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Whitman 200: Whitman Bicentennial Display
May
17
to Aug 15

Whitman 200: Whitman Bicentennial Display

  • Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building (map)
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Exhibit: May 15 - Aug 15, 2019

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The exhibit retraces Whitman’s life, from his birthplace on Long Island, New York, his rise as an American poet, his life in Washington – including his intimate relationship with Peter Doyle, his care for Civil War soldiers and his admiration for Abraham Lincoln – his hands-on involvement with the design and publication of his poetry collection Leaves of Grass and pop culture references to Whitman and his legacy.

The Library exhibits poetry, images and ephemera from Whitman’s life in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Five cases display Whitman’s handwritten drafts, published poems, original letters, portraits and other rarely seen materials.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Art Exhibit - “Still Life to Portraiture” by Arnold Hurley
May
17
to Jun 1

Art Exhibit - “Still Life to Portraiture” by Arnold Hurley

Exhibit: March 21 - June 1

Public Reception for the Artist, Thursday, March 28, 7-9pm

Arnold Hurley’s approach to painting involves a realistic or representational style, and his works vary from still-life drawings to portraiture. He has earned more than 40 awards for his oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings and his pencil drawings. Hurley paints every day and follows this precept: “Never forget the basics —they will serve as the foundation throughout your creative life. Challenge yourself and remember your art will change and grow. And always draw, draw, and draw some more,” said Hurley.

Ages: All ages are welcome

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Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture
May
17
to Jun 30

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

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Exhibit: through June 30, 2019, times vary

This exhibition explores the era that shaped Oprah Winfrey’s life and early career in TV, her talk show that dominated daytime TV for 25 years and the ways in which she has influenced American popular culture. It features original artifacts from Harpo Studios in Chicago and from Smithsonian collections as well as video clips, interactives and photographs.

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Queens of Egypt
May
17
to Sep 15

Queens of Egypt

Exhibit: Thru Sept 15, 2019. Open daily, 10am-6pm

This multisensory exhibition will bring you back in time some 3,500 years, to the 18th and 19th dynasties of ancient Egypt. Get to know such legendary queens as Nefertari, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra VII; see more than 300 prestigious objects, including monumental statues, sparkling jewelry, and impressive sarcophagi; and take a 3-D tour of one of the most well-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

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Dottie Campbell: Amped-Up
May
17
to Jun 1

Dottie Campbell: Amped-Up

  • BlackRock Center for the Arts, Kay Gallery (map)
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Dottie Campbell - Translucence

Dottie Campbell - Translucence

Exhibition: Apr 27 - Jun 1, 2019, 10am-5pm

Artist Reception: Apr 27 @2-4pm

Artist Talk + Gallery Tour: May 11 @2pm

Responding to the accelerated pace of modern life, Dottie Campbell pushes the limits of the interaction between camera, artist, and the world in her recent series of large-scale, amplified color photographs. Using a moving-camera capture technique allows the artist to imprint a physical response to the energy discovered on location and to abstract her subjects by obscuring detail, altering form, and creating new patterns. Through her own movement, not that of her subjects, Campbell is no longer a passive recorder of found compositions, but rather becomes performance artist, choreographer, painter, and creator in the photographic realm.

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Jill Tanenbaum and Cathy Abramson
May
17
to May 26

Jill Tanenbaum and Cathy Abramson

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Exhibit: April 6–May 26, 2019
Public Reception: Sunday, April 7, 2–4 pm

Tanenbaum and Abramson showcase glassworks and paintings that feature the colors, shapes, and energy found in and around urban settings. One can feel the pulse of a city in the work of both of these women. Tanenbaum’s glass pieces are often inspired by the people, experiences, and visions she observes in urban environments at home and abroad. She likes to “quilt” together many images and techniques that when fused tell a story. Abramson’s paintings focus on people in neighborhoods in transition. “A single moment in time” comes to mind when one views her work, as each image appears to freeze-frame a whir of urban activity and offers the viewer a chance to reflect on that moment’s juxtaposition with and application to other locations, cultures, and activities.

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In Mid-Sentence
May
17
to Mar 29

In Mid-Sentence

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Diane Arbus  (detail) by Stephen A. Frank, 1970 Gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Diane Arbus (detail) by Stephen A. Frank, 1970 Gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Exhibit: May 3, 2019 - Mar 29, 2020; Daily 11:30am-7pm, Admission: free

Photographs are often replete with words that remain unheard. “In Mid-Sentence” presents a selection of photographs from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s collection that depict moments of communication: intimate confessions, public speeches, exchanged jokes, political confrontations, lectures and more. Photographs featured in this exhibition encapsulate pivotal moments, such as John F. Kennedy’s televised speech for the 1960 Democratic National Convention or Walter Cronkite’s clandestine 1971 meeting with Daniel Ellsberg at the time of the publication of the “Pentagon Papers.” The exhibition provides the missing script for these otherwise silent voices, granting another means for understanding these interactions by placing them within their socio-historical contexts. An illustrated brochure accompanies the exhibition, and several of the represented speeches are included in an interactive kiosk. The exhibition is curated by Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery.

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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
May
17
to Jan 5

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

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Exhibit: Mar 29, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020; 11:30am-7pm daily except Dec 25. Free admission.

Courtesy National Portrait Gallery

Courtesy National Portrait Gallery

To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States. Through portraiture, biography, and material culture, the exhibition examines the contributions of the radical women in antislavery societies; women activists of the late nineteenth century; the “New Woman” of the turn of the century; and the militant suffragists of the 1910s. This presentation also highlights the struggles that minority women endured long after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The exhibition is curated by Kate Clarke Lemay, historian and director of Portal, Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, National Portrait Gallery.

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JxJ: Jewish Film & Jewish Music Festival
May
17
to May 26

JxJ: Jewish Film & Jewish Music Festival

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Dates: May 8-26, various hours and venues

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival alongside original cutting edge hybrid arts programming—all presented as one massive three-week experience, taking over the greater Washington region from May 8-26.

For more information on the films, dates/hours of screenings and venues, please click here.

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Washington National Opera: Tosca
May
17
to May 24

Washington National Opera: Tosca

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Performances: May 11-25, various hours.

Love gets political in Puccini’s striking drama set against 18th-century Rome. Passionate singer Tosca takes matters into her own hands when dreaded chief of police Scarpia hunts for her lover. But no one is guaranteed to get out alive.


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Love's Labor's Lost
May
17
to Jun 9

Love's Labor's Lost

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Performances: Apr 30 - Jun 9, 2019; Tue-Thu @7:30pm; Fri @ 8pm; Sat: 2pm & 8pm; Sun: @pm & 7pm

A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows—or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare’s delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart. 

