Looking for something to do this weekend that is close to home? Here is live entertainment at four venues, all but one in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.
Joy Of Motion presents “Winter Performance Class Showcase,” studio to stage: “Latin Fusion, Bollywood, Vegas Jazz, Modern, Aaliyah Tribute, Intersecting Bollywood and Flamenco! Join Joy of Motion Dance Center for a weekend of explosive performances in an array of dance styles – something for everyone!” Joy of Motion is at the The Jack Guidone Theatre, JOMDC in Friendship Heights at 5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW in DC’s Friendship Heights neighborhood (Metro accessible).
“Reasons To Be Pretty” is running at The Studio Theater, 1501 14th Street NW: “Neil LaBute once again takes no prisoners, tackling the taboos and unspoken truths of contemporary American life. This play concludes LaBute’s trilogy exploring America’s obsession with physical beauty, a trilogy he began with two Studio Theatre favorites, runaway hits The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. In this fiercely dark comedy, the “bad boy of American theatre” returns with a play sure to scintillate and enflame audiences as he takes us on a wild ride through the national obsession with what it means to be pretty.”
“Dancing At Lughnasa” is playing at The Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street NW. The New York Times says, “This play does exactly what theater was born to do, carrying both its characters and audience aloft on those waves of distant music and ecstatic release that, in defiance of all language and logic, let us dance and dream just before night must fall.”
“F.I.S.T.!: Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament” featuring Washington Improv Theater is showing at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW: “Three-person improv teams compete head-to-head in a single-elimination tournament. Through comedy and artfulness, teams win audiences over in their quest to take home the title. It’s like March Madness in college hoops, but with laughs instead of corrupt scholarship programs. F.I.S.T. matches run in rotation with shows by WIT’s dazzlingly creative company ensembles, including iMusical: the improvised musical.”
At The Keegan Theatre… “Gdirl from Gdansk” opens Thursday, February 18 at 8 p.m. It runs through March 7. The Keegan Threatre is located at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street NW.
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center presents “Inside/Outside,” curated by Mia Choumenkovith of the Lorton Art Program, Inc. Opening reception is Friday, February 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at 1632 U Street NW. The exhibit runs through February 27 and features works by Choumenkovith’s students at the DC Department of Corrections facilities.
There is an opening reception for a new exhibit at gallery plan b on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. It features paintings by Ted Milligan and photography by Charlie Gaynor, Juditha, and David Young; the exhibit runs until March 7. Location is 1530 14th Street NW, between Church and Q Streets.
At The Keegan Theatre… “The Atheist” opens Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. and runs through March 9.
Hank’s Oyster Bar, located at 1624 Q Street NW, is one of the relatively recent openings in the area…. with delicious food and great atmosphere. If you really want to enjoy your meal, avoid weekends when it is crowed and a bit loud. Prices are toward the slightly higher end.
Annie’s Paramount Steak House at 1609 17th Street NW has been a fixture of 17th Street for decades, with good food, great friendly atmosphere and good prices. However, after going through a total renovation, the menu has changed to more upscale plates. The prices have gone up as well and Annie’s doesn’t feel as informal as before. The flavor of a good neighborhood restaurant seems to have been lost during the renovation.
“Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers, 1900-1945,” is at The National Museum of Women in the Arts at 1250 New York Avenue NW: “The exhibition is a part of Extremely Hungary, a yearlong festival of performances and exhibitions in New York City and Washington, D.C. , throughout 2009.”
“Paint Made Flesh” is at The Phillips Collection at 1600 21st Street NW. The show “examines the ways in which European and American painters have used oil paint and the human body to convey enduring human vulnerabilities, among them anxieties about desire, appearance, illness, aging, war, and death. In the tradition of great figure painting stretching back to Rembrandt and Titian, the 34 artists in the exhibition, working in the years since World War II, exploit oil paint’s visual and tactile properties to mirror those of the body, while exploring the body’s capacity to reflect the soul.”
