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Esther Bubley Gallery Talk Aug. 27

August 16, 2015

Join a lively talk on the work of Esther Bubley, independent photographer during the heyday of American photojournalism on August 27, 2015 at The Phillips Collection.

Bubley documented a wide range of subjects including families and children, industrial installations, and transportation. Her photographs of ordinary life capture the unique personal dimension of seemingly mundane activities. Jean Bubley, director of the Esther Bubley Photography Archive, discusses the work of her aunt Esther Bubley, featured in American Moments.

The talk begins at 6:30 pm. Tickets are included with admission to special exhibition; free for members 

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band Live at Blues Alley

August 12, 2015

Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band will be performing at Blues Alley Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16. Buy tickets here.

Poncho Sanchez was born in Texas on October 30, 1951 into a large Mexican-American family (rumor has it that his 13-year old mother fled to the U.S. after hiding under the bed as revolutionary Pancho Villa stormed her village), but grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was weaned on a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music.

Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader's untimely death in 1982. A year later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records, which has produced two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award and several Grammy nominations.

"To me, Latin jazz is the world's greatest music," it has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music. What I'm most proud of is that this music – while it may sound exotic at times – is from America. It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn't exist before in this country. I'm very proud to take this music all over the world all the time." Poncho Sanchez

Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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Last Chance to See Iconic Pop Art at Artist's Proof

July 26, 2015

Artist's Proof 's American Affinities: Contemporary Pop Art from John Stango is on exhbiti through July 31st. Featuring a compilation of works by this Philadelphia native and leader of the contemporary American Pop Art world, the show builds upon traditional Pop Art imagery while incorporating influential contemporary brands and uniquely American icons such as Madonna, Muhammed Ali, Superman, and Clint Eastwood to create bold, colorful, and dynamic pieces that resonate with twentieth and twenty-first century pop culture energy.

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Artist's Proof is located at 1533 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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