The theater world has waited 30 years for comic genius Ken Ludwig to deliver this companion piece to his Tony-winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor, the most popular American farce of the 20th century. This time around, we’re in 1930s Paris, with one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends and a soccer stadium full of screaming fans. The stage is now set for the concert of the century — as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maria, from causing runaway chaos. An uproarious ride full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap delight, A Comedy of Tenors comes to the Olney Theatre Center stage in this uproarious production.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pm (Unplugged & Uncorked Featuring Fred Scherrer (Scherrer Wines) & Michael Jordan (Jackson Family Wines) Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Ginuwine)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (La Misa Negra)Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 8:00pm (The B.B. King Blues Band Featuring Michael Lee)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Laura Gibson)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Suzy Bogguss)
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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, May 13, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
The classic 1959 musical with music by Jule Syne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurens is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of the show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc. Featuring classic songs like “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Small World,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” and “Rose’s Turn,” Gypsy is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century’s conventional musical theater art form, often called the “book musical.” St. Mark’s Players perform in the historic and lovely St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Washington, D.C., across the street from the Library of Congress. Dedicated in 1890, the church features a wealth of gorgeous stained glass window, including an original piece by Charles Tiffany himself.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
This event at the Charles County Fairgrounds is great for wine enthusiasts, with hundreds of varietals to taste and purchase and a souvenir glass to take home. You’ll also enjoy food, art and craft vendors, live music and a Paint & Sip event (for an additional fee) where you can create your own festival keepsake.
When we think of monumental moments in world history, we usually think of kings, emperors and presidents. But sometimes, against all odds, it’s one of us mere mortals who manages to nudge the world a step in the direction of progress. Oslo, the 2017 Tony winner for Best Play, is the story of one such instance. It’s the story of a Norwegian diplomat and her husband, who, in 1993, assembled a ragtag group of would-be diplomats to attempt the impossible: broker peace between Israel and Palestine. Operating in secret and without any official bargaining power, the group dives headlong into the deadly decades-long conflict. Now this nail-biting true story comes to the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Round House Theatre.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 12:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 7:30pm
It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars. At the bustling Grand Hotel a series of eclectic guests and staff, including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist, and an ailing bookkeeper collide in a non-stop musical toast to the high life. Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer reunites the creative team behind last season’s smash hit A Little Night Music to conjure a scintillating musical destination where captivating characters played by Bobby Smith (Titanic, A Little Night Music), Natascia Diaz (Crazy for You), Kevin McAllister (Titanic), Nicki Elledge (A Little Night Music) and more converge with a lavish and lively score to embody the joy, style and decadence of the 1920s. “A showstopper at every turn.” – TheaterMania
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza’s comedy of (bad) manners, begins with two couples meeting to work things out after a playground altercation between their children. As the evening progresses, their behavior goes from civilized to outrageous as each couple tries to pin the blame on the other for the incident. From cutting dialogue to broad physical comedy, God of Carnage will defy your expectations at every turn, becoming more hilarious with each scene. Find out just how thin the line between civility and brutality is in this Keegan Theatre production.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, May 20, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, May 11, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 9:30amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 9:30am
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.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 12:45pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 12:45pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 1:45pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 12:45pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 1:45pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 12:45pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 1:45pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 12:45pm
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.
Forbidden love, magical transformations and a wild sea battle are all featured in this adventure story that the whole family will enjoy. In this radiant adaptation of an ancient Chinese legend, an enlightened snake spirit turns herself into a woman in order to experience the human world. There, she falls in love with a humble pharmacist’s assistant, but an intolerant monk soon threatens their happiness. Evoking classic folktales like The Little Mermaid, The White Snake is a timeless romance that celebrates the values of loyalty, compassion, and forgiveness.
Monday, May 6, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pm
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles — both two sizes too large. It’s almost impossible not to grin when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and many more classics. The Cat in the Hat links the stories of a young boy who is a “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks,” and Horton the Elephant, who’s out to prove that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Seussical’s cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, Horton and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this colorful family fave at the Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
Descend beneath Dupont Circle and discover a whole new (under)world just beneath your feet, where the veil between this life and the next is at its thinnest. In this intimate, hour-long guided theatrical experience, TBD Immersive has created a series of interactive installations that transforms the Dupont Underground into its latest re-purposing — a passageway to the Underworld. Journey from life to death or from death to life — depending on your assigned path — and explore the wonder, pain and beauty of the unknown. Peer into the kaleidoscope of our collective unconscious. Walk the road between worlds. No two journeys are ever alike, and only 10 people are allowed through the experience at once.
