The Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA's series, designed to inspire and empower young audiences, brings their dynamic new work to the stage as a world premiere. From Gumbo to Mumbo delves into contemporary issues with a mix of theater, poetry and hip-hop. A SouthEast DC b-boy, video gamer -- and crochet artist -- connects with a science-teacher-turned-comic rhymer from New Orleans, and together they explore the issues of the day and the search for home, while celebrating love and redefining masculinity. This two-person show is written and performed by Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown.
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 3:00pmSunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Apr 6, 2019 / 3:00pmSunday, Apr 7, 2019 / 7:00pm
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, Mar 25, 2019 / 10:00pm (BCJO featuring Jihye Lee Celebrating Washington Women in Jazz)Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 / 10:00pm (Avishai Cohen Quartet (Award Winning Trumpeter))Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 / 10:00pm (Dayme Arocena (Acclaimed Cuban Vocalist))Monday, Apr 1, 2019 / 10:00pm (Yoko Miwa Trio (Piano))Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019 / 10:00pm (Yvette Spears (Vocals) "Voices from the Jazz Botique")Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 / 10:00pm (Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition (Legendary Drummer) with Baron Browne, Mark Soskin & Vinny Valentino))Monday, Apr 8, 2019 / 10:00pm (Rina Yamazaki Trio (Piano))Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019 / 10:00pm (Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (Organ/Guitar/Drums))
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.
The Tony-nominated Hands on a Hardbody features a catchy combination of blues, R&B and country songs co-written by Amanda Green and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, highlighting the story of 10 hard-luck Texans for whom a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Watch it all unfold on the stage of the Keegan Theatre in Washington, DC.
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Mar 28, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Apr 4, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Apr 5, 2019 / 8:00pm
It's Art Basel, Miami's weeklong party for the rich and famous, where socialite darling Julie reigns over the blowout her real-estate mogul father is throwing at his South Beach hotel. But when her fiancé dumps her in front of the crowd, Julie hides from her humiliation (and her father) in the hotel’s barely used storage kitchen. Her companions are Christine, a cocktail waitress who recently fled conflict-torn Venezuela, and Christine’s fiancé John, an Uber driver from the Miami slums. This explosive elixir of power, class and immigration status is a bold and contemporary take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie by vibrant rising voice Hilary Bettis (The Americans). Enjoy Queen of Basel at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.
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.
Monday, Mar 25, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Mar 29, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Apr 1, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
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.
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, Mar 30, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 9:30am
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.
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.
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.
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, Apr 7, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 2:00pm
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.
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar 29, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Apr 4, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Apr 5, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Apr 6, 2019 / 2:00pm
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.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, May 6, 2019 / 7:30pm
It’s the Roaring Twenties. A mobster and madam meet at a local speakeasy to discuss moonshine and money. Despite a planned evening of comedy and music, someone put MURDER on the menu. Help the chief of police find answers before an all-out gang war breaks out. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre would look like a pillow fight compared to what will happen if he fails!
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.
A bold, independent heroine for the ages, Mirele Efros -- often called "the Jewish Queen Lear" -- stands at the center of this epic, gripping story of power, pride and maternal sacrifice. A wealthy widow and savvy businesswoman who wants to find a good wife for her son, Mirele suffers a fall of Shakespearean proportions when her children turn against her. Wildly successful in its time, this 1898 masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation produced in partnership with the Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program.
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Mar 27, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar 28, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Apr 3, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Apr 4, 2019 / 7:30pm
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, Apr 27, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:30am
Looking for a good cheap laugh in D.C.? Look no further than Glover Park's Arcuri, where you can catch one-a-kind comedic talent from Showtime, HBO and Comedy Central on any given night. Experience the most exciting live stand-up comedy as you enjoy Arcuri's menu of Italian cuisine and brick-oven pizza.
The name most synonymous with the term "Bard" is William Shakespeare; however, during this show, Fulfillment Theatre Company celebrates the Bard of our time: Dr. Maya Angelou! On the heels of Black History and Women's History Months comes a dramatic poetic review of the works of Angelou! Don't miss this poetically staged work, artfully weaving together several of her masterpieces through various mediums of artistic expression at Silver Spring Black Box Theater.
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.
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.
