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by Tim Regan — June 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

8 PosterLocal theater company The District Arts Collaborative is staging a play to celebrate today’s monumental marriage equality ruling.

Tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m., the company will perform “8,” a staged reading that chronicles the trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.

The play will be performed by a cast of 21 actors on the third floor of Cobalt, located at 1639 R Street NW.

Though opening night coincides with the most important marriage equality ruling ever, director Amy Tolbert Harris says she’s been working on the performance since April.

“It was kind of fate,” says Harris. “When I heard the news, I was in my office, and I just started tearing up.”

“I’m hopeful that people will come based on the ruling,” Harris adds.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

by Tim Regan — June 26, 2015 at 11:30 am 237 0

Good news: It just got a little easier to spot the Dupont Underground entrance.

Bad news: The underground art gallery’s opening date has been delayed.

Earlier this week, a bright red coat of paint was applied to the entrance doors and a nearby lamppost just north of Dupont Circle.

The sign was designed by D.C. branding agency Ripe, and the Sherwin Williams store at 2511 14th Street NW donated the red paint, says Dupont Underground Managing Director Braulio.

But Dupont residents might have to wait a little longer for that bright red entrance to swing open.

Though the Washington Post reported in May that the underground art space was aiming for a July opening, Agnese says the opening has been further delayed due to a snag in the permissions process.

“The timeline has been pushed back,” says Agnese. “Hiccups are an inevitable part of the development process, no matter how hard you try to avoid them.”

by Jared Holt — June 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

Super Art Fight

What’s equal parts live art, wacky costumed characters, glow-sticks and nostalgia? Super Art Fight, that’s what.

Ten artists will face off in a test of speed, creativity and scribbling during the show on the Black Cat main stage Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.

“Super Art Fight is Pictionary meets pro wrestling,” says Ross Nover, who co-hosts the show he calls the “greatest live art competition in the known universe.”

“But unlike pro-wrestling, none of the show is pre-planned,” says Nover. “It’s less about how great the art work comes out, and more about how funny and great the moment was when it was created.”

During the bout, artists are encouraged to undermine each other’s illustrations by adding their own mischievous input to their opponent’s work. At the end, audience applause determines the winner.

Nover says the audience vote encourages artists to create eccentric personas and outfits for audience love.

Attendees should expect the show’s usual wacky decorations and costumes to be kicked up a notch for Saturday’s 80’s-themed show. Michael Bracco, known as Baron Von Sexyful on stage, created two decorations that Nover describes as “the worlds craziest mash-up T-shirt” of cartoon characters and pop culture icons.

The show will also include Synful Pleasure, an ’80s cover band, and live DJing from the The Megadrives.

Tickets are available online for $15 and a $3.90 service fee. The show is for all ages.

Photo via Super Art Fight’s Facebook

by Jared Holt — June 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm 501 0

The Keegan Theatre (1742 Church St NW) is almost ready to debut a new look after 10 months of renovations.

Starting this Saturday, patrons will enter the theater through a new glass and steel atrium, walk up the atrium’s bright staircase and take a seat in one of the new burnt orange chairs to watch the opening of famed Tennessee Williams play, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Apart from the new atrium, the renovation also includes a new lighting grid, dressing rooms, bathrooms and a bar.

“It’s like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Jeff Klein, media relations manager for Keegan Theater. “We had a lot of obstacles that we overcame. There’s still work to be done in the basement, which we call the artist space, but everything else is pretty much ready to go.”

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” runs until July 25. Click here to view the theater’s 2015-16 season.

by Tim Regan — June 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm 0

Hook in Farragut Square, photo via Golden Cinema“Hook,” starring the late Robin Williams, will play on the big screen in Farragut Square on Friday as part of Golden Triangle BID‘s Golden Cinema series.

Though the film begins at sunset, attendees can start setting up lawn chairs and blankets at 7:30 p.m.

This is the sixth film in the Golden Cinema series. The next film, “Nine to Five,” plays on July 10.

Photo via Golden Cinema BID

by Borderstan.com — June 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm 121 0

People's Choir, Photo via facebook.com/APeoplesChoirDC

A crowd of strangers will sing in unison this Thursday evening at Stetson’s on U Street, but it won’t be a sporadic event.

Instead, the sing-along is organized by A People’s Choir DC, a monthly meetup group devoted to hosting public singing sessions.

“A People’s Choir DC is a casual sing-along,” reads the event’s Facebook page. “It isn’t a performance; it’s a group effort.”