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, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
In this comical journey to find love, a beautiful young woman named Zoe falls for a smooth-talking bad boy who sweeps her off her feet, but her newfound love is only pretending to be the perfect mate! As the secrets unfold, her zany family takes matters into its own hands and the entertainment never stops! A comedy fit for the whole family, Head Over Heels stars singing diva Tamika Scott (Xscape), Q Parker (Grammy-award winning group 112), R&B singer and TV actress Trina Braxton (Braxton Family Values), TV actor William Jackson (Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse), HBO comedian and UniverSoul Circus ringmaster Tony Tone, award-winning actress and jazz great Chandra Currelley and an all-star cast! See Head Over Heels, written by Lolita Snipes, when it returns to Washington DC’s Warner Theatre.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 3:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 9:15pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:15pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 9:15pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 9:15pm
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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 10:00am Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 10:00am Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 10:00am Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00am Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00am Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am Monday, May 13, 2019 / 10:00am Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 10:00am
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.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 1:00pm
The two most powerful women of the 16th Century – Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots – are on an explosive collision course in this thrilling drama of sex, power, intrigue and betrayal. Pressured by the men of her court, who desperately want her to marry and ensure the succession, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I must decide whether to put her cousin, the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, to death. As she tries to keep her fragile hold on both the realm and her conscience, a country fights to define itself. Artistic Director Jason Loewith adapts Schiller’s classic clash of titans for the #MeToo world with six extraordinary performers and the barest of sets in an intimate performance space at the Olney Theatre Center.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:45pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 7:45pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:45pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 1:45pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 7:45pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 7:45pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:45pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 1:45pm
For fans of The Who, the announcement of a brand-new tour means only one thing: The world’s most untamable rock band is about to deliver the goods once again. Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who, with syphmonic accompaniment, this summer and fall. The Who’s North American Moving On! Tour will bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities across North America in anticipation of their first album of new songs in 13 years later this year. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada. The tour is their first return to the states since their 2017 Las Vegas residency. The Who debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems: “I Can’t Explain,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “My Generation.” Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Pinball Wizard,” Who Are You,” and “You Better You Bet.” In 2008, they became the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The Who has performed all over the world, including global music events for the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in 2010 and closing the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Don’t miss your chance to see this iconic band live at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
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.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, May 20, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 27, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 31, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 11:00am
Called the father of tragedy, Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote more than 70 plays in his lifetime. Of those, only seven have survived. Lucky for us, among those seven lies his greatest work, The Oresteia, a trilogy of Greek tragedies that brilliantly explores themes of vengeance, justice and the influence of the gods. Through 10 years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon’s return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The Oresteia chronicles a violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin, whom Tony Kushner has called “a dramatist of courage, intelligence, wit and lyricism,” has written a new version of the classic, weaving together the works of Aeschylus with stunning poetry and emotional heft. Experience this timeless classic live at Sidney Harman Hall in D.C.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:00pm
In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood’s latest is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation — about what one generation owes the next. Enjoy The Children at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
In the West Village of Manhattan, Jimmy Zoole, a 30-ish actor, is having a run of bad luck. He’s been robbed twice (they even took the only copy of his first novel), fired from a play, has a cat on the critical list, a girlfriend who’s leaving, and he discovers a burglar hiding in his loft. To avenge his life, he ties “Vito” to the kitchen sink and keeps him prisoner over the long New Year’s Eve.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
Ever wish you could see more women singing typically male hit songs and more men singing tunes only sung by women? Some of the best musical masterpieces are sung by one particular type of person … but not anymore! Why not have women sing “Impossible Dream” or “Mr. Cellophane”? And let men croon “I Could Have Danced All Night” or “Ladies Who Lunch”? Join the Bethesda Little Theatre, specialists in original musical reviews, for a joy-inducing mix of musical variations.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:30pm
Join us for a special night of clean comedy as we celebrate mothers with Grandma G, featuring Whooda, and Ryheem Johnson as your host. Howard “G” Gaskins aka Grandma G is well-known for the infamous line “Kiss My Bumper” as well as the Slow Jams CD for Time Life and various other national TV commercials. Internationally known and traveled, Howard has had the honor to perform in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Japan for our U.S. troops. He has shared the stage with Martin Lawrence, Jamie Fox, Patti Labelle, Yolanda Adams, Dave Chapelle, The O’jays, Jamie Fox and the Temptations, just to name a few. He’s been on HBO’s The Wire, and has performed on several seasons of BET’s Comic View & HBO’s DEF Comedy JAM. He has written and directed several musical comedy stage plays.
