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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


Few people could have imagined that John Waters' lovable 1988 film Hairspray would become a hit Broadway musical and subsequent hit musical film. No one in their right mind would pick his startlingly tasteless Pink Flamingos to be next up for a similar resurgence -- though you can't say Baltimore's king of camp isn't trying, albeit modestly. In 2014 he filmed children reading a cleverly modified, G-rated version of the 1972 cult classic. The 74-minute film features kids -- mostly his friends' children -- wearing wigs and costumes that evoke the legendary performances of Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey and others. Waters has even suggested the new version is "in some ways more perverse than the original." Closes Sunday, Jan. 22. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. Baltimore. Call 443-573-1700 or visit

One of those rare and extraordinary cinematic experiences that pulls you deeply into its narrative, the Golden Globe-winning Moonlight artfully guides viewers towards an emotional payoff without once feeling manipulative or artificial. It is an extraordinary achievement in this cut-and-paste era of cinema, a time when movies fail to ignite so much as a spark of genuine, earned emotion. The '80s-set story of a young boy who comes to terms with his identity and sexuality in a harsh South Florida neighborhood refuses to lazily cleave to its genre. There isn't an off performance in the film, which employs a solely African-American cast -- come Oscar time, Moonlight could be the one film to give Hollywood a credible reason to break its too-white image without resorting to tokenism. Now playing. Area theaters. Visit (Randy Shulman)

Disney has solemnly sworn to release a Star Wars film every year from now to eternity and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is good but not great. Apart from a magnificently orchestrated 30 minute climactic battle that pulls out all the stops, it's nowhere near as fun or engaging as last year's Force Awakens. Narratively, it fills a few gaps, and fully and finally explains one key plot point from A New Hope that has plagued super-fans for decades. We now know why, how and who. Now playing. Area theaters. Visit (RS)

Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc in a drama directed by John Lee Hancock telling the true story of the Illinois salesman who turned a small Southern California burger joint run by Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) into the worldwide burger behemoth known for its Golden Arches. Opens Friday, Jan. 20. Area theaters. Visit

Germany's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards. Maren Ade's sweet, lighthearted film follows an eccentric, fun-loving father who dons a wacky disguise as a last-ditch effort to make his daughter -- a workaholic corporate executive -- lighten up and enjoy life more. Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek star in this fully subtitled film. Opens Friday, Jan. 20. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit

Vin Diesel returns to the big screen as the daredevil operator last seen over a decade ago. Samuel L. Jackson also returns in a supporting role in this battle of four criminals who control the world's military satellites. Opens Friday, Jan. 20. Area theaters. Visit


Until the day 33-year old trans woman Ariella (Nyla Rose) enters her first etiquette class at The Center, an inner-city organization for homeless and LGBT youth, she's never met a self-described "tranny" as refined and put-together as her new instructor, Darleena Andrews. Inspired by real-life trans activist Mama Gloria Allen, Darleena quickly sets about introducing her class to the indispensable quality of charm. In so doing, she begins to teach them a vital lesson in how to treat others and, most essentially, themselves with respect and kindness. Given the profound message about the significance of transgender visibility in Philip Dawkins's impactful, often hilarious drama, it's of immeasurable benefit to director Natsu Onoda Power's production that she chose to cast the utterly charming genderfluid B'Ellana Duquesne in the role of Darleena. Duquesne inhabits the part with tremendous grace and fierceness, brandishing the requisite charisma to win over her charges onstage and in the audience. To Jan. 29. Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $60. Call 202-399-7993 or visit (André Hereford)

Theater J presents Michael Frayn's Tony-winning play about the historic 1941 meeting between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and Danish physicist Niels Bohr, friends and colleagues who found themselves working for opposing sides in the war to develop the atom bomb. Eleanor Holdridge directs Tim Getman, Michael Russotto and Sherri Edelen. To Jan. 29. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $19.13 to $64.13. Call 202-777-3210 or visit