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Spunk
May
17
to Jun 23

Spunk

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Performances: April 30 - June 23, various hours

Based on three short stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by Jelly’s Last Jam writer George C. Wolfe, Spunk sets the human ability to endure to the strums of a guitar in a stirring musical fable. An unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman, to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love. Glowing with wit, humor and energy, resonating with evocative staging and soulful music, three tales of survival are told in the key of the blues.

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Fame, The Musical, US Premiere in Spanish
May
17
to Jun 9

Fame, The Musical, US Premiere in Spanish

Performances: Thu-Sat: 8pm; Sun: 2pm

A diverse group of ambitious, young hopefuls dream od stardom as they deal with life, love, and a tragedy at the prestigious high school for the performing arts. This production pays homage to the overlooked Cuban author who wrote the book for this world famous musical. Bilingual, with surtitles in both English and Spanish.

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Whitman 200: Remembering Our Veterans: A Memorial Day Remembrance
May
20
to Aug 31

Whitman 200: Remembering Our Veterans: A Memorial Day Remembrance

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Exhibit: May 20 - Aug 31, 2019

Hours: Mon – Th: 8am – 12am
Fri: 8am – 5pm 
Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: 1:00pm – 9:30

An exhibition of documents relating to Decoration Day/Memorial Day and the Howard University veterans who have served and given their lives for our nation.

As one of Howard University’s major research facilities, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center collects, preserves, organizes and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Millennium Stage: The Best of the D.C. Boys Choir
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: The Best of the D.C. Boys Choir

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Following their recent tour to South Africa, Music Director, Eleanor Stewart and the D.C. Boys Choir, will present a program of original works and arrangements especially for boys choir. This includes classical works, spirituals, contemporary popular works, songs from South Africa and jazz classics by Washington's own Duke Ellington.

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Millennium Stage: Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC)
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC)

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The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) Music Department is proud to present their Show Choir, Afro-Pan American Ensemble, Lincoln Middle School Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble in an evening on the Millenium Stage. Performances will feature a wide variety of musical styles within each ensemble as well as several outstanding soloists. CHEC is honored to be a Kennedy Center Partnership school.

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EcoAction Author Night
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

EcoAction Author Night

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Join EcoAction Arlington for our first author night! We will feature readings by several local authors, including a few with books just published. Authors will read from their works–non-fiction and fiction–and answer questions as we enjoy food and drink at Josephine’s Italian Kitchen. 

Featured authors include Jessica Haney, Rick Hodges, and Nancy Striniste.
Admission is free and seating is open–simply order your own food and drink and enjoy the program. The restaurant opens for event guests at 7:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 8 p.m. Some authors will have books for sale.

Are you a local author with a published work with a theme related to nature, sustainability or our planet? Contact us with details about your publication to join the event.

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Greta Van Fleet
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and a month later the band released their debut studio EP, Black Smoke Rising. (Wikipedia)

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NSO Pops: Michael Bolton
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

NSO Pops: Michael Bolton

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The Grammy Award® winner joins the NSO for a one-night-only concert! From “When a Man Loves a Woman” to “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and more, Michael Bolton’s time, love, and tenderness have created the soundtrack of our lives. Join this evening of timeless hits and a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards, and even classical, specially arranged for symphony orchestra.

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 Is There a Doctor in the House? Laurel’s Healthcare Stories
May
22
10:00 AM10:00

Is There a Doctor in the House? Laurel’s Healthcare Stories

Recurring event on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays through December 22, 2019

Hours: Sun: 1-4pm; Wed and Fri: 10am-1pm

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What do you do when you are sick? The Laurel Museum’s new exhibit: “Is There a Doctor in the House? Laurel’s Healthcare Stories” tries to answer that question for one Maryland community. The exhibit, which opens February 3, 2019, explores the doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, medicines and especially the people who have cared for Laurel’s citizens for the past 200 years. These include midwife, Gertrude Matthews, William Shreve Hudson, Laurel’s first African-American doctor, 1870s pharmacist Robert Sadler, and Drs. Bryan, John and William Warren who operated the first hospital.

Learn about folk medicines and homeopathy. The exhibit features objects from years of medicine in Laurel, including a nurse’s cap, doctor’s bag, prescriptions, medical notebooks, and more.

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Millennium Stage: School Without Walls
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: School Without Walls

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In the fall of 2007, School Without Walls Instrumental Music Department, the school’s first instrumental ensembles of any type in its over 70 year history, marked a new stepping stone in the pursuit of a better education. Along with being well-rounded in rigorous academic subjects, students in the instrumental music department now have the opportunity to learn what it is like to play in a band, orchestra, and various other ensembles, which may become a career option further down the line. With the instruction of Christopher O. J. Alberts, the band director, the students work to learn all the aspects of creating music with other people.

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Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things Featuring a tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson with the Spektral Quartet
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things Featuring a tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson with the Spektral Quartet

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Renowned composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, known for their pioneering score to the acclaimed series Stranger Things, make their Kennedy Center debut showcasing their lush, retro-leaning sounds.

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Millennium Stage: Wilson Senior High School Vocal Music Program
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Wilson Senior High School Vocal Music Program

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The award-winning Wilson High School Vocal Music Program, a Kennedy Center DCPartnership Initiative School, comes to the Millennium Stage. Join the school’s Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble as they perform a varied repertoire of music under the direction of international recording artist Lori Williams.

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Whitman 200: Song of Myself Marathon Reading
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Whitman 200: Song of Myself Marathon Reading

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Come read a section of Walt Whitman’s Masterpiece, “Song of Myself,” at this festival opening night event.  Hosted by Kim Roberts and Venus Thrash.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Opening Night Party and Song of Myself Marathon Reading
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Whitman 200: Opening Night Party and Song of Myself Marathon Reading

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We invite members of the public to join us and read a section of Walt Whitman’s Masterpiece, “Song of Myself,” at this festival opening night event.  

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Melanie Fiona
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

Melanie Fiona

Grammy Award Winning, Canadian, R&B Sensation. Just like the powerful music itself, Melanie Fiona exudes a soulful charm, wit and a genuine story-telling ability that expresses both vulnerability and strength. Her distinctive and powerful voice has captivated the hearts and minds of countless souls domestically and internationally. 

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Observe the Flag-In during Memorial Day Weekend
May
24
to May 27

Observe the Flag-In during Memorial Day Weekend

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Dates: May 24-27

The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery, with thousands of veterans and members of their immediate family resting there. On Memorial Day (May 29), servicemen and women place American flags at more than 250,000 graves, with the Memorial Day Roses Foundation providing free roses to visitors who come in tribute.

