Phoenix, Photos and Where Diversity and Design Meet: Best Bets September 15-21




Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off today and the Anacostia Arts Center is celebrating with a new exhibit and opening night on Saturday, but first, don’t miss White Ford Bronco raising money to end cancer tonight; French indie rockers Phoenix return to DC on Friday and Studio Gallery hosts a solo photo exhibit by Gary Anthes. Friday also opens the latest series from the National Building Museum, INTERSECTIONS: where diversity, equity and design meet.

Thursday: Lombardi Live With White Ford Bronco at the Bullpen

white Ford Bronco; courtesy of Friends of Lombardi

The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University is one of a select group of nationally recognized cancer centers that are leading the way in research, treatment, education and community outreach, and the only such center in greater DC As part of its mission to serve and engage its surrounding community, a group of young professionals known as Friends of Lombardi hosts a series of signature events. This fall, they’re offering music lovers the chance to donate to a good cause while swaying their hips to covers of favorite songs by Shania Twain, Hot red peppers, count crowsand blind third eye. Beloved 90s cover band White Ford Broncowhich consists on Diego Valencia, Gretchen Gustafson, Ken Sigmund, Billy Woodand Sean McCauley, is the headliner of the Friends of Lombardi’s fourth annual Lombardi Live concert. Billed as a “concert to end cancer,” all proceeds will go to cancer prevention, treatment and cure efforts. Spectators will meet at the Bullpen and VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive access to the Buffalo & Bergen dinner. If you’re looking to maximize your impact, Friends of Lombardi also offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500 to $10,000 before the concert. The event starts at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Bullpen, 1201 Half St. SE. friends.lombardi.georgetown.edu. $25 to $50. —Sarah Smith

Friday: phoenix to anthem

In a recent interview with Phoenixit is Thomas Marsthe singer referred to the band’s upcoming release, Alpha Zulu, like “album art” for good reason; the French independent quartet created the new music in a recording studio built in the Louvre Museum. “We moved in just before the pandemic,” says Mars city ​​paper. “So we had the museum to ourselves and at night, during the day, it was really surreal and very inspiring.” This inspiration can be seen and heard when the group returns for an anthem show on September 16. In the music video for “Alpha Zulu”, the album’s first single, various paintings and sculptures come to life in lip-sync. to the song in a fun way. In reality, the track is inspired by a far more dramatic event: a bumpy flight, which for Mars, already an uncomfortable pilot, was made worse by his position in the plane. “It was a small plane and when there are no more seats, they put you in the co-pilot’s seat,” Mars explains. “When you’re afraid to fly, that’s supposed to be a good thing… but when things aren’t going well, it’s worse. I heard the control tower shout ‘Alpha Zulu, Alpha Zulu, drop altitude!’ When we recorded the album that came back…it just goes to show that for us, when we’re writing songs, it’s kind of therapeutic. Mars even found downtime in the studio inspiring. (“These were the best vending machine breaks I’ve ever had. We were going through some amazing ceramics and the last thing we passed before entering the studio was Napoleon’s throne.”) And the healing effects to be at the Louvre surprised the singer. “Usually a studio is not an inspiring place for us,” Mars says. “I thought no matter where we were, we’d make the same record. But for this one, it was different. We made a record that’s specific to the time and place and I’m happy about that because that it really is a Polaroid of this moment. Phoenix plays at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. theanthemdc.com. $55 to $95. —Christina Smart

Open Friday: INTERSECTIONS: where diversity, equity and design meet at the National Building Museum

INTERSECTIONS, courtesy of the National Building Museum

Have you ever wondered how the buildings and homes we inhabit empower or silence marginalized people? This is the concept at the heart of INTERSECTIONS: where diversity, equity and design meet, a series launched at the National Building Museum on September 16. Prominent Black architects, artists and designers will lead presentations and discussions on topics ranging from the Underground Railroad to the incorporation of translated Black hairstyles into architectural design. Their goal is to educate participants about the role the built environment plays in social justice and injustice. INTERSECTIONS will also include three workshops and a round table. The programming is part of the Museum’s ongoing series on Equity in the Built Environment, which explores the relationship between social equity and our built environment. According to the president and executive director of the Building Museum Aileen Fuchs, INTERSECTIONThe goal of is community engagement and informed advocacy. “Equity is an institutional pillar of the museum,” says Fuchs. “We believe design and construction are powerful tools that connect people to opportunity and enable communities to thrive.” The Building Museum has increasingly focused on social justice in recent years, tackling issues such as community policing, art-based activismand socio-economic inequalities during the coronavirus pandemic. The inaugural event will kick off September 16 at 5:30 p.m., featuring a presentation and reception featuring service from Sizzler and Little Minor Taco food trucks as well as music from Les The DJ in the Great Hall. INTERSECTIONS launches September 16 and will run through November at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. nbm.org. $10 to $35. —Dora Segall

