The Keegan Theatre put out a call for new plays and musicals, and got hundreds of submissions in return. DC Cathro's Reason for Return was chosen, workshopped and now comes to the Boiler Room Series as a staged reading. After a tragedy in the community, Gail's dress shop falls on hard times. She and her daughter Abby try to deal with the repercussions, but things spiral downward and come to a head when Gail discovers that Abby may have unwittingly caused it all. Be a part of the development process by sticking around to participate in a discussion after the show.
Gilt without guilt -- everything at this designer shopping shindig is up to 80% off retail, and that includes shoes, handbags, apparel and more from brands like Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino and Paul Smith, among many others. This famed sample sale at Union Market's Dock 5 constantly replenishes its stock, so you can always find a treasure. And it wouldn't be a true party without music, provided by DJ KC Higgins. Bonus: Your ticket comes complete with cocktails, juices, snacks and styling services.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pm-9:00pm Friday October 27, 2017 / 9:00pm-11:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 9:00am-11:00amSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:00am-1:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:00pm-3:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 3:00pm-5:00pm
Classic plays are making way for classic movies this October at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. In this screening, see Kenny Ortega's beloved Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 10:00pm
From the iconic, puddle-jumping scene to the crisp rendition of "Good Morning" and the tender moments of "You Were Meant for Me," Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds sang and danced their way right into our hearts with Singin' in the Rain -- not to mention the top of the American Film Institute's list of greatest movie musicals of all time. Now, you can relive all of your favorite moments when the historic Harman Center for the Arts brings the beloved 1952 classic to the big screen in Washington DC. Singin' in the Rain is a lighthearted story set in Hollywood during the transition from silent film to "talkies." Kelly plays a popular silent film star shackled by his studio in a loveless romance to his leading lady (Jean Hagen). On the run from his fans, the star jumps into a passing car where he meets a chorus girl (played by Reynolds), and the stage is set for hilarious hijinks, romance and music.
Now you can see a timeless comedy like you've never seen it before when classic plays make way for classic movies this October at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington DC. Released in 1984, comedy smash Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd as part of a team of misfit New York parapsychologists who start their own business to help rid clients of pesky ghosts. Business begins booming as paranormal activity in the city begins to rise, signaling the return of an ancient and destructive god, known as Gozer. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis costar.
"You have no power over me!" That's the defiant chant of teen heroine Sarah in Jim Henson's Labyrinth. Eighties kids can instantly recall Jennifer Connelly wielding those words against a velvet-clad David Bowie, the film's mysterious, crooning, baby-stealing Goblin King. While Bowie's in his Escher-esque castle purring "You remind me of the babe," Sarah's stumbling through his maze trying to save her toddler brother. She's got a motley crew of newfound friends -- including shaggy sweetie Ludo and endearing grouch Hoggle -- and they're all racing against the clock together. It's a puppet-filled fantasy with unforgettable music and it's high up on many lists of family film faves. You can relive the adventure for the umpteenth time since childhood or introduce young filmgoers to the magic when Labyrinth hits the big screen at the Harman. It's part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's film series playing in D.C. throughout October.
Catch the hit 2000 film Center Stage -- which The New York Times calls "sexy and infectious in spite of itself" -- on the big screen at DC's Sidney Harman Hall and get swept up in all the behind the scenes romance and drama at a well-known New York ballet academy. Famed as the film debut of sci-fi queen Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek), this look at the lives and loves of a group of aspiring professional dancers has spawned two sequels so far, and starred an ensemble of real-life pros.
"Nothing ever happens in Blaine." And, to be honest, not too much happens in Christopher Guest's mockumentary Waiting for Guffman, either ... but that's part of the cult favorite's hilarious charm. You've got a small-town theater troupe that's high on Broadway pipe dreams and they're led by deliciously delusional director Corky St. Clair. This late-'90s comedy finds Guest's regulars -- Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard and Parker Posey -- in peak form as a group of blissfully oblivious (and appallingly untalented) amateurs who're convinced they're destined for greatness. Watch them stage the best/worst musical production ever when this classic indie returns to the big screen at Sidney Harman Hall. It's part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's film series, running throughout October in D.C.
Classic plays are making way for classic movies this October at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. In this screening, see Stanley Kubrick's iconic adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.
If you grew up simultaneously fearing clown dolls, bedroom closets and TV set static, you likely have Spielberg's Poltergeist to blame. His '82 horror classic turned the suburbs into a hellscape and left everyone questioning exactly what their homes were built on top of. Innocent little towhead Carol Anne becomes a lightning rod for paranormal activity and no sooner does she eerily sing-song her signature line -- "They're heeeere" -- than her family's beset by all kinds of terror. We're talking haunted bathroom mirrors, possessed trees, corpse-filled backyards ... the kind of mayhem that's definitely not covered by homeowners' insurance. Get ready to jump in your seats at all the freaky-fun nightmare fodder when this throwback thriller spooks up D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Thanks to a recent $8 million renovation, the gorgeous art-deco Bethesda Theatre is now Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a hot spot for live music, dining and drinking. The club offers great entertainment from top national blues and jazz artists, plus the best talent from the mid-Atlantic region, in an intimate setting with excellent acoustics. Enjoy a great dinner served up with a heaping side of blues and jazz -- Executive Chef William Pack Jr. has created a Creole/Cajun-inspired menu with a bevy of mouthwatering choices, including delicious desserts.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (Wayne Linsey Howard Homecoming Concert feat. Alanna Lynne, Lynne Fiddmont, Sunwhoa Love)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pm (A Tribute to the Music of Stephanie Mills, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin)Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (B.J. Jansen & Common Ground Feat: Delfeayo Marsalis and Duane Eubanks)Wednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:30pm (Gabrielle Stravelli)Sunday November 5, 2017 / 7:30pm (Selina Albright & Steve Cole)Wednesday November 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Buddy Rich Birthday Celebration)
An acclaimed off-Broadway hit, The Wild Party captures all the verve and violence of the Jazz Age as it tells the '20s-era story of volatile vaudeville lovers Queenie and Burrs, hosts of the titular bash. But as their friends start to tumble in and the booze flows freely, inhibitions lower, jealousies flare, and the decadent evening turns increasingly dark and deadly. Written by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), this bold and provocative musical comes to the stage at DC's Source via a new production by the Constellation Theatre Company.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmMonday October 23, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pm
Ironically, one of Death of a Salesman's most misquoted lines -- "Attention must be paid!" -- is its most accurate advertisement. For attention must be paid to this iconic drama which packs a timeless emotional punch with its unflinching examination of the American Dream -- not to mention that it was also hailed by The New York Times as "one of the finest dramas in the whole range of the American theater." Death of a Salesman centers around the aging Willy Loman, who, after a lifetime as an unfulfilled traveling salesman, finds himself at the end of his career -- and the end of his tether. Winner of both the Pulitzer and the Tony for Best Play in 1949, Arthur Miller's classic still retains every ounce of its emotional impact to this day. Experience the epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss at Ford's Theatre.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pm
Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation's oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown in an 18th century red brick carriage house, Blues Alley offers a unique and intimate ambiance, reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920s and '30s. Go for just the music and drinks, or make it an evening and choose from authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes.
