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.
Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 7:00pm (Sinatra Standing Room Only with Joe Piscopo, Dave Damiani & No Vacancy Orchestra)Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 7:00pm (Ray On My Mind - Ray Charles Tribute)Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 8:00pm (Ambrosia)
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.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of the colorful characters who live in the Jungle of Nool, featuring youth performers from Encore Stage & Studio. Horton the Elephant hears a sound coming from a speck of dust on a clover and discovers an entire world of the Whos. Jojo, an imaginative Who, keeps getting in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton must not only protect the Whos on their clover, but also sit on an abandoned egg, left to him to look after by Mayzie LaBird. Gertrude McFuzz, Horton's next door neighbor and admirer, fights to rescue him. Enjoy the many beloved characters of Dr. Seuss when family-friendly musical Seussical comes to Arlington's Kenmore Auditorium. The whole gang will teach lessons about friendship, loyalty and community.
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.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 1, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 8, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 15, 2018 / 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, Jul 22, 2018 / 1:30pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 12:30pmSunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 12:30pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 12:30pmSunday, Aug 5, 2018 / 12:30pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 12:30pmSunday, Aug 12, 2018 / 12:30pmSaturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 12:30pm
The Hypocrites, Chicago's most innovative theatre company, bring their inventively-immersive, family-friendly take on Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore to the DC area's Olney Theatre Center. This promenade-style production encourages you and your crew -- including the kids -- to follow the actors around the stage and become part of the action. In this new, gender-swapped version of the classic musical, Captain Cat Coran tries to marry her son to the lofty Admiral Dame Jo-Anne, only to have him fall in love with a lowborn sailress. The terrific score includes favorites like "I'm Called Little Buttercup."
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, Jul 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:00pm)Friday, Aug 3, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, Aug 17, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
A quirky comedy by This is Us producer/writer Bekah Brunstetter, Be a Good Little Widow contemplates how devotion and hope can persevere in the midst of unexpected loss. Melody thought being a young wife was hard, until she became a widow. As she contemplates the proper way to grieve, her mother-in-law is by her side with expert, never-ending, yet well-meaning, advice. From dutiful black dresses to inappropriate outbursts, Melody navigates an uncharted course towards understanding what it means to find someone through losing them. Take the journey at River Road Unitarian in Bethesda.
If there's one thing you'll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it's that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol's vibing craft cocktail scene, where you'll sample sweet libations at hidden gems and even learn how to make your own drinks. Get a history lesson too on how prohibition shaped D.C., and discover the speakeasies that still thrive here today.
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. 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 U.K. National Arts Collection Fund. Since moving to D.C., he has combined his love of museums with his professional storytelling skills, making his tours both educational and enjoyable. Mead is a Washington, D.C. certified tour guide and part of the team at Adventures for Creative Tourists, which specializes in private tours of the arts, culture, and historically inspired sites.
Considered one of the great American musicals, this family-friendly Broadway favorite features a cast of delightfully fun characters and a fabulous ensemble. With a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it's currently one of the Top 20 all-time longest-running shows. You'll join the adventures (and misadventures) of the brassy, matchmaking widow Dolly Levi and her zany friends in New York, as this high-energy perennial favorite delivers a timeless message about how people are more important than material wants and money. Featuring a well-loved, joyful score and lyrics, as well as a highly comedic story, this enduring treasure has been mounted numerous times, including the Tony Award-winning revival currently on Broadway. But this summer you won't have to travel that far, because it's coming to the stage of the Upper Room Theatre in the DC area.
Chicago's most innovative theatre company, The Hypocrites, are back at the DC area's Olney Theatre Center with an encore engagement of their critically-acclaimed, inventively-immersive and family-friendly version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. This promenade-style production encourages you to follow the actors around the stage as they lead you on an 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates and grown men in remarkably short shorts. Great for your whole crew -- kids included -- The Hypocrites' take on the beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a pirate apprentice who expects to be released from servitude at the age of 21, so he can live happily ever after with the lovely young Mabel. But since his birthday falls on Leap Day, he learns he'll be sticking around a lot longer. It's a roller coaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
Ghana-born professional tour guide Emmanuel Gogo offers new insights into Africa's sons and daughters with his two-hour tour of D.C.'s Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. This small, private tour will transport you to selected countries in Africa, where you'll learn about the continent's civilizations, cultures, and how Africans have been influential in shaping the world's developmental progress. You'll explore African art dating back to the 15th century, then travel all the way up to modern-era masterpieces.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 1:00pm Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Sep 15, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Nov 10, 2018 / 1:00pm
City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes, and beyond, City Winery has created a compelling mix for its sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons -- bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city.
