhibition is a body of work created during the tumultuous last year as the artist speculates that the American Civil War did not end in 1865 but continues today. Visit http://culturehousedc.org/exhibitions
Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries is exhibiting Glen Echo Pottery's 13th Annual Student Exhibit, Surviving with Clay thru August 1, 2021. Visit https://glenechopark.org/partnershipgalleries
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center has announced their Fall Exhibitions. Visit https://www.american.edu/cas/museum/upcoming.cfm
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The National Air & Space Museum on the Mall will reopen on July 30. The Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA reopened in May. Visit https://airandspace.si.edu/
The Natural History Museum is now open and is exhibiting Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans thru March 2022. The exhibition focuses on how humans are shaping the world in ways big and small, intentional and unintentional, visible and invisible. Seven contemporary artists challenge viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet. Visit https://naturalhistory.si.edu/exhibits/unsettled-nature-artists-reflect-age-humans The National Postal Museum has reopened. Visit http://postalmuseum.si.edu/ Planet Word, which is an immersive language museum located at the historic Franklin School on 13th Street N.W. in downtown D.C., is now open. The voice-activated museum (the world’s first!), and interactive galleries and exhibits bring words and language to life in all sorts of entertaining ways for visitors of all ages. Visit https://planetwordmuseum.org/ The National Archives has opened the Rotunda, which houses the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at select times and with limitations. Visit https://www.archives.gov/ The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building will open in November with an exhibition titled Futures. The exhibition will celebrate the Smithsonian's 175th anniversary. Visit https://aib.si.edu/ The National Museum of African American History & Culture is open. Visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/ The International Spy Museum is open with new safety measures in place including capacity limitations, social distancing guidelines, mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning protocols. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Visit https://www.spymuseum.org/ The Museum of the Bible in Southwest D.C. is exhibiting Magna Carta: Justice. Liberty thru January 2, 2022. "The story of the Magna Carta is the story of the struggle for liberty. In this special exhibition, the role of the Bible and the English Church in that struggle will be traced from the creation of the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century to the present day." Visit https://www.museumofthebible.org/ The National Geographic Museum, Museum Store, and campus are temporarily closed, but you can visit the highly-regarded exhibition titled “WOMEN: A Century of Change” virtually. The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage by exploring images from National Geographic's historic archives that depict women from around the world. You can also read more about the historic efforts to pass the 19th amendment in the August issue of National Geographic magazine, which is online athttps://www.nationalgeographic.org/events/visit/women-vr/
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The National Philharmonic’s 2021-2022 concert season at The Music Center at Strathmore, led by Music Director & Conductor Piotr Gajewski, Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson, Concertmaster Laura Colgate and Cover Conductor & Lecturer Rebecca Smithorn will begin on October 16. Visit https://nationalphilharmonic.org/2122season/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE
Classical WETA 90.9 FM Radio will present recorded performances from premier opera houses around the globe until the start of the next Metropolitan Opera broadcast season. In July, operas will be broadcast each Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Royal Opera House in London on: July 31: Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Visit https://weta.org/
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Maestro Antony Walker
theatre in dc
Rorschach Theatre "Distance Frequencies"
A scene from the 2016 production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
Theatre in Virginia
Synetic Theater, which is based in Crystal City, has announced programs for the coming season, including: August-October: The Miraculous Magical Balloon - Pop-Up Performances throughout ArlingtonSeptember 10-11: Shhhhhakespeare Revue at Lubber Run AmphitheaterOctober 11-31: The Madness of Poe at Synetic Theater in Crystal CityNovember 29-December 26: Cinderella at Synetic Theater at Crystal CityFebruary 21-March 13: The Servant of Two Masters at Synetic Theater at Crystal CitySpring 2022: Teen Company Show at Synetic Theater at Crystal City Visit www.synetictheater.org
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