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IN DEFENSE OF FOOD
Focus-In Film Series presents a screening of a documentary based on Michael Pollan's bestselling book investigating food in America, what we buy and eat, and arguing for a more plant-based diet. The screening, at the Hyattsville Busboys & Poets, is followed by a Q&A with local activists and politicians. Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. The Zinn Room at Busboys & Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md. Suggested donation of $5. Call 301-779-2787 or visit busboysandpoets.com.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Eugh. No. Nobody needs this. While the first film -- released 20 years ago -- was fun, there's absolutely no reason to warrant this sequel, which also lacks Will Smith. Smart man. Opens Friday, June 24. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Rhuaridh Marr)
Billed as a "shark survival thriller," Blake Lively is stranded on a buoy while surfing and forced to survive as a great white shark considers her for lunch. Probably best not to see it before heading off to your beach vacation. Opens Wednesday, June 29. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)
ANOTHER WAY HOME
Anna Ziegler's wry, uplifting drama closes the season at Theater J, offering a production directed by Shirley Serotsky and starring Rick Foucheux and Naomi Jacobson as parents visiting a summer camp where their son has gone missing. The cast also includes Shayna Blass, Thony Mena and Chris Stinson. Now in previews with official opening Monday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. Pride Night is Thursday, July 7. To July 17. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington, D.C.'s Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $37 to $67. Call 202-777-3210 or visit theaterj.org.
Aaron Posner writes for an underserved audience: neurotics who like their humor fast and sharp and their hearts and minds challenged by an irreverent but secretly optimistic view of the human condition. It's all present and accounted for in this clever and literarily imaginative rendering of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice set in a post-Civil War Washington in which Shylock's rivals are African American. Though it tracks the original plot, for Posner it's an opportunity to jet off into race and gender issues that have contemporary urgency and relevance. Posner injects not only his usual brand of irreverent humor, but also a powerfully intelligent ambiguity. We don't get any pat answers to its many moral questions; Posner's characters and conundrums are just too complex. The complexity, with all its moving parts, makes for a challenge the Folger production never quite conquers. There is an absence of necessary oomph and only a few players buck the mood. Still, even if District Merchants can't quite drive Posner's complex train, it's a chance to think about race, religion and reality without the preacher. To July 3. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $35 to $75. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu. Reviewed in this issue. (Kate Wingfield)
EL PASO BLUE
Jose Carrasquillo directs a GALA Hispanic Theatre production of Octavio Solis' riff on the Oedipus Rex classic, a wild and comic tale of lust, revenge, identity and the blues. Closes Sunday, June 26. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $38. Call 202-234-7174 or visit galatheatre.org.
GET USED TO IT! A MUSICAL REVUE
The LGBT-focused company Rainbow Theatre Project presents a run of composer/lyricist Tom Wilson Weinberg's musical revue, written in 1992 during a low point for the gay rights movement. But Get Used To It! remains funny, touching and timely, with a focus on the community's struggles with politics, religion, love and acceptance, as relayed through 18 original songs. H. Lee Gable directs. Now to July 10. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Tickets are $35. Call 202-315-1310 or visit rainbowtheatreproject.org.
Comedic actor Louis Butelli performs in a kid-friendly, one-man interactive play devised by director Robert Richmond. Arriving with a trunk and a book, Butelli plays the Gravedigger, who responds to questions from the audience about court life in Elsinore using the text from Hamlet. Remaining performances are Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday, June 26, at 12 p.m. in the Elizabethan Garden. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.
