The Agenda News October, 2021
A Guide to Places to Go & Things to Do in
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Northwest DC & Northern Virginia
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CITY RIDGE City Ridge, a large new mixed-use development on the former site of the Fannie Mae campus - just below Tenleytown - will open at Wisconsin Avenue & Upton Street in the Spring of 2022. A Wegman’s grocery store will be part of the development. Meanwhile, an office building which stood near Fannie Mae for many years is being razed and will be replaced by an apartment building, which will be named The Upton. SHOPPING: Sheyla Vie Collections has opened a shop at 5333 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. in Friendship Heights - between Maggiano’s and Marshalls in space formerly used by Nordstrom Rack. A Grand Opening event is planned for October 28. The 40,000-square-foot women’s boutique features designer collections at sale prices all day, every day. Additionally, the space is available daily for private events and special events after 7 p.m.
Room & Board plans to open a branch of their American modern home furnishings store this Fall on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda Row. The company has a branch on 14th Street NW in the Logan Circle area of D.C. The company is based in Minneapolis. To read more about the company, visit www.roomandboard.com Wylie Grey, a high-end womens wear retailer, is now open on Bethesda Lane in Bethesda Row. Visit https://wyliegrey.com/ Gorjana, a Southern California based jewelry brand, is coming soon to Bethesda Row. Visit https://gorjana.com/ Salt & Sundry, a home + lifestyle boutique, is now open at 7126 Bethesda Lane in Bethesda Row. The company has shops at Union Market and at Logan Circle in D.C. Visit https://www.shopsaltandsundry.com/ DINING IN FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS:
Construction of The Hunter’s Hound restaurant and bar directly opposite Clyde’s on Wisconsin Avenue in The Collection is in advanced stage, and a Fall opening is planned. The owner of the Irish-themed restaurant is based in the New York City area, where he has restaurants named Hudson Hound - after the nearby Hudson River. The part of The Collection that will house the Hunter’s Hound will also house a branch of Junction Bistro, Bar and Bakery, which is based in Arlington, VA. The new venues will be in a part of The Collection which formerly housed a Ralph Lauren apparel store. That part of the building has been totally redesigned with an entrance facing Clyde’s. Table by Little Beet is the new name for Little Beet Table in The Collection at Chevy Chase Amazon Fresh opened the long-awaited grocery store in The Collection in September. Several shelves were bare within the first two days, and were gradually replenished during the following week. Some shoppers commented that the prices were somewhat lower than elsewhere and that it was nice to see familiar brand names.
DINING IN BETHESDA: Chaia, a fast casual restaurant featuring "plant-powered tacos," is scheduled to open on Bethesda Row in coming weeks. Visit https://www.chaiatacos.com/
Ladurée Paris, a Parisian café and pastry shop with locations in New York City, Los Angeles Miami, Washington, D.C., is coming to Bethesda Row and will feature macarons, chocolates, pastries, teas and more.
PLANTA, which features innovative plant-based cuisine, plans to open this Fall on Elm Street. Visit https://bethesdarow.com/planta/?filter=eat
Aventino plans to open two Italian-themed restaurants on the street level of the new office building at 4747 Bethesda Avenue – near Bethesda Row.
SERVICES: GLOSSLAB, a membership-based nail studio, will open its first DC area location on Elm Street in Bethesda Row. Visit https://glosslab.com/
Heyday, a facial shop, has opened in Bethesda Row. Visit www.heydayskincare.com
HEALTH: Medical services are now the focus of several property owners with available space to fill. Kaiser Permanente is preparing to open Well by KP - a medical center for members, at Wisconsin Place. The first of its kind in the region, the medical center will have four internal medicine and primary care physicians. They will provide personalized, extended in-person visits—including check-ups, vaccines, health screenings and more. Members will also have access to care by phone and online from home or office. Visit https://well.kaiserpermanente.org/?kp_shortcut_referrer=kp.org/well OneMedical plans to open a branch at 7187 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda – near Bethesda Row in a space formerly occupied by a Passion Fish Restaurant. The Chevy Chase Pavilion has also marketed space for use as a medical center. MedStar Health Urgent Care opened several years ago in Friendship Heights on the street level of The Barlow Building.
