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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Alan Rickman will again posthumously appear on our screens, albeit digitally as the Caterpillar, in Disney's sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland. After that film raked in over $1 billion, it's surprising that it took Disney this long to film the sequel. Also, for Tim Burton fans out there, he isn't directing this film -- James Bobin (The Muppets) is -- but Burton is a producer. Opens Friday, May 20. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Rhuaridh Marr)
A screwball rom-com from writer/director Rebecca Miller, daughter of celebrated American playwright Arthur Miller, Maggie's Plan focuses on a complicated love triangle that forms between Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore. Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph are part of the supporting cast, all-but guaranteeing that this will be funny. Opens Friday, May 27. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
Yes, it's time. Time for James McAvoy to finally shave his head and give us the bald Charles Xavier we've all been waiting for. There's also something about an ancient mutant, Apocalypse, who was worshipped as a god, returning from hibernation to destroy humanity. Opens Friday, May 27. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)
AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER
Keegan Theatre takes on the late Wendy Wasserstein's angry, daring play about a political woman, daughter of a U.S. Senator, who gets caught up in a scandal after being nominated to a Cabinet post. Company co-director Susan Marie Rhea plays the title role in this production directed by Brandon McCoy. Closes Saturday, May 28. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $35 to $45. Call 703-892-0202 or visit keegantheatre.com.
BLACK PEARL SINGS!
Over 20 American folk and spiritual songs factor into Frank Higgins' story inspired by the real-life discovery of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter by folklorist John Lomax. Sandra Holloway directs this MetroStage production featuring Roz White as Alberta "Pearl" Johnson and Teresa Castracane as Susannah Mullally. Closes Sunday, May 29. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit metrostage.org.
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
Virginia's fledgling theater company Creative Cauldron presents a production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's coming-of-age musical set in racially and politically charged 1960s Louisiana. Closes Sunday, May 29. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave. in Falls Church. Tickets are $26, or $50 for opening night. Call 703-436-9948 or visit creativecauldron.org.
Arena Stage offers a production of Avad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning incendiary examination of one's self and one's beliefs -- of American identity and South Asian culture. Timothy Douglas directs Felicia Curry, Joe Isenberg, Nehal Joshi, Samip Raval and Ivy Vahanian. Closes Sunday, May 29. Kreeger Theater in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.
Adventure Theatre MTC presents a re-imagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale about an aimless prince who ultimately becomes king. Natsu Onoda Power directs Damon Chua's adaptation. Closes Monday, May 30. Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets are $19. Call 301-634-2270 or visit adventuretheatre-mtc.org.
Mark O'Rowe's contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic intends to provide a nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in modern drama, with a mesmerizing study of power, control and self-deception. Matt Torney directs Julia Coffey in the title role in this Studio Theatre production, also featuring Avery Clark, Kimberly Schraf, Michael Early, Kimiye Corwin, Shane Kenyon and Rosemary Regan. To June 19. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.
ORSON WELLES' WAR OF THE WORLDS
SCENA Theatre's Robert McNamara directs the stage version of the historic American classic. The original radio broadcast terrified America on Halloween 1938, depicting giant green Martians invading Earth in a series of "News bulletins" portraying mass destruction, military battles and vast chaos. Thursday, May 26, through Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $40. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.
Taffety Punk Theater Company, whose tagline is "We Will Rock You" and styles itself as a theatrical rock band, presents Michael Milligan's retelling of the classic Greek myth, exploring the failure of society to live up to the promise of its visionaries and the repercussions of that failure. Marcus Kyd directs a large cast featuring company members Dan Crane and Helen Hayes Award-winner Kimberly Gilbert and James Flanagan in the title role, with choreography by Kelly King. Remaining performances Thursday, May 26, through Saturday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Tickets are $15. Call 202-547-6839 or visit taffetypunk.com.
THE MAN IN THE MASK
Although known for its dialogue-free, movement-focused fare -- most notably its "silent Shakespeare" productions -- Virginia's Synetic Theater offers a rare show with dialogue, an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' follow-up to The Three Musketeers. Husband-and-wife duo of director Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili lead this swashbuckling and high-pageantry bombastic adventure, following hero D'Artagnan and the corrupt King Louis XIV. To June 19. Theater at Crystal City, 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. Tickets are $15 to $55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit synetictheater.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) will 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. To June 26. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.