Cyndi Lauper produced Tony gold with songs about a showgirl named Lola, in a story about the power of drag queens and shoes. The production stops at the Kennedy Center as part of its first national touring production. Directed by Jerry Mitchell, adapted from the British film by Harvey Fierstein. To July 10. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $25 to $199. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. Reviewed in this issue.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
Good-natured and cheerful, Signature's La Cage aux Folles works hard to please its crowd. There will be no surprises in the story of longtime gay couple Georges and Albin and the comic conundrum of how to entertain the homophobic parents of their son's fiancée without revealing their identities. Put simply, if you are a devotee, it delivers: you will hear the songs, enjoy the jokes, and share the moments. Director Matthew Gardiner delivers a show that's fast-paced and punchy, moving seamlessly between the La Cage nightclub and the behind-the-scenes dramas of Georges and Albin. Lee Savage's sets and Frank Labovitz's costumes keep it bold with an eye-popping palette of garishly gorgeous color. To July 10. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., in Arlington. Tickets are $40 to $95. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org. (Kate Wingfield)
MOXIE: A HAPPENSTANCE VAUDEVILLE
Helen Hayes Award-winning Happenstance Theater presents another devised work, a theatrical collage inspired by the Great Age of Vaudeville, infused with the joys and struggles of the lives of the performers who will perform the work. As directed by Sabrina Mandell and Mark Jaster, Moxie offers hijinks, live music, period costumes, nostalgic beauty and physical comedy in its homage to popular late 19th century theatrical style. Opens in previews Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. To July 17. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Call 240-644-1100 or visit roundhousetheatre.org.
NEXT TO NORMAL
Keegan Theatre serves up Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's moving and modern Pulitzer Prize-winning show, that deals with the devastating toll that mental illness can have on a relationship and a family. Mark A. Rhea and Colin Smith direct a cast featuring Kari Ginsburg, Chad Wheeler, David Landstrom, Caroline Dubberly, Christian Montgomery and Scott Ward Abernethy. To July 10. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $45 to $55. Call 202-265-3768 or visit keegantheatre.com.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Robert James Waller's best-selling novel about an Iowa housewife and her life-changing, whirlwind romance with a traveling photographer gets the musical treatment, in this Tony Award-winning production by composer Jason Robert Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marsha Norman ('night, Mother). Bartlett Sher directs. Opens Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. Runs to July 17 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $49 to $129. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
After a ravishing production last fall of Cole Porter's musical take on Shakespeare's classic, the Shakespeare Theatre Company ends its season with Ed Sylvanus Iskandar's provocative, new, all-male production that features the pop music of Tony- and Grammy-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Broadway's Spring Awakening), including a 30-minute musical intermezzo. Stage and screen actors Maulik Pancholy (Weeds, 30 Rock) and Peter Gadiot (Once Upon A Time in Wonderland) play Katherina and Petruchio, respectively, in a cast that also includes Andre De Shields, Telly Leung, Gregory Linington, Matthew Russell, Tom Story, Oliver Thornton and Bernard White in featured performances. Closes Sunday, June 26. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.
A CAPITOL FOURTH: SMOKEY ROBINSON, KENNY LOGGINS, AMBER RILEY
It's not something you'll want to do every year -- there's far too many tourists -- but everyone should experience the National Symphony Orchestra's A Capitol Fourth concert at least once. Jack Everly leads the NSO in a performance of American favorites and classical masterworks, while several military bands will add to the patriotic spirit. Additional performances come from a selection of musical greats, including Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Amber Riley and Sutton Foster, while the cast of the Gloria Estefan-themed Broadway musical On Your Feet will also perform. The festivities conclude with what organizers tout as "the biggest, most distinctive fireworks display in the nation," all set to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Monday, July 4, at 8 p.m. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. Free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org/nso for more information.
Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and live-looping artist Be Steadwell offers a blend of soul, folk, hip-hop and jazz she calls "queer-pop," drawing inspiration from her experiences as a queer, black woman. In addition to using a loop pedal for vocal layering, Steadwell sings, raps and beatboxes in her intriguing, memorable compositions, including the sweet love letter to her D.C. hometown, "Not Gonna Move to New York." One of her latest works is the Strathmore-commissioned "Home" featuring a choral arrangement of voices with a folk/soul vibe. Wednesday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda. Tickets are $17. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
BLUE NOTE 75
Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock are among an impressive roster of jazz artists who debuted with the storied label Blue Note Records, and Blue Note 75 aims to carry on that tradition by presenting some of the best young voices in the genre. Billed as a supergroup, the evening features keyboardist Robert Glasper, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. The group will play from each artist's own repertoire as well as put spins on Blue Note classics. Thursday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $65. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com.
