Arts Preview: This Fall at GW See Alec Baldwin and Dan Rather at Lisner

Don’t miss rock legends King Crimson at Lisner, the museum’s “Scraps” exhibition about recycled textiles, a dance showcase directed by Maida Withers from the theatre and dance program and so much more this semester.

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August 28, 2017

Adding to the university’s vibrant arts and culture calendar this fall, Lisner Auditorium has just announced that renowned journalist Dan Rather and actor/comedian Alec Baldwin will come to the university in two separate events presented by the George Washington University and Politics & Prose. $10 tickets for students and the GW community will be available at the Lisner box office at noon on Sept. 1 (limit of two with each GW ID).

These events round out the many eclectic concerts, literary conversations, art exhibitions and more on campus. From the museum’s colorful Celebration of Textiles festival to a showcase of dance at GW, there’s plenty to do and see this semester, and George Washington Today put together this list of some of the most noteworthy, can’t-miss events. Check it out below:

Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. - 4p.m., Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebration of Textiles
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW 
Free

Explore the art of recycling at this free festival held at the museum. Try your hand at weaving with recycled materials and designing a paper dress, watch local fiber artists at work, enjoy live music and dance and explore the ingenious designs in the exhibition “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.” Support for the 2017 Celebration of Textiles is provided in part by Cynthia and Alton Boyer.

Sept. 2 - Jan. 7 Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW
Free

“Scraps” presents the work of three designers who have pioneered creative approaches to recycling textiles: Luisa Cevese of Riedizioni in Milan, Christina Kim of Dosa in Los Angeles and Reiko Sudo of Nuno in Tokyo. The show was organized by Cooper Hewitt and Smithsonian Design Museum.

Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. BOLO Bridge of Togetherness
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets $20-25


KanKouran's 2017 production “Bolo” will take audiences on a breathtaking journey into how African dance and culture has influenced contemporary dance styles. The performance will also examine how today's choreographers are reaching back to bring an African tradition into their work.

Sept. 5-22 Corcoran Senior Photo Exhibition
Gallery 102
Smith Hall of Art, Department of Fine Arts and Art History
801 22nd St., NW
Free

Students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design showcase photographs at the university’s student art gallery, Gallery 102. The show will be up until Sept. 22.

Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Free

The National Endowment for the Arts presents the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, the annual celebration of the nation’s master folk artists. Celebrate traditional artists in a concert featuring music, dance, crafts and conversations.

Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. Tango Opera "Maria de Buenos Aires"
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets $45

PASO performs “Maria de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzolla's genre-bending tango opera known for hauntingly beautiful music and surrealistic lyrics. The cast includes an all-star lineup of Argentine artists: Maria Quinteros as Maria; Martin de Leon as the Dreamy Sparrow and the Gaucho Minstrel; Hugo Medrana as the Poet Goblin and Drunk; Rodolfo Zanetti on bandoneon and a talking choir of psychoanalysts. Simultaneous translation of lyrics will be provided.

Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Chris Kimball's Milk Street Live!
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets $36-$95

Take a private tour inside the world of Milk Street with Christopher Kimball, founder and host of Milk Street TV and Radio. The evening will take audience members through Thailand, Mexico, South Africa and more as they participate in a taste test. Selected attendees will come onstage for cooking competitions, quizzes and other fun activities.

Sept. 30 The Box Project: Uncommon Threads
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW 
Free

Collector and former Textile Museum trustee Lloyd Cotsen challenged 37 leading fiber artists worldwide to create a three-dimensional work to fit inside a standard box. “The Box Project” showcases the dynamic results. Organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research with the Racine Art Museum. 
 

Oct. 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. God of Carnage
GW Theatre and Dance Program
Location to be announced

The GW theatre program interprets this award-winning Yasmina Reza play. A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. The play won a Tony award for “best play.”

Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. King Crimson
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets $55-$75

Progressive rock icons King Crimson come to Lisner for two nights during their 2017 North American “Radical Action” tour. The band formed in the late 1960s and came to prominence after supporting the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park.

Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Dan Rather
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets available on Sept. 1
$24 regular admission (includes book), $10 tickets available to GW community and students at Lisner box office (does not include book)

At a moment of crisis over the country’s national identity, Dan Rather has been reflecting—and writing passionately almost every day on social media—about the world we live in, what our core ideals have been and should be and what it means to be an American. Now, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values in this event at Lisner.

Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Alec Baldwin
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets available on Sept. 1
$45 regular admission (includes book), $10 tickets available to GW community and students at Lisner box office (does not include book)

“You Can’t Spell America Without Me” is political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump’s presidential memoir, as recorded by America’s foremost Trump scholar, Kurt Andersen, as well as America’s foremost Trump impersonator, Alec Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin will come to Lisner to discuss the book and his career.

Nov. 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. Dance Project
GW Theatre and Dance Program
Location to be announced

This showcase of dance at GW will include performances by independent choreographer and dancer I-Fen Tung, faculty choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, as well as student choreographers. Professor of Dance Maida Withers will direct the event.