Newsletter for May 15 to May 21, 2020 Newsletter for May 15 to May 21, 2020


Fiesta Asia Heritage Showcase

First conceived in 2006, Fiesta Asia is held in May to coincide with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This year instead of a live event, you can enjoy arts, music, song, and dance online through the Fiesta Asia virtual series. See the artistic richness of Asian and Pacific Islander culture from the comfort of your home. There are also opportunities to submit your own video and share creative showcases online. Both old and new works are welcome. This event is an 8-part, 30-minute web show, with new episodes every Thursday and Sunday in May. Online content and videos will be available 24/7 on the Fiesta Asia website.

Friday, May 15
Event: Virtual K-Artist Talk Series: Tae Eun Ahn

IA&A at Hillyer

Event: Paris Sur Le Potomac: Fine Arts Architects
Alliance Française

Event: Spy School 101
International Spy Museum

Saturday, May 16
Exhibit: Eye to I: Self-portraits from 1900 to Today
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Event: Yoga from the Garden
U.S. Botanic Garden

Event: Yamasong: Screening and Family Puppet Workshop
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Sunday, May 17
Tour: Gardens and Building

Franciscan Monastery

Event: Groovin' with CityDance
Tenleytown Main Street

Exhibit: History of the Peterson House
Ford's Theatre

Monday, May 18
Exhibit: 2020 Regional Juried Exhibit 
Hill Center

Exhibit: Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event: Opiates in the Civil War with Jonathan Jones
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Tuesday, May 19
Exhibit: Degas at the Opera
National Gallery of Art

Play: Macbeth
Folger Theatre

Exhibit: Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia
DAR Museum

Wednesday, May 20
Exhibit: Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants
Dumbarton Oaks

Exhibit: Sculptures Spring Where Waters Part
Zenith Gallery

Event: Kriya Meditation Series
Gandhi Memorial Center

Thursday, May 21
Event: Re:Frame
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibit: American Realism
The Phillips Collection

Event: Spies and Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour
International Spy Museum

Newsletter for May 15 to May 21, 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 month of May is Jewish-American Heritage month. Discover how for 60 years the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington has collected and shared stories about Jewish life in the nation's capital. In 2018, the JHSGW adopted the new name the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum as they prepared to launch the new public museum. The new Capital Jewish Museum will incorporate an historic synagogue, the oldest purpose-built synagogue in the Washington region, and invite visitors to connect and reflect on the relevance of the past to today. 

Classical Ballet Partnering

On Tuesday, May 19 at 5:00 pm attend the Virtual Chat Series from Chamber Dance Project. Hear and see the work of classical dancers Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan. The two have worked with Chamber Dance since their DC debut in 2014. They will talk about the elements of the pas de deus and classical partnering, show video clips, and present live demonstrations including lifts. Learn about choreography and reserve your space at

Filmfest DC at Home

The Washington, DC International Film Festival presents a virtual series of films, Filmfest DC at Home. Take the opportunity to see world cinema films free-of-charge! Filmfest DC at Home offers entertaining films from their annual festivals. For May 15 to May 21, see the 2014 Argentine film Tango Glories, the 2019 film Sweetheart Dancers, and the 2016 Spanish film NO, A Flamenco Tale. Subtitles in English will be available, and each film will be available to view for one week. 

People and Places of the Pacific

The United States has a history of good relationships with nations in the Pacific region, including the Pacific Islands. Many of the Pacific Islands such as the Marshall Islands, American Samoa, Miconesia and Palau are or have been United States territories. U.S. stamps issued in honor of this region symbolize goodwill between the islands and the United States. They also celebrate the unique aspects of the nations such as landscapes and elements of local history and culture. Click on the link to see a virtual exhibit from the Smithsonian Postal Museum.

Cultural Tourism DC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails are a great choice for solitary walks and outdoor exercise. These self-guided tours are the official walking trails of the District of Columbia and are dotted by large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps, that bring DC history to life. Enjoy walking along one of the 17 heritage trails, or relax and read a Heritage Trail guidebook or listen to an audio tour!

Battleground to Community

Lace up your walking shoes and follow the 18 signs of Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail to see the site of the only Civil War battle to take place inside the District of Columbia. In July 1864, Union and Confederate soldiers fought an historic battle at Fort Stevens, supported by residents and DC militia and witnessed by President Lincoln himself. Today Brightwood is a neighborhood of attractive houses, apartment buildings, retail and houses of worship with easy access to Rock Creek Park and major thoroughfares.


Los senderos patrimoniales "Neighborhood Heritage Trails" de Cultural Tourism DC son una excelente opción para caminatas individuales y ejercicios al aire libre. Estos recorridos auto guiados están marcados por señales del tamaño de un póster que combinan historias, fotografías y mapas, dando vida a la historia de DC. ¡Disfruta recorriendo uno de los 17 senderos, o relájate y lee alguna de las guías que ofrecemos en español!

De Campo de Batalla a Comunidad

Átate los zapatos para caminar y sigue las 18 señales en De Campo de Batalla a Comunidad: Brightwood Heritage Trail para ver el sitio de la única batalla de la Guerra Civil que tuvo lugar dentro del Distrito de Columbia. En julio de 1864, los soldados de la Unión y la Confederación libraron una batalla histórica en Fort Stevens, con el apoyo de los residentes y la milicia de DC y supervisados por el propio presidente Lincoln. Hoy Brightwood es un vecindario de casas atractivas, apartamentos, tiendas y lugares de culto con fácil acceso al Parque Rock Creek y a las principales vías públicas.


May 30
A Conversation with Uli Sigg and Michael Schindhelm
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art


June 19
Poetry Night
Alliance Fran


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