Amuse Bouche

Madama Butterfly at Wolf Trap Aug. 7

July 30, 2015

Don't miss Madama Butterfly at Wolf Trap Opera with National Symphony Orchestra Choral Arts. Grant Gershon conducts this Operascape production at the Filene Center Friday, August 7 at 8:15 pm.

Experience Puccini’s heartbreaking masterpiece of passion, honor, and sacrifice with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra in this new staged and costumed production with custom video projections.

Before the show, attend a Pre-Performance Discussion 1 hour before the start of this show with Lee Anne Myslewski, Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming. Learn more

One of the most heart-breaking love stories of all time is produced by Wolf Trap Opera in a one-night-only performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by LA Opera’s Grant Gershon. Stage director Tara Faircloth, video and projections designer S. Katy Tucker, and costume designer Rooth Varland return to the Filene Center after their memorable 2014 Carmen. The new scenic design is by Zane Pihlstrom. 

Puccini’s lush romantic music is infused with the exoticism of early 20th-century Japan as the young geisha Cio-Cio San gives up everything for the dashing American Lieutenant Pinkerton.

Butterfly at the Filene Center is a perfect evening for new opera-goers.

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This Beach is Metro Accessible

July 14, 2015

Visit the National Building Museum through September 7, 2015 and experience an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C.

Sans water, the BEACH, created in partnership with Snarkitecture, covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.

The BEACH is contained within an enclosure and built out of construction materials such as scaffolding, wooden panels, and perforated mesh, all clad in stark white. Monochromatic beach chairs and umbrellas sprinkle the 50-foot wide “shoreline,” and the “ocean” culminates in a mirrored wall that creates a seemingly infinite reflected expanse. Visitors are welcome to “swim” in the ocean, or can spend an afternoon at the “shore’s” edge reading a good book, play beach-related activities such as paddleball, grab a refreshing drink at the snack bar, or dangle their feet in the ocean off the pier.

Enjoy the snack concession, operated through a partnership with Union Kitchen, a D.C.-based food incubator.

The BEACH is part of the Museum’s annual Summer Block Party, a slate of programming, exhibitions, and events for all ages.

Tickets include admission to exhibitions. Admission is first come, first served (no timed entry). Visit admissions page for more ticketing information.

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WFP Lists Former Poland Ambassador's Residence in Forest Hills

June 25, 2015

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Extraordinary and rarely available gated estate on 1.1 acres in Forest Hills, the former residence of the Polish Ambassador to the United States is listed by Washington Fine Properties for $3,425,000.

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This 1927 Fieldstone Colonial features 8600 squar feet with six bedrooms and six baths, and includes spectacular entertaining spaces opening onto huge terraced gardens in a park-like setting.The property is noted for its beauty as well as the rarity of its size in the heart of Washington.

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Forest Hills is one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Washington, DC. The neighborhood is known for its substantial homes, lush lawns and winding tree-lined streets, and is well located between Connecticut Avenue and the beautiful wooded ravines of Rock Creek Park.

For more information, contact Richard Newton at 202.669.4467 or

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