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2015 Fall arts & EntErtainmEnt GuidE September 16, 2011 1 september 18, 2015 1

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Music Museums & Galleries Dance & Performance Comedy Books & Talks Film Theater

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9.18 Friday

oF monSTerS AnD men, oh lAnD merriweather post pavilion. 8 p.m. $40–$55. rebeccA loebe, beTTy Soo IOtA Club & Café. 7:30 p.m. $15.

AlAbAmA ShAkeS, Drive by TruckerS merriweather post pavilion. 8 p.m. $40–$55.

reGinA belle blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $45.

AnA cArolinA Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. $45.

rich homie QuAn, k cAmp, JuSTine Skye, eliJAh blAke, JAcQueeS, DiGGy SimmonS, rAwyAlS, AnThony lewiS, chriS mileS, 4ey The FuTure Verizon Center. 7 p.m. $39.50–$89.50.

bill kirchen & Too much Fun, Jumpin’ JupiTer birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $25. blAck Alley Jammin Java. 9:30 p.m. $10–$18.

STAcy brookS madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. $3–$7.

brAD linDe: uSeleSS mAchineS Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$22.

w.h.A.T. bAnD Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $50.

criS JAcobS bAnD, John GinTy Gypsy Sally’s. 9 p.m. $12–$14.

9.21 Monday

GAiSer U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $15. mArcuS JohnSon bethesda blues and Jazz. 8 p.m. $30–$45.

bAchelor boyS IOtA Club & Café. 8 p.m. Free. DArrell hill blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $20.

The prAhnS, morAl hAnGover, A plAce in Time, more Am ThAn Fm Velvet Lounge. 8:30 p.m. $8. reGinA belle blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $45. roGerio SouzA QuArTeT montpelier Arts Center. 8 p.m. $25. Skyline hoTel, broke royAlS, bencoolen, FeDerico Aubele tropicalia. 7 p.m. $10. TchAmi, Don DiAblo echostage. 9 p.m. $30. Tommy keene, DoT DASh IOtA Club & Café. 9 p.m. $15. vAcATioner U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $18. viceroy U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $18.

9.19 Saturday

binGo plAyerS, henry FonG echostage. 9 p.m. $30. bluebirD blueS FeSTivAl prince George’s Community College, Largo. 12 p.m. Free. briGiTTe birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $25. chAnTe moore Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $37.50. GreAT noiSe enSemble Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$25. Jonny GrAve & The TombSToneS Hill Country Live. 9:30 p.m. Free. Julio bAShmore, youAnDewAn, Trev-Ski U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $12. reGinA belle blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $45. SAywecAnFly U Street music Hall. 6 p.m. $15. STAcy brookS blueS bAnD Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free.

9.20 Sunday

AlGierS rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $12.

The FrATelliS, GrizFolk 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25.

9.22 tueSday

Yo La Tengo

The bellFurieS DC9. 9 p.m. $10–$12.

Often, when a band starts celebrating milestones, it’s just an excuse to make a little extra cash from reissued records and new tours. Although Yo La Tengo is in the midst of several anniversaries (the band’s 30th birthday last year, the 20th anniversary of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One in 2017), 2013’s Fade proved that they’ve still got it. These commemorative tours are more celebratory than nostalgic. In August of this year, Yo La Tengo released Stuff Like That There. Reminiscent of Fakebook, the band’s 1990 album of creatively reconceived covers, Yo La Tengo is covering songs by Hank Williams, the Cure, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and Yo La Tengo (they have a habit of covering their own songs, too). As an added bonus, former guitarist Dave Schramm will join the band on stage for the first time since Fakebook. Sept. 25 at Lincoln Theatre. $35. —Elena Goukassian

eD SheerAn, chriSTinA perri Verizon Center. 7:30 p.m. $17–$71.50.

Landmark Festival

boTelliTA De Jerez tropicalia. 7 p.m. $32.64.

cheAp Trick Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $45.

lArry GATlin & The GATlin broTherS birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. nATionAl Symphony orcheSTrA: SeASon

The FourTh STreAm bossa bistro. 9:30 p.m. $5.

openinG bAll concerT Kennedy Center

GuT/heAD, evA zöllner (wiTh GAry rouzer + DAn bArbiero), Jen Shyu, AnThony piroG, JAnel leppin, rAFAel TorAl, boAT burninG, miA zAbelkA pyramid Atlantic Art Center. 5 p.m. $20.

Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $49–$125. The niGhTowlS the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $14–$18.

ky-mAni mArley Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $20. mikAl cronin, cAlvin love, The cAiro GAnG U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15.

9.23 WedneSday The cribS U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $20.

This one is a no-brainer: the Landmark Festival is a two-day music festival that mixes local acts with seriously impressive national acts. On Saturday the headliner is Drake, everyone’s favorite Canadian, and there are also sets from locals like Ex Hex, U.S. Royalty, and Wale. On Sunday the headliner are the Strokes, that cool-as-fuck band you really cared about in the early aughts, plus Richmond’s Avers and Baltimore’s Dan Deacon. The entire festival is meant to help the Trust for the National Mall, also known as America’s Front Yard. There are still single-day and weekend passes available, so there’s really no excuse to miss the season’s most im—Alan Zilberman pressive concert. Sept. 26–27 at West Potomac Park. $105–$175. blAir crimminS & The hookerS, DAn AnD The wilD Fire Gypsy Sally’s. 8 p.m. $10–$14.

GhoST, purSon Fillmore Silver Spring. 8:30 p.m. $25.

eD SheerAn, chriSTinA perri Verizon Center. 7:30 p.m. $17–$71.50. FArAo DC9. 9 p.m. $12. The humAn counTry Jukebox bAnD madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. Free. Joe wAlSh Warner theatre. 8 p.m. $63–$83. Joyce mAnor, cheAp GirlS, TrAckS black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15. liAnne lA hAvAS 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $33.50. orcheSTer prAževicA, The hArry bellS bossa bistro. 10 p.m. $5. STeve eArle & The DukeS, The mASTerSonS birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50.

9.24 thurSday

Armin vAn buuren echostage. 9 p.m. $40. briAn DolzAni Gypsy Sally’s. 7:30 p.m. Free. september 2015 September 16,18, 2011 1 5

DeaDPhish Orchestra Gypsy Sally’s. 8:30 p.m. $12–$15. the DOwn hill strugglers, JOhn cOhen, JerrOn “BlinD BOy” PaxtOn Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. 12 p.m. Free. garDens & Villa rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $15. JOhn OnDrasik, Marie Miller birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. MOe. the Hamilton. 8 p.m. $39. nicOle saPhOs twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10.

DOOMtree rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $20. eric linDell State theatre. 6 p.m. $15. Frank sOliVan & Dirty kitchen Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. 4 p.m. Free. heaD FOr the hills IOtA Club & Café. 7:30 p.m. $12. the Jesus anD Mary chain, the Black ryDer 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $35. krar cOllectiVe montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. 6 p.m. $15.

saM FelDt U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $15.

lOretta lynn Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. $55–$75.

truly DC9. 9 p.m. $10–$13.

the scOtch BOnnets bossa bistro. 8 p.m. $5.

9.25 Friday

syleena JOhnsOn blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $35.

airMen OF nOte Clarice Smith performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. Free. alex nOrris twins Jazz. 9 p.m., 11 p.m. $15. aMel larrieux bethesda blues and Jazz. 7 p.m., 10 p.m. $35–$70. Black Masala, BastarD BearDeD irishMen rock & roll Hotel. 9 p.m. $15. cassy Flash. 8 p.m. $7–$15. el ten eleVen, segO black Cat. 9 p.m. $15. eric rOBersOn Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $35. J. PhliP, christian Martin U Street music Hall. 10:30 p.m. $12. Marian hill U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15. Maysa birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $65.

Vieux Farka tOure, Julia easterlin Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15.

9.28 Monday

BuDDy guy birchmere. 7:30 p.m. (Sold out). FiDlar, Dune rats black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $17. lalah hathaway Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $52.50. the neighBOurhOOD, BaD suns, hunny 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $40.

9.29 tueSday

nsO POPs: raJatOn: Best OF the Beatles Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $20–$88.

nick JOnas, BeBe rexha Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. (Sold out).

OliVer helDens, cazzette echostage. 9 p.m. $25.

9.30 WedneSday

whitney rOse Hill Country Live. 9:30 p.m. Free. yO la tengO Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. $35.

9.26 Saturday

alex nOrris twins Jazz. 9 p.m., 11 p.m. $15. BernaDette Peters George mason University Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. $60–$100. BraD Paisley, Justin MOOre, Mickey guytOn Jiffy Lube Live. 5 p.m. $30–$210. BrencOre allstars publick playhouse. 8 p.m. $25–$30. lalah hathaway Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $52.50. lOw, anDy shauF black Cat. 9 p.m. $20. Mike krOl Comet ping pong. 10 p.m. $12. MOe. 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. $29. MynaBirDs, stranger cat, BaD BaD hats U Street music Hall. 6 p.m. $15. nsO POPs: raJatOn: Best OF the Beatles Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $20–$88. Otis clay, Billy Price bethesda blues and Jazz. 8 p.m. $40. r. kelly Verizon Center. 8 p.m. $55–$95. syleena JOhnsOn blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $35.

9.27 Sunday

cOcOrOsie U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $25.

The Jesus and Mary Chain For the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy, the Jesus and Mary Chain will play its first and greatest album live in its entirety. Unlike its original Psychocandy tour in the ’80s, the Scottish band now promises to play a full, sober set, without inciting any audience riots. The worldwide tour has gotten great reviews so far, with far fewer stage antics and brotherly infighting between band members Jim and William Reid, and far more audience appreciation of the post-punk, pre-shoegaze album that still inspires so many bands. —Elena Goukassian Sept. 27 at 9:30 Club. $35.

gOOD graeFF DC9. 9 p.m. $10. lyDia, suPerhaVen, the technicOlOrs rock & roll Hotel. 7 p.m. $16–$18.

syleena JOhnsOn blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $35.

Vieux Farka Touré, the guitar-playing son of the late musical legend Ali Farka Touré, has established a reputation of his own as the Hendrix of the Sahara. The younger Touré has also demonstrated an affinity for collaboration. He’s worked with fellow Malians like singer Khaira Arby as well as with Israeli composer Idan Raichel and Dave Matthews. On the new Touristes, Touré teams up with Brooklyn-based, Georgia-raised pop singer Julia Easterlin. Over programmed beats and Touré’s creative string-bending, Easterlin sings lead (and electronically loops her own vocals) on most songs. While she’s often dominant in the mix, it’s Touré’s desert blues rhythms, and the tunes on which he warbles, that prove —Steve Kiviat most captivating. Sept. 27 at Howard Theatre. $15–$18.

BOOMBOx/ua State theatre. 7 p.m. $57–$102.

MOe. 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. $29.

Phil cOOk DC9. 7 p.m. $10–$12.

Vieux Farka Touré and Julia Easterlin

Ben rectOr, JuDah & the liOn Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $20. BriDget kelly, JerMaine crawFOrD, saVannah U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15. chick cOrea, Bela Fleck music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $35–$75. DeVOn allMan BanD Gypsy Sally’s. 8:30 p.m. $16–$20. the great guitars the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $25–$35. iBeyi, VicktOr taiwO 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $20. Mat zO Flash. 8 p.m. $30. rahiM al haJ Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. 7 p.m. $12–$15.

10.1 thurSday

BOB MOses U Street music Hall. 10:30 p.m. $12. Bully rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $12–$14. JOey caPe black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $12. JOsé JaMes, naO yOshiOka birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. Ms Mr, circa waVes, crater 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $30. MexicO city winD Quintet Catholic University of America. 7:30 p.m. Free. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: DOnalD runnicles, cOnDuctOr: Olga PeretyatkO, sOPranO Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89.

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Pete Tong BBC Radio 1 and iHeartRadio host Pete Tong is arguably modern dance music’s most legendary tastemaker, but you’ll want to see him live on Sept. 27 at Soundcheck because he’s still dynamite on the decks, too. Tong’s tastes have recently veered more in the direction of U.K. garage and tropical house (names like Disclosure and Kygo, respectively, lead the pack), so definitely expect a dancefloor workout that could get sweaty. Alternatively, the crowd might just end up standing around in stunned awe at Tong’s excellence as a veteran —Marcus Dowling selector. Sept. 27 at Soundcheck. $20.

Chick Corea and Béla Fleck Pianist Chick Corea is among the most important and prolific practitioners of jazz fusion—but this particular fusion may not be one that immediately comes to mind. Corea recently helped

Rachelle FeRRell blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $60. Reigning Sound DC9. 9 p.m. $12–$14. WolF alice, dRenge U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $20.

10.2 Friday

dailey & Vincent State theatre. 7 p.m. $32. FouR yeaR StRong, deFeateR, SupeRheaVen, My iRon lung rock & roll Hotel. 6:30 p.m. $17–$20. huMayun Khan enSeMble montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. $10. JiMMy cobb tRio Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30. Kenny dope, pRoSuMeR U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $10. lee RitenouR the Hamilton. 8:30 p.m. $27–$40. MaRianne Matheny-Katz montpelier Arts Center. 8 p.m. $25. national SyMphony oRcheStRa: donald RunnicleS, conductoR: olga peRetyatKo, SopRano Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. Rachelle FeRRell blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $60.

10.3 Saturday

the big boy little band Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. built to Spill, helVetia, claRKe and the hiMSelFS 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. $25. cecile McloRin-SalVant Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. $30. daRiuS JoneS, eMilie leSbRoS Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$28. KuRt RoSenWinKel Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30. MaRitiMe, Wedding dReSS DC9. 8 p.m. $10–$12. national SyMphony oRcheStRa: donald RunnicleS, conductoR: olga peRetyatKo, SopRano Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. neW oRcheStRa oF WaShington Amp by Strathmore. 8 p.m. $30–$40. noah gundeRSen black Cat. 9 p.m. $16–$18. ought, bRnda Comet ping pong. 10 p.m. $12. pentagRaM, Satan’S SatyRS, electRic citizen rock & roll Hotel. 7:30 p.m. $20–$23. Rachelle FeRRell blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $60. SteVie WondeR Verizon Center. 8 p.m. $59.50–$149.50. ViRginia opeRa pReSentS oRpheuS in the undeRWoRld George mason University Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. $48–$98. Wpoc WeeKend in the countRy With bRantley gilbeRt, SaM hunt, paRMalee, locaSh, KelSea balleRini, caM merriweather post pavilion. 2:30 p.m. (Sold out).

10.4 Sunday

blue highWay Amp by Strathmore. 8 p.m. $18–$27. bobby Muncy twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10. chRiS gRaSSo tRio, lena SeiKaly, chucK Redd bethesda blues and Jazz. 7:30 p.m. $20. eMily Kinney U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $25.

FRanK tuRneR & the Sleeping SoulS, SKinny liSteR, beanS on toaSt 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. Rachelle FeRRell blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $60. RadKey black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $12. Shenandoah Run Jammin Java. 7 p.m. $20. Stacy bRooKS madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. $3–$7. the tRibute birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50. ViRginia opeRa pReSentS oRpheuS in the undeRWoRld George mason University Center for the Arts. 2 p.m. $48–$98. Wpoc WeeKend in the countRy With bRantley gilbeRt, SaM hunt, thoMpSon SquaRe, Mo pitney, and MoRe tba merriweather post pavilion. 2:30 p.m. $55–$75.

10.5 Monday

aaRon neVille birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50. deStRoyeR, JenniFeR caStle 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $20. FFS (FRanz FeRdinand & SpaRKS) Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. $45. the lighthouSe and the WhaleR DC9. 8:30 p.m. $12–$14. Seoul, young eJecta U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15.

assemble the double live album Two, his second collaboration with bluegrass banjo player Béla Fleck. The project is one of two jazz-piano duets for Fleck; he’s also worked with the much more traditional player Marcus Roberts, and those two found new ways into the common roots of their individual styles. Corea and Fleck, on the other hand, find new ways out of the roots. They duel over improvised lines, complement and contrast sonorities, try their hands at basic note patterns on each other’s instruments, and—most intriguingly—do it in the context of new, original compositions, as well as staples of their respective repertoires. If fusion’s object is to create something that is more than the sum of its parts, these two are on to something. —Michael J. West Sept. 30 at Music Center at Strathmore. $35–$75.

Donald Runnicles When Director Christoph Eschenbach announced in February his retirement from the National Symphony Orchestra in 2017, speculation about his replacement started churning immediately. Kind of like Supreme Court justices, orchestra directors tend to stick around for a while, especially at the NSO, though Eschenbach was an outlier at just seven years (Howard Mitchell served for 20). The Kennedy Center is, of course, tight-lipped about the selection process, but it can be reasonably assumed that anyone invited to guest-conduct the NSO over the next couple seasons is a candidate. Perhaps first on the list is Donald Runnicles, a well-regarded conductor with a long C.V. who will lead a Mozart and Strauss program with soprano Olga Peretyatko, and who is coincidentally leaving the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra next year. The NSO would be lucky to snag him: There are about ten other major orchestras currently looking for a new music director as well, so a good conductor could have his pick. —Mike Paarlberg Oct. 1–3 at Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $15–$89.

Sezen aKSu Warner theatre. 8 p.m. $60–$170.

10.6 tueSday

beethoVen piano Sonata SeRieS conceRt no. 6 Catholic University of America. 8 p.m. Free. the gloRiouS SonS DC9. 9 p.m. $10–$12. luna, diane coFFee 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. Melody gaRdot birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $69.50. obeRhoFeR U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15. one oK RocK Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $25. Roy haRgRoVe blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40–$60.

10.7 WedneSday

autechRe U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $20. chRiStylez bacon, lily neill mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17. Joe VetteR quaRtet twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10. lucinda WilliaMS and buicK 6 GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $35–$45. Matt nathanSon birchmere. 7:30 p.m. (Sold out). paRticle, dR. FaMeuS Gypsy Sally’s. 8:30 p.m. $15–$17. puRe bathing cultuRe, Wild oneS DC9. 9 p.m. $12. Roy haRgRoVe blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40–$60. ViJay iyeR, bRentano StRing quaRtet Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m. $45. WaVVeS, tWin peaKS 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $20.

10.8 thurSday

the band oF heathenS, coRy bRanan Gypsy Sally’s. 8:30 p.m. $15–$20. big daddy Kane, RaKiM Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $29.50.

José James with Nao Yoshioka New York City vocalist José James initially made his mark singing jazzy R&B drawn from the styles of Gil Scott-Heron and Terry Callier, but he also occasionally lilted over quieter sounds or soared suavely over hip-hop and drum and bass beats. On 2014’s While You Were Sleeping, he added atmospheric rock and R&B elements inspired by the likes of Nirvana, Frank Ocean, and James Blake. On this year’s Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, this multi-faceted performer and unabashed fan celebrates the centennial of Lady Day’s birth with carefully enunciated, luxurious vocals accompanied by a topnotch trio led by pianist Jason Moran. Japanese R&B singer and Apollo Theater Amateur —Steve Kiviat Night runner-up Nao Yoshioka opens. Oct. 1 at Birchmere. $29.50. september 18, 2015 7

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ill DOOts, Betsy anD the Bicycles, lennOn english, new sOul rePuBlic bossa bistro. 9:30 p.m. $8. kurt Vile anD the ViOlatOrs, waxahatchee, luke rOBerts 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: luDOVic MOrlOt, cOnDuctOr: MilOš karaDaglic, classical guitar Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89. teen Daze, heaVenly Beat, lance nePtune DC9. 9 p.m. $10–$12. u.s. air FOrce chaMBer Players series Lyceum. 7:30 p.m. Free. warren haynes, JeFF siPe, chessBOxer, Justin tOwnes earle Warner theatre. 7:30 p.m. $35.50–$40.50. the zOMBies Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. $45.

Ought, LVL UP, and BRNDA Don’t be fooled by the all-caps, nearly vowel-less band names—this fantastic tripleheader will be a hipster-bullshit-free affair. Ought’s academic punk imagines a parallel universe in which David Byrne ditched his white suit and joined Q and Not U, while BRNDA’s snappy, theatrical jangle-pop draws from a playful strain of Talking Heads nostalgia. In between is LVL UP, whose enormous live presence inflates its power-pop hooks to stadium size. Don’t question why you’re able to see these three remarkable live bands in a room as small as Comet; just smile, say thank you, and buy a ticket before it (inevitably) sells out. —Maeve McDermott Oct. 3–4 at Comet Ping Pong. $12.

Wavves It’s been a busy year for Wavves: It contributed a song to the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack in April, then two months later released No Life For Me, a collaborative album with Cloud Nothings frontman Dylan Baldi. Now, the band’s new album, V, is set for an October release. Wavves frontman Nathan Williams has publicly complained about Warner Bros. Records’ attempts to exert unnecessary control over V’s promotion and production; based on the initial tastes of the album, it’s clear that Williams knows what he’s doing. Lead single “Way Too Much” is a pop-punk slacker anthem that’s the catchiest song Wavves has released since 2010’s “King of the Beach.” “Flamezesz” is equally fun, and its sinuous chord progression showcases Williams’ growing confidence as a songwriter. Wavves may no longer be a buzz band, but with songs this good, the major label execs —Dan Singer need not worry. Oct. 7 at 9:30 Club. $20.

Big Daddy Kane and Rakim Lost somewhere in rap’s mainstream pop boom of the early ’90s is more widespread acclaim for the careers and legacies of rap heavyweights Big Daddy Kane and Rakim: These two titans are caught squarely between Run–D.M.C. and Notorious B.I.G. Kane and Rakim are still frequently touring, so you can “Sweat” Rakim’s “Technique” and see first-hand how Big Daddy Kane is very much still a “Smooth Operator.” Whether you’re a new fan wanting to experience the roots of rap or a lover of the classic era and looking to reclaim your youth, this is a —Marcus Dowling must-attend event. Oct. 8 at Howard Theatre. $29.50–35.

Jason Moran and Jeremy Denk Yes, Jason Moran and Jeremy Denk have certain similarities: Both play piano and are fairly young but at the top of their respective fields. Both are known for their deep knowledge of musical history, but also for their cheeky subversions of it. Still, jazz artist Moran and classical artist Denk aren’t similar enough that you’d expect to see them in a joint piano recital. Yet that’s

rOy hargrOVe blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40–$60. sMOkin POlecats Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. the whisPers birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $75.

10.11 Sunday

Drinks, DrOOr DC9. 9 p.m. $10–$12. electric six, yiP DeceiVer black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15. FOlger cOnsOrt: chansOn MeDieVal Folger elizabethan theatre. 2 p.m. $25–$40. lucerO 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. Marc anthOny, carlOs ViVes eaglebank Arena. 7 p.m. $59–$169. Ms. lisa Fischer anD granD BatOn music Center at Strathmore. 7 p.m. $28–$58.

10.9 Friday

PanteOn rOcOcO Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $25.

Danny hOwells, r&B U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $12. eliJah JaMal BalBeD Quintet, Paul BOllenBack montpelier Arts Center. 8 p.m. $25. eMily west birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $25. FOlger cOnsOrt: chansOn MeDieVal Folger elizabethan theatre. 8 p.m. $25–$40. JereMy Denk, JasOn MOran Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m. $40.

rOy hargrOVe blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40–$60. shen yun syMPhOny Orchestra Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $29–$99. the whisPers birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $75.

10.12 Monday

kOrn, suiciDe silence, islanDer Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. $49.50.

the ann wilsOn thing barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $80–$85.

larry BrOwn Quintet bethesda blues and Jazz. 8 p.m. $20.

kinky FrieDMan the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20–$30.

Mew, the DODOs 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $25. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: luDOVic MOrlOt, cOnDuctOr: MilOš karaDaglic, classical guitar Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 11:30 a.m. $15–$89.

10.13 tueSday

the ann wilsOn thing barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $80–$85.

Owl city, rOzzi crane 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. $25.

cOllectiVe sOul Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $29.50.

rOy hargrOVe blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40–$60.

the Dear hunter rock & roll Hotel. 7:30 p.m. $20.

sOOkey JuMP Blues BanD Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free.

