The Agenda News June, 2021
A Guide to Places to Go & Things to Do in
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Northwest DC & Northern Virginia
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The Spring Edition of Georgetown Glow, featuring works by local D.C. artists, is in progress in the Georgetown Commercial District, thru June 27. Set against the historic backdrop of D.C.'s oldest neighborhood, Five artworks are on display both day and night. Visit HTTP://WWW.GEORGETOWNGLOWDC.COM/
The Smithsonian National Zoo has reopened. Meanwhile, the Zoo Panda Cam, by which viewers may see live videos of the young panda Xiao Qi Jin - "Little Miracls" - and mama panda, is online at HTTPS://NATIONALZOO.SI.EDU/WEBCAMS/PANDA-CAM The Kennedy Center announced The Fall Season of live perforrmances in June, including: National Symphony Orchestra concerts beginning on September 18 with a performance by pianist Lang Lang.Fortas Chamber Music concerts beginning with The Dover Quartet & Haochen Zhang on October 20.Washington National Opera performances beginning with Come Home: A Celebration of Return and Dance beginning with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on October 7-9. Programming at the Kennedy Center will also feature the return of Lin Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton," plus "Hadestown," which won the Tony Award as best musical in 2019. To see the full schedule, Visit HTTPS://WWW.KENNEDY-CENTER.ORG/WHATS-ON/
The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place virtually, June 25-27. There will be a weekend series of Craft Workshops, Kitchen Demonstrations and Story Circles. The Festival Marketplace is now open, featuring products from Armenia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Peru and more. VISIT HTTPS://FESTIVAL.SI.EDU/
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LOCAL NEWS FEATURING BETHESDA & CHEVY CHASE
On the D.C. Side Of Friendship Heights, where there are few apartment buildings, the new owners of Mazza Gallerie plan to redevelop most of the site into some 350 residences with ground-floor retail. Everything would be replaced save Mazza Gallerie’s garages and some spaces on the Lower Level. The T.J. Maxx Store, which has a long-term lease, would also remain as-is. The deluxe shopping venues, movie theatres, cafes and more are gone for good.
As Plans For Redevelopment Of Major Retail Spaces evolve in Friendship Heights, there is ongoing interest in what will become of vacant spaces in The Chevy Chase Pavilion, Wisconsin Place and the former Lord & Taylor site. The owners Of The Pavilion have sought to attract Healthcare Providers to occupy some of the vacant spaces. Retailers have also been sought to lease spaces that face Wisconsin Avenue.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Place has leased a high-profile space facing Wisconsin Avenue to Kaiser Permanente, which is preparing to open Well By KP. KP will offer “Convenient, Personalized Adult Primary Care for KP Members who live or work In DC And Suburban MD.” The KP Medical Center will have four Internal medicine and primary care physicians when it opens in September.
Regarding the former Lord & Taylor space, an Urban Panel recently suggested that the massive Western Bus Garage, which faces 44th Street between Harrison and Jenifer Streets - at 5230 Wisconsin Avenue - could be relocated to the L&T site. The existing site of the Bus Garage, which sits atop The Friendship Heights Metro Station, could then be redeveloped for residential and/or retail uses. To see The Panel’s Preliminary Report, visit Https://Washington.Uli.Org/Get-Involved/Technical-Assistance-Panels/Friendship-Heights-Tap/
DINING: Little Beet Table has reopened their restaurant in The Collection In Chevy Chase, which was closed during the pandemic. In addition to a spacious dining room, al fresco Dining is available next to an attractive park. Visit Https://Www.Thelittlebeettable.Com/Chevychase 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.
