Experiences

Casual Lunch for two with George Hemphill

Enjoy lunch and lively conversation with the art dealer George Hemphill. Founder of Hemphill Fine Arts, which opened in 1993, Mr. Hemphill has 40 years of experience as a curator, art dealer, and consultant. He has served on the boards of directors of DC Arts Center, FotoWeek DC, and Washington Project for the Arts. At HEMPHILL, he has supported and exhibited the work of consequential American artists including Sam Gilliam, William Christenberry, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, Renée Stout, Gene Davis, Anne Truitt, and Kenneth Noland. He continues to highlight work by young, cutting-edge, and emerging contemporary artists, including Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Julie Wolf, and Linling Lu. Over lunch near his 14th Street gallery, Mr. Hemphill will talk with his guests about the contemporary art world and his years of experience working with art and artists.

14th Street NW Walking Tour with Photographer Michael Horsley

Michael Horsley, who photographed the mean streets of Washington, DC during the 1980’s, will conduct a walking tour of the 14th Street corridor, visiting locations depicted in his vintage photographs. Horsley’s photographs document the gritty streets of Washington during the dark days of crack, crime, and corruption. The tour will start at the corner of 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue and head to 14th and U streets.

Podcast Workshop

Peabody Award winning podcast producer A.C. Valdez offers a one day workshop designed to get your podcast up and running! He’ll cover the basics of podcast production including equipment and software recommendations, marketing and audience development, and an overview of podcast distribution options. The workshop is a great opportunity for an artist, writer, small business owner, or other aspiring podcaster to start learning the ropes. Valdez has worked in public radio, for shows like Tell Me More, The Kojo Nnamdi ShowAmerica Abroad, and Latino USA. In his current position with the Panoply network he has worked on The Ezra Klein Show, Vox’s The Weeds, and Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, among other podcasts.

Paddle the Potomac with Philippa Hughes

Explore the Potomac and get a creative charge with Chief Contrarian of the Pink Line Project! Philippa Hughes will meet you and two friends below Key Bridge with paddles, life jackets, and know-how. After looking close-up at Roosevelt and other sites, you’ll return to the dock house for a cold one.

House Concert with Star FK Radium

For a music that can calm the nerves and excite the senses at the same time, there is nothing finer than Star FK Radium. This D.C. trio blends guitar, violin, and drums into concise soundscapes with the exuberance of a jazz combo and the emotional sweep of a chamber orchestra. You can hear their latest, Solitude Rotation, on their website. but instead of sharing a link with your friends, why not share the band themselves?

The winning bidder will have Bill, Alissa, and Matt of Star FK Radium as their own musical guests for a house concert (or office concert, etc.) anywhere in the DC metro area.

Someday soon, you’ll be watching a film at AFI or in the comfort of your own home, and you’ll hear the music of Star FKRadium as the soundtrack. Then you can tell your friends, “Oh yeah. They played at my house once.”

Get Synchronized!

Hannah Rosenstein, a massage therapist, will provide you with 1.5 hours of Core Synchronism, a deeply relaxing, safe, and gentle system of hand medicine designed to help re-establish balance in the flow of your body’s energies. By re-establishing synchronistic balance with the core current, cerebral spinal fluid and the dyssynchronistic body part —through palpation and focused intent— harmony is restored to the organism thus breaking the pain-discomfort cycle.

Mucho Kluncho Talent Show

A guaranteed spot in the Mucho Kluncho Talent Show on September 23! Show off your talent, the stupider and more homemade the better!
The Mucho Kluncho Talent Show takes place September 23; you must contact the Klunch by September 1 with your talent.

Mindful Watercolors

Learn how watercolors can help you become more aware as you create unique paintings in this interactive workshop. Ricky Sears has developed a breathing patterns painting technique that allows your natural breathing rhythm to create beautiful paintings. This workshop introduces tools you can use including movement, breath work, music, and art through brief activities to help reduce stress, improve awareness, and breathe more mindfully. Whether or not you’ve ever painted before, learn how to follow the steps using wet-on-wet painting techniques to increase your confidence using brushes to control watercolors in different paintings. Art supplies provided by instructor. Beginners welcome!

 

Walking Tour of Mount Pleasant

With its main street, town square, and distinct boundaries, Mount Pleasant still feels like the village it once was. But more than just a feeling links this neighborhood to its 19th century roots. A pre-Civil War era mansion and a handsome collection of village-era houses remain. Historian Mara Cherkasky will guide your group of up to 20 around Mount Pleasant, where you will experience the neighborhood’s original street grid, see some of its oldest buildings, and hear some of its more fascinating stories. Ms. Cherkasky wrote the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Heritage and has also published a book and an article on the neighborhood. She can customize the tour if the group prefers to focus on, for example, Mount Pleasant’s more recent music and/or activism history.