We still haven't heard new music from Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire since the trio last joined forces to release the Grammy-winning Taking the Long Way a decade ago. Talk about a long wait. But the Dixie Chicks have regrouped for the DCX World Tour MMXVI, which also features Anderson East and Josh Herbert. Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $42 to $350. Call 703-754-6400 or visit thejiffylubelive.com.
EUROPEAN CHOIR FEST AT CASTLETON
Castleton in Performance presents Musicaficta from Italy and Koris Logo from Latvia, two renowned European choral groups making their debuts in the U.S. performing Italian choral music of the 16th century. They perform at the acoustically splendid Castleton Theatre House in Virginia's Rappahannock County, Saturday, June 25, at 4 p.m. Castleton Theatre House, 664 Castleton View Rd. Tickets are $20 to $40. Call 540-937-3454 or visit castletonfestival.org.
GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON: ONE WORLD
Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers, both select groups of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, host an international choral event also featuring Schola Cantorosa from Hamburg, Germany, and the Homonics from Dublin, Ireland. Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.
If you saw either the 2009 Michael Jackson tour documentary This Is It or the 2013 film 20 Feet From Stardom, you'll no doubt recall powerhouse vocalist Judith Hill -- either as Jackson's backup vocalist and moving duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," or as an unheralded background singer, one who has worked with the likes of John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Ringo Starr. But the L.A. native was also a contestant on the fourth season of The Voice in 2013. Hill headlines a tour in support of last year's debut solo album Back in Time, co-produced by Prince. Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $40 to $45. Call 240-330-4500 or visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.
The Grammy-nominated Kathy Sledge, former lead singer of Sister Sledge ("We Are Family"), is now touring a jazz-steeped tribute to Billie Holiday. Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $40 to $45, plus $12 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141 or visit bluesalley.com.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
Having got her start in bars and coffeehouses in the D.C. area in the early "80s, Mary Chapin Carpenter is a "Hometown Girl" par excellence. The country singer-songwriter, who now lives in Charlottesville, Va., told Metro Weekly a few years ago that Wolf Trap, where she performs almost every year, "is one of my most treasured and favorite places." She returns in support of The Things That We Are Made of, her 14th studio album focused on thriving in middle age despite hardships -- in her case divorce and a near-death experience. The Milk Carton Kids open. Saturday, July 2, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $25 to $50. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
"Dreamworks Animation in Concert" is the latest movie-focused NSO program at Wolf Trap, featuring visually stunning footage from recent animated blockbusters -- everything from Shrek to Madagascar to Kung Fu Panda -- accompanied by live performances of their scores. Justin Freer conducts the NSO in a performance of works by Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, and Danny Elfman. Thursday, June 30, at 8:30 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
Glow Washington presents a gig for one of its former resident DJs and half of the Grammy Award-winning production duo Deep Dish. Sharam tours in support of A Warehouse, his first album of all original tracks since his brilliant, cohesive set Wild from 2009. Sunday, June 26. Doors at 10 p.m. Soundcheck, 1420 K St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-789-5429 or visit soundcheckdc.com.
THE LOW ANTHEM
Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky are two of the co-founders of this now five-piece ensemble combining folk and blues arrangements with chamber music, even gospel. The Rhode Island band creates often melancholic music: quiet, intimate, full of longing, and often hauntingly beautiful. The Low Anthem returns to the area for a concert presented by the 9:30 Club at the more intimate U Street Music Hall, in support of new set Eyeland. Friday, June 24. Doors at 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $18. Call 202-588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.
THE SELDOM SCENE
Formed 45 years ago in Bethesda, the progressive bluegrass band Seldom Scene enjoys continued popularity in their hometown region. Friday, June 24. Doors at 8 p.m. Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $30. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramsheadonstage.com.
