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We've been privy to the ridiculously funny escapades of aging materialistic fame whores Edina and Patsy for almost a quarter of a century now -- during the original series and in various one-off specials -- but this is the first movie to come from the deliciously satirical BBC sitcom. Show co-creator Jennifer Saunders and sensational sidekick Joanna Lumley lead a cast that includes all the usual suspects -- including Jane "Bubble" Horrocks, thankfully -- and many celebrity cameos, from Kate Moss and Jean Paul Gaultier to Dame Edna and Perez Hilton. Sounds as gay as ever. Opens Friday, July 22. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Reviewed in this issue.)
Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy follows the tale of a man, Jesse Eisenberg, who falls in love with Kristen Stewart, the secretary of his uncle, Steve Carell, a high-powered agent in 1930s Hollywood. Reviews have referred to the work, a valentine to old Hollywood, as predictable but pretty, style over substance. Opens Friday, July 22. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
DC UNDERGROUND MOVIE NIGHT
"Zany, microbudget underground shorts (and a feature)" is the focus of the indie comedy event, hosted by local comedy trio and web series parodists Church Night and featuring films from local troupes Bad Medicine Comedy, Crowded Elevator, Third Wheel, Bob Rose & Michael C. Stettes and Martin Amini, among others. The evening's feature-length work is Mark Colegrove's Driven to Succeed, a raunchy, over-the-top satire about a driving academy said to be a cross between National Lampoon and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $12. Call 202-328-6000 or visit thelincolndc.com.
Kristen Stewart is both of the past and the future in this week's slate of films. In addition to Allen's latest, she also stars in Drake Doremus' futuristic science-fiction drama Equals, in which she's one of two people -- the other played by Nicholas Hoult -- who can bring compassion and emotion to people stuck in an emotionless, dystopian world. It's a "stylish, if simplistic" place, says Variety. Opens Friday, July 22. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
So far, the main trio in the Ice Age series have endured the eponymous cooldown, a subsequent heat wave, the discovery of underground dinosaurs, and the forming of continents. Now, they're battling asteroids, in 20th Century Fox's increasingly uninspired franchise. Think audiences have tired of the animal-led films? Think again -- Collision Course has cleared $130 million in ticket sales before even opening in the U.S. Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, and Wanda Sykes all return, lending their voices for Mike Thurmeier's fifth installment. Opens Friday, July 22. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
STAR TREK BEYOND
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain Kirk and Commander Spock in the third installment of the rebooted series, this time directed by Justin Lin. As you've no doubt heard, John Cho also returns as Sulu, whom screenwriter Simon Pegg has revealed as gay -- a tribute to the original Sulu, George Takei. Initial reviews have suggested it's a better effort than 2013's middling Into Darkness. Opens Friday, July 22. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
As the latest in its Xtra monthly series, Reel Affirmations offers Catherine Corsini's tale of feminism and lesbianism in 1970s rural France. It follows a Parisian teacher who falls passionately in love with a farmer's daughter, who is forced to return home to southwestern France after her father's death, testing the depths of the women's feelings for one another. Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. HRC Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Tickets are $12 and come with a complimentary glass of champagne, or $25 to include another complimentary alcoholic beverage and VIP seating. Call 800-777-4723 or visit reelaffirmations.org.
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.
BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY
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. Closes this Sunday, 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.
HAND TO GOD
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.
THE BOY FROM OZ
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.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Knighted stage and screen actor Jonathan Pryce stars as outsider Shylock in this new touring production from Shakespeare's Globe in London. Jonathan Munby directs the highly charged classic that dramatizes competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy. Opens Wednesday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. Runs to July 30. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $69 to $120. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
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.
ANINDO CHATTERJEE, RAMESH MISRA
"A Celebration of North Indian classical music" is the focus of a Washington Conservatory of Music program featuring tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, with sarangi player Pandit Ramesh Misra, plus sitarist Alif Laila and tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee, Anindo's son. The concert of Hindustani music is part of a new initiative dedicated to promoting the integration of classical north Indian music and classical western European music education. Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle. Bethesda. Suggested donation of $20. Call 301-320-2770 or visit washingtonconservatory.org.
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 and an opening set by L.A. folk-rock band Dawes. 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.
No one in the New York-based band Brazilian Girls is actually from Brazil, and there's only one "girl" among the quartet, fashionista vocalist Sabina Sciubba. Those are only the most obvious mysteries about the internationally minded band and its music, a chill-out blend of reggae, electronica and jazz. What's not a mystery is Brazilian Girls' popularity around these parts, returning to D.C. year after year. Wednesday, July 27, at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 202-588-5595 or visit thehowardtheatre.com.
