Anyone who has lived in this city for more than a heartbeat knows there’s more to DC than committee hearings, floor votes, political jockying and the like. We have museums! art! music! Even the most politically-inclined denizens take in a Kennedy Center show or check out the latest exhibit at the Renwick. Here’s a few highlights of the interesting exhibits and shows you can find on any given day around DC.
NASA, We’ve Got a Makeover: The Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall officially opened at the National Air and Space Museum July 1. The much-needed renovation is a nice reminder that the space age is not just a thing of the past.
Wynton at Wolftrap: Jazz enthusiasts will want to catch Grammy-winning jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Wolftrap on August 19. Nine Grammys and a repertoire of classics by the likes of Coltrane and contemporary compositions by Marsalis himself make for an evening of excellent music at the Filene’s Center at Wolftrap.
Off the Beaten Track: The name says it all. This warehouse in NE DC is not really close to much of anything, but it holds everything that makes DC’s artisan scene tick. Several photographers, painters and other artists rent studio space here and District Clay is opening the brand new District Clay Center with classes and studio space starting in August.
Born for R&B Gospel: The Arena Stage in Southwest has received top notch reviews for “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story,” a co-production with Atlanta’s the Alliance Theatre. The show follows gospel family the Winans through the story of BeBe Winans and his duo act with his sister, CeCe. The show, based on true stories from BeBe’s life, first premiered in Atlanta in April. It runs through Aug. 28 at the Kreeger Theater.