THE WHO & THE WHAT
Round House Theatre presents a ierce and funny new play from Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) about identity, religion and inherent human contradictions, focused on a Pakistani-American writer struggling between her modern life and traditional heritage. Eleanor Holdridge directs a cast including Olivia Khoshatefeh, Brandon McCoy, Tony Mirrcandani, and Anu Yadav. Now in previews. Runs to June 19. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Tickets are $50 to $60. Call 240-644-1100 or visit roundhousetheatre.org.
A three-year-old D.C.-based playwriting collective, and one of this year's Helen Hayes Award winners as Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, the Welders offers its latest production, an immersive, participatory "performance play" written and performed by Gwydion Suilebhan. Devised for a small audience of 20 people, all seated in 1930s armchairs clustered around period radios, Transmission focuses on the viral evolution of culture, from the radio age to the present day. Touted as part-jazz, part-science lecture and part-"ritual invocation", the show investigates what it means to be inundated in our always-connected, always-sharing culture, which demands skepticism and inquisitiveness. Remaining performances Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, at 8 p.m.. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Jack Everly conducts the BSO and a full cast of Broadway vocalists in an encore SuperPops production of Hairspray In Concert with John Waters. The ever-eccentric Waters serves as entertaining narrator in a semi-staged concert, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Ladner and featuring Laura Marie Rondinella as Tracy Turnblad, Paul Vogt as Edna Turnblad, George Wendt as Wilbur Turnblad, Julie Kavanagh as Penny Pingleton, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Motormouth Maybelle, Matthew Scott as Link Larkin, and Kristen Scott as Amber von Tussle, among others. The Baltimore School for the Arts Singers serve as the chorus. Thursday, June 2, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Also Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Tickets are $43 to $110. Call 410-783-8000 or visit bsomusic.org.
A great, lesbian country singer-songwriter, Clark has established herself as a preeminent Nashville songwriter, writing smart, sophisticated songs, many of which have become major hits -- from "Mama's Broken Heart" for Miranda Lambert to the twangy, gay-affirming anthem "Follow Your Arrow" for Kacey Musgraves. Three years ago, Clark released her tremendous, and tremendously entertaining, album 12 Stories. "My songs are kind of dark comedy, a lot of them," she told Metro Weekly in 2014. "Tough subject matter but really delivered a little bit tongue in cheek." Her sophomore set Big Day in a Small Town is set for release June 10, and if the first single "Girl Next Door" is any indication, it's every bit as fun and feisty as her debut. Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m. Ram's Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $25. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramsheadonstage.com.
CAPITAL JAZZ FEST
The music of New Edition and last year's Capital Pride performers En Vogue is certainly influenced by jazz, yet you wouldn't traditionally expect these former R&B/pop hitmaking groups to headline a jazz festival. Yet here they are, headlining Day One of the three-day 24th Capital Jazz Fest, held the first weekend in June at Merriweather Post Pavilion. And they're hardly alone. As ever, soul and funk acts are mixed in with the namesake genre -- and are the most popular draws, such as the sold-out, soul-heavy Day Two lineup featuring Lalah Hathaway, the Isley Brothers, Al B. Sure, SWV, Blackstreet, and a tribute to late Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice white. Toni Braxton, Tamia and Rick James' Original Stone City Band are among the R&B headliners on Day Three. David Sanborn, Pieces of a Dream, Take 6 and Will Downing are some of the true jazz attractions. Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June 5. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $59.50 to $192. Call 800-551-SEAT or visit capitaljazz.com.
D.C.-based jazz and swing band that has been a staple at hip bars around the area, along with more august venues such as the Kennedy Center. After performing with Natalie Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, Chaise Lounge perform swing standards as well as original tunes, including those from their most recent album Gin Fizz Fandango. Sunday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $16.50 to $30.75. Call 202-787-1000 or visit thehamiltondc.com.
CYNDI LAUPER, BOY GEORGE
The pairing of these two flamboyant '80s pop hitmakers -- as queer-friendly and just-plain queer as they come -- makes so much sense, it's a wonder it hadn't happened before. Lauper tours in support of yet another venture outside of pop after 2010's Memphis Blues, this time the classic country Detour; George's latest release was the 2013 solo set This Is What I Do. Wednesday, June 1, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $40 to $95. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
After last fall's tribute to her first hero, Judy Garland, Jane Monheit returns to Blues Alley with a tribute to her foremost idol -- "Above all, beyond any other artist, I loved and revered Ella," Monheit says about Ella Fitzgerald. She's touring in support of The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, the first release on Monheit's Emerald City Records. Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5, 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.
LARRY CORYELL TRIO
Now in its 51st year, iconic jazz venue Blues Alley welcomes back one of its longest-running annual performers, pioneering jazz/rock fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, who started appearing at Blues Alley in the '70s. "It really is a place where I can let my hair down -- play what I feel like playing, do a lot of spontaneous stuff," Coryell told Metro Weekly last year. Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $35, plus $12 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141 or visit bluesalley.com.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
Now in its 27th year, this concert on the U.S. Capitol grounds, airing live on PBS, features the National Symphony Orchestra led by Jack Everly performing patriotic classics. Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) co-host for the 11th year, and Colin L. Powell also returns for a special tribute to our men and women in uniform. Sunday, May 29, at 8 p.m. U.S. Capitol Building - West Lawn. Free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit pbs.org/memorialdayconcert.
NATIONAL ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL
Starting over Memorial Day Weekend, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland presents its annual month-long festival of professional development and music-making for young classical musicians, culminating in several concerts pairing students with world-renowned conductors. The opening concert features John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra leading a program of American favorites by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, though the focus is on the scores of John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Schindler's List. Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Dekelboum Concert Hall in the Clarice, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. College Park. Tickets are $25. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit theclarice.umd.edu.
Piotr Gajewski conducts Strathmore's resident symphony and chorale in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, the romantic Russian's moving and dramatic "Pathetique" symphony, along with two stunning pieces for chorus and orchestra by Brahms, Song of the Fates and Nanie. Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $39 to $89. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
RENEE FLEMING WITH EMERSON STRING QUARTET
Superstar soprano joins forces with the celebrated Emerson String Quartet for a Fortas Chamber Music Concert, shining a spotlight on works for voice with string quartet -- a rare combination -- including Egon Wellesz's Sonnette der Elisabeth Barrett-Browning, Alban Berg's Lyric Suite, and Brahms' String Quartet in A Minor. Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $69. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
STEVEN BLIER, WOLF TRAP OPERA SOLOISTS
In the recital "From Lute Song to the Beatles," Wolf Trap Opera soloists join pianist/organizer Steven Blier of the New York Festival of Song to perform a survey of four centuries of music from the British Isles, from a bawdy Renaissance song to a quirky Gilbert and Sullivan farce to many ballads in all styles. Summer Hassan, Clarissa Lyons, Jonas Hacker and Shea Owens are the soloists for this Memorial Day Weekend run of concerts. Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $46. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
WHO'S BAD: THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE BAND
Founded a decade ago in North Carolina, Vamsi Tadepalli's Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band didn't explode in popularity until after the King of Pop's death in 2009. Ever since, this infectious tribute production to the King of Pop has regularly offered fans a treat, putting on a show recreating Jackson's precise synchronized dance routines, in full regalia, from glitzy jackets to glittery gloves. Saturday, June 4. Doors at 10 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
"Purple Reign: A Tribute to the Outrageous Life of Prince" is the focus of a concert at the Birchmere by the Ghanaian-American D.C. native and graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, who has recorded with Erykah Badu and toured with Anthony Hamilton and Lenny Kravitz. YahZarah has actually been performing her tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson since 2010, though of course it carries more meaning now after his death. Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $29.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com.
Subject/Object is an intimate, experiential dance theater performance as the audience moves through layers of personal and cosmic time/space with Maeshiba, who aims to illuminate the mystery underneath the skin with humor and imagination. Thursday, May 26, through Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m. Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston St. Baltimore. Tickets are $22. Call 410-752-8558 or visit theatreproject.org.
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
World-renowned choreographer Paul Taylor returns with his company to the Kennedy Center for two programs featuring six masterworks from his six-decade career, including Esplanade, Arden Court, Promethean Fire and more. Remaining performances Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra accompanies. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $39 to $79. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET
The world's fourth oldest ballet company returns with a bang, offering the North American premiere of Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo, a provocative take on Shakespeare's immortal tragedy. Led by artistic director Johannes Ohman, the piece is set in a stark, violent 21st Century and told from a feisty Juliet's point of view. The Royal Swedish Ballet dances the piece to a composite score of Tchaikovsky's works -- rather than the typical Prokofiev -- performed by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. The piece won a 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production after a run in the U.K. Wednesday, June 1, through Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m., with an additional performance Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $29 to $129. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
AWKWARD SEX ...AND THE CITY
Comedians from New York relive their most awkward sex/dating/relationship moments on stage at the raunchy storytelling event. Natalie Wall hosts a show featuring, among others, Bobby Hankinson of Towleroad, Emmy Harrington of Reno! 911, and Aaron Benoit. Saturday, June 4. Doors at 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-667-4490 or visit blackcatdc.com.
