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.
Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright’s novel for a whole new generation.
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, Apr 9, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Apr 12, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Apr 15, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
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.
Two of the capitol’s most incredible illusionists battle for the title of Washington D.C.‘s Favorite Magician in Catch Me: A Magic Duel. Witness professional magic masters Brian Curry and Mark Phillips as they go head-to-head in a contest where the audience will select which styles of magic are performed. The crowd also gets to judge the performance and decide who will go home with the coveted Golden Wand Award. Staged at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC, this fun, awe-inspiring event is not a children’s magic show and is intended for those age 15 or older.
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 1:00pm
A tensely funny and dead serious tragicomedy, is a Cain-and-Abel fable for Black America about two brothers named Lincoln and Booth. They have depended on each other since their parents left, and until recently they counted on Lincoln’s grifting to get by. Now Lincoln has gone straight, impersonating his namesake in a carnival where tourists play assassin. When Booth resolves to become the greatest conman of all time, the brothers struggle over how best to play the tough hand America dealt them. See Topdog/Underdog at Gunston Arts Center.
In this haunting love story, novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence — but his secretary, Myra, continues to take dictation. Attacked by the skeptical press and Woolsey’s jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she’s more than just an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Woolsey’s legacy now that she cannot have his love, or might she truly possess a gift the world can’t understand? Enjoy Ghost-writer, directed by Laura Giannarelli (a founding member of the highly acclaimed Washington Stage Guild), at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda.
Set in a local hair salon and with lines as up-to-date as the morning’s news, Shear Madness is a hilarious whodunit with you as a central character. When the salon’s landlady is murdered at the outset, a blend of mystery and improvisational theater ensues. Audience members are called upon to match wits with the suspects and try to catch the killer at this wildly popular comedy where “shrieks of laughter night after night” can be heard at the Kennedy Center, according to the Washington Post.
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, Apr 13, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 1:00pm
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, Apr 13, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 11:00am
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!
Travel through time and explore U.S. history with a musical twist at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Learn about the origins and controversies of America’s national anthem, discover the evolution of spiritual music into blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, hip-hop and R&B, and live out your dream of becoming a hip-hop DJ by learning a funky beat — all with your local guide by your side!
Join us for an enjoyable and enlightening walking tour of Embassy Row as we explore the colorful tapestry of stunning architecture, history, eccentric personalities, unbridled ambition, bitter rivalries, curses, scandals and even political assassination that make this neighborhood one of the most fascinating in Washington. Sights we will see from the outside include: The embassies of Indonesia, Ireland, Turkey, Greece, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours and involves about a mile-and-a half of walking on sidewalks.
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, Apr 8, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Apr 15, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Apr 22, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, May 6, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, May 13, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, May 20, 2019 / 10:00amThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Jun 10, 2019 / 10:00am
It’s not easy being one of the most influential characters in a classic drama, especially knowing you have to die at the end of every performance. What would happen if you simply refused to play along? And how would the other characters respond? The L.A. Times called Jon Klein’s modern reimagining of Ibsen’s notorious schemer “boisterously funny.” Enjoy the misadventures that ensue as Hedda desperately tries to sabotage the plot in order to avoid yet another pending demise when Resolving Hedda comes to the Undercroft Theatre in D.C.
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.
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.
Ghana-born professional tour guide Emmanuel Gogo offers new insights into Africa’s sons and daughters with his two-hour tour of D.C.‘s Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. This small, private tour will transport you to selected countries in Africa, where you’ll learn about the continent’s civilizations, cultures, and how Africans have been influential in shaping the world’s developmental progress. You’ll explore African art dating back to the 15th century, then travel all the way up to modern-era masterpieces.
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, Apr 14, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Apr 21, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 5, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 10:00am
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life on stage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! Presented by Lopez Studios, this production of Seussical Jr. takes the stage in Herndon, Virginia.
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.
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, Apr 12, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Apr 19, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Apr 26, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
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.
Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that promises to hit 300 breweries across the U.S. More than a dozen New York and L.A. stand-ups are currently on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. This stop at Highmark Brewery in Fredericksburg is set to feature a lineup whose credits include top festivals, TV and major club appearances.
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, Apr 14, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, 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
Set sail and join Boomerang Boat Tours for a beautiful Cherry Blossom cruise on the Potomac River on a double-decker party yacht! Enjoy some nautical cocktails as you soak up the sun, and get swept away by the natural beauty and historical sights of Washington, D.C.
Walt Disney tried it, Tim Burton, too, but neither man (or any of the hundreds of others who have made the attempt) succeeded in recreating Alice in Wonderland quite like the Creative Cauldron’s take at ArtSpace Falls Church. The inventive music of Matt Conner, the over-the-top set and puppet designs of Margie Jervis and the inventive acting of the Learning Theater Ensemble come together to conjure up a Wonderland that would make author Lewis Carroll proud. So take the plunge down the rabbit hole into a “curiouser and curiouser” world filled with such classic characters as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.
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.
The 2nd Annual DC Comedy Festival is in full effect, and you won’t want to miss stand-up comedian, improviser and actor Alice Wetterlund when she appears at the Drafthouse Comedy Theater. The Internet is plastered with gifs of her hilarious appearances on the MTV comedy hit Girl Code. But popular as they are, the show clips don’t do her “non-yelling brand of comedy” full justice. Wetterlund’s laidback energy is belied by a fierce and uncompromising wit that gives her poster-ready aphorisms and throwaway insights a sharp edge. It’s not for nothing that Wetterlund was named a “New Face for 2013” at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and has appeared on New Girl, HBO’s Silicon Valley and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.
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.
Tired of same old roast battles? Well Kyle Ayers is bringing his unique spin to it with the original battle of compliments! The comics try to come up with the most creative ways to compliment the competition and you the audience votes on who the winner is! Your lineup features T.J. Ferguson, Steven Chen, Ross Benoit, Kasha Patel, Elahe Izadi and Pearl Rose! Special guest judges include Kyle Ayers and Andy Kline at Washington, DC’s DC Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern.
Camerata RCO brings the magnificent talents of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a fixture on shortlists of the world’s greatest orchestras, to the realm of chamber music. __The Washington Post++ describes their performances as “sophisticated, expressive music making with a precision ensemble as snug as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.” Hear these six colleagues explore the more intimate world of chamber music through Mahler’s piano quartet, Brahms’ horn trio, and Dohnanyi’s lush sextet.
Kyle Ayers is a comedian, writer and actor who brings his satirical look at growing up in the small town to the big city, with a unique viewpoint on his generation, our childhoods and daily life. He was featured as a New Face at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where Time Out New York heralded him as a “breakout star.” Kyle has been featured in The New York Times, and was the tweeter behind the internet sensation #roofbreakup, where he stumbled upon a couple breaking up on his roof in Brooklyn, and the entire world joined in. His #roofbreakup thread was viewed over 10 MILLION times worldwide, appeared on NPR, Buzzfeed and the BBC. Catch him live at the DC Comedy Loft.
If there’s one thing Jon Rudnitsky proved during his stint on Saturday Night Live, it’s that he’s a prodigious comic talent — and that he can shimmy, sway and dirty dance just like Patrick Swayze. From his star turn as “Effie Trinketson” on the parody video The Jewish Hunger Games, which he also wrote, to slaying audiences at the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl College Comedy Competition, which he won, Rudnitsky has a genius for scoring huge laughs on any medium, across any stage. Most recently, Jon can be seen starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in the new movie, Home Again. Now you can see him work his comedic magic at Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse.
Specially curated wineries serve patrons tastings over a multi-session vino experience. You’ll have the chance to sample premium wine to your heart’s content, while live entertainment keep the party lively during this one-of-a-kind experience. The VIP option gets you early access one hour before the crowd, so you’ll have even more time to sample and mingle. Get your tickets now for this fun event at Long View Gallery in the nation’s capital.
Enjoy three short and potent plays by the master of modernism, London’s Harold Pinter. Scena proudly presents One for the Road, an enthralling piece where an interrogator in a fascist state torments a prisoner, his wife and child. In Mountain Language, we see words used as weapons to kill subjects by an occupying force — yet the oppressed are forbidden to speak the Language. And in The New World Order, two state officials routinely torture a bound and gagged prisoner to cleanse the world for democracy. Political, at times, Pinter and director McNamara will provoke your brain and stoke your emotions as we portray terror and its consequences. Don’t miss this riveting show!
Queen Latifah has done it all during a career that has seen her blaze new trails in rap, earn critical acclaim on TV and in film, and break barriers in the business world. Now, she adds her debut at the Kennedy Center to her impressive resume, with a show that showcases the Queen’s diversity as an artist, in this program that’s equal parts Hip Hop, jazz and R&B.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the tragic 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, this docudrama combines fact and fiction to illuminate the dark realities of adolescence. Weaving together excerpts of real interviews with parents, survivors, and community leaders and powerful characterizations of contemporary teens, columbinus thoughtfully explores the Columbine shooting and the conversations that continue to this day. The New York Post hailed columbinus as “a powerful and important piece about the churning rage that’s all too likely to bubble over again.”
Don’t miss a riveting trio of short plays by Ireland’s theatrical giant and Nobel Prize winner, Samuel Beckett. Beckett Trio, Part 2 features several spellbinding classics by the architect of the absurd. His brazen form of black comedy soars as we explore his themes of resistance with D.C.’s top actors. In Ohio Impromptu, we savor the poetic retelling of a lost love and a dream of death by the elusive Mr. Warrilow. In Come and Go, deemed one of Beckett’s most perfect plays, three childhood friends reveal long-buried secrets. The program culminates with Catastrophe, in which a director and his assistant battle for who will direct a lone actor.
Dorian Belle is a big deal. He’s a Canadian pop sweetheart, and he’s ready to be taken seriously. So his people hire his favorite hip-hop artists — Black and Alexand, the “bad boy” rappers of Petty Young Goons — to help him toughen up his image. They’re black, he’s white. They’re from Chicago, he’s from Canada. It’s all going to be broadcast live on reality TV. What could possibly go wrong? Inspired by Shaw’s Pygmalion, this world premiere play is a blistering and entertaining look at cultural and racial appropriation in a fictionalized exchange of ideologies, vernacular and alleged street cred. P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, comes to Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre.
Explosive, subversive, wily, and remarkable Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Obie award winning Appropriate bursts on the stage. The dysfunctional American family is reinvented with familiar and surprising dimension in this piercing story of an estranged clan settling a dead father’s estate only to discover an incendiary memento among the junk. With the haunting sound of cicadas, the family unpacks relationships and conflicts in a fury that parallels the contentious national climate of divide.
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.
With over 700 million streams of his four albums to date, Chad Daniels is one of the most listened to comics you’ve never heard of. Hailing from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Chad is one of only 13 comics to have performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Since then, he’s performed thrice on Conan, performed on Comedy Central and released comedy albums, the most recent of which nabbed the top spot for comedy album streams in 2017. Catch him live at D.C.’s Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
The Providence Players presents what has been called “The first great American play of the 21st century,” Tracy Letts’ award-winning and wickedly funny portrait of a truly dysfunctional American family. A missing father, a pill-popping mother and three sisters harboring dubious little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling mysteries. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major play that unflinchingly — and uproariously —exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best New Play and four other Tonys, August: Osage County is one of the most riveting and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history.
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.
Verdi inserts drama into his Requiem, written in 1874 in memory of his friend, poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, whom the composer greatly admired. The work offers the excitement of opera, magnificent symphonic writing and virtuosic moments for the vocalists. Musicologist David Rosen calls it “probably the most frequently performed major choral work composed since the compilation of Mozart’s Requiem.” See this concert at Music Center at Strathmore.