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.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 10:00am
A classic case of “whodunnit?” This Kander and Ebb musical follows Lt. Frank Cioffi as he tries to find the murderer who’s offing cast members around a new show, Robin Hood, in 1959 Boston. The musical starts off with a bang when lead actress Jessica Crenshaw is murdered and the bodies begin to quickly pile up! Lt. Cioffi must find a way to stop the killer before it’s too late. Come join us for a night of mayhem, mystery and intrigue!
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 10:30amWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 10:30amThursday, May 9, 2019 / 10:30amFriday, May 10, 2019 / 10:30amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:30amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:30amMonday, May 13, 2019 / 10:30amTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 10:30am
Annie Jump is a teenage science genius living in a small town. As if that’s not dorky enough, her dad is obsessed with aliens. One night, a meteor falls and Annie meets Althea. Althea seems like your everyday mean girl, but she’s actually an intergalactic supercomputer, here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars. But being the Chosen One isn’t all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny? Rorschach Theatre presents this play about finding your place in the universe and intelligent life in your neighborhood.
Monday, May 6, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Monday, May 6, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 7:30pm
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, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 11:00am
Those popular singles “swiping” apps come to life at this speed-dating party at Hilton Garden Inn, 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, 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. Geared towards singles age 35 and older, this event is a fun, safe way to quickly meet tons of new people in Old Town Alexandria.
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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 3:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 3:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 3:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 3:00pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 3:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 3:00pm
From the secret diary of Anna Gordy Gaye comes the greatest Motown love story never told: Pride & Joy. The untold love story of Anna Gordy Gaye and iconic R&B singer Marvin Gaye comes to the stage at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. as a musical featuring 28 songs from the legendary Motown catalogue, including Marvin Gaye’s greatest hits. Come witness the love, drama and journey behind the man and his music!
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:30pm
Before the Great Depression hit, Washington DC’s Embassy Row was a playground for the rich. The area’s luxe, lavishly decorated mansions, built in the late 19th century, were home to such events as a $1 million birthday for a dog, a spendthrift who carried the curse of the Hope Diamond, parties boasting two thousand guests, an iconic host whose personal life was grist for the gossip columns and much more. Learn about the high drama, fortunes and misfortunes during Sex, Scandal and Sinners Along Embassy Row. In this informative, 90-minute walking tour, Capital Photo History Tours will share insider information about the scandals, architecture and history of this tony area.
Capitol Hill is best known as the home of the U.S. Congress, but it’s also one of Washington’s oldest neighborhoods. Washington Walks’ tour explores the residential and historical sides of Capitol Hill and Eastern Market, from parks and historic 18th-century buildings to a famous jazz venue and much more. A tour with the guides of Washington Walks is so much more than the usual experience you get walking around and looking at the sights on your own. Let the experts show you the way!
Byron Stripling and Carmen Bradford’s chemistry lights up the stage as they take you on a journey through the most famous duets and solos recorded by two of jazz’s greatest legends. Byron and Carmen are a musical reincarnation of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring hits of the Great American Songbook, they recreate one of the most memorable collaborations in music history while entertaining and capturing everyone’s heart along the way.
The subject is damnation, but The Savannah Disputation is as light and sweet as the iced tea served by the odd-couple sisters in their proper Southern home. But the sisters quickly lose their southern charm when a young door-to-door evangelist comes knocking to save their souls. This theological comedy with a twist blends the sharpness of wit with the depth of character while telling a story of a crisis of faith.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pm
Enjoy an evening of misdirection, magic and deceit with master magician Mark Phillips and mentalist Brian Curry in A Gentleman and a Liar. This exclusive show gives you an up close and personal chance to catch two of DC’s most sought after performers in the act. Hot after the success of DC’s most popular magic show — The Magic Duel — Phillips and Curry are bringing their magic to the small stage of The Mayflower Hotel. This show will leave you breathless.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 6:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 6:30pm
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.
