Kick back, relax, order a drink, chill out to some music and enjoy the enticing views of the nation’s capital on this one-hour Potomac River cruise. You can stroll the outdoor decks or take in the sights from the climate-controlled interior cabins on one of two afternoon day trips. Perfect for a weekend gathering with friends, an outing with the kids or an intimate date, this cruise offers smooth sailing as you glide past the famous historic landmarks of our nation’s capital. There’s a full on-board bar with snacks and drinks for purchase, and the ship departs from and returns to the Washington Marina on the Southwest Waterfront, a short walk from The Wharf and the Tidal Basin.
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 5:00pm Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 6:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 5:00pm Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 5:00pm Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 6:30pm
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.
Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Band’s Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. When an Egyptian band winds up stranded in a remote Israeli village, their lives become intertwined with the people of the village in the most unexpected ways. With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score, the musical rejoices in the powerful way song unites us. Tony Award winners David Yazbek, Itamar Moses and director David Cromer bring The Band’s Visit to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The musical proves that even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.
Donny Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel artist whose Grammy-winning work made him a major force on the music scene. But Hathaway was a troubled genius — a man who often refused to take the prescribed medication that was meant to help control the debilitating symptoms of his paranoid schizophrenia. Now, Mosaic Theater Company’s production of Twisted Melodies offers a fictionalized journey through that tortured and brilliant mind, giving you a glimpse into the life of a man lost in space and time as he battles a truly insidious mental illness. A theatrical experience that aims to captivate with its penetrating exploration of the psychology of a musical legend, Twisted Melodies at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. is also designed to open up conversation about the ways mental illness is treated in our society.
Comedy legends The Second City return to the Kennedy Center with America; It’s Complicated! an all-new, all-hilarious show that reaches way, way across the aisle for non-stop equal opportunity laughs. From searing social satire to poking fun at pop culture, you won’t want to miss Second City’s hallmark mashup of sketch comedy, world famous improv and original music. No two shows are ever the same!
The causeway’s flooded and (of course) the local sheriff is stranded on the mainland. Naturally, on a turbulent night like this, the phones are down and who would ever expect cell phones to work in this remote part of the state? Does it sound like a good night for a roaring fire and a dinner party with a lot of laughs from a boisterous, tipsy actress? Does it sound like a good night for a murder — or two? People are dying and the party really isn’t funny anymore. Find out more when Absolutely Dead, written by Michael Walker, comes to the Bowie Playhouse.
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.
Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Jul 15, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
With its rousing melody and powerful lyrics, there’s no question that the song “Amazing Grace” is an uplifting, spiritual classic. And it comes as no surprise that the road towards its creation would be paved with romance, rebellion and redemption. Now, you can discover the inspiring true story behind one of the world’s most beloved songs with the all-new musical, Amazing Grace. Follow John Newton, a willful and musically talented Englishman who finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his slave trader father or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave Thomas, John embarks on a harrowing journey that not only leads to a transformative moment of self-reckoning, but a blazing anthem of hope and freedom. Experience this soaring, musical saga at Museum of the Bible World Stage Theater in Washington, D.C.
Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 2:00pm (Museum Admission at Noon)Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 7:00pm (Museum Admission at 3:00pm)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 2:00pm (Museum Admission at Noon)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 7:00pm (Museum Admission at 3:00pm)Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 2:00pm (Museum Admission at Noon)Friday, Jul 19, 2019 / 2:00pm (Museum Admission at Noon)Friday, Jul 19, 2019 / 7:00pm (Museum Admission at 3:00pm)Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 2:00pm (Museum Admission at Noon)
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.
Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jul 21, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Nov 3, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Nov 10, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Nov 17, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Nov 24, 2019 / 11:00am
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, Jul 8, 2019 / 10:00pm (Josh Bayer - Guitar)Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / 10:00pm (Cecily - Vocals - "EP Release Party")Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 10:00pm (Christian de Mesones "They Call Me Big New York" - Bass - Album Release Party)Monday, Jul 15, 2019 / 10:00pm (Jessica Boykin-Settles - Jazz Vocals)Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 / 10:00pm (Jeff Antoniuk & Helluvaband - Sax - "Release Party & MD Summer Jazz Kick Off")Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 / 10:00pm (Kyle Turner - Sax/Smooth)Monday, Jul 22, 2019 / 10:00pm (Fairfax Swing Jazz Band - Community Band - Directed by Tony Aversano)Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 / 10:00pm (3 Divas Jazz Trio Sherrie Maricle-Amy Shook-Jackie Warren - Drums/Bass/Piano)
Arturo Ui is a tale of the meteoric rise of a small-time Brooklyn hoodlum who takes over the cauliflower racket in 1930s Chicago. Ui ruthlessly disposes of his competitors to enrich himself and gain power. Both entertaining and provocative, this play is a powerful parable to Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. It also elicits comparisons to members of our government who aim to seize more power and control over us. Don’t miss this spellbinding play, which depicts evil fascism on the march while portraying the dark sides of human nature. This story reminds us how those who lust for power and expand the grips of government often lead us to tyranny. Arturo Ui at D.C.’s Atlas Performing Arts Center is fourth play by Bertolt Brecht that Scena Theatre has produced in its 32-year history. It contains some scenes depicting violence. It’s suitable for patrons ages 14 and older and parental discretion is advised.
An international hit, this Washington, D.C. premiere is inspired by real life events. In 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest, a 14 year-old black girl named Vivian was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her, just her name, her age and how she died. This fantasia for two actors gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music.
Nationally recognized comedians travel the country tasting local wine and making new fans in this new comedy circuit that brings quality comedy to folks for a fraction of what antiquated comedy clubs demand. Come for the wine and laughs at Hidden Brook Winery in Leesburg.
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.
Check out the Library of Congress on this two-hour guided tour. You’ll start outside by getting an up-close look at the iconic fountain and the sculptures that adorn the building. Then head inside and up to the top floor of the Jefferson Building to view the Mezzanine Gallery, the Minerva Mosaic, the Great Reading Room and Thomas Jefferson’s Library. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the early history of the Library of Congress and how it’s maintained by Congress. On the second floor, you’ll get a rare glimpse of the Gutenbergand Mainz bibles in the Bible Gallery. Pass by the ornate Great Hall and see the classical architecture and paintings by over 50 famous American artists. Then head back to the ground floor to visit the Bob Hope Gallery, the Gershwin Room, the Graphic Arts Gallery and Library Shop. You’ll be able to view some of Bob Hope’s personal papers, his famous joke file, and other memorabilia donated by one of the most famous entertainers in American history. See the first room dedicated to musicians in the Gershwin Room, where you’ll George’s grand piano and Ira’s typewriter. Before you leave, stop in at the Library of Congress’ Gift Shop.
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 9:30am
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.
In this compelling play from MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant recipient Samuel D. Hunter, uncertainty and instability are in the air. Four years earlier, Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers that he founded with his friends. Now he’s returned to small-town Idaho with no word of where he’s been, and everything has changed. One friend is gone, the other — his former lover — has traded idealism for realism, and their new-ish co-worker is emotionally invested in a paper now filled with personal ads instead of perspectives. Hunter’s play is a “compassionate, gently-hued drama about lonely lives” (The New York Times) desperately searching for a renewed faith in humanity.
Pulitzer Prize winning Lynn Nottage weaves a lyrical and powerful story in Intimate Apparel of a talented African-American seamstress in New York City at the turn of the previous century, who sews for rich white and poor black clients alike, and saves her earnings so she can someday open her own beauty parlor. She also longs for a loving husband and has a long-distance pen-pal romance with a Barbadian laborer. When he shows up in person, however, he is not the articulate or charming man he seemed to be in his letters. Although deeply wounded, she chooses to move forward with her life, unbroken by a string of betrayals and abandonment. Audiences will be captivated by this poignant and pulls no punches portrait of passion and loneliness.