The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park, bringing together dozens of craft breweries and featuring spring seasonal beers. Taking place throughout the stadium's concourse, including Centerfield Plaza, Budweiser Brew House, Bud Light Loft and Budweiser Terrace, the DC Beer Fest will have over a dozen food trucks throughout as well as lawn games, DJs and more!
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!
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.
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, Mar 28, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, Apr 4, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Apr 5, 2019 / 8:00pm
DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt the nation's capital ... if you dare. You'll hear a historian's take on all of the curses, eerie coincidences and hauntings that make up the darker side of days gone by in this pre-Revolutionary town.
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
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.
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.
Nationally recognized comedians travel the country tasting local wine and making new fans in this new comedy circuit that brings quality comedy to folks for a fraction of what antiquated comedy clubs demand. Come for the wine and laughs at Hidden Brook Winery in Leesburg.
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.
Professional museum tour guide Stephen Mead takes you through the National Gallery of Art's East Building, where you'll explore modern and contemporary art during this two-hour tour. He'll walk you and talk you through the stories of Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keefe, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollack, and Andy Warhol. View 40-plus pieces of modern art and learn what the message of each might be and get to know the artists behind them. Mead lived in London for several years, where he led exhibit tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum and gave talks for the UK National Arts Collection Fund. Since moving to DC, he has combined his love of museums with his professional storytelling skills, making his tours both educational and enjoyable.
Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 2:00pm Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 2:00pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pm Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 2:00pm
DC’s only all-original award-winning political satirical musical comedy revue is returning with a brand-new show for its 64th year: Romp in the Swamp! At an unspecified time in the future, climate change has (re)turned DC into a literal swamp, and an archaeological dig in this swamp reveals artifacts from DC's past. The archaeologists wonder what those items were for, making way for songs and skits that humorously explore current American politics and culture.
Friday, Mar 29, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open 45 minutes prior to show)Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open 45 minutes prior to show)Friday, Apr 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open 45 minutes prior to show)Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open 45 minutes prior to show)
Carmen Giménez Smith's poetry dissects the female body and society's responses to it over centuries, in language that can be both playful and serious. Her latest live reading is inspired by the acclaimed art exhibit by Cuba's Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) at The Phillips Collection in DC, where this event will take place. Smith's collections include Milk and Filth, Goodbye, Flicker (winner of the Juniper Prize), and, most recently, Cruel Futures. Her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else, received an American Book Award.
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.
The tragedy of Georgetown's darker side encompasses the oldest neighborhood in D.C. with local legends and true crime events from its past. This is a tour about scandals, murder and tragedy. It is not a ghost tour, though we have a few spooky tales to share. In this evening walking tour, you will stroll the historic streets of Georgetown and hear long ago tales of tragedy, romance and lore. With its architecture, pedigree and ambiance, Georgetown is a lovely place to visit. However, the houses, churches and cemeteries of this tiny neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why! This tour is for adults only due to mature content.
Explore Washington's most iconic landmarks through an architectural lens on a two hour walking tour of the National Mall. Take in the towering Washington Monument, sobering Vietnam Wall and awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial while learning fro your expert guide about the designers and politicians that helped shape this monumental core of the nation's capital. Hear stories of the history, heroes and hopes of the United States on a stroll through the heart of D.C. You'll also see the White House, the WWII Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial on this informative walk.
Friday, Mar 29, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, 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 / 7:00pm
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.
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.
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.
Two of the biggest figures in contemporary Dominican theatre, María Castillo and Manuel Chapuseaux, in an incomparable acting duel, in a dramatic comedy of the highest quality. Castillo defines the play as an emotional striptease between a man and a woman who meet at a park and slowly explore their innermost profound feelings.
Michael Jons is a kind of expert safe-cracker -- but instead of bank vaults, he manages to break inside something far more secure: the human brain. Any doubters need only attend his brilliant new show, Psychic Cabaret. During this lightning-paced performance, Jons astonishes the audience with his Sherlockian style of people-reading, his Svengali-like powers to persuade and, of course, his incredible ability to seemingly read the thoughts of total strangers. But the show's highlight is the dazzling variety of psychic readings that Jons does, instantly and memorably, for lucky spectators. Be there for what NewTimes declared "one of the best date nights of all time."
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, Apr 7, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 5:00pm
The name most synonymous with the term "Bard" is William Shakespeare; however, during this show, Fulfillment Theatre Company celebrates the Bard of our time: Dr. Maya Angelou! On the heels of Black History and Women's History Months comes a dramatic poetic review of the works of Angelou! Don't miss this poetically staged work, artfully weaving together several of her masterpieces through various mediums of artistic expression at Silver Spring Black Box Theater.
