Calendar of Events: Week of 2/27/19

The National Building Museum. Image credit: Kate Michael

Wednesday, February 27th

Art event

In celebration of Black History Month, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in conjunction with the Dean’s Forum will host a reception and viewing of the art exhibition, “Emergence Sea: The Identities of Black American Descendants of Slaves.” The paintings highlight everyday life front and center and feature portraits of singers, preachers, mothers, families, and friends. Not only will the exhibit provide a snapshot into the many colors and tones of black life in America, but it will also demonstrate the impact of this constantly evolving young culture. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Johns Hopkins SAIS, 1st Floor, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.  Free, with registration.

Media discussion

Today, podcasts are becoming more popular than ever as they continue to emerge as a go-to medium for content and news.  This DC Communicators networking event invites industry experts in media and communications to explore both the ups and downs of launching a podcast. The event will discuss how internal influencers can positively impact their organization’s brand with a thought-provoking podcast, if all the right ingredients are in place. Join in this examination with a panel of experts.   8:30 – 10:00 a.m at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street Northwest.  Free.

Thursday, February 28th

Political discussion

Voter suppression has been a reality of American politics since the passage of the 15th Amendment in 1870. Just recently, it took new forms in the 2018 midterm elections. This presentation by Nicol Turner Lee, PhD, will review the history of voter suppression in the United States, discuss contemporary displays of voting malfeasance, and offer steps that the new Congress and others can take to ensure the integrity of elections and access for all Americans. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.Tickets $25

Culinary event

David Reynaud (Proprietor and Wine Maker) will present his different wines at this Wine Tasting Dinner. It will be a beautiful trip around the Crozes Hermitage region. Executive Chef Mark Courseille will prepare a menu based on the cuisine Lyonnaise. The menu will have a Cocktail Reception and a Five Course menu. 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. at La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW.  Tickets $95.

Cultural event

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to welcome Mexican flamenco guitarist, Andrea Salcedo with special guest, flamenco singer and percussionist, Francisco “Yiyi” Orozco. The artists present a selection of works that showcases the great masters of the flamenco guitar such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlúcar, or Manuel Moreno “Moraito”, while also presenting some of the variety of styles of flamenco such as bulerías, granaina, and tangos, among others. 6:45 pm at the Music Room of the Institute, 2829 16th Street NW.  Free.

Friday, March 1st

Theatre event

Television personality, Emmy® nominee, and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness makes his Kennedy Center debut. 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566.  Tickets: $29–174.

Arts event

Teaching Artist Mary Hall Surface will lead a two-hour writing workshop inspired by works of art from the permanent collection at The Phillips Collection. Explore the conversations among the works on view as you slow down, look closely, and respond to art-inspired creative writing prompts. Discover how art can spark rich writing and self-discovery, and how writing can deepen real connections to art. The workshop focuses on reflective process over product and is designed for all skill levels. 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Phillips Collection,1600 21st St NW.  $25 for non-members; $15 for members

Saturday, March 2nd

Musical event

The National Symphony Orchestra presents symphony fragments of Roussel’s The Spider’s Feast, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka with Lionel Bringuier, conductor, and Gil Shaham, violin.  8:00 p.m in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St NW. Tickets: $15–89.  htto://

Historical discussion

Join in for an engaging panel conversation about the history and legacy of the Underground Railroad with artist Jeanine Michna-Bales, historian Spencer Crew, and anti-trafficking activist Evelyn Chumbow. Moderated by Phillips Senior Curator Elsa Smithgall.  4:00 p.m. at Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW. $12

Charity event

Esteemed breweries, top regional companies and delicious restaurants will join the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation for its 15th Annual Brewer’s Ball Served Up by Baker Tilly.  Guests will enjoy unlimited beer tastings and paired bites, interact with the region’s top brewers and chefs, bid on silent and live auction items all while dancing to the energetic sounds of 90’s cover band White Ford Bronco. Proceeds from the night will fund the CF Foundation’s mission to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and improve quality of life for people with the disease. 7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. Tickets $150. 

Family event

The Junior League of Washington will be hosting its annual healthy eating and fitness activity fair for children, Kids in the Kitchen. Designed for children ages 3-13, this event showcases ways for kids to eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. There will be a lot of great activities for kids, including exercise classes, cooking fun with professional chefs, demonstrations from nutrition experts, and more. There will also be crafts, games, goodie bags, and exciting raffle prizes – all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy.  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the YMCA Anthony Bowen, 325 W St NW.  Free.

Sunday, March 3rd

Tour event

The Abner Cloud House, a three story house built and completed in 1801 by Abner Cloud Jr., a Quaker from Pennsylvania, and operated as a museum along the C & O Canal by the Colonial Dames of America, will be open to the public.  The house is of the Federal Period and furnished with antiques from that period and was designated by the Interior Secretary in 1976 as the finest example of Federal architecture in Washington.  Noon to 5 p.m. at Abner Cloud House, C&O Canal National Park, Canal and Reservoir Roads NW.  Free. Private tours for groups are available year round by appointment.  For further information, please email

Arts discussion

Coming UP: Innovation, Evolution, and Progress in the Arts is an exploration of the artists and arts managers who believe that we must make change to affect change. Art is a powerful vehicle for good, but its positive impacts are often undercut by real-world adversities perpetuated within art institutions. Join in for a conversation about how we can challenge norms, break down barriers, and invest in the future.

Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Melissa Chiu will be keynote speaker.  EALS is a full day of exciting panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities with arts leaders from the DC community and beyond. 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  Tickets 10 – 25.

Monday, March 4th

Musical event

Young Concert Artists presents Do-Hyun Kim, Korean-born pianist Do-Hyun Kim performing in recital. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St NW. Tickets: $20–45.

Cocktail event

Join in for a celebration of the unique and delicious spirit of Mexico will and all-inclusive party. Featuring 14 tequila & mezcal tasting bars, specialty cocktails, food stations, passed bites, live music and a photo station to capture the fun. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 7th Street Northwest.  Tickets $49.

Tuesday, March 5th

Musical event

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts presents Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss on piano playing David Lang’s Gravity and After Gravity, Franz Schubert’s Grand Duo in C major for Piano Four Hands, and Johannes Brahms’s Sonata in F minor for Two Pianos.  7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St NW.  Tickets: $45.

Luncheon Event

Dr. George D. Musgrove, co-author of Chocolate City: A Study of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital, presents an Anacostia Connection Series Program: The Origins of East of the River: Centering on Anacostia in DC History.  Dr. Musgrove will answer poignant questions about the area “East of the River” through an exploration of the history of the term.  11:30 a.m. – 2:00 the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.  Tickets $30.

Cocktail event

Step back in time at a festive 1920s cocktail party. Cocktail historian Philip Greene will lead you on a journey back to the ‘Roaring Twenties’ with cocktails from his last book at a cocktail party and dinner at the Fourth Estate restaurant. Diners will sample retro cocktails, including The Bees Knees and The Boulevardier, from Greene’s latest book, “A Drinkable Feast.” The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. at The National Press Club’s Fourth Estate, 529 14th St NW 13th Floor.Tickets $75 single; $140/couple with a copy of the book included in the purchase price (one per couple).