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 is exhibiting Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, thru May 8, 2022. The island of Murano in Venice was - and is now - a center for making Venetian Glass. Times spent 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 is exhibiting Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits; the closing date has not yet been announced. "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 in September. The exhibition titled Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge reopened on August 20. The Hirshhorn’s exterior has been "wrapped in a curtain” by renowned Swiss artist Nicolas Party. Party’s work, titled Draw the Curtain (2021), encompasses the temporary scaffolding that encases the museum building while the building’s envelope undergoes critical repairs. The wrap will remain in place until to the Spring of 2022. The Hirshhorn is presenting artwork by multimedia artist, performer, musician and writer Laurie Anderson, thru July 31, 2022. Laurie Anderson: The Weather has debuted 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 is 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 Hirshhorn is exhibiting Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom thru April 17, 2022. Her critically acclaimed sculpture is a mixed-media installation through which she "responds to the Black Lives Matter movement within the larger context of America’s long relationship to the idea of liberty itself." The 13-foot-tall artwork is placed within the Museum’s outdoor Sculpture Garden on the National Mall. DeVille "is widely recognized for works that mine the overlooked, often traumatic histories of Black America to spotlight cultural contradictions and inequities." Visit https://hirshhorn.si.edu/exhibitions/abigail-deville-light-of-freedom/ 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
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FAMILY IN MARYLAND The Collection at Chevy Chase will present a Fall Festival on October 23, 11 am-3 pm, featuring a Bounce house, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more! Looking farther ahead, The Collection will present Mr. Jon's Music on November 13 at 10:30 am. Visit https://collectionchevychase.com/events/fall-festival/?date=10/23/2021 BusyBees reopened on Wisconsin Circle in The Collection at Chevy Chase on October 1. Visit https://busybeeschevychase.com/ Adventure Theatre & ATMTC Academy is presenting Luchadora! at Glen Echo Park thru 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/ Adventure Theatre & ATMTC Academy will present Winterfest, directed by Cara Gabriel, at Glen Echo Park, November 19-January 2. The production will include three favorites from the company's "digital Jingle in July festival" to the live stage. The three shows are Uri & Ora Light the Menorah by Robyn Shrater Seemann; Connection by Diego Maramba & Michelle Bowen and Cranky Penguin by Keegan Patterson..Visit https://adventuretheatre-mtc.org/in-person-productions-2021-2022-season/
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular, thru 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 The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, based on the book by Eric Kimmel, November 18-January 2. It’s the story of Hershel, who “just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community, but the Queen and King of the Goblins have forbidden the lighting of the candles. Can Hershel save the day and lift the curse for this shtetl (village)?” Attend during Hanukkah (November 28 - December 5) to take home a special gift. The Puppet Co at Glen Echo Park will present The Nutcracker, November 26-January 2. The show “will bring to life Tchaikovsky’s musical adaptation of the tale by E. T. A. Hoffman. Larger than life-size costume characters and marionettes delight Clara- Marie, and the audience, on a magical journey through the “Land of the Sugarplum Fairy.” Visit https://www.thepuppetco.org/shows Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights in Wheaton, MD – a winter-season tradition - will be on display every night, November 19-January 2, 2022, except November 22-25 and December 24-25, 2021. More than one million dazzling and colorful LED lights will be handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements. The computerized light display matches lights with music, fog bubbles, and more. The Brookside Gardens’ Gift Shop will be open during the exhibit. Tickets are only available for purchase in advance on Eventbrite.com. Visit https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/garden-of-lights/ FAMILY IN VIRGINIA Synetic Theatre in Crystal City will present Cinderella, November 29-December 26. "Led by an all-female team of Syneticons, this innovative take on the classic fairytale is a perfect fit for audiences of all ages." The cast will feature Maria Simpkins as Cinderella; Pablo Guillen as the Prince; Robert Bowen Smith as the Evil Stepfather; Covenant Babatunde as a Stepsister; Karina Hilleard as the Fairy Godmother & Irene Hamilton as the Valet. Visit https://synetictheater.org/2021-2022-season/ George Washington's Mount Vernon will offer Tours by Candlelight on November 26-27, December 3-4, December 10-11 and December 19. Visitors can visit with Mrs. Washington and other 18th-century residents of Mount Vernon in a 45-minute candlelit tour of the Mount Vernon estate, followed by a reception. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about holiday traditions of 18th century Virginia, and to hear stories of Christmases past from costumed character actors portraying Washington’s family, friends, and enslaved or hired staff. Walk through the lantern-lit historic area, stopping at the Slave Quarters, outbuildings, and inside the Mansion. Greet Aladdin, the Christmas camel, in the 12-Acre Field.Learn about 18th-century dining and hospitality in the Greenhouse.Finish the evening with live music, cider, and cookies in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center Lobby.Visit https://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/mount-vernon-by-candlelight/ 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 The National Museum of Natural History is exhibiting Critical Distance, thru 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.