10.10 Saturday

Blk w/Bear, rOger BeeBe, DaViD arMes, Pater FaMilias, Daniel BarBierO + Jl rOth, stylus (Petite), sarah O’hallOran, ck BarlOw, One chOrD POnies, guillerMO PizarrO pyramid Atlantic Art Center. 7:30 p.m. $10. chrisette Michelle, chelsey green GW Lisner Auditorium. 7 p.m. $70–$120. Daley Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $20. e.J. anD Marcus stricklanD Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30. FOlger cOnsOrt: chansOn MeDieVal Folger elizabethan theatre. 5 p.m., 8 p.m. $25–$40. FutureBirDs black Cat. 9 p.m. $15.

DreaD Mar i Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $25. JOhn grant the Hamilton. 8 p.m. $18–$25. neOn inDian 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. rePtar, yOung eMPires, Breathers U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $18. seiya uenO, wenDy chen Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m. $35. shannOn & the claMs, las rOsas Comet ping pong. 9 p.m. $12. unDer the streetlaMP music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $28–$68.

10.14 WedneSday BenJaMin cleMentine barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $22–$25. eMPress OF DC9. 9 p.m. $10–$12.

the grOwlers 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. $20. JOey BaDa$$, Denzel curry, BishOP nehru, nyck cautiOn Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $22.

hOllywOOD unDeaD, crOwn the eMPire, PreVail Fillmore Silver Spring. 7 p.m. $22.

lissie U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $20.

the huMan cOuntry JukeBOx BanD madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. Free.

MarcO BeneVentO Gypsy Sally’s. 9 p.m. $15–$17.

JOywaVe, alPine U Street music Hall. 6 p.m. $15.

MuD MOrganFielD publick playhouse. 8 p.m. $25–$30.

linDi Ortega Gypsy Sally’s. 8:30 p.m. $14–$16.

natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: luDOVic MOrlOt, cOnDuctOr: MilOš karaDaglic, classical guitar Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89.

Mac DeMarcO Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $25. Matt POnD Pa rock & roll Hotel. 7:30 p.m. $16. PiOtr PakhOMkin, aMaDOu kOuyate mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17.

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the taJ Mahal triO the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $38–$55. the wOrD, aMy helM & the hanDsOMe strangers 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $35.

10.15 thurSday

Betty laVette the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $28–$40. Blitzen traPPer black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $20. cheruB, hiPPie saBOtage 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $20. JaMie BartOn, BraDley MOOre Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m. $50. king DuDe, FOie gras DC9. 8:30 p.m. $10–$12. lane 8 U Street music Hall. 10 p.m. $12. nicOle saPhOs twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10. rOnn McFarlane, MinDy rOsenFelD mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $30.

10.16 Friday

Big sOMething the Hamilton. 8:30 p.m. $17–$22. hal ketchuM, suzy BOgguss birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. hans raJ hans Warner theatre. 8 p.m. $33–$53. JOanne Brackeen Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30. Mercury reV rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $20. MOOnshine sOciety Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. naJee blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. ODDisee, gOOD cMPny U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $20. OVerkill, syMPhOny x Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $27.50.

stacy BrOOks madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. $3–$7.

10.19 Monday Battles 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $20. BraiDs DC9. 9 p.m. $10–$12. telekinesis, say hi black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15.

10.20 tueSday

BOys liFe, JOsh Berwanger BanD, JOhn Bustine black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $18–$20. DaVe DaVies Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $39.40. the wailin’ Jennys birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $49.50. yuna U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $25.

10.21 WedneSday

JOhn kOcur, herB anD hansOn mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17. MatOMa 9:30 Club. 11 p.m. $20. Michael McDOnalD birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $89.50. streetlight ManiFestO, Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $20. the struts, the karMa killers rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $12. x aMBassaDOrs, skylar grey, keVin garrett 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $20.

terri white Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m. $50.

eDgar Meyer, christian McBriDe Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $35.

10.17 Saturday

giant PanDa guerilla DuB sQuaD the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $18–$23.

Dungen, Quilt DC9. 9:30 p.m. $15. kacey MusgraVes Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. (Sold out). keikO Matsui birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. naJee blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. OlD 97’s 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $25. tOBias JessO Jr. 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. $20.

10.18 Sunday

catheDral chOral sOciety PerFOrMs hayDen’s “the creatiOn” Washington National Cathedral. 4 p.m. $15–$77. Mark knOPFler Warner theatre. 8 p.m. $67.50–$97.50. MayDay ParaDe, real FrienDs, this wilD liFe, as it is Fillmore Silver Spring. 6 p.m. $25. naJee blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. sMallPOOls, PhOeBe ryan, Machineheart 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. $25.

Like the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev received considerable acclaim in the late ’90s as a psychedelic rock band that evolved from noisy beginnings and struck gold with a palette of dreamlike, cinematic soundscapes. During that time, Mercury Rev and the Lips were creatively intertwined—Mercury Rev’s founding bassist Dave Fridmann produced both bands’ magnum opuses, which were recorded concurrently at his studio—but while Wayne Coyne and company sent their sonic melancholia into outer space, Mercury Rev was more concerned with earthly inspiration, specifically the vast landscapes of the Catskill Mountains. Talk of highways and quarries were juxtaposed with intricate orchestration, and coupled with Jonathan Donahue’s youthful croon, the results were often stunning. Mercury Rev is preparing to release The Light In You, its first album in seven years, and all signs point to it being another collection of accessible and immersive psy—Dan Singer chedelia. Oct. 16 at Rock & Roll Hotel. $20.

Oddisee D.C. native Amir Mohamed is indie rap’s most unassuming superstar, acclaimed as both a rapper and producer. He’s returning home for what will likely be a “true school” emceeing lovein at U Street Music Hall. Oddisee’s latest album, The Good Fight, is yet another in a string of critically acclaimed releases as well as a conscious ode to his underdog status. However, Oddisee is on Kendrick Lamar’s radar, so this could be your last chance to see him in such an inti—Marcus Dowling mate setting. Oct. 16 at U Street Music Hall. $20.

BanDa MagDa bossa bistro. 9 p.m. $10.

casPian, circle takes the sQuare DC9. 8 p.m. $15–$17.

Derrick hODge Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30.

Mercury Rev

10.22 thurSday

rOger waters & sPecial guests DAr Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. $93–$193.

Ben sOllee, MOther FalcOn Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $17.

exactly what they’re attempting at the Kennedy Center this fall. It will comprise a two-piano setup in the Terrace Theater, each artist approaching the instrument from within his own genre—and, according to the word on the street, without any sheet music. You’re intrigued, —Michael J. West aren’t you? Oct. 9 at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $40.

here we gO Magic, Big thieF rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $14–$16. iVa BittOVá Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$28. Julian casaBlancas + the VOiDz, craFt sPells 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $35.

10.23 Friday

autre ne Veut U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15. Bell BiV DeVOe Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $42.50. JOe JacksOn Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. $55–$75. lOtus, Pan astral 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. $25. nsO POPs: steVe Martin anD the steeP canyOn rangers Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $20–$88. ran Blake Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$28. swaMP keePers Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. tuMBleweeD wanDerers Gypsy Sally’s. 8:30 p.m. $14–$16.

10.24 Saturday

antigOne rising Jammin Java. 6 p.m. $17–$20.

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Leon Bridges and Kali Uchis

Leon Bridges can be best described as a Bill Withers for the hipster age, while rapper and songstress Kali Uchis fits the bill as a “manic pixie dream chola.” While neither artist is covering Billboard or headlining the main stage at Coachella (yet), this show will draw crowds who want to see if either artist lives up to their incredible hype. Uchis is a Northern Virginia native, so there’s a local appeal to this show, too. Oct. 16 at 9:30 Club. Sold out. —Marcus Dowling

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra In the 1940s, Latino immigrant musicians and largely American-born New York jazz musicians collaborated and created a new sound. For “Afro-Cuban Jazz: Back in Full september 18, 2015 11

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Swing,” the 17-member Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, conducted by Charlie Young of Howard University, will team up with percussionist (and NPR Alt. Latino co-host) Felix Contreras and the Smithsonian’s new secretary, David Skorton on flute, to touch on those roots and later history to showcase the form’s ongoing vitality. With a program that will highlight pioneers like Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Machito, and Tito Puente, the SJMO’s large group of players should powerfully combine the gloriously rat-a-tat timbale clave beat with brassy unison horn harmonies, lush swinging piano chords, and occasional instrumental solos and chanted vocals. Expect this Latin Jazz 101 to be way more exuberant than a lecture but just as informative. —Steve Kiviat Oct. 17 at National Museum of American History. $25–$40.

Tobias Jesso Jr. The spirit of Harry Nilsson lives on in Tobias Jesso Jr., a gangly Vancouverite who uses his big voice to cram his equally big heart into intimate ballads that recall Nilsson’s whimsy and pristine studio arrangements. On Jesso’s debut album, 2015’s Goon, he deftly sells the vague universality of songs like “How Could You Babe” and “Hollywood” with cathartic, purposeful execution and a measured vocal delivery that suggests the 30-year-old is wise beyond his years. Jesso is at his best on “Just A Dream” and “True Love,” minimalistic ballads that are quietly and calmly entrancing. When Jesso brought his piano and guitar to Sixth & I in March, he reveled in these low-key flourishes to great effect. With a full band in tow for his fall tour, Jesso has an opportunity to command bigger stages and give his winsome songs some breathing room. Oct. 17 at 9:30 Club. $20. —Dan Singer

Disclosure BaBes in tOylanD black Cat. 9 p.m. $25. Bruce ewan Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. the crOssrOaDs cluB: reViVe Music: sarah Vaughan with cliFFOrD BrOwn reiMagineD Kennedy Center Atrium. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $30. iratiOn, the green, the MOVeMent, hOurs eastly Fillmore Silver Spring. 7 p.m. $22.50. kylesa, inter arMa, inDian hanDcraFts, irata rock & roll Hotel. 7 p.m. $15–$18.

sOuthern culture On the skiDs rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $15.

10.26 Monday

DaViD aarOn carPenter, salOMe chaMBer Orchestra, ila Paliwal Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m. $45.

little May DC9. 9 p.m. $12.

JOsh ritter anD the rOyal city BanD Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. (Sold out).

lOtus, Pan astral 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. $25.

Peaches 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25.

Mikky ekkO U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15. MusiQ sOulchilD Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $37.50. nsO POPs: steVe Martin anD the steeP canyOn rangers Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $20–$88. raheeM DeVaughn, leela JaMes Warner theatre. 8 p.m. $43–$67.50.

10.25 Sunday

cOlD war kiDs Featuring DearlanD hOrns, MauDlin strangers, kinsey 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $30. cOMMODOres birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $89.50. the Darkness Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $28.50. green riVer OrDinance, the last BisOn, sean MccOnnell U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $16.

10.27 tueSday

alunageOrge, Fakear U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $22. the Bright light sOcial hOur, swiMM rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $15. DaViD ryan harris, Melissa POlinar DC9. 9 p.m. $12–$15. the ex, ken VanDerMark black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $20. uB40, raDiO riDDler 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $40.

10.28 WedneSday

eVgeny kissin Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $45–$135. garBage 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $40.

MusiQ sOulchilD Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $37.50.

the huMan cOuntry JukeBOx BanD madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. Free.

Pete rOck & c.l. sMOOth the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20–$25.

strange talk, intergalactix U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $16.

ruDresh MahanthaPPa blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $25.

wytOlD, chelsey green mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17.

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Reclaiming the soulful, art-house vibe of ’90s-era U.K. garage has fallen squarely on the shoulders of the brothers Lawrence, and they’ve excelled under the pressure. Pop superstar Sam Smith has Disclosure’s magnificent 2013 hit “Latch” to thank for much of his breakout success, and the duo’s new album Caracal promises much more of the same. If your ear has lately been fatigued by dubstep, moombahton, and hard electro, Disclosure’s funky, R&B-tinged vibes are a perfect solution. It’s likely both nights at Echostage will sell out but feel extra celebratory for those lucky tickethold—Marcus Dowling ers. Oct. 21–22 at Echostage. $45.

TEEN, Widowspeak, and Ava Luna One of fall’s best lineups features three bands with starkly different interpretations of indie pop: TEEN (with D.C.’s own Carpark Records) makes spare, danceable new wave, while Widowspeak delves into hazy ’70s nostalgia. But Ava Luna is the sleeper draw of the evening: The band’s genre-defying mix of slinky R&B and dissonant post-punk translates into tense, thrilling live sets. Comet is doing away with its threeband lineups this fall, but a word to the wise: Save that second helping of pizza and those craft beer pitchers for another show, because for this one, you’ll need to be able —Maeve McDermott to dance. Oct. 22 at Comet Ping Pong. $12.

Evgeny Kissin A critic once called pianist Evgeny Kissin “the greatest Russian pianist of our day,” which, given the number of Russian pianists, is quite a claim. It also muddles the complexity of who Kissin actually is. A Russian Jew who left for Britain in the midst of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he’s often focused more on the religious side of his identity than that of the country of his birth, whether by performing programs of little-known Jewish composers and reciting poems in Yiddish (as he did in one of his last D.C. performances) or adopting Israeli citizenship in protest of what he sees as the unfair targeting of Israeli musicians by the boycott-divestment-sanctions (BDS) movement. The onetime child prodigy and Grammy winner would probably be a lightning rod for protest himself if he weren’t so damned good—that, and the classical music world’s tendency to skirt political controversy. It’s a tendency Kissin evidently does not share. Oct. 28 at Kennedy Center —Mike Paarlberg Concert Hall. $45–$135. september 18, 2015 13

10.29 thurSday garBage 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $40.

giulianO MazzOccante Catholic University of America. 8 p.m. Free. Jack Quartet anD lightBulB Freer Gallery of Art. 7:30 p.m. Free. JOhn Pizzarelli blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra, lang lang Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89.

10.30 Friday

catherine russell barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $22–$25. DaViD BrOMBerg Big BanD birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $49.50. gin BlOssOMs Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $32.50. JOhn Pizzarelli blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra, lang lang Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89.

liDO 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $20.

11.4 WedneSday

JOshua raDin birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. ParOV stelar 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $55.

11.5 thurSday anDy MineO, Mali Music Fillmore Silver Spring. 7 p.m. $25.

DelBert McclintOn, DaMOn FOwler birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. gOrgOn city 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: Mahler’s syMPhOny nO. 3 with anne sOFie VOn Otter anD twO chOruses Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89. sister sParrOw & the Dirty BirDs barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $20–$25.

11.6 Friday

10.31 Saturday

art OF tiMe enseMBle Hylton performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $29–$48.

cOVereD with JaM, stella Blues BanD, uFFizi Gypsy Sally’s. 8:30 p.m. $15–$17.

MarQuis hill Blacktet Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $20.

DaVe alVin & Phil alVin, weBB wilDer birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50.

Murs U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $16.

JOan arMatraDing, Marti JOnes anD DOn DixOn barns at Wolf trap. 7:30 p.m. $85–$95. JOhn Pizzarelli blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40. MaVis staPles, JOan OsBOrne GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $30–$50. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra, lang lang Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. sts9 Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $31.50.

11.1 Sunday

BOBBy Muncy twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10. JOan arMatraDing, Marti JOnes anD DOn DixOn barns at Wolf trap. 7:30 p.m. $85–$95. JOanna gruesOMe DC9. 9 p.m. $12. JOhn Pizzarelli blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $40. Juan gaBriel eaglebank Arena. 7 p.m. $59–$149. the POlyPhOnic sPree birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. stacy BrOOks madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. $3–$7. the whO, JOan Jett anD the Blackhearts Verizon Center. 7:30 p.m. $49.50–$149.50.

11.2 Monday

craig Finn rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $18. tOPs, MOlly nilssOn U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $15.

11.3 tueSday

Jr Jr, BrOthertiger 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. $17.

natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: Mahler’s syMPhOny nO. 3 with anne sOFie VOn Otter anD twO chOruses Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. Oleta aDaMs birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. Pink talking Fish, hOlly BOwling Gypsy Sally’s. 9 p.m. $14–$18. JODy watley & shalaMar relOaDeD blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $48.

11.7 Saturday

alexanDria syMPhOny Orchestra: “whiMsy anD wOnDerMent” the Schlesinger Center at NOVA Community College, Alexandria Campus. 8 p.m. $5–$80. the Big BOy little BanD Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. Black ViOlin publick playhouse. 8 p.m. $25–$30. Butler, Bernstein, anD the hOt 9 Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $30. DiiV, nO JOy, sunFlOwer Bean black Cat. 9 p.m. $18–$20. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: Mahler’s syMPhOny nO. 3 with anne sOFie VOn Otter anD twO chOruses Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. Paul anka music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $48–$125. sacreD Music FrOM the BOliVian rain FOrest basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 7 p.m. Free. JODy watley & shalaMar relOaDeD blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $48. stePhanie Mills Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $69.50.

BOrn ruFFians rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $12–$14.

sunny leDFurD Hill Country Live. 10 p.m. $10–$13.

JOshua raDin birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35.

yacht U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $20.

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Joanna Gruesome The last time the Welsh punk standouts Joanna Gruesome played D.C., it was frontwoman Alanna McArdle leading the band through its sub-three-minute squalls of noisy pop melodies. But earlier this year, on the heels of the band’s excellent second release Peanut Butter, McArdle left for health reasons. For many young bands, this would be the end; instead, Joanna Gruesome added two new vocalists and announced a tour, with forthcoming music from the band’s new lineup on its way. This is your chance to scope out the new songs and the reconfigured old favorites. Nov. 1 at DC9. $12. —Maeve McDermott

Young Thug Young Thug’s electrifying, lyrically baffling hip-hop operates in its own post-rap universe— one with very loose definitions for concepts like “syntax” and “meaning.” The 23-year-old Atlanta rapper is one of his genre’s most stunningly unique talents. His fall tour bookends a dramatic year of commercial successes and high-profile rap feuding, but how will his trap onomatopoeia translate live? Even if Thugger phones it in, just hearing highlights from his thrilling body of work pumped through the Fillmore’s sound system—from his scene-stealing guest verses on everything from Rae Sremmurd bangers to highbrow Jamie XX productions, to his understated debut album Barter 6—will be better than seeing some less-accomplished rappers at their best. Nov. 1 at Fillmore Silver Spring. $27.50. —Maeve McDermott

Craig Finn When Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn goes solo, things get a little smaller. Finn’s touring on Faith in the Future, his second solo album and one that’s just as reduced in scale from the usual Hold Steady songs as his last effort. Gone are his regular band’s Fargo-by-wayof-Homer bar songs about Twin Cities skinheads and nitrous-wielding preachers. The solo efforts are more sparing, all rotations between forbidding hotel rooms and guys trying to get their girls back. Still, there are two constants in Finn’s entire oeuvre. First: burnouts who are surprisingly conversant in Catholic ontology. Second: the insistence that things —Will Sommer can’t stay this bad forever—right? Nov. 2 at Rock & Roll Hotel. $18.

Deafheaven San Francisco’s Deafheaven is a rare band in the intense, challenging world of metal: a bonafide crossover into the Pitchfork-driven music mainstream. Their 2013 breakout album Sunbather has all the hallmarks of metal—snarled vocals and punishing guitars—yet there are gentler moments, including a solo piano reverie and a sense of catharsis that will please fans of post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky. Deafheaven’s new album is out




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11.8 Sunday

alexanDria syMPhOny Orchestra: “whiMsy anD wOnDerMent” the Schlesinger Center at NOVA Community College, Alexandria Campus. 3 p.m. $5–$80. MOuntain heart barns at Wolf trap. 7:30 p.m. $25–$27.

this October, and the band shows no signs of going soft. The new single “From the Kettle Onto the Coil” is as ferocious as anything the band has released, as if it wants nothing more than to pull its indie fans into the fold of black metal. Unsurprisingly, the band’s lives shows are a thing to behold, with vocalist George Clarke commanding the stage like a handsome madman. You’ll remember Deafheaven’s Howard Theatre show long after —Alan Zilberman your eardrums stop ringing. Nov. 6 at Howard Theatre. $20–$22.

PaBlO alBOran Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $39.50. steVe hackett Lincoln theatre. 6:30 p.m. $45–$65.

lOunge regiMe: 100 years OF aMBient Music Kennedy Center terrace theater. 8 p.m. $20.

wilD chilD, rOyal canOe 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $20.

Minus the Bear, O’BrOther, aerO Flynn Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $25.

11.14 Saturday

11.10 tueSday

angie stOne Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $42.50. carter thOrntOn, tOM carter, Janel lePPin pyramid Atlantic Art Center. 7:30 p.m. $10.

BeethOVen PianO sOnata series cOncert nO. 7 Catholic University of America. 8 p.m. Free.

FaMily OF the year U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $18.

cOODer-white-skaggs birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $69.50.

gay Men’s chOrus OF washingtOn Atlas performing Arts Center. 5 p.m. $20–$35.

JOn anDersOn, Jean luc POnty Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $52.50.

JaMes Bay echostage. 6 p.m. $30. JOnathan Butler blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50.

sOMO, JOrDan BrattOn Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $22.50.

el DeBarge bethesda blues and Jazz. 8 p.m. $50–$75. JOe Vetter Quartet twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10. the shanghai Quartet, JOsePh kalichstein, JaiMe lareDO Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m. $50.

11.12 thurSday

cOlin hay birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50. hugh Masekela Amp by Strathmore. 8 p.m. $35–$50. JOn Mclaughlin, tess henley the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $15–$20. JOnathan Butler blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. natalie Prass, lOaMlanDs rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $15. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: giananDrea nOseDa, cOnDuctOr, anD JaMes ehnes, ViOlin Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89. rachel yaMagata, My naMe is yOu 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25.

11.13 Friday

chuck reDD & FrienDs music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $25–$55. cOlin hay birchmere. 7:30 p.m. (Sold out).

JOnathan Butler blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50.

natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: giananDrea nOseDa, cOnDuctOr, anD JaMes ehnes, ViOlin Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 11:30 a.m. $15–$89.

11.9 Monday

cOODer-white-skaggs birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $69.50.

Fuzz black Cat. 9 p.m. $15.

naDa surF U Street music Hall. 7 p.m. $30.

JODy watley & shalaMar relOaDeD blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $48.

11.11 WedneSday

DOraDO schMitt anD the DJangO FestiVal all-stars Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $30.

kung Fu, cOnsiDer the sOurce Gypsy Sally’s. 9 p.m. $15.

Peter hiMMelMan BanD, christian lee hutsOn the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $18–$27.50.

stePhen kellOgg the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20–$25.

cyrO BaPtista & BanQuet OF the sPirits Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$28.

Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded Considering the recent return to prominence of ’80s-era pop divas Madonna and Janet Jackson, the dance- and R&B-loving populace should certainly be primed for the return of Ms. Jody Watley, who arguably completes that diva trifecta. Of course Jody’s career, unlike Madge’s and La Jackson’s, never flourished past the early ’90s, but she has nevertheless carved out a nice niche amongst house music aficionados, with independent releases including last year’s stellar Paradise. Now the former Soul Train dancer has come full circle by relaunching Shalamar, the ’70s-birthed soul/pop trio that churned out dance-floor classics like “Make That Move” and “The Second Time Around.” Ms. Watley and her now younger fellows, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy, are earning raves for their high-energy live shows. They bring the “turn —Jerome Langston up” to Blues Alley. Nov. 6–8 at Blues Alley. $48.

DIIV In an end-of-the-world movie, DIIV would be that guy who calmly walks into the ocean as the world implodes. The shoegaze band’s debut album, Oshin, doused the summer of 2012 with echoing guitars and vocal reverb, and elicited acclaim from Pitchfork, Stereogum, and others. “How Long Have You Known,” a call-and-answer ditty between frontman/producer/songwriter Zachary Cole Smith and himself, was a mainstay on indie rock radio for its balance of groovy and doomy sounds. Since then, police have charged Smith and girlfriend Sky Ferreira with drug possession, causing Smith to experience a year-long songwriting paralysis, according to a June interview with NME Magazine. While some musicians would have thrown in the towel, Smith dove in: Smith’s struggles with addiction and his arrest inspired songs from the forthcoming album Is the Is Are. “This is one shot at immortality, if I ever have one. I know it’s by far the most important thing I’ll ever do,” Smith told NME. “Dust,” a track from the new album, is as tense and infectious as anything from Oshin, with uncharacteristically discernible lyrics. “That guitar-based DIIV sound is still there, but we’ve expanded its parameters,” Smith told NME. —Morgan Fecto Nov. 7 at Black Cat. $18–$20.

