Newsletter for July 10 to July 16, 2020 Newsletter for July 10 to July 16, 2020


Wolf Trap Opera UNTRAPPED

Wolf Trap's new streaming project offers its musical dramas to a broader audience, extending the visibility of one of the nation’s most highly regarded opera residency programs. Available for free online, the performances include several productions. Ariadne auf Naxos is a slapstick comedy opera by Strauss; Roméo et Juliette is a tragic love story opera by Charles Gounod. The Juniper Tree is a fantasy drama, co-composed by Philip Glass and Robert Moran, based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. See these fantastic opera productions online through the end of the year. (Subtitles in English are available.)


Challenging times inspire creativity. It shows up as a well-written script or work of fiction. Music and dance interpret those ideas. Visuals take the form of paintings, murals and photography. With Cultural Tourism DC’s Affiliates, creativity means new avenues for educating, entertaining, and meeting their missions. For example, DC JazzFest presents a feast for our ears. Washington Photo Safari offers professional critiques of favorite photos. The Choral Arts Society of Washington invites us to experience its art form. Visit our online calendar to learn what else our Affiliates offer. See our online activities page for additional events. Cultural organizations are using all their creativity to reach you where you are. Connect and sample something for your soul. Try it. You might like it. And if you don’t, no one will ever know you walked out.


Friday, July 10
Exhibit -- Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit -- Washington Revelations
Museum of the Bible 

Exhibit -- Regional Juried Art Exhibit
Hill Center

Saturday, July 11
Exhibit -- Painting Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library 

Exhibit -- Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection 
DAR Museum

Exhibit -- Storied Women of the Civil War Era
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Sunday, July 12
Film -- A Witness Out of the Blue

Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Event -- Sunday Serenity Yoga
Dumbarton House

Tour -- Sunday Stroll in the Cemetery
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Monday, July 13
Tour -- Monastery and Garden
Franciscan Monastery

Film -- May 22, 2020
Arena Stage

Exhibit -- Indians at the Post Office 
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Tuesday, July 14
Eventt -- BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: Art in Protest
National Museum of Women in the Art

Exhibit -- Trieste 60th Anniversary
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Exhibit -- Vaccines and Society
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, July 15
Event -- Awe and Joy
Choral Arts Society

Event -- Cabinet Conversations on Creativity, History and Leadership
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit -- Reverse Glass Painting Senegalse Style
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Thursday, July 16

Film -- A Bride for Rip van Wrinkle
Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)

Tour -- Monuments and Memorials Travel Photography
Washington Photo Safari

Event -- Young Learners: Meet Amelia Earhart
U.S. National Archives

Newsletter for July 10 to July 16, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

The Yunus Emre Enstitute is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural tourism, offers language classes and publicizes the Republic of Turkey. Among its activities is a program that connects teachers and students with national artifacts. Its events highlight elements of Turkish culture including cuisine and art. The organization seeks to build upon and improve the friendship between Turkey and other countries and increase cultural exchange.

Who, What, Weft, Warp: A Human's Guide to Woven Cloth

On Saturday, July 11 at noon, join artist Helen O'Connor to learn the basic principles of weaving. O'Conner has displayed work at the Smithsonian Craft Show, and her work focuses on quilting and silk screen design with an emphasis on sustainable sources. With some creativity, you can learn the tools to produce cloth. This free online video demonstration is hosted by the Phillips Collection.

Big Al and the Heavyweights

Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30 pm, tune in to hear an online concert hosted by the U.S. Botanic Garden featuring music band Big Al and the Heavyweights. Originally formed in 1993 with members Warren Haynes and Big Al Lauro, the band shares original Louisiana Roots Music. Hear their passion for many musical styles from blues to rock, zydeco to jazz and country. This event is free and open to the public.

Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Secretary Madeleine Albright

Join journalist and Capitol Hill resident Bill Press for a one-on-one conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Wednesday, July 15. This online event hosted by the Hill Center is free, but you can add a donation when you secure your ticket at checkout. An author and ambassador, Albright is the first female Secretary of State in U.S. history, having served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Collecting, Restoring: Bruce Baillie Retrospective

Bruce Baillie was an American experimental, independent filmmaker. A 16-millimeter craftsman, his works are in the Library of Congress. The National Gallery of Art is offering a set of nine of his films viewable online now through Tuesday, July 14. An influential figure in West Coast avant-garde film circles, Baillie had roots in the 1950's beat movement. View some of Baillie' s best known films including Mr. Hayashi and Mass.

America's First Veterans

More than 80,000 citizens served in the Continental Army, a volunteer army that helped win the Revolutionary War. The Society of the Cincinnati, the nation’s first veterans organization, preserves the memory and history of these soldiers. The exhibit America’s First Veterans displays paintings and artifacts that affirm the experiences of junior officers and common men whose stories are less well known than those of celebrated generals.

July 17
Dinner and a Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

Historic Congressional Cemetey


July 18
One Vast Hospital - Civil War Walking Tour in Frederick
National Museum of Civil War Medicine


July 22
Master Class with Denyce Graves
The Barns at Wolf Trap 


July 23
Spy Fiction Writer's Workshop
International Spy Museum


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