Draw and Discover at Dusk!
Unleash your inner Picasso with Draw and Discover at Dusk!, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This event is part of the Luce Foundation Center’s Draw and Discover series, which provides free weekly sketching workshops for individuals of all artistic ability levels on Tuesdays at 2:30. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned artist or like to draw stick figures, children and adults of all artistic ability levels will have the chance to sketch freely. Taught by guest instructor and local artist, Sheena Custer, the event will provide basic drawing materials, as well as a cash bar for those of age. Exercise your drawing skills, acquire new ones, or simply doodle with some friends! Event: Thursday, July 13 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Tickets: Free.
E9: Design – Mass Fad Discharge
Be “bedazzled” as Maria Habib, guest facilitator and Senior Director of Design at the Corcoran Gallery of Art says. In its 9th year of the Exercises for Emerging Artists program, the Transformer Gallery continues to support artists in their professional growth and development with the installation, E9: Design – Mass Fad Discharge. Highlighting the works of three emerging graphic designers, the exhibition explores themes of visual language, fads, and over-consumption. Exhibition opening: Friday, July 13. Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00pm – 7:00pm.
Teo Castellano D-Project’s Fat Boy
Watch a fusion of dance, theatre, and social commentary at the DC premiere of D-Project’s Fat Boy at Dance Place. Part of the 10th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the piece uses various styles of movement and music to comment on American overconsumption and global poverty. Citing influences such as Butoh rice rituals, reggae dub music, and the affective art of Kara Walker, Fat Boy provides a social critique aimed to challenge viewers to question the status quo. Performance: Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $20.
Capital City Showcase
Listen and laugh with the Capital City Showcase this weekend, hosted by Christian Hunt. The variety show brings the best of DC-area’s comedians, musicians, and performing artists to the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan. This weekend’s showcase will feature comedians Adam Dodd, Jeff Hysen, Tom Myers, and KD the Comic, as well as musician René Moffatt, promoting his debut album. Showcase: Saturday, July 14 at 10:00pm. Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door.
I Am (Not) My Mother
Mothers. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. Come see the world premiere of I Am (Not) My Mother, put on by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. The play celebrates and explores the profound relationship between mother and daughter. There is no holding back in this production. The show features stories inspired by everyday women’s childhood and motherhood experiences. Written by Dr. Suzanne Beal, it strives to provide some perspective of the elements that make a mother’s love such a powerful force. Discover the wonders of womanhood and the mother-daughter bond fueled by unconditional love. The show runs through July 22nd at the FSK Hotel in Frederick, MD. Mothers and daughters, welcome. Performance: Friday, July 13 at 7:00pm and Sunday, July 15 at 2:00pm. Tickets: $21.50.
The Grand Piano Party
Join pianists and music experts for the Grand Piano Party at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Grand Pavilion for an introduction to the world of pianos. This event features a wide array of activities from performances by the Community Piano Ensemble to introductory piano lessons for youngsters. Gain an appreciation for the instrument when you learn about the engineering behind the beautiful sounds they make. Support the talented Young Artist Competition Winners as they perform several famous piano compositions from various eras. This is your chance to discover secrets of the piano that date back to the 19th century. You just might feel inspired to become the next Beethoven! Event: Sunday, July 15 at 1:00pm. Tickets: Free.
New Films Opening Friday, July 13, 2012:
Ice Age: Continental Drift
The adventure continues as Manny, Diego, and Sid set off on an iceberg to encounter sea creatures, pirates, and a new world.
Sigourney Weaver stars in this horror mystery as a psychologist studying paranormal activity. Her research leads her to a famous psychic (Robert De Niro) who emerges from a 30-year retirement after the mysterious death of his harshest critic.
Farewell, My Queen
During the final days of the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) develops a relationship with one of her ladies-in-waiting.