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HUMAN CONDITION

exploring the body as subject 

Opening Reception

Sunday, February 16, 4- 6pm
Free

This exhibition will be a visual exploration of the human condition, asking artists to capture what is it that makes a person. From the classic nude, to abstract and impressionist treatments, to pieces that touch on the basic concept of humanity— a wide variety of interpretations will be included.  

Ballroom Dance Class  

Hosted by Gary Stephans & Margit Paulding

Monday, February 17, 7 - 9pm
$30 per person, $55 per couple

Renowned, international ballroom dance instructor, Gary Stephans, promises the most fun you'll ever have learning or improving your Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha and Samba. Discover little techniques that will help you become a relaxed and confident social dancer in these small, personalized dance classes. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed - no partner needed.

 

Two hours of dance lessons, practice dancing and refreshments from 7pm to 9pm. More information at Art of Ballroom Dance. Email: garystephans@me.com or call 703-505-5998. 

Blues Night with Meigs Hodge  

Thursday, February 20, 7pm
Tickets $10
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Join us for an evening of traditional and contemporary blues guitar and vocals!

 

Meigs Hodge explores delta and Chicago styles through the music of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and others; as well as contemporary standards and original compositions.

A Civil Right During the Civil War

Colored Troops & Alexandria National Cemetery

John Chapman

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
$10 Athenaeum Members, Friends of Fort Ward & Carlyle House
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In celebration of Black History Month, the Proprietor of Manumission Tour

Company John Chapman will lead a conversation on the struggles of African-American soldiers as they fought for rights to be buried in the soldiers cemetery. When the Alexandria National Cemetery was begun in 1862, only white soldiers were eligible to be buried there, even though it was yards away from L’Ouverture Hospital, a Civil War hospital for black soldiers. By the end of the Civil War, there were over 200 graves of US Colored Troops that had integrated into the cemetery.

Beau Soir Ensemble

 
Friday, February 28, 7pm
Tickets $15 
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Join us as we welcome the Beau Soir Ensemble to the Athenaeum! Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, their concert will feature"Serenade" by Ludwig Beethoven in honor of his 250th birthday. This wonderful piece was originally written for flute, violin and viola, but has been expertly transcribed to work for flute, viola and harp. The Beau Soir Ensemble' will also play a Trio Sonata by J.S. Bach that was transcribed for their trio by Alex Jacobsen of the National Symphony Orchestra, a local premiere by Miguel del Aguila, and add some Irish music to lead the way for St. Patrick's day!

 

The Beau Soir Ensemble  continues to delight concertgoers through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance. Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers. The group was founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007. The Trio regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the DC and Baltimore area.

Ballroom Dance Class  

Hosted by Gary Stephans & Margit Paulding

Monday, March 2, 7 - 9pm
$30 per person, $55 per couple

Renowned, international ballroom dance instructor, Gary Stephans, promises the most fun you'll ever have learning or improving your Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha and Samba. Discover little techniques that will help you become a relaxed and confident social dancer in these small, personalized dance classes. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed - no partner needed.

 

Two hours of dance lessons, practice dancing and refreshments from 7pm to 9pm. More information at Art of Ballroom Dance. Email: garystephans@me.com or call 703-505-5998. 

(Her) Story:  

Presented by C. Thomas
Hosted by KaNikki Jakarta, Poet Laureate of Alexandria, VA

Friday, March 6, 7 - 9pm
Tickets $10
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Join us for (Her) Story, an all-black woman poetry showcase sharing stories through poetry. These stories celebrate the strength of black women. The wisdom they have gained from the black women who raised them and the healing through pain they have endured.

 

Featuring:

Gail Danley

Theresa Tha Songbird

Miss Butterfly Free 

Luki

Write Like a Woman Networking Workshop

Saturday, March 7, 1 pm
Free

Facilitated by poet, author, and Poet Laureate of Alexandria, KaNikki Jakarta, this workshop welcomes amateur to professional women writers ages 18–100. Each workshop centers on uplifting and inspiring through writing and allows participants to enhance their writing styles. Cookies and tea will be offered.

 

Space is limited, please RSVP to admin@nvfaa.org

Ballroom Dance Class  

Hosted by Gary Stephans & Margit Paulding

Monday, March 16, 7 - 9pm
$30 per person, $55 per couple

Renowned, international ballroom dance instructor, Gary Stephans, promises the most fun you'll ever have learning or improving your Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha and Samba. Discover little techniques that will help you become a relaxed and confident social dancer in these small, personalized dance classes. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed - no partner needed.

 

Two hours of dance lessons, practice dancing and refreshments from 7pm to 9pm. More information at Art of Ballroom Dance. Email: garystephans@me.com or call 703-505-5998.