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “truly scrumptious.” Join the fun and take a ride at the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 4:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 4:00pm
“To date a girl before, you just had to knock a guy off a horse.” That’s just a small sample of the stream-of-consciousness silliness you can expect from D.C.-bred comedian Hampton Yount when he takes the stage of Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse. He was crowned D.C. Improv’s “Funniest Local Comedian” in 2008 and has since made the move to L.A., where he’s appeared on Conan, Last Comic Standing and Mystery Science Theater 3000, and written for such shows as Ridiculousness and Loiter Squad. Yount was named “One to Watch” by L.A. Weekly and a “Top Comedian to Watch” by Esquire.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:30pm
One of Washington D.C.‘s most famous historical events, the assassination of President Lincoln comes to life on the city streets. This History on Foot walking tour is led by an actor in costume, sharing little-known facts and moment-by-moment commentary about the events of April 14 and 15, 1865. Starting outside of Ford’s Theatre, you’ll hear all about the moments leading up to Lincoln’s shooting as he and his wife watched the night’s performance. You’ll then visit a number of historical sites, ending up at the White House. As you walk, a guide portraying the detective who was on duty the night of the crime will give details about the assassination conspiracy, how the crime was carried out, and the simultaneous efforts to save Lincoln’s life and find the person who pulled the trigger.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 6:45pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 6:45pm Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 6:45pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 6:45pm
When Violet Sheridan is summoned to meet a retired Sherlock Holmes, she learns some distressing information concerning her birthright. A case of blackmail puts in peril the life of Mr. Holmes, as well as her parents, leaving Violet to deduce and outwit to save Holmes and her parents from danger. This Rockville Little Theatre production was written by K.C. Brown and directed by Laura W. Andruski.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
You’ve saved the money for a down payment on your first home, but now what? This fun, educational class provides an overview of current market conditions and the home-buying process from a unique partnership of top professionals in the D.C. mortgage, real estate and settlement industries. During the two-hour presentation, you’ll learn whether you’re ready to make the leap from renter to buyer, plus all you need to know to enter the market, including mortgage and financing basics, how to navigate the short sale and foreclosure market, how to choose an agent, how to write a winning offer and make it successfully through closing. The real estate market is more competitive than ever, but these seasoned pros will help you jump in and successfully close the deal on your first home.
When Lady Irene Hatter was a little girl, she remembers strangers running up to her father, Sally Noach, to thank him effusively for saving them during WWII. He’d politely, but firmly, dismiss all comers with a tossed off, “forget about it,” and they’d be on their way. During his post-war life, Noach maintained this stoic demeanor, and kept a tight lid on his truly incredible deeds in the wake of the “Grande Exode,” when he joined some six million refugees fleeing the Nazi advance, eventually finding his way to Lyon, capital of the Resistance. Now, 40 years after his death, Lady Hatter is determined to discover the truth about her father’s wartime heroism. This screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lucille Smith and Lady Irene Hatter.
Enjoy the arts of the US Capitol and Library of Congress with this Adventures for Creative Tourists two-hour tour focused on the statues of Emancipation Hall and the murals of the Library of Congress. After passing through security at the US Capitol Visitors Center entrance, Tony will take the small group around to select statues in Emancipation Hall to discuss how each state selected the artist and person of interest to be displayed at the US Capitol. Next, Tony will walk the group over to the Library of Congress to show Mezzanine Gallery, Minerva Mosaic, Great Reading Room, and Thomas Jefferson’s Library. Learn about the early history of the Library of Congress and how the library is maintained by Congress. Next, visit the second floor to get a glimpse of rare Gutenberg and Mainz bibles at the Bible Gallery. Pass by the ornate Great Hall and see the classical architecture and paintings by over 50 famous American artists. Group will meet at 1st Street and Independence Avenue The tour takes about two hours and covers approximately one mile, ending inside the Library of Congress.
In Shakespeare’s famous words from Love’s Labours Lost, love’s month is Ever May. In the words of Sarah Vaughn, Spring can really hang you up the most. Some things never seem to change. Experience what drove all of the Virgin Queen’s court (and her famous Father, Henry VIII) mad with love, jealousy and laughter as Shakespeare Opera Theatre presents the perfect repast for those lovers of the spring. SOT’s home at Historic Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains is the perfect place to be transported to Tudor times! Located in Virginia’s legendary Wine and Horse Country, there is plenty to experience in the area, and most patrons make a day of it in the beautiful northern Piedmont. Gather round the virginal in your favorite doublet and hose for this Mother’s Day treat, featuring an all professional cast of musicians and actors, plus hilarious impersonations and improvisation by members of The Baltimore Improv Group! Weather permitting, enjoy the beautiful courtyard at Grace the Plains, transformed into a Tudor era market square, complete with wandering minstrels and food approved by Henry himself.