Monday, Jul 23, 2018 / 8:00pm (DakhaBrakha)Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Quebe Sisters)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 8:00pm (Brand Nubian)Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 8:00pm (Vivian Ross: The Four Queens)Monday, Jul 30, 2018 / 8:00pm (PJ Morgan Album Release Show)
The big top circus was the creation of Phineas Taylor Barnum, a consummate showman who wasn't above creating a tall tale or two to entertain the crowds and make a buck. The musical Barnum delves into the life of this unique personality from inside the center ring of his own circus. You'll marvel as the play tells Barnum's tale, complete with the many famous characters he introduced to the world, all set to toe-tapping ballads, dazzling marches and ragtime tunes composed by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart. Don't miss this Prince William Little Theatre presentation of the dazzling Barnum at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
With jokes aimed at both ends of the political spectrum -- and pretty much all of the middle, too -- musical-comedy group The Capitol Steps has been eliciting laughs at democracy's expense since 1981. If you've ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Donald Trump sing a rock song and Vladimir Putin dance shirtless, this is the show for you. The Steps' stage show features numerous song parodies and skits, and the cast even includes some former Congressional staffers, whose firsthand experience helps make the jokes zing that much more. This legendary troupe's recorded more than 30 albums, and their radio specials are featured on NPR stations nationwide four times a year, but there's nothing like experiencing their cutting-edge comedy live at DC's Ronald Reagan Building.
The tragedy of Georgetown's darker side encompasses the oldest neighborhood in D.C. with local legends, ghost stories and true crime events from its past. In this evening walking tour, you will stroll the historic streets of Georgetown and hear long ago tales of tragedy, romance and lore. With its architecture, pedigree, and ambiance, Georgetown is a lovely place to visit. However, the houses, churches and cemeteries of this tiny neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why ... This tour is for adults only due to mature content.
As World War II rages overseas, three sailors on leave have 24 hours to spend in New York City in the classic musical On the Town, coming to the Olney Theatre Center's Mainstage. Featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein that includes the standard "New York, New York," this delightful romp follows Ozzie, Chip and Gabey as they meet up with three lively ladies for an adventure through the City That Never Sleeps. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly later made a film version, but there's nothing like catching a Broadway favorite on stage.
Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out shows at comedy clubs and conferences all over the world. Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters ranging from stand-up comedians to software engineers and Tony Award winners to TED presenters have put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet: giving a presentation that they've never seen before. Fusing technology with comedy, Speechless is the entertainment experience for the Web 2.0 world. Catch this hit improv show at D.C.'s Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
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.
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
Our newest addition to the dark side walking tours, explore Capitol Hill with your guide to talk about scandals and hauntings. DC By Foot's Capitol Hill Ghost Tour is a walking tour intended to provide guests with the history of the largest historic residential neighborhood in DC, with a dark twist. The guides will discuss the deaths, ghosts, curses and often violent figures and events of Capitol Hill. You'll hear about hauntings associated with the Capitol, the Library of Congress, Old Capitol Prison, historic homes and dark parks.
Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 5, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 12, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 16, 2018 / 8:00pm
Celebrate Easter with a Palm Sunday tour of the National Gallery of Art, and witness what renowned artists throughout the ages thought about Madonna, the Saints, the Adoration of the Magi and the Crucifixion. Professional guides will take you through the museum's highlights, historical showstoppers and fan favorites over the course of two hours and stop to discuss each piece's symbols, stories and background.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Aug 19, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Sep 16, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Nov 4, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Nov 18, 2018 / 2:00pm
The Men in Motion bring their Magic Mike-style moves to the Bier Baron in DC. Designed to fuel your fantasies and feed your desires, this talented troupe of hard-bodied dancers is ready to heat things up with thumping music, swiveling hips and seductive theatrics. Whatever your special occasion -- birthday, bachelorette, divorce party -- or no occasion at all, this show is specially designed to provide you with the perfect girls' night out. VIP tickets guarantee you a seat closer to the action.
#poolparty is a thought-provoking play about the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of a private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. See Jennifer Mendenhall's play at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier.