Monday October 23, 2017 / 10:00pm (Jacqui Naylor Quartet "CD Release Party")Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 10:00pm (Wendy Hicks)Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 10:00pm (Jazzy Blu)Monday October 30, 2017 / 10:00pm (Roderick Giles & Grace)Wednesday November 1, 2017 / 10:00pm (Eric Essix MOVE Trio feat. Tracy Hamlin)Monday November 6, 2017 / 10:00pm (Lao Tizer Quartet feat. Karen Briggs)Monday November 13, 2017 / 10:00pm (Jazzmeia Horn)Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 10:00pm (One for Pops: The JoGo EP Release Party)
Hard cider is one of the hot brews of the moment, and you can curate your own 20-tasting flight, choosing from more than 1,000 of the best hard ciders and craft beers, at Rock the Core Cider Fest at The Mills in Washington D.C. In addition, enjoy unlimited full pours of Stella Cidre, Bud Light and Shocktop, access to awesome local food trucks and an artisanal market, a commemorative cup and fun lawn and social games. The Cider Lovers Package includes an additional 12-pack of curated ciders. This celebration is put on by Drink the District, famed for their popular social drinking events.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pm-10:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:00pm-4:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00pm-9:00pm
Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a new story of love, loss and family. The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus is set in rural Maryland in 1927, focusing on a group of black circus performers who struggle to be respected both as artists and as human beings. Featuring authentic vaudeville-inspired performances from the 1920s, this new musical pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
Proclaimed "the greatest American play ever written," Thornton Wilder's Our Town looks at the power of life and death even in the brightest and most unassuming of settings. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, this hard-hitting drama has been performed on Broadway and beyond. Now, a small cast of just seven characters play what is traditionally a play with over 20 characters. Narrated by the nameless Stage Manager (played by Angels in America's Jon Hudson Odom), the actors often break the fourth wall to address the audience directly. Director Aaron Posner (Stupid F*cking Bird, District Merchants) also deploys an ensemble of Bunraku-style puppets to portray the other townspeople beyond the seven central characters. This is Our Town like you've never seen it. Don't miss this quietly heartbreaking show at the Olney Theatre Center.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:45pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 1:45pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 1:45pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:45pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:45pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:45pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:45pm
One of the masters of I-can't-believe-he-just-did-that humor, Steve O (aka Stephen Glover) became a household name for his crazy antics on both Jackass and Wildboyz. The London-born stunt performer began recording dangerous skateboarding stunts when he was 15 and eventually graduated from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College before landing on MTV. He is a citizen of three countries and has performed in 38 countries worldwide. Now clean and sober, Steve-O has turned to stand-up, so catch this anything-goes performer at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pm
"Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" It was the question that rattled the nation in 1954. Convinced that Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the U.S., Senator Joseph McCarthy called a total of 395 witnesses to testify against themselves and others. Among them were just two African-Americans: political activist Eslanda Robeson and poet and playwright Langston Hughes. Presented at MetroStage in Alexandria, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been is a fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Hughes on the eve of his appearance before McCarthy's infamous subcommittee, performed against a backdrop of searing blues and the haunting words of one of America's greatest writers.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm
Watch a trailblazing 1893 comedy continue to make waves when the Washington Stage Guild brings Widowers' Houses to Undercroft Theatre. An ambitious young doctor falls in love with the daughter of a predatory real-estate speculator, but while her wealth is appealing, he balks at its source. Her refusal to live on his income alone spells trouble, until the facts about his own family finances are revealed. George Bernard Shaw's first play sparkles as it fences with some unpleasant truths.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
Journey to ancient Egypt from the comfort of D.C.'s historic Folger Shakespeare Library, which will be transformed to present the play in-the-round. Directed by Robert Richmond (Othello, Timon of Athens, Henry V), Folger Theatre presents Antony and Cleopatra, the story of one of the most famous couples in history and their tempestuous, doomed love affair. They were two of the greatest lovers to ever walk the earth, but they were also political figures, and the pressures and the demands of their public life eventually tore them apart. Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's most complex female roles, all too human underneath the tragic grandeur. Allow the Queen of Egypt to rule your heart for an evening.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm
From Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) comes Sotto Voce, a story of the resiliency of true love and the enduring power of memory presented at the Edlavitch DCJCC's Theater J in Washington, D.C. German-born novelist Bemadette Kahn lost the love of her life during World War II when he fled Nazi Germany on the S.S. St. Louis, a ship carrying nearly a thousand Jewish refugees seeking haven in North America. Both Cuba and the U.S. turned the ship away, forcing many of the passengers to return to Europe and perish in Nazi concentration camps. Kahn's past resurfaces when a young Jewish-Cuban writer contacts her to research the ship's tragic voyage, forging a relationship deepened by memories of her great lost love.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:30pm
Set in a local hair salon and with lines as up-to-date as the morning's news, Shear Madness is a hilarious whodunit with you as a central character. When the salon's landlady is murdered at the outset, a blend of mystery and improvisational theater ensues. Audience members are called upon to match wits with the suspects and try to catch the killer at this wildly popular comedy where "shrieks of laughter night after night" can be heard at the Kennedy Center, according to the Washington Post.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 9:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
Get ready to break out the lederhosen and celebrate Oktoberfest the D.C. way, with a cold beer in hand and breathtaking views of a scenic waterfront. Aboard this 90-minute cruise on the Potomac River, you'll get to witness D.C.'s most famous monuments against the stunning backdrop of autumn foliage. As you soak in the sights, you'll also get to savor all things fall, with special sweets and treats, local ciders, pumpkin beers and signature seasonal cocktails available for purchase.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 6:15pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 6:15pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)
You can travel far and wide, but you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who'll tell you that marriage is easy -- and if you do, that person is probably lying. Coincidentally, lies are reoccurring themes in Nobel Prize-winning writer Harold Pinter's one-act plays The Lover and The Collection, coming to the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Lover alternates between comedy and drama as a couple try to spice up their relationship by faking an affair, while in The Collection a pair of married couples add too much spice to their relationship while bitterly interrogating one another about a very real affair that may or may not have happened. Bring a date -- if you dare -- to this evening of rumors and recriminations.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:30pmTuesday October 24, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pm