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? Whether you’re looking for a new career or just interested in making some extra money on the side, this workshop gives you a fun, realistic behind-the-scenes look at the voice-over industry. From audiobooks to training material, cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, you’ll learn the ins and outs of this growing field and how to avoid the common mistakes made by newcomers. Hear what a professional voice demo sounds like, discover which vocal types are most in-demand and record a short script under the direction of your instructor. At Old Town Alexandria’s Hilton Garden Inn, this class is a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting.
Join Meghan Hanson, certified international tour director, for an insider private tour of the Impressionism Collection at Washington, D.C.‘s National Gallery of Art. She’ll walk you through over 30 paintings, hitting museum highlights, historical show stoppers, and fan favorites of Impressionist painting. Behind each piece you will get a back story that will bring you more insight into the why these pieces have been chosen to represent Impressionism.
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.
Part song cycle, part rock opera, Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters is a collection of musical love notes to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Multiple characters of varying ages and backgrounds present short, overlapping stories of passion, loss, death, and betrayal that stretch across space and time. UrbanArias will present this groundbreaking series of dramatic ballads by Costello and Brodsky Quartet in an immersive cabaret setting at Signature Theatre in Arlington.
Ever been told you’ve got a great speaking voice? If you’re interested in breaking into the growing world of voice acting for documentaries, cartoons, commercials and more, this popular introductory seminar is a great first step. Learn from an experienced professional what a professional voice demo sounds like, how to avoid common mistakes and what types are most in demand. Plus, you’ll even get to record your own mock commercial script under the direction of the instructor-producer. Filled with practical advice rather than bogus “get rich quick” secrets, Getting Paid to Talk could be your first step towards an exciting new career, or just a fun and fascinating glimpse inside a unique industry.
Perfect for your summer entertainment! “You are guaranteed to leave The Mollusc with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart,” raved DC Theatre Scene about QTC’s “spot-on” 2008 production of Davies’ Edwardian comedy of ill manners. A decade later, QTC restages one of its most popular productions about Dulcie Baxter, the “mollusc,” who has an unusual, yet hilarious affliction. Jack Sbarbori, who directed and designed the set for the acclaimed 2008 production, returns for the remount.
The Hub Theatre (in 2019 residency at NextStop Theatre) presents American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables by Sam Hamashima, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer. News travels across the Pacific on Dec. 7 resulting in foolhardy claims of Japanese sympathizers. As calls for war perpetrate a nation, The Ishii Family undertakes radical assimilation to calm the local police and fearful neighbors. Mixing family testimony and cartoon charm, the Japanese Americans’ response to national disaster develops into a sparkling fable on what it means to be family.
Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (House Opens at 7:30pm)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 2:00pm (House Opens at 1:30pm)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 8:00pm (House Opens at 7:30pm)Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 2:00pm (House Opens at 1:30pm)Friday, Jul 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (House Opens at 7:30pm)Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 2:00pm (House Opens at 1:30pm)Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 8:00pm (House Opens at 7:30pm)Sunday, Jul 21, 2019 / 2:00pm (House Opens at 1:30pm)
Hi, I’m Taylor. I’m a comedian and was the second place winner on season 8 of America’s Got Talent! They named me one of their 5 favorite acts of all time in their recent 10 year AGT Anniversary Special. My point is, I’m prettttty cool! Smiley face. I started performing stand-up comedy while I was a senior in high school in Del Mar, California. I now live in Los Angeles and travel around the world telling jokes. I’ve performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada and I was the youngest comedian to ever perform on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. I’ve also appeared on MTV’s TRL, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Last Call with Carson Daly and I was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
From sweet to savory, to locally sourced and all things artisan, this Georgetown food tour reveals where to find the best locally-produced bites in a neighbourhood that’s gone corporate. As you taste your way through one of the most historic areas in DC your local guide will regale you with tales of the neighborhood, how it has changed through the years, and where it will go in the future.
