Weekly Arts Round Up, March 11, 2021


A wine class tonight, a mansion tour tomorrow, a family activity on Saturday morning — all virtual. On St. Patrick’s Day in Gaithersburg, you can pick up a “spirit kit” and enter a photo scavenger hunt. The headings below are linked to each sponsoring organization’s website.

Officina Georgetown: Online Wine Class

On March 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Officina Georgetown, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will offer a virtual wine class: “Taste Like a Somm.” Sommelier John Filkins will conduct a series of blind tastings to explore the flavor profiles of five different wines. Pickup times for the set of three-ounce pours and a tasting grid are 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Tuition is $50 per person (plus tax).

Hillwood: Virtual Mansion Tour

Participants in this docent-led virtual tour of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood mansion, on March 12 from noon to 1 p.m., will learn about Post and view photos, collection highlights and archival images while asking questions in real time. Tickets are $7.

National Gallery of Art: Online Gallery Talk

As part of the National Gallery’s Art of Looking series, on March 12 from 1 to 2 p.m., educators will facilitate a free online gallery talk focusing on “The Mother and Sister of the Artist,” a Berthe Morisot painting of 1869/70 in the Chester Dale Collection. The talk is for persons aged 18 and up. No art or art history background is required.

Natural History Museum: Online Activity

At the National Museum of Natural History’s free Natural History at Home program on March 13 from 11 to 11:45 a.m., brain scientist Elaine Miller and visual designer and illustrator Marli Richmond will read from their book, “Amazing Brains!” Then Richmond will lead a draw-along of different animal brains. Materials needed: a piece of white paper, a pencil and crayons or other coloring materials (optional).

Levine Music: Virtual Gala

Levine Music’s virtual gala, hosted by soprano Alyson Cambridge, a Levine alumna, will take place on March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will showcase the many musical styles of Levine, shining the spotlight on alumni, students and faculty. Proceeds will support Levine’s strategic priorities, including the school’s outreach program and scholarship fund, which provides music instruction to more than 600 children. Tickets start at $300, including a gift package from Occasions Caterers.

Rio Lakefront Gazebo: St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Spirit Kits — including shamrock glasses, beads, a crazy headband, a button, stickers and a lucky mask — can be picked up (masks required) at Rio Lakefront Gazebo, 9811 Washingtonian Boulevard in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on March 17 at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. Those taking part, dressed in holiday green, can dine, shop, stroll and enter a photo scavenger hunt. Kits are $5, with proceeds benefitting Manna Food Center.

National Building Museum: Streamed Panel

On March 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Susan Piedmont-Palladino, director of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, will moderate “D.C.’s Midcentury Master: Chloethiel Woodard Smith and the Livable City,” a panel discussion featuring architectural designer Neil Flanagan and architectural historians Peter Sefton and Catherine Zipf. At the peak of her practice, Smith (1910–1992) led the country’s largest woman-owned architecture firm. Tickets are $10 (free for students). Note: Washington Walks will offer a virtual tour of some of Smith’s area projects at 12:30 p.m. Click HERE to register for the tour (admission $10).

Signature Theatre: Virtual Master Class

Actor Bobby Smith, who appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” and “A Little Night Music” at Signature Theatre, among other productions, will lead a virtual master class in lyric interpretation on March 18 at 7 p.m. During the class, he will guide several preselected students in performing songs — with emphasis on the words, not just hitting the right notes. Tickets are $10.

Holocaust Museum: Online Screening and Panel

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will present a free online panel discussion about the film “My Name Is Sara,” moderated by Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday, on March 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. In the film — available for on-demand screening by event registrants from March 13 to 20 — 13-year-old Sara Guralnik, escaping a ghetto in occupied Poland, finds refuge on a Ukrainian farm. March 18 panelists: Elizabeth Anthony, Ph.D., director of the museum’s visiting scholar programs; director/producer Steven Oritt; executive producer Mickey Shapiro, Sara Guralnik’s son; and actress Zuzanna Surowy. The event will also include remarks by Lisa Gold, Guralnik’s granddaughter, and USHMM Director Sara J. Bloomfield.

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