Enjoy a cruise on the luxurious vessel Odyssey, with unparalleled views of the nation's greatest landmarks from the Potomac River, as you delight in a delicious brunch, lunch or four-course dinner (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) in the spacious glass atrium dining room. Later, dance to a wide array of music provided by a live band in the decorated interior room with its enticing dance floors. This sophisticated getaway excursion offers something for everyone, whether you're looking forward to fresh and creative food prepared by a master chef, listening to music and dancing or simply relaxing with a special someone while watching the beautiful view.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Friday November 3, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Friday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a superstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life. Their burning envy sets off a dangerous game of musical chairs, with Gwen's husband as the prize. With searing insight and trademark wit, this Pulitzer-nominated comedy weaves an intimate tale of contemporary gender politics that illuminates our common struggle to achieve that ever-elusive goal called "happiness." Peter's Alley Theatre Productions presents a bold new production of this sharp look at how women -- and men -- find happiness and conquer disappointment at Arlington's Theatre on the Run.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pm
Join in the most unique and memorable dance party in town at the Embassy Row Hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood. Hit the dance floor as you choose from among three live DJs playing everything from electro dance beats to throwback tunes to Deep House and Top 40 on your wireless headphones. Your selection lights up your headphones in a corresponding color, so you can synch up with others moving to the same music. Each ticket includes admission for one and headset rental.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
Elegant parties, international intrigue, the rich and powerful elite, servants, gossip, scandal and politics - Washington, D.C.'s Embassy Row conjures all sorts of images. Thanks to the Inside Embassy Row walking tour, the walls of some of the city's most historic mansions are finally talking -- and sharing their secrets. On the walk, as you stroll past the exteriors of these grand buildings, you'll hear stories of the women and men who lived in them as private homes before the party came crashing down during the Great Depression and the residences were abandoned and later converted into embassies. You'll even get to go inside one of the embassies for a glimpse at what these unique spaces look like today.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 10:00amFriday November 3, 2017 / 10:00amFriday November 17, 2017 / 10:00amFriday December 1, 2017 / 10:00amFriday December 15, 2017 / 10:00amFriday December 29, 2017 / 10:00am
Based on the beloved 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the five-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical Sister Act tells the hilarious and uplifting tale of a '70s Vegas disco diva whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime and is put into hiding in a convent. As this free-spirited soul singer shakes things up under the watchful eye of Mother Superior, teaching her fellow sisters to sing, she rediscovers her own voice in the process. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), outrageous dancing and a moving story, this production of Sister Act brings the spirit of the original to the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
From real-life spy gadgets to the stories behind the coolest secret agents in movies, the International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the world of espionage. Upon arrival, you'll be given a secret identity, which you'll use to test your spy skills throughout the experience. Then, you'll explore a series of themed rooms, where you'll hear historic tales, examine artifacts and participate in activities. Get ready for exhibits like Spies Among Us, which focuses on WWII-era German and Russian spy rings, and Exquisitely Evil, a tribute to the villains of cinema's most famous spy -- James Bond. Exquisitely Evil features more than 100 film artifacts from both old and new Bond movies, plus interactive exhibits that allow you to take over the controls of a villain's lair, brave the depths of a virtual shark tank, play spy vs. spy with other visitors, disarm a missile before time runs out and more.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Monday October 23, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Friday October 27, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)
Playwright Dominique Morisseau's ferocious hometown pride inspired her to write The Detroit Project, a trilogy of dramas set at three distinct periods in the city's history. Skeleton Crew centers on Detroit during the 2008 recession. Faye has spent her career at one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit, Shanita is pregnant, Dez has a whole future to plan, and their manager Reggie owes a nearly un-payable debt to his work family. As rumors of a plant shutdown begin to spread, these tight-knit workers face what they're willing to sacrifice to survive. Find out for yourself why The New York Times hailed the show as "a deeply moral and deeply American play," when it comes to the stage of the Studio Theatre.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
A fast-moving kaleidoscope of more than 100 characters trying to make sense of what they know, Love and Information is a drama filled with philosophical exchanges and life-changing revelations. This powerful work at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, written by acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill, explores human connection and how the sharing of information -- particularly through technology -- affects how we think and feel about each other.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm
DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt the nation's capital ... if you dare. You'll hear a historian's take on all of the curses, eerie coincidences and hauntings that make up the darker side of days gone by in this pre-Revolutionary town.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 24, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
High-energy rock 'n' roll comedy ensues when a struggling stand-up comedian sets aside her joke-telling aspirations to sit in for her deceased father as the bassist for his seminal psychedelic rock band. It's not long before old tensions rise and Chloe finds herself navigating memory and history as the group's ancient past begins to bubble up. Through it all, the band plays on in a fun, poignant show packed with live music and lessons from the '60s at Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmTuesday October 24, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pm
Feel that sprinkle of pixie dust? You're about to take flight with Peter Pan, the Darling children, and that mischievous little Tinkerbell. They're off to join the Lost Boys in an epic battle with the delightfully sinister Captain Hook. Your kids will gasp and cheer at the acrobatics on stage (but keep the little ones at home, this show is perfect for 7-year-olds and older), and you'll love the intimate Synetic Theater at Crystal City, where there's not a bad seat in the house.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
A trip to an art museum can be overwhelming. What do you focus on? What are the must-see pieces? Professional museum tour guide Stephen Mead takes you through the National Gallery of Art's highlights, historical showstoppers and fan favorites over the course of two hours. He'll stop to discuss each piece's symbols, stories and background. Mead lived in London until about six years ago, where he led exhibit tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum and gave talks for the UK National Arts Collection Fund. Since moving to DC, he has combined his love of museums with his professional storytelling skills, making his tours both educational and enjoyable.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 1:00pm
Jezebel, siren, vixen or enchantress? The Mistress Cycle tells the story of five women: Tess, a struggling 30-something Manhattan photographer; Anais Nin, the famed sexual adventuress of the early 20th century; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II of France in the 16th century; Lulu White, a turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans madam; and Ching, a 14-year-old concubine in 12th century China. Though they come from different times and cultures, all five share a sisterhood. This intelligent new musical work filled with stories of passion, compromise, heartbreak and renewal comes to Creative Cauldron in Falls Church.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
Are Connie and Tristan really in love, or is it just the antidepressants talking? As volunteers in a clinical trial for a new super-drug, their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to intervene and confront the ethics of what they're doing. See what The New York Times called ""a knockout, a ravishment of the senses." The Effect challenges our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama at Studio Theatre - Stage 4 in Washington, D.C.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 2:30pm Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 7:30pm
Independent neo-soul vocalist Eric Roberson -- also known as Erro -- is a highly sought-after songwriter who has worked with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott, and he's been nominated for two Grammys for his solo tracks: "A Tale of Two" and "Still." Roberson was the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award and a recipient of an Underground Artist of the Year BETJ Virtual Award. Mr. Nice Guy, the title of his latest release, melts hearts with grooves like "When Love Calls," and his sweet and sexy ballads put the spotlight on romance.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
