Chef Jose Andres is Washington DC’s best known celebrity chef. He has several restaurants in the area that serve genuine Spanish food, as well as two top restaurants in Las Vegas.
Last Sunday, we enjoyed tapas at the Bethesda branch of Jaleo. It’s a fun place with indoor/outdoor seating and tables made of foos ball games.
The food was outstanding, though pricey!
We wanted to order the paella, but a minimum of six diners were required to do so.
At the end of the evening, they handed us a card advertising their Paella and Sangria Mondays — with unlimited paella, an individual salad and flan for $25 per person. The Bethesda restaurant also offers unlimited Sangria for $15 per person.
If your kids have too much time on their hands this summer, maybe you can interest them in these bargain-priced summer workshops at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
There are two programs to choose from: the Anime Young Artists Residency, and the Claymation Young Artists Residency. Both are part of the Imaginasia series of family programs the Sackler and Freer galleries.
Anime: Young Artists Residency: Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1, 2014
ImaginAsia’s five-day workshop is for eight to sixteen-year-old art students interested in anime drawing.
Trace the origins of manga drawing and anime films through the Freer and Sackler collections of Asian art.
This five-day program runs from 10 am to 3:00 pm each day. Bring notebooks of your drawings to the workshop and your own brown bag lunch. Art supplies provided.
Act quickly because today, July 15, 2014, is the application deadline for this program.
Claymation: Young Artists Residency: Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8, 2014
Learn storyboarding, scene design, and claymation techniques from Erik Swanson, an instructor at the Corcoran School of Art + Design. Students create their own claymation videos featuring a heroic figure they discover in the galleries.
Participants receive a DVD featuring all of the videos made in the class. iPads will be used to create the claymations. For ages 9–18.
This five-day program runs from 10 am – 3:30 pm each day. The registration fee is $100.
The application deadline is July 20, 2014. Apply online.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to Iceland and $2,274 in cash for personal expenses. The trip must be taken between October 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015, but cannot be taken over Christmas, New Years or public holidays in the U.S. or Iceland. The official rules are here.
Summer vacation is almost upon us, but it’s not too late to think about fun activities for that awkward age: teenagers 14 to 16 years old. They are too old to go to summer camp, and too young to get a job. Or something like that.
Here’s a novel idea for a practically free three-week summer program offered by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Portraits Alive! is a museum theater program based on people in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.
Students create a collaborative museum-theater piece after choosing a portrait from the museum’s collection. Each program participant writes and performs an original vignette to accompany the portrait.
Okay, so my kid wouldn’t be interested in this program in a million years, but maybe you know someone who would! Some of the students are actors, others are writers or have an interest in history. Check out this short video of last year’s performers on You Tube.
The fee for the three-week program is just $100, which defrays the costs for costuming, dry-cleaning, workshops, and supplies. Teens can earn community service hours for their participation.
There are two sessions this year:
Session 1: June 30 through July 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Session 2: July 22 through August 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The National Portrait Gallery has just extended the application deadline for the program until June 6, 2014. E-mail ProvostG@si.edu to request an application. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, June 9 2014.
The National Portrait Gallery is not the stuffy museum you might imagine.
This summer may be your last opportunity to visit the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., as it is slated to close in the fall.
The art museum offers free admission every Saturday from now until Labor Day weekend, as part of their free Summer Saturdays program, including gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances.
Admission is on other days is $10 per adult, $8 per student, and free for children under 12.
Below are a few highlights of the family programs:
Saturday, May 31: Botanical Collages Workshop 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Inspired by Aaron Douglas’ painting Into Bondage, from the Corcoran’s collection, create your own tropical landscape.
Saturday, June 28: Haiku Mistress
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Working with Haiku Mistress Caley Vickerman create haikus inspired by the works in the collection. Share your literary works of art in a collaborative sidewalk chalk display!
Saturday, July 19: The Ultimate Urban Safari
10 a.m.-12 noon
Join us for a wild summer day dedicated to the animal kingdom! Spurred on by the American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley exhibition, discover how creatures big and small can inspire through workshop activities, book readings, and a live performance.
Saturday, August 2: Family Workshop: Animal Maquettes 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Inspired by Albert Paley’s maquettes, families work together to create their own animal displays.
United Mileage Plus Visa Signature cardholders in select cities may be invited to a free advance screening of X-Men: Days of Future Past, in 3-D. It’s one of several discounts offered by Visa Signature in conjunction with Fandango.
The offer is for up to two tickets per cardholder, and two concession coupons for popcorn and soda. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, to those who receive an email invitation.
Synopsis of X-Men: Days of Future Past
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.
The cities where free screenings will be offered are:
I received my invitation to the Washington, DC screening this morning. Here’s the link to register for free tickets, in case you want to jump on this offer.
Did you get an email yet?
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