DC celebrates the 11th anniversary of the DC Jazz Festival, while The Washington Ballet will be partnering with the Evermay Chamber Orchestra and Misty Copeland for Swan Lake.
11 Years of DC Jazz Fest
The DC Jazz Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary this summer with a week’s worth of festivities taking place in venues around the District (June 10-16). As the lineup continues to grow, fans can look forward to checking out a myriad of artists such as Grammy Award–winning band Snarky Puppy, Billboard chart-topper Esperanza Spalding, and Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda. In addition to musical performances, a variety of family-friendly activities, tastings, and workshops will take place all over the city. When the week is over, the music continues: The festival itself is only one of the signature programs of the DCJF organization, which works year-round to showcase emerging artists and DC-based jazz musicians, as well as provide education for students of local schools and the community.
Inspiring Words from Kelley Paul
Kelley Paul, wife of Senator Rand Paul and a former corporate communications manager, has released her first book, True and Constant Friends: Love and Inspiration from Our Grandmothers, Mothers, and Friends (Hachette Book Group; $25). Inspired by her 30-year friendship with six women she met as a freshman at Rhodes College, Paul says that the genesis of the book is the “fascinating and inspiring” stories of these women, and of the women who have influenced them. Celebrating the power of the female bond, the book, Paul says, is a “tender tribute” to her Irish immigrant grandmother and a toast to her friends.
Jazz in the Garden is Back and Better Than Ever
Jazz in the Garden kicks off its 14th season in May at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. Each Friday from 5–8:30 pm, Washingtonians flock, picnic blankets in tow, to the Downtown space for performances. Visitors can enjoy a special menu inside the Pavilion Café, or indulge in fresh-from-the-grill favorites, including pork sandwiches and chicken kabobs. The Garden also offers a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and sangría. 202-289-3360
The Three Magi Journey To DC
For the first time in over a century, art history buffs can see Peter Paul Rubens’s three paintings of the Magi together in one space in the “Peter Paul Rubens: The Three Magi Reunited” exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. The celebrated Flemish artist painted the portraits in the early 17th century as a gift for friend Balthasar Moretus, who, along with his two brothers, was named after the three wise men. Through July 5, Sixth and Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215
The Washington Ballet Takes Flight
It’s an exciting time at The Washington Ballet! Earlier this season, the company announced its new partnership with the Evermay Chamber Orchestra and star ballerina Misty Copeland’s frst-ever Swan Lake in the US. Up next, the company performs Alice (In Wonderland) (May 6–17) and Tour-de-Force: Serenade (May 13–15), before wrapping up the season with three performances of The Sleeping Beauty (May 30–31). The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600
PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT REMINI (PAUL); MEDIA4ARTISTS/THEO KOSSENAS (BALLET; COURTESY OF NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART (JAZZ); ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, CHESTER DALE COLLECTION (MELCHIOR); MUSEO DE ARTE DE PONCE, THE LUIS A FERRE FOUNDATION, INC. (GASPAR); MUSEUM PLANTIN-MORETUS, ANTWERP-UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE (BALTHASAR)