The Agenda News September, 2021
A Guide to Places to Go & Things to Do in
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Northwest DC & Northern Virginia
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Amazon Fresh opened a new store in late August on the site formerly occupied by a Giant grocery store in The Collection at Chevy Chase. The Giant there closed in 2020. Customers interviewed at the new store have reported that the prices there are very good. Fresh makes much better use of space than its predecessor. A high ceiling with windows creates the feeling of an atrium, & the entire space looks larger than before. The store has no seating for customers who might like to dine-in. Merchandise is displayed to maximum effect without seeming crowded. There are many freshly-made offerings. The name-brand merchandise which many shoppers had missed at other neighborhood stores are abundant in Fresh. There are very few Amazon-brand offerings. There is no pharmacy section - you can't get a prescription filled there - but there is a selection of over-the-counter medicines and vitamins. There is also an abundance of household items for cleaning and more. Shoppers can pay in cash or by credit card. There are special checkout lines for shoppers with 15 or fewer items. Automated selection/checkout is also available. The main entry and exit points are via the parking lot area near Capital One Bank. There are elevators from the parking garage to the main entrance. Entry and exit can also be made by stairs or elevator at the Wisconsin Circle end of the store. Restrooms are near the exit on the street level near the Wisconcin Circle entrance. Parking is free, with limitations. The Friendship Heights Shuttle Bus stops near the main entrance to the store and operates on the same schedule as in the past. Meanwhile, early indications are that the shuttle bus will continue to offer service – at least temporarily - to the Westwood Giant in Westwood Center in Bethesda on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays. The Giant at Westwood will be replaced by a new Giant in 2023. Reconstruction of Westwood Center – now called Westbard Square – is underway.
Elsewhere, the Wegmans grocery store owners plan to open a branch in 2022 in the former Fannie Mae building in City Ridge, the massive new development on Wisconsin Avenue just south of Tenleytown. Meanwhile, Trader Joe’s will open a store on the street level of an 18-story mixed-use building under construction at 7900 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. The new building will feature residential apartment units and retail space on the ground floor level. We have no information about the future of the Trader Joe’s on the south side of Bethesda. 5500 WISCONSIN AVENUE IN CHEVY CHASE:
Plans to redevelop a portion of the 5500 block of Wisconsin Avenue - popularly known as the Brooks Brothers block - by building a mixed-use, predominately residential project there advanced in August when developers submitted a Sketch Plan application to the Montgomery County Planning Board. The application includes a Statement of Justification (SOJ), which provides an overview of the proposal. The Planning Board is expected to schedule a public hearing and vote on the application on about November 18. A written notification of the actual public hearing date will be sent out no later than ten days before the hearing. The SOJ and the entire Sketch Plan application can be seen at https://www.5500wisconsin.com/sketch-plan.html As plans move forward to redevelop 5500 Wisconsin Avenue, the Bank of America branch at the corner of The Hills Plaza and South Park Avenue remains closed. The closest alternative branches are at 5135 River Road in Bethesda and at 5201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in D.C. Meanwhile, Brooks Brothers continues operations at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and South Park Avenue.
THE HEIGHTS AT CHEVY CHASE PAVILION The Heights is the name that Clarion Partners gives the 3,000-5,000 square-feet of new move-in ready and customizable office suites in the seven floors directly above The Chevy Chase Pavilion at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase. The Heights offers "a contemporary open plan featuring a flexible interior environment and state-of-the art conference rooms, a new tenant lounge, and a rooftop terrace with outdoor seating." Visithttps://www.loopnet.com/Listing/5335-Wisconsin-Ave-NW-Washington-DC/9229888
Incidentally, “The Heights” is also the name of the Food Court that is planned at Wisconsin Place. Some observers have commented that "Friendship" is being phased out in favor of just "The Heights."
SHOPPING Charles Schwartz & Son jewelers has opened a branch on the street level of the Barlow Building in Friendship Heights. The company is the D.C. area’s oldest jeweler, having been based in the nation’s capital for over 100 years. The company was formerly located on the street level of Mazza Gallerie, which is scheduled for redevelopment. Visit https://www.charlesschwartz.com/
Ace Hardware has expanded their branch on the lower level of the Cityline Building at 4500 Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. Walls were removed to incorporate space formerly used for other purposes. The combination of Target, The Container Store and Ace Hardware, with parking on the lower level and the METRO close by, makes Tenleytown the go-to place for many consumers.