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Is There a Doctor in the House? Laurel’s Healthcare Stories
May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Is There a Doctor in the House? Laurel’s Healthcare Stories

Recurring event on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays through December 22, 2019

Hours: Sun: 1-4pm; Wed and Fri: 10am-1pm

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What do you do when you are sick? The Laurel Museum’s new exhibit: “Is There a Doctor in the House? Laurel’s Healthcare Stories” tries to answer that question for one Maryland community. The exhibit, which opens February 3, 2019, explores the doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, medicines and especially the people who have cared for Laurel’s citizens for the past 200 years. These include midwife, Gertrude Matthews, William Shreve Hudson, Laurel’s first African-American doctor, 1870s pharmacist Robert Sadler, and Drs. Bryan, John and William Warren who operated the first hospital.

Learn about folk medicines and homeopathy. The exhibit features objects from years of medicine in Laurel, including a nurse’s cap, doctor’s bag, prescriptions, medical notebooks, and more.

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Whitman 200: Whitman, Neruda, Ginsberg
May
24
1:00 PM13:00

Whitman 200: Whitman, Neruda, Ginsberg

There are father poets and mother poets, poet prophets and poet founders. These three poets, in American English and Chilean Spanish, sired and husbanded and founded American idioms. In them, and from them, we discover the American line, the democratic voice, the liberty to roam through fields and cities, from the heights of Machu Picchu to San Francisco Bay, and to the rivulets in the skin of a blade of grass. 

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: The Quick Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
May
24
4:00 PM16:00

Whitman 200: The Quick Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

Inspired by Whitman’s “There was a child went forth every day,”..., be prepared to move and connect with your fellow poets using your eyes and ears and hands and heart. We will explore Whitman’s love for the verb and physicalize our poem with feeling when we whisper, shout and sing our lines. This workshop is designed for young students of all reading and writing levels. (Open to teens and adults)

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Blessing of the Bikes
May
24
5:00 PM17:00

Blessing of the Bikes

The Cathedral welcomes members of Rolling Thunder at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend for programs that include a “Blessing of the Bikes,” special tours and prayers for those who have not come home from war.

Since 2014, the Cathedral has welcomed members of Rolling Thunder to gather on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend for a “Blessing of the Bikes,” special tours and prayers for those who have not come home. Cathedral clergy, military chaplains and Rolling Thunder volunteers and leaders lead a brief service.

Free and open to the public. All are welcome!

3:30 Refreshments and tours available for riders and visitors in the Cathedral Nave
5:oo “Blessing of the Bikes” – a brief service of honor and blessing, including the Two Bell Ceremony
6:00 Riders depart for candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Millennium Stage: Kate Willett
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Kate Willett

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Kate Willett is a comedian, actress, and writer whose raunchy feminist storytelling is both smart and relatable. With a combination of affectionate satire of the Bay Area lifestyle—unflinchingly honest, but wildly absurd personal stories—and lucid feminist/queer commentary, Willett has begun to emerge as one of the most unique voices in San Francisco comedy.

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Whitman 200: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Writers
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Whitman 200: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Writers

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A poetry and prose reading featuring Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul, Venus Selenite, and Charity Blackwell, followed by a short open reading for LGBTQ+ writers. Hosted by Gowri K.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program: A Concert of Comic Masterpieces
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program: A Concert of Comic Masterpieces

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The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program presents one lively night of comic chaos, featuring works from beloved operatic comedies. Accompanied by the WNO Orchestra, the Young Artists will perform the complete first act and closing fugue of Giuseppe Verdi’s final masterpiece Falstaff, as well as other ensembles from the world’s most witty and comical operas.

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Cycling through History: The Calverts and the Anacostia River
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Cycling through History: The Calverts and the Anacostia River

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Join Riversdale House Museum for a casual guided bike tour through the historic Calvert property and along the Anacostia River. The ride will begin at Riversdale with a quick look inside the mansion, and then continue on to the old ice house, Lake Artemisia, the Plummer family mural in Edmonston, and Bladensburg Waterfront Park. At each site, we will pause for a brief talk on the history of the landmark or vista, focusing on the uses of the land and the river.

The ride will last approximately two hours and is mostly flat.

This program is part of Cycling through History, a series in collaboration with Maryland Milestones (Anacostia Trails Heritage Area) and with the College Park Aviation Museum and the Field of Firsts Foundation.

Fee: $6

Advanced payment required by May 21. Ages 10+

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Memorial Day Parade
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Memorial Day Parade

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Belair Annex,  Bowie High School Bowie hosts a parade each year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to recognize members of the Armed Services, past and present, and to honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

This popular patriotic event features an entertaining variety of marching bands, performing groups, floats, and local clubs and organizations. FREE

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Whitman 200: Walt Whitman Meditation
May
25
11:00 AM11:00

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman Meditation

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Whitman began meditating in the 1850s from the evidence we can find in his notebooks. Much of his poetry and ideas reflect an awareness that Dr. Maurice Bucke described in his book based on Whitman as “cosmic consciousness.” In this meditation, led by Neil Richardson, we will spend an hour reading some of Whitman’s spiritually inspired words and spend about 20 minutes in a silent and lightly guided meditation. 

Whitman was far from religious in any conventional sense yet he integrally incorporated insight from Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. 

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
May
25
4:00 PM16:00

Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

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Be prepared to move and connect with your fellow poets using your eyes and ears and hands and heart. We will explore Whitman’s love for the verb and physicalize our poem with feeling when we whisper, shout and sing our lines. This workshop is designed for young students of all reading and writing levels. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Regie Cabico is a poet who won top prizes in three National Poetry Slams and winner of The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. Mr. Cabico is publisher of Capturing Fire Press & his work appears on TEDx Talk, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, NPR’s Snap Judgement. 

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Lincoln & Whitman Tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage, led by Garrett Peck
May
25
5:00 PM17:00

Whitman 200: Lincoln & Whitman Tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage, led by Garrett Peck

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President Lincoln’s Cottage staff will collaborate with author and historian Garrett Peck to provide historical content and poetry that bridge both Whitman and Lincoln’s time in Civil War Washington. Throughout the experience, visitors will explore Whitman and Lincoln’s shared values related to democratic ideals, the preservation of the Union and the greatness of the common man. The intimate tour through the Cottage will use interactive multimedia, traditional storytelling methods, and dialogue to bring President Lincoln and Walt Whitman to life. The tour is 1 hour long.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Millennium Stage: Unleash Your Superpowers! An International PeerPositivePOWER Presentation
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Unleash Your Superpowers! An International PeerPositivePOWER Presentation

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Unleash Your Superpowers! An International PeerPositivePOWER Presentation delivers an intersectional, multicultural, interfaith, and multimodality approach to unity, uniquely blending anti-bullying through Hip Hop, drum circle, American Sign Language, dance, mime, and multimedia. This interactive presentation, seen by more than 100,000 people, will be featuring singer/songwriter Reesa Renee; award-winning international recording artist King Kanja; rock ‘n’ roll, Hip Hop, and soul superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams; and PeerPositivePOWER Youth Performers from the District of Columbia and Maryland, to take audiences on a journey as to where and how to discover their inner special gifts or what The Music in Me Foundation International refers to as “superpowers.”

