UnSeen: Past, Present and Future @ National Portrait Gallery
Nov 13 @ 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

UnSeen: Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

This roundtable discussion of the museum’s special exhibition “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar” will include contemporary artists Gonzales-Day and Kaphar, Portrait Gallery curators Taína Caragol and Asma Naeem, and Sheryll Cashin, a writer and law professor at Georgetown University. Several other artists, cultural critics, and scholars will join the conversation, which promises to touch on ideas of race, identity and pluralism. Registration is required at

ArtJamz Neon Paint Party @ ArtJamz
Nov 16 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join in on November 16, 2018 from 6:00-10:00PM for an ArtJamz Neon Paint Party celebrating the Fall Season in the District. During an ArtJamz Neon Paint Party you can paint our walls (or buy a canvas) using neon paint while under a blacklight. Tickets for the Neon Paint Party are $15 per person. They include 1HR of studio time, neon paint, other art materials, 1 complimentary craft cocktail and jamming glow in the dark fun. They’ll be playing awesome music and getting creative in the dark.

VeVe & tha Rebels @ The LINE Hotel
Dec 1 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mars Urban Arts Initiative and Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs

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Saturday, December 1, 5 p.m.

The LINE Hotel

2018/19 Mars Urban Arts Initiative ensemble-in-residence VeVe & tha Rebels performs original Afro-folk at The LINE DC, Washingtonian Magazine’s “favorite hotel at which to hang out.” This concert will be broadcast live via The Line DC’s Full Service Radio online stream.

Free and open to the public.

Co-presented with The LINE DC.

Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

Carolina Eyck Performs at National Gallery of Art @ National Gallery of Art
Dec 2 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

On Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3:30pm, German-born composer, vocalist, and internationally renowned theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will perform presented by the National Gallery of Art in the West Building, West Garden Court (entrance at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue). Doors open to the public at 3pm, and admission is free.

Eyck and ACME will give the Washington, DC premiere of Eyck’s Fantasias for theremin and string quartet, and Eyck will perform her solo songs Music on a Painting and Delphic. The program includes composer and The National guitarist Bryce Dessner’s Little Blue Something for string quartet, performed by ACME, and will feature improvised selections by Eyck and ACME cellist and artistic director Clarice Jensen. In addition to Jensen, the ACME players for this concert are Ben Russell, violin; Keats Dieffenbach, violin; and Isabel Hagen, viola.

Fantasias was released to critical acclaim on Butterscotch Records in 2016. For the project, Eyck composed six minimalist-inspired string quartet pieces, over which she improvises a solo theremin part. With these pieces, Eyck strives to “sonically investigate the interplay between nature and human imagination.” Eyck’s musically daring and physically challenging compositions defy easy classification, while her uncanny mastery of the theremin and use of electronic effects bring an authentically fresh sonic pallet to the forefront. Her Fantasias range from slow-evolving arpeggiations reminiscent of Reich and Glass, to alternative bowing and fingering techniques that achieve an ethereal ambience, to athletic explorations reminiscent of Bartók’s String Quartets.

Eyck’s striking theremin performances showcase her dead-aim intonation, her command of microtonality, her fluid melodicism, and her lack of self-consciousness as an improvisor. This latter quality is no accident, as Eyck has practiced improvisation for years, and has even studied techniques typically aimed at athletes for entering flow-states and shutting down critical inner dialogue.

Since making her debut in the Berlin Philharmonie, Carolina Eyck has been invited to perform all over the world. The BBC World Service proclaims, “Carolina Eyck is one of the world’s leading theremin players … and is a pioneer of this relatively new instrument,” and Cicero calls her the “queen of the theremin.” She was a winner of the 2015 ECHO-Classic prize in Germany for Concert Recording of the Year (Music 20./21.Century), and her book The Art of Playing the Theremin (written when she was 17) teaches the theremin technique she developed at age 14.

2019 Arena Stage Annual Gala @ Arena Stage
May 21 @ 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie are pleased to announce the presentation of the fourth annual Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg, with actor and performer Kathleen Turner headlining the 2019 Arena Stage Annual Gala. The Gala will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth Street, SW).

The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception, followed by a performance and a three-course seated dinner. The performance will feature the presentation of the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to Nina Totenberg, in recognition of her ground-breaking reporting in the broadcast world and her continual support of the arts. Totenberg was the first radio journalist to receive the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation. The award was first presented to Arena Stage board chair Newburger Schwartz in 2016, Arlene Kogod in 2017 and Muriel Bowser in 2018, and celebrates a female leader who strives to better the community in which she lives through her own unique strengths and talents.

“It’s a thrill to present the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to Nina Totenberg in recognition of her superb work as a reporter,” says Smith. “She has been at the forefront of Supreme Court and history-making news for decades. Our decision to present her with the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award was unanimous—her excellent reporting skills and shrewd intellect are at the top of her field.”

“I have spent decades in Washington partaking of the dramatic feast that Arena Stage offers,” Totenberg shares. “Arena has entertained me and made me think; it has taught me about history, science and the human condition and so it is a special honor to receive this award.”

Kathleen Turner is a Golden Globe Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated and Tony Award-nominated actress who has made her mark on both the film and stage scenes. She has appeared at Arena Stage in The Year of Magical Thinking (2016), Mother Courage and Her Children (2014), Red Hot Patriot (2012) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1989). She debuted her first cabaret performance, Finding My Voice, last year, and her new book, Kathleen Turner on Acting was recently published.

All proceeds will benefit all Arena Stage artistic and educational programs.

Event Schedule
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception
6:30 p.m. Award presentation and one night only performance
8:00 p.m. Seated dinner

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