Out On the Town: D.C. Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Films, theaters, plays, live music, art galleries and more events in Washington and nearby Maryland and Virginia


When it came to reinventing the 30-year-old franchise, Paul Feig assembled some of the funniest female comedians in the business, from Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy to two of Wiig's successors at Saturday Night Live, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Will they succeed at busting ghosts (and ridiculous levels of sexism surrounding the film)? According to the New York Times and The Guardian, it sounds like it may be well worth finding out. Opens Friday, July 15. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.

The Washington Jewish Film Festival offers a screening of the adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 look at a young Jewish man from New Jersey who heads to a small Midwest town. Acclaimed screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain) James Schamus makes his directorial debut with this painterly and insightful adaptation. Tuesday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $13. Call 202-777-3247 or visit wjff.org.

Winner of five Japanese Academy Awards including best film, director and cinematography, Hirokazu Koreeda's drama is touted as one of the most graceful, tender and moving films of the year. An adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's graphic novel Umimachi Diary, Our Little Sister focuses on a quartet of sisters reunited at their father's funeral. In Japanese with English subtitles. Opens Friday, July 15. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit landmarktheatres.com.

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston once again finds himself immersed in the illegal drug trade, this time portraying a real-life U.S. Customs special agent who helped discover the money-laundering organization of drug lord Pablo Escobar. Based on the autobiography by Robert Mazur, director Brad Furman and writer Ellen Brown Furman's drama also features Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, and Amy Ryan. Now playing. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.


Parents visiting a summer camp find their son has gone missing in Anna Ziegler's drama. Directed by Shirley Serotsky and starring Rick Foucheux, Naomi Jacobson, Shayna Blass, Thony Mena and Chris Stinson. Closes this Sunday, July 17. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $37 to $67. Call 202-777-3210 or visit theaterj.org.

Infamous televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker are part of the story told in a new musical by gospel star -- and PTL Club regular -- BeBe Winans. The musical deals with the struggles of fame and belief, and features Juan and Deborah Joy Winans as their real-life uncle BeBe and aunt CeCe. With Milton Craig Nealy as Pop Winans, Nita Whitaker as Mom Winans, Kiandra Richardson as Whitney Houston, and Chaz Pofahl and Kirsten Wyatt as Jim and Tammy Faye. A world-premiere co-production between Arena Stage and Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. To Aug. 28. Kreeger Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

Olney offers an intimate staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's famed musical about Argentina's Eva Peron. After winning the Helen Hayes Award for best play last year with gay-themed Colossal, transgender director Will Davis and choreographer Christopher D'Amboise team up again for a smaller-scale production of the musical blockbuster, intended to help theatergoers "hear every note and feel every heartbeat." A regular supporting player on local stages, Rachel Zampelli makes a diva turn in the title role, with Robert Ariza starring as narrator Che and a cast that includes Jonathan Atkinson, Mark Chandler, Ashleigh King and Kristin Yancy. To July 24. Mainstage at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Tickets are $38 to $75. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org.

Avenue Q sounds like child's play compared to Robert Askins' comedy focused on teens of a Christian puppetry ministry in a small Texas town. Touted as a blasphemous and ruthless comedy about sex, sinners and sock puppets, Joanie Schultz directs a production led by Liam Forde as a foul-mouthed, demonically possessed puppet. With Susan Rome, Caitlin Collins, Ryan McBride and Tim Getman. To Aug. 8. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.

Two kids escape boredom by playing a mysterious board game that plunges them into a world of magic with a lion and destructive monkeys in a stage production of the popular book by Chris Van Allsburg. Serge Seiden directs a 4D, audience-immersive show, featuring strobe lights, wind, water, and rumbling lava effects. To Aug. 28. Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets are $19.50. Call 301-634-2270 or visit adventuretheatre-mtc.org.

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. Closes Saturday, July 16. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $45 to $55. Call 202-265-3768 or visit keegantheatre.com.

Richmond Triangle Players presents Martin Sherman and Nick Enright's musical tale about the life of Peter Allen, the Australian star and songwriter discovered by Judy Garland who went on to marry her daughter Liza Minnelli before his death to AIDS-related complications. Justin Amellio directs and choreographs a production featuring Chris Hester as Allen, Grey Garrett as Garland and Anna Grey Hogan as Minnelli. Extended to July 30. Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond. Tickets are $35. Call 804-346-8113 or visit rtriangle.org.

