Pepco Edison Place Gallery – 702 8th street NW Washington DC 20078 (map)
A sale of Vintage Japanese kimono, new cotton Japanese kimono and kimono inspired gifts plus a sale and book signing of “Kimono- Vanishing Tradition” by co-authors Paul MacLardy and Tena Turner. Proceeds benefits the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Japan-America Socity of Washington DC.
Location: i Ricchi DC, 1220 19th Street NW, Washington D.C. (map)
Description: i Ricchi invites you to break away from the typical night out with a potent cocktail of creativity and social connection. This “art happening” to take place on Wed, 3/23, starting at 5:00 PM until the painting’s completion at Ristorante i Ricchi, 1220 19th St, NW; 1 block south of DuPont Circle Metro with free valet parking. Watch and interact with Shawn as he develops his canvas before your eyes. Have a cocktail or glass of wine at reduced Happy Hour prices or stay for a specially priced pasta dinner. The finished painting will then be auctioned, giving those present the opportunity to purchase an original work of art while making a donation to their charity of choice.
Metro: i Ricchi is 1 block south of DuPont Circle Metro with free valet parking (Use Trip Planner)
Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18thStreet NW, Suite 100, Washington DC 20036 (Map)
FREE, pre-registration required
Rock the silent comedy with two of the “100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World” according to Japanese-edition Newsweek magazine!
Award-winning GAMARJOBAT, the infamous mohawked pantomime comedy duo from Japan, has performed at over 200 festivals in more than 30 countries. These hilarious stage artists have fascinated audiences around the world with thoroughly-plotted acts and explosive energy without saying a word. Join Ketch, sporting a neon red mohawk, and Hiro-pon, donning a bright yellow mowhawk, as they transcend language and cultural barriers during their silent comedy performance.
Seating is limited and free registration is required. All ages are welcome. To be the first to register for this exciting event, sign up for the JICC mailing list athttp://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street NW, Washington DC 20566 (Map)
Join the JICC at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for the return of Ko Takahashi and Misao Habu as Tsugaru Shamisen Dois HAZUKI. Each playing shamisen – a traditional Japanese instrument from the late Meiji period – the duo has created a new fusion of percussive tsugaru-style shamisen music with the addition of a synthesizer, cello and drums. Cherishing old traditions while creating new music, this duo combines traditional Japanese folk songs with fresh new sounds for a truly original performance. Performance is open to all ages.
Studio galleries will exhibit artwork related to the Teachings of Cherry Blossoms. Glass artists will give demonstrations on how to create cherry blossoms with multiple techniques. Hula dance performances.
Events DC presents a free public art tour featuring Washingtonian and internationally recognized artists – on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is home to the best kept secret in the nation’s capital – “Art at the Center,” free curator-led public art tours. The diverse $4 million art collection is the largest in any convention center and the largest public art collection in the District outside of a museum with more than 130 works of art. With works of art by both local and international artists, the collection of site-specific sculpture, painting and photography brings a sense of human scale to the Convention Center.
Metro Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center, Green/Yellow lines
The official Fairfax County Capital Region Visitor Center in Tysons Corner Center (on 2nd level outside Nordstrom) is “Festival Central” in Fairfax County. The public is invited to stop in for free gifts, Festival schedules and information on activities throughout the region. The visitor center will also host a special event on April 1st from 1 – 3 pm with cultural demonstrations of origami and calligraphy and guests will bring home their masterpieces!
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st St, NW (Map)
FREE; No advance ticketing required
Celebrate the culture and traditions of the Japanese island of Okinawa! Try your hand at origami, bingata textile painting and other art activities. Enjoy children’s stories, dance performances, and karate demonstrations. Learn about the geography and natural environment of the island, and take home an Okinawan souvenir. Organized in conjunction with the Okinawan Prefectural Government. All ages welcome. More information is available at http://museum.gwu.edu/okinawa-festival.
Metro- The museum is accessible walking distance from the Foggy Bottom metro station and can be accessed through the Orange, Silver and Blue lines.
Included in admission to special exhibition ($12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over); free for members and visitors 18 and under. Exhibition tickets can be purchased on The Phillips Collection’s website.
Take a tour of the exhibition “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” (http://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2016-02-06-exhibition-seeing-nature). Featuring 39 masterpieces spanning five centuries, this exhibition draws from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection to explore the evolution of European and American landscape art. Highlights include Jan Brueghel the Younger’s 17th-century allegorical paintings of the five senses that invite visitors to consider their own experiences of the world. Venice, one of Allen’s favorite cities, is sumptuously represented in the exhibition through stunning Venetian scenes by Canaletto, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and J. M. W. Turner, among others. Other highlights include five Monet landscapes spanning 30 years, from views of the French countryside to his late immersive representations of water lilies, evocative works by Paul Cézanne and Gustav Klimt, and modern and contemporary perspectives by 20th-century artists as diverse as Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Gerhard Richter, and Ed Ruscha.