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lynne arriale, carla cOOk, grace kelly Kennedy Center terrace Gallery. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: giananDrea nOseDa, cOnDuctOr, anD JaMes ehnes, ViOlin Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. tOM PaxtOn & FrienDs birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. Virginia OPera Presents la BOhèMe George mason University Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. $48–$98.

11.15 Sunday

chuchO ValDes music Center at Strathmore. 7 p.m. $28–$58. JOnathan Butler blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. Virginia OPera Presents la BOhèMe George mason University Center for the Arts. 2 p.m. $48–$98. wanD black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $12.

11.16 Monday

all tiMe lOw, sleePing with sirens echostage. 6 p.m. $43.45.

11.17 tueSday

anDrew McMahOn in the wilDerness, new POlitics, the griswOlDs echostage. 6 p.m. $38.30. chris rOBinsOn BrOtherhOOD 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. MaDeleine PeyrOux barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $42–$45.

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Joy of Christmas

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Washington National Cathedral This powerful work paints a vivid musical picture of sun and stars, birds and beasts as they emerge into being.

Washington National Cathedral Celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting.

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yOussOu n’DOur GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $35–$75.

the tenOrs music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $45–$85.

DuO Parnas, ran Dank Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m. $38.

11.22 Sunday

11.18 WedneSday

anOnyMOus 4, Bruce MOlsky Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. $40.

BOB Perilla’s Big hillBilly Bluegrass madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. Free.

Macy gray, Valise Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $29.50.

Dan rOBerts mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17.

washingtOn cOncert OPera PerFOrMs rOssini’s seMiraMiDe GW Lisner Auditorium. 6 p.m. $15–$110.

kaMelOt, DragOnFOrce Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $30. PacO Pena GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $30–$50. suzanne Vega, Duncan sheik barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $55–$60. three DOg night birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $69.50. the wOOD BrOthers 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. the yarDBirDs Amp by Strathmore. 8 p.m. $31.50–$54.

11.19 thurSday

cOry MOrrOw Hill Country Live. 9:30 p.m. $20–$25. ethel mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $30. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: Jiri BelOhlaVek, cOnDuctOr, anD igOr leVit, PianO Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89. suzanne Vega, Duncan sheik barns at Wolf trap. 8 p.m. $55–$60. three DOg night birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $69.50.

11.20 Friday

BOllywOOD Masala Orchestra anD Dancers OF inDia Hylton performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $29–$48. carMen lunDy Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30. lOOse enDs Howard theatre. 7:30 p.m. $30. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: Jiri BelOhlaVek, cOnDuctOr, anD igOr leVit, PianO Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89.

11.21 Saturday

BOllywOOD Masala Orchestra anD Dancers OF inDia George mason University Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. $29–$48. carMen lunDy Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $26–$30. Diarrhea Planet, Music BanD black Cat. 9 p.m. $15. JaMie BauM Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$28. JOey alexanDer triO Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $25. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: Jiri BelOhlaVek, cOnDuctOr, anD igOr leVit, PianO Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. sOnny lanDreth barns at Wolf trap. 7:30 p.m. $27.

11.23 Monday

FlaMin’ grOOVies rock & roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $25.

11.25 WedneSday sinkane black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15.

11.27 Friday

alex BugnOn blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $27.50. nsO POPs: hOMe alOne Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $20–$88. the nighthawks, skiP castrO BanD State theatre. 7 p.m. $20.

11.28 Saturday

alex BugnOn blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $27.50. Bruce ewan Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. glen hansarD DAr Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. $38. newMeyer Flyer triBute tO DreaM Discs: the wilD, the innOcent & the e street shuFFle/MOOnDance barns at Wolf trap. 7:30 p.m. $25–$27.

11.29 Sunday

alex BugnOn blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $27.50. the scOtch BOnnets bossa bistro. 8 p.m. $5. stacy BrOOks madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. $3–$7.

12.2 WedneSday

carMen BalthrOP mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17. the huMan cOuntry JukeBOx BanD madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. Free. JOe Vetter Quartet twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10. Peter white, MinDi aBair, rick Braun birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $49.50.

12.3 thurSday

arturO sanDOVal blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. natiOnal syMPhOny Orchestra: sarah hicks, cOnDuctOr, anD caMerOn carPenter, Organ Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89.

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Natalie Prass

If life were fair, Natalie Prass would perform every show in a sunny field of wildflowers; the Richmond singer-songwriter’s songbird warble is too ebullient for a dark club. Alas, Rock & Roll Hotel will have to do for Prass’ next D.C. outing—though with any luck, she won’t play a stage as small in this city again. After escaping Virginia Beach with dreams of Nashville stardom, Prass returned home and reconnected with Richmond native Matthew E. White for her eponymous debut record, a patchwork quilt of an album that alternately channels brassy ’70s folk, introspective jazz-pop, and Disney musicals. They’re all united by Prass’ singular voice, —Maeve McDermott fragile and cutting as glass. Nov. 12 at Rock & Roll Hotel. $15.

Ensemble InterContemporain Ensemble InterContemporain, one of the world’s best chamber groups, pulls its talent from several countries: a Paris-based (and French government-supported) ensemble led by German conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher, who resides in the U.S. That kind of lineup isn’t normally a big draw, but if anyone can bring out a crowd for it, it’s likely this group. It doesn’t hurt that it’s Ensemble InterContemporain’s first show ever in D.C. and, this being the Library of Congress, free. The group’s normally obscure program might even include a couple names familiar to locals, given NSO Director Christoph Eschenbach’s championing of modern European composers like Alban Berg and InterContemporain’s own Pintscher. Other famous-for-modern-classical composers on the bill include “father of electronic music” Edgard Varèse, and Kubrick favorite György Ligeti, whose music was used throughout 2001, The —Mike Paarlberg Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut. Nov. 13 at Library of Congress. Free.

Shakey Graves Shakey Graves loves to put on a show—that much was obvious when I saw Shakey (real name Alejandro Rose-Garcia) at the Hamilton last fall. I showed up never having heard one of his songs and left in love with him. At one point during the show, Shakey invited a guy from the crowd onstage to play bass with the band. Astoundingly, the guy turned out to be an extremely skilled musician who had great rapport with Shakey. Was this guy really just a fan or part of the band? Shakey never said; he just cracked a sly smile and joked throughout the show. That what’s intoxicating about him: He’s not only an amazing musician, but a guy who you’d want to call your friend. Or if you’re into scruffy, sweaty, farm boy types, your partner. His voice is gritty and rich like a cup of French press coffee, and his muddy electric guitar will you get you jumping up and down in place, nodding your head, and clapping your hands. Go on a date, go —Natalie Villacorta with friends, go alone if you gotta. Nov. 15 at 9:30 Club. $25.

Peter Rowan

{Legendary bluegrass strummer}

Sept 25

Chaise Lounge

{Lounge music hits with dry wit}

Sept 26

One Man Breaking Bad {The hit AMC series in 75 minutes} Sept 27

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Michael Lynche

Roy Assaf Trio

Minister of Love Tour

{Jazz improv masters}

{Soulful American Idol fan fave}

Sept 17

Sept 30

Hamilton Leithauser

James Lloyd

{former Walkmen frontman}

Fri, Oct 2 at AMP Sat, Oct 3 at Glenstone

{New album from Pieces of a Dream founder}

New Orchestra of Washington

Sept 19

{Bold, boundless, modern classical}

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sHeilA e. birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $49.50.

12.4 Friday

Arturo sAndovAl blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. CAtHoliC university oF AMeriCA CHristMAs ConCert basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 7:30 p.m. Free. dAve koz music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $48–$88. innov gnAwA Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. 7 p.m. $12–$15. A JAzz PiAno CHristMAs Kennedy Center terrace theater. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $49. nAtionAl syMPHony orCHestrA, Ben Folds Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 9 p.m. $39.

12.5 Saturday

Arturo sAndovAl blues Alley. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $50. tHe Big Boy little BAnd Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free. CHeryl wHeeler, JoHn gorkA birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. greAt noise enseMBle Atlas performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20–$30. nAtionAl syMPHony orCHestrA: sArAH HiCks, ConduCtor, And CAMeron CArPenter, orgAn Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. A new orleAns CHristMAs witH tHe MArsAlis FAMily publick playhouse. 8 p.m. $25–$30.

12.6 Sunday

BoBBy MunCy twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10. CAlMus barns at Wolf trap. 7:30 p.m. $35. dAnú George mason University Center for the Arts. 4 p.m. $32–$54.

12.7 Monday

dAvid Benoit, JAne MonHeit birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50.

12.8 tueSday

FourPlAy birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55.

12.9 WedneSday

Bronze rAdio return the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $15–$20.

Youssou N’Dour

Veteran Senegalese singing great Youssou N’Dour has maintained an international audience thanks to a voice that always impresses and sometimes wows. Frequently it’s the a cappella moments that make his live shows special. But N’Dour is also a great danceband vocalist when his warm alto interlocks with his band Super Etoile de Dakar’s staccato drum beats and polyrhythmic guitar, bass, and keyboard. Periodically, the band will get quieter, and N’Dour will dart up the scales into his falsetto and stretch out and wail notes. One doesn’t have to understand N’Dour’s primary language—Wolof—to be dazzled by those neck-hair raising moments. Nov. 17 at Lisner Auditorium. $35–$75. —Steve Kiviat

Diarrhea Planet There are two kinds of people in this world: those who think the Nashville band Diarrhea Planet is beneath them, and those who know that Diarrhea Planet is nothing short of brilliant. The band plays the kind of fist-raising party rock that never goes out of fashion, and its four lead guitarists— yes, you read that right—are all technically skilled. Given the band’s dexterity, Diarrhea Planet could probably play classical music if its members wanted to, but the guys correctly believe that rock ’n’ roll glory is a loftier ambition than a stuffy concert played for folks who are hard of hearing. Diarrhea Planet arrives the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which is excellent opportunity to take stock of all that is righteous in your life before you waste precious brain power arguing about Donald Trump with your racist uncle at the dinner table. —Alan Zilberman Nov. 21 at Black Cat. $15.

Anonymous 4 Like Lee surrendering his sword to Grant at the courthouse, so too do the four women of a cappella ensemble Anonymous 4 head off to retirement. That may not be the intended analogy for their farewell tour, but the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War does provide thematic inspiration for this show, the group’s last in D.C. Joining the quartet is Appalachian fiddler Bruce Molsky as they present music from the great conflict and its aftermath. A presumably all-English program is an interesting departure for a group renowned for their medieval historical focus and for singing in Latin and Old French. —Mike Paarlberg Nov. 22 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. $40.

Cyrus Chestnut Part of the legacy that Blues Alley is celebrating in this 50th anniversary year is its tradition of jazz-star-studded New Year’s Eve galas. For 30 years, piano legend Ahmad Jamal was in the driver’s seat; for five years after that, it was Jamaican piano great Monty Alexander. This year, the torch passes to yet another great pianist: Cyrus Chestnut. The Nutman’s gospel-drenched, lyrical, carefully structured music has won him international acclaim—enough so that he snagged a professorship at Howard University last year. And Blues Alley has been a big part of that, recognizing his talent early on and cultivating it with two decades of gigs. Chestnut’s takeover of the New Year’s Eve slot represents a culmination for both artist and venue, but it’s the —Michael J. West audience who reaps the benefits. Dec. 31 at Blues Alley. $110–$155.

setH kiBel & Friends mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $25.

12.10 thurSday

tHe dAn BAnd birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50.

nso PoPs: tHe von trAPPs And stePHAnie J. BloCk Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $20–$88.

12.11 Friday

City And Colour, BAHAMAs echostage. 6 p.m. $48.60.

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BerAngere MAxiMin, Blind: out: dAted, AkousMA pyramid Atlantic Art Center. 7:30 p.m. $10. HowArd university’s AFro Blue National Gallery of Art West Garden Court. 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Free. Joy oF CHristMAs Washington National Cathedral. 4 p.m. $15–$56.50. Judy Collins, Ari Hest birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50. nso PoPs: tHe von trAPPs And stePHAnie J. BloCk Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 2 p.m., 8 p.m. $20–$88. u.s. Air ForCe ConCert BAnd And singing sergeAnts HolidAy ConCert DAr Constitution Hall. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. Free. wynton MArsAlis, JAzz At linColn Center orCHestrA, denzAl sinClAire music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $58–$108.

12.13 Sunday

AndreA BoCelli Verizon Center. 7:30 p.m. $75–$375. tHe get uP kids, into it. over it., rozwell kid black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $23–$25. tHe Holly And tHe ivy: MusiC For CHristMAs 2015 witH tHe City CHoir oF wAsHington National presbyterian Church. 4:30 p.m. $15–$50. Joy oF CHristMAs Washington National Cathedral. 4 p.m. $15–$56.50. sweet Honey in tHe roCk music Center at Strathmore. 4 p.m. $25–$75.

dArwin deez black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15. MAtisyAHu music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $28–$48.

12.12 Saturday

Judy Collins, Ari Hest birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50. MiCHAel Feinstein sinAtrA CentenniAl music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $55–$125. nso PoPs: tHe von trAPPs And stePHAnie J. BloCk Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $20–$88. sookey JuMP Blues BAnd Zoo bar. 9 p.m. Free.

12.16 WedneSday

AsleeP At tHe wHeel birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. BoB PerillA’s Big HillBilly BluegrAss madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. Free.

12.17 thurSday

CArBon leAF birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. nAtionAl syMPHony orCHestrA: HAndel’s MessiAH Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89.

12.18 Friday

CArBon leAF birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. Folger Consort: tHe seAson Bids us Lutheran Church of the reformation. 8 p.m. $40–$50. nAtionAl syMPHony orCHestrA: HAndel’s MessiAH Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89. roCHelle riCe mansion at Strathmore. 11 a.m. $17.

12.19 Saturday

dArlene love Howard theatre. 8 p.m. $45. Folger Consort: tHe seAson Bids us Lutheran Church of the reformation. 5 p.m., 8 p.m. $40–$50.

NatioNal SymphoNy orcheStra: haNdel’S meSSiah Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $15–$89.

12.20 Sunday

Folger coNSort: the SeaSoN BidS US Lutheran Church of the reformation. 3 p.m., 7 p.m. $40–$50. NatioNal SymphoNy orcheStra: haNdel’S meSSiah Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 1:30 p.m. $15–$89.

12.21 Monday

12.23 WedneSday

12.27 Sunday

12.22 TueSday

the hUmaN coUNtry JUkeBox BaNd madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. Free.

12.28 Monday

Folger coNSort: the SeaSoN BidS US Lutheran Church of the reformation. 7:30 p.m. $40–$50.

Folger coNSort: the SeaSoN BidS US Lutheran Church of the reformation. 7:30 p.m. $40–$50.

Folger coNSort: the SeaSoN BidS US Lutheran Church of the reformation. 7:30 p.m. $40–$50.

12.26 SaTurday

SoUthSide JohNNy & the aSBUry JUkeS birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50.

Nicole SaphoS twins Jazz. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. $10.

Stacy BrookS madam’s Organ. 9 p.m. $3–$7.

the White paNda Fillmore Silver Spring. 9 p.m. $25.

12.31 THurSday

cyrUS cheStNUt blues Alley. 6:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. $110–$155.

(301) 581-5100. national gallery of art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (202) 842-6799. national presbyterian church 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. (202) 429-2121. prince george’s community college, Largo 301 Largo road, Largo. 9:30 club 815 V St. NW. (202) 265-0930. amp by strathmore 11810 Grand park Ave., North bethesda. (301) 581-5100. atlas performing arts center 1333 H St. Ne. (202) 399-7993. Barns at wolf trap 1645 trap road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception 400 michigan Ave. Ne. (202) 526-8300. Bethesda Blues and Jazz 7719 Wisconsin Ave., bethesda. (240) 330-4500. Birchmere 3701 mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. Black cat 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-4490. Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 337-4141. Bossa Bistro 2463 18th St NW. (202) 667-0088. catholic University of america 620 michigan Ave. Ne. (202) 319-5000. clarice smith performing arts center Stadium Drive and route 193, College park. (301) 405-2787. comet ping pong 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-0404. Dar constitution hall 1776 D St. NW. (202) 628-4780. Dc9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000.

eagleBank arena 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. (703) 993-3000.

iota club & café 2832 Wilson blvd., Arlington. (703) 522-8340.

echostage 2135 Queens Chapel road Ne. (202) 503-2330.

Jammin Java 227 maple Ave. east, Vienna. (703) 255-1566.

Fillmore silver spring 8656 Colesville road, Silver Spring. (301) 960-9999.

Jiffy Lube Live 7800 Cellar Door Drive, bristow. (703) 754-6400.

Flash 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791.

the Kennedy center 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600.

Folger elizabethan theatre 201 e. Capitol St. Se. (202) 544-7077.

Library of congress coolidge auditorium First Street and Independence Avenue Se. (202) 707-5507.

Freer gallery of art Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. (202) 633-1000. george mason University center for the arts 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. (703) 993-2787. gw Lisner auditorium 730 21st St. NW. (202) 994-6800. gypsy sally’s 3401 K St. NW. (202) 333-7700.

Lincoln theatre 1215 U St. NW. (202) 328-6000. Lutheran church of the reformation 212 east Capitol St. Ne. (202) 543-4200. Lyceum 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. (703) 838-4994. madam’s organ 2461 18th St. NW. (202) 667-5370. mansion at strathmore 10701 rockville pike, rockville. (301) 581-5100.

hill center at the old naval hospital 921 pennsylvania Ave. Se. (202) 549-4172.

merriweather post pavilion 10475 Little patuxent parkway, Columbia. (410) 715-5550.

hill country Live 410 7th St. NW. (202) 556-2050.

montgomery college cultural arts center 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. (240) 567-5775.

hylton performing arts center 10960 George mason Circle, manassas. (703) 993-7759.

montpelier arts center 9652 muirkirk road, Laurel. (301) 377-7800. music center at strathmore 5301 tuckerman Lane, bethesda.

pyramid atlantic art center 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. (301) 608-9101. rock & roll hotel 1353 H St. Ne. (202) 388-rOCK.

the hamilton 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000.

howard theatre 620 t St. NW. (202) 803-2899.

publick playhouse 5445 Landover rd., Cheverly. (301) 277-1710.

the schlesinger center at noVa community college, alexandria campus 3001 N. beauregard St., Alexandria. (703) 845-6156. sixth & i historic synagogue 600 I St. NW. (202) 408-3100. state theatre 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. (703) 237-0300. tropicalia 2001 14th St. NW. (202) 629-4535. twins Jazz 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. U street music hall 1115 U St. NW. (202) 588-1880. Velvet Lounge 915 U St. NW. (202) 462-3213. Verizon center 601 F St. NW. (202) 628-3200. warner theatre 513 13th St. NW. (202) 783-4000. washington national cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 537-6200. Zoo Bar 3000 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 232-4225. september 18, 2015 21 September 16, 2011 11

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75 Years/75 Objects In honor of its 75th anniversary, the museum displays 75 objects from its collections of byzantine and pre-Columbian art. the displayed objects will rotate monthly and are organized by different themes. Dumbarton Oaks. Sept. 8–may 22. age Of LawYers: the rOOts Of american Law in shakespeare’s britain In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the magna Carta, the Folger reflects on the increased presence of lawyers and legal matters in Shakespeare’s plays and how some of these actions, be they minor disputes or drastic changes, have influenced American political thought. Folger Shakespeare Library. Sept. 12–Jan. 3. artists’ bOOks and africa this new exhibition explores artists’ books and how they relate to contemporary African art. As African artists begin to express themselves through these books, other international artists are beginning to explore African themes in their own work. examples seen in this show come from the Smithsonian’s Warren m. robbins Library. National museum of African Art. Sept. 16–Sept. 11. back tO schOOL: cOLOr and abstractiOn Inspired by the 50th birthday of the Washington Color School, the gallery showcases works by two artists who emphasize color in their work. Washington printmakers Gallery. Sept. 2–Oct. 4. chinese ceramics: 13th–14th centurY this collection of a dozen ceramic objects complement the paintings exhibited in the museum’s “Style in Chinese Landscape painting: the Yuan Legacy” show. Freer Gallery of Art. to Jan. 3. bLOOd mirrOr Jordan eagles’ seven-foot-tall sculpture includes the blood of nine gay men, among them a Nigerian activist on political asylum, an Army captain who was discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and a bisexual father. the work comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s policy that restricts men who have sex with men from donating blood. In addition to the sculpture, in which viewers can see their reflections, the exhibition features a film by activist Leo Herrera about the project. Katzen Arts Center at American University. Sept. 12–Oct. 18. chaOtic attractOrs: fractaL art Of abdi darai Geometric designs by UDC mathematics professor Abdi Darai. montpelier Arts Center. Sept. 11–Nov. 1. chrOmatic canYOn Sculptor elisa berry Fonseca creates unique stalagmites and hoodoos out of felt in this new exhibition inspired by caverns. Vivid Solutions Gallery. Sept. 11–Oct. 27. cOme tOgether Friends and collaborators Linda bernard and roslyn Logsdon present new

“ephemeral” at greater reston arts center, sept. 10–nov. 14

works in this collaborative exhibition. montpelier Arts Center. Sept. 4–Sept. 27. ephemeraL Area sculptors present a variety of works that comment on the temporary nature of art. Featured artists include millicent Young, Artemis Herber, elissa Farrow-Savos, elizabeth burger, and Diane Szczepaniak. Greater reston Arts Center. Sept. 10–Nov. 14. esther bubLeY up frOnt bubley, an acclaimed photojournalist, documented life in America in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. this exhibition features her images of life in D.C., as well as work from her time covering texas oil towns and events like the miss America pageant. National museum of Women in the Arts. Sept. 4–Jan. 17.

eYe pOp: the ceLebritY gaze We see photos of celebrities every day but this new exhibition of photos, paintings, and prints forces the viewer to examine how and why celebrities are captured the way they are. National portrait Gallery. may 22–July 10. g40 art summit more than 70 artists from around the world participate in this annual group show, taking place for the first time in Art Whino’s space on H Street Ne. Other artists will create and present their own installations and polish artist pener will create a mural around the building. Whino on H Street Ne. Sept. 12–Sept. 24. hOw we LOst dc members of the Delusions of Grandeur collective comment on gentrification in D.C. and its impact on life in the city in this new

group exhibition. Honfleur Gallery. Sept. 11–Oct. 31. itinerant edens: Of fabLe and facsimiLe Sculptor Walter mcConnell relies on digital scans of live models, including his nephew and 83-yearold father, to create the terracotta figures in his latest exhibition. Katzen Arts Center at American University. Sept. 12–Oct. 18. jennie Lea knight rarely seen pieces by the founder of Studio Gallery. Knight’s work is also in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art museum, the phillips Collection, and the National museum of Women in the Arts. Studio Gallery. Sept. 2–Sept. 26.

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LaY Of the Land New paintings by Arlingtonbased artist Sue Grace. Hillyer Art Space. Sept. 4–Sept. 26. LaYers members of the gallery respond to the theme of layers in a variety of mediums, including photography, abstract painting, sculpture, and collage. touchstone Gallery. Sept. 4–Sept. 27. Let the games begin! Fabric artist Gerhardt Knodel presents a series of new works inspired by games and how people play them. through these pieces, he questions thoughts about competition, loss, relationships, and repetition. Katzen Arts Center at American University. Sept. 12–Oct. 18. waLter mccOnneLL A variety of works by the belmont, N.Y.-based ceramic artist, presented concurrently with the Katzen Arts Center’s show of mcConnell’s work. Cross mackenzie Gallery. Sept. 2–Sept. 27. metrOpOLis painter mcCain mcmurry presents a series of architectural and geometric paintings of cityscapes. touchstone Gallery. Sept. 4–Sept. 27. past and present: Views Of maYa mOnuments View Frederick Catherwood’s Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan in Dumbarton Oaks’ rare book room and learn about how these ancient people of mexico constructed such sculptures in this exhibition that is also presented online. Dumbarton Oaks. Sept. 1–Nov. 30. perspectiVes: Lara baLadi the egyptianLebanese artist displays a wide variety of her photographic works, including “Oum el Dounia (the mother of the World),” a large tapestry based on a photo collage. Arthur m. Sackler Gallery. Aug. 29–June 5. pristine seas: the Ocean’s Last wiLd pLaces National Geographic’s pristine Seas project works to protect the world’s oceans and aims to protect ten percent of them by 2020. this exhibition focuses on the work of the team, led by Dr. enric Sala, and includes underwater photographs and videos from around the world. National Geographic museum. Sept. 16–march 27. puLse Of the future three decades after the western world developed an interest in contemporary Chinese art, the next generation of artists has come of age and is ready to display its work. American University displays works by this group throughout the arts center. Katzen Arts Center at American University. Sept. 12–Oct. 18. Quarter sectiOns Assemblages by artist Janet Wheeler. touchstone Gallery. Sept. 4–Sept. 27. refLectiOns and cOntradictiOns: fiVe decades Sculptor mary Shaffer turns her appreciation for discarded tools into a sitespecific glass and metal installation at the Katzen. the center will also showcase a variety of pieces from the glass artist’s five-decade career. Katzen Arts Center at American University. Sept. 12–Oct. 18. sea Of tranQuiLitY, Ocean Of dOubt Site-specific sculptures that look like they’re still works-in-progress by sculptor Christian benefiel. VisArts. Sept. 4–Oct. 4. seeing thrOugh the mind’s eYe Abstract portraits of strange, imagined characters presented by artist Deborah Addison Cohen. Studio Gallery. Sept. 2–Sept. 26. shOw and teach: LOOk and Learn Visitors can explore printmaking techniques in this interactive exhibition that invites artists to explain their processes. Washington printmakers Gallery. Sept. 2–Oct. 4.

“Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859–1872.” 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and the National Portrait Gallery has commemorated this pivotal conflict with a series of seven exhibits. The last exhibition is “Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859–1872.” Gardner was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite photographer, though he was honest in his portrayal of the wartime president, making plain the strain on his face. After the war, Gardner made photographs of the western landscape as settlers lit out for the frontier, and of Native Americans as they were being shoved aside. The exhibit includes more than 140 photographs, prints and books, including the celebrated “cracked plate” —Louis Jacobson portrait of Lincoln. Sept. 18–March 13 at National Portrait Gallery. Free. the six-armed buddha Watercolor painter barbara Williams presents a series of works inspired by tibetan prayer flags. Studio Gallery. Sept. 2–Sept. 26. spirited repubLic Learn about alcohol’s impact on American history, from the Whiskey rebellion to prohibition and its repeal, in this immersive exhibition presented by the National Archives. National Archives. march 3–Jan. 10. studiO sacriLege Artists Amy Hughes braden, roxana Geffen, and Jackie milad reuse some

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of their already painted canvases to create new work in this exhibition that asks spectators to question the creative process. DC Arts Center. Sept. 11–Oct. 11. surVeiLLance bLind this group exhibition asks American and German artists to consider the digital footprints we leave and the people who have access to the information we leave behind and create work in response to that. GoetheInstitut Washington. Sept. 17–Dec. 3.

nOVie trump New work inspired by archaeology and intertwined relationships by Arizonabased sculptor Novie trump. Hillyer Art Space. Sept. 4–Sept. 26. under the sun recent work by 14 artists affiliated with Sol print Studios, a baltimore printmaking studio dedicated to solar plate etching. Hillyer Art Space. Sept. 4–Sept. 26. uniQue VisiOns brightly colored images by photographer richard paul Weiblinger. montpelier Arts Center. Sept. 11–Nov. 1. september 18, 2015 25

“Le ‘new’ monocle, chapters 1–3” at hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden, Oct. 29–feb. 15


12th annuaL king street art festiVaL At this annual festival, King Street is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original works by more than 200 artists from the U.S. and abroad. enjoy live music, an art giveaway, interactive art activities, and the Art League’s Ice Cream bowl Fundraiser. King Street between Washington Streey and the potomac river. Sept. 19–20. 20th centurY peOpLe Works by acclaimed 20th-century printmakers are showcased in this new exhibition. Old print Gallery. Sept. 18–Nov. 14. 40 chances: finding hOpe in a hungrY wOrLd—the phOtOgraphY Of hOward g. buffett buffett, a philanthropist and anti-hunger advocate, travels around the world fighting for responsible food policy. this exhibition features many of buffett’s photos and information about his work and how visitors can help affect change. Newseum. Sept. 18–Jan. 3.

thomson traveled to China four times in the mid19th century. In this exhibition, his photos are shown next to examples of Qing-Dynasty textiles and accessories that help illuminate his work. the George Washington University museum and textile museum. Sept. 19–Feb. 14.

natiOns this new exhibition explores the relationship between the United States and Native Americans early in the founding of this nation through the presentation of a variety of treaties and ornamental objects. National museum of the American Indian. Sept. 21–Sept. 1, 2018.

dark fieLds Of the repubLic: aLexander gardner phOtOgraphs 1859-1872 View images from the acclaimed Civil War photographer, who captured presidents, battlefields, and the recently deceased throughout the mid-19th century. Among the featured photos are the rarely seen “cracked plate” of Abraham Lincoln and several of Gardner’s images of Native Americans. National portrait Gallery. Sept. 18–march 13.

new. nOw. 2015. New works by a variety of local artists. Hamiltonian Gallery. Sept. 19–Oct. 31.

fairwaY Kyle bauer’s latest installation responds to the architecture of the gallery space and uses a variety of colors and textures to create a specific path through the gallery. Flashpoint Gallery. Sept. 19–Oct. 17.

bOund and determined painter Lois Kampinsky explores the ideas of binding and limits in this new series of works. Studio Gallery. Sept. 30–Oct. 24.

the mOdern puebLO painting Of awa tsireh explore the intersection between modern art and Native American painting in this exhibition of works by Awa tsireh, a watercolor painter who blended influences while working in Santa Fe, New mexico. While the American Art museum has owned the paintings since 1979, they will be shown together for the first time in this show. Smithsonian American Art museum. Sept. 18–Jan. 31.

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natiOn tO natiOn: treaties between the united states and american indian

art aLL night: nuit bLanche dc explore D.C.’s art scene at this annual gathering that offers art events in five different neighborhoods. Various venues. Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

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secrets Of the eLements 4, time’s arrOws Artist Langley Spurlock and poet John martin tarrat collaborate once again on this exhibition that combines haiku with stories from the periodic table. Studio Gallery. Sept. 30–Oct. 24. swim Oil paintings of oceans and water by Charles Williams. morton Fine Art. Sept. 25–Oct. 13. tea time Diane blackwell chronicles the act of making and drinking tea in this new series of paintings. Studio Gallery. Sept. 30–Oct. 24. this is Light See works by tommy bobo, Lisa Dillin, pamela Gwaltney, and esther ruiz, four east Coast artists who use light in their pieces, in this new exhibition. Carroll Square Gallery. Sept. 18–Nov. 25. uncensOred: infOrmatiOn antics more than a dozen local artists come together to create work that comments on censorship and the use and abuse of information technology in this exhibition tpresented at mLK Library in conjunction with banned books Week. martin Luther King Jr. memorial Library. Sept. 25–Oct. 22.

Vermeer’s “wOman in bLue reading a Letter” frOm the rijksmuseum twenty years after this classic painting was last seen at the National Gallery of Art as part of its history-making Vermeer exhibition, Amsterdam’s rijksmuseum loans the recently restored masterpiece to the NGA for ten weeks this fall. National Gallery of Art. Sept. 19–Dec. 1. wiLd wOrLd Artist renee Strout creates handmade machines powered by spiritual energy and invites viewers to interact with them in her fifth Hemphill exhibition. Hemphill. Sept. 26–Dec. 19.


2015 faLL sOLOs New works by local artists are presented in this year-end show. Arlington Arts Center. Oct. 24–Dec. 21. the big hOpe shOw In an effort to bring muchneeded hope to the city of baltimore, outsider artist bobby Adams presents a series of neverbefore seen assemblages and photographs, Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne presents a joyful installation called “the King’s mouth,” and, taking inspiration from emily Dickinson, colored pencil artist margaret munz-Losch presents her intricate images of birds. the exhibition also features a video about Kevin briggs, the California trooper who is credited with saving lives by communicating with would-be jumpers on the Golden Gate bridge. American Visionary Art museum. Oct. 3–Sept. 4. september 18, 2015 27

capitOL hiLL art League faLL shOw members of the Capitol Hill Art League display their work at this seasonal show. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Oct. 3–Nov. 6. crOsscurrents: mOdern art frOm the sam rOse and juLie waLters cOLLectiOn Works from American artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne thiebaud, and Alexander Calder, as well as european mainstays like pablo picasso and Joan miró, stand out in this exhibit featuring pieces rarely seen in public. Smithsonian American Art museum. Oct. 30–April 3. diamOnd bLind brightly colored, site-specific paintings that mix formalism with abstraction by erin Curtis. Flashpoint Gallery. Oct. 24–Nov. 21. feYnman’s sister and Other space weather hazards Heather Harvey assembles this piece from items she collects on daily walks, arranging them in manners that suggest maps or journeys. VisArts. Oct. 14–Nov. 15. YOLanda frederikse the local artist presents prints inspired by nature and D.C. landmarks. Washington printmakers Gallery. Oct. 6–Oct. 25. gauguin tO picassO: masterpieces frOm switzerLand the collections of rudolf Staechelin and Karl Im Obersteg, which include acclaimed paintings from 22 world-famous artists active in the Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and School of paris movements, are shown for the first time together in the U.S. phillips Collection. Oct. 10–Jan. 10. hidden identities the Organization of American States partners with the embassy of Chile to present this exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist Jorge tacla. the images are inspired by the traumatic political events of tacla’s life, both the 1973 Chilean coup d’etat and the September 11 attacks, which he witnessed in New York. Art museum of the Americas. Oct. 22–Feb. 3. irVing penn: beYOnd beautY Works by the acclaimed fashion photographer, known for his work in Vogue as well as worldwide advertisements, is highlighted in this new exhibition that features more than 100 pieces recently donated to the museum by the Irving penn Foundation. Smithsonian American Art museum. Oct. 23–march 20. Le “new” mOnOcLe, chapters 1–3 Inspired by the fistfights that occasionally broke out between avant-garde artists in 1920s paris, Los Angeles-based artist Shana Lutker presents a series of set-like installations on the museum’s second floor. each installation is organized based on a chapter in Lutker’s forthcoming book, which shares the exhibition’s name. Hirshhorn museum and Sculpture Garden. Oct. 29–Feb. 15. LOOking intO the distance becOmes difficuLt New paintings by German artist Surya Gied. Hillyer Art Space. Oct. 2–Oct. 31. marVeLOus Objects In this first major exhibition of surrealist sculpture, the Hirshhorn brings together more than 100 pieces by artists including Henry moore, Joan miró, and Isamu Noguchi, created in the U.S. and europe from the 1920s to the 1950s. Hirshhorn museum and Sculpture Garden. Oct. 29–Feb. 15. mike mccOnneLL New works by mcConnell, who worked for many years as a commercial illustrator before turning his attention to fine arts. the Athenaeum. Oct. 29–Dec. 13. mOntpeLier instructOrs shOwcase New works in a variety of mediums, from ceramics to rug hooking, by teachers affiliated with montpelier. montpelier Arts Center. Oct. 3–Nov. 1. nature’s best phOtOgraphY: windLand smith rice internatiOnaL awards presents

“Renée Stout: Wild World” You know I’ve seen a lot of what the world can do, And it’s breakin’ my heart in two... Yusuf Islam’s song resonates within Renée Stout’s newest solo endeavor, as much an invocation for a spiritual awakening as it is an exhibition. Stout, in collaboration with her alter ego Fatima Mayfield, an herbalist and fortune teller, renders fantastical, multimedia works that promise to harness and transmit spiritual energy. Although she produces results that are more metaphoric than actual magic, Stout imbues her art with a sense of Hoodoo. A kind of folk spirituality born somewhere in the Mississippi Delta from a hybrid of many traditions—West African slave, African American, Catholic—Hoodoo’s emergence is as mysterious as the “rootwork” and “conjuring” at the core of its practice. —Erin Devine Sept. 26–Dec. 19 at Hemphill Gallery. Free.

the best Of the best Spanning 20 years, the photos in this exhibition, submitted by artists from around the world, capture moments of natural beauty, animals in their habitats, and the peaks and valleys of earth. National museum of Natural History. Oct. 24–Oct. 23. the new american garden this new exhibition celebrates the work of revolutionary D.C.based landscape architects Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden, whose use of lowmaintenance perennials and grasses transformed the manicured lawns commonly associated with American suburbs. On display as part of this show are photos of their projects and sketches and

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images that inspired their work. National building museum. Oct. 17–may 1. OLd patterns, new Order: sOciaList reaLism in centraL asia traditional textiles are paired with Soviet era artworks from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in this exhibition organized in conjunction with the university’s Central Asia program. the George Washington University museum and textile museum. Oct. 10–may 29. pathmakers: wOmen in art, craft, and design, midcenturY and tOdaY Female commercial and industrial designers, some of whom worked in the mid-20th century and others who create products today, are celebrated in

this exhibition that also looks at where and how they distributed their work to audiences around the world. National museum of Women in the Arts. Oct. 30–Feb. 28. perspectiVe: a LOOk at cOntempOrarY painting and drawing New works by a variety of locally and nationally known artists. Hillyer Art Space. Oct. 2–Oct. 31. prOject 837, part 2 this exhibition, the first part of which was displayed in baltimore earlier this year, comments on the ideas of home and homelessness and asks artists, curators, and community members to contribute their thoughts. VisArts. Oct. 28–Dec. 13.

tOnY saVOie mixed-media works by the Florida-based artist. Long View Gallery. Oct. 29–Nov. 29. the seriaL impuLse at gemini g.e.L. Celebrating the popular Los Angeles print workshop Gemini, this exhibition features multi-part works by late 20th-century American artists, among them richard Serra, robert rauschenberg, and John baldessari. National Gallery of Art. Oct. 4–Feb. 7. sOtatsu: making waVes In this first major exhibition of the Japanese artist, the museum tries to crack his elusive exterior and tell the story of this bold and influential Japanese painter. Seventy of his 17th century masterpieces will be on display, as well as pieces created in a similar style by artists that followed him. Arthur m. Sackler Gallery. Oct. 24–Jan. 31.

“The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.”

Over the past half-century, Los Angeles printmaking and fabricating facility Gemini Graphic Editions Limited has made a lot of major artworks for a lot of big-name artists. Originally established by printmaker Ken Tyler, Gemini G.E.L. quickly expanded the scope of its activities to include not just lithography, screenprinting, and etching, but also editioned sculptures—3-D multiples made in porcelain, steel, and vacuum-formed plastic for artists with no experience using those materials. Opening Oct. 4 at the National Gallery of Art, the exhibition celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the busy L.A. workshop. The show will feature more than 120 individual works created in series by—and for—17 different artists, including sculptor Richard Serra, painter Julie Mehretu, and conceptual art troublemaker John Baldessari. “The Serial Impulse” will demonstrate how Gemini G.E.L. has expanded artists’ production capabilities—and helped fuel ap—Jeffry Cudlin petites for industrial fit and finish in contemporary art. Oct. 4–Feb. 7 at the National Gallery of Art. Free.

sYLVania photographer Anna beeke presents a series of photographs from the American Northwest in this new exhibition. Also on view is “Intersections,” a five-image exhibition by artist Léa eouzan. Cross mackenzie Gallery. Oct. 1–Nov. 14. the tempOrarY art repair shOp berlinbased artist tobias Sternberg turns the gallery space into a repair shop and invites visitors to drop off their objects that don’t work to be transformed into sculptures. transformer Gallery. Oct. 3–Oct. 30. Vanitas Annie Farrar uses found objects to create assemblages comment on themes of loss and decay in this new exhibition. VisArts. Oct. 9–Nov. 8.


aLL hung Open exhibitiOn: gratitude participants are invited to post individual pieces based around the theme of gratitude in this collaborative community exhibition. montpelier Arts Center. Nov. 7–Dec. 27. aperture: phOtOgraphs See a variety of photos that span more than 50 years and chronicle the evolution of the Aperture Foundation’s work at this anchor exhibition of FotoWeek DC. Featured artists include Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, and William Christenberry. Former residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. Nov. 6–Nov. 14. Leah appeL Abstract photos that defy conventions by the local photographer. Hillyer Art Space. Nov. 6–Nov. 28. art Of the airpOrt tOwer Learn about the aesthetic design and function of air traffic control towers at airports around the world in this exhibition that features a variety of photos by Smithsonian photographer Carolyn J. russo. National Air and Space museum. Nov. 11–Nov. 6. ceLebrating phOtOgraphY at the natiOnaL gaLLerY Of art: recent gifts the National Gallery’s year-long celebration of photography culminates with this exhibition featuring a variety of pieces, from early examples of the medium to contemporary pieces that explore the form’s boundaries, that have recently been donated to the museum by collectors. National Gallery of Art. Nov. 1–march 27. chaL smaLL wOrks shOw members of the Art League present pieces that are small in size but large in impact at this group show. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Nov. 14–Dec. 5. rOb hitzig paintings, sculptures, and painted sculptures by the Vermont-based multimedia artist. Cross mackenzie Gallery. Nov. 4–Nov. 29. iberOamerican cuLturaL attachés assOciatiOn Works by artists from Spain and portugal. Hillyer Art Space. Nov. 6–Nov. 28.

“Old Patterns, New Order: Socialist Realism in Central Asia” Exhibits at the Textile Museum tend to encompass much more than just textiles, and “Old Patterns, New Order,” opening this fall, is no exception: It will be the first exhibit in the United States to focus on the school of socialist realism in Central Asian art. The show will present work produced during the latter part of the Soviet era by painters from what’s now Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and other countries in Central Asia, showing how they focused on state-sanctioned themes like industrialization and “progress” while also referencing the local cultures of this predominantly Muslim region. This pictorial idealization of typical ways of life included the depiction of traditional textiles, examples of which—antique kaftan-like robes, handwoven carpets, and other household textiles—will be displayed alongside the paintings. —Vanessa H. Larson Oct. 10–May 29 at the Textile Museum. $8 suggested donation.

“Sylvania” Brooklyn-based photographer Anna Beeke was born in D.C., and as a child she went on long horse-trail rides through Rock Creek Park. It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that as a grown artist, Beeke gravitated towards photographing forests. Her series “Sylvania,” to be shown at the Cross MacKenzie Gallery, isn’t limited to images of actual forests—it also includes portrayals of the forest as an interior or exterior decoration—but each example is shown in all their green glory. “I tried photographing all sorts of things at first, but invariably I found myself in the woods, with an intense sense of contentment and enchantment that harkened back to a more childish or primitive capacity to indulge the imagination,” Beeke has said. Also on display: work by the French photographer —Louis Jacobson Léa Eouzan. Oct. 14–Nov. 14 at Cross MacKenzie Gallery. Free.

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icOns: Las Virgincitas Dariana Arias presents photographs of women around the world dressed as the Virgin mary in this new exhibition. Honfleur Gallery. Nov. 13–Jan. 8.

sushama parikh Studies of horses and bulls, ceramic tiles, and plates by Indian-born artist Sushama parikh. montpelier Arts Center. Nov. 7–Dec. 27.

inside tOdaY’s fbi the Newseum updates its exhibit about the work of the FbI with new artifacts and stories from recent events. Newseum. Nov. 13–march 20.

pink, part 1 A new and colorful multimedia installation by local visual artist Carolina mayorga. Vivid Solutions Gallery. Nov. 13–Jan. 8.

pauLine jakObsberg Hand-pulled prints made from recycled materials by the co-founder of Washington printmakers Gallery. Washington printmakers Gallery. Nov. 3–Nov. 29. kaY waLkingstick: an american artist explore the career of Cherokee painter Kay WalkingStick in this first major retrospective exhibition. Organized chronologically, the show includes the artist’s drawings, paintings, sculptures, and notebooks. National museum of the American Indian. Nov. 17–Sept. 18. LOuise bOurgeOis: nO exit View paintings and line drawings by the acclaimed existentialist and surrealist French-American artist in this exhibition that celebrates her work and also includes her large marble sculpture “Germinal.” National Gallery of Art. Nov. 15–may 15. menagerie paintings of animals by artist Caroline thorington. montpelier Arts Center. Nov. 7–Dec. 27.

VOnn sumner New paintings by the acclaimed San Francisco-born painter. morton Fine Art. Nov. 6–Nov. 24. VOYages On earth and in space New paintings and sculptures by Ken and Julie Girardini. Zenith Gallery. Nov. 5–Nov. 28. marissa white New works by the Alexandria-based artist. Hillyer Art Space. Nov. 6–Nov. 28. wOmanimaL: zine art bY carOLine paQuita the brooklyn-based zine artist showcases her latest creations, a collection of works featuring half-woman, half-animal creatures that add some whimsy to contemporary culture and art. National museum of Women in the Arts. Nov. 16–may 13. wOnder the renwick opens after its extensive renovation with this expansive exhibition in which nine contemporary artists—Jennifer Angus, Chakaia booker, Gabriel Dawe, tara Donovan, patrick Dougherty, Janet echelman, John Grade,

“Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty”

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is billing this exhibit as the photographer’s first retrospective in 20 years. It may not seem like it’s been that long since D.C. has seen a deep dive on Penn—the National Gallery of Art mounted an exhibition of 70 of his platinum prints in 2005—but the SAAM show, with 146 images, does offer a wide-angle view of his oeuvre. Penn (1917–2009) photographed street scenes in the late 1930s and did documentary work in the South in the early 1940s, but he is perhaps best known for his celebrity and fashion work. The latter may be less weighty in subject matter, but Penn’s technical chops are undisputed. Oct. 23–March 20 at Smithsonian American Art —LouisJacobson Museum. Free.

“Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture From Paris to New York” Surrealism is more than just paintings of melting clocks or pipes that aren’t actually pipes. Artists like Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Salvador Dali also created some very unusual sculptural pieces, such as birdcages filled with sugar cubes (Duchamp), metronomes with eyes (Ray), and a miniature “Venus de Milo” with some strategically placed drawers (Dali, of course). “Marvelous Objects” will be the first major museum exhibition devoted entirely to surrealist sculpture. Bringing together more than 100 works from the 1920s through the ’50s by dozens of European and American artists, the show will also take a look at the movement’s unique transatlantic links. Oct. 29–Feb. 15 at the —Elena Goukassian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Free.

“Shana Lutker: Le ‘NEW’ Monocle, Chapters 1–3” Art history students often hear that André Breton, the founder of the Surrealist movement, could be a control freak; what’s less discussed is his love of fistfights. It turns out that in 1920s Paris, artists often established their avant-garde cred with melees during which people got arrested. Enter Los Angeles artist Shana Lutker, whose recent sculptural installations commemorate uproarious moments in the history of Surrealism. Her 2015 piece, “Paul, Paul, Paul, and Paul,” for example, is based on a near-riot incited during a banquet in 1925 for the Symbolist poet, Saint-Pol-Roux. “Breton was almost pushed out the open window,” the artist writes. “Plates were thrown, glasses shattered, hair was pulled… Surrealist Michel Leiris screamed ‘Down with France!’ to the 500 people who had gathered on the street below.” This October, the Hirshhorn will present three of Lutker’s pieces documented in her upcoming book, Le ‘NEW’ Monocle. Though they’re based on violent confrontations, the pieces tend to include clean, static representations of Surrealist motifs, floating in dream-like space—perhaps contrasting the messiness of actual events with our tidy art-historical narratives. Oct. 29–Feb. 15 at —Jeffry Cudlin the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Free. 32 september 18, 2015 6 September 16, 2011 september 18, 2015 33

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“recent Gifts” at the national Gallery of Art, nov. 1–March 27

“Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts” Does it seem like the National Gallery has put a lot of effort into photography lately? That’s because this year marks the 25th anniversary of the museum’s photography collection. Photography got short shrift as a legitimate art form in the modern period, but its inclusion in contemporary exhibitions has grown exponentially since the 1960s. Twenty-five years of dedicated photo collecting by the NG seems surprisingly recent given that presence as a major art form. But “Celebrating Photography” may give viewers a hint at the depth and breadth of the gallery’s efforts to catch up. The third and final in the celebratory series, this exhibition features new acquisitions donated in recognition of the collection anniversary that stretch from the early inventive years to the present moment. For photo buffs, it will be well worth seeing what else could possibly be added to a collection of already over 11,000 —Erin Devine works. Nov. 1–March 27 at Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. Free.

