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The Nature of Art: The Work of John Alexander

The Nature of Art: The Work of John Alexander

Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

Members: Free, no pre-registration required. 

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company: America’s Cloud

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company: America’s Cloud

Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12.

Performances at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Corcoran's Rotunda.

Join acclaimed choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his contemporary dance company as they debut their site-specific dance piece, “America’s Cloud.”  The dance—inspired by the large-scale cloud sculpture suspended in the Rotunda as part of the exhibition Spencer Finch: My Business, With the Cloud—is the culmination of Burgess’ month-long residency at the Corcoran. Rehearsing and performing in the Corcoran’s Rotunda, Burgess puts the creative choreographic process on display and encourages new dialogues between the visual and performing arts.

Golden Rule

Golden Rule

Saturday, December 11; 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; 1–2:30 p.m.

All that glitters is gold in the Corcoran’s Salon Doré. Join us on a family tour of this 18th-century room fit for a princess. After viewing the room’s golden treasures, families will create their own work of art with professional gold-leaf artist, William Adair. Workshops are limited to children ages 8–12 and their adult companions. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit http://programs.corcoran.org/products/golden-rule-1.

Cocktails with the Curator

Thursday, December 2; 5–8 p.m.

Join Sarah Cash, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Curator of American art, for an intimate evening and insider’s view of the magnificent American collection of art at the Corcoran. Guests will enjoy a private journey through the galleries with the expert on original, reproduction, and modern day frames. Wine, cheese, and other refreshments will be served. Tour begins at 5:15 p.m. $30 including free admission to the Gallery. Reservations encouraged at (202) 812-2787 or reservations@foodartsdc.com.

Join the Artfully Philanthropic at the Dec. 10 Beyond Words Fashion & Art Show

Lisa Jones, The Lollipop Kids Foundation (LPK) and The Art Gallery partner to host its first charity fashion and art show, “Beyond Words”, on Friday, December 10, 2010 at The Art Gallery in the beautiful Washington Design Center, 300 D Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

DC Area's Film Scene: "Underground Hollywood"

In 1998, Eduardo Sanchez and Neal Fredericks, two Montgomery County Community College alums, shot a film in the woods of Maryland called “The Blair Witch Project.” It went on to gross nearly $250 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. “The Blair Witch Project” was a perfect storm of a clever idea and a shrewd marketing campaign that capitalized on the budding new medium of the internet. It's a good possibility that you've heard this story before.

It's an equally good possibility that you haven't heard of the army of filmmakers in the D.C. area that has been growing in the decade since “The Blair Witch Project” captured the country's imagination. I should know. I'm one of them.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Gala

Over last weekend, the Susan G. Komen Foundation celebrated 30 years of research and education, including an A-list dinner for donors on Friday at the Kuwaiti Embassy.  The Kuwaiti dinner was the kickoff to a weekend full of activities sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, including the "Honoring the Promise" event at the Kennedy Center Saturday evening with Laura Bush.  The Kuwaiti Embassy holds a special place in my heart because I was honored at the Kuwaiti Embassy for my work as a youth ambassador to the Kuwait-American Foundation's "Do The Write Thing Campaign" which gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives through classroom discussions and writings.