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Attention readers of Washington City Paper‘s Arts Desk: I, your humble editor, come to you with important information regarding your plans for tomorrow evening: Cancel them. That is, of course, unless your plans are to come to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center for our quarterly showcase, this time featuring Escape-ism and Irreversible Entanglements. In which case, you should keep those plans.
Escape-ism is the “found-sound dream-drama” of Ian Svenonius, the legendary frontman of Chain and The Gang, Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, and Weird War. Sharing the bill with Svenonius is Irreversible Entanglements, the multi-city experimental free jazz and spoken word ensemble featuring alto saxophonist Keir Neuringer, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro, bassist Luke Stewart, drummer Tcheser Holmes, and spoken word by Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother.
It’ll be an evening of powerful political statements through challenging and enlightening artistic mediums, and I can think of no better venue for it all than the American Art Museum. Per usual, the show is free and all ages, and will feature free beer tasting from Port City Brewing Company. It begins at 6 p.m. RSVP here.