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Design Harmonica Cases

Harmonicas have been a part of American music since at least the 1850s. They’re not just confined to the clichéd intro to “Piano Man”—harmonicas were a foundational instrument in the early days of jazz, folk, and country music. You can learn more about the instrument’s unique heritage in Artomatic 2.0’s Design Harmonica Cases class, hosted and taught by Bob Hoffman. Hoffman is better known as Hoff the Harmonica Case Man. Based in Mount Pleasant, he says he has the largest collection of handmade harmonica cases in the world (and was profiled in a 2015 City Paper article that showed off the hundreds he’s collected over the years). But Hoffman wants to spread the art form of harmonica case design further, especially in D.C., and this hour-long class should be a great introduction. Cases can be made from wood, beads, metal, eggshells, and even computer parts, so there’s a low barrier for entry. Once your case is done, you can safely store your harmonica and display your craftsmanship at the same time. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. Registration is available at eventbrite.com. Free.—Tristan Jung

Picture: Present

To say that the coronavirus pandemic has changed everything would be an understatement. The effects of the health crisis have rippled through our political, financial, and social lives. For many, each new development feels overwhelming. New York-based artist Luca Buvoli aims to capture the pathos of our collective grief through Picture: Present, a 12-scene episode from his ongoing project Astrodoubt and The Quarantine Chronicles. Buvoli’s work is the first in the virtual reincarnation of the Phillips Collection’s Intersections project, which was introduced in 2009 to engage the museum’s permanent collection and its location. Intersections has recently been forced to move online, for obvious reasons. Buvoli’s project preserves the spirit of the initiative by engaging its current environment: the online world. And on Aug. 13, the Phillips Collection will host a virtual artist talk where Buvoli will discuss the work. The work is available at phillipscollection.org, Instagram, and Facebook. Registration for the talk is available at phillipscollection.org. Free. —Kaila Philo