Weekly Arts Round Up, January 28, 2021


Upcoming online concerts will feature piano études, duets for classical guitar and works by living composers. Open for in-person visits: the International Spy Museum and Zenith Gallery. Each heading below is linked to the sponsoring organization’s website.

Spy Museum: Open Weekends

The International Spy Museum, 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, has reopened to the public with coronavirus safety measures in place. Hours are: Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $24.95; $22.95 for seniors, college students and military, law enforcement and intelligence community members; $16.95 for ages 7 to 12; and free for age 6 and under.

Washington Performing Arts: Online Concert

On Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., Washington Performing Arts will present the premiere of “A Brief and Modern History of the Étude,” an online concert by Taiwanese pianist Jenny Lin, a 2021 Hayes Artist. Lin will introduce sets devoted to specific composers — Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Glass and Bolcom — with a prerecorded video story or a composer interview. The concert will also be available on demand through Feb. 4. Tickets are $20.

Marlow Guitar Series: Online Concert

On Jan. 30 at 8 p.m., as part of the Marlow Guitar Series, there will be a free online performance by the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo. Classical guitarists Laura Oltman and Michael Newman will play pieces by Isaac Albéniz, Leo Brouwer, Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados. Miroslav Loncar will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.

Zenith Gallery: Opening Reception

Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris St. NW, will hold an opening reception for a group show celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. The featured artists are: Doba Afolabi, Jerry Berta, Rachael Bohlander, William Buchanan, Cheryl Elmo, Margery Goldberg, Phil Hazard, Hubert Jackson, Mihira Karra, Richard Levine, Kristine Mays, Hadrian Mendoza, Keith Norval, Marcelo Novo, Katharine Owens, Joanathan Ribaillier, Gavin Sewell, Paula Stern, Bradley Stevens, Laura Taylor, Mary Voytek, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, Curtis Woody and Ken Wyner. Free timed tickets are required and all visitors are asked to wear a face mask. The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 20.

Italian Cultural Society: Online Conversation

On Jan. 31 at 3 p.m., the Italian Cultural Society will welcome Beppe Severgnini, author of “Neoitaliani,” for a free online conversation with Sara Forden of Bloomberg News. The two journalists will talk about Italy and Italian perseverance through this difficult time of COVID-19.

National Philharmonic: Online Concert

The National Philharmonic’s free online chamber music concert on Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. will feature Caroline Shaw’s “Plan and Elevation: The Grounds of Dumbarton Oaks,” which asks the audience to gather in celebration of the treasured gardens and consider the landscapes that bring beauty to their own lives. Also on the program are works by Harold Arlen, Alexandra Gardner, Philip Glass and Adolphus Hailstork. Violinists Regino Madrid and Derek Powell, violist Bill Neri, cellist Lori Barnet and pianist Elizabeth Hill will perform.

Nordic Women in Film: On-Demand Screening

Nordic Women in Film will make available for free on-demand screening from 8 p.m. on Feb. 2 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 3 the Finnish Oscar candidate “Tove,” directed by Zaida Bergroth, in which illustrator Tove Jansson invites viewers to think about unconventional but highly successful artists and their turbulent search for identity, desire and freedom. Online conversations and Q&As with Bergroth and others will take place on Feb. 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Arena Stage: Virtual Master Class

Arena Stage will offer a two-part virtual master class, “Choreography with Parker Esse,” on Feb. 3 and 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Esse, who won a Helen Hayes Award for his choreography of Arena Stage’s production of “Oklahoma,” has worked on dozens of shows at regional theaters nationwide. This behind-the-scenes look will explore the process and styles of choreography from Agnes de Mille to Andy Blankenbuehler. Participants will have an opportunity to create choreography and should be dressed to move.Tuition is $70.

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