The GeorgeTowner: Mostly Virtual Arts Round Up, June 25, 2020
The headings of the arts-and-culture activities listed below, three of which involve leaving the house, are linked to the websites of the sponsoring organizations.
In this free online conversation on June 25 at 7:30 p.m., Eric S. Yellin, author of “Racism in the Nation’s Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson’s America” and Anacostia Community Museum Senior Curator Samir Meghelli will explore segregation of the federal government during the Wilson administration.
Four days after reopening to members and front-line workers, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, will reopen to the public on June 27. Visitors are required to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Timed-entry reservations must be made in advance. Hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for college students, $5 for ages 6 to 18 and free for children under age 6.
Gayle Friedman of Red Dirt Studio will lead “The Everyday into Art,” a free online workshop on June 27 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Participants will talk about household objects and use them to make shadow boxes inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, Louise Nevelson, Betye Saar and Janice Lowry. Materials needed: a wooden box or drawer; several meaningful/interesting objects; paint, paper or other materials to line the interior; and fasteners such as fast-drying glue, a glue gun, string, yarn, tape, wire, a hammer, a drill, tacks, nails and screws.
Cross MacKenzie, formerly located in Georgetown, will open a group show with a picnic and a local-wine tasting on June 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the gallery’s new Hillsboro, Virginia, home. “Fuchsia” features nine artists — Damon Arhos, Ed Bisese, John Blee, Wendy Garner, Rob Hitzig, Liza Kirwin, Max MacKenzie, Laney Oxman and Danielle Wood — whose work employs shades of the vivid purple-red color. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-333-7970 to RSVP, indicating your preferred time slot: 1 to 3 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m. (full) or 3 to 5 p.m. Mask wearing and social distancing will be practiced, with three people in the gallery at a time.
Part of Round House Theatre’s Teen Institute, “Improv SLAM” is a four-session online camp for grades six to 12 starting June 29 and running daily through July 2 from noon to 3 p.m. In this off-the-wall and fast-paced class, “campers” will learn to create characters and react spontaneously onstage through engaging — and sometimes competitive — games. Tuition is $140.
On June 29 from 4 to 5 p.m., the Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects will offer a webinar on the evolution of U.S. embassy design led by Curtis Clay, director of architecture at the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, and Minh Le, an OBO design manager whose portfolio of projects in the East Asia/Pacific region and Africa includes the new U.S. embassy in Niamey, Niger. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students and members).
Using Zoom, Google Classroom and email, Anita Bucsay Damron will teach a six-session online class, “Mosaic Art,” starting June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn fabrication techniques and tricks of the trade to design and create a fine-art mosaic for interior display. All skill levels are welcome. Tuition is $150. Note: There is a small scholarship fund for qualifying furloughed and front-line workers.
President Lincoln’s Cottage will host a free virtual family game night on June 30 at 7 p.m. Participants will learn about Lincoln while competing in a game — developed with the help of Game Genius — that puts household objects to use in new and creative ways.
“Cuban Dance With DC Casineros” for age 8 to teens is one of nine free virtual kids’ classes on the Dance Place website. Two instructors from dance company DC Casineros, Artistic Director Amanda Gill and Acting Director Adrian Valdivia, teach rumba, conga and casino in the 30-minute class.
In this Cooking with Soul video, one of several seasonal cooking demonstrations on the U.S. Botanic Garden website, Tambra Raye Stevenson, founder and culinary nutritionist of NativSol Kitchen, shows viewers how to prepare okra and tomatoes.
Glenstone, Mitchell and Emily Wei Rales’s museum of postwar and contemporary sculpture in Potomac, Maryland, is currently operating as an outdoor-only experience. Masks must be worn and household groups must stay six feet apart. Hours are Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and visitors aged 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times (no visitors under age 12). Tickets, which are required, are released in two-week increments on Mondays at 10 a.m.