Virginia is home to both exquisite local wineries and rich historical landmarks -- and the Monticello Wine Trail Tour brings the two together in an extraordinary pairing that's a perfect unique way to spend the holiday season. This trip along the historic Monticello Wine Trail departs from Town Center of Virginia Beach and stops at wineries inspired by Thomas Jefferson's vision of winemaking. In addition to the wine tasting, this all-inclusive expedition features round-trip bus transportation, with complimentary continental breakfast and fruit mimosas, live historical entertainment, wine tasting at three of Virginia's most prominent wineries, shopping, sightseeing and lunch at Michie Tavern, a historic eatery that's been serving hungry travelers since 1784.
If you already find charm and humor in Shakespeare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, try a version of the play where the enchanted forest gets replaced with rural Ireland as the setting. Intrigued yet? Don't worry, you'll still get your fix of fairies and quarreling lovers, but also enjoy Irish music, dance and Yeats poetry from the Quotidian Theatre Company at the Old Roundhouse Theater in Silver Spring.
Shi-Queeta Lee and her Divas of Illusion serve you fierce impersonations of singing legends like Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Jill Scott, Cardi B., Lauren Hill, Sza, Marvin Gaye and the list goes on. As they slay the stage at D.C.'s Chateau Inc., you can enjoy a bunch buffet featuring chicken stir fry, waffles, meatballs, vegetarian pasta, vegan options and more. Plus, your first mimosa or Bloody Mary is free.
The week is over and it's time to cut loose. You could celebrate happy hour with friends and drink specials on a rooftop... or even better, that rooftop could be sailing along the waters of beautiful Washington, D.C. You'll feel like you're on vacation as your weekly worries stay behind on land with the Happy Hour on the Harbor Cruise, back by popular demand. The full bar, fun music and drink specials keep the weekend in full force, whether you're on a date or kicking back with friends. The party gets going at National Ferry Corporation at the Washington Marina.
Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 6:00pm
During a third-grade lesson on Rosa Parks, a young boy asks, "If white people sat at the front of the bus and black people sat at the back of the bus, where did Latinos sit?" This Drama Desk-nominated solo show, written and performed by Brian Quijada, examines Latino identity in America through the eyes of a young man journeying from childhood through young adulthood. Now coming to 1st Stage Theater in Tysons, Where Did We Sit is "a theatrical mixtape of [Quijada's] life, a mashup of looped rhythms, raps, songs, poems and spoken-word pieces that attempt to find the connecting threads of a life lived liminally" (Chicago Tribune).
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, Jul 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 27, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 10, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 17, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 31, 2018 / 8:00pm
Those popular singles "swiping" apps come to life at this speed-dating party, where you'll spend a few minutes chatting with each guy or gal to get an instant impression, before it's on to the next. Plus, there's nothing like face-to-face interaction to see if there's really a spark. A relaxed mix-and-mingle with a cash bar follows the event in Old Town Alexandria, then, 48 hours later, the hosts will email you a link to the online system, where you can message your favorite people from the party, without anyone's personal contact info being revealed. It's a fun, safe way to meet tons of new people in the shortest time possible.
What if you finally try moonlight rock climbing? What if you call your Uncle Ted out on his awful toupee? What if you get up the courage to tell your mom you actually hate her meatloaf? How different could your life be because of one seemingly innocuous choice? Before you decide, let The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre -- the world's most audacious improv troupe that launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper and Bobby Moynihan -- play out your potential futures in front of your eyes... just to be sure it won't make your life a complete and total disaster. Witness a hilarious version of the future at Washington DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern and American, on this Washington, D.C. food tour. A local guide will give you the inside scoop on the cuisines, the Corridor's sites, the juicy gossip of H Street and beyond. The fun begins at Union Station's Main Lobby.
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.
A stand-up veteran who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers and @midnight, Michael Kosta has been a fixture on TV since his breakout performance at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He hosted and co-wrote The Comment Section, guest-hosted Attack of the Show and co-hosted Crowd Goes Wild with Regis Philbin. He also served as a correspondent on The Soup spinoff series The Soup Investigates. His specials include Comedy Central Presents: Michael Kosta and Comedy for Attractive People.