Robert James Waller's bestselling 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. Closes Sunday, July 17. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $49 to $129. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical is touted to be "bigger and better than ever before" in a new touring production overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh and featuring new choreography and sets. The chandelier is still a centerpiece, and the score hasn't changed a note. To Aug. 20. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $25 to $149.

Synetic Theater revives its 2014 "silent Shakespeare" hit that garnered 11 Helen Hayes Award nominations (winning two) and was inspired by the silent comedy of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Director Paata Tsikurishvili sets the famous fraternal twins tale in the Roaring Twenties and casts choreographers Irina Tsikurishvili and Ben Cunis in the lead roles. Opens Thursday, July 14, at 8 p.m. To Aug. 7. Theater at Crystal City, 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. Tickets are $15 to $55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit synetictheater.org.


A powerhouse blues-rock belter in the style of Etta James and Janis Joplin, Beth Hart tours in support of Better Than Home, an album inspired by the loss of her sister to AIDS, drug use and family strife, and a bipolar diagnosis that was both frightening and liberating. Matt Andersen opens. Tuesday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $55. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com.

Twins Phil and Tim Hanseroth write, sing and play with lesbian frontwoman Brandi Carlile, whose music is an intriguing country-rock blend, with additional influence from gospel and folk -- think Indigo Girls blended with Johnny Cash. All with Carlile's eminently captivating voice, supple and expressive, not too dissimilar from Sia's. Carlile and co. continue to tour in support of last year's rolicking set Firewatcher's Daughter, returning to the area for a stop at Merriweather with Nashville-based, Americana-steeped band Old Crow Medicine Show. Saturday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $45 to $75. Call 800-551-SEAT or visit merriweathermusic.com.

The Washington Post called the 12-piece band "a storming powerhouse of big-band African funk ...smart, tight and relentlessly driving." Chopteeth has already won a number of Washington Area Music Association Awards, including the Artist of the Year accolade in 2008. The Afrobeat-driven group performs regularly throughout the region. Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $20, or $25 day-of show. Call 240-330-4500 or visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.

The 7th annual summer cabaret series at ArtSpace Falls Church runs every weekend through September 19 and features shows by Dani Stoller, Jade Jones, Sandy Bainum, Alan Naylor, Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith, Sam Ludwig, and Susan Derry with the National Broadway Chorus. Next up in the series is Katie McManus in her nod to Bette Midler, "The Divine Miss McM," on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m., and Helen Hayes Award nominee Dani Stoller with "Awkward: A Musical Ode to the Funny Best Friend," on Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave. in Falls Church. Tickets are $18 to $20 per show, or $50 for a table for two with two glasses of wine, $100 for four and a bottle of wine. Call 703-436-9948 or visit creativecauldron.org.

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have become one of this decade's most successful country acts. Not bad for a partnership that only started in Nashville six years ago. The duo tours in advance of their third studio album Dig Your Roots, due just before Labor Day. Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $70 to $562. Call 703-754-6400 or visit thejiffylubelive.com.

It's been two decades since Gwen Stefani was "Just A Girl" leading the ska- and New Wave-influenced No Doubt, and a decade since her last solo set. Her latest, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, may leave you wondering, this is what we waited for? It's not bad per se, but it's not as good as what has come before. At least you can expect Stefani to perform her past hits on tour. Sunday, July 17, at 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $10 to $374. Call 703-754-6400 or visit jiffylubelive.com.

Violinist Tamaki Kawakubo leads an ensemble of world-class musicians renowned for their artistry. In a debut collaboration, the Evermay Chamber's Kawakubo, cellist Boris Andrianov and pianist Yu Kosuge partner with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore to perform Beethoven's majestic Triple Concerto in C Major. The concert opens with a double dose of Mozart: Divertimento in D Major and his Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-Flat Major featuring pianist Ryo Yanagitani. Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets are $15. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.

The Fader has called Margo Price "country's next star" and NPR's All Songs Considered podcast listeners picked her as one of the 10 best new artists of 2016. The 33-year-old Illinois native stops by the Birchmere on a tour supporting her debut Midwest Farmer's Daughter, with an opening set by Sam Lewis. Monday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $25. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com.

