DC LaborFest Today: Solidarity Awards; Iron Worker History; Fasanella Family Fest & More

Thursday, May 8, 2014

DC LaborFest Today: Solidarity Awards; Iron Worker History; Fasanella Family Fest & More(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

TONIGHT: Labor Heritage Foundation's Solidarity Forever Awards: Bob King, President of the United Auto Workers will be honored at this year's annual Labor Heritage Awards for his contributions to the labor movement, particularly through support and use of labor arts, culture and creative organizing. Tickets required: Elise Bryant at 202-639-6204 or email info@laborheritage.org

TOMORROW: Iron Workers History Tour: Known as "cowboys in the sky," iron workers have literally built much of modern America and this brief lunchtime tour tomorrow – 12 noon on Friday, May 9, 1750 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC (meet in lobby) -- will provide a rare glimpse of the fascinating history of International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America. Highlights include handmade motorcycles, a wall mural, historic tools, photos, convention paraphernalia, World Trade Center mementos and more. Participants will receive “goodie bags” of cool Iron Worker stuff.  FREE but RSVP's required. photo: 9/11 mementos at the Iron Workers; photo by Chris Garlock

PARENTS! Check out the Lest We Forget Mother's Day Family Festival at the American Art Museum on Saturday! Make portraits of your loved ones like the ones labor artist Ralph Fasanella did of his parents; create a bouquet of paper flowers to give to someone special; and make a decorative family tree to display in your home with artist Alyson Johnson.  Get your dancing shoes on, folk band the Knuckle Dusters performs live!  Enjoy a puppet performance by Wits End Puppets in the museum with your family! 11:30a-3p Saturday, May 10 at the American Art Museum (8th & F Streets NW, Kogod Courtyard); FREE. Part of the ongoing Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget exhibit. 

Saturday (5/10): Film: Redes
Features both music and film: Mexican popular songs, performed by the legendary singer Eugenia Leon and PostClassical Ensemble, followed by the Mexican film masterpiece Redes (1936).
Saturday (5/10): Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget: Mother's Day Family Festival
Celebrate your family and the caregivers in your life during this family day. Make portraits of your loved ones like the ones artist Ralph Fasanella did of his parents...
Saturday/Sunday (5/10-11):
Play: Brother Hal: Shakespeare's HENRY V is transported to Flint, Michigan during the labor union strikes of the late 1930's and performed by a cast of actors ages 13-18.
Play: Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills: Examines the plight of child labor, inspired by ideas and plot by Bertolt Brecht and performed by actors aged 8-10.

Art Exhibit: Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget: Union organizer Ralph Fasanella celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially-minded paintings. Daily, American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, N.W.) 3rd floor North. The AFL-CIO is also hosting an exhibit of Fasanella’s work in its lobby: 816 16th St NW.
Rivera's "Man At The Crossroads": The Mexican Cultural Institute hosts a fascinating exhibit reconstructing the history of Diego Rivera's famous “Man at the Crossroads” mural at Rockefeller Center, tracing its history with reproductions of previously unpublished material, including letters, telegrams, contracts, sketches, and documents, following Rivera's commission, subsequent tension and conflict, and finally, the mural's destruction. Through May 17.
Living Out: Comedic play by Lisa Loomer about working mothers, race, class and immigration status. Through May 18.


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