This month, The Smithsonian has some great programming and events for the month of April. Most of the events are free, and it allows you to enjoy some great weather. Check it out!
The month of April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). The Smithsonian launched JAM in 2001 as an annual event that pays tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. The kick-off begins this evening, April 1st with a performance and live webcast at 6:30PM of the Pablo Aslán Quintet at the National Museum of American History. They are known to play tango classics with a contemporary jazz approach.
The Smithsonian operates the world’s most comprehensive set of jazz programs and the National Museum of American History is home to jazz collections that include 100,000 pages of Duke Ellington’s unpublished music and such objects as Ella Fitzgerald’s famous red dress, Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme manuscript and Goodman’s clarinet.
Each year the museum prints 250,000 JAM posters for free distribution to schools, libraries, music and jazz educators, music merchants and manufacturers, radio stations, arts presenters, and U.S. embassies worldwide. This year’s poster features jazz legend Dave Brubeck. To request a copy, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the festivities here.
The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is hosting a trunk show and sale of kimonos from April 2nd-4th. Kyoto Kimono of New York presents vintage Japanese kimonos during the three-day trunk show event and sale in the museum shop of the Freer Gallery of Art.
Offered for sale are hundreds of vintage kimono, along with gifts and accessories created from Japanese textiles, as well as bags, scarves, and small pouches made of vintage silk by Stephanie Goddard of Kimono Rescue.
Nancy McDonough, owner of Kyoto Kimono, discusses the cultural and aesthetic significance of traditional kimono styles during two fashion shows held at 1 PM on Friday, April 2, and Sunday, April 4, in the Freer conference room.
The Anacostia Museum has two exhibitions worth checking out. The African Presence in Mexico; From the Yanga to the Present will be on view from November 9th to July 4th. The exhibition examines the history, culture, and art of Afro-Mexicans, and begins in the colonial era and continues to the present day.
Back by popular demand, “Separate and Unequaled” looks at the segregated baseball fields from Reconstruction to the second half of the 20th century.