Arena Stage Premiere Shines Light on Unseen History

By Sheila Wickouski On January 21, Arena Stage will host the world premiere of Change Agent, a fictional take on the historic events of the 1960’s that still shape our world today. Tony Award-nominated playwright and director Craig Lucas, known for An American in Paris and The Light in the Piazza, imagines how unsung influencers […]

National Cherry Blossom Festival to Return in 2022

By Southwester Staff The National Cherry Blossom Festival will make its return in 2022, after the pandemic cancelled 2021 events and caused authorities to warn visitors away from the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season.  National Cherry Blossom Festival President Diana Mayhew announced that the festival’s signature events will take place in person between March […]

Performance Art, Sculpture Sound Collective Call for Freedom 

 By Southwester Staff At sunrise on October 15 on the National Mall, Abigail DeVille’s new performance, WAKE UP: Liberation Call at Dawn, called citizens to attention through a procession rooted in drumming, referencing various cries of protest and action throughout American history, a narrative that includes lesser-known events such as the Stono Slave Rebellion of […]

National Museum of African Art Exhibit Bridges Distance and History

By Southwester Staff  Currently on view at the Smithsonian ​​National Museum of African Art, the exhibit “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” is filled with delightful surprises for lovers of art and archeology.  Covering 800 years of trade over three continents, the exhibit connects objects and other […]

Hirshhorn Hosts New Exhibitions Inside and Out

By Southwester Staff Art is everywhere —indoors and outdoors —at the Hirshhorn Museum.  The exterior of the cylindrical building is now the site of Swiss artist Nicolas Party’s “Draw the Curtain” (2021). The artwork wraps around the building a full 360 degrees, spanning a circumference of 829 feet.  The original pastel painting, digitally collaged and […]

Spy Museum Opens Doors to Expand Access

By Southwester Staff  The International Spy Museum, located at L’Enfant Plaza, is hosting a series of enhanced accessibility events, including a sensory-friendly program for community members with autism or sensory processing differences.  “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the museum and engage with our content, so it’s important for us that we can […]