THIS FRIDAY: the Children of the Gospel Choir makes history






Friday, October 24 at 8pm
GW Lisner Auditorium

Don’t miss it! This Friday, Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel Choir becomes the first-ever vocal ensemble to appear on NPR’s acclaimed From the Top.

What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio.  Recorded in front of a live audience and broadcast on more than 250 stations nationwide to more than 700,000 listeners, From the Top, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of America’s best pre-college musicians. See and hear remarkable students from around the country, including Washington Performing Arts’ own Children of the Gospel Choir.

Tickets start at only $15.

Made possible by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

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You’re Invited | The 29th Annual Mayor’s Art Awards

1010Join us for the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, honoring the achievements of Washington, DC’s arts, entertainment and creative industries!

Hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies Andrea Roane, Morning Anchor, WUSA 9.

With performances by:

Levine Music

Split This Rock

Kendall Isadore

Chamber Dance Project

Alfredo Mojica and Friends

The cast of Arena Stage’s Five Guys Named Moe

Grammy-nominated smooth jazz recoding artist Maysa

Special recognitions include Dr. James Billington, The Librarian of Congress; Cathy Hughes, Chairperson, Radio One and TV One; Maida Withers, founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company; Victor Shargai, theater advocate and Rebecca and Hugo Medrano, founders, GALA Hispanic Theatre.

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

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

Free and open to the public. RSVP here:

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the highest honor conferred by the District of Columbia for artistic excellence and service among artists, arts organizations and arts patrons.

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HATFest Spooktacular Halloween by Double Nickels Theatre

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Youth of all ages, from elementary through high school can enjoy a free Halloween festival with storytelling, a costume contest, parade, live music and much more!

The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival at Gateway DC Presents “Spooktacular” by Double Nickels Theatre. This event falls under a series of HATFest Presents programming by Humanities DC and the Deputy Mayor’s Office. View the complete Spooktacular schedule below.

Noon – Refreshments provided by the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development

1:30 – 2:00 

Storytelling – Toni Ford – video production – with children

2:00PM – 4:30PM

Double Nickels Storytelling – Grace, Mama Lulu, Igwe, Toni

Face Painting

Levine School Children’s String Ensemble

ArtReach Day Glow Chalk Painting and other art projects

3:00 – 5:00PM


Costume “fashion show” – judging

Jazz trio begins at 4:30

Thriller Parade begins at 5:00

Costume winners announced at 5:30

Prizes Awarded – 5:45

6:00PM – Event ends

Visit to learn about additional Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival events this fall.

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26

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

The Wolfe TwinsWolfeTwins
Studio Theatre.
Lewis invites his estranged sister Dana on a trip to Rome to reconnect. But when he befriends a beautiful stranger, old wounds fester and intimate secrets are revealed.


Wild Food WalkWildFood
National Geographic. Sun.
Join National Geographic and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club for a culinary adventure in the great outdoors. Start the day with a nourishing breakfast and private viewing of the exhibition, Food: Our Global Kitchen. Then board a private coach bound for the historic Appalachian Trail. Naturalist Bob Pickett will share his knowledge of botany, lore, and culinary uses of local edible plants.

5x5The 5×5 Project
Various locations. Thru Dec. 30.
Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The 5×5 Project is an ambitious District-wide program of contemporary, temporary public art dedicated to exploring new perspectives on our city through the lens of five curators. In fact, it is the largest, temporary public art project in the District.

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

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See/Meet/Be the Photographer Experience FotoWeek 2014 at Leica Store DC

3See the world through the lens of a Leica! Join us at Leica Store DC during FotoWeek 2014 to celebrate photography and Leica’s 100-year anniversary! Become the photographer. We put the camera in your hands on our Leica T Walking Tours, and to capture the movement of in-house dancers at the Open Leica S Studio, then hold the legacy of 100 years in your hands as you head out on the streets of DC and frame the world via rangefinder on the Leica M; part of our Momenta Workshop. Meet and see the work of photographers Frank Hallam Day, Craig Semetko, Scott Suchman, and Jim Marshall presented  by Amelia Davis. Discover all of our events for your daily dose of the photographic.