One of the later-era, lesser-regarded plays in Shakespeare's oeuvre, Cymbeline is also one few theater companies stage. Theatre Prometheus' production puts a lesbian love story at the play's center, as well as casting more women in its roles. To Jan. 29. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. Tickets are $20. Call 202-631-6291 or visit

Yes, that Lizzie, the little Borden girl who was tried for brutally murdering her parents with an axe in Massachusetts in 1892 though later acquitted. Pinky Swear Productions revives the tale in a riot grrrl-steeped show created by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt. A feminist tale of sex, rage and murder that shows how little agency women had in Borden's time. To Feb. 5. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. Tickets are $35. Call 202-241-2539 or visit

Developed through a program of Arlington's Rose Theatre Co., Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Chris Stezin (What Dogs Do) offers a spin on Shakespeare's ultimate power couple, retooled for the cyber age. Matt Ripa directs a world premiere production of this sharp modern twist on the classic tale of greed and unbridled ambition as told through a 10-person cast featuring Jennifer J. Hopkins and Andrew Kelleras as a high-achieving couple in a present-day tech business. Previews begin Saturday, Jan. 21, with opening night Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. Runs to Feb. 11. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $45 to $45. Call 202-265-3768 or visit

Originally commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, playwright Lisa Loomer's drama focuses on the two women at the heart of the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion: Sarah Weddington, the young, brilliant attorney who argued the case, and Norma McCorvey, the complex, single woman seeking an end to an unwanted pregnancy. Bill Rauch directs a large cast including Jim Abele, Sarah Jane Agnew, Kenya Alexander, Mark Bedard, Zoe Bishop, Sara Bruner, Catherine Castellanos, Gina Daniels, Pamela Dunlap, Richard Elmore, Susan Lynskey, and Amy Newman. To Feb. 19. Kreeger Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit

Scena Theatre presents an emotionally powerful drama featuring two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Nanna Ingvarsson, David Bryan Jackson, and Joseph Carlson. Robert McNamara directs Jon Fosse's poetic play about passion, paranoia and jealousy, as a strange couple moves into an isolated, run-down house to be left alone, never fully believing they'll get their wish. To Feb. 5. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $35, or $10 in previews. Call 202-399-7993 or visit

Richard Nelson's The Apple Family Plays was a compelling portrait of a fictitious, politically engaged, bipartisan upstate New York family, viewed "in real time" at family gatherings during election periods in the Obama era. Nelson has revived the concept with a different family from the same middle-class neighborhood, viewed at three stages in 2016 in the run-up to the forthcoming Trump era. The Kennedy Center presents the original, heralded New York cast performing the three plays, Hungry, What Did You Expect? and Women of a Certain Age, in repertory to Jan. 22. Theater Lab. Tickets are $49 each show, or $120 for full-day weekend marathons. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

Tom Stoppard's latest explores the complexities of defining consciousness, the nature of belief, and how to reconcile hard science with lived experience. Matt Torney directs Studio's 10-member cast, including Tessa Klein, Nancy Robinette, Martin Giles, Kyle Cameron, and Joy Jones. To Feb. 19. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit

{ Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer has retooled composer/lyricist Maury Yeston and writer Peter Stone's large-scale musical to make it both intimate and immersive, improving our understanding and appreciation of its themes, proving there are both relevant and uplifting things to take away from it. Schaeffer worked with Paul Tate dePoo III to effectively conjure the ocean liner through the ingenious use of gangplanks and bridges, used by actors as the ship's various decks. With a cast of 20, most actors do double, triple, even quadruple duty, juggling both major and minor roles, and having so many actors in constant motion helps convey the feeling of being on a bustling ocean liner. Titanic ends with a reprise of the moving hymn "Godspeed Titanic," sung in full throttle unison by the entire cast, positioned to fill the room. If tragedy can produce an uplifting moment, this is most definitely it. To Jan. 29. The Max, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $40 to $89. Call 703-820-9771 or visit (Doug Rule)