The Tony Award winner for Best Play of 2013, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang's hit Broadway satire, skewers the classic dramas of Anton Chekhov through an absurdist tale of family dysfunction -- but you don't have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate this zany farce. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Bucks County farmhouse where they grew up. But when their movie star sister Masha returns home unannounced with Spike, her 20-something boy toy, an unforgettable weekend ensues. See this tale of sibling rivalry, regret and raucousness in this hilarious production at the Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
Did you know that behind the history, architecture and genteel ambiance of one of D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past? DC By Foot's Haunted Georgetown Walking Tour takes you on an evening stroll through the historic streets of Georgetown, where you'll learn true tales of crime, tragedy, romance and lore. Throughout your 90-minute tour, you'll hear a historian's take on all the curses, eerie coincidences and creepy occurrences that make up the darker side of days gone by. The houses, churches and cemeteries of this now-tony neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 8:00pmMonday October 23, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 9:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 9:30pm
Mischief and merriment await in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, the original battle of the sexes. This witty romantic comedy shows how love brings out the best and worst in all of us. Fun-loving bachelor Benedick returns from a victory at war only to find himself caught up in another battle: a war of wits and words with the acid-tongued, headstrong Beatrice. Though they've each sworn off romance, their "merry war" of clever insults reveals the growing attraction between them. Meanwhile, Benedick's fellow soldier, Claudio, is head over heels for Hero, the governor's daughter. They will soon be wed ... if the treacherous Don John doesn't ruin everything first. Passionate and blindingly funny, Much Ado About Nothing is filled with some of the most brilliant comedic repartee ever written, and now you can see it at the Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Main Stage.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pm
Poe takes a fascinating look at the legendary figure of Edgar Allen Poe, exploring his poetry and the muse that inspired his prolific writing. The Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this original play by Tony Tsendeas -- starring Brian Keith MacDonald -- for four performances only this Halloween season.
Monday October 23, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmMonday October 30, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:30pm
The classic fairy tale Cinderella comes to life in an hour-long, kid-friendly musical. This Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater production will be signed, spoken and sung for people of all hearing abilities to enjoy. Before the show, you'll be treated to a light lunch of -- choose between an all-beef hot dog and potato chips or a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 11:30amSaturday November 4, 2017 / 11:30am
Composer and pianist Fred Hersch has been described by the New York Times as "a master who plays it his way." Over the course of Hersch's long and inspiring career, he's received 10 Grammy nominations and been honored with prestigious jazz awards including the 2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. Hersch's solo recitals feature intricate, complex compositions as he skillfully pulls together piano traditions that otherwise have little in common. Join the Atlas Performing Arts Center when they bring this eloquent artist to Washington, D.C. to play their new Steinway piano.
Just try and stump the talented singer-piano duo on stage each night at Bobby McKey's. Whether it's Beyoncé or Beethoven, Jay Z or ZZ Top, Meatloaf or Mozart, these guys are sure to have it covered. DC's only dueling piano bar hosts these entertaining and interactive shows, where the wait staff has been known to jump on stage to perform choreographed dance routines and where you and your friends are encouraged to get in on the action as well. Plus, Bobby McKey's boasts a full bar with specialty drinks, beer on tap and plenty of snacks and sandwiches to order.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm
Set sail for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun as you and your little mateys search for adventure and booty. This family cruise takes place aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship, which holds the city's treasure. But the keys to the chest have been stolen by rascally scallywags, and your job is to recover them. You'll search the waterways of the Potomac, armed with water cannons and pirate bravado while having fun playing games, dancing and getting your face painted. Little buccaneers and their parents will love this creative cruise idea, complete with on-board snacks and drinks for purchase, and will be sent home with treasure and souvenirs after enjoying an afternoon on the water seeing the sights in a whole new way.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 12:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:30pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 12:30pm
Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American musical artist Lila Downs has been thrilling audiences and defying genres for decades. She reinterprets music from its roots, fusing together folk, pop, the ranchera music of Mexico, jazz and blues. Downs' unique mélange of languages and cultures, aided by her upbringing in both Minnesota and Oaxaca, allows her to bridge traditions from across the Americas. She plays Bethesda's Music Center at Strathmore as part of its Windows to the World international music series.
Everyone's favorite creepy clan The Addams Family hits the stage with a macabre musical that's so hilarious it's scary. Gather around the family mansion and watch Morticia and Gomez wrestle with a nightmarish turn of events. Their daughter, the ever-precocious Wednesday, has done the scariest thing imaginable -- she's fallen in love with an average, run-of-the-mill boy. What's worse, she wants her freaky family to pretend to be "normal" for one night to impress her new boyfriend's parents. Watch what happens when Pugsley, Grandmama, Uncle Fester and Lurch put their own horrific spin on hospitality. Inspired by Charles Addams' iconic comic strip and featuring a script written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this family-friendly production of the Tony-nominated musical lurks into the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater. Your ticket includes salad bar, hot buffet dinner and dessert.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 6:00 PM (Doors do not open until 6:00 PM)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 6:00 PM (Doors do not open until 6:00 PM)Friday October 27, 2017 / 6:00 PM (Doors do not open until 6:00 PM)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00 PM (Doors do not open until 6:00 PM)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pm (Doors do not open until 1:00pm)
Cruise from historic old town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums, to Georgetown and back on this relaxing midday 2 1/2-hour sail on the Potomac. Soak up the sights on this narrated tour, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Along the way, enjoy a three-course lunch with salad, entree and dessert served at your table. Or, set out for a champagne brunch cruise on Sunday, and you'll find a buffet filled with a variety of breakfast and lunch treats.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 12:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 12:00pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 12:00pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch)Thursday November 2, 2017 / 12:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 12:00pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch)Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 12:00pm
Let the melodies of a lost Chinese civilization carry you away with this breathtaking show presented by Falun Dafa Association of DC. The rippling notes of the pipa transport you to an imperial banquet, where maidens dance under a silvery moon. In a sudden shift, powerful drumbeats conjure an ancient battlefield where the valor of heroes stands out. The New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra was formed in response to the many theatergoers who longed to hear the music of Shen Yun -- the phenomenally successful dance spectacular -- in concert form. Shen Yun's approach, from the composition to the expression of the music, results in a vivid sound with deep emotional range. It's the ultimate in musical storytelling. The Orchestra's performance at North Bethesda's Music Center at Strathmore features Shen Yun's most celebrated original compositions and award-winning singers, along with timeless orchestral classics by Dvorak, Suppé and Tchaikovsky.