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, Mar 31, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, 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 / 2:00pm
Celebrating over 25 years in New York and on tour, STOMP never ceases to amaze. Everyday objects -- matchboxes, hubcaps, brooms, buckets, garbage cans and pretty much anything else you can think of -- become vehicles for brilliant music and unique rhythms, all performed by an energetic troupe that dances and pounds its way across the stage. The show also features comedic moments and lots of audience participation, placing you right in the action. The percussive sounds that will fill Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre are unlike anything you've ever heard, and it's amazing to think that it's all coming from everyday found items. Grab these tickets now — but resist the urge to create your own at-home performance, because your neighbors will not be as impressed.
Make your way to Bethesda's Barking Dog when Jordan Raybould presents a night of stand-up comedy from some of his best and funniest friends from the New York City comedy scene. This monthly showcase features professional, hysterical touring comedians and promises to be a night to remember.
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.
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 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Carmen Lundy)Sunday, Apr 7, 2019 / 6:00pm (Noshin' With The Cantors)Friday, Apr 12, 2019 / 1:00pm (Squirrel Stole My Underpants)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)
Celebrate Our Spiritual Mystery at the National Gallery of Art, and witness what renowned artists throughout the ages thought about Madonna, the Saints, the Adoration of the Magi and the Crucifixion of Jesus. Professional guides will take you through the museum's highlights, historical showstoppers and fan favorites over the course of two hours, with stops along the way to discuss each piece's symbols, stories and background.
Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:00pm
Set sail with the Boomerang and join us for a beautiful Cherry Blossom cruise on the Potomac River on our 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.
Rachel is a nationally touring comedian and actress. Huffington Post called her “the only comedian we’ve seen who can go from embodying her grandmother in one breath and a predatory guy on the street in the next and be equally convincing at both.” She has had three Comedy Central specials, including the most recent one hour special Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple. Rachel recently recurred on the Steven Soderbergh Amazon series Red Oaks and on Judd Apatow’s HBO comedy Crashing. Her past credits include Trainwreck, Top Five, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, co-hosting The View on multiple occasions and several appearances on Inside Schumer. You may also remember Rachel co-hosting alongside Shaq on Upload with Shaquille O'Neal. Feinstein has also lent her voice to Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers and the phenomenally successful Grand Theft Auto video game franchise. See her live at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.
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.
Guy Branum is a writer and comedian best known for serving as a hilarious panelist on Chelsea Lately, as creator and host of truTV’s Talk Show the Game Show, and for his performance as Natalie Portman's sassy friend in No Strings Attached. He's also written for Punk'd and Fashion Police, and his debut comedy album, Effable, hit No. 1 on iTunes and was called “a contender for the best comedy special of 2015” by The New York Times. Now you can catch him live at Drafthouse Comedy Theater in D.C.
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.
Celebrated Spanish mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé and leading bel canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee, previously heard together in Washington National Opera's 2009 production of Barber of Seville, reunite on stage for one night only to present one of Rossini's greatest yet rarely performed operas, Zelmira. Embarking on a mission to save her father, the King, from a murderous usurper, Zelmira faces a series of aspersions directed against her and nearly loses her family and life in the process.
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.
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing and dream her unique life into being. Directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi Pre are set to attend a pre-show meet-and-greet and a post-show panel discussion at the Atlas in DC.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center welcomes back the Herb Scott Quartet for an evening of jazz, celebrating the release of At the Jazz Show, the latest album from DC jazz original. Herb Scott. The quartet is made up of Herb Scott on saxophone and vocals, Janelle Gill on piano, Michael Bowie on bass and Quincy Phillips on percussion. Enjoy this Atlas Presents Jazz show at the Lab Theatre II in Washington DC.
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.
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 1, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 7:00pm
A monthly comedy show that showcases the DMV's best comedic talent. The latest show at The DC Drafthouse in Washington D.C. will feature Rahmein Mostafavi. Rahmein, who is a familiar face at D.C.'s hot spots has shared the stage with many national touring comedians such as Dave Attell and Tim Meadows to name a few. He has been featured on XM Satellite Radio, Fox, and PBS. You can catch him, along with many funny folks, at this comedy showcase
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.
Based on The Who's classic 1969 double album, The Who's Tommy is an influential rock opera that follows the adventures of Tommy, a "deaf, dumb and blind kid" who transcends the cruelty of the modern world to become a pinball wizard and then a prophet. The original Broadway production ran for nearly 900 performances, earning guitarist-composer Pete Townshend the Tony Award for Best Original Score, for hits like "Amazing Journey," "See Me, Feel Me," "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?" and "I'm Free." Earning high scores from audiences since its debut, The Who's Tommy has lost none of its power to inspire and amaze. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking musical with this semi-staged adaptation from Broadway Center Stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In Arlington, Virginia during the 1990s, Adam P. Kennedy, playwright Adrienne Kennedy’s son, was beaten by police after being pulled over for a broken taillight. That disturbing incident led them, mother and child, to collaborate on this powerful, autobiographical drama. Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC reads now like a premonition of today’s pervasive climate of police violence, masterfully interweaving a suspenseful docudrama with the black experience of 20th-century America.
Appearing as part of the Kennedy Center's Direct Current series, acclaimed Harlem artist Sanford Biggers brings his band Moon Medicin to the Atrium. The group's multimedia concerts are known for their creative take on both original songs and covers, accompanied by sound effects and a wide variety of projected images, covering everything from sci-fi and sacred geometry to world politics and ceremonial dance.
Appearing as part of the Kennedy Center's Direct Current Festival, this DC premiere explores the influential work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe through an innovative theater piece pairing his striking images with music and poetry. The talents of librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and composer Bryce Dessner, best-known as a member of the Grammy–winning band The National, combine with music from the Grammy–winning choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth and poetry by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith to create an exciting new lens with which to view Mapplethorpe's stunning visual art.
If the the word "marionette" makes you picture hokey children's shows like Thunderbirds or raunchy comedies like Team America, New York's Phantom Limb Company is here to change your perception. Co-founded by artist, director, and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet-maker Erik Sanko, Phantom Limb combines marionettes and multimedia technology to create moving and compelling art and commentary. In Falling Out, Phantom Limb's elaborate puppets share a stage with butoh dancer Dai Matsuoka in a performance inspired by the Fukushima nuclear disaster which explores humanity's changing relationship with nature over time. You'll never look at puppetry the same way after this insightful and thought-provoking performance at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., presented as part of the Direct Current series.
Join composer-in-residence and host Mason Bates for an enchanting performance of Sirens by Chanticleer. Dubbed "the world's reigning male chorus" by The New Yorker, the Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble delivers a collection of soul-stirring songs by 20th- and 21st-century choral music composers. The first vocal ensemble voted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, Chanticleer has been wowing audiences for decades. With voices from countertenor to bass and original interpretations of tunes from classical to jazz and gospel, Chanticleer has the range and expertise to bring a dazzling performance to Washington DC's Kennedy Center. The program also includes a song cycle by Bates which features songs by Ned Rorem, Steven Stucky and Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Hailed by String magazine as "the future of chamber music," genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider joins forces with Magos Herrera at The Kennedy Center. Herrera is praised as “without a doubt the best jazz singer out of Mexico” (Jazz Times) and Brooklyn Rider has been called “a string quartet of boundless imagination” (NPR Music). Together they reinterpret classics from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Spain, celebrating such luminaries as Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca and Rubén Darío. This concert is part of the DIRRECT CURRENT mainstage season at The Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.
The fearless and feisty Cynthia Erivo joins the National Symphony Orchestrs and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke for two nights at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C. Celebrate the strengths of womanhood as Erivo gives voice to music made famous by the greatest female singers of all time, including Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Beyoncé and more. With a Grammy, an Emmy, and Tony Award already under her belt, Cynthia Erivo just needs that Oscar. And following her revelatory, star-making lead role on Broadway’s The Color Purple, her journey to cinematic stardom is well underway. She recently made Hollywood headlines following her performances in Steve McQueen’s Widows (with Viola Davis and Liam Neeson) and Bad Times at the El Royale (alongside Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm). Next year she stars in Harriet, playing none other than Harriet Tubman. Don't miss her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra — you'll soon be telling your friends you knew her when!
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.
Hailed as “one of the most socially aware artistic events in New York this year” (WQXR), Lovestate is the third installment of Silent Voices, a multimedia, multi-composer and multi-season series of concert works conceived, produced, and performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a choir of culturally and socioeconomically diverse young New Yorkers aged 12–18. Featuring commissions from composers including Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Shaina Taub, Toshi Reagon, Angélica Negrón, Bora Yoon and Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Lovestate confronts the challenges of division and categorization while envisioning a more inclusive and compassionate future. The concert at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. will also feature the International Contemporary Ensemble, "the new gold standard for new music" (The New Yorker).
Children (and children at heart) will enjoy The Travels of Babar, a concert combining stories, images and music at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, DC. The show includes "Return to the Land of the Elephants" by composer Raphael Mostel, one of his two multimedia musical voyages based on the novel series by Jean de Brunhoff. Starting one hour before each concert, children can go hands-on with the musical instrument "petting zoo," letting them interact with the instruments they'll see played on the stage. After the concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.
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.
Our newest musician this season is exciting young D.C. jazz singer Shacara Rogers. Performing since the age of five, Shacara holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from Howard University and is a graduate of the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ahead program. She has received acclaim and awards throughout her career -- now come hear why. Shacara will perform and discuss works she is preparing for her performances with us in Songs by Cole at the Scotch Lounge in Washington, D.C.
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.
Amanda Palmer is a singer, writer, pianist, activist and blogger who simultaneously embraces and explodes traditional frameworks of music, theatre, community and art. She first came to prominence as one half of the Boston-based punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, earning global applause for their wide-ranging theatricality and inventive songcraft. Her solo career has proven equally brave and boundless. Her first solo album in more than six years, There Will Be No Intermission is the multi-faceted artist's most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album's overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life's most ineffably heartbreaking circumstances. See Amanda Palmer live in concert at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Long-time SCMS members Vera Beths and Steven Dann return in early April, in the company of two rising stars, for Anton Bruckner’s evocative Quintet. A variety of series selections makes it possible to hear a representative sampling of these varied programs, or to enjoy the entire selection. Don't miss Masterworks of Five Centuries at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Distinguished Scholar Award, again curates a series of pre-concert talks one hour prior to each concert.
When Lisa Fischer last performed at Strathmore she brought the house down, earning a standing ovation. Fischer and her band return, this time for a fully orchestrated performance. Featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom, Fischer stepped into the spotlight after a successful career as a backup singer for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Sting. This special evening brings together Fischer and her band, Grand Baton, with musicians from the National Philharmonic to perform powerful renditions of your favorite songs from Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones and Sting.
Experience the frenzy, the craziness, the daring exploits and rule-breaking joy of classic silent comedies with live musical accompaniment. Enjoy original, lively, jazz-infused scores by Atlas Performing Arts Center’s resident curator and musician, Andrew Earle Simpson, plus a special guest jazz ensemble. Comedy Shorts of the Jazz Age features live jazz music playing alongside delightful classic silent comedies, including Charlie Chaplin's Easy Street, Liberty starring Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase in Too Many Mammas, and Picking Peaches or His New Mamma starring Harry Langdon. Simpson is an acclaimed composer, pianist, organist, and conductor. One of America’s foremost silent film musicians, Simpson specializes in silent film accompaniment and has performed and conducted his solo, chamber, and orchestral film scores across the United States, Europe, and South America. Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and regularly featured accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater, his work has also been broadcast on Turner Classic Movies.
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.
Adam Newman is a New Hampshire-born, Georgia-schooled, ex-Brooklyn-based, now L.A.-based comedian who has performed stand-up on the Late Show with David Letterman, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central's The Half Hour, and most recently a one hour special called Fuzzies currently streaming on Amazon. Adam was among Comedy Central's first class of "Comics to Watch" to perform at the 2011 New York Comedy Festival, and was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal as a "New Face" in 2013, and again (and again!) in 2014 and 2016 to perform on HBO Canada's Funny as Hell. Adam has released two critically acclaimed stand-up albums, Not for Horses (2011) and Killed (2015) -- but you can see him in the flesh at D.C. Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern in Washington, D.C.