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Passion Pit
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Passion Pit

Passion Pit is an American indietronica band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, formed in 2007 by band members Michael Angelakos, Chris Hartz, Aaron Harrison Folb, Giuliano Pizzulo, and Ray Suen. The band released their debut studio album Manners in 2009. (wikipedia)

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Leonard, Coleman & Blunt
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Leonard, Coleman & Blunt

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Leonard, Coleman & Blunt is the culmination of a musical journey that began in 1970 with a group called True Reflection. Three of the four members of that group Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman, and Joe Blunt, went on to perform with three of the premier vocal groups of all time, The Temptations, The Platters, and The Drifters, respectively.

After many years traveling the world with these groups, the three have come together to form Leonard, Coleman & Blunt.They perform many of the great hits from their respective groups, songs like “My Girl,” “Only You,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and many more great hits. Come out and enjoy the vocal stylings of Leonard, Coleman & Blunt.

Brush off the moves of these classic groups, and come join us to hear songs from an era of pure soul! 

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Whitman 200: Songs of Ourselves
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Whitman 200: Songs of Ourselves

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Founded as one of the first multiracial choirs in Washington DC, the 60-voice All Souls Church Unitarian Choir, joined by nationally recognized poets and spoken word artists, will honor America’s first great poet, Walt Whitman, through stories and songs of revolution, resistance, and radical self-love. Song of Ourselves explores Whitman’s texts, other poets inspired by Whitman, and cultural ideas celebrated in Whitman’s poetry in juxtaposition with music spanning generations, nations, and cultures.

This program features the premiere of an original work by composer William Kenlon set to Whitman text, with musical support from crossover cellist Devree Lewis and local jazz favorites Rochelle Rice (vocals), Todd Simon (piano), Corey Null (bass), and Dante Pope (drums and vocals).

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Friday Morning Music Club Foundation Presents Washington International Competition for Voice Finals
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Morning Music Club Foundation Presents Washington International Competition for Voice Finals

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The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation presents the final round of its Washington International Competition for Voice, during which a group of outstanding young vocalists will perform before a panel of esteemed judges for financial and performance awards.

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National Memorial Day Choral Festival
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

National Memorial Day Choral Festival

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Come sing in honor of America’s heroes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts over Memorial Day Weekend under the artistic direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. Not merely a festival for Washington, the National Memorial Day Choral Festival is an event for the entire country – a major event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday.

Free with RSVP

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Music Celebrations International Presents  National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2019
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Music Celebrations International Presents National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2019

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NOTE: FREE tickets for this event are available from the Presenter Only. For further information or to reserve tickets, please contact Music Celebrations International at (800) 395-2036 or click here.

FEATURING: The United States Air Force Orchestra; 200-voice Memorial Day Festival Chorus; Craig Jessop, artistic director & conductor; Col. Donald Schofield, conductor; Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor

Designed to honor our nation's veterans and fallen heroes through musical tribute, this grand concert will feature 200 singers representing choirs from throughout the United States, as they join with the United States Air Force Orchestra to foster greater attention toward and observe the true meaning of Memorial Day as a national holiday.

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Music Celebrations International Presents National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2019
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Music Celebrations International Presents National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2019

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NOTE: FREE tickets for this event are available from the Presenter Only. For further information or to reserve tickets, please contact Music Celebrations International at (800) 395-2036 or click here.

FEATURING
The United States Air Force Orchestra
200-voice Memorial Day Festival Chorus
Craig Jessop, artistic director & conductor
Col. Donald Schofield, conductor
Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor

Designed to honor our nation's veterans and fallen heroes through musical tribute, this grand concert will feature 200 singers representing choirs from throughout the United States, as they join with the United States Air Force Orchestra to foster greater attention toward and observe the true meaning of Memorial Day as a national holiday.

The program will include traditional patriotic favorites; George M. Cohan's "Big Three" ("Yankee Doodle Dandy," Give My Regards to Broadway," and "You're a Grand Old Flag." Additional selections are Hymn to the Fallen; Gould's American Salute; "Amazing Grace;" John Williams's Summon the HeroesSalute to the Armed Forces Medley, plus more!

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Whitman 200: Growth of Becoming
May
26
4:00 PM16:00

Whitman 200: Growth of Becoming

Featuring readings by three local poets, Kim Roberts, Susan Scheid, and Danielle Evennou, hosted by Regie Cabico. The poets, influenced by Whitman’s legacy, will read examples of Whitman’s eco-poetry and their own original poems about plants and trees.

This reading will be sign language interpreted.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Millennium Stage: DCPS Music Showcase Future Project: The Kennedy Center Youth Council
May
26
5:30 PM17:30

Millennium Stage: DCPS Music Showcase Future Project: The Kennedy Center Youth Council

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DCPS Music Showcase Future Project: The Kennedy Center Youth Council, comprised of 30 outstanding teens from the D.C. metropolitan area, serves as advisors and ambassadors to the Kennedy Center to support the Kennedy Center’s impact on youth and how the Kennedy Center can be impacted by youth. This evening’s performance, curated by the Youth Council, is a multidisciplinary showcase featuring local youth artists.

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Collective Soul & the Gin Blossoms
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Collective Soul & the Gin Blossoms

Now’s The Time Tour. Multi-platinum selling, Georgia-bred rockers Collective Soul perform hits such as “Shine,” “December,” “The World I Know” and “Heavy.” Gin Blossoms scorched the charts in the 90s with such power pop favorites as “Follow You Down,” Hey Jealousy,” “Til I Hear It From You” and “Allison Road.”

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Unexpected Italy: Simona Molinari
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Unexpected Italy: Simona Molinari

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Simona Molinari is among the most well-loved singers of the Italian music scene. Currently, she's on a tour of over 100 concerts, selling out music halls around the world and playing venues like the New York Blue Note, the Estrada Theater, the Umbria Jazz Arena, and right here at the Kennedy Center!

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Whitman 200: Memorial Day Tours of the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery
May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Whitman 200: Memorial Day Tours of the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery

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Commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. Visited by President Abraham Lincoln, the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868.

Wreath laying ceremony at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am. Cemetery Tours* at 10:45am and 12:30pm.  

*Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: An Epistolary Poetry Writing Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
May
27
12:00 PM12:00

Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: An Epistolary Poetry Writing Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

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Inspired by Walt Whitman’s love letter to Peter Doyle we will look at the art and form of epistolary poems. The art of poetic letter writing. Like Whitman, we will seize objects in nature and those that are man made to write where we are and commune with a lost lover, pal and object.

Bring a notebook to write in. This workshop is open to all adults 18 and up for all levels.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
May
27
2:00 PM14:00

Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

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Inspired by Whitman’s “There was a child went forth every day,” we will describe our daily rituals and learn to transform ourselves with the nature and man-made objects around us. We will use our voices to improvise and generate electric imagery for the page and share our work in a nurturing environment. Be prepared to move and connect with your fellow poets using your eyes and ears and hands and heart. We will explore Whitman’s love for the verb and physicalize our poem with feeling when we whisper, shout and sing our lines. 

This workshop is designed for young students of all reading and writing levels. Recommended for Adults.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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National Memorial Day Concert
May
27
8:00 PM20:00

National Memorial Day Concert

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PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform as well as their families. Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will host the proceedings, which will feature numerous other celebrity performers. 

Event is free and open to the public, No tickets necessary. Gates (at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds) open at 5pm.

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Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
May
28
4:00 PM16:00

Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

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Inspired by Whitman’s “There was a child went forth every day,” we will describe our daily rituals and learn to transform ourselves with the nature and man-made objects around us. We will use our voices to improvise and generate electric imagery for the page and share our work in a nurturing environment. Be prepared to move and connect with your fellow poets using your eyes and ears and hands and heart. We will explore Whitman’s love for the verb and physicalize our poem with feeling when we whisper, shout and sing our lines. 

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

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Inspired by Whitman’s “There was a child went forth every day,” we will describe our daily rituals and learn to transform ourselves with the nature and man-made objects around us. We will use our voices to improvise and generate electric imagery for the page and share our work in a nurturing environment. Be prepared to move and connect with your fellow poets using your eyes and ears and hands and heart. We will explore Whitman’s love for the verb and physicalize our poem with feeling when we whisper, shout and sing our lines. This workshop is designed for young students of all reading and writing levels.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Yawp: A Leaves of Grass Read Aloud
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Whitman 200: Yawp: A Leaves of Grass Read Aloud

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In the style of our popular Bloomsday reading of Ulysses, Loyalty Books will read the entirety of Leaves of Grass with community poets, writers, booksellers, and Whitman fans from start to finish!

Refreshments will be served.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: District Lit’s Celebration of Nature and Walt Whitman
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Whitman 200: District Lit’s Celebration of Nature and Walt Whitman

"Give me solitude—give me Nature—give me again, O Nature, your primal sanities!” District Lit will honor Walt Whitman’s devotion to and love of the natural world in this reading featuring poets published in District Lit, including Gregory Luce, Kristen Zory King, Henry Crawford, and more.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
May
28
7:30 PM19:30

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Brandon Paak Anderson[1][2] (born February 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak (/pæk/ or /pɒk/; stylized as Anderson .Paak),[3] is an American musician and record producer from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy. He went on to release Venice in 2014, under his current moniker.[4] Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016,[5] which received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards. Apart from his solo career, Paak is also one-half of NxWorries, alongside record producer Knxwledge. He is accompanied by the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards and drums and also serve as backing vocalists. (Wikipedia)

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Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet
May
28
to Jun 2

Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet

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Performances: May 28-Jun 1 @7:30pm; Jun 1-2 @ 1:30pm

Our fifth extraordinary Ballet Across America series returns, featuring full engagements from renowned companies Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet plus a spectacular shared celebration program.

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Millennium Stage: Rhythm Project All-Stars
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Rhythm Project All-Stars

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The Rhythm Project All-Stars is the flagship program of the Rhythm Project, a community-engagement program of the Virginia Arts Festival, providing steel pan instruction to over 260 elementary, middle, and high school students in southeastern Virginia. Their high-energy performance is sure to impress as they showcase the versatility of the Caribbean steel pan with traditional, classical, contemporary, and popular arrangements

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Whitman 200: Todos Somos Whitman: Latin American Area Poets Reading their Whitman-Inspired Poems
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

Whitman 200: Todos Somos Whitman: Latin American Area Poets Reading their Whitman-Inspired Poems

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A bilingual reading of poetry influenced by Walt Whitman, written in Spanish and English, read by Latin American poets from the greater DC Area. Featuring Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Naomi Ayala, Jose Ballesteros, Rob Banacek, Christina Daub, Samuel Miranda, and Martha Sanchez-Lowery.

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Geto Boys Final Farewell Tour
May
29
9:00 PM21:00

Geto Boys Final Farewell Tour

In late 2018, the legendary rap group Geto Boys began to discuss the possibility of reuniting for one final tour. Thirty years after their inception, the Geto Boys are still widely considered one of the greatest rap groups of all time. Consisting of Scarface, Bushwick Bill, and Willie D, these trailblazing Southern Pioneers were a catalyst in popularizing the Southern Hip-Hop movement, influencing generations to come.

But just as talks of a tour began to progress, the Hip-Hop icon and Geto Boys' founding member Bushwick Bill was tragically diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Because of the seriousness of Bill’s prognosis, the Geto Boys have decided to do just a handful of shows at the end of this month in order for fans to be able to see the group together one last time. The short series of concerts will be entitled "The Beginning of a Long Goodbye", with a portion of proceeds going to support pancreatic cancer awareness.

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Whitman 200: Happy Birthday Walt! – Digitized Walt Whitman Collections from the Manuscript Division
May
30
1:00 PM13:00

Whitman 200: Happy Birthday Walt! – Digitized Walt Whitman Collections from the Manuscript Division

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Manuscript Division historian Barbara Bair will host a webinar highlighting the content and research use of three digitized manuscript collections: the Walt Whitman Collection of miscellaneous manuscripts; the Charles Feinberg collection of Walt Whitman Papers; and the Thomas Harned collection of Walt Whitman Papers. She will also discuss programs celebrating Whitman’s birthday at the Library of Congress. 

This is a webinar.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: An Epistolary Poetry Writing Workshop
May
30
4:00 PM16:00

Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: An Epistolary Poetry Writing Workshop

Inspired by Walt Whitman’s love letter to Peter Doyle we will look at the art and form of epistolary poems. The art of poetic letter writing. Like Whitman, we will seize objects in nature and those that are man made to write where we are and commune with a lost lover, pal and object.