Before it became the feature film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, The Last Five Years began as a stirring stage musical that was hailed as one of the 10 best shows of 2001 by TIME magazine. Told through inventive and heartrending songs, The Last Five Years is a two-person show that navigates the ups and downs of a marriage. There is, however, a twist: The man relives the relationship from beginning to end, while the woman relates their story in reverse. The two characters' emotional timelines converge only once -- at their wedding in the middle of the show. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), this is the story of a couple's five-year relationship, from the thrilling pangs of new love to their painful final separation. The intimate musical is playing at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater in Hagerstown.
Friday, Jul 20, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 6:00pmFriday, Jul 27, 2018 / 6:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 6:00pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 6:00pmSunday, Aug 12, 2018 / 1:00pm
A New Nation is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre's Guerrilla Theatre Works model, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. A New Nation probes responses to the immigration crisis in the US and current perceptions of the stranger, amplifying diverse voices to challenge fear and strengthen our sense of home. The journey of an unaccompanied minor, a deportation notice and everyday life in a new land are glimpses of the narratives that move beyond the boundaries of the theatre itself. See it at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
The 14th Street corridor between Irving Street and Park Road at one time was one of Washington, D.C.'s most thriving shopping and entertainment destinations outside of downtown. Then, in 1968, riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sparked extensive looting and burning of commercial property. For years afterward, boarded-up businesses and empty lots marred the formerly vibrant Columbia Heights area. Now the area is experiencing a cultural and commercial resurgence, making it a hot spot once again. On this fun and informative two-hour Washington Walks tour, hear the history and see the exciting changes that have taken place.
The Sweet Spot pop-erotica variety show celebrates sexual expression in all its wondrous glory and vast variety with a raucous night of entertainment, featuring a mix of spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, runway fashion, DJ-spun and live music and more. Now touring to more than 30 cities, the Brooklyn-based show hits Washington, DC, with its signature mix of high-energy performances, designed so adults of all persuasions can enjoy and engage with the erotic arts in a fun, safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Don't miss the excitement when the latest edition, a White Party where guests are encouraged to arrive in all-white clothes, comes to the Howard Theatre.
Snake Telegram is a soft and vicious solo, which unravels from maneuvered folds into an operetta of savage and coarse dimensions. Both mystery and surprise, Sarah Beth Oppenheim weaves quirky-luscious movement from coil to cry. With a handmade sensibility, the work's plucked and tarnished movements contrast a soundtrack of cool, cool jazz. An exploration of gender and femininity, Oppenheim culminates three years of research into the self and how one navigates the pitfalls and pratfalls of contemporary womanhood. With dance theater elements of stylized physicality, comfort extremes, character work and audience engagement, the work offers tethers and branches for others to connect and yield their own experiences. Founded in 1980, Washington DC's Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs.
Drafthouse Comedy Presents Attack of the Comics: DC's longest running Stand-up Open Mic. We showcase the real. Seasoned Comics need to work things out. Young Comics need to work things out. Sometimes these Comics collide on the same stage. Come to our new show, on Friday Night's, and get this work! Attack or The Comics, Join the Rebellion, and do something different.
Step out of your everyday and into the world of Summer Escape -- the perfect antidote to sticky, monotonous summers full of traffic, pit stains and the dodging of tour groups. Washington Improv Theater has a lineup that's hot in all the right ways, ranging from company ensembles like Madeline and Nox! to a reprise of the hit show, In Lieu of Flowers. From improvised stories of rock bands, complete with live instruments, to improvised funerals based on the life stories of volunteers from the audience, and even improvised musicals about potential ways the world will end, the lineup for Summer Escape changes nightly -- but each performance is sure to make you laugh. Enjoy the show at Source in Washington, DC.
The Dave Matthews Tribute Band isn't just a concert; it's a religious experience. Not literally, but it might as well be since these guys know how to put on a "musical play." Many DMB lovers go to their shows with high expectations, and the burning question is naturally, "Do these guys sound like the real Dave Matthews Band?" And almost always the answer is, "Yes!" Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, The Dave Matthews Tribute Band is the only nationally touring tribute to the Dave Matthews Band. The six-piece ensemble strives to pay homage to their famous counterparts by matching the excitement, energy, intensity and intimacy of a DMB live show. Come see for yourself at the Howard Theatre in Washington DC.
The fourth annual DC Swim Week is here, and in celebration of this trendy showcase of the latest and greatest in swimwear, you're invited to the launch party at the French Embassy. There's a VIP red-carpet reception leading to the main event, which features a shopping extravaganza, live experience stations, photo ops with #Swimsquad models, DJ and live musical performances and a special exhibition with the work of renowned local artist Bijan Rasheidi.
Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 7:30pm (VIP Admission at 5:30pm)
This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe -- a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Pinkalicious the Musical is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation. The musical will be preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hotdog (beverages and gratuity are not included in the cost of the ticket).
Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 11:30amSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 11:30amSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 11:30amSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 11:30am
Inspired by the Mahabharata epic, Prakriti Dance's production of Amba Shikandi: A Journey of Courage at DC's Dance Place tells the story of Amba, who's taken away from her true love by Bhishma, and thus cannot marry and finds herself ostracized and alone. Instead of accepting her fate, she seeks divine intervention to find her own justice. Founded by Co-Artistic Directors Kasi Aysola and Madhvi Venkatesh, Prakriti Dance uses the movement vocabulary of Bharata Natyam to communicate inspirations from nature, philosophy and the human experience. By interweaving lyrics, dance and visual design, Prakriti Dance explores multifaceted performances that transcend cultural boundaries.
Prepare to be shocked by uncanny mental feats and otherworldly occurrences at Willard & Wood: An Evening of Impossibilities, hosted by two of the Washington, DC area's top magicians. In this intended-for-adults show at The Grand, Willard Royal and Peter Wood blend magic, mentalism and a healthy dose of clean comedy for an intimate and up-close performance that harkens back to the private parlor magic shows that dazzled high society crowds more than a century ago. Come dressed in your finest cocktail attire for this extraordinarily enchanting performance, now in its third year.
Kelsey Cook headlines a night of stand-up at The DC Comedy Loft at The Bier Baron. Cook has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, Gotham Comedy Live, FOX, FUSE and MTV. Also performing is Gina Brown.
DC Nitelife's Family & Friends Music Festival is ready to rock the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville with a lineup of great bands, DJs and even stand-up comics, and this year, they're adding a car-show competition, featuring antique, classic, muscle, import, convertible and racing automobiles and motorcycles. Keep the young ones entertained with kids' activities, shop a wide variety of vendors and much more. Live acts are set to include an Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band, Project 360, Grand Theft Band, comic Eddie Bryant and others.
Abraham Lincoln was a crucial figure in American history, and many of the key events of his life and presidency took place right here in the heart of Washington, D.C. Although much of the city's character from the Civil War era is gone, many sights still evoke Lincoln's life and times -- and one of the expert guides from Washington Walks will show them to you. The busy Washington streets are not that different today than they would have been in the 1860s, when the president himself made his way through them -- except that 21st-century Washingtonians benefit from sidewalks and paved thoroughfares rather than dirt pathways. In Lincoln's day the area would have often been a muddy slog. As you walk on this two-hour guided tour, hear the fascinating story of the first American leader to be assassinated.
They founded organizations, sponsored legislation, blazed trails and suffered trials. For generations, women living and working in Washington, D.C. have defied expectations and surmounted discrimination to increase equality, freedom and prosperity for their fellow citizens. "Angel of the Battlefield" Clara Barton inspired a world-wide humanitarian movement. Dorothy Height devoted 40 years to supporting African-American women and girls. Frances Perkins not only became the first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary, she was the principal architect of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. See the sites downtown and around the U.S. Capitol where they and others made their marks and follow history along Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, where thousands of suffragists first marched for equality on March 3, 1913. The walk will conclude at the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, home to the National Women's Party for nearly 90 years and the epicenter of the struggle for women's rights.
Friday, Jul 20, 2018 / 1:00pmMonday, Jul 23, 2018 / 1:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 1:00pmMonday, Aug 13, 2018 / 1:00pmFriday, Aug 24, 2018 / 1:00pmMonday, Sep 3, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Nov 25, 2018 / 1:00pm
Stories of the world come alive at the Newseum, where you can go behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. See some of the final photographs of the only journalist who died covering the 9/11 attacks, witness the epic struggle of the civil rights movement in the '60s, marvel at a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs and hear never-before-told stories from the journalists and photographers who stood on the front lines of history. This high-tech museum features seven levels of galleries and exhibits, including the Berlin Wall Gallery, which features eight 12-foot-high sections of the actual wall and a three-story East German guard tower. There are also theaters, retail spaces and visitor services where you can explore electronic news, unique artifacts, photojournalism, news history and world news. And, since there's so much to see, your ticket is good for two consecutive days. Take your time and see half the first day, then return the next day to catch what you missed.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Jul 23, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
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.