A COLLECTOR'S VISION: WASHINGTONIANA COLLECTION
In addition to incorporating the Textile Museum, the recently opened George Washington University Museum also houses the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. The exhibition A Collector's Vision serves as a perfect introduction to the collection, featuring maps and prints, rare letters, photographs and drawings documenting the history of Washington, D.C. and donated by Small in 2011. Ongoing. The George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. Call 202-994-5200 or visit museum.gwu.edu.
ART OF THE AIRPORT TOWER
The images of Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo offer a journey examining contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in this exhibition at the Air and Space Museum. Through November. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. Call 202-633-2214 or visit airandspace.si.edu.
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. To Sept. 30. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Free. Call 202-857-7588 or visit ngmuseum.org.
EYE POP: THE CELEBRITY GAZE
Many never publicly displayed portraits of 53 luminaries at the top in their fields is the focus of this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Katy Perry, Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Kobe Bryant are among the works, ranging from drawings to sculpture, paintings to video portraits, and all recent additions to the museum's collection. Through July 10. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets. NW. Call 202-633-8300 or visit npg.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. On exhibit starting Friday, May 27, with opening reception, featuring a special live performance by Fire Angelou, Saturday, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Runs to July 16. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Call 202-365-8392 or visit honfleurgallery.com.
KONSTANTIN MAKOVSKY: THE TSAR'S PAINTER
The Hillwood Museum presents a special exhibition on the 19th Century Russian painter who captured the color, romance and extravagance of the feudal Russian elite. Konstantin Makovsky's A Boyar Wedding Feast will serve as the exhibition centerpiece, with exquisite objects and details from the painting brought to life through groupings of 17th Century objects drawn from Hillwood's collection, as well as loans from other museums including the Met and Baltimore's Walters museums. Through June 12. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Suggested donation is $12. Call 202-686-5807 or visit HillwoodMuseum.org.
LUMINOUS LANDSCAPES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALAN WARD
The National Building Museum offers an exhibition focused on large-format photographs, mostly in black and white, by Alan Ward, a renowned practitioner of both landscape architecture and photography. Ward has combined his dual interests in these works, visually deconstructing the fundamental elements of the landscape in stunning ways. The museum also displays some of his photography equipment and large-format cameras. Through Sept. 5. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Call 202-272-2448 or visit nbm.org.
OUT OF THE ASHES
Subtitled New Library for Congress and the Nation, this exhibition marks the 200th anniversary of the acquisition of Jefferson's library of books, the foundation of the modern Library of Congress. The Jeffersonian concept of a universal library covering all subjects is the basis of the library's comprehensive collecting policies. Through May. Second Floor of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Call 202-707-8000 or visit loc.gov.
RE-BALL!: RAISE/RAZE IN THE DUPONT UNDERGROUND
The long-shuttered, former streetcar station -- and one-time food court -- below Dupont Circle reopens after two decades. This site-specific installation features the 650,000 translucent plastic balls from last summer's Beach exhibit at the National Building Museum. The New York architecture and design studio Hou de Sousa has assembled them into a fully reconfigurable block system -- like sand in a giant sandbox -- that visitors are encouraged to refashion into their own objects and spaces. Closes Wednesday, June 1. The Dupont Underground, Dupont Circle NW. Admission by reservation only, in small groups. Visit dupontunderground.org.
RENWICK GALLERY: WONDER
As part of the immersive exhibition Wonder, nine leading contemporary artists, including Gabriel Dawe, Patrick Dougherty and Maya Lin, have each taken over different galleries in the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, the first building in the U.S. designed expressly as an art museum. Through July 10. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. Free. Call 202-633-1000 or visit renwick.americanart.si.edu.
