Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting applications for the first Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards.

bernardebbThe Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announces the inaugural Bethesda Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. This new and exciting competition is seeking the best, up-and-coming, local songwriters. The adjudicated contest will award a talented songwriter a grand prize of $10,000. The award also includes a young songwriter category for which an aspiring songwriter who is younger than 18 will have the chance to win $2,500.

The contest, founded by Bethesda resident and President of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Cathy Bernard, is named in honor of Fred Ebb, Bernard’s uncle and renowned American songwriter and creator of Broadway hits such as Cabaret and Chicago and iconic songs including New York, New York.

“This competition was created to honor regional musicians and award local artists for their songwriting talent,” said Cathy Bernard. “I am personally honored to be able to support this important program in my uncle’s name because the musical arts were such an integral part of who he was and it’s of great importance to continue honoring creativity and aspiring songwriters.”

The contest will be a multi-staged, juried competition. The first round judging panel will include professional artists, venue operators, booking agents, and music academia. They will choose the semifinalists from the total pool of applicants. A grand prize jury will then select the finalists who will perform two of their original songs for a live audience on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. The award winners will be announced at the close of the performance. Tickets to attend the live performance are $10 and will be available January 1, 2015 at www.bethesda.org.

The grand prize jurors are Eric Schaeffer, the co-founder and artistic director at Signature Theatre; Chuck Mead, Nashville recording artist and Broadway music director; and Nova Payton, award-winning singer and actress.

Songwriters who are permanent residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. are eligible to submit three original songs. All musical genres are accepted. Songs must include lyrics and cannot be more than four minutes long.

Musicians can apply online or download a mail-in application at Bethesda.org. Entries must be received by December 5, 2014.

Please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301/215-6660 for more information.

From award-winning theatre to independent films, downtown Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and art venues. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., and is the producer of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda Painting Awards, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda Art Walk, Dance Bethesda and Play In A Day.

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Fellows Converge “The Moral of the Story: Sharing Inspiration” Opening Reception, November 8, 7-9 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery

434Please join us Saturday, November 8 from 7-9 pm for the opening of our group exhibition Fellows Converge, an annual exercise in which Hamiltonian Fellows contemplate and create based on the premise of a selected guest curator.

Fellows Converge enables an exchange that extends across all disciplines and summons a common challenge in an artist’s ability to respond to an outside concept, and consequently reevaluate his or her learned studio practice. Curated by Klaus Ottmann, the Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large at The Phillips Collection, the Fellows Converge exhibition facilitates an original collaboration among the Hamiltonian Fellows.

In the Walter Benjamin essay, “The Storyteller,” the author laments the waning art of storytelling in tandem with the rise of the novel, as well as a seemingly lost gift in listening. Inspired by this text, Dr. Ottmann reiterates this notion by emphasizing that the art of narration is truly about shared experiences and deep exploration. He elaborates upon this idea by inviting the artists to create a visual response to a literary story that, in turn, is reinterpreted by a fellow artist. This process mimics the oral tradition of storytelling as tales are passed down and retold. While innovation can often be a solitary process, the unique works of Fellows Converge, The Moral of the Story: Sharing Inspiration encourage mutual understanding and creative reciprocity through artistic development.

Hamiltonian is proud to present this vivid dialogue through the following sources of inspiration:

Jorges Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths”

Lydia Davis, “The Hand”

Nicole Krauss, “An Arrangement of Light”

Gordon Lish, “Women Passing: O Mysterium!”

Haruki Murakami, “The Ice Man”

Larry Cook, “Post-Racial Confusion”

KLAUS OTTMANN is currently the Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ottmann has curated more than forty exhibitions worldwide. His most recent curatorial projects include Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models(The Phillips Collection, February-May 2015); Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet (The Phillips Collection, February-May 2013; Parrish Art Museum, Summer 2013); Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture (The Phillips Collection, October-January 2012; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, March-July 2013) and Jennifer Bartlett: Place—A Survey of Paintings and Sculpture (The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, June-October 2013; Parrish Art Museum, Summer 2014).

Dr. Ottmann has written extensively on art for numerous museums including the Aspen Art Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum Serralves, Porto; IVAM, Valencia; and the Kunstmuseum Bonn. He has also contributed to leading periodicals, including Flash ArtArtsDomusArt on PaperArt PressSculpture, and ArtNews. He is also the editor-in-chief of Spring Publications, Inc., a small publishing house based in Putnam, Connecticut that specializes in books on psychology, philosophy, religion, mythology, and art.

Contact Gallery Director Amanda Jirón-Murphy with all press inquiries and image requests: amanda@hamiltoniangallery.com

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

Boo!Halloween 2014 Boo!
Various locations. Thru Oct. 31.
Looking for SPOOK-TACULAR FUN in Metro DC this Halloween? We’ve gathered together Halloween events for families and adults to enjoy. From zombies to haunted houses, from harvest festivals to concerts and everything in between. CultureCapital.com’s Boo! will put the TREAT in your Trick or Treating.