Washington Improv Theater is at the Source Theater at 1835 14th Street NW: “A special second summer run featuring the Neutrino Video Project–a 30-minute film shot in the time it takes you to watch it–and guest artists from New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and more as part of the first-ever improv comedy festival in DC.”
“Olivia Mancini And The Mates” are at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW: “This year’s ‘You Can See The Mountains From Here’ follows up on the exuberant melodies and twangy rock of the band’s Chatterbox EP, showing that Mancini’s musical prowess can outlast even her previous successes.”
Ricardo Arjona plays Saturday, August 8, at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, at 8 p.m. The Guatemalan-born singer is considered a storyteller with beautiful lyrics about everyday life and people from all walks of life.
Film Night at Cafe Saint Ex at 1847 14th Street NW is Sunday, August 9, at 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Gate 54 will be previewing films from the next DC Short Film Festival. “The chefs at Saint Ex have created special pizzas for the evening starting at $7. The Pizzas will be really tasty with a $4 Peroni Beer. ”
From the Source Theater at 1835 14th Street NW:
On November 22-23, 2008, Cultural Development Corporation is hosting a community opening weekend to celebrate the newly renovated Source. The celebration will spread over both days, with parties, performances, classes and workshops.
Saturday, November 22: Red Light Source
Celebrate the Grand Opening of the marvelously new Source in style with DJ Neville C and midnight cabaret with go-go and performances from Washington Improv Theater and Special Agent Galactica.
To volunteer on Saturday, please visit www.activate1.eventbrite.com.
Sunday, November 23: Community Open House
Drop by our day-long open house to catch (free!) performances, workshops, and classes that offer a chance to step behind the curtain of the performing arts. Catch a class on slam poetry, learn traditional Latin dance, sign your kids up for Adventure Theatre’s exciting lightsaber workshop and watch the best of the 2008 Source Festival in the afternoon.
Check out Sunday’s Schedule!
The weekend festivities will introduce Source to many people in the community and welcome back others familiar with the landmark theatre. For more information about the event, Source, or Cultural Development Corporation, please contact Merin Frank at 202.315.1322 or [email protected].
To volunteer on Sunday, please visit www.activate2.eventbrite.com.
You can attend the theater without ever leaving Borderstan at The JCC’s Theater J at 16th and Q Streets NW. “Honey Brown Eyes” opens October 22 and runs through November 30. Details below, from Theater J’s Web page.
- The Show: “Honey Brown Eyes”
- When: October 22 through November 30, 2008.
- Who: A World Premiere by Stefanie Zadravec; directed by Jessica Lefkow. Featuring Theater J Artistic Associate In Residence Alexander Strain (Helen Hayes Nomination for Pangs of the Messiah).
- Tickets: Information about tickets here.
- About the Performance: “Bosnia 1992. In two kitchens, two soldiers recover a little of what they’ve lost during the war. A Serbian paramilitary must face the consequences of his own brutality, while a Bosnian resistance fighter, crippled by the limits of his own courage, seeks refuge with a kindred soul. Unlikely partnerships emerge in this play of horror, humanity, and stunning relevance.”
An electrifying fusion of satire, cabaret and sizzling rock ‘n’ roll, Sandra’s comic diatribe on the state of modern culture still burns bright and smart. With her band, The Rebellious Jezebels, Sandra launches this brand-new version of the show that propelled her into the stratosphere 20 years ago.
You can always check out what is happening at the JCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts. The 2008-2009 theater season schedule is posted at their site.
Some suggestions for this 3-day weekend in D.C. —
After the artistic drought that inevitably occurs every August, I regard fall with a mixture of hope and dread. On the one hand, there are so many exhibitions that start up in September. On the other, how can I possibly get to all of the ones I want to see? I’ve already started paring down the extensive list of shows that seem really interesting, really strange or a mix of both. Here’s my sure-to-be-re-edited first take: