Weekend Roundup, Jan. 26 – 29  

Another weekend is upon us! Can you believe January is winding down? There is of course lots to do, from performances at The Kennedy Center to the Architecture and Design Film Festival, a new art exhibit at The National Gallery of Art and more.   

Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy Some Chopin 

Saturday afternoon, Washington Performing Arts will be presenting Charles Richard-Hamelin, who will be joining the Hayes Piano Series artists. The virtuosos will be performing works by Chopin. Richard-Hamelin has been linked to Chopin ever since he won the Silver Medal and Krystian Zimerman Prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. The recital will include 24 Préludes and much more. More on the concert can be found here. 

The Fifth Annual Architecture and Design Film Festival Returns 

For the fifth year in a row, The National Building Museum is partnering with the Architecture and Design Film Festival this weekend. Over the next four days, enjoy films from 11 countries that show design’s impact on the world of fashion, real estate, art, and more. This evening’s opening night show will be the documentary “Alice Street” followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Spencer Wilkerson and community organizer Lailan Sandra Huen. There will also be an open bar and bites. More information on the festival can be found here. 

The Architecture and Design Film Festival is partnering with The National Building Museum for the fifth year. Courtesy Alice Street.

See Silkroad Ensemble at George Mason University 

Musical group Silkroad Ensemble will be performing “Uplifted Voices” on Sunday. The pieces that make up the program include inspiration from the folk and ancestral music from countries like Japan, Ireland and Armenia. The show is the first engagement of Silkroad Ensemble’s three-year residency at GMU. More information on how to get tickets can be found here. 

Spend an Evening with Grammy Award Winner Ne-Yo 

His Friday show is sold out, but three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo’s Saturday show still has tickets. See the platinum-selling multi-hyphenate at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall sing hits from his albums, of which he has sold over 10 million worldwide. More information on the show can be found here. 

Singer, songwriter, producer and actor Ne-Yo will be performing at The Kennedy Center this weekend. Courtesy Kennedy Center.

Opening Sunday: “This is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s” 

The National Gallery of Art will debut the work of a generation of photographers who commented on the deindustrialization, urban uprisings and often controversial policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as troubles in Northern Ireland. The photographers (Vanley Burke, Anna Fox, Sunil Gupta and more) pictured Britain’s shifting social and economic realities of the time. More on the show, at the Gallery through June, here. 

Anna Fox photograph: Independent Video Production Company, Equipment Department. Docklands Enterprise Zone. Hire Manager (left), Account Manager (right), 1988. Courtesy NGA.

At the Freer Gallery of Art: “A Collector’s Eye: Freer in Egypt” 

Collector of East Asian, American and Middle Eastern Art Charles Lang Freer managed to obtain some pretty interesting items. His Egyptian works of art will be on display at the Freer Gallery of Art (1050 Independence Ave. SW) beginning Saturday. Expect to see a Byzantine jewelry set, New Kingdom Egyptian glass vessels and more, all of which will be on display for the first time. Don’t miss a digital version of the Washington Codex, one of the oldest Bibles in the world, too. More information can be found here. 

An Egyptian amulet in the shape of a heart, Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, Reign of Amenhotep III. Courtesy Smithsonian.











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