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DC CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL
Now in its third biennial year, the DC Chinese Film Festival continues to shine, despite a lack of funding from the Chinese government. And that is why its week-long lineup of 67 features and shorts contains films that challenge official policies and decreed customs, including on LGBT topics. The highlight this year is Papa Rainbow, which screens Friday, Sept. 23, followed by a Q&A discussion with Popo Fan, the Chinese filmmaker who has fought government censors to tell the stories of LGBT Chinese. His newest documentary introduces us to six Chinese fathers who stood up for their LGBT children, even though doing so meant they risked their reputations and social standing in a culture that regards homosexuality as shameful. Screening with Papa Rainbow is Ma Sha and Miao Jiang's short film A Straight Journey, offering portraits of 48 gays and lesbians and their families from across China. Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Festival continues to Sunday, Sept. 25, at various venues. Individual tickets are $10, or $50 for a festival pass. Call 202-452-7672 or visit dccff.org.
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe star as women plotting to trap rich, eligible bachelors -- til death do they part. Preceding How to Marry a Millionaire will be two short films by Negulesco (At the Stroke of Twelve and Jan Garber and His Orchestra), made at the start of his directing career with Warner Brothers. The Library of Congress presents a free screening on its picturesque Virginia campus, which houses the world's largest collection of films, broadcast and audio recordings. Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd. Culpeper, Va. Free, first-come, first served. Call 202-707-9994 or visit loc.gov/avconservation.
QUEEN OF KATWE
Disney's biographical sports drama follows the true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Malwanga), who grew up under immense hardship in Uganda and transpired to be a chess prodigy after joining an outreach program. David Oyelowo and Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o also star. Mira Nair directs. Opens Friday, Sept. 23. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Rhuaridh Marr)
A stork company that delivers babies switches to delivering packages, but accidentally produces one more baby girl. It's up to the company's top delivery stork (Andy Samberg) to find the child a home, before his boss discovers the ... you know what, this looks like it's going to be profoundly mediocre, so we won't waste your time with more information. Opens Friday, Sept. 23. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)
Kate Winslet is a femme fatale who returns to her backwater Australian hometown to care for her ailing mother (Judy Davis), while exacting revenge on those who originally drove her to leave. Reviews have been mixed, but Jocelyn Moorhouse's film and Winslet's wardrobe are both gorgeous. Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving also star in this '50s-set Aussie dramedy. Opens Friday, Sept. 23. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit landmarktheatres.com. (RM)
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
The air is dense with testosterone in this post-Civil War adaptation of Seven Samurai. A town under siege recruits seven outlaws -- including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D'Onofrio -- to protect them. It's pretty apparent that these "bad" guys will end up being good, but it should be good popcorn-consuming action regardless. Opens Friday, Sept. 23. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)
ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES
Two of suburban Maryland's leading theater companies, Round House Theatre Company and Olney Theatre Center, join forces for an unprecedented 25th anniversary production of Tony Kushner's two-part Pulitzer- and Tony-winning masterpiece. In October, Part I: Millennium Approaches and Part II: Perestroika will be staged in repertory. Some of Washington's leading actors take on the meaty roles in the gay rights epic, including Jonathan Bock, Kimberly Gilbert, Mitchell Hebert, Thomas Keegan, Sarah Marshall, Jon Hudson Odom, Tom Story, and Dawn Ursula. Millennium Approaches runs to Oct. 23. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Call 240-644-1100 or visit roundhousetheatre.org.
TC Carson stars as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler who weaves his magic on three unsuspecting women in a small Virginia town post-World War I. Roz White also features in Thomas W. Jones II's world premiere musical adaptation of Ruth P. Watson's romantic mystery thriller. To Oct. 9. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55 to $60. Call 800-494-8497 or visit metrostage.org.
Michael Kahn helms a Studio Theatre production of British playwright Caryl Churchill's 35-year-old exploration of power and sexual politics, set in colonial Africa and London in the 1970s. Holly Twyford leads the cast. To Oct. 16. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.
COME FROM AWAY
Ford's Theatre is one early stop for the Broadway-bound folk/rock musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The show celebrates hope and humanity in a time of darkness, focusing on the thousands of international passengers who were stranded in a remote Newfoundland town after air traffic was halted on 9/11, and the warm welcome locals gave them. Directed by Christopher Ashley (Memphis). Extended to Oct. 16. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Call 800-982-2787 or visit fordstheatre.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 Helen Coxe, Caitlin Collins, Ryan McBride and Tim Barker. Extended again to Oct. 2. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.
