There is a Friday oipening and a Sunday closing coming up this weekend at Dupont-Logan-U Street area galleries. There is a Friday opening reception at the Curator’s Office on 14th Street for Kathryn Cornelius: “The Feelings of What Happens. At gallery plan b, Sunday is the last day for “INside/OUTside.” In addition, a new exhibit opened last weekend at Hamiltonian Artists Gallery on U Street with the works of Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Ho.
The complete list is below the fold.
If you need a reminder on why you live in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, then here you are. Be sure to check out the galleries, music and theater listings—links are at the bottom of this page.
Friday, April 30
Open Mike Night. The LGBT DC Center is hosting Open Mic Night at the Center, 1810 14th Street NW, at 8 pm: “Join us at the DC Center on Friday April 30th at 8:00 PM for a night of queer poetry and spoken word. This open mic night is hosted by Mike Brazell. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come prepared to share your work. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mike Brazell.”
American Sign Language Open Mic Poetry. Busboys & Poets has ASL open mic poetry tonight at 11 pm. At 14th and V NW location; $5 cover.
Saturday, May 1
Farmers Market Opens for Season. The 14th and U Farmers Market opens for the 2010 season this Saturday. The time is 9 am to 1 pm (Saturdays only) on the northwest corner by the Reeves Municipal Center. Kids and dogs are welcome. Check out the market’s page on Facebook to find out what types of produce are expected.
Embassy Tours. Cultural Tourism DC is kicking off its Passport DC series with free embassy tours: “Embassies from A to Z—Australia to Zambia and many in between—will treat guests to a rare opportunity to enjoy the cultures of their countries all in one day during the Around the World Embassy Tour.” A total of 35 embassies are participating in the tour. Remember that many embassies are located in Dupont Circle or close by.
Register, Vaccinate Your Pet. The District’s Department of Health will hold a vaccination and registration clinic from 1 to 4 pm for dogs and cats at the Shaw Dog Park. Dogs must be on leash, and cats must secured in a carrier box. The vaccinations are free, but there are registration fees. Here’s more information.
Pop-Up Gala. The Cultural Development Corporation hosts the Pop-Up Gala at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW; tickets required.
Sunday, May 2
Rami Kleinstein Concert. The DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q NW, is having a one-hour Rami Kleinstein concert in its parking lot (Q Street side) from 6 to 7 pm. DCJCC’s blogger says Kleinstein is an “Israel rock god.”
You and Your Dog. The Adams Morgan Main Street Group is hosting BowWow PowWow at Marie Reed School (18th and Wyoming NW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is “a day of fun and festivities for you and your dog.” There will be a dog agility demonstration, 11 contests, information about adoption from WARL and more. (Rescheduled from April 25.)
2010 Police and Fire Field Day. The annual Police and Fire Field Day is 11 am to 6 pm at Fort McNair. The annual event features competitive events between the DC police and fire departments plus family-oriented activities. Tickets are $10 per family. Fort McNair is by Buzzard Point in SW DC and is Metro accessible via the Waterfront/SEU stop and Metrobus 70 and 71 lines.
All Weekend: Galleries, Music, Theater
A new weekly feature: a gallery listing for the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. If you want to head out on foot or take a quick taxi ride to catch and exhibit or gallery opening party, here are the places to go—right below the fold.
Dupont Italian Kitchen at 1637 17th Street NW is a ” classic” in the neighborhood. Always a good bet for fast, affordable food with good, basic Italian dishes. Just do not expect more. It is a great place to sit on the patio and watch people go by on 17th Street.
Creme Cafe at 1322 U Street NW has now been open for four years with its wonderful offer of “home-cooked” meals. We ate there once and the food was delicious… sort of a mix of southern flavors. If you are feeling like soul food, you should give it a try.
Fernando Amorin‘s work is at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Avenue NW: “You will find that Amorin’s tapestries, which take several months to create, are infused with energy and passion. This young man’s ability to create such detail and dimension proves that he is well on his way to establishing himself as a master of his craft.”
“My Space on 7th” is a group exhibition featuring 90 local artists: “Touchstone Gallery has been an artist-owned gallery for more then 30 years. The gallery moved in 1996 to its current spacious location at 7th and D Streets NW, in downtown Washington. This 3,000-plus square-foot location is based in the center of the art scene, and is a short walk from the recently renovated and reopened National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The National Gallery of Art.”
Kenney Chesney performs on Saturday, August 29, at Nissan Pavillion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive in Bristow, VA. Don’t miss a concert that promises to be fun with great songs (I like him).
Paco Diez performs Sunday, August 30, at the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center: “Guitarist Paco Díez, one of the most important musicians in Judeo-Spanish music, has been decorated by the Sephardic authorities (ANL) for his work in spreading Sephardic music and culture.”
Sushi Taro at 1503 17th Street NW always had a reputation for the best sushi around, a place where the Japanese Embassy brought the country’s prime minister when he was in town. After having undergone a renovation that included its menu, the prices went up (it was never cheap). Sushi Taro was a place of no surprises but excellent dishes. That seems to have changed as the reviews are mixed, but give it a try.
Circa at Dupont at 1601 Connecticut Avenue NW is one of those perfect city places: a little bit of everything and everything is good… and good people watching just off Dupont Circle. Great atmosphere for a casual meeting, lunch or dinner. They also have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
“1460 Wallmountables 2009,” is at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. It is a chance to experience DC’s art scene in a very different way, mingle with the artists and purchase some of the fantastic works for sale.
“The Ceramics of Paquimé and Mata Ortiz: Tracing a Family Legacy” is showing at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW. “One town, five families, 46 artists, a revived centuries-old tradition: this is the story of Mata Ortiz. Located near the ancient city of Paquimé in northern Chihuahua, Mata Ortiz has gained an international reputation for exquisite pottery. The town’s artists place their individual stamps on methods, materials, and patterns developed at Paquimé and rediscovered by Juan Quezada. The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to welcome ancient pieces from Paquimé and modern pieces from Mata Ortiz to Washington.”
Charles Covington, Jr is playing Saturday, August 22, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Covington is “recognized as a virtuoso jazz pianist and jazz organist extraordinaire, enjoys a high reputation among performers all over the world.”
“Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police” is showing at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. “The photo exhibition Prague through the Lens of the Secret Police features a selection of never before seen photographs and films of ‘subjects of interest’ taken secretly by the Czechoslovak State Security Service’s Surveillance Directorate during the ‘normalization’ era of hard-line socialist entrenchment which followed the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia.”
“Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism” is at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. It “features rarely seen photographs and artifacts from the historic music event.” Woodstock “marked a moment when the news media first recognized music and entertainment as a cultural and commercial force.”