Bring a notebook to write in. This workshop is open to all adults 18 and up for all levels.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Dearest Queerest Body Electric
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Whitman 200: Dearest Queerest Body Electric

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Celebrate the arrival of National Pride Month with readings by National and Local queer poets writing to awkward loves, to gender and the erotic body. In celebration of Whitman’s 200th Birthday, the National Postal Museum welcomes slam poets Mia Willis (2018 Capturing Fire Slam Champion), Tyler French (author of He Told Me) and Micah Powell (Stoked Feature Poet) to deliver their fiercest love poems in letter forms. Hosted by Nuyorican Poetry Slam Champion, Regie Cabico.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Civil War Medicine in Washington
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Whitman 200: Civil War Medicine in Washington

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Public historian Jake Wynn will discuss the fascinating role played by Washington’s military hospitals in the Civil War. Tens of thousands of wounded and sick soldiers were cared for in hospitals established across the District of Columbia. From the National Mall, to Georgetown, and dotting the hills north of the city, these medical facilities became an integral part of war-time Washington and played host to a wide range of characters from President Abraham Lincoln to Walt Whitman, from Louisa May Alcott to Clara Barton.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Unexpected Italy (II): Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

National Symphony Orchestra: Unexpected Italy (II): Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Performances: May 30 @7pm and Jun 1 @8pm

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda continues the Kennedy Center’s Spring celebration of his home country with a program featuring works by Respighi, Casella, and perhaps Rachmaninoff’s best-known work, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

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Iteration: #Solestories
May
30
to Jun 22

Iteration: #Solestories

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Dates: May 30 - June 22

By Renee Calarco - #SOLESTORIES or a play about a lot of feet.

 “Follow my flash fiction. Every weekday during my commute, I snap a photo of a commuter’s shoes and write a bit of flash fiction based on that photo. My friend, the brilliant playwright Heather McDonald, calls the project #solestories. What started as a way for me to write every day, no matter what, has turned into a project in its own right.”

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Whitman 200: Walt Birthday Concert and Poetry Reading
May
31
12:00 PM12:00

Whitman 200: Walt Birthday Concert and Poetry Reading

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The Arts Club of Washington celebrates Walt’s 200th birthday with a free concert of songs set to Whitman’s poetry featuring soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick accompanied by R. Timothy McReynolds on piano, interspersed with a reading of original poems inspired by Whitman by poet Kim Roberts.

An award-winning poet, literary historian, and editor residing in Washington, DC. Kim Roberts is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston, and five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method. She is Co-Editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Millennium Stage: Dance Institute of Washington: Magic Kente Cloth
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Dance Institute of Washington: Magic Kente Cloth

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Dance Institute of Washington presents Magic Kente Cloth.This story ballet is about the Kente Cloth—a silk fabric made of interwoven strips of cloth, known for its dazzling multicolored patterns and geometric designs. The Imani Tribe celebrates love and new beginnings through dance and fellowship as the King passes down the cloth to his son, the Crowned Prince, and his bride. They are both ecstatic about receiving this gift; however, the older brother becomes envious and creates conflict. Each color of the Kente Cloth has a symbolic meaning, and the different dances throughout the play will show how each meaning brings love and forgiveness by working together while maintaining their unity.

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Whitman 200: Walt Whitman-Themed Literary Cocktails
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman-Themed Literary Cocktails

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Join Loyalty Bookstore and Petworth Citizen in the #ReadingRoomDC for a unique menu of Walt Whitman themed cocktails and mocktails. 

We’ll share some favorite poems and chat with fellow Whitman fans and DC area readers as we imbibe in the delicious cocktails from celebrated mixologist Chantal Tseng.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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The Messenger Legacy
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Messenger Legacy

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Performances: 7:30pm & 9pm

Drummer Ralph Peterson Jr. assembles an all-star group for a tribute to The Jazz Messengers, the prolific big band collective led by his mentor, the late Art Blakey. Marking the 100th year of Blakey’s birth with selections from a new recording, the band includes Peterson on percussion, saxophonists Bobby Watson and Bill Pierce, bassist Essiet Essiet, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and trumpeter Brian Lynch.

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Whitman 200: Walt Whitman 200 Birthday Performance Showcase by Artists of Capturing Fire
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman 200 Birthday Performance Showcase by Artists of Capturing Fire

Celebrate the 200th Birthday of Walt Whitman, who ignited the birth of Modern American Poetry. In alignment with Whitman’s Queer Identity, Artists from the 9th Annual Capturing Fire Festival perform spoken word with special musical performance by ethno-musicologist, banjo and violinist Jake Blount. Featuring: Charlie Petch, Jerrica Escoto, C. Thomas, and J Mase III.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Gypsy, a Musical Fable
May
31
to Jun 29

Gypsy, a Musical Fable

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Performances: May 31 - June 29; Fri/Sat: 8pm; Sun matinee: 3pm; June 29: 3pm matinee.

Gypsy  is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. The celebrated score, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “Small World,” and “Together Wherever We Go.” Performances are weekends through June 29.

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Flow Tribe
May
31
9:00 PM21:00

Flow Tribe

Like a Second Line marching through town, Flow Tribe brings the energy and soul of the Big Easy to AMP! Melding R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop into one high energy performance, this six-piece ensemble of New Orleans natives are on a mission to make you move. On their most-recent album, Boss, Flow Tribe increased the funk factor by collaborating with legendary hip-hop producer Mannie Fresh (Lil Wayne, Big Tymers). Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Whitman 200: Poetry Films
May
31
9:00 PM21:00

Whitman 200: Poetry Films

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An evening of short films including the debut of a poetic Whitman trilogy by local filmmaker H. Paul Moon, followed by a live performance of experimental/improvisational musicians responding to silent films and readings of Whitman. Then, after a brief video essay exploring Whitman’s poetry in the history of cinema and television, the evening concludes with visual settings of “Poets to Come” and more by local students, in tribute to Whitman’s prescient vision for diversifying generations after his time.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Poetry Hike – Walt Whitman
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Whitman 200: Poetry Hike – Walt Whitman

Join MoonLit founder Kris on a gentle hike through Rock Creek Park and experience the joy of hearing Walt Whitman’s words shared out loud. Bring a poem to share and a notebook to jot down inspiration from the trees, the sky, and one another.

The hike ia a mostly-gentle 2-mile loop with multiple stops to write and share work. There are a few steep hills in the trail. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring something to write with (and a favorite Whitman poem, quote or piece).

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Walt Whitman’s Birthday Party
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman’s Birthday Party

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The Young Readers Center will host a day for families that will celebrate Whitman and his legacy on June 1 in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Activities will include an author talk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Sterling Hundley discussing their book “O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War;” a birthday party for Whitman at 11 a.m.; and a book signing at 11:15 a.m. 

A Whitman butterfly maker activity and handouts of “Walt Whitman’s Guide to Nature Walking” will be available all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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BowieFest
Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

BowieFest

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Bowiefest is a long-standing tradition in the City celebrating its 42 year. Bowiefest, brings the best of Bowie’s civic organizations, entertainers, and businesses together in one place at Allen Pond Park.

