May-June 2014 City Smart

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Calling all cool cats! You don’t need to go all the way to N’Awlins to hear some hot jazz. The D.C. Jazzfest, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has it all. Headlining this year’s performance lineup are dual Grammy nominee Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Cyrus Chestnut and The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience just to name a few. Jazz concerts and jazz-themed events will take place throughout the weeklong festival at clubs, restaurants, museums and outdoor spaces in the city. You’ll dig it, man. June 24-29, http://www.dcjazzfest.org

Paul Cézanne once wrote that “Fruits like having their portrait painted. They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading…they speak of the fields they have left, the rain which has nourished them, the daybreaks they have seen.” Enjoy the bounty of the pre-eminent French post-expressionist painter’s work in “The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Cezanne” at the Barnes Foundation in Philly this summer. Called the Master of Aix, since he hailed from Aix de Provence in the south of France, Cezanne painted almost 200 still lifes and the Barnes collection contains 69 of them. View 16 favorites, plus five other masterpieces in the sure-to-be-stunning exhibition. June 22-Sept. 22. http://www.barnesfoundation.org

Feel the earth move. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” stars Tony-nominated Jessie Mueller as the beloved singer/songwriter, and Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, her early songwriting partner and first husband. “Beautiful” traces King’s early life growing up as Carol Kline in Brooklyn in the ‘60s, when she fought her way into the record biz with heart, guts and a voice that would help shape a generation—from her first No. 1 single (at age 17) to the release of her mega-hit album “Tapestry” and beyond. Somehow the Big Apple doesn’t seem so far away, does it? http://www.beautifulonbroadway.com

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