Overview of the arts: the NEXTfest is back in force



Let the Beat Bop: NEXTfest, the city’s biggest, free celebration of jazz, funk and go-go culture, returns to Malcolm X Park on September 24. August 8, promoting a “star lineup” with go-go hotshots UCB, TOB Band & Showand New impress. jazz singer Cecile will also perform as well as guest multi-instrumentalist Ben LaMar Gay. The Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers, known for leading Sunday drum circles, will open the second annual festival, produced through a partnership with Long Live GoGo and Washington Parks & People. The lineup, to which other artists will be added, has been curated in collaboration with CapitalBop’s Luke Stuart and long live the GoGos justin Yadiya Johnson. NEXTFest debuted last year to celebrate the evolution of black music in DC According to CapitalBop’s announcement, the inaugural event brought 4,000 fans to Malcolm X Park “for a historic day of music and culture. , making a powerful statement about the resilience of DC’s music scene amid the pandemic and widespread gentrification.This year’s festival, which runs from noon to 9 p.m. on September 24, will feature a second day of cultural programming that will include workshops , panel discussions and additional performances.Events on September 25 will take place inside and outside the Josephine Butler Parks Center across from the park.

Night at the museum: This one does not play Ben Stiller, but this fall the East Building of the National Gallery of Art will once again host evening events on the second Thursdays of September, October and November. Each night will feature a variety of experiences ranging from live performances and music to artistic creation and contextual discussions. As always, admission is free, but registration is required. (Tickets are available a week in advance at noon via nga.gov/nights.)

Chester Higgins Jr. “Early Morning Coffee, Harlem, 1974 gelatin silver print; image: 15.9 x 23.8 cm (6 1/4 x 9 3/8 in.) sheet: 20.3 x 25.3 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington; Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund; 2022.21.4

Returning the Nation to the National Gallery: Speaking of NGA, the museum continues its quest to diversify its collection to better showcase this country it calls home. The Gallery recently acquired eight works by four contemporary black photographers: Adger Cowans, Chester Higgins Jr.., Hermann Howardand Grass Robinson. Each is notable for their efforts to document their black communities during the civil rights movement. Cowans, Howard and Robinson were part of the Kamoinge workshop. Formed in 1963, the group of black photographers not only studied together, but they also shared their work and ideas. Higgins began photographing friends, family, and civil rights protests while attending Tuskegee University in Alabama. Known for documenting Harlem’s black community and its spiritual ties to the African diaspora, Higgins worked as a photographer for the New York Times from 1975 to 2014.

Catherine Opie. “John.” 2013, printed 2022. Collection of John Waters © Catherine Opie. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and London

Cry Baby: Meanwhile, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, around 90 works from the filmmaker’s collection John Waters will be exhibited in November. A Bawlmer icon, the Waters collection offers an intimate look at the creator’s transgressive taste as well as a selection of the 372 objects he donated to BMA as part of his bequest. Organized by the photographer Catherine Opie and artist Jack Piersotwo longtime friends of Waters, Upcoming Attractions: The John Waters Collection features work from Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Gary Simmons, Cy Twomblyand Andy Warhol among many others. “The works selected capture elements of key importance to Waters’ collecting vision, including a commitment to bold artists and works of art that exude confidence, wit and humour,” the statement read. August 4 press release. Upcoming Attractions will be visible from November 20 to April 16, 2023.

KaNikki Jakarta; Credit Lakaye Mbah

Poetry in action: Two Northern Virginia poets will receive $50,000 from the Academy of American Poets in New York. KaNikki Jakarta and Holly Karapetkova, respectively Alexandria and Arlington Poet Laureates, are two of the 2022 22 State, City and County Poet Laureates. Each was nominated for their positive poetic contributions to their communities. The money is intended to support the poets’ respective public programs for the coming year. In April, Jakarta, Alexandria’s first black Poet Laureate, was named the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association’s first Poet-in-Residence. She is the author of two books of poetry and plans to launch an eight-week seminar focusing on manuscripts, marketing and booking profitable performance opportunities as well as performance mentorships for young poets. Likewise, Karapetkova is the author of two books of poetry and, with Day Eight, will curate a youth poetry anthology open to all residents of Arlington High School.

Holly Karapetkova; Credit Kalina Karapetkova

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