Weekly Arts Round Up, September 24, 2020
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The DC Jazz Festival starts live-streaming today. Joining the list of reopened Smithsonian museums tomorrow: the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian. Link up by clicking on the headings below.
This year’s DC Jazz Festival will live-stream 20 concerts over five days starting on Sept. 24. The performances, interviews and other festival content can be viewed for free at Fans.live or on Facebook. The finale, presented by EventsDC on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., will be a “drive-in movie experience”: a performance by Frédéric Yonnet and the Band With No Name projected on a 60-foot screen at 2400 East Capitol St. NE. For tickets, visit universe.com and use access code DCJAZZFEST2020.
On Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., Chamber Dance Project will present a live online screening of “A Single Light,” a new film collaboration by choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning, founder and artistic director of Chamber Dance Project, and composer James Bigbee Garver. The first public screening of Bruning’s “Exit Wounds” with the original cast, Andile Ndlovu and Luis Torres — and a red carpet with the artists — will follow.
In partnership with the Rockley Family Foundation, Strathmore will offer nearly new grand, baby grand, digital player grand, vertical and digital pianos from makers such as Yamaha, Bösendorfer, Cristofori and Roland — plus a selection of vintage Steinway & Sons pianos — for public purchase on Sept. 24, 25 and 26. Inquiries and sales will be conducted by appointment only at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Masks will be required and social distancing will be in effect. Delivery and technical services will be provided by Jordan Kitts Music, with no-interest financing available. In most cases, a substantial portion of the purchase price is considered a charitable contribution to the foundation, which supports music education. To make an appointment, call 301-606-4613.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day, one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled will pass over the National Mall on Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at 11:30 a.m. Approximately 70 aircraft will fly in 24 historically sequenced warbird formations representing World War II’s major battles in two-minute intervals. The flyover will conclude with a missing-man formation.
Dumbarton House will host a virtual family game night, suitable for elementary school-age children and older, on Sept. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will learn Federal-period card and dice games, using math skills along the way. Admission is $15 for a household using one device and $8 for people joining in on their own or with family or friends in another household.
Going virtual in 2020 — and swapping out an i for a y — Friends of the National Zoo will present Byte Night: ZooFari, its annual gala, on Sept. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. Those tuning in to this year’s free live-streamed event will see exotic animals and bid on auction items like animal-created art while supporting the Smithsonian’s efforts to take a “byte” out of extinction.
On Sept. 26 from 7 to 8:15 p.m., Levine Music — the Washington area’s multi-campus center for music education — will virtually present samples of its upcoming performance season, which has the theme “Beyond Imagined Boundaries: Merging Cultures and Modernization.” Admission is free.
The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center is sponsoring a free Yom Kippur Mindfulness Hike in Rock Creek Park on Sept. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. This self-guided outdoor experience — with prompts and an optional playlist — is meant to offer points of connection for individuals of all ages and levels of observance. To ensure social distancing, participants must choose a 10-minute time slot to be greeted, receive a guidebook and start their hike.
To celebrate the 113th birthday of Washington National Cathedral, Andrew Bittner, author of “Building Washington National Cathedral,” will lead a virtual exploration of the construction of the cathedral, the third-largest church building in the U.S., on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. Registration is free (donations are welcome).
On Oct. 1 at 8 p.m., married couple Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, and Susan Glasser, a staff writer for the New Yorker — who coauthored the 2005 book “Kremlin Rising” based on their work as Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post — will talk about their new book, “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III,” as part of the P&P Live! series. Admission is pay-what-you-can and purchasing a book is encouraged.
The last day to see three art exhibitions at the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, is Oct. 4. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and admission is free. Capacity is limited and face coverings are required. The exhibitions are: “They See Us: Isabel Manalo” in the Stone Tower Gallery, Manalo’s series of painted portraits of her daughters — Bella, 17, and Sofia, 15 — during the time of COVID; “Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Glen Echo Park as a part of the National Park System” in the Park View Gallery, featuring never-before-exhibited photographs of the early years of the art program and of the Dentzel Carousel pre- and post-restoration; and “Glass Visions and Voices 2020: Art Glass Center at Glen Echo” in the Popcorn Gallery, demonstrating the diversity of contemporary kiln-formed glass.
The National Museum of American History will reopen on Sept. 25. Admission will be by free timed-entry pass, with visitors required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. The exhibition “Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage” will return to view and the thematic display “Who Pays for Education?” will make its debut. Hours are Friday to Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The featured exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian — reopening Sept. 25 with mask wearing and social distancing in effect — is “Americans,” exploring how American Indian images, names and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with admission by free timed-entry pass.