La Vida Breve (The Short Life)LaVidaBreve
In Series at Source Theatre. Sun.
In sundrenched Andalusia, the young gypsy Salud yearns to be with her fickle lover. When Paco marries another, Salud & her family crash the wedding. Passions flare & dancing abounds in this rarely performed gem of Spanish opera.

WolfeTwinsThe Wolfe Twins
Studio Theatre.
In the wake of their father’s death, Lewis invites his sister Dana on a vacation to Italy, hoping to reconnect. But when they encounter Raina, a magnetic fellow traveler, the once-inseparable siblings start to reckon with the ways they’ve grown apart, and grapple with what they do and don’t know about each other as adults.

CultureCapital. Your Metro DC Arts Alliance for over 30 years.

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Cathy Hughes – 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership

MAAcatherinehughesWho knew that when Catherine Elizabeth Woods received a transistor radio as a birthday gift at age 9 she would eventually come to own fifty five (55) radio stations throughout every major market in the United States and head the largest black-owned radio chain in the nation?

She knew.

From the moment she first touched the radio, held it in her hands, and listened, she knew it was something important, something special—informative, entertaining and more.

Today, Cathy Hughes, as Chairperson of both Radio One and TV One, has the distinction of being the first African American woman to head a company publicly traded on the U.S. Stock Exchange. The focus and dedication that led to her initial success at Howard University’s WHUR FM where she created the program, “The Quiet Storm,” set her on the road to entrepreneurial success. Her first station purchase, WOL AM a few years later, where she insisted on talk as the predominant format despite steep opposition, demonstrated the tenacity and foresight that has made her one of the most successful women in the media arts. Cathy Hughes and Radio One’s ownership now extends nationwide with stations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, and Washington D.C. to name a few. In fiscal 2013, Radio One revenue topped $448.7 million, a 5.7 percent increase from the previous year. From radio to television, Cathy Hughes has broadened her reach, widened her grasp, and deepened her ability to inform and entertain people around the world.

In the words of the media mogul:

It is not enough for you to do your very best. You must do what is required of the situation.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities proudly recognizes and celebrates Cathy Hughes on receiving the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership.

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Free and open to the public. RSVP here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=a223f2929d4e7660027d1c0267d0270a

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Hugo and Rebecca Medrano – 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership

MAAMedranosFor Hugo and Rebecca Medrano, 2014 is an exciting and momentous time. The driving force behind GALA Hispanic Theatre, The Medranos—Hugo as producing artistic director and Rebecca as managing director–have spent many years insuring the inspirational and deserved space for the theatre in the Washington DC arts community. And as their 30th year fast approaches, their success is broad and far reaching.

In its nearly three decades, GALA has become what many consider the country’s leading Spanish-language theater, winning a loyal following and scores of awards. GALA has produced nearly 150 plays in Spanish and English and provided a diverse program of theater, from classical to contemporary, as well as poetry, music, and dance to a wide audience. GALA has cultivated relationships with actors in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, and a number of other Latin American countries while providing a cultural focal point for the growing Hispanic community in Washington.

From the beginning, The Medranos, through GALA Hispanic Theatre, kept two goals at the forefront: to bring Spanish and Latin American plays to the attention of the Spanish-speaking people in Washington; and to make the English-speaking public aware of the richness and variety of Hispanic theater.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities proudly recognizes and celebrates Cathy Hughes on receiving the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership.

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Free and open to the public. RSVP here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=a223f2929d4e7660027d1c0267d0270a

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Dr. James Billington – 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement

MAA
2007.10.10.b.180x220James Hadley Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress on September 14, 1987. He is only the 13th person to hold the position since the Library was established in 1800.

Dr. Billington has championed the Library of Congress’s National Digital Library program, which makes American historical and cultural documents freely available online to millions from the vast collections of the Library and other research institutions. These one-of-a-kind American Memory materials and the Library’s other Internet services are widely used in K-12 classrooms and educational settings. Under Dr. Billington’s leadership, The Library established a major bilingual website with Russian libraries, and has launched smaller projects with the National Libraries of Brazil, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Egypt.

A Rhodes Scholar with a doctorate from Oxford University and subsequent teaching posts at both Harvard and Princeton Universities, Dr. Billington is the author of several publications including Fire in the Minds of Men, and The Face of Russia—a companion book to a three-part television series which he wrote and narrated for the Public Broadcasting Service. During his professional career, Dr. Billington has accompanied 10 congressional delegations to Russia and the former Soviet Union and in 2004, headed a Library of Congress delegation to Tehran, Iran, that significantly expanded exchanges between the Library of Congress and the National Library of Iran. At the time, Dr. Billington was the most senior U.S. government official to openly visit Iran in 25 years.

One of the most acknowledged and awarded professionals in the Nation’s Capital, Dr. Billington has received more than 40 honorary doctorates in his lifetime and in 2008, was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bush.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities proudly recognizes and celebrates Dr. James Billington on receiving the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Free and open to the public. RSVP here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=a223f2929d4e7660027d1c0267d0270a

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Maida Withers – 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for Special Recognition

MAAmbcopyMaida Withers is the founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company. Known for her innovative works for stage, specific sites, video/film, new media and interactive installations, Maida Withers has created a significant and distinctive body of original choreography. With over 100 dance works in her repertoire, Maida Withers’ dances reveal an ongoing interest in social and political issues often combining dance with technology. Rotating loudspeakers, laser beams, wireless cameras, live music and video installations have all become tools for her unique and meaningful creation with visual and performing artists, scientists, anthropologists, and others as partners.

Maida Withers is also the founder and co-curator of the D.C. International Improvisation Festival now in its 14th season. She has received commissions and sponsorship locally from Washington Performing Arts Society, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Place, the Smithsonian Institution, and nationally and internationally from the Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors in New York as well as the Conference and Festival in Bytom, Poland. Maida Withers has shared her innovation talents around the world in France, Guatemala, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, Venezuela and more. In 2014, Maida Withers celebrates 40 years of dance in Washington, DC with a special event scheduled for this November.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities proudly recognizes and celebrates Maida Withers on receiving the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Special Recognition.

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Free and open to the public. RSVP here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=a223f2929d4e7660027d1c0267d0270a

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Victor Shargai – 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for Special Recognition

MAAJudithVictorHe’s been called “Washington theatre’s Number One Fan,” a tireless supporter of the theatre arts with front row seating at most opening nights across the city, board leadership for numerous theatres and arts organizations around the District and a buoyant spirit and infectious laugh that identifies his presence at any production where he is in attendance.

Victor Shargai, longtime theatreWashington and former Helen Hayes Awards Board Chairman, has been an advocate of theatre in Washington, DC for over 30 years. Arriving in the city at a time when the theatre community was small and struggling with regular theatre closings and dwindling audiences, Victor Shargai and his commitment to the Helen Hayes Awards helped to ignite the area’s artistic renaissance. Today, local professional theatres abound and provide the region with more than 200 productions annually. Victor Shargai’s artistic vision, dedication to service and basic business knowledge uniquely define him as an active and effective theatre patron, generously benefiting the theatre community like so few before him.

But, Victor Shargai’s service extends beyond theatre. A former board member of The Washington Ballet, Signature Theatre, the Charlin Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center Community Board—Victor Shargai has helped to heighten the artistic excellence and social relevance of each of these institutions, insuring Washington residents and visitors a vibrant arts community.

Says Victor:

In good times, in bad times, theatre has given me the strength to move forward, and the inspiration to work harder, to find support and give support, to this nonpareil of theatre companies.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities proudly recognizes and celebrates Victor Shargai on receiving the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Special Recognition.

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Free and open to the public. RSVP here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=a223f2929d4e7660027d1c0267d0270a

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Doris Lee exhibition on view Nov. 17 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum Women in the Arts

 

Doris_Lee_Great_Quillow_3077What: Doris Lee: American Painter and Illustrator
Doris Emrick Lee (1905–1983) was an American painter and illustrator best known for her painting Thanksgiving, which won the prestigious Logan Prize at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1935. In her wide-ranging career, she painted murals for the United States Post Office buildings, participated in annual exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute in D.C., created commissioned work for Life magazine and illustrated children’s books. Lee’s art was also featured on greeting cards, calendars, menus, pottery and fabric. This exhibition showcases photographs, sketches and objects from the Doris Lee Papers housed in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.

Where:
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-783-5000
nmwa.org

When:
November 17, 2014–May 8, 2015
Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.

Price:
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under.

Photo Credit Line:
Doris Lee, sketch for James Thurber’s children’s book The Great Quillow, ca. 1944; 10 x 7 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, Doris Lee Papers

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Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place

The DC Casineros perform at DanceAfrica. Photo by Enoch Chan.

The DC Casineros perform at DanceAfrica. Photo by Enoch Chan.

Live Webcast of Placemaking Convening

Focus on Performing Arts Organizations

The multiplatform convening, Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place, will be live webcast on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm ET. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with support from ArtPlace America, is hosting this event that examines how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices. To register for the live webcast, go to the NEA’s webinar page.

The goal of the event is to create an opportunity for sharing experiences and exchanging key points of view that will benefit creative placemaking practices in the performing arts realm. The onsite participants include 26 representatives from dance, music, theater, and multidisciplinary organizations along with national arts leaders and are listed on the Beyond the Building webpage. The conversation will be facilitated by Barbara Schaffer Bacon, author, teacher, and co-director of Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy initiative.

As detailed on the day’s agenda, snapshot case studies and breakout sessions will punctuate the group discussions. Twitter chats on the convening’s topics will be led by HowlRound’s Vijay Mathew at #PerformPlace. The morning’s chat at 10:45 will focus on “When is performance placemaking?” while the afternoon chat  at 3:15 looks at “What are the opportunities and challenges to performing arts organizations engaging in placemaking strategies?

Participant bios and other resources will be posted on the convening page in the days leading to and during the convening. The webcast will be archived and posted on the NEA webinar page after the event.

For more information on the NEA’s creative placemaking work go to the Partnership section of the NEA website.

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