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.
Monday, May 6, 2019 / 5:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 5:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 5:00pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 5:00pm
BlackRock Center for the Arts, the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County, MD, provides the community with the highest level of quality performances, free gallery exhibitions and arts education classes in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. Reaching more than 20,000 people per year, BlackRock presents performances featuring top regional, national and international touring talent from the worlds of pop, jazz, roots, rock, blues, folk, world, and classical music, as well as contemporary circus, dance and theater for audiences of all ages.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (IVY League: Ladies of Late Night TV)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Theo Croker)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Seldom Scene)
Venture into some of Washington’s most diverse residential areas in this off-the-beaten-path tour of the Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. From D.C. socialites to civil rights activists, Northwest Washington has been host to castles, embassies, temples, protests and almost the Lincoln Memorial. This walking tour begins at D.C.’s Meridian Hill Park.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, May 27, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 2:00pm
She walked into his life and stole his love. Now Johnny Heart, the Paranormal Private Eye, is on the case trying to get it back. Tick tock, tick tock, Johnny … time is running out. Theatre, comedy, improv and magic combine in this fast-paced, one-man noir that you can enjoy at the StageCoach Theatre Company in Ashburn.
Join Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, the creators and stars of the award-winning Yiddish-ish web series YidLife Crisis — in the fleisch! The boychiks from Montreal present an evening of comedy, film, and music reflecting their unique take on the modern Jewish experience. The duo also appear at JxJ for the Q&A of their film Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal and with the live presentation Global Shtetl Live.
This annual reading at Folger Theatre in D.C. features a distinguished poet who shares favorite poems by other poets and reads from their own work. Known for compact gems of poetry and a swift and cogent style, Kay Ryan won the Pulitzer Prize for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems. Her other books are Flamingo Watching, The Niagara River and Say Uncle, among others. A former U.S. Poet Laureate, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. She currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Stay after the reading for a wine reception and book signing.
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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
In this Latinx reimagining of the Broadway Hit, a diverse group of ambitious, young hopefuls dream of stardom as they deal with life, love, and a tragedy at a prestigious high school for the performing arts. A bittersweet, but uplifting show by the creative team of In the Heights En Español at GALA (2018 Helen Hayes Awards winner). Bilingual, with surtitles in English and Spanish.
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, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:00pm
Pennsylvania Avenue has been host to inaugurations, protests, and celebrations throughout our nation’s history. But the development of this grand boulevard, connecting the Capitol to the White House, is fraught with conflict and intrigue. Visit the White House front yard, walk Pennsylvania Ave, and learn how downtown Washington went from Murder Bay to America’s Main Street on the Presidental Neighborhood Tour. Tour kicks off at Lafayette Square at the General Rochambeau Statue.
Monday, May 6, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, May 13, 2019 / 10:00amThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Jun 10, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Jun 17, 2019 / 10:00am
An off-the-track guidebook author leads this two-hour walking tour of the murals across three neighborhoods. Trek from elegant Woodley Park through multi-cultural Adams Morgan to the outer edge of the former Black Broadway. Woodley Park hosts bustling hotels, long-time residents and a fussy poltergeist. A hub for urban nightlife, Adams Morgan has long been a social, commercial and cultural center for its ethnically diverse residents, and the first integrated neighborhood in DC to host Street Art Murals. As you turn the corner towards Mid-City, you’ll follow the route of the greats of DC’s former jazz alley. Throughout the neighborhoods you will see murals painted in homage to artists’ heritage: significant historic and cultural figures, and to represent the neighborhoods themselves. Embark from Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station in Washington, DC to learn about the artists, the stories they tell and the DC organizations that facilitate the creation and placement of these alluring works of art.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:30amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:30am
Amidst the tumbling torrent that was the 1920s, Frank and Flora Conrad were on the edge of discovering mass broadcasting. These two unsung radio pioneers broke through the static and established the first radio station in America in their unassuming garage in East Pittsburgh. On Air follows their untold love story, and how radio became a constant companion, messenger and soundtrack of our lives over the past century of American life.
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.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:30pm
Mercedes is an outsider. Tara makes sure she knows it. When a high school production of The Crucible forces them together, tensions escalate into acts of bullying–both online and IRL. This area-premiere play explores what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch-hunt. Playwright Philip Dawkins and new Hub Artistic Director Matt Bassett team up for their third Hub collaboration (The Happiest Place on Earth,Failure: A Love Story) to open The Hub Theatre’s eleventh season!
