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MARCH 9, 2017 Volume 23 Issue 42

17 GRIMM DETERMINATION
The Supreme Court cancelled, but Gavin Grimm is not
relenting in the fight to allow trans people in public spaces

Interview by John Riley

SPRING ARTS
PREVIEW 2017
Everything you need to know about the season in film,
stage, music, dance, art and beyond

Compiled by Doug Rule, Randy Shulman


25
and Rhuaridh Marr

75 KNOCKOUT
Terence Blanchards jazz opera Champion comes out
swinging and delivers some powerful punches

By Kate Wingfield

SPOTLIGHT: ROAD TRIP! p.7 OUT ON THE TOWN p.11


CAMILLE PAGLIA: POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS p.12 THE FEED: GRIMM DETERMINATION p.17
COMMUNITY: GOING GREEN p.19 FORUM: UNKIND CUTS p.23
COVER STORY: SPRING ARTS PREVIEW p.25 FILM p.27 STAGE p.35 POP p.41 CLASSICAL p.55 DANCE p.61
MUSEUMS p.65 ABOVE & BEYOND p.69 STAGE: THE SELECT p.72 STAGE: THE GOSPEL OF COLUMBUS p.73
OPERA: CHAMPION p.75 NIGHTLIFE p.77 SCENE: ZIEGFELDS/SECRETS p.77
LISTINGS p.79 LAST WORD p.86

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Spotlight

Map Quest
Y
OUVE GOT THIS TINY BOX. THEN YOUVE GOT small ones, all recognizable, he explains. They encircle every-
sound equipment, and you got lights hanging from the one on stage and in the audience. The audience is part of the
top. Youve got huge numbers of [singers] and an orches- productions space. We show our connection to each state with
tra. Youve got a dance stage that is probably about four feet deep a big map pin. Then we connect each state from one side of the
and goes all the way across the theater. So the actual space you theater to the other. We use black and yellow dashed cords that
have is very, very small. The big challenge is how do you make crisscross the theater connecting everything, to everyone else.
some kind of presentation that is compelling, and warm, and The black of the cords blend with the black background of the
echoes whats being said when you dont have much space. theater and the dashes appear to zip untethered from one point
Such are the challenges faced by set designer J. Gregory to the other just like dashes on a map course.
Barton, who, for the past several years, has been designing the The 55-year-old Barton, who hails from Oklahoma City (we
Congressional Choruss theatrically-inclined productions. For had a red barn, we raised rabbits and chickens, out in the middle
the groups annual spring cabaret this year entitled Road Trip! of nowhere), enjoys working with the Congressional Chorus,
and featuring 80 singers and 20 dancers hes devised a clever first established in 1987, and does it for the ability to connect
setting that immerses the audience in the evenings theme of culturally with the community.
traversing the country through song (California Dreamin, Theater design doesnt pay, says Barton, who runs the
Georgia on My Mind, This Land is Your Land, Dust in the design firm BrittBarton. You do it as an act of love. You try
Wind, because its by Kansas). To that end, the stage incorpo- to take this little budget they have and try to cover expenses.
rates a neon sign from which map lines branch out and into Everybody else is a volunteer there, and a lot of our work is
the theater space itself, enveloping the audience in what Barton volunteer. They pay for some of our time and some of the instal-
jokingly calls a poor mans laser show. lation but we really support them and believe in them. We stop
Weve immersed the theater walls with states: big states, counting hours early on. Randy Shulman

Road Trip! Tour The USA in our Cabaret runs through Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, March 19. Atlas Performing
Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. General admission tickets are $50. Reserved tables of six are available from $362 to $562.
Visit CongressionalChorus.org.

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Spotlight
KONG:
SKULL ISLAND
Jordan Vogt-Roberts fully
immerses audiences in the
mysterious and dangerous
home of the king of the apes
in Warner Bros. Pictures epic
monster blockbuster, part
of a reboot of the King Kong
franchise. Tom Hiddleston,
Samuel L. Jackson, John
Goodman and Brie Larson
lead the cast. Opens Friday,
March 10. Area theaters. Visit
fandango.com.

GREEN DAY
It doesnt sound particularly new. In fact, Green Days
new album Revolution Radio follows a similar trajectory,
lyrically and sonically, as the groundbreaking American
Idiot did 13 years ago. Of course, in some ways the world
is in a worse place now than it was back then, so its
certainly welcome to have the tuneful punk-poppers
back in rousing, blistering action. And its especially
heartening to see that the San Francisco trio picked a
like-minded band to open for them on their current
stadium tour. If anything, Floridas AGAINST ME! is even
more of a progressive rabble-rouser, and a lightning rod
for the LGBTQ cause. Laura Jane Grace makes compel-
ling use of the strong, reverberating male singing voice
she was born with, making her case adamantly, some-
times viciously, on the bands latest, Shape Shift With
Me. Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601
F St. NW. Remaining tickets are $80 to $202. Call 202-
628-3200 or visit verizoncenter.com.

CENTRAL MICHEL RICHARD


Executive Chef David Deshaies has put together a spe-
cial menu of signature dishes given to him during 16
years of mentorship by the legendary French namesake
of Central, who died last year. A week-long promotion
kicking off what would have been Richards 69th birth-
day, the four-course prix-fixe dinner features: Smoked
salmon terrine with leeks tartare and brioche to start,
lobster ravioli with citronelle emulsion, 72-hour braised
short ribs in a mushroom-syrah reduction, and Michels
Profiteroles for dessert. All courses are available with
optional wine pairings during dinnertime only. Through
Saturday, March 11. Central Michel Richard, 1001
Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Cost is $80 per person, with
an additional $45 for the wine pairings. Call 202-626-
0015 or visit centralmichelrichard.com.

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Spotlight
CHOIR BOY
Tarell McCraneys drama focuses
on the most talented as well as
most flamboyant chorister at a
hallowed African-American, all-boy
prep school. A touching tale of bul-
lying, homophobia, love and accep-
tance, the shows greatest source
of power is in McCraneys subtle,
graceful and evocative style of sto-
rytelling. To March 18. Richmond
Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont
Ave., Richmond. Tickets are $28 to
$30. Call 804-346-8113 or visit rtri-
angle.org.

CHANDINI DARBY AND


KYOKO RUCH
Chandini Darbys Stances and Stanzas is a
warriors poem honoring black poets past and
present while giving a call to action for all
to speak out as well as speak up for poets.
Meanwhile, Kyoko Ruchs Girl on Girl demon-
strates the unnecessary obstacles that women
face from birth in our patriarchal society and
how it drives women to seek their identity and
claim authority by minimizing other women.
Darby and Ruch will perform the works in
a joint program honoring them as the 2017
Presentation Choreographic Grant Recipients
of Dance Metro DC and Dance Place, select-
ed by an independent panel of D.C. dance
professionals. Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m.,
and Sunday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Dance Place,
3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $25 in advance,
or $30 at the door. Call 202-269-1600 or visit
danceplace.org.

THE GIN GAME


Roz White and Doug Brown
take on D.L. Coburns play,
which the New York Times
called a thoroughly enter-
taining lesson in the fine
art of theatrical finesse.
Thomas W. Jones II directs.
Closes Sunday, March 12.
MetroStage, 1201 North
Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets
are $55 to $60. Call 800-494-
8497 or visit metrostage.org.

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STEPHEN BENEDICTO
Out On The Town

THE PRIDE OF PURIM: A QUEER MASQUERADE


The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC and The Coven team up for
D.C.s only queer party for Purim, the Mardi Gras-like Jewish holiday celebrating Queen Esther and general confusion,
mayhem and mischief. Technically, Purim celebrates the Jews who were spared execution by Persian leader Haman in
biblical times. It calls for dressing up and drinking a lot. A LOT. Oakland DJ Lady Ryan provides music for the all-night
masquerade, which also features performances of the Megillah by Pussy Noir and the Noir Creative collective, plus
performance artist Kunj, Dainty Dandridge of Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret and Marak HaYom, a teen Jewish
a cappella group from Congregation Beth El. Costumes are encouraged, Purim treats provided. Saturday, March 11,
from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ten Tigers Parlour, 3813 Georgia Ave. NW. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call
202-518-9400 or visit edcjcc.org.

Compiled by Doug Rule History Month. Based on a script Landmarks E Street Cinema, 555 campus, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver
by Cameron Crowe and his findings 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or Spring. Tickets are $10. Call 240-
spending nine months undercover visit landmarktheatres.com. 567-5775 or visit montgomerycol-
FILM as a high school student for Rolling lege.edu/cac.

BETHESDA FILM FEST: FOCUS


Stone, the film stars Jennifer Jason
Leigh, Judge Reinhold, and Sean STAGE ELLA ENCHANTED
ON SHORT DOCS Penn and was inducted into the Adventure Theatre MTC offers
Five short documentaries by local National Film Registry in 2005. BOOTYCANDY a world-premiere musical,
Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. A cast of students from the Visual co-commissioned by First Stage
filmmakers will be screened at the
Packard Campus Theater, 19053 and Performing Arts Department from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5th Annual Bethesda Film Fest,
Mount Pony Rd. Culpeper, Va. Free. at Montgomery College bring to with funding in part from the
produced by the Bethesda Arts &
Call 202-707-9994 or visit loc.gov/ life Robert OHaras semi-autobi- National Endowment for the
Entertainment District. A panel
avconservation. ographical collection of 10 short Arts. Ella Enchanted is based on
with the filmmakers follows each
plays about growing up gay and the award-winning book by Gail
screening. Friday, March 17, at 7
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE black. The subversive comedy, with Carson Levine that also produced
p.m., and Saturday, March 18, at 6
SHOW mature themes and explicit sexual the 2004 fantasy rom-com star-
and 8 p.m. Imagination Stage, 4908
Landmarks E Street Cinema offers language, first came to life nearly six ring Anne Hathaway and Hugh
Auburn Ave. Tickets are $10. Call
Richard OBriens camp classic, years ago at Woolly Mammoth and Dancy. Written by Karen Zacarias
301-215-6660 or visit bethesda.org.
billed as the longest-running mid- journeys from a budding gay youths with music by Deborah Wicks La
night movie in history. Landmarks childhood home and church to dive
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT Puma, Mary Hall Surface directs
showings come with a live shadow bars, motel rooms and nursing
HIGH the all-ages show. To March 19.
cast from the Sonic Transducers, homes. Professor David Rothman Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300
Amy Heckerlings iconic 1982
meaning its even more interactive directs. Closes Sunday, March 12. MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call
teen drama is part of a Library of
than usual. Friday, March 10, and Theater 2 in Cultural Arts Center at 301-634-2270 or visit adventurethe-
Congress series of 15 films celebrat-
Saturday, March 11, at midnight. Montgomery Colleges Silver Spring atre-mtc.org.
ing, however indirectly, Womens

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($26.95, Pantheon), a tome largely aimed at the nations higher
educational system, which she feels has been in tatters for years.
American higher education, in my view, is an absolute rook,
says the 69-year-old, who enjoys tenure at the University of Arts
in Philadelphia. Parents are being charged an obscene amount,
as youve got universities stockpiling these huge endowments.
Its outrageous.
I fired the warning shot 25 years ago to say that there is a
process happening at the universities of bureaucracy swelling,
of a master race class of bureaucrats who are just vampires on
the educational system. And what its going to lead to is a total
loss of faculty power, which is what has happened.... The federal
bureaucracy in Washington, with their constant dictates, their
constant rules you have this fascist intrusion into college life
where everything is about following the rules. People wonder
why our students are emerging with fancy degrees from Yale and
Harvard and are incapable of thought, incapable of writing.... So
many social disasters were suffering from right now including
the hysteria over rape culture all these things are coming from
the complete abandonment of intellectual standards, of scholarly
standards, at the university level.
An hour-long conversation turns briefly to Milo Yiannopoulos
and Paglia dismisses him in her own way.
I havent been paying any attention to him particularly,
says Paglia, whose first collection of essays, Sexual Personae,
sparked tremendous controversy in 1990 and, in the process,
became a bestseller. I think that his image has been inflated by
a lot of publicity.... All I can see is that he, in his own small way,
is trying to keep up that old, bitchy gay guy satire. What he is
saying is just a mild version of what any gay guy would have said
MICHAEL LIONSTAR

pre-Stonewall.
Which leads Paglia to laud how important pre-Stonewall
gays were to her. The gay men who influenced me when I was
in high school, in college, in graduate school were merciless and
cruel. What a cruel wit. The gay guys of the pre-Stonewall era

POLITICAL
loved diva attacks, loved to enact these total bitch goddess type
attacks. What happened to that great period where gay men
were so unfettered? Now its nothing but PC, Oh, we have to be

INCORRECTNESS
nice. We have to be careful of what we say.
Returning to Milo, Paglia says, He doesnt have a book, hes
not a professor, he hasnt been a teacher. Hes just some blogger,
as far as I can see. What, hes the end of civilization because
Twenty-five years after the publication of her he satirized some actress in Ghostbusters flop of a movie? He
masterwork Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia becomes the ultimate symbol of racism or something for some
shows no signs of being any stupid, minor remarks he made? Again, this seems to be man-
less controversial By Randy Shulman ufactured outrages that are taking the spotlight away from the
true outrage, which is the utter abandonment by the universities

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of education.
ISTENING TO THE PROVOCATIVE MUSINGS OF This whole new generation of young people have no sense
Camille Paglia, one feels both a bit awestruck and bull- of history, whatever. They know nothing about the world. Im a
dozed. Face it, most of us do not swim in the same intel- classroom teacher Im in the classroom. I know what public
lectual depths. school education is preparing our students for right now. All I
Still, theyre intellectual depths we should all experience can say is that we have a disaster on our hands because young
every so often, and Halcyon House is giving Washingtonians the people are being taught No bullying, and are being taught all
opportunity to do just that. The organization, under the leader- kinds of proper ways to behave, but they are totally lacking in
ship of newly minted Artistic Director Septime Webre, is hosting any kind of historical perspective. Im getting very, very alarmed
Paglia for an evening of discussion, framed around her latest col- about the lack of any kind of historical awareness of young peo-
lection of essays, Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism ple outside of the present. l

Camille Paglia appears on Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect St. NW. A reception with Paglia fol-
lows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include a copy of Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism or $45 for two tickets and
a book. Call 202-796-4240 or visit halcyonhouse.org.

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FICKLE: A FANCY FRENCH FARCE
Disguises, mistaken identities,
palace intrigues and an improb-
able romance are in store in a
world-premiere modern take on
Pierre de Marivauxs 18th-cen-
tury French comedy The Double
Inconstancy. Adapted by ris-
ing American playwright Meg
Miroshnik, the delightful comic
romp stars Tonya Beckman, Chris
Dinolfo, Mark Jaster, Alyssa
Wilmoth Keegan, Marcus Kyd,
Kathryn Tkel, and Andy Reinhardt.
Olney Theatres Artistic Associate
Eleanor Holdridge directs. To April
2. Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab,
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in
Maryland. Tickets are $45 to $65.
Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneythe-
atre.org.

INTELLIGENCE
Inspired by the frenzy that followed
when covert operative Valerie
Plames cover was blown in post-

RICHARD ANDERSON
9/11 America and the run-up to
war, Intelligence is a fictionalized
political thriller by Jacqueline E.
Lawton. Daniella Topol directs a
world premiere starring Hannah
Yelland as Plame. To April 9. In the
Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage, 1101
6th St. SW. Tickets are $51 to $66.
Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenas- THE WHITE SNAKE
tage.org. A magical adaptation by Mary Zimmerman, The White Snake is brought to fantastical
life in grand spectacle in Baltimore Center Stages newly renovated Head Theater. Based
KING CHARLES III
Three years after giving us Cock,
on an ancient Chinese fable, it tells the story of two animal spirits who take on human
British playwright Mike Bartlett form as a beautiful woman (Aime Donna Kelly) and her sly servant. Natsu Onoda Power
returns with his latest theatrical directs the production starring Aime Donna Kelly, Eileen Rivera and Joe Ngo and fea-
effort. An Olivier-winning play that turing an ensemble of actors and four actor-musicians led by music director Jeff Song.
nods to Shakespeare, King Charles
II explores how Prince Charles To March 26. Baltimore Center Stage, 700 North Calvert St. Tickets are $20 to $69. Call
might rule were he to finally ascend 410-332-0033 or visit centerstage.org.
to the British throne. The New York
Times called it an intellectually
and emotionally gripping study of
the strangely enduring anachro-
singing found fame in the 60s. Think PETER AND THE STARCATCHER County Spelling Bee) managed to
nism that is the British monarchy.
of her as pop musics Florence Foster Kathryn Chase Bryer directs a Rick assemble, led by Kevin McAllister,
Directed by David Muse. In pre-
Jenkins. To March 26. Signature Elices prequel to Peter Pan, com- Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton
views. To March 18. Sidney Harman
Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., plete with swordfights, shipwrecks and Jonathan Atkinson. Talk about
Hall, Harman Center for the Arts,
Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit and mermaids, but also clever word- an American dream. Opens in pre-
610 F St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or
signature-theatre.org. play, daring ensemble movement views Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.
visit shakespearetheatre.org.
and live music. Dallas Tolentino Runs to May 20. Fords Theatre, 511
PARADE plays the Boy Who Never Grew 10th St. NW. Call 800-982-2787 or
MARX IN SOHO
The complexities of social rela- Up, alongside Megan Graves as the visit fords.org.
Mary Myers is Karl Marx in a typ-
tionships in the early-20th Century plucky and precocious Molly and
ically gender-bending production
South is the backdrop of writer Michael John Casey as the Black THE HOW AND THE WHY
from Nu Sass of Howard Zinns
Alfred Uhrys story focused on the Stache, determined to become the Sarah Treem is a writer for House
one-man play. Dating to 1999, Marx
trial and lynching of a Jewish man worlds most feared one-handed of Cards, In Treatment and The
in Soho offers a sympathetic por-
wrongly accused of murder. Jake villain. Closes Sunday, March 12. Affair. Shes also a Yale-educated
trayal of the 19th-century philos-
Null will lead the band in compos- Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. playwright, and Theater J offers
opher and his communist ideals.
er/lyricist Jason Robert Browns Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 202- a chance to see her thought-pro-
Angela Kay Pirko directs the show,
rich, intricate score in the latest 204-7741 or visit constellationthe- voking play about science, family,
performed in an intimate space of
Tony Award-winning musical atre.org. survival of the fittest and choic-
30 seats, and in an immersive, open
to get the Keegan Theatre touch. es faced by women of every gen-
way with a goal of developing a
Christina A. Coakley (Cabaret) and RAGTIME eration. Katie deBuys and Valerie
connection with audiences beyond
Susan Marie Rhea (Hair) co-direct a Based on the sprawling novel by Leonard star as two women who
the typical. Opens Thursday, March
large cast led by Michael Innocenti E.L. Doctorow, with book, music spar on the eve of a prestigious
9, at 8 p.m. To April 2. Caos on F,
as Leo Frank and Eleanor J. Todd and lyrics by Terrence McNally, conference, one an up-and-coming
923 F St. NW. Tickets are $30. Visit
as his wife Lucille Frank in a trag- Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, evolutionary biologist and the other
nusass.com.
ic, touching musical that explores the Tony-winning musical Ragtime an eminent professor and leader
themes that are sadly as relevant as depicts three families striving for in the field. Closes Sunday, March
MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING
ever. Opens in previews Saturday, the American dream at the turn 12. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman
Emmy and Tony-winner Debra Monk
March 11, at 8 p.m. To April 8. of the 20th century. Its an epic Theater, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529
stars in a comedy by Pulitzer-winning
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. musical, made all the more so by the 16th St. NW. Call 202-777-3210 or
playwright James Lapine about Elva
NW. Tickets are $45 to $55. Call all-star D.C. cast that director Peter visit theaterj.org.
Miller, a songstress whose off-key
202-265-3768 or visitkeeganthe- Flynn (The 25th Annual Putnam
atre.com.

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p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 final appeal of a convicted mur-
Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $25 derer (Michael Mayes) on death
to $30. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit row, whose mother is played by
wolftrap.org. Susan Graham, the original Prejean
when the opera debuted in 2000.
CONGRESSIONAL CHORUS A searing emotional journey in its
Road Trip! Tour The USA in our story, Dead Man Walking is fur-
Cabaret is a wild musical ride across ther powered by Heggies music.
the broad American landscape and NPR has called it Gershwin-esque
the rich diversity in musical geog- spiced with Samuel Barber and
raphy, from the blues up north to Leonard Bernstein, blues and even
country down south, protest and early rock. To March 11. Kennedy
psychedelic rock on the west and Center Opera House. Tickets are
pop and showtunes out east. And $35 to $300. Call 202-467-4600 or
always nearby, the funky/quirky visit kennedy-center.org.
streets of John Waters Baltimore.
Tickets remain for performances WICKED JEZABEL
Thursday, March 16, at 8 p.m., and Pauline Anson-Dross popular les-
Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. Atlas bian all-covers party-rock band
Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. Wicked Jezabel has been rocking
NE. Tickets are $50. Call 202-399- as well as raising money for various
7993 or visit atlasarts.org. good causes all over the region
SHERVIN LAINEZ

for a decade now, originally under


METROPOLITAN JAZZ the name The Outskirts of Town.
ORCHESTRA WITH NEW YORK Next up, as luck would have it, is a
VOICES concert on St. Patricks Day. Friday,
Alto-saxophonist Jim Carroll leads March 17, at 9 p.m. Freddies Beach
the big band ensemble, featuring Bar, 555 South 23rd St., Arlington.
REGINA SPEKTOR many of the regions best jazz musi- Call 703-685-0555 or visit wicked-
cians, in a concert with a polished jezabel.com.
The Russian-born New Yorker is a classically trained and playful vocal quartet from the
quirky pop singer-songwriter who may put you in
READINGS
Big Apple. Saturday, March 11, at
mind of Tori Amos or Fiona Apple or of Ben Folds 8 p.m. George Mason University
Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason
or Rufus Wainwright. Spektor is certainly eccentric AN EVENING OF HUMOROUS
Pond Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $30
and dramatic and iconoclastic just as all those artists to $50. Call 888-945-2468 or visit READINGS
are in one way or another. Yet she doesnt sound like cfa.gmu.edu. Jon Wolper of McSweeneys and GQ
hosts an event at DC9 that will fea-
any of them, really, and no one but herself. She tours ture some of D.C.s funniest literary
PRIESTS
in support of Remember Us to Life, her set from last Nearly five years old, the D.C.- humorists reading from their work.
year recorded with an orchestra. Tuesday, March 14, based band has generated nation- Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. DC9,
1940 9th St. NW. Tickets are $10.
at 8 p.m. D.A.R. Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. al buzz for revitalizing, however
indirectly, another aspect of D.C. Call 202-483-5000 or dcnine.com.
Remaining tickets are $40.25 to $50.25. Call 202-
culture punk rock, specifically
628-1776 or visit dar.org/conthall. the 90s-originating Riot Grrrl WASHINGTON JEWISH
variant. Led by the strong, elas- LITERARY FESTIVAL
tically voiced Katie Alice Greer Eight writers will reflect upon
and including drummer Daniele the theme of this years festival,
Daniele, guitarist G.I. Jaguar, and Unexpected Journeys, in a curat-
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW from Signature Theatres 2015
ed selection of fiction and nonfic-
Synetic Theater continues its production of West Side Story, are bassist Taylor Mulitz, Priests is a
mixed-gender, hard-charging band tion as part of the Local Authors
Wordless Shakespeare work, featured performers along with
with a cheekily religious name Fair and Reception beginning at
transporting the Bards Battle of Hilary Morrow and Dale Sampson
owing in part to Greers upbringing 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15.
the Sexes romantic comedy from in a magical, musical tale written
as the daughter of a Methodist min- Other highlights of this years fes-
Italy to Hollywood. The Taming of by Taylor Ferrera and Matthew
ister. The band tours in support of tival: Author/storyteller Noa Baum
the Shrew is led by Synetic founders, Webster, with repurposed songs
its debut full-length, Nothing Feels with a presentation based on her
the husband-and-wife team of Paata by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and
Natural, which Paste magazine said memoir A Land Twice Promised:
and Irina Tsikurishvili, and features George Gershwin. Nathan Brewer
might be the first great punk album An Israeli Womans Quest for
Irina in the lead role, opposite Ryan directs the family-friendly show.
of the Trump presidency. Its hard Peace on Tuesday, March 14, at
Sellers as Petruchio. Choreography Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m. Live! at
to disagree with music this sharp, 7:30 p.m.; A discussion with three
for the show comes from Zana 10th and G, 945 G ST. NW. Tickets
passionate, and powerful. Coup authors focused on Unpacking
Gankhuyag, who also portrays are $15 to $32. Call 202-628-4317 or
Sauvage & The Snips and Atta Girl Parenthood: Memoir, Mindfulness
Gremio. Alex Mills is Grumio, visit TheAmericanPops.org.
open. Saturday, March 11. Doors at and Managing the Meltdowns, on
Petruchios servant. To March 19. Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.;
Theater at Crystal City, 1800 South ARI HEST 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW.
Tickets are $16, with a dollar from and a closing Selected Shorts pro-
Bell St., Arlington. Tickets are $20 Thirty-six-year-old Ari Hest sings
each ticket donated to Casa Ruby. gram on Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m.
to $60. Call 800-494-8497 or visit chiefly as a baritone a range well
Call 202-667-4490 or visit black- featuring short stories written by
synetictheater.org. suited to heavy sentiments about life
catdc.com. established and emerging writers
and love. I guess I identify more with
focused on the festival theme and
the struggle whatever the struggle
MUSIC is in music, he told Metro Weekly WASHINGTON NATIONAL performed by Tony-winning actor
James Naughton, Helen Hayes-
a few years back. Not to compare OPERA: DEAD MAN WALKING
AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA: Francesco Zambello directs com- winning actress Holly Twyford
myself to Leonard Cohen, but you
CINDERELLA poser Jake Heggies instant mod- and Broadway and Ugly Betty star
know that kind of voice, generally,
Luke Frazier leads D.C.s show- ern classic, featuring a libretto by Michael Urie. An additional off-site
you think of some kind of weighted
tunes-focused orchestra in a new Terrence McNally and based on program Sunday, March 19 set for
song coming from a voice like that.
touching, comedic take on the Sister Helen Prejeans book that 10:30 a.m. at Washington Hebrew
Hest returns to the Barns after last
fairytale classic billed as one- also inspired the hit 1995 film with Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW
years Grammy-nominated collabora-
part storybook, four-parts Great Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. is Maya Benton discussing Roman
tive record with Judy Collins, Silver
American Songbook. Austin Colby Kate Lindsey plays the role of the Vishniac Rediscovered, featuring
Skies Blue. Friday, March 10, at 8
and MaryJoanna Grisso, the stars kindhearted nun who takes on the images from the International

