It is a weekend of legendary names: Jerome Robbins, Frank Lloyd Wright, Annie Proulx, Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein — not to mention Johannes Vermeer. Also: the Georgetown Gala, Boo at the Zoo, the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, the opening reception at Zenith Gallery for an exhibition of work by women artists and the final performances at Ford’s Theatre of “Death of a Salesman,” with Craig Wallace as Willy Loman.
Jerome Robbins: American Dance Genius
On Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., a stellar cast celebrates the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins’s centennial in a rehearsal-style performance hosted by Damian Woetzel, who worked closely with Robbins during his career at New York City Ballet. This event in the “Demo” series at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, will explore the repertory Robbins created for ballet and Broadway, from “Fancy Free” to “West Side Story.” Tickets are $49. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Dedicated to presenting short, contemporary operas, Urban Arias presents “Shining Brow” (the English translation of Taliesin, a Welsh bard after whom architect Frank Lloyd Wright named his Wisconsin home-studio) on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The opera asks, “Does brilliance justify narcissism?” Wright’s genius put him at the top of his field, but his devotion to his art (and himself) wreaked havoc with those around him. Daron Hagen’s lush and romantic score explores the nuances of Wright’s early life. Tickets are $42. For details, visit urbanarias.org or call 202-399-7993.
Film Screening: ‘Apollo 13’
On Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., free with RSVP, there will be a screening of “Apollo 13” at the National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW between 7th and 9th Streets. 2017 National Archives Foundation Records of Achievement Awardee Tom Hanks stars in this 1995 feature that tells the true story of the 1970 lunar mission, which suffered an explosion in space that disabled the ship, leaving the astronauts and Mission Control to work frenetically on devising a plan to get the men home safely. Directed by Ron Howard, the film also stars Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Ed Harris. For details, visit archivesfoundation.org or call 202-357-5000.
YourGrove Presents: Art House
On Friday and Saturday (Oct.20 &21) YourGrove presents an evening of luxurious cannabis culture, featuring Chef Matt Crockrell and the artwork of Timoteo Murphy in DC’s historic Dupont Circle neighborhood. Join us on either October 20th or the 21st from 6 pm – 11 pm to experience an evening of art and a silent auction while indulging in:
Unlimited cannabis flower
Open Bar with infused* cocktails
9 course infused* dinner
(LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE)
To purchase tickets, click here.
Annie Proulx at the Writer’s Center
To cap off this year’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, Maryland, hosts the ceremony and reading for the festival’s 2017 award recipient, Annie Proulx, author of the novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Proulx’s work has earned numerous awards, among them the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She will be joined by Marita Golden, Francisco Goldman and David Goodrich for the reading, followed by a book signing and a reception. Admission is free. For details, visit writer.org or call 301-654-8664.
‘Streets of Georgetown’ Gala
The annual gala of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, this year themed “Streets of Georgetown,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The co-chairs are Michelle Korsmo, Amy Porter Stroh and Colman Riddell. Tickets are $325 ($275 for CAG members). For details, visit cagtown.org or call 202-337-7313.
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, Oct. 21, is sold-out, but Boo at the Zoo tickets ($30) are still available for Friday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 22. The event, which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., features more than 40 treat stations, extreme pumpkin-carving and after-hours access to exhibits, including the Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center and Great Cats. Kids can take part in “scary-oke” on the entertainment stage and there will be craft beer and food tastings for adults. The National Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, visit nationalzoo.si.edu.
Best Buddies Friendship Walk on the Mall
Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM hosts the annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk on the Mall, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Best Buddies fights for inclusion, opportunity and friendship for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event is free. People who raise $50 or more get a T-shirt — “They are soft and fashionable, I promise,” says McFly. For details and to donate, visit bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org.
Dizzy Gillespie Centennial Celebration
A lineup of renowned jazz musicians will perform at this celebration of the late trumpeter, NEA Jazz Master and 1990 Kennedy Center Honoree, one of the creators of bebop, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets are $19 to $59. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Opening Reception: ‘Artists Femina’
All too often in art history, women have been excluded from schools, events and exhibitions, with only their bodies allowed as subject matter. Rising from the male gaze, but still inflicted by it, women have infiltrated the arts at a local, national and international level. This free opening reception for an exhibition of work by Elizabeth Ashe, Leda Black, Lea Craigie-Marshall, Jessica Damen, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Susan Freda, Julie Girardini, Carolyn Goodridge, Joan Konkel, Nancy Nesvet, Katharine Owens and SICA will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. at Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris St. NW. For details, visit zenithgallery.com or call 202-783-2963.
Georgetown Shuck It!
On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, 3000 K St. NW, presents its fifth annual waterfront festival of beer and oysters — and wine, roast porquetta, steamships of beef, muffuletta sliders and sides — set to the music of legendary rockabilly band Jumpin’ Jupiter. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $75 ($65 early bird). For details, visit tonyandjoes.com or call 202-944-4545.
Introduction to Vermeer Exhibition
Adriaan Waiboer, head of collections and research at the National Gallery of Ireland and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art in D.C., will give a free talk about the new exhibition “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry” on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s East Building Auditorium, 150 4th St. NW. A signing of the exhibition catalog will follow. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.
Leonard Bernstein at 100
Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists will perform a centennial tribute to composer Leonard Bernstein, Sunday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. On the program are some of Bernstein’s most cherished works from “West Side Story” and “Candide,” such as “Tonight,” “Maria,” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” Tickets are $30. For details, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org.
Final Performances: ‘Death of a Salesman’
This production at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, of “Death of a Salesman,” with Craig Wallace as Willy Loman and Kimberly Schraf as Linda Loman, was directed by Stephen Rayne (“Our Town,” “The Widow Lincoln”). In Arthur Miller’s classic play, truth and lies intermingle as Loman tries to reconcile the optimism of his youth with his unfulfilled dreams. As the full force of reality crashes down, he places his last hope of success in his two sons. Final performances are Thursday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $64. For details, visit fords.org or call 888-616-0270.