There is so much Superbowl-related info saturating the media this time of year. While I’m not one to turn down a plate of nachos or homemade cheese dip, I find this time of year so tiresome. I have a deep hatred of football and its surrounding culture that has only been further soured by the revelations of brain damage and privilege and pretend girlfriends.
Of course if asked to choose, I’d root for Baltimore over San Francisco and I may sneak down to join the family for halftime because, Beyonce.
But let us look for ways to distract us from the football mayhem this weekend shall we?
Ce Soir (Tonight) Have you been meaning to brush up on your French? This evening at 7pm at the Hill Center instructor Vanessa Coulomb is holding an Open House for her upcoming French language class. The class is meant for beginners and those with little French experience. If you attend and register you will get $50 off of the tuition for the spring semester. More information can be found here hillcenterdc.org
Friday night at 8pm the Atlas continues its well regarded New Music series with harp and saxophone duo Pictures on Silence. Noah Getz (sax) and Jacqueline Pollauf (harp) premiere, Orpheus and the Secret Road, a modern music re-telling of Orpheus and Eurydice. Watch a preview. Tickets $25/$15 for students and are available on the Atlas website. atlasarts.org
The Friday night documentary series continues at The Hill Center at 7pm. This week’s offering is Lincoln’s Secret Weapon, a NOVA production about the USS Monitor. Sure to appeal to our resident historians the film explores the then innovative notion of a mechanical sea-faring war machine as well as a modern-day attempts at salvaging what remains of the ship, now lying at the bottom of the sea. The screening is free, register here http://hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/1145
Saturday afternoon at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) check out the Summer Camp Open House Hoedown, a sneak peak of their upcoming summer camps. if you are not the working parent of a school age child you are probably unaware that now is the time to freak out about and plan your summer. Dilly Dally too long and all the good camps will be full. The Hoedown is free and runs from from 4-6 pm.
Saturday night at 8pm Mozart meets DC with the In Series production of La Clemenza di Tito (The Mercy of Tito) at the Atlas. Mozart’s rarely performed last opera seria is a story of obsessive love, betrayal, and political intrigue set to music. The final performance is Sunday at 3pm.
It’s only two hours long so it’s possible get in a little opera before your football/beer/wings extravaganza.
Have a great weekend!
Jen DeMayo is the Director of Community for the Atlas Performing Arts Center.