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Center of Photography depict- REFRESH VII
ing Eastern European Jewish life Long View Gallery presents its sev-
pre- and post-Holocaust and in enth annual exhibition featuring
post-war America. The Aaron and new works by gallery favorites, this
Cecile Goldman Theater, Edlavitch year including Mike Weber, Ryan
DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. Call 202- McCoy, Cheryl Wassenaar, Lori
777-3210 or visit edcjcc.org/center- Katz, Colin Winterbottom and J.
for-arts/literary/ Jordan Bruns. The gallery will also
premiere pieces by Baltimore artists
EXHIBITS Jessie and Katey. Through March
19. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th
St. NW. Call 202-232-4788 or visit
EMULSION 2017: EAST CITY ART longviewgallery.com.
REGIONAL JURIED SHOW
Organizers of this locally focused
visual art exhibition, now in its FOOD
4th year, moved to a larger down-
town venue to accommodate the ESPITA MEZCALERIA: FIRST
increase in the number of appli- BIRTHDAY COCKTAILS
cants. As show juror, Deirdre Ehlen The Southern Mexican-inspired
MacWilliams of Arlington Countys Shaw spot, which has helped
public art program selected over increase the popularity of tequilas
60 artists competing for $2,000 worm-infused spirit cousin mezcal,
for First Place, $1,000 for Second, celebrates its first anniversary the
$500 for Third and $250 for two first full week of March. Through
Honorable Mentions. Among those Sunday, March 12, Beverage Director
competing: David Amoroso, Jacqui Megan Barnes offers five fan favor-
Crocetta, Michael Crossett, Ric ite cocktails, including the Oaxacan
Garcia, Michelle Goldchain, Joanne Sour with excessive Angostura
Kent, Chee-Keong Kung, Juan bitters, Espadin mezcal, lemon
Pineda, Andrew Taylor, Lisa Marie and pineapple, the Beatriz, a play
Thalhammer, Ellyn Weiss, Michael on a dry martini with Sotol, Cocchi
West, and Andrew Wodzianski. Americano and elderflower, and
Runs through March 16. Pepco the Guajillo Mango Highball, which
Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. combines house-made soda from
NW. Call 202-872-3396 or visit east- chili peppers, fresh-pressed mango
cityart.com. juice and mezcal. Espita Mezcaleria,
1250 9th St. NW. The birthday cock-
ISAMU NOGUCHI: tails are $12 to $16 each. Call 202-
ARCHAIC/MODERN 621-9695 or visit espitadc.com.
One of the most innovative
American sculptors of the 20th
century is the focus of a full-scale ABOVE & BEYOND
exhibition exploring how both the
ancient world and the space age MAKE ST PATRICKS DAY GREAT
shaped his works, 74 of which are AGAIN: A VARIETY SHOW
on display. Noguchi saw himself as Old Style Irish Dancer Shannon
equal parts artist and engineer, and Dunne leads an early St. Patricks
the exhibition devotes special atten- Day celebration featuring tradition-
tion to his patented designs as well al Irish music, dance, song and com-
as iconic artworks, including mono- edy. Fellow dancers Kate Spanos
lithic basalt sculptures, fountains and Catherine Marafino will join
and floating Akari ceiling lights. To Dunne in performances with musi-
March 19. Smithsonian American cians Donna Long, Laura Byrne,
Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. Mitch Fanning and the Bog Band.
Free. Call 202-633-1000 or visit And after the evening show there
americanart.si.edu.. will be traditional music and drink
specials in the Fringe Bar. Saturday,
JUNE SCHWARCZ: March 11, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
INVENTION & VARIATION Trinidad Theatre at Capital Fringe,
One of the most innovative enam- 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Tickets are
elists of the 20th century, June $15 to $20. Call 202-737-7230 or
Schwarcz gets the retrospective visit capitalfringe.org.
treatment in a new exhibition that
details her career, spanning more RESIST COUNTER CABARET
than 60 years until her death in Feminist punk performance group
2015. Smithsonian curators select- Tia Nina presents another free
ed nearly 60 artworks, several of variety show aimed at bringing
which have never been publicly progressive-minded artists and
seen, to demonstrate her technical audiences together, for a cathar-
innovations as well as her variety, tic expression of the world around
from vessels and three-dimension- them. Expect performances by
al objects to wall-mounted plaques dancers, musicians, theater artists,
and panels. Opens Friday, March 10. comedians, clowns and more at the
Through Aug. 27. Renwick Gallery, Capital Fringe complex, including
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street its Fringe Arts Bar, which opens at
NW. Free. Call 202-633-1000 or 6 p.m., while the show starts at 8
visit renwick.americanart.si.edu. p.m. Wednesday, March 10, in the
Trinidad Theatre, 1358 Florida Ave.
NE. Free. Call 202-733-6321 or visit
capitalfringe.org. l

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theFeed equality for transgender people.
Ive always thought it was
important for trans people to have
access to affirming spaces, he says.
But my viewpoint on it has actu-
ally evolved, especially in light of
statements by people like Laverne
Cox, who showed me its not just
about bathrooms, its about the right
of trans people to exist in public
spaces.
Of Gloucester Countys policy,
he says: This is basically legisla-
tion about if we can exist in public
or not, and its these ways of trying
to segregate us from the rest of the
population.
Grimms words echo with the
certainty and determination of a per-
son who sees himself in the right,
regardless of what any judge decides.
But they are also the words of a teen
who has essentially risked ostraciza-
tion in a close-knit, semi-rural coun-
ty of just under 37,000 people.
The bigger this grows, I feel like
the more the backlash from the com-
munity grows, he says. I definitely
faced an increase in hostility because
everythings been getting more heat-
TODD FRANSON

ed up. Now, thats never yet boiled


over into a confrontation. Its just
people are treating me with more of
a cold shoulder.
Ill get a couple more nasty looks

GRIMM DETERMINATION
The Supreme Court cancelled, but Gavin Grimm is not relenting in the
in a supermarket, or Ill speak to
someone, Ill wave to someone who
I previously spoke to, and theyll
look away very pointedly. People
fight to allow trans people in public spaces Interview by John Riley will move seats away from me so
that they dont have to sit near me,

G
or theyll avoid engaging with me
AVIN GRIMM WAS SITTING IN CLASS WHEN HE LEARNED HIS at all possible costs, in some cases.
fight for equality had faltered. I started getting people Facebook messaging There are friends of my mothers
me, and I started getting text messages, he says. The messages were from who now treat her as if theyd never
family and friends sharing the news that the Supreme Court had sent his lawsuit met, or are less friendly than they
against the Gloucester County School Board back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of were before, and that may or may not
Appeals. Its a lawsuit that has made the 17-year-old Grimm one of the major faces of be attributed to the situation.
the transgender rights movement, as he sues his school district for barring him from The delay to a final decision on
using the boys restroom alongside his cisgender peers. Grimms lawsuit hasnt just rankled
Grimms setback occurred because of the Trump administration. The Fourth him or the community, but also the
Circuit had originally ruled that Grimm could sue the school district under Title activists and organizations support-
IX, in a landmark decision affirming that discriminating against transgender peo- ing Grimm.
ple constituted sex discrimination. But the appeals court had based its decision on I think this is justice delayed,
an interpretation of Title IX advanced by the Obama administration. The Trump not justice denied, Joshua Block of
administration last month rescinded that guidance, and because the new Department the American Civil Liberties Union,
of Education is no longer siding with Grimm, the Supreme Court decided that the who is serving as Grimms chief legal
Fourth Circuit must reconsider Grimms case. counsel, said in a conference call on
Grimm had already prepared himself for disappointment. I tried to keep myself Monday. There are five other dis-
open, without any expectations, and aware of any things that could happen, he says. trict courts that have ruled in favor
But Grimm also sees this as just one step in a longer journey towards achieving full of trans kids so far. If you do a survey

MARCH 9, 2017 METROWEEKLY 17


theFeed
of the case law, the overwhelming majority of the courts I mean, trans kids have an unacceptably high incidence
that have addressed this issue have held that excluding boys of suicide attempts and suicide rates and that is directly
and girls who are transgender from using the same facilities correlated to a lack of support in communities and families.
as other boys and girls violates either Title IX or the Equal To send trans kids a message that theyre not valid, that they
Protection Clause. ... We look forward to making the case dont deserve protection, and then turn around and say, Oh,
to the Fourth Circuit now, and hopefully getting another but we want to advocate for you, those two things are in
victory there. direct conflict and are mutually exclusive.
Though the Supreme Court might not end up hearing MW: Are you still being forced to use the restroom in the
his case until 2019, Grimm is res- nurses office at school?
olute in his determination to keep GRIMM: Yeah, I do go to the nurses
fighting. He understands his case office. I try to avoid it entirely when-
can serve as a blueprint for other [Trump] simply ever I can, but there are times when
transgender students who are being
discriminated against because of
cannot claim to I just have to go to the bathroom, so I
use the nurses office.
their gender identity. care for or pro- MW: Are the teachers and students
Now, more so than ever, this treating you any differently?
fight is about other trans students tect trans students GRIMM: Well, honestly, the teachers
that will benefit, hopefully, from [the have been fine, at least all the teach-
Supreme Courts] decision, because while, at the same ers Ive had. With students, theres
by the time this decision is handed
down I will have graduated, says
time, putting them more of a mixed reception. Ill put it
this way, my teachers are all either
Grimm. Obviously, this is not what
we wanted, and its disappointing
in positions of supportive or they dont indicate a
opinion on the subject, whereas stu-
that its going to drag this conver- immediate dents are much more clearly inclined
sation out for even longer, which is to their opinions. I can get some real-
going to keep trans kids who are in danger. ly nasty reactions from students, or I
school, or who are coming of school can get some really positive reactions.
age, in limbo for an extended period MW: What would your advice be to
of time. But I am still as passionate school boards that are debating adding
and happy to be doing this as ever. If it took 10 years, Id transgender people to their nondiscrimination policies?
stick with it. GRIMM: I would say look to other districts that have enacted
accepting policies, and see that there is no danger. The only
METRO WEEKLY: Its been a year since Metro Weekly first result of these accepting policies has been that trans kids
interviewed you. Whats changed in that time? are safe and happy and respected as who they are. I would
GRIMM: A lot of it is the same old stuff. Im doing a lot of just urge them to understand that trans kids arent a unique
interviews, Im devoting a lot of time to whatever activism I and different breed from their peers. They are deserving of
can do, but a lot of it has changed as well. I think my life has the same access to the same spaces as anyone else, and they
certainly gotten a lot busier, but its just been an intensifica- dont pose a threat in those spaces.
tion of what Ive already been dealing with. MW: Gov. Terry McAuliffe has defended against a slew of anti-
MW: What do you think about the Trump administrations LGBTQ bills. Are you concerned about the prospect of a future
decision to rescind the school guidance on transgender children? governor whos not as supportive of trans rights?
GRIMM: It was very disappointing. People have said that its GRIMM: First of all, Governor McAuliffe is a wonderful guy.
not about discriminating against trans students, its about Ive met him personally. He was just so impressive, and Ive
giving the rights back to the states. But a civil rights issue been so glad to call him my governor for this term. I think
is not a state issue, a civil rights issue is a federal issue, and there is a fear at any point when someone magnificent is in
when you give the states the ability to decide individually on office, when they do a very, very good job and leave some
civil rights, people dont get their civil rights. pretty big shoes to fill. Theres always a concern that the
We saw this with gay marriage. I mean, from the first next person may not be able to do that.
state to legalize it to the time when it was federally legalized We cant really predict what will happen, but I just really
we saw how many states in between that, in between a long hope that [the next governor] can continue his legacy of
span of time? I think it was something like 13? Thats just being an accepting, inclusive, LGBT-friendly individual.
one example of how long it takes for states to individually MW: Would you consider a career in politics?
afford people the freedoms that theyre entitled to with their GRIMM: I certainly wouldnt count it out. I understand the
civil liberties. future wildly fluctuates, and it really boils down to what
MW: Has the president kept his word from the campaign, when opportunities come my way. I might find myself in a life
he said hed be an advocate for the LGBTQ community? of career activism, and that would be fine. Its just that I
GRIMM: Certainly not. The only thing Ive seen him yet do dont really know whats going to happen yet. Well have
with respect for the community is rescind that guidance to wait and see. l
and you simply cannot claim to care for or protect trans
students while, at the same time, putting them in positions For more information on Gavin Grimms legal case, read our
of immediate danger. extensive coverage at metroweekly.com.

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Community
THURSDAY, March 9 IDENTITY offers free and confi-
dential HIV testing at two sepa-
DC SENTINELS basketball rate locations. Walk-ins accepted
team meets at Takoma Park from 2-6 p.m., by appointment
Middle School Gym. For play- for all other hours. 414 East
ers of all levels, gay or straight. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg,
7-9 p.m. 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Md. or 7676 New Hampshire
Silver Spring, Md. For more Ave., Suite 411, Takoma Park,
information, visit teamdcbas- Md. To set up an appointment
ketball.org. or for more information, call
Gaithersburg, 301-300-9978, or
Weekly Events Takoma Park, 301-422-2398.

ANDROMEDA METROHEALTH CENTER


TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH offers free, rapid HIV testing.
offers free HIV testing and HIV Appointment needed. 1012 14th
services (by appointment). 9 St. NW, Suite 700. To arrange an
a.m.-5 p.m. Decatur Center, appointment, call 202-638-0750.
1400 Decatur St. NW. To
arrange an appointment, call SMYAL offers free HIV Testing,
202-291-4707, or visit androm- 3-5 p.m., by appointment and
edatransculturalhealth.org. walk-in, for youth 21 and
younger. Youth Center, 410 7th
DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC) St. SE. 202-567-3155 or test-
practice session at Takoma ing@smyal.org.
Aquatic Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 300
Van Buren St. NW. For more Us Helping Us hosts a
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

GOING GREEN
information, visit swimdcac.org.
MEETING. The group is inde-
DC FRONT RUNNERS run- pendent of UHU. 6:30-7:30
ning/walking/social club p.m., 3636 Georgia Ave. NW.
welcomes runners of all ability For more information, call 202-
levels for exercise in a fun and Dignity Washington provides a welcome LGBTQ 446-1100.
supportive environment, with
socializing afterward. Route
presence in D.C.s greenest parade WOMENS LEADERSHIP
distance is 3-6 miles. Meet at INSTITUTE for young LBTQ

F
7 p.m. at 23rd & P Streets NW. women, 13-21, interested in
For more information, visit OR A WHILE, ST. PATRICKS DAY DIDNT HAVE leadership development. 5-6:30
dcfrontrunners.org. p.m. SMYAL Youth Center, 410
as much of a meaning in my life, because I was too 7th St. SE. For more informa-
DC LAMBDA SQUARES gay focused on the non-religious aspects of the holiday, tion, call 202-567-3163, or email
and lesbian square-dancing the partying and the crazy stuff, says Vin Testa, president catherine.chu@smyal.org.
group features mainstream of the LGBTQ Catholic organization Dignity Washington.
through advanced square
But that all changed once cities like New York and FRIDAY, March 10
dancing at the National City
Christian Church, 5 Thomas Boston lifted bans on gay marchers in their St. Patricks GAMMA is a confidential,
Circle NW, 7-9:30 p.m. Casual Day Parades. Including LGBTQ groups in what has been voluntary peer support group
dress. 301-257-0517, dclamb- a traditionally Catholic celebration gives Testa hope that for men who are gay, bisex-
dasquares.org. ual, questioning and who are
the larger Catholic Church may one day soften its stance now or who have been in a
DC SCANDALS RUGBY holds toward homosexuality. relationship with a woman.
practice. The team is always While no official ban was in place for D.C.s parade, it GAMMA meetings are also
looking for new members. All held in Northern Virginia and
was only two years ago that Dignity Washington, along with
welcome. 7:30-9:30 p.m. King in Frederick, Md. 7:30-9:30
Greenleaf Recreation Center, The DC Center, started sending an LGBTQ contingent. p.m. Luther Place Memorial
201 N St. SW. For more infor- Obviously, we live in a very liberal city, but it was sur- Church, 1226 Vermont Ave
mation, visit scandalsrfc.org or prising, for an event associated with such an Irish Catholic NW. For more information,
dcscandals@gmail.com. visit gammaindc.org.
setting, to see people waving and cheering us on, Testa
The DULLES TRIANGLES says. We had rainbow flags, signs that identified us as The DC Center holds a meeting
Northern Virginia social LGBT. It might as well have been a Pride Parade. of its DC LGBTQIA DISABILITY
group meets for happy hour at
Dignity will again march in this Sundays parade, and GROUP to support, educate
Sheraton in Reston. All wel- and empower people with dis-
come. 7-9 p.m. 11810 Sunrise Testa encourages those interested in joining don green and abilities. 8-9 p.m. 2000 14th St.
Valley Drive, second-floor bar. bring signs to help identify the marchers as LGBTQ. NW, Suite 105. For more infor-
For more information, visit Well be lining up on Madison Drive NW, he says. mation, contact Andy Arias,
dullestriangles.com. andyarias09@gmail.com.
Just look for the rainbow sashes. John Riley
HIV TESTING at Whitman- WOMEN IN THEIR TWENTIES
Walker Health. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at The Washington, D.C. St. Patricks Day Parade starts at (AND THIRTIES), a social dis-
1525 14th St. NW, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. cussion and activity group for
12 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 12. The route follows Constitution
at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical queer women, meets at The DC
Center, 1701 14th St. NW, and 8 Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets NW. Meet up at 10 a.m. Center on the second and fourth
a.m-5 p.m. at the Max Robinson along Madison Drive NW, between 7th and 12th Streets, Fridays of each month. Group
Center, 2301 MLK Jr. Ave. near the Smithsonian National Museum of American social activity to follow the meet-
SE. For an appointment call ing. 8-9:30 p.m. 2000 14th St.
202-745-7000 or visit whit-
History. For more information, visit dcstpatsparade.com or NW, Suite 105. For more infor-
man-walker.org. dignitywashington.org. mation, visit thedccenter.org.

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Weekly Events SUNDAY, March 12
DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC) CHRYSALIS arts & culture group
holds a practice session at Howard tours Colonial Fredericksburg, Va.
University. 6:30-8 p.m. Burr Drivers needed. Carpool at 9 a.m.
Gymnasium, 2400 6th St. NW. For from King Street Metro Station in
more information, visit swimdcac.org. Alexandria. For more information,
call Craig, 202-462-0535 or email
PROJECT STRIPES hosts LGBT- craighowell1@verizon.net.
affirming social group for ages
11-24. 4-6 p.m. 1419 Columbia Road Weekly Events
NW. Contact Tamara, 202-319-
0422, layc-dc.org. LGBT-inclusive ALL SOULS
MEMORIAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH
SMYALS REC NIGHT provides a celebrates Low Mass at 8:30
social atmosphere for LGBT and a.m., High Mass at 11 a.m. 2300
questioning youth, featuring dance Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244,
parties, vogue nights, movies and allsoulsdc.org.
games. For more info, email cather-
ine.chu@smyal.org. BETHEL CHURCH-DC progressive
and radically inclusive church
SATURDAY, March 11 holds services at 11:30 a.m. 2217
Minnesota Ave. SE. 202-248-1895,
CHRYSALIS arts & culture group betheldc.org.
holds an annual meeting and plans
early spring events during dinner DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC)
in a Metro-accessible restaurant in holds a practice session at Wilson
D.C. All welcome. 7 p.m. For loca- Aquatic Center. 9:30-11 a.m. 4551
tion, call Craig, 202-462-0535 or Fort Dr. NW. For more informa-
email craighowell1@verizon.net. tion, visit swimdcac.org.

Weekly Events DC FRONT RUNNERS running/


walking/social club welcomes run-
BET MISHPACHAH, founded ners of all ability levels for exercise
by members of the LGBT com- in a fun and supportive environ-
munity, holds Saturday morning ment, with socializing afterward.
Shabbat services in the DC Jewish Route will be a distance run of 8, 10
Community Centers Community or 12 miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at 23rd
Room, followed by Kiddush lun- & P Streets NW. For more informa-
cheon. 10 a.m. 1529 16th St. NW. tion, visit dcfrontrunners.org.
For more information, visit bet-
mish.org. DIGNITYUSA offers Roman
Catholic Mass for the LGBT
BRAZILIAN GLBT GROUP, includ- community. All welcome. Sign
ing others interested in Brazilian cul- interpreted. 6 p.m. St. Margarets
ture, meets. For location/time, email Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave.
braziliangaygroup@yahoo.com. NW. For more info, visit dignity-
washington.org.
DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC)
holds a practice session at FAIRLINGTON UNITED
Montgomery College Aquatics METHODIST CHURCH is an open,
Club. 8:30-10 a.m. 7600 Takoma inclusive church. All welcome,
Ave., Takoma, Md. For more infor- including the LGBTQ commu-
mation, visit swimdcac.org. nity. Member of the Reconciling
Ministries Network. Services at
DC FRONT RUNNERS running/ 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 3900 King
walking/social club welcomes run- Street, Alexandria, Va. 703-671-
ners of all ability levels for exercise 8557. For more info, visit fairling-
in a fun and supportive environ- tonumc.org.
ment, with socializing afterward.
Route distance will be 3-6 miles. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL
Walker meet at 9:30 a.m. and run- UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
ners at 10 a.m. at 23rd & P Streets welcomes all to 10:30 a.m. service,
NW. For more information, visit 945 G St. NW. firstuccdc.org or
dcfrontrunners.org. 202-628-4317.

DIGNITYUSA sponsors Mass for FRIENDS MEETING OF


LGBT community, family and WASHINGTON meets for worship,
friends. 6:30 p.m., Immanuel 10:30 a.m., 2111 Florida Ave. NW,
Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Quaker House Living Room (next
Road, Alexandria. All welcome. For to Meeting House on Decatur
more info, visit dignitynova.org. Place), 2nd floor. Special welcome
to lesbians and gays. Handicapped
GAY LANGUAGE CLUB discusses accessible from Phelps Place gate.
critical languages and foreign lan- Hearing assistance. quakersdc.org.
guages. 7 p.m. Nellies, 900 U St.
NW. RSVP preferred. Email bren- HOPE UNITED CHURCH OF
dandarcy@gmail.com. CHRIST welcomes GLBT commu-
nity for worship. 10:30 a.m., 6130

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Old Telegraph Road, Alexandria. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST
hopeucc.org. CHURCH OF SILVER SPRING
invites LGBTQ families and indi-
HSV-2 SOCIAL AND SUPPORT viduals of all creeds and cultures to
GROUP for gay men living in the join the church. Services 9:15 and
DC metro area. This group will be 11:15 a.m. 10309 New Hampshire
meeting once a month. For infor- Ave. uucss.org.
mation on location and time, visit
H2gether.com. UNIVERSALIST NATIONAL
MEMORIAL CHURCH, a welcom-
INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUAL ing and inclusive church. GLBT
DEVELOPMENT, God-centered Interweave social/service group
new age church & learning center. meets monthly. Services at 11 a.m.,
Sunday Services and Workshops Romanesque sanctuary. 1810 16th St.
event. 5419 Sherier Place NW. isd- NW. 202-387-3411, universalist.org.
dc.org.
MONDAY, March 13
Join LINCOLN
CONGREGATIONAL TEMPLE
Weekly Events
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST for
an inclusive, loving and progressive
DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC)
faith community every Sunday. 11
holds a practice session at Dunbar
a.m. 1701 11th Street NW, near R in
Aquatic Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 101 N
Shaw/Logan neighborhood. lincol-
St. NW. For more information, visit
ntemple.org.
swimdcac.org.
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF
GETEQUAL meets 6:30-8 p.m. at
REFORMATION invites all to
Quaker House, 2111 Florida Ave.
Sunday worship at 8:30 or 11 a.m.
NW. For more information, email
Childcare is available at both ser-
getequal.wdc@gmail.com.
vices. Welcoming LGBT people for
25 years. 212 East Capitol St. NE.
NOVASALUD offers free HIV test-
reformationdc.org.
ing. 5-7 p.m. 2049 N. 15th St., Suite
200, Arlington. Appointments: 703-
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY
789-4467.
CHURCH OF NORTHERN
VIRGINIA services at 11 a.m., led
SMYAL offers free HIV Testing, 3-5
by Rev. Emma Chattin. Childrens
p.m., by appointment and walk-in,
Sunday School, 11 a.m. 10383
for youth 21 and younger. Youth
Democracy Lane, Fairfax. 703-691-
Center, 410 7th St. SE. 202-567-
0930, mccnova.com.
3155 or testing@smyal.org.
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY
The DC Center hosts COFFEE
CHURCH OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
DROP-IN FOR THE SENIOR LGBT
services at 9 a.m. (ASL interpret-
COMMUNITY. 10 a.m.-noon. 2000
ed) and 11 a.m. Childrens Sunday
14th St. NW. 202-682-2245, thedc-
School at 11 a.m. 474 Ridge St. NW.
center.org.
202-638-7373, mccdc.com.
US HELPING US hosts a black gay
NATIONAL CITY CHRISTIAN
mens evening affinity group for
CHURCH, inclusive church with
GBT black men. Light refreshments
GLBT fellowship, offers gospel wor-
provided. 7-9 p.m. 3636 Georgia
ship, 8:30 a.m., and traditional wor-
Ave. NW. 202-446-1100.
ship, 11 a.m. 5 Thomas Circle NW.
202-232-0323, nationalcitycc.org.
WASHINGTON WETSKINS
WATER POLO TEAM practices 7-9
RIVERSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH,
p.m. Newcomers with at least basic
a Christ-centered, interracial,
swimming ability always welcome.
welcoming-and-affirming church,
Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van
offers service at 10 a.m. 680 I St.
Buren St. NW. For more informa-
SW. 202-554-4330, riversidedc.org.
tion, contact Tom, 703-299-0504
or secretary@wetskins.org, or visit
ST. STEPHEN AND THE
wetskins.org.
INCARNATION, an interra-
cial, multi-ethnic Christian
Community offers services in TUESDAY, March 14
English, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and
in Spanish at 5:15 p.m. 1525 Newton The DC Center holds a meeting of
St. NW. 202-232-0900, saintste- its COMING OUT DISCUSSION
phensdc.org. GROUP for those navigating issues
associated with coming out and
UNITARIAN CHURCH OF personal identity. 7-8:30 p.m. 2000
ARLINGTON, an LGBTQ welcom- 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more
ing-and-affirming congregation, information, visit thedccenter.org.
offers services at 10 a.m. Virginia
Rainbow UU Ministry. 4444 The DC Center hosts a meeting
Arlington Blvd. uucava.org. of HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
GROUP FOR GAY AND BI MEN.
6-7 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite
105. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.

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The DC Centers TRANS arrive early to ensure a spot. 1701
SUPPORT GROUP provides a 14th St. NW. For more information,
space to talk for transgender peo- visit whitman-walker.org.
ple and those who identify outside
of the gender binary. 7-9 p.m. 2000 WEDNESDAY, March 15
14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org THE TOM DAVOREN SOCIAL
BRIDGE CLUB will meet for
Weekly Events Social Bridge. 7:30 p.m. Dignity
Center, 721 8th St., S.E. (across
ASIANS AND FRIENDS weekly from Marine Barracks). No partner
dinner in Dupont/Logan Circle needed. Call 301-345-1571 for more
area, 6:30 p.m. For more informa- info.
tion, email afwash@aol.com, or
visit afwashington.net. WOMAN TO WOMAN: A
SUPPORT GROUP FOR HIV-
DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC) POSITIVE WOMEN WHO LOVE
practice session at Takoma Aquatic WOMEN, meets on the third
Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 300 Van Buren Wednesday of each month at The
St. NW. For more information, visit Womens Collective. Light refresh-
swimdcac.org. ments served. 5:30-7 p.m. 1331
Rhode Island Ave. NE. For more
DC FRONT RUNNERS running/ information, 202-483-7003.
walking/social club welcomes run-
ners of all ability levels for exercise Weekly Events
in a fun and supportive environment,
with socializing afterward. Route AD LIB, a group for freestyle con-
distance is 3-6 miles. Meet at 7 p.m. versation, meets about 6-6:30 p.m.,
at Union Station. For more informa- Steam, 17th and R NW. All wel-
tion, visit dcfrontrunners.org. come. For more information, call
Fausto Fernandez, 703-732-5174.
DC SCANDALS RUGBY holds prac-
tice. The team is always looking for DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC)
new members. All welcome. 7:30- holds a practice session at Dunbar
9:30 p.m. King Greenleaf Recreation Aquatic Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 101 N
Center, 201 N St. SW. For more St. NW. For more information, visit
information, visit scandalsrfc.org or swimdcac.org.
dcscandals@gmail.com.
FREEDOM FROM SMOKING, a
THE GAY MENS HEALTH group for LGBT people looking
COLLABORATIVE offers free to quit cigarettes and tobacco use,
HIV testing and STI screening holds a weekly support meeting at
and treatment every Tuesday. The DC Center. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th
5-6:30 p.m. Rainbow Tuesday St. NW, Suite 105. For more infor-
LGBT Clinic, Alexandria Health mation, visit thedccenter.org.
Department, 4480 King St. 703-
746-4986 or text 571-214-9617. HISTORIC CHRIST CHURCH
james.leslie@inova.org. offers Wednesday worship 7:15 a.m.
and 12:05 p.m. All welcome. 118 N.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Washington St., Alexandria. 703-
LGBT focused meeting every 549-1450, historicchristchurch.org.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. St. Georges
Episcopal Church, 915 Oakland JOB CLUB, a weekly support pro-
Ave., Arlington, just steps from gram for job entrants and seekers,
Virginia Square Metro. For meets at The DC Center. 6-7:30 p.m.
more info. call Dick, 703-521- 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For
1999. Handicapped accessible. more info, www.centercareers.org.
Newcomers welcome. liveandletli-
veoa@gmail.com. PRIME TIMERS OF DC, social club
for mature gay men, hosts weekly
SUPPORT GROUP FOR LGBTQ happy hour/dinner. 6:30 p.m.,
YOUTH ages 13-21 meets at Windows Bar above Dupont Italian
SMYAL. 5-6:30 p.m. 410 7th St. Kitchen, 1637 17th St. NW. More
SE. For more information, contact info, contact Carl, 703-573-8316.
Cathy Chu, 202-567-3163, or cath-
erine.chu@smyal.org. WASHINGTON WETSKINS
WATER POLO TEAM practices 7-9
US HELPING US hosts a support p.m. Newcomers with at least basic
group for black gay men 40 and swimming ability always welcome.
older. 7-9 p.m., 3636 Georgia Ave. Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van
NW. 202-446-1100. Buren St. NW. For more informa-
tion, contact Tom, 703-299-0504
Whitman-Walker Health holds its or secretary@wetskins.org, or visit
weekly GAY MENS HEALTH AND wetskins.org. l
WELLNESS/STD CLINIC. Patients
are seen on walk-in basis. No-cost Submit your community event for
screening for HIV, syphilis, gon- consideration at least 10 days prior
orrhea and chlamydia. Hepatitis to the Thursday publication in which
and herpes testing available for fee. you would like it to appear. Email:
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UNKIND CUTS
I
N 1965, THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE purchasers of other consumer goods. Eliminating the NEA
Arts was established with a mission dedicated to sup- would directly impact the administrators working for this
porting excellence in the arts, both new and established; government agency, but would also impact the artists and
bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership administrators who benefit from these grants, in all 50
in arts education. It has often been under political siege, states. The arts are culturally important, of course, but the
sometimes for funding works deemed as controversial and arts are a business and an economic driver. For a President
objectionable (think of Robert Mapplethorpe or Andres who has publicly claimed his desire to improve our econ-
Serranos infamous photograph Piss Christ, which sent omy, its very surprising to me that he would also seek to
the religious right and corresponding members of Congress eliminate a source of proven economic improvement.
into a tizzy, calling for the departments elimination), but
more often because it has been deemed by Republicans as CHEMA PINEDA-FERNANDEZ, Company Member/Youth
wasteful spending. The NEAs budget has rubber-balled up Advisory Board, GALA Hispanic Theatre: As is, arts fund-
and down, reaching an all-time low of $99.5 million in 1996. ing is limited. With cuts to NEA funding, marginalized
In 2016, its budget was a modest $148 million an infinites- voices within the arts community will have less access to
imal drop in the proverbial budget bucket. success. Without these fundings, organizations like GALA
The Trump administration has made rumblings that the Hispanic Theatre, which focuses on the narratives of Latin
NEAs budget and perhaps the agency itself is on the Americans (which includes Native Americans, African-
chopping block, to make room for increased military spend- descendants, Transgender folx, disabled people, and other
ing and, no doubt, to help pay for that border wall President LGB+ individuals), will not be able to serve our marginal-
Trump swears Mexico will eventually fund. Yet, while ized communities as well. Where no one else gives us space,
cutting the NEA would make little difference in the overall GALA Hispanic Theatre celebrates marginalized artists.
budget, it would vastly impact the often meagre budgets This is not an attack on privileged artists who are serving
of non-profit arts organizations nationwide, resulting in, if communities with funding, this is an attack on margin-
not exactly decimation, very clear and present hardships, alized artists like GALA Hispanic Theatre who has been
impacting economics, programming and outreach. For this resisting oppression for over 40 years. This is an attack on
weeks Forum, we asked members of the local arts commu- Transgender Latinx Native and African -descendant womyn
nity about the impact cuts to NEA funding would have. The and Non-Binary individuals. Marginalized people have the
responses were pretty much unanimous. Randy Shulman most to lose with these cuts. Denying us access to our cul-
tures is erasure. Cultural erasure is genocide. Cutting fund-
If President Trump dramatically cuts funding to the NEA, ing to cultural groups is a form of cultural genocide.
what impact would that have on the arts in America?
DAVID MUSE, Artistic Director, Studio Theatre: The amount
JOS CARRASQUILLO, Associate Artist with Theater J, of money that America invests in the arts and culture is
Company member with GALA Hispanic Theatre: A devas- already laughably small in comparison to almost every
tating one. The arts have a substantial economic impact in industrialized country. Per capita, we spend about 1/40th
cities and communities across the United States. Cutting the amount that Germany does. Norway invests more in the
arts funding will undermines not only arts education pro- arts than the United States does even though our popula-
grams offered by many arts organizations, but the cultural tion is 64 times as large as theirs. Were talking about .003%
life of our citizens. of the U.S. budget!
In my view, the most significant damage is symbolic.
MARK CHALFANT, Artistic/Executive Director, Washington Cutting the already tiny amount sends a clear message to
Improv Theater: What Donald Trump fails to recognize is America and the rest of the world that we dont value a cul-
the huge economic impact the arts have on communities turally rich society or take enough pride in our artistic out-
nationwide. The arts foster economic development. They put to invest in it. But the effects of a cut would also be very
frequently usher in positive economic change to neigh- real. The NEA serves a democratizing function, sending
borhoods. They bring in tourist dollars and help cultivate arts funding to all 50 states, and supporting small and rural
communities. Gutting the NEA would essentially mean dis- arts organizations that have more trouble securing funding.
mantling an engine for economic development. Its a cynical Without it, arts will be further concentrated in wealthy,
move based on pandering politics. urban areas. Fewer artists and arts administrators will be
able to support themselves. And well deny ourselves the
MICHAEL KAHN, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Theatre economic benefits the multiplier effect that flow from
Company: Primarily it will impact people and jobs. 4.8 mil- investment in the arts.
lion Americans work in the Arts industry and contribute
to our nations rich and diverse cultural heritage. These TOM PREWITT, Artistic and Executive Director, WSC Avant
artists and administrators are taxpayers, home buyers, and Bard: Substantial cuts or elimination of the NEA will have

