In addition to looking backward, the changing of a year also prompts views forward. So with that in mind, here are 13 things we are looking forward to doing or seeing in 2013 that are already on the calendar.
1. Nam June Paik: Global Visionary at the American Art Museum (open now)
This exhibition offers an unprecedented view into video artist Nam June Paik's creative method.
2. Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art at the American Art Museum (opens Oct. 25)
More than 70 works will show how Latino artists tackled classic American themes and actively participated in the artistic movements of their day.
3. Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran Gallery (opens Feb. 23)
The first exhibition to explore the thriving underground of Washington, D.C., during the 1980s, giving visual form to the raucous energy of graffiti, Go-Go music, and a world-renowned punk and hardcore scene.
4. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop at the National Gallery (opens Feb. 17)
In the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photographs before the digital age, some 200 works will demonstrate that today's digitally altered photographs are part of a tradition that extends back to the beginning of photography.
5. Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 at the National Museum of American History (open now)
This exhibition explores the historical context of these two crucial events, their accomplishments and limitations, and their impact on the generations that followed.
6. Washington During the Civil War at the National Portrait Gallery (opening Dec. 13)
Photographs will reveal Civil War activities around the Patent Office Building -- now home to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum -- and other locations in and around the District of Columbia.
7. Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains at the International Spy Museum (open now)
Meet Bond's villains, discover their evil schemes, and see their exotic lairs and weapons in this special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films.
8. The Tempest at the Synetic Theater (opens Feb. Feb. 19)
On a water-filled stage, Synetic’s visual poetry will bring Prospero’s magical island to life.
9. The Book of Mormon at the Kennedy Center (opens July 9)
The musical, winner of nine 2011 Tony Award, comes to DC.
10. The Mountaintop at the Arena Stage (opens March 29)
Exhausted from delivering a significant speech, Dr. King rests in his room at the Lorraine Motel when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young maid compels him to confront his own humanity and the fate of our nation.
11. Schoolhouse Rock 40th Anniversary at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center (Jan. 7)
A celebration of the hit educational television series with legendary songwriter and former musical director Bob Dorough and award-winning D.C. children’s band Rocknoceros.
12. The Rolling Stones at 50 Concert at (to be announced on a date to be determined)
OK. This one hasn't been scheduled yet. But it appears that The Rolling Stones will be touring in 2013 and, if they do, we will be there.
13. Continuing our President Obama Ate Here and Now The Prices Have Too series of restaurant explorations.
Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
As regular readers of our blog know, we spend a lot of time at book talks, none of which were listed on our looking forward to doing in 2013 list. We will be touring South America for most of January (that's also why the swearing in ceremonies for President Obama are not on our list) and book sites only list their talks for a month in advance. But you can bet we will be attending much of 2013 at these sites:
- Politics and Prose
- Busboys and Poets
- The National Archives
- The Library of Congress
We love D.C. and are planning on having a great 2013. We hope all our readers do too.