Half Virtual Arts Round Up
By August 6, 2020 0 257•
You can browse used books in Georgetown, tour District Winery, view art in Del Ray and soak up Shakespeare in Staunton. But there’s still plenty to do from your keyboard. Click on the headings below for details about each of the listed events.
The Washington chapter of AIA and the Washington Architectural Foundation will present a free Zoom screening of “Master Builders,” a documentary about African American architects in the nation’s capital, on Aug. 7 from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Among the featured architects are Julian Abele, Calvin T.S. Brent, Elizabeth Brooks and Albert I. Cassell.
In-person Shakespeare performances have resumed in Staunton, Virginia, with reduced capacity, masking, social distancing and other precautions. The American Shakespeare Center will mount “Twelfth Night” at its Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 South Market St., on Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., followed by talk-backs with the actors. Tickets are $33 to $60. “Othello” will be presented on the lawn at the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, 301 Greenville Ave., on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Blanket spaces (up to four people) and chair spaces (up to two people) are $40; audience members supply their own blankets and chairs.
Curated by Stephanie Chan and Tracy Wilkerson, the exhibition “Hello, Bright Eyes” will open on Aug. 7 and run through Aug. 29 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, Virginia. On the theme of eyes, eyesight and the wonders our eyes provide, the show includes works that reuse old glasses, lenses and eyeglass arms donated by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. Hours are Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors are asked to wear face masks and maintain six feet of personal space.
Dance Place has moved its summer classes for adults onto Zoom. Three live-streamed modern dance classes will be offered on Aug. 8. The 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. class will be taught by Carla Perlo; the 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. class by Deborah Riley; and the 1 to 2 p.m. class by Orange Grove Dance. Admission is free.
On Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carpe Librum will sell high-quality, gently used books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records in the Chase Bank parking lot at Wisconsin Avenue and P Street as part of the DC Dog Days of Summer promotion (click HERE for a list of Georgetown retailers participating in the two-day event, which begins Aug. 8). The book selection will include children’s books, teen reads, brand new best-sellers and classic vintage hardbacks, all priced under $6. Masks are required and cash will not be accepted. Carpe Librum benefits Turning the Page, a nonprofit that provides support to D.C. public school students and their families.
Historian Edna Friedberg of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will be the moderator for “How Humor Helped Heal the Pain of the Holocaust,” a free presentation by Ferne Pearlstein, director of “The Last Laugh,” a film about taboos in comedy, on Aug. 12 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Viewers can watch the event live or the recorded version on demand on the museum’s Facebook page.
Led by director, choreographer and teaching artist Emma Jaster, Opera Starts With Oh! is a series of live sessions of artistic playtime with guest artists, making opera magical and approachable for families with children 4 to 8 years old (all ages are welcome). Shortly after each Zoom session, registrants will receive at-home activities. The session on Aug. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to noon is titled “Zing! Zing! Zing! Violin.” Admission is pay-what-you-can.
The Anacostia Community Museum’s Take Time Thursday program on Aug. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. will be “Taking Action in Your Own Garden,” a free Zoom webinar. Thorne Rankin of DC Natives will share simple steps viewers can take to support endangered pollinators while beautifying their neighborhoods.
District Winery, located at 385 Water St. SE, is again open for tours, which include a tasting of seven wines, on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The participant limit is 12 and groups of up to six people may be seated together. Masks must be worn while moving through the building. Tickets are $35.
As a fundraiser for the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network — a grassroots volunteer effort to support D.C.’s Black and Brown communities, which have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis — Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is holding an online print sale through Aug. 31. All prints are $50 each and will be printed 8 inches by 10 inches in an open, unsigned edition.