DINING CANCELLATION: The Taste of Bethesda , which had been schedued for October 2, has been canceled because of ongoing concerns about the pandemic.
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ARTS & CRAFTS:
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit The New Woman Behind the Camera, October 31-January 30, 2022. The iconic New Woman has been described as "modern, independent, stylish, creative, and confident" and as “a revolutionary model for women across the globe." The exhibition will feature more than 120 international female photographers "who embraced photography as a mode of professional and personal expression from the 1920s to the 1950s. This groundbreaking exhibition will reveal the significant impact women have had on the history of modern photography."Visit https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2021/new-woman-behind-camera.html The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, and videos by contemporary American artist Lynda Benglis in the East Building, Mezzanine, thru January 2, 2022. The exhibition was organized by Molly Donovan, curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art. Visit https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2021/lynda-benglis.html The National Gallery has canceled the planned exhibition of A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600-1750. The exhibition would have been on view September 26-January 9, 2022. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting a participatory online exhibition titled RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals thru December 31. The evolving exhibition features nine interdisciplinary artists at their own kitchen tables, sharing photographs, videos and personal stories. RECLAMATION also features content submitted by the public, interwoven with the artists’ works. Visit https://nmwa.org/exhibitions/reclamation-recipes-remedies-rituals/ The National Museum Of Women In The Arts has closed for in-person visits as the museum undergos a two-year renovation. Visit https://nmwa.org/whats-on/exhibitions/
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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 is exhibiting Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands thru May 30, 2022. The exhibition is the first retrospective of portraiture by Hung Liu (1948-2021). More than 50 paintings, photographs and drawings are 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 Block by Block: Naming Washington thru January 16, 2023. The exhibition features a selection of the people whom Washington city planners 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. Visithttp://npg.si.edu 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 Smithsonian American Art Museum will exhibit Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, October 8-May 8, 2022. The island of Murano in Venice was - and is now - a center for making Venetian Glass. Times spent in there in the nineteenth century were turning points for John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and scores of artists who often referenced the glass industry in their works. Featuring more than 150 objects, this exhibition "presents a choice selection of glass vessels in conversation with paintings, watercolors, and prints by the many talented American artists who found inspiration in Venice.” Visit https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/sargent-whistler-and-venetian-glass-american-artists-and-magic-murano:event-exhib-6534 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 Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will exhibit New Glass Now, October 22-March 6, 2022. The exhibition documents the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects from around the world working in the challenging material of glass. The presentation features objects, installations, videos, and performances made by fifty artists working in more than twenty-three countries. Visit https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/new-glass-now:event-exhib-6540 The National Museum of African Art will exhibit Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits, October 1-TBA. "Nollywood, Nigeria’s 3-billion-dollar film industry, is populated with savvy stars, directors, and producers. Artist Iké Udé returned to Lagos, Nigeria, in October 2014, after three decades away, to photograph its celebrities. In this exhibition, Udé’s portraits appear for the first time with garments and other items used in their creation to make a glamorous, bold statement about African identity at a time when the vestiges of colonialism and widespread racism continue to threaten Black lives on a daily basis. Each portrait conveys radical beauty by reclaiming, reconstructing, and redefining notions of African identity." Visit https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/ike-ude-nollywood-portraits:event-exhib-6554 The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Gallery reopened Marcel DuChamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection on September 14. The exhibition titled Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge reopened 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 around the temporary scaffolding that encases the museum building while the building’s envelope undergoes critical repairs. The Hirshhorn will present artwork by multimedia artist, performer, musician and writer Laurie Anderson, September 24–July 31, 2022. Laurie Anderson: The Weather will debut more than 10 new artworks, plus select key works from throughout her career. For more than four decades, Anderson has investigated issues such as American identity and the effects of technology on human relationships, often inventing new ways of interacting with technology. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of live performances by Anderson from January 2022 to July 2022. The Weather is organized by the museum’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, associate curator of media and performance art, Marina Isgro. The Hirshhorn will present “A Countervailing Theory,” featuring work by Toyin Ojih Odutola (born Ile-Ife in Nigeria in 1985), November 19–April 3, 2022. The exhibition features her monumental cycle of 40 large-scale, monochromatic drawings that "chronicle a myth that she conceived." The installation will span the museum’s circular inner galleries on its second floor. Ojih Odutola’s work will be accompanied by conceptual sound artist Peter Adjaye’s cinematic immersive soundscape titled “Ceremonies Within.” 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 International Spy Museum is open with new safety measures in place. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. Visit https://www.spymuseum.org/ FAMILY IN VIRGINIA The annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival will take place on September 18 & 19 at 300 John Carlyle Street. The show has been rated as one of the top 100 art shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Visit http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/19th-annual-alexandria-old-town-art-festival The Ballyshaners, Inc. will have a Celebration in Alexandria's Waterfront Park on September 18 to mark the day as being Half Way to St. Patrick's Day. The event will feature Music, Food, Irish Dancers, Vendors and a Beer Truck. Visit https://www.ballyshaners.org/events.html#halfway George Washington's Mount Vernon will present the annual Colonial Market & Fair on September 18 & 19. The event features handcrafted food and wares as they would have been made by colonial artisans. Visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the marketplace on Mount Vernon's 12-acre field and they can:Chat with colonial artisans Hear live music from the colonial era.Watch as expert artisans demonstrate crafting techniques.See General Washington in the General’s Tent.Visit https://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/colonial-market-fair/ The Center for the Arts at George Mason University will present Arts Emerging: A Celebration of Renewal on September 25. The family-friendly extravaganza will include a variety of visual and performing artists in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Visit https://cfa.gmu.edu/ FAMILY IN MARYLAND Adventure Theatre will present Luchadora! at Glen Echo Park September 17-October 31. Written by Alvaro Saar Rios, it’s the story of a Wisconsin grandmother, who shares her tale about growing up in 1960s Texas. The show follows her “journey of defying gender norms, chasing one’s dreams, and appreciating the ties that bind a family together as she paves her way through the world of wrestling, discovering her own family traditions along the way.” Visit https://adventuretheatre-mtc.org/in-person-productions-2021-2022-season/ The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular, September 30-October 31. The spooky variety show is part contemporary competition show, part vintage telethon, and part punpalooza, which will tickle your funny bone. There will be a special evening performance on Halloween! Visit https://www.thepuppetco.org/shows RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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The National Museum of Natural History 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 National Museum of Natural History will exhibit Critical Distance, September 29-Spring 2022. Critical Distance is "a free, augmented-reality experience emphasizing the intrinsic connection between people, orcas, and the ocean. Before visitors enter the experience, they will meet the orcas, learn about their unique habitat and uncover humanity’s long connection to both. Then they will don mixed-reality headsets, called the Microsoft HoloLens 2, in small groups, to submerse themselves in the experience as Jamie Margolin, youth climate justice activist and co-executive director of Zero Hour, narrates. Afterward, visitors will be encouraged to explore ways to support marine conservation with hands-on activities.” Visit https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/critical-distance:event-exhib-6559 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 is traced from the creation of the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century to the present day." Visit https://www.museumofthebible.org/ Planet Word, which is an immersive language museum located in the historic Franklin School Building 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.
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 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.
- The Kennedy Center has announced The Fall Season of live performances, including:
- National Symphony Orchestra concerts beginning on September 18 with pianist Lang Lang.
- Fortas Chamber Music concerts beginning with The Dover Quartet & Haochen Zhang October 20. Renée Fleming Voices will present Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro in Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret in the Eisenhower Theater October 15 & 16. They have been said to " both transport audiences to other worlds through their stories. Now, they’re joining forces in song! Witness the exclusive debut of their new evening of tunes and tall tales." Renée Fleming Voices will present German tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the Concert Hall on October 17. Kaufmann has been hailed as “the world’s greatest tenor” and has performed over 70 roles in the world’s leading opera houses. Renée Fleming starred with him for his U.S. debut. Visit www.kennedy-center.org Young Concert Artists (YCA) will begin their 2021-22 season in D.C. with a performance by pianist Zhu Wang at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on November 17. A native of Hunan, China, Zhu won the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Audition. Visit https://yca.org/concerts/ The Thirteen – the all-star professional vocal ensemble - will begin their new season with performances of Monteverdi's: the lost vespers beginning on October 22 at Episcopal High School Chapel in Alexandria, VA. Performances will follow on October 23 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Northwest D.C. and at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD on October 24.
