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Fidel Castro’s rum, Ward 7-inspired opera, and recreated Christmas feasts in culture this week By Elliot Kort
Comments () | Published December 14, 2010

Monday, October 18

Kicking off the University of Maryland’s weeklong Schumann Festival, music-school students are performing a program of the German composer’s piano, vocal, and orchestral work at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (Stadium Drive and Route 193 (University Boulevard), College Park; 301-405-2787). 8 PM.

Tuesday, October 19

Jason Wilson knows his booze. He has tasted rum from Fidel Castro’s basement, quaffed from a rare bottle of brandy that survived the Nazi occupation of Normandy, and even made a personal mission of getting American consumers to drink less vodka. The Washington Post spirits columnist talks about his new book—Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits—at Borders at 18th and L streets, Northwest, at 6:30.

Wednesday, October 20

Works by Ligeti, Beethoven, and Dvorak are in store when the Parker Quartet stops in DC during its fall tour. The winners of the Cleveland Quartet Award take the stage at the Freer and Sackler Galleries at 7:30.

Thursday, October 21

Christopher Kimball had an ambitious goal: cook a 12-course Christmas feast. And not just any feast, but a recreation of a meal by Fannie Farmer, who wrote the touchstone Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. Kimball wrote about his experience in Fannie’s Last Supper, which he’ll discuss at Politics and Prose at 7.

Friday, October 22

What do you call a presentation that includes original choreography, a musical score, and an art installation? Apparently, you call it Affectations. The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage plays host to the piece, a production of the Local Dance Commissioning Project, at 6.

Saturday, October 23

This evening, the DC Commission for Arts and Humanities sponsors “Black Women in Opera Celebrate Black Women in the Community,” a free concert at the Frederick Douglass House (1411 W St., SE; 202-426-5961). Segments of Graffiti Corner, a one-act opera work in progress, highlight life in Ward 7. The concert begins at 5.

Sunday, October 24

The “Intersections” exhibit at the Phillips Collection is nearing the end of its run. Before it’s gone, make sure to check out Tayo Heuser’s sculptural representations of Mark Rothko’s paintings as well as Jae Wo’s Force of Nature, an installation where stacks of twisted paper evoke the movement of water. The gallery is open from 11 to 6.

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