In 2010, he portrayed Peter Orlovsky, the partner of poet Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl. Yet Aaron Tveit is far better known for musical theater, on Broadway (Next to Normal, Catch Me If You Can) and on screen (Danny Zuko in Fox's Grease Live!, Les Miserables). No doubt Tveit will sing songs from those during the pop cabaret he's developing for his Wolf Trap debut. Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $40 to $55. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit

Johannes Debus makes his debut conducting the BSO and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. The program features Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 -- often dubbed "Beethoven's 10th." Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Also Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $33 to $99. Call 410-783-8000 or visit

The great, hard-living soul singer Bettye Lavette has been incredibly forthcoming about her many dalliances with women, including in her recent memoir A Woman Like Me. The New York Times touted her as second only to Aretha Franklin among her generation's greatest -- and Lavette is finally getting the credit she deserved when she started in the business decades ago. She continues to tour in support of last year's Grammy-nominated album Worthy. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 202-787-1000 or visit

Vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony DeSare and Frankie Moreno join the BSO in a tribute to Frank Sinatra led by Jack Everly. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Also Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m, and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Tickets are $33 to $99. Call 410-783-8000 or visit

The D.C.-based jazz and swing band has been a staple at hip bars around the area, along with more storied venues such as the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley, as well performing with Natalie Cole and Dizzy Gillespie. Chaise Lounge will bring swing standards as well as original tunes, including those from its most recent album Gin Fizz Fandango. Friday, Jan. 27,, at 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

A native of Silver Spring, the budding Latin pop singer-songwriter recently signed to Akon's KonLive Distribution record label, which helped nurture the career of Lady Gaga. Urquiaga is also part of Strathmore's 2017 Artist in Residence mentoring program and will kick off the A.I.R. series of solo concerts. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets are $17. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

A few years ago, the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol was all set to make her Broadway debut, playing the role of the pioneering female country star in Always, Patsy Cline. But the show has failed to secure a proper theater on the Great White Way, so the bisexual singer-songwriter continues to tour as a solo artist -- that is, when she's not speaking to children about her experience of living with diabetes for Lilly Diabetes. Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $26 to $28. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit

One of the 20th century's more commercially successful emo bands, the Chris Carrabba-led Dashboard Confessional reemerged last year after a five-year hiatus. The Swiss Army Romance is both the first and last album released by the group, as its debut in 2000 and then as limited edition deluxe box set in 2010. Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $27.50. Call 301-960-9999 or visit

Though less well-known than fellow musical theater/American Songbook giants George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter, Irving Berlin wrote several of Ethel Merman's biggest standards (including "There's No Business Like Show Business"), the unofficial second National Anthem "God Bless America," the Bing Crosby holiday classic "White Christmas," plus "Cheek to Cheek," "Puttin' On The Ritz," "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" -- the list goes on and on. Abel Lopez leads a cast of six in this latest InSeries cabaret, written by Bari Biern. Weekends to Jan. 28. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $22 to $42. Call 202-204-7763 or visit

Few openings in the piano concerto repertoire equal the mounting tension in the work that established Rachmaninoff's fame, his Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. The 26-year-old Chinese Haochen Zhang, 2009 winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins Strathmore's resident orchestra for a program led by Piotr Gajewski also including Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G Major. Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $34 to $78. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Gianandrea Noseda, the NSO's forthcoming music director, leads an Inauguration-pegged "Portraits of America" program, including Stravinsky's arrangement of the The Star-Spangled Banner, John Williams' music from the movies Lincoln and JFK, Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with live narration by Phylicia Rashad, Leonard Bernstein's Fanfare for the Inauguration of JFK, and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $99. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

