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Monday Arts Roundup: Representing: Hip-Hop Photography



Did you wake up to some of those Monday blues? Well, today’s arts headlines and reports have some good news (Representing: hip-hop photography! John Proctor is the villain extended!), bad news (Woolly Mammoth says goodbye to its GM), and Baltimore news for you too. Check back weekly for upcoming Monday Art Gatherings.

This green light, I want it: Studio Theater has extended its series of the world premiere of Kimberly Bellflowerit is John Proctor is the villain. Originally scheduled to run until June 5, the theater has added five additional performances of the show, which will now run until June 12. city ​​paperThe review of, by yours truly, is forthcoming, but the play that tackles #MeToo and sexual misconduct at a high school in a small town in Appalachia, Georgia, is well worth the ticket price.

All eyes on me: On Friday, May 6, the National Museum of African American History and Culture inaugurated its latest exhibition: Representing: hip-hop photography. With parts of Bill Adler‘s Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection, which NMAAHC acquired in 2015, the show masterfully documents the beginning and rise of hip-hop told through images of DJs, MCs, break dancers and graffiti, and featuring some of the most emblematic figures and major moments of the genre. Adler is a music journalist, historian and former publicist for Def Jam Records. Its collection contains more than 400 photographs by nearly six dozen photographers, such as Harry Allen, Janette Beckmanand Michael Benabib. If this sounds familiar, the exhibit originally opened at the NMAAHC in 2018 and closed in 2019. This time around, it will be on display until September 25.

(Left) Wall of Respect, Chicago, Illinois, 1967, photograph by Roy Lewis. Gift of the Roy Lewis Archive 1967, Copyright Roy Lewis (right) Tupac memorial mural on Houston Street in New York City, 1997. From the Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection. Photograph by Al Pereira. Copyright Al Pereira

Call to cinephilia: District Cinema, which claims to be the city’s first pop-up cinema dedicated to screening independent and foreign films, will host its first event this Sunday, May 15 at The Lapis in Adams Morgan. For the inaugural screening, District Cinema presents the award-winning Danish film To run away, about a queer Afghan immigrant in Denmark who struggles to come to terms with his past and his future. District Cinema’s goal is to shine a light on diverse cultures through film and food; the events will also have a fundraising component. Tickets for Sunday’s event, $55, include admission, a specialty cocktail and a selection of Lapis Afghani appetizers. All proceeds will be donated to the Afghanistan Youth Relief Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online and stay tuned for an upcoming city ​​paper interview of the founder of the pop-up, Patricia Nader.

Parting is such a sweet pain: After almost three years as General Manager of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Emika Abe will leave his role and the theater at the end of June. Abe, who previously worked as associate general manager of the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, helped Woolly weather the worst of the pandemic successfully. According to the press release sent out last Friday afternoon, she was responsible for securing approximately $2.5 million in government funding that enabled the theater to transition to virtual productions. She also helped the company increase BIPOC representation, increase access for people of diverse incomes and abilities, and launch a scholarship program, among other improvements.

“Woolly wouldn’t have come through the pandemic successfully without Emika Abe, no doubt,” says creative director Maria Manuela Goyanes. A task force appointed by the theater board will identify an interim general manager while a search is underway to fill the position on a permanent basis. “Woolly has a bright future thanks to Emika, and I look forward to continuing her work with our next CEO.”

Emika Abe; by Kalorama Photography

Marshy: DC Instagrammers probably recognize the Cherry Swamp for its satirical jokes about the district, its people, and its quirks. Since starting in 2020, when the pandemic halted live comedy shows and life went virtual, the Cherry Swamp has gone from social media to newsletter to its latest venture: a website . A team of five founding comics from, living in, or connected to DC run the site, which looks more or less like Swamp’s Instagram account with bigger titles, but now you can access their jokes through many sources.

B’More adventurous: Fancy a little road-trip, summer pleasures? Guinness Open Gate Brewery and the Baltimore County Arts Guild have announced Arts & Drafts, a three-day beer-music-arts festival June 24-26. Free and taking place at the brewery located just outside the Baltimore city limits, the festival will feature various bands from all genres, from hip-hop to Americana to funk, as well as several releases specialty beers, dance performances, vendors and hands-on art. Activities.

Speaking of Maryland: The sixth annual Books in Bloom festival returns this Sunday, May 15 in Colombia, with a particular focus on literary activism and banned books. Carl Bernsteinthe Washington Post journalist famous for making Watergate headlines with Don’t admit this to anyone author Leslie Pietrzykfrom Baltimore Amanda Montell, John Paul Brammerfrom the LGBTQ advice column “¡Hola Papi!” New Yorker personal writer Catherine Schulz, and more. A panel discussion on banned books, as well as a pop-up bookstore with a section dedicated to banned books, will also take place.