DC Artswatch

‘The Long Conversation’

The 1881 Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, will open to public from 2 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, for “The Long Conversation: Ideas to Light the Future,” an “epic creative marathon between artists, scientists and other big thinkers.” The free event will also feature performances, contemporary art installations, a Spike Gjerde menu and spirits from Republic Restoratives. For details, visit si.edu/longconvo.

Artists on the Tracks Open Studios

On Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 5 p.m., the largest cluster of studios in the Gateway Arts District in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, will host its Winter Open Studios. Participating

entities, representing dozens of artists, include: Otis Street Arts Project, the Washington Glass School, 3700 Wells & Blue Fire Studios, White Point Studio, Orange Door Studios, Blue Door Studios, Tanglewood Studios and 3706 Otis. For details, visit Otis Street Arts Project on Facebook.

From Theater J to Studio Theatre

Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg — managing director at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center’s Theater J since 2011, having moved up from marketing director — is now managing director of Studio Theatre. Her predecessor, Meridith Burkus, left last summer. Ende Lichtenberg, who also held marketing positions at Ford’s Theatre and Sitar Arts Center, has a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. in arts management from Columbia.

Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg.
Photo by DJ Corey.

New Executive Director at NSLM

Elizabeth von Hassell, formerly director of major gifts at James Madison’s Montpelier, is the new executive director of the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Virginia. She succeeds Melanie Mathewes, now director of development at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester. A graduate of Hollins University, von Hassell earlier worked at Shenandoah University and in pharmaceutical marketing.

Caldwell Moves Up at Theatre Alliance

Theatre Alliance, resident company of the Anacostia Playhouse, named Raymond O. Caldwell producing artistic director, effective Jan. 1. Curator of the Word Becomes Action Festival and, since January, associate artistic director under Colin Hovde (who will finish the season on a part-time basis), Caldwell worked in community engagement at Arena Stage and teaches and directs at Howard University. He has degrees in acting from the University of Florida and Ohio State.

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