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Martha Jackson Jarvis at Dumbarton Oaks

August 15, 2018

Extended until September 2, 2018, Dumbarton Oaks's installation of mixed media sculpture and works on paper, all inspired by natural forms and materials, by noted Washington artist Martha Jackson Jarvis.


The project bridges the institution’s historic gardens and museum collections, and features works in stone, wood, and mosaic; assemblages made of sticks and vines; and paintings on paper combining plant imagery with gestural abstraction. The title, Outside/IN, refers to the fact that the exhibition spans both outdoor and indoor spaces. It also suggests how the artist, like many before her, brings together in the studio materials and images often initially encountered and collected outdoors.


In an unusual collaboration between the artist and curators, Jackson Jarvis’s work is juxtaposed with objects from the museum collections. Like the peoples of past cultures, including Byzantium and the ancient Americas, Martha Jackson Jarvis is inspired by the belief that everything animate and inanimate possesses a life force.  


Martha Jackson Jarvis grew up in Lynchburg and Philadelphia, studied at Howard University, and received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Antioch University. She taught for many years at Maryland Institute College of Art and was the visual artist consultant to Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust, about an African American family on Georgia’s Sea Islands in the early twentieth century. Jackson Jarvis’s own experience as a child growing up in the segregated South continues to inform her work, especially her early attachment to rural life and her experience of nature, as well as her understanding of the distinctive patterns of African and African American culture.


Dumbarton Oaks is located at 1703 32d Street in Georgetown.

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The Kennedy Center Hosts The Second City's Generation Gap Series

June 25, 2018

Chicago comedy institution The Second City will present a new show created for Kennedy Center audiences. From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, The Second City’s twelve-week summer run of Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X? takes you on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in this two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages.

Enjoy performances through Sunday, August 12, 2018.

Want to join in on the fun? The Second City is offering three workshops for all skill levels July 21 & 22! Learn the basics with Intro to Improv Fundamentals.Take it to the next level with Character Generator. Or get the tools to be the next Seinfeld in So,You Want to Try Stand-Up.

This performance contains some strong language and is recommended for ages 16 and up.


Performance Timing: Act One - 44 min.; Intermission - 17 min.; Act Two - 44 min.


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Nordic Jazz 2018

May 22, 2018

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the Nordic Embassies present the 12th annual Nordic Jazz Festival with internationally acclaimed performers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. 

Two bands will perform in the spectacular setting of House of Sweden. Enjoy a first hour of cocktails on our rooftop followed by two full sets of contemporary jazz by Sigurdur Flosason Quartet (from Iceland & Sweden) and Trail of Souls (from Norway).


Rooftop Reception (weather permitting) 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Concerts 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm



6:30 Doors open. Bar with spectacular views overlooking the Potomac river is available with items for 


7:30 - 7:35 Welcome remarks 

7:45 - 8:30 Sigurdur Flosason Quartet (Iceland & Sweden) in Alfred Nobel Hall

8:30 - 8:45 Short break 

8:45 - 9:30 Trail of Souls (Norway) in Alfred Nobel Hall


Please note that the full concerts will not take place on the rooftop. 

Bar and food items available for purchase. 21+ to drink. 




Sigurdur Flosason Quartet (From Iceland & Sweden)




Sigurdur Flosason on saxophone

Anna Greta Sigurdardottir on piano

Graig Earl on double bass

Paul Svanberg on drums

The quartet plays music composed by saxophonist Sigurdur Flosason, many of which were recorded on his most recent album, “Green Moss Black Sand” (Storyville Records). The music is dedicated to the nature in the highlands of his native Iceland. This touring ensemble is composed of Graig Earl on double bass, Paul Svanberg on drums, and Anna Greta Sigurdurdottir on piano. Anna Greta Sigurdurdottir, an award-winning jazz pianist in her own right, is also Sigudrur Flosason’s daughter.


Sigurdur Flosason is a leading Icelandic jazz musician. He has recorded more than twenty CDs with a wide variety of jazz music; everything from his own compositions and jazz standards to experimental music and improvisational solo performances with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Norrbotten Big Band. Sigurdur is a driving force and frequent conductor of the Reykjavik Big Band and a founding member of the Icelandic Saxophone Quartet. He has performed in all the Scandinavian countries, the US, Canada, Japan, China, Thailand, and various European countries. 


Trail of Souls (Norway)



Solveig Slettahjell with vocals

Knut Reiersrud on guitar and harmonica

Andreas Ulvo on piano and keys

Roger Arntzen on bass

Pål Hausken on drums

Vocalist Solveig Slettahjell, blues guitarist Knut Reiersrud and jazz trio Andreas Ulvo, Roger Arntzen and Pål Hausken are on an international tour with “Trail of Souls,” a cross-disciplinary musical performance reimagining blues and gospel classics through the lens of Norwegian folk traditions and electronic, experimental influences.


Trail of Soul's performance at the Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington, DC is the launch of an American tour. The ensemble has performed to great acclaim in Norway, Germany, and Austria.


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