“Wonder” With a title like “Wonder,” this debut exhibition at the long-awaited reopening of the Renwick Gallery has some lofty aspirations to impress and amaze. Dedicated to decorative arts, the branch of the American Art Museum is taking a progressive turn by featuring nine contemporary artists whose works jump the borders between design, craft, and art. Culling the unusual for the basic materials of their large-scale installations, the participating artists are known for their head-scratching projects. Jennifer Angus transforms room decoration with her wallpaper-like designs of dried insects; Janet Echelman tackles the Renwick’s Grand Salon with her hand-woven nets, measuring hundreds of feet. The emphasis here is not only on the possibilities of materials and methods, but the ways artists can interpret the Renwick’s recent alterations. “Wonder” implies an overwhelming experience of art and architecture to inaugurate the new spcace. With works that tether along the highly unlikely—even for contemporary art—it just might happen. —Erin Devine Nov. 13–July 10 at Renwick Gallery. Free.

“Louise Bourgeois: No Exit” You know that metal giant spider in the National Gallery of Arts Sculpture Garden? That’s the work of Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist who often used spiders as allegories of motherhood and her own mother in particular. Although Bourgeois is primarily known as a sculptor, “No Exit” will focus on her drawings and prints, exploring the artist’s conflicting surrealist and existentialist tendencies. Fittingly, the curators decided to name the show for a Jean-Paul Sartre play, No Exit, which includes the famous (and famously misinterpreted) line, “Hell is other people.” It’s supposed to mean that it’s hell seeing oneself through the eyes of others, which is basically inevitable. I’m sure Louise Bourgeois would agree. Nov. —Elena Goukassian 15–May 15 at the National Gallery of Art. Free.

maya Lin, and Leo Villareal—create site-specific installations throughout the museum. renwick Gallery. Nov. 13–July 10.


AnnuAl HolidAy Group SHow New works by montpelier’s resident artists are featured in this year-end show. montpelier Arts Center. Dec. 5–Dec. 27. MAyA Freelon ASAnte New, textural paintings by the acclaimed artist. morton Fine Art. Dec. 12–Jan. 5.

AdAM BrAdley Sculptures inspired by the idea of collecting by the local artist. Hillyer Art Space. Dec. 4–Dec. 23.

gie evans presents detailed drawings of hundreds of chairs that are then recreated in plastic. Flashpoint Gallery. Dec. 5–Jan. 9.

bC, loaned from archeological museums around the world. National Gallery of Art. Dec. 13–march 20.

ContinuuM Abstract sculptures and paintings inspired by the work of scientists by artist rebecca Kamen. Greater reston Arts Center. Dec. 1–Feb. 13.

CHee-KeonG KunG Gestural paintings by the Singapore-born artist who now works in mcLean. Hillyer Art Space. Dec. 4–Dec. 23.

MAtinA MArKi tillMAn Digital prints by the Greek-born artist. Washington printmakers Gallery. Dec. 1–Dec. 27.

MiCHAel CoriGliAno New works by the photographer, sculptor, and teacher. Hillyer Art Space. Dec. 4–Dec. 23. niCole GunninG Large-scale figurative sculptures from the D.C.-based ceramic artist. Cross mackenzie Gallery. Dec. 2–Dec. 27. HuMAn HierArCHieS In a new installation that comments on leadership and homogeneity, mag-

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noteS on tHe StAte oF VirGiniA Artist Suzanne Stryk presents a series of assemblages inspired by thomas Jefferson’s book and her subsequent travels around the state. the Athenaeum. Dec. 17–Jan. 31. power And pAtHoS: Bronze SCulpture oF tHe HelleniStiC world this touring exhibition features 50 examples of early Greek sculpture created between the fourth and first centuries

twelVe yeArS tHAt SHooK And SHAped wASHinGton this new exhibition looks at how D.C. was shaped by a period of political turmoil, that included the march on Washington, the beginning of home rule in the District, and massive riots that destroyed neighborhoods, between 1963 and 1975. Anacostia Community museum. Dec. 15–Oct. 23. september 18, 2015 37

american Visionary art museum 800 Key Highway, baltimore. (410) 244-1900.

“wonder” at renwick gallery, nov. 13–july 10

(202) 737-4215. national geographic museum 1145 17th St. NW. (202) 857-7588.

anacostia community museum 1901 Fort place Se. (202) 633-4820.

national museum of african art 950 Independence Ave. SW. (202) 633-4600.

arlington arts center 3550 Wilson blvd., Arlington. (703) 248-6800.

national museum of natural history 1000 Constitution Ave. NW. (202) 633-1000.

art museum of the americas 201 18th St. NW. (202) 458-6016.

national museum of the american indian 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. (202) 633-1000.

arthur m. sackler gallery 1050 Independence Ave. SW. (202) 633-4880. the athenaeum 201 prince St., Alexandria. (703) 548-0035. Brentwood arts exchange 3901 rhode Island Ave., brentwood. (301) 277-2863. capitol hill arts workshop 545 7th St. Se. (202) 547-6839.

national museum of women in the arts 1250 New York Ave. NW. (202) 783-5000.

“Louise bourgeois: no exit” at national gallery of art, nov. 15–may 15

national portrait gallery 8th and F streets NW. (202) 633-8300. newseum 555 pennsylvania Ave. NW. (888) 639-7386.

carroll square gallery 975 F St. NW. (202) 234-5601.

old print gallery 1220 31st St. NW. (202) 965-1818.

cross mackenzie gallery 2026 r St. NW. (202) 333-7970.

phillips collection 1600 21st St. NW. (202) 387-2151.

Dc arts center 2438 18th St. NW. (202) 462-7833.

renwick gallery 1661 pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 633-7970.

Dumbarton oaks 1703 32nd St. NW. (202) 339-6401. Flashpoint gallery 916 G St. NW. (202) 315-1305.

smithsonian american art museum 8th and F streets NW. (202) 633-7970.

Folger shakespeare Library 201 e. Capitol St. Se. (202) 544-7077.

studio gallery 2108 r St. NW. (202) 232-8734.

Former residence of the ambassadors of spain 2801 16th St. NW. Freer gallery of art Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. (202) 633-1000.

hillyer art space 9 Hillyer Court NW. (202) 338-0680.

the george washington University museum and textile museum 701 21st St. NW. (202) 994-5200.

hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. (202) 633-4674.

goethe-institut washington 812 7th St. NW. (202) 289-1200.

honfleur gallery 1241 Good Hope road Se. (202) 365-8392.

greater reston arts center 12001 market St., Ste. 103, reston. (703) 471-9242.

i street galleries 200 I St. Se. (202) 724-5613.

hamiltonian gallery 1353 U St. NW. (202) 332-1116.

Katzen arts center at american University 4400 massachusetts Ave. NW. (202) 885-2787.

hemphill 1515 14th St. NW. (202) 234-5601.

Long View gallery 1234 9th St. NW. (202) 232-4788.

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martin Luther King Jr. memorial Library 901 G St. NW. (202) 727-0321. montpelier arts center 9652 muirkirk road, Laurel. (301) 377-7800. morton Fine art 1781 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 628-2787. national air and space museum 700 Independence Ave. Se. (202) 633-2398. national archives 700 pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 357-5000. national Building museum 401 F St. NW. (202) 272-2448. national gallery of art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

touchstone gallery 901 New York Ave. NW. (202) 347-2787. transformer gallery 1404 p St. NW. (202) 483-1102. Visarts 155 Gibbs St., rockville. (301) 315-8200. Vivid solutions gallery 1231 Good Hope road Se. (202) 365-8392. washington printmakers gallery 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. (301) 273-3660. whino on h street nw 700 H St. Ne. (301) 567-8210. Zenith gallery 1429 Iris St. NW. (202) 783-2963. september 18, 2015 39




Under the high patronage of H.E. the Ambassador of France


H.E. the Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco The Alliance Française de Washington DC & The Dupont Circle Hotel present... Beyond The Little Black Dress A Fashion Show and Silent Auction To Benefit the Alliance Française’s Cultural Programs

The Alliance Française thanks the following sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible:

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dark and playful evening of movement and music. American Dance Institute. Oct. 2, 8 p.m., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. $15–$30.

J.A.M. 5th ElEMEnt—A DAncE SpEctAculAr MuSicAl rEvuE this dance revue, set to popular songs from the 1970s and 1980s, features a variety of local performers who encourage audience members to get up and dance with them. Joe’s movement emporium. Sept. 18, 8 p.m., Sept. 19, 8 p.m. $20–$25.

tAuruS BroADhurSt DAncE A resident artist for the 2015–16 year, broadhurst combines elements of West African dance with hip-hop and modern in his performances. this presentation incorporates poetry to explain how we understand different kinds of love. Joe’s movement emporium. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free.

DAnA tAi Soon BurgESS DAncE coMpAny In Fluency in Four, the local company presents three works from its repertoire: “picasso Dances,” “mandala,” and “Confluence.” It also debuts “We choose to go to the moon,” a new work co-created with NASA that incorporates images, ’60s-era costumes, and pop songs from the same era. Kennedy Center terrace theater. Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Sept. 20, 7 p.m. $28–$45.

rEBollAr DAncE Company director erica rebollar collaborates with other D.C.-based feminist choreographers on Sacred Profane, an evening-length dance production that celebrates the cultures and histories of women through technology and stories from around the world. Dance place. Oct. 3, 8 p.m., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. $15–$30.

huAng yi AnD KuKA Innovative choreographer and videographer Huang Yi performs this new work with KUKA, an industrial robot. the piece encourages viewers to consider the relationship between humans, machines, software, and spirits as the lines between those concepts blurs. Clarice Smith performing Arts Center. Sept. 25, 8 p.m., Sept. 26, 8 p.m. $10–$25. thEnEWMovEMEnt: ¡FiEStA lAtinA! members of the Washington ballet’s studio company perform as part of the company’s new series. On this occasion, they present excerpts from Septime Webre’s “Carmen Suite” and Juanita y Alicia and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sueño de mármol” as part of the company’s fall celebration of Latin dance and choreography. tHeArC. Sept. 27, 3 p.m. $15 –$25. urBAn BuSh WoMEn After originally presenting it at ADI last spring, the New York-based company brings back Walking with ‘Trane, its multimedia exploration of the music of John Coltrane and the making of A Love Supreme. American Dance Institute. Sept. 25, 8 p.m., Sept. 26, 8 p.m. $15–$30. turKiSh FEStivAl Sample turkish food, see dance performances, and learn about the nation’s fashion and culture at this annual gathering that closes pennsylvania Avenue downtown. pennsylvania Avenue NW and 12th Street NW. Sept. 27, 11 a.m. Free. BAllEt FolKlórico DE México DE AMAliA hErnánDEz Discover the culture of mexico and see a variety of dance styles, including Danza, mestizo, and bailes regionales, at a performance by this large and energetic company founded in 1952. music Center at Strathmore. Sept. 29, 8 p.m. $38–$58.


chriS Schlichting the choreographer collaborates with rock guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker and visual artist Jennifer Davis to present Stripe Tease, a

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

Ballet Folklórico de México has been performing colorful, choreographed versions of local folk dance traditions from regions across Mexico since its inception in 1952. The company carries the name of its founder, Amalia Hernández, a 1950s pioneer in the world of baile folklorico. She created works that were choreographed adaptations of ritual dances “theatricalized” for the stage, along with new and more abstract ballets emulating the style and essence of the older traditions. Hernández placed particular emphasis on the diversity within Mexico, including many pieces drawn from Mesoamerican and pre-Columbian cultures, something the company continues to showcase with its polished world —Emily Walz tours. Sept. 29 at Music Center at Strathmore. $38–$58.

Sacred Profane The Madonna/whore dichotomy dictates that woman must be one or the other, sacred or profane. In defiance of rigid categorization, Rebollar Dance explores the dualities of sacred/profane, subject/object, and human/machine in the female form in its new all-women program. “There’s something about women’s bodies as performative objects and subjects living within the same person that fascinates me,” says Erica Rebollar, the company’s artistic director. The result of collaboration between several D.C.-based feminist choreographers and female-led companies, Sacred Profane brings together more than 28 dancers from several cultural traditions and dance genres, including the South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute, Somapa Thai Dance Company, and feminist punk rock dance band Tia Nina, dedicated to “deconstructing gender and power.” Rebollar Dance will also perform a short excerpt of “Cyborg Suites: Singular Feminine Possessive” as well as the all-new “Cyborg II,” pieces inspired by Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto.” —Emily Walz Oct. 3–4 at Dance Place. $15–$30.

DAncE thEAtEr oF hArlEM the acclaimed modern dance company returns to D.C. with a repertory program featuring well-known pieces and the area premiere of “Coming Home,” choreographed by Spanish dancer Nacho Duato. Sidney Harman Hall. Oct. 9, 8 p.m., Oct. 10, 2 p.m., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. $35–$70. rioult DAncE ny the contemporary dance company has made its name with lush, poetic dance pieces set to symphonies by a variety of classical music greats. pieces they’ll present in this all-bach evening include “Views of the Fleeting World,” “City,” and “Celestial tides.” George mason University Center for the Arts. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. $29–$48. Dc cASinEroS With ErnESto “gAto” gAtEll y Su BAnDA the local Cuban dance company performs a variety of modern and traditional dances dedicated to the late Cuban guitarist ernesto tamayo. Following the show, local musician ernesto “Gato” Gatell plays Cuban music with his band as company members encourage the audience to join them in dancing. Dance place. Oct. 10, 8 p.m., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. $15–$30. thE WAShington BAllEt: “lAtin hEAt” the Washington ballet opens its season with a tribute to Latin performers. Featured pieces include mauro de Candia’s “bitter Sugar,” Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerísimo,” and the act III pas de deux from marius petipa’s “Don Quixote.” Kennedy Center eisenhower theater. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. $30.50–$102. vElocityDc DAncE FEStivAl Nearly 25 troupes from around the region perform all types of dance, from flamenco to tap to hip-hop, at this weekendlong celebration of contemporary movement. Sidney Harman Hall. Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Oct. 16, 8 p.m., Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Oct. 17, 8 p.m. $18. Alight DAncE thEAtEr Accompanied by local music group Harp 46, the dance company performs two world premieres, Angella Foster’s “Sacred Geographies”and Wayles Haynes’ “Dixie Fried.” the dancers also reflect on the 25th anniversary September 16, 2011 1 september 18, 2015 41

of the Hubble telescope’s launch with a reprisal of their celestial-themed work, “Stargazing.” Dance place. Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. $15–$25. DiSSonAncE DAncE thEAtrE Inspired by dark and dramatic works of classical music, Dance Noir showcases Dissonance Dance theatre’s narrative abilities and contemporary style. Jack Guidone theater. Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. $15–$25. FolK DAncES oF inDiA performers share India’s rich musical and dance history at this colorful event. barns at Wolf trap. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. $25–$27. cAMillE A. BroWn & DAncErS brown, a local choreographer, draws on elements of AfricanAmerican social dance, rhythm, and music to tell the story of a young woman coming of age in a politically tumultuous urban area in her latest piece, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play. Clarice Smith performing Arts Center. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. $10–$25. coMpAñiA FlAMEncA JoSé porcEl the choreographer, one of Spain’s greatest flamenco artists, brings his company to the U.S. they’ll highlight the traditional aspects of flamenco performance and the passion that goes along with it. music Center at Strathmore. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. $28–$68. WEnDy WhElAn AnD JocK Soto Whelan and Soto, former principal dancers with the New York City ballet, perform Hagoromo, choreographer David Neumann’s take on the ancient Japanese tale of a poor fisherman who, one stormy night, connects with a fallen angel. musical accompaniment comes from the International Contemporary ensemble and costumes are by belgian designer Dries Van Noten. American Dance Institute. Oct. 23, 8 p.m., Oct. 24, 8 p.m. $15-$30. BoWEn MccAulEy DAncE the local dance company celebrates 20 years of performances at Dance place with a two-night performance. Among the featured pieces are favorites like “Lucy’s playlist,” a new piece with music by the National Chamber ensemble, and several other world premieres. Dance place. Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Oct. 25, 7 p.m. $15–$30. KrASnoyArSK nAtionAl DAncE coMpAny oF SiBEriA this brightly costumed company brings a variety of Siberian cultures to the stage in this acrobatic evening of folk dance. music Center at Strathmore. Oct. 25, 4 p.m. $32–$72. 12th AnnuAl FAll FEStivAl oF South ASiAn ArtS Dakshina/Daniel phoenix Singh Dance Company welcomes artists from India and around the U.S. for this celebration of music, dance, and poetry. Atlas performing Arts Center. Oct. 30–Nov. 1. $20–$50. thE SuzAnnE FArrEll BAllEt the Kennedy Center’s resident ballet company debuts two new works by balanchine and returns to two favorites, the act II pas de deux from balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and “Scène d’amour” from béjart’s Romeo and Juliet, at this season-opening performance. Kennedy Center Opera House. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Oct. 31, 1 p.m., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., Nov. 1, 1 p.m. $20–$119. thEnEWMovEMEnt: BAlAnchinE & BEyonD members of the ballet’s studio company perform pieces by master choreographer George balanchine as well as other pieces by his many disciples. the Washington ballet. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. $25. thE nAtionAl circuS AnD AcroBAtS oF thE pEoplE’S rEpuBlic oF chinA this high-flying troupe from Asia impresses audiences with its gravity defying feats in Peking Dreams. Also at Hylton performing Arts Center on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. George mason University Center for the Arts. Oct. 16, 8 p.m., Oct. 17, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $30–$50.


MArgot grEEnlEE Inspired by her work as a choreographer in healthcare settings, Greenlee’s

evening-length work Medicine by the Book incorporates elements of literature, graphic novels, and personal stories to comment on the current state of healthcare in America. Joe’s movement emporium. Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Big DAncE thEAtEr In Big Dance: Short Form, the company presents its idea of a “rep show,” with several short-form pieces displayed on an intimate scale. Among the pieces seen in this show are two world premieres and a few restaged numbers. American Dance Institute. Nov. 6, 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Nov. 8, 2 p.m. $15–$30. coMpAñiA FlAMEncA JoSé porcEl the choreographer, one of Spain’s greatest flamenco artists, brings his company to the U.S., where they’ll highlight the traditional aspects of flamenco performance and the passion that goes along with it. George mason University Center for the Arts. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. $29–$48. MEtro tAp rootS this weekend-long celebration of local tap history and culture culminates in a concert performance featuring favorite dancers like baakari Wilder and several local companies. Swing and jazz bands provide live accompaniment. Dance place. Nov. 7, 8 p.m. $15–$30. JAnE FrAnKlin DAncE blending visual art with movement, the whimsical dance company combines bits of theater, recycled objects, and spoken words in See Between the Lines. Dance place. Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Nov. 15, 4 p.m. $15–$30. pAliSSiMo Choreographer pavel Zuštiak, composer Christian Frederickson, and designer Joe Levasseur comment on a variety of conceptions of beauty, with references to plato, pope benedict XVI, and Susan Sontag, in Custodians of Beauty, a new piece making its world premiere. American Dance Institute. Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $15–$30. BollyWooD MASAlA orchEStrA AnD DAncErS oF inDiA the musicians and dancers tell stories from India, recreate dance sequences from favorite films, and charm reptiles in this lively and colorful presentation. George mason University Center for the Arts. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $29–$48. DEvi DAncE thEAtEr, SoMApA thAi DAncE coMpAny, SAnti BuDAyA inDonESiAn pErForMing ArtS the three local companies collaborate to present “Sita Gentle Warrior,” a new piece that combines movement and martial arts to tell the story of the ideal woman. Dance place. Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Nov. 22, 4 p.m. $15–$50. lulA WAShington DAncE thEAtrE the nationally known dance company presents pieces that combine elements of ballet, modern, and traditional African dance styles. publick playhouse. Nov. 21, 2 p.m., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $25–$30. thE JoFFrEy BAllEt the Chicago-based company retires its popular, Victorian-set production of The Nutcracker this season in anticipation of a new version that’s set to debut next year. Catch this celebrated take on the holiday classic one more time when it stops at the Kennedy Center. Kennedy Center Opera House. Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Nov. 27, 1 p.m., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., Nov. 28, 1 p.m., Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Nov. 29, 1 p.m., Nov. 29, 7 p.m. $55–$180. WAShington BAllEt’S nutcrAcKEr the company’s acclaimed production of this holiday classic, set in historic Georgetown and featuring cameos by local VIps, returns to tHeArC for a post-thanksgiving run. tHeArC. Nov. 28, 1 p.m., Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m., Nov. 29, 1 p.m., Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. $30–$50.


thE hip-hop nutcrAcKEr the classic ballet is set in New York to a hip-hop score in this production that features a variety of dancers, an onstage mC, and an electric violinist. music Center at Strathmore. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. $29–$46.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

The elevation of Misty Copeland to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre is again stirring conversation about the general lack of diversity among the world’s ballet troupes. Recognizing the same problem in the late 1960s, Arthur Mitchell began a school to bring dance to the children of Harlem. The Dance Theatre of Harlem debuted in 1971 and was the first black classical ballet company. Faltering financially, the company went on a nine-year hiatus beginning in 2003. Now reassembled, the Dance Theatre of Harlem is in its third year back under the artistic direction of Virginia Johnson, who returns to D.C. with a crew of 14 young dancers, still building on its commitment to diversity and excellence in ballet. Their performance will include the D.C. premiere of a piece the Dance Theatre of Harlem began performing earlier this year: Nacho Duato’s 1991 “Coming Together.” Choreographed originally for the national company of Spain, it blends jazz, modern, and classical dance to music by American composer Frederic Rzewski. The company will reprise Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Vessels,” a piece created for the company which premiered in D.C. last year; Donald Byrd’s “Contested Space”; and George Balanchine’s classic 1960 “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,” spun from a lost Swan Lake composition left out of the original. Oct. 9–10 at —Emily Walz Sidney Harman Hall. $35–$70.

“Latin Heat” The Washington Ballet presents “Latin Heat,” a series celebrating Latin art and culture as the launch of its Project Global initiative, part of the company’s larger project to foster more diversity in choreography and dancer development. The festival will feature the world premiere of salsa-based “Bitter Sugar,” choreographed by Mauro de Candia to music from Cuban singer La Lupe. The performance will also include the company premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerísimo” for six male dancers. Referencing Belgian surrealist René Magritte and his affinity for bowler hats, the piece incorporates flamenco guitar and Spanish rap, with music by Italian brass group Banda Ionica and French guitarist Titi Robin. Delving into a historical piece, the company will perform the wedding pas de deux from Don Quixote, choreographed by Marius Petipa in the late 1800s. The company brings back Edwaard Liang’s “La Llorono,” from his larger 2012 Day of the Dead ballet La Ofrenda (The Offering). With music from Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs, the pas de deux portrays a dead man dancing with his widow one last time. Also back is the company’s staging of the tango-ballet blend from European choreographer Hans van Manen’s 1977 “5 Tangos.” Oct. 14–18 at —Emily Walz Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. $30–$102.

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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon As part of the collaborative “Jason+” series, composer and jazz pianist Jason Moran brings choreographer Ronald K. Brown to D.C. for a multidisciplinary performance. Moran’s Bandwagon jazz trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits will accompany Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, known for melding African and contemporary dance with spoken word. The program includes selections from Brown’s choreography over the past two decades. “Why You Follow (Por Que Sigues),” first choreographed for Cuba’s MalPaso Dance Company, features Afro-Cuban rhythms. “March,” a duet drawn from the 1995 Lessons, weaves in words from Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. “Bellows” is a solo from Brown’s 2007 “One Shot: Rhapsody in Black and White,” commemorating the work of Charles “Tennie” Harris, whose photographs chronicled 40 years of 20th century life in Pittsburgh’s African-American community. Finally, the two ensembles will perform the D.C. debut of “The Subtle One,” a piece for eight dancers choreographed to Moran’s music. The title contains an allusion to Allah, a hint of the spirituality that infuses Brown’s work, inspired by a line from an Alan Harris poem: “So subtle are the wings of angels that you may not realize they’ve come and gone.” Oct. 28–30 at the Kennedy Cen—Emily Walz ter Eisenhower Theater. $29–$59.