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.
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 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Friday, Jul 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
The McLean Community Players return to the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center with the musical Seussical.Seussical brings together many beloved Dr. Seuss characters, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Maizie La Bird, the Grinch, JoJo and the Whos. The Cat narrates the story — pulled from more than a dozen Dr. Seuss books — of Horton’s adventures while protecting The Whos. The characters travel everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to Whoville, the Circus McGurkus, and other far off destinations. The music embraces many styles, including Latin, pop, swing, and R&B. The themes of bravery, loyalty, love, and the power of imagination make this musical appealing to theater-goers of all ages. Seussical was co-conceived by Eric Idle, Stephen Flaherty (music and book) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics and book).
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.
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.
Be More Chill is based on a popular teen fiction novel of the same name, and tells the story of Jeremy, a high school “loser,” who goes to great lengths to gain self-confidence. Jeremy learns from the school bully about a supercomputer pill that will make him cool — the SQUIP. He quickly realizes that getting what you really want isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The Broadway sensation comes to Monumental for the D.C. area premiere.
Each year, Annapolis Shakespeare Company produces a show in the outdoor courtyard of Reynolds Tavern. This year’s production is the very fun and very funny Tartuffe (directed by Sally Boyett), written by Moliere. The ASC has designed a bawdy and fun romp wonderfully acted by a team of talented comedic actors — an evening that’s perfectly enjoyed with a cocktail and friends. Enjoy an evening on the town watching a very talented cast recreate 18th century France under the stars.
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 13, 2019 / 11:00am Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 11:00am Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 11:00am Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 11:00am Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 11:00am Saturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 11:00am Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 11:00am
Join Sly as he performs a dynamic stand-up show as well as close-up magic that will have you mesmerized with his tricks. Sly has the experience and talent to keep you asking, “How did he do that?!” Keith Pass and Greg Clements will open the show with more magic and illusions to whet your appetite. Sly is a 30-year professional magician who has performed everything from children’s birthday parties to family gatherings to Fortune 500 company’s corporate events. Based in Ashburn, Virginia, Sly services the greater Washington D.C. area. He is competing for DC Magician of the Year. Employing the use of tricky boxes or props is not something he does. Everything Sly performs uses everyday objects such as cards, money, rings, string, rope, mind reading, etc. Not only will you be totally blown away, but you will laugh and talk about this show for a long time to come. Sly has earned the Order of Merlin award and shared the stage with The Amazing James Randi.
Take a quirky tour of one of the most historic — and underrated —buildings and museums in Washington, D.C. with Smithsonian American Art Adventures. You’ll dive into American history through art while your guide regales you with amazing tales of the power players who shaped the country. At the same time, you’ll be taking in one of the world’s largest collections of art.
Join Fiona for a private tour to see some of Washington, DC’s most recognizable sculptures in the Hirshhorn collection found outside in the beautiful, sunken Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Garden includes sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Beverly Pepper, Jeff Koons, and Yoko Ono. This walking tour will share the stories behind the sculptures and the museum’s founding while strolling through one of the most beautiful sculpture gardens on the Mall. This tour is outdoors, and does not go into the museum. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of the most unique museums on the National Mall, filled with modern and contemporary art, houses more than 5,000 paintings and 3,000 sculptures. The uniquely recognizable, round building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft as a modern sculpture, and was opened in 1974.
