As part of its inaugural Locally Grown Festival Theater J is presenting the world premiere of The Hampton Years. Written by Jacqueline E. Lawton and directed by Shirley Serotsky, The Hampton Years explores the development of African-American artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis while under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator, Viktor Lowenfeld during their time at Hampton Institute – now Hampton University - during WWII. As the play unfolds it reveals the dreams and travails of young artists in a still segregated society while examining the impact of World War II on a Jewish immigrant and his wife finding shelter in the US and his controversial influence in shaping the careers of African American students. The Hampton Years runs through June 30.
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His story has been framed by the media for decades. At one time he was one of the most controversial figures in sports and entertainment. April 26 and April 27, Mike Tyson brings his one man autobiographical show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to the Warner Theatre. Directed by Spike Lee the performance is described as a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. From the streets, to the boxing ring, film, television and now the stage, Iron Mike Tyson is finally telling his story in his own words.
Modify. Transform. Adopt. Convert. All of them are simple words with often complicated implications. In the play The Convert written by Danai Gurira and directed by Michael John Garcés at Wooly Mammoth Theatre the complications are made clear and real.
Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village life and a forced marriage arrangement, ultimately discovering Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher. However, as anti-colonial sentiments rise to a boiling point, Jekesai must choose between her new European God and the spirits of her ancestors.
The Convert runs February 13 through March 10. In addition to performances, there is a series of discussions and activities to complement the show.
Election Day isn’t the only time to weigh in on what is going on in your community. Help shape the landscape of art grants in Washington, DC. On Thursday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) will host open forums to receive feedback from the District’s arts community on upcoming plans for the increased arts budget for FY 2013. The top priority of the forums will be to discuss the agency’s new grant program, the Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG).
The Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG) is one-time funding to support cultural organizations that have demonstrated a long-term impact within the District of Columbia. The program provides general operating funds to arts and humanities organizations whose primary function is exhibition, presentation or training in the arts and humanities.
The forum on November 8th will take place at the University of the District of Columbia in Building 44, Room A05. Attendees are encouraged to take Metro due to parking restrictions. The nearest metro rail station is Van Ness (Red Line). The following week, the DCCAH will host its second forum on November 14th at the new DCCAH office at 200 I (Eye) Street, Southeast, in the conference room. The Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line) is two blocks from to the office. Public transportation is encouraged because of limited street parking. Photo identification is required to enter the DCCAH office building. Both forums will begin at 6:00 PM and will run until 8:00 PM.
October 13 through November 3, International Visions Gallery will host the 2012 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series exhibition in Washington, DC. The Artisan Series aims to discover the next big names in both urban photography, painting, and multi-media arts, and to celebrate today’s diverse up-and-coming artists on a national stage. International Visions Gallery will host an exhibition of thirty top contestants chosen from over 200 entrees from the VA, MD and DC area.
Artists in this exhibit includes: Larry Poncho Brown, Unicia Buster, Jordan Burns, Ronald Beverly, Jerry Prettyman, Donald McCray, S. Ross Browne, Aniki Robinson, Cheryl Edwards, Nina Ozbey, Russ Mcintosh, Louis Sinclair, Li Pallas, Al Burts, Sierra Leto, Derrick Watkins, P. Muzi Branch, Aimua Osereime, Jay Coleman, Rufus Norman, Charles Jean-Pierre, Rashia Lendoll Sawyer, Keah Fryar, Ann William, Cilia Hodges, Lisa Fanning, David Ogburn, Jeff Chyatte, and Jeff Fox.
The exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, October, 13 from 6:00-9pm. Admission is free but an RSVP is required to email@example.com by Oct. 11.
The first sub-Saharan African to hold the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan has led an extraordinary life of service to the global community. Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00pm at the Sixth and I Synagogue he will share some of his experiences and knowledge that he has memorialized in his new book, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace in conversation with David Ignatius. Immediately following Mr. Annan will sign books for a limited period of time. A single ticket for the event is $36 and includes one book. Two guests may attend for $45 and receive one book. This signing is being presented in collaboration with Politics & Prose. There will be no walk-up box office sales.
Thursday September 20 at 7:30pm international recording artist, actor and activist Wyclef will also appear in conversation at Sixth and I promoting his memoir Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story. His Washington stop on the book tour is one of the very few in which he will also perform a set of his latest music before signing books. Tickets are $35 and include 1 copy of the book. Doors for this event open at 6:30pm.
Art is for everyone and with that belief the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities has opened up their Art Bank Collection in a new way to make it even more accessible for more to enjoy. The Art Bank Collection is a collection of artworks purchased from District artists and placed in District Government buildings throughout the city. This year DC Commission on Arts and Humanities has created wallpapers of more than 20 paintings and photographs that can be placed on your computer desktop and mobile phone or tablet. Step-by-step instructions are provided on the site.
Wishes and dreams do come true. Now through June 1, if you are in the Washington area you can share your wish others. The whimsical Natural Wishing by Chrysanne Stathacos enables participants to connect with “wishing actions” from around the world. Join hundreds of others in tying your wish to a tree at the Textile Museum, Hill Center and Sasha Bruce, a non-profit that provides homes for homeless children. People will also be able to call (202) 715- 1737 a number advertised on dozens of buses touring DC to leave or hear wishes. You can also taking a wishing journey around the world here.
Nine months before President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, on April 16, 1862, he signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The Compensated Emancipation Act was a significant step in ending the institution of slavery in the United States. Since 2005 the District of Columbia has commemorated this day with an official public holiday – DC Emancipation Day. To mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act a number of educational and cultural events will take place throughout the city. Signature events taking place April 11 – April 16 include a parade, film screening, special exhibitions and a “Great Debate” Saturday, April 14 at the Lincoln Theater hosted by C.B. Homes and participants including Rev. Al Sharpton and the provocative thought leader, activist and author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Get more details about upcoming Emancipation Day events here.
It is about to get all the way RAW in the District again Thursday, March 8 beginning at 8:00pm inside Café Asia, 1720 I Street NW, with the latest installation of the RAW: natural born artists series. RAW creates a one night showcase event that features local creativity in all of its flavors. The March gathering is being promoted as STIMULUS and will showcase the photography, art, fashion and live performances from 27 artists from the Washington area. Every month RAW hand selects and showcases artists in film, fashion, music, art, performing art, hairstyling, makeup artistry and photography. RAW is an indie arts organization for artists, by artists.