BRYAN FERRY, LP
A few years ago, stylish pop artist/producer and synth-pop pioneer Bryan Ferry celebrated the 40th anniversary of his career by rearranging his compositions, both as a solo artist and in Roxy Music, in a '20s style with his own Jazz Orchestra. This became the basis of the stellar soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, produced by Jay-Z, and is the focus of this rare U.S. tour. Ferry's special guest is the Gwen Stefani-esque lesbian rocker LP, born Laura Pergolizzi, who also performs a solo show after Ferry's two shows on Saturday, July 23, and Monday, July 25. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $55 to $75. Call 202-328-6000 or visit thelincolndc.com. LP also performs Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.
CREATIVE CAULDRON CABARET
The 7th annual summer cabaret series at ArtSpace Falls Church runs every weekend through September 19 and features shows by 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 are two Helen Hayes Award nominees: Dani Stoller with "Awkward: A Musical Ode to the Funny Best Friend" on Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m.; and Jade Jones with "Jazzed and Jaded" on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, 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.
Femi Kuti carries the torch for his late father, the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and superstar Fela. Femi and his band The Positive Force expands on his father's funky jazz base to incorporate the sounds of new R&B and dance music from all corners of the world, having collaborated with Common, D'Angelo, and Nile Rodgers, among others. Even with an expanded influence, Femi makes music every bit as tinged with activism as his father's famously was. Friday, July 29. Doors at 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $35. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
NSO SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE
The 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 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.
PINK MARTINI, NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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.
SIGNATURE'S SIZZLIN' SUMMER CABARET SERIES
The final performances in Signature's popular annual cabaret series include Sunday in the Park with George actor Claybourne Elder with "Sondheim and Beyond" on Thursday, July 21, at 8 p.m., Susan Derry with "It's Got To Be Love" on Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m., and Bob McDonald with "Red, White and Bob: From The Great White Way to the White House," on Friday, July 22, at 9 p.m. The Ark at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $35 per show. Call 703-820-9771 or visit sigtheatre.org.
SUFJAN STEVENS, THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN
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.
A few years ago this Belgian-American musician garnered notice as the lead vocalist of Black Dub, a blues/rock/electronica project of super-producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan). Whitley tours in support of her bluesy 2015 sophomore set Porta Bohemica. Indigo Street, another distinguished, distorted guitarist and singer-songwriter, opens. Friday, July 22. Doors at 7 p.m. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Tickets are $15. Call 202-388-ROCK or visit rockandrollhoteldc.com.
WOLF TRAP OPERA
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." Remaining performance is 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.
WWJF'S SUMMER VOCAL SUMMIT
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.
MARYLAND YOUTH BALLET
Repeat recipient of the Best School award from the leading ballet competition in the U.S., the Youth America Grand Prix, the Maryland Youth Ballet presents its latest production at Wolf Trap's serene and small, kids-oriented amphitheater. Caroline is a circus adventure complete with a tightrope walker and a wild pony. Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. Theatre-In-The-Woods at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $10. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolf-trap.org.
NATIONAL DANCE DAY
Once again the Kennedy Center plays host to the Northeast U.S. installment of National Dance Day, launched in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe, best known from TV's So You Think You Can Dance. Broadcast personality and actress Jeannie Jones emcees this year's free, 10-hour-long celebration featuring performers including one-legged tap dancer and musician Evan Ruggiero, renowned contemporary dance company Bowen McCauley Dance, D.C.'s O'Neill James School of Irish Dance, the D.C. Bhangra Crew, CapoeiraDC, Furia Flamenca Dance Company, the Dance Place Step Team, and hip-hop choreographer Teren Dickson. So You Think You Can Dance All-Star and Broadway dancer Alex Wong will lead patrons in this year's National Dance Day routine. Saturday, July 26, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kennedy Center. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
A gentle-voiced comedian who can shock like the brassiest and toughest gals around, Rita Rudner was one of the most well-known female comics in the '80s. In the 21st century she has focused almost exclusively on Las Vegas, performing as one of the longest-running solo acts in the city's history. Saturday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ram's Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $45. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramsheadonstage.com.
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.
PAULS TOUTONGHI: DOG GONE
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.
STUART STEVENS: THE INNOCENT HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR
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. Closes Sunday, July 24. The Great Hall in Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.
ENCHANTMENT UNDER THE SEA
The Washington Ceramic Guild offers a beach-themed show at Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center with works touted as "coastal classics in clay." Everything from functional pottery to decorative statuettes will be for sale, in a show featuring works by the 40-plus area artists in the guild. Through July 31. Scope Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Alexandria. Free. Call 703-548-6288 or visit torpedofactory.org.
