Backyard Summer Party with Wells & Co.

Bring the festival to your own backyard with Wells & Co.! Jeff Wells is a past master when it comes to bringing musicians together and showing folks a good time. Wells and Co. will bring their up-loose blend of blues, rock, and reggae to entertain your friends and neighbors. Live music is better, as the old saying goes, and you’ll throw the party of the year with Wells and Co. in the house.

Catered Dinner and Custom Cocktails with Cogito Ergo Saute and Craftsmen of Zymurgy

Let Cogito Ergo Sauté, the area’s premier personal chef service, treat you to a four-course meal in the comfort of your own home. Founded in 2009 by RAMMY Award winner Danny Boylen, @CESaute dazzles clients with bespoke dining experiences. You’ll consult with Danny on your own menu, then relax. To complement the experience, mixologist Andra Lynn of Craftsmen of Zymurgy will prepare craft cocktails for your party. Since 2013, @CraftofZ has been introducing us to the best independent distilleries, breweries, and wineries in the region and from around the country. Enjoy a fine cocktail and watch as a sumptuous dinner comes together before your very eyes!

Vocal Piano Jazz Duo for Your Elegant Affair

Kim Scudera (vocals) and Rob Orwin (keyboard) are veterans of the DC jazz scene and founding members of the band Batida Diferente: Brazilian and American jazz from off the beaten track! Your experience will be a two-hour house concert at a date, time and location mutually agreed upon.

Tour of the BBC News North American Bureau

Take a private tour of the BBC News North American bureau in Washington DC with William McKenna, producer/editor for BBC World News.

You will observe the broadcast of the award-winning BBC World News America program which reports on the major international and U.S. news stories of the day.

McKenna will you take you around the facility which includes the main newsroom, broadcast studios and editing suites for both radio and TV. The tour can include doing a mock voice-over for a news story and getting your photo taken in one of the small studios seated in front of a backdrop of the White House.

BBC News is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation and is one of the largest news operations in the world. The department generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online news coverage. The service maintains 50 foreign news bureaus with more than 250 correspondents around the world.

Painting with Wool

The winning bidder would create a 10″ x 10″ piece of needle-felted art under guidance and learn all the basics of two-dimensional needle-felting at Shana’s home studio. Suited for beginners and accomplished artists alike. Shana is a current member of the DCAC’s Sparkplug Collective and has been using wool as her main medium since 2010.

Private Curator’s Tour of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Take a private curator-led tour of the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change. NMWA addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today.

Garden Party of History

Join Georgetown history professor Amy Leonard for a conversation about women, witchcraft, sex, and the church, and how the pre-modern world still influences our thinking today. Dr. Leonard will will host the party and start the conversation with insights from her research into women, gender and sexuality.

Amy Leonard is the author of Nails in the Wall: Catholic Nuns in Reformation Germany (Univ. of Chicago Press); her current project is The Reformation of Virginity: Views of Female Sexuality in Reformation Europe. She is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University

William Christenberry Studio Visit

As much as William Christenberry’s works incorporate the buildings, signs, and scenes of his native Hale County, Alabama, they also reflect a decades-long practice of teaching, talking, and thinking about the creative life. His studio was the place where that thinking came to life as photographs, paintings, and sculptures.

Sandy and Kate Christenberry are your hosts for your visit to Christenberry’s home, garden, and studio in Cleveland Park. You’ll see the found objects and artworks that fired the artist’s imagination and learn about his methods from the two people who knew them best. The tour will conclude with a time to sit in the studio, ask questions, and hear stories about Christenberry’s life and work.

The Art of Personal Propaganda

Will your digital footprint and social legacy make history or do you desire to change history? The art of personal propaganda is here to help you present your “personal image” to the world as you want the world to know you. Imagine you want to have a little Photoshop “fun” and assume a new role. The art of personal propaganda comes to your rescue. Or: perhaps you need a fantastic Facebook, or LinkedIn banner. Let the world know you aren’t boring. Imagine you are about to celebrate a special occasion and need a collage for print or social media. With personal propaganda let everyone know how loved and cool you are. Kathryn can put it together. Using your personally sourced original photos, digital or actual photos. Kathryn can take a dull ordinary life and make it more appealing. The artist will meet with you to establish what interests you most. You will provide the source material. Then the magic happens in Photoshop and Kathryn will deliver your Personal Propaganda Digital Image. You can use your custom personal propaganda for social media or even print posters for plastering phone poles and alleyways. Who knows it might go viral.

Painting with Rebecca Williams

Collage, paint, and screen print: create a masterpiece! Up to 5 participants can join artist Rebecca Williams in her Adams Morgan studio. Spend an afternoon creating a custom wooden pallet and as one of the last steps, screen print a custom image together.

P.S. Love the new Adams Morgan banners? (So do we!) Rebecca Williams designed them!