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 1:00pm
There’s only one thing that can save the earth from the clutches of evil and darkness: unscripted theater. Improv Saves the World is a medley of improv that includes performances by WIT’s company ensembles and special guests. Each show is headlined by a WIT ensemble like the ferocious ladies of Hellcat, proud weirdos of Nox!, and outlandish antics of Madeline. iMusical provides escape into the world of musical theater. Many curtains feature a performance of WIT’s interplanetary adventure Starship Odyssey, which will give audiences a dose of sci-fi. The crew of Starship Odyssey must travel 500 years in the past, to the year 2019, in an attempt to save the future. Starship Odyssey is a live summer blockbuster that spans centuries and star systems; that explores what it means to be human. Each night a new mission, that starts with your suggestion, but no one knows how it ends. Shows are held at Source, right in the heart of 14th St. NW.
The tragedy of Georgetown’s darker side encompasses the oldest neighborhood in D.C. with local legends and true crime events from its past. This is a tour about scandals, murder and tragedy. It is not a ghost tour, though we have a few spooky tales to share. 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.
Explore Washington’s most iconic landmarks through an architectural lens on a two hour walking tour of the National Mall. Take in the towering Washington Monument, sobering Vietnam Wall and awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial while learning fro your expert guide about the designers and politicians that helped shape this monumental core of the nation’s capital. Hear stories of the history, heroes and hopes of the United States on a stroll through the heart of D.C. You’ll also see the White House, the WWII Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial on this informative walk.
Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jul 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jul 26, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 2, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 30, 2019 / 7:30pm
Over the past 200 years, Southwest Washington’s Potomac waterfront has transformed from a small collection of late 18th-century brick buildings into a large group of mid-1960s structures of steel and concrete. In between, the riverside has been the site of a conflagration during the War of 1812, the largest escape attempt by slaves in U.S. history, the execution of the “Lincoln Conspirators,” a clinic providing medical treatment to both black and white neighbors, fish and produce sellers, and bodies on ice in the District of Columbia Morgue. It is currently in the process of transforming yet again, poised to become a lively and vibrant destination for both locals and visitors alike.
Built around Columbia Road and 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan features a vibrant mix of small shops, local hangouts, and even a Michelin Star restaurant. With a local guide by your side, you’ll taste your way around the world while diving into the history of the area, activism, and the entrepreneurial spirit that abounds in the city. From Latin American to Middle Eastern, North American to European and ending with a delicious, buttery sweet treat, this culinary tour of neighborhood favorites meets at the Potter’s House and explores one of the most diverse and exciting areas of Washington, DC.
Coming off a six-year sold-out run in Brooklyn, the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is bringing your favorite childhood shows to the big screen for a weekend of cartoon, cereal and brunch cocktail fun, aka Spoons, Toons & Booze. Hosted by SecretFormula’s Michael Austin and Nell Casey, you and your fellow animation aficionados will get to choose from more than 100 cartoon series from the 1940s through the early 2000s while chowing down on all the sugary, marshmallowy, fruity, chocolaty breakfast faves you crave from the included cereal bar. Don’t miss specialty cocktails like “The Sonny,” a White Russian topped with Cocoa Puffs, or drop a shot of Bailey’s or Kahlua to booze up your bowl. And that’s not all, folks — after all, what’s a cartoon-cereal celebration without a few prize giveaways? No word on whether you’ll have to dig through the box, though.
A woman has been proposed for membership at a club. The exclusively, all-male, Explorers Club. In 1879, London. Are these men as progressive as they say they are? The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink?
This tour takes visitors through the political core of Washington, D.C. — from the original L’Enfant city plan to the tumultuous construction of the Capitol and grounds, the rise of the magnificent Beaux Arts Library of Congress and imposing Supreme Court, and into the present day. Prolific designers like Thomas Jefferson, Robert Mills, Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham will feature prominently. Controversy, chaos and red tape abound in this walking tour from DC Design Tours, a treat for architecture and history enthusiasts.
Monday, Jul 15, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, Jul 29, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, Aug 26, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 2:00pm
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.
Established 50 years before Washington, D.C. 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 D.C.’s most exclusive neighborhood, with a focus on architecture and urban planning.
