Robert Storr, dean of the Yale School of Art and consulting curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, discusses top contemporary artists in “Multifariousness: Louise Bourgeois.” The talk, which takes place at American University’s Katzen Arts Center at 6 p.m., will also address the works of Gerhard Richter and Bruce Nauman. Free parking is available in the Katzen Center’s garage after 5 p.m., or you can Metro to Tenleytown and take the free AU shuttle.
You can take in a concert—or two—at the National Geographic Society at 16th and M. Blues and jazz quartet Paul Beaudry and Pathways take the stage at 6 p.m., and contemporary gospel quartet Turning Pointe follows at 7:15.
From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Social in Columbia Heights, check out the closing party for “The Cult” photography exhibit, featuring the work of 18 members of the self-styled cult of Washington Post photography columnist Frank Van Riper. Appetizers will be served and drink specials will be available.
It’s First Friday in Dupont Circle, and that means that galleries are open late! Most galleries—including Studio Gallery, Q Street Gallery, and Gallery 10—are open from 6 to 8 p.m.; Hillyer, which is unveiling its new photography show “imMigration,” stays open until 9.
Channel your inner Corin Tucker or Nina Gordon at a book launch party and concert at St. Stephens Church in Columbia Heights, from 7 to 11 p.m. Sara Marcus will be present to discuss her new book Girls to the Front, an exploration of the ’90s Riot Grrrl movement. Three bands from up and down the Mid-Atlantic—Trophy Wife from Philly, The Gift from D.C., and War on Women from Baltimore—will perform.
Again on the books and music front, the Writer’s Center in Bethesda hosts the monthly Story/Stereo event at 8 p.m. Tonight’s schedule features readings by Doreen Baingana, author of Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe, and Alison Pelegrin, author of Big Muddy River of Stars. The featured musical guest is Devin Ocampo, of local act Medications.
Lots of FotoWeek events on tap at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Today’s highlights include the winners showcase of the Getty Images 2010 Editorial Grant at 1 p.m., and Bruce Davidson‘s discussion of Outside Inside, the recently re-issued three-volume collection of his photography.
It’s the Mid City Artists Fall Open House along 14th Street, where you’ll have a unique opportunity to see 25 local artists in their “home environments”—the spaces where they create their work. From noon to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, chat with artists like Scott Brooks, Colin Winterbottom, Sondra Arkin, and Joren Lindholm about their creative processes and check out their works for purchase.
The Washington National Cathedral hosts the Fairfax Choral Society, who presents a short choral prelude to Evensong, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, at 3:30 p.m.
Fans of ragtime and jazz, listen up: the National Gallery of Art departs from its usual concerts of chamber and classical music, and instead presents Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band at 6:30 p.m.
Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC, an arts, culture, and consciousness blog highlighting free and low-cost events that are all Metro accessible in the D.C. area. You can also follow Free in DC on Twitter and Facebook.