Around the pond, you can sample food, enjoy arts & crafts, live entertainment and much more. FREE ADMISSION

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Whitman 200: Walt Whitman and Congressional Cemetery
Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman and Congressional Cemetery

A walking tour of Whitman-related graves found in Capitol Hill’s Congressional Cemetery, led by Martin G. Murray. Sites include those of Whitman’s companion Pete Doyle, photographer Mathew Brady, soldier John Mahay, and nurse Rose Billings whom Whitman encountered during his Civil War hospital visits.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Pan-Naturism in Whitman and His Literary Descendants in the U.S. and Abroad
Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

Whitman 200: Pan-Naturism in Whitman and His Literary Descendants in the U.S. and Abroad

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Panelists: Keith Cohen, Indran Amirithanayagam, Lara Vernaud, Barbara Goldberg, and Will Schutt will discuss how  the preference for the putatively low status or insignificance of common objects and heretofore pastoral things found in nature and the animal kingdom has made Whitman famous as a purveyor of the microcosmic in negative contrast to the macrocosmic. 

How has this aspect of his poetry become engrained in our American tradition, or Anglo-American tradition, and how have writers abroad, through translations of Whitman, taken up the call to adulate the commonplace? 

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Introductory Lecture and Workshop on Walt Whitman
Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

Whitman 200: Introductory Lecture and Workshop on Walt Whitman

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This event will feature an introductory lecture about Whitman, his unique style, and his legacy, by George Washington University Professor David McAleavey. Following his talk, we will host a poetry workshop. Attendees can either bring existing work, or they will have time to come up with something the day of the workshop.

Finally, if they wish, attendees can share their work with others and receive critiques.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Walt Whitman-Themed Literary Cocktails
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman-Themed Literary Cocktails

Join Loyalty Bookstore and Petworth Citizen in the #ReadingRoomDC for a unique menu of Walt Whitman themed cocktails and mocktails. We’ll share some favorite poems and chat with fellow Whitman fans and DC area readers as we imbibe in the delicious cocktails from celebrated mixologist Chantal Tseng. Beverages and food not included.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: A Bicentennial Celebration of Walt Whitman
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Whitman 200: A Bicentennial Celebration of Walt Whitman

A reading of poems written by Walt Whitman while a resident of Washington, DC.

Hosted by Teri Cross Davis.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Beyond Psycho — The Musical Genius of Bernard Herrmann
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Whitman 200: Beyond Psycho — The Musical Genius of Bernard Herrmann

This concert celebrates Bernard Herrmann, who in addition to being Hollywood’s supreme film composer was the master composer of American radio dramas, working for Orson Welles and Norman Corwin in the 1920s and 1930s. A supreme achievement was the radio drama “Whitman” (1944), scripted and directed by Corwin with a symphonic score by Herrmann; Charles Laughton played Whitman. In fact, this 25-minute radio play deserves to live on as a concert work — and this will be the world premiere concert performance, with William Sharp as Whitman and PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez. The performance will be broadcast live in honor of the Whitman Bicentennial; there will also be a Naxos recording. The remainder of the program includes the “Psycho” symphonic narrative and Herrmann’s Clarinet Quintet. There will also be extensive commentary. Corwin — the genius of American radio drama — based his prose style on Whitman’s free verse. His “Whitman” is both a tribute to the poet, and a wartime patriotic gesture.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Cabaret Night
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Cabaret Night

A talented group of recent GAC performers in an evening of 'Songs I Normally Wouldn't Get to Sing on Stage', in this special fund-raiser for Greenbelt Arts Center.

With Harper Chadwick, Tiffany Chadwick, Susan Harper, Meg Nemeth, Emily Neubauer, Melanie Pino-Elliott, Laura Reiss, Joey Rolandelli, and Stephen Yednock.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Unexpected Italy (II): Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

National Symphony Orchestra: Unexpected Italy (II): Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Performances: May 30 @7pm and Jun 1 @8pm

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda continues the Kennedy Center’s Spring celebration of his home country with a program featuring works by Respighi, Casella, and perhaps Rachmaninoff’s best-known work, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

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Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Whitman 200: The Quick, Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

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Inspired by Whitman’s “There was a child went forth every day,” we will describe our daily rituals and learn to transform ourselves with the nature and man-made objects around us. We will use our voices to improvise and generate electric imagery for the page and share our work in a nurturing environment. Be prepared to move and connect with your fellow poets using your eyes and ears and hands and heart. We will explore Whitman’s love for the verb and physicalize our poem with feeling when we whisper, shout and sing our lines. 

 Recommended for adults ages 18 and u

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: An Epistolary Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: An Epistolary Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

Inspired by Walt Whitman’s love letter to Peter Doyle we will look at the art and form of epistolary poems. The art of poetic letter writing. Like Whitman, we will seize objects in nature and those that are man made to write where we are and commune with a lost lover, pal and object. 

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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2019 Montpelier Historic Site’s Hidden Spaces Tours
Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

2019 Montpelier Historic Site’s Hidden Spaces Tours

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Sundays, April 7, May 5, June 2, September 8, and October 6 at 4:00pm
Must arrive by 4pm to go on tour. 

Ever wonder what’s behind the doors that say “Staff Only” and “Do Not Enter”?  On this tour, Montpelier staff will take you to the areas that are seldom open to the public, including the three cellars, the attic, and walk-in vault. Learn about the construction of the house and the changes over its 230-year history.   Tour includes narrow winding stairs and ladders (optional).  Older clothes and comfortable shoes recommended. Tours led by Don Graham who started working at the property in 1985 and has been involved with much of the recent restoration work at the house and grounds.

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Whitman 200: Growth of Becoming
Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Whitman 200: Growth of Becoming

Featuring readings by three local poets, Regie Cabico, Drew Pisarra, and Tyler French, hosted by D’Real Graham. The poets, influenced by Whitman’s legacy, will read examples of Whitman’s eco-poetry and their own original poems about plants and trees.

