Newsletter for October 2 to October 8, 2020 Newsletter for October 2 to October 8, 2020


Private Screening!

FilmFest DC, the 34th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival, will appear online this year, beginning Friday, October 2! The Festival will offer 50 films representing 35 countries during its 10-day run of cinema availability. It is a convenient and comfortable way to enjoy private screenings of great films at home. The offerings are grouped in two series, October 2-6 and 7-11. The presentation of films is geographically restricted and only available to viewers in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Learn more about the individual films, prices, and availability by clicking here.

In a couple weeks, the world will commemorate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Individuals and communities around the world will raise awareness on October 13 about the risks we and our cultural heritage face from natural and man-made calamities. Hurricanes and storm surges wash through museums and libraries on our coasts. Fires ravage the western states. And close to home the Tidal Basin and Washington Channel overlap their retaining walls at high tide. Can erosion be far behind? With the help of some outstanding tour guides, we learned lots about the benefits of virtual programming last month—but to be clear, virtual isn't real—and we need to ensure that we protect the assets that people want to see. That's the manifestation of cultural tourism.


Friday, October 2
Online Event -- Yacht Rock Revue You Make My Stream Come True

Wolf Trap Performing Arts

Online Event -- Enrollment Board Surgeons with Nathan Marzoli
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Online Event -- The Tea: Tashera
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Online Event -- Gandhi Jayanti
Ghandi Memorial Center

Saturday, October 3
Online Event -- Uniting Us: Veterans Art Show (Virtual)
Hill Center DC

Exhibit -- Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art
National Building Museum

Event -- Virtual Skeleton Crew 5K
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Online Exhibit -- Portrait of an Agency
Department of the Interior Museum

Sunday, October 4
Exhibit -- Light of Hope: The Corrie ten Boom Story

Museum of the Bible

Exhibit -- Degas at the Opéra
The National Gallery of Art

Exhibit -- Black Lives Matter Photography: rise up. for the people, for the future
Dupont Underground

Tour -- Secret Door Tour: Be A Super Sleuth!
Mansion on O Street

Monday, October 5
Online Event -- K-Art at Home: Josephine Lee
Korean Cultural Center

Online Tour -- Historic House
The Octogon

Online Tour -- Monastery and Garden
Franciscan Monastery

Tuesday, October 6
Online Event -- Back to School 2020 Fall Social


Online Tour -- Inside the Peterson House
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit -- The Impossible Dream
Zenith Gallery

Wednesday, October 7
Online Event -- Shakespeare Lightning Round Debra Ann Byrd
Folger Shakespeare Library

Online Concert -- An Evening of New York Songs and Stories with Suzanne Vega
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Online Event -- Herencia: Spanish Legal Document Transcribe-a-Thon
Library of Congress

Online Event -- Introducing... Marta Morena Vega
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Thursday, October 8

Class -- Monuments and Memorials
Washington Photo Safari

Online Event -- Wild About Harry
National Archives

Online Event -- AIA|DC and Preservation League Trivia Night!


Newsletter for October 2 to October 8, 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

While others pivoted and accommodated when the pandemic arrived, the Folger Shakespeare Library had a plan to take Shakespeare on the Road. Its plan included a major renovation that would close its building and prepare for the future with expanded public spaces, improved accessibility, and an enhanced visitor experience starting in 2022. Until the reopening, the Folger offers a comprehensive array of online activities and exhibits that take visitors well beyond Shakespeare's text—truly celebrating Shakespeare Unlimited, the Folger's podcast. Take a nibble of Shakespeare online. There is plenty to see, hear, and learn. And when conditions permit, the Folger, with its commitment to be the ultimate resource for Shakespeare, has plans to partner with other DC organizations.


Chamber Music at the Barns

Pianist Michael Brown will perform Chamber Music at The Barns at Wolf Trap online on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 pm. His program will include Samuel Barber's Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 28 and Felix Mendelssohn's Sextet in D major for Piano as well as his own composition. A talented performer-composer, the New York Times hailed him as ''one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.'' The Washington Post praised him for ''exceptionally beautiful'' compositions. You can stream this performance for free at the Wolf Trap website.

William and Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton: Capital Portraits

Seven years before the arrival of the federal government, Tudor Place architect William Thornton and his wife, socialite Anna Marie Brodeau Thornton came to Washington, DC. Early in the 19th century three talented artists–Gilbert Stuart, Robert Field, and Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin—arrived and they created several portraits of the Thorntons. Years later, William Thornton sat for artist Charles Bird King. Join Ellen G. Miles, Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm as she discusses these portraits in detail and compares the styles and interpretative abilities of the four artists. Its online, its free, and you need to register here in advance. 

Trivia Night: Botanical Brainiacs

There is no time to be flummoxed by phlox paniculate nor to dither about dicentra spectabilis when you participate in Trivia Night presented by the United States Botanic Garden in partnership with District Trivia on Thursday evening, October 8 at 6:30. The program is designed for all levels of knowledge and will appeal to individuals and groups as they test their familiarity with plants and  science along with their place in pop culture. It's a blooming good time to play or a great way to harvest some knowledge. Learn more by clicking here.

K-Art at Home: Josephine Lee

Join the second virtual exhibition of 2020 Korean Media Art Series and artist talk, featuring the stimulating performance art videos of Korean multimedia artist Josephine Lee. Lee's videos contain themes of belonging and what constitutes a home. This exhibit features four of the artist's symbolic video works, in addition to an artist talk by Lee exploring her creative processes. The exhibit is viewable online at the Korean Cultural Center website through Monday, October 26.

October 11
Adam Scott Graham, organist

Franciscan Monastery


October 13
Tying It All Together: A Look At Fashionable Neckware in the 19th Centery

DAR Museum


October 16
The Art of Looking

 National Gallery of Art


October 18
Russian Tea Time with Vera

Russian Chamber Art Society


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