Calendar of Events
In Inuit culture, the narwhal (a small Arctic whale with a distinct spiral tusk) is an intriguing and spiritual animal. The National Museum of Natural History will showcase the Inuit perspective on the animal, as well as the latest scientific information, to reveal the complex nature of the narwhal. The exhibit will include tusks and skulls from the animal, as well as Inuit artwork and artifacts depicting the male narwhal. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities and chat with experts at select times.
At the outset of America’s involvement in World War I, art and illustration were the primary modes of mass communication. This exhibit at the National Museum of American History showcases works that were used to inspire patriotism, enrollment in military forces, rationing and charity work. Visitors will be able to view what the America of the time looked like, from the new roles of women to new technologies.
The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular in the nation, and the dynamic locale features an exhibit like few others in its history this summer. Artist Soldiers shows how war art drastically changed during World War I, when depictions went from heroic and romanticized to first-person accounts by professional artists and soldiers themselves.
This landmark exhibit will officially announce the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, which will be placed on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. The museum pays homage to the American Indian and Alaska Native men and women inside Patriot Nations, which will feature rarely seen photographs and artifacts that will reflect the service and sacrifice of these groups, from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
The National Portrait Gallery‘s new exhibit, The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now, examines the cost of ongoing war through incredible portraits of soldiers. Several leading photographers and artists have contributed to the 56 works inside, which show the immense sacrifice and extraordinary experiences of common soldiers. The museum is free to enter.
The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery will host a special traveling exhibit from The GRAMMY Museum that honors legendary artist Leonard Bernstein. The display honors Bernstein’s centennial with more than 150 photographs, as well as personal artifacts like papers, scores, letters and even furniture. Leonard Bernstein at 100 will also feature interactive elements, including a listening bar, a vocal booth and a chance to “step into” Bernstein’s shoes and conduct the New York Philharmonic. Admission is free!
The Signature Theatre, located just outside of DC, stages a Stephen Sondheim musical masterpiece that concerns a tangled web of love in 1900 Sweden. Winner of four Tony Awards, you’ll be dazzled by this play that concerns a married virgin, an aging actress, an eager divinity student and a foolish count. Take in glorious renditions of songs like “A Weekend in the County” and “Send in the Clowns” as you savor an unforgettable night of theater that only a Sondheim play can give you.
Arthur Miller’s classic is staged at the historic Ford’s Theatre. Get to know Willy Loman, whose pursuit of the American Dream is coming to an end. Across 24 hours, Willy looks back on fatherhood, his marriage and his career, filled with regret over a life that he feels failed to meet his own expectations. He looks to his sons to fill the void. Don’t miss this Pulitzer Prize-winning play while it’s in the District.
Neighbors clash in this cultural comedy that comes to Arena Stage, one of DC’s most reputable playhouses. When Tania and Pablo move next door to DC couple Virginia and Frank, an epic battle ensues, filled with racial and political tension. Prepare for laughs as well as searing commentary on how cultures clash…and come together.