From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
The collection of museums along the National Mall is well known and well visited by Washingtonians and many people across the country.
Not as well known but equally compelling are the museums that fall under the umbrella of the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium (DKMC). This weekend is your chance to find out all about these museums during the 30th Annual Museum Walk Weekend.
The Walk Weekend takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 10 am until 4 pm, and also on Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 pm. In all, there are nine different museums participating and each one of them will be opening up their doors with free admission — though be aware that not all museums will be open both days.
Along with free access to their exhibits, many of the museums will also be featuring special events, some of which include: English country dances, live Latino music, outdoor yoga, craft demonstrations, live jazz, and more.
Scavenger Hunts For the Entire Family
Along with these individual events at particular museums, there will be two DKMC-wide scavenger hunts. One will be geared toward adults and the other toward children. For the children, all participants that complete a scavenger hunt form (available at all Weekend Walk locations) will receive a prize. Too bad it’s not that easy for adults.
After filling out the scavenger hunt for by answering a question particular to each site, the forms are to be submitted and a winner will be selected at random by June 15. The payoff for waiting so long? A free Port City Brewery tour, tasting, or other prizes not yet announced. Not a bad payoff for a free scavenger hunt at open-admission museums on what looks to be a nice weekend.
The full list of museums participating in the Walk Weekend include:
- Dumbarton House – 2175 Q Street
- The Phillips Collection – 1600 21st Street
- Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Avenue
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House – 1318 Vermont Avenue
- Heurich House – 1307 New Hampshire Avenue
- National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R Street
- Fondo del Sol – 2112 R Street
- The Textile Museum – 2320 S Street
- Woodrow Wilson House – 2340 S Street
Sushi Taro at 1503 17th Street NW always had a reputation for the best sushi around, a place where the Japanese Embassy brought the country’s prime minister when he was in town. After having undergone a renovation that included its menu, the prices went up (it was never cheap). Sushi Taro was a place of no surprises but excellent dishes. That seems to have changed as the reviews are mixed, but give it a try.
Circa at Dupont at 1601 Connecticut Avenue NW is one of those perfect city places: a little bit of everything and everything is good… and good people watching just off Dupont Circle. Great atmosphere for a casual meeting, lunch or dinner. They also have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
“1460 Wallmountables 2009,” is at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. It is a chance to experience DC’s art scene in a very different way, mingle with the artists and purchase some of the fantastic works for sale.
“The Ceramics of Paquimé and Mata Ortiz: Tracing a Family Legacy” is showing at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW. “One town, five families, 46 artists, a revived centuries-old tradition: this is the story of Mata Ortiz. Located near the ancient city of Paquimé in northern Chihuahua, Mata Ortiz has gained an international reputation for exquisite pottery. The town’s artists place their individual stamps on methods, materials, and patterns developed at Paquimé and rediscovered by Juan Quezada. The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to welcome ancient pieces from Paquimé and modern pieces from Mata Ortiz to Washington.”
Charles Covington, Jr is playing Saturday, August 22, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Covington is “recognized as a virtuoso jazz pianist and jazz organist extraordinaire, enjoys a high reputation among performers all over the world.”
“Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police” is showing at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. “The photo exhibition Prague through the Lens of the Secret Police features a selection of never before seen photographs and films of ‘subjects of interest’ taken secretly by the Czechoslovak State Security Service’s Surveillance Directorate during the ‘normalization’ era of hard-line socialist entrenchment which followed the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia.”
“Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism” is at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. It “features rarely seen photographs and artifacts from the historic music event.” Woodstock “marked a moment when the news media first recognized music and entertainment as a cultural and commercial force.”
Capital Fringe Festival: “Revolutionary! Isadora Duncan,” is showing at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Showtime is this Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
“Storefront Churches: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara,” is at the National Building Museum at 401 F Street NW. Vergara says, “I quickly understood churches to be crucial to my project, and a separate study of them began to develop.” The exhibit includes areas of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York.
William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is at the Sidney Harman Hall, 450 7th Street NW. A production of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, “King Lear” is both an “intimate family drama and an explosive political epic”.
The Bannaba Project is at the National Museum of the American Indian at 4th Street and Independence Avenue NW. The Bannaba Project is nine-member band from Panama that “blends pre-Columbian sounds and sensibilities with jazz, pop, calypso and other rhythms of the Caribbean.”
“Vincent,” written by Leonard Nimoy: “The show offers an evening of laughter, tears and insight into van Gogh’s passion and suffering, while considering the meaning of art and artistry in a world where success is judged in terms of sales, by which measure van Gogh fell short during his lifetime.” It is at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW.
Bob Dylan & His Band, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson and Family are playing at Ripken Stadium at 873 Long Drive in Aberdeen, Maryland, on Friday, July 24.