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy and television work under his belt, Chris Monty continues to delight audiences worldwide. His latest high-profile projects include HBO's Vinyl, Amazon's Red Oaks, Paul Bart: Mall Cop 2, Kevin Can Wait and Netflix's Orange is the New Black. With his stand-up, Monty channels a refreshing and unique style of the 1960s cool funnyman mixed with a modern chic. His unique take on current topics and storytelling are reminiscent of the comics that would keep The Rat Pack in stitches for weeks. Catch him live at DC Comedy Loft at the Bier Baron Tavern with Kevin Israel.
Becky's New Car is a hilarious screwball comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken. Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is happily married to a good man, and together they struggle to survive in a bad economy and to support their son, who lives in the basement while he works toward his degree. Becky takes a trip on the "wild side" with a billionaire who just happens to enter the car dealership where Becky works, only to discover that her inability to say "no" has created a trunk-full of problems. How can a nice person who has done something bad get herself out of this car wreck? Find out at the Bowie Playhouse.
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 Neoclassical 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, Jul 21, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 31, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Sep 8, 2018 / 1:00pm
The Overachievers Comedy Show is a monthly showcase hosted by Martin Amini from TruTV and featuring stand-up comics from Comedy Central, MTV, NBC and more. Music is provided by DJ Bo. Don't miss this night of laughs at The Bier Baron Tavern in Washington, D.C.
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, Jul 21, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Monday, Jul 23, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)
A brash New Jersey detective visits a vibrant seaside town to investigate the disappearance of a teenager in the one-man mystery The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Through interviews with a withdrawn teenage girl, her abrasive but warmhearted hairdresser mom, the British proprietor of a dance-and-drama school and at least half-a-dozen other distinct characters, the truth of Leonard's disappearance unfolds to a luminous conclusion. The New York Times raved the play "leave[s] you beaming with joy" and The New Yorker proclaimed it "a whodunit with a heart of gold." See it at 1st Stage Theater in Tysons.
After dazzling audiences in New York and Boston -- and winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical -- an exciting new staging of Pippin comes to Alexandria. This updated version of the Broadway classic infuses the production with a modern vision through the millennial lens, while still rocking the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, the award-winning composer of Wicked and Godspell. With classic songs like "Corner of the Sky," "No Time at All," "Magic to Do" and "Extraordinary," and recreated versions of Bob Fosse's original choreography, this sexy and sophisticated version of Pippin tells the story of the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, who goes on a death-defying journey to find meaning in life. He encounters love, sex, war and politics, and must ultimately choose between a life that's ordinary or a flash of singular glory. Monumental Theatre Company, winner of the 2018 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, brings the musical to the Ainslie Arts Center.
Enjoy an educational, relaxing walk through northeast D.C. on this informative Kenilworth Gardens Tour, which takes you through the quiet neighborhood of Eastland Gardens and past the historic 1930s apartment buildings along the Anacostia River. Then, explore the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the only U.S. National Park devoted to aquatic plants. Founded in the late 19th century as a hobby for a government worker, the gardens have bloomed into one of the most scenic -- and least-visited -- spots in the city. Take in the verdant plant life, explore the river wetlands and spot wild herons during this foot journey that combines the best of city life and wildlife.
James Davis' fresh stand-up style recently landed him a starring role on Comedy Central's Hood Adjacent, a show that explores his hometown of South Central L.A. -- "just not the most dangerous part" -- through Davis' unique perspective. In the past few years, you may have also caught Davis stealing scenes on Real Husbands of Hollywood, BET's Hell Date and Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? and showing off his quick wit on @midnight. Oh, and did we mention he's also written for The Late Late Show and opened for artists like Drake and Ryan Leslie? Catch Davis live when he headlines Washington DC's Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
Steven Negron aka Chicklet is a young up-and-coming comedian who got his start going viral on IG. Putting up hilarious videos of him and his girlfriend Maleni in hilarious fights led him to be claimed as "the chillest boyfriend to ever exist" by Revolt and "Instagram's favorite couple" by People en Español. He and Maleni simply show people how a young couple actually deals with life in their own New York kind of way. Chicklet's other half Maleni Cruz is young and fiesty, who's made a name for herself by being the girl that "wears the pants" in their videos. Couples will always disagree and argue, but Maleni always lets it be known when she's not happy or doesn't agree with Chicklet's antics. You may not see her in all the videos but you always hear her and know she's close by ... real close. Catch these two "duke it out" at the Baltimore Comedy Factory.