Virginia's Creative Cauldron offers its seventh annual festival celebrating the music and dance of various cultures, with performances throughout the month by artists representing a broad spectrum of genres: jazz to Latin, opera to klezmer. Presented in collaboration with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the series is curated by Lynn Veronneau and Ken Avis of jazz fusion quartet Veronneau. Upcoming performances include: Shenandoah Run, a nine-member ensemble that will perform "Songs of Protest, Songs of Triumph," a program of folk tunes that galvanized a generation during another time when our country was deeply divided, on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; the Mark G. Meadows Quintet, a jazz/R&B fusion group led by the star of Signature Theatre's Jelly's Last Jam, on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.; and Words and Music, a talented vocal ensemble, offers a fun-filled concert of love songs through the ages with "Jukebox Romance," on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The series runs to Jan. 29. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave. Tickets are $10 to $20 per performance. Call 703-436-9948 or visit

Hormonal Imbalance v2.5: A Mood Swinging Musical Revue features highlights from more than 25 years of a comedic music ensemble featuring Sally Fingerett, comedic singer Deirdre Flint and former The Hags singer Debi Smith, plus as revolving fourth member either Nancy Moran or the founding Babe Megon McDonough. In an interview with Metro Weekly a few years ago, Smith summed up the Babes' songwriting and performing: "We look at life, as it's happening, usually in a comedic way -- [and] through a wacky viewfinder." Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria. Tickets are $35. Call 703-549-7500 or visit

A five-piece band that originated nearly a decade ago in Massachusetts among students at the Berklee College of Music returns to the area a year after the release of latest album Ladies & Gentleman. Friday, Jan. 27. Doors at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-265-0930 or visit

Washington Performing Arts presents the return of the great orchestra from the City of Brotherly Love under the baton of its new out music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin in a performance of Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring guest Louis Lortie. "The Philadelphia Orchestra seems to have found its ideal music director," a New York Times critic raved after a recent performance. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $40 to $110. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

This Friday, Jan. 20, popular lesbian all-covers party-rock band Wicked Jezabel performs at one of its regular haunts in Falls Church. But next Friday, Jan. 27, many of the same women along with a few others will take to the venue to introduce a new covers band, an all-female tribute to the Beatles. Friday, Jan. 27, at 9:30 p.m. JV's Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Tickets are $12. Call 703-241-9504 or visit


The Big Meow is a work specially adapted for young audiences from the children's book by Baltimore's Elizabeth Spires about an orange tabby taunted by neighborhood felines for his outsized roar. Emily Crews, Carrie Monger, Matthew Rock, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, and Rebecca Weiss perform the work featuring music by local composers Mark Sylvester and Jonathan Matis, with a surf guitar medley arranged by John Kamen and Mark Merella. Saturday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. Theatre on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington. Tickets are $13 in advance, or $15 at the door. Call 703-933-1111 or visit

New York-based Kimberly Bartosik directs a group of dancers in Ecsteriority4 (Part 2), a work examining power and desire through brief, intense encounters where each impulse is fully and boldly executed. Performance contains some violent imagery. Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m, and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call 202-269-1600 or visit

Washington Performing Arts and CityDance co-present the return of the popular, Connecticut-based athletic dance troupe and the D.C. premiere of Shadowland, an innovative, evening-length multimedia piece following the dreamlike world of a young girl. As seen in a performance last month on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, the dancers use their bodies to form shapes projected as shadows on screens in front of them, and all set to a rhythmic original score by American composer David Poe. Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. GW Lisner, The George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 202-994-6851 or visit

Based in New York, this group seeks to breathe new life into traditional Chinese culture, blending beauty, energy and grace. Dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns, while a live orchestra and thunderous drums shake the stage against stunning, otherworldly backdrops. Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to the Kennedy Center for a 2017 version of its Experience a Divine Culture, presented by Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C. Remaining performances are Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $70 to $250. Call 202-467-4600 or visit