WOLF TRAP OPERA'S ARIA JUKEBOX
"Aria Jukebox" features popular opera tunes selected by the audience and performed by soloists from Wolf Trap Opera Company's 2016 Filene Young Artists program, accompanied by company director Kim Witman on piano. Tickets include a wine and cheese reception. Sunday, June 26, at 3 p.m., reception starts at 2 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $32 to $48. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT
Former New York-based ballet company ushers in its third season in D.C. by presenting three world premieres -- two New Orleans-themed works by guest choreographers Victor Adebusola, a D.C. hip-hop artist, and Jennifer Archibald of New York, as well as one by artistic director Diane Coburn Bruning with original music by Bryce Dessner of the band The National. This year's "Ballets & Brass" season also features music performed by D.C.'s street band Brass Connection and Chamber Dance Project principal musician Claudia Chudacoff. Now to June 26. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $50. Call 202-547-1122 or visit chamberdance.org.
FURIA FLAMENCA DANCE COMPANY
Estela Velez de Paredez founded the company 13 years ago, with a focus on combining flamenco's gypsy heritage with modern flamenco choreography to create an elegant balance of motion and energy. The company offers a program at Wolf Trap intended to inspire children in the fancy, fiery footwork that originated in Spain. Thursday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. Theatre-In-The-Woods at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $8. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolf-trap.org.
LIGHT SWITCH DANCE THEATRE
A site-specific, project-based company dedicated to multidisciplinary performances in nontraditional spaces, Sandra C. Atkinson's Light Switch Dance Theatre creates socially conscious art driven by the human condition. Its latest work, Nest, uses contemporary dance, visual art, music and film to investigate the concepts of home for those without one. The company is joined by special guests Next Reflex Dance Collective, presenting a new work, Jump In, inspired by Maya Angelou's children's poetry book Life Doesn't Frighten Me and featuring original music composed by Nate Masters. Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Call 202-269-1600 or visit danceplace.org.
RIVERDANCE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
Four years ago, Wolf Trap hosted what was billed as the "final U.S. performances" -- after a two-year-long farewell tour -- of this kitschy show. But the river overflows once again, this time for a special anniversary show featuring new numbers, costumes and lighting. Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. Also Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $20 to $75. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
THE KENNEDY CENTER'S DISTRICT OF COMEDY FESTIVAL
A milestone in the recognition of comedy as a true performing art, the Kennedy Center presents its first comedy festival. Among the one-night-only highlights remaining are: A Stand-up Showcase on the Millennium Stage featuring emerging New York comedians Jared Freid, Anthony DeVito and Greg Stone from America's Got Talent, on Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m.; Glee's Jane Lynch in her one-woman variety show See Jane Sing on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m.; and American film producer and director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Trainwreck) with special guests Michael Che and Pete Holmes, on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Kennedy Center. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
THE SECOND CITY'S ALMOST ACCURATE GUIDE TO AMERICA
What if the history of America were written by some of the country's most revered contemporary comedians? That's the premise behind The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America, which the Kennedy Center co-commissioned from the leading improv comedy troupe as part of the District of Comedy Festival. The show will even uproot the stalwart Shear Madness for a six-week run in the Theater Lab. To July 31. Kennedy Center Theater Lab. Tickets are $49 to $64. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
The Beatles' devoted secretary and friend tells her behind-the-scenes story in the 2013 documentary Good Ol' Freda, which Amp by Strathmore presents followed by a post-screening Q&A hosted by WAMU's Ally Schweitzer. Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda. Tickets are $25 to $40. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
"Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora" is a lecture, part of the Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series presented by the Folger Institute, by the Barnard College professor, whose groundbreaking work on racial discourses in 16th and 17th century Britain has helped generate a new wave of scholarship on race in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $15. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.
