Weekly Arts Round Up, February 25, 2021
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Glen Echo will open exhibitions of contemporary furniture and fern-inspired art this Saturday. Books to be discussed online by their authors: “French Like Moi” and “Michelle’s Garden.” Click on the headings below for details.
In Series will kick off the second installment of the Pleiades Project’s German Romantics series with an online pre-premiere talk on Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Noelle McMurtry will introduce the creative team and soprano Hannah Noyes, who will appear as lieder composer Louise Reichardt. A meet-and-greet will follow at 6:30 p.m. Admission to this Facebook event is free.
On Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Alliance Française of Washington, DC, will hold an online talk in English by Scott Dominic Carpenter about his new travel memoir, “French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris.” Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize, Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College. Admission is $5. Visit Indiebound to purchase the book through a local independent bookseller.
Glen Echo Park, located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland, will open two new art exhibitions on Feb. 27. “Interior World: Contemporary Furniture,” a group show in the Popcorn Gallery, will feature pieces by Alex Kasten, Ruth Lozner, Joel D’Orazio, Chris Shea, Jordan Sanders, Megan Lewis and Cristian Wicha. In the Stone Tower Gallery, “Sophia McCrocklin: The Understory,” will display McCrocklin’s drawings and sculptures of the ferns she discovered in the thick undergrowth of Dumbarton Oaks Park. The shows will be on view through March 21. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and admission is free.
Starting Feb. 27, interactive theater company Joy and Pang Productions is presenting “Love Story: A Meal in Five Courses,” an intimate online dinner experience for D.C. residents seeking to consume a delectable meal, support local businesses and connect with others in an intimate group setting. Written by and featuring Rachel Hynes and Anastasia Wilson, “Love Story” will be available on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 8:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 5 p.m. through March 28. Tickets are $84.99, including the live performance and a meal delivered to your door.
As part of its free online chamber series, the National Philharmonic will stream a concert, “Music That Inspires,” on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. The compositions by Bach, Schumann, Florence Price and Barbara York — performed by violinist Laura Colgate, clarinetist Cheryl Hill, tubist Willie Clark and pianist Elizabeth Hill — speak to the interconnectedness of visual and aural art.
On March 3 at 11 a.m., Planet Word, the new D.C. museum devoted to language, will bring in PPE producers in Mali, communications professors who study disaster preparedness and National Institutes of Health leaders to break down where information comes from, how it’s communicated and how to know what to trust. Admission to this online panel, “The Language of Health Messaging,” is free.
Bookstore Politics and Prose will host a free online talk by Sharee Miller, author and illustrator of “Michelle’s Garden: How the First Lady Planted the Seeds of Change,” a book for children aged 4 to 8, on March 3 at 4 p.m. A copy of the book to be picked up at the 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW store is $18; a copy shipped to a U.S. address is $25.
On March 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Dumbarton Oaks will present “Where Was Jim Crow? Living in Frank Lloyd Wright’s America,” an online lecture by Dianne Harris, Ph.D., senior program officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Following the lecture, Mabel Wilson, Ph.D., professor of architecture and director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies, will join Harris to discuss how Wright contributed to the formation of a specific model of the white suburb and to the proliferation of ideas about segregated housing.
Dance Place and the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will co-present an evening of virtual works on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Following a presentation of short digital works by Shanice Mason and Carlo Antonio Villanueva, two early-to-midcareer BIPOC dance artists with a strong local connection, BlackLight Summit artists Candace Scarborough and Jamal Abrams and Summit Producer Tariq Darrell O’Meally will discuss the works and the theme of amplifying unfairly silenced voices through action. Admission is free.
On four Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon starting March 5, Richard Selden, cultural editor of The Georgetowner, will teach a Smithsonian Associates online course, “Yale’s Treasures: Architecture, Art and Collections.” The four sessions will cover highlights of the university’s architecture, art and artifacts, books and documents and medical and natural history collections. Admission is $110 ($100 for members).