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm
There’s nothing like a jazz festival put together by one of the top musicians in the field, and this year’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center offers just that. Terri Lyne Carrington, multiple-Grammy winner and drummer for Herbie Hancock, has curated two nights of fantastic music hosted by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater. Night one kicks off with a tribute to pianist Geri Allen featuring bassist and NEA Jazz Master Dave Holland, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz Jason Moran, and more stellar artists. Night two brings you the Renee Rosnes Quartet, NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, and more to be announced. Don’t miss these world-class artists together at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm (Feed the Fire: Geri Allen Tribute)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm (Renee Rosnes Quartet and NEA Jazz Master JoAnne Brackeen Quartet)
Raise a pint to the interwoven history of the District of Columbia and American beer on this guided walking tour, which kicks off with an exploration of the stately homes of Dupont Circle’s Embassy Row. You’ll sample craft brews at multiple bars and pay homage to the trailblazer of DC beer, Christian Heurich. His home, Heurich House aka The Brewmaster’s Castle, provides the perfect backdrop for the fascinating story of the decline and recent revival of American beer, thanks to local breweries. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will escort you back to the nearest Metro station and bid farewell … or stick around for another beer if the party continues.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 4:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 4:00pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 4:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 4:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 4:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 4:00pm Monday, May 13, 2019 / 4:00pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 4:00pm
Make plans to see Highwood’s Improv Comedy Night and get ready to laugh your tush off. Named one of the top ten comedy shows in the D.C. area by DC Thrillist, the show gathers Washington, D.C.‘s best improv groups for a night of spontaneous fun at Silver Spring’s The Highwood Theatre. You never know what these comedians will throw at you when they transform audience suggestions into hilarious and original sketches. Whether you’re an improv newbie or veteran, these funny folks will have everything to suit your comedy palate, including political humor, pop reference jabs and silly songs.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pm
Washington’s best loved museums line the East side of the National Mall, laid out between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Called the “Nation’s Attic,” the Smithsonian Institution is one of the largest museum complexes in the world, with 30 million annual visitors, 19 museums, and over 150 million items in the collection. Each unique building is an architectural landmark all it’s own. On this tour, explore how the Smithsonian Institution has shaped the fabric of the National Mall since 1855.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, Jun 24, 2019 / 10:00am
Jewlia Eisenberg (Charming Hostess) and Jeremiah Lockwood (Sway Machinery) draw from the rich biblical commentary of Black and White American traditional music, Yiddish ghost songs, and piyutim (paraliturgical songs) for a mix the BBC describes as, “A wonder of haunted American roots music, taking listeners from Yiddish laments to labor anthems via mystical twists and turns.” Show up early to enjoy dinner with the show.
Jane Franklin Dance has taken the word and connotation of “eyesore” — an unpleasant sight in a public place, and created —EyeSoar, a production combining audio, video and movement to highlight the wonderful people and organizations that make up the industrial neighborhood around Theater on the Run in Arlington. The program also includes excerpts from Barrier about climate and change and guest appearance by NextReflex Dance Collective on May 4.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pm (Reception at 6:30pm)
A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows, or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare’s delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart — and there’s nothing quite like seeing it live. Experience Love’s Labor’s Lost Folger Theatre in D.C.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 1:00pm
A native of South Carolina, comedian Leonard Ouzts uses his humble upbringing and keen observational humor to deliver hard-hitting laughs. Since his TV debut on Gotham Comedy Live, the IHOP waiter-turned-comic has toured all over the country, as well as appeared on Conan, Adam Devine’s House Party and BET’s Comic View. He also hosts his own web series Camedians and was selected as the New Face at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Don’t miss his hilarious set when he comes to D.C.’s Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:00pm
The No Pulp Comedy Show is cool and refreshing like a tall glass of orange juice, bringing together some of the Washington, D.C. area’s best and brightest comics and blending them together for a monthly showcase that’s high in vitamin C — comedy. Don’t miss this juicy lineup at Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pm (Mike Storck from Lifetime, Entertainment)
The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver — an overworked, underfed orphan — moves from a grueling workhouse to become the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Unable to take any more abuse, Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance in a group of petty thieves and pickpockets, led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he didn’t commit, the victim turns out to be a kindly man who takes Oliver into his home. Fearing that Oliver will rat him out, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back. If they succeed, Oliver may never get the change to discover the love and security of a family.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:15pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:15pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:15pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:15pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:15pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:15pm
Why did America’s most popular actor assassinate the president? And how did he accomplish it? Capital Photo History Tours takes you into the mind — and the footsteps — of John Wilkes Booth as he stalked President Abraham Lincoln before murdering him at the end of the Civil War. The two-hour tour moves from the White House to Ford’s Theater, stopping at many points in between. Tour guide Rick Snider will have some special insights into this subject … he’s a distant relative both of Booth and of Booth’s co-conspirator Mary Surratt!
