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28 Chairs presents

A Feast for the Senses

Saturday, March 18, 6pm

Tickets $40

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano, hailed by the New York Times as “a golden soprano” and "major force in the New York early music scene" will perform a program with harpsichordist Jeffrey Grossman that explores the five senses through music and poetry of the Renaissance and Baroque from England and the continent. Reception with the artists to follow. 


Please enjoy this video of Jolle Greenleaf singing Have You Seen the Bright Lily Grow? by Robert Johnson and purchase tickets today!

Purchase Tickets Here

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An Evening Book Talk with Lilianne Milgrom

L’Origine: The secret life of the world’s most erotic masterpiece

Thursday, March 30, 7pm



Artist and author Lilianne Milgrom will be discussing her award-winning historical novel L’Origine: The secret life of the world’s most erotic masterpiece. She will be speaking about her serendipitous encounter in Paris with a notoriously controversial 19th century painting that changed the course of her life. Topics open for discussion include the relevance of art then and now, what makes a work of art timeless and how becoming an author has shaped her studio practice as an artist. A short reading from L’Origine will be included in the program.

Books will be available for sale at a heavily discounted rate and there will be a raffle giveaway for a signed copy!

About Lilianne Milgrom:

Paris-born Lilianne Milgrom is an internationally acclaimed artist, award-winning author, blogger and freelance art journalist. She grew up in Australia and has lived for extended periods in Israel and the United States where she currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia. She is a graduate of Melbourne University and the San Francisco Academy of Art. Her artworks can be found in private and institutional collections around the world. In 2011, she became the first authorized copyist of Gustave Courbet’s controversial painting L’Origine du Monde, which hangs in the Orsay Museum in Paris. Milgrom spent a decade researching and writing L’Origine: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece. Her debut novel has been awarded six literary honors and she was selected as a semi-finalist for the pilot of a new reality TV series America’s Next Great Author.


Book Release

Reclamation. by C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas 

Friday, April 21 from 6 to 8 pm


Join us for the book release of Reclamation. by C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas, a Black Non-Binary, award-winning poet, teaching artist, an advocate for Child Abuse Prevention, the LGBTQIA community, and Mental Health Awareness.


Their forthcoming collection of poems, titled Reclamation., is a poetic journey through C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas' process of re-emergence and re-acceptance of self. It is their rebirth and ownership of all that has sought to destroy them. This is a yellow and blue attire event, inspiring and celebrating the author’s creativity, vision and achievements as a Black Non Binary artist. 


Reclamation. is the lead-by-example healing guide.


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Poem in Your Pocket

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 pm


City of Alexandria Poet Laureate, Zeina Azzam, will lead the the Poem in Your Pocket Celebration at the Athenaeum. The formal program begins at 7 p.m.  She will be joined by winning poets of the 2023 DASHing Words in Motion program, who will have their poems displayed inside the DASH buses and trolleys in April and May.  Limited seating will be available, so reservations are required.  To make a reservation email


Yoga at the Athenaeum

Wednesdays at 6 pm


Join our joyful and experienced Yogi. Here.Now. teachers in this beautiful, inspiring space for gentle all-levels yoga classes that will build flexibility, strength, and balance while instilling deep peace and calm in your soul.


By donation ($15 suggested)

Venmo or cash

Pay at the door


Please bring a yoga mat.

For more information about classes and teachers, join the Yoga.Here.Now. FB community! 

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Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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