With support from a 2015 French-American Jazz Exchange grant, Aaron joined creative forces with percussionist Leon Parker to expand the sonic, communicative and expressive possibilities of the piano trio, setting to include a significant role for body percussion and body rhythm techniques, both in place of and in addition to traditional drum set. This creative exploration has resulted in new works and a new trio recording to be released in 2018. Now you can see the Aaron Goldberg Trio perform live at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
Brad Linde's DIX OUT celebrates the release of its debut album, There'll Be SOME Changes Made, featuring songs from the 1920s trad jazz repertoire. The album features spontaneous arrangements of classics and includes trumpeter/vocalist Tara Kannangara on the front line. The group includes Brad Linde (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, C-melody saxophone), Aaron Quinn (electric banjo and electric guitar, effects), Liz Prince (tuba) and Deric Dickens (drums and percussion). Don't miss them in concert at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
Noel Coward's hit comedy Fallen Angels details the rivalry between two housewives awaiting the arrival of their exotic former lover. Julia and Jane's husbands go out of town for a golf trip the same weekend Maurice is coming to visit -- and both ladies had their last fling before marriage with the suave Maurice. Dramatizing female sexual desire and frustration, the first performances in 1925 outraged critics and was labeled “shocking and obscene.” Enjoy the ribald laughs at NextStop Theatre in Herndon.
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Apr 4, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Apr 5, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Apr 7, 2019 / 2:00pm
Want to rev up your girls' night? Men in Motion XXL Male Revue is a burlesque show for women that's been bewitching audiences up and down the East Coast for 30 years. Come celebrate your birthday, bachelorette or ladies' night at DC Productions Music Hall and Comedy Club in Rockville. With sexy men and scandalous moves, you and your girls will find yourselves reminiscing about the show until the next time you go!
Explore the sacred art of Washington National Cathedral with a DC native and super-knowledgeable local historian. Inside the cathedral you'll see are that tells biblical stories of faith as well as American history. From founding fathers to astronauts to farmers, American values and spiritual principles are beautifully displayed by the various sacred art found in this historic building.
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 1:00pm
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.
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou, as An Evening with the Bard takes a journey through a plethora of her poetic works. This Fulfillment Theatre Company production at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre artfully weaves together several of her masterpieces through various mediums of artistic expression.
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.
The New York City Ballet is back for its annual appearance with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for a pair of much-anticipated programs celebrating the Jerome Robbins centennial. In New Works & New Productions, you'll experience two pieces created especially for the occasion -- Justin Peck's Easy, set to the music of Leonard Bernstein, and Tony winner Warren Carlyle's Something to Dance About, a salute to Robbins' best Broadway creations. Kyle Abraham's The Runaway, with a soundtrack by Jay-Z, Kanye West and others, is on tap as well. The NYCB also brings Reisen, Balanchine & Robbins to DC, with Balanchine's grand Symphony in C bound to dazzle with more than 50 dancers, plus Robbins' Opus 9/The Dreamer, set to an energetic concerto by Prokofiev.
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019 / 7:30pm (Reisen, Balanchine & Robbins)Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 / 7:30pm (Reisen, Balanchine & Robbins)Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 / 7:30pm (New Works & New Productions)Friday, Apr 5, 2019 / 7:30pm (New Works & New Productions)Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 / 1:30pm (New Works & New Productions)
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.
Come out for the official DC Cocktail Festival, an elevated craft cocktail tasting experience that aims to stimulate all of your senses. Throw back some great food and enjoy live musical performances, all while sampling some of the best cocktails from the city’s best cocktail mixologists. You’ll have the chance to sample premium cocktails to your heart's content, while live entertainment keeps the party lively during this one of a kind experience. VIP admission means you’ll gain early access one hour before the crowd, so you’ll have more time to sample and mingle.
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.
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.
Dan St. Germain is a comedian, writer, and actor who’s appeared on Conan, Fallon, This Week at the Comedy Cellar, Adam Ruins Everything, Crashing, This is Not Happening, Best Week Ever, @Midnight and more. He co-hosted The Ringer’s Masked Man, Not Safe, and My Dumb Friends podcasts as well as appearing on Ten Percent Happier, WTF with Marc Maron, You Made It Weird, Carolla and more. He’s a Variety Comic to Watch, Time Out NY’s Break Out Comedian of 2014, and has appeared at both the Just For Laughs Festival and Bumbershoot. He’s the creator of Kicking Dan Out on My Damn Channel and the co-creator of In Security on Comedy Central Studios. His newest album No Real Winners Here is out on 800 LB Gorilla Records which was listed as one of the best albums of 2018 by The Interrobang. See him live at Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
Celebrate the sexier side of life as the traveling "pop-erotica" variety show The Sweet Spot comes to Washington, D.C. with its "Make It Rain" edition. This raucous night of entertainment, set to a Top 40 music mix, features a mashup of spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, runway fashion, DJ-spun tunes, live music and more. Now touring to more than 30 cities, The Sweet Spot brings its signature mix of high-energy performances to the Howard Theatre, offering a thrilling show at which adults of all persuasions can enjoy and engage with the erotic arts in a fun, safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere.