Kennedy Center welcomes to its Millennium Stage a series of performances as part of the Summer Music Institute, a free four-week festival of orchestral and chamber music for under 21-year-olds from around the country, coached by National Symphony Orchestra musicians. Participants in the institute perform on Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15, Sunday, July 17, Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, at 6 p.m., while Elizabeth Schulze conducts the full orchestra in the final concert on Sunday, July 24, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center. Free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org for the full schedule.

Another year, another return engagement at Wolf Trap of everyone's favorite quirky cocktail band, led by Thomas Lauderdale -- who is largely responsible for launching several successful musical careers, most notably that of Storm Large, cabaret artist, and Ari Shapiro, NPR reporter and host. Large and Shapiro will once again perform with Pink Martini in a performance also featuring the National Symphony Orchestra as conducted by Steven Reineke. Sunday, July 24, at 8:15 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $30 to $60. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.

The next performances in Signature's popular annual cabaret series include: Will Gartshore and Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, teaming up for two song-filled evenings of stoics, heroics and paranoid schizophrenia in "Fear No More: A Courageous Cabaret" on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m.; Shayna Blass in "Wait, How'd I Get Here?" on Friday, July 15, at 9 p.m.; The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington with its Sinatra, Sondheim and Streisand revue "The S*Show" on Tuesday, July 19, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday in the Park with George actor Claybourne Elder in "Sondheim and Beyond" on Thursday, July 21, at 8 p.m. The series runs to July 22 in the Ark at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $35 per show, or $175 for an All-Access Pass. Call 703-820-9771 or visit sigtheatre.org.

Midwestern folk act Sufjan Stevens has become a favorite of hipsters and tastemakers over the years. He'll no doubt draw a large, young crowd when he makes his debut at Wolf Trap, on a bill that also includes a quirky alt-pop band from San Francisco, fronted by Falls Church-native Thao Nguyen. Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $35 to $65. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.

Among the acts on tap for the 22nd annual guitar fest are Falling in Reverse, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Chelsea Grin, Gideon, Bad Seed Rising, Hail the Sun, Mother Feather, and Silent Planet. Those are just a dozen of more than sixty acts on the bill for the festival. Saturday, July 16. Doors at 11 a.m. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $41.50 to $51.50. Call 800-551-SEAT or visit merriweathermusic.com.

A Milwaukee-based guitarist and singer-songwriter, Willy Porter straddles the line between indie-folk and rock with his high-energy fingerpicking style and thoughtful songwriting. Fresh off a performance on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, Porter performs with songwriting partner Carmen Nickerson in advance of a new album and as part of a co-headlining show with '80s one-hit-wonder Steve "Romeo's Tune" Forbert. Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 202-787-1000 or visit thehamiltondc.com.

Florian Gassmann's 1769 comic sendup of traditional 18th-century opera, L'Opera Seria, is presented in its original Italian with English supertitles in a U.S. premiere at Wolf Trap. No one is spared -- especially not the three star sopranos, whose translated names are Smirking, Out-of-Tune, and Purple-Face. Intended for those who love opera "warts and all," NPR called it "genuinely hilarious." Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 17, at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $32 to $88. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.

The main Washington Women in Jazz Festival takes place in the spring, but organizers have put together what they're billing as "a midsummer weekend's dream" featuring four of D.C.'s top vocalists accompanied by the namesake trio of WWJF founder Amy K. Bormet. Alison Crockett and Akua Allrich take the stage on the first night of the summit, while the second night brings Janine Gilbert-Carter and Amelia Brown, Washington Women in Jazz Young Artist 2014 and 2015, respectively. Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $10 each night. Call 202-966-5144 or visit washingtonwomeninjazz.com.

Bobbie Allen, the D.C.-based dreamy electro-pop artist who records as Young Summer, was inspired by '80s synth-pop acts including The Cure and Eurythmics, but her beguiling debut album Siren will no doubt put you in mind of other young '80s-inspired pop stars of today, from Lorde to Lana Del Rey. The 9:30 Club presents this concert with opening acts Indignis and the Galaxy Electric. Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.


ABT returns to Wolf Trap with a signature production, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Principal dancers are Hee Seo and Cory Stearns on Thursday, July 14, at 8:30 p.m., Misty Copeland and Joseph Gorak on Friday, July 15, at 8:30 p.m., and Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside on Saturday, July 16, at 8:30 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $20 to $95. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.