REPORT TO AN ACADEMY
Scena Theatre opens its 30th season with a short existential drama by storytelling master Franz Kafka. Scena founder Robert McNamara directs and stars as a captured African ape who evolves to behave like a human in the one-actor showcase. He even learns to communicate, sharing his tales of human assimilation and earlier ape woes in the jungle to a scientific academy. Closes Sunday, Sept. 25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $35. Call 202-399-7993 or mosaictheater.org.
ROMEO & JULIET
Andrew Veenstra is Romeo and Ayana Workmen is Juliet in a production also featuring Rafael Sebastian, Ryan Sellers, Brayden Simpson, Emily Townley, Gregory Wooddell, and Elan Zafir. Directed by Alan Paul. To Nov. 6. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.
SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
Billed as "the story of Louis Armstrong that you don't know," drama critic and biographer Terry Teachout's first play makes its D.C. premiere opening the second season of Mosaic Theater Company. Eleanor Holdridge directs local great Craig Wallace in this one-man show, portraying Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser, and his rival Miles Davis. Set on the night of Armstrong's last public performance in 1971, the play takes a hard look at Satchmo's life and his role in the Civil Rights Movement. The production also kicks off a provocative season-long discussion series, "Race and Music: Blacks, Jews and the Independent Artist." Closes Sunday, Sept. 25. Lang Theatre in the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $60. Call 202-399-7993 or mosaictheater.org.
SENSE & SENSIBILITY
Eric Tucker of New York's acclaimed theater company Bedlam helms Jane Austen's beloved tale of sisterhood and romance, adapted by Kate Hamill. Maggie McDowell and Nicole Kang play the Dashwood sisters, with Edward Ferrars and Michael Glenn their suitors. Erin Weaver, Jacob Fishel, Lisa Birnbaum, Caroline Stefanie Clay, James Patrick Nelson, and Kathryn Tkel round out the cast. To Oct. 30. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $30 to $75. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.
Rachel Zampelli and Maria Rizzo play lesbians in a tumultuous relationship in this world premiere comedy from D.C. playwright Audrey Cefaly. Joe Calarco directs a Signature Theatre production, as a languid summer day on the Alabama Delta turns into a nightmare when the motor on their boat breaks down. In previews. Runs to Nov. 6. Signature's Ark Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.
THE LAST QUIXOTE
Cervantes is dead and a drunk man insists the person who killed him is renowned poet Lope de Vega, in this world-premiere play by Jordi Casanovas. Director José Luis Arellano won the 2016 Helen Hayes Award for his last production at GALA, Yerma, so expect great things. In Spanish with English surtitles. Weekends to Oct. 2. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th St. NW. Tickets are $40 to $45. Call 202-234-7174 or visit galatheatre.org.
After snagging 7 Helen Hayes Awards for last year's sensational Avenue Q, Constellation Theatre Company kicks off its 10th season with an outrageous musical comedy. A Tony-winning hit in 2001, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis' Urinetown is a Brechtian satire of politics and populism, examining timely issues from environmental disaster to corrupt politics and police brutality. The musical focuses on a lovestruck young man, played by Vaughn Ryan Midder, who becomes the leader of a revolt against an all-powerful corporation that has banned toilets at home, forcing people to pay to pee in its toilets. To Oct. 9. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $50. Call 202-204-7741 or visit constellationtheatre.org.
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD - SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION
Stephen Sondheim gave the quirky, upstart Landless Theatre Company permission to amp up his most famous tale for its twice-staged, Helen Hayes Award-nominated Sweeney Todd-Prog Metal Version. Now, it's author and composer Rupert Holmes's turn, challenging Landless to test "its mettle and metal" with The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The choose-your-own-ending musical from 1986 is a dark tale of deception, based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. To Oct. 2. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Tickets are $25. Call 301-258-6394 or visit landlesstheatre.com.