October 24: Kit Armstrong, solo pianoOctober 31: Aaron Diehl and Tyshawn Sorey, piano and percussionNovember 7, Johnny Gandelsman, solo violinNovember 14: Attacca QuartetNovember 21: Washington National Opera Cafritz Young ArtistsDecember 5: Parker Ramsey, solo harpJanuary 9: Tabea Debus & Paul Morton, recorder, theorbo & guitarJanuary 16: Zoie Reams, mezzo-sopranoJanuary 20: Leading International Composers: Tania LeónJanuary 30: Conrad Tao & Jay Campbell, piano, synthesizer & celloFebruary 6: David Greilsammer, solo pianoFebruary 20: Stella Chen and friends, violin and ensembleFebruary 27: Maki Namekawa, solo pianoMarch 6: Ensemble JupiterMarch 13: Mishka Rushdie MomenMarch 20: Shanghai Quartet/Anthony Roth Costanzo, string quartet and countertenorMarch 27: Ensemble VariancesApril 3: Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, two pianosApril 10: Sebastian Knauer, solo pianoApril 17: Leila Josefowicz, solo violinApril 24: Vision Duo, violin and marimbaMay 1: Jonathan Biss, solo pianoMay 8: Karim Sulayman, tenor and piano Virtual tickets for the full season are now on sale. Visit www.phillipscollection.org/music Capital City Symphony, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Victoria Gau, will perform Carlos Simon’s Elegy, A Cry from the Grave at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Northeast D.C. on November 7. Simon’s Elegy is “dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power,” followed by his piece titled This Land, “lifting hope and unity.” The program will also feature Howard University alum, Adolphus Hailstork’s Sonata da Chiesa and Joseph Bologne’s Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s Symphony No. 2. Visit http://www.capitalcitysymphony.org/upcoming-events Choralis will present A Classic Brass Christmas at National City Christian Church in D.C. on December 5. This annual favorite features a candlelight processional and both old and new music from around the world. Selections will include a work from Choralis’s award-winning CD, “In Winter’s Arms: Seasonal Music by Bob Chilcott.” Throughout the concert there will be audience carol sing-alongs, adding a joyful finishing touch to the festivities. Visit https://choralis.org/events-2/ The Georgetown Concert Series at St. John's Episcopal Church will present Imani Winds on November 7. The Grammy-nominated quintet is known for their adventurous programming. Visit https://stjohnsgeorgetown.org/georgetown-concert-series/ 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/
The Washington Conservatory of Music will present the Pressenda Chamber Players in three concerts this Winter, beginning with a concert at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda, MD on October 30. The concert will include Mozart's c minor viola quintet and Mendelssohn's B flat Major viola quintet. The two remaining concerts of the series will be on November 20, featuring the Glazunov String Quintet in A Major and the Haydn String Quartet and on December 4 - an All-Baroque Concert with strings and harpsichord. Visit https://www.washingtonconservatory.org/concerts/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE
MUSIC IN VIRGINIA
- Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, led by Artistic Director / Philharmonic Conductor Ulysses James, will present a concert on October 23 at George Washington Masonic National Memorial Museum in Alexandria. The concert will be repeated at Annandale United Methodist Church on October 24.