One of the funniest alums of the Chelsea Lately comedy family, Fortune Feimster returns to the Arlington Cinema N' Drafthouse the last weekend in January. The North Carolina native has been out as a lesbian from her very first TV appearance as a contestant on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Feimster told Metro Weekly a couple of years ago that she had no qualms about regular ribbing by Chelsea Handler for her laidback physical style and appearance. "I've always had a good sense of humor, and I've never taken myself too seriously, so I don't mind acting or looking ridiculous." Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Arlington Cinema N' Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tickets are $22. Call 703-486-2345 or visit

Best known as Michael from Showtime's Queer as Folk, these days Hal Sparks dabbles in various media, from starring on the Disney XD cable channel's Lab Rats, to performing as lead singer and guitarist for rock trio Zero 1, to guest-hosting and starring on progressive radio stations nationwide. He returns to the area less than a year after his last visit and will no doubt weigh in on Donald Trump's swearing in, which occurs before his run of shows. Friday, June 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 and 10 p.m., at Arlington Cinema N' Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tickets are $25. Call 703-486-2345 or visit

"Now More Than Ever ...Outrageous Political Comedy" is the promise of this night of stand-up led by a comedian known from SiriusXM's Progress channel and the Progressive Voices app. A day after Trump's inauguration, Stephanie Miller will perform a set alongside real-life best friends and "Afro-Saxons" Frances and Angela, collectively known as Frangela, who have been seen everywhere from Miller's talk show to The Oprah Show to the film He's Just Not That Into You, and John Fugelsang, a regular on Bill Maher's talk shows and host of Tell Me Everything on SiriusXM's Insight. Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Tickets are $60 to $85, or $150 for VIP with post-show Meet & Greet. Call 202-547-1122 or visit


Named by Newsweek as the most influential rabbi in America, the Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles comes to Washington to engage in a one-on-one dialogue with Tyler Cowen, presented by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Author of Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times and author of a weekly column for Time, David Wolpe will discuss his work and worldviews with Cowen, an economics professor at Mason who also writes for Bloomberg View and the economics blog Marginal Revolution. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-408-3100 or visit

Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth explores recent developments in the science of how people recover from traumatic experiences, showing how many survivors thrive not in spite of but rather because of trying experiences. Jim Rendon is a freelance journalist in Silicon Valley who has written for the New York Times Magazine, Smart Money and Rolling Stone. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Call 202-290-1636 or visit

Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations focuses on the message that George Washington wrote as he ended his second term as president, which The Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN political analyst argues is still relevant today. A substantive restatement of the country's founding principles, Washington reminded citizens and future leaders to beware partisanship, debt and foreign wars and advocated for religious pluralism and education and independence, not isolation. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit

The Smithsonian's American History museum offers another "American History (After Hours)" program, this one exploring the story of Buffalo Bill's "Wild West" and its impact on American culture. A panel discussion includes curators Cecile R. Ganteaume of the National Museum of the American Indian and Ryan Lintelman of the National Museum of American History, plus Michelle Delaney, author of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors, and Jeremy Johnston of the Buffalo Bill Museum. The evening includes an interactive reception with themed appetizers, rarely seen objects brought out of storage, and custom drinks and whiskey tastings by Wigle Whiskey. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Coulter Performance Plaza National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Tickets, including food and drink, are $40. Call 202-633-1000 or visit

Dream. Build. Believe recounts the impulse decision of Stephen and Shannon Mackey, with no background in farming, to purchase an abandoned cattle ranch in Northern Virginia, start a family, and create Notaviva Vineyards, the world's first winery to pair wine with music. It's now nearly a decade old. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-387-1400 or visit


For those who didn't get their fill, the Newseum has partnered with CNN -- as well as Facebook, Instagram, Zignal Labs and Pivit -- to offer an interactive exhibit telling the story of the 2016 presidential campaign. It explores the ways digital and social media have transformed how candidates campaign, how journalists cover elections and how the public participates in the political process. Don't expect it to make you feel any better about the outcome, or the precedents it all could set. Closes Sunday, Jan. 22. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $22.95 for general admission. Call 888-NEWSEUM or visit

