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, Oct 19, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Nov 16, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Nov 23, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 9:30am
Drafthouse Comedy Presents Attack of the Comics: DC’s longest running Stand-up Open Mic. We showcase the real. Seasoned Comics need to work things out. Young Comics need to work things out. Sometimes these Comics collide on the same stage. Come to our new show, on Friday Night’s, and get this work! Attack or The Comics, Join the Rebellion, and do something different.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 10:45pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 10:45pm
Set sail for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun as you and your little mateys search for adventure and booty. This family cruise takes place aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship, which holds the city’s treasure. But the keys to the chest have been stolen by rascally scallywags, and your job is to recover them. You’ll search the waterways of the Potomac, armed with water cannons and pirate bravado while having fun playing games, dancing and getting your face painted. Little buccaneers and their parents will love this creative cruise idea, complete with on-board snacks and drinks for purchase, and will be sent home with treasure and souvenirs after enjoying an afternoon on the water seeing the sights in a whole new way.
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 1:45pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 2:45pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 1:45pm
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.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Nov 15, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 8:00pm
The 14th Street corridor between Irving Street and Park Road at one time was one of Washington, D.C.’s most thriving shopping and entertainment destinations outside of downtown. Then, in 1968, riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sparked extensive looting and burning of commercial property. For years afterward, boarded-up businesses and empty lots marred the formerly vibrant Columbia Heights area. Now the area is experiencing a cultural and commercial resurgence, making it a hot spot once again. On this fun and informative two-hour Washington Walks tour, hear the history and see the exciting changes that have taken place.
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, Oct 20, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 10:00am
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, Oct 19, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 11:00am
By day, Capitol Hill is one of Washington, D.C.‘s busiest neighborhoods, with locals, tourists and powerbrokers alike strolling the streets of this historic area. But as the sun sets, a different, eerier vibe starts to take over. Who is that shadowy sentry in front of the Supreme Court? What’s the story behind the “whisper spot” in the Capitol? And why should you never step foot in Statuary Hall on New Year’s Eve? You’ll find out the answers to these questions and more on this decidedly unnerving — and historical — walk.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 7:30pm
Join the StageCoach Bandits monthly for Improv at StageCoach Theatre Company in Ashburn! Just like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the Bandits perform short-form improv using suggestions from the audience. Shows are completely interactive. No show or game is ever the same twice!
Although she may be taller than most men, the only thing more intimidating than her height is her comedy. Marcella mixes a combination of genuine reason with a sexy suggestion of street. Deemed as “sexually and ethnically ambiguous” she appeals to everyone and is not afraid to tell you how she really feels about subjects concerning race, gender, politics, relationships, family, work, music, pop culture and whatever else is on her mind that day. Marcella is the host and booker of Women Crush Wednesdays, the hottest and most diverse weekly show in Los Angeles. Her debut album, The Woke Bully, is a combination of Marcella’s unique perspective and honesty that captures what it’s like to experience her live.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors at 8:40pm)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors at 8:40pm)
Get ready for famous live comedy at Glover Park’s Arcuri, where you can catch one-of-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. Perfect idea for DC Date Night, meeting new people, or just a fun night out on the town!
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Nov 22, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 9:00pm
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.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pm
Washington’s best loved museums line the East side of the National Mall, laid out between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Called the “Nation’s Attic,” the Smithsonian Institution is one of the largest museum complexes in the world, with 30 million annual visitors, 19 museums, and over 150 million items in the collection. Each unique building is an architectural landmark all it’s own. On this tour, explore how the Smithsonian Institution has shaped the fabric of the National Mall since 1855.
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, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:00pm
Just try and stump the talented singer-piano duo on stage each night at Bobby McKey’s. Whether it’s Beyoncé or Beethoven, Jay Z or ZZ Top, Meatloaf or Mozart, these guys are sure to have it covered. DC’s only dueling piano bar hosts these entertaining and interactive shows, where the wait staff has been known to jump on stage to perform choreographed dance routines and where you and your friends are encouraged to get in on the action as well. Plus, Bobby McKey’s boasts a full bar with specialty drinks, beer on tap and plenty of snacks and sandwiches to order.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
It’s December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Frietag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 2:00pm
Chills, thrills and intriguing mysteries crowd the haunted and historic homes of Washington’s Lafayette Park in this tour presented by Washington Walks. Violent quarrels, vicious attacks, murder, suicide — there’s a lot going on in this seven-acre stretch of the city. On this eerie tour, you’ll see the homes of Navy hero Stephen Decatur, as well as man of letters Henry Adams and his troubled wife Clover. Relive the fateful night of April 14, 1865, when the grim reaper stalked more than Abraham Lincoln. The tour begins at the house considered the most haunted home in the city: The Octagon. While this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured, the stories behind them will leave you happy to simply view them from the outside.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:30pm
Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts nationally touring comedians and showcases the hottest local comedians. Talent from HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central are known to drop in on any given night. Bask in the cool atmosphere, enjoy friendly and attentive staff, and listen to famous comedy in a range of styles. It’s the perfect idea for D.C. date night, meeting new people, or just a fun night on the town.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 9:00pm Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 9:00pm Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, Nov 1, 2019 / 9:00pm Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, Nov 8, 2019 / 9:00pm Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 9:00pm
A lighthearted antidote to the craziness of Washington, The Capitol Steps are a comedy institution (imagine a kinder, gentler Veep — with songs!). And since they perform in the heart of D.C., you can go for a post-show stroll through the Mall and take in the sights while you relive your favorite jokes.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Nov 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 7:30pm
It’s a match made in hell—a mad barber who’ll slit your throat, and “mystery meat” pies sold cheap next door. Put them together, and you’ve got Sweeney Todd, a delightfully horrific tale of obsession and revenge. There’s no mystery meat on the buffet menu, though! You’ll get a selection of warm, tasty and fresh food.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:45pm (Dinner at 6:00pm)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:45pm (Dinner at 6:00pm)Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:45pm (Dinner at 6:00pm)
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.
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.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Oct 21, 2019 / 10:00amTuesday, Oct 22, 2019 / 10:00amWednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 10:00amThursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 10:00amFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 10:00am
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.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 3:00pm Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 3:00pm Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 3:00pm Monday, Oct 21, 2019 / 3:00pm Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 / 3:00pm Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 3:00pm Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 3:00pm Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 3:00pm
If there’s one thing you’ll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it’s that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol’s vibing craft cocktail scene, where you’ll sample sweet libations at hidden gems and even learn how to make your own drinks. Get a history lesson too on how prohibition shaped D.C., and discover the speakeasies that still thrive here today.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, Oct 21, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Oct 22, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:30pm
Join Fiona for a private tour to see some of Washington, DC’s most recognizable sculptures in the Hirshhorn collection found outside in the beautiful, sunken Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Garden includes sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Beverly Pepper, Jeff Koons, and Yoko Ono. This walking tour will share the stories behind the sculptures and the museum’s founding while strolling through one of the most beautiful sculpture gardens on the Mall. This tour is outdoors, and does not go into the museum. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of the most unique museums on the National Mall, filled with modern and contemporary art, houses more than 5,000 paintings and 3,000 sculptures. The uniquely recognizable, round building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft as a modern sculpture, and was opened in 1974.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Nov 16, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Nov 23, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 10:00am
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.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 5:00pm Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 5:00pm Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 / 5:00pm
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, Oct 21, 2019 / 10:00pm (Dave Kline Band "Celebrates Jimi Hendrix)Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 / 10:00pm (Quiana Lynell (Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist))Monday, Oct 28, 2019 / 10:00pm (Feedel Band (Ethio-Jazz))Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 / 10:00pm (Richie Goods "The Goods Project" )Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 / 10:00pm (Bob Israel & Eddie Czerwinski's )
Stories of the world come alive at the Newseum, where you can go behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. See some of the final photographs of the only journalist who died covering the 9/11 attacks, witness the epic struggle of the civil rights movement in the ‘60s, marvel at a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs and hear never-before-told stories from the journalists and photographers who stood on the front lines of history. This high-tech museum features seven levels of galleries and exhibits, including the Berlin Wall Gallery, which features eight 12-foot-high sections of the actual wall and a three-story East German guard tower. There are also theaters, retail spaces and visitor services where you can explore electronic news, unique artifacts, photojournalism, news history and world news. And, since there’s so much to see, your ticket is good for two consecutive days. Take your time and see half the first day, then return the next day to catch what you missed.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Oct 21, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
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, Oct 19, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Nov 16, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Nov 23, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 1:00pm
The hit musical Hamilton made history on Broadway and now it’s time to discover the Ten Dollar Founding Father’s connections to the nation’s capital. On this Washington Walk, you’ll see sites associated with the historic moments depicted in the musical, and learn about “the Lancelot of the revolutionary set,” Marquis de Lafayette and D.C.‘s own association with the “Ten Duel Commandments.” Fittingly enough, you’ll finish the political and musical journey close to The Hamilton restaurant and bar, where you can quench your thirst with a Hamilton Mule and the toast the orphan immigrant-turned-legendary historical figure.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 10:00am
City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes, and beyond, City Winery has created a compelling mix for its sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons — bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city.
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 / 7:30pm (Patricia Barber Trio)
Those popular singles “swiping” apps come to life at this speed-dating party, where you’ll spend a few minutes chatting with each guy or gal to get an instant impression, before it’s on to the next. Plus, there’s nothing like face-to-face interaction to see if there’s really a spark. A relaxed mix-and-mingle with a cash bar follows the event in Old Town Alexandria, then, 48 hours later, the hosts will email you a link to the online system, where you can message your favorite people from the party, without anyone’s personal contact info being revealed. It’s a fun, safe way to meet tons of new people in the shortest time possible.
One of Washington D.C.‘s most famous historical events, the assassination of President Lincoln comes to life on the city streets. This History on Foot walking tour is led by an actor in costume, sharing little-known facts and moment-by-moment commentary about the events of April 14 and 15, 1865. Starting outside of Ford’s Theatre, you’ll hear all about the moments leading up to Lincoln’s shooting as he and his wife watched the night’s performance. You’ll then visit a number of historical sites, ending up at the White House. As you walk, a guide portraying the detective who was on duty the night of the crime will give details about the assassination conspiracy, how the crime was carried out, and the simultaneous efforts to save Lincoln’s life and find the person who pulled the trigger.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 10:15amSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 10:15am
Join us for a Halloween Happy Hour at the State Theatre in Falls Church! Get ready for a night of spooky, sexy fun when Twisted Knickers brings a little “Boo-lesque” to the State Theatre, featuring: The Terrifying Tapping Tease — Tapitha Kix Emcee and scary sideshow performer — Hot Todd Lincoln The Goth Bombshell — London St. Juniper The Witchy Woman — Bunny Vicious The Weirdly Wonderful — Spanky Roundbottom The Evil Queen — Bella La Blanc The Man from the Shadows — Danny Cavalier and picking up the body parts — Stage Wrangler Dirk Hamfist.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
A child’s obsession about opera — and her perception of the difference between love and pain — pulls her into the secrets of her great grandmother and the hardships of her mother, who debate divorce and survival. These three generations of females are touched by upheaval, heartbreak and struggles focused on the past. Martirio is challenged to learn to elucidate her human pain, her ancestral sense of loneliness and her separation from her homeland as she advances the illusion, she will one day sing opera. She travels a rough and delicate road marked by humor and innocence as she practices her operatic repertory and rediscovers the power of passion.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 4:00pm
So You Think You Can Dance, the 16-time Emmy Award-winning FOX TV show that has reignited America’s fascination with dance, comes to Merchant Hall for one pulsating night in this Hylton Center EXTRA! performance. So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019 brings together the top contestants from Season 16. The dancers will captivate Hylton audiences with genres varying from lyrical to salsa, hip-hop to contemporary, and the latest street moves, in original choreography seen on Season 16 and created especially for So You Think You Can Dance.
Playwright Alesha Harris has described her acclaimed new work as a ritual, a dance party, and “a space in the theater that is unrepentantly for and about black people.” While this cathartic, participatory experience is open to people of all races, it boldly challenges participants to face the injustices committed against black people in our society.
This Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic concert includes Great American Songbook selections with Soprano Elizabeth Kluegel and Gwyneth Walker’s dramatic setting of Langston Hughes’ poem, “Let America be America Again,” narrated by Charles Edward Williams. Virgil Thompson’s witty Symphony takes Americana hymn tunes to another enjoyable level. Edward Elgar’s beloved last work for orchestra features cellist Molly Jones Castrucci.
Gustafer Yellowgold is a funny and touching multimedia performance filled with music, animation, and storytelling. These music and “moving art” shows are performed by Grammy-nominated artist Morgan Taylor. The New York Times proclaimed Gustafer Yellowgold as, “Dr. Seuss meets Yellow Submarine,” and its unique crossover appeal has earned opening act slots for indie stalwarts Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. The songs are whimsical, super catchy narratives detailing the life of a friendly alien from the sun who now resides in a wildly imaginative version of the woods in Minnesota.
The British Express, the most elegant train of the 1950s, is bound from Northern England to London when the train comes to a sudden halt. On board are passengers, a mummy and the renowned detective, Hemlock Holmes. As passengers begin to mysteriously die, the famed detective must walk in the steps of the pharaoh to find a murderer most foul. All aboard!
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 6:30pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 6:30pm
Celebrating 45 years of music-making, activism, education and entertainment, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner always promise highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving shows.
Admired as the preeminent quartet of its generation in Italy, Quartetto di Cremona brings their refined musicianship and lustrous sound to Dumbarton Concerts for an all Italian program. Hear two rarely heard chamber works by beloved opera composers Verdi and Puccini, along with an elegant Boccherini quartet and Respighi’s sublime Quartet in D major.
Choose up to four sessions on natural hair, beauty, health & wellness related topics! Join small group sessions for hands on practice to learn how to take your natural hair skills up a notch, no matter what level you are! We will also have workshops on natural makeup & beauty, headwrapping/adorning your crown, and natural health & wellness.
This Halloween, ask yourself: Is there anything scarier than the thought of your girl cheating on you with a guy she says is “just a friend”? Let DJ Biz Markie answer that for you as he curates a Halloween-flavored showdown between ’80s and ’90s dance hits.
Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper is reimagined as a digital age American Hip Hop story by playwright Brian Quijada, with direction by Pirronne Yousefzadeh and music by Marvin Quijada. In the divided Capital City, the ruling class called The Promised has banned rap and dance after an attempted revolution by the progressive New Wave people. Royal Kid Prince is set to inherit the throne — until he meets Pablo, a New Wave drummer who performs for underground rap battles. When the two switch identities, mayhem and confusion follow. But by standing in one another’s shoes, Kid Prince and Pablo unearth discoveries that could start a whole new revolution. Nab your $12 tickets now with this exclusive Goldstar offer.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 1:30pm (Creative Conversation)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 1:30pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 4:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 1:30pm
Dontonio Williams, pka “Black Tony” is a failed rap artist, former trap star street hustler and self-proclaimed “finesse master” that found his way into the heart of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show as a caller as far back as 2012. He began calling in to proclaim his devotion and loyalty as the number one fan of rap star and fellow Atlantan Gucci Mane. He finessed his way into getting hired to do in-studio and street work for the morning show. His claim to fame now is that he has not actually physically shown up to work for nearly 4 years, yet every single day has a plausible excuse for his absence. His hilariously ridiculous excuses have made him a national legend. Black Tony’s love of his fans was reciprocated making him into a radio and social media maverick. Now that Black Tony is OFF OF PROBATION, he is embarking on his first comedy tour. This show is a nonstop party train of jokes, street knowledge and music. You’ve heard him on the radio, now experience Black Tony LIVE!
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Enter Through Safari)Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 10:30pm (Enter Through Safari)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:00pm (Enter Through Safari)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 9:30pm (Enter Through Safari)
Capital BrewFest: Fall Seasonals Beer, Wine & Music Festival is a celebration of the VERY BEST time to drink delicious seasonal craft beer — the Fall! You don’t want to miss it! This year’s event is on Saturday, October 19th in our nation’s capital — we’ve found the best Fall brews just coming available from your favorite breweries for you to try! Here’s what’s on tap for you at Capital BrewFest: You’ll get your own tasting glass, and enjoying your unlimited tastings of more than 40 carefully selected beers in a single session — the very best beer we can find, with better beer choices than any other festival!Unlimited samples come with your event ticket — feel free to try them all! We’ll also have two dozen amazing wines, crisp ciders, hard sodas, gluten free options, and more! Amazing food options on hand to nibble…from DC’s best restaurants & food trucks! A huge Oktoberfest area featuring beers direct from Bavaria!Music all day from our DJ to keep your feet moving & college football on the big screen!And lots of outdoor games, arts, vendors, activities & more!Ticket prices will escalate as the event nears, so buy soon! Refunds are available for any reason until October 12th — but tickets purchased are transferrable at any time. Get more details at www.brewfestdc.com! Capital BrewFest Fall Seasonals is 21+ only, no exceptions. No re-entry. Admission is limited and will sell out in advance. Refunds are available until October 12th — after that, all sales are final. Tickets can be transferred at any time to a new person using these instructions.
In 1691, Puritan New England, fear and superstition were rampant. Singing, dancing and amusement of any kind was forbidden. The devil was everywhere. Five girls coming of age in Salem Village, desperate for release of their thoughts and feelings, find an ally in Tituba, a slave who longs for freedom. Deep in the woods the girls make a pact and build a sisterhood, then alliances are formed, promises are made and broken, and power is taken. Afflicted: Daughters of Salem tells the story of the Salem girls — Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis, Mary Warren and Betty Parris — and the events that led up to the infamous Salem witch trials. This origin story examines how these teenage girls became accusers and caused 20 people to be put to death for witching.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Nov 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Nov 3, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Nov 8, 2019 / 8:00pm
Evil Dead: The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films such as The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music. The songs in the show are completely off the wall, too. Titles like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons” and “What the F**k was That?” have had audiences rolling in their seats and screaming for more and more blood. You don’t need to be a fan of The Evil Dead movies to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as you like having fun, this show is for you. Is it scary? No! Is it gory? No. This is a pure comedy start to finish. It has fun with the horror genre, and in doing so appeals to a wider audience than you could ever imagine. Plus it’s the only show with a “Splatter Zone” – a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood. And with this combination of blood, jokes, cheesy effects, and really awesome musical numbers, Evil Dead: The Musical is unlike any live show you’ve ever seen.
Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy — giving their boss the boot! While he remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept…
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pm
Did you miss Prufrock? Do you want to see it again? Join Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning and theatre director Matt Torney as we screen the video from the live performance and they talk about the creation of their collaborative work, Prufrock, with the T.S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Experience what people are calling “a visit to the questing spirit of a churning metropolis, Prufrock enthralls” in this first intimate screening from our June performance.
One of TV’s most enduring shows, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has grown from its humble roots on local TV to a worldwide phenomenon. Original host Joel steps in for one last ride with his wisecracking robots and at this stop at Washington, DC’s National Theatre, you’ll get to see them eviscerate the Van Damme “classic” No Retreat, No Surrender and Circus of Horrors.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
The Providence Players present what is considered one of the best murder mysteries ever written. And Then There Were None is Agatha Christie’s best-selling masterpiece and acclaimed stage play. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured by a cryptic invitation to a cliffside mansion on an otherwise deserted island and left stranded there with only two household servants for company. Ten little soldier statues adorn the great room along with a nursery rhyme that describes how each of the ten soldiers dies, “until there were none.” As the guests gather for dinner, an unseen recorded voice accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, one of the guests is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the guests realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again… and again.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pm Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pm
This is Washington, DC’s oldest costumed ghost tour, featuring a costumed tour guide. You will walk in the area near Lafayette Square and hear ghost stories. You will feel as though you can “meet” the spirits of Lafayette Square on this most unusual tour. And someone on the tour will win a prize! As we stroll to the most haunted Lafayette Square, you’ll hear local lore from over 200 years of Washington haunting plus recent (20th and 21st century) eyewitness accounts. Marvel as the ghosts regale you with their tragic tales, including the haunting of the Hay Adams Hotel, Edgar A. Poe’s unfortunate Washington visit, Decatur House stories, White House disturbances and much more. As seen in The Washington Post, DCist and more. No tricks on this tour, only treats.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 7:30pm
Testy neighbors learn that friendship, diversity, and tolerance are key to building a home. A delightful BILINGUAL play for children (and the entire family!) by one of Argentina’s leading authors of children’s literature.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 3:00pm
The right to vote is under attack, with Election Day 2020 just more than one year away. From states passing new voter suppression laws to gerrymandering efforts that manipulate district lines, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for voters to exercise our democratic rights. Yet a surge in civic action to protect these rights is building momentum, and former US Attorney General Eric Holder is leading the fight for ballot access and against unfair voting maps. As we near an election year that will shape voting maps for the next decade, join Holder in conversation with Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman as they discuss the current state of voting rights in America.
That unmistakable rasp, unshakable grasp on soul, and funky spirit ensured Macy Gray her status as a 21st century icon since her arrival with the triple-platinum How Life Is in 1999. Selling over 25 million total albums globally, winning a Grammy Award and two Brit Awards, collaborating with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic, and enchanting fans all over the world, her voice has consistently resounded throughout pop culture. Macy remains an undeniable force of nature, and comes to the Howard theatre to perform all of her classic hits.
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Elgar Cello Concerto WMP opens its season with Gwyneth Walker’s dramatic setting of Langston Hughes famous poem. Virgil Thomson’s witty “Symphony” takes hymn tunes and other Americana to a different and thoroughly enjoyable level. Maryland Symphony cellist Molly Jones performs Elgar’s beloved and poetic Cello Concerto, his last work for orchestra.
This performance by New Zealand’s most dynamic dance company, Black Grace, is anchored by Crying Men, a powerful exploration of toxic masculinity. Black Grace’s choreographer Neil Ieremia, heard from a public defender who interviews with the meanest male criminals inevitably lead to tears, suggesting a repressed sensitivity that contributed to their violence. Ieremia began pondering this idea, tracing it to the traditional cultures of New Zealand, his own Samoan ancestry and the loss of the matriarch in customary family structures. It was a tale of cultural loss and unexpectedly tragic consequences—a potent premise for this dramatic spectacle. For Crying Men, Ieremia recruited popular New Zealand writer Victor Rodger, whose intense poetic verses play out over the twisted textures of industrial hip-hop. In perfect lockstep and with peerless fluidity, the dancers share painful stories with athleticism and agility, implicitly suggesting a corrective to the toxic dangers of men’s emotional repression. Praised as “fierce and angular [and] faultlessly performed” by the New Zealand Herald, Crying Men is a must-see during this moment of international reckoning. Black Grace pairs it with three other pieces, all hitting the highlights of their previous repertoire and pulling traditional Polynesian dance motifs onto the contemporary stage.
CANTATE CHAMBER SINGERS is one of the Washington, D.C., area’s premier chamber choral ensembles. Its 32 auditioned, experienced singers are regularly hailed for artistically exciting, innovative performances of newly commissioned and rarely heard choral works, as well as celebrated classics from the traditional repertoire spanning five centuries. Join Cantate and soprano Laura Choi Stuart for our season opening as we meld past, present, and future with ancient texts set by some of the most beloved composers of the new choral renaissance! Shorter works by Jake Runestad and John Tavener join Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater and Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass for this mystical program.
BTM creates another world premiere ballet based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, The Snow Queen, the inspiration for Disney’s blockbuster favorite Frozen. Fearless optimist Gerda sets off an epic journey, teaming up with the rugged but gentle mountain man, Kai, to free their kingdom from the icy powers that have trapped everyone in an eternal blanket of winter. Mystical trolls, princesses, fairies, magic, and humor combine to help Gerda battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom and free those she loves.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pm
Emma Willmann is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She made her televised stand-up debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Emma Willmann was born in Blue Hill, Maine. She is a graduate of Georges Stevens Academy and currently resides in New York City.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors at 8:40pm)Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors at 8:40pm)
August Wilson’s classic American drama set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. A towering figure facing thwarted aspirations, Troy attempts to assert control in his life through his relationships with his wife and son. But even as he takes responsibility for their safety and well-being, he betrays them each in ways that will forever alter their lives. Part of August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle, Fences explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones, while also illuminating one family’s struggles in a racist society. Craig Wallace (A Christmas Carol, Death of a Salesman) and Erika Rose (Mosaic Theater Company’s Queens Girl in Africa, Woolly Mammoth’s An Octoroon) play the roles of Troy and Rose Maxson. The production will be directed by Timothy Douglas, one of the foremost interpreters of Wilson’s work.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pm
When it comes to hot-button issues, this show’s subject matter is somewhere around “Active Volcano” status. This explosive look at campus culture, freedom of speech, political correctness, privilege and intersectionality is not afraid to tackle controversial topics, so you can expect some fascinating conservations on the way home.
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Oct 31, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Nov 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 3:00pm
This two-hander explores the author’s real experience working for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, DC from 1967-1968. Judge Biddle, Former Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, is notoriously hard on his staff as he tries to cement his legacy. Can the old, Philadelphia aristocrat and his young, Canadian assistant bridge the generational divide and come to understand one another in this “comic and touching” play (The New York Times)?
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Oct 31, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 2:00pm
As politics continues to infiltrate human rights and social justice issues worldwide, Prince William Little Theatre brings one of the great courtroom dramas of the last century to the stage. This rarely produced but critically praised courtroom drama covers the searing testimony and the difficult moral, ethical and legal issues presented by the less publicized segment of the trials, which focused on the collaboration of German judges with the Nazi regime. Judgment at Nuremberg poses several difficult questions: How can indefensible crimes be defended? How does a judge, committed to the law, enforce immoral and vicious crimes against humanity? Why, in the aftermath of WWII, did America pressure the courts to be lenient on the defendants? And, critically, what does America do when our foreign policy interests clash with our stated beliefs in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? In this absorbing and complex drama, a cast of unforgettable characters play out their high stakes game against the backdrop of a looming Cold War, shifting political alliances, and the shocking and vivid memories of the Holocaust and World War II.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pm
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know—the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight. Disenchanted won the Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical,” and has played to sold-out houses around the globe. Now, Creative Cauldron presents the regional premiere.
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Comedy-Ish Productions presents Chocolate City Comedy Show. Comedy-Ish is bringing some of the most talented comedians from all over the U.S. and Canada to Washington, D.C. (Chocolate City Comedy Series). We have a loaded lineup of comedians who give out some amazing jokes so definitely don’t miss it. The show will be hosted by a local D.C. comedian and featuring a four deadly funny comedians. You may have seen some of these comedians on Comedy Central, ComicView, B.E.T., MTV, VH1, Conan and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Nov 17, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:00pm
Ryan Conner was a finalist on the most recent season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where judge Norm MacDonald called his first set “The best 3.5 minutes I’ve seen in five years.” And Roseanne Barr called him, "Brilliant, wonderfully American. It’s the next level.” In addition to touring the country doing stand-up, Ryan is also a writer-producer for MTV’s Ridiculousness, and was a contributing writer for two seasons of TruTV’s Billy On The Street.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 10:00pm (Doors Open at 9:30pm)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 9:30pm (Doors Open at 9:00pm)
It’s the classic romance set-up: boy meets girl, boy meets plant, plant eats world. The twisted humor and catchy Motown-inspired score of Little Shop of Horrors are pure fun from start to finish. This feisty little musical is part sci-fi B-movie, part comedy with a healthy dose of campy charm and a ravenous thirst for blood.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 7:30pm (Preview)Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 7:30pm Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 2:00pm Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
Annual concert tribute to the public for its unwavering support of The Salvation Army. An evening of musical celebration featuring world famous Jazz Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon accompanied by The Salvation Army Southern Territorial Songsters and The Salvation Army New York Staff Band.
Everyone loves a ghost story. This is your chance to be part of one! What better way to celebrate the Halloween season than to join mentalist Michael Jons after dark in the underground vault at Ivy Hill Cemetery for his fun and interactive new show. We’re not exactly sure what may happen when we attempt to contact the spirit world, but we can promise it’ll be a spooky good time! This event is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic, pregnant, have a heart or back problem or are under the age of 14. The hourlong performance takes place outdoors, underground in a real cemetery vault.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Nov 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 7:30pm
Hailed as a “Francophile’s dream!,” don’t miss Paris! The Show, in DC for one night only. The producers of the international hit, Piaf! The Show bring you this fully-immersive music-theater spectacular celebrating the best repertoire of French music. Be transported to post-war Montmarte and the iconic stages of the Parisian cabarets as the all-star cast and dazzling set design bring to life the greatest songs of Edith Piaf, Maurice Che-valier, Joséphine Baker, Yves Montand, and many more! Starring Stéphanie Impoco, Jules Grison, and Anne Carrere reviving her critically acclaimed role as Edith Piaf!
“One of this country’s most original and illuminating writers” (The New York Times) shines his light on the 15th-century play Everyman with startling results. Everybody — a role assigned each night from a small cast of actors by lottery live on stage — is a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling and Everybody must go on the journey of a lifetime. Obie Award winner and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon_) has created an irreverent, rollicking ride that asks deep questions of all who see it. Remixing the archetypal medieval morality play into an explosive experiment of wit and emotion, Everybody “fills the heart in a new and unexpected way” (_The New Yorker).
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 7:00pm
The 2014 hit returns! A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. “The production, directed with some clever touches by Randy Baker, is enveloped in a cheeky, pop-cultural nostalgia… [But] the affecting conclusion of “She Kills Monsters” affirms it as more than a glib riff on nerd culture. Agnes may have to become immersed in make-believe to connect with Tilly, but what she gains through all the shenanigans feels real.” — The Washington Post (about the 2014 production). Reimagined for 2019, this production will include site-specific elements that bring audiences into unseen places throughout the Atlas Performing Arts Center — in the elevator, to the basement, and well beyond the limits of the theatre.
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 3:30pmWednesday, Oct 30, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Oct 31, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Nov 1, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 7:00pm
Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel. Without voice in the original, here she has the agency to present her own journey. Told with the music of Billie Holiday in poetic-prose written by Sybil Williams, this cabaret-club evening of song, word, and beat explores the experience of peoples enslaved by privilege and love.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 3:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 7:00pm
It’s another day in another southern country-fried town … but something’s missing. All the Black residents have mysteriously disappeared! With unexpected holes left in the town’s daily operations, a whirlwind of panic rushes through the town, moving the remaining residents to recognize how much their Black neighbors contribute to the town’s vitality. A reverse minstrel show, Ward’s 1965 script provides a comedic and pointed commentary on systemic racism that still bears relevance today.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pmMonday, Oct 21, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 2:00pm
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
Join The Thirteen for an exploration of our most beloved English-language composers. Featuring Tallis’ symphonic-in-scope Gaude gloriosa Dei mater, Britten’s touching and powerful Hymn to St. Cecilia, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Fly Away I, selected repertoire from distinctly-American Sacred Harp repertoire and more, this concert promises to be a display of virtuosity and artistry.
Billy Sorrells is a writer/performer who is not shy about bringing sexy back to comedy. After a few years of consistently creating digital content in his native city of Houston, Billy got his break when a collection of sketches with his character “Peaches” attracted over 17 million views, including the viral hit Sh*t Black Girls Say. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Billy created the series Office Code (BET Digital), became a series regular on the series Funniest Wins (TBS), hosted the pilot Swipe for Love (Oxygen), and played “Chester Rich” in the feature Lucky Girl (eOne/BET). Additionally, Billy appeared in the VH1 pilot Dirty 30s from the producers of Guy Code and did a cameo in the Yo Gotti music video “Down in the DM” that to date has over 64 million views. In Season 8 of the hit MTV series Wild’n Out, Billy became a regular cast member. Most recently, Billy taped a half-hour comedy special for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. Now see him live at DC Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 9:30pm
Jamie Loftus is a comedian and cartoonist living in Los Angeles originally from Boston. She’s a nationally touring stand-up comic, a writer for Robot Chicken on Adult Swim, and co-host of The Bechdel Cast on the Howstuffworks Network. Jamie’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Vice, Motherboard, The Boston Globe, Splitsider, Man Repeller, Playboy Magazine and Paste magazine.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 10:00pm
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s 2019/20 season opens with one of the grandest statements in all of choral literature — Orff’s Carmina Burana. Deceptively simple harmonies combined with contagious rhythms and dramatic vocal solos create a hypnotically primeval experience. Featuring the combined voices of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Frederick Children’s Chorus, this audience favorite explores the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of indulging in life’s excess. Arguably the most iconic choral work of the twentieth century, its unforgettable opening, “O Fortuna,” has become a pop culture phenomenon. This performance is presented at the new Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Complex in downtown Hagerstown.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 3:00pm
Join us at Club Heaven for ’80s vs ’90s dance night in Adams Morgan, DC. Imagine a night where you can dance and scream at the top of your lungs while your favorite songs from the ’80s and ’90s are playing. This is exactly the party you want to be at. This is for those that want to go back in time to a period where dance and pop music ruled every second of your life. Come celebrate the beautiful lives and music of David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Queen, Elton John, TLC, Spice Girls, Fugees, No Doubt and much, much, much more! This is the perfect night for music lovers! Tight fades and hammer pants! Let’s party!
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 10:30pmFriday, Oct 25, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 10:30pmFriday, Nov 1, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 10:30pmFriday, Nov 8, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 10:30pm
With The Royale, Emmy-nominated playwright Marco Ramirez (Orange Is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy) takes the real-life story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion, and puts it through his own powerful fictionalized lens, resulting in a “stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph.” (Miami Herald)
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 7:45pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 1:45pm (Doors open at 1:15pm)Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 7:45pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 1:45pm (Doors open at 1:15pm)Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 7:45pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 / 7:45pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 7:45pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 1:45pm (Doors open at 1:15pm)
“Here she is, Miss Ghana…” Pretty, popular Paulina longs to hear those words, and she’ll do whatever it takes to seize the crown. But the queen bee of the Aburi Girls Boarding School didn’t count on her reign being threatened. Ericka arrives from America and immediately challenges the ruling class with Western sensibilities and imported beauty products. With hilarity and insight, Jocelyn Bioh’s award-winning comedy dissects how “mean girls” are created — and cured. Fresh off two sold-out, extended Off-Broadway runs, this “ferociously entertaining morality tale” (Hollywood Reporter) is sure to strike a chord with anyone, anywhere, who has ever been a teenage girl, raised a teenage girl, or met a teenage girl.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pm
2019 Grammy nominee Randall Scarlata performs Schumann’s beloved song cycle. A light-hearted sonata by Prokofiev meets a colorful match in Ravel’s sensuous songs scored for voice and three instruments.