Debussy’s beloved tone poem inspired by the sea is just one of many highlights of this colorful all-French program led by veteran conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, who himself is Pariasian-born. Renowned mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke joins the National Symphony Orchestra for Ravel’s Shéhérazade, the composer’s enchanting song cycle about the heroine and narrator of The Arabian Nights. In addition to Debussy and Ravel, you’ll also hear pieces by Boulanger when the NSO takes the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital.
Imagine a world without jazz. Without rock ‘n’ roll, or the blues. It’d be a pretty boring place. Luckily for all of us, we do have that music, and we owe it all to the Great Migration — the period beginning in the early 20th century when African-Americans left the South and spread their culture to the North, West and beyond. Nothing was ever the same. With their latest show, Jason and Alicia Hall Moran pay tribute to this amazing journey, drawing on their own family lore and others’ stories for a concert spanning classical to Broadway, rhythm and blues to gospel, work songs to rock ‘n’ roll. Joining them onstage are Grammy-winning vocalist Smokie Norful; operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee; Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet Imani Winds; and the Sweet Heaven Kings, the premier brass band at the United House of Prayer in Washington. Don’t miss Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Nu Sass has established itself as a theatre company that makes you cry in a comedy, and laugh through a drama. They support women+ in the arts in DC, and their women+ led plays garner praise annually. They intentionally limit their performances to 30 seats per show, ensuring everyone gets an intimate performance. Equal parts irreverent and heartbreaking, Dead Dog’s Bone is a family drama about loving people you have nothing in common with, the melancholia of birthdays, and the goodness of dogs.
Treat yourself to these three works by three 20th-century composers at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria. Price’s “Symphony in C Minor” is full of innovative and inspirational musical ideas. Enjoy American Composer Warren’s passionate and romantic “Symphony in One Movement.” Scottish composer Musgrave’s Song of the Enchanter is a magical and shimmering whirlwind of beautiful orchestration.
Treat yourself to these three works by three 20th-century composers at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. Price’s Symphony in C Minor is full of innovative and inspirational musical ideas. Enjoy American Composer Warren’s passionate and romantic Symphony in One Movement. Scottish composer Musgrave’s Song of the Enchanter is a magical and shimmering whirlwind of beautiful orchestration.
Multi-talented actress, writer and comedienne Daphnique Springs is a Florida native, who in a short period of time has made her mark in the Los Angeles comedy scene. Sassy, smart and sophisticated, this accomplished young woman has taken over the City of Angels with her comedic wit. With the striking looks of a leading lady, but the versatility of a character actress, Daphnique is infinitely talented and plays a wide range of intriguing characters on stage and screen. She has starred in an eclectic variety of roles on such shows as How I Met Your Mother, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC), and The Comedy Get Down (BET). In addition to her budding acting career, Daphnique’s stand-up comedy routine is intelligent, dark, honest, and somehow still relatable. Ranging from personal experiences/subjects to social commentary, she has a unique blend of witty and pointed sarcasm which makes her a favorite among countless audiences. See for yourself when she performs at DC Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern in Washington, D.C.
The Rainbow Theatre Project brings you a special production of Tennessee Williams’ Clothes for a Summer Hotel. This legendary writer’s evocative “ghost play” is about the tumultuous marriage and creative lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. The play fuses the past and the present in a theatrical tour-de-force as Zelda and Scott re-visit their youth and the ghosts of characters (including Ernest Hemingway) who helped shape their existence.
Betsy LaQuanda Ross is a self-proclaimed Peculiar Patriot, making regular visits to penitentiaries in order to boost the morale of her loved ones. When she’s not sharing neighborhood updates and gossip, Betsy illuminates our country’s cruel and unjust criminal justice system and its impact not only on the 2.5 million people behind bars, but also their family and friends. Written and performed by the inimitable Liza Jessie Peterson and inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations (including the notorious Riker’s Island), The Peculiar Patriot is a fierce, funny and shrewd indictment of the systemic inequity within America’s fastest growing industry, tracing its roots from the plantation to the prison yard. This performance can be seen at the Wooly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC.