STORIES OF MIGRATION: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS INTERPRET DIASPORA
The George Washington University Museum presents this extremely timely juried and invitational exhibition, through which 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration. Through Sept. 4. The George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. Call 202-994-5200 or visit museum.gwu.edu.
THE BIG HOPE SHOW
Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum offers its 21st annual exhibition, featuring over 25 artists offering works in various media that champion the radiant and transformative power of hope. It's an original and unabashedly idealistic exhibition, curated by Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, founder and director of this original and unabashedly unusual 20-year-old museum. Through Sept. 4. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Baltimore. Tickets are $15.95, or $20 for the preview party. Call 410-244-1900 or visit avam.org.
THE GREAT INKA ROAD: ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE
One of the monumental engineering achievements in history, the Great Inka Road is a network of more than 20,000 miles, crossing mountains and tropical lowlands, rivers and deserts, linking the Inca capital Cusco with the farthest reaches of its empire -- and it still serves Andean communities today in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. This exhibition explores the legacy of the Inka Empire and technological feat of the road, recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage site in 2014. Through April 2018. National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Avenue at 4th Street SW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit nmai.si.edu.
THE OUTWIN 2016: AMERICAN PORTRAITURE TODAY
Every three years the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery presents finalists of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, named for a late volunteer and benefactor. The portraits are works drawn from all over America, mostly featuring unheralded, everyday citizens and generally presented in innovative ways through various media, from standard photography to three-dimensional installation. This year's winner is a stunning, slightly surreal painting of a young African-American girl by Amy Sherald of Baltimore. Among the 43 finalists, more than a half-dozen are LGBT-themed, including: Jess T. Dugan of St. Louis and her masculine self-portrait; a print of two transgender teenagers in love by Evan Baden of Oregon; an oil painting focused on a recently married, older gay couple by Paul Oxborough of Minnesota; and a flamboyant, patriotic painting by D.C.'s Tim Doud featuring his spouse, cultural theorist Edward Ingebretsen, in full plume. Through Jan. 8. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets. NW. Call 202-633-8300 or visit npg.si.edu.
TOUCHSTONE GALLERY'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Artist-owned collective Touchstone Gallery celebrates its 40th year with a monthlong show, featuring mixed-media works by 50 current and 40 former gallery artists. Closes Sunday, May 29. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW Call 202-347-2787 or visit touchstonegallery.com.
TWISTED TEENAGE PLOT
Named after the band featuring artist Kevin MacDonald, the Apler Initiative for Washington Art offers this exhibition at the American University Museum showcasing other local visual artists who also played in bands in the late '70s and early '80s. Represented in the exhibition -- which includes sound recordings, posters and videos -- are Dick Bangham, Michael Baron, Jay Burch, Kim Kane, Clark Vinson Fox (aka Michael Clark), Steve Ludlum, Michael McCall, JW Mahoney, Michael Reidy, Robin Rose, Judith Watkins Tartt and Joe White. Closes Sunday, May 29. American University Museum's Gallery 252 at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-885-1300 or visit american.edu/cas/museum.
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 with text 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. On exhibit starting Friday, May 27, with opening reception set for Saturday, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Runs to July 16. Vivid Solutions Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Call 202-631-6291 or visit anacostiaartscenter.com.
VASEFUL VOCABULARY: THE FRAMEWORK OF FORMS
Potters with the Washington Ceramic Guild offer a show in Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center focused on an electic mix of pottery, inspired by techniques from China, Greece and Japan. Closes Sunday, May 29. Scope Gallery in Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Alexandria. Free. Call 703-838-4565 or visit torpedofactory.org.
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.
A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
Public radio star Garrison Keillor makes his annual Memorial Day weekend trip to Wolf Trap, including a live broadcast on Saturday, May 28. Yet this year's stop will be the last due to Keillor's pending retirement. He'll leave with special guests Chris Thile, Heather Masse, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Presented in association with Minnesota Public Radio and WAMU. Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, at 5:45 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. Lawn seats are available for $30 to $80. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolftrap.org.
ANJAL CHANDE AT SMITHSONIAN'S CROSSLINES: CULTURE LAB
As part of a celebration of its multi-genre convening "Crosslines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality," the Smithsonian presents an original dance piece by contemporary Indian dance artist Anjal Chande. A commission of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, Out of the Shadows: A Colored Solidarity is a contemporary bharatanatyam dance work that spotlights two feminist figures, based on the research of Nico Slate: Indian activist Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and often-overlooked American queer activist Pauli Murray, who exemplifies the cross-pollination between India's independence movement and America's civil rights movement from the late 19th century to the 1960s. All told, more than 40 artists and scholars will offer performances, lectures and activities presenting new perspectives on identity, including internationally renowned painter Roger Shimomura and local artists SuperWaxx and No Kings Collective. Crosslines runs Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit smithsonianapa.org.