Introduce your little ones to the theater with this one-hour family-oriented staging of the popular A. A. Milne stories by playwright and actress (you might remember her from her role as Meg Ryan’s mother in Sleepless in Seattle) le Clanché du Rand. Join Winnie the Pooh and his friends as they tumble through one adventure after another in the Hundred Acre Wood! While Rabbit frets over Kanga’s arrival with her awful bathtub, Pooh and Piglet are busy hunting a Heffalump and searching for a missing tail. At the end of a day filled with friends both new and old, Christopher Robin’s pals work together to cheer up poor Eeyore on his birthday.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 4:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 4:30pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pm
Experience the versatility of the marimba with Robert Schroyer, New Orchestra of Washington’s (NOW) Principal Percussionist, alongside Rachel Shapiro (violin) and Jeremy Eig (clarinet). At Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Astor Piazzolla presents the evolving history of the tango in early 20th century Argentina with “L’Histoire du Tango.” Polish composer Anna Ignatowitz pays tribute to her late father in “Toccata,” and Kevin Puts evokes the power in all us to transcend during times of tragedy or personal crisis in “And Legions Will Rise.”
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Adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame, a peace and poetry loving dragon gets blamed for a village’s bad luck in this family production about an unlikely friendship. A charming tale, this play for young people embraces the dramatic power of what happens when misunderstanding escalates into prejudice and violence at the Keegan Theatre.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00am
This special evening at AMP includes a live performance by young violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua, one of the stars of the reality series Hear Us. Following Bevilacqua’s performance, audiences will be treated to a screening of Hear Us. The series shines a light on the true story of a violin prodigy, world-class cellist and gifted pianist as they pursue their dream of becoming acclaimed classical soloists. Filmed on location in Italy, Germany and the U.S., this talented trio of young musicians come together against all odds, as they are given the opportunity to play in one of Europe’s preeminent concert halls.
Verdi’s Requiem is among the choral repertoire’s richest and most revered works and is considered one of the greatest musical masterpieces ever composed. Too grief-stricken to attend the funeral of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni, Giuseppe Verdi composed a memorial in the form of a requiem to honor his memory. Johannes Brahms described it as “a work of genius,” and the requiem features dramatic melodies to express profound loss, fear and ultimately hope and joy. At only 60 years of age at the time, Verdi had already composed 25 remarkably vivid operas, with only Otello and Falstaff to come.
As an actress, comedian, producer, businesswoman and mother of two, Torrei Hart has lived a wild and eventful life — and that’s without mentioning that she used to be married to Kevin Hart. In 2012, Torrei launched the hit YouTube comedy channel PrettyFunnyFish, which exploded in popularity. The next year, she and her sister started the non-profit initiative S.O.A.R., which focuses on helping women overcome adversity. She’s appeared on Atlanta Exes and has made her rounds in the comedy circuit, touring across comedy clubs nationwide. Since her split, Torrei’s travelled from hell to a happy place and is now ready to talk some smack about divorce, motherhood and dating at the Baltimore Comedy Factory.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:30pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:30pm
The fiery French Romantic Era composer Hector Berlioz was writing music about witches, guillotines and bizarre drug-induced hallucinations more than 150 years before rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper explored similar topics. Now the National Symphony Orchestra performs Berlioz’s 1830 masterpiece, Symphonie fantastique, a phantasmagorical adventure written to impress an Irish actress who would later become his wife. Led by conductor Edward Gardner, the orchestra also welcomes renowned French violinist Renaud Capuçon, who’ll tackle Sibelius’ notoriously challenging Concerto for Violin at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm
Come hear perhaps the most famous work by Beethoven—his four-note wonder, the iconic Symphony No. 5. The famous opening, known as the “fate” motif, has been used in popular culture, movies and TV. Written when Beethoven was slowly becoming deaf and more isolated, this bold and heroic work is a personal narrative of the triumph of the human spirit. Also on the program is Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”) with acclaimed pianist Michael Brown. Bernstein’s reaction to the 1948 Pulitzer Prize winning book The Age of Anxiety, by W.H. Auden, inspired him to create his majestic Symphony No. 2, a work of innovative structure (the inclusion of a piano solo), and powerful theatricality.