A new addition to the Mosiac season four lineup from Helen Hayes award-winning director and playwright Psalmayene 24, Les Deux Noirs: Notes On Notes Of A Native Son is set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953. This work re-imagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of the book and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response — a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle. Watch these two mighty literary figures face off at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C.
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, Apr 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pm
Performance Basketball Camps offer young players the opportunity to improve their game with instruction from knowledgeable and experienced coaches. The goal of this camp at Woodside Gym in Silver Spring is to enhance each player’s skills in an energetic and encouraging environment. The camp’s coaches are dedicated to addressing each player’s needs so that campers can gain new skills, improve self-confidence and make friends. It’s an experience that lasts a lifetime! In addition to fundamentals, the camps teach strategy, sportsmanship, mental toughness and goal-setting aimed at personal growth.
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.
Join The American Pops for innovative yoga practices at the Mead Center in DC. This practice will be set to an interwoven soundscape of classic Broadway melodies in a contemplative style. Come let songs from the stage encourage your continued growth in yoga and meditation led by instructor Michael Peterson.
North Coast, New York City’s premier hip-hop improv team, has long been known for their seamless melding of freestyle rapping and long form improv comedy. But in the heat of Lin-Manuel’s smash Broadway hit Hamilton, people have been going bonkers for historical raps. We hear you loud and clear. Join North Coast as the team takes your favorite historical figure and performs a full, factually accurate improv set to satisfy your hunger for hip-hop history with Anybody. Nikola Tesla? Bawse. Ida B. Wells? Flawless. Louisa May Alcott? Mic drop. Stand on the right side of history and head to Imagination Stage in Bethesda today!
Jokes & Jazz 10 offers up an evening of exceptional live jazz and performances by comedians from Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime and more. You’ll hear youth jazz artists come together with seasoned special guests to form a live jazz ensemble, at Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, D.C. The VIP ticket includes early entry, plus a glass of champagne and cupcakes.
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, Apr 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Soul in Motion: Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute)Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 10:00am (Squirrel Stole My Underpants)Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 4:00pm (Squirrel Stole My Underpants)Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 8:00pm (Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole)Thursday, Apr 18, 2019 / 7:30pm (Cary Cooper)Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 8:00pm (Soul in Motion: 35th Anniversary Celebration)Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pm (Chavela)Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 7:00pm (Tula’s Cabaret)
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.
Cherry blossoms are an icon of the nation’s capital, gifted from Japan to Washington DC in 1912 as a sign of friendship. Thousands of visitors flock to the Tidal Basin in downtown DC every year to witness the breathtaking bloom. Join in the festivities this spring with DC Design Tours, on a Cherry Blossom Tidal Basin tour to see the bloom and learn about the design behind one of Washington’s most beautiful sights. Set out from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bookstore to see and hear about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Pentagon (from a distance), Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Potomac River and the Jefferson Memorial.
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.
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.
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.
How did 3,000 Japanese cherry trees make their way to America’s capital? You’ll the answer on this fun and informative walking tour during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The annual cherry blossom display in Washington, D.C. is guaranteed to dazzle your senses. People travel from all over the world to see the trees when their blooms burst forth with magnificent beauty each spring. But have you ever wondered why the trees are planted along the Tidal Basin? Why cherry trees? Whose idea were they, anyway? Hear the stories and secrets behind these delicate and breathtaking blossoms, as well as the visionary who imagined the display and more details of the area, during this two-hour guided walking tour featuring not only the cherry trees, but also fascinating anecdotes about the nation’s capital.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival has the perfect handcrafted find for everyone, whatever your taste. This event at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds features over 300 artisans, live art demos, kids’ theater, specialty food samples, live music and glassblowing. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, ceramics, glass or metal arts, chances are you’ll find it at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 2:00pm