Calendar of Events: March 6-12, 2019

VOCES8 performs at St. Johns in Georgetown. Image courtesy VOCES8

Wednesday, March 6th

Book discussion

Local author Kara Arundel will discuss her book Raising America’s Zoo: How Two Wild Gorillas Helped Transform the National Zoo. In 1955, a young former Marine ventured to the Belgian Congo on a month-long safari to view Africa’s wildlife. When Arthur “Nick” Arundel boarded a commercial airliner for home, he carried a baby gorilla in each arm.  Their destination was the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., known as “America’s Zoo.” The wild apes arrived at an antiquated zoo, where staffers knew little about how to raise wild apes. It was the beginning of dramatic changes for the National Zoo, which would evolve from a menagerie-type animal park to an internationally respected center focused on conservation of both captive and wild species. Book sale and signing to follow event. 7:00 p.m. at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW.  Free.

Musical event

Washington Performing Arts presents Steven Isserlis.  Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author, and broadcaster.  7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F Street NW.  Tickets $55.

Networking event

DCFemTech Inspire is back for its fourth year! Celebrate the success of women in the DC tech community. Join DCFemTech as its shares and celebrates accomplishments, large and small. Expect a good mix of networking, small activities, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a celebratory toast for a great year ahead.6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at MakeOffices, 1015 15th St NW.  Free.

Thursday, March 7th

Arts event

On the eve of International Women’s Day, learn all about female artists. Create a craft with The Lemon Collective inspired by the artwork of Zilia Sánchez. Listen to the powerful all women ensemble with DC drummer Isabelle de Leon, Amy K Bormet (piano), Clarissa Corey-Bey (bass) and Rikayyah Wilson (percussion). Sample distilled spirits by women owned Republic Restoratives and sip on their Joan of Arc cocktail. Enjoy tours of women artists and enjoy a scavenger hunt coordinated by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 5:00 – 8:30 at Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW. Tickets $12.

Political discussion

In December the U.S. officially left the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, for the second time, thirty-four years after its previous departure. Why did the U.S. leave UNESCO in 1984, an organization it helped to found in 1946? Why did it return in 2003? What has it done at UNESCO during the past fifteen years? And why did it leave again? Ambassador Oliver’s remarks will discuss these and other issues relating to U.S. efforts to engage in effective multilateral diplomacy through organizations such as UNESCO. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street Northwest.  Free.

Friday, March 8th

Musical event

The pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today, Dianne Reeves’s talents are rich in every song in her limitless repertoire. She has received five Grammy Awards® for Best Jazz Vocal Album, an honorary doctorate of music from Juilliard, and was recently named a 2018 NEA Jazz Master.  Now, hear her at the Kennedy Center.  7 and 9 p.m. at the Family Theater, 2700 F Street NW.  $49.

Arts event

Women in the Arts pop up: Celebrate International Women’s Day and Female Artists and Entrepreneurs changing the world. #beboldforchange #balanceforbetter Four hours of art, music, shopping, cocktails at L2 lounge in Georgetown Washington, DC — International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is not only a call to action for gender equality but also a celebration of women, all women! Come celebrate women and the arts in Georgetown this International Women’s Day. 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. at L2 Lounge & Events Venue, 3315 Cady’s Alley Northwest.  Free.

Film screening event

Animezing!: Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms. Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan Film presentation.  6:30 – 8:30 at Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th Street Northwest.  Free.

Saturday, March 9th

Arts event

Washington Printmakers Gallery’s Art + Haiku workshop will explore the relationship between Haiku, an ancient Japanese poetry form, and imagery. How one can inspire the other and the importance of combing art with poetry. Come and create your Haiku + Art. Fun for all ages with Karin Edgett, a local DC artist who combines Haiku and other poetry forms with her artwork. She is primarily a painter and nutritional cook. 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Washington Printmakers Gallery 1641 Wisconsin Ave, NW.  Free, with registration.

Musical event

Washington National Opera: Eugene Onegin. Time shifts desires in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited love and missed opportunities, inspired by Pushkin’s novel. More than 30 years have passed since WNO last staged this dramatic tale of rejection and remorse, and now a visually stunning production marks its return. 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F Street NW. Tickets: $45–300.

Comedy event

New York City-based comedian Jared Freid’s comedy is current and reflects the ordinary daily thoughts of everyone you know, especially if everyone you know is a millennial obsessed with dating apps, trying to be a real adult and worried about their body. (For the record, Jared’s mom thinks his body is “just fine.”) 9 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, 2700 F Street NW. Tickets: $20.

Book and Author event

Bestselling author Alyson Richman will promote her new release, THE SECRET OF CLOUDS, a story of love and loss about a Ukrainian immigrant family living in New York following the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. THE SECRET OF CLOUDS is a novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart.  3:30 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW.  Free.

Musical event

The Thomas Circle Singers’ annual silent auction and party will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and performances by members of TCS throughout the evening.  7:00 p.m. at The Washington Center, 1333 16th Street NW.  $75.

The American Pops Orchestra’s “NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” features 30 semi-finalists from university programs competing to win the top title. Votes from a panel of judges and the audience will determine the best voice of tomorrow. 8:00 p.m. at the Mead Center for American Theater at Arena Stage. Tickets $20 -30. 

Tui plays in DC.  Jake Blount and Libby Weitnauer joined forces to become Tui in mid-2018. They draw inspiration equally from rare archival recordings and the music of their peers, and both have extensive experiences with other genres of music.  Tui’s diverse influences enable them to create music that is innovative and technically demanding, yet accessible and affecting as only old songs can be. In addition to performances in the United States, they have toured internationally in Australia and New Zealand, and plan to release an album together in the spring of 2019. 7:30 p.m. at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. Tickets $15 – 20.

Monday, March 11th

Musical event

Diego Guerrero, one of Spain’s rising young flamenco artists, presents his new album “Vengo Caminando”. Spanish artist Diego Guerrero has always transcended Flamenco in his music. Diego is not only a singer, but also a multifaceted musical producer, arranger, composer and guitarist, and one of the top references in the world when it comes to the fusion of Flamenco with other genres like Afro-cuban rumba or jazz.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th Street Northwest.  Tickets $15.

Arts event

Paper flower making has been practiced around the world for centuries and now it’s your opportunity to try your hand at this long standing tradition. Learn the art of paper flowers with Emily of Revery Paper Flora. Emily will teach the basics of European crepe paper along with the skills and techniques to create a universal botanical favorite, the peony. You’ll complete one flower in class and leave with the materials, templates and a detailed guide to make two more peonies at home. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Lemon Collective, 808 Upshur Street NW. Second Floor. $60.

Tuesday, March 12th

Musical event

The exciting British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing in their program “Underneath the Stars.” Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the group performs repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements; versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression is central to the ensemble’s performance ethos. 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O Street NW.   Tickets $40.

Gala event

The AAPD Leadership Awards Gala provides a unique opportunity for AAPD’s partners, supporters, and colleagues to demonstrate their support of disability rights while bringing together the disability community with business and government leadership for one night each year. 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Tickets $150.