Two of the capitol's most incredible illusionists battle for the title of Washington D.C.'s Favorite Magician in Catch Me: A Magic Duel. Witness professional magic masters Brian Curry and Mark Phillips as they go head-to-head in a contest where the audience will select which styles of magic are performed. The crowd also gets to judge the performance and decide who will go home with the coveted Golden Wand Award. Staged at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC, this fun, awe-inspiring event is not a children's magic show and is intended for those age 15 or older.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 5:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pm
Travel back in time to three groundbreaking concerts in American Spirit, a unique tribute concert that showcases the best music of the 1960s and a spirit of unity that helped forge our country. You'll be transported to 1963 New York for the Motortown Revue at the Apollo Theatre; swinging Vegas for Frank Sinatra and Count Basie's "Concert of the Century" in 1966; and Detroit's Fox Theatre for Motown's Final Revue in 1968. This show at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria will make you sing, laugh, cry and remember.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm
Cruise from historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums of DC, to Georgetown and back to Alexandria on Nina's Dandy Dinner Cruise. Soak in the sights, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials while enjoying a three-course meal by candlelight, served tableside, followed by dancing on the ship's elegant marble dance floor or under the stars on the upper deck. Live music welcomes you aboard and accompanies the dining experience.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday November 8, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Sunday November 12, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Saturday November 18, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday November 25, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
Forgiveness: Love More Wildly is a dance theater performance that unpacks the stages of letting go and moving on. In this Atlas Performing Arts Center performance, D.C.'s Contradiction Dance presents scenes taken from life, history and an imagined future, interwoven with original dance and music. The words of acclaimed poet, Miki Devivo thread through the production, providing a poignant, cohesive literary context. You'll hear an original score by performer Jessica Denson and see choreography by the troupe's artistic director, Kelly King, in collaboration with veteran company member Erica Chamblee.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pm
In this new play by local playwright Natalie Ann, a suburban family struggles to survive both natural and supernatural disasters. A violent storm brings more than just wind and rain as a patchwork family struggles to survive disasters, natural and otherwise. Isabel, Henry and Nora are preparing their house for a storm when a knock at the door brings Isabel's past rushing in. See this Capital Fringe production of Safe as Houses at the Logan Fringe Arts Space in Washington, DC.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 6:00pm
In this rollicking farce set backstage at the Erlanger Theatre in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage struggle to keep their repertory ensemble together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see them perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly (and hilariously) wrong. Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a slew of self-obsessed performers desperately try to keep things from falling apart. The Providence Players kick off their 20th anniversary season with this fast-paced comedy at the James Lee Community Center Theater in Falls Church.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pm
The Fish meet the Birds at M&T Bank Stadium in this Week 8 match-up between two AFC Division teams. The Dolphins have a new look under center, with Jay Cutler coming out of retirement to lead the Fish alongside running back Jay Ajayi. Meanwhile, Baltimore's looking to land a trip to the postseason behind versatile veteran quarterback Joe Flacco and a receiving corps that includes Jeremy Maclin and Breshad Perriman. Join the flock, enjoy all the live NFL action and cheer the Ravens on to victory.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:25pm (vs. Miami Dolphins)
The No Pulp Comedy Show is cool and refreshing like a tall glass of orange juice, bringing together some of the Washington, D.C. area's best and brightest comics and blending them together for a monthly showcase that's high in vitamin C -- comedy. Don't miss this juicy lineup at The Black Squirrel in the District.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
Pianist Claire Huangci joins the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra for a stunning performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, one the composer's most popular and enduring pieces. Huangci is a remarkable talent, beginning as young prodigy and winning first prize at Chopin competitions in 2009 and 2010. The symphonic highlight of the evening is Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, a monumental work that received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour following its 1937 premiere in Leningrad. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs works of the Russian masters at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.
Step aboard the Spirit ship for unparalleled cruising fun on the Potomac River. Dine on a delicious buffet meal, dance to Top 40, country and R&B hits from the DJ, and catch breathtaking views of the Potomac River and the historic sights of our nation's capital. Soak in the fresh air, sip on delicious cocktails and see the spectacular monuments of DC by day or illuminated by night on this special three-hour excursion. Keep an eye out for special holiday cruises as well.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)Sunday November 5, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)Friday December 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding starts at 7:00pm)
Chills, thrills and intriguing mysteries crowd the haunted and historic homes of Washington's Lafayette Park in this tour presented by Washington Walks. Violent quarrels, vicious attacks, murder, suicide -- there's a lot going on in this seven-acre stretch of the city. On this eerie tour, you'll see the homes of Navy hero Stephen Decatur, as well as man of letters Henry Adams and his troubled wife Clover. Relive the fateful night of April 14, 1865, when the grim reaper stalked more than Abraham Lincoln. The tour begins at the house considered the most haunted home in the city: The Octagon. While this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured, the stories behind them will leave you happy to simply view them from the outside.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
In classic comedies like The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys and Plaza Suite, Neil Simon tickled audiences' funny bones -- but in Lost in Yonkers, he touched their hearts. Winner of four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers finds Simon at his best, spinning a great story with memorable characters that make you laugh and make you care. Set in 1942 New York, this nostalgic play focuses on two young brothers left in the care of their formidable grandmother for the longest 10 months of their lives. The old woman is anything but affectionate, and the rest of the family -- including their sweet, simple-minded Aunt Bella and small-time gangster Uncle Louie -- suffer under her tyrannical rule, until tensions build toward a climactic confrontation. Don't miss this Peace Mountain Theatre Company production of a Neil Simon classic at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 7:00pm
La Marquise du Châtelet was a woman born in the wrong era. A brilliant mathematician and physicist, she was the toast of the Enlightenment. Nevertheless, she's not a very well known historical figure. Voltaire got it right when he said du Châtelet was "a great man whose only fault was being a woman." Now Lauren Gunderson's play Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight resurrects this fascinating personality. Emilie finds herself back in the world of the living, patting her body in surprise and wondering at the reason for her return. She soon becomes desperate to find out whether her challenge to one of Isaac Newton's equations was correct. "I died thinking: Was I right?" she explains. "Shortly followed by: Was I loved? Shortly followed by: Does either one really matter in the end?" This smart, surprising and sexy portrait of a true genius is onstage at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