- The program will feature: Elinor Remick Warren’s composition titled Crystal Lake; Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Marlisa Woods, violin; Aaron Copland’s Quiet City with Mary Padilla, English horn and Brett Lemley, trumpet; and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 with Thomas Pandolfi, piano. Visit https://www.wmpamusic.org/concert-schedule.html
The National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) will present a concert titled Charming Elgar The English Romantic at Gunston Arts Center's Theater 1 on November 6. NCE is programming music of Great Britain for the first time and will pay tribute to the most famous English composer with a premiere of one of his most famous compositions in a chamber ensemble setting. The company plans to offer both in-person performances and a high-quality video recording so that those unable to attend in person can continue to share the joy from the comfort of home. The program will include a work by Arthur Sullivan. Visit www.NationalChamberEnsemble.org
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Ross, in partnership with the Alexandria Film Festival, will perform Homegrown: American Stories in Music and Film at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on Saturday, November 6 and at George Washington Masonic Memorial on Sunday, November 7. The concerts will incorporate music from the Americana tradition with original film shorts. (The films will not be screened for the Sunday performance at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.) The program will feature, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, plus works by Jennifer Higdon, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Aaron Copland, William Grant Still and Charles Ives. Immediately after the Saturday performance, there will be an interactive talkback with the filmmakers on the stage. Visit https://alexsym.org/performance/pictures-at-an-exhibition/
Choralis will perform Mozart’s solo concerto for voice, Exsat ultate Jubilate, K. 165 paired with his Piano Concerto 23 in A Major, K. 488, with his unfinished Requiem, K. 626, on October 31 at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria. The featured soloists will be Suzanne Karpov-Seigart, Soprano; Roger Isaacs, Alto; Jacob Perry, Tenor; James Shaffran, Bass, with Todd Fickley, Piano. Visit https://choralis.org/events-2/
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
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MUSIC IN MARYLAND
The Music Center at Strathmore will feature concerts on:
October 24: POSTMODERN JUKEBOX - Modern Hits with a Roaring ’20s twistOctober 26: LEDISI - The Grammy-nominated soul powerhouseVisit https://www.strathmore.org/what-s-on/21-22-strathmore-season/
The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD will present the BRAZILIAN ALL STARS on October 22. Direct from Rio de Janeiro, they will perform Brazilian Nights: The Greatest Hits, featuring Brazil’s most famous songs, Sambas, Bossa Novas, Ballads, Choro, Fado, Virtuoso Instrumental tracks and more. Visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac
The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville will perform a concert by The PSYCHEDELIC FURS and special guest Royston Langdon on November 6. They will perform music from their new album – their first in 29 years - plus classic hits. Visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac The Washington Conservatory of Music will present the Pressenda Chamber Players in three concerts this Winter, beginning with a concert at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda, MD on October 30. The concert will include Mozart's c minor viola quintet and Mendelssohn's B flat Major viola quintet. The two remaining concerts of the series will be on November 20, featuring the Glazunov String Quintet in A Major and the Haydn String Quartet and on December 4 - an All-Baroque Concert with strings and harpsichord. Visit https://www.washingtonconservatory.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 Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue reopened on July 31. Visit https://www.bethesdabluesjazz.com/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE
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Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada in Hadestown.