FOLGER CONSORT WITH DEREK JACOBI, RICHARD CLIFFORD
The early music ensemble Folger Consort managed to enlist the British power couple of Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford to kick off its 30th anniversary season in grand, dramatic fashion -- and at the Kennedy Center, no less. The ravishing music of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is paired with timeless passages from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in a theatrical concert with orchestra and chorus, featuring soloists Peter Becker, Emily Noel and Molly Quinn. Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $79 to $119. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The NSO's two principal conductors, Christoph Eschenbach and Steven Reineke, present a season opening concert with a pianist the New York Times has heralded as "the hottest artist on the classical music planet." Lang Lang will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert also pays indirect tribute to the newest Smithsonian museum, with performances by R&B crooner Brian McKnight, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, and a cappella group Take 6. They will join the Steven Ford Singers, Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir, and singer/composer Mervyn Warren in a performance of Warren's new work, We Are All America. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $59 to $125. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
PHILIP GLASS AT NATIONAL GALLERY RE-OPENING
The celebrated modern American composer appears as part of festivities celebrating the renovation of the National Gallery of Art's East Building. As part of the 75th season of free concerts at the museum, Glass will perform and discuss the creative process of collaborating with visual artists, among other topics, in a program moderated by musicologist William Robin of the University of Maryland. The day before, the New Orchestra of Washington and the 18th Street Singers perform Yves Klein's Symphonie Monotone-Silence, an eccentric work that calls for a 32-piece orchestra and a 40-voice choir sustaining a D-major chord for 20 minutes -- and then another 20 minutes of the performers frozen in silence. Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 3rd Street at Constitution Avenue NW. Free -- first come, first seated. Call 202-842-6941 or visit nga.gov.
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
The exuberant, New Orleans, big band jazz septet returns to D.C. as one headlining act performing in celebration of the opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture. Former President Jimmy Carter, Joey Williams of the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the DuPont Brass Band are all special guests at the concert. Friday, Sept. 23. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $35. Call 202-328-6000 or visit thelincolndc.com.
PRINCESS FEAT. MAYA RUDOLPH & GRETCHEN LIEBERUM
Not your average nationally touring Prince cover band. You may not know Gretchen Lieberum, but you certainly do her cohort Maya Rudolph, best known as a Saturday Night Live alum, lesser known as the daughter of late multi-octave singer Minnie Ripperton of "Loving You" fame. Together, Rudolph and Lieberum offer a love letter to the dearly beloved legend, gone too soon. Sunday, Sept. 25. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $30. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
THE BIRD AND THE BEE
Airy vocalist Irina George, daughter of Little Feat's Lowell George, makes soft-pop music steeped in tropicalia jazz rhythms with her music partner and uber-producer Greg Kurstin (Sia, Kylie Minogue). Thursday, Sept. 29. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $18 in advance, or $20 day-of show. Call 202-667-4490 or visit blackcatdc.com.
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Mozart's comic masterpiece is an exploration of the perils of temptation and the triumph of love -- told through a mix of enchanting music and absurd mix-ups. The Washington National Opera opens its season with a Peter Kazaras-directed production from the Glimmerglass Festival starring newcomer Amanda Majeski, Lisette Oropesa, Joshua Hopkins, and Ryan McKinny. In Italian with projected English titles. Opens Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $25 to $315. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. A special free simulcast of the Saturday, Sept. 24, performance will be held at Nationals Park. Gates open at 5 p.m., performance starts at 7 p.m. Visit operaintheoutfield.org.
Pauline Anson-Dross' popular lesbian all-covers party-rock band Wicked Jezabel has been rocking -- as well as raising money for various good causes -- all over the region for a decade now, originally under the name The Outskirts of Town. This weekend, the women perform a birthday bash for member Davi Anson-Dross, Pauline's wife. Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m. JV's Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Call 703-241-9504 or visit jvsrestaurant.com.
Malaysia's first international pop star returns to the area for her third concert this year. The 29-year-old artist's engaging voice, similar to Feist and Lorde, is matched by a melodically rich blend of pop, folk and R&B and songs. If you think you've heard them before, you likely have -- accompanying performances on So You Think You Can Dance, for example. Yuna tours in support of Chapters, her third global album. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
D.C. Area New Companies Experience (or, D.A.N.C.E.) is a new event organized by Georgetown Day High School and its dance director Maria Watson to spotlight recently formed troupes, as well as to potentially cultivate new audiences. Gin Dance Company, DC Bhangra Dance, Motion X Dance DC, DanceArt Theater, and DancEthos are the featured groups that will perform. Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. High School Black Box at Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW. Call 202-274-3200 or visit gds.org.
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
An intimate night of spectacular modern dance from a troupe the Washington Post once called "one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe." Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., Mclean, Va. Tickets are $50. Call 703-790-0123 or visit mcleancenter.org/alden-theatre.
Washington Performing Arts launches its 50th anniversary season with a new and expanded production of the step dance company's signature work, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. Step Afrika! blends body percussion, dance and spoken word into a multimedia work also featuring members of the WPA Men and Women of the Gospel Choir. Meanwhile, images from American painter Jacob Lawrence's iconic series -- telling the story of the African-American migration to the North a century ago -- will be projected beyond the performers. Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. UDC Theater of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $45. Call 202-833-9800 washingtonperformingarts.org.