Shakespeare's classic tragedy Hamlet comes to the stage, but this time, with a gender twist. Hamlet returns home after her mother's death to find that her father has married her aunt, ascending the aunt to the throne of Denmark. Her mother's ghost appears, asking Hamlet to avenge her murder. Hamlet is then led on a twisting ride of madness, murder, and discovery in this production from Port City Playhouse at the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church in Falls Church.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
Celebrity architect Frank Lloyd Wright made his mark on the design world with over 1,000 designed structures, many of which remain as preserved, highly regarded homes in Los Angeles. Does cheating dismiss the work of this genius? Shining Brow explores the steamy affair between Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a high-spirited feminist who was, at the time, a client's very attractive wife. While both parties left their spouses, the couple was under constant public ridicule until Cheney's murder by fire. This opera from Daron Hagen takes a psychological look into one of America's greatest minds at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm
When was the last time you truly laughed? Not just a brief chuckle, not a quick smile as you respond "LOL" to a text, but a real, belly-shaking laugh? If you can't remember, now's the time to head to AMP by Strathmore in North Bethesda for AMP Comedy Nights. Strathmore is teaming up with Comedy Zone to bring you a rotating lineup of incredibly funny comedians. See stand-ups that have appeared on HBO and Comedy Central, as well as up-and-coming acts that are sure to be the next big thing in the comedy scene. And no matter what night you go, enjoy a true "laugh out loud" experience that no YouTube clip can match.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Adam Dodd) Wednesday November 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tony Deyo) Thursday November 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Larry XL)
See the majestic landmarks of Washington in a new light with the Monuments by Night tour. You'll get to skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around town in an electric roadster. And you won't miss a thing -- this two-hour tour takes you past all the must-see locations in D.C. You'll check out the FDR, MLK and Lincoln memorials, and get the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol and Smithsonian buildings. You'll also get great tips on dining, drink and other awesome stops in the nation's capital.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 8:00pmMonday October 23, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 24, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm
With a sound described as "Tropical Futurist," New York-based Combo Chimbita draws on its members' Colombian roots, blending Latin flavors with experimental music influences for an exciting sound. Carolina Oliveros belts out Spanish-language vocals over infectious percussive beats and trippy synths and guitars for a hypnotic effect that landed the group on Brooklyn Magazine's list of 15 NYC Bands You Need To Hear. Washington, D.C.'s own Colombian imports, Gaiteros de Sanguashington, open this concert at Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Experience the flash and finesse of flamenco guitar virtuoso Juanito Pascual when he and his New Flamenco Trio take the stage at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax. Called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by NPR, Pascual's engaging mix of traditional and contemporary flamenco guitar with such influences as Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and J.S. Bach have earned him acclaim in both the U.S. and Spain, and he's played at such prestigious venues as NYC's Lincoln Center and Madrid's Casa Patas. For this special concert event, kosher wine from Spain will be available for purchase at the door.
Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set in a sleepy Iowa town, the musical follows a bored housewife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling National Geographic photographer. What begins as a chance encounter evolves into an exhilarating whirlwind of passion, desire and everlasting love in what's been hailed by New York Daily News as "one of Broadway's best in the last decade." Featuring a stunning soundtrack from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this stirring production of Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's The Bridges of Madison County will sweep you off your feet at the Kensington Town Hall.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:15pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:15pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:15pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:15pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:15pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:15pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pm
You've saved the money for a down payment on your first home, but now what? This fun, educational class provides an overview of current market conditions and the home-buying process from a unique partnership of top professionals in the D.C. mortgage, real estate and settlement industries. During the two-hour presentation, you'll learn whether you're ready to make the leap from renter to buyer, plus all you need to know to enter the market, including mortgage and financing basics, how to navigate the short sale and foreclosure market, how to choose an agent, how to write a winning offer and make it successfully through closing. The real estate market is more competitive than ever, but these seasoned pros will help you jump in and successfully close the deal on your first home.
In this spine-tingling gothic thriller, a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes was cast over his family by a specter recruits a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story in an attempt to exorcise the fear that grips his soul. As the two men recreate the events of an ill-fated night, the suspense builds and the exorcism becomes more of a summoning of the ghost herself. And anyone who sees her dies. This "truly nerve shredding experience" (The Daily Mail) is not meant for the faint of the heart. So if you're brave enough, visit The Woman in Black at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pm
Teatro Lirico of DC presents a double-bill of two of the wittiest zarzuelas in the Spanish lyric repertoire: El Barbero de Sevilla (The Barber of Seville) and Gloria y Peluca (Wigs and Glory). Gimenez's Barber of Seville is a hilarious comedy of errors that uses Rossini's opera as the background of its plot. The barbed references to opera and its divas will make you laugh out loud even if you are not a regular concertgoer. Its polonaise aria "Me llaman la primorosa" is a tour de force often included in concerts by international opera singers. Barbieri's Wigs and Glory appropriately complements this program with its virtuoso music influenced by Italian Bel Canto with a Spanish festive twist. Wigs and Glory follows the comic misadventures of Marcelo, a barber with opium dreams of becoming an opera composer, and Maria, his more practical wife. The music in both zarzuelas is so infectious you will find yourself humming them after you leave the performance. Performed in Spanish with English surtitles, these two operas make their way to the Scottish Rite Temple.
Established 50 years before Washington DC itself, Georgetown originated as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River. Despite its modest beginnings, Georgetown eventually came to play host to some of the most expensive and desirable property in the District. Home to palatial mansions, elegant cemeteries, stately churches, and a world-class university, join DC Design Tours to explore the highlights of DC's most exclusive neighborhood, with a focus on architecture and urban planning.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 10:00amSunday November 5, 2017 / 10:00amSunday November 12, 2017 / 10:00amSunday November 19, 2017 / 10:00am
Fall in love again with Ipanema Beach and Corcovado, and the spirit of Jobim and Gilberto as John E. Marlow Guitar celebrates the 55th anniversary of the bossa nova craze in the U.S., with solo and duo guitar performances featuring Brazilian guitarist Richard Miller, Joao Figueiroa and vocalist Debora Watts. This concert takes place at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring.