12th Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company hosts the 12th Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts, a weekend of performances including several types of classical Indian dancing with accompanying musical ensembles, Alif Laila’s classical sitar music, and poetry. Featured in the lineup are many prominent Indian classical dancers, a number of whom perform Bharata Natyam, a form originating from the southern Indian province of Tamil Nadu with roots in Hindu temple dance. The original dance form is believed to be thousands of years old, but it was revived and adapted for public performance in the early 20th century. Among the Bharata Natyam dancers are Professor C. V. Chandrasekhar, who is joined by his daughter Chitra Chandrasekhar Dasarathy; and Rama Vaidyanathan, joined for a duet on the theme of duality by her daughter Dakshina. Also performing at the festival will be Mallika Sarabhai, a politician, activist, actress, and dancer trained in the Kuchipudi and Bharata Natyam classical Indian dance schools; collaborators Prashant Shah and Arushi Mudgal, who bring together the styles of Kathak (from North India) and Odissi (from East India); and Dakshina’s international cast of company dancers, blending classical Indian and modern dance. —Emily Walz Oct. 30–Nov. 1 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. $20–$50.

“Sita, Gentle Warrior” The collaboration of three D.C. dance companies has produced “Sita, Gentle Warrior,” a retelling of the story of one of the icons of the ancient Sanskrit epic poem, the Ramayana. Idealized as the model wife and mother through the Ramayana, Sita is a tragic figure who, while remaining loyal and chaste, is unfairly maligned and cast out of her household, and left to die in the woods. Devi Dance Theater, known for classical Indian Kuchipudi dance, pairs with Somapa Thai Dance Company and Santi Budaya Indonesian Performing Arts. All three are based in cultural traditions from regions to which the legend of Sita spread over the 2,500 years since the Ramayana was penned. Using a combination of martial arts, theater, and dance set to an original score, the program introduces a feminist perspective to the story and seeks “to articulate the voices of women silenced by tradition.” This will be the world premiere of a piece designed to reclaim Sita, recasting the story of a submissive woman to show her instead as a model of divin—Emily Walz ity and strength. Nov. 21–22 at Dance Place. $15–$50.

WAShington BAllEt’S nutcrAcKEr the local ballet company brings its historical interpretation of this holiday favorite, set in Georgetown and featuring cameo appearances by local VIps, back to the Warner theatre for a month of shows. Warner theatre. Dec. 3–Dec. 27. Various times. $30–$120. chriS AiKEn AnD AngiE hAuSEr this massachusetts-based duo presents their acrobatic routines that combine musicality with poetry and theater. Dance place. Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Dec. 6, 4 p.m. $15–$30. MASon DAncE coMpAny mason dance students present another program of innovative works for local audiences. George mason University Center for the Arts. Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Dec. 13, 4 p.m. $10–$15. FiElDWorK For MixED DiSciplinES performers and artists from a variety of disciplines present works in progress at this performance for participants in the Fieldwork artist workshop. Dance place. Dec. 9, 7 p.m. $10.

golDEn ErA SAhArA DAncE SAlon enjoy some dancing and entertainment with your brunch when the belly dancers from Sahara Dance perform at this bethesda club. bethesda blues and Jazz. Dec. 13, 12:30 p.m. $20–$40. MoScoW BAllEt the company looks east for inspiration for its popular adaptation of this classic Christmas ballet about enchanted candy, dancing toys, and the wonders of winter. George mason University Center for the Arts. Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Dec. 17, 7 p.m. $28–$175. MAnASSAS BAllEt thEAtEr’S thE nutcrAcKEr the ballet company and its orchestra return to the Hylton Center to present their annual production of this holiday favorite about an enchanted utensil that comes to life. Hylton performing Arts Center. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 19, 3 p.m., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20, 3 p.m., Dec. 21, 3 p.m., Dec. 22, 3 p.m., Dec. 23, 3 p.m. $25–$65.

StEp AFriKA! the area’s acclaimed percussive dance troupe returns with its annual holiday show featuring dancing tin soldiers, furry creatures, and an appearance by DJ Frosty the Snowman. Atlas performing Arts Center. Dec. 10–Dec. 22. Various times. $15–$39.50.

MArylAnD youth BAllEt’S “thE nutcrAcKEr” Students from maryland Youth ballet bring this classic tale of enchanted food and toys to life in this annual production. robert e. parilla performing Arts Center. Dec. 18–Dec. 27. Various times. $26–$36.

ASAph DAncE EnSEMBlE this professional company reimagines The Nutcracker with a greater focus on Clara in its annual production of Clara’s Christmas. Hylton performing Arts Center. Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. $20–$30.

SAvion glovEr the acclaimed tap dancer celebrates the holidays with this performance that brings the sounds and feelings of the season to life through his feet. George mason University Center for the Arts. Dec. 19, 8 p.m. $32–$54.

american Dance institute 1570 east Jefferson St., rockville. (855) 263-2623.

Joe’s movement emporium 3309 bunker Hill road, mount rainier. (301) 699-1819.

atlas performing arts center 1333 H St. Ne. (202) 399-7993.

Kennedy center 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600.

Barns at wolf trap 1645 trap road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Bethesda Blues and Jazz 7719 Wisconsin Ave., bethesda. (240) 330-4500. Birchmere 3701 mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. clarice smith performing arts center Stadium Drive and route 193, College park. (301) 405-2787.

music center at strathmore 5301 tuckerman Lane, bethesda. (301) 581-5100. publick playhouse 5445 Landover road, Cheverly. (301) 277-1710. robert e. parilla performing arts center 51 mannakee St., rockville. (240) 567-5301.

Dance place 3225 8th St. Ne. (202) 269-1600.

sidney harman hall 610 F St. NW. (202) 547-1122.

george mason University center for the arts 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. (703) 993-2787.

thearc 1901 mississippi Ave. Se. (202) 889-5901.

hylton performing arts center 10960 George mason Circle, manassas. (703) 993-7759.

warner theatre 513 13th St. NW. (202) 783-4000.

Jack guidone theater 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 520-3692.

the washington Ballet 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 362-3606.

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The OcTOber Issue Cast members turn Source’s stage into a women’s magazine in this goofy celebration of quizzes, interviews, and lots of unnecessary sex tips. Special guests, including Nikki peele of the Congress Heights on the rise blog, Cathy Alter of Washingtonian magazine, and India pinkney of the National endowment for the Arts, join the improvisers at performances. Washington Improv theater at Source. Sep. 17–Oct. 10. Various times. $15–$20. TOm segura the popular comedian has been seen on tV shows like Happy Endings and Conan and has released two comedy albums that debuted at No. 1 on the billboard comedy chart. Howard theatre. Sept. 18, 8 p.m. $20–$35. crIsTela alOnzO the comedian, who starred in her self-titled sitcom last season and appeared on The Late Show and Conan, makes her DC Improv debut. DC Improv. Sept. 24, 8 p.m., Sept. 25, 8 p.m., Sept. 25, 10:30 p.m., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Sept. 26, 10:30 p.m. $20. greg PrOOPs proops, a former guest on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the host of the Smartest Man in the World Proopcast visits DC Improv to promote his new book, The Smartest Book in the World. DC Improv. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. $17.


Dr. KaTz lIve! the 7th annual bentzen ball Comedy Festival opens with a live production of this 1990s animated series. Jonathan Katz and Laura Silverman return as the doctor and receptionist, while comedians tig Notaro, Janeane Garofalo, and morgan murphy take turns on the couch. Lincoln theatre. Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. $35. The PumP anD DumP: a ParenTally IncOrrecT shOw anD nIghT OuT FOr Once Comedians Shayna Fern and tracey tee host this comedy night about parenthood and its many humorous challenges that features games, prizes, and live music. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Oct. 1, 7:45 p.m. $20.

Dave Attell

animated characters in films like Rio and Over the Hedge. Warner theatre. Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. $45–$73.

What the hell has Dave Attell been up to lately? A lot. The former Insomniac star has as of late worked to perfect his porn-and-profanity comedy act by hosting Comedy Central’s raw Comedy Underground, and he appeared as a dingy, dirty-mouthed drifter in Amy Schumer’s contemporary rom-com, Trainwreck. In November, Attell will snatch the mic at DC Improv and tell the same raunchy jokes he’s famous for. Prospective audience members should take note of two things: Dave Attell likes to say bad words; he also likes to offend, but in that harmless comedian-in-a-nightclub way. Pop quiz: Can you handle a joke, as Attell told GQ last April, about naming a baby “anal bleaching?” If so, you can prob—Tim Regan ably tolerate this show. Nov. 6–8 at DC Improv. $35.

blarIa lIve New York-based stand-up comedian phoebe robinson presents a live edition of her comedy showcase with guest appearances by The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams and comedians Janeane Garofalo and Jacqueline Novak. Lincoln theatre. Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. $25. hasan mInhaj the Daily Show correspondent and former mtV host performs two live shows in Arlington. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Oct. 3, 10 p.m. $20. seven mInuTes In PurgaTOry this L.A.-based comedy experience, in which performers practice their acts in a soundproof booth while audiences watch, comes to the DC Improv as part of brightest Young things’ bentzen ball. DC Improv. Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m. $15. The shOw OF nO reTurn brett Gelman and tim Heidecker perform at this showcase that also features Wham City. Lincoln theatre. Oct. 3, 10 p.m. $25.


aDam lOwITT Lowitt, the former co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, also regularly performs stand-up. Kennedy Center millennium Stage. Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Free. juDah FrIeDlanDer the maryland native and 30 Rock co-star appears at DC Improv to support his new book, If the Raindrops United. DC Improv. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $20. Dave aTTell Attell, a popular stand-up act and guest on late night shows, recently appeared in Trainwreck with Amy Schumer. DC Improv. Nov. 6, 8 p.m., Nov. 6, 10:30 p.m., Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 10:30 p.m., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. $35.

marlOn wayans Wayans has appeared in a variety of comedies and tV series, including Scary Movie and In Living Color. DC Improv. Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Nov. 13, 9 p.m., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Nov. 14, 9 p.m., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. $45. TOm arnOlD the popular comedian, actor, and tV host returns to his stand-up roots and performs in Arlington. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. $25. brIan POsehn posehn, a regular cast member on New Girl and The Sarah Silverman Program, performs stand-up. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Nov. 19, 7:45 p.m., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20, 10 p.m., Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Nov. 21, 10 p.m. $20–$25. Paula POunDsTOne the popular comedian and regular panelist on the Npr trivia show Wait... Wait...Don’t Tell Me performs. birchmere. Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. $49.50.


saulO garcIa the Colombian comedian comments on the relationship between Hispanic parents and their American-born children in this lively oneman show. presented in Spanish with no english translation or subtitles. GALA Hispanic theatre. Dec. 4, 8 p.m., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Free.

wanDa syKes the comedian and writer has hosted her own late-night talk show and voiced

naTe bargaTze the tennessee-bred comedian performs in support of his second comedy album, Full Time Magic. Kennedy Center millennium Stage. Dec. 30, 6 p.m. Free.

arlington cinema & Drafthouse 2903 Columbia pike, Arlington. (703) 486-2345.

howard theatre 620 t St. NW. (202) 803-2899.

Birchmere 3701 mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500.

Kennedy center millennium stage 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600.

mO’nIque the Academy Award-winning actress returns to her roots and presents an evening of stand-up comedy. DAr Constitution Hall. Oct. 4, 7 p.m. $55–$89.96. Kyle DunnIgan Dunnigan, a popular Youtube video maker, has also appeared on Reno 911!, Inside Amy Schumer, and the popular Professor Blastoff podcast. Howard theatre. Oct. 7, 8 p.m. $20–$40.

nOT Funny: True Tales OF The hIlarIOusly TragIc Some of D.C.’s best storytellers come together to tell funny and embarrassing stories at this event presented by Story District and brightest Young things as part of the bentzen ball. Howard theatre. Oct. 2, 8 p.m. $20.

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bO burnham the politically incorrect comedian and musician has released four comedy albums and appeared in a variety of films and tV shows. Lincoln theatre. Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. Sold out. DavID seDarIs the popular storyteller and comedian returns to D.C. to tell tales about growing up gay in the South and his encounters with strangers around the world. GW Lisner Auditorium. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. $35–$50. gary gulman the boston-bred comedian, who is a regular on late-night talk shows, marks his 20th anniversary doing stand-up with this tour. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Oct. 24, 8 p.m. $20–$23.

Dar constitution hall 1776 D St. NW. (202) 628-4780. Dc improv 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 296-7008. Fillmore silver spring 8656 Colesville road, Silver Spring. (301) 960-9999. gaLa hispanic theatre 3333 14th St. NW. (202) 234-7174. gw Lisner auditorium 730 21st St. NW. (202) 994-6800.

Lincoln theatre 1215 U St. NW. (202) 328-6000. ronald reagan Building and international trade center 1300 pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 312-1300. sixth & i historic synagogue 600 I St. NW. (202) 408-3100. warner theatre 513 13th St. NW. (202) 783-4000. washington improv theater at source 1835 14th St. NW. (202) 204-7770. September 16, 2011 1

9.27 Sunday

fall foR The Book feSTival Authors from around the nation convene in Northern Virginia for this annual celebration of books and literature. Novelist and memoirist tim O’brien receives the 2015 Fairfax prize and Outlander author Diana Gabaldon accepts the 2015 mason Award. George mason University. Free.

9.28 Monday

W.S. di PieRo and RoWan RicaRdo PhilliPS the two poets, who invoke musical themes and patterns in their work, read as part of the O.b. Hardison poetry series. Folger elizabethan theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15. Ron RaSh rash reads from his new novel, Above the Waterfall, about a sheriff facing retirement who is exhausted from battling a crystal meth epidemic. busboys and poets 14th & V. 6:30 p.m. Free.

9.19 Saturday

9.29 tueSday

Salman RuShdie the acclaimed and controversial author survived threats from the Iranian government and now reads from his latest novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7:30 p.m. $35–$45.

TimoThy denevi Denevi combines scientific and medical research with his personal experience to create his new memoir, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. At this reading, the author is in discussion with author and George mason University professor Kyoto mori. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. 6:30 p.m. Free.

9.20 Sunday

uncenSoRed: a conveRSaTion WiTh Banned auThoRS Just in time for banned books Week, authors phyllis reynolds-Naylor and Deborah Hautzig discuss the experience of having their books banned and the pressure to avoid censorship. tenley-Friendship Library. 4 p.m. Free.

GRace cavalieRi the poet shares stories about the people she’s met and interviewed in her memoir, Life Upon the Wicked Stage. She reads with eric Lindner, author of Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life. the Writer’s Center. 2 p.m. Free. alice hoffman Hoffman, a local author who has written more than 30 works of fiction for adults and young people, discusses her latest novel, The Marriage of Opposites, about a woman who dreams of building a new life in paris after marrying a widower. politics & prose. 1 p.m. Free.

9.21 Monday

SheRi fink the pulitzer prize-winning journalist reads from her acclaimed book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, about the patients and doctors at work in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Arlington Central Library. 7 p.m. Free. lauRen GRoff Groff examines marriage in her third novel, Fates and Furies. She discusses her work with Lynn Neary of Npr. busboys and poets 14th & V. 6:30 p.m. Free.

9.22 tueSday

david de Sola the music journalist interviewed band members, fans, and and family members for his new book, Alice in Chains: The Untold Story. busboys and poets 14th & V. 6:30 p.m. Free.

9.23 WedneSday

ThieRRy SaGnieR In his new novel, Thirst, the author offers a look at D.C.’s darker side and the people who inhabit it. One more page books. 7 p.m. Free.

9.30 WedneSday

Salman Rushdie

After publishing a memoir and children’s books, Rushdie returns to the sprawling fantasy and sophic comedy of the work for which he is best known. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (or the more digestible number, 1,001 nights) supplants Arabian Nights onto a New York City of the near future. A storm of cataclysmic proportions rends the seam of reason (and science), and gives way to the invasion of unreason (and religious fanaticism). And it is up to the supernatural offspring of a medieval Andalusian philosopher, Ibn Rushd, and a lightning princess, Dunia of the jinn, to steer this world toward darkness or light in war. “Some rope that moored our ancestors to reality snapped,” Rushdie writes of this apocalypse, “and as the elements screamed in their ears it was easy for them to believe that the slits in the world had reopened, the seals had been broken and there were laughing sorcerers in the sky, satanic horsemen riding the galloping clouds.” To listen to him read his grandiose and hyper-stimulated prose promises at least a single night of magic. Sept. 19 at —Malika Gumpangkum Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. $35–$45.

Patti Smith I barely got out of bed during the two days that I read Just Kids—a memoir by musician, artist, and writer Patti Smith about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. I was ready to give up food for colored pencils, if that’s what it took to be a real artist like Smith and Mapplethorpe. Now Smith is out with a new memoir, M Train, which takes the reader on a ride to the 18 “stations” of Smith’s life—from the Greenwich Village café where she begins her days to Frida Kalo’s Casa Azul in Mexico. The book is very different from her first, zooming out from her early years as an artist in New York and mixing the past and present with Smith’s dreams, but it’s just as beautiful, pensive, and honest. Oct. 9 at Lisner Auditorium. $35. —Natalie Villacorta

1920S STyle: PRohiBiTion-eRa faShion presented in conjunction with the National Archives’ “Spirited republic” exhibition, this lecture asks tastemakers, including Project Runway’s tim Gunn and Boardwalk Empire fashion director John Dunn, to discuss the trends of the 1920s and how those styles continue to impact contemporary attire. National Archives mcGowan theater. 7 p.m. Paul TheRoux the celebrated travel writer usually writes about international locations, but in his latest work, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads, he examines the food, culture, education, and poverty of the American South. politics & prose. 7 p.m. Free.

10.3 Saturday

chevy chaSe liBRaRy 50Th anniveRSaRy celeBRaTion the local library celebrates its 50th anniversary and invites local authors michael Dirda, Sara taber, and Louise Farmer Smith to read from their works and share memories. retired librarian Sam Allen opens the gathering with a reading of poems by robert Frost. Chevy Chase Library. 1 p.m. Free.

10.5 Monday

Wendell PieRce pierce describes surviving Hurricane Katrina and his work rebuilding the city and its culture in The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and a City That Would Not Be Broken. politics & prose. 7 p.m. Free.

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10.8 thurSday

david nicholSon the author, a former resident of bloomingdale, describes life in D.C. in his short story collection Flying Home: Seven Stories of the Secret City. Nicholson also reads at Cleveland park Library on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and at Capitol View Library on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Southwest Library. 7 p.m. Free.

10.9 Friday

SandRa ciSneRoS the author first earned acclaim for her short fiction collection, The House on Mango Street. She shares her personal stories in A House of My Own: Stories from my Life. politics & prose. 7 p.m. Free. PaTTi SmiTh the singer, who has been inducted into the rock and roll Hall of Fame, won a National book Award, and achieved acclaim as a poet, reads from her latest memoir, M Train, in which she revisits places of significance from throughout her life. GW Lisner Auditorium. 7 p.m. $35. TRiBuTe To RichaRd foRd the Writer’s Center celebrates its 40th anniversary by honoring author richard Ford. Howard Norman, Susan Shreve, and Jeffrey eugenides are among the speakers. the Writer’s Center. 7:30 p.m. $10–$15.

10.10 Saturday

Wil hayGood Haygood, a reporter for the Washington Post, reads from his latest book, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Newseum. 2:30 p.m. $13.95–$22.95.

10.11 Sunday

Susan Cheever

As a former student of writer Susan Cheever, I can attest that she has interesting stories to share, growing up as she did the daughter of writer John Cheever. Her father struggled with alcoholism for much of his life, and Cheever herself is in recovery, fueling her desire to write about the invisible and powerful role that drinking plays in all our lives. In her new book, Drinking in America: Our Secret History, Cheever explains how alcohol has influenced America: from the landing of the Mayflower, which took place on Cape Cod because the pilgrims ran out of beer; to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, whose secret service men were suffering from hangovers from partying the night before. Cheever has a fascinating chapter on the tendency of writers to drink excessively—apparently when we’re not too drunk to write, we like to write —Natalie Villacorta about drinking. Nov. 14 at Politics & Prose. Free.

10.15 thurSday

elviS coSTello In his new book, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the musician shares stories from his four-decade career in rock ‘n’ roll and considers what role luck played. He discusses his work with writer Dan Kois. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7:30 p.m. $45.

10.16 Friday

anThony maRRa the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena returns with a collection of short fiction about characters in russia and the Soviet Union whose lives connect in different ways, The Tsar of Love and Techno. politics & prose. 7 p.m. Free.

10.17 Saturday

alice WaTeRS In her latest book, My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own, the chef and food advocate gives tips for home cooks. politics & prose. 2 p.m. Free.

cynThia connolly Connolly, one of the authors of Banned in D.C.: Photos and Anecdotes of the D.C. Punk Underground signs copies of the book at the library before leading guests on a tour of downtown landmarks associated with the punk movement. martin Luther King Jr. memorial Library. 2 p.m. Free.

10.12 Monday

10.18 Sunday

RichaRd daWkinS the celebrated scientist discusses Brief Candle in the Dark, the sequel to his 2013 memoir, An Appetite for Wonder. GW Lisner Auditorium. 7 p.m. $15–$40. John Gondelman and Joe BeRkoWiTz Gondelman, a comedian and writer for Last Week Tonight, and berkowitz, an editor at Fast Company, dissect a variety of social faux pas and explain how to get by in life in their new book, You Blew It. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. 6:30 p.m. Free.

10.13 tueSday

ThomaS mallon In his new novel, Finale, the acclaimed author brings to life the reagan administration and the political events that took place throughout the 1980s. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. 6:30 p.m. Free.

10.14 WedneSday

Ta-nehiSi coaTeS the Atlantic correspondent (and former Washington City Paper writer) discusses his acclaimed rumination on race, Between the World and Me with Atlantic editor-in-Chief James bennet. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. Sold out.

The hyman S. & fReda BeRnSTein JeWiSh liTeRaRy feSTival A variety of authors, including michael pollan, Jami Attenberg, and etgar Keret, read over the course of this 10-day festival that celebrates Jewish literary culture. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. $20–$50. RuTh Reichl the author, a former editor of Gourmet magazine, describes her return to the kitchen after the magazine was shut down in 2009, in My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. busboys and poets takoma. 3 p.m. Free. Joy WilliamS the celebrated short story author discusses her latest collection, The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories. politics & prose. 5 p.m. Free.

10.19 Monday

david BezmozGiS, BoRiS fiShman, and laRa vaPnyaR the three authors were born in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and all chose to write about the experience in their books. they discuss their work and their immigrant experiences at this event, presented as part of the Washington D.C. JCC’s Hyman S. & Freda bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. Folger elizabethan theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15.

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10.20 tueSday

PeTeR kuPeR the alternative novelist and graphic artist discusses his latest book, Ruins. Library of Congress James madison building. 12 p.m. Free.

10.21 WedneSday

Bill cleGG the acclaimed memoirist reads from his first novel, Did You Ever Have a Family? and discusses his work with eliott Holt, author of You Are One of Them. busboys and poets brookland. 6:30 p.m. Free. Sloane cRoSley the author of the humorous essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number? reads from her debut novel The Clasp, about a group of old friends who reconnect at a wedding and struggle to make their way in the world. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. $10–$26.

10.26 Monday

david GReene the host of Npr’s Morning Edition describes his travels through eastern europe in his new book, Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey Into the Heart of Russia. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. 7:30 p.m. Free. anThony ThWaiTe and Jaimee hillS thwaite, an acclaimed poet who received an Obe in 1992, reads along with Hills, the 2014 winner of the Anthony Hecht poetry prize. Folger elizabethan theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15.

10.27 tueSday

Ron childReSS Childress explains how we use technology to do our dirty work in his latest novel, And West Is West. busboys and poets takoma. 6:30 p.m. Free.

10.30 Friday

Paula haWkinS Just in time for Halloween, the author discusses her spooky thriller, The Girl on the Train. politics & prose. 7 p.m. Free.

11.6 Friday

Jane Smiley the award-winning author of novels like A Thousand Acres and Private Life visits D.C. to discuss Golden Age, the third book in her century-spanning trilogy. Folger elizabethan theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15.

11.10 tueSday

michael Pollan the healthy eating advocate and food philosopher discusses his books with Npr’s renee montagne. presented as part of the Washington D.C. JCC’s Hyman S. & Freda bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $34–$40.

Jeff alWoRTh Learn all about the craft beer movement from blogger Alworth, who shares his knowledge in his latest book, The Beer Bible. busboys and poets brookland. 6:30 p.m. Free.