The idea works like this: People get together at a bar, order drinks and sing loudly over popular songs. And, well, that’s about it.

Each month, the group belts out tunes related to a specific theme. This month’s sing-along is an ode to D.C. weather, and as such, the group will sing along with such songs as Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” and “California Dreamin'” by the Mamas and the Papas.

Attendees will receive a lineup of the night’s songs and a printout of the lyrics at the door.

Though you might be skittish singing in front of people you don’t know, People’s Choir D.C. founder Jenny Koch says it’s really not a big deal. If you don’t know a song, make up the words. If you want to sit one out and chat, that’s okay too. And newcomers are always welcome.

“Although we have a bunch of people who come regularly, we also get lots of new people every time,” she says.

The singing begins at 8 p.m. at Stetson’s, located at 1610 U Street NW.

Photo via Facebook.com/APeoplesChoirDC; This post features reporting by contributor Octavia Silva

by Tim Regan — June 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Fete de la Musique, photo via Dupont Festival

(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) Live music will fill the air around Dupont Circle during D.C.’s own Fete de la Musique celebration.

The event, organized by Alliance Francaise and Dupont Festival, coincides with the worldwide holiday that first began in Paris in 1982.

Though the celebration started in France, musicians will perform several genres of music during the all-day performance.

There will also be an area for kids with lessons on creating musical instruments, calligraphy and face painting.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and arrive early.

Here’s the full setlist for the day:

  • 11:00 a.m. Children’s songs with Gaspard
  • 11:45 a.m. Story time with Madeline
  • 12:45 p.m. Children’s songs with Gaspard
  • 1:30 p.m. French songs with Jean-Jacques
  • 2:15 p.m. French vintage songs with The Jennifer Scott Quartet
  • 3:15 p.m. Brass Band music with the Brass Connection Band
  • 4:15 p.m. Latin/Salsa music with El Clan DC
  • 5:30 p.m. French songs with Jean-Jacques
  • 6:15 p.m. Roots-rock/Americana music with Gramophonic

Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival

by Tim Regan — June 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

The Evil League of Ecdysiasts (GiGi Holliday and Cherie Sweetbottom) by Stereo Vision PhotographyBurlesque troupe The Evil League of Ecdysiasts will celebrate prolific writer, producer and nerd god Joss Whedon tomorrow night by disrobing on Black Cat’s main stage tomorrow night at 9 p.m.

Cherie Sweetbottom, one of the event’s producers as well as one of its performers, said the women in the show would be doing routines in the style of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Firefly and Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

“We have a duet, a couple of group numbers, a fantastic local musician, and a costume contest,” says Sweetbottom. “And we have a finale group number with live singing, live music, and a big finish.”

Sweetbottom adds that Whedom himself was also invited to the big night.

“We always put Joss on the guest list,” she says, “but I don’t think we’d want to know he was coming. It would be better to find out afterward that he’d been lurking in the back somewhere, possibly in a disguise to hide his identity from the worshipful fans.”

Those planning to go are encouraged to buy their tickets ahead of time, as the show usually sells out.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Photo by Stereo Vision Photography

by Tim Regan — June 16, 2015 at 10:15 am 0


(Updated 1:30 p.m.) People taking their lunch break on the lawn in Dupont Circle earlier today could have thought for a moment that they’d traveled through time.

That’s because Dupont Festival, in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, staged a combination Bloomsday and Yeats Day celebration packed with people in costumes from the early 1900s, storytellers and period musicians today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Bloomsday — and similar holiday Yeats Day — were created to commemorate Irish literary legends James Joyce and William Butler Yeats.

The goal of today’s event, says Dupont Festival co-founder Aaron DeNu, was to recreate the atmosphere of 19th century Dublin, as is traditionally done on Bloomsday.

“[The Irish Embassy] has an incredible group of people that are going to do readings of Ulysses and musical performance today,” DeNu said. “They have some people that are going to dress up in 1900s traditional dress. It should be pretty fun.”

The event was free, and coincided with a vintage bike rally organized by BicycleSPACE.

by Jared Holt — June 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

You're the Expert

A public radio show from Boston will make its District debut at DC Improv on Wednesday.

Chris Duffy, creator and host of “You’re the Expert,” will join comedians Seaton Smith, Maeve Higgins and another currently unannounced comedian on stage when the show begins at D.C. Improv at 8 p.m.

