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20TH CENTURY WOMEN
Five years after his loosely autobiographical film Beginners explored a family's experience after the patriarch comes out as gay (Christopher Plummer in an Oscar-winning role), Mike Mills returns with another film somewhat based on his own life. This time, he nods to his mother and the women who helped raise him. Set in 1979, Annette Bening plays a fifty-something single mother who enlists the help of two younger women (Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning) and a man (Billy Crudup) to raise her adolescent boy (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann). Opens Friday, Jan. 13. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
Pedro Almodovar's new film focuses on a mother-daughter bond broken by the decision to suffer in silence after the death of the girl's father. Based on three short stories by Alice Munro, the Spanish-language melodrama is told in flashback and stars Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte. Opens Friday, Jan. 13. Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. Call 301-652-7273 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
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 fandango.com. (Randy Shulman)
Less than three years after the Boston Marathon tragedy, Peter Berg offers a sprawling procedural starring Mark Wahlberg as Sgt. Tommy Saunders who leads an investigation to find the bombers. With Kevin Bacon and John Goodman. Opens Friday, Jan. 13. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
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 fandango.com. (RS)
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Landmark's E Street Cinema screens Richard O'Brien's camp classic, billed as the longest-running midnight movie in history. Landmark's showings come with a live shadow cast from the Sonic Transducers, meaning it's even more interactive than usual. Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14, at midnight Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
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 theaterj.org.
LIZZIE THE MUSICAL
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 the Borden's time. Opens Thursday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. To Feb. 5. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. Tickets are $35. Call 202-241-2539 or visit pinkyswear-productions.com.
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. In previews starting Thursday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. Runs to Feb. 19. Kreeger Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.
SOMEONE IS GOING TO COME
Scena Theatre presents the 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 atlasarts.org.
THE GABRIELS TRILOGY
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 kennedy-center.org.
THE HARD PROBLEM
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. In previews. Runs to Feb. 19. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.
TITANIC: THE MUSICAL
1/2 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. Runs to Jan. 29 in the Max, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $40 to $89. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org. (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 wolftrap.org.
AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA: 75 YEARS OF BARBRA STREISAND
Luke Frazier kicks off 2017 with an APO tribute to the 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer and actress. "Don't Rain on My Parade: 75 Years of Barbra Streisand" features several of today's heavy hitters from Broadway as well as D.C.'s thriving musical theater scene, including Laura Osnes (Cinderella), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), Amber Iman (Shuffle Along), and New York singing comedy brother duo Will and Anthony Nunziata. Nathan Brewer directs a retrospective of hits from Streisand's diverse musical career as a Broadway and screen star in addition to her clout as one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. GW Lisner, The George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $55 to $70. Call 202-994-6851 or visit theamericanpops.org.
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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 bsomusic.org.
One of the models from Bruce Weber's homoerotic ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch at the turn of the millennium, Chris Carmack has more recently become known as the sexy, closeted country heartthrob Will Lexington on Nashville. Carmack has contributed original songs for the ABC/CMT series from its very first season, and in 2015 released the country/pop solo EP Pieces of You. A D.C.-area native, he performs a hometown show with a dance floor set up in front of the stage. Sunday, Jan. 15. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 202-787-1000 or visit thehamiltondc.com.
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 fillmoresilverspring.com.