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11.11 WedneSday

chRiSTina ToSi: BRinGinG milk BaR life To dc the celebrated pastry chef discusses her forthcoming milk bar in D.C. and shares stories about creating unique confections at this discussion. S. Dillon ripley Center. 6:45 p.m. $42. The defendeRS: inSide The Wildlife TRade Learn how National Geographic is working to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking in this lecture by investigative reporter bryan Christy, who is leading this initiative. National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $25.

lynSey addaRio the pulitzer prize-winning photographer recounts her adventures shooting pictures around the world in her memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $25. Rick moody the acclaimed author of The Ice Storm reads from his latest novel, Hotels of North America, about a man who tells his life story by writing reviews of lodgings around the country. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. 6:30 p.m. Free.

10.23 Friday

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11.19 thurSday

colum mccann the author of the novels Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic turns his attention to short fiction in Thirteen Ways of Looking. politics & prose. 7 p.m. Free.

d.c. auThoR feSTival Dozens of local authors discuss their work and share their thoughts about the local literary scene at this event that features a vendor fair on Saturday and special panels with authors and editors on Sunday. Scheduled speakers include ruben Castaneda, morowa Yejide, Carol mcCabe booker, and Hanna Sternberg. martin Luther King Jr. memorial Library. 10 a.m. Free.

SuSan cheeveR Cheever explores America’s love affair with alcohol and the different movements to ban it in her new book, Drinking in America: A Secret History. politics & prose. 6 p.m. Free.

BoB mankoff mankoff, a longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker, reads from his new book, How About Never—Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons. S. Dillon ripley Center. 7 p.m. $25. colleen ShoGan A Senate staffer becomes a murder suspect when her boss is found dead in this mystery by local author Colleen Shogan. One more page books. 7 p.m. Free.

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11.23 Monday

vaneSSa BlakeSlee and dave Reidy blakeslee reads from her novel Juventud, about a woman who grows up privileged in Colombia but gives it all up when she flees to the United States. reidy reads from The Voiceover Artist, about a stuttering man who dreams of becoming a famous narrator. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. 6:30 p.m. Free.

12.1 Tuesday

The makinG of meRu mountain climber Jimmy Chin and filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi discuss the process of making their film Meru, about Chin’s attempt to reach the Shark Fin of the famed Indian mountain. National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $30.

12.4 Friday

The Pen/malamud aWaRd foR excellence in The ShoRT SToRy: honoRinG deBoRah eiSenBeRG the author of four acclaimed short story collections is honored with this award for writ-

arlington central Library 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. (703) 228-5990. Busboys and poets 14th & V 2021 14th St. NW. (202) 387-7638.

ers who specialize in short fiction. Folger elizabethan theatre. 7:30 p.m. $25.

12.7 Monday

linda GReGeRSon the acclaimed poet, scholar, and classically trained actress reads at the Folger’s annual celebration of emily Dickinson’s birthday. Folger elizabethan theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15.

12.8 Tuesday

RhinoS, RickShaWS & RevoluTionS: my SeaRch foR TRuTh photojournalist Ami Vitale discusses her career and her trips to war zones and wildlife refuges with listeners at this event. National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $25.

12.13 Sunday

John GRady and aRT TayloR Grady reads from his latest biography project, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography, while taylor, author of On the Road with Del and Louise discusses his work. the Writer’s Center. 2 p.m. Free.

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Forging the Future this film series, presented by the Goethe-Insitut and Alliance Francaise Washington, looks at climate change and how it makes established societal inequalities even worse. University of the District of Columbia Auditorium. April 10–Oct. 9. Free. titanus Presents: a Family ChroniCle oF italian Cinema the Italian film studio is celebrated in this series that features screenings of films by Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, and Francesco rosi. National Gallery of Art. Aug. 8–Sep. 27. Free. surveillanCe Blind this series of films considers the impact of government surveillance on everyday activities and how the people who draw attention to these actions, be they investigative journalists or whistleblowers, are affected. Featured films include The Lies of Victors, Silenced, and The Family. Goethe-Institut Washington. Sep. 14–Sep. 28. $4–$7. aFi latin ameriCan Film Festival See a variety of new films from throughout Central and South America, as well as Spain and portugal, at this annual festival. Featured screenings include Sand Dollars from the Dominican republic and Silence in Dreamland from ecuador. AFI Silver theatre and Cultural Center. Sep. 17–Oct. 7. $10–$13.

9.19 Saturday

thunder road robert mitchum stars as a bootlegger determined to take on the government and organized crime in this 1958 drama. National Archives mcGowan theater. 2 p.m. Free.

9.20 Sunday

Full moon in Paris See a restored print of this 1984 comedy about a woman who leaves her boyfriend and life in the suburbs behind for a new apartment and a romantic encounter with another man. National Gallery of Art. 4 p.m. Free.

9.21 Monday

dawn oF the dead the Washington psychotronic Film Festival screens the original version of this follow-up to Night of the Living Dead, in which citizens seek refuge from their flesh-eating neighbors in a suburban mall. Acre 121. 8 p.m. $5.

9.24 thurSday

new york JaPan CineFest the Japanese embassy brings four short films by emerging filmmakers to this showcase. Featured titles include Tsuyako by mitsuyo miyazaki, Little Kyota Errand Hood by Satsuki Okawa, Reflection by Hazuki Aikawa, and Monk By Blood by ema ryan Yamazaki. Japan Information & Culture Center. 6:30 p.m. Free.

9.26 Saturday

rohmer in Paris Director richard misek looks at the work of filmmaker eric rohmer and his relationship with the city of paris in this delicate documentary that blends biography with clips from rohmer’s work. National Gallery of Art. 2:30 p.m. Free.

An intense, two-part Indian gangland epic and a pair of movies that deal with personal and family relationships in contemporary Turkey—none of which have previously been shown in D.C. before—comprise the Freer Gallery’s new “Close Up” film series this fall. Turkish screenwriter and director Çağan Irmak has become popular in his own country over the last decade for dramas that are accessible and relatable yet meaningful. His 2013 Are We OK? portrays a friendship between a gay artist and a disabled young man; in the sometimesmelodramatic Whisper If I Forget, two sisters try to reconnect decades after one scandalized her conservative family by running off to pursue a singing career. Writer-director Anurag Kashyap’s five-hour Gangs of Wasseypur, which premiered at Cannes in 2012, depicts a decades-long struggle between rival crime families in northeastern India—it’s more like an Indian Godfather than Bollywood. Both directors will be present for Q&As after their respective film screenings. Sept. 18–20 and Nov. 6–8 at Freer Gallery of Art. Free. —Vanessa H. Larson

9.28 Monday

Blood thirst A woman is found dead, with all the blood removed from her body. two detectives fly off to the phillippines to investigate in this thriller presented by the Washington psychotronic Film Society. Acre 121. 8 p.m. $5.

9.29 tueSday

ČaPek’s tales As part of its mutual Inspirations Festival, which this year honors author Karel Čapek, the Czech embassy presents a screening of martin Frič’s 1947 film inspired by the author’s work. embassy of the Czech republic. 6 p.m. Free. the mask you live in this documentary asks young men to consider the meaning of masculinity and maze of stereotypes one must navigate to become a man. busboys and poets brookland. 6 p.m. Free.

9.30 WedneSday

investigative Film Festival News organization 100 reporters sponsors the inaugural edition of this film festival that showcases feature films and documentaries about investigative journalism and its practitioners. Featured films include Kill the Messenger, Gideon’s Army, and Spotlight. National portrait Gallery. Sep. 30–Oct. 2.

10.2 Friday

agnès varda: Ciné-Portraiture the acclaimed filmmaker was honored earlier this year by the Cannes Film Festival. Her work, which blends fact and fiction, is now honored with a series at the National Gallery. National Gallery of Art. Oct. 2–Nov. 22. Free.

10.5 Monday

PiCturing ameriCa this series features a variety of German films that look at the treatment of Native Americans and what it would be like to build a nation out of nothing. Goethe-Institut Washington. Oct. 5–Oct. 26. $4–$7.

10.8 thurSday

sPooky movie international Film Festival this festival, which celebrates new and old scary

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“Action, Anarchy, and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective” In 1967, Seijun Suzuki directed a movie about a gangster on the run after a butterfly’s inopportune landing on his gun botches his hit. The film was Branded to Kill, which a studio executive famously called “incomprehensible” before firing Suzuki. Hailed later as his prime work and an ultimate Japanese new wave classic, it is the first film featured in the upcoming Suzuki film retrospective at the Freer Gallery. Working at Nikkatsu, Japan’s oldest major motion picture studio, Suzuki made 40 films in a decade when low-budget B-movies were churned out at a breakneck pace to fill the second halves of double features. Ideally, these films adhered to genre formulas, but Suzuki, improvising on the fly even as the studio raised complaints and shrunk his budgets, imbued his films with his own dark humor, irony, and hints of surrealism. His fragmented noir storylines, striking use of color, and affinity for screwing with the tropes of his genre made him a headache for his bosses, an icon for his later fans, and a stylistic influence for the likes of Quentin Tarantino. The retrospective will highlight more than 20 films from his prolific career, including Tokyo Drifter (1966), Youth of the Beast (1963), The Call of Blood (1967), and Story of a Prostitute (1965). —Emily Walz Oct. 9–Dec. 20 at Freer Gallery of Art. Free.

films, in all their forms, celebrates its 10th anniversary with 10 nights of screenings. AFI Silver theatre and Cultural Center. Oct. 8–Oct. 17. $7–$12.

10.9 Friday

aCtion, anarChy, and audaCity: a seiJun suzuki retrosPeCtive the Freer and Sackler galleries present this showcase of films by the acclaimed Japanese filmmaker who directed

b-movies, thrillers, and mysteries over the course of his five-decade career. the retrospective coincides with the release of Freer/Sackler Curator of Film tom Vick’s book about Suzuki. Freer Gallery of Art. Oct. 9–Dec. 20. Free. reel indePendent Film extravaganza emerging filmmakers share their films and interact with audiences at this annual film festival and showcase. Among the featured films is the D.C. premiere of True Fear: The Making of psycho, which examines why that film became Alfred Hitchcock’s

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defining work. Angelika pop-Up at Union market. Oct. 9–Oct. 16. $8–$10.50.

10.11 Sunday

The Faraway worlds oF wojciech jerzy has polish filmmaker Has is honored at the National Gallery with screenings of his well-known films adapted from books, The Hourglass Sanatorium and The Saragossa Manuscript, shown along with a lesser-known offering, How to Be Loved. National Gallery of Art. Oct. 11–Oct. 25. Free.

10.13 TueSday

The arT dealer A woman fights to regain ownership of her family’s artwork, seized by Nazis during World War II, in this French drama from director François margolin. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $13.

10.14 WedneSday

The way ouT A young couple aims to create a normal life for their daughter but the sacrifices they must make force them to consider illicit ways of earning money. petr Václav’s film screens as part of the Avalon’s Lions of Czech Film series. Avalon theatre. 8 p.m. $6.50–$11.75.

10.16 Friday

arabian sighTs Films from around the Arab world are shown at this festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Various venues. Oct. 16–Oct. 25. $10–$25.

10.17 SaTurday

The shadowy hisTory oF Film noir Film noir scholar eddie mueller presents a series of clips that explain the genre and discusses its impact on contemporary film. the lecture is followed by a screening of Woman on the Run. AFI Silver theatre and Cultural Center. 5 p.m. $45–$55.

10.21 WedneSday

a greaT day in harlem this documentary looks at a single day in 1958 when 57 jazz musicians posed for a photo in front of a Harlem brownstone, and through that moment, looks at the impact these musicians had on the history of jazz. Anacostia Community museum. 2 p.m. Free.

10.22 ThurSday

greaTer washingTon immigraTion Film FesTival Films about the work of immigrants and the new lives they create in the U.S. are presented at this annual film festival that screens both narrative and documentary films. Various venues. Oct. 22–Oct. 25. $6.

10.29 ThurSday

rock in The red zone Laura bialis’ documentary looks at a community just outside of Gaza, where factory workers and musicians, the children of refugees from North Africa and

the middle east, make their homes. Despite being in the direct path of Hamas rockets, the people persevere and continue to fight for what they believe in. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $13. Three broThers A group of siblings wander through the woods and find themselves involved in the plots of different fairy tales in this family friendly film by director Jan Svěrák. embassy of the Czech republic. 6 p.m. Free.

10.30 Friday

halloween on screen Celebrate Halloween with screenings of some of cinema’s creepiest films, including Nosferatu, The Beyond, and Frankenstein. AFI Silver theatre and Cultural Center. Oct. 30–Oct. 31. $7–$12.

11.2 Monday

11.18 WedneSday

beFore The music dies elvis Costello, eric Clapton, and erykah badu are among the musicians interviewed in this documentary about the homogenization of popular music and the consequences that brings. Anacostia Community museum. 11:30 a.m. Free.

11.24 TueSday

Tango glories A reclusive octogenarian breaks out of his institution with the help of his doctor and begins to connect with the outside world again through the art of the tango in this heartwarming drama from directors Oliver Kolker and Hernán Findling. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $13.

11.28 SaTurday

The navigaTors: PaThFinders oF The PaciFic Learn about anthropologist Sanford Low’s journey across thousands of miles of ocean while navigating a voyaging canoe replica in this stirring documentary. Following the screening, Low discusses his journey with audience members. S. Dillon ripley Center. 6:45 p.m. $30–$42.

TwenTy-Five years oF milesTone Film the film distribution team of Dennis Doros and Amy Heller celebrates its 25th anniversary last year. In celebration, the National Gallery of Art screens a variety of films distributed by milestone Film including I Am Cuba and Rocco and his Brothers. National Gallery of Art. Nov. 28–Dec. 27. Free.

11.6 Friday

12.1 TueSday

gangs oF wasseyPur ParTs 1 and 2 Director Anurag Kashyap comes to D.C. to screen and discuss his two-part crime drama, described as the Indian equivalent of The Godfather or Once Upon a Time in America. Freer Gallery of Art. 7 p.m. Free.

PlasTic man the work of artist Jerry ross barrish, who crafts sculptures from found materials and

garbage, is highlighted in this film by Will Farley. Following the screening, barrish will discuss his work with producer Janis plotkin. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $13.

12.8 TueSday

The lasT menTsch When an older man who claims to have no Jewish heritage decides he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, he must prove his faith to the people in charge. to do so, he returns to his small village in Hungary, where he faces memories he spent years hiding. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $13.

12.20 Sunday

melvin and jean: an american sTory Director maia Wechsler discusses her film about an American couple who hijacked a plane that was traveling from Detroit to Algeria in order to join an international sect of the black panthers. Anacostia Community museum. 2 p.m. Free.

12.29 TueSday

The man in The wall A man never returns home from walking his dog, causing his wife to question everything she knows about him and their relationship in this dark film by Israeli auteur evgeny ruman. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $13.

11.8 Sunday

dough An aging Kosher baker’s business is saved by a teenage refugee from Darfur, whom he hires as an apprentice. the addition of a non-Kosher ingredient improves sales and allows the two men to form a friendship in this warm comedy by John Goldschmidt. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $13.

11.12 ThurSday

Frame by Frame this acclaimed documentary about photojournalists working and living in Afghanistan is screened as part of Fotoweek DC. Freer Gallery of Art. 7 p.m. Free.

11.14 SaTurday

Pierre boulez “ÉclaT” and “sur incises” excerpts from performances of “Éclat” and “Sur Incises” are screened at this showcase, part of the “France à la bibliothèque” mini-series. Library of Congress James madison building. 2 p.m. Free.

11.15 Sunday

Frederick wiseman’s new york In celebration of the release of Wiseman’s latest film, the National Gallery of Art screens four of his previous New York films: Central Park, Racetrack, Model, and Ballet. National Gallery of Art. Nov. 15–Nov. 27. Free.

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goethe-institut washington 812 7th St. NW. (202) 289-1200. Japan information & culture center 1155 21st St. NW. (202) 238-6900. Library of congress James madison Building 101 Independence Ave. Se. (202) 707-5000. national archives mcgowan theater 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (202) 357-5000. national gallery of art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (202) 737-4215. national portrait gallery 8th and F streets NW. (202) 633-8300. s. Dillon ripley center 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. (202) 633-3030. University of the District of columbia auditorium 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 274-5900. washington D.c. Jewish community center 1529 16th St. NW. (202) 518-9400.

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ChimeriCa Inspired by the tiananmen Square protests, this play by Lucy Kirkwood focuses on a journalist who photographed the events and seeks out his subject years later. two decades later, with Chinese-American relations dominating the election cycle, he’s approached by another Chinese acquaintance with a different proposal. David muse directs this play about political correctness, change, and responsibility. Studio theatre. Sep. 9–Oct. 18. $20–$71. Destiny of Desire Drawing inspiration from Latin American telenovelas, this new play from local author Karen Zacarías focuses on the aftermath of a shocking baby swap. When one is raised by a rich family and and one is raised in poverty, the stage is set for an even more unbelievable reunion. Arena Stage. Sep. 11–Oct. 18. $50–$90. frienDship BetrayeD this 17th-century play by maría de Zayas y Sotomayor, like Sex and the City, explores what happens to female friendships while women look for and find love. Kari Ginsburg sets her production in the 1920s, a time when women were beginning to explore their sexual curiosities and passions. Gunston Arts Center. Sep. 10–Oct. 11. $10–$35. hay fever A husband and wife aim to escape the pressures of their lives by visiting their quiet country home. A quiet weekend becomes anything but that when their children also occupy the estate, in this classic farce by Noël Coward. Olney theatre Center. Sep. 2–Sep. 27. $15–$60. ironBounD Over the course of 22 years, a polish immigrant examines her romantic relationships and the values she takes from them in this new drama by martyna majok. Despite a lack of employment, and in order to provide for her son, Darja is able to persevere and fight for what’s most important. round House theatre bethesda. Sep. 9–Oct. 4. $36–$61. night falls on the Blue planet A woman aims to discover herself after spending her life struggling with familial estrangement and alcoholism. As she begins to understand her emotions and the inner world that exists under her skin, will she be able to reconnect with her sister or remain alone? rex Daugherty directs this play by Kathleen Akerly as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. Anacostia playhouse. Sep. 3–Sep. 27. $20–$35. now Comes the night In e.m. Lewis’ world premiere play, an American journalist is released after being held hostage for 18 months, but his transition back into society meets challenges. A disagreement with a friend shakes both men, causing them to consider the consequences of being a hero in these times. Alex Levy directs 1st Stage’s first contribution to the Women’s Voices theater Festival. 1st Stage. Sep. 17–Oct. 11. $15–$30. Queens girl in the worlD When she’s transferred from her familiar environment in Queens to a progressive school in Greenwich Village where she’s one of four black students, 12-year-old Jacqueline marie butler feels her world shrinking. In this

Can’t Complain Spooky Action Theater puts on some of the most bizarrely creative productions in town—often on the cusp of unconventional theater trends, judging by the recent resurgence of interest in Alfred Jarry, whom the company so deftly portrayed in last season’s Jarry Inside Out. Can’t Complain tells the story of Rita as she plots her escape

from a hospital with the help of the elderly Irish woman in the next bed, her granddaughter, and “her cat’s new best friend, the Devil.” The production is part of this fall’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival, which features new plays by women premiering all over the city. Oct. 1–25 at Spooky Action Theater. $25–$35. —Elena Goukassian washingtoncitypaper.comSeptember september16, 18,2011 2015157

world premiere play by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Jacqueline’s journey of understanding and growth comes to life. presented as part of of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. theater J. Sep. 16–Oct. 11. $17–$67. truth & Beauty BomBs: a softer worlD Inspired by the web comic created by emily Horne and Joey Comeau, this new play imagines a world where the edges might be softer but monsters are real. A variety of well-known local actors and dramatists, including Alexandra petri, Frank britton, and randy baker collaborate on this production. Atlas performing Arts Center. Sep. 4–Oct. 4. $20–$30. uprising In this new musical set in the aftermath of John brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, a group of free black people fall under the spell of Ossie, a revolutionary who aims to change the world around him. thomas W. Jones II directs Gabrielle Fulton’s production, a world premiere. metroStage. Sep. 17–Oct. 25. $55–$60.

As One

UrbanArias, one of D.C.’s smaller opera companies, makes up for its modest budgets with envelope-pushing subject matter. Their latest, As One, may not have the pomp and staging of a Met production, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be the first opera you’ll see on transgender identity. And it’s about time. For an art form widely perceived as stodgy, opera has always had a pretty fluid notion of gender: There’s a whole category of actresses who play male characters called “breeches roles,” and cross-dressing figures into the plot of several famous operas, either for dramatic purposes (Fidelio) or comedic ones (Marriage of Figaro). Yet opera composers typically traverse gender boundaries to titillate rather than raise serious questions about identity. Taking that next step are composer Laura Kaminsky and librettist Mark Campbell, along with filmmaker Kimberly Reed. Their opera stars two singers, a baritone (Luis Alejandro Orozco) and a mezzo-soprano (Ashley Cutright), as one transgender protagonist as she navigates through life and ends up, somehow, in Nor—Mike Paarlberg way. Oct. 3–10 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. $25–$29.50.

the weight of water In order to connect with the spirit of her last living relative, a young woman must piece together the pieces of her family’s past. Factory 449 presents Allyson Curtin’s drama about the secrets families keep from each other as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. Anacostia Arts Center. Sep. 3–Sep. 27. $15–$20.

texts&BeheaDings/elizaBethr In this new devised theater piece, created and directed by Karin Coonrod as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival, elizabeth I’s letters from the Folger collection are used to tell the story of the queen’s reign. Four actresses read elizabeth’s words that have been transformed into poems and personal reflections. Folger elizabethan theatre. Sep. 19–Oct. 4. $35.


wagner, max! wagner! Stew and Heidi rodewald, the creative team behind the experimental musical Passing Strange, bring their latest show, an exploration of the connection between the music of classical composer richard Wagner and the intricacies of the American blues. Kennedy Center terrace theater. Sep. 25–Sep. 26. $40.

aliCe in wonDerlanD Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and experience this darker take on Lewis Carroll’s loopy tale featuring the Queen of Hearts, the mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat. In true Synetic fashion, the production, presented as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival, is directed by paata tsikurishvili and choreographed by Irina tsikurishvili. Synetic theater at Crystal City. Sep. 30–Nov. 8. $15–$70.

Bhavi the avenger After slaying an elephant, a young man is haunted by the creature and forced to deal with the power of his actions. Convergence theater presents this production of tearrance Chisholm’s play about prejudice and consequences. Flashpoint mead theatre Lab. Sep. 25–Oct. 11. $15.

inheritanCe Canyon In this dark new play, playwright Liz maestri takes the characters from her play Owl Moon and sets them in an alternate reality where, after surviving a mysterious disaster, they’re left to fend for themselves while trapped in a canyon. Lise bruneau directs this production, presented as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. taffety punk at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Sep. 17–Oct. 10. $15.

seuls In this play, which comes to the Kennedy Center as part of its World Stages initiative, director and performer Wajdi mouawad tells the story of his escape from Lebanon to montreal in order to avoid his nation’s civil war. Only after he grows up and is able to look back on history is he able to realize that he has lost a significant amount of self-knowledge in the process. presented in French with english titles. Kennedy Center eisenhower theater. Sep. 18–Sep. 19. $39–$60.

yerma (Barren) In this adaptation of the classic Federico García Lorca play, a poor, childless woman confronts the repressive society in which she lives. this contemporary update and its comments on the fate of modern women who stand up for their rights remains relevant today. GALA Hispanic theatre. Sep. 10–Oct. 4. $20–$42.

BaD Dog A woman begins to drink again after remaining sober for ten years and quickly crashes her car into her house, causing her family to throw together the most unlikely and comedic intervention ever seen on stage. Jeremy b. Cohen directs this new play by Jennifer Hoppe-House, a screenwriter for Damages and Nurse Jackie. Olney theatre Center. Sep. 30–Oct. 25. $42–$65.

the guarD Set in an art museum, this world premiere play by Jessica Dickey examines what happens when a guard dares to touch a famous painting and the fantastical journey through the ages that follows. Sharon Ott directs this production as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. Ford’s theatre. Sep. 25–Oct. 18. $20–$62.

roe As part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival, bill rauch directs a reading of this play about the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. Kennedy Center theater Lab. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free.

women laughing alone with salaD three women balance their relationships with the same man and their own life priorities in this world-premiere comedy from Sheila Callaghan, who previously presented her play Fever/Dream in 2009. Woolly mammoth theatre. Sep. 7–Oct. 4. $43–$73.

animal Despite having a loving husband, comfortable home, and fulfilling career, rachel still can’t seem to find contentment. When conventional wisdom can’t help her snap out of her funk and she starts having visions, she’s forced to confront the issues she’s ignored. Gaye taylor Upchurch directs this dark comedy by Clare Lizzimore. Studio theatre. Sep. 30–Oct. 25. $20–$45.