"D.C.'s only late night dirty comedy show" offers a chance, every other Saturday, to see some of the city's best comedians tell the kind of jokes they allegedly can't at other venues around town. The next show is Saturday, July 16, at 11 p.m. Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th St. NW. Tickets are $5, or free to college students with active student ID. Call 202-750-6411 or visit drafthousecomedy.com.

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 special collections librarian for the DC Public Library offers a brief history of the institution's Peabody Room, which houses artifacts documenting Georgetown's political and social history. The African-American history contained in the collection will be the focus of the free CrossTalk DC Conversation. Friday, July 15, at 6 p.m. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.

Depictions of the courtroom process from the beginning of film in 1895 to the present -- as well as in other forms of pop culture -- is the focus of this program featuring a Northeastern University School of Law professor. A film montage showing the reading of the Supreme Court's Miranda v. Arizona ruling from 50 years will also be part of the program, held at the Library of Congress' suburban facility, housing more than seven million audio-visual recordings and funded by the Packard Humanities Institute. Wednesday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd. Culpeper, Va. Free. Call 202-707-9994 or visit loc.gov/avconservation.

Subtitled A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home, this moving work of nonfiction documents the lengths one family went to after its six-year-old golden retriever got lost on the Appalachian Trail. Leaving no stone unturned, the award-winning author Toutonghi shows how integral a pet can be to a family. Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com.

The new second novel from this experienced political consultant and writer couldn't be timelier in its focus on a campaign manager juggling various crises and potential crises during a national political convention in the run-up to a presidential election. Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com.


As part of "The Wonder of Will," toasting the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, the Folger Shakespeare Library presents an exhibition revealing how Americans have adapted Shakespeare to suit their cultural needs. As documented through various media -- including letters, books, costumes and digital media -- Shakespeare's words and ideas have helped voice important issues in matters of war, politics and race, from the Revolutionary War to today. "Shakespeare's language, like the language of the Bible, became part of the currency of American English," curator Georgianna Ziegler tells Metro Weekly. Although English immigrants may have been the ones to seed Shakespeare, the America's Shakespeare exhibition includes examples showing the language of the world's most famous playwright sprouting among other immigrant and ethnic groups, including Italian, Jewish and African-American. It also documents Shakespeare's influence on several notable American works, from Leonard Bernstein's musical West Side Story to Measure for Measure, a 2014 poem by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Through July 24. The Great Hall in Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.

The National Air and Space Museum's central exhibition space reopened July 1 after a major two-year renovation sponsored by Boeing, or the museum's 40th anniversary to the day. John Glenn's Mercury "Friendship 7," Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis," the Gemini IV capsule, and SpaceShipOne are among the museum's most iconic artifacts that are once again on view, but in a new streamlined way along with digital enhancements meant to give a deeper understanding of how spaceflight and aviation have affected all Americans' lives. New to the hall is the Apollo Lunar Module and the studio model of the Starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, among other additions. Now open. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. Call 202-633-2214 or visit airandspace.si.edu.

An interrogation of the enduring craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics which started in London three centuries ago. Ceramics from the Smithsonian's collection join monumental installations by contemporary sculptor Walter McConnell and 3D objects printed especially for this exhibition, the third and final one in the Peacock Room Remix series. McConnell's Kangxi porcelains in this exhibit are similar to those originally displayed in the Peacock Room. Now to June 4, 2017. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Call 202-633-4800 or visit asia.si.edu.

Jarvis DuBois curates a group show at Anacostia's Honfleur Gallery featuring poet Fire Angelou and sound artist Andrew Paul Keiper, both from Baltimore, as well as D.C.-based activist Omolara Di Molinha Williams McCallister and New York-based painter Daphne Arthur. Through diverse media, these artists explore contemporary urban issues of displacement, violence and social injustice. Through July 16. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Call 202-365-8392 or visit honfleurgallery.com.

Inspired by "the vast landscape of nothingness" that is the very middle of Kansas, the prints in this series reflect the slow and dramatic connections between enormous spaces on and beyond our earth. Everything is related and nothing is identical in these coalescing prints of patterns and bold colors, also informed by the artist's hometown of Barcelona, Spain. Now through Aug. 14. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. Call 202-232-4788 or visit longviewgallery.com.

Dupont's Studio Gallery presents a show featuring recent graduates of the Corcoran School of Art, showcasing the next generation of artists. Closes Saturday, July 16. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Call 202-232-8734 or visit studiogallerydc.com.