EXPLORING YELLOWSTONE'S GREAT ANIMAL MIGRATIONS
Part of the National Park Service's centennial celebration, this Invisible Boundaries exhibition, in conjunction with the May issue of National Geographic, uses stunning photographs, immersive video, interactive migration maps, cultural objects, and original artwork to explore the compelling story behind some of the most amazing animal migrations on the planet. Through Sept. 30. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Free. Call 202-857-7588 or visit ngmuseum.org.
NATIONAL ZOO: WASHED ASHORE: ART TO SAVE THE SEA
All summer long, the National Zoo hosts an exhibit of colorful marine animal sculptures, each made from plastic debris collected from beaches representing the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today -- underscoring the need for wildlife conservation. Sculptures on display include a 12-foot-long shark, a 16-foot-long parrotfish, an 8-foot-wide octopus, and a 20-foot-long coral reef. Through Sept. 5. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. Call 202-633-4800 or visit nationalzoo.si.edu.
SHE WHO TELLS A STORY
Subtitled "Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," the National Museum of Women in the Arts presents more than 70 photographs made in various settings by pioneering women with roots in Iran or the Arab world. Through their provocative work, these women offer probing ideas about personal identity, vital political issues, changing cultural landscapes and preconceptions. Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Shadi Ghadirian, Rula Halawani, Shirin Neshat and Newsha Tavakolian are among those represented in the show, organized by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Through July 31. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW. Admission is $10. Call 202-783-5000 or visit nmwa.org.
THREE CENTURIES OF AMERICAN PRINTS
Timed to coincide with the National Gallery of Art's 75th anniversary, this exhibition of American prints will highlight some 160 works covering three centuries, all from the museum's collection. James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and Richard Serra are among the many celebrated artists whose works are on display. Through July 24. Ground Floor of National Gallery of Art's West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call 202-737-4215 or visit nga.gov.
WINDOW TO WASHINGTON
Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at HSW is an exhibition at Washington's Carnegie Library that traces the development of the nation's capital from a sleepy Southern town to a modern metropolis, as documented through the works of artists. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., exhibition was made possible by a donation from the Kiplinger family. It's also an early step in a reorganization effort by the society, which has struggled to revive ever since its short-lived effort a decade ago to run a City Museum of Washington proved too ambitious. Open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., at the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. Call 202-393-1420 or visit dchistory.org.
4TH ANNUAL PRIDE SPLASH & RIDE
Maryland's Six Flags America will be open as usual during the last Saturday in July, but among the rollercoasters and other attractions will be special pride areas and programming. It all ends with an "exclusive after-hours pride pool party" at Hurricane Harbor, featuring DJ Drew G and cocktails. Saturday, July 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., with Pride Pool party starting at 8 p.m. Admission prices vary. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave. Upper Marlboro, Md. For more information and special discounts, visit pridesplash.org.
11TH ANNUAL CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
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 in A Romp Around Uranus, featuring The B-52's Fred Schneider as the voice of the Timeship Aurora. Festival runs to July 31. The Logan Fringe Arts Space at 1358 Florida Ave. NE serves as the festival's hub, but performances are in various locations throughout the city. 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.
George Lovett, Crystal Waters and CeCe Peniston are headliners at the 41st annual Baltimore Pride, which last year became a late-July event. The weekend launches this Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m., with the glitzy fundraiser Twilight on the Terrace at Gertrude's Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. But the festivities don't truly kick into gear until the High Heel Race steps off on Charles Street on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., leading into a Pride Parade at 2 p.m. It's followed by the annual Block Party at the (now Hippo-less) intersection of Charles and Eager Streets at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, the first ever Baltimore Youth Pride commences at 4 p.m. a few blocks away. Sunday offers the Pride Festival at 10 a.m. in Druid Hill Park, with drag entertainment on the Lady Lisa Memorial Stage, a Family Zone, other regional and local performers, plus a Pride in the Park afternoon dance party featuring music by the Deep Sugar collective of DJs and singers run by Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody. Official Pride parties take place at Grand Central, Leon's, the Crown, the Hard Rock Cafe and Flavor Lounge throughout the weekend. For a full lineup of events, visit baltimorepride.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, but also includes spoken-word poetry and comedy. Held at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle, Mendoza co-hosts the next event with Anya Randall Nebel, featuring performances by local musical theater actor Jimmy Mavrikes and Karissa Swanigan-Upchurch. There will also be a preview of Capital Fringe shows featuring La-Ti-Do alumni plus guest performances from Jackie Madejski and Meredith Richard. Monday, July 25, 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.
NSO WITH THE HANDSPRING PUPPET COMPANY
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.