Newsletter for May 24 to May 30, 2019 Newsletter for May 24 to May 30, 2019


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National Memorial Day Concert

The National Memorial Day Concert returns to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 26, at 8:00 pm for a 30th anniversary performance hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Mary McCormack. The concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor the military service of our men and women in uniform. This year's line-up includes General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), singers Patti LaBelle, Gavin DeGraw, Alison Krauss and Amber Riley; actors Sam Elliott, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Jackson and Jaina Lee Ortiz; and the National Symphony Orchestra plays. Gates open at 5:00 pm.


The Octagon Museum

The Octagon Museum is at 1799 New York Avenue, NW in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC. President James Madison and his wife, Dolley moved into the Octagon in September 1814, after the burning of the White House by the British. President Madison ratified the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, at the Octagon in February 1815. Declared a National Historic Landmark, the Octagon opened as a museum in 1970 and is administered by the American Institute of Architects Foundation. The site offers self-guided tours, permanent and changing exhibitions, public programming, and guided tours by appointment.

Friday, May 24

Exhibit - Organic Works by Nancy Frankel & Anne Marchand
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Concert - I-Jung Huang
Anderson House  

Exhibit - Lives Cut Short
Embassy of Austria

Saturday, May 25

Exhibit - Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tour - Embassy Row
Washington Walks

Exhibit - Celebrating New American Gardens
U.S. Botanic Garden

Tour - Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre

Sunday, May 26

Exhibit - A Monument to Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit - Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit - Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Constellations/Migration
IA&A at Hillyer

Monday, May 27

Exhibit - Portraits of the World: Korea
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Empresses of China's Forbidden City

Exhibit - Postmen of the Sky
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Event - Memorial Day & the Poppy
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tuesday, May 28

Exhibit - A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology 
DAR Museum

Exhibit - IndigoThreads: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC)

Exhibit - Flickering Treasures
National Building Museum

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

Wednesday, May 29

Event -  Improv with the Unified Scene Theater
Dupont Underground

Event - The Moscow Rules with Jonna Mendez
International Spy Museum

Exhibit - Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today
Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Thursday, May 30

Exhibit - Inside Today's FBI

Exhibit - Underlying Borders
Mexican Cultural Institute

Event - Civil War Medicine in Washington
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Exhibit - The Way We Wear
Embassy of Australia


Newsletter for May 24 to May 30, 2019. 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 Midnight BBQ

Attention foodies! On May 25, Gateway Pavillion will host Midnite BBQ, an annual evening celebration of food and live music! Starting at 5:00 pm, purchase meals by DC restaurants and local vendors. Meet rising culinary stars and sample national brand offerings. See food demonstrations with limited tastings. There will be vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options offered by select food vendors. Get tickets for this event here.

IGLOO DMV: Caribbean Music Festival

Get tickets here for the first Jamaica Dream Weekend event at RFK Stadium on Sunday, May 26. This music event is a combination of Afro Beats music, Soca music, Hip-Hop music and Reggae dance-hall music all in one venue. Patrons can bring their cooler with spirits of choice. Party to the musical mixes from Washington DC, New York City, and Jamaica! 

An Evening of Rare Chamber Music by Mexican Composers

The Vitali Piano Quartet shares rarely performed chamber music by Mexican Composers on Thursday, May 30 at 6:45 pm. The program will include the Piano Quartet by José Rolon and the String Trio by Carlos Chávez. They will perform Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet no. 3. Join the musicians at the Mexican Cultural Institute for this concert. RSVP for this free event here.

May 31
EuroAsia Shorts
Korean Cultural Center 

June 1
Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs
Wolf Trap

June 6
Opening Ceremony
DC JazzFest

June 12-14
The Great Gatsby with Picnic Theatre Company
Dumbarton House


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