THE WASHINGTON BALLET
Julie Kent, The Washington Ballet's new artistic director, narrates an evening featuring works by her predecessor Septime Webre, Choo San Goh, and other favorites from the repertoire in a one-night-only event celebrating the company's 40th anniversary. Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $40 to $500. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
The Good Wife and Cabaret star returns to the area, this time to read from his latest memoir, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures. Among the often self-deprecating personal stories shared in this sequel to his more serious work Not My Father's Son, Cumming tells of his misadventures with everyone from Helen Mirren to Carrie Fisher to Oprah. Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $20, or $35 including one pre-signed book. Call 202-408-3100 or visit sixthandi.org.
ALAN SEPINWALL AND MATT ZOLLER SEITZ
Longtime TV critics Sepinwall and Zoller Seitz, who worked at the Newark Star-Ledger, have ranked all that they saw in TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time. A spirited discussion will take place, as the two engage on their rankings with NPR pop culture critic Linda Holmes. Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-387-1400 or visit kramers.com.
The award-winning cookbook author (I'm Just Here for the Food) discusses EveryDayCook, a collection of 101 recipes and tips that the star of Food Network's Good Eats regularly utilizes. Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com.
Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination reveals the interplay of popular music and racial thought that was responsible for making rock a white man's preserve in our cultural imagination -- even though it derived from the African-American R&B tradition. Also, its earliest stars, most notably Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, were black. In his debut book, the University of Virginia professor and Slate music critic juxtaposes black and white artists of the '60s -- Sam Cooke with Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin with Janis Joplin -- in his examination of charged, oversimplified notions of "authenticity," cultural betrayal and politics that "have blinded us to rock's inextricably interracial artistic enterprise." Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-387-1400 or visit kramers.com.
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Shonda Rhimes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Diane Rehm, Salman Rushdie, Ken Burns, and Stephen King are among approximately 120 writers, authors, illustrators and poets who will participate in the annual festival. Marilynne Robinson will be presented with the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 13-hour event, which includes a Youth Poetry Slam and "Graphic Novel Night." Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. Call 202-249-3000 or visit loc.gov/bookfest.
It's not everyday, or even every year, you see a comedian -- a female one at that -- headline the Verizon Center. Yet a year after opening for Madonna at Madison Square Garden, Amy Schumer is now a bona fide stand-up stadium star. She's on her first world tour in support of her characteristically revealing and provocative new memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. Tickets are $52 to $140. Call 202-628-3200 or visit verizoncenter.com.
Grady West's comedic drag performance act, a Provincetown staple, "is nearly impossible to explain," or so The Stranger once summarized. And it accurately, entertainingly described Martina's shtick: "Beyond her stature as a superstar entertainer without peer [Martina] is in possession of not one shred of discernible talent or grace. Her voice sounds like a cat having an epileptic fit on a chalkboard, her body moves like two pigs fighting their way out of a sleeping bag, and her face looks like the collision of a Maybelline truck with a Shoney's buffet." It's so awful, in other words, it's awfully good. Monday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 day of show. Call 202-588-5595 or visit thehowardtheatre.com.
CARL VAN VECHTEN: HARLEM HEROES
Many central figures in the Harlem Renaissance were captured by photographer Carl Van Vechten, some when they were young and on the cusp of achieving international fame, from James Baldwin and Langston Hughes to Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald. There are 39 images spanning over 30 years, all drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection, but never before presented as a set since they were acquired in 1983. Through March 19, 2017. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. Free. Call 202-633-1000 or visit americanart.si.edu.
EARTH WATER AIR: PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
The Historic Glen Echo Park presents works by three local photographers focused on capturing the mystery and movement of the natural world: Rebecca Clews, inspired by Chinese landscape paintings with works featuring scenes built from a multitude of microscopic photographs; Leslie Kiefer, whose Japanese woodblock-inspired images explore the blurring of surfaces and skylines; and the luminous platinum prints of Caroline Minchew, said to transform landscapes into intimate, personal experiences. Closes Sunday, Sept. 25. Photoworks Gallery at Historic Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. Call 301-634-2274 or visit glenechophotoworks.org.
Studio Gallery presents Spirit of the Mountain, an exhibit of multi-layer paintings inspired by traditional Chinese landscapes but incorporating calligraphy and small thumbnails. The works include poems by an 11th Century Chinese scholar artist Mei-Fu and Freda Lee-McCann's great uncle, Jen Yuan-Tao, a scholar and a general. Lee-McCann will close the exhibition with a special live artistic performance with other Studio Gallery members. Closes with an Art All Night Reception Saturday, Sept. 24, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Call 202-232-8734 or visit studiogallerydc.com.