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catastrophic ripple effects on local and state funding agencies, our mission as a community-based classical company that is
making it impossible for them to continue to support commu- accessible and affordable to all.
nity-based arts organizations at even the current meager lev-
els. Such a move would inevitably result in higher ticket prices WALLER: While Everyman Theatre does not itself receive
and fewer services, pushing quality arts experiences even funding from the NEA, to cut NEA funding would be to under-
further out of the reach of moderate and low income individ- mine one of our organizations core values: that professional
uals. Substantial cuts would also force the NEA to eliminate arts should be affordable and accessible to everyone. So its
such invaluable, democratizing programs as the Our Town important to voice our support. In addition to promoting
initiative or their recent, transformative outreach to veterans access, NEAs funding of nonprofit organizations allows those
and their families. Arts education would suffer enormously at organizations to take risks on new works works that may
a time when in-school programs are already under siege. eventually make it onto the Everyman Theatre stage.

JONATHAN WALLER, Managing Director, Everyman Theatre: MUSE: We receive NEA funding almost every year, and having
As a Baltimore-based arts nonprofit, it is core to Everyman it reduced or eliminated will affect us. We would counter or
Theatres mission and values that professional theatre be cope with it in the other two ways that an arts organization
affordable and accessible to everyone. A high percentage of can: try to bring in more support from other sources, or cut
NEA grants make it possible for a much larger and diverse programming. Id love to say that our work couldnt happen
audience to participate in the arts, including high-poverty without the NEA, because that would mean I live in a country
neighborhoods and underserved populations. For many NEA- that invests enough in the arts for it to make a huge difference
supported nonprofit organizations, to cut that specific funding to theaters. But we dont.
would mean that the wealthy and privileged few who can
afford to participate would continue to have access, but others KAHN: To date, STC has received just over $2 million in fund-
would have it taken away. ing from the NEA. This funding has helped to sustain STC over
the years, providing continual and essential support to fulfill
DOUGLAS YEUELL, Executive Director, Atlas Performing Arts our mission to produce and present the highest-quality classic
Center: Defunding the NEA would obliterate the good of so theatre. The Shakespeare Theatre Company would potential-
many arts organizations and artists that use their art to pos- ly lose funding from three sources, including Arts Midwests
itively impact American society and culture. It would be a Shakespeare in American Communities grants this is a
massive game changer in a world already so deeply in need pass-through funding program which provides support for
of inspiration, understanding, enlightenment and healing. STCs student matinees of Shakespeare plays including our
Art matters. Art makes a difference. Art is what defines our free District Shakespeare program which provides compre-
humanity. hensive matinee experiences to DC-youth, many of whom
would never be able to afford to attend even a modestly priced
How would your venue be affected by NEA cuts? live performance. STC would lose one of our most consistent
funding sources that is essential when we plan and commit to
CHALFANT: WIT has thriving earned revenue streams includ- our annual programming. Wed have to rely on donations from
ing our performances, classes program, organizational train- other sources or look at potentially increasing our ticket reve-
ings were fortunate in that well be able to weather the nue which would possibly affect our future programming and
cuts. However, symbolically, this will continue to create an impact our education programs, such as District Shakespeare
environment where the arts are sorely undervalued. and SHAKESPEARIENCE, and may influence our ability to
provide free, affordable and accessible theater for all.
PINEDA-FERNANDEZ: Without the funding from NEA, other Additionally, the NEA is important to our work beyond
Transgender Native American former refugee artists from El direct funding loss. Receipt of a grant from the NEA is, to many
Salvador would not have access to a job. GALA provides work other funders, proof of an arts organizations commitment to
for countless artists that other organizations deny us simply artistic excellence and we proudly display the NEA logo on our
for our diverse and intersectional identities. We would have advertisements and other marketing materials. The NEA also
to resort to producing less work, and working harder to reach executes important research projects about the state of the arts
out to donors who often ignore us. In the end, the communi- in our country and publishes this information on their website
ty will come together to tell our narratives, because we are for public consumption. The NEA is not only vitally important
the only ones doing it. But the NEA is very important to our to the work of the Shakespeare Theatre Company but also to
work. It is allowing us to produce Heridas escondidas, which that of all arts organizations across the country.
we are developing with Latinx victims of domestic and sexual
violence, allowing them to create and tell their own stories on YEUELL: The NEA may not directly have a deep impact on the
GALAs stage in June. work that we do. Funding from other sources diversifies the
financial picture. But it is the indirect impact that it will have.
PREWITT: State funding for the arts in Virginia is already at When dominoes fall, you never know where in the line-up
an all-time low, and further cuts at the national level would you may be or how the path may go. We all stand on shaky
render such funding virtually meaningless. Local arts agencies ground. Dominoes need each other to stand. When one falls,
would struggle to pick up the slack, but they would be faced we all go. l
with severe cutbacks as well. My own theatre, WSC Avant
Bard, would be forced to consider truncating our season and/ Participate in Metro Weeklys Forum. Visit metroweekly.com/
or raising ticket prices, either of which would compromise forum for details on how to contribute your voice.

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Spring Arts Preview
20TH CENTURY FOX

Alien: Covenant

this will probably be a reasonably satisfy-

film
ing period melodrama. (3/10)

PERSONAL SHOPPER Fans of Kristen


by Rhuaridh Marr Stewart or great performances in gen-

W
eral, if critical buzz is anything to go by
HETHER ITS CGI-HEAVY ACTION, TENSE THRILLERS, JUMPY should take note of Olivier Assayas
horrors, raunchy comedies or slow-burn dramas that draw you to the psychological thriller, about a woman
cinema, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for film. Sequels who spends time in the home of her dead
are, of course, a dime a dozen, from banner films like Guardians of the Galaxy brother in an attempt to contact him.
2 sure to compete for the title of the years biggest film to profit-makers like Reviews have been mixed and the tone
Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean. Theres also a number of remakes/ apparently shifts between drama and hor-
reboots on offer, from the thoroughly welcome Beauty and the Beast to the ror, but Stewart continues to prove biting
puzzlingly pointless Baywatch, CHiPS, The Mummy. her lip in Twilight wasnt the extent of her
Horror fans are also well-catered for, with Alien: Covenant taking the fran- acting abilities. (3/10)
chise back to its claustrophobic roots, Life aping the original Aliens successful
formula, The Belko Experiment serving rat race gore, and It Comes at Night pro- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Currently
viding tense indie fare. Amidst the usual comedies and animated films, theres mired in boycotts over an apparent
also a glut of true-life drama The Zookeepers Wife, The Lost City of Z, Dunkirk gay moment and needless criticism of
and some truly original offerings, such as Anne Hathaway being connected to Emma Watson having breasts and being
a giant Kaiju in Colossal. With that in mind, heres every film you need to know unashamed of that fact on a Vanity Fair
about in Spring/Summer 2017. cover, Disneys live-action Beauty and the
Beast looks to be a splendid, sumptu-
ous and faithful remake. Plus, with the
MARCH minutes long the 350 foot nuclear lizard incredibly handsome Dan Stevens as
would crush Kong like a bug. (3/10) Beast, disappointment will be minimal
KONG: SKULL ISLAND Anyone who saw when he transforms back into the human
2005s King Kong might notice some- THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT This looks... prince (everyone prefers animated Beast
thing different in the supersized apes fine? The Ottoman Lieutenant follows a to his human form, right?). (3/17)
latest outing. Aware that in 2020 Kong young American nurse (Hera Hilmar)
will battle Godzilla, Legendary Pictures who vows to deliver supplies to a remote T2 TRAINSPOTTING Danny Boyles
and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts have Turkish hospital at the outset of World cult comedy-drama Trainspotting gets a
bulked him up from Peter Jacksons pal- War I. If you can ignore the Turkish sequel 20 years later. And, surprisingly,
try 25 feet to well over 100 feet tall. It was funding and subsequent lack of any real the wait was apparently worth it, if early
that, or Godzilla vs. Kong would be five mention of the 1915 Armenian genocide, reviews are anything to go by. (3/17)

MARCH 9, 2017 METROWEEKLY 27


MARVEL / DISNEY

Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


THE BELKO EXPERIMENT What happens Pea, Kristen Bell (Shephards wife) and
if you lock 80 blue collar workers in an Vincent DOnofrio, but this adaptation of THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE An incredible
office and tell them its kill or be killed? the 70s TV series just looks really, really true story, based on Diane Ackermans
See Greg McLeans gory horror film and bad. (3/24) nonfiction book. Jessica Chastain is
find out. (3/17) Antonina abiska who, together with
WILSON If youre a fan of Daniel Clowes her husband (Johan Heldenbergh),
POWER RANGERS Any child of the late eponymous graphic novel or of watching helped save hundreds of Polish Jews from
80s and early 90s remembers the TV Woody Harrelson drop F-bombs with a the Nazis by sheltering them in Warsaw
show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: goofy grin, this is the film for you. Early Zoo. Daniel Brhl once again plays the
over the top, utterly camp, incredibly reviews suggest thats about the extent of villain as a German officer determined to
kitsch, and a little racist (the African this comedys appeal. (3/24) uncover the abiskas secret. (3/31)
American character was the black Power
Ranger, the character with Vietnamese GHOST IN THE SHELL Is anyone really APRIL
ancestry the yellow Ranger). Will this big shocked that Hollywood took an inter-
budget reboot which stars Elizabeth nationally successful Japanese Manga GOING IN STYLE What happens when
Banks as villain Rita Repulsa return and cast a white actor in the lead role? you put three Oscar winners in front of
Power Rangers to its former glory? More Apparently so, as choosing Scarlett the camera and Zach Braff behind it? A
importantly, will it help sell millions of Johansson to play The Major (original surprisingly fun heist comedy, apparent-
dollars worth of merchandise? (3/24) character name Major Motoko Kusanagi) ly. Michael Caine (no stranger to heists),
caused widespread outrage for the obvi- Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin are
LIFE Online media has been flooded ous whitewashing. If that werent enough, three men sick of banks ruining their
with articles asking if sci-fi horror Life house music producer Steve Aoki is now pensions, mortgages, and other peoples
is just Alien by another name. We wont being heavily criticized for desecrating lives. Yes, there is the dreaded old people
pass judgement, but the plot a group the Ghost in the Shell TV shows theme trying to use a smartphone scene, but
of scientists (including Jake Gyllenhaal, tune in his remix for the film. Its fine, everything else looks pretty enjoyable. A
Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds) though, as the film has box office bomb remake of Martin Brests 1979 hit star-
are trapped on the International Space written all over it. (3/31) ring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee
Station with an organism from Mars that Strasberg. (4/07)
gains intelligence, mass, and murderous THE BOSS BABY Alec Baldwin is the
tendencies with alarming speed cer- voice of a briefcase-carrying, fully coherent THE CASE FOR CHRIST For LGBTQ
tainly shares similarities with Ridley baby, who teams up with his older broth- people facing increasing religious intol-
Scotts classic. (3/24) er to stop the owner of a puppy business erance from conservatives, anything
that threatens to destabilize the balance Christ-related is a tough sell. Based on
CHIPS Do we really need this? Its of love in the world. Were not completely Lee Strobels 1998 book, it follows an
nice that Dax Shepard writer, director sold on DreamWorks latest animated tale, alleged atheist journalists attempts to
and co-star can give himself work and but Baldwins voice acting alone should be disprove his wifes Christianity. Spoiler:
theres a strong cast including Michael worth the price of entry. (3/31) He becomes a Christian. (4/07)

28 MARCH 9, 2017 METROWEEKLY


SONY PICTURES

Spider-Man: Homecoming

COLOSSAL Can a film about a giant into the Amazon rainforest to find Z, his MAY
Kaiju destroying Seoul be a comedy? Yes, name for the remains of the mythical city
as long as the monster in question is of El Dorado. Jack Grays films is based on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
somehow linked to down on her luck David Granns eponymous book and stars Guardians of the Galaxy was a much need-
Anne Hathaway. Critics say her perfor- Charlie Hunnam as the ill-fated Fawcett. ed breath of fresh air when it explod-
mance as a woman coming to terms with Critics are already praising the gorgeous ed into Marvels increasingly crowded
her place in the world (and making the scenery and emotional resonance, so this cinematic universe in 2014. Rich with
Kaiju dance to the bemusement/horror of is definitely one to watch. (4/21) comedy, characterization, great perfor-
South Koreans) is the main reason to see mances from its leads, and an incredible
Colossal. (4/07) THE CIRCLE Particularly timely, given soundtrack, it was a deserved hit both
the ongoing battle between privacy rights critically and commercially. But now,
GIFTED Matilda without the magic and and the need for everyone to apparently the difficult second album, as Peter Quill
horrible parents. Chris Evans is Frank overshare everything about their life, The (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax
Adler, a single guy trying to give his child Circle follows a young tech worker at a (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper)
prodigy niece (Mckenna Grace) a normal large internet corporation that is working and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) return to
life in the wake of her mothers death. to make 24/7 surveillance of every human continue traveling the cosmos, fighting
When granny (Evelyn Adler) rolls into a reality. Emma Watson is the worker bad guys, and trying to find out more
town and tries to force him to send her in question, in a cast that includes Tom about Quills parents. This is going to be
to a school for the gifted, a custody battle Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan and one of the years biggest films, but well
ensues in director Marc Webbs drama. Bill Paxton, in his final film. Based on have to wait and see if it can match the
(4/12) Dave Eggers eponymous novel. (4/28) franchises incredible first outing. (5/05)

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS The eighth HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER Well reserve KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
film in the Fast and the Furious franchise judgement until its released, but this $102 million. Thats how much Warner
is proof that guns and cars trump story, comedy looks to be heavy on stereotypes Bros. has spent on a film that has bomb
directing, scriptwriting, acting, cinema- and pretty shallow. Maximo (Eugenio written all over it. An epic adventure
tography, common sense, good taste.... Derbez) married for money 25 years ago, drama focused on the young King Arthur
(4/14) but now finds his 80-year-old wife intol- (Charlie Hunnam) who drew the sword
erable. No matter, shes cheating on him Excalibur from the stone, the evil vil-
UNFORGETTABLE This Katherine Heigl- and promptly kicks him out of the house, lain (Jude Law) who subsequently stole
led thriller, about a mentally unstable leaving him to move in with his sister, his crown, and the accountants who will
woman exacting revenge on her ex-hus- Salma Hayek, as he tries to find a new ask what on earth Warner Bros. was
band and his new wife, looks to be the wealthy woman to leech off such as thinking when they commissioned this
opposite of its title. (4/21) billionaire Celeste (Raquel Welch). (4/28) Guy Ritchie-helmed film, the first in a
planned series about the King Arthur
BORN IN CHINA Disneynatures latest SLEIGHT Critics are enjoying writer/ legend. Watch Disneys Sword in the Stone
sumptuous documentary, releasing a day director J.D. Dillards feature debut, or John Boormans lustrous 1981 classic
before Earth Day, celebrates the many ani- about an incredibly smart young street Excalibur, featuring Helen Mirren and
mals that call China home. Expect breath- magician (Jacob Latimore) who uses a Patrick Stewart, instead. (5/12)
taking scenery, an overdose of cuteness secret device to make objects float.
(a panda bear and her growing cub? Yes Forced to engage in illegal activities to SNATCHED Amy Schumer, Goldie
please), and a reminder of just how extraor- keep a roof over his and his young sisters Hawn, and the producers of The Heat
dinary the animal kingdom is. (4/21) heads, he eventually gets in too deep and and Spy? Color us intrigued. Hawn and
must use his smarts to save everything Schumer are mother and daughter on
THE LOST CITY OF Z In 1925, British he cares about. Dul Hill and Seychelle a vacation to South America when
explorer Percy Fawcett led an expedition Gabriel co-star. (4/28) predictably everything goes wrong. If

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Hawn and Schumer nail the chemistry JUNE a dramatic turn for the worst (e.g. killing
and the script, which Schumer co-wrote, a male stripper), Aniellos script was con-
sustains itself like her 2015 hit Trainwreck, WONDER WOMAN DC has proven sidered one of the top unproduced scripts
this could be great. (5/12) that it can churn out a shitty superhero in Hollywood in 2015. (6/23)
movie and millions will pay to see it, and
ALIEN: COVENANT Our chests are burst- despite critics slating Batman v Superman THE BOOK OF HENRY Naomi Watts
ing with excitement (sorry) for Ridley and Suicide Squad, no one is expecting leads this drama about a single mother
Scotts sequel to 2012s Prometheus, the Wonder Woman to magically turn things raising two sons, one of whom is a preco-
next (and presumably final) installment around for the better. Diana Prince/ cious genius Henry (Jaeden Lieberher).
in the series of Alien prequels. Come Wonder Woman has never had her back- After developing a crush on Christina, his
for the tense, horrific thrills, as a crew story explored in a standalone film before neighbour, he devises a plan to save her
travels to a remote planet to form a new and this could be a unique opportunity for from her overbearing father. His mother
human settlement. Stay for the fact that DC to give women a strong, independent uncovers his plan and, because this is film,
the movie features the franchises first gay counterpart to Superman and Batman. helps him put it into action, rather than
characters, a couple played by Nathaniel However, even with Gal Gadot in the title just alerting social services. (6/16)
Dean and Demin Bichir. Oh, and also role and Monster director Patty Jenkins
stay for all of the inevitable running down at the helm, expectations remain low TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
hallways from a giant, unstoppable, mur- especially after a letter from a disgruntled Michael Bay returns to once again prove
derous alien. (5/19) employee suggested it was going to be as that talent isnt necessary when you have
big of a mess as other recent DC films. skilled CGI artists and copious amounts
ANNABELLE 2 If Alien isnt quite enough (6/02) of explosions. Itll make a billion dollars,
for one weekend, David F. Sandbergs theyll commission a sixth film, and no
supernatural horror a sequel to 2014s THE MUMMY No. No to all of this Tom lessons will be learned. (6/23)
surprise hit and the fourth film in the Cruise-starring, unnecessarily rebooted
Conjuring series is here to give you mess. (6/09) THE BEGUILED Sofia Coppolas drama
more doll-related scares. Will it get better is based on the 1971 film of the same
reviews than the mixed ones that met its IT COMES AT NIGHT Trey Edward name, itself based on the novel A Painted
predecessor? The producers wont care, Shults horror gives little away in both Devil. Set during the Civil War, it focuses
as long as this sequel also makes 42 times its description and its teaser, beyond a on an all-girls boarding school in rural
its original budget at the box office. (5/19) family seeking refuge in their home from Mississippi. After a handsome, wound-
an unnatural threat terrorizing the world. ed soldier (Colin Farrell) is rescued and
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL When another family arrives and asks for allowed to recuperate, the women of the
Apparently enough people watched the help, things start to get tense. And scary. house start to get increasingly jealous of
first three films in this series to generate Production company A24 has a good one another as their attraction for the
a small profit. Not enough for the main track record of backing high-quality small soldier grows. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten
cast to stick around for a fourth film, mind films, including 2015 horror The Witch Dunst, and Elle Fanning all star. (6/23)
you, so theres an entirely new group of and the Oscar-winning dramas Room and
actors on board to... ummm... write dia- Moonlight. (6/09) DESPICABLE ME 3 If this third outing
ries? We have no idea what these films are can serve up the same mix of likable
about. (5/19) THE HERO Sam Elliott stars as an aging characters, amusing action, and copious
movie star trying to overcome failing minions that sustained the first two, well
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN health and a lifetime of regrets in Brett be happy. (6/30)
TELL NO TALES While theres debate Haleys drama. Critics have been mixed,
about what exactly the trailer means when but Elliott seemingly gives a strong per- THE HOUSE Amy Poehler and Will
it states The Final Adventure Begins, formance aided by his smoky, whis- Ferrell are two parents unsure of how
the tone is undeniably intriguing. It seems key-soaked baritone, as The Hollywood theyll pay for their daughters college tui-
to be a darker affair than the recent, silly Reporter put it. (6/09) tion. The solution? Start an underground
sequels, which is something were very casino in their house! Andrew J. Cohens
much on board with. Javier Bardem stars CARS 3 Pixars least critically successful comedy looks like dumb fun perfect for
as Captain Armando Salazar, a powerful franchise offers its third outing, after the summer escapism. (6/30)
and merciless ghost pirate who stalks previous two films racked up almost a
Johnny Depps Jack Sparrow across the billion dollars at the box office. This time, JULY
seas. If Disney gets this right, it could Lightning McQueen struggles to over-
breathe new life into the franchise. (5/26) come the dreadful reviews and nonsen- SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Yes, we
sical storyline of the second film. (6/16) know, its yet another reboot of the Spider-
BAYWATCH Another case of Who need- Man franchise. But if you need a reason to
ed this? Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron ROUGH NIGHT Described as The sit through the third introduction to Peter
lead the cast in an action-comedy based Hangover meets Weekend at Bernies, not Parker in just 15 years, its Tom Holland.
on the eponymous TV series. Expect call- much is known about writer/director His Spidey was one of the standout
backs and references, slow-motion run- Lucia Aniellos R-rated comedy. Starring moments of Captain America: Civil War
ning, red swimsuits, and a general sense Scarlett Johansson, Zo Kravitz, Jillian and were intrigued to see what Holland
of having wasted money on your cinema Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Kate McKinnon as can do with the role that Maguire and
ticket. (5/19) members of a bachelorette party that takes Garfield havent already accomplished.

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Sony retained ownership of the franchise, but Marvel has had
a heavier hand in the production of this Spider-Man, so expect
Iron Man to appear and a faithful adherence to the Marvel
Cinematic Universe. (7/07)

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES The rebooted Planet of


the Apes series has been both a commercial and critical success,
aided in part by its pioneering effects work in rendering the
simian stars. Theres no reason to suspect this third outing will
completely drop the ball, as the apes, led by Caesar, go to war
with the humans. (7/14)

MY COUSIN RACHEL If you prefer period drama to high-gloss,


CGI-heavy action, My Cousin Rachel is here to whisk you away
to 19th-century Cornwall in England. Based on Daphne du
Mauriers novel, Philip (Sam Claflin) falls in love with his cousin,
Rachel (Rachel Weisz), while those around him convince him
that she only has her own interests at heart. (7/14)

DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan tackles one of the most pivot-


al moments of the Second World War, as thousands of Allied
troops were rescued from Dunkirk, France, while surrounded by
the German Army. Tom Hardy, Mary Rylance, Kenneth Branagh
and Cillian Murphy are all on board, in what looks set to be a
thrilling, emotional, true-life drama. (7/21)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Based on


the multi-million selling French comic Valrian and Laureline,
Luc Bessons sci-fi epic follows Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and
Laureline (Cara Delevingne), two special operatives tasked with
maintaining order in the universe. Naturally, order is not main-
tained, as intergalactic city Alpha with residents from every
corner of the universe descending into chaos when unseen
forces threaten the very existence of the human race. (7/21)

GIRLS TRIP Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall


and Tiffany Haddish lead this R-rated comedy about four friends
reuniting for a trip to New Orleans Essence Festival. Expect sex,
swearing, alcohol, handsome men, and pretty much all the other
good things in life. (7/21)

THE DARK TOWER Based on Stephen Kings series of novels, this


sci-fi fantasy western horror not only spans all of the genres, but
also all of the directors. Originally attached to J.J. Abrams, then
Ron Howard, its Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) who will bring to
life the story of a young boy (Tom Taylor) who discovers the myste-
rious dimension of Mid-World. There, he teams up with frontiers-
man knight Roland (Idris Elba) to reach the Dark Tower before
evil sorcerer the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). No foot-
age has yet been released, which is a little concerning, but theres
a rich vein of material to mine here if Arcel gets it right. (7/28)

ATOMIC BLONDE Charlize Theron is a femme-fatale spy in 1989
Berlin, sent to investigate a murder and recover a list of double
agents. Theron bought the rights to Antony Johnstons graphic
novel The Coldest City and reportedly trained four-to-five hours
a day to ensure she could convince as a brawling badass. Reviews
will start to come in shortly the film premieres at SXSW on
March 12 and we cant wait to see if its as enjoyable as it
sounds. (7/28) l

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Spring Arts Preview
JOAN MARCUS

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

stage
covert operative Valerie Plame (Now to
4/2, Kogod Cradle) A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Compiled by Rhuaridh Marr Tazewell Thompson directs Lorraine
and Randy Shulman Hansburys masterpice about a family
yearning for a way out of Chicagos ten-

T
ements (3/31-4/30, Fichandler) SMART
HE SECOND HALF OF ANY THEATERS SEASON IS QUITE OFTEN PEOPLE Lydia R. Diamond explores
as strong, if not stronger, than its first. Most theaters love to end on a cultural bias and other sticky subjects in
big bang, prompting patrons to remember them when the call for next her controversial and fiercely funny new
years season subscriptions arise. Hence, we have closers like Arenas bracing, play (4/14-5/21, Kreeger)
highly-anticipated new comedy Smart People, Fords certain-to-be dazzling
(and massive) Ragtime, Olneys My Fair Lady, MetroStages Master Class and CONSTELLATION THEATRE
Woollys dark comedy Hir, to call out a few. In addition, musicals abound in 1835 14th St. NW
the spring theater-scape, with the Kennedy Center hosting a lions share of 202-204-7741
astounding classics Cabaret, The King & I, The Sound of Music, Chicago, constellationtheatre.org
Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The National holding forth with Alison THE ARABIAN NIGHTS Ten years ago,
Bechdels glorious Fun Home and Rent. Meanwhile, Signature dusts off Jesus Constellation opened with a production
Christ Superstar, promising to give it a glossy, modern new coat and GALA goes of Mary Zimmermans entrancing adap-
for the gusto with the first-ever, all-Spanish version of Lin-Manuel Mirandas tation of The Arabian Nights. They revisit
pre-Hamilton musical, In the Heights. Who says you cant buy a thrill? their roots, with direction by Stockman
and live music by Tom Teasley (5/4-6/4)
ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC lamp for his own schemes (4/7-5/21) FOLGER THEATRE
7300 MacArthur Blvd JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK Junie 201 East Capitol St. SE
Glen Echo, Md. investigates the disappearance of her new 202-544-7077
301-634-2270 furry mittens. Based on the book series folger.edu
adventuretheatre-mtc.org by Barbara Park and directed by Colin TIMON OF ATHENS Sparing no expense
ELLA ENCHANTED Based on the Hovde (6/17-8/28) on lavish parties, expensive gifts, and
award-winning book, Ella of Frell is charity, the abundantly generous Timon
given a gift of obedience by Lucinda, a ARENA STAGE
suffers a downturn of fortune and friend-
misguided fairy, and cannot disobey any 1101 Sixth St. SW ship. Robert Richmond directs and Ian
direct order (Now to 3/19) ALADDIN 202-488-3300 Merrill Peakes stars (5/9-6/11)
AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP Aladdin arenastage.org
and princess Adora must outsmart an evil INTELLIGENCE A political thrill-
wizard who wants the genie in Aladdins er inspired by true events surrounding

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FORDS THEATRE Southern lynching of a Jewish man AND THE ANGRY INCH The landmark
511 Tenth St. NW accused of murder (3/11-4/8) OUTSIDE American rock musical by John Cameron
202-347-4833 MULLINGAR John Patrick Shanleys Mitchell and Stephen Trask (6/13-7/2,
fordstheatre.org comedy poses the question: is it ever too Eisenhower) CABARET Sam Mendes
RAGTIME Based on the sprawling novel late to take a chance on love? (5/6-28) and Rob Marshall joined forces to cre-
by E.L. Doctorow, with book, music and WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID ate this 1998 Tony Award-winning pro-
lyrics by Terrence McNally, Stephen In the early 1970s, a quiet bed and duction of the Kander and Ebb classic
Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the Tony- breakfast is turned into one of the few (7/11-8/6, Eisenhower) THE KING AND
winning musical depicts three fami- spots where victims of domestic violence I Lincoln Center Theaters critically
lies striving for the American dream at can seek refuge (6/17-7/8) BIG FISH acclaimed production of the Rodgers &
the turn of the 20th century. The cast Travelling salesman Edward Bloom tells Hammerstein classic and winner of four
includes Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn incredible, larger-than-life stories in this 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival
Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan musical adaptation of the Tim Burton film of a Musical (7/18-8/20, Opera House)
Atkinson (Now to 5/20) (8/5-9/2)
METRO STAGE
GALA HISPANIC THEATRE KENNEDY CENTER 1201 N. Royal St.
3333 14th St. NW 202-467-4600 Alexandria, Va.
202-234-7174 kennedy-center.org 703-548-9044
galatheatre.org CHICAGO Razzle-dazzle (4/4-16, Opera metrostage.org
IN THE HEIGHTS Before Lin-Manuel House) THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON THE GIN GAME Roz White and Doug
Mirandas Hamilton, there was this EARTH: AN APOCALYPTIC VAUDEVILLE Brown take on D.L. Coburns iconic play
musical with its gripping tales of hope An apocalyptic flood leaves only two (Closes 3/12) MASTER CLASS Ilona
surrounding New Yorks Washington people with no common language, until Dulaski stars in Terrence McNallys love
Heights area (4/20-5/21) they discover shared song and dance. letter to Callas (5/4-6/11)
Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac star.
KEEGAN THEATRE With direction/choreography by Susan MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC
1742 Church St. NW Stroman (4/11-16, Eisenhower) THE 1333 H St. NE
202-265-3767 SOUND OF MUSIC The hills are alive 202-399-7993
keegantheatre.com with it in this new production directed mosaictheater.org
PARADE With a book by Alfred Uhry, by three-time Tony-winner Jack OBrien THE BLOOD KNOT One of South African
the musical tells the true story of the (6/13-7/16, Opera House) HEDWIG playwright Athol Fugards finest dramas

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about two brothers separated by the color her death (4/26-5/14) ties and misplaced dreams of siblings in a
of their skin. Directed by Studio Theatre backwater town (3/8-4/23) NO SISTERS
founder Joy Zinoman (3/29-4/30) A ROUND HOUSE THEATRE Aaron Posner reimagines Chekovs
HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT A tense 4545 East-West Highway classic from the point of view of the mem-
confrontation recounts the black, African Bethesda, Md. bers of the household you dont see (3/16-
psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizelas 240-644-1100 4/23, Studio X) THE FATHER Local
interrogations of Apartheid-era torturer roundhousetheatre.org legend Ted van Griethuysen stars in this
and assassin Eugene de Kock (4/6-30) OR, A playful farce about an one man tour de force about a 80-year-
ULYSSES ON BOTTLES Serge Seiden up-and-coming playwright tasked with old man struggling with his sense of self.
directs Israeli playwright Gilad Evrons completing her first commission by dawn Christopher Hampton translated Florian
poetic and poignant play about an Israeli- (4/12-5/7) HOW I LEARNED WHAT I Zellers text and David Muse directs
Arab ex-teachers attempts to sail into LEARNED Pulitzer Prize-winning play- WIG OUT! Tarell Alvin McCraney
Gaza on a raft made of plastic bottles wright August Wilson explores his days (Moonlight) offers a mesmerizing trip into
(5/18-6/11) as a struggling young writer in Pittsburgh the heart of African-American drag ball
in this solo show (6/7-7/2) culture (7/12-8/6, Studio X)
NATIONAL THEATRE
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY SYNETIC THEATER
202-628-6161 450 7th St. NW 1800 South Bell St.
nationaltheatre.org 202-547-1122 Crystal City, Va.
FUN HOME Alison Bechdels spirited shakespearetheatre.org 800-494-8497
musical won the Tony in 2015 (4/18-5/13) THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) synetictheater.org
RENT The young artists are back, sing- Elevator Repair Service adapt THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
ing their hearts out (6/20-25) Hemingways novel about a group of Synetics Paata Tsikurishvili brings his
American and British expatriates who mind-bending, cinematic style to Victor
OLNEY THEATRE CENTER travel to Spain for the Running of the Hugos gothic, heartbreaking epic (5/10-
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Bulls (Closes 4/2, Lansburgh) MACBETH 6/11) CARMEN A wordless opera? Yes,
Olney, Md. Shakespeares exploration of mur- Georges Bizets popular classic has been
301-924-3400 derous ambition, fiendish equivocation, reimagined to sizzling effect, starring
olneytheatre.org and a love of terrifying intimacy (4/25- Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili
FICKLE: A FANCY FRENCH FARCE 5/28, Harman) THE SCHOOL FOR LIES (7/19-8/13)
Disguises, mistaken identities, palace Michael Kahn helms David Ives adap-
intrigues and improbable romance in tation of Molires The Misanthrope, in an THEATRE J
a delightful comic romp by playwright update of the aristocratic French comedy 1529 16th St. NW
Meg Miroshnik (3/1-4/2, Theatre Lab) (5/30-7/2, Lansburgh) 202-777-3210
THE MAGIC PLAY Andrew Hinderakers theaterj.org
newest play combines vivid theatricality, SIGNATURE THEATRE BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Neil
profound emotions, and magic, as a magi- 4200 Campbell Ave. Simons semi-autobiographical play about
cian loses control of his life (4/12-5/7, Arlington, Va. a Depression-era family trying to laugh
Mainstage) TOPDOG/UNDERDOG The 703-820-9771 through tears gets the Theater J treat-
2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about signature-theatre.org ment (4/5-5/7) BROKEN GLASS One
two African-American brothers who turn MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING Emmy and of Americas greatest playwrights, Arthur
on each other. The play will be presented, Tony-winner Debra Monk stars in a come- Millers riveting psychological drama is
for the first time ever, with two actress- dy by Pulitzer-winning playwright James set in 1938 Brooklyn during the horrors of
es, Jessica Frances Dukes and Dawn Lapine about Elva Miller, a songstress Nazi Germanys Kristallnacht (6/14-7/9)
Ursula (5/17-6/11, Theatre Lab) MY FAIR whose off-key singing found fame in the
LADY The Lerner and Loewe classic 60s she was pop musics Florence Foster WOOLLY MAMMOTH
comes to Olney (6/21-5/23, Mainstage) Jenkins (Closes 3/26) MIDWESTERN 641 D St. NW
THURGOOD Supreme Court Justice GOTHIC A new musical about a young 202-393-3939
Thurgood Marshall changed the face of woman who longs to escape her midwest- woollymammoth.net
American jurisprudence and this one man ern town. Signature promises it will pro- PIKE ST. A mother tries to keep her
show gives rare insight to his character voke, shock and entertain in equal measure daughters respirator powered as a storm
(7/19-8/20, Theatre Lab) (3/14-4/30) JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR quickly approaches, in Nilaja Suns
Chiseled abs and thorny crowns at the one-woman exploration of Puerto Rican
REP STAGE ready, as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim immigrant life (3/27-4/23) HIR An
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Rices rock opera gets a sleek, modern audacious, uproarious black comedy
Columbia, Md. production (5/9-7/2) that flips the script on gender power
443-518-1500 dynamics (5/22-6/18) l
repstage.org STUDIO THEATRE
DORIANS CLOSET A new musical based 1501 14th St. NW For expanded Stage listings, visit
on the life of legendary female imperson- 202-332-3300 metroweekly.com/springarts2017
ator Dorian Corey, including a fictional- studiotheatre.org
ized account of what led to a mummified THREE SISTERS Chekovs tragicomic
body being found in Coreys closet after masterpiece about the missed opportuni-

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music:
AQUEOUS (3/25) TRENTEMOLLER (3/26)
ALLAH-LAS W/THE BABE RAINBOW (OZ)
Pop, Rock, Folk, Blues & Jazz (3/27) JOJO W/STANAJ (3/28) KING
GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD W/ORB,

W
STONEFIELD (3/29) WILLIAM SINGE &
ASHINGTONIANS ARE DEFINITELY SPOILED WHEN IT COMES ALEX AIONO (3/30) VINCE STAPLES W/
to live music, with major acts from almost every genre stopping in KILO KISH The Life Aquatic Tour (3/31)
the area this season. Mary J. Blige will kick off Wolf Traps summer PORTUGAL. THE MAN W/HDBEENDOPE
season. The Weeknd will perform twice once indoors, then again under the (4/1-2) PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG
stars. And Rosanne Cash visits the area three times, including a tribute con- W/ELM - ELECTRIC LOVE MACHINE (4/7)
cert to Pete Seeger at the Kennedy Center. LGBTQ artists are represented as THE FIGHTER AND THE KID LIVE (4/8)
well, with at least a dozen acts confirmed for this spring, including: Rahsaan MR. CARMACK (4/8) SON VOLT W/
Patterson at the Birchmere, the xx at Merriweather, Magnetic Fields at the ANDERS PARKER (4/11) BARONESS W/
Lincoln Theatre, Priests at the Black Cat, Green Day and Against Me! at the TRANS AM (4/12) THE MOTET W/REED
Verizon Center, and Brandy Clark at the Hamilton. Of course, some shows are MATHIS & ELECTRIC BEETHOVEN (4/14)
gayer than others. Take, for instance, Alan Cumming. Nevermind that hes at BIFFY CLYRO W/OBROTHER (4/15)
the Kennedy Center, it just doesnt get much gayer than a cabaret starring the BETTY WHO W/VERITE The gay-popular
Tony-minted Cabaret star a campy cabaret, mind you, that hes doing with Aussie (4/16) CLEAN BANDIT W/ZARA
the Gay Mens Chorus. Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! LARSSON, STARLEY (4/19) ODDISEE &
GOOD COMPANY W/OLIVIER ST. LOUIS
Beneath The Surface Tour (4/20)
Compiled by Doug Rule W/CON BRIO (3/17) GALACTIC FEA- DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS W/HISS GOLDEN
TURING COREY GLOVER W/THE HIP MESSENGER (4/21-22) HURRAY FOR THE
9:30 CLUB ABDUCTION (3/18) TENNIS W/ROLLING RIFF RAFF W/RON GALLO (4/23) THE
815 V St. NW BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER (3/19) PRETTY RECKLESS (4/26) BALKAN BEAT
202-265-0930 AT THE DRIVE-IN W/LE BUTCHERETTES BOX (4/27) THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
930.com (3/20) FOXYGEN W/GABRIELLA COHEN W/WAXAHATCHEE (4/28-29) THE BLACK
RAILROAD EARTH W/CRIS JACOBS (3/10- (3/22) THE ZOMBIES Odessey and ANGELS W/A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
11) SUNN O))) W/BIGIBRAVE (3/12) Oracle 50th Anniversary (3/23) SOHN (4/30) BONOBO (5/1) THE MAINE W/THE
HIPPIE SABOTAGE (3/15) KATATONIA W/ W/WILLIAM DOYLE, NYLO (3/24) RISING MOWGLIS, BEACH WEATHER Lovely,
CASPIAN, UNCURED (3/16) GALACTIC APPALACHIA (3/25) TWIDDLE W/ Little, Lonely World Tour (5/3) HIGHLY

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SUSPECT (5/4) JACOB SARTORIUS and Surrealist movements (4/15) TODD Men Without Hats vocalist, now a
(5/5) WAX TAILOR (5/6) SLOWDIVE W/ MARCUS QUINTET Egyptian-American solo act (3/12-13) LADYSMITH BLACK
JAPANESE BREAKFAST (5/7) TWIN PEAKS bandleader performs the bass clarinet MAMBAZO The legendary South African
W/CHROME PONY, POST ANIMAL (5/9) as his main instrument in modern jazz musical institution (3/14) VANESSA
SAN FERMIN W/LOW ROAR Chamber- (4/20) WEBBER/HOLLENBECK/MITCHELL CARLTON W/TRISTEN (3/16) CHRIS
rock collective from Brooklyn due for TRIO Avant-garde jazz trio (4/21) KNIGHT & WILL HOGE (3/17) TOM RUSH
wider exposure (5/10) DESIGNER (5/11) BEN ALLISON & THE EASY WAY Bassist Accompanied by Matt Nakoa (3/18)
LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES (5/13) PERFUME composer draws influence from rock, MARC COHN Twenty-five years of
GENIUS W/SERPENTWITHFEET (5/15) folk, classical and world music to create Walking in Memphis (3/19) CHRIS
REAL ESTATE W/FRANKIE COSMOS (5/16) his cinematic jazz sound (4/22) BRAD BOTTI Star jazz trumpeter (3/20-21)
WHITNEY W/NATALIE PRASS (5/20) LINDES URBAN OUTFIT An all-star band KASEY CHAMBERS W/SETH WALKER
LAURA MARLIN W/VALLEY QUEEN (5/21) from Brooklyn explores the ballads and (3/23) RAHSAAN PATTERSON W/NAO
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE W/CIRCUIT DES torch songs from the songbooks of Walter YOSHIOKA Gay neo-soul artist (3/24)
YEUX Popular Baltimore-bred indie- Gross, Paul Motian, Freddie Redd and THE SUBDUDES (3/25) THE RIGHTEOUS
rock ensemble offers a rare show (5/22) Ornette Coleman (4/23) BROTHERS Bill Medley & Bucky Heard
MAC DEMARCO W/TONSTARTSSBANDHT havent lost that lovin feelin (3/26)
(5/23-24) BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB JAMES MCMURTRY & TIFT MERRITT (3/28)
7719 Wisconsin Ave. ANN WILSON OF HEART Performing
AMP BY STRATHMORE 240-330-4500 songs from influences, her solo work, and
11810 Grand Park Ave. bethesdabluesjazz.com the hits with her sister Nancy (3/29)
North Bethesda, Md. BAND OF ROSES & MADZ JOHNSON (3/15) POCO (3/30) LARRY GRAHAM & GRAHAM
301-581-5100 ST. PATRICKS DAY WITH OMALLEYS CENTRAL STATION (3/31) COREY SMITH
ampbystrathmore.com MARCH (3/17) WE ARE ONE TRIBUTE W/JACOB POWELL (4/1) FOURPLAY (4/2)
BUMPER JACKSONS (3/10) CARLOS X-PERIENCE BAND (3/19) VALERIE AMY GRANT (4/5) MARCUS MILLER
NUNEZ Celtic sounds from Spain (3/14) SIMPSON (3/22) CLARENCE CARTER (4/6) DON MCLEAN Bye, bye, Miss
PATRICK GARRITY & COREY MARSHALL (3/23) DREAM DISCS: LAYLA & OTHER American Pie (4/7) KEIKO MATSUI (4/8)
(3/16) LOSTON HARRIS Jazz/American ASSORTED ERIC CLAPTON A Newmyer THE STANLEY CLARKE BAND (4/10)
Songbook pianist (3/18) SHENANDOAH Flyer presentation (3/24) DC STREET DALE & RAY Dale Watson & Ray
RUN 9-piece folk ensemble (3/25) CORNER HARMONY-THE CLOVERS, THE Benson (4/11) SAMANTHA FISH W/GUY
MAYA BEISER Avant-garde cello diva SPANIELS AND THE JEWELS(3/26) ANGIE DAVIS & FABRIZIO POGGI (4/13) CLEVE
(3/30) OCEAN ORCHESTRA (3/31) STONE (3/28-29) THE ALVIN FISHER FRANCIS (4/15) AVERAGE WHITE BAND
SECRET SOCIETY Feel-good R&B (4/7) BAND (3/30) A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC (4/21-22) THE JAYHAWKS W/JOHNNY
THE VI-KINGS 60s music comes alive OF PHYLLIS HYMAN (3/31) MARION IRION (4/23) SARAH JAROSZ (4/25)
(4/8) TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE BYRD (4/14) MEADOWS SMOOTH JAZZ SAXOPHONIST TOWER OF POWER (4/26) THE EVERLY
OWEN DANOFF Hometown hero of (4/1) GINO VANNELLI (4/6-7) ELAN BROTHERS EXPERIENCE Featuring
The Voice and former Strathmore Artist- TROTMAN & BRIAN SIMPSON (4/9) the Zmed Brothers (4/27) THE GUILTY
In-Residence (4/15) DENGUE FEVER LET IT FLOW BAND (4/13) AN EVENING ONES, TOO MUCH FUN A double-bill
Cambodian indie-pop (4/22) AN WITH JESSE COLIN YOUNG AND BAND featuring Dave Alvins and Bill Kirchens
EVENING WITH NOAH & ABBY GUNDERSEN (4/14) SOUL CRACKERS (4/15) bands (4/28) MARTY STUART & HIS
(4/26) STORM LARGE Pink Martinis OSCAR PETERSON TRIBUTE FEATUR- FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES (4/29) JOHN
risqu chanteuse (5/6-7) GARRY ING LENORE RAPHAEL QUARTET (4/19) TESH Grand Piano Live (4/30) TRACE
TALLENT The Boss bassist (5/14) THE LUTHER RE-LIVES (4/21) THE PSALM BUNDY & WILLY PORTER (5/1) MELISSA
MERSEY BEATLES A tribute band to the FULL OF SOUL PROJECT (4/23) CYRUS ETHERIDGE The lesbian rock goddesss
Fab Four by four lads also from Liverpool CHESTNUT(4/26) CONYA DOSS (4/30) Birchmere debut is already sold out (5/3)
(4/30) ART SHERROD, JR. Smooth jazz ISRAELI JAZZ PIANIST TAMIR HENDELMAN 10,000 MANIACS (5/4) NAJEE (5/6)
(5/19) CORKY SIEGELS CHAMBER BLUES (5/10) AFTER 7 Mothers Day show CHRISTOPHER CROSS (5/10) DELBERT
30 years of blues and strings (5/26-27) (5/14) THE COOKERS (5/17) ROY AYERS MCCLINTON (5/12) RECKLESS KELLY
BRIA SKONBERG QUARTET Trumpet (5/25-26) CONFUNKSHUN (5/28) (5/13) MOTHERS FINEST Mothers Day
jazz & pop (6/8) WOMEN IN BLUES WAYNA (6/9) TONY CRADDOCK JR. & concert (5/14) GORDON LIGHTFOOT
A showcase featuring Deletta Gillespie, COLD FRONT (6/14) LENNY WILLIAMS The Legend Lives On... (5/15) HEATHER
Sandra Dean, Angela Hill, Gayle Harrod, Fathers Day show (6/18) NICK NOVA & MISHKA (5/16) CARL PALMERS
Hayley Fahey, Liz Springer, Mama Moon, COLIONNE (6/25) POCKETS (7/14) ERIC ELP LEGACY (5/17) DESPERADOS WAX
and bandleader Daryl Davis (6/17) ROBERSON (7/15) THE CHI-LITES FT. MUSEUM REUNION 2017 Billy Price &
MARSHALL THOMPSON (7/21) REGGIE The Keystone Rhythm Band Reunion,
ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PAYNE & TRIBE (8/27) Bob Margolin Band, Skip Castro Band
1333 H St. NE (5/19) WALTER BEASLEY (5/20) NITTY
202-399-7993 THE BIRCHMERE GRITTY DIRT BAND 50 Years of Dirt
atlasarts.org 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. (5/21) KIEFER SUTHERLAND (5/23)
DADA PEOPLE French pianist Frank Alexandria, Va. OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA (5/26)
Woeste and American trumpeter Dave 703-549-7500 THE MIKE SEEGER COMMEMORATIVE OLD
Douglas create music based on the work birchmere.com TIME BANJO FESTIVAL Featuring Tony
of Man Ray, the only American artist LAURIE ANDERSON With special Trischka, Kaia Kater, Michael Miles,
to play a major role in both the Dada guest Rubin Kodheli (3/11) COLIN HAY Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (6/10)

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AMERICA W/STEPHANIE URBINA JONES PARTY (3/21) ELDAR TRIO (3/22) 6) JOYCE MORENO (8/17-20) CHRIS
(6/18) THREE DOG NIGHT (6/25) KEVIN EUBANKS GROUP Jazz guitar- THOMAS KING (8/31-9/3)
ROSANNE CASH AND BAND (6/26) VIVIAN ist and former band leader from NBCs
GREEN (6/30) LYFE JENNINGS (7/1-2) Tonight Show with Jay Leno (3/23-26) DC JAZZ FESTIVAL
JERRY JEFF WALKER (7/7-8) JEFFREY DAVE KLINE BAND (3/27) ROY HARGROVE dcjazzfest.org
OSBORNE (7/21-22) PURE PRAIRIE (3/28-4/2) BOHEMIAN CAVERNS Billed as the fastest-growing jazz festival
LEAGUE & ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 7TH ANNIVERSARY in the U.S., as well as the largest and most
(7/23) STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS Namesake venue may be gone, but the diverse music festival in D.C., DC Jazz
(8/11-12) 17-piece big band founded by Brad Linde Fest features over 125 events at venues all
and Omrao Brown lives on, at least for spe- over town, including the Kennedy Center,
BLACK CAT cial occasions (4/3) JEFF LORBER FUSION Howard Theatre and Sixth and I, with the
1811 14th St. NW (4/4) MEKLIT HADERO Ethiopian soul/ main stage set up outdoors at The Yards.
202-667-4490 funk/jazz (4/5) GREGOIRE MARET (4/6) The Phillips Collection hosts a prelude on
blackcatdc.com SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE The Music of June 3 and 4, with the festival officially
PRIESTS W/COUP SAUVAGE & THE SNIPS, Miles Davis & Original Compositions by kicking off on June 9. The full lineup will
ATTA GIRL A showcase of D.C.s hottest the eight-piece, all-star ensemble(4/7-9) be announced in the coming weeks, but
new punk band and up-and-coming open- LAURA REED (4/10) KEITH BUSEY the top-tier headliners include Gregory
ers (3/11) SAM PATCH W/SEAN CROFT & FRIENDS (4/11) TAMARA WELLONS Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, An
Solo side project from Arcade Fires (4/12) CHEIKH NDOYE & FRIENDS CD Evening with Pat Metheny, the Kenny
Tim Kingsbury (3/12) SECONDHAND RELEASE PARTY (4/13) JAPANESE Garrett Quintet, Black Violin, Roy Haynes
SERENADE W/HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, JAZZ SERIES: TIGER OKOSHI QUINTET Fountain of Youth Band, Ron Carter-
RONNIE WINTER, KENNY HOLLAND (4/15-16); MAO SONE QUARTET (4/17); Russell Malone Duo, Jane Bunnett and
Tour Awake: Remixed & Remastered, ERENA TERAKUBO QUARTET(4/18); AMI Maqueque, Odean Pope Saxophone
10 Years & 10,000 Tears Later (3/15) NAKAZONO (4/19); and SENRI OE (4/20) Choir, Mary Halvorson Octet, Hiromi &
FOSTER CARROTS W/GO COZY, KEEPER ROBERTA GAMBARINI (4/21-23) AFRO Edmar Castaneda Duo, Kandace Springs
(3/16) DANCE YOURSELF CLEAN BLUE Howard University a cappella and Chano Dominguez (6/9-18)
Lights & Music presents an indie-pop ensemble reached the top four of NBCs
dance party (3/17) PEOPLES BLUES OF The Sing-Off and deserves wider notice DC9
RICHMOND (3/18) THE REGRETTES W/ (4/24) SMJO ENSEMBLE FEAT. SHARON 1940 9th St. NW
ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY (3/22) BOO CLARK Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks 202-483-5000
SEEKA (3/23) MINUS THE BEAR W/BEACH Celebrates Ella at 100 (4/25) ANDREW dcnine.com
SLANG, BAYONNE (3/24) LIVING BODY WHITES 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CAMERON AVERY Australian melan-
(3/26) LAURA STEVENSON W/ADULT (4/26) 4 GENERATIONS OF MILES cholic machismo crooner with a deep,
MOM, ALICE BAG (3/27) HIPPO CAMPUS Jimmy Cobb, Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune husky baritone and alt-country vibe (3/12)
W/MAGIC CITY HIPPIES (3/29) MAC & Buster Williams (4/27-30) VIVIAN OATHBREAKER (3/16) DUNGEN (3/17)
SABBATH W/METALACHI, OKILLY DOKILLY SESSOMS Life CD Preview Concert by A PEOPLES CHOIR DC A monthly,
Mockstrocity Tour (3/31) MOON jazz/soul vocalist (5/1) KEVIN JACKSON themed bar sing-along (3/20) AARON LEE
BOUNCE W/EHIOROBO, GOOD INTENT & (5/2) RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET (5/4- TASJAN (3/21) ALEX LAHEY (3/22)
YUNG SHONEN (4/2) CRYSTAL FIGHTERS 5) RENE MARIE New York vocalist COSMONAUTS & THE MOLOCHS (3/23)
English electronic/folk band (4/7) who swings with verve and sings with INTER ARMA (3/24) Y2K (3/25) CALVIN
DAMAGED CITY FEST Dozens of D.I.Y. the spirit of Eartha Kitt (5/6-7) DANIEL LOVE (3/26) NE-HI (3/27) ASTRONOMY
acts in 5th annual D.C. celebration of WEATHERSPOON THE LANGLEY PARK ON TAP (3/28) ACID DAD & HONDURAS
hardcore punk (4/6-9) EMILY WELLS PROJECT (5/8) VON PARRIS (5/9) (3/29) MIDDLE KIDS (3/30) SIX ORGANS
(4/10) WHY? W/ESKIMEAUX (4/12) THE MS. LISA FISCHER & GRAND BATON(5/11- OF ADMITTANCE (3/31) JAY SOM AND THE
9: SONGWRITER SERIES (4/14) TWIRLY 14) AHMAD JAMAL PRESENTS SHAHIN COURTNEYS (4/1) HIGH WAISTED (4/2)
WHIRLY BURLY-Q W/SPECIAL GUEST GIGI NOVRASIL DUO (5/15) ROCHELLE RICE HALF WAIF (4/3) KOLARS (4/4) MO
HOLLIDAY (4/21) BOB MOULD A solo (5/16) VICTOR PROVOST GROUP (5/17) LOWDA AND STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS
show (4/28) ARTO LINDSAY, BEAUTY ARTURO SANDOVAL (5/18-21) GERALD (4/5) THE WEEKS (4/6) PEYOTE
PILL (4/29) REDD KROSS (5/2) POND CLAYTON TRIO TRIBUTARY TALES PILGRIM (4/7) THE OCTOPUS PROJECT
W/KIRIN J CALLINAN (5/12) MAKE-UP (5/22) LENA SEIKALY (5/23) JAMES (4/10) PILE (4/13) SALLIE FORD (4/14)
(5/19) THE ORWELLS W/THE WALTERS D-TRAIN WILLIAMS (5/26) SHARON THE GARDEN W/FAT TONY (4/16) LYDIA
(5/27) TIMBER TIMBRE (6/6) CHARLY CLARK (5/28) JOHN PIZZARELLI (6/1-4) AINSWORTH (4/19) SURFER BLOOD
BLISS (6/15) PWR BTTM (6/16) ALBARE URBANITY (6/6) CHRISTIAN (4/21) METHYL ETHEL Ambient alt-
SANDS TRIO (6/7) JOEY DEFRANCESCO pop project of Aussie musician Jake
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VINICIUS CANTUARIA SINGS JOBIM (3/20) FREDDY COLE QUARTET Eerily sim- (3/10-11) MIGOS (3/12) BORGORE (3/17)
DAYNA STEPHENS QUINTET CD RELEASE ilar to his late brother Nat King (8/3- JEEZY (3/19) DASH BERLIN (3/24)

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SHIBA SAN X MK (3/31) ANJUNABEATS ARI SHAPIRO/HOMEWARD Inspired and Rick Danko Group (4/14) MAGIC BUS
The label of Above and Beyond, with by his experiences as an international FEATURING TENDER POLMAN AND BRIAN
special guest Mat Zo, Andrew Bayer (4/1) reporter and host with NPR and a singer GODDARD Free Late Night Music in
BAKERMAT (4/7) KNIFE PARTY (4/8) with cocktail orchestra Pink Martini, gay the Loft (4/14) CHATHAM COUNTY LINE
FLUX PAVILION (4/14) DADA LIFE (4/22) Renaissance Man sings songs of upheaval, (4/15) FAST EDDIE & THE SLOWPOKES
GUCCI MANE (4/27) TYCHO I.M.P. patriotism and hope (4/22) CABARET: Free Late Night Music in the Loft (4/15)
Presents (5/7) EMPIRE OF THE SUN (5/11) JOEY ARIAS CHANNELS BILLIE HOLIDAY EASTER GOSPEL BRUNCH FEATURING
KASKADE Progressive house/E.D.M. New York performance artist displays WILBUR JOHNSON AND THE GOSPEL
glitchy-pop purveyor drops by for two his remarkable ability to channel the dis- PERSUADERS (4/16) KINKY FRIEDMAN
nights of a Spring Fling (5/12-13) tinctive voice of the jazz legend (4/29) (4/18) JOE PUG (4/20) KISS & RIDE
YOKO K. & ALIENS OF EXTRAORDINARY Free Late Night Music in the Loft (4/20)
FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL ABILITIES Pre-22nd Century Nostalgia HACKENSAW BOYS W/THE TILLERS (4/21)
The Woodlands Mars Pop is an immersive, interactive JULIA NIXON SINGS THE SONGS OF BURT
Dover, Del. evening of live electronic music and video BACHARACH & HAL DAVID W/THE DAVE
855-281-4898 art that engages the audience to imagine YLVISAKER DOZEN A Newmyer Flyer
fireflyfestival.com what our shared future looks, sounds and presentation (4/22) JONATHAN SLOANE
Billed as the East Coasts Premier Music feels like (6/3) TRIO Free Late Night Music in the
Experience, Delawares Firefly becomes Loft (4/22) BRANDY CLARK Superb
more of a draw with each passing year. THE HAMILTON modern-day lesbian country artist tours
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sical diversions, including camping spac- thehamiltondc.com The Indiana Tour 2017 (4/29) DEB
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way with nighttime video and light dis- BAND Free Late Night Music in the Loft GREENE (5/5) BRUCE IN THE USA (5/6)
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and bars, and even a pop-up local brew- EFFECT Free Late Night Music in the JAMES Reckless Abandon Tour (5/18)
ery. When in Delaware, drink Dogfish. Loft (3/11) YOUNG DUBLINERS W/JOHN
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and CHANCE THE RAPPER are headlin- AND THE COMMON GOOD Free Late Old Navy Hospital
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including WEEZER, BUSTA RHYMES, even (3/17) BRENT & CO Free Late Night DANIEL BACHMAN Six-string and lap
DJ JAZZY JEFF. And KESHA and Scottish Music in the Loft (3/17) A GREAT BIG steel guitar player performs as part
synth-rockers FRANZ FERDINAND from WORLD An Evening with Ian & Chad of the Dounouya: Global Sounds on
the aughts. But look under new and con- (3/18) RACHEL ANN MORGAN Free the Hill series (3/31) SWEET HEAVEN
temporary, and youll find gems such Late Night Music in the Loft (3/18) KINGS Trombone shout band from the
as MIIKE SNOW and GALANTIS, the two RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE (3/19) United House of Prayer for All People in
barely-bubbling-under pop acts featur- LAITH AL-SAADI (3/23) SPEAKERS OF Anacostia, performing at an Emancipation
ing Swedish producer Christian Karlsson. THE HOUSE Free Late Night Music in Day Celebration Closing Concert (4/9,
Also BLEACHERS, the other fun pop the Loft (3/23) RED BARAAT W/GANAVYA, Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE) HILL
band from Jack Antonoff. And moody SHILPA RAY Festival of Colors party CENTER JAZZ ENSEMBLE Steel pannist
L.A. dance-pop duo BOB MOSES. For a headlined by bhangra/jazz party band Victor Provost leads this performance
deeper dance dive, theres a trio of cut- from Brooklyn(3/24-25) VINTAGE #18 (4/20) I DRAW SLOW Global folk band
ting-edge international producers: the Free Late Night Music in the Loft (3/24) performs as part of the American Roots
GRYFFIN, FLUME and SAM FELDT as FLASHBACK BAND Free Late Night Concert Series (4/30) FEIFEI YANG AND
well as house veteran BENNY BENASSI. Of Music in the Loft (3/25) CHUCK PROPHET JIAJU SHEN Erhu soloist and Pipa solo-
course, pop connoisseurs and those seek- & THE MISSION EXPRESS AND THE BOTTLE ist are celebrated traditional Chinese
ing new discoveries have dozens of other ROCKETS (3/28) BRASS-A-HOLICS (3/30) instrumentalists forging new paths on the
as-yet-unknown Firefly acts to mine, from MOONSHINE SOCIETY Free Late Night world music scene (5/10) THE REVELERS
SOFI TUKKER to JACOB BANKS to FRANCES Music in the Loft (3/30) HAYLEY FAHEY American Roots Concert (5/21) ORAN
& THE LIGHTS. (6/15-18) Free Late Night Music in the Loft (3/31) ETKIN World music clarinetist (6/7)
RODNEY CROWELL W/SCOTT MILLER
HALCYON STAGE (4/1) THE HILLBENDERS PRESENT THE THE HOWARD THEATRE
Halcyon House WHOS TOMMY: A BLUEGRASS OPRY (4/2) 620 T St. NW
3400 Prospect St. NW ELIANE ELIAS Sultra bossa nova (4/6) 202-588-5595
202-796-4240 TEN FEET TALL Free Late Night Music thehowardtheatre.com
halcyonstage.org in the Loft (4/6) MIPSO (4/7) WILLIE VANESSA WILLIAMS Though better
CABARET: E. FAYE BUTLER/FOUR WOMEN NILE W/JAMIE MCLEAN BAND (4/8) DIRTY known as an actress these days, shes still
Helen Hayes Award-winning perform- BOURBON RIVER SHOW (4/13) BURT THE got The Right Stuff (3/10) SOUTHERN
ing powerhouse tackles a sexy, edgy col- DIRT Free Late Night Music in the Loft SOUL ASSEMBLY Featuring JJ Grey,
lection of songs by Etta James, Aretha (4/13) THE WEIGHT Featuring former Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne
Franklin and others (4/15) CABARET: members of The Band, Levon Helm Band & Marc Broussard (3/11) EXQUISITE

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GHANA BALL III Live performances panel of celebrity judges and the audi- SOUNDS Final performances of clas-
by African hit group RunTown (3/11) ence (3/29, Eisenhower Theater) sic album with special guests Al Jardine
GO-GO BRUNCH FEAT. BELA DONA (3/12) RENEE FLEMING VOICES: BILLY CHILDS and Blondie Chaplin (5/3-4) RHIANNON
MOUSEY THOMPSONS JAMES BROWN Composer and pianist performs Map to GIDDENS W/AMYTHYST KIAH Former
EXPERIENCE (3/12) RAWAYANA W/ the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro lead singer of black bluegrass band
ZAKKE (3/16) SOMI (3/17) HARLEM (3/31, Eisenhower) PETE SEEGER AND Carolina Chocolate Drops and current
GOSPEL CHOIR: SUNDAY GOSPEL BRUNCH THE POWER OF SONG: ROSANNE CASH, recurring guest star on Nashville (5/9)
(3/19) NOUVELLE VAGUE W/LISET ALEA JUDY COLLINS In collaboration with DWIGHT YOAKAM (5/11) PIXIES W/
(3/21) ELLA BAILA SOLA & AMISTADES the GRAMMY Museum, the Kennedy CYMBALS EAT GUITARS (5/16-17) OLD
PELIGROSAS (3/22) MONSIEUR PERINE Center pays tribute to the late iconic CROW MEDICINE SHOW Performing
(3/23) BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA American folk singer-songwriter with a Blonde on Blonde (5/22) GAY MENS
Grammy-winning Gospel Music Hall of special performance also featuring Peter CHORUS OF WASHINGTON And The
Famers (3/24) Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Tony Goes To... is a revue steeped in gay
Paul & Mary, Tony Trischka and Josh Broadway (6/3-4) JOHN MCLAUGHLIN/
HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER White Jr. (4/15, Concert Hall) RENEE JIMMY HERRING W/MEETING OF THE
10960 George Mason Circle FLEMING VOICES: ALAN CUMMING WITH SPIRITS (11/11) YANN TIERSEN (12/5)
Manassas, Va. THE GAY MENS CHORUS The gay Scot,
703-993-7759 a formidable all-around entertainer per MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
hyltoncenter.org the New York Times, makes his Kennedy 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
RICHARD THOMPSON A solo acoustic Center debut with his Sappy Songs caba- Columbia, Md.
evening with one of Rolling Stones Top ret (4/29, Concert Hall) MASON BATESS 800-551-SEAT
20 Guitarists of All Time (4/23, Merchant KC JUKEBOX: CHANTICLEER Hailed by merriweathermusic.com
Hall) MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS the New Yorker as the worlds reign- DEADMAU5 Dubstep isnt dead, and
Grammy-winning folk ensemble per- ing male chorus, the Grammy-winning the house mouse is still scurrying (4/8)
forms a Cinco de Mayo celebration a day a cappella ensemble performs a world M3 ROCK FESTIVAL W/RATT AND KIX
late (5/6, Merchant Hall) premiere of a Kennedy Center co-com- Two-day event also features Dokken,
mission from Bates (5/2, Eisenhower) Tom Keifer, Loverboy, Warrant, Winger,
JIFFY LUBE LIVE RENEE FLEMING VOICES: JANE MONHEIT Vixen, Jack Russells Great White, Faster
7800 Cellar Door Drive SINGS ELLA FITZGERALD Modern jazz Pussycat, Danger Danger, Dangerous
Bristow, Va. vocalist performs with special guest Toys, Loudness, Bang Tango, Baton
703-754-6400 trumpeter Nicholas Payton (5/5, Family Rouge, Autograph, Station, Vain and
livenation.com Theater) KENNEDY CENTER SPRING Mitch Malloy plus Lita Ford, for a
FUTURE W/ MIGOS, TORY LANEZ, KODAK GALA: COME TOGETHER: A CELEBRATION Special VIP-only set (4/28-29) M3
BLACK (5/11) LUKE BRYAN W/BRETT OF JOHN LENNON T Bone Burnett leads SOUTHERN ROCK CLASSIC W/LYNYRD
ELDREDGE (5/12) JIMMY BUFFETT a musical tribute to the late, great Beatle SKYNYRD Charlie Daniels Band,
(5/20) IRON MAIDEN (6/3) CHANCE and peace pop pioneer (5/8, Concert Hall) Outlaws, Black Stone Cherry, Molly
THE RAPPER (6/4) DIERKS BENTLEY W/ MASON BATESS KC JUKEBOX: THIEVERY Hatchet, Blackfoot, Great Train Robbery,
COLE SWINDELL (6/9) TRAIN W/OAR & CORPORATION Globally inspired, One Nite Stand (4/30) THE XX W/SAMPHA
NATASHA BEDINGFIELD (6/10) DEAD AND world-popular D.C.-based collective per- Incredibly popular moody electro-rock
COMPANY (6/22) LADY ANTEBELLUM forms its own music plus new arrange- trio from the U.K. thats two-thirds gay
W/ KELSEA BALLERINI (6/24) INCUBUS ments from todays leading young com- and as great as ever on new album I
W/ JIMMY EAT WORLD (7/12) ZAC BROWN posers, while Kennedy Center Composer- See You (5/6) RYAN ADAMS & BAND W/
BAND (7/16) ROD STEWART AND CYNDI in-Residence Bates kicks off the evening JENNY LEWIS (5/12) DC101 KERFUFFLE
LAUPER (7/19) ONEREPUBLIC W/FITZ (5/15, Concert Hall) Kings of Leon, Weezer, Jimmy Eat
AND THE TANTRUMS (7/21) CHRIS World, Fitz and the Tantrums, Catfish
STAPLETON (7/22) FOREIGNER W/ LINCOLN THEATRE and the Bottlemen, Missio (5/14) BON
CHEAP TRICK AND JASON BONHAMS LED 1215 U St. NW IVER Justin Vernon and company, a
ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE (7/25) CHICAGO 202-328-6000 falsetto-rich, moody tastemaker-favorite
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FIELDS 50 Song Memoir spanning W/KIIARA, LOST FREQUENCIES FEATURING
KENNEDY CENTER two nights, with Songs 1-25 first night, EMILY WARREN (5/26) JACK JOHNSON
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202-467-4600 ACA-CHALLENGE The Alexandria MATTHEWS AND TIM REYNOLDS (6/18)
kennedy-center.org Harmonizers present annual a cappella JOHN LEGEND W/GALLANT (6/20) STEVE
DC-CAPITAL STARS The Top 10 final- competition featuring Backtrack (Vocals), MILLER BAND W/SPECIAL GUEST PETER
ists from the 2017 DC-Capital Stars Blackout NYC, Faux Paz, Polaeris, the FRAMPTON (6/23) JASON ISBELL AND
competition, presented by DC College BluesTones, the Originals, and 2016 Aca- THE 400 UNIT W/THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
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triple-bill custommade for indie-pop fans W/ODELL FOX (4/22) FROTH (4/26) ation of blues-keepers (3/31, Mansion)
(7/30) STURGILL SIMPSON Country HAUX (4/29) BREAKIN EVEN FEST 2 A HOME FREE The 2013 winner of NBCs
musics newest Grammy-minted star showcase of local scrappy punk-orient- The Sing-Off, a five-man all-vocal coun-
(9/15) YOUNG THE GIANT W/COLD WAR ed bands including the Sidekicks, Pkew try-pop band from Nashville (4/7, Music
KIDS, JOYWAVE Home of the Strange Pkew Pkew, Dot Dash, Dead End Lane Center) BRIANNA THOMAS Blues
Tour (9/16) and Flowerbomb performing on Day 1, Singing Workshop (4/8, Music Center)
and Restorations, Worriers, Honah Lee, LADIES SING THE BLUES (4/8, Music
SIXTH & I HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE Boardroom Heroes, Aspiga, American Center) AIR: PATRICK MCAVINUE (4/12,
600 I St. NW Television, Teen Death and More AM 4/19, 4/26, Mansion) ADAM PASCAL &
202-408-3100 Than FM performing on Day 2 (5/5-6) ANTHONY RAPP A Rent-centric con-
sixthandi.org SAMANTHA CRAIN W/JARROD DICKENSON cert featuring two of the Broadway musi-
DEVENDRA BANHART AND THE GROGS (5/18) MILES MOSLEY + THE WEST COAST cals original cast members (4/28, Music
Touring in support of ninth release, Ape GET DOWN (5/27) Center) TONY BENNETT The 90-year-
in Pink Marble (3/15) BRAD MEHLDAU old crooner performs as part of the 2017
(3/16) AVITAL MEETS AVITAL: AVI & THE STATE THEATRE Spring Gala (5/6, Music Center) AIR:
OMER (3/25) ANOUSHKA SHANKAR 220 North Washington St. SIMONE BARON (5/10, 5/17, Mansion)
Returning to both her cultural and famil- Falls Church, Va. AUDRA MCDONALD The most deco-
ial roots, leading a virtuoso septet in a 703-237-0300 rated performer in Tony Awards histo-
program devoted to North Indian classi- thestatetheatre.com ry, the incredibly, impeccably talented
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RY X L.A.-based enigmatic Aussie art- Jovi Tribute (3/10) ZOSO THE ULTIMATE for being an early and steadfast marriage
ist and producer (5/18) JANE BUNNETT LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE (3/31) equality supporter (5/26, Music Center)
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pianist and saxophone players sound (4/9) THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK GOSPEL CHOIRS (6/2, Music Center)
encapsulates Afro-Cuban melodies and FLOYD (4/14) SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS, GLADYS KNIGHT (6/9, Music Center)
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known in the early 90s shoegazing scene 90S: A PARTY WITH THE BAYSIDE TIGERS ry spring concert celebrating all things
in England (7/23) (4/29) LOTUS LAND The American Celtic (6/11, Music Center) AIR: INES
Rush Tribute Band (5/5) BUDDY GUY NASSARA (6/14, 6/21, 6/28, Mansion)
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SUNDAYS: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND 5301 Tuckerman Lane JOSE JAMES 9:30 Club presents the
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CHICK (3/20) THEY. The Nu Religion strathmore.org up-and-coming LGBT-supportive New
Tour (3/21) DUDE YORK, PAWS (3/23) YOUNG ARTISTS OF AMERICA: THE CIRCLE York co-ed electro-pop duo (3/24)
SABA W/SYLVAN LACUE & CALEBORATE OF LIFE W/SPECIAL GUEST ADAM PASCAL POWERS & BRIDGIT MENDLER W/NICK
(3/24) BIG THIEF W/PALEHOUND, SNAIL The Songs of Tim Rice in Concert is LENG (3/25) PATRICK WATSON W/TREVOR
MAIL (3/25) KR (3/26) PRINCESS NOKIA a world-premiere symphonic theatrical SENSOR Captivating orchestral-rock
W/AYES COLD (3/31) BOMBADIL (4/1) production featuring songs from Jesus from Montreal (3/27) BEBE REXHA W/
JOHN K. SAMSON & THE WINTER WHEAT Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and the DANIEL SKYE, SPENCER LUDGWIG (3/30)
W/WORRIERS (4/3) KEITHCHARLES Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, LAMBCHOP W/SLOPPY HEADS (4/1)
SPACEBAR I Need Space Tour (4/5) Chess, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin and KYLE W/COUSIN STIZZ (4/4) HOMEBOY
ALEX WILEY W/SPECIAL GUEST KEMBE X The Lion King (3/12, Music Center) AIR: SANDMAN (4/6) CRYSTAL GARDEN
Stoner Symphony Tour (4/6) TAYLOR ETHAN FOOTE Artist-in-Residence pro- Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band
BENNETT (4/7) THE TEMPERANCE gram (3/15, 3/22, The Mansion) KODO (4/7) MAGGIE ROGERS (4/8) KATE
MOVEMENT W/COBI (4/9) XIU XIU W/ Tamasaburo Bando, one of the worlds TEMPEST (4/12) 070 SHAKE (4/13)
BRER (4/10) LITTLE HURRICANE (4/12) leading Kabuki master, leads an ensemble CHAZ BUNDICK MEETS THE MATTSON 2
KAWEHI I Am Eve Tour (4/13) COAST exploring the limitless possibilities of the W/MADELINE KENNEY (4/14) SONDRE
MODERN, 888, SUNDARA KARMA Alt taiko, a traditional Japanese drum (3/15, LERCHE Sharp Norwegian indie-folk/
Nations Advancement Placement Tour Music Center) EVIYAN World music pop (4/17) LEWIS DEL MAR (4/28)
(4/14) MATT PRYOR, DAN ANDRIANO trio featuring vocalist/violinist Iva Bittova, COIN W/ARIZONA (5/1) NANCY & BETH
W/FOSTER CARROTS Pryor of the guitarist Gyan Riley and clarinetist Evan Featuring Megan Mullally (Will & Grace,
Get Up Kids and Andriano of Alkaline Ziporyn (3/16, the Mansion) SATURDAY Parks and Recreation) and Stephanie
Trio (4/15) CITY OF THE SUN (4/16) FAMILY JAZZ SESSIONS (3/18, 4/1, 4/22, Hunt (5/8) MEAT PUPPETS AND MIKE
SAM OUTLAW W/DORI FREEMAN (4/17) Mansion) ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA WATT + THE JOM & TERRY SHOW (5/14)
CALM & CRISIS W/BLACK DOG PROWL, SWINGERS Boston-based funky roots- COM TRUISE & CLARK W/ROLAND TINGS
STOCKSMILE (4/21) HANDSOME HOUND rock ensemble, billed as the next gener- (5/19)

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VERIZON CENTER WOLF TRAP time (6/23, Filene) DIANA KRALL
601 F St. NW 1645 Trap Road Five-time Grammy-winning sensation
202-628-3200 800-WOLFTRAP (6/24, Filene) JOHN MELLENCAMP,
verizoncenter.com wolftrap.org EMMYLOU HARRIS An unusual dou-
BASTILLE Wild Wild World Tour JOHN EATON: HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD ble-bill of Americana and folk, also featur-
(3/28) JOHN MAYER The Search for A celebration of the Great Movie Songs ing Carlene Carter as opener (7/3, Filene)
Everything World Tour (4/6) RED and Themes (3/19, Barns) TENTHING TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND Wheels of
HOT CHILI PEPPERS W/BABYMETAL, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Soul Summer Tour with 12-piece roots
JACK IRONS (4/12) CHRIS BROWN W/50 Helseth and her all-female, 10-piece brass band plus the Wood Brothers and Hot
CENT, FABOLOUS (4/21) THE WEEKND ensemble (3/24, Barns) JORDAN SMITH Tuna (7/5, Filene) NATALIE MERCHANT
Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 (5/18) The Voice winner (3/28, Barns) NOAM 3 Decades of Song by former lead singer
ERIC CHURCH Holdin My Own Tour PIKELNY (3/29, Barns) GLEN PHILLIPS OF of 10,000 Maniacs (7/6, Filene) THE
(5/19) AMERICAN YOUNG VOICES (6/2) TOAD THE WET SPROCKET (3/30, Barns) MOODY BLUES Days of Future Passed
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK W/PAULA ABDUL FALUS BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA (3/31, 50th Anniversary Tour (7/20, Filene)
AND BOYZ II MEN (6/25) DARYL HALL & Barns) THE BAD PLUS (4/1, Barns) OVER PJ HARVEY A Wolf Trap debut for pow-
JOHN OATES, TEARS FOR FEARS (6/26) THE RHINE (4/7, Barns) CECILE MCLORIN erful alt-rock singer/multi-instrumental-
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT (7/31) ROGER SALVANT AND AARON DIEHL (4/8, Barns) ist (7/21, Filene) REBELUTION Self-
WATERS US+Them North American HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL described pioneers of California reggae,
2017 Tour (8/4) J. COLE 4 Your (4/14, Barns) GAY MENS CHORUS OF on tour with Nahko and Medicine for the
Eyez Tour (8/8) SHAWN MENDES WASHINGTON: GOD SAVE THE QUEENS People, Collie Buddz, Hirie (7/23, Filene)
Illuminate Arena World Tour (8/19) A tribute to British rock legends (4/15, DIANA ROSS The Motown and disco
DEPECHE MODE Global Spirit Tour Barns) TINARIWEN (4/19, Barns) JOHN queen returns for another twirl through
(9/7) BRUNO MARS 24K Magic World MCCUTCHEON (4/20, Barns) PAT MCGEE her hits (7/25, Filene) REGINA SPEKTOR,
Tour (9/29-30) BAND Performing 1988 album General BEN FOLDS A one-night-only double-bill
Admission live, with Michael Tolcher of two quirky pop masters whom NPR
WARNER THEATRE (4/21, Barns) BRANFORD MARSALIS dubbed cathartic piano prodigies (7/26,
513 13th St. NW QUARTET W/KURT ELLING (4/22, Barns) Filene) ARETHA FRANKLIN The Queen
202-397-SEAT IDAN RAICHEL (4/26, Barns) TOM of Soul makes a triumphant return to Wolf
warnertheatre.com PAXTON (4/27, Barns) EMERSON STRING Trap (7/29, Filene) PUNCH BROTHERS
FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS QUARTET (4/28, Barns) KATHY MATTEA An all-star lineup of some of Chris Thiles
The original Jersey Boys co-present- (5/3-4, Barns) MARY J. BLIGE R&B closest musical friends and collaborators,
ed by the Birchmere (4/7-8) KRIS queen kicks off Memorial Day Weekend from the headlining acoustic quintet to
KRISTOFFERSON Another Birchmere and Wolf Traps summer season for her Americana acoustic female trio Im With
presentation (5/11) LUDOVICO EINAUDI first appearance in 17 years (5/25, Filene Her (8/2, Filene) BLONDIE & GARBAGE
Essential Einaudi (10/29) BRUCE Center) FIFTH HARMONY Former X Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson offer
COCKBURN (BAND) Bone on Bone Factor contestants out proving theyre a double-bill of diva pop/punk goodness
(11/14) Worth It (5/27, Filene) KOOL & THE (8/3, Filene) CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC
GANG W/MORRIS DAY & THE TIME (6/2, BAND, BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES
WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS Filene) JOE JACKSON, MAVIS STAPLES Expect the unexpected when these two
20 W. Patrick St. (6/10, Filene) ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN Grammy-winning jazz fusion acts take
Frederick, Md. BONES A Wolf Trap debut of what the stage (8/6, Filene) GOO GOO DOLLS,
301-600-2828 Rolling Stone calls one of rocks hottest PHILLIP PHILLIPS Long Way Home
weinbergcenter.org live acts. Shovels & Rope opens (6/16, Summer Tour (8/8, Filene) LYLE LOVETT
SCYTHIAN Four classically trained Filene) SLIGHTLY STOOPID Sounds & HIS LARGE BAND (8/11, Filene) MARY
performers seamlessly blend kicked-up of Summer Tour w/Iration, J Boog, The CHAPIN CARPENTER W/LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Celtic, folk and old-time music (3/10) Movement, recreating 90s-era SoCal The 30th anniversary of Hometown Girl
OAK RIDGE BOYS WITH SPECIAL GUEST Sublime vibes (6/17, Filene) CELTIC with very special guest, another phenom-
LARRY GATLIN (3/19) MANDOLIN ORANGE WOMAN 2017 Grammy nominee pres- enal alt-country artist (8/12, Filene) THE
Americana duo gaining acclaim nation- ents new stage designs, wardrobes, cho- BEACH BOYS Americas favorite surf
wide (3/24) THE QUEBE SISTERS reography and arrangements with show rockers ride the wave back to Wolf Trap
Triple-threat fiddle champions storm the Voices of Angels (6/20, Filene) SHERYL (8/20, Filene) I LOVE THE 90S TLC,
stage in sweet harmony (4/6) CROW A return to Wolf Trap in support Kid n Play, Montell Jordan, Rob Base,
of forthcoming new album Be Myself. C&C Music Factory, Snap (9/3, Filene)
Lukas Nelson opens (6/21, Filene) ELVIS GIPSY KINGS FEATURING NICOLAS REYES
COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS Imperial AND TONINO BALIARDO Celebrating 25+
Bedroom Tour (6/22, Filene) CLASSIC years of flamenco, salsa and pop fusion
ALBUMS LIVE PRESENTS: SGT. PEPPERS (9/16, Filene) l
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power in shows full of pomp and circumstance, youre in for many treats leads an examination of the relation-
during the second half of the classical music season. Perhaps the most tantalizing ship between Beethovens dazzling
examples involve the leadership transition at the National Symphony Orchestra. Symphony No. 4 and the sprightly 20th
Outgoing music director Christoph Eschenbach offers Ode to Joy as his swan century neoclassicism of Stravinskys
song, while Gianandrea Noseda ushers his era in with O Fortuna. Concerto in E-Flat (3/10, 3/12, Meyerhoff;
Noseda will fill Wolf Trap with Carmina Burana months before he officially 3/11, Strathmore) SUPERPOPS: CELTIC
takes the NSO reins and months after two other noteworthy productions of Carl CELEBRATION Jack Everly leads a St.
Orffs well-known masterpiece. Even the Gay Mens Chorus is getting in on the Patricks Day celebration with music
full-throated, full-throttle spectacle, as special guests of the Washington Chorus in from the films Braveheart and Titanic
a production at the Kennedy Center. and musicals Brigadoon and Finians
Rainbow (3/16, Strathmore; 3/17-19,
Meyerhoff) STRAVINSKYS PETRUSHKA
Compiled by Doug Rule instruments (3/18) STEPHAN CRUMP: Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier con-
RHOMBAI Transparent Productions jures up an enchanting French-inspired
presents a Grammy-nominated bassist program with violinist Augustin Hadelich
ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER and composer along with veteran explor- (3/24, 3/26, Meyerhoff; 3/25, Strathmore)
1333 H St. NE er Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone, RIMSKY-KORSAKOVS SCHEHERAZADE
202-399-7993 brilliant young trumpeter Adam OFarrill, Music Director Marin Alsop offers a
atlasarts.org and longtime collaborator TyShawn Sorey sensuous program with violinist Jennifer
CAPITAL CITY SYMPHONY Great Masters, on drums (3/19) URBANARIAS: LUCY Koh (3/30, Meyerhoff; 4/2, Strathmore)
Young Stars features Lynne Bai, 2016 win- Set in the 60s, John Glover and Kelly BERLIOZS SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
ner of the Ylda Novik Memorial Concerto Rourkes short opera tells the true tale Violinist Ray Chen performs Paganinis
Competition for Pianists, performing of a psychologist who adopted a chim- Violin Concerto No. 1 in a Ludovic Morlot-
Edvard Griegs Piano Concerto (3/12) panzee and raised her with the family led program (4/6, Strathmore; 4/7-8,
ROB SCHWIMMER Dancing easily (4/1-8) CAPITAL CITY SYMPHONY: TIMES Meyerhoff) SUPERPOPS: THE DOO WOP
between jazz and classical and performing AND PLACES Victoria Gau conducts the PROJECT Stars of Broadways Jersey
expertly on the piano, theremin and other final main season concert featuring sopra- Boys and Motown: The Musical in a har-

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mony-rich program (4/20, Strathmore; tor John Morris Russell leads the opening FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
4/21-23, Meyerhoff) RACHMANINOFFS concert featuring Wolf Trap Opera Studio Center for the Arts Concert Hall
SYMPHONY NO. 2 Alsop leads a program Artists as well as the NOI Philharmonic George Mason University
of spiritual reflection and sacred inspira- (6/3, Dekelboum); TAKE THE REINS NOI 703-563-1990
tion from the Eastern Orthodox Church musicians go conductorless for a program fairfaxsymphony.org
(4/28, 4/30, Meyerhoff; 4/29, Strathmore) of Beethoven, Bizet and Stravinsky (6/10, INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION: IN
STRAVINSKYS FIREBIRD Frenchman Dekelboum); AMERICAN MASTERWORKS MO YANG Music Director Christopher
David Fray joins to perform Ravels Piano David Alan Miller leads a concert and Zimmerman leads the FSO in a program
Concerto in G Major in a program led by recording project rich with brass and of Rimsky-Korsakovs Scheherazade and
Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz percussion, including Steven Stuckys Beethovens Violin Concerto, featuring
and the work that catapulted Stravinsky Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto (6/17, up-and-coming young Korean violinist
to fame (5/4, Meyerhoff; 5/7, Strathmore) Dekelboum); MAHLERS FOURTH Wolf (4/29) ODE TO JOY The Fairfax
BSO PULSE: LOWER DENS The orches- Trap Opera Filene Young Artist Madison Choral Society, Music & Arts Chorus
tra performs a joint, genre-busting con- Leonard joins as soprano soloist for a and several soloists join to perform
cert with Baltimore-based indie-pop act program led by Asher Fisch including Beethovens final masterpiece, Symphony
(5/11, Meyerhoff) TILL EULENSPIEGELS Bartoks tempestuous ballet score to The No. 9, as a capstone to the FSOs 60th
MERRY PRANKS Stenz leads a program Miraculous Mandarin (6/24, Dekelboum); season (5/13)
of Strauss and Mozart, as well as Haydns ELGARS CELLO CONCERTO Robert
humorous Trumpet Concerto featuring deMaine is the featured soloist in a per- FOLGER CONSORT
Andrew Balio (5/12, Meyerhoff; 5/13, formance led by Manuel Lopez-Gomez Folger Elizabethan Theatre
Strathmore) SUPERPOPS: MOVIE AND from Venezuelas renowned program El 201 East Capitol St. SE
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score (5/18, Strathmore, 5/19-21, 1333 H St. NE forms innately dramatic music from the
Meyerhoff) GERSHWIN & PROKOFIEV 202-399-7993 ext. 182 early Baroque period in late-16th centu-
Christoph Konig conducts a program congressionalchorus.org ry Italy, including songs by Monteverdi
of Ravel, Messiaen and Prokofiev featur- ROAD TRIP! TOUR THE USA IN OUR and Galileos father Vincenzo Galilei,
ing superstar Ukrainian-Israeli violinist CABARET A high-energy production with guest string players Risa Browder
Vadim Gluzman (6/2, 6/4, Meyerhoff; 6/3, with Chamber Ensemble that celebrates and John Moran, harpsichordist Webb
Strathmore) BRANDENBURG Bachs the geographic diversity of Americas Wiggins and soprano Julianne Baird
six Brandenburg concertos are performed popular music, from the protest and psy- (3/31-4/2) THE PLAY OF LOVE A spar-
with soloists from the BSO, led by Alsop chedelic rock of San Francisco to New kling assortment of passionate love songs,
(6/8, Strathmore; 6/10-11, Meyerhoff) Yorks Broadway, via Chicago blues, court and country dances and selections
SAINT-SAENS ORGAN SYMPHONY Alsop Nashville country and Texas ranchera from Adam de La Halles Play of Robin and
pulls out all the stops for a closing con- (3/16-19) SPRING SING: LIFTING OUR Marion in a program of medieval music
cert that is grand in every way, including VOICES IN SONG American Youth with guests Shira Kammen on vielle and
audience favorite Gil Shaham perform- Chorus, NorthEast Senior Singers and fiddle and the duo of soprano Emily Noel
ing Beethovens Violin Concerto (6/15-18, Chamber Ensemble perform an eclec- and baritone Peter Becker (4/28-30)
Meyerhoff; 6/17, Strathmore) tic mix of choral works (4/8, Lutheran
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MOZART REQUIEM A trio of works close including the D.C. premiere of Calling spin on the old-fashioned musical that oth-
out Choral Arts Concert Hall season, and All Dawns by Grammy-winning composer erwise plays it straight (3/10-12, Lincoln
it doesnt get any bigger than Mozarts Christopher Tin (6/3) Theatre) GOD SAVE THE QUEENS The
mass (4/23, Kennedy Center) choruss select groups Potomac Fever and
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certs: POPS EXTRAVAGANZA - A NIGHT AT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (3/22, Concert
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An elegant new production of Puccinis for an inspiring repertoire of thrilling a recital of young Russian pianist (4/4,
last opera, a timeless masterpiece (3/25- classical piano music over lunch (3/28, Concert Hall) ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER,
26, Concert Hall) VOCAL POPS A Gregory Family Theater) HYLTON 7TH LAMBERT ORKIS World-acclaimed vio-
CAPELLA CONCERT (4/2, Harris Theatre) ANNIVERSARY GALA (4/1, Merchant) linist in recital with longtime duet part-
VIRGINIA TECH WIND ENSEMBLE AND ner and NSO keyboardist (4/8, Concert
COMBINED CHOIRS (4/10, Concert Hall) THE IN SERIES Hall) MASTERWORK FESTIVAL CHORUS
WIND SYMPHONY & SYMPHONIC BAND Lang Theater & NATIONAL CHILDRENS FESTIVAL
(4/25, Concert Hall) MASON OPERA: Atlas Performing Arts Center CHORUSES Manhattan Concert
IOLANTHE (4/28-30, Harris) KEYBOARD 1333 H St. NE Productions presents a concert perfor-
CONVERSATIONS WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL: 202-204-7763 mance of Viernes Solemn Mass as well
THE GENIUS OF CHOPIN (4/30, Concert inseries.org as choral selections (4/10, Concert Hall)
Hall) DONIZETTIS DON PASQUALE Elizabeth WASHINGTON, D.C. INTERNATIONAL
Pringle directs a new English adaptation MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 World Projects
HALCYON STAGE of the comic opera about an aging rock star Corporation presents performances by
Halcyon House (3/18-26, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 top high school and community ensem-
3400 Prospect St. NW 14th St. NW) DIANA SAEZ & FRIENDS: bles, this year including Mira Mesa
202-796-4240 PASSION & STRUGGLE Abel Lopez and High School String Orchestra and Wind
halcyonstage.org Saez direct Pavel Urquiza, Rigel Perc Ensemble, Bullard High School Wind
THE EXPERIENTIAL ORCHESTRA: and Suzzette Ortiz in a cabaret of Latin- Ensemble and Santa Monica High School
STRAVINSKY DANCE PARTY James Americas nueva cancion, or trova, with Wind Ensemble (4/16, Concert Hall)
Blachly conducts a 77-member ensemble songs spanning five countries and five JOYCE DIDONATO IN HANDELS ARIODANTE
in performance of the famously riot-in- decades (4/29-5/7, Atlas) OBERON OR IN CONCERT, WITH THE ENGLISH CONCERT
ducing ballet Rite of Spring, followed by THE ELF KINGS OATH Writer/director The superstar mezzo-soprano sings
a curated DJ set blending electronica and Nick Olcott unveils a new English adap- in the title role in a concert version of
classical styles in a classical music rave tation of Carl Maria von Webers 19th the passionate Italian opera (5/2, Concert
(3/18, Dock5 at Union Market) LEMBIT century romantic opera about the king of Hall) HUBBLE CANTATA: A LIVE VIRTUAL
BEECHER AND THE AIZURI QUARTET: TO fairies and the mischievous Puck (6/10-18, REALITY PERFORMANCE A space-in-
HIDE IN A TREE OF SOUND An interdisci- GALA) spired cantata with opera star Nathan
plinary chamber opera from award-win- Gunn, a 20-piece instrumental ensemble,
ning composer performing one-of-a- KENNEDY CENTER a 100-person choir from the Washington
kind sound-generating sculptures along 202-467-4600 Chorus and a cutting-edge virtual reality
with innovative all-female string quartet kennedy-center.org film (5/25, Concert Hall) VIVALDI MUSIC
(6/9) WOLF TRAP OPERA, CITYDANCE: JOHN PHILIP SOUSA BAND FESTIVAL ACADEMY Faculty members and stu-
PHILIP GLASSS THE FALL OF THE HOUSE Music Celebrations International pres- dents offer a recital showcasing all levels
OF USHER Edgar Allan Poes gothic tale ents a festive tribute to The March of musicianship (6/23, Family Theater)
transformed as an opera, performed in King with works by Leonard Bernstein
a one-night-only production directed by and John Williams (3/12, Concert NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC
Septime Webre and featuring Wolf Trap Hall) SHIFT: A FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN Music Center at Strathmore
singers and CityDance dancers (6/17, ORCHESTRAS: Washington Performing 5301 Tuckerman Lane
Dock5) Arts co-presents a series of four orches- North Bethesda, Md.
tras, including: BOULDER PHILHARMONIC 301-493-9283
HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER nationalphilharmonic.org
Music Director Michael Butterman
10960 George Mason Circle BRAHMSS REQUIEM Music Director
leads a Nature and Music performance
Manassas, Va. Piotr Gajewski leads the symphony, the
including a multimedia commission com-
703-993-7759 National Philharmonic Chorale and
memorating the 100th anniversary of
hyltoncenter.org soloists in one of the most important
the National Park Service (3/28, Concert
MANASSAS CHORALE, VOICES UNITED: Hall); NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY A choral works of the Romantic era (3/18)
HONOR AND MAJESTY 20 of the areas program featuring works by Pulitzer Prize MOZARTS SYMPHONY NO. 40 Piano
finest instrumentalists join two cho- winner Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland prodigy Eric Lu performs Mozarts Piano
rale groups to perform a variety of Snider, Mason Bates and Robert Ward Concerto No. 23 during a magnificent
sacred music from some of Americas (3/29, Concert Hall); ATLANTA SYMPHONY Mozart program, also including the satiri-
best composers and arrangers (3/18, ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Christopher cal A Musical Joke (4/1) MUSSORGSKYS
Merchant Hall) PIEDMONT SYMPHONY Theofanidis Creation/Creator is a the- PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION Celebrated
ORCHESTRA: BEETHOVENS NINTH atrical and multimedia oratorio featur- cellist Zuill Bailey performs Max Bruchs
SYMPHONY Featuring soloists from ing soloists, 180-piece choir and a full Kol Nidrei, variations on two themes of
the Maryland Lyric Opera, the Reston orchestra (3/31, Concert Hall); THE Jewish origin, and Schlemo from Ernest
Chorale and members from numerous KNIGHTS Eric Jacobsen conducts a Blochs Jewish Cycle (4/22-23) CARMINA
area choruses in addition to the orches- deeply collaborative and creative cham- BURANA Gajewski leads the orchestra,
tra (3/26, Merchant) LINDA APPLE ber orchestra from Brooklyn, perform- the National Philharmonic Chorale, the
MONSON AND FRIENDS: THE ART OF THE Strathmore Childrens Chorus and solo-
ing with the San Francisco Girls Chorus
PIANO George Mason Universitys ists in Carl Orffs rousing masterpiece
and featuring vocalist Christina Courtin
Director of Keyboard Studies is joined by (5/20)
(4/1, Concert Hall) DANIIL TRIFONOV
vocalists and pianist Anna Balakerskaia
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NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA World-renowned cellist joins the NSO for (4/9, Baird) JOHN EATON: THE MASTER:
Kennedy Center Concert Hall a celebration of Kennedys monumental THE GLORIOUS SONGS OF JEROME KERN
202-467-4600 legacy, including a new commission from (4/12, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100
kennedy-center.org Mason Bates (5/24) MAHLERS SECOND Jefferson Dr. SW) JOHN EATON: THE
SHOSTAKOVICHS FIRST CELLO CONCERTO SYMPHONY Christoph Eschenbach con- WIT AND WISDOM OF COLE PORTER (4/19,
FEATURING ALISA WEILERSTEIN A ducts the transformative Resurrection Ripley) JOHN EATON: HAROLD ARLEN:
Salute to Slava program led by Music symphony featuring the return of mez- THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG
Director Christoph Eschenbach also zo-soprano Nathalie Stutzmann, the (4/12, Ripley) SMITHSONIAN CHAMBER
including Schuberts Ninth Symphony and NSO debut of soprano Golda Schultz PLAYERS: BRAHMS Slowik and compa-
Tobias Pickers Old and Lost Rivers (3/9- and the Washington Chorus (6/1-3) ny perform Brahmss Violin Sonata and
11) MOZARTS THIRD VIOLIN CONCERTO TCHAIKOVSKYS FIRST PIANO CONCERTO Clarinet Quintet (4/29-30) JOHN EATON:
FEATURING NURIT BAR-JOSEF NSO FEATURING ALICE SARA OTT Edo de GEORGE GERSHWIN: AMERICAN HERO
Concertmaster performs Mozarts cele- Waart leads a program also featur- (5/3, Ripley) SMITHSONIAN CHAMBER
brated work in a Eschenbach-led pro- ing Rachmaninoffs Third Symphony PLAYERS: THE ESTERHAZY MACHINE
gram also featuring Bruckners titanic and Bates Garages of the Valley (6/8- The season ends on a festive note, with
Symphony No. 1 (3/16-18) NSO POPS: 10) BEETHOVENS NINTH SYMPHONY trios by Haydn and Schumanns genial
COMMON Chicago rapper and actor join Christoph Eschenbach concludes piano quartet (5/6-7) EMERSON STRING
NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven his tenure as NSO Music Director the QUARTET Masterworks by Mozart,
Reineke for a one-night-only concert of same way he started it, with Beethovens Beethoven, Ravel, Berg, Debussy and
hip-hop at the symphony (3/22) NSO masterwork (6/15-17) NSO POPS: THE Dvorak as well as Emerson violinist Philip
POPS: 100 YEARS OF ELLA & COMPANY MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS A toast to Setzers solo recital featuring pianist
Sophisticated Ladies features the NSO the music of the most Oscar-nominated Hsin-Chiao Liao (5/14, Baird)
with singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins man alive in his 85th year (6/22-24)
and Montego Glover paying tribute to NSO DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS The STRATHMORE
Ella, Sarah, Billie and Dinah (3/24-25) Kennedy Center favorite curates and 5301 Tuckerman Lane
PROKOFIEVS PIANO CONCERTO FEATUR- hosts a special evening of music featuring Bethesda, Md.
ING LISE DE LA SALLE James Conlon con- guest artists to be announced (6/30) 301-581-5100
ducts three cherished works by longtime strathmore.org
colleagues and collaborators of late NSO SMITHSONIAN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY MONTGOMERY COUNTY YOUTH
Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich, Music Hall ORCHESTRA OF STRATHMORE
part of A Salute to Slava (4/6-8) National Museum of American History Chromatic Colors features the organiza-
BEETHOVENS VIOLIN CONCERTO FEATUR- 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW tions two orchestras, conducted under
ING SERGEY KHACHATRYAN Cristian 202-633-3030 MaryAnn Poling and Simeone Tartaglione
Macelaru leads a program also featuring smithsonianassociates.org (3/11, The Music Center) THE TEN
works by Smetana, Sibelius and an elec- AXELROD STRING QUARTET W/ROLSTON TENORS Australias premier classi-
tronica-influenced piece from Kennedy QUARTET A program of Haydn, cal-crossover group performs The Power
Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Beethoven and four innovative double of Ten (3/13, Music Center) CAMERON
Bates (4/20-22) NSO DECLASSIFIED quartets by Louis Spohr, also featuring CARPENTER AND THE INTERNATIONAL
FEATURING ZAKIR HUSSAIN Classical the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice TOURING ORGAN Showy gay organ star
tabla virtuoso and international phe- Universitys Shepherd School of Music will fill the Music Center with the rich
nomenon performing his new concerto (3/18-19) EMERSON STRING QUARTET sounds from his custom-made monumen-
Peshkar with the NSO and joined by san- Grammy-winning ensemble celebrates tal digital organ and a program of Bach,
toor player Rahul Sharma for a unique its 40th anniversary season and 37th in Wagner and Gershwin in a presentation
world music duet (4/21) NSO POPS: residence at the Smithsonian, performing by Washington Performing Arts (3/23,
LEANN RIMES Emil de Cou leads the two string quartets by Beethoven and one Music Center) ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY
NSO in a concert of the award-winning by Berg (3/19, Baird Auditorium, National ORCHESTRA Music Director Jose-
singers biggest hits, plus an opening Museum of Natural History) MOZARTS Luis Novo conducts the ASO and violin-
set by Bumper Jacksons (4/28) NSO REQUIEM: GRIEF TRANSFORMED Scott ist James Ehnes in Beethoven, Wagner
POPS: INDIGO GIRLS Everyones favor- Tucker and members of the Choral Arts and Stravinsky (3/26, Music Center)
ite lesbian folk duo performs fan favor- Chorus offer a preview of an upcoming ANNIE WU Young California flute play-
ites with symphonic accompaniment, led Kennedy Center performance during a er offers a recital accompanied by Feng
by Reineke, that cant be beat (5/5-6) discussion about the enigmatic Mozarts Niu (4/6 Mansion) PUBLIQUARTET
TCHAIKOVSKYS THE NUTCRACKER SUITE mysterious Mass in D Minor (4/6, New York string ensemble drawing
Gustavo Gimeno leads the last fanta- Rasmuson Theater in National Museum influences from jazz, electronica and
sy-inspired program of the season, pair- of the American Indian) KENNETH acoustic/folk is a fresh new voice on the
ing Tchaikovsky with Rimsky-Korsakovs SLOWIK: BACH RECITAL Smithsonian classical music scene (4/9, Mansion)
Scheherazade (5/11-13) HANDELS Chamber Music Society director cele- ANDSNES & HAMELIN (5/1, Music Center)
MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS brates 40 years as a Smithsonian Chamber POTOMAC VALLEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Conductor Ton Koopman leads a pro- Player with Johann Sebastian Bach (4/8- (5/12, Music Center) MURRAY PERAHIA
gram of Baroque favorites also including 9) ROB KAPILOW, PEABODY SYMPHONY Washington Performing Arts presents
Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and ORCHESTRA What Makes It Great? anal- a pianist of rare musical sensitivity (5/14,
Orchestral Suite No. 3 (5/18-20) JFK ysis of Schuberts Symphony No. 8, co-pre- Music Center) MONTGOMERY COUNTY
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION W/YO-YO MA sented by Washington Performing Arts YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF STRATHMORE

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Luminosity (5/25, The Music Center) who betrays the naive young geisha he popular and suspenseful dramas (7/14,
chooses as his bride (5/6-21) Filene) GRACE POTTER W/NSO@WOLF
THE WASHINGTON CHORUS TRAP Steven Reineke leds orches-
202-342-6221 WOLF TRAP tral arrangements of songs by pop/rock
thewashingtonchorus.org 1645 Trap Road powerhouse (7/15, Filene) WOLF TRAP
CARMINA BURANA AND OEDIPUS REX W/ Vienna, Va. OPERA: LISTEN, WILHELMINA! A new
GAY MENS CHORUS GMCW, Childrens 877-WOLFTRAP interactive mini-opera featuring the
Chorus of Washington, Washington wolftrap.org Wombats (7/19-20, Childrens Theatre-
National Cathedral Boy and Girl STEVEN BLIER AND WOLF TRAP OPERA in-the-Woods) NSO@WOLF TRAP: THE
Choristers and contemporary orchestra SOLOISTS Four of a Kind, with four LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE
Novus NY join to perform two of the 20th singers, four hands, four quartets led by GODDESSES Amy Andersson con-
centurys iconic vocal masterpieces and the New York Festival of Song pianist ducts an adventure through the innova-
to make the final season under Music (6/3-4, Barns) BERNADETTE PETERS tive music and mesmerizing moments
Director Julian Wachner go out with WITH THE WOLF TRAP ORCHESTRA from the legendary games (7/22, Filene)
a bang (5/14, Kennedy Center Concert Three-time Tony winner brings a taste of NSO@WOLF TRAP: CARMINA BURANA
Hall) Broadway for her first appearance in 16 Brand-new music director Gianandrea
years (6/3, Filene) WOLF TRAP OPERA: Noseda leads the NSO with a massive
WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA THE TOUCHSTONE Sparkling Rossini community chorus and Wolf Trap Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House comedy (6/23, 6/25, 6/28, 7/1, Barns) alumni in Orffs epic masterpiece (7/28,
202-295-2400 WOLF TRAP OPERA: STUDIO SPOTLIGHT Filene) NSO@WOLF TRAP: LA LA LAND
dc-opera.org Studio artists shine in their own pro- IN CONCERT Emil de Cou leads a romp
DON GIOVANNI WNO Artistic Director gram of opera scenes and highlights (7/8, through Damien Chazelles jazz-steeped
Francesca Zambello leads a showcase of Barns) WOLF TRAP OPERA SOLOISTS: screen musical (8/4, Filene) NSO@
the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists pro- ARIA JUKEBOX Kim Pensinger Witman WOLF TRAP: JURASSIC PARK IN CONCERT
gram in a staged performance of Mozarts accompanies singers performing opera Emil de Cou leads the players through
timeless drama with the WNO Orchestra hits selected by the audience (7/9, Barns) John Williams iconic score as Steven
conducted by Michael Christie (3/17) WOLF TRAP OPERA W/NSO@WOLF Spielbergs dinosaur classic plays out
MADAME BUTTERFLY An eye-popping TRAP: TOSCA Grant Gershon con- above the stage (8/5, Filene) l
staging of Puccinis immortal tragedy ducts the Washington Chorus and the
about a dashing American naval officer Childrens Chorus of Washington in the For more classical listings, visit
Puccini classic, one of the genres most metroweekly.com/springarts2017

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Spring Arts Preview
LUZ SAN MIGUEL, BALLET MASTER AND
DANCER Madrid-born ballerina per-
forming with partner Gian Carlo Perez
accompanied by companys string quar-
tet and guest musicians (6/14, Former
Residence of the Ambassador of Spain)
BALLET, BRASS & SONG Five ballets per-
formed with three live music ensembles,
including the world premiere of company
Artistic Director Diane Coburn Brunings
new work Songs by Cole featuring com-
pany dancers and songs by Cole Porter,
Rue Noir by New York choreographer
Jennifer Archibald, and the sultry tan-
gos of Sur by Argentinean choreographer
Jorge Amarante, plus poignant male duet
Exit Wounds by Bruning (6/22-24)

CHRISTOPHER K. MORGAN & ARTISTS


christopherkmorgan.com
SASCHA VAUGHAN

IN THE COLD ROOM AND BRUISED W/


POHAKU Featuring two original scores
for electric cello played live by music
collaborator Wytold, with excerpts from

dance
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Morgans latest solo work (4/7, Kennedy
Center Family Theater) SUMMER
INTENSIVE Two weeks of technique,
Compiled by Doug Rule repertoire and seminars to inspire and
challenge serious pre-professional stu-

T
dents, culminating in a free public perfor-
HERES AS MUCH DIVERSITY IN DANCE OFFERINGS THIS SPRING
mance (6/5-16, The Clarice)
as ever, from a celebration of National Tap Dance Day at Joy of Motion,
to the Washington Ballets new work as part of the centennial celebration CITYDANCE
of the presidential namesake at the Kennedy Center. Dissonance Dance Theatre 301-581-5204
also honors the fifth anniversary of its Black LGBT multidisciplinary arts festival, citydance.net
Black to Silver. Meanwhile, Dance Place offers a bittersweet sendoff to Carla
DREAMSCAPE ANNUAL GALA Annual
Perlo, 36 years after she founded the leading D.C. dance institution. But if all
dance spectacular benefiting CityDances
thats not quirky enough for you, its not every season you get to see drag queens
Dream student program, led by Rasta
performing ballet at the Kennedy Center. Hijinks en pointe.
Thomas, hosted by Debbie Allen (5/6,
Lincoln Theatre)

ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington) DANCE PLACE
1333 H St. NE YEAR-END STUDENT PERFORMANCE 3225 8th St. NE
202-399-7993 Pre-professional program with junior, 202-269-1600
atlasarts.org senior and conservatory divisions per- danceplace.org
DEVIATED THEATRE & HILLARY-MARIE: forming (6/10-11) IN-STUDIO YOUTH AND COYABA DANCE THEATER: 20TH
VIBE/BEYOND A company known for TEEN PERFORMANCE (6/17) IN-STUDIO ANNIVERSARY Artistic Director Sylvia
spellbindingly compelling choreography ADULT PERFORMANCE (6/23) Soumahs company presents uplifting
offers a one-of-a-kind evening of rhythm, spirited traditional and contemporary
text, acting and aerials, all set to live music. CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT West African dance and music (3/11-
Performed by Sole Music Collective, in Lansburgh Theatre 12) DANCE METRO DC: KYOKO RUCH
which percussive dance becomes a form 450 7th St. NW AND CHANDINI DARBY Choreographic
of storytelling (3/24-25) 202-499-2297 Grant Recipients present Girl on Girl,
chamberdance.org Ruchs piece exploring how women
BALLETNOVA CENTER FOR DANCE BASH MAGNIFIQUE: ANNUAL BENEFIT claim authority by minimizing other
Fredgren Studio Theatre Company Dancers and Musicians women, and Stances and Stanzas, Darbys
3443 Carlin Springs Rd. with guest artists Mosche Brass Band warrior poem and part of her ongo-
Falls Church, Va. and jazz duo Lena Seikaly and Barry ing Beauty for Ashes project (3/18-19)
703-778-3008 Gurley (3/18, Historic Decatur House) DANIEL BURKHOLDER & DANCEWORKS
balletnova.org DEMO WORKSHOP WITH DANCERS AND PERFORMANCE COMPANY New multi-
SPRING REPERTORY PERFORMANCE MOSCHE BRASS BAND Featuring cho- media work questions memory and the
Virginia troupe presents Coppelia and reography by D.C. hip-hop dancer Victor stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves
Other Works (5/13; 5/19-21, Thomas Adebusolaset (6/8, Hillyer Art Space); (3/25-26) REVISION DANCE COMPANY

