#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

Join in on the university’s annual Colonials Weekend celebration. Plus, don’t miss free screenings of “Interstellar” and the documentary “City of Trees,” a lecture on the seminal book “Tally’s Corner” and a chance to try out Sephora cosmetics.

October 16, 2017


Oct. 19-22 Colonials Weekend 2017


The university’s annual celebration alongside alumni, families, students and friends takes place this weekend with a jam-packed schedule of activities. George Washington Today has rounded up some of the events you should look forward to most, including a kick-off party and Colonial Madness on Oct. 20 and fall-themed games at the Vern Harvest on Oct. 21.

While advance registration has closed, walk-ins can participate by checking in at the Colonials Weekend Welcome Center in the Marvin Center Continental Ballroom beginning on Oct. 20.



Coming Up:

city of trees

Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. “City of Trees” Documentary Film Screening

Marvin Center Amphitheater
800 21st St., NW

The documentary “City of Trees” takes place during the recession and follows three trainees and the directors of a stimulus-funded green job-training program designed to put unemployed people back to work by caring for parks in D.C. The film shows viewers the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes that change-makers face in urban communities every day. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow the film, along with free refreshments.


Oct. 17 at noon College Fashionista and Sephora Mobile Tour

University Yard, H Street between 20th and 21st Streets

College Fashionista, a global style community and platform for college students, has partnered with Sephora Collection for a beauty road trip. The mobile tour is making its first stop at GW, and a beauty truck will be stocked with Sephora Collection products, DIY makeup bags and more. On the truck, you can participate in beauty tutorials and access samples and customizable make-up pouches.

gallery 102

Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Artist Talk “Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery”

Smith Hall of Art Gallery 102
801 22nd St., NW

Gallery 102 presents the exhibition, “Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery,” in conjunction with the organization ArtWorks for Freedom's initiative ACTION DC! The project is designed to bring awareness to human trafficking and modern day slavery, which remain critical issues in today’s increasingly globalized society. The month-long exhibition concludes with this artist talk featuring Executive Director of Free the Slaves Maurice Middleberg, Executive Director and Co-Founder of FAIR Girls Andrea Powell and others.


Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. “Interstellar” Screening

Marvin Center Amphitheater
800 21st St., NW

As part of a two-day colloquium event, the Department of Physics will screen the 2014 Christopher Nolan film “Interstellar.” The dystopian thriller starring Matthew McConaughey tells the story of a group of astronauts in search of a planet that can sustain human life. On Thursday at 5 p.m., the Department of Physics will follow up the film with a presentation on the physics of “Interstellar.” The event will take place at the Science and Engineering Hall B-1220 Lehman Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served starting at 4:30 p.m.


Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.: "Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life" Book Talk

National Churchill Library and Center
Gelman Library, First Floor
2130 H St., NW

The National Churchill Library and Center will welcome Sally Bedell Smith, a journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, for a discussion of her bestselling biography, "Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life." Along with Prince Charles' history and public and private lives, Ms. Smith will also discuss the future of the British monarchy.


Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. “Tally’s Corner” Revisited

Gelman Library, Room 101
2130 H St., NW 
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On the 50th anniversary of “Tally’s Corner,” Elliot Liebow’s classic ethnography of African-American street-corner men in D.C., scholars and activists will reflect on the book’s long-term impact. They’ll discuss what has changed—and what has not—in terms of racial inequality in Washington and other American cities.


Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Liberté: Solo Dance Performances

Building J Theater
2131 G St., NW

The Program of Theatre and Dance at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design presents solo works by women in the program, who will come together to showcase their individuality through the art of dance. The performance will include work by Nisani Lopez, Annie Mancuso, Julia Scolapio, Sara Smith, Hana Springer, Lorna Strachan and Marlee Grant.


Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Sukhishvili Georgian Dance Company

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW

The Sukhishvili Georgian Dance Company will bring more than 50 costumed, choreographed dance “warriors” to Lisner in a performance designed to thrill audiences.  The dance company has been called “magnificent” by The Washington Post.


Now-Dec. 15 Years of Exhibitions at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery

801 21st St., NW

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery with works from some of the gallery’s most memorable collaborators and exhibitors, inducing GW alumni.


Sept. 2-Jan. 7 Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW 

“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. 30 to Jan. 29 The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW 

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. 


Save the Date:


Oct. 27 All-Day Boo Bash

Kogan Plaza

Celebrate Halloween with Boo Bash, an annual celebration that includes a costume contest, photo booth, musical performances, Halloween games and free food (while it lasts!). Don’t forget to dress up!


Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Scott Kelly: A Year in Space

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
100 tickets available to GW community for $10, on sale only at Lisner box office. Limit 2 per GW ID

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, astronaut Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. He knows what it feels like to be launched in a rocket, what happens to your body in zero gravity, and what happens when you get a toothache 250 miles above Earth. In this conversation, co-sponsored by Politics and Prose, Mr. Kelly will speak with NPR’s Joe Palca and recount his year aboard the International Space Station.

dan rather

Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Dan Rather

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
$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
$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.