Leica’s contributions to the evolution of photography have been inventions of inspiration beginning with the creation of the first still 35mm camera, which aligned the scientific mind and meticulous eye of two precision craftsmen. The photographic technician and photographer’s attention to detail over the last century have created both the modern hand-made photographic instruments we use today, which seize fractions of instants from our surrounding world rendering them as the photographer’s frozen visuals that inspire us all to take a closer look.

This November, come take a closer look at a collected visual history that truly is man/hand-made.

The Decisive Moment – Henri Cartier-Bresson, who stopped the world with a Leica For a full listing of events and information visit our website: Leica T Walking Tours- 11/8: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm Please RSVP

Frank Hallam Day- Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner and Fine Art Photographer- 11/8: Gallery Opening- “Launching into

Night”: 7pm-9pm & 11/9: Artist Talk- “Launching into Night”: 3pm-5pm Please RSVP

Momenta Workshops- 11/10: Workshop- “The Business of Nonprofit Photography”: 9:30am-4:30pm Registration Required

Craig Semetko- Photographer of the spontaneous moment and Author of UNPOSED and India UNPOSED- 11/11: Artist Meet and Greet and Book Signing: 11am-2pm & 11/11: Artist Talk: 7pm-9pm Please RSVP

Scott Suchman- Region’s Top Food and Restaurant Photographer- 11/12: Artist Talk: 6:30pm-8pm Please RSVP

Jim Marshall Photography – GRAMMY Trustees Award-winning photographer Presented by Amelia Davis- Sole Owner and Manager of Jim Marshall Photography LLC.- 11/13: Book Signing & Conversation: Jim Marshall Photography, “The Haight: Love Rock and Revolution”: 6:30pm-9:30pm. Sponsored by Jack Daniels with VIP Tastings of Sinatra Select Whisky and the specialty cocktail ‘Gentleman Jack’.

Open Leica S Studio- 11/14: 6pm-9pm Live Dancers Please RSVP

Jennifer Schwartz- Crusade for Art & David Bram- Fraction Magazine- 11/15- Lecture- “Branding Your Photography Online: Websites and Social Media”: 11am-1pm Registration Required & 11/15- Lecture- “Avenues for Exposure to Your Photography: Galleries, Publishing and Online Magazine”: 3pm-5pm Registration Required & 11/16- Portfolio Reviews: 12pm-5pm (20 min. increments) Registration Required



The Leica Store Washington DC is a place where we seek to ignite the spark of creative inspiration in photographers at all skill levels and from all walks of life. Our gallery showcases a rotating exhibit of images, enabling customers to get an up-close look at how Leica has become a witness to history and a tool in creating the finest photographic art. Past exhibits included Peter Turnley, Jacob Aue Sobol, Craig Semetko, Terri Weifenbach and Mary Ellen Mark. We also host an annual juried exhibit to highlight established and up-and-coming Leica shooters.

In addition to our Gallery, the Leica Store Washington DC carries the full line of current Leica products, from the legendary M-System and the revolutionary Leica S line, to the full range of stunning sport optics. Professionals, enthusiasts, and newcomers alike are welcome to experience our products first-hand, and our warm, knowledgeable and professional staff is here to provide expert information and friendly service and to ensure the ultimate in customer satisfaction.


Eric Oberg

Leica Store Washington DC / General Manager 977 F street, NW / Washington, DC 20004 / USA

Telephone (+1) 202-787-5900 / Direct (+1) 202-787-5901 |

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Washington Bach Consort Chamber Music Series – The Intimate Bach

NEW! Chamber Series

The Intimate Bach
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The Intimate Bach

Subscribe!Buy Tickets!Chamber Series Subscription – $60 
Single Tickets – $34 
Students 18 & under – $10

The Intimate Bach
, a program of vocal and instrumental music, features the superb artists of the Consort chorus and orchestra including soprano Laura Choi Stuart, John Moran on cello and Dr. J. Reilly Lewis on the harpsichord. In addition to a sampling of the composer’s most popular arias and choruses, including a politically incorrect paean to pipe smoking, the program also showcases some of the timeless treasures in the purely instrumental genre for solo harpsichord, solo cello and chamber ensemble.

