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You’re busy, we’re busy. It’s hard to stay on top of everything happening. Here are some of the major arts-related headlines, news stories, and wins you may have missed in recent days. Check back weekly for future Monday Arts Roundups.
Cha-Ching: Songbyrd Music House has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Live Music Society, a nonprofit that’s been supplying philanthropic aid to small music venues across the country since 2020. Now completing its third round of grants, LMS seeks to support venues with occupancy of 300 or less that “promote and preserve the live music experience in intimate settings, where artists of all levels and all genres get their start, connect with their audiences, and maintain their careers as performers,” according to the press release. It’s a competitive process with a review to ensure selected venues are deeply embedded in their communities.
“Songbyrd Music House is honored to have been chosen as one of 18 nationally recognized small venues to receive support from Live Music Society. Naturally, we share their belief that small venues play a vital role in a music ecosystem,” Joseph Lapan, Songbyrd’s co-owner tells City Paper. The venue, which relocated from Adams Morgan to Union Market last fall, received half the grant money upfront and will get the second half later this year. Since LMS’ inception, three rounds of grant distribution totalling more than $2.3 million have been awarded to 126 venues in 34 states. Songbyrd is the first D.C. venue to receive LMS aid. Lapan notes, “In addition to the funds, Live Music Society’s mission and tools will help us continue to bring great music and community-driven programming to our new home at Union Market.”
To Infinity: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced the dates for its upcoming Yayoi Kusama exhibit. From April 1 through Nov. 27, museum visitors can visit the long-anticipated One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection. Coming five years after the Hirshhorn presented Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, the 2022 exhibit will dive into the museum’s permanent collection, which includes not one but two recently acquired Infinity Mirror Rooms.
If Kusama’s name isn’t ringing a bell, a photo of her Infinity Mirror Rooms will likely look familiar to anyone with an Instagram account, which have experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few years, in part, for the room’s ‘gramability. The two rooms on display will be “Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field (Floor Show),” which is the 2017 reimagining of the artist’s 1965 piece and 2018’s “Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe.” Kusama’s sculptures, photographs, and additional pieces will also be on display, “giving visitors a comprehensive look into how the artist has continued to innovate and explore new avenues of artmaking,” according to the museum.
The exhibit will be free, but viewing will require acquiring same-day timed passes to be issued daily on a first-come, first-served basis.
Queering Space: The second episode of QueerSpace, the National Air and Space Museum’s limited series podcast exploring the intersection of aviation, space, and queer identity, drops March 10. Hosted by the museum’s Sofia Soto Sugar and Erin Barker of The Story Collider podcast, QueerSpace dropped its first episode on Feb. 24 with a look at the community built by the gay men flight attendants in the ’70s.
With a total of four episodes planned—to be released every two weeks—the series examines the ways queer culture has and continues to shape flight. This week’s episode digs into sci-fi and the writers who’ve created more gender/culture/sexuality-fluid worlds.
Speaking of Museums: As of Friday, March 11, the Smithsonian—its museums and the zoo—will no longer require visitors to be masked. This is the institution’s first step in returning to pre-pandemic operations. Starting next week, both the zoo and the National Museum of Natural History will once again be open seven days a week.
Oh He’s Using NFTs: Maybe you’ve heard, local band Oh He Dead is using NFTs to fundraise for their upcoming tour. Using the site Vault, the band will drop unreleased songs as well as behind-the-scenes looks at their writing and recording process. Interested fans can purchase “keys” for Oh He Dead’s vault for true stanning access. Keys, of which there are 150, can be purchased for $99.99. The catch, however, is that the keys are NFTs, meaning keyholders become investors. If the band makes it big, keys will get more valuable and can be resold by holders.
Cherry Bomb: Spring is springing. Last week, the National Park Service announced their projection for peak cherry blossom bloom (defined as the days on which at least 70 percent of the blossoms are open) as March 23 to 25. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang predicts the range to be March 22 to 26. —Ella Feldman
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