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B.B. King Birthday Bash at Gypsy Sally's Sept. 16

September 10, 2015

Celebrate B.B. King's Birthday September 16 at Gypsy Sally's with Ron Holloway, Linwood Taylor, Bobby Thompson, Eli Cook & Sol Roots.

When King died, in May, the world lost one of the greatest voices of the blues, which he expressed both with his vocals and by bending notes on his beloved guitars, which he always called Lucille. Early in his career, two guys fighting over a woman caused a night club in Twist, Arkansas, to go up in flames. King went into the inferno to save his guitar, realized that he had almost died, and from that point on named all his guitars after her, to remind himself never to do something so stupid again.

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

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Julie Wolfe at Green Room

August 27, 2015

HEMPHILL Fine Arts is pleased to announce the project, Julie Wolfe: Green Room opening on Friday September 11, 2015 at 1700 L Street NW from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, ongoing through December 31, 2015.

Oxygen paired with two hydrogen atoms forms the most basic molecular source of life—water. Water functions as a pivotal component in the foundation of all things living, while simultaneously serving as an agent of death. As natural beings composed of 70% water, humans need water to survive, yet on a daily basis we aid in the depletion of pure water sources through pollution—toxic waste, oil spills, and chemical emissions. An increasing awareness of human impact on the ecosystems in our environment has propelled artists to enter into the dialogue of environmental science, philosophy, and biotechnology. Artists are beginning to assume the role of the scientist and aim to evoke a deeper reflection and participation in the environmental issues and biological topics at hand.

Since her last exhibition, Rewilding, in 2013, Julie Wolfe has been delving deeper into the study of the connectedness between humans and their effect on water and how Nature is constantly and delicately balancing itself—continually evolving in reaction to our impact. Conducting research and scientific experiments of her own, Wolfe has unveiled a beautiful spectrum of colors that document Nature’s reaction to the vast and endless hydro-permutations caused by organic and chemical elements that are released into Earths water sources. Green Room is Wolfe’s presentation of her scientific findings, showcasing a collection of connected vessels filled with water taken from local and national waterways that are then exposed to an array of plant and animal extractions, biological stains, and industrial chemicals. Many of these vessels will be connected with intricate tubing and apparatuses, allowing them to share a common environment. While each vessel serves as its own case and experiment, the connectedness between them emphasizes that we are not only connected with our local ecosystems, but also with ecosystems globally. For example, Wolfe has filled some vessels with water from Rock Creek in Washington DC, and some with melted snow from the streets of New York City. Green Room serves as a living laboratory that traces the various stages of growth and decomposition—constantly changing and evolving throughout time—raising the question of 'How will Nature react and evolve to our impact over the upcoming decades and centuries?' and how this one simple molecular compound—water—connects us to the broader and more complex being that is Nature.

Julie Wolfe received a BFA in Painting and Art History from The University of Texas, Austin, TX. She has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Textile Museum, among others, and currently resides in Washington DC. Green Room will serve as an anchor for an installation Wolfe will construct later this year at the Kunstraum Tapir Lab in Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany—Green Room 11.

This project is supported by The Lenkin Company.

VIEWING HOURS: 24/7 from the street.

For more information contact Caitlin Berry at HEMPHILL Fine Arts at 202.234.5601 or caitlin@hemphillfinearts.com

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Last Chance to See 'The Book of Mormon'

August 5, 2015

Through August 16, 2015 at The Kennedy Center, see The Book of Mormon.Hailed by the New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, this blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America,The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

For more information, visit BookofMormonTheMusical.com.

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Performance Timing: Act I - 63 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Act II - 63 min.

NOTE: In place of a lottery, a small number of $25 "Standing Room Only" tickets for The Book of Mormon will be available each morning at the box office starting at 10 a.m. Tue.-Sat., and at Noon Sun. (though lines may form outside earlier) for that day's performance.
Note that tickets must be purchased in person and are limited to two per person. Patrons will stand in the back of the theater (no seating).

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