Jonnae, Brandon Lewis, Kraig Smith, Trevor Wallace, Kevonstage, Tony Baker, Tahir Moore: You've seen these comedians on the All Def channel in the shows you love, like Dad Jokes, Great Taste, Bad News and Roast Me. Now they're coming to the stage of the Baltimore Comedy Factory for SquADD Live!. Get your tickets now for this sure-fire night of rapid-fire laughs.
"Authentic, endearing, humble" and "genuinely funny" are just a few bits from Broadway World's review of Jade Jones when she performed at 2016's Summer Cabaret series. She's back this summer with a '70s soiree that will leave this year's audience cheering for another encore. Check her out and sing along a few bars at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church.
The Olney Theatre Center presents a concert recital of the Leonard Bernstein classic musical Candide. An all-star cast, including Chris Bloch, Rhett Guter, Suzanne Lane, Sam Ludwig, Donna Migliaccio and Rachel Zampelli, perform the catchy score of the classic adapted operetta accompanied by dual pianos. See it on the stage of Olney's Mainstage.
America has more than $100 billion in medical debt, but you can help do something about it -- by laughing. Each month, Laugh for Good at the DC Comedy Loft inside Bier Baron Tavern hosts a comedy/variety show that helps raise money for this worthy cause. This is easily one of the most fun nights out you'll ever have with live standup, music, improv, weird live paintings and more.
Written by Aditi Brennan Kapil and featuring Aila Peck and bassist Thom Dunn, Brahman/i is "a layered, insightful consideration of Indian-American cultural identity, gender and colonialism that happens to take the form of a stand-up comedy routine," says the Hollywood Reporter, exploring everything from Indian heritage to history, mythology, gender roles and horrifying middle-school experiences. Catch it at 1st Stage Theater in Tysons.
A brilliant play, beautifully fashioned, sometimes wacky and sometimes sad, combines hilarity, poignancy, outrageousness, and tragedy by one of America's finest playwrights: John Guare. A songwriter with visions of glory toils by day as a zookeeper and by night sings at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife. Meanwhile, downstairs lives his mistress. Chaos ensues one day when the Pope makes his first visit to the city; the songwriter's soldier son Ronny goes AWOL; an old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, shows up with his starlet girlfriend in tow; and a group of nuns all descend on the apartment. See this enchanting, zany farce at the Silver Spring Stage.
Fillmore Silver Spring and Third Eye Comics bring you the first-ever Masque Off soiree. This pop culture party revels in all things comic books, games, movies and TV. Come dressed as your favorite character -- from Link to Luigi, The Doctor to Rick Sanchez, Shuri to Sheldon -- and let loose with music, vendors, drinks and more. You'll rub elbows with cosplay mega stars like Lua Stardust, Uncanny Megan, plus more surprise guests than you can shake a wizarding wand at.
The first animated film ever nominated for an Oscar, Disney's magic fairy dust has since turned Beauty and the Beast into a Tony-nominated musical that ran on Broadway for 13 years and then back into a live-action hit at the box office in 2017. And every version works, thanks to its engaging romance, time-tested storytelling, sly humor and in the case of this stage version, its amazing score. And now Gaston, Belle, Lumiere and the gang are coming to the Theatre at Potomac Falls High School with classic tunes like "Be Our Guest," "A Change in Me" and more.
Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Aug 5, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 7:30pm
In 1937, a physics professor at Princeton University received a call. The internationally-renowned classical singer Marian Anderson was giving a concert at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. But because she was African-American, Anderson was denied a hotel room. Instead she accepted an invitation to stay at the professor's home. That professor was Albert Einstein. The Secrets of the Universe (And Other Songs), a world premiere play with songs, is based on the true relationship of these titanic figures -- a union of hearts, minds and souls in a quest to unlock the secrets of the universe. See it at the Hub Theatre - The New School of Northern Virginia in Fairfax.
Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts nationally touring comedians and showcases the hottest local comedians. Talent from HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central are known to drop in on any given night. Bask in the cool atmosphere, enjoy friendly and attentive staff, and listen to famous comedy in a range of styles. It's the perfect idea for D.C. date night, meeting new people, or just a fun night on the town.
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.