This week’s dose of arts and culture highlights…. the New York City ballet takes the Kennedy Center stage, yoga in the garden at the Dumbarton House, and the Around the World Food Festival and Baltimore Wine Festival coming up next weekend.
I saw the New York City ballet at the Kennedy Center this past Wednesday, and it was such a treat! Their performance was one of the best ballets I’ve had the pleasure of watching, and it’s no surprise as the NYC ballet is at the top of their game, being one of the most creative, dynamic ballet companies in the world.
Two different programs from NYCB are being performed at the Kennedy Center through Sunday night, so there’s still time to catch one of these stellar shows before they leave town. I saw the Balanchine, Peck, & Ratmansky program, including Square Dance, Tarantella, Odessa, and Rodeo. Odessa and Rodeo were both premiering in DC, and I have to say all four dances were truly spectacular. Read a full account of the ballet from the Washington Post.
On my trip to New Orleans last week, I experienced so much delicious food. The cajun and southern stuff was good, but the new, fusion places in the arts district are really where it’s at. I will review this food tour more in depth in a later post, but here’s the highlight reel in case you’re headed to NoLa and need some recommendations. If you’re in the mood for southeast asian food with a twist, get the squid ink fusilli at MayPop, an asian fusion restaurant. For French fusion, do short ribs or shrimp and clam scialatielli at Compère Lapin. For some New Orleans staples, head to Pêche seafood grill for oysters, and seafood gumbo, and don’t miss Seaworthy oyster house.
It’s outdoor yoga season, and I will be at Sunday Serenity yoga at the Dumbarton House at 10:00 am this Sunday. Outdoor yoga classes in the beautiful garden of the Federalist period historic house run through the end of August. Alia and Amy, two local yoga instructors, alternate teaching the Sunday flow class. I loved doing yoga in the garden last summer. I found the classes meditative and relaxing, in addition to being physically challenging. Practicing in a peaceful garden as you hear birds chirping in the background doesn’t hurt either. Classes are donation based, and a five dollar donation for a natural “hot yoga” class definitely beats paying twenty bucks to sweat it out in artificial sun.
There are a few great food festivals coming up next weekend. The Around the World Food Festival, which showcases the food and culture of over 30 countries, will be held on the National Mall on Saturday, June 17th, and Sunday, June 18th. The event is free of charge and open to the public. VIP tickets are going for only $35, and they allow visitors to skip long lines at food vendors and access the VIP tent area, close to the onstage performances.
The third annual Baltimore wine festival is also next Saturday, June 17th. The festival features over 160 wines from around the world, and local gourmet eats, and it will be held at Canton Waterfront Park. Food and Wine tasting tickets for the event go for only $38, which include 15 wine samples and 10 restaurant tickets. VIP tickets are $89.