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Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH: An evening with Paras Kaul and the Boolean Girl Project

bg_logo_smThe Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is honored to present an evening with Paras Kaul and the Boolean Girl Project.

Paras Kaul is world recognized as a leader in her field of experimentation with brain to computer interface technologies (BCI) for interactive gaming —intended to train the brain for learning and rehabilitation.

She will present her teaching experience with The Boolean Girl Project — a project designed to give young girls the opportunity to learn basic programming skills and empower them to pursue technology careers with the confidence and passion to express their creativity in professions related to information technology. Bridging STEM and STEAM education, The Boolean Girl Project lays a foundation for girls to become programmers and engineers by creating multiple avenues for learning technological and engineering skills through affordable computer systems like Raspberry Pi for after-school enrichment classes. In these classes, girls learn to program animated stories and games using Scratch and Python programming, while also building electronic devices like alarm systems and game controllers.

Please join us on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 7 pm to 9 pm to see the software in action and discuss the importance of providing girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.

This program is presented as part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Community Partnership Program.

Tom Teasley: Drumming Through the Neighborhoods

Critically acclaimed percussionist Tom Teasley comes to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for a special one-night engagement.

Supported by a generous grant from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Tom will celebrate the cultural diversity of Alexandria, informed by his multiple tours as a cultural envoy for the U.S. Department of State. Performing with more than a dozen instruments from places as diverse as Africa, India, the Middle East, and Asia, his merging of digital technology with ancient instruments creates a performance that spans cultures and time. This performance will draw heavily from his recent tour to Korea and music for the Constellation Theatre’s forthcoming production of Journey to the West.

About Tom Teasley:

Described in the Washington Post as a “multi-instrumental genius,” Tom Teasley is a five-time recipient of the Fulbright-Hayes Award for historic performances in The Middle East, five-time nominee and two-time winner of the Helen Hayes Award, and three-time recipient of the Washington Area Music Award for World Music Instrumentalist. He was recently nominated for two 2016 Drummie Awards from Drum! magazine.

Tickets: $10 advance • $12 door

This event is co-sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Art Center as part of the Community Partnership program.

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Capital Area Photographers presents Off-Camera Lighting with Procopio Photography

Capital Area Photographers welcome husband and wife guest speakers Cicely Procopio and Jason Miller of Procopio Photography to talk about using off-camera flash for lighting portraits and reception venues during weddings. They will also touch on off-camera lighting techniques they use for engagement and boudoir portraits. After their presentation, Cicely and Jason will perform a live lighting demo, so please bring your cameras.

Procopio Photography has been photographing innovative and edgy weddings and portraits for eight years. Their unique lighting and editorial approach has won them several Junebug Awards and WedAwards. They have been published in numerous magazines and are ranked as one of Washingtonian Bride and Groom’s top photographers in the DC area.

Capital Area Photographers is an online community of more than 1,100 members, most of which are wedding and portrait photographers in the greater Washington, DC, area. CAP meets once a month for a lecture-style format to provide continuing education for photographers in the area.

Second Thursday Art Night

Enjoy an special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

The Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates the legacy of women in the arts during Women’s History Month. Of the 132 resident artists in the Torpedo Factory, more than 100 of them are women. Throughout the night, visitors are encourage to participate in the broader national conversation on this subject by posting on social media with the hashtag #5womenartists, created by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The night also features a host of new exhibitions, live music, button making, and a peek into the life of an Alexandria socialite who became a Confederate spy.

Target Gallery (Studio 2)

  • The 6th Annual March150 exhibition fundraiser will be taking place in Target Gallery. Find works by local artists on sale for $150 each, with proceeds benefiting future programs and special exhibitions.
  • Members of the Factory Society, the Torpedo Factory’s young-professionals network, will sell special discounted tickets for the March150 Art Party on Friday, March 18.
  • Visitors are also encouraged to cast votes for the People’s Choice Award, to be announced during the Art Party on March 18.

 The Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327)

  • 7 and 8 pm: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will highlight Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Alexandria socialite and Confederate spy. Her coded messages and hand-drawn maps of Northern Virginia will be on view and city archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik shares further insight into her life and mission during the Civil War.

The Art League (Studio 21)

  • Two new exhibitions will be on view in The Art League Gallery. Fritz DesRoches: The Caribbean—How Beautiful features DeRoches’ airbrushed work that highlights Caribbean culture, particularly of Haiti. Zoma Wallace juried March’s Open Exhibit, which features work by Art League artists in all media.

Torpedo Factory Artists

  • The Associates Gallery (Studio 311): Reception for Julia Dzikiewicz: Contradictions.
  • Multiple Exposures Gallery (Studio 312): Photographer Timothy Hyde’s exhibition Washington Daybreak explores early morning in the District.
  • Site 2 and 3 (Hallways near the elevator on 2nd and 3rd floors): Reception for Exploring Abstraction, featuring student work as part of Beverly Ryan’s (Studio 333) painting class with The Art League.
  • Potomac Fiber Arts (Studio 29): Salute to Primary Colors: Red, Yellow and Blue, the gallery’s first show in its new location.
  • Scope Gallery (Studio 19): Global ceramics in Cultural Connectivity includes a collection of American Indian, Asian, African, Latin, and European styles of clay art.

 Special After-Hours Programming

    • 6:15 – 7:15 pm; 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Live jazz music with 2nd Independence.
    • All evening, design, create, and wear a custom button at the DIY station on the 3rd floor landing.
    • Celebrate the contribution of women in the arts by adding names, comments, thoughts, and drawings to the lobby magnet wall.

Second Thursday Art Night


Enjoy an special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

This month during Second Thursday, we celebrate the past and present of Alexandria.

 The Alexandria Archaeology Museum

The new PBS series Mercy Street is centered in Alexandria during the Civil War. One of the main characters is based on the real Emma Green. See her photo and learn about her relationship with Frank Stringfellow in The Real Emma & Frank: Alexandria’s Civil War Sweethearts.

The Mansion House Hospital was one of many military hospitals in town. In Old Town Alexandria’s Civil War Hospitals, learn about buildings you walk by every day and probably had no idea of their importance during the Civil War.

Target Gallery

Trending: Contemporary Art Now is new this month. Target Gallery partnered with the Women’s Caucus for Art to present the exhibition as part of WCA’s 2016 national conference in Washington, D.C. It features work by 12 self-identified women who are driving the direction of contemporary art and offers a cross-section of media to reflect the leading edge of contemporary art, including video, collage, 3D photography, found objects, installation, and more. The exhibition also includes an online gallery and catalog featuring additional works.

The Art League

In advance of The Art League’s upcoming Patron’s Show fundraiser on Sunday, February 14, The Art League Gallery features a preview exhibition with the work that will be available. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to build a wishlist.

The Associates Gallery (TAG)

Color and Shape opens in The Associates Gallery (studio 311) and features work by painters Jill Finsen and Barbara Muth.

Special After-Hours Programming

  • The artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center are inviting the community to share their love for art with a community collage on the magnet wall by the Union Street entrance. Create a mini collage on the 3rd floor, then take a portrait of your work before adding it to the wall. At the end of the evening, see the collage grow and review the online photo album to see everyone’s individual contributions.
  • Classical guitarist David Toves provides the soundtrack for the evening with sets at 6:15 – 7:15 pm and 7:30 – 8:30 pm.


Second Thursday Art Night

Enjoy an special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

  • 6 – 9 pm: 
    • Four hands-on silkscreen stations will be located throughout the building to allow visitors to create a one-of-a-kind four-color print. Find the final station in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (studio 327).
  • 6 – 7 pm; 8 – 8:45 pm:
    • Cat Janice performs her original jazzy/alternative rock songs throughout the evening.
  • 7 pm:
    • Visitors are encouraged to bring in items to photocopy and experiment with Xerography in Target Gallery’s (studio 2) current exhibition, Printed Matter.
  • 7:30 pm:
    • The Art League Gallery (studio 21) hosts openings for Muted, featuring works subtle works that softly represent their subjects, and the Solo Preview 2016, which offers a glimpse of the nine artists who will have solo shows this year.

“Materialized Magic” Fiber Art Workshop

Please join us at the Target Gallery from 6-9pm for the “Materialized Magic” Fiber Art Workshop with our 3rd annual CRAVE (Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement) grant recipients, Erika Cleveland and Stacy Cantrell!

Erika and Stacy launched their CRAVE-sponsored “Materialized Magic” community art project last Spring. The grant allowed them to buy materials and supplies to provide weekly free lessons for everyone on all levels of experience in crocheting, knitting, and felting. Visitors can create a magical “Yarn Bomb” habitat and also have a chance to be featured with the key artists. After the sessions, the leftover materials and supplies will be donated to the community through nursing homes, community centers, and non-profit organizations.

Second Thursday Art Night: Chocolate, Art & Dance

December’s Art Night will be full of art, chocolate, and dance. Snack on chocolate treats in the studios while you shop for handmade gifts of art.

  • 6 – 9 pm: 
    • More than 100 artists in nearly 80 studios will have sweet chocolaty treats for visitors to enjoy as they shop for gifts of art throughout the building.
    • Visit the 3rd floor landing for a hands-on snowflake-making activity.
    • The “taking of chocolate” was a patriotic beverage alternative for colonists who refused to pay the high tax on tea. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum (studio 327) will have samples of American Heritage Chocolate mixed with a traditional spice blend to enjoy. See examples of 18th-century of chocolate pots and cups from the museum’s collection.
  • 6 – 7 pm; 8 – 8:45 pm:
    • Jane Franklin Dance performs Incidence on the first floor lobby. Dancers manipulate and incorporate kinetic sculptures in their performance as an exploration of the nature of chance on the progression of the piece. The company will also have a gift-wrap challenge, a raffle, and sweet treats for visitors.
  • 7 pm:
    • During the reception for Target Gallery’s (studio 2) new exhibition, Printed Matter, juror Gretchen Schermerhorn, artistic director of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, shares her thought about the prints, illustrations, zines, and other works on view.
  • 7:45 pm:
    • Chocolate wouldn’t be sweet without sugar. Alexandria Archaeology Museum (studio 327) presents on Alexandria’s role in 19th century sugar production at the Moore-Mclean Sugar House Site at North Alfred and Cameron Streets.

Second Thursday Art Night

Enjoy an special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

  • 6 – 9 pm: 
    • Share what you’re thankful for this year by adding a leaf to our Thankful Tree on the First Floor. The tree will be available throughout November to add new leaves. Come watch it fill with visitor leaves.
    • Alexandria Archaeology Museum offers an exclusive first look at artifacts that were recently unearthed during the Waterfront excavation on the eve of the city’s historic development plan.
  • 6 – 7 pm; 8 – 8:45 pm:
    • Guitarist/vocalist Stan Hamrick brings his talents, performing favorites from Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles, Eagles, The Drifters, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Tom Petty and others.
  • 7 pm:
  • 7:30 pm:
  • 7:45 pm:
    • Lisa Schumaier (studio 16) welcomes poet Sass Brown to for a reading and signing of her new book, USA-1000. Schumaier’s work is featured as the cover art.

Second Thursday Art Night

Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center will feature the fantastic and the macabre.

  • 6 – 9 pm:
    • Visitors are encourage to bring a few friends along to play Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist party game that was popular with artists like André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Salvador Dali. In this group drawing activity, each participant draws a section of the picture, while only seeing the end of what the previous person contributed. The resulting image is as quirky and bizarre as the participants can imagine.
    • ZarkOctober is Virginia Archaeology Month. To celebrate, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will have its own exquisite skeleton, Zark the dog, on display. Visitors are encourage to share their love for him with hashtag #zarkbark.
    • After two months of collecting doodles and illustrations from visitors, the four community sketchbooks will be on display in the Site 2 hallway, located by the elevator on the second floor. Visitors have left drawings, scribbles, cartoons, poems, and notes. Leaf through the books and even leave your own sketches behind for others.
    • With an eye toward contemporary conversations surrounding gender identity, equality, and feminism, Target Gallery’s exhibition, Angel Soldier Dance Sublime features the work of four artists as they explore themes of femininity and power and the intertwining relationship of gendered archetypes.
  • 6 – 7 pm; 8 – 9 pm: Singer/songwriter Janna Audey performs throughout the evening with her husband, guitarist Rob Santos. Hear a mix of original songs along with a romantic collection of songs made famous by the Rat Pack, the Bee Gees, the Carpenters, and others. Santos’ edgy guitar complements the soulful timbre of Audey’s voice.
  • 7 pm:
    • Alexandria Archaeology Museum: Zark the dog wasn’t always part of a museum display. Learn how archaeologist found him under a pile of stones on Royal Street, how they figured out his name, and what his burial in the early 1900s reveals about Alexandria’s past.
  • 7:30 pm:
    • The Art League Gallery: Opening reception for two new exhibitions in The Art League Gallery. Superstition & Belief is an all-media exhibition with work referencing myths, religion, fantasy, and dreams. Each Day is a Celebration features Sheila Harrington’s still-life oil paintings that illustrate the passage of time through food and drink.

Earlier in the day, Carlyle House will be offering complementary programming. They will display an 18th-century mummified cat that was found in the wall of the house and will also offer an Exquisite Corpse drawing activity for visitors. Carlyle House is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria. The hours are 10 am – 4 pm.