Holiday Hygge

Holiday decorations at the Royal Danish Embassy celebrate Per Kirkeby and other Danish artists and creatives. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt; Photo collage: Amy Wike

Holiday decorations at the Royal Danish Embassy celebrate Per Kirkeby and other Danish artists and creatives. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt; Photo collage: Amy Wike

In Denmark, gathering with friends to celebrate the season is very important. There’s a special word for it–HYGGE (\ hoo • gah \ – is it just us or does the word sound a little bit like a hug?). Today, you can gather Danish-style at the Royal Danish Embassy’s Creative Christmas open house from 3 to 5 pm (no tickets required), where you will catch glimpses of Per Kirkeby throughout the decorations. Then continue the festivities at Phillips after 5: Winter Fairy Tale from 5 to 8:30 pm (for this, you will need to make a reservation). We’ll offer smørrebrød tastings by Embassy Executive Chef Lars Beese, screenings of The Fir Tree, gallery talks in the Kirkeby exhibition, and music by New York-based Danish jazz pianist Søren Møller with American saxophonist Dick Oatts. To gather with friends the way we will this evening is very Danish. With you, we’ll truly have HYGGE.

Ballet with a Bite

Photo collage of dancers, musicians, and guests from Phillips after 5 on October 4, 2012

Clockwise from top left: (1) Ingredients for Grey Goose Zombie Punch (2) Pamela Sorenson, Michael Sapienza, and Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski (3) Members of the Marshall Keys Quartet perform jazz in the Music Room (4) William Linares, Heruy Alemayehu, and Naomi Pizarro enjoy a drink on the patio (5) Visitors line up in anticipation of a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (6) Charles Chen and Sufie Berger (7) Student’s from The Washington School of Ballet perform excerpts from Thriller in the galleries. Photos: Alfredo Flores

Between performances of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the galleries, excerpts from The Washington Ballet’s Dracula in the auditorium, your choice of Zombie Punch or Zombie Apocalypse cocktails, and take-home treats like Capitol File‘s fall issue and a special offer on Dracula tickets from The Washington Ballet, last Thursday’s spooky Phillips after 5 truly turned out to be a night of Zombies vs. Vampires. Thank you to all who came out to start Halloween celebrations early with us!

Vampires vs. Zombies

The October edition of Phillips after 5 took inspiration from The Washington Ballet’s upcoming production of Dracula (October 24-November 4) and, of course, one of the year’s most festive holidays– Halloween. In case you missed the sold-out event, check out my short video of very talented students from TWB@THEARC performing choreography from Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Or better yet, get a ticket to the ballet and go see Dracula in person (Phillips after 5 guests receive an exclusive offer of 15%-off tickets to all performances. Follow @PhillipsMuseum on Twitter to find out more)!