Fire In My Eyes is a new dramatic play inspired by the pain the playwright has observed in wives, mothers, and grandmothers who have launched causes to bring about change for some of the senseless deaths of their love ones. The writer describes the steps a grandmother takes to seek justice for her grandson who was accidentally killed by police. The play tackles the larger issue of justice for black citizens in the context of national values regarding systemic police violence against black men. The story explores the painful conflicts within a community, between police, politicians, and African Americans engaged in finding solutions to complex socioeconomic and education issues in the community, and it reveals how the incident affects the lives of everyone i.e., the families of the victim, policemen, and society.
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 4:00pm (Doors open at 3:00pm)Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 4:00pm (Doors open at 3:00pm)Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 4:00pm (Doors open at 3:00pm)Sunday, Jul 21, 2019 / 4:00pm (Doors open at 3:00pm)
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.
Who knew a wedding dress code could spark so much drama? Written by comic and YouTube sensation Drew Droege and directed by Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), this raucous one-man show follows Gerry, the disenchanted friend of an about-to-be-married gay couple, whose request to “refrain from wearing Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” at their Palm Springs nuptials leaves him with plenty to say about the state of stereotypes, relationships and same-sex marriage — all while he drunkenly soaks in a pool with his ex and his ex’s younger boyfriend. Don’t sleep on this “uproarious, bittersweet exploration of the gay soul” (The New Yorker) when it comes to Washington D.C.’s Studio Theatre – Milton Theatre.
A cultural historian and certified tour guide leads this two-hour walking tour of the murals and historic sites in the Greater U Street Historic District. Once called a “city within a city,” this neighborhood became a hub of commercial, intellectual and cultural life for African Americans at the turn of the 20th century. You’ll visit sites where important black leaders in the civil-rights movement, education, law and music made history, and you’ll see the murals that artists painted in remembrance of that heritage. You’ll also learn about those artists, the stories they tell about the neighborhood and the DC organizations who work to facilitate the creation and placement of these beautiful works of art.
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.
Jordan Raybould brings his comedy show to Shenanigan’s Irish Pub in Washington, DC, featuring professional, touring comedians based out of NYC. Jordan and his brother, Bret Raybould are two of the funniest comedians in the city. Together, they have created the popular YouTube channel The Raybould Brothers, which has been featured on Funny or Die, Huffington Post and at the top of all sorts of comedy subreddits. For the past several years, they’ve been touring up and down the East Coast as part of their NYC Comedy Invades series, performing in bars, coffee shops and small theaters — all unconventional independent venues. Their goal is to give you that comedy club side-splitting laughter without the comedy club prices. No matter the venue, they deliver.
Internationally renowned dance company Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality, exploring the power of connected bodies for almost half a century. This summer, Pilobolus gives you “a fleeting glimpse of the inner workings of the universe” (The New York Times) with both classic and brand-new repertory. The iconic Untitled creates an Alice in Wonderland-like fantasy world, while the acrobatic and playful Gnomen, performed by a quintet of men, explores relationships through an inventive physical vocabulary. Scored entirely by natural sound, newer works like Branches, commissioned by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, showcase Pilobolus’ full range from the silly to the surreal to the sublime.
Take a second and picture your perfect summer escape from the hustle and bustle of D.C. Now, we’re not mind readers, but it’s probably a fair guess that your summer fantasy included cold beer, barbecue and an afternoon of lazy shenanigans on a major body of water. And if that’s the case, you’re in luck — because that fantasy can become a reality on the River Tubing and Brewery Tour. On the day of the trip, your only responsibility is meeting the bus at one of the pickup locations — and after that, all you’ve got to do is take it easy. The bus will whisk you away to a three-hour river tubing experience where you — and your floating cooler, if you want to bring one — will drift down the beautiful Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Once you’ve had your fill, hop out of the river for a hearty BBQ lunch, followed by a quick drive over to the award winning Vanish Farmhouse Brewery.
