Digging In

Karel Appel Exhibition at The Phillips Collection

May 30, 2016

The Phillips Collection is hosting Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from June 18 through September 18, 2016.


Karel Appel (1921–2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the 20th century and one of founding members of the avant-garde COBRA group. Marking the 10th anniversary of the artist’s death, this survey of 22 paintings and sculptures provides a fresh look at an oeuvre that goes beyond the 1950s, spanning more than 60 years. The exhibition revisits Appel’s early interest in children’s art, his stylistic experiments, and his highly personal—and sometimes almost abstract—interpretation of traditional subjects like the nude, the portrait, and the urban or rural landscape. A Gesture of Color is a part of an international reappraisal of Appel’s work, which includes exhibitions in The Hague, Paris, and Munich.


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

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Famed Choreographer Mats Ek Live at House of Sweden May 29

May 25, 2016

Mats Ek (Photo by: danceconsortium.com) Mats Ek

Swedish choreographer and director Mats Ek on 40 years as a Dance Rebel will give a talk at the House of Sweden on Sunday, May 29th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, talk starts at 6:00 pm.


Come listen to Mats Ek, one of the world's most renowned ballet choreographers and directors, as he talks about his 40 years as a dance rebel.  


Moderated by Sarah Kaufman, Dance Critic at The Washington Post.

RSVP to attend is required through this link.
The event will be LIVE streamed through the Embassy's YouTube channel.

More on the works by Mats Ek can be seen in the exhibition Mats Ek - A Dance Rebel on the Move for Forty Years, currently on display in House of Sweden. The exhibition will be on view during the event. 

The talk is hosted in collaboration with: International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography (ICONS)

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Hackensaw Boys Album Release Show at Gypsy Sally's May 19

April 19, 2016

Gypsy Sally's presents Hackensaw Boys' DC album release show on Thursday, May 19. Showtime is 8:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm. Charismo, ten years in the making, was recorded by DC record label Free Dirt located in Takoma Park, MD.


With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n' roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today's diverse Americana music scene. 


Charismo, the 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.


Produced by Larry Campbell – who has lent his talents to Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others – Charismo sees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all written by longtime Hackensaws David Sickmen and Ferd Moyse) are tinged with an attitude of scrappy resilience, spinning tales and metaphors of everyday, working class struggles and triumphs. With Campbell’s production, the Hackensaw’s somewhat casual, porch-front aesthetic is sharpened around the edges, focusing in on the simple beauty of their melodies and the earnestness in their delivery.


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Gypsy Sally's is located at 3401 K Street in Georgetown. Tel: 202.333.7700


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