February 17, 2017
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New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. For this installation at The Phillips Collection, Shechet’s sculptures in ceramic, porcelain, and paper are exhibited with works she selected from the permanent collection. Through May 7. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
Featuring a series of 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1986 and 1997, this exhibition portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the former slave turned leader of Haiti’s independence movement. While he based these later prints on the earlier paintings, Lawrence distilled the story to 15 works from the original 41 panels and significantly expanded their scale. He worked closely with DC-based master printmaker Lou Stovall to translate the colors and fluid movement of the original tempera paint to each composition. In highlighting the life of the courageous leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, Lawrence invites us to reflect on Haiti’s transformation from an enslaved French colony to the first black Western republic. Through April 23. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
This installation at The Phillips Collection juxtaposes several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with The First Kierkegaard by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya. Trained as an artist as well as a physicist, Martínez Celaya’s work examines the complexities and mysteries of individual experience—particularly in relation to nature and time—and explores the questions of the human condition through diverse knowledge systems as well as literature, poetry, and art. Through April 2. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
The lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons are spectacularly transformed into four larger-than-life, three-dimensional portrait busts for the special exhibition Four Seasons. Contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas’s fifteen-foot high fiberglass sculptures are inspired by the series The Seasons by Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593). This unusual series represents each season through the depiction of a portrait rendered in botanical materials such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, and branches. Four Seasons represents the third contemporary art exhibition at Hillwood Museum. It is the first time Hillwood has presented an installation of art in the gardens. Through March 31. 4155 Linnean Ave NW, 202-686-5807; hillwoodmuseum.org
Through his lithographs and posters, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the heart of Parisian nightlife in dynamic cabaret and café-concert scenes inspired by the city’s burgeoning entertainment district. This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the artist’s prints and posters. Nearly 100 examples of incomparable quality and color celebrate daily life and the premier performers of the Belle Epoque—cleverly caricatured through Toulouse-Lautrec’s perceptive skills of observation and transformation. Through April 30. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
Explore visual and performance art created by students in classrooms facilitated by educators in The Phillips Collection’s Prism.K12 Jacob Lawrence Teacher Cohort. Throughout the fall, the cohort of best practice educators from local partner schools—Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, Turner Elementary School, Vansville Elementary School, and Washington School for Girls—used the Phillips’s Prism.K12 methodology to develop and implement lessons that integrated playwriting, storytelling, and Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. Through March 2017. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
In honor of President's Day, guests are invited to enjoy $10 select cocktails from the Presidential Cocktail Menu at Round Robin Bar at The Williard Intercontinental, including Harry S. Truman's Missouri Moscow Mule, Rutherford B Hayes's Orange Blossom, William Henry Harrison's Spiced Cider, Franklin D. Roosevelt's "San Juan" Cuba Libre, and Chester Arthur's Gin Rickey. 4-6 p.m. February 13-20. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 202-628-9100
70 Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week. More than 30 restaurants will also offer lunch deals at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to the dinner specials. Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle, and the West End. At a range of locales, from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites, guests will savor the flavors of Alexandria's distinctive collection of eateries. February 17-26. visitalexandriava.com
Before photography became commonplace and Facebook replaced photo albums, intimate watercolor portraits were popular as means of preserving images, remembering friends, and documenting travels. Focusing on 45 portraits from an album assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton, this special exhibition at the Hillwood Museum paints a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early nineteenth-century St. Petersburg. The intimate portraits, along with objects, images, and publications selected to complement them, offer an exploration into a number of themes, including Henry Middleton's posting in St. Petersburg and the historical events surrounding his time there, the family’s social life in Russia, the artistic traditions of the period, and the elaborate fashions and hairstyles of the day. 4155 Linnean Ave NW, 202-686-5807; hillwoodmuseum.org
Celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans style at the Round Robin Bar at The Willard Intercontinental. Bringing a taste of Bourbon Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, the Round Robin Bar will offer a selection of authentic Louisiana Cajun cuisine, including Mini Shrimp Po Boys, Half Dozen Grilled Oysters, and Roasted Alligator Wings, along with NOLA inspired cocktails for $10. Guests are also invited to stop by for live music on February 28. February 20-28. 4-6 p.m. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 202-628-9100
Select Capitals players and their significant others will host “Wish Upon A Par,” at Top Golf Loudon in Ashburn, Va. Tickets are currently on sale, with all proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Capitals fans will be able to enjoy golf and gaming with players including Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie, Nate Schmidt, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson and Daniel Winnik. Alumnus Rod Langway also will participate. General and VIP ticket packages are available, featuring two and a half hours of play, food, access to a silent auction, and the opportunity to win prizes on-site. The VIP package also includes access to a pre-event meet and greet with players. 20356 Commonwealth Center Dr., Ashburn, VA; wishuponapar.org
It’s an exciting time for wine lovers in the DMV. Local wineries are making delicious wines in our backyard. Come taste wines at Vinoteca from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and learn about the exciting, and growing Mid-Atlantic wine scene. Full class info and tickets here. 1940 11th St. NW, 202-332-9463
The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance is hosting the 12th Annual Turn Up the Heat event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center featuring all-women chefs, mixologists, and restaurateurs. Tickets are available online here or by calling 202-331-1332 through the day of the event. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Australian artist Marley Dawson discusses his art with Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Phillips Collection. Dawson creates sculptures, installations, and performances that engage physics, chemistry, and fabrication. $12; free for members and students. Reservations recommended. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
Join The Phillips Collection for a hands-on drawing workshop inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec’s artistic interest in capturing the heart of the Parisian nightlife. Examine the works in Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque with a tour by a teaching artist, then head to a local bar to learn basic drawing skills while enjoying a pint or two. $25; $13 for members. Includes special exhibition admission and art materials. Reservations required. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org
Escape the cold of winter with a night full of fondue and raclette at Via Umbria’s second annual Melt event. With four different stations scattered throughout the store, guests can explore many different types and preparations of cheese, from traditional Alpine fondue and Italian Fonduta to fried cheese curds. Begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-333-3904
DC's only adult winter wonderland returns for its third year and will be bigger than ever. This year's festival will find a new home on the boardwalk at The Yards, and will feature ice bars, igloo pods, neighborhood bites and all the frosty fun. Don your hat, gloves, and drinking boots and get ready to sip some Frosé while enjoying Live Music by Jeff From Accounting and DJ Jerome Baker. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite for $10 and include one drink upon entry. 2-6 p.m. 355 Water St SE.
Winter in the French Alps means mulled wine and melted cheese, so Shaw's only French wine bar is sticking to tradition, sans skis. The space will be transformed into a cozy and warm wonderland, featuring seasonal favorites such as raclette (charcuterie and potato smothered in melted cheese), vin chaud (French-style mulled wine), and specialty shots inspired by the after-ski experience. February 7-26. 1550 7th St., NW. 202-627-2988.
Join special guest Daniele Sassi from Italy’s Tabarrini Vineyard for a four-course dinner created to complement the Umbrian wines. The vineyard, located near the Menard’s home in Umbria, helped to bring back a DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wine from extinction. The dinner will take place in Via Umbria’s Laboratorio demonstration kitchen where guests will sit around a communal table and have the opportunity to interact with Sassi and the chef throughout the night. 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here. February 3-4. 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-333-3904
Celebrate La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, in festive French fashion. Enjoy crêpes, storytelling, art projects and more amidst the Hillwood Museum's spectacular gardens, magnificent mansion, and exquisite French treasures. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 4155 Linnean Ave NW, 202-686-5807; hillwoodmuseum.org