- Visit https://www.thethirteenchoir.org/concerts The Washington Chorus, led by Dr. Eugene Rogers, Artistic Director, has announced their 2021-22 Season. The season will begin with performances of A Candlelight Christmas at The Music Center at Strathmore on December 16, 17 & 23 and at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall on December 19, 21 & 23. Visit www.thewashingtonchorus.org Washington Bach Consort will present a concert titled All that is Rite - Bach and Handel: Music for the Mass and Vespers at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on November 7. The soloists will be Amy Nicole Broadbent, soprano, Crossley Danielle Hawn soprano, Clare McNamara, alto, Brian Giebler, tenor and Paul Max Tipton, bass. Visit https://bachconsort.org/ PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) will present a concert titled The Souls of Black Folk: Rediscovering Black Classical Music at All Souls Church in D.C. on November 14. The concert will be presented in partnership with Howard University and the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. PCE "explores the roots of Black classical music, from the sorrow songs that speak to the suffering of enslaved Africans in the United States to the spiritual arrangements of composer Harry Burleigh and the musical prophecies of Antonin Dvorak. The soloists will be Elizabeth G. Hill, piano, and Melissa Constantin, soprano, with Howard University student actors, the CAAPA Chorale, conducted by Music Director Greg Watkins, and PCE, conducted by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez. Jenn White will host the event. Visit https://www.postclassical.com/shows/the-souls-of-black-folk-rediscovering-black-classical-music The Phillips Collection will livestream music from the Music Room beginning with countertenor star John Holiday and pianist Kevin Miller in a concert titled Hold Onn! Freedom is Coming on September 19. The concert was inspired by the exhibition at the Phillips Collection titled Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. The program will feature music by African American composers from the era of the American civil rights movement. Virtual ticket holders can join the livestream and watch each performance "on demand" for 48 hours following each concert. Visit www.phillipscollection.org Choral Arts Chamber Singers, conducted by Scott tucker, will present a concert titled The Golden Hour at Live! at 10th & G on November 13. The concert will feature John Corigliano’s setting of Dylan Thomas’s Fern Hill and works by several living and local composers. Visit https://choralarts.org/the-golden-hour/ Dumbarton Concerts in Georgetown, D.C. will present the Ulysses Quartet in a virtual concert on October 16, featuring works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Ensemble 4.1: Piano Windtet will perform a virtual concert on November 13. Four wind soloists from German orchestras and a Berlin-based pianist make up this unique ensemble. They will perform works by Mozart, Avner Dorman and Gieseking. Helicon: Winter Solstice will perform live in-person on December 11. The concert will feature the capital area’s finest traditional musicians with a mix of Celtic dance rhythms fused with Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, Appalachian, and bluegrass music. Baltimore-based Charm City Junction will bring "rambunctious old-time sounds that are sure to get your feet tapping." A Celtic Christmas live in-person on December 12 will feature Allison Hampton, harp, Linn Barnes, guitar & lute, Joseph Cunliffe, flutes & recorders and Steve Bloom, Percussion, with Robert Aubry Davis, narrator. Visit https://www.dumbartonconcerts.org/concerts-and-tickets
- The Folger Consort will perform, in-person, Henry Purcell and Music of 17th-Century London October 1-3 at St. Mark's Church. The program will feature Purcell’s music from The Fairy Queen and Don Quixote (including the mad song, “From rosie bowers”).
- Sonatas and fantasies will be performed, as will earlier music for the stage – such as Matthew Locke's music for Davenant’s The Tempest – and the Royall Consort of William Lawes. Visit https://www.folger.edu/performances-events RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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MUSIC IN MARYLAND
Classical WETA 90.9 FM Radio will broadcast operas each upcoming Saturday at 1 p.m., including: September 18: Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie September 25: Gioachino Rossini’s Tancredi Visit https://weta.org/
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A scene from the 2016 production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
Theatre in Virginia
Synetic Theatre in Crystal City will present The Madness of Poe, directed by Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili, live October 11-31. The production will be comprised of a trilogy of tales from Edgar Allan Poe woven into one 90 minute thriller. The show will feature a re-imaging of the theatre’s 2007 hit adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher, plus two more classic tales from Poe - the inventor of American horror. Visit https://synetictheater.org/2021-2022-season/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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Rockville Little Theatre will start their 2021-2022 season with a production of “Rumors” by Neil Simon September 24-October 3. The show will be live in-person at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. Visit http://rlt-online.org/ Rockville Musical Theatre will present Leonard Bernstein's On the Town at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre on select weekends, October 29-November 6. The musical, with lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, has a celebrated score that includes a number of musical theatre standards, including "Come Up to My Place," "I Can Cook, Too," "Some Other Time" and "New York, New York." Visit http://www.r-m-t.org/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE