A traditional ring shout is planned during the Anacostia Community Museums… (K. Lucas Smith/ )
Signature Theatre previews upcoming season
Signature Theatre is opening its doors to the public Saturday. The free open house will preview the upcoming season, themed “sex, drama, and rock ’n’ roll.”
Events will include a family cabaret, a choreography class with moves from the musical “Hairspray”; and the final round of the vocal competition “Signature Idol,” with eight finalists competing for a spot in the open house’s finale, “Broadway on the Plaza,” at 10 p.m. Free snacks will be offered, and the open house starts at noon. Signature is at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. For information, visit signature-theatre.org/open-house.
Text can be transformed into art at workshop
Learn how text is used as art in patterns in a screen-printing workshop at the Textile Museum. Led by artist Kristina Bilonick, attendees will spend two hours creating stencil design using their own text and can bring a “blank textile canvas” such as a T-shirt or pillowcase to try out their handiwork. The class starts at 2 and requires advance registration. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. For more information, call 202-667-0441 or visit textilemuseum.org.
Anacostia museum plans day revolving around stories
The Anacostia Community Museum is holding an “All Things Gullah” day — storytelling, arts and crafts, and live performances — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Patrons can share their Gullah/Geeche moments in the orator’s circle, view sweet-grass baskets being made and observe a “ring shout,” an Africa-based sacred dance.
The event is paired with the “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities Through Language” exhibition at the gallery. The museum is at 1901 Fort Place SE. For more information, visit anacostia.si.edu.
Silver Spring’s history will be focus of walking tour
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station museum in Silver Spring plans an open house Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free refreshments will be served, and docents will give formal tours.
At 10 a.m., Jerry McCoy, founder of the Silver Spring Historical Society, will lead a two-hour walking tour of historic areas of the city, with a performance from the Glen Echoes a cappella quartet at 1 p.m. The walking tour is $5 . The station is at 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Visit
silverspringhistory.homestead.com/events.html for more information.
‘Summer in Color’ contest looking for best D.C. photos
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design is holding their inaugural “Summer in Color” photo contest. Participants are asked to capture their preferred corner in Washington, and submit it via the museum’s Facebook page or by tweeting to @CorcoranDC. Twitter users should add #summerincolor to their photo submissions. The contest will run through Sept. 2, and the weekly winner will receive prizes related to “Chris Martin: Painting Big” and “Washington Color and Light,” the Corcoran’s summer showcases. The grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to the fall fundraiser NOW at Night on Oct. 21, at the Corcoran.
For more information, visit corcoran.org.