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
 Kristin Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
 Robert Petillo, tenor
 Steven Combs, baritone
 Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin 
John Moran, cello 
Meg Owens, oboe 
J. Reilly Lewis, harpsichord

There will be a FREE post-concert BEER tasting featuring complimentary samples from 
Right Proper Brewing Company immediately following the concert to meet the artists.

The Chamber Series takes place at the über modern and beautiful First Congregational United Church of Christ downtown near Metro Center. 
Check out the space here. 

Parking under the building (enter off 10th St.) 
starting at 5 p.m. for $17.

Chamber Series
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Click here for directions
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Meet Mary at the Women’s Museum in D.C. | Opening Dec. 5

National Museum Women in the Arts

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea
National Museum of Women in the Arts
December 5, 2014–April 12, 2015


Landmark exhibition explores images of Virgin Mary by renowned 
Renaissance and Baroque artists
Many works on view for the first time in the United States

For press release 2

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Appearing throughout the entire world, her image is immediately recognizable. In the history of Western art, she was one of the most popular subjects for centuries. On view Dec. 5, 2014–April 12, 2015, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, is a landmark exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), bringing together masterworks from major museums, churches and private collections in Europe and the United States. Iconic and devotional, but also laden with social and political meaning, the image of the Virgin Mary has influenced Western sensibility since the sixth century.

Picturing Mary examines how the image of Mary was portrayed by well-known Renaissance and Baroque artists, including Botticelli, Dürer, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Gentileschi and Sirani. More than 60 paintings, sculptures and textiles are on loan from the Vatican Museums, Musée du Louvre, Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and other public and private collections—many exhibited for the first time in the United States.

“Among the most important subjects in Western art for more than a millennium was a young woman: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her name was given to cathedrals, her face imagined by painters and her feelings explored by poets,” said exhibition curator and Marian scholar Monsignor Timothy Verdon, director, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy. “This exhibition will explore the concept of womanhood as represented by the Virgin Mary, and the power her image has exerted through time, serving both sacred and social functions during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.”

Picturing Mary is the newest project in an ongoing program of major historical loan exhibitions organized by NMWA, including An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum (2003) and Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and other French National Collections (2012). In addition to illustrating the work of women artists, NMWA also presents exhibitions and programs about feminine identity and women’s broader contributions to culture. Picturing Mary extends, in particular, the humanist focus of Divine and Human: Women in Ancient Mexico and Peru, a large-scale exhibition organized by NMWA in 2006.

The Picturing Mary exhibition is curated by Monsignor Verdon, in consultation with Kathryn Wat, chief curator, NMWA; and facilitated by Hugh Dempsey, former director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., with the support of MondoMostre, Rome. The exhibition is made possible with sponsorship from Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and Jacqueline Badger Mars, as well as Barbara and Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., Rose and Paul Carter, and Alejandra and Enrique Segura. The museum is grateful for the generosity of Bertha Soto Braddock, Vincent C. Burke III, Marcia Myers Carlucci, Betty Boyd Dettre, Albert Halprin and Janice Obuchowski, Albert Baker Knoll, Marlene A. and Frederic V. Malek, the Mississippi State Committee of NMWA, Marjorie and Philip Odeen, John D. Reilly, J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul II, the Texas State Committee of NMWA, and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, in addition to substantial support from several anonymous donors. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. NMWA gratefully acknowledges its partnerships with the Embassy of Italy and The Catholic University of America. The exhibition celebrates the occasion of Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July 1 through December 31, 2014.

Exhibition Highlights
Picturing Mary will offer insight into the manner in which both female and male artists conceptualized their images of Mary. The exhibition features the work of four women artists: Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, Orsola Maddalena Caccia and Elisabetta Sirani.