Photo: Matthew Murphy
Courtesy of the Kennedy Center
The National Theatre will present the musical Pretty Woman, which was inspired by the classic movie of the same name, December 28-January 2, 2022. Based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, the show stars Broadway superstar and Tony Award®-nominee Adam Pascal and Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward. Visit http://BroadwayAtTheNational.com The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical Once Upon a One More Time, written by Jon Hartmere, inspired by music performed and recorded by Britney Spears, and directed and choreographed by Keone and Mar Madrit, at Sidney Harman Hall, November 30-January 2. It’s the tale of “a rogue fairy godmother who leads four classic fairytale princesses to smash the glass slipper and reclaim their own happily ever after.” The show features “chart-topping anthems of the Princess of Pop herself, Britney Spears—including “Oops!… I Did It Again,” “Lucky,” “Stronger,” and “Toxic”—Once Upon a One More Time.” Visit https://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/once-upon-a-one-more-time-21-22/ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present A Strange Loop, with book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, direction by Stephen Brackett and choreographer by Raja Feather Kelly, November 22-January 2, 2022. The 2020 Pulitzer-Prize winner is about a "Black, queer writer writing his original musical....about a Black queer writer writing his original musical." The show will feature Antwayn Hopper, L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, James Jackson, Jr., John-Andrew Morrison, & Jason Veasey and will introduce Jaquel Spivey. Visit https://www.woollymammoth.net/current-season/21-22-season/ Mosaic Theater Company will present Birds of North America, written by Anna Onyang Moench and directed by Serge Seiden, October 27-November 21. It's the story of a woman and her father as they watch birds in their suburban Maryland backyard. The tale examines the ways global changes "work their way into our daily lives." The company performs at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Northeast D.C. Visit https://mosaictheater.org/birds-of-na Please note: Mosaic Theater Company postponed the presentation of Palestinian American performance artist Fargo Tbakhi's play My Father, My Martyr, and Me. ExPats Theatre will present Pankrác 45, written by Czech playwright Martina Kinska and co-directed by Melissa Robinson and Karin Rosnizeck, at Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE, October 28-November 21. The play – presented in partnership with The Embassy of the Czech Republic - is set at the famous Pankrác prison in Prague, in the summer 1945, just weeks after the German defeat. Five women accused of Nazi collaboration shared one prison cell as they awaited trial – knowing that they were doomed. The production features Sara Barker, Lisa Hodsoll, Aniko Olah, Karin Rosnizeck, & Stacy Whittle. Visit www.ExPatsTheatre.com Washington Stage Guild will present live performances of Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! in the Undercroft Theatre, November 11-December 5. The play, directed by Gerrad Taylor, is the South African playwright's “meditation on education and its role in the struggle for justice, along with its sad limits in a culture of oppression and bigotry. In an Eastern Cape Karoo town in South Africa in 1984, a devoted teacher seeks to provide a future for his prize pupil by forming a debate team with a bright student from the local white school. The teacher is challenged by the generational divide and the political violence brewing outside the classroom. Visit https://stageguild.org/performances/ Ford's Theatre is presenting My Lord, What a Night - a new drama based on the real-life friendship between contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein - thru October 24. After performing in Princeton, New Jersey, where physicist Albert Einstein lived and worked, Marian Anderson was denied lodging at the Nassau Inn because she is Black. Einstein invited her to stay at his home, and the two formed “a profound friendship based on their love for music and their commitment to human rights.” The play, directed by Sheldon Epps, takes us into Einstein’s home and imagines the conversations and circumstances that led to Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Felicia Curry plays Marian Anderson, Christopher Bloch plays Albert Einstein, Michael Russotto plays Abraham Flexner and Franchelle Stewart Dorn plays Mary Church Terrell. Visit https://www.fords.org/performances/current-and-upcoming/my-lord-what-a-night/ Ford's Theatre will present A Christmas Carol, the classic holiday show, November 24-December 27. Charles Dickens's Yuletide story will be directed by José Carrasquillo in a reimagined production based on Michael Wilson's Radio Play adaptation. Traditional caroling and new staging will be featured throughout the show. Craig Wallace will return to play the role of Ebenezer Scrooge as he encounters ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The show is recommended for ages 5 and older. Visit https://www.fords.org/performances/current-and-upcoming/a-christmas-carol/ Constellation Theatre, in residence at Source in D.C.’s U Street Corridor, will present Mysticism & Music, October 23-November 21. The production is based on an original story that explores ancient spiritual literature, poetry, and folklore from around the globe. The story is by Tom Teasley, Chao Tian, Allison Arkell Stockman and A.J. Guban. The cast is comprised of Deidre Staples Jacob Yeh, John Austin, Momo Nakamura, Natalie Cutcher, and Nia Savoy. Singers and dancers will join this multidisciplinary group of collaborators “to take audiences on a transcendent journey, awakening your senses with spectacular sound, imagery, and light.” Visit https://www.constellationtheatre.org/mysticism-music Theater J is presenting Mark St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth, directed by Holly Twyford and starring Naomi Jacobson, thru October 24. Before she became America’s favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America.” Naomi Jacobson earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her earlier performance in the role at Theater J in 2018. Visit https://theaterj.org/2021-2022-season Studio Theatre has announced productions planned for the coming season, which will begin in December. For more information, visit https://www.studiotheatre.org/ RETURN TO HOME PAGE