If you spent your whole summer waiting and wishing for fall to get here, this D.C. river cruise is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of your favorite season. Enjoy the sweater weather on deck while taking in the fall colors along the Potomac — and taking in a pumpkin beer from the bar.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 5:00pm
Conor McPherson’s Port Authority premiered in the DC area when QTC produced it in 2009. It has not been staged locally in the 10 years since … Don’t miss this rare chance to see this masterpiece by one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights, whose works include The Weir, The Seafarer and The Girl from the North Country.Port Authority is a tale of the lost loves and missed opportunities of three generations of Dublin men. Per New York Times’ Ben Brantley, the play “is a haunting fugue on passive lives and loves that might have been… As in Mr. McPherson’s best work, this play is steeped in deeper symmetry, rooted in the ineffable within the everyday.” DC Theatre Scene’s Ben Demers praised QTC’s 2009 production of Port Authority as “well worth a trip to The Writer’s Center in Bethesda for its stellar writing and three strong, complex performances… This story of love, loss, and the life unlived is theater at its most captivating.” QTC’s 2019 production of Port Authority will be directed by QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori and feature Chris Stinson (Kevin), Matthew Vaky (Dermot), and Joseph Palka (Jo).
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Nov 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Nov 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Nov 3, 2019 / 2:00pm
A preacher and a poet are both in love with the same woman. The former is her husband, the latter wants to woo her away and both are shocked by her ultimate choice and the reasons for it. A very “Pleasant Play” indeed by WSG’s favorite playwright, GB Shaw!
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:30pm Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:30pm
The Bronx, 1964. Suspicions surface at a parochial school about a charismatic young priest’s interest in a Catholic school’s first and only Black student. Absent hard proof, Sister Aloysius, the school’s starched and self-assured principal, tries to protect the innocent — but is she doing God’s work or is her certitude actually pride? Anchored by Studio mainstay Sarah Marshall, Doubt is John Patrick Shanley’s masterpiece about faith, ambiguity, and the price of moral conviction.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Oct 20, 2019 / 2:00pm
Performing nationwide, we are the leader in providing good looking men that move on stage like none other. Our focus has been our celebrated and well known Ladies Night Out Male Revue Shows. Tickets to the Men in Motion Male Revue is a perfect way to spend a Bachelorette Party, Birthday or just a fun-filled night with the girls. So ladies, let us fulfill your fantasy and make all your dreams come true with a Revue Show emulating Channing Tatum’s crew on film. See you at the show!
Happy Hour! Friday July 26th, the all new Vintage monthly happy hour is back by popular demand @thebrixtondc Rooftop, 6pm-10pm! Soundtrack by @vintagecrew202 DJs @djeskimoshow @djfuriousstyles @djdubdotcom @marcnfinit @wildchilddna spinnin’ everything classic & hot! Old School to New School, no school rules! Classics, R&B, reggae, house, hip-hop. Sexy but casual dress code, drink specials, $6 wings and more, good music, beautiful people, dope vibes, incredible atmosphere with an amazing view!
Gritty bank heist drama Set It Off comes blasting onto the stage when playwright-director Je’Caryous Johnson puts his twist on the mid- ‘90s cinematic hit. Frankie, T.T., Stoney and Cleo are back in the driver’s seat, bringing the action-packed, adrenaline-fueled crime spree to the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. For this theatrical adaptation, multi-platinum selling rapper Da Brat steps in as Cleo, the role played by Queen Latifah in the original. She’s joined by former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett, singer-actress Demetria McKinney and small-screen veteran Kyla Pratt. Watch more money lead to more problems for this tenacious crew of women willing to risk it all.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 3:00pm Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 / 3:00pm
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival has the perfect handcrafted find for everyone, whatever your taste. This event at the Dulles Expo Center features over 350 artisans, live art demos, kids’ theater and live music. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, ceramics, glass or metal arts, chances are you’ll find it at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly.
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!
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Oct 19, 2019 / 1:00pmWednesday, Oct 23, 2019 / 1:00pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 1:00pmMonday, Dec 30, 2019 / 1:00pm
Few events in sports can equal the excitement of college football, and the University of Maryland Terrapins consistently deliver thrills. The Terps are looking to make some waves in the always-tough Big Ten this year, so come out and cheer them to victory at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 / TBA (vs. Indiana Hoosiers)Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 / TBA (vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers)