On The Look Out

'Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael '

July 6, 2015

Through October 4, 2015, visit the west building of the National Gallery of Art to see the risque mythological scenes of masterful storyteller, Joachim Wtewael (1566 – 1638).

He was a virtuoso draftsman and a brilliant colorist, adept at working on both monumental canvases and small copperplates. He could paint from the imagination and from life, creating striking portraits of family members and introducing naturalistic still lifes into many of his narrative compositions.

Born and raised in Utrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Wtewael spent four years in Italy and France early in his career. During these study years he embraced the popular international style known as mannerism, characterized by extreme refinement, artifice, and elegant distortion. Throughout his career, Wtewael remained one of the leading proponents of this style, even as most early seventeenth-century Dutch artists shifted to a more naturalistic manner of painting. Wtewael’s inventive compositions, teeming with twisting, choreographed figures and saturated with pastels and acidic colors, retained their appeal for his patrons. Yet his strong adherence to a mannerist style would also lead to the eventual decline of his reputation. This exhibition, which features 37 paintings and 11 drawings, sheds light on Wtewael’s artistic excellence, allowing him to reclaim his rightful place among the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age.

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Via Umbria and i Ricchi Host Pig Roast & Beer Tasting on the Piazza

June 23, 2015

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Via Umbria and i Ricchi join forces on July 2nd from 5:00-9:00 pm for Sagra of the Porchetta, an Italian summer pork barbeque celebration in the outdoor piazza at i Ricchi restaurant.

Come for an enormous feast of i Ricchi’s succulent roast suckling pig, housemade sausage, croxetti pasta and more, along with a tasting of four Italian craft beers from Birra Perugia, imported by and available in the area exclusively at Via Umbria.

Special guest Alessandro Anfosso of Anfosso Italian Goods will be showcasing his family’s delicate extra virgin olive oil, taggiasche olives and pasta and pesto sauce, all specialties from his native Liguria.

Don’t miss this opportunity to kick off America’s favorite holiday weekend with a little Italian flair. Tickets are available online here for $18.

Free valet parking.

i Ricchi is located at 1220 19th St NW.

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Crumbs & Whiskers Opens June 20th

June 14, 2015

Georgetown's first cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers will officially open on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

With special events happening all week from June 15-18, they'll be throwing "backstage parties for select Kickstarter backers as well as their social media contest winners" (which she says there will be a ton of chances to win).

June 19 will be the official launch party, But don't start lining up for that June 20 opening yet, according to the release, you've got to schedule a visit to the cafe, which will go live on June 15.

Crumbs & Whiskers is located at 3211 O street in Georgetown.

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