EDDIE FROM OHIO
Neither the singing percussionist Eddie Hartness nor any other Virginia-bred member of Eddie From Ohio actually has any ties to the Buckeye State -- the folk act's name is simply an obscure tribute to "Ed From Ohio" Crawford, the lead singer/guitarist of '80s-era alt-rock act Firehose. Since its founding 25 years ago, Eddie from Ohio has gone on to tour regularly throughout the U.S. But the Wammie-winning act remains particularly popular in its native region, typically selling out weekend shows well in advance at big, lauded venues such as the Birchmere. This year is no different: Tickets remain only for shows Friday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $39.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. GLADYS KNIGHT IN LET FREEDOM RING ! The seven-time Grammy Award-winning Empress of Soul leads this year's free musical celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr's legacy, courtesy of the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University. Also on the bill is the Let Freedom Ring Choir with music director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. The 15th annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award will be presented to Abel Enrique Nunez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center. Monday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Free tickets will be given away two per person on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 4:30 p.m. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
Long a staple at influential festivals, from Bonnaroo to Outside Lands, Lotus is a "jamtronica" band -- dance/electronic jam -- formed in 1999. The five-piece's sound often recalls the Talking Heads, Jamiroquai and LCD Soundsystem, as well as their jam band pioneers Phish and Grateful Dead, though admittedly less of the latter as the years have gone by. And with the release of last year's stirring, strong set Eat the Light, Lotus has moved away from its largely instrumental output to embrace the full power of a song, as well as broaden its appeal and potential audience. Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14. Doors at 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25, or $45 for a 2-Night Ticket. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
LYLE LOVETT AND JOHN HIATT
Two admired singer-songwriters share the stage for an intimate acoustic evening of unforgettable stories and iconic songs. More than three decades into his career, the Texas-based Lyle Lovett fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues into his convention-defying music, while Indiana-bred John Hiatt is into his fourth decade of an Americana/blues career. Performing together, they offer what Hiatt dubs "our little Smothers Brothers comedy show." Thursday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $55 to $95. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
Several musicians from Strathmore's resident orchestra are featured soloists in a program of Bach masterpieces led by Victoria Gau. Concertmaster Colin Sorgi joins violinist Henry Flory to perform Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor and Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor, the latter with principal oboist Mark Hill. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $30 to $78. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sir Mark Elder conducts pianist Jeremy Denk in Ravel's "Left Hand" Concerto, as part of the NSO's first folklore-inspired program bookended by Stravinsky's The Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov's Legend of the Invisible City Suite. Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at 11:30 a.m. -- a "Coffee Concert" with a la carte breakfast items available to purchase beforehand -- and Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $89. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
PASSPORT TO THE WORLD CONCERT SERIES
Virginia's Creative Cauldron offers its seventh annual festival celebrating the music and dance of cultures around the world, 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: Iona, a unique, acoustic weave of traditional music from the British Isles, France's Brittany and Spain's Galicia as well as their American offshoots, on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Brazil Passion, a pan-Brazil musical project featuring vocalists Cissa Paz and Sharalys Silva and musical director Pablo de Oliveira, on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; and Hot Club of Baltimore, a nationally touring swing band featuring singer Alexis Tantau performing French Gypsy jazz, on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7 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 creativecauldron.org.
THE ANTI-BALL W/ANTIBALAS & FRIENDS
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 blackcatdc.com.
TOM CHAPLIN OF KEANE
While British band Keane is on a hiatus as a group, its soaring lead singer strikes out on his own. Tom Chaplin tours in support of The Wave, an album of pop songs every bit as anthemic and emotional as you'd expect, with lyrics intimately sharing his drug problems and stints at rehab over the past decade. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $35. Call 202-328-6000 or visit thelincolndc.com.
Virtuosic husband-and-wife duo Luis Magalhaes and Nina Schumann build on the two-piano repertoire popularized by famous duos including Ashkenazy and Previn and Argerich and Freire. The South African couple, who have been performing together as TwoPianists since 1999, travels to Maryland to play dueling takes on works by Franck and Barber, as well as Bach's Goldberg Variations. Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets are $30. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.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. Next up is a concert to celebrate "Davi's Wicked Birthday." Friday, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. JV's Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Call 703-241-9504 or visit jvsrestaurant.com.
COLLAGE DANCE COLLECTIVE
A Memphis-based dance ensemble comes to D.C. to offer "a celebratory performance to honor dynamic contributions to our history." The focus is the work Rise, which showcases both the company's professionals as well as students in its conservatory. Dancers from the Jones Haywood School of Dance and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts will also join the Collage Dance Collective in its D.C. performances. Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2:30 p.m. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.