Organized in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut and its exhibit 2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity featuring multimedia narratives and satellite imagery of the U.S.-Mexico border, this exhibit presented by the Embassy of Mexico documents a 2,400-mile-long, site-specific art installation tracing the border that existed between Mexico and the United States in 1821. Today that boundary, developed two decades before Mexico ceded a large chunk of territory including much of what became the American West, only exists on paper in the form of documents and antique maps. By making that border visible through their installation, artists Marcos Ramírez Erre and David Taylor show what Mexico lost and highlight the fact that the U.S. and Mexico have a complicated but shared history and common interests. They suggest that erecting a border wall, for instance, would threaten that. Through Jan. 28. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. Visit

After a 400th anniversary year-long tour through spots in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the Folger Shakespeare Library's rare, prized collected editions of Shakespeare's plays is now home in the largest-ever display of First Folios -- 18 of them -- in a single venue. The exhibit documents the journey and the programming in various site visits. Closes Jan. 22. The Great Hall at 201 East Capitol St. SE. Call 202-544-7077 or visit

The history of labor practices and concepts of modern-day slavery in various guises is the focus of site-responsive installations and sculptures on display for the 14th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition. A native of Brazil, Johab Silva has lived and worked in D.C. for nearly a decade and is currently pursuing his master's degree at the Corcoran. Silva uses found objects, charcoal, coffee, sound, sugar, and cotton as his primary source materials to explore themes of appropriation, materiality, space and memories. Closes Saturday, Jan. 21. Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. Call 202-483-1102 or visit

Through paintings, performance objects and multimedia installations, Perversion Therapy is intended as a celebration of queer bliss and domestic deviance in direct response to the anti-LGBT history and attitudes espoused by the president-elect and members of his cabinet -- specifically, conversion therapy. The exhibit features works by interdisciplinary artists Eames Armstrong and John Moletress. Through Feb. 4. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 202-733-6321 or visit

Through an initiative commissioning installations and public programs related to its broad Imagining Home exhibit, the Baltimore Museum of Art brought together video and film artist Rahne Alexander and interdisciplinary artist/organizer Jaimes Mayhew with Chase Brexton Health Care's LGBT Health Resource Center. Queer Interiors features a larger-than-life bed and furnishings, personal artifacts and a multimedia wall display known as the Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt, which pays homage to Baltimore album quilts and the AIDS Memorial Quilt by presenting a growing, crowd-sourced portrait of the city's queer communities. Through Aug. 31, 2017. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. Baltimore. Call 443-573-1700 or visit

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

The Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Museums of Asian Art toasts the rich heritage of Afghanistan with stunning ceramics, jewelry, jali, rugs and more made by young artisans working in a former slum in the country's capital. Subtitled "Artists Transforming Afghanistan," the exhibition is named after a decade-old British nonprofit that has helped revive Afghanistan's proud cultural legacy by turning Murad Khani in Old Kabul into a vibrant cultural and economic center. Through Jan. 29. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Call 202-633-4800 or visiting


Spun off five years ago from the Capital Remodel + Garden Show, this annual January show offers several chances for attendees to solicit advice and services from experts in the field -- most notably via the free, first-come, first-serve component called "Ask An Expert." Speakers this year include Tyler Wisler, a design expert regularly seen on TV home shows and a Pinterest "Pinfluencer" in Home Decor and Men's Fashion, Alison Victoria, the first female host of Crashers DIY Network and HGTV, Serena Appiah, 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year by show organizer Marketplace Events. "Homeowners come to the show because there are experts under one roof all weekend long," Marketplace Events spokesperson Liz Benkovich told Metro Weekly two years ago. "The exhibitors are all kinds of companies that have to do with remodeling, decorating and home improvement. They range from windows and doors to flooring to siding to roofing, and contractors for closet organization, or if you have an insect issue. For consumers, it's a timesaver. And a really good opportunity to see what's new, to get new ideas." Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va. Tickets are $10. Call 888-248-9751 or visit