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.
CAPTURING FIRE: QUEER SPOKEN WORD SUMMIT & SLAM
Since its inception in 2010, Capturing Fire is still "the only event of its kind." Organizer and producer Regie Cabico intends the three-day spoken word and poetry festival, presented by the DC Center, to be a refuge and retreat for LGBT poets. "We're performing in non-queer venues all the time -- bars and coffeehouses," Cabico told Metro Weekly last year. "I just wanted to create a kind of Underground Railroad for queer poets to better know and support each other." The focus of Capturing Fire is on the performance-based short-form style known as slam, "a form of American political theater" in which poets typically share personal stories and touch on important issues through their original compositions, which are specifically designed to have impact -- principally to persuade a panel of judges voting for best poet, but also to inspire or connect with other poets or audience members. Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5, with the actual slam set for Saturday, June 4, starting at 6 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Festival runs at several venues. An AllPass is $75, with tickets to Saturday's Semi-Final and Final Slam $20 each or $30 together. Call 202-682-2245 or visit capfireslam.org.
IRELAND 100: CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF IRISH ARTS & CULTURE
The Kennedy Center presents a major festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising that led to Ireland's independence. Curated by Alicia Adams, the center's vice president of international programming and dance, some of Ireland's best contemporary musicians, dancers and theater companies will be on tap, as well as other events, from a literature series to documentary screenings to installations. Upcoming highlights include: a full-length duet between Riverdance dancer/co-choreographer Jean Butler and composing cellist Neil Martin, on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m.; engagements with famed Olivier Award-winning actor and director Fiona Shaw, the festival's Artist-in-Residence, including a performance of texts by W.B. Yeats and Emily Dickinson with musician Liz Knowles on Tuesday, May 31, and a discussion about Shakespeare's works and legacy, on Friday, June 3; several literature panels featuring Ireland's best living writers, including Colm Toibin (Brooklyn) and Eavan Boland (A Woman Without A Country) in a joint conversation on Wednesday, June 1, and National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann in conversation with Washington Post's Ron Charles on Friday, June 3; and "An Evening with Ireland's Foremost Irish Language Artists," including poets Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Louis de Paor, award-winning piper Ronan Browne, and traditional singer Iarla O'Lionaird of The Gloaming, on Thursday, June 2. Festival runs to June 5. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
LUCREZIA BLOZIA'S UNDERWATER BIRTHDAY BURLESQUE
Lucrezia Blozia aka Chris Griffin turns another year older this month and will celebrate a life in drag with a Little Mermaid-inspired party featuring Philanthrotease performance artists including carny man Charlie Artful, clown Jim Dandy, and burlesquers Isabelle Epoque, Aaron "Bowie of Boylesque" Spaace and Victoria Vixen. And each performer is giving at least 10 percent of earnings to the Anacostia Watershed Society to help cleanup of D.C.'s waterways. Sunday, May 29, at 8 p.m. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 day-of show. Call 202-293-1887 or visit inlovewithbier.com.
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. Opens Friday, May 27. On exhibit through Sept. 5. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. Call 202-633-4800 or visit nationalzoo.si.edu.
STORY DISTRICT: OUT/SPOKEN
In 2010, the organization formerly known as SpeakeasyDC began holding its first LGBT storytelling night. "We really wanted to offer a platform for our LGBT performers," Story District founder Amy Friedman told Metro Weekly last year. "But more importantly, be part of the dialogue that was happening at the time." Eight performers will share hilarious or heartfelt true stories at the sixth annual Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold & Proud, co-presented by Capital Pride at the 9:30 Club. Saturday, June 4. Doors at 6 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
THE ASK RAYCEEN SHOW
Rayceen Pendarvis' monthly LGBT variety show returns to downtown's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, with a lineup including Chelsea Shorte, Dion the Comedian, Nia Simmons, Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret, and show announcer Curt Mariah. Wednesday, June 1. Doors at 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. Visit facebook.com/AskRayceen.