Friday, July 24, 2009

Phillips After 5 in August

Of all the after hours museum parties in D.C., Phillips After 5 at the Phillips Collection is my favorite. It's laid back, there are very cool lectures, tastings, etc. and it's never as crowded with people trying to be seen as Hirshhorn After Hours. While I'm going to be out of town for a nice chunk of August, I'm glad to see that Phillips After 5 will be happening weekly in August from 5-8:30 p.m.

A number of activities occur at each event, and below are some highlights from the lineup:

August 6
6:30 p.m.
Mortified: Adolescent Angst on Stage
Equal parts comedy, theater, and therapy, Mortified performances star adults who share their real childhood letters, journals, home movies, artwork, and more. Featured on The Today Show and This American Life, Mortified showcases participants who seek personal redemption through public humiliation, exposing themselves at their most vulnerable time: adolescence.

August 13
5–8:30 p.m.
Fresh Farms Markets presents a tasting of summer food from local sources. Fresh Farms creates urban-rural partnerships to strengthen the local-food movement in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Aug. 20
5–8:30 p.m.
Sensory Remix: A Video-Art Collage
Washington video artists John Bowen of Videokiller, Robin Bell and Dissident Display collaborate to create live projections, mixing and distorting original and found video with music. In collaboration with Dissident Display.

Aug. 27
6 & 7 p.m.
Disembodied: Fragmented Figures in Painting
Cecily Brown, Philip Guston, and Susan Rothenberg dismember the human body in their paintings, using body parts to express emotion.

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