DCArtswatch June 6, 2018

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Compiled by Richard Selden

AU MUSEUM GETS CORCORAN ART

Nearly 9,000 works of art from the Corcoran collection that the National Gallery of Art chose not to acquire after the independent museum and art college closed in 2014 have been given to the American University Museum at the Katzen Center. About 2,000 other works will be distributed to Smithsonian museums, area universities and the Supreme Court.

DC JAZZ FESTIVAL

This citywide festival, presented annually since 2005, will feature performances at some 40 venues from June 8 to 17. Headliners include singer Leslie Odom Jr., piano duo Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, violinist Regina Carter and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis(brother of Wynton and Branford). As part of the Jazz in the ’Hoods component, Georgetown’s Blues Alley will host trumpeter Roy Hargrove on June 8, 9 and 10.

AFI DOCS FESTIVAL

The 2018 AFI Docs documentary film festival will take place June 13 to 17 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and D.C. venues. On June 14, the festival’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium will honor director Steven James and screen “America to Me,” his film about a public high school in suburban Chicago, at the Smithsonian’sNational Museum of American History.

BY THE PEOPLE FESTIVAL

Billed as an “epic arts and empathy festival,” this free celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, conceived by Georgetown-based Halcyon, will run from June 21 to 24 at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, THEARC West, the Parks at Walter Reed, Union Market and Washington National Cathedral. The kickoff event will be a June 20 ticketed performance by Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at the Anthem.

NEW SPY MUSEUM DIRECTOR

Retired U.S. Army Col. Christopher Costa has been named executive director of the International Spy Museum. Now a nonprofit, the museum — which opened in Penn Quarter in 2002 as a for-profit business — will relocate in 2019 to a new building in L’Enfant Plaza designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Costa was most recently special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council.

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