Cake off Sherri L. edelen stars in this new play about a bake off with a one million dollar prize and the tough competitors aiming to take home the dough. expect a production full of flour, sugar, and bitter batter battles. Signature theatre. Sep. 29–Nov. 22. $40–$96.


Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End The life of Erma Bombeck would seem a natural fit for the theater. Her oft-times humorous struggles as a housewife and mother, coupled with her icon status as one of the most widely read columnists of all time, is rife with opportunities for the stage. Yet Arena Stage’s world premiere play Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, authored by twin sisters and journalists Allison and Margaret Engel, is the first major production focused on the famous humorist and author, whose syndicated columns were “must reads” for four decades. The onewoman drama, which culls its material in part from interviews with Bombeck’s family and her own work, stars Boyhood’s Barbara Chisholm in the title role, and reunites the Engel sisters with director David Esbjornson—the creative team responsible for 2012’s popular Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. With famous quotes like, “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again,” Bombeck’s wit should be on full display. Oct. 9–Nov. 8 at Arena Stage. $55–$90. —Jerome Langston

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‘Capers Anu Yadav stars in this one-woman show inspired by stories she heard from residents of D.C.’s Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg public housing projects as they protested the demolition of their neighborhood. Yadav and director patrick Crowley first presented the play in 2004; now, they look back at how the city has changed in the past decade. Forum theatre at Silver Spring black box theatre. Oct. 20–Oct. 23. $30–$35. 7 layers Captive performer Stacy Jewell Lewis tells the true story of her abduction from her D.C. home and her subsequent work as a trafficked sex worker in this moving multimedia presentation that combines music, spoken word, and visual projections. Kennedy Center terrace theater. Oct. 10. $39. aDventures red ball theatre presents a workshop of its forthcoming piece about a clown who arrives in a room full of normal objects that tell extraordinary stories. Flashpoint mead theatre Lab. Oct. 19. Free. antigone Award-winning actress Juliette binoche stars in this ancient drama about a strong woman who is willing to go to any length to give her broth- september 18, 2015 59

sancho: an act of remembrance at the kennedy Center, oct. 23–24

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite The Dark Lord Cthulhu commands you, thrall, to… see a play? During Molotov Theatre’s Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, five actors bring legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft’s famous tales of madness and mayhem to the stage. The show, which was originally staged by Los Angeles theater troupe The Visceral Company, features adaptations of six terrifying Lovecraft stories including “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” “The Cats of Ulthar,” and “The Outsider.” Creepy sound and light cues throughout the show will leave audiences squirming in their seat and are lent an extra degree of credibility by the DC Arts Center’s basement-like —Tim Regan black box theater. Oct. 15–Nov. 8 at DC Arts Center. $20–$25.

Antigone er a proper burial. this contemporary production comes with a new translation from acclaimed poet Anne Carson. Kennedy Center eisenhower theater. Oct. 22–Oct. 25. $69–$145. the apple family CyCle two years after Studio presented the first two plays in richard Nelson’s series about a family experiencing changes in contemporary America, the company presents the final two plays. In Sorry, set on election Day 2012, the siblings come together to move their uncle into an assisted living facility and discuss their reactions to the political and personal changes in their lives. In Regular Singing, they remember the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Studio theatre. Oct. 28–Dec. 13. $20–$81. avenue Q Constellation’s actors break out their puppetry skills in this lively musical about a young college graduate and the eccentric monsters, humans, and friends he makes in his new neighborhood. Allison Arkell Stockman directs this production written by robert Lopez and Jeff marx. Constellation theatre at Source. Oct. 22–Nov. 22. $20–$45. Beautiful—the Carole king musiCal Learn about the career of songwriter Carole King and her ascent from teenage prodigy to bestselling artist in

this musical that uses King’s songs to tell the story of her life. Kennedy Center Opera House. Oct. 6–Oct. 25. $39–$160. Boleros for the DisenChanteD presented as part of mason Fringe, this play by José rivera follows a couple as they leave their native puerto rico for a new life in America and the subsequent secrets that are revealed when their marriage starts to crumble. George mason University Center for the Arts. Oct. 7–Oct. 10. $30. a Bright new Boise A disgraced evangelist aims to reconnect with his estranged son but when colleagues discover the secrets he’s been trying to cover up, he’s forced to decide between reuniting his broken family or returning to the faith that once controlled his life. Nathan Vasquez directs this play by Samuel D. Hunter as part of mason Fringe. George mason University Center for the Arts. Oct. 8–Oct. 11. $5. Can’t Complain An elderly woman confined to a hospital for a round of tests ordered by her daughter attempts an escape with the help of her roommate and granddaughter, but a party gone awry waylays their plans. Instead, the woman is forced to confront her past in order to move forward in this

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Juliette Binoche is coming to town to play Antigone in a contemporary take on Sophocles’ play, newly translated by Canadian poet Anne Carson. The classic Greek tragedy starts with Antigone going against her uncle’s wishes and deciding to give her “traitor” brother the proper funeral she knows he deserves. The result is a mess of family drama, politics, and violence. Where and when exactly this version will be set remains a mystery, but Antigone has previously been set in the Middle East, a fictional Latin American country, and 1970s Bangladesh, among many others. It’s amazing how this play, written in the 5th century BC, still resonates, its tragic story applicable to so many situations in more recent human history. Oct. 22–25 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. $79–$175. —Elena Goukassian

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance Amongst the global black diaspora of artistic expression, the historical and contemporary experiences of Black Britons have largely been overlooked. It was a desire to rediscover his own place in the lineage of notable Black Britons that prompted Paterson Joseph, the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company actor, to write what would become a one-man play about the unusual life of Charles Ignatius Sancho. Known as just Sancho, this slave ship-born actor, writer, and refined gentleman emerged as a moral symbol for the abolition of the British slave trade during the 18th century. Part of the Kennedy Center’s “World Stages” series, Paterson’s thoughtful portrayal of Sancho—the first black person to vote in a British election—should make for an affecting night of theater. —Jerome Langston Oct. 23–24 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $49.







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new play by Christine evans. Spooky Action theater. Oct. 1–Oct. 25. $15–$35. the Cripple of inishmaan A disabled young boy living in 1930s Ireland vies for a chance to appear in a big Hollywood movie alongside the rest of his neighbors and aims to impress the casting directors in this black comedy from Irish playwright martin mcDonagh in this production by SCeNA theatre. Atlas performing Arts Center. Oct. 24–Nov. 29. $25–$45. the CruCiBle mason’s theater students present this classic play about the Salem witch trials, written by Arthur miller during the height of mcCarthyism. George mason University Center for the Arts. Oct. 22–Nov. 1. $15–$25. the Dealer of Ballynafeigh When his boss’ niece ends up in a coma after taking some bad drugs, billy is tasked with taking out the guy who sold her the stuff. but soon, his mission involves his ma taking a ride along, his boss chasing him down, and the cash going missing. Abigail Isaac Fine directs Irish playwright rosemary Jenkinson’s drama. Keegan theatre at Church Street theater. Oct. 17–Nov. 14. $25–$36. erma BomBeCk: at wit’s enD Dramatists Allison and margaret engel return to Arena Stage after presenting Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins in 2012 with this look at mid-20th century humorist, newspaper columnist, and feminist. David esbjornson directs this one-woman show starring barbara Chisholm. Arena Stage. Oct. 9–Nov. 8. $55–$110.

Winners and Losers Games can get out of control. It doesn’t happen often, yet nearly everyone has had such an experience: There’s a dinner party or something, then a game somehow unearths the simmering tension among the party-goers. Winners and Losers, the new two-person play at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, is an economical riff on this inevitable consequence. It’s about two good friends who play a drinking game that unintentionally leads to a “dangerous unpacking of privilege, status symbols, and class divisions.” That doesn’t sound fun, exactly, yet the actors are seasoned comic pros. There’s also an improvised component to the show that will give you something to laugh about as you discuss Winners and Losers over drinks with your friends. Oct. 26–Nov. 22 at Woolly Mam—Alan Zilberman moth Theatre Company. $35–$68.

The Apple Family Cycle

Before the age of Twitter, Facebook, and information overload, the act of remembering important historical and personal events was a much slower process. Old letters were read. Newspaper clippings were dug up. Families gathered around dinner tables and recounted past elections and national tragedies from memory. It’s this declining tradition that’s the subject of the four plays in Richard Nelson’s Apple Family cycle. Each focuses on a separate event in recent history, like the 10th anniversary of 9/11, through the lens of the same family. Studio Theatre will stage the latter two plays of the cycle: Sorry, which takes place on the day Obama was reelected; and Regular Singing, which occurs on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Oct. 29–Dec. 13 at Studio Theatre. $20–$81. —Amrita Khalid

the night alive A man in Dublin is content living a lonely life but finds hope when he is able to help a woman who’s been beaten recover in his tiny room.

teChniColor life With the help of her invisible friends, a bookish teenager named maxine cares for her sister, a wounded soldier returning from war, and her aging grandmother. the world premiere of Jami brandli’s drama is presented at rep Stage as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. rep Stage at Howard Community College. Oct. 21–Nov. 8. $15–$40. tiny islanD two sisters growing up in the 1980s worry about their family’s movie theater as video rental stores expand and cable takes over their airwaves in this retro work by michael Hollinger that nevertheless remains relevant in the 21st century. Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft theatre. Oct. 1–Oct. 25. $40–$50.

worlD BuilDers two schizophrenic patients interact while participating in a clinical trial and fall in love while they fight to hold on to the fantasy worlds they’ve come to know in Johnna Adams’ play about unconventional romance and the lengths we’ll go to for love. Forum theatre at Silver Spring black box theatre. Oct. 29–Nov. 21. $30–$35.

gooD kiDs Naomi Iizuka’s new play focuses on the new ways contemporary teenagers communicate during a shocking tragedy. When a young woman is sexually assaulted by members of the high school football team and her classmates find out on social media, the characters are forced to confront their lack of action and question how such things could happen. Kennedy Center theater Lab. Oct. 12. Free.

maytag virgin A recent widow living in rural Alabama connects with her new neighbor, a quiet observer who starts watching her and interpreting her behavior, and together they learn to repair their spirits in this quiet play by Audrey Cefaly. presented as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. Quotidian theatre Company at the Writer’s Center. Oct. 2–Nov. 1. $15–$30.

sanCho: an aCt of rememBranCe presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s World Stages initiative, this play explores the life of Charles Ignatius Sancho, the first black man to vote in Great britain. Sancho also worked as an actor and musician at the height of the british slave trade. Kennedy Center terrace theater. Oct. 23–Oct. 24. $49.

winners anD losers two friends engage in lively debates about whether certain cultural icons (Kanye, the berlin Wall, goat cheese) are winners or losers, a casual game that turns serious as their discussion topics begin to touch on privilege and class issues. Canadian performers James Long and marcus Youssef star in this production they also created. Woolly mammoth theatre. Oct. 26–Nov. 22. $35–$68.

girlstar part reality competition, part fairy tale, this musical focuses on the lengths people will go to for fame. When a popular record producer transforms her long lost niece into an international pop star through some unconventional means, they’re forced to consider the limits of success and how far they’re both willing to go. Signature theatre. Oct. 13–Nov. 15. $40–$96.

the magiC tree A lonely man and an equally lonely woman meet on a stormy night in an abandoned home and immediately form a connection. but as soon as things take a turn for the romantic, other factors come in to drive them apart. matthew J. Keenan and Colin Smith direct Ursula rani Sharma’s play as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. Keegan theatre at Church Street theater. Oct. 10–Nov. 13. $25–$36.

salomé Adaptor and director Yaël Farber presents this new production chronicling the story of the princess who begged for the head of John the baptist on a platter and takes back ownership of her body. Lansburgh theatre. Oct. 6–Nov. 8. $20–$108.

tyler perry’s maDea on the run tyler perry’s insane grandmother character tries to evade the police by helping an ailing friend in this lively comedy that also stars Cassi Davis. Warner theatre. Oct. 29–Nov. 1. $65–$95.

girls write out Women from the Young playwrights’ theater present four short plays staged by professional actors at this event, held as part of the Women’s Voices theater Festival. Sidney Harman Hall. Oct. 19. Free.

laDy lay Scena theater presents this play about a German woman who discovers the music of bob Dylan and learns from it during a pivotal moment in her nation’s history. Atlas performing Arts Center. Oct. 6–Oct. 10. $25–$45.

ences at George mason. George mason University Center for the Arts. Oct. 11. $26–$44.


Darius & Twig Walter Dean Myer’s award-winning novel about a teenage Odd Couple from Harlem, Darius & Twig comes alive in theatrical form at the Kennedy Center. Darius is a talented writer with a struggling single mom and a falcon alter ego. Twig is a star track athlete with an upbeat attitude. The two are unlikely best friends, and rely on each other for support when the mounting pressures of adolescence seem to much to bear. Anxieties about getting into college and threats from school bullies are typical teenage obstacles, but with Harlem as a backdrop, guns, gang violence, and alcoholism are on the two boy’s list of concerns. Eleanor Holdridge directs Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ adaptation. Oct. 30–Nov. —Amrita Khalid 8 at the Kennedy Center. $20.

akeelah anD the Bee A young girl growing up in Chicago challenges herself to succeed and winds up competing in the Scripps National Spelling bee, but will she be prepared enough to beat competitors from around the country? Charles randolphWright directs the world premiere of this play adapted from the popular film of the same name. Arena Stage. Nov. 13–Dec. 27. $55–$100. BlaCk nativity theatre Alliance again presents their production of this Langston Hughes play that retells the Christmas story from an AfricanAmerican perspective and features a lively gospel soundtrack. Anacostia playhouse. Nov. 25–Jan. 3. $10–$35.

Katie debuys and edward Gero star in this new play by Irish author Conor mcpherson. round House theatre bethesda. Oct. 21–Nov. 13. $36–$61.

include “Consider Yourself,” “Where is Love?” and “Food, Glorious Food.” Arena Stage. Oct. 30–Jan. 3. $84–$99.

a BroaDway Christmas Carol this seasonal favorite, which sets Dickens’ tale of holiday reflection to the tune of favorite showtunes, returns to metroStage for a fifth go-round. metroStage. Nov. 25–Dec. 27. $50.

oliver! Arena’s artistic director molly Smith directs this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about an industrious orphan and the friends he meets in London. Classic songs from this show

romeo anD Juliet Aquila theatre, a britishAmerican acting company, presents its take on the classic tale of star-crossed teenage lovers to audi-

a Christmas Carol For more than 30 years, Ford’s theatre has welcomed the holiday season with a production of Dickens’ tale of cheer and forgiveness. Local actor edward Gero returns to play

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everyone’s favorite miser, ebenezer Scrooge. Ford’s theatre. Nov. 19–Dec. 31. $44–$91. a fresh of Breath air monologuist Dale Stein presents this evening-length piece set at Fifi’s Cafe, a restaurant full of eccentrics, all of whom are played by Stein. George mason University Center for the Arts. Nov. 6. $10–$15. guys anD Dolls Gamblers, evangelists, musicians, and dancers come together in this classic musical based on stories by Damon runyon. Among this production’s memorable songs are “Luck be a Lady,” “I’ll Know,” and “A bushel and a peck.” Olney theatre Center. Nov. 11–Dec. 27. $30–$75. harvey A man insists on including his best friend, an enormous invisible rabbit, in all his activities, forcing his friends and family to deal with the aftermath in this lively, pulitzer prize-winning drama by mary Chase. 1st Stage. Nov. 12–Dec. 20. $15–$30. holiDay memories In this play adapted from short stories by truman Capote, a younger version of the author, growing up in Depression-era Alabama, connects with his adult self and together, they reflect on memories from holidays gone by.

tom prewitt directs this edgy and heartwarming tale. Gunston Arts Center. Nov. 25–Dec. 20. $10–$35. an irish Carol the Keegan gang revives its popular Irish adaptation of Dickens’ holiday tale, featuring a pub owner named David instead of a banker called Scrooge. Keegan theatre at Church Street theater. Dec. 12–Dec. 31. $20–$40. it’s a wonDerful life: a live raDio play the classic holiday tale about hard work and forgiveness is transformed into a 1940s radio play in this holiday production. Actors collaborate with a sound effects man to tell the story of George bailey, his family, and his guardian angel, Clarence. Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft theatre. Nov. 12–Dec. 6. $40–$50. kiss me, kate Cole porter looks to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew for inspiration in this joyful musical about a leading man who winds up co-starring alongside his ex-wife and the fellow castmembers whose lives revolve around them. Among the popular songs from this musical are “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “tom, Dick, or

the apple family Cycle at studio theatre, oct. 29– Dec. 13

Appomattox For an opera company ostensibly representing the United States, Washington National Opera hasn’t given much love to America’s arguably most famous living opera composer, Philip Glass. So it’s overdue but also a bit surprising that their first Glass opera is his stillquite-new 2007 Civil War meditation Appomattox. This updated version of the original throws in a completely new act that expands the scope of the opera by about 100 years, from the end of the war to the civil rights movement, and incorporates Martin Luther King, Jr. and Frederick Douglass into the story alongside Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. A promising sign for nontraditional opera fans (and non-fans) is that it’s directed by Tazewell Thompson, a prolific theater director who has increasingly moved into the opera arena, and who will return for Lost in the Stars later this season. Nov. 14–22 at the —Mike Paarlberg Kennedy Center Opera House. $25–$300.

West Side Story

This winter, Signature Theatre will present Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, taking Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the 1950s. (Remember, the Upper West Side was still a predominantly working class and immigrant neighborhood back then.) Considering how well Signature handled Cabaret earlier this year, expectations are high for West Side Story. Watch out for cast announcements in the coming months, and get ready to have some quintessential show tunes stuck in your head. Dec. 8–Jan. 24 at Signature —Elena Goukassian Theatre. $40–$92. 64 september 18, 2015 5 September 16, 2011

west side story at signature theatre, Dec. 8–Jan. 24 Harry,” and “too Darn Hot.” Sidney Harman Hall. Nov. 17–Jan. 3. $20–$108. periCles Joseph Haj, known for directing the Folger’s 2010 production of Hamlet, returns to tell the tale of the prince who gets washed out to sea, chased by a wicked king, and meets the love of his life, only to lose her again. Celebrated Shakespearean actor Wayne t. Carr stars as the title character. Folger theatre. Nov. 13–Dec. 20. $35–$75.

roDgers + hammerstein’s CinDerella Handsome princes, wicked stepsisters, and glass slippers come together in this timeless musical about the power of true love and pumpkin carriages. memorable songs from this musical treatment include “Impossible; It’s possible” and “In my Own Little Corner.” National theatre. Nov. 18–Nov. 29. $58–$98. sons of the prophet In this dark comedy by Stephen Karam, a man is forced to deal with his september 18, 2015 65

father’s death in a freak accident involving a plastic deer, an event that sends his life into a tailspin. From incompetent insurance providers to eccentric co-workers, he’s forced to take on myriad burdens while holding on to his own sanity. theater J. Nov. 18–Dec. 20. $15–$67. war of the newts Natsu Onoda power presents her new play, about a newly discovered amphibian species that can be trained to use tools, as part of the Czech embassy’s mutual Inspirations festival. Davis performing Arts Center at Georgetown University. Nov. 12–Nov. 21. $7–$18.


BaD Jews three cousins—one secular, one nonsecular, and one somewhere in the middle—fight over a family heirloom following the death of their grandfather in this comedy that blends family and faith. Studio theatre. Dec. 3–Jan. 3. $20–$81. Bright star Steve martin and edie brickell collaborate on this new musical, a love story set in the American South in the 1920s and 1940s about the powerful relationship between an editor and a recently returned soldier. Kennedy Center eisenhower theater. Dec. 2–Jan. 10. $45–$175. the gospel of lovingkinDness mosaic theater Company presents this somber elegy, accented with hip-hop music, about a young man who’s killed over a pair of sneakers mere days after he performs at the White House. Atlas performing Arts Center. Dec. 9–Jan. 3. $25–$50. matilDa the musiCal A young girl uses her powers of intelligence and mind control to work her way out of horrific circumstances in this lively musical inspired by the roald Dahl novel. Kennedy Center Opera House. Dec. 15–Jan. 10. $25–$175. motown: the musiCal the story of a small music label that changed the sound of America in the 1960s and 1970s is told in this lively and historical musical. National theatre. Dec. 1–Jan. 3. $48–$98.

alice in wonderland at synetic theater, sep. 30–nov. 8. 1st stage 1524 Spring Hill road, mcLean. (703) 854-1856. anacostia arts center 1231 Good Hope road Se. anacostia playhouse 2020 Shannon place Se. (202) 544-0703.

stage kiss two actors with a romantic past are forced to play the leads in an emotional melodrama and the line between their real lives and their characters blur in this play that considers what it means when two people touch their lips together. Aaron posner directs Sarah ruhl’s charming comedy. round House theatre bethesda. Dec. 2–Dec. 27. $36–$61.

arena stage 1101 6th St. SW. (202) 488-3300.

stars of DaviD: story to song this revue draws on interviews with famous Jews, from Gwyneth paltrow to Gloria Steinem, to examine Jewish identity. Acclaimed composers including Jeanine tesori, marvin Hamlisch, and Sheldon Harnick provide the music. theater J. Dec. 22–Dec. 27. $27-$52. too muCh light makes the BaBy go BlinD Just in time for the holidays, this Chicago-based theater group that promises to deliver 30 plays in 60 minutes returns to Woolly mammoth for a spontaneous and interactive night of theater. Woolly mammoth theatre. Dec. 7–Jan. 3. $35–$68. west siDe story this tragic tale of warring gangs and devoted lovers comes to Signature for the first time. Featuring classic songs like “tonight” and “I Feel pretty,” this production is directed by matthew Gardiner. Signature theatre. Dec. 8–Jan. 24. $40–$96.

george mason University center for the arts 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. (703) 993-2787. gunston arts center 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. (703) 228-1850.

signature theatre 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. (703) 820-9771.

Lansburgh theatre 450 7th St. NW. (202) 547-1122.

spooky action theater 1810 16th St. NW. (301) 920-1414.

atlas performing arts center 1333 H St. Ne. (202) 399-7993.

Keegan theatre at church street theater 1742 Church St. NW. (703) 892-0202.

constellation theatre at source 1835 14th St. NW. (202) 204-7741.

Kennedy center 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600.

Davis performing arts center at georgetown University 3700 O St. NW. (202) 687-3838.

metrostage 1201 N. royal St., Alexandria. (703) 548-9044.

Flashpoint mead theatre Lab 916 G St. NW. (202) 315-1306. Folger elizabethan theatre 201 e. Capitol St. Se. (202) 544-7077.

national theatre 1321 pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 628-6161. olney theatre center 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring road, Olney. (301) 924-3400.

Ford’s theatre 511 10th St. NW. (202) 347-4833.

Quotidian theatre company at the writer’s center 4508 Walsh St., bethesda. (301) 816-1023.

Forum theatre at silver spring Black Box theatre 8641 Colesville road, Silver Spring. (240) 644-1390.

rep stage at howard community college 10901 Little patuxent parkway, Columbia. (443) 518-1500.

gaLa hispanic theatre 3333 14th St. NW. (202) 234-7174.

round house theatre Bethesda 4545 east-West Highway, bethesda. (240) 644-1100.

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sidney harman hall 610 F St. NW. (202) 547-1122.

studio theatre 1501 14th St. NW. (202) 332-3300. synetic theater at crystal city 1800 South bell St., Arlington. (800) 494-8497. taffety punk at capitol hill arts workshop 545 7th St. Se. (202) 261-6612. theater J 1529 16th St. NW. (202) 518-9400. warner theatre 513 13th St. NW. (202) 783-4000. washington stage guild at Undercroft theatre 900 massachusetts Ave. NW. (240) 582-0050. woolly mammoth theatre 641 D St. NW. (202) 393-3939. september 18, 2015 67

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