Weekend Round Up, Jan. 13 – 17

We’ve got a long weekend ahead of us with activities galore. The Zenith Gallery is celebrating Betty White, there’s an art exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is performing and don’t forget the reason for Monday’s holiday — to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Zenith Gallery Celebrates Betty White 

Talk about a life well lived! Since the passing of the iconic Betty White at age 99 earlier this month, Zenith Gallery and its artists want to celebrate the love and positivity of the nonagenarian’s life. Margery Goldberg, founder of the Zenith Gallery, created a website (BettyWhiteUnites.com) for an art show commemorating White’s life. Throughout her 80-year career, White touched multiple generations garnering Emmy’s and Life Time Achievement awards along the way. If you want to see the art in person, Zenith Gallery’s show has timed tickets Friday and Saturday on Eventbrite. Masks are required and proof of vaccination will need to be shown at the door. More information can be found on the show here.

“Color Me Fun,” Giclee on Canvas by Diane Dompka. Courtesy Zenith Gallery.

Revisit East Baltimore Circa 1975-1980 

The exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is on view as part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Three female photographers capture East Baltimore for a five year stretch in the late ‘70s. The work of Elinor Cahn, Joan Clark Netherwood and Linda Rich show everyday life celebrations, lunches, businesses and more. The photos are on exhibit for the first time. More information on the show can be found here.

Joan Clark Netherwood, Two views of the “I Am An American Day” parade, East Baltimore Street, 1977, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Courtesy Smithsonian.

Take in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Renditions of George Walker’s Sinfonia and Beethoven’s First and Fifth Symphonies 

This evening at 7 p.m., Saturday evening at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee herald the NSO’s version of Beethoven’s Fifth. The 1808 composition – with perhaps the most recognizable motifs in classical music — is famous for its powerhouse four-note opening and imaginative drama. Composer Gianandrea Noseda pairs Beethoven with the First Sinfonia by George Walker, the first Black Composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music (and a D.C. native!) Guests will need to show proof of vaccination and masks are required. Ticket information can be found here.

Restaurant Week is Back! 

Beginning this Monday, Winter Restaurant Week returns. Area eateries are offering $25 lunch or brunch or $40-$55 dinners. For those who don’t want to eat in person, there are specials, “RW to Go” for two-to-four people for $70-$200 to eat at home. Georgetown restaurants participating include 1789, Café Milano, Tony and Joe’s, Ristorante Piccolo and more. More on Restaurant Week can be found here.

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 

Don’t forget the reason for Monday’s holiday—the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit the MLK, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall’s Tidal Basin, next to the FDR Memorial. The MLK, Jr. Memorial, opened in 2011, shares a direct line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials inviting a discussion of the evolution of American civil rights. The address is 1964 Independence Ave. SW, in honor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (in which Nobel-laureate Dr. King played a vital role). More on the memorial can be found here.



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