Aretha Franklin in Baltimore, Driving Miss Daisy at Ford's Theatre, and more must-see shows this season.
Andrew Wyeth's Never-Before-Seen Works
The Pikes by Andrew Wyeth, 1965.
On display now through November 30 at the National Gallery of Art, “Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In” is a never-before-seen-together collection of Andrew Wyeth’s images of windows. One of his first of more than 300 paintings on this theme—and one of his most well-known works—1947’s Wind from the Sea was given to the museum in the spring of 2009, only a few months after the renowned artist’s death. The exhibit runs for just a few more weeks and can be seen only in Washington, DC. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, 202-737-4215
Former Chief US Diplomat for West Africa Releases Book
Political thriller The Golden Hour is released this month.
This month Todd Moss, the former chief US diplomat for West Africa under President George W. Bush, debuts his first political thriller, The Golden Hour (Putnam Adult, $27), presenting a fictional tale of espionage, terrorism, and international security. It’s the first of a proposed series focusing on “the vital 100 hours following a political coup d’état, when there is still a chance that diplomacy, back channels, or military action might reverse a deadly chain of events,” according to Moss. Meet the author on October 7 at 4:30 PM at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919
Driving Miss Daisy Lands at Ford's Theatre
Craig Wallace and Nancy Robinette reprise the lead roles in award-winning play Driving Miss Daisy at Ford’s Theatre this fall.
The 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy—which captured more than two-dozen awards, including four Oscars—comes to life on stage this fall at Ford’s Theatre. The Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Alfred Uhry, who adapted it for the screen, tells the story of the unexpected friendship between Daisy Werthan, a wealthy, stubborn Jewish matriarch (to be played by Nancy Robinette), and Hoke Colburn, a proud African American man (portrayed by Craig Wallace). Their relationship spans more than 20 years, during the civil rights struggle in Atlanta, and the play has likewise transcended the decades. Driving Miss Daisy was first performed off-Broadway in 1987, starring Morgan Freeman, who reprised his role in the film version. That production closed in 1990, but in 2010 the play was revived on Broadway with James Earl Jones. This new Washington edition is directed by Jennifer L. Nelson, with performances Tuesday through Sunday until October 26. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, 202-347-4833
Magdalena Abakanowicz's is Part of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project
Walking Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz, 2009.
The third installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project—a public-art concept curated by the National Museum of Women in the Arts featuring contemporary works by female artists in DC—was unveiled September 27. It highlights five works by Magdalena Abakanowicz that will be on display through September 27, 2015. 1250 New York Ave. NW, 202-783-5000
Todd Rundgren on Tour
After a hard day’s work—during which we know you’d rather “bang on the drum all day”—join Todd Rundgren for “An Unpredictable Evening,” as the tour is billed, at the Birchmere in Alexandria. October 28, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-549-7500
So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour
Watch your favorites from Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance twist, lunge, pirouette, and soar across Lisner Auditorium’s stage. Expect to see some of the memorable routines that amazed you on the show this summer, as well as new pieces created just for the tour. November 9, George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, 202-994-6800
See Buddy Guy Live
A forefather of modern blues-rock, guitar legend Buddy Guy’s live performances are breathtaking. This infuential musician—loved by greats like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimi Hendrix—is 78 years old, and seeing him in person should be on any music lover’s bucket list. November 10, The Birchmere
Aretha Franklin is in Baltimore
Aretha Franklin will dazzle fans at her DC show in November.
Take the short trip north to Baltimore to show your R-E-S-P-E-C-T for a voice like no other. At age 72, Aretha Franklin—the Queen of Soul—can still saunter through vocal scales with ease, only to explode into notes that most singers only dream of hitting. November 13, The Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, 410-900-1150