The living comedy legend stops by Strathmore for a screening of the 1975 cult classic film from the comedy troupe he co-founded. Following the screening is a discussion of Cleese's life and career plus an audience Q&A, where the event listing notes Cleese seeks "absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please." Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $55 to $165, or $250 for VIP with premium seating and access to a special meet and greet. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Leading up to its production of Watch on the Rhine, Arena Stage offers free programming designed to explore and celebrate iconic playwright, author and political activist Lillian Hellman. The offerings include: Taffety Punk Theatre Company's reading of Toys in the Attic, Hellman's last full-length original play, a semi-autobiographical look at a post-Great Depression-era New Orleans family, on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.; a screening of the 1977 film Julia starring Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Robards adapted from Hellman's Pentimento: A Book of Portraits by Alvin Sargent and directed by Fred Zinneman, on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m.; a reading by Howard University students of The Children's Hour, Hellman's best-known and most-produced work, a drama set in an all-women's boarding school, on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m.; and a panel discussion, "Beyond Gender: Inspiring Generations of Female Writers," featuring contemporary female playwrights inspired by Hellman, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. The Kogod Cradle in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Free but reservations are required. Call 202-488-3300 or visit

A year after setting out to revive the art of drag kings in D.C., former DC King Pretty Rik E toasts the success of the event he co-founded that has since expanded to include a monthly bottomless brunch. Chris Jay returns to host the shenanigans featuring many of the area's best drag kings. Patrons are encouraged to wear "Pretty Boi Swag" to win tickets to future shows and branded attire, including Pretty Boi Drag caps. Sunday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 day-of show. Call 202-293-1887 or visit

The annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is considered one of the top craft experiences in the country, attracting about 170,000 visitors to Maryland's Montgomery County Fairgrounds every October. But in the past few years the festival has grown into a touring entity and returns for a biannual event at Virginia's Dulles Expo Center, with more than 250 artisans from around the country offering one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts in various media -- including functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, leather, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories and photography. Gourmet food samples, live music and interactive children's entertainment will also be on tap. Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, Va. Admission is $8 per day online only, or $10 per day at the door. Call 800-210-9900 or visit

Every night during the week of President Donald Trump's inauguration, the Black Cat hosts what it's calling a series of "Counter-Inaugural Events" dubbed "You Can't Grab This Pussy." The series culminates in a Planned Parenthood-benefiting concert featuring the funky Afrobeat band Antibalas supporting a lineup that includes Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Kimya Dawson, Trixie Whitley, Holly Miranda, Elenna Canlas and Domenica Fossati of Underground Systems, Jeffrey Lewis, Kat Wright, Dia Luna and Stuart Bogie of Superhuman Happiness, Miles Francis, and Teen. Saturday, Jan. 21. Doors at 10 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $30. Call 202-667-4490 or visit

Naomi Klein, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Anand Gopal lead yet another anti-Trump event, this one hosted at the Lincoln on the night of the inauguration and presented by Jacobin Magazine, Haymarket Books and Verso Books. Other speakers to be announced. Friday, Jan. 20. Doors at 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are free, but seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 202-328-6000 or visit

An import from Los Angeles, this unusual "underground art show" features the work of over 100 emerging artists plus live body painting, live music, a live art battle and a free pancake bar. Pancakes and Booze is a traveling, Andy Warhol-styled event that former Hollywood cameraman Tom Kirlin started in 2009 and has since brought to over 20 cities, including D.C. twice a year. "When I was in college, the only place that was open after a night of drinking was IHOP," Kirlin told Metro Weekly in 2015. "I always had this silly idea to make a pancake restaurant with a full bar. So with the art show, I just merged the two ideas together." Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Big Chief, 2002 Fenwick St. NE. Cover is $5. Call 202-465-4241 or visit