The idea behind the show is simple: Duffy invites a scientist on air and subjects him or her to a panel of comedians that use a series of games and misguided assumptions to speculate what kind of research they do. After they guess correctly, the group discusses the topic and asks questions.

Wednesday’s guest will be Dr. Robert Provine, a neuroscientist who studies the brain mechanics behind laughter, yawning, farting and hiccuping.

Though “You’re the Expert” has been a podcast for three years, the show began airing on Boston NPR affiliate 90.9 WBUR earlier this year.

Duffy taught fifth-grade at an inner-city Boston school when his comedy career first took off, which he said inspired his idea to use comedy to deliver education. Initially pulling from his peer group of science researchers, the show turned into a platform for scientists to share their findings.

“If you go to ‘You’re the Expert’ and you just laugh, then we failed,” he said. “We want people to leave having learned something.”

Tickets are $20 and there’s a required minimum two-item bar purchase.

Image Courtesy of Chris Duffy

by Tim Regan — June 12, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Naked Girls Reading at DCAC, photo via Two weeks ago, local nerds dressed up for Awesome Con. This weekend at DC Arts Center, they’ll be taking the costumes off.

Naked Girls Reading’s D.C. chapter will perform its monthly nude reading tonight at 10 p.m. The theme: All things nerd.

Performers Gigi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and special guest Lucy Flawless will dress, then undress, as mutants, superheroes, and probably at least one character from Doctor Who. Along the way, they’ll read excerpts of nerdy literature in the nude.

Attendees are highly encouraged to show up dressed in their favorite nerd-themed costume and compete in the Nerdette costume contest.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.

by Jared Holt — June 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm 0

Church Night

The blasphemers behind interactive religious parody act Church Night are celebrating Pride with a new LGBTQ-themed show.

Mega Church Night, the group’s first non-holiday show at the Black Cat, begins at 9 p.m on June 20.

Acts include praise music by Minneapolis queer band B O Y F, inspirational testimony from drag queen Summer Camp, a witness to faith by lesbian burlesque dancer Glam Gamz and children’s comedy by Curt Mariah.

Monthly shows regularly feature monologues, sketches, music and “Shots ‘N Tots” Communion, during which attendees are provided a shot of whiskey and a single tater tot.

“While the format of each show is the same, the content is different,” Landon Letzkus — known on stage as Rev. Bidet  — said. “So we’re happy to say this will be like ever other Church Night and totally different from ever other Church Night.”

Letzkus, Linsay Deming,and Jeremy Frank write, produce and perform Church Night.

Since its debut at The Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights, the show has developed a “loyal flock” of 150-160 members that consistently fill the back stage at Black Cat.

“There’s a really tight-knit community among people who come to Church Nights,” Deming said.

Jeremy Frank was unavailable for comment, much like his tongueless, scantily clad and submissive stage character, altered boy Randy St. Oates Jr.

Image courtesy of Church Night

by Tim Regan — June 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

Hundreds of quiet dancers packed Dupont Circle last Saturday for With Love DC’s Silent Disco Party. Some donned silly costumes. Others dressed in party attire. All wore headphones.

From 8 to 9 p.m., attendees danced to a playlist of songs ranging in style from dubsteb to disco. And they probably freaked out some casual observers in the process.

Photos by Luis Gomez Photos

by Tim Regan — June 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Washington Improv Theater will perform the first show in its “Summer Love” series tonight at the DC Center for Arts in Adams Morgan.

Each weekend this month, one of the theater’s five improv ensembles will perform two shows per night on Friday and Saturday. The first show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the second show starts at 10 p.m.

The shows will be driven by audience prompts and improv games, says WIT artistic director Mark Chalfant. But don’t worry about being snatched from your seat and taken onstage, he adds.

“We’re not looking to embarrass anybody,” says Chalfant.

There will also be guest performances by an all-gay improv team, Ugh, as well as one of D.C.’s longest-running improv teams, The Lodge.

by Tim Regan — June 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm 0

Adams Morgan Movie Nights poster

Tonight’s Adams Morgan Movie Nights showing of “The Bicycle Thief” has been cancelled due to wet conditions on Marie Reed School’s field at 18th and California streets, NW.

The film, along with a planned bike ride to the showing, has been rescheduled for June 23.

The next two Adams Morgan Movie Night showings are “Rich Hill” and “Whiplash,” which will occur on June 9 and June 16, respectively.

Photo via Adams Morgan Movie Nights

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