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What’s new this weekend in local arts.
In celebration of what would have been Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, Theater J is producing Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, a collage of the influential folkie’s songs that meanders into moments from his life and excerpts from his newspaper column. The show traces his early years, travel across the United States, and musical development. Each Sunday, the show is followed by a free hootenanny in the lobby where show attendees and the public are invited to join the actors for a free-form musical celebration. Runs to Dec. 2 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. General admission $45; $30 previews this weekend.
Tonight, the 25th annual AFI European Union Film Showcase begins at the AFI Silver Theatre, bringing the best European cinema to the D.C. area. This year, the showcase consists of 48 award-winning films from 24 European countries. The opening night film is Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman. Runs to Nov. 20 at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets $12 per film.
Tomorrow, the Corcoran Gallery of Art opens two new exhibitions: “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII” (shown) is the result of Taryn Simon’s four-year project to explore bloodlines around the world. The photo and text exhibit “maps the relationships among order, chaos, genetics, and other components of fate,” with 18 subjects ranging from genocide victims to the body double of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday. Elsewhere, “Utopia,” a collection of Enoc Perez’s paintings of modernist buildings, includes an interpretation of the Watergate building that will hang in the rotunda of the Corcoran. On view to Feb. 24 and Feb. 10, respectively, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8–$10.
FotoWeekDC, D.C.’s annual citywide photo exhibit, strives to present the best fine-art photography and photojournalism—-though there’s also a Instagram photo contest that is open to all. The week-plus-long event spans juried exhibits, lectures, book signings, parties, and contests, and is headquartered at the Warner Building with exhibits at seven other venues. On view11 a.m. 6 p.m. daily to Nov. 18 at 1288 Pennsylvania Ave. NW and other galleries. Many events are free.
Finally, Submerge, a nine-day “flash art happening” returns for its second year. The No Kings Collective has organized a group exhibition from 24 D.C. artists, transforming a location on the H Street NE corridor into an “ode to the District.” The mashup of art and culture will also include various evening programming with D.C. musicians. Runs to Nov. 18 from 1 – 6 p.m. daily at 700 H St. NE. Grand opening takes place Saturday at 8 p.m. Free with RSVP.
Taryn Simon exhibit image courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Runs to Nov. 18 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily at 1288 Pennsylvania Ave. NW and other hours various downtown locations, check here for details. Free, with some ticketed events events.