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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Trap Dancing, Art and Photography in Bethesda, Life on the Fringe, Free Tix at Theatre J

Went to Wolf Trap last night for the Aspen Santa Fe Dance Company - always a good thing on a beautiful night and a full moon. For the last few years, Wolf Trap has been selling $10 lawn seats for their modern dance performances. They have one more this year, next Tuesday for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, featuring music from Radiohead and Sigur Ros. Cunningham, in his early 90s I believe, is one of the greatest living choreographers so this should be an interesting show. I got there about a half hour before the start last night and got a perfect place on the front of the lawn. Those who know say that dance should be viewed from a good distance.

The Bethesda Art Walk takes place this Friday, July 10. In the past, the summer used to slow down for the gallery world, but not so much this July at least. Last Friday's Dupont walk featured an incredible show at Printmakers with interesting prints from many of the greatest print shops in the world--and some at very affordable prices (even $20!). Studio Gallery had an all-members show and Hillyer opened an interesting collection curated by Renee Stout, who seems to be everywhere these days.

Anyway, in Bethesda, Gallery Neptune will open an abstract exhibit by Cregger Drymon Minah. Waverly Street Gallery will open a show of Tapestries by Julia Mitchell. Fraser will be showing the Best of Artomatic - that must have taken a lot of legwork. Washington School of Photography will have a big crowd for their Your Best Shot competition. And my favorite gallery, Orchard, will have recent work by Jan Willem van der Vossen. Should be a fun evening!

The Capital Fringe Festival starts tomorrow. The event has gained in size and popularity each year. Here are a few productions that I have heard good things about:
**Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue: The Saints (last year's revue, The Oresteia, is being shown again as well at PWYC previews 7 and 10pm Friday at Church Street Theatre.)
**Irish Authors Held Hostage
**Jack the Ticket Ripper (especially for people who usher like me)
**Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Theatre J at the DC Jewish Community Center is offering comp tickets this Wednesday and Thursday and next Wednesday and Thursday for A Seagull on 16th Street. The weekend shows will be PWYC. It's a great chance to see some good acting and wonderful scenes. Unfortunately, the whole doesn't add up to the sum of the parts.

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