Special Trips Preview: Annapolis, Ann, Aladdin, Assassins and more in August

By Elaine Hauptman

Resident Writer

Keep cool on the hot, humid days of August by relaxing on the deck of a charming boat cruising around Annapolis as part of one of Riderwood’s August Special Trips. Eat your lunch as you listen to the history and life of the waterways. What better way to spend a Saturday in August? Take the Annapolis City River Cruise on Saturday, August 3.

If you have not signed up for Ann at the Arena Stage on August 10 (departing Riderwood at 12:15 p.m.), run to acquire the few remaining seats. This is a delightful play about Ann Richardson, the famous governor of Texas. Here was a lady who defied definition. She was spirited, intelligent, astute, and defiant. Stay cool in the wonderful theater located near the newly developed Wharf area of Washington, D.C.

On Monday, August 19, the trip to the Hirschhorn Museum is the biggest bargain of all as the museum itself is free admission. In the delightful cool of the museum you can visit the “Evidence Room.”

When you step into the exhibit room, you are confronted by the full-scale reality of the gas chamber door into which Zyklon-B gas was thrown. This is an installation that gives visual testament to the atrocities of the Holocaust. It addresses themes around ethics and truth and attempts to validate the proof of crimes that Holocaust deniers attempt to destroy.

In addition, Manifesto: Art X Agency offers a group exhibition that examines the art historical impact of manifestos from the twentieth century.  The exhibition includes more than 100 works of art and ephemera that illustrates how artists engage in the political and social issues of their time. Later, take a walk in the gardens, eat lunch at the café, or bring your own snack and feast among the flowers.

Be prepared for an amazing experience on August 24 at the Signature Theater in Arlington, VA where Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins will be playing. As the play opens you view a murderous carnival, where men and women who attempted to assassinate the presidents of the United States play a game. The Balladeer, a personification of the American Dream, narrates Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Franklin Roosevelt, J.F.K, Nixon, Reagan, and Ford. As each assassination attempt takes place, we hear the popular music of the time period. “Everybody has a right to kill a President” opens this musical adventure. The stunning music and sardonic lyrics examine the twisted American Dream. Sign up as tickets are limited and the demand will be great.

Ending the month is a trip on Monday, August 26, to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Here, you can view More is More: Multiples. This fascinating exhibit examines how art can be consumed by thousands of people and distributed world wide. You will be able to see dinner plates, totes, sunglasses, toys, “limited” editions and other artist designed objects. There are surprising materials and an enticing display of objects by Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Helen Marten and Jiha Moon.

You can also browse through the permanent exhibits of Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Helen Frankenthaler, Frida Kahlo, Kathe Kollwitz, Lee Krasner, Berthe Morisot, Grandma Moses, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cindy Sherman and other great women artists. Eat like royalty on the balcony level of this beautiful museum.

Be certain to pick up your special trip calendar as quickly as you can. Find other exciting and stimulating excursions to restaurants, ballgames, salsa dancing and aquariums.

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