Chef Jose Andres has opened a branch of his Spanish Diner in space formerly occupied by a branch of his Jaleo Chain at 7271 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda Row. Spanish Diner is a casual restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit Https://Spanishdiner.Getbento.Com/Menus/
Tatte Bakery is now open on the street level of the new Wilson Building At 7276 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Visit Https://Tattebakery.Com/Bethesda-Friends-And-Family/
SHOPPING: The opening date of Amazon Fresh, the new Grocery Store coming to The Collection In Chevy Chase, has neen postponed to late Summer. Meanwhile, the company has advertised positions for “Store Associates” in the new store. The salary offered Is $15-$16.95 an hour. In addition to the Main Entrance in The Collection, there will be a new entrance on the south side of the store offering access from Wisconsin Circle. SERVICES: Westwood Cleaners plans to open a full-service branch in The Collection In Chevy Chase in June. In addition to drycleaning, they offer shoe repair and more and feature home delivery. The new cleaners will occupy space that formerly housed a Papyrus Card Shop. Visit Https://Www.Westwoodcleanersbethesda.Com
Salon Roi has opened a full-service Beauty Salon in The Arcade Of The Elizabeth Condominium In Friendship Heights. They have had a branch in Woodley Park In Northwest D.C. for many years. Visit Https://Www.Salonroidc.Com/
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ARTS & CRAFTS: SMITHSONIAN GALLERIES
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery reopened in May and 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 will exhibit One Life: Will Rogers - the Gallery’s first exhibition to be presented exclusively on its website – starting June 25. Will Rogers (1879–1935) was a prolific political commentator whose comedic wit crossed social and political divides in the early 20 century. The exhibition is co-curated by retired Portrait Gallery Historian James Barber and Historian Kate Clarke Lemay.
The Portrait Gallery will exhibit Warranted to Give Satisfaction: Daguerreotypes by Jeremiah Gurney June 25–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, Al Gore and Malcolm X. The exhibition is presented by Curator of Photographs Leslie Ureña.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery reopened in May. The Renwick Gallery introduced Forces of Nature, which will be on display through 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 American Art Museum is exhibiting iPrinting The Revolution! The Rise and Impace of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now through July 11, 2021. In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. The exhibitiion explores the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which Chicano artists since then have advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice. Visithttps://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions The exhibition of Alexander Von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture resumed with the reopening of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition “reveals how the influential naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) shaped American perceptions of nature and the way American cultural identity became grounded in our relationship with the environment.” The exhibition will close on July 11. Visit https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions
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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. 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 will display the Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle Special Exhibition, June 26-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 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
Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries is exhibiting Glen Echo Pottery's 13th Annual Student Exhibit, Surviving with Clay thru August 1, 2021. Glen Echo Park's Stone Tower Gallery is exhibiting Animal Magic thru June 27. The exhibit introduces the works of Stephen Kohashi in a variety of materials including ceramics, paper-mache, and cast metal. The exhibition presents a menagerie of animal sculptures that engage and entertain the viewer. 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
Arlington Arts Center has reopened. Visit https://arlingtonartscenter.org/
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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/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture has reopened on the National Mall. Visit http://nmaahc.si.edu/ The National Museum of American History is featuring women inventors, who represent all segments of American society, but whose stories are often overlooked or undervalued. Presented in bold wall murals, with text in English and Spanish, the exhibition illustrates the creativity of women inventors while inspiring young people (especially girls) to see themselves as future inventors. Visit https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/picturing-women-inventors?utm_source=siedu&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=exhibitions The National Museum of the American Indian has reopened. Visit https://americanindian.si.edu/ The Anacostia Community Museum will reopen on August 6. Visit https://anacostia.si.edu/
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 reopened on June 10. The museum is exhibiting Documenting Diversity: How Anthropologists Record Human Life, thru July 18, 2021. The exhibition will draw on rare print and archival collections, demonstrating the continued relevance of these remarkable records of our global diversity for communities and scholars alike. Visit https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/documenting-diversity-how-anthropologists-record-human-life:event-exhib-6525 The National Archives has reopened 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 National Postal Museum will reopen on August 27. 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 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 has reopened. 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. will exhibit Magna Carta: Justice. Liberty, July 2-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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music in d.c.