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 8:30amSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 8:30amSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 8:30amSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:30amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:30amSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:30amSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 8:30amSaturday, Sep 7, 2019 / 8:30am
Unite the whole family with Matilda, a musical with a cast as diverse as its audience. Young and old alike will connect — by memories or current struggles — to Matilda’s journey through school, childhood and the desire to be accepted. Armed with a vivid imagination, a sharp mind and a hint of magic, Matilda faces many opponents and obstacles in Roald Dahl’s visionary world.
A big-top spectacle of global proportions featuring the best artists from around the world, the 2019 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It’s hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch this spectacular show in National Harbor.
Precipice veterans Bob Adler, Ric Andersen, Heather Benjamin, Daniel Mont, and Sheila Thibodeau are coming to the stage… completely unprepared. You’ll want to be there, though, because what happens starts with you. Audience members will submit topic suggestions, whereby the actors will jump into action, relying on their quick wit and chemical alchemy to improvise, on the spot, a completely new comic play that’ll have you rolling in the aisles. It’s all happening at Imagination Stage’s Reeve Theater in Bethesda.
Affion Crockett turned his talent for impressions and physical comedy into gigs on Nick Cannon-produced MTV shows Short Circuitz and Wild ’n Out, before Jamie Foxx tapped him to produce and star in his very own sketch comedy show In the Flow. Since then, he’s gained fans and tens of millions of YouTube views with his parody videos, spoofing everyone from 2 Chainz to Drake to the president. He’s also starred in Hollywood hit The Wedding Ringer and the parody-filled A Haunted House franchise. Crockett’s shared the stage with Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Lawrence and Bernie Mac, and now comes to the Baltimore Comedy Factory for a special three-night solo engagement.
Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps de ballet moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Le Ivanov.
In 1962 Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad has only one desire: to dance on the Corny Collins Show. When her dreams come true, she is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network … all without denting her ‘do.
Remy Kassimir has been hailed as one of “8 Rising Jewish Comedians That Will Make You Pee Your Pants,” as well as one of Cosmopolitan’s Sexcellence Innovators. As host of her chart topping podcast How Cum, she has been profiled on Netflix’s Vox Series Explained, on Betches, in TimeOut New York,Elite Daily,Huffington Post,Her Campus and more. She has interviewed everyone from Fran Drescher, to top adult film stars, to acclaimed scientists. She also writes and acts in sketches which are available on her website and she hosts Bacon Bits, a weekly show in New York City’s top comedy club The Stand. Sara Armour has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, was a finalist in NY’s Funniest — now airing on STARZ, and can be heard on Dan Savage’s Hot Mic and Sounds Like America on Audible. Sara is a regular on the Humor Me: Betches of Comedy tour and has been featured in The New Yorker,The New York Times,NY Post,The Washington Post,Elle Magazine and more. Sara hosts popular NYC Comedy staples: WEEP every Wednesday, Live at the Barbershop every Saturday and hosts moon rituals on the new and full moons.
Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Panteón Rococó, an enriching musical story, proudly Mexican with an intelligent and innovative proposal that fuses Latin rhythms with ska and hints of reggae and trap music. See them in Washington DC at the Howard Theatre.
Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy, The Winter’s Tale — a summer tradition presented this season in the formal gardens of the Charles Carroll House. Contrasting the worlds of Sicilia and Bohemia, the Bard weaves a stirring and delightful story of jealousy, passion, tyranny, disguise, magic and forgiveness. Come enjoy the performance under the stars and experience the magic. Leontes, king of Sicilia, is driven to extremes by jealousy of his friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia. His tyranny drives the plot to include intrigue, flight, the Queen, the oracle Apollo and a romantic journey through the bucolic splendor of Bohemia, lead by a Shepard, a clown, a clever thief and a country maiden with a secret too great for her to know.