Saturday: Love, hope and art: woven thread at the Anacostia Arts Center

“Mother of Darkness”, by Luis Del Valle

September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and although there are many ways and party venues in the District, a collective exhibition stands out. Love, hope and art: woven threadcurated by the award-winning artist, born in Nicaragua and raised in DC Luis Del Valle at the Anacostia Arts Center aims to celebrate Hispanic heritage while recognizing the influence and impact of Latinx on local and national art. Del Valle’s captivating painting “Mother of Darkness” accompanies the exhibit’s flyers and press materials and will be featured in the exhibit. Honor Dia de los Muertos, the image focuses on a woman, surrounded by brilliantly green plants and realistic butterflies. She wears traditional clothes calavera makeup, her head adorned with a wreath of bright, lush flowers, and her eyes that stare directly at the viewer. The artist and curator has been decorating the area with rich wall graffiti since he was 13 and, according to his website, studied at Bell Multicultural High School and then Corcoran College of Art and Design. Jess Randolphassociate creative director of AAFC, says city ​​paper“I am inspired by Del Valle’s creative approach. As an artist, Luis told Latino and black stories in his dynamic works. Love, Hope and Art also includes watercolors and oil paintings by Carmen Torruella-Quandern capturing ordinary people going about their business in Peru, Guatemala and the United States, as well as artists David AmorosoPop-culture-esque paintings pay homage to Latino staples like Maseca Instant Corn Mix and Fabuloso. Other artists exhibited are David Dez Zambrano, Joel Vincii Ulmer, Katty Huertas, Keiona Clarkand Levi Robinson. According to the press release, “The show pays homage to the rich tapestry of Hispanic culture through an exhibition of abstract paintings and realistic portraits created by artists of different ethnic backgrounds who represent the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of our nation”. On September 17, Del Valle and Anacostia Arts Center, along with their partners the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center and Don’t Mute DC, are hosting an opening reception for the show. These latter two organizations will come together to play a unique mix of classical, Latin and go-go music that truly captures DC’s diversity and solidarity between the city’s Black and Latino communities. JusPaul, part of the Don’t Mute DC Network, will also perform with his band Chocolate City Soul. “Our partnerships with Don’t Mute DC and the Kennedy Center highlight how we can all come together to celebrate the authenticity of art across the intersection of Latino and Black cultures,” adds Randolph. Love, Hope and Art will be on display until October 14 at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. anacostiaartscenter.com. Free. —Sarah Marloff

Until September 24: Gary Anthes at the Studio Gallery

Photo by Gary Anthes

Gary Anthes’ photography has been featured in several Studio Gallery exhibitions over the past four years. But while the last of Anthes, Partita Rustica: Life and Death in a Virginia Barn, is also a photographer, his new works owe as much if not more to sculpture, mixed techniques, even trompe l’oeil painting; ultimately they are more about arrangement than documentation. During the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Anthes experimented with the placement of natural and man-made objects against the backdrop of the interiors of a 200-year-old barn on his property that had been abandoned for the past six decades. Anthes’ images are meditative, even hypnotic in their sameness. (“Partita” refers to a piece of instrumental music composed of variations.) Objects featured include a delicate bird’s nest, a variety of flowers with unnaturally but gracefully curved stems, fragile peelings of sycamore bark , airy milkweed pods, a barbed wire spiral tornado shape, and a dead cardinal, yellow thrush, and rabbit. These objects are carefully positioned, surrounded by aged wood in a tableau that suggests a proscenium arch. Anthes’ finest works combine botanical forms with glass vases, including a hydrangea paired with a translucent blue antique bottle. In another image, a ray of light illuminates paper-thin beech leaves in a green vase – a well-lit rarity in this series, which is dominated by the moody browns of the weathered barn walls. rustic party through September 24 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. studiogallerydc.com. Wednesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. —Louis Jacobson

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