She lives for art. She dies for love. In Puccini’s sure-fire favorite, Tosca, a fiery prima donna struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and truly terrific musical moments pepper a rousing score, bringing the opera’s emotional extremes into sharp relief as the story rushes toward its thrilling conclusion. The crackling melodrama grabs hold from the get-go, making Tosca ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and hypocrisy in high places, Puccini’s great masterpiece, performed by the Washington National Opera, comes to The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, May 20, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:30pm
Before Lin-Mauel Miranda came along, Stephen Sondheim was Broadway’s rappingest wordsmith. Into the Woods works its considerable magic through his exhilarating rhymes and occasional grim wisdom. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Don’t miss this Helen Hayes Awards recommended production at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Monday, May 6, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, May 20, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 2:00pm
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.
Monday, May 6, 2019 / 5:00pm Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 5:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 5:00pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 5:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 5:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 5:00pm Monday, May 13, 2019 / 5:00pm
The Witch was the fairest one of all first, and she will not be silenced any longer! This updated version of the classic Snow White story unveils the villain’s perspective, from her tragic childhood to her quest for revenge. So how did the story really go? Join all seven quirky dwarves, a tongue-tied prince, a sassy mirror, a dancing chicken, and of course Snow White herself in this Theater For Young Audiences tale about beauty, friendship and happily-ever-afters with a twist. This show at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater includes a kid-approved lunch.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:30am
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.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pm
Move over, Thelma and Louise! When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, is in need of an employee. When she hires Katie to help out in the laundromat, the two of them quickly find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds and cheatin’ hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol’ laundromat into a bootscootin’ honky-tonk, exacting a touch of revenge against those that done ‘em wrong. Even in the heat of battle, they never forget their guarantee to show every customer a good, clean time! Take a ride to Nashville heaven in this new musical from Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could Be A Dream), featuring the music of Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Cark, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. Your ticket to The Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown includes dinner.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 6:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:00pm
Have you 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.
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.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jul 6, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 2:00pm
The week is over and it’s time to cut loose. You could celebrate happy hour with friends and drink specials on a rooftop watching the sunset… 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 Sunset on the Harbor Cruise, back by popular demand. The full bar, fun music and drink specials available for purchase 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, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 6:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 6:00pm
Whether you’re new to the city or just looking to expand your circle of women friends, Professionals in the City has just the ticket: a female-centric night of speed friending. Finding and making friends can be just as tricky as dating, and this event takes the tried-and-true speed dating model and puts it to use for platonic purposes! Head to DC’s hip and trendy Finn & Porter, where you’ll have the chance to have brief, timed conversations with multiple women over the course of the evening. After the event, you can use the exclusive online messaging system to connect with potential new friends who sparked your interest.
After a long, cold winter, it’s always great to celebrate spring once it’s officially sprung. Step aboard one of National Ferry Fleet’s luxurious vessels, and set sail on the Potomac, taking in the capital’s glorious landmarks and the gorgeous cherry trees — which, if you’re lucky, will be in full bloom. You’ve only got a limited window of time to soak in the beauty of the blossoms and capture panoramic photos commemorating the occasion, so don’t miss this unique way to view one of D.C.’s most popular annual events. During your hour on board, let the wind blow through your hair on an outdoor deck, or relax in the climate-controlled interior cabin, and enjoy snacks and refreshments available for purchase from two onboard bars.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pm
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, May 6, 2019 / 10:00pm (Peter Beets Trio - Acclaimed Dutch Pianist)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 10:00pm (Brian Simpson - Keys/Smooth)Monday, May 13, 2019 / 10:00pm (The Spell Casters Dave Chappell-Joel Harrison-Anthony Pirog)Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 10:00pm (Sanjay Mishra - Guitar/World Fusion)Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 10:00pm (Mike Phillips - Sax/Smooth)Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 10:00pm (Karen Linette - Vocals/Soul/R&B)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 10:00pm (Steven B. - Sax/Vocals)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 10:00pm (Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band - Celebrating the Elements of the Universe)