Confucius is a new dance drama, performed by the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater and directed and choreographed by Kong Dexin, a 77th-generational descendant Of the legendary teacher/philosopher. Presented as part of China Performing Arts Agency's Image China cultural exchange initiative, Confucius uses traditional Chinese music, opulent costumes, expressive choreography , and an ensemble of 50 performers to relate a quest to instill codes of ethics, honor and benevolence during a dicey but significant period in China's history. Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $30 to $150. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
World-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Yla-Hokkala founded the British dance troupe 25 years ago, with the goal of "reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st Century" as well as to help spread the contemporary circus movement popularized the world over by the likes of Cirque du Soleil. Four jugglers and four ballet dancers feature in Gandini Juggling's latest show, 4x4: Ephemeral Architectures, which premiered at the 2015 London International Mime Festival at the Royal Opera House. The work explores the connections between the two performative fields of juggling and ballet, from mathematical patterns to sheer athleticism, and features choreography by Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela, original music by Nimrod Borenstein and lighting by Guy Hoars. D.C. string ensemble rogue collective accompanies. Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $28 to $68. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.
KANKOURAN WEST AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY
As part of its annual presentation celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Kankouran invites guests to explore Africa in Visit Casamance, portraying the cycle of seasons of the people inhabiting the agrarian Casamance region of Senegal. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Call 202-269-1600 or visit danceplace.org.
New York-based Kimberly Bartosik directs 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 danceplace.org.
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 arlingtondrafthouse.com.
STEPHANIE MILLER'S SEXY LIBERAL COMEDY TOUR
"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 shakespearetheatre.org.
"Rap, Race, Reality" is the title of a speech the Public Enemy hip-hop legend will give as part of the McLean Community Center's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chuck D has increasingly made a name for himself as a political activist, having co-hosted a show on Air America Radio and provided commentary about "Black Lives Matter" and the 2016 presidential campaigns on TV news. Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., Mclean, Va. Tickets are $20. Call 703-790-0123 or visit mcleancenter.org/alden-theatre.
MAUREEN DOWD AND CARL HULSE
The Hill Center kicks off a new series called "Full Proof Punditry" with two writers for the New York Times: The brash, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd and Chief Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse. The town hall-style event will feature prognostications about what's to come in the scary, unpredictable Trump era, all washed down with drinks made with Civic vodka, produced by D.C.'s first women-owned distillery Republic Restoratives. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. Old Navy Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 day-of event. Call 202-549-4172 or visit HillCenterDC.org.
SOPHIA CABOT BLACK, ALAN KING
Sophie Cabot Black will read and sign copies of her latest collection of poetry, The Exchange, as part of a poetry-focused reading and reception also featuring Alan King, of the newly published poetry collection Point Blank. Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. Bethesda. Tickets are $25. Call 301-654-8664 or visit writer.org.
STORY DISTRICT'S TOP SHELF
An annual best-of showcase featuring some of the best tales told over the past year at this storytelling organization's many events around town. Unlike other storytelling organizations, Story District, formerly known as SpeakEasyDC, is focused on congenial camaraderie rather than competition -- no judged "Story Slams" here. Top Shelf is a curated group of eight storytellers, partially winnowed down by a panel of independent judges. Saturday, Jan. 14. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-328-6000 or visit thelincolndc.com.
Works by 37 members in the Capitol Hill Arts League are featured in this juried exhibition, including: Mary Ellen Abrecht, Kasse Andrews-Weller, Ken Bachman, Paula Cleggett, Fierce Sonia, Vince Iannacchione, JoAnn Lamicella Laboy, Ohana Murao, Hernan Murno, Ann Pickett, and Judy Searles. Opening reception Saturday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Runs to Feb. 1. Gallery in Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Call 202-547-6839 or visit chaw.org.
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.
CNN POLITICS CAMPAIGN 2016: LIKE, SHARE, ELECT
For those who haven't already had 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. However, don't expect it to make you feel any better about the outcome. Through Jan. 22. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $22.95 for general admission. Call 888-NEWSEUM or visit newseum.org.
JOHAB SILVA: PROFILING: I WANT ORDER
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. On exhibit to Jan. 21, with an Artist Talk on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. Call 202-483-1102 or visit transformerdc.org.