This reading will be Sign Language interpreted.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Coheed And Cambria & Mastodon: The Unheavenly Skye Tour
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

Coheed And Cambria & Mastodon: The Unheavenly Skye Tour

“Coheed and Cambria and Mastodon will coheadline a spring and summer tour, dubbed the Unheavenly Skye Tour, which features a unique twist for fans of the latter band. Where Coheed and Cambria will be supporting their new album, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures, Mastodon will be playing their critically acclaimed 2009 prog-metal opus, Crack the Skye, in its entirety. Every Time I Die will open all of the shows. “ - Rolling Stone

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Coheed And Cambria & Mastodon: The Unheavenly Skye Tour
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

Coheed And Cambria & Mastodon: The Unheavenly Skye Tour

Coheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper. The group's music incorporates aspects of progressive rock, pop, heavy metal, and post-hardcore. (Wikipedia)

Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2000. The group is composed of Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums, as well as a number of other releases. (Wikipedia)

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Whitman 200: What is your song? Self-expression Through Poetry Workshops for Seniors
Jun
3
9:30 AM09:30

Whitman 200: What is your song? Self-expression Through Poetry Workshops for Seniors

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Walt Whitman is part of an American tradition of exuberant, free-spirited self-expression. Over the past two years, influenced by the belief that self-expression offers opportunities for wellness and healing, the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center has embodied that tradition. Two memoirs have emerged from the Center: Collected Memoirs of the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, available from Lulu, and Recuerdos de Nuestro Pasado available from Thick Press. 

Open to all seniors age 60+.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Whitman 200: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

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Discuss Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham, and portraits of Walt Whitman, with staff of the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library. In each section of Michael Cunningham’s bold novel, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, “It avails not, neither time or place . . . I am with you, and know how it is.” Specimen Days is a genre-bending, haunting, and transformative ode to life in our greatest city and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America’s destiny.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Art AfterWords: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Whitman 200: Art AfterWords: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

  • Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discuss Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham, and portraits of Walt Whitman, with staff of the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library. In each section of Michael Cunningham’s bold novel, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, “It avails not, neither time or place . . . I am with you, and know how it is.” Specimen Days is a genre-bending, haunting, and transformative ode to life in our greatest city and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America’s destiny.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: Walt Whitman Open House
Jun
3
2:30 PM14:30

Whitman 200: Walt Whitman Open House

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The Library of Congress will present a Walt Whitman Open House display in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The Open House will feature a special array of rarely seen Walt Whitman collection items from the Manuscript, Rare Book, Music, and Prints and Photographs divisions, as well as Serials and General Collections. 

The display will include items pertaining to Whitman’s time in Washington, but also other materials from throughout his life, including the walking cane given to him by nature writer John Burroughs, draft poems, artistic renderings of Whitman and rare editions of Leaves of Grass.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: Epistolary Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Whitman 200: I Have Thought of You: Epistolary Poetry Workshop Inspired by Walt Whitman

Inspired by Walt Whitman’s love letter to Peter Doyle we will look at the art and form of epistolary poems. The art of poetic letter writing. Like Whitman, we will seize objects in nature and those that are man made to write where we are and commune with a lost lover, pal and object. 

Bring a notebook to write in. This workshop is open to all adults 18 and up for all levels.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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Whitman 200: The Quick Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired By Walt Whitman
Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

Whitman 200: The Quick Loud Word: A Poetry Workshop Inspired By Walt Whitman

Inspired by Whitman’s “There was a child went forth every day,” we will describe our daily rituals and learn to transform ourselves with the nature and man-made objects around us. We will use our voices to improvise and generate electric imagery for the page and share our work in a nurturing environment. Be prepared to move and connect with your fellow poets using your eyes and ears and hands and heart. We will explore Whitman’s love for the verb and physicalize our poem with feeling when we whisper, shout and sing our lines.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

This is part of the multi-venue, 12-day Walt Whitman 200 Festival, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War.

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New Found Glory - From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town
Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

New Found Glory - From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town

New Found Glory has been a band for 22 years, but they haven’t let that cement them into a boring routine. The pop-punk quartet still gets excited for little things like band rehearsals, and that energy is on full display through their latest video for “Eye Of The Tiger.” It's a cover of Survivor's Rocky III classic, off NFG's upcoming EP From The Screen To Your Stereo 3, out May 3. (Billboard)

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2019 Prince George's County Housing Fair
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

2019 Prince George's County Housing Fair

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Free and open to the public, the 2019 Prince George's County Housing Fair features industry professionals that can speak with attendees about preparing to purchase a home, financing a home, home demonstrations, and more.  Free workshops, seminars and panel discussions offer attendees a wide variety of topics that are tailored to help buy a new home, remain in an existing home, buy a larger home or down-size to a smaller home.  

  • The Housing Authority of Prince George's County will be paying the rent or mortgage for one lucky Housing Fair attendee (up to $2,000).  You must register and be present to win. 

  • The names of 3 winners will be drawn to receive up to $15,000 toward the down payment and closing cost of their first home.

    Homebuyers must meet these eligibilities: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1000/County-Housing-Fair

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Beltway BBQ Showdown
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Beltway BBQ Showdown

The 13th Annual Beltway Barbeque (BBQ) Showdown contest highlights the art of barbecuing in Prince George’s County and the Mid-Atlantic region. This BBQ Showdown is nationally sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)Kansas City Barbeque Society and draws teams from the Mid-Atlantic area. Every year, thousands of people celebrate and enjoy the art, music, and history of BBQ in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The Beltway BBQ Showdown offers a tremendous number of fun activities for the entire family.

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Impractical Jokers
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

Impractical Jokers

The stars of truTV’s hit show "Impractical Jokers" are taking their hilarious comedy act on the road. Best known for hidden-camera tricks and improvisational comedy, The Tenderloins comedy troupe—composed of Q, Murr, Joe, and Sal—has been performing together for years, creating effortless camaraderie and real presence for the Impractical Jokers live show. The group’s reliance on improv promises that each date on the Impractical Jokers tour  will be a completely unique experience for every audience across the country. 

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Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham - Songs of America Book Tour
Jun
12
8:00 PM20:00

Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham - Songs of America Book Tour

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Join Grammy Award-winning Tim McGraw and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham as they explore American history through music. As they publish their new joint book, Songs of America, Meacham and McGraw will give an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating this book and their friendship as they combine their individual perspectives as writer and artist to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping our nation. Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, the Songs of America Book Tour will be both illuminating and entertaining. To add to the evening, the audience will get some special musical performances of songs from the book by McGraw. Every ticket includes a copy of Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation (a $30 value).

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Jun
14
9:30 AM09:30

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Hosted by The Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County

Registration & Refreshments at 9:00 a.m.  Program begins at 9:30 a.m.
(Must be 60 Years of age or older)

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WORKSHOPS:
1. Financial Exploitation & Identity Theft - Fraudulent, illegal and unauthorized use of benefits and resources for personal gain. How to avoid becoming a victim.
2. Dangers of Hoarding - How Excessive accumulation of materials in homes pose threats
3. Scam Alert - How to avoid ptotential scams and rip-offs

Free Lunch & free parking.

For questions: Mercedes Rivera | 301-952-4448

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Snarky Puppy
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Snarky Puppy

With José James

Snarky Puppy is a Brooklyn, New York-based instrumental fusion band led by Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, the band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. The musicians perform on a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas.

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