Amuse Bouche

Pick Your Poison

January 28, 2021

Did you know that in the year 1800, the average American over the age of fifteen consumed thirty-two gallons of hard cider and beer, seven gallons of distilled spirits, and one gallon of wine?


Pick Your Poison exhibit at Dumbarton House explores the history of drinking the Federal Period. With sections on wine, beer, cider, tea, chocolate, punch, and hard liquor, you will learn about the full spectrum of drinks in the capital city 200 years ago! Pick Your Poison will be open from February until July.


This exhibit takes a look at the beverages people drank in the early years of our nation. Knowing what science has discovered over the last 200 years about bacteria, germs, and alcohol, do you think you could survive living 200 years ago?


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View 'Scenes from an Island' Swedish Exhibition

December 17, 2020

Scenes from an Island by Swedish photographer Florence Montmare just opened at Fotografiska in New York as a virtual exhibition part of their New York’s Photo Sessions.  


Utilizing images, text, and video, a visual journey is played out against legendary director Ingmar Bergman’s mise-en-scène, the cinematic landscape on the remote island of Fårö, Sweden. 


In the exhibition, Montmare explores the human condition of isolation, displacement, and transience among the elemental conditions of a landscape where land meets water. On display Dec 9 - Feb 28, 2021.


Additionally, in conjunction with Fotografiska’s ongoing Mindfulness Friday’s series, Montmare, a lifelong meditation practitioner, will offer a specialized theme tied to the seven chapters of Scenes from an Island , accompanied by a guided meditation with original music, offering viewers a chance to contemplate her images and while going deeper within themselves.


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Watch Sitka Piano Documentary

November 30, 2020

The Phillips Collection has been presenting concerts alongside its paintings since 1941. Some of the world's leading pianists have played its Steinway Concert D 542016, but they started hearing something wrong with it: the soundboard. This half-hour documentary — named for the spruce wood that replaced it — tells the story of tearing the piano apart, and bringing it back to life. Along the way, we learn how a piano works, and witness the consummate art of restoration by PianoCraft ( 


Rising international star Olivier Cavé puts it to the test, playing his specialty of Joseph Haydn, in this richly textured cinematic music documentary by independent filmmaker H. Paul Moon.


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