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.
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 / 9:15pm Friday, Mar 29, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar 29, 2019 / 9:15pm Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 9:15pm Friday, Apr 5, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Apr 5, 2019 / 9:15pmSaturday, Apr 6, 2019 / 8:00pm
Supporting the relevance and advancement of dance in the 21st-century, The Washington Ballet continues its commitment to the creative process with an evening debuting new, never-been-seen before ballets in the heart of the nation’s capital by choreographers Dana Genshaft, Trey McIntyre, and Ethan Stiefel. Three World Premieres, The Washington Ballet’s annual program featuring exclusively commissioned works by emerging and globally acclaimed choreographers, supports both the evolution of ballet and the dancer and celebrates the evolving beauty and resonating power of our art.
As you click through wedding websites and flip through bridal magazines, you'll find hundreds of ideas. How do you choose the ones that will be part of your wedding day? How will you make sure everything is really as amazing as it looks in print or online? The Washington Wedding Experience is your opportunity to experience everything up-close and in person! Chat with the area's most talented and trustworthy wedding professionals while you taste delicious cakes, see beautiful flowers, and find your perfect look in the runway fashion show. Your future spouse, family members and your wedding party can all share in the fun too. Treat yourself to a signature cocktail, capture the beauty of your engagement ring in the Ring Selfie Station, add your married name to the New Name Wall, and visit the Flip-Flop Bar where you can create something fun to wear while getting ready on your big day. If a wedding is in your future, head to the Dulles Expo Center in the D.C. area to pull it all together!
Head for the Hills prides itself on defying expectation, turning neophytes into converts and genre purists into exploratory listeners. Remaining true to the roots of bluegrass while simultaneously looking to its future prospects, the band makes music that reaches into jazz, indie rock, hip hop, soul, world and folk to stitch together cutting edge songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. More than a decade in and after thousands of miles, hundreds of performances, a handful of independently released records, four times awarded Best Bluegrass in Colorado and one new mandolin player -- Head for the Hills is at their absolute peak, firing on all cylinders and winning the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere they go. Experience it all at The State Theatre in the Washington, D.C. area.
It was during one of comic Steve Rannazzisi's many killer sets at the Comedy Store when an audience member named Ashton Kutcher was blown away, landing him his first-ever TV gig as a cast member on MTV's Punk'd. Since then, this actor-comedian, best known for his role as "Kevin" on The League, has appeared on See Jayne Run, Kitchen Confidential, Love Bites and more. Rannazzisi recently filmed his second, one-hour comedy special, Breaking Dad, at the historic Wilbur Theatre in Boston. Experience his hard-charging and hilarious comedy live at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.
The week is over and it's time to cut loose. You could celebrate happy hour with friends and drink specials on a rooftop... or even better, that rooftop could be sailing along the waters of beautiful Washington, D.C. You'll feel like you're on vacation as your weekly worries stay behind on land with the Happy Hour on the Harbor Cruise, back by popular demand. The full bar, fun music and drink specials keep the weekend in full force, whether you're on a date or kicking back with friends. The party gets going at National Ferry Corporation at the Washington Marina.
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.
Brilliant pyrotechnics light up the sky and reflect across the water as you enjoy this unforgettable night sailing across the Potomac River. Enjoy cookies and an included dessert display, plus a full bar with a variety of beverages available for purchase. The river provides the perfect opportunity to see the beautiful cherry blossom trees, 3,000 of which were sent to the U.S. by Japan in 1912. You'll see both real cherry blossoms and the fiery kind that explode overhead in beautiful patterns on the Cherry Blossom Fireworks Cruise departing from D.C.'s Washington Marina.
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.
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Mar 29, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 4:30pmSunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 4:30pmThursday, Apr 4, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Apr 5, 2019 / 1:00pm
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