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2 Day Pass – Easton Corbin & Granger Smith (passcode required)

Date: June 1, 2017


8656 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Under The Baobab Tree With Iya

Date: June 1, 2017

Time: 11:30am


1100 Jefferson Drive SouthWest
Washington, DC 20024

From: Discovery Theater

Gather beneath the iconic tree of life as master educator Iya Bashea Imana shares captivating folktales.  Music and movement, puppets, and eco-friendly crafts combine with timeless stories that offer an introduction to African traditions and wisdom.
Recommended for Ages 3-7 / Grades PreK – 2nd
Individual Tickets:
Child: $6
Child under 2: $3
Adult: $8
Smithsonian Associate Members: $5

DC Jazz Preview Festival – Phillips After Five

Date: June 1, 2017

Time: 5:00pm


1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

From: DC Jazz Festival

Experience jazz at the Phillips in partnership with the DC Jazz Festival! Try out your musical talents at the instrument petting zoo and listen to Brazilian band Origem.

Tai Chi Class

Date: June 1, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am


18529 Brooke Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Cost: Free

From: MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

This free meditative meditative exercise program is designed for seniors 55 and older. It will help improve balance and coordination, flexibility, and range of motion, and it will increase strength by making your movements more efficient. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and flat shoes. Students should be able to stand for 30 minutes at a time.

National Symphony Orchestra

Date: June 1, 2017


2700 First Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20566

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Exhibition – Senses Of Time Video And Film-based Works Of Africa

Date:June 1, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

950 Independence Avenue, South West
Washington, DC 20560

Cost: Free

From: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Our hearts beat to the rhythms of biological time and continents drift in geological time, while we set our watches to the precision of naval time. Time may seem easy to measure, but it can be challenging to understand. The six African artists featured in Senses of Time explore how time is experienced—and produced—by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance, and dissolve in seven works of video and film—or “time-based”—art. Characters and the actions they depict repeat, resist, and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.
Senses of Time invites viewers to consider tensions between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, bodily and mechanical time. Through pacing, sequencing, looping, layering, and mirroring, diverse perceptions of time are embodied and expressed.
History repeats itself as Yinka Shonibare MBE’s European ballroom dancers in sumptuous African-print fabric gowns dramatize the absurdities of political violence, while Sammy Baloji choreographs a haunting exploration of memory and forgetting in the ruins of postcolonial deindustrialization. Sue Williamson sensitively highlights the generational gaps wrought by time, while Berni Searle addresses genealogical time in one work as ancestral family portraits are tossed by the winds and focuses on the slippages and fragility of time and personal identity in another. Moataz Nasr’s work treads upon identities distorted by the march of time as Theo Eshetu draws us into a captivating kaleidoscopic space where past, present, and future converge.

Exhibition – Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place In Urban Photography

Date: June 1, 2017

Time: 11:30am to 7:00pm


8th and First Streets Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

Cost: Free

From: Smithsonian American Art Museum


America’s urban streets have long inspired documentary photographers. After World War II, populations shifted from the city to the suburbs and newly built highways cut through thriving neighborhoods, leaving isolated pockets within major urban centers. As neighborhoods started to decline in the 1950s, the photographers in this exhibition found ways to call attention to decaying cities and their forgotten residents. Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography unites works by Frank Espada, Camilo José Vergara, Anthony Hernandez, Ruben Ochoa, Manuel Acevedo and others who were driven to document and reflect on the state of our cities during these transformative years.
Down These Mean Streets showcases many recent acquisitions and offers a chance to see how Latino photographers responded to the urban crisis in the communities where they lived and worked. The title is drawn from Piri Thomas’ classic memoir Down These Mean Streets (1967), where the author narrates his tough upbringing in New York City’s El Barrio. Like Thomas, these photographers turn a critical eye toward neighborhoods that exist on the margins of major cities like New York and Los Angeles.
Rather than approach the neighborhoods as detached observers, they deeply identified with their subject. Activist and documentary photographer Frank Espada captured humanizing portraits of urban residents in their surroundings at a time when they were often stereotyped in the media. Camilo José Vergara and Anthony Hernandez adopt a cooler, conceptual approach. Their serial projects, which return to specific urban sites over and over, invite viewers to consider the passage of time. Ruben Ochoa and Manuel Acevedo use unconventional strategies—like merging photography and drawing—to inspire a second look at the physical features of urban space. This exhibition is organized by E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino art.
Date: May 12, 2017 – August 6th, 2017
Location: 1st floor West

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