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." To Jan. 22. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. Baltimore. Call 443-573-1700 or visit artbma.org.
LOCAL COLOR BY THE SEVEN PALETTES
Since 2012, a group of mostly local, mostly retired women have collaborated to collectively increase their artmaking and pursue their passions beyond the realm of mere hobby. Sara Becker, Nancy Brown Butler, Helen Gallagher, Caroline Orrick, Ann Rossilli, Elizabeth "Penny" Smith, and Maureen Ward will highlight some fruits of their cooperative labor in an exhibition presented by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., and on display to Jan. 28. Public reception Friday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. Call 301-215-7990 or visit galleryb.com.
MATERIAL AS MEDIUM
An eye toward the future of textile art is the focus over the next month in the contemporary exhibition space at Alexandria's Torpedo Factory. Juror Aaron McIntosh selected 15 artists and asked them to either create traditional work using unconventional materials - such as Kathleen Kennedy's Pelt, made with found keys and chainmail, or use orthodox materials in a new context, such as Diana Baumbach's Meditation on White IX featuring cotton reclaimed from baby clothes, lace edging and other ephemera to create a monotone image. It's all meant to help foster more discussion about fiber and textiles as increasingly "high art" pursuits rather than more traditional handicrafts. Closes Sunday, Jan. 15. Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or visit torpedofactory.org.
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. The exhibit features works by interdisciplinary artists Eames Armstrong and John Moletress, and includes an outrageous live work, performed at the opening and again on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., in which the artists subvert the anti-LGBT practice of conversion therapy by affirming all things queer and transgressive. Summer Camp, Kunj, Salvadora Dali, and Johnny Fantastic take part in the opening reception Friday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibition on view through Feb. 4. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 202-733-6321 or visit culturaldc.org.
CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
What was once known as the Reston Zoo presents a Chinese Lantern Festival with authentic Chinese "lanterns" that are far beyond the simple, traditional hand-held candle-lit lamps, made out of silk and paper, that the term might conjure. There are 40 lantern sets of 800 displays in all, portraying animals from around the world. Presented by Hanart Culture, a company focused on bringing the art and culture of China to America, the festival also includes other forms of Chinese art and entertainment -- handicrafts, live kung fu performances -- to create an enchanting, multicultural experience in the 30-acre park. There are also animatronic dinosaurs for kids to ride. Daily from 5 to 9 p.m. until Jan. 15. Roer's Zoofari, 1228 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna, Va. Tickets are $12.50 for children and $22 for adults online, or $15 and $25 at the gate. Call 703-757-6222 or visit ChineseLanternFestival.com.
GERARD PANGAUD: THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING
The man behind former D.C. restaurant Gerard's Place and now chef at Malmaison on the Georgetown Waterfront, Gerard Pangaud was the youngest chef ever to receive a two-star Michelin rating (for his namesake French restaurant prior to moving to the U.S.). At the Hill Center on Capitol Hill he offers another Art of French Cooking class, predicated on his approach in the kitchen emphasizing the creative and unique over the rote and standard -- in other words, winging it versus relying on a recipe. For his next class, designed at the "intermediate to advanced" level, Pangaud demonstrates how to make a seared tuna salad, gratin of endives and ham with Swiss cheese, and a chocolate brownie with his signature vanilla ice cream. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. Hill Center, Old Navy Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Cost is $85. Call 202-549-4172 or visit HillCenterDC.org.
KING: A FILMED RECORD ...MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS
Once again the American Film Institute celebrates MLK Day by screening a free documentary featuring footage of the civil rights legend. King: A Filmed Record ...Montgomery to Memphis includes his stirring "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, and also features narration and commentary from Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, and Ruby Dee, among others. Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz co-directed and produced this 1970 film. Monday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are free, available at the box office starting at 10:30 a.m. day-of. Call 301-495-6720 or visit afi.com/Silver.
PRETTY BOI DRAG
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 prettyboidrag.com.
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 thelincolndc.com.