Art meets science in this new exhibit from the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian. Bloom features sketches and drawings of flowers from throughout the artistic process, revealing the beauty and inspiration artists draw from nature. The exhibit coincides with the Smithsonian Garden’s biannual orchid show, currently on display in the Garden’s Kogod Courtyard.
“Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” an exhibit that will explore the modern gay rights movement in the United States, will mark the 50th anniversary of a June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The protests following the raid are considered to be the catalyst that inspired the modern gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights. The mixed-media exhibit, which will travel nationally after its run at the Newseum, includes educational resources for students and teachers.
In her first solo exhibit in the United States, sculptor Ursula Von Rydingsvard externalizes her ideas and emotions through a wide array of mediums including wood, paper pulp, leather and linen. The German sculptor will spend up to a year on a piece, many of which reflect her experiences as a German in the final years of World War II.
To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Portrait Gallery is celebrating women and organizations oft overlooked in tales of the women’s suffrage movement. From the abolitionists of Antebellum America to the women of the Civil Rights movement, the exhibit will examine the contributions made by unshakable
The Capital Region’s premier waterfront resort, Gaylord National, comes alive with Summer FUN! Overnight guests can enjoy resort entertainment and activities as part of their annual SummerFest. From outdoor events and great music to campfire stories, scavenger hunts, seasonal cocktails and more, there is something for everyone. Whether you are visiting the DC area to sightsee, a family looking for a getaway or a great night out with friends, you will find everything you need to make your summer getaway memorable. Various times.
Capital Fringe will showcase seven venues with 13 stages, all within walking distance of each other in Southwest DC, presenting more than 94 highly-ambitious productions with 60 percent of the participating artists residing in the DC Metro area. With countless performing groups, there’s bound to be something for everybody from theatre to dance, including risky art and nontraditional acts. Tickets are $72-$500 and go on sale June 17.
Come enjoy the hit Broadway musical Disney’s Aladdin, as it graces the JFK’s center stage! From the producers of The Lion King, comes the magic fairytale of a young lad and his Genie. Tony Award Winning James Monroe Iglehart, gives a performance of a lifetime bringing nothing but comedy, beauty, and magic to the stage as Aladdin’s very own Genie. So strap in your magic carpets, grab a lamp and be ready to discover a whole new world. Times vary. Tickets $39-$170. Opera House at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 2700 F St. NW, DC; www.kennedy-center.org
This immersive one-man show performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr. takes a look at the life of 70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, best known for his duets with Roberta Flack like “The Closer I Get To You.” Twisted Melodies provides a glimpse into the musician’s last days, his inner struggle with mental illness and the muses that inspired him. Various dates and times. Tickets $35-$68. Atlas Performing Arts Center: 1333 H St. NE, DC; www.atlasarts.org