“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp
Your weekly dose of arts and culture highlights… last week’s Embassy Chef Challenge, and Madame Butterfly; Markus Lüpertz exhibition now open at the Phillips; and New York City Ballet in town next week.
1. food and fun: the Embassy Chef Challenge.
This past Wednesday I got to sample the exquisite, and rare small plates from from the chefs of over 40 embassies at the Embassy Chef Challenge. The Chef Challenge is part of Passport DC‘s month of events this May to celebrate DC’s culturally diverse communities. Traditional music and dance performances from many of the embassies complemented an evening of tasting unique and inspiring dishes. Check back soon for my blog post covering the event in case you missed it, and make sure to put the Chef Challenge on your calendar for next year. (Pictured above: Morocco’s winning dish from the chef challenge, credit: Ronald Reagan Building.)
Last weekend I caught a closing performance of the Opera Madame Butterfly at the Kennedy Center. I did a cursory ticket search on MyTix just a few days prior, and found $35 tickets in the third row (score!).
This rendition of Madame Butterfly can definitely be appreciated by opera novices, as well as connoisseurs. The costumes, sets, and visuals were very engaging. Whimsical, primary-colored scenery, and wardrobe choices made the performance very watchable and visually captivating, in addition to being a rare treat for the ears. Read the review in the Washington Post.
An exhibition of Post- WWII German artist Markus Lüpertz opened at the Phillips Collection this weekend. The retrospective exhibit, organized with the artist himself, spans Lüpertz’s five-decade career and accompanies the Hirshhorn Museam’s Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History exhibition, exploring the painter’s early work.
This Thursday is also a Phillips After 5 happy hour, All that Jazz, put on in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival. The event is already sold out to the general public, but if you’re a member of the Phillips, you can attend the event for no additional cost on June 1st. Tickets are already available for July’s PA5 event, Punk Out! You may want to get them early!
The New York City Ballet takes the Kennedy Center stage next week with two programs of works from choreographers Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky–along with George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Tarantella, and The Four Temperaments. Audiences in the district have the rare opportunity to experience NYC Ballet performances before other cities outside of New York through the Kennedy Center’s affiliation with NYC Ballet.
There are still some tickets left, and maybe even some MyTix after the few I snagged this morning, so get them while they’re hot! I can’t wait to experience this performance next week, and report back.