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.

Recycling materials is not just a modern, climate change-fuelled construct, as this small exhibit featuring more than 20 objects at Baltimore's renowned Walters Art Museum showcases. Whether working with ancient gems, manuscripts, metal scraps or animal bone, medieval artists were skilled at reusing materials. Modern research has helped archeologists uncover the unseen layers of history behind stunning artifacts in gold, ivory, stone, glass, and parchment. Now through Sept. 18. Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles St. Baltimore. Call 410-547-9000 or visit thewalters.org.


Billed as the nation's largest free arts festival, Artscape, now in its 35th year, attracts more than 350,000 people to Baltimore's Bolton Hill and Station North neighborhoods to take in fine/textile art in every medium -- from visual to fashion to sculpture, with more than 150 artists represented. There are also three stages offering performances of live music from regional and nationally known acts. Maryland restaurants and bars also participate in an event co-produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and the Baltimore Festival of the Arts. This year's festival theme is "Space: Explore What's Out There." Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17. Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Baltimore. Free. Call 410-752-8632 or visit artscape.org.

Midsummer Night's Dream is the theme for the next Art Soiree event featuring fantasy bodypainting and live performances. Every Saturday through Labor Day, the Liaison -- near the Capitol and Union Station -- hosts hour-by-hour performances and live acts in genres ranging from live music to dance, circus arts to video art projections. Saturday, July 16, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 day-of for the Midsummer Night's Dream show. Visit artsoiree.com.

The 117 productions in this year's Fringe Festival aren't curated and available slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, but that shouldn't stop you from taking a plunge. Among the many shows with LGBT content this year are ...And A Ghost Grrl, Aliens, Nazis and Angels, Bryce: Hydrogen Blonde, Cake!, and Dial R for Robot, a rock opera homage to Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, the McCarthy-era Capitol Hill drama Hunt, The DOMA Diaries, The Trial of Mrs. Surratt, and the return of Special Agent Galactica (pictured) in A Romp Around Uranus, featuring The B-52's Fred Schneider as the voice of the Timeship Aurora. The Logan Fringe Arts Space at 1358 Florida Ave. NE serves as the festival's hub, but performances are in various locations. Tickets are $17 a show plus a one-time purchase of a $7 Fringe button. Multi-show passes range from $60 to $350. Call 866-811-4111 or visit capitalfringe.org.

Tony Award-winning Hamilton star Daveed Diggs hosts the culminating event of the five-day Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Finals. The evening features the top four teams as well as some of the most talked-about poems from the week. Saturday, July 16, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are free and will be distributed two per person in the Hall of Nations, starting at approximately 4:30 p.m. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

Regie Cabico and Don Mike Mendoza's La-Ti-Do variety show is neither karaoke nor cabaret. It features higher-quality singing than most karaoke, often from local musical theater actors performing on their night off. Cabico and co-host Mendoza also select storytellers who offer spoken-word poetry and comedy. Held at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle, the next La-Ti-Do event features local musical theater actor Jimmy Mavrikes plus special spotlight performances by Reavey Burke and Garrett Milton. There will also be a preview of Capital Fringe shows featuring La-Ti-Do alumni, including A Breakup Is Swift, plus guest performances from Larry Grey, Retta Lauman and Casey Merritt. Monday, July 18, at 8 p.m. Bistro Bistro, 1727 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $15, or $10 if you eat dinner at the restaurant beforehand. Call 202-328-1640 or visit latidodc.wix.com/latido.

Janni Younge and the creators of War Horse present more impressive, larger-than-life puppetry and contemporary South African choreography in a world-premiere adaptation of The Firebird. Cristian Macelaru leads the NSO in Stravinsky's ravishing, century-old score on a bill that features a first act performance of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. The Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the Mann Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Sun Valley Summer Symphony co-commissioned this concert. Saturday, July 23, at 8:15 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $20 to $65. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.

The popular, entertaining NPR news quiz show returns for another annual broadcast from Wolf Trap in association with WAMU 88.5. Peter Sagal hosts the show with judge and scorekeeper Bill Kurtis and panelists to be determined, but regulars include Paula Poundstone, Ask Amy columnist and social commentator Amy Dickinson, Roxanne Roberts, Tom "Motel 6" Bodett, and Mo Rocca. Thursday, July 21, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $30 to $65. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.