Inspiring Reluctant Readers with a SImple Challenge

By Kitty Felde It’s the question that frustrates parents and teachers alike: how do you get a reluctant reader to pick up a book? How does a book compete with video games and Snapchat? This month, we begin a new column in The Southwester: Young Readers.  I’m Kitty Felde, host and executive producer of the […]

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building To Reopen with Futures Exhibit 

By Southwester Staff When the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building opened in 1881, it was quickly dubbed America’s “Palace of Wonders” and the “Mother of Museums.” Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, it reopens on November 20, not with a look backward, but with an eye on the future. As the Smithsonian’s second-oldest structure, its stained […]

Explore the Universe between Your Ears at Artechouse

By Matthew Koehler As the winter season approaches, colder temperatures drive many people inside. So perhaps it’s fitting that Artechouse’s autumn exhibit, a fusion of art, technology, and a whole lot of neuroscience, takes an inward journey as well. Enter Life of a Neuron, a collaboration between Artechouse and the Society of Neuroscience that “brings […]

Annual Sunday Suppers Generate Community Poetry

  By Southwest BID Staff On Sundays in August, the SWBID invited neighbors to join us at the Southwest Duck Pond for our annual Sunday Suppers event. This summer, attendees worked together to co-create a poem at each supper. Curator Beth Ferraro of The Art Island asked each table of guests to write one line […]

Culture House and Korean Cultural Center Bring Joint Exhibitions to Southwest

  By Melissa Silverman  Southwest’s Culture House and the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC are presenting joint exhibitions featuring digital video works by three Korean artists and a large-scale outdoor mural by a Korean-American artist, DC-based Julia Chon, also known as Kimchi Juice.  Chon’s mural, Crane Dancers, is the first mural installation in the […]

Arena Stage Prepares to Launch Pandemic-Delayed Premiere of Celia and Fidel 

  By Sheila Wickouski In March 2020, the pandemic forced Arena Stage’s production of Celia and Fidel, written by Eduardo Machado, to close the same day it opened. On October 8, the cast and crew will prepare for another opening night of this world premiere production.  Set during a critical moment in the Cuban revolution, […]