#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

A discussion about food sustainability with award-winning chefs, a screening of the Iranian film “Taxi,” an exclusive look at the documentary “The Settlers,” a conversation with activist Angela Davis and more.

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March 20, 2017

March 29 at 7 p.m. An Evening with Chef Michel Nischan: The Role of Chefs in Shaping Food Policy

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW
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As part of the Sustainable Plate undergraduate course, chef and James Beard winner Michel Nischan will join chef Cathal Armstrong, chef Hugh Acheson, chef Mary Sue Milliken and Executive Director of Sustainability at GW Kathleen Merrigan for a discussion about the role of chefs in shaping food policy.



Coming Up:


March 27 at 6:15 p.m. Angela Davis

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
800 21st St., NW
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Students for Justice in Palestine at GW kick off Palestine Awareness Week with a speech from activist Angela Davis, who will discuss the importance of black-Palestinian solidarity in the fight for liberation. Her most recent book is “Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement.”


March 28 at 6 p.m. “Taxi” Screening

Phillips Hall
801 22nd St., NW
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What happens to a filmmaker who isn’t allowed to make films? If you’re Jafar Pahani, you start driving a cab and documenting your time through the streets of Tehran. Mr. Pahani’s experience as a driver is at the center of his film “Taxi,” which will be shown with English subtitles.


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March 28 at 7 p.m. “The Settlers” Screening

Marvin Center Amphitheater
800 21st St., NW

The Judaic Studies Program will host a screening of the 2016 Israeli documentary “The Settlers” prior to its U.S. release date. The film looks at a half century of life and death inside the West Bank settlements. After the film, there will be a conversation between the filmmaker Shimon Dotan and Arie Dubnov, the Max Ticktin Professor of Israel Studies at GW.


March 29 at 3:30 p.m. Iranian Women and Society

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St., 505

Norma Moruzzi, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a lecture titled, "Iranian Women and Society: Finding a Critical Lens into the Politics of Daily Life." She will discuss evidence that indicates an increasingly empowered female population in Iran, and how we can look beyond surface impressions to understand the politics of daily life in the country.


March 30 at 3:45 p.m. Persian New Year Poetry Reading

Gelman Library, Room 702
2130 H St., NW

Join the GW Persian Program, the GW Language Center and the GW Libraries' Global Resources Center for an evening of contemporary and classical Persian poetry to ring in the Persian year 1396. Students will present verses from a variety of Persian literary masterpieces both in the original language and in translation.


March 30 at 7:30 p.m. “King Lear”

Marvin Center Betts Theatre
800 21st St., NW
$10 for students

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents a production of “King Lear” directed by theatre professor Leslie Jacobson. The great Shakespeare tragedy explores the bonds of love, respect and duty between father and daughter, monarch and subject, friend and friend. The cast of GW undergraduates will be joined by faculty members, including theatre professor Alan Wade, and other alumni and guest artists.


March 18-July 24 Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW 
Museum Hours: Monday 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Forty exquisite designer ensembles will be included in the museum’s new exhibition, “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” which tells the story of the traveling fashion show that brought global designs to African-American communities eager to celebrate black accomplishment, aspiration and success. The show includes one-of-a-kind pieces by Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Emmanuel Ungaro and more. 


Jan. 11-April 14 “Glenn Goldberg: Of Leaves and Clouds”

Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
School of Media and Public Affairs, Second Floor
805 21 St., NW
The  Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will showcase paintings, small ceramic objects and works on paper by Glenn Goldberg—a prolific New York-based painter—in its exhibition “Of Leaves and Clouds.” The exhibition focuses on the artist’s intimate relationship with nature, a theme present throughout Mr. Goldberg’s decades-long career. The works in the exhibition have a common feature: ever-present dots over light washes of color creating multiple layers within each composition. 


Save the Date:


April 4 at 6 p.m. Missing Maps

Gelman Library 301
2130 H St., NW

The Humanitarian Mapping Society and the Missing Maps Project will organize a session to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people a year. Many of the places where these disasters occur are “missing” from any map, and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. This open, collaborative project aims to fix that and create data to better respond to crises affecting the areas. There will be free food and a training session for newcomers.


April 23 at 6 p.m. D.R.A.M.

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW

In a follow-up to his sold-out D.C. show at U Street Music Hall in January, rising hip hop sensation and Virginia’s own D.R.A.M. returns to Washington to serve up his party jams, including “Broccoli,” “Cha Cha” and “Cute.” The concert is co-presented with D.C. radio station WPGC, 95.5 FM.


May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Comedian Jay Pharoah

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
$28 for limited student tickets

Jay Pharoah, the actor and comedian best known for his “Saturday Night Live” celebrity impressions, including of former President Barack Obama, will bring his stand-up act to Lisner Auditorium. He spent six seasons as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member, performing celebrity impressions and the recurring character of school principal Daniel Frye. He also has released a series of parody music videos and created the viral rap video “Go to College” with former First Lady Michelle Obama to promote higher education.