The Diary of Anne Frank tells the harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, along with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding within an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, telling her story through the thing she holds most dear: her diary. Based upon the timeless book published from those diaries, this newly adapted play brings the dramatic masterpiece to the stage. Witness the power of Prince William Little Theatre's production of The Diary of Anne Frank at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
One of the founding members of Major League Soccer as well as one of its most successful teams, D.C. United is back on the pitch at RFK Stadium for another season of explosive soccer action. Under head coach Ben Olsen, D.C.'s deep roster boasts a potent mix of returning veterans and exciting young talent. After finding their groove late last season, the Black-and-Red will be looking to make some real waves in 2017 as they take on the MLS' best. Come cheer them on to victory!
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pm (New York Red Bulls)
Make plans to see Highwood's Improv Comedy Night and get ready to laugh your tush off. Named one of the top ten comedy shows in the D.C. area by DC Thrillist, the show gathers Washington, D.C.'s best improv groups for a night of spontaneous fun at Silver Spring's The Highwood Theatre. You never know what these comedians will throw at you when they transform audience suggestions into hilarious and original sketches. Whether you're an improv newbie or veteran, these funny folks will have everything to suit your comedy palate, including political humor, pop reference jabs and silly songs.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 8, 2017 / 8:00pm
Jokes & Jazz 7 offers up an evening of exceptional live jazz paired with sets from comedians who've hit stages across the nation. In honor of this recurring event's one-year anniversary, there will be an all-star lineup of special performers and surprise guests, including Lafayette Wright and Rob Maher from Comedy Central and Kevin Hart's Hart of the City. You'll also hear youth jazz artists come together with some seasoned special guests to form a live jazz ensemble. And they'll all share their talents for a good cause. This fundraising event at D.C.'s Pepco Edison Place Gallery benefits youth education initiative CTE Vision Foundation, Inc., which helps give underprivileged and at-risk youth a leg up in pursuing careers in entertainment and the arts. VIP ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and champagne and wine.
Grab an ice cold one for this "high brow" -- or should we say high brew -- lecture happening at Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. Antony and Cleopatra is the company's latest production, and they're taking the actors of this intense production off the stage for a casual conversation about, well, anything you want to know. Bluejacket Brewery provides the beers and nibbles, while Simoné Elizabeth Bart and Nigel Gore provide the chatter.
The Free Wifi Comedy Show is a monthly showcase that highlights DMV's best comedic talent. The latest show at The Colony Club in Washington D.C. will feature stand-up from comedian Lafayette Wright, who appeared on Kevin Hart's Hart of the City. There'll also be performances by Matty Littwack (Fox), Ross Benoit (Underground Comedy) and more.
Called "a force to be reckoned with" by The Washington Post, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra has been captivating audiences for nearly 75 years. With "living legend" maestro Kim Allen Kluge retiring, ASO's current season features the four final candidates for Music Director who will conduct and program four pairs of concerts as their audition for the permanent position. Michael Rossi is the founder and Artistic Director of the Miami Summer Music Festival. James Ross is currently Director of Orchestras at the University of Maryland and serves on the faculty at Juilliard. Nicholas Hersh serves as Associate Conductor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and José-Luis Novo leads the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra as Music Director and Conductor.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Maestro James E. Ross - Brahms, Britten & Butterworth)
New Yorker Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians on the scene today, with notable appearances on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Conan, Louie, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Showtime's Women Who Kill and Chappelle's Show. See why this comic has been called "viciously likeable" at the Drafthouse Comedy Theater in Washington, D.C.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 9:00pm
By day, Capitol Hill is one of Washington, D.C.'s busiest neighborhoods, with locals, tourists and powerbrokers alike strolling the streets of this historic area. But as the sun sets, a different, eerier vibe starts to take over. Who is that shadowy sentry in front of the Supreme Court? What's the story behind the "whisper spot" in the Capitol? And why should you never step foot in Statuary Hall on New Year's Eve? You'll find out the answers to these questions and more on this decidedly unnerving -- and historical -- walk.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
Ever wondered what keeps Supreme Court Justice and octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg so sprightly? She owes it in part to workouts with personal trainer Bryant Johnson, someone she's called "the most important person" in her life. Johnson's book The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too! teaches you how to do Justice Ginsburg's workout -- from planks to squats. He'll discuss the book with Politico's Isaac Dovere at D.C.'s Sixth & I.
Suspended in the air, a man who's decided to live on a scaffold narrates and reflects on life, death, love and loneliness. His desires, dreams and fantasies reveal all that he can't understand. This Spanish-language play launches at D.C.'s Casa de la Luna.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pm
Moses Storm ... Yep, that's his real name, and he's got plenty of jokes to share about it, along with a wealth of thoughts on drug addicts, cheating a marathon and surviving a "L.A. winter." A Los Angeles-based stand-up, host and sketch comedian, Storm has been featured on KCRW several times, 2015's Last Comic Standing and stars on Hulu's 4 to 9ers, NBC's About a Boy and the horror flick Unfriended. He keeps his live comedy chops strong through shows at The Nerdist Theater and UCB Sunset, and recently starred in his own Youtube film #MODERNMILLENNIAL. Catch this talented comedian when he leaves the West Coast for the East Coast at the Drafthouse Comedy Theater in Washington, D.C.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)Friday October 20, 2017 / 10:00pm (doors at 9:40pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (doors at 6:15pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 9:00pm (doors at 8:40pm)
What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? In a very special kitchen, a lively child and her shy imaginary friend cook up beautiful music using pasta box shakers, dishes, spoons and many more surprising instruments. Drumming With Dishes is a whimsical interactive performance, which celebrates friendship, play and imagination. As our heroine empowers her imaginary friend to create music, kids ages 2 to 5 will discover just what wonders can be accomplished when we all play together. This gentle non-verbal show will fill D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center with wonder.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 10:00amThursday October 26, 2017 / 10:00amFriday October 27, 2017 / 10:00am
In the midst of a toxic nightmare, the documentary Oil and Water follows the true story of two boys from completely different worlds as they both try to combat Ecuador's oil pipeline disaster. While Hugo flees to America to lead his Amazonian tribe's survival, David comes to Ecuador to launch the world's first company that will certify oil as "fair trade." Will oil and civilization be able to peacefully coexist? Find out when Oil and Water screens at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
A member of the National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Honigberg is an exceptional cellist who's toured extensively in the U.S. and graced the Dumbarton Concert stage many times over the series' 40-year history. He'll be joined by his esteemed colleagues, violinist Karen Johnson, violinist Lily Honigberg, violist Daniel Foster and pianist Adam Golka to salute Schubert in the composer's preferred form, a Schubertiade. In early 19th-century Vienna, concerts were sponsored by friends or aficionados of Schubert's music. The ensemble will perform Schubert's Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major (Op. 100) and his String Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden") at Historic Dumbarton Church in DC.