Featuring more than 50 original documents from the National Archives, this exhibit highlights the remarkably American story of how we have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution in order to form "a more perfect union." Of course it all started 225 years ago when the Bill of Rights was ratified, addressing some of the most pressing issues of the day that are still very much timely. Since then, there have been 11,000 proposed amendments -- but only 17 ratified. Now to Sept. 4. Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum, Constitution Avenue at 9th Street NW. NW. Call 202-357-5000 or visit archives.gov/nae.
CHARLES BERGEN: MASTER CRAFTSMAN
"Artful Stories in the City" is the subtitle to this exhibition of sculptor Charles Bergen, whose works range from sublime animal sculptures to grand public installations. Opening reception is Saturday, June 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and an Artist's Talk by Bergen is Saturday, July 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibition runs to Aug. 13. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Free. Call 202-547-6839 or visit chaw.org.
COLOR CHORDS: VIBRATIONS OF THE WASHINGTON COLOR SCHOOL
Artist Barbara Januszkiewicz curates this exhibition designed to boost recognition of D.C.-based artists and featuring her own work alongside four other Washington Color School-influenced contemporary artists -- Jeremy Flick, Matthew Grimes, Bill Hill and Andrew Hudson. The artists have all been influenced by music, aiding their complex understanding of color harmony. Now to July 10. Verizon Gallery at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Va. Call 703-798-3645 or visit colorchordsdc.wix.com/nova.
DANIEL TAYE: THE VAN GOGH OF ETHIOPIA
St. George Art Gallery, with locations in both Alexandria and Ethiopia, co-presents this exhibition focused on Ethiopian painter Daniel Taye, who CNN once dubbed the "Van Gogh of Ethiopia," hence the show's name. Taye is known for his evocative landscape and figurative work and experiments with different mediums, color composition and depth. Public reception is Sunday, June 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Now through June 30. New Project Studio of Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Alexandria. Free. Call 703-838-4565 or visit torpedofactory.org.
Digital drawings and pictures made from lace depicting migration movements and their causes is the focus of this exhibition presented at the Goethe-Institut. Escape Routes combines media's contemporary visual language with the rare and ancient craft of lace production to tell a powerful narrative on the topic of mutual interdependence in a globalized world undergoing rapid transition -- including 60 million people worldwide fleeing civil wars, persecution and poverty. Now to Aug. 31. Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW. Ste. 03. Call 202-847-4700 or visit goethe.de.
LANDSCAPE: ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT
Touchstone Gallery's latest member artists group show sets out on a metaphorical "road trip" to explore land or psychological forms in media including photography, painting, hand-pulled prints, sculpture, collage and drawing. Closes Sunday, June 26. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW Call 202-347-2787 or visit touchstonegallery.com.
ONE LIFE: BABE RUTH
The National Portrait Gallery presents the first exhibition in its "One Life" series devoted to a baseball star. Featuring more than 30 objects, including prints and photographs of Ruth in addition to personal memorabilia and selected artifacts of advertising that he endorsed, this exhibition looks at the legend of Babe Ruth and his legacy as one of the first sports superstars to become a marketable brand all to himself. Opens Friday, June 24. Through May 15, 2017. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets. NW. Call 202-633-8300 or visit npg.si.edu.
THE ART OF ROMAINE BROOKS
The Smithsonian's American Art Museum displays 50 paintings and drawings from its permanent collection focused on Romaine Brooks, who struck an androgynous look and explored gender and sexuality in her work, something rarely done in her time. Brooks was a leading figure of an artistic counterculture of upper-class Europeans and American expatriates, many of whom were queer, and a precursor of present-day artists whose works depict cross-dressing and transgender themes. Through Oct. 2. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. Free. Call 202-633-1000 or visit americanart.si.edu.
Subtitled "Agamemnon to Alexander the Great," the National Geographic Museum presents the only East Coast stop of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition featuring more than 500 priceless treasures, many never previously displayed outside of Greece, from the 5,000 years of Greek culture including the birth of democracy. The Greek Ministry of Culture along with several North American museums organized this exhibition. On Wednesday, June 29, the institution offers "A Big Fat Greek Happy Hour" starting at 6 p.m. and allowing participants to view the exhibit after-hours over cocktails and before a screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Exhibit runs through Oct. 10. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-857-7588 or visit ngmuseum.org.
