Calendar of Events: Week of 2/20/19

The Washington National Cathedral lit up for an event. Courtesy: Washington National Cathedral

Wednesday, February 20th

Cultural event

Excerpts from the newly released documentary Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta: four centuries of history will be screened with a presentation by Film Director Francesco Vitali and Dr. Allison Luchs, Curator of Early European Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, who will illustrate the tradition of sculpture gardens in Renaissance Italy and two masterpieces from Villa Litta now part of the NGA’s collection. To enhance the audience’s appreciation of the documentary, the screening will be accompanied by a concert featuring some music by the composers who enjoyed the patronage of the Villa’s residents during the 16th-18th centuries. Directed by Tina Chancey of Hesperus, the musical performances will feature Mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubanion-Smith and tenor Rob Petillo joined by William Simms, theorbo and renaissance lute, Elizabeth Field, baroque violin, Paula Maust, harpsichord, and Dr. Chancey, renaissance violin and viola da gamba.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Embassy of Italy  3000 Whitehaven Street NW. Tickets at

Musical reception

Join the Citizens Association of Georgetown for the February CAG Public Meeting.  A moderated conversation on the DC Jazz scene including well known musicians will accompany a reception including refreshments from Stachowski’s and Potomac Wine & Spirits. 6:30 at Mt. Zion church on 29th St.  Free. 

Thursday, February 21st

Luncheon event

In his latest book, Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy, distinguished journalist Marvin Kalb pulls from recent history to prove that the great American experiment would suffer certain failure if not for a free and vigorous press. Mr. Kalb is currently a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His work includes award-winning reporting for both CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, and anchor of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The book will be available for purchase and signing. 11:30 p.m. at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. Tickets $30

Photo exhibit

Caral: The earliest civilization in the Americas.  Caral is not only a city but also the name of an entire civilization of at least 25 sites centered on the Supe Valley in Peru.The Caral Civilization is considered one of the six “cradles of civilization”, joining Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India and Mesoamerica. Having begun about 5000 years ago, it is now recognized as the wellspring of South American societies. A photo exhibit features more about this fascinating civilization.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Embassy of Peru,1700 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  Free.

Friday, February 22nd

Art exhibit

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the opening of The Culture of Time and Space, a new exhibition of digital media art that explores the convergence of Korean traditional beauty and contemporary technology, featuring works by Korean media artist HyeGyung Kim. Kim focuses on the convergence of digital media and Taoism through the medium of East Asian antiques. She experiments with connections between digital media and traditional Oriental art that represents Korean beauty through projection mapping and interactive media. She presents not only projection mapping onto Korean traditional crafts such as porcelain and antique wooden furniture, but also interactive media art that integrates light, sound, and movement. Ultimately, Kim hopes to provide an experience beyond space and time through this artistic dialogue. This exhibition aims to introduce the vibrancy of Korean contemporary media art and the deep connections possible between traditional aesthetic values and Korea’s prominent digital technology of today. 6:00 p.m. at Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free, though registration is required at

Sparkplug: Light Liminal illustrates how ten participating artists literally and symbolically employ light and darkness in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition explores themes of communication and empathy.  Opening Reception 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th NW Street, Washington DC, 20009.  Free.

Musical event

Studio Gallery, DC’s oldest arts collaborative, partners with StageFree for an evening of local art and electro-acoustic music.  With five musical works written in the last four years, the program offers, a local take on new music.  Featured composers include Armando Bayolo, Duncan Boatright, Ashi Day, Bradley Green, Christopher Newman, and Charles Perryman.  7:30 p.m. at Studio Gallery, 2108 R Street NW.  Tickets $20.

Saturday, February 23rd

Film screening

Tensions rise when Gyembo a teen who dreams of becoming a soccer player is chosen as the next guardian of the family monastery in Bhutan. Join in for a free film screening of “The Next Guardian” followed by a a tashi labay performance and Q&A discussion with the filmmakers Dorottya Zurb and Arun Bhattarai, and Communication and Program Manager for the Bhutan Foundation in Washington, DC, Tshering Yangzom.  6:45 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th St NW & Constitution Ave NW.  Free.

Musical event

For more than twenty-five years, a cappella singers have joined together to help DC’s homeless. The Sing Out for Shelter (“SOS”) concert, organized by DC’s own Augmented 8, has brought together the best of contemporary a cappella singing and raised more than $250,000 to help the homeless in the Metropolitan DC area.

8:00 p.m. at the National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW.  Tickets $20 -140.

Stories and Songs of Hope in concert supports refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.  A choir and guest musicians will perform musical selections on the theme of “sanctuary,” with several asylum seekers sharing their stories.  Reception to follow. 4:30 p.m. Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, 3400 Lowell St. NW.  Free

Cultural event

Celebrate Mardi Gras and the Carnival of Nice on French soil at a special evening at the Embassy of France! From the elegance of classical French culture to the most celebrated Rivera nightlife of the 21st Century, experience a special evening of fantastic French food (buffet-style) and wines, late night DJ and a nightclub experience that will turn the venue into “The Embassy of Lights,” with a spectacular Riviera-style ambiance, as well as attractions and shows. Enjoy the flavors of NiceMonaco and St. Tropez in the beautiful and festive Maison Francaise. Mardi Gras Style beads will be offered to all guests upon arrival. And be on the lookout for some special Cirque Style Carnival Characters! 6:30 p.m. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.  Tickets $89- 800.

Sunday, February 24th

Musical event

The combined forces of the AU Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Singers are joined by the Strathmore Children’s Chorus and guest soloists Janice Meyerson and Rob McGinness to perform the North American premiere of Arnold Saltzman’s A Choral Symphony: Halevi. Completed in 2017, this large-scale composition is a lush and evocative symphonic setting of English translations of texts by the twelfth-century Hebrew poet Judah Halevi. 4:30 p.m. at the National Presbyterian Church, 401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Tickets $5-15.

Fashion event

DC Fashion Week hosts the 30th International Couture Collections Show. Designers from around the world present their Autumn/Winter 2019 couture collections at the Embassy of France.  5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Embassy of France, La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW.  Tickets $70 -150.

Monday, February 25th

Culinary event

Does putting together a cheeseboard for your next party seem daunting? Do you stand in front of the cheese counter perplexed as to how to proceed? Fear not, cheese lovers! Whether it’s learning how to pick out cheeses and accompaniments that will wow your guests, or put them together in a thoughtful and crowd-stunning way, this How To Build a Cheeseboard class will give you cheese confidence and hone your plating skills. Led by cheesemonger and owner of Cheesemonster, Alice Bergen Phillips, this class is all about making the art of the cheeseboard a bit less intimidating. Talk, taste, and play around with various plating components, and at the end of the night, you”ll go home with your very own personal cheeseboard! 7:00 – 9:00 at The Lemon Collective, 808 Upshur Street.  Tickets $45.

Chef Sammy has had the #1 Cooking class sold on the internet for 5 years straight, and now he is offering the class direct to consumers. The class will be held at Chef’s newest restaurant CATCH 22 in the District of Columbia. Unlimited drinks will be served throughout the evening!  7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Catch 22, 5832 Georgia Ave. NW.  Tickets $40.

Tuesday, February 26th

Trivia event

Take a break from being The World’s Best Boss, your classes at art school, or beet farming to prove you know the most about the Dunder Mifflin family. Prizes will be awarded in lieu of Dundees, and you don’t want to be left empty handed… that’s what she said! 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Pinstripes Georgetown,1064 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest.  Free.

Cultural discussion

In honor of Black History Month, join in for a panel discussion featuring members of the African diaspora who are using creative ways of bridging the continental gap and contributing to Africa’s development. Food and Drinks will be served. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 1957 E Street Northwest.  Free.