JOHN WATERS' KIDDIE FLAMINGOS
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." Now to Jan. 22. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. Baltimore. Call 443-573-1700 or visit artbma.org.
Subtitled "Agamemnon to Alexander the Great," the National Geographic Museum offers the only East Coast stop of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition featuring more than 500 priceless treasures, many never previously displayed outside of Greece, from the 5,000 years of Greek culture including the birth of democracy. The Greek Ministry of Culture along with several North American museums organized this exhibition. Through Oct. 10. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-857-7588 or visit ngmuseum.org.
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.
Named after a Bethesda, Md., community leader and arts advocate, the Trawick Prize, established in 2003, was one of the first regional competitions and largest prizes to honor visual artists. Works by the eight finalists for this year's competition will be presented in a Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards exhibit presented by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Lauren Frances Adams of Baltimore has been selected as "Best in Show," with Sarah Irvin of Springfield, Va., garnering second place, and Ben Marcin of Baltimore third. Closes Saturday, Sept. 24. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. Suite E, Bethesda, Md. Visit 301-215-6660 or visit bethesda.org.
ADAMS MORGAN PORCHFEST
Two weeks after Adams Morgan Day comes a smaller festival showcasing the eclectic rhythms that make the multicultural neighborhood move. Launched in 2013 by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, PorchFest features dozens of local musicians and musical acts. It's a mix of ages and expertise, performing a mix of styles from brass to R&B, folk to rock, and Latin to reggae, in pop-up venues on porches and patios of historic homes and local businesses throughout the neighborhood's leafy residential streets. Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Starting point is 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. Call 202-997-0783 or visit adamsmorganonline.org. CAPITAL HOME SHOW DIY Bath Crashers host Matt Muenster and HGTV House Counselor host Laurie March headline a show featuring more than 300 exhibitors, seminars and home remodeling projects, including a Make-it, Take-it DIY Station, a free hands-on workshop sponsored by IKEA. Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, Va. Admission is $7 online or $10 at the door, good for all three days of the show. Call 888-248-9751 or visit capitalhomeshow.com.
DC GIRLY SHOW: GURLIES GONE WILD
The DC Gurly Show isn't your grandfather's burlesque show, nor is it even a traditional striptease show. Anybody is welcome, no matter gender or how they identify, with the focus on expression and individual performance. An outgrowth of local drag king organization the DC Kings, the Gurly Show is a more freeform type of event. Mindi Mimosa hosts the latest concoction, "Gurlies Gone Wild," featuring performances by Lexie Starre, Atomic Venus, Miss Ginger Jameson, Stellina Nyghtshade, Dixie Castafiore, Valarie Morgalis, Nastya Djakov, La Duchess Davenport. and Lyndi Luxe. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. Call 202-293-1887 or visit dcgurlyshow.com.
Regie Cabico and Don Mike Mendoza's La-Ti-Do variety show features higher-quality singing than most karaoke, often from local musical theater actors performing on their night off, and also includes spoken-word poetry and comedy. Held at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle, Mendoza and Anya Randall Nebel host the next event with Stephen Russell Murray, plus performances by The American Pops Orchestra and the National Broadway Chorus and accompanist Levar Betts. Monday, Sept. 26, 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.
MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
As summer nears its end, thoughts naturally turn to jousting, feasting, crafts, theater, music, and merriment. Yes, it's time once again for Maryland Renaissance Festival, one of the world's largest festivals recreating 16th century England. Now in its 40th season and set in a park outside of Annapolis, Md., the festival encourages patrons to dress up in period costume. (They're available to rent if you don't have your own doublet and hose.) Just don't bring weapons, real or toy, or pets, as they tend to eat the turkey legs. Weekends through Oct. 23. Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville Road, Crownsville, Md. Tickets are $17 to $22 for a single-day adult ticket. Call 800-296-7304 or visit marylandrenaissancefestival.com.
Touted as an out-of-the-ordinary experience, Alexandria's Medieval Madness blends art and history -- and not simply by way of historical reenactment. It's an adventure set in 15th-century England and featuring court jesters, men in tights, and battling knights trained by the European Martial Arts Academy. Above all else, though, Medieval Madness is a comedy show. To Oct. 21, with evening shows Thursdays through Saturdays and four-course "feasts" on Fridays and Saturdays. Medieval Madness at Renaissance Hall, 710 King St. Alexandria. Tickets are $65. Call 703-329-3075 or visit medievalmadness.com.