JAZZ & SWING
This summer, the Phillips Collection features 44 sumptuous canvases by the great French cubist master Georges Braque, along with related objects from the tumultuous years leading up to and through World War II, a time of great experimentation for the artist. The exhibition reveals insights into his creative process at a time when he used the motif of still life as a source of inspiration to synthesize cubist discoveries.
The exhibit, Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945, is on view at the Phillips (1600 21st St. NW) from Saturday through Sept. 1. But you can get a preview of the exhibition Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at "Phillips after 5: Jazz and Swing of the 1930s." In collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival, the event is inspired by the era of the exhibition, with jazz in the Music Room and galleries, swing dance performances, and 1930s board and card games.
For more information, visit phillipscollection.org.
STEP & SOUND
When you think of stepping, you don't usually associate that thought with classical music. But D.C.-based troupe Step Afrika! is presenting the D.C. premiere of "Symphony in Step," a groundbreaking merger of the two genres.
Created and composed by Step Afrika! and maestro Randall Fleischer, "Symphony in Step" will feature the dynamic percussive dance group alongside a talented 15-piece chamber. For just five short days, the performance will be staged at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE) beginning Thursday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit atlasarts.org.
Founded in December 1994, Step Afrika! is celebrated worldwide for its efforts to promote an appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for young people.