Washington Performing Arts (WPA) has expanded its online subscription series titled Home Delivery Plus. The series features paid-admission performances and companion experiences. Visit www.washingtonperformingarts.org/seasontickets/home-delivery/ The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will celebrate their 40th birthday virtually, with new digital recordings and archival footage from over the years. The songs featured will include “From Now On” (from The Greatest Showman,) “Rise Up,” “Make Them Hear You” (from Ragtime,) “Truly Brave,” and new anthem written especially for GMCW titled “Harmony’s Never Too Late.” The GMCW Turns 40 video will be available June 5-20. Visit https://www.gmcw.org/gmcw-turns-40/
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Music in Virginia
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO), led by James Ross, Music Director, presents live music in outdoor venues around Alexandria with small ensembles and limited, socially-distanced audiences. If conditions permit, indoor venues may be opened in Spring 2021. The ASO is offering a video link to their recent concert titled Garden Sounds: Backyard Baroque. The concert features: Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from SolomonBach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3Kolm: Fantasy Ritornello (world premiere)Handel: Concerto Grosso in C major from Alexander’s FeastVisit https://youtu.be/LcMG1ZbCjRs and/or Visit: https://alexsym.org/ Wolf Trap’s full list of upcoming offerings that will be streamed are listed at https://www.wolftrap.org/calendar.aspx The Hylton Performing Arts Center has announced a full lineup of indoor and outdoor programming for the 2021-2022 season. Visit https://hyltoncenter.org/
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Christopher Zimmerman, will resume live performances this Fall. Visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org/ The Center for the Arts at George Mason University has announced the beginning of a new season of in-person performances to begin on September 25, 2021. For a preview visit https://cfa.gmu.edu/events/preview RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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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/ The Music Center is presenting programs on The Patio Stage, thru July 10. The open-air venue is on the Center’s Trawick Terrace. The stage is “designed to provide a spacious yet intimate experience, featuring socially distanced tables that seat up to 4 people – totaling seats for 124 guests. Visit https://www.strathmore.org/what-s-on/summer-2021/
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Classical WETA 90.9 FM Radio broadcasts opera performances on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Broadcast are scheduled on: June 26: Jules Massenet’s Hérodiade Visit https://weta.org/
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and American Conservatory Theater have extended the streaming of The Bushwick Starr’s production of Animal Wisdom, created and starring Heather Christian, through June 27. Visit www.animalwisdomfilm.com
Constellation Theatre Company will stream Jason Robert Brown's two-person musical titled The Last Five Years, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer via Video on Demand, June 22-July 11. Visit https://www.constellationtheatre.org/last-five-years Constellation Theatre Company will live stream Moon Man Walk by James Ijames, directed by Angelisa Gillyard, on August 12 and as Video on Demand, August 27-September 12, 2021. It’s the story of an aspiring writer who returns to his boyhood home after the sudden death of his devoted single mother. There, he finds that “even in the darkest corners of the universe, love and light persist.” Visit https://www.constellationtheatre.org/moon-man-walk Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service began a phased reopening of Ford’s Theatre and Ford’s Theatre Museum in May; advance tickets are required. Visit www.fords.org RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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Rorschach Theatre "Distance Frequencies"
Theatre in Virginia
Signature Theatre’s 2021 Signature Features season will include five fully-staged plays and musicals, made exclusively for the screen and professionally filmed on set in HD - following multiple safety protocols. Subscriptions for all five shows are on sale now for $200. The shows will be available to stream on demand in HD on Marquee TV, an on-demand streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. The announced shows, under the leadership of Managing Director Maggie Boland and Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, include:Midnight at The Never Get by Mark Sonnenblick - Thru June 21 After Midnight: The Duke Ellington Years - thru August 4 Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau - Early AugustVisit https://www.sigtheatre.org/Subscribe Synetic Theatre offers SYNETIC STREAMING - a new on-demand digital web and app suite which lets viewers stream singular Synetic-curated content right to TVs or Laptop Sites. Visit https://synetictheater.org/streaming/
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