Most of us seem to have made it through the hurricane intact– maybe a a few leaks here and there. I’ve been glued to news coverage, feeling helpless as I watch the flooded or destroyed streets and beaches of my youth in Staten Island and the Jersey Shore. I’ve been feeling so guilty as my parents and elderly grandparents wait without power, and yet I know there is nothing I can do.
So anyway, life goes on here on the Hill so what are we all doing this weekend?
Tonight at 7:30 the Folger Theatre continues with its production of A Conference of the Birds, a theatricalized version of the 12th century Persian poem. Director Aaron Posner says “The Conference of the Birds is equal parts hero’s quest, moral fable, tall tale, adventure story, religious parable, buddy movie, and poetic flight of fancy.” The show runs through November 25th and tickets are available on the Folger’s website.
Friday night, 17 year old fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane performs at the Corner Store. She first picked up the fiddle when she was 2 years old. She was the youngest ever invited fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry. She has toured and performed with Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Big and Rich, Bill Gibbons (ZZ Top), Blues Traveler, Mark O’Connor, Asleep at the Wheel, and many more. Born in Texas, raised in Mississippi, and now in Austin, Ruby Jane has fronted her own band and toured for years. News anchor and musician Bob Schieffer has played with Ruby Jane and notes that “She’s the next big news in music.” Willy Nelson says “I love her.” Well Bob and Willie have me sold. Tickets are $20 as an advance donation or $25 at the door. http://cornerstorearts.org
Many people are nail-biters but I bet most of them never thought about turning their nervous habit into an art form. Well, DC-based street artist DECOY is transforming gallery into a nail salon with a series of all-new paintings and gel transfer prints plus t-shirts, hoodies and glasses with red bows. Each artwork she’s creating relates back to a person who has transformed their life. After biting her nails for 25 years, DECOY thought that it was a part of her personality that would never change. When she made the decision to stop, she picked up creating a new form of creative expression, painting small works of art on her nails. D’s Nails grew out of this idea. DECOY will be creating custom manicures at the Fridge on Saturdays, 11/10, 11/17 and 11/24, 11 – 4pm. Saturday evening from 7pm – 11pm is the opening reception, during which she will offer free-style nail designs for free, first come, first serve. Outside there will be a series of over-sized nail polish bottles filled with acrylic paint. Everyone is invited to help create a mural on the facade of the gallery.
Sunday at 2 at the Hill Center will be a free screening of the film Rapunzel at the Hill Center. The special fairy tale film, in German with English subtitles is part of the city-wide Kids Euro festival. The film is for slightly more mature audiences that Disney’s not-awful recent musical version of the story and is appropriate for audiences 8 and older. Make your reservations here.
Have you not yet gotten a copy of Tim’s book? Fear not, this Sunday you have another chance. Get yourself to Congressional Cemetery at 3:00 pm Sunday for wine, cheese, and a tour of the home of the cemetery’s long-term “residents.” His book will be available for purchase.