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Propelling Voice displays Artistic Director DISSONANCE DANCE THEATRE Michaels and Tamara Henry (3/11-12)
Shannon Quinns daring and athletic style, The Jack Guidone Theater UP! DANCE PROJECT An explora-
further spotlighted via Ben Levines stark Joy of Motion Dance Center tion of what inspires us, produced by
and imaginative scenic design (4/1-2) 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW Jocelyn E. Isaac and incorporating music,
ROSIE HERRERA DANCE THEATRE Two 202-540-8338 dance and visual art (3/18) CLASSICAL
works by Miami artist, whose witty, com- ddtdc.org REPERTORY DANCE ENSEMBLE: SPRING
plex dances mine the personal to portray BUSCANDO LA MELODIA Bridging con- SHOWCASE 2017 Adult ballet danc-
the universal (4/8-9) DC CASINEROS temporary ballet and Afro-modern dance ers of intermediate to advanced levels
An evening of son, songo, salsa and with sultry and spicy jazz by composers (3/25-26) EL SQUAD Japanese street
more in this Cuban Dance Social (4/21) of African-American and Latino descent dancers present signature Light Dance
RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT A new past and present (3/19) BLACK TO style, blending dance, music and elec-
work by leading hip-hop ambassador and SILVER: A BLACK LGBT EXPERIENCE: STILL troluminescent technology (3/26, Arena
choreographer on the topic of morality, Celebrating 5 Years of Stories, mul- Stage) H.Y.P.E. ANNUAL YOUTH BATTLE
spirituality and community loosely based tidisciplinary arts festival examines and A dance party and epic freestyle battle
on Oliver Twist (4/22-23) CELEBRATE explores experiences and issues in the gay hosted by HypeFlow, featuring informal
DEBORAH Artist Deborah Riley has made black community (4/22-23) performances by students in Hip-Hop
Dance Place her home as artist-in-resi- Youth Performance and Education (4/1,
dence, teacher, mentor, choreographer GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Bethesda Studio) H.Y.P.E. IN CONCERT
and director for over 30 years (4/29) CENTER FOR THE ARTS A full-length dance concert celebrating
NEW RELEASES CHOREOGRAPHERS Concert Hall the work of the entire H.Y.P.E. program
SHOWCASE Annually curated show- 4373 Mason Pond Drive (5/7, Greenberg Theatre) YOUTH DANCE
case features some of the best new works Fairfax, Va. ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE (5/13, Greenberg
by established and emerging choreogra- 888-945-2468 Theatre) SOLES OF STEEL SHOWCASE
phers (5/6) RHODESSA JONES & IDRIS cfa.gmu.edu A celebration of National Tap Dance Day
ACKAMOOR OF CULTURAL ODYSSEY San RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE: (5/13-14) LEAP! CONCERT (6/3-4)
Francisco artist wrote and performs Fully CHOPINIANA, CARMEN A ballet double bill
Awake & Facing Seventy: Heaven Betta Bea representing some of the best of classical KENNEDY CENTER
Honky Tonk! (5/12) NEXTGENERATION ballet with the beauty, grace and passion that 202-467-4600
SHOWCASE Dance Places Kids on the typifies the grand Russian tradition (3/18) kennedy-center.org
Move students perform African, ballet, RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE: THE THE CULKIN SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL
tap, hip-hop and more (5/20) EIKO SLEEPING BEAUTY Considered by many DANCE Twenty years after its founding,
OTAKE A Body in Places incorporates to the be the finest achievement in classical Irish dance-focused school celebrates St.
both performative and non-performative ballet and the crowning jewel of choreogra- Patricks Day a day early (3/16, Millennium
elements (5/20-21) DANCEAFRICA, DC pher Marius Petipas career (3/19) MARTHA Stage) LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE
30TH ANNIVERSARY (5/30) PRINCESS GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY The oldest MONTE CARLO All-male comic dance
MHOON: IN JAZZ WE TRUST: MUSIC IN modern dance company in America per- troupe performing in drag and on pointe
MOTION A co-presentation with DC forms a mixed-repertory program includ- and full of antics (3/21-22, Opera House)
Jazz Festival in second installment ing Grahams final work, Maple Leaf Rag HAMBURG BALLET: JOHN NEUMEIERS
from acclaimed choreographer (6/10-11) (4/28) THE LITTLE MERMAID Returning for the
MEGHAN ABADOO Octavias Brood: first time in 13 years, performing the D.C.
JANE FRANKLIN DANCE premiere of a stunning, dark adaptation
Riding the Ox Home is an immersive,
703-933-1111 of the Hans Christian Andersen fable
site-based dance work inspired by the
janefranklin.com (3/28-4/2, Opera) DEMO BY DAMIAN
prophetic visions of Octavia Butler and
Harriet Tubman (6/16) CELEBRATE THE MIGRATION PROJECT (3/25, The WOETZEL: SONG & DANCE Artist, dubbed
CARLA A sendoff as Carlo Perlo Durant Center, Alexandria) BARRIER the Matchmaker by the New York Times,
departs after 36 years as founding direc- Exploring stories of flight, migration, has recently garnered acclaim for working
tor of Dance Place (6/24) DC HIP-HOP climate and environmental impact of with fascinating artists in other genres,
THEATER FESTIVAL Hi-Arts mission is barriers (3/31-4/8, Theatre on the Run, including Hamilton conductor Kurt
to support hip-hop as a vibrant urban art Arlington) CHARLOTTE HOLLISTER Crowley, vocalist Kate Davis, tap dance
and culture movement (7/7) CAPITAL ANNUAL GALA Annual Spring Benefit, powerhouse Michelle Dorrance, Tony-
TAP Shaping the next generation of tap with special guests and surprise perfor- winning actor and clown Bill Irwin, and
musicians, dancers, historians, improvis- mances, named in honor of late board ballet star Tiler Peck (4/3, Eisenhower
ers, technicians, teachers and performers president (5/21, Arlington Arts Center) Theater) URBAN BUSH WOMEN: WALKING
(7/15-16) PRAKRITI DANCE Prakriti: WITH TRANE All-female company
JOY OF MOTION
The Faces of Goddess Earth visualizes the known for vivid performances and intel-
Jack Guidone Theater
spiritual cycle from creation to liberation ligent dance pieces performs a new work
5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(7/22-23) DAKSHINA/DANIEL PHOENIX that explores the legacy of jazz musi-
202-399-6763
SINGH DANCE COMPANY An evening of cian John Coltrane (4/7-8, Eisenhower)
joyofmotion.org
Anna Sokolows choreography (7/29-30) VT DANCE (4/8, Millennium Stage)
ENERGIZERS CREATIVE ARTS CAMP MARCH STUDIO TO STAGE: THATS BALLET ACROSS AMERICA CURATED BY
Showcases the efforts of the Energizers SHOWBIZ! A collaborative showcase MISTY COPELAND AND JUSTIN PECK A
Creative Arts Camp (8/3-4) featuring works from choreographers celebration of innovation and diversity in
Bob Boross, Edward Franklin, Michelle American ballet exploring ideas central

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to the JFK centennial with several companies across multi-
ple programs (4/17-23, Opera) NEW YORK CITY BALLET: TWO
PROGRAMS OF CONTEMPORARY WORKS & BALANCHINE CLASSICS
Acclaimed companys annual visit offers works by todays
hottest choreographers, Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon and
Alexei Ratmansky, along with George Balanchines Square Dance,
Tarantella and The Four Temperaments (6/6-11, Opera) HIP
HOP CULTURE: /PEH-LO-TAH/ Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores
soccer by layering poetry, movement, visuals and music into a
fresh theatrical form based on hip-hop aesthetics in a world pre-
miere co-commission (6/9-11, Family)

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5445 Landover Rd.
Cheverly, Md.
301-277-1710
arts.ppgparks.com
WORLD DANCE SHOWCASE Annual event offers wide-ranging
dance traditions performed with vivid costumes (3/25) DALLAS
BLACK DANCE THEATRE Texas-based company offers sever-
al programs, including one on African dance and drumming,
another for seniors, plus master classes of Liturgical Dance for
Youth and a performance of new works (4/26-30)

THE WASHINGTON BALLET


Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
202-362-3606
washingtonballet.org
ALADDIN An adaptation of the classic fairy tale (3/18-19,
THEARC) KYLIAN: PETITE MORT, PECK: IN CREASES, FORSYTHE:
IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED Three works, initially
regarded radical and innovative, that have gone on to inform
the next wave of contemporary ballet choreographers (3/29-
4/2, Harman Hall) ICONS OF DANCE: PATRICIA MCBRIDE:
BALANCHINE In discussion with Artistic Director Julie Kent
(4/9, Joseph C. Coleman Studios, 3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
BALANCHINE: ALLEGRO BRILLANTE, RATMANSKY: SEVEN SONATAS,
THARP: NINE SINATRA SONGS Combining three masters of
dance from the 20th century to the present (4/26-30, Warner
Theatre) STIEFEL: FRONTIER, TUDOR: LILAC GARDEN, ASHTON:
THE DREAM Kents first-ever commissioned work, choreo-
graphed by Ethan Stiefel and inspired by JFK and his aspirations
for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural and intellectual
excellence. Program also includes works choreographed by
Antony Tudor and Sir Frederick Ashton (5/25-27, Opera House)

WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS


20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md.
301-600-2828
weinbergcenter.org
MARYLAND REGIONAL BALLET The Frederick School of
Classical Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty (4/29-30)

WOLF TRAP
1645 Trap Roadm, Vienna, Va.
703-255-1900
wolftrap.org
PILOBOLUS The innovative, inspiring barrier-breaking mod-
ern dance troupe returns for its first performance at Wolf Trap
in three years (8/15, Filene) l
For expanded Dance listings, visit
metroweekly.com/springarts2017

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

In The Tower: Theaster Gates: The Minor Arts

museums & galleries


Painter reimagines James McNeill
Whistlers famed room as a decadent ruin
collapsing under the weight of its own
creative excess (Now-6/4) TURQUOISE
MOUNTAIN: ARTISTS TRANSFORMING

S
AFGHANISTAN Charting the success of
EVERAL WASHINGTON MUSEUMS ARE REFLECTING ON
American legends John F. Kennedy and Ella Fitzgerald, both born 100 a decade-old British nonprofit that has
years ago. Even more are honoring the April centennial of the year the helped revive Afghanistans proud cul-
U.S. began sending troops to Europe in what became World War I. Even visu- tural legacy by turning a former Kabul
al artists were recruited in the cause, something documented in no less than slum into a vibrant cultural and economic
three exhibits at the Library of Congress and the Air and Space and American center (Now-10/29)
History museums. Not every museum is focused on the past, and a few are THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
very much focused on the budding present, including a collaboration between 10 Art Museum Drive
the Hirshhorn and the Botanic Garden offering a glorious display of orchids. Baltimore, Md.
But for sheer verve in displays of eccentricity, nothing this spring beats the 443-573-1700
Mansion at Strathmore, where you can view drawings made exclusively using artbma.org
colored pencils as well as a sculptural display of cassette tapes featuring
OFF THE SHELF: MODERN &
original music inspired, indirectly, by Facebook. It just goes to prove: creativity
CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS BOOKS (3/12-
really can spark from anywhere.
6/25) FRONT ROOM: ADAM PENDLETON
Using the irrationality of Dada as a
means of re-envisioning race in America
Compiled by Doug Rule street art by hip-hop impresario Fab 5 (3/26-8/13) ON PAPER: FINDING FORM
Freddy and Hong Kong graffiti artist MC Geometric forms are made expres-
Yan (4/1-30) INVENTING UTAMARO: A sive in these contemporary drawings
ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY JAPANESE MASTERPIECE REDISCOVERED from the museums collection (Now-
SMITHSONIANS MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART Discovered in 2014, the long-lost paint- 4/30) SHIFTING VIEWS: PEOPLE &
1050 Independence Ave. SW ing Snow at Fukagawa is displayed along POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN
202-633-1000 with two others by legendary but mys- ART Pointedly political perspectives on
asia.si.edu terious 18th century artist that idealizes the lives of Africans and their diasporic
KUNG FU WILDSTYLE A month-long famous pleasure districts in what is now descendants (Now-6/18) TIMELESS
exhibition and program series high- Tokyo (4/8-7/9) THE GLAZED ELEPHANT: WEFT: ANCIENT TAPESTRIES AND THE
lighting connections between African CERAMIC TRADITIONS IN CAMBODIA ART OF LOUISE B. WHEATLEY Intimate
American and East Asian art, music (Opens 4/15) PEACOCK ROOM REMIX: exhibition celebrating the 40-year career
and film, as seen through contemporary DARREN WATERSTONS FILTHY LUCRE of Maryland artist (Now-7/30) QUEER

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INTERIORS As part of the museums HIRSHHORN MUSEUM & SCULPTURE cartoonists pointed commentaries on the
broad Imagining Home exhibition, artists GARDEN state of affairs (Ongoing)
Rahne Alexander and Jaimes Mayhew 700 Independence Ave. SW
created a larger-than-life bed and fur- 202-633-1000 MANSION AT STRATHMORE
nishings and a multimedia wall display hirshhorn.si.edu 5301 Tuckerman Lane
known as the Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home YAYOI KUSAUMA: INFINITY MIRRORS North Bethesda
Movie Quilt presenting a growing, crowd- Lose yourself in the immersive mirrored 301-581-5100
sourced portrait of the citys queer com- rooms created by the world-renowned strathmore.org
munities (Now-8/31) Japanese artist (Now-5/14) ORCHIDS: A CHROMA Exploring the vast reach-
MOMENT The 22nd annual exhibition es of photography through works that
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presented in collaboration with the U.S. experiment, question and investigate
MUSEUM Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens the medium, whether by using toys or
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM is a showcase of hundreds of fragrant electricity rather than light (Now-4/2)
701 21st St. NW orchids (Now-5/14) LINN MEYERS: OUR INTERIORS Celebrating modern works
202-994-5200 VIEW FROM HERE D.C. artists tempo- for the home, whether furniture, tap-
museum.gwu.edu rary site-specific wall drawing, stretching estries or objects, illustrating how art
INSPIRING BEAUTY: 50 YEARS OF EBONY the entire circumference of the inner-cir- elevates the everyday into the sublime
FASHION FAIR Stunning ensembles cle galleries (Now-8/20) BRAND NEW: (Now-4/2) ALL MY FRIENDS BY DANIEL
by leading designers telling the story of ART AND COMMODITY IN THE 1980S (Now- WATKINS Facebook profile pictures are
the fairs creator Eunice W. Johnson, 5/13) BETTINA POUSTTCHI: WORLD TIME pegged to a specific musical note, result-
who overcame racial prejudice to bring CLOCK A series of 24 photographs taken ing in a piano arrangement dictated by
global fashion to African-American audi- in 24 different time zones, in which a pub- the images digital data, and then record-
ences (3/18-7/24) FOUNDATIONS FOR A lic clock is captured at the same moment: ed onto cassettes, arranged sculpturally
NATION: ARCHITECTURAL IMAGES FROM five minutes before 2 p.m. (Now-4/23) (Now-4/2) 31ST BIENNIAL EXHIBITION
THE ALBERT H. SMALL WASHINGTONIANA SUSPENDED ANIMATION Six artists who OF THE CREATIVE CRAFTS COUNCIL (4/8-
COLLECTION Revealing how the U.S. use digitally generated images as a tool 5/21) DRAWING FOR ART (5/24-6/6)
Capitol and White House were developed to question conceptions of reality (Now- 25TH ANNUAL COLORED PENCIL SOCIETY
as architectural icons for Washington 3/12) BARBARA KRUGER: BELIEF+DOUBT OF AMERICA INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
(Opens 4/29) YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT! Installation questions ideology, social (6/11) JENNIFER KAHN BARLOW
THE CAMPAIGN ART OF MARK AND norms, and consumption (Ongoing) Some of D.C.s most delicious desserts
ROSALIND SHENKMAN Rare campaign and dining spots immortalized in a series
flags and patriotic textiles illustrate LIBRARY OF CONGRESS of detailed and tantalizing oil paintings
how presidential campaigning devel- Thomas Jefferson Building (Ongoing, Comcast Lounge)
oped in the 19th century (Now-4/9) 10 First St. SE
A COLLECTORS VISION: CREATING THE 202-707-8000 NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
ALBERT H. SMALL WASHINGTONIANA loc.gov/exhibits 401 F St. NW
COLLECTION Highlights of the maps, BASEBALLS GREATEST HITS: THE MUSIC 202-272-2448
prints, rare letters, photographs, and OF OUR NATIONAL GAME Featuring nbm.org
drawings documenting the history of baseball sheet music from the collec- ARCHITECTURE OF AN ASYLUM: ST.
Washington, D.C. (Ongoing) tions of the Music Division, representing ELIZABETHS 1852-2017 The story of the
only a small fraction of more than 400 sprawling National Historic Landmark
HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS
published songs about the game (Now- campus and how it reflects evolving theo-
4155 Linnean Ave. NW
7/22) WORLD WAR I: AMERICAN ARTISTS ries of how to care for the mentally ill (3/25-
202-686-8500
VIEW THE GREAT WAR Documenting the 1/15/18) TIMBER CITY Demonstrating
hillwoodmuseum.org
work of American artists who galvanized the wide range of benefits offered by cut-
SPECTACULAR GEMS AND JEWELRY FROM ting-edge methods of timber construction,
public interest in World War I, from
THE MERRIWEATHER POST COLLECTION including strength, fire resistance, sus-
its onset through its aftermath (Now-
The story behind some of the remarkable tainability, and beauty (Now-9/10) THE
8/19) MAPPING A GROWING NATION:
stones and the jewelry into which they LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE OF LAWRENCE
FROM INDEPENDENCE TO STATEHOOD
were transformed into one of the greatest HALPRIN Strong, expressive forms that
Displaying one of only seven known
collections of the 20th century (6/10- evoke the structures and processes of
copies of Abel Buells eighteenth-centu-
1/1/18) PHILIP HAAS: FOUR SEASONS nature, often with terracing enlivened by
ry New and Correct Map of the United
Four larger-than-life, three-dimen- flowing water, are hallmarks of the archi-
States of North America, along with
sional portrait busts sculptural inter- tects revolutionary work (Now-4/16)
other early maps (Ongoing) HOPE FOR
pretations of Giuseppe Arcimboldos cel- HOUSE & HOME Surveying houses both
AMERICA: PERFORMERS, POLITICS AND
ebrated botanical paintings become familiar and surprising, through past and
POP CULTURE Drawing from the per-
the first-ever art installations in the present - including a same-sex couple
sonal papers, joke files, films, radio and
Hillwood gardens (Now-3/31) FRIENDS - challenging ideas about what it means
television broadcasts and other materi-
AND FASHION: AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT to live at home in America (Ongoing)
als donated by Bob Hope and his family
IN 1820S RUSSIA Watercolor portraits SUMMER BLOCK PARTY Chicagos Studio
(Ongoing) HERBLOCK GALLERY Every
that give a sense of life among the Russian Gang architecture and urbanism practice
six months the Library presents a selec-
and European aristocracy a century ago will design the 2017 summer installation
tion of 10 cartoons demonstrating the
(Now-6/11) (Summer)
value of the late Washington Post editorial

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN of the museums 30th anniversary (6/23-
3rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW HISTORY 9/10)
202-737-4215 1400 Constitution Ave. NW
nga.gov 202-633-1000 NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI: NINETEENTH- americanhistory.si.edu 8th and F Streets NW
CENTURY AMERICAN LANDSCAPE ELLA FITZGERALD AT 100: THE FIRST LADY 202-633-1000
PHOTOGRAPHY The first exhibition to OF SONG One of the greatest American npg.si.edu
focus exclusively on photographs made in singers helped pave the way for other AMERICAS PRESIDENTS: TEMPORARY
the eastern half of the country during the women to follow her inspiring exam- INSTALLATION Set up in the west
19th century, photos that helped shape ple in the male-dominated field of jazz gallery on the second floor while the
Americas national identity as well as that still reverberates a century after her permanent gallery space is refurbished
played a role in the emergence of environ- birth (3/30-4/2/18) ADVERTISING WAR and updated (3/24-9/4) THE FACE OF
mentalism (3/12-7/16) THE WOODNER Before the advent of radio and motion BATTLE: AMERICANS AT WAR, 9/11 TO NOW
COLLECTIONS: MASTER DRAWINGS FROM pictures, art and illustration were the Drawing its title from a military history
SEVEN CENTURIES Approximately primary forms of mass communication, book by John Keegan, exhibition explores
100 drawings dating from the 14th to which is why governments, militaries and and assesses the human costs of ongoing
the 20th century and including works service organizations hired artists and wars through portraiture (4/7-1/28/18)
by da Vinci, Durer, Raphael, Degas and illustrators to depict the ravages of war MARLENE DIETRICH: DRESSED FOR THE
Picasso (3/12-7/16) IN THE LIBRARY: and to rally patriotism with the outbreak IMAGE The German-born international
PROCESS AND PARTICIPATION IN THE of WWI (Opens 4/6) glamourpuss brought androgyny to the
WORK OF CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE silver screen and the broader American
A series of photographs by the hus- NATIONAL MUSEUM culture in the mid-20th century (6/16-
band-and-wife photography duo Harry OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN 4/15/18)
Shunk and Janos Kender capturing the 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW
famous European husband-and-wife duo 202-633-1000 THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
that created installations by transform- nmai.si.edu 1600 21st St. NW
ing buildings or landscapes through mas- PATRIOT NATIONS: NATIVE AMERICANS 202-387-2151
sive wrapping techniques (Now-4/14) IN OUR NATIONS ARMED FORCES phillipscollection.org
DELLA ROBBIA: SCULPTING WITH COLOR Documenting the remarkable yet woe- GEORGE CONDO: THE WAY I THINK A
IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE (Now-6/4) fully unrecognized history of American survey of drawings and paintings by pro-
SPECIAL INSTALLATION: RINEKE DIJKSTRA Indian and Alaska Native men and lific painter known for his rich picto-
Four large-scale portraits of adoles- women who have participated in every rial inventions, existential humor and
cents as well as the 1991 self-portrait that major U.S. military encounter since the imaginative portraits incorporating a
inspired much of the 57-year-old Dutch Revolutionary War, serving at a higher hybridization of art-historical influences
artists more recent work (Now-7/16) rate in proportion to their population (3/11-6/25) MARKUS LUPERTZ The
THE URBAN SCENE: 1920-1950 25 black- than any other ethnic group; this exhibit first comprehensive survey in the U.S.
and-white prints exploring the spectacle has spurred on plans for a National Native of works by artist who began painting
of urban modernity by luminaries includ- American Veterans Memorial (Now-Jan. in a postwar Germany dominated by
ing Louis Lozowick and Reginald Marsh 2018) OUR UNIVERSES: TRADITIONAL American Abstract Expressionism and
and other artists of the era (Now-8/6) KNOWLEDGE SHAPES OUR WORLD Pop Art (5/27-9/3) TOULOUSE-LAUTREC:
IN THE TOWER: THEASTER GATES: THE Organized around the solar year, this ILLUSTRATES THE BELLE EPOQUE
MINOR ARTS Artist salvages discarded exhibition focuses on indigenous cosmol- Drawn from artists most prolific years of
materials found in and around his native ogies, or the worldviews and philoso- capturing the heart of Parisian nightlife in
Chicago, in the process resurrecting as phies related to the creation and order of dynamic cabaret and cafe-concert scenes
art declining urban institutions and tra- the universe that guide American Indian (Now-4/30)
ditions, re-envisioning place (Now-9/4) communities (Now-April 2019
RENWICK GALLERY
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM NATIONAL MUSEUM OF Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
1145 17th St. NW WOMEN IN THE ARTS 202-633-1000
202-857-7700 1250 New York Ave. NW renwick.americanart.si.edu
ngmuseum.com 202-783-5000 JUNE SCHWARCZ: INVENTION AND
@NATGEO: THE MOST POPULAR nmwa.org VARIATION Artworks spanning the
INSTAGRAM PHOTOS A look at the magic CHROMATIC SCALE: PRINTS BY POLLY entirety of the career of this pioneering
and influence of photography in the digi- APFELBAUM Philadelphia installation artist who influenced a new generation
tal age through the worlds top media artist whose printed works of striking of artists with her technical innovations
brand on Instagram (Now-4/30) EARTH colors and bold abstract shapes, alter- combined with inventive, unorthodox
EXPLORERS An interactive, hands-on nately geometric and organic, reference designs (3/10-8/27) l
showcase of the work of some of the Minimalist and Pop art (3/10-7/2)
most innovative and exciting National REVIVAL Works by Petah Coyne, Lalla For expanded Museum and Gallery
Geographic explorers (Now-9/10) Essaydi and Joana Vasconcelos, among listings, visit metroweekly.com/spring-
others, illuminate how women regenerate arts2017
sculpture and photo-based art to pro-
found expressive effect in a celebration

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WWH
Spring Arts Preview
film full of dancing, wooing gentlemen
and a thoroughly modern woman, played
by Colleen Moore (4/23)

THE CLARICE
University of Maryland
College Park, Md.
301-405-ARTS
theclarice.umd.edu
CONVERSATION WITH ALEX ROSS New
Yorker music critic discusses his first
book The Rest is Noise, a finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize and a landmark cultur-
al history of 20th century music, in a
discussion led by musicology professor
William Robin (3/28) MUSIC AND FILM
School of Music chamber groups per-
form their own original film scores for
silent movie shorts, as part of a perfor-
mance/screening series that includes
composer-in-residence Maria Newmans
score for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the
1938 film starring Shirley Temple (3/30)
Silent Film Series: Andrew Earle Simpson: Why Be Good? OPERA RESONATES: GENDER-BENDING
ON THE OPERA STAGE Sociology, psy-

above & beyond


chology and politics collide in music in
discussions based on Maryland Operas
productions of Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice
and Offenbachs Orphee aux Enfers (4/9)
Comedy, Readings, Lectures, Spoken Word, Multimedia, Magic, Tastings,
Tours, Drag Queens, Etc. DRAFTHOUSE COMEDY
1100 13th St. NW
AMP BY STRATHMORE 202-750-6411
Compiled by Doug Rule drafthousecomedy.com
11810 Grand Park Ave.
ARLINGTON CINEMA N DRAFTHOUSE North Bethesda, Md. DAMIEN LEMON As seen on MTV2s Guy
2903 Columbia Pike 301-581-5100 Code and Comedy Central Live (3/16)
Arlington, Va. ampbystrathmore.com VENT! An Interactive Happy Hour and
703-486-2345 ONE WOMAN SEX & THE CITY: A PARODY Comedy Show (3/17) CHRIS REDD
arlingtondrafthouse.com A tribute to the HBO show (3/24) Netflix Disjointed!, Popstar, ABCs Family
CARLY AQUILINO From MTV2s Girl SPANKY BROWN & TODD RILEY AMP Fortune and Foxs Empire (3/23) OFF
Code and TV Land (3/17-18) KYLE Comedy Zone Night (4/6) ALPHABET THE RAILS! HAPPY HOUR STORYTELLING
DUNNIGAN As seen on Inside Amy ROCKERS Kids pajama jam party (4/8) Katherine Jessup hosts (3/24) MICKEY
Schumer (3/24-25) EVIL CYBORG JASON KANTER & KEITH PURNELL AMP CUCCHIELLA (3/25) MATTEO LANE As
SEAMONSTERS! A Live Multimedia Comedy Zone Night (4/20) seen on MTV2s Guy Code, Girl Code
Nerd Comedy featuring comedian/car- and Adam Devines House Party (3/30)
toonist Mike Capozzola, with special ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ANTHONY DEVITO From Comedy
guest Robert Mac, riffing on superheroes, 202-399-7993 Centrals Adam Devines House Party, the
action movies, sci-fi, monsters and secret atlasarts.org Rad Dudecast and Gotham Comedy Live
agents (3/26) CARLOS MENCIA Mind A NIGHT OF STORYTELLING V: DESIGNATED (4/7) NOAH GARDENSWARTZ From
of Mencia (3/30-4/1) NATIONAL EVENT SURVIVOR An evening dedicated to cel- Conan and NBCs Last Comic Standing
DAY: SCREENING OF 1984 STARRING JOHN ebrating the increasingly popular art of (4/14) RACHEL FEINSTEIN As seen on
HURT Over 90 movie theaters around oral storytelling around a theme, this year Comedy Centrals Inside Amy Schumer and
the country, all voicing support for the personal tales of surviving against the NBCs Last Comic Standing (4/20) CAKE
National Endowment for the Arts, will odds (3/17) LEAN AND HUNGRY THEATER: COMEDY TOUR (4/25) SPEECHLESS: THE
collectively screen the tale about a man KING LEAR On its 10th anniversary, ULTIMATE IMPROVISATIONAL GAUNTLET
who rebels against his oppressive govern- radio-based theater company offers a (4/28) LUCAS BOHNS LESSON PLANS
ment by keeping a forbidden diary (4/4) ground-breaking production and our first TO LATE NIGHT (5/3) MITCH FATEL
NATASHA LEGGERO (4/7-8) immersive soundscape to take listeners From Comedy Central, SiriusXM Radio
on a journey of dementia (3/31-4/23) and Pandora (6/30)
SILENT FILM SERIES: ANDREW EARLE
SIMPSON: WHY BE GOOD? Celebrate Jazz
Appreciation Month with a silent comedy

