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DESTINATIONS: Check out these out-of-town exhibits and events
COMPILED BY PEGGY CARLSON / THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Dates and times subject to change. Call before making travel plans.
American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW, Presidents’ Family Day, patriotic family day features crafts, “presidential” portraits, special guests and performances. Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Kogod Courtyard; National Chamber Ensemble, concert features Russian romantic music, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. 202/633-1000, americanart.si.edu.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 510 17th St., NW, Shooting Stars: Publicity Stills from Early Hollywood and Portraits by Andy Warhol, through April 21; Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s, Feb. 23–April 7 202/639-1700; corcoran.org.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St., Our Town. A new production in honor of play’s 75th anniversary. Through Feb. 24. 800/982-2787; fords.org.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Exhibition includes more than 280 objects, from Arabia’s prehistory to early 20th century. Accompanying programs include classical Arab music performances, ImaginAsia children’s activities, contemporary cinema, scholarly lectures, exhibition tours. Through Feb. 24. RoadsofArabia.com; asia.si.edu.
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, The Civil War in America, through June 1, 202/707-4604; loc.gov; Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912–2012, through March 16. 202/707-5000; loc.gov.
Marine Barracks Annex, John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Seventh and K streets SE, Marine Chamber Ensembles. Feb. 10, 2 p.m. 202/433-4011; marineband.usmc.mil.
National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900, Feb. 17–May 19; Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, first major exhibition devoted to history of manipulated photographs before digital age, Feb. 17–May 5.; Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac, 100 drawings and watercolors from collection of James T. Dyke, through May 26; Ellsworth Kelly: Colored Paper Images, through May 19. 202/737-4214; nga.gov.
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW, “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution.” Exhibit reveals all 39 species of these elusive birds for first time, highlighting groundbreaking research of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes. Through May. $4–$8. 202/857-7700; ngmuseum.org.
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Angels, Demons and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet. Through May 12. 202/387-2151; phillipscollection.org.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St., NW. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., former commanding officer reflects on his eventful career in “My Share of the Task,” Feb. 12, 7 p.m.; Doublex Gabfest, editors Allison Benedikt, Hanna Rosin and Noreen Malone talk about culture, politics and the way women live now, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.; The Last Bison with Mombadil, seven-member ensemble combines elements of indie folk with classical sensibilities, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Washington DC Chef’s Table, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. 202/785-9727; wpas.org.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Marine Chamber Orchestra, performance features Morton Gould: An American Salute, Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Marine Band, “Britten in America,” Feb. 24, 2 p.m. 202/433-4011, marineband.usmc.mil.
Steven F. Udvar–Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Family Day: African American Pioneers in Aviation. Meet African American pilots from World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen. Includes hands-on activities, stories, musical entertainment, more. Feb. 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission free, parking $15. 703/572-4118.
George Mason University, Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Mardi Gras with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Feb. 16, 8 p.m. 888/945-2468.
Crossroads Gallery, Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, 3440 Jefferson St., “Refractions.” Exhibit features wall sculptures by Joan Konkel. Through March 17. Artist talk and reception, Feb. 10, 4–6 p.m. 703/578-7218.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, George Washington’s 281st Birthday Weekend Celebration, Feb. 16–17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with costumed characters, events included in regular admission, $8–$17; Birthday Celebration, Feb. 18, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., admission free, includes traditional wreath laying, patriotic music, military per-formances, appearance by Washington, more; Black History Month, tour explores lives and contributions of slaves who lived at Mount Vernon, through Feb. 28. 703/780-2000, mountvernon.org.
SPARC Center for the Performing Arts, 2106-A N. Hamilton St., Faith Healer. Richmond première, and part of Richmond Acts of Faith Festival. Through Feb. 23. 888/695-0888; henleystreettheatre.com.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Orchids Galore! hundreds of orchids for “A Rainbow in Living Color” in warm conservatory, Feb. 14–March 31; “Winter Special” Reduced Garden Admission. $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children, through Feb. 13. 804/262-9887.
Maymont, 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Upstairs/Downstairs at Maymont, in honor of Black History Month, Saturdays, through Feb. 23, 12:30–1:30 p.m. $5, registration recommended. 804/358-7166, ext. 310.
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Raise the Roof: An Exhibit About Buildings, through May 12; LiveSky: Light Pollution—Blinded by the Light, planetarium show, followed by sky watching with members of Richmond Astronomical Society, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. $5 or free for members; Rocky Mountain Express, IMAX film, now showing; Element 50—Tin, artist Paul Teeples creates sculptures by repurposing castoff architectural and domestic items, through March 10; No Two Alike: Snow Crystal Microphotography, through March 10; They Call It Stormy Weather: How Artists See the Weather and the Seasons, through June 3. 804/864-1400, smv.org.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Features 3,000-pound glass chandelier, more. Through Feb. 20. 804/340-1400; vmfa.museum.
Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, 155 Rugby Road, Corot to Cézanne,” traveling exhibition, through June 2, free; Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman, through May 26. 434/989-1745.
Wayside Theatre, State Route 11, ”Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming.” Sequel to “Smoke on the Mountain.” Through March 16. $10–$30. 540/869-1776; waysidetheatre.org.
Parkview Baptist Church, 605 Hilton Blvd., American Youth Harp Ensemble. Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Free concert with donations at the door. 804/837-9355; harpensemble.org.
Petersburg National Battlefield, General Grant’s Headquarters Unit, 1001 Pecan Ave., Hopewell, Skywatch Program. Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society in skywatching. Feb. 16, sunset. Future programs March 16 and April 27, weather permitting. 804/732-3531.
The Theatre at Washington, Va., 291 Gay St., 540/675-1253; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Jamestown Road, the College of William and Mary, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti in Florence. Through April 14. $15. 757/221-2700; wm.edu/muscarelle.
Jamestown Settlement, Route 31, and Yorktown Victory Center, Colonial Parkway, “From Africa to Virginia.” Gallery exhibits, outdoor guided tours and lectures highlight culture of first known Africans in Virginia and the experience of Africans in 1600s and 1700s Virginia. Through Feb. 28, with lecture on Feb. 24. Combination ticket to both museums runs $10.25–$20.50. 888/593-4682 or 757/253-4838 or visit historyisfun.org.