Weekly Arts Round Up, November 12, 2020

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The International Space Station. Courtesy NASA.

On Friday and Saturday, the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center will celebrate the International Space Station. Also of note, Leonardo’s “Ginevra,” Rembrandt’s “Lucretia” and other Italian and Dutch masterpieces will go back on view on Nov. 16, when the National Gallery reopens more main-floor galleries in its West Building (the ground-floor galleries will close on Sunday, however). For details on upcoming events, click on the headings below.

Air and Space Museum: Virtual Family Days

To mark 20 years of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station, the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center has planned virtual family days on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. A scavenger hunt using the GooseChase app will take place on Friday (game code: PEMZBM) and Saturday (game code: VJEJ11) at 1 p.m. Other programs available online: November Night Sky Bingo, tips on how to spot the International Space Station from your backyard, a virtual tour of the station, science demonstrations, videos and Flights of Fancy Story Time, in which educator Ann Caspari reads the original story “Building the International Space Station” and shares a hands-on craft. The Udvar-Hazy Center, located at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly, Virginia, is also open daily for in-person visits from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (timed-entry passes required). Admission is free and parking is $15.

Georgetown Main Street: Makers Market

On Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Georgetown Main Street will hold a makers market on the grounds of Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Vendors spaced throughout the grounds will offer everything from candles to home goods. Social distancing will be in effect, with mask-wearing required.

Washington Chorus: Streamed Film

The Washington Chorus, led by Artistic Director Eugene Rogers, will stream the premiere of a short music film by Bob Berg, “Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow,” with music by Damien Geter, on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The film features soprano Aundi Marie Moore and cellist Seth Parker Woods. Tickets are $15.

Round House Theatre: Streamed Play

As part of an Adrienne Kennedy play festival presented by Round House Theatre and Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center, “He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box” will be available for streaming starting Nov. 14. Though in love, Kay (Maya Jackson) and Chris (Michael Sweeney Hammond) exchange letters in 1941 that are painful reminiscences — of his wealthy white father, who laid the architecture for local segregation, and her brutalized Black mother, whose death remains a mystery. Tickets are $17.50. A four-play festival pass is $60. Also, on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., playwright Eisa Davis will moderate the first of the festival’s three free panel discussions on YouTube, featuring Zakiyyah Alexander, Haruna Lee and Paula Vogel, contemporary playwrights influenced by Kennedy.

Dumbarton Concerts: Online Recital and Meet-the-Artist

On Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., as part of its Notes from Home series, Dumbarton Concerts will present “Bach Listening Room,” in which cellist Matt Haimovitz continues his lifelong exploration of Bach’s solo cello suites and works inspired by their scope and architecture. A meet-the-artist will follow at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26.

Levine Music: Streamed Concert

Also on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., Levine Music will stream a free concert, “Music of the Lord of the Rings and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.” Violinist Fedor Ouspensky, cellist Igor Zubkovsky and pianist Anna Ouspenskaya will be featured in a performance of Howard Shore’s film score for Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and selections from Wagner’s four-opera cycle based on Norse mythology. Costumes are welcome.

Russian Chamber Art Society: Online Performance and Interview

Vera Danchenko-Stern, the Russian Chamber Art Society’s founder and artistic director, will host the third installment of Russian Tea Time with Vera on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. This online session will include an encore presentation of RCAS’s 2018 performance of Georgy Sviridov’s “Russia Cast Adrift” and an interview with baritone Kevin Wetzel. Tickets are $15.

Tudor Place: Online Lecture

On Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Krystyn R. Moon, director of American studies at the University of Mary Washington, will give an online lecture in Tudor Place’s free Landmark Lecture series on Richmond-born artist Marietta Minnigerode Andrews (1869-1931), who studied in Europe, in New York with William Merritt Chase and at the Corcoran, where she later taught. Andrews’s writings and artwork characterize a Southern white woman trying to make sense of the rapid changes in American society at the turn of the century.

National Portrait Galleries: Online Conversation

On Nov. 17 from 5 to 5:40 p.m., Karen Quinlan AM (member of the Order of Australia), director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, will engage in an online conversation with Kim Sajet, director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The two will discuss museum leadership in the time of COVID-19, the hybrid models they are using to engage new audiences, how they continue to diversify their collections and what’s next as their institutions move into the next chapter of the “new normal.” Admission is free but advance registration is required.

Politics and Prose: Holiday Member Sale

Politics and Prose bookstore’s weeklong Holiday Member Sale begins on Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. and continues through Nov. 23. During the sale, members get a 20-percent discount on nearly all of the current in-store inventory of books, DVDs and CDs. The same discount applies to online and telephone purchases of in-store items when payment is made at the time of the order. In-store hours are: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW; Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 70 District Square SW at the Wharf; and Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1270 5th St. NE at Union Market. A one-year membership is $25.

American Institute of Architects: Webinar

On Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects will present a webinar, “Towards Post-Pandemic Public Space: Utopian Dream or Delusion?” Architect Douglas Palladino will moderate a panel featuring Lisa Cholmondeley of Gensler San Francisco; Mark Ferguson, dean of Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning; Susan Piedmont-Palladino, director of Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center; and Kevin Storm, associate director for urban design in the DC Office of Planning.

Arena Stage: Online Master Classes

As part of Arena Stage’s series of online master classes, designer Ivania Stack will lead “Character Costume Collage” workshops on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. After receiving a short script, participants will be guided through the process of conceptualizing their ideas for the characters in the text, creating their own costume design collages. During the making and sharing of the collages, there will be a Q&A, with Stack offering stories that provide insight into the costume designer’s perspective. Tuition is $70.

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