Mostly Virtual Arts Round Up, August 20, 2020
By August 20, 2020 0 218•
Streaming next week: a Korean gangster thriller and a German film based on an honor killing. In town, wine lovers can sip and snack this weekend at the Kennedy Center’s River Pavilion; out of town, families can explore the grounds, visitor center and museum shop at George Mason’s Gunston Hall, south of Alexandria, Virginia.
On Aug. 20 at 5 p.m., the free Sixth & I Need a Drink virtual happy hour series will feature Daniela Moreira and Andrew Dana, co-owners of Timber Pizza Co. and “Jew-ish” deli Call Your Mother (now with a location in Georgetown), who recently opened Mercy Me, a “sorta South American” café. As part of their conversation with Sixth & I staffers on Facebook, the duo will demo how to make a favorite beverage. Donations will support SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), which empowers LGBTQ youth in the D.C. metro region.
The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture live-streams a summer concert by local musicians every Thursday via Facebook Live. On Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m., cellist Fred Lieder and guitarist Peter Fields will perform works in a range of styles, including original compositions. An RSVP is suggested. Admission is free, but viewers are encouraged to support Glen Echo Park and the artists by contributing to a “virtual tip jar.”
A collaboration between the Hilton Brothers and chef Erik Bruner-Yang, Victura Park is a family-friendly outdoor pop-up eatery and wine garden at the Kennedy Center’s River Pavilion at the Reach. Visitors can enjoy a snack at picnic and café tables overlooking the Potomac, spread out a blanket on the grass with a glass of wine or choose a Family Meal at the Park, a series of ever-changing dishes curated by Bruner-Yang. Hours are: Fridays from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
Located 20 miles south of Alexandria, Virginia, Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason, principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and a slaveholder who nonetheless opposed the African slave trade. The grounds, visitor center and museum shop are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (the grounds remain open until 6 p.m.), with masks and social distancing required when visitors are indoors or on a guided tour. Timed general admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children; all-day grounds passes are $5. The Mason family oversaw laborers who saved seeds for their garden and their cash crops. Participants in a free Zoom workshop on Aug. 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. will learn how to save seeds from their gardens to grow next year. Advance registration is required.
On Aug. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Laura Beth Resnick, owner of Butterbee Farm near Baltimore, will give a free online talk about how to grow ranunculus, a gorgeous and notoriously finicky spring bloom. Topics to be covered will include winter care, pest control and best varieties. Registration, limited to 100, will close on Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.
Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Round House Theatre is offering Art Around the World, a weeklong online camp for students in grades 4 to 6 beginning Aug. 24. Live screen time with teaching artists will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on five consecutive days through Aug. 28. Campers will create a theatrical performance inspired by visual arts from around the world and participate in skill-building workshops in acting, movement and design. Tuition is $200.
The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema at Home series will make “Unstoppable,” Kim Min-Ho’s 2018 action/crime thriller, available for free online streaming from Aug. 24 through Aug. 30. In the film, in Korean with English subtitles, a human trafficking ring faces doom after kidnapping an ex-gangster’s wife.
In partnership with the Woman’s National Democratic Club Educational Foundation and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the DC History Center will mark the centennial of the enactment of the 19th Amendment with three online panel discussions with historians, activists and teachers: on Aug. 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (“The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage”) and on Aug. 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (“Now We Can Begin: 100 Years of Activism”) and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (“Youth and the Vote: Tools and Tactics for the Next Generation”). Admission is free.
As part of the Goethe Pop Up Film Series, Sherry Hormann’s “A Regular Woman” will be available for online streaming on Aug. 26 between 5 and 11 p.m. In German with English subtitles, the film restores the voice of Hatun Aynur Sürücü, a 23-year-old German of Turkish-Kurdish descent murdered by her brother in Berlin in 2005. She tells her own story, the story of a woman who escapes the violence of her marriage and refuses to let her brothers and parents dictate what she can and cannot do. Admission is pay-what-you-can, with proceeds supporting Northwest Film Forum. Advance registration is requested.
At this Smithsonian Associates live-streamed program on Aug. 27 at 6:45 p.m., experts from woman-owned cheese caterer Cheesemonster Studio, located in D.C.’s Brightwood neighborhood, will guide participants through curated pairings of five cheeses with one wine, one beer and one spirit. To prepare, participants can view a shopping list or order a cheese and beverage tasting kit from Cheesemonster; orders should be placed by Aug. 24. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Smithsonian Associates members) and advance registration is required.