#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

Look back over 50 years of bold, witty and sometimes weighty dance innovation by GW’s own Maida Withers. Plus a discussion with CNN reporters about policies affecting the midterm elections, citywide creative energy at Art All Night and more.

Maida Withers Legacy
August 22, 2022

Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. LEGACY: 50 Years on the Edge Opening Performance and Panel Event

Flagg Building
500 17th St., NW
Registration requested

Celebrate the visionary work of choreographer and longtime GW professor Maida Withers with this visual retrospective, an immersive collaboration with guerilla projection artist Robin Bell that merges dance films and archival recordings to envelop viewers in five decades of dance on the edge. The opening event will include presentations by Brazilian computer artist Tania Fraga, sound artist Yoko Sen, Ukrainian choreographer and dancer Anton Ovchinnikov and dancers Jen Clark Stone and Megan Thompson. Before the reception, a diverse range of speakers deeply embedded in the local arts scene will discuss the successes, failures, risks and experiments of the last 50 years of dance in Washington, D.C.

Coming Up:

Previewing SCOTUS term


Flag in Kabul



Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. National Voter Registration Day

Kogan Plaza
2121 H St., NW

GW students are well-known for their active citizenship. As the 2022 elections approach, register to vote (and grab free voting swag) with volunteers from GW Votes on this nonpartisan holiday.

breaking bread



Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. Breaking Bread

Multicultural Student Services Center
2127 G St., NW

Open to all students, this new weekly event series aims to bring people together over a meal and facilitated discussion for an honest and respectful exploration of relevant social issues at GW and in broader society.

Citizen by CNN



Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Citizen by CNN: Policies that Impact the Midterms

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW
Free, registration required

Incumbent parties can generally expect to lose in the midterms, and many national analysts have assumed that Democrats will see major losses on Nov. 8. However, this is also the first national election since Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness initiative and the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, events which to some increase the possibility of a fired-up Democratic base. This discussion, the first of three fall semester Citizen by CNN events, will be moderated by CNN Anchor and Chief National Affairs Analyst Kasie Hunt, B.A. '06, joined by the network’s Gloria Borger, David Chalian and Jasmine Wright.


Equity Institute Initiative



Sept. 22 and 23 Collaborate to Create Change: Towards Racial and Socioeconomic Equity in our Scholarship, Research & Teaching

Various locations
Free, registration requested

Whether tracking disparities in police stop procedure or creating geospatial maps of union-busting efforts, GW researchers are joining forces to strengthen and promote their scholarly work on racial and socioeconomic equity. Join colleagues and mentors from every discipline at a speakers’ reception Sept. 22 at 5 p.m., followed by a daylong research showcase Sept. 23. This event is supported by the Equity Institute Initiative, which is creating a transdisciplinary home for equity research at GW.

Spoken word artists



Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Beyond Words Open Mic

Square 80
2130 G St., NW
Free, registration requested

Historically marginalized populations have always used the arts to nurture their spiritual lives, strengthen their collective voice and create spaces to share their cultural expression. “Poetry is not a luxury,” Audre Lorde wrote. “It is a vital necessity of our existence.” This new monthly event aims to provides a space for expression and community building by merging the liberating power of art and social justice. Students may sign up to perform a poem, original song, cover, dance or any other performance under 10 minutes, or may submit a photo, painting or sculpture to be featured in the event’s gallery component of the event. Pieces in all languages are welcome!

Silent Disco



Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. Silent Disco

West Hall, Room B108
2100 Foxhall Rd., NW
Free, registration required

All the bops, none of the noise complaints: Enjoy free snacks and prize giveaways at this headphones-only dance party. To ensure a safe event with access for everyone, students planning to attend should register through Engage for one of three hourlong “dance shifts” between 9 p.m. and midnight.




Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. Plant Sale


Science and Engineering Hall, eighth floor
800 22nd St., NW

Whether your tastes run to cacti, flowers or succulents, the greenhouse sale is an opportunity to take home a new green friend grown on campus. Cash, credit and debit accepted—no GWorld, American Express or Discover.

Art All Night



Sept. 23 and 24 Art All Night 

Various locations

Ready to stay up late? The city’s annual overnight arts festival is a creative extravaganza taking place across 22 neighborhoods in all eight wards and encompassing both visual and performance arts: painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, poetry and more.


Theatre Week Kickoff Fest



Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. D.C. Theatre Week 2022 Kickoff Celebration

Arena Stage
1101 6th St., SW
Free, registration requested

Theatre Week is an inclusive opportunity to catch major local performances—including “Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Color Purple” and Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios”—for $22, $33 or $44.
Explore the vibrant local theatre scene and mark the beginning of the theatrical season in the nation’s capital at this daylong party, beginning with workshops, performances, giveaways and free food and drink at Arena Stage and followed by a 4 p.m. move to District Wharf for a floating-stage concert featuring D.C.’s theatre luminaries.

Save the Date:

Leslie Jones



Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. Leslie Jones

Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd St., NW
Tickets start at $20

Saturday Night Live alumna and three-time Emmy nominee Leslie Jones comes to GW as part of Alumni and Families Weekend 2022. Jones can be seen on Taika Waititi’s hit pirate comedy “Our Flag Means Death” for HBO Max and cohosts podcast THE FCKERY. Tickets are open only to GW community members and friends. Presented by GW Program Board.