This month, DC is alive with gallery openings, outstanding shows, galas and more.
The work of artist Constantine Abanavas arrives at the Homme Gallery in the show Where Islands Converge.
WHERE ISLANDS CONVERGE
See the extraordinary work of Greek artist Constantine Abanavas at DC’s Homme Gallery. Where Islands Converge: A Journey from Lemnos to Manhattan explores the intertwined inspiration, subject matter and creativity the artist drew from Greece and New York. 2000 L St. NW, abanavas.com
The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes at Woolly Mammoth Theatre
THE SENSATIONAL SEA MINK-ETTES
Join Woolly Mammoth Theatre and the Weissberg Commissions for the debut of The Sensational Sea Mink-Ettes. Crafted by Virginia-born playwright Vivian J.O. Barnes, the play chronicles the preparations of the Sensational Sea Mink-ettes for their much-anticipated homecoming performance. Times vary, 641 D St. NW, 202.393.3939, woollymammoth.net
Drummer Max Roach is celebrated at the Smithsonian
SMITHSONIAN JAZZ MASTERWORKS ORCHESTRA
The Legacy of Max Roach concert at the American History Museum celebrates the great drummer and composer Max Roach—who would have been 100 this year—with songs like “Four-X,” “Cou-Manchi-Cou” and “Liberte.” 7 p.m., 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, smithsonianassociates.org
DC BLACK HISTORY FILM FESTIVAL
The Lincoln Theatre hosts this showcase of incredible art. Look for the best film, web series and television content in this two-day celebration of talented artists. Times vary, 1215 U St. NW, dcbff.org
Jennifer Bartlett, “In the Garden, #11” (1980, oil on canvas, enamel over silkscreen grid, gauche on paper), 60 inches by 175 inches.
JENNIFER BARTLETT: IN AND OUT OF THE GARDEN
In the winter of 1979-80, American artist Jennifer Bartlett swapped homes with a writer friend who rented a house in Southern France with a small, run-down garden. The exhibit at the Phillips Collection reveals Bartlett’s keen interest in nature’s beautiful details. 1600 21st St NW, 202.387.2151, phillipscollection.org
THE ANXIOUS EYE: GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM AND ITS LEGACY
The National Gallery of Art showcases over 70 prints, drawings, illustrated books, portfolios and sculptures from renowned artists like Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Third and Ninth streets NW, nga.gov
Tempestuous Elements at Arena Stage
At Arena Stage, hidden DC history comes to life as Black feminist and educational luminary Anna Julia Cooper fights for her students’ rights to an advanced curriculum. The play reveals a scandal orchestrated by the government to sabotage Cooper’s tenure at DC’s historic M Street School. Times vary, 1101 Sixth St .SW, 202.488.3300
GO-GO MUSEUM & CAFE OPENING
Chuck Brown, the undisputed father of go-go music, must be smiling somewhere. The long-awaited cultural space opens in the historic Anacostia neighborhood where the roots of this iconic music—a holy mix of funk, R&B, hip-hop and Afro-Latin rhythms—formed. 1920 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, gogomuseumcafe.com
Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic will host its annual Wish Ball at the elegantly restored Waldorf Astoria, Washington, DC. The glam event attracts more than 650 guests annually and raises awareness and funds for life-changing wishes for local children battling critical illnesses. 6 p.m., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, wishballmidatlantic.org
Photography by: PHOTO COURTESY OF: CONSTANTINE ABANAVAS; COURTESY OF: WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE; DAVID REDFERN/GETTY IMAGES; COURTESY OF THE JENNIFER BARTLETT 2013 TRUST, COURTESY MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY AND PAULA COOPER GALLERY; COURTESY OF ARENA STAGE