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Step Afrika! Step Explosion thru Sept 6
Step Afrika! brings the excitement and energy of stepping to DC Parks and Recreation Centers in all 8 Wards this summer with the second annual Step Afrika! Step Explosion.
Metro Mambo Summer Edition: “The Revolution Was Televised”
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sat, August 23
Host Jim Byers interviews Harold Harriston, the bandleader for television show Capital Caravan, as he talks about his life during the 1950s and 1960s in the emerging Latino community of Washington, DC. Later dance to the music of Verny Varela, bandleader and Howard University instructor.
KanKouran West African Dance Company: Sounougal (Our Boat)
GW Lisner Auditorium
Sat, August 30
This exciting production is a celebration of cultural unity, and will feature KanKouran's Senior Company, Junior Company, Children's Company, and community class participants.
Vieux Farka Touré
Fri, September 12
Now known as The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Touré first began to learn the guitar in 2001, in secret and against his father’s wishes. Since then, his skill and dexterity has amazed and moved live audiences worldwide.
Peruvian Gold Ancient Treasures Unearthed
National Geographic
Thru Sun, September 14
The exhibition will journey through civilizations from 1250 B.C. to A.D. 1450, learning through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics, and textiles created by these sophisticated peoples.
Youssou N'Dour
GW Lisner Auditorium
Sun, September 14
Youssou N’Dour, the Senegalese music legend whose career spans some thirty-seven years, is credited for helping develop Senegal’s mbalax music style.
Exploring Indian Dance
Sat, September 20
Celebrate movement with three local dance companies and schools, including Natyabhoomi School of Dance, Lasya Dance Academy, and Nrityalaya.
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thru Sun, September 21
Featured in this exhibition is ''Ndwango'' (en-dwang-go means ''cloth''), a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Salif Keita Acoustic
GW Lisner Auditorium
Sun, September 21
A master of West African rhythms, and credited as one of the founders of the Afro-pop genre, Salif Keita is world renowned for his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals and his emotionally-fueled songs.
2014 National Heritage Award Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
Sat, September 27
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nations highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Presented annually by NEA, the fellowships recognize folk and traditional artists for their lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nations traditional arts heritage.
Art Mirrors Culture: Multicultural Festival Exhibition
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
Wed, September 3 thru Mon, October 6
To help celebrate the September 27 Reston Multicultural Festival on Lake Anne Plaza, area artists are displaying two- and three- dimensional works of art in many mediums works that relate to their cultural heritage.
Prince Royce
Fri, August 29
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts - Filene Center
Deutsch am Mittag: Utopia! – Traces of a German Republic in the USA
Tue, September 9
Lana Trotovsek, violin and Anna Shelest, piano
Tue, September 9
Embassy of Slovenia
Art on 8th: The Duende Quartet
Thu, September 18
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Martin Babjak, baritone and Daniel Buranovský, piano
Thu, September 18
Embassy of Slovakia
Art on 8th: DC Casineros
Fri, September 26
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market