If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sites on your list while getting first-class treatment as your Urban Adventures tour guide shuttles you between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln memorials, while providing the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museum. During your guided tour of just over two hours, you'll also get great tips on other things to see in D.C., plus suggestions for the best places to eat and drink in the capital.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 10:00amFriday October 20, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 10:00amSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmMonday October 23, 2017 / 10:00amMonday October 23, 2017 / 2:00pm
On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and learning fascinating history on this two-hour walking tour. Cap it all off by grabbing a drink in the city's oldest commercial district.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pmMonday October 23, 2017 / 3:00pmTuesday October 24, 2017 / 3:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 3:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 3:00pm
Likened to the "single-note grace of Herbie Hancock" and the "joyous two-fisted attacks of Chick Corea" (Downbeat), pianist Harold López-Nussa transmits his world travels from his fingers to the keys, equally inspired by sounds from America, Africa and his native Cuba. His debut album, 2016's El Viaje, hit No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart, and for this performance at North Bethesda's AMP by Strathmore, he's set to be joined by Gaston Joya, who made his name playing with legendary pianist Chucho Valdés and Omara Portuondo. Ruy López-Nussa rounds out the trio on drums. Come early for a free pre-show dance lesson with the DC Casineros.
A domestic artist and the perfect hostess join forces to create the ultimate dinner party, which brings together an assortment of opinionated personalities at the Silver Spring Stage in the D.C. area. In Omnium Gatherum, this surreal meal will approach bold topics like 9/11 and more in this impassioned Pulitzer Prize-nominated piece.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pm
The L.A. Times calls Lara St. John "a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava," while The New York Times hails her as a "high-powered soloist." Now this Wolf Trap 2017-2018 Artistic Advisor takes the stage at The Barns with her frequent collaborator, pianist Matt Herskowitz, for a wide-ranging performance, spotlighting works from the chamber-music canon, traditional folk pieces and tunes from her recent album, Shiksa.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic kicks off its 47th season at Church of the Epiphany in Washington DC with two special pieces. Local Virginia composer Ben Roundtree's five movement Symphony No. 1, based on five of Roundtree's spiritual and inspirational heroes and mentors, leads this first program of the season. Then the Philharmonic teams with rising local star violinist Leonid Sushansky to perform Tchaikovsky's beloved virtuoso Violin Concerto. Overall lyrical, the concerto is in turns graceful and brilliant, then elegaic, and finishes with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics.
Maestro David B. Lang conducts The Reston Chorale and guest artists in one of Rossini's final -- and finest -- works for chorus, soloists, two pianos and harmonium. Featured artists include Soprano Jacqueline Leary Warsaw, host of EWTN's In Concert, Mezzo Gloria Parvin, Tenor Pablo Talamante and Baritone Jacob Pence, as well as pianists Tordis Fahringer and Paula Pressnell, and organist Paul Skevington. Treat yourself to the scope and beauty of this extraordinary work at McLean's Saint Luke Catholic Church. A "Meet the Artists" reception immediately follows the performance -- light refreshments will be provided.
One of the Italian Kings of Comedy, Rocky LaPorte was an interstate truck driver and a Golden Gloves boxer before getting into comedy. He also claims to have been an opera singer, pro baseball player, mountain climber and country singer, but those claims are a little dubious. He's definitely appeared on Last Comic Standing, The Godfathers of Comedy and Comedy Central Presents. When actor-comedian Tim Allen saw him on The Tonight Show, he called LaPorte his "favorite new comic" and picked him to appear in his movies The Shaggy Dog and Crazy on the Outside. See LaPorte live at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00pm
The Workhouse Arts Center brings plenty of pizazz and panache to Lorton with its Cabaret Series. With each performance, players will draw you into an ever-changing lineup of Broadway hits, knock-out vocals, sly and sassy exchanges, live jazz, audience participation and more.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Cabaret Roulette)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 1:00pm (Cabaret Roulette)
Some say that D.C. is America's Paris -- With similar urban layouts, the Capitol's streets were actually designed by French-born American architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant. Experience this architecture, along with grandiose mansions and embassies on a walking tour of Embassy Row and Dupont Circle. On this two-hour adventure, you'll gaze at some of the most pristine properties in D.C. ranging in styles from Neo-classical to Beaux-Arts. At the same time, you'll learn how the events that took place inside these places contributed to the Nation's development. Discussed sites include the Spanish Steps, the Woodrow Wilson House, the Sheridan Circle, Brewmaster's Castle and plenty more.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday November 18, 2017 / 11:00am
Celebrate 10 years of great jazz when the Atlas Performing Arts Center presents the Brad Linde Ensemble in concert. Originally formed as a repertory ensemble, the group expanded its focus to include commissioned new works and music by legendary guest artists. For this special concert the 10-piece chamber-jazz ensemble will perform music by Teddy Charles, Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and more.
Explore the path that our American heroines took to give women the right to vote in the birthplace of democracy. On this guided walking tour of D.C., you'll walk in the footsteps of key figures in the women's suffrage movement as you stroll through the heart of the nation's capital to key spots, like the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. A knowledgeable guide from the National Women's History Museum accompanies you on the exciting path of women championing equality, from the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in New York to the final passage of the 19th Amendment.
Two acclaimed poets, Phillis Levin and John Burnside, come together for a night of verse packed with quiet strength. A Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, Levin has released five poetry collections. Her latest, Mr. Memory & Other Poems, was a finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Scottish author John Burnside's American debut, Black Cat Bone, recently won both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize. In addition to his ten books of poetry, he's written a memoir, A Lie About My Father, which was named the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. Don't miss Words Wanting to be Said, part of the O. B. Hardison Poetry Series, at Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Tony Award winner for Best Play of 2013, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang's hit Broadway satire, skewers the classic dramas of Anton Chekhov through an absurdist tale of family dysfunction -- but you don't have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate this zany farce. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Bucks County farmhouse where they grew up. But when their movie star sister Masha returns home unannounced with Spike, her 20-something boy toy, an unforgettable weekend ensues. See this tale of sibling rivalry, regret and raucousness in this hilarious production at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.
Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pm
Bits & Pieces is a fall preview of the Jane Franklin Dance performing season. Enjoy excerpts from Complete Dogness, a performance for children with kinetic imaging by Hong Huo. New works by choreographers Emily Crews and Rebecca Weiss are also presented. Excerpts from Aflight, named Best of Capital Fringe 2017, will feature intriguing movement and physical story-telling. Local composer Mark Sylvester provides music for True Blue and Fightin Words, with music by bluegrass fiddler Patrick McAvinue. Don't miss this dance performance at Arlington's Theatre on the Run.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:30pm