10/2 World Architecture Day 10am-5:30pm at the Hirshhorn Museum
In honor of World Architecture Day, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden invites visitors to celebrate the genius of modern design Monday, Oct. 2, at “Donuts with the ‘Brutalist Donut,’” a day of free donuts and unconventional architecture tours.
Known best for the art displayed within its walls, the Hirshhorn will devote the day to spotlighting its sculptural Gordon Bunshaft-designed building, which opened to the public in 1974. Standing out among the classical buildings of the National Mall, the Hirshhorn—affectionately nicknamed the “Brutalist donut”—is one of the most popular examples of the Brutalist architectural style, which erupted from the 1950s through the 1970s.
For the second year in a row, visitors of all ages can drop by the museum to enjoy complimentary donuts, while supplies last, and partake in a wide-ranging schedule of architecture-themed activities led by Washington-based experts. Architecture, photography and art enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by local Instagram community IGDC to join in appreciating the monumental stature of this much-debated architectural style.
10 a.m.: For a special edition of STORYTIME, the museum’s youngest visitors are invited to explore architecture through a read-aloud of Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty and a hands-on building activity.
For all ages
12:30 p.m.: Architecture specialist Amanda Hurley talks Brutalism and color, expanding on her Washington Post Magazine article arguing in favor of preserving brutalist architecture in Washington.
2 p.m.: A Gallery Guide-led tour will explore architecture-inspired art on view, including the fantastical world of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s models in “The Utopian Projects.”
4 p.m.: Kelsey Keith, editor-in-chief of Curbed, debates the good, bad, beautiful and ugly of Brutalism, and the Hirshhorn’s groundbreaking design in architecture history.
6:15 p.m.: Deane Madsen (@deane_madsen), former design editor of Architect magazine, will lead an IGDC (@igdc) brutalist Instameet tour #atHirshhorn. Founder of the Instagram account @brutalistdc, Madsen will explore the exterior and lush garden at sunset.
10/4 Counts of Conjuring Magic Club 6pm
2460 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Counts of Conjuring meeting next week! The next meeting’s theme is “Bring a Friend”
Not only will we be learning a new magic trick for everyone to take home but we will also be introducing new friends to our kids club! If you bring a friend (8yrs to 17 yrs) then you will get a free magic trick for EACH new friend that you bring (max 3 free tricks)!
So, come learn some new magic with your friends!
Wednesdays UpCycle Tinker Time 3:30pm-5pm at the Durant Arts Center
All ages (an adult must accompany children ages 12 and younger)
$5/person or $15 max for a family (Annual Members tinker for free)
Tinker with us on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5p and Saturdays from 10:30a – 12:30p.
Explore our unique collection of materials in our studio space and create your own thing. There will be wire, glue, tape – you name it – to hold your work together, and we’ll have a nice selection of mark making supplies available as well.
10/5 Interpretations of Julius Caesar at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) 6:30pm
Associate Curator of Art of the Mediterranean, 5000 bce–300 ce, Lisa M. Anderson-Zhu will share insight into the Walters’ ancient Roman collection, while cast members from the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company present scenes from their production of Julius Caesar.
Thursdays Alexandria Homeschoolers Park Day at Hoofs Run (Blue Park) 2pm-5pm
Thursdays Family Night at Old Country Buffet 4pm-9pm
Not only do kid’s 4-11 eat for only $1.99 from 4:00 p.m. to close, but they also get to enjoy treats like cotton candy, soft serve ice cream and all the desserts Mom can handle.
10/6 Peabody on the Court at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) 12:00pm-1pm
Enjoy free lunchtime concerts on the Walters’ Sculpture Court the first Friday of each month.
Presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
October 6: Tyrone Page, saxophone
10/7 Art on the Avenue in Del Ray 10am-6pm
October 7, 2017: Art on the Avenue – Artist Demo Booth & Kids Activities
2301 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
Art on the Avenue is a multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia. UpCycle will host a DIY stomp rocket kids activity and an artists demo booth.
10/7 OPUS 1 at Merriweather Post 4pm-11pm
Inspired by the spirit of the woods, OPUS 1 combines art, music and technology to create an enchanting evening in the forest.
Join us on October 7th as the woods come alive with light and sound like never before.
Immersive art installations, mesmerizing music performances and treetop projection mapping–OPUS 1 presents more than 11 entrancing installations for all ages to enjoy, including:
The Lightning Cloud: An inflatable air pavilion designed by architect Jesse Seegers offers a euphoric performance environment and an iconic backdrop for dynamic projection art
The Dream Machine: Fresh off of the world premiere at Melbourne’s Supersense Festival, Dream Machine takes hallucination-inducing sculpture to an immersive performance environment on the iconic Chrysalis stage, led by Darkside’s Dave Harrington and a host of special guests
EXO-TECH Galactic Hearth: Sophia Brous lights up The Hearth stage with her star-studded improvisational ensemble weaving a strikingly unique palette across wide influences, exploring free jazz improvisation alongside expansive R&B exotica
George Mason Pep Band: Voted Best Pep Band in the Country, George Mason’s Green Machine and its eccentric bandleader Doc Nix kick off the festival with a performance featuring over 50 of the group’s top players and a set of energetic tributes to today’s hits of EDM and pop
Enjoy food and drinks from DC and Baltimore in the Culinary Village throughout the night.
Admission is free and open to all ages.
Reserve tickets for expedited entry.
OPUS 1 is designed to bring art and cutting-edge culture to the new Merriweather District, in celebration of Columbia’s 50th Anniversary. For more information on the full program, visit opusmerriweather.com