TURNING THE PAGE: CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
Most of the artwork represented in this exhibition at Strathmore, focused on the power of the picture book for emerging readers, comes from the children's book illustration-focused Mazza Museum in Ohio. But there are also works by local artists, including Lulu Delacre, Richard Foa, Sallie Lowenstein, Jennifer O'Connell, Jessica Rose, Susan Stockdale and Janet Morgan Stoeke. Now to July 31. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
UNCOVERED: SCOTT G. BROOKS & TODD FRANSON
Vivid Solutions Gallery presents a showcase of Scott Brooks' provocative illustrations and Todd Franson's compelling photographs, all familiar to Metro Weekly readers -- all were created for and originally appeared on the magazine's cover. The images, curated by Brooks and Franson, provide insight into the movers, shakers and key moments in D.C.'s diverse and rich LGBT culture over the past two decades. Through July 16. Vivid Solutions Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Call 202-631-6291 or visit anacostiaartscenter.com.
BALTIMORE'S AMERICAN TREASURES: CARROLL MANSION
Partly in cooperation with official Baltimore boosters, the nonprofit Made: In America offers a celebration of "American Treasures" centered on the Carroll Mansion, named after 18th-century Maryland patriot and Baltimore entrepreneur Charles Carroll III. Over the next two months, the Mansion is open for tours and hosts design competitions and culinary experiences highlighting Baltimore's role in shaping various aspects of American culture and commerce, with an emphasis on furniture, textile, tableware and fashion design. To July 12. Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard St. Baltimore. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 410-605-2964 or visit carrollmuseums.org.
BURLESQUE(ER) PRESENTS PRIDE EXTRAVAGANZA
A parade of queer performers from the region are on tap for one more Pride event before Pride month officially ends. This "Best of Burlesqu(er) show features Frankie & Betty and DJ Abichula. Friday, June 24. Doors at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Call 202-667-4490 or visit blackcatdc.com.
CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL PREVIEW
More than 20 shows from this year's festival, which opens July 7, will be previewed in short, rapid-fire excerpts at this free, buzz-generating event. Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free. Call 202-733-7230 or visit capitalfringe.org.
FORD'S THEATRE'S HISTORY ON FOOT
A Local actor offers the guided tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, portraying Detective James McDevitt, a D.C. police officer patrolling a half-block from Ford's Theatre the night President Lincoln was shot. Written by Richard Hellesen and directed by Mark Ramont, the 1.6-mile walking tour revisits and reexamines the sites and clues from the investigation into the assassination. Tours are offered approximately three evenings a week at 6:45 p.m. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $17. Call 202-397-7328 or visit fords.org.
Local drag acts Sheaswig, Rumor Millz, Salvadora Dali and Summer Camp lead the latest edition of the Black Cat's monthly queer drag/burlesque performance-focused dance party, also featuring performances by Aloe Vera and Turnpyke from Philadelphia. Donna Slash, the drag alias of Josh Vogelsong, will host the proceedings while DJ Dean Sullivan provides the tunes in between the shenanigans. Saturday, June 25. Doors at 10 p.m. Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $7. Call 202-667-4490 or visit blackcatdc.com.
*SPARKLE* QUEER OPEN MIC
Every month the 14th and V location of Busboys & Poets hosts "Sparkle," the queer-focused reading series featuring LGBT-dedicated poets started by Regie Cabico, the slam poet who also created Capturing Fire, the annual three-day queer spoken word and poetry festival presented by the DC Center. Cabico serves as *Sparkle*'s emcee with Danielle Evennou. Sunday, July 3, at 8 p.m. Langston Room at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Cover is $5. Call 202-387-POET or visit busboysandpoets.com.