“Although women artists during the Renaissance and Baroque periods were expected to focus on still life or portraiture, Picturing Mary demonstrates the intriguing ways in which women artists engaged with the narratives and symbolism that developed around the subject of Mary,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “Both female and male artists contributed to the rich and varied visualization of Mary in these periods.”

In one of the earliest works in the exhibition, Puccio Capanna, a student of Giotto, depicted an enthroned Mary as Queen of Virgins. She is surrounded by female saints, a grouping that alludes to Mary’s position as a model of virtue and faith for all women. Early regal depictions of Mary prevailed until the concept of Mary as an approachable, empathetic persona began to take hold in medieval monastic communities.

Fra Filippo Lippi’s Madonna and Child (1466–69) was made for the influential Medici family, patrons of the arts who helped foster the Italian Renaissance. The artist’s image of Mary reveals wealthy Florentines’ desire for a Madonna who reflected their own lives: the Virgin is dressed in a rich brocade gown and a head scarf trimmed with gold and pearls. The mother and child’s touching cheek-to-cheek pose first appeared in Florentine sculptures of the same period.

Picturing Mary offers the first opportunity to see two mid-15th-century works by northern Italian artist Cosmè Tura side by side. A painting of the Madonna and Child on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and a related terracotta relief attributed to Tura from the Grimaldi Fava Collection in Italy both depict the Virgin with elongated fingers and a wide forehand. These deliberate distortions were meant to signify Mary’s spiritual intensity.

Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna and Child (1480–81) depicts Mary and Jesus in a domestic setting as Mary reads from a book of prayers. Her melancholy expression and the darkening sky beyond the window suggest Mary’s premonition of Christ’s death. Botticelli was favored by the leading aristocratic families of Florence and enjoyed the patronage of Pope Sixtus IV.

Considered the most important woman artist before the modern period, Gentileschi was the first woman to run a large studio with many assistants and was also the first woman follower of Caravaggio. Her life story has inspired a number of contemporary novels and films. Gentileschi’s Madonna and Child (1609–10) depicts Mary as a nurturing peasant woman. With Jesus wrapped in a plain cloth and a barefooted Mary wearing simple, everyday clothes, Gentileschi presents a markedly humble conception of the Virgin.

Sirani’s Virgin and Child (1663), part of NMWA’s collection, portrays Mary not as a remote queen of heaven, but rather as a very real young Italian mother. She wears a turban favored by Bolognese peasant women and gazes adoringly at her plump baby. When Sirani died at 27, she had already produced two hundred paintings, drawings and etchings. She became famous for her ability to paint beautifully finished canvases so quickly that art lovers flocked to her studio to watch her work. Her portraits and mythological subjects, especially her images of the Holy Family and of the Virgin and Child, gained her international fame.

Online Exhibition
In conjunction with the physical exhibition, NMWA is presenting an online exhibition, featuring global representations of Mary, including the Virgin of Guadalupe and Black Madonnas from Europe and the Caribbean. In addition, NMWA has partnered with MapHook, a location-based journal and social networking application, on an interactive program that will enable a global audience to trace the route of exhibition works arriving from major international museums and learn more about them.

A 160-page, full-color catalogue published by NMWA and Scala Arts Publishers will accompany the exhibition; it features four essays and one hundred color images. The essays, by Monsignor Verdon; Melissa R. Katz, Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow in Art History, Wesleyan University; Amy G. Remensnyder, professor of history, Brown University; and Miri Rubin, professor of medieval and early modern history and head of the School of History at Queen Mary University of London, deepen the ecumenical approach of NMWA’s Picturing Mary project, offering an expansive view of historical Marian art. The central essay, by Monsignor Verdon, discusses works in the exhibition and provides an incisive view of Mary through both socio-historical and theological lenses. Essays by historians Amy G. Remensnyder and Miri Rubin situate Mary within the broader social context of European history. Remensnyder centers her discussion on the Virgin Mary as a key player in encounters between Christian and Muslim nations in the medieval and Renaissance eras. Rubin surveys Christian traditions of representing Mary (including those developed in monastic communities) and their influence on political and cultural realms. Including discussion of a sculpture type known as Vierge ouvrante, in which the Virgin’s body serves as a set of doors that open to reveal other motifs, art historian Melissa R. Katz considers the devotional function of Marian imagery and the remarkable fluidity of its meaning through time. The catalogue will retail for $45.

The exhibition Picturing Mary will be accompanied by diverse programming, including interactive gallery talks, lectures, workshops and a musical performance.

Press Preview
The press preview for Picturing Mary will take place on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 9 a.m.–noon. Monsignor Verdon will give a tour of the exhibition at 9:30 a.m. Chief Curator Kathryn Wat and Monsignor Verdon will be available for questions and interviews. RSVP to Stacy Meteer at

National Museum of Women in the Arts 
Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, NMWA is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum’s collection features 4,500 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin, along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints.

NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under. Free Community Days take place on the first Sunday of each month. For more information about NMWA, visit nmwa.orgBroad Strokes BlogFacebook or Twitter.

Image Credit Lines
Elisabetta Sirani, Virgin and Child, 1663; Oil on canvas, 34 × 27 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; Conservation funds generously provided by the Southern California State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi), Madonna and Child (Madonna col Bambino), also called Madonna of the Book (Madonna del Libro), 1480–81; Tempera and oil on wood panel, 22 7/8 × 15 5/8 in.; Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan; inv. 443


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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19

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

PetiteMortPetite Mort: Masterworks by Kylián/van Manen/Wheeldon
The Washington Ballet at Sidney Harman Hall.
Experience three of Europe’s most powerful ballet geniuses and their striking masterpieces never before performed by The Washington Ballet.


Ambassador Theater at Mead Theater Lab.
In this tense, one-act Canadian play, an unstable high-school student confronts a pacifistic guidance counselor in her claustrophobic office at the school.


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.’s Boo! will put the TREAT in your Trick or Treating.

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A Look behind the scenes of Mid City Artists

Mid City Artists

Event Title:  A Look behind the scenes of Mid City Artists

Date/Time:  October 18th & 19th 12PM-5PM


Mid City Artists (MCA), a decade old visual art collective, located in one of the liveliest sections of the city, opens their studio doors on October 18th and 19th.  Local artists invite the public to explore and interact in the intimate setting of their studios, spread among the Mid City area of NW Washington DC (from Dupont Circle, to U Street and Logan Circle), by offering visitors a rare portal into the artists’ creative habitat.

Visitors can enjoy DC’s fall weather by touring artist studios and witnessing an expansive offering of art and culture by some of the city’s most talented and creative artists. Open Studios is free and offers self-guided and guided tours. The self-guided tour is an open format that has proven to be an ideal way to encourage dialogue between artists and enthusiasts allowing visitors to gain firsthand knowledge about the creative process. Additionally a number of local curators and artists will lead guided tours to select studios during the Open Studios weekend. The guided tours are on a first-come, first-serve basis and will help familiarize participants with the works in a conversational setting. These free guided tours must be reserved in advance.  To reserve a tour and to download our map, visit the MCA website.

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Wearables + Things – Wearable Tech Fashion Show

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$14B market for wearables alone in 2014 and more than 100 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 confirms that this IS next major technology revolution. From smart watches to connected devices, the leaders are being established and the opportunity for OEMs, developers, designers and service providers is to take the reigns of this market and ride the wave of the next decade.

Wearables + Things brings together the leading OEMs with the developers and designers that will lead the charge in meeting the growing consumer demand for apps and services in the Wearables and Internet of Things markets. Two days of deep dive technology workshops and cutting edge talks and keynotes this event will make this the East Coast’s only conference of its kind.

October 18-19 – Pre-Event Hackathon
October 20 & 21 – Morning Keynotes, Afternoon Workshops; ModevLounge

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