MARCH 9, 2017 METROWEEKLY 69


FILMFEST DC ning of progressive hip-hop also featuring a beautiful Georgetown lawyer (3/21)
The Washington, DC International Film Kokayi and Maimouna Youssef (4/8) GREER MACALISTER Girl in Disguise is
Festival HALCYON INCUBATOR BEER GARDEN A a spirited novel following a detectives
202-274-5782 Shark Tank-esque program in which some rise during a national time of crisis (3/22)
filmfestdc.org leading local startups and innovators will RICHARD HOLMES This Long Pursuit
The festival will celebrate its 31st anniver- discuss some of their game-changing is a luminous meditation on the art of
sary this year and, as ever, plans to pres- ideas focused on some of our societys biography fusing the authors own story
ent more than 60 features, documentaries most vexing problems (4/25) JOHN as a biographer with a history of the genre
and shorts from around the world, though WATERS Make Trouble, a new book (3/23) BIANCA BOSKER Cork Dork:
details and schedule have not yet been written for college students to remember A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the
announced (4/20-30, various venues) the value in embracing chaos and weird- Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters,
ness (4/28) and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to
FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY Live (3/28) SUSAN PERABO The Fall
201 East Capitol St. SE HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS of Lisa Bellow (3/29) JULIE BUNTIN
202-544-7077 202-686-8500 Marlena is an electric debut novel about
folger.edu hillwoodmuseum.org love, addiction and loss (4/11) LAUREN
MANUEL GONZALES, YONA HARVEY AND GARDENERS FOCUS: AN ORCHID-FILLED GRODSTEIN Our Short History (4/18)
GARY JACKSON O.B. Hardison Poetry, GREENHOUSE Drew Asbury leads tours KRISTEN RADTKE Imagine Wanting Only
PEN/Faulkner Fiction discussion explor- through Hillwoods working greenhouse This is a gorgeous graphic memoir about
ing the intersections between comic on most days in March, otherwise known loss, love and confronting grief (4/20)
books and literature in a dynamic reading as Orchid Month A MINERALOGISTS PETER DORAN Breaking Rockefeller is an
(3/13) SCREENING: THE TEMPEST A live DELIGHT: HARDSTONE IN HILLWOODS incredible tale of how ambitious oil rivals
broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare COLLECTION A presentation by Wilfried toppled the Standard Oil empire (5/23)
Company of production starring Simon Zeisler, Hillwoods curator of Russian
Russell Beale (3/27) EARLY MUSIC and 19th-century art (3/15) GIRL SCOUT LINCOLN THEATRE
SEMINAR: STARRY MESSENGER Robert DAY AT HILLWOOD (3/25) AN EVENING 202-328-6000
Eisenstein, co-artistic director of Folger WITH FRIENDS AND FASHION A discus- thelincolndc.com
Consort, shares insights into its next con- sion with Anton Fedyashin of the Carmel LISA LAMPANELLI All hail, the return
cert celebrating the rich musical heri- Institute of Russian Culture and History of the gay-popular Queen of Mean (4/8)
tage of 16th-century Italy (3/29) 2017 at American University and Rosalind WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE W/ERIN
FOLGER GALA Celebrating the 25th Blakesley, author of The Russian Canvas: MCKEOWN (4/13) GARRISON KEILLOR
anniversary of Folger Theatre (4/3) Painting in Imperial Russia 1757-1881 An Evening of Storytelling with for-
LAILA LALAMI, LUIS URREA AND SHOBHA (3/30) FABERG EGG FAMILY FESTIVAL mer host of Prairie Home Companion
RAO: THE DISPLACED PEN/Faulkner (4/8-9) CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION: (5/21) TIM AND ERIC 10th Anniversary
Fiction discussion with three authors PETROGRAD 1917 A lecture by scholar Awesome Tour from hit Adult Swim com-
reading from their work and discussing Helen Rappaport (4/20) FROM KAFTAN edy duo (7/18)
what it means to be a citizen in a volatile TO COUTURE: A HISTORY OF EUROPEAN
world (4/7) JANE HIRSHFIELD O.B. FASHIONS IN IMPERIAL RUSSIA, 1700-1917 LOGAN FRINGE ARTS SPACE
Hardison Poetry discussion with author A lecture by Christine Ruane, author of Trinidad Theatre
of eight collections of poetry (4/17) The Empires New Clothes (5/4) FRENCH 1358 Florida Ave. NE.
FESTIVAL Alliance Franaise teams 202-733-6321
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY up with Hillwood for this celebration of capitalfringe.org
CENTER FOR THE ARTS Frances national holiday (7/15) 12TH ANNUAL CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
4373 Mason Pond Drive This years festival will run for 25 days
Fairfax, Va. KRAMERBOOKS and touch down at 10 venues around
888-945-2468 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW town, including the year-round Logan
cfa.gmu.edu 202-387-1400 Fringe Arts Space, which will naturally
TEDXGEORGEMASONU CONFERENCE 2017 kramers.com serve as festival hub (7/6-30)
Showcasing some of the most captivat- ANGELA PALM AND KAITLYN GREENIDGE
ing movers and shakers within the Mason Authors, respectively, of Riverine and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!
community and beyond (4/2) TREVOR We Love You, Charlie Palmer (3/13) BILL Grosvenor Auditorium
NOAH The Daily Show host with sharp, SCHUTT - Cannibalism takes us on a tour 17th and M Streets NW
sage satire (4/21) of the practice by a research associate at 202-857-7700
the American Museum of Natural History nationalgeographic.org/dc/
HALCYON STAGE (3/14) MARK FALLON Unjustifiable STEPHANIE SINCLAIR, PETE MULLER: THE
Halcyon House Means by a former NCIS special agent GENDER ISSUE National Geographic
3400 Prospect St. NW capturing the turbulent events within U.S. magazine editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg
202-796-4240 agencies that culminated in an epic failure leads a discussion exploring and com-
halcyonstage.org in the War on Terror (3/15) CHRISTINA paring global attitudes toward the sexes
HOUSE PARTY: VISIONS OF THE FUTURE KOVAC The Cutaway is a psychological (4/25)
Co-presented with D.C.-based Guerilla thriller focused on the disappearance of
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conversation with Glenn Frankel after a AND ADAM GRANT Option B (4/25) (4/5, Music Center) DAVID SEDARIS
screening of the 75-year-old classic (3/17) KELLY OSBOURNE There Is No F*cking One of Americas most beloved humorists
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Stage
SCOTT SUCHMAN

care, be it scene and character changes or

Novel Idea
Hemingway fans will appreciate the faithfulness of The Select, but for
the position of the innumerable half-filled
glasses littering the tables. All told, its
a lot of moving parts and the ensemble
seamlessly works the many puzzle pieces
everyone else its a bit of a slog By Kate Wingfield over the long evening and for that they
deserve much credit.

T
But and its a big but despite the
HERE ARE TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICES great idea and the skillful execution, expe-
The Select (HHHHH). There is the idea of it a near-verbatim dramatization riencing nearly three hours of it is just too
of Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also Rises and then there is the reality of much of a good thing. Put simply, what
sitting through it. Lets start with the positives. The idea is fascinating. Adapted only may be hypnotic to read in contemplative
to remove duplication and long descriptions, the play uses Hemingways own words silence becomes a kind of endurance test
exclusively be it expository or dialogue to tell his tale of an itinerant group of thir- when played out in this semblance of real
ty-somethings drinking their way through post-WWI Europe. time, no matter how clever the stagecraft
As such, the first-person narrative of Jakes Barnes, his somewhat world-weary or lively the embodiments.
protagonist, serves as the backbone of the production, his monologues catalysts for Opera can pull off this kind of mara-
the scenes and vignettes Hemingway bestowed with dialogue. One minute Barnes is thon because it is an expanded universe
speaking to us directly, telling us his story, while the next he is immersed in a scene that in which music and voice serve as trans-
forwards the plot its a dramatic push-pause-push that works very well. port. Here, we are trapped on one plane
What also works here is David Zinns attractively low-key set, a bar that transforms where everything cerebral is made literal
as players and props suggest an ongoing array of different locales. Equally effective and, after the novelty wears off, ends up
is a clever and evocative soundscape that punctuates and enhances the mood, as feeling kind of like a dramatic cul-de-sac.
orchestrated from discrete mixing boards onstage. The music of the day invites several Take the storys it girl, the elusive Brett
interludes of snazzy dancing, reflecting the bacchanalian mood of those determined to Ashley, who spends her days stringing
drink their way through post-war malaise. Everything is choreographed with immense continues on page 74

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Stage

Avant Bards production, however, is

Oedipus Vexed
not well-served by set design, staging and
choreography that too often obscures and
obstructs the action. Director Nelson and
choreographer Sandra Holloway move the
WSC Avant Bard presents an alternately stirring and stifled energetic cast around the slightly raised
gospel sermon By Andr Herefor stage in formations that evoke a Greek
chorus or worshipers in an ancient tem-

C
ple, but the actors often appear more like
ONCEIVED IN THE WAKE OF SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL, SPIRITUAL- pillars around a proscenium, concealing
ly-minded Broadway shows from Godspell to Your Arms Too Short to Box with from view too much of the ritual the crowd
God Lee Breuer and Bob Telsons 1984 Obie Award-winning The Gospel at has come to witness. Were the Gunston a
Colonus adapted the second of Sophocles Theban plays into a well-received synthesis true, bowl-shaped amphitheater, the audi-
of religious parable, Greek tragedy, and African-American gospel revue. In a new pro- ence could better immerse themselves
duction from WSC Avant Bard, Jennifer L. Nelsons hectic staging of Gospel at Colonus with the actors situated around the action.
(HHHHH) offers some soul-stirring singing and sermonizing, but still adds up to much But some in the audience, seated two steps
less than the sum of its parts. below a ring of chorus members, have a
The setting inside the intimate Gunston Arts Theatre suggests a temple mount ris- view mostly of backs and shoulder blades.
ing over an African garden, complete with a womens choir and an altar upon which The prevailing effect, as the formations
rests the two musicians whose keyboard and djembe supply the sermons heartbeat. shift, circle, and parade about, is more
Here, the audience has been invited to fellowship with Preacher Oedipus (William T. like pageantry than powerful storytelling,
Newman, Jr.) and his flock, as the fired-up minister recounts the tragic exile of Oedipus marked by a sense of something lacking
the King (DeMone) accursed, blinded, and attended to in his final days by only his that the hit-or-miss dramatic performanc-
daughter, Antigone (Tiffany Byrd), who pleads her fathers case for sanctuary in the es of an uneven cast do not redress.
city of Colonus. Musical director eMarcus Harper-
The very idea of depicting the Oedipus myth as a quasi-biblical tale of a ruined man Short has galvanized some top-notch
seeking mercy in the face of his looming mortality is inspired. Breuer and Telsons art- singing talent into a finely tuned instru-
ful intent in employing hymns and proselytizing as a theatrical device registers sound- ment, bountifully supported by Minister
ly, due in great part to their wonderful, enduring songs. The immediacy and emotion Becky May Jenkins and the Womens
conveyed by gospel music, which can be as searing as it can be uplifting, enriches this Ecumenical Choir of the Ebenezer Baptist
redemptive story of a man piteously ensnared in the net of his own destiny. Church of Alexandria. To put it succinctly,

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the cast and chorus sound and Greg Watkins as
tight, and the singings Theseus and Polyneices,
mostly on point. Its sever- respectively make music
al of the characterizations of the poetic language,
that fall flat, and the musi- with Watkins in particu-
cal suffers in turn. lar going to the welcome
In the case of Ms. trouble of investing his
Byrds Antigone, the role of Oedipus renegade
play calls for more than son with bracing spirit
just daughterly devo- and determination.
tion, which she portrays Mr. Watkins might
adequately but without fairly be regarded as a dou-
much added dimension. ble-threat for his efforts
As Singer Oedipus, stage here, among a cast that
and screen vet DeMone delivers the shows music
has a commanding, soul- with more verve and pre-
ful voice that shakes the cision than is afforded
rafters in song, but his the book. The original
quieter moments describ- Broadway production of
ing the fearful, deteriorat- The Gospel at Colonus, fea-
ing old king feel mawk- turing Morgan Freeman
ish and overplayed. His delivering the sermon on
DJ COREY PHOTOGRAPHY

Preacher counterpart, the mount, was famously


Mr. Newman, is more well-acted. Avant Bards
dynamic and convincing, production, on the other
delivering his mellifluous- hand, is well-sung and lit-
ly-voiced oration. tle else. l
Likewise, A.J. Calbert

The Gospel at Colonus runs to March 26 at The Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 So. Lang Street in Arlington, Va.
Tickets are $10 to $35. Call (703) 418-4804, or visit avantbard.org.

continued from page 72 day his unabashedly anti-Semit-


along hapless men mesmerized by ic attitude towards Robert Cohn,
her beauty and ennui. As nice- another of Bretts hangers-on. In
ly as Stephanie Hayes captures smaller roles, but bringing some of
this rather less-than-sympathetic the best moments of atmosphere
woman, there is only so much of and inventiveness, Susie Sokol is
her blank-eyed sashaying around extraordinary as bull-fighter Pedro
bars and hotels one can take before Romero, while Robert M. Johanson
we are as blank-eyed as she is. offers some hilarious dancing and
Without more, this is a character a comic rendering of writer Bill
SCOTT SUCHMAN

better played by an imagination, Gorton. Nailing it more often than


not an actor. not, Vin Knight delivers several
That said, one compensa- wonderfully drawn characters who
tion is the subtly seductive Mike come into Barnes orbit in various
Iveson as protagonist Jake Barnes. European corners.
Capturing Hemingways style with an intelligent, laconic deliv- That said, though he does a tremendous job of orchestrating
ery, Iveson gives his man an intriguingly nuanced personality. the piece as director (and sound mixer), in the role of Cohn,
We learn early on that Barnes has been made impotent by a John Collins is a tad too deflated, too wooden. Part of this is the
war injury and he can never be more than friend and confidant challenge of the role: he is described only schematically by nar-
to Brett. Unable to abandon her, he must play witness to her rator Barnes and remains largely reticent. It is very hard to play
endless dalliances and yet he remains a rueful, philosophical someone designed to live in the space behind the written word.
observer. He is a man smiling quite literally in the face of The lesson here is that purity of purpose costs. Cutting the
defeat, and it suggests a complex inner life. length and maybe even taking a bit of poetic license would have
Also well-played is Paul Boococks Mike Campbell, a drunken, made this far more watchable, as the troupe no doubt knows. So,
British toff content to leave open indefinitely his marriage proposal it boils down to this: devotees of Hemingway and those with a
to Brett, despite her romantic wanderlust. Boocock nicely captures taste for the avant garde will likely be riveted. Everyone else will
Mikes entitled bluster and as would have been common in the be in for a long night. l

The Select runs to April 2 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Tickets are $44 to $123.
Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.

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Opera

have a look, consider the contender, decide

Knockout
Terence Blanchards jazz opera Champion comes out swinging and
to cheer or boo, be it Emile as a young boy,
young man or in old age.
But, like Dead Man, Champion is more
than just a recounting of real-life events.
delivers some powerful punches By Kate Wingfield As Emiles career as a boxer takes off, we
learn that he is far more complicated than

A
his winning smile and determined boxing
NOTHER CONTEMPORARY OPERA FOLLOWING FAST ON THE HEELS shows. He frequents a gay bar no small
of Dead Man Walking, Terence Blanchards Champion continues the fascinat- thing in the late mid-century when gay
ing conversation on todays opera. Its a great choice for two reasons. First, like rights were anything but established. As
Dead Man, it shows that modern opera doesnt have to be a discordant concept-piece. time goes by, and despite a marrying a
Like the best of traditional opera, it can tell a compelling, deeply enthralling story. But woman, he continues to struggle to know
Champion is also a brilliant choice because it sits in fascinating contrast to Dead Man. who he is and what he wants. The equa-
It is, quite simply, a very different animal. tion grows even more complex when he
Whereas Jake Heggies opera is dialogue-rich and engaged in a real-time narrative, plays a role in the death of an opponent,
Champion (HHHHH) tells its (also true) story of boxer Emile Griffith with greater Benny Paret. As he finally contemplates
flights of expressive fancy. The good news is that its no less accessible. In a won- the human cost of his professional life,
derful moment, for example, when we first meet the young Emile, he arrives by way he is as much a victim as the men he has
of a mini-spectacle of song and dance suggesting a street festival in his home in the beaten senseless in the ring.
U.S. Virgin Islands. It tells us much of what we need to know about this young mans The themes and questions are deeply
optimism and also his innocence. Later, scenes are often introduced by a boxing ring interesting. Even if times have changed,
announcer with the words And in this corner. This, too, works. It is our invitation to pressures obviously still remain for

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LGBTQ people, especially in the sports world. Many grapple while also hiding them, this could have been more clearly
with the contradictions inherent in contact sports. And everyone offered. There are really only two scenes that address his sexu-
can relate to the weight of expectations, the crossroads we all ality; Champion feels emotionally underserved.
face without a roadmap. Another unevenness is Emiles relationship with his mother,
Carrying this story is Blanchards extraordinarily power- Emelda Griffith. While it doesnt get any better than having the
ful and creative score. An unfettered blend of opera, jazz and magnificent Denyce Graves gracing the role, there is something
African-influenced percussion, it is exciting simply to experi- unmet in their interactions. She abandoned him when he was a
ence it. But its also an ideal vehicle in which to carry his story child, so where is his anger and sadness? If the splendid tones
and its powerful themes. What could be better than a building of her mezzo-soprano at first sound a little incongruous as they
powerhouse of drumbeats to suggest the pressure and violence ride the jazz, her aria The sea aint got no back door sung to
of the boxing ring? What better than a driving jazz undercurrent a solo bass is truly sublime. Other standouts here are Arthur
to suggest the intensity and color of city life? Paired with Greg Woodley, singing the elderly Emile with winsome expressive-
Emetazs stunning, vintage-style projections especially the ness and Samuel Schultz who did a stellar job with the role of
boxers in all their grit, glory and physical beauty the entirety Emiles manager Howie, on behalf of an ill Wayne Tigges. In
is enthralling and evocative. smaller roles, tenor Frederick Ballentine sings beautifully and is
Which brings us to an interesting dilemma of Champion. So exceptional as Luis Griffith, the elderly Emiles caregiver, while
much of it is about the physicality of the boxers and its sensual Samuel Grace is quietly effective and delivers his gorgeously
connection to Emiles unfulfilled erotic needs, finding singers melancholy treble soprano with much presence.
who can convincingly carry the roles is no small challenge. Here, With highlights such as these, there is every reason to see
the issue is utterly moot, since Aubrey Allicock is so exquisitely Champion. But prepare for one or two caveats. Not every transi-
convincing as the young boxer. A stocky, super-fit steamroller, tion between the genres works as smoothly as it could (Emeldas
he is a joy to watch. But Allicock is a subtle actor and he sees the entrance in a comically cardboard car is a case in point). Even
appeal in showing the gentleness in Emile. If he convinces more more problematic are the penultimate moments of the opera,
when dancing with Sadie, his future wife (played and sung with when Blanchard brings the full cast onto the stage to join the
effective understatement by Leah Hawkins), than with the man elderly Emile as he comes to terms with his younger selves. It
he meets later in a bar, its not the end of the world. may be intended as a grand requiem style reckoning, but the
But it does raise a bigger problem: Although overall it is libretto and music teeter too close to the trite. That said, this
apparent that Emile is trying to understand his erotic needs opera still comes out swinging and youll want to be ringside. l

Champion runs to Mar. 18 at The Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $35 to $300.
Call 202-467-4600, or visit kennedy-center.org.

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by Miss Destiny B. Childs, 10:30pm Meet and Greet March 12 Buffet, 10am-3pm Crazy Top Shelf, Bottoms Up $3
8-10pm Karaoke, after the show no tick- Hour, 4-7pm Karaoke, TRADE Rail, $3 Bud Light, 4-9pm
10pm-close ets required DJ DrewG, 9 1/2 8pm-1am Doors open 2pm Huge Monday Nights A Drag,
upstairs, 11pm-close Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any Happy Hour: Any drink featuring Kristina Kelly
GREEN LANTERN Music and video by DJ drink, 2-9pm Multiple GREEN LANTERN normally served in a cock- Doors open at 10pm
Happy Hour, 4-9pm $5 Wess downstairs Cover TVs showing movies, Happy Hour, 4-9pm tail glass served in a huge Showtime at 11:30pm
Bacardi, all flavors, all $12 21+ shows, sports Expanded Mamas Trailer Park glass for the same price, $3 Skyy Cocktails, $8 Skyy
night long craft beer selection Karaoke downstairs, 2-10pm Beer and wine and Red Bull $8 Long
TRADE No Cover 9:30pm-close only $4 Islands No Cover, 18+
NELLIES SPORTS BAR Doors open 2pm Huge
Guest DJs Zing Zang Happy Hour: Any drink COBALT/30 DEGREES NELLIES SPORTS BAR ZIEGFELDS/SECRETS DC EAGLE
Bloody Marys, Nellie Beer, normally served in a cock- Happy Hour: Tops Down $6 Drag Brunch, hosted by All male, nude dancers Doors open at 8pm
House Rail Drinks and tail glass served in a huge Top Shelf, Bottoms Up $3 Shi-Queeta-Lee, 11am-3pm Decades of Dance DJ Happy Hour, 8-10pm $2
Mimosas, $4, 11am-5pm glass for the same price, Rail, $3 Bud Light, 4-9pm $20 Brunch Buffet Tim-e in Secrets Doors off everything Endless
Buckets of Beer, $15 2-10pm Beer and wine Homowood Karaoke, House Rail Drinks, Zing 9pm Cover 21+ Happy Hour prices to any-
only $4 hosted by Robert Bise, Zang Bloody Marys, Nellie one in a DC Eagle T-Shirt
NUMBER NINE 10pm-close 21+ Beer and Mimosas, $4, Monday Madness: Free
Doors open 2pm Happy 11am-close Buckets of Pool All Night and Day
Hour: 2 for 1 on any drink, Beer, $15 $1 Bud and Bud Light
2-9pm $5 Absolut and Draughts all night No
$5 Bulleit Bourbon Cover 21+
Pop Tarts, featuring DJs
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FREDDIES BEACH BAR
Crazy Hour, 4-7pm
TRADE
Doors open 5pm Huge
GREEN LANTERN
Happy Hour all night long,
Wednesday, NELLIES SPORTS BAR
SmartAss Trivia Night, 8pm
Thursday,
Singles Night Karaoke, Happy Hour: Any drink 4pm-close March 15 and 9pm Prizes include March 16
8pm normally served in a cock- bar tabs and tickets to
tail glass served in a huge NELLIES SPORTS BAR 9 1/2 shows at the 9:30 Club 9 1/2
GREEN LANTERN glass for the same price, Beat the Clock Happy Hour Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any $15 Buckets of Beer for Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
Happy Hour all night long 5-10pm Beer and wine $2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), drink, 5-9pm Multiple SmartAss Teams only drink, 5-9pm Multiple
Open Mic Night Karaoke only $4 $4 (7-8pm) Buckets of TVs showing movies, Bring a new team member TVs showing movies,
with Kevin, 9:30pm-close Beer $15 Karaoke and shows, sports Expanded and each get a free $10 shows, sports Expanded
Drag Bingo craft beer selection Dinner craft beer selection
JR.S
Showtunes Songs &
Tuesday, NUMBER NINE
No Cover
NUMBER NINE
Music videos featuring
DJ Wess
Singalongs, 9pm-close March 14 Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any COBALT/30 DEGREES Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
DJ James $3 Draft Pints, drink, 5-9pm No Cover Happy Hour: Tops Down $6 drink, 5-9pm No Cover COBALT/30 DEGREES
8pm-midnight 9 1/2 After 9pm, $3 Absolut, Top Shelf, Bottoms Up $3 Happy Hour: Tops Down $6
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any Bulleit & Stella Rail, $3 Bud Light, 4-9pm SHAWS TAVERN Top Shelf, Bottoms Up $3
NELLIES SPORTS BAR drink, 5-9pm Multiple $4 Stoli and Stoli Flavors Happy Hour, 4-7pm $3 Rail, $3 Bud Light, 4-9pm
Beat the Clock Happy Hour TVs showing movies, SHAWS TAVERN and Miller Lite all night Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, Stonewall Darts After-
$2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), shows, sports Expanded Half-Priced Burgers and Wednesday Night Karaoke, $5 Rails and House Wines Party, 6-10pm Locker
$4 (7-8pm) Buckets of craft beer selection Pizzas, 5-10pm $5 House hosted by India Larelle and Half-Priced Pizzas Room Thursday Nights,
Beer $15 Texas Holdem No Cover Wines and $5 Sam Adams Houston, 10pm No Cover Piano Bar with Jill, down- 10pm-close $3 Rail
Poker, 8pm Dart Boards 21+ stairs, 8pm Drinks, 10pm-midnight, $5
COBALT/30 DEGREES TRADE Red Bull and Frozen Virgin
NUMBER NINE DJ Honey Happy Hour: Doors open 5pm Huge FREDDIES BEACH BAR TRADE Drinks DJs Sean Morris
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any Tops Down $6 Top Shelf, Happy Hour: Any drink Crazy Hour, 4-7pm $6 Doors open 5pm Huge and MadScience Best
drink, 5-9pm No Cover Bottoms Up $3 Rail, $3 Bud normally served in a cock- Burgers Drag Bingo Happy Hour: Any drink Package Contest at mid-
Light, 4-9pm SIN Service tail glass served in a huge Night, hosted by Ms. normally served in a cock- night, hosted by BaNaka &
SHAWS TAVERN Industry Night, 10pm-close glass for the same price, Regina Jozet Adams, 8pm tail glass served in a huge Kristina Kelly $200 Cash
Happy Hour, 4-7pm $3 $1 Rail Drinks all night 5-10pm Beer and wine Bingo prizes Karaoke, glass for the same price, Prize Doors open 10pm,
Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, only $4 10pm-1am 5-10pm Beer and wine 21+ $5 Cover or free
$5 Rails and House Wines FREDDIES BEACH BAR only $4 with college ID
and Half-Priced Pizzas Crazy Hour, 4-7pm GREEN LANTERN
Trivia with Jeremy, 7:30pm Karaoke, 8pm Happy Hour all night long,
4pm-close

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Doors open at 8pm Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
Strip Down Thursdays drink, 5-9pm No Cover
Happy Hour Shirtless
guys drink $2 off all SHAWS TAVERN
drinks, 8-10pm Jock or Happy Hour, 4-7pm $3
underwear gets $2 off all Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon,
drinks, 10pm-2am No $5 Rails and House Wines
Cover 21+ & Half-Priced Pizzas $4
Heineken and Coronas,
FREDDIES BEACH BAR 5pm-close
Crazy Hour, 4-7pm
Karaoke, 8pm TRADE
Doors open 5pm Huge
GREEN LANTERN Happy Hour: Any drink
Happy Hour, 4-9pm normally served in a cock-
Ladies Drink Free Power tail glass served in a huge
Hour, 4-5pm Shirtless glass for the same price,
Thursday, 10-11pm DJs 5-10pm Beer and wine
BacK2bACk only $4

NELLIES SPORTS BAR ZIEGFELDS/SECRETS


Beat the Clock Happy Hour All male, nude dancers
$2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), DJ 9pm Cover 21+ l
$4 (7-8pm) Buckets of
Beer $15 Drag Bingo

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LastWord.
People say the queerest things

There was a time on the show where Frank was going to have me be gay.... It never happened, obviously,
but Im not against it and...

I would be down for it and Id try to kick ass at it.


The Walking Deads NORMAN REEDUS to The Mirror, referring to a conversation he once had with Frank Darabont, the shows
former head writer, about his character Daryls sexuality.

[E]ven after successfully participating in this parade and bringing honor to those who have served,
we are still fighting for the respect
that comes with serving our country.

Boston-based LGBTQ veterans group OUTVETS, in a Facebook post about a vote by the South Boston Allied War Council to deny
the groups request to march in Bostons St. Patricks Day Parade. No reason was given for the denial, so the group
assumed it is because they are LGBTQ.

The investigation is already well advanced and


we are going after the killers.
FORTALEZA POLICE INSPECTOR DAMASCENO, telling Metro about the investigation of the murder of a transgender woman in Brazil
that was caught on tape. Video footage shows Dandara dos Santos being dragged from her home to the street by a group of men,
punched, kicked, and placed in a wheelbarrow before being taken to a back alley and beaten to death.

While the media makes it so much about transgender, this is a bill that says
men should not go into a womens restroom.
Texas State Sen. LOIS KOLKHORST (R-Brenham), the sponsor of bathroom bill SB 6, in a statement made during hearings. SB 6
was approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday, March 7.

He did share it with Diana while he worked with her because they were so close. But at the time
she was the only woman he felt he could tell.
A source close to Princess Dianas former butler Paul Burrell, speaking with The Sun about Burrells sexual orientation, which
had been kept secret. Burrell, who divorced his wife only six months ago, caused a stir in the British press when he
came out as gay and announced his plans to marry long-term partner Graham Cooper.

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