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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


Richie Keen's loose remake of the 1987 teen comedy Three O'Clock High focuses on a high school English teacher (Charlie Day) trying to keep it together on the last day of the school year amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts threatening jobs. And that's all before Ice Cube challenges him to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. With Dennis Haysbert and Tracy Morgan. Opens Friday, Feb. 17. Area theaters. 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)

While Disney's Zootopia is the blockbuster to beat in the Animated Feature category, it's a more wide open and unknown lot in the Animated Shorts category. Close Oscar-watchers think the winner is likely to be either Alan Barillaro's Piper, a film produced by Pixar, or Patrick Osborne's Pearl, produced by Google Spotlight Stories. Both screen in a package of eight films and include the other three Oscar nominees: Borrowed Time by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev, and Robert Valley's Pear Brandy and Cigarettes, which features depictions of violence, sex and drug use, making it the only film in this collection unsuitable for children. Now playing. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit

With no documentary nominees this year clocking in at under 20 minutes and two running nearly 40 minutes, Landmark split the films into two programs. Program A includes Joe's Violin, Kahane Cooperman's tale connecting a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and a 12-year-old American girl, Extremis, Dan Krauss's examination of harrowing end-of-life decisions, and Daphne Matziaraki's 4.1 Miles, a profile of a coast guard captain credited with saving thousands of lives during the European migrant crisis. Program B offers two timely views of a woeful world, both from the still ongoing Syrian Civil War. There's The White Helmets by Orlando von Einsiedel, focused on the work of volunteer rescue workers in Syria, and Watani: My Homeland by Marcel Mettelsiefen, which follows a Syrian refugee family attempting a new life in Germany. Now playing. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. Call 202-534-1907 or visit

It's an all-international affair among the five live action nominees at this year's Oscars. They include Kristof Deak's Sing (Hungary), Aske Bang's Silent Nights (Denmark), Juanjo Gimenez Pena's Timecode (Spain), Selim Aazzazi's Ennemis Interieurs (France) and Timo von Gunten's La Femme et la TGV (Switzerland). Now playing. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit

As the Black History Month screening in its monthly film series, Reel Affirmations presents C. Fitz's documentary about Jewel Thais-Williams, proprietor of one of the nation's first black discos. Known as "the unofficial Studio 54 of the West Coast," Jewel's Catch One became a safe haven for Los Angeles' black LGBTQ community for four decades before closing in 2015. Rayceen Pendarvis of The Ask Rayceen Show hosts the screening Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. HRC Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Tickets are $12, or $25 for VIP seating as well one complimentary cocktail, beer or wine and popcorn. Call 800-777-4723 or visit

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)

As part of its year-round programming, the Washington Jewish Film Festival screens two recent films on succeeding Tuesday nights. Ferne Pearlstein's documentary The Last Laugh, co-presented with the Washington Improv Theater, screens Tuesday, Feb. 21, and features interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders -- including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman and Shalom Auslander -- asking: Can humor be found in the Holocaust? On Tuesday, Feb. 28, comes Roee Florentin's Mr. Predictable, a rom-com from Israel focused on a perfectly devoted family man who learns how to live life to its fullest when he falls in love after a chance encounter with a free-spirited dogwalker. Both films screen at 7:30 p.m. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $13.50 each. Call 202-777-3247 or visit

Throughout February, the Library of Congress screens films featuring either Debbie Reynolds or Carrie Fisher as part of a tribute to the recently departed mother-daughter duo. The series concludes next week with Under The Rainbow, a poorly reviewed, largely fictional account from 1981 about backstage hijinks during the filming of The Wizard of Oz in which Fisher plays a much-put-upon studio employee opposite Chevy Chase as a spy, set for Thursday, Feb. 23. The following night offers Bundle of Joy, a comedy farce from 1956 about a recently fired employee and an abandoned baby and co-starring her then-husband Eddie Fisher, Carrie's father-to-be. Both films screen at 7:30 p.m. Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd. Culpeper, Va. Free. Call 202-707-9994 or visit


Rosalind, banished to the Forest of Arden, disguises herself as a rustic shepherd and discovers Orlando in one of Shakespeare's best comedies. Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs a production starring Lindsay Alexandra Carter, Lorenzo Roberts, Dani Stoller, Michael Glenn, and Tom Story. To March 5. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $35 to $75. Call 202-544-7077 or visit

A zealous family and their prodigal daughter try to pray their way to safety during an apocalyptic storm threatening their home in Clare Barron's new play, touted as a Rorschach test for the faithful and the faithless alike. Howard Shalwitz directs Kate Eastwood Norris, Sarah Marshall and Cody Nickell in a harrowing tale of survival and forgiveness. To Feb. 26. 641 D St. NW. Call 202-393-3939 or visit

Virginia's Creative Cauldron presents a scorching, Tony-nominated musical revue interweaving classic blues and American Songbook standards by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more. Matt Conner directs a show originally conceived by Sheldon Epps. To March 5. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave., Falls Church. Tickets are $50. Call 703-436-9948 or visit

The largest musical in Round House's history is part of a season celebrating playwright Tony Kushner. The Tony-nominated musical concerns an African-American maid who works for a Jewish family in Louisiana during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The 17-person cast includes Nova Y. Payton, Will Gartshore, Felicia Curry, Naomi Jacobson, Dorea Schmidt, and Kara-Tameika Watkins. Matthew Gardner directs. To Feb. 26. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Call 240-644-1100 or visit

Established 40 years ago in New Orleans and taking its name from a popular social club for African-American musicians, this seven-member ensemble has helped revitalize the brass tradition in New Orleans as well as export it around the world. A music machine that has guested on albums for David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse and the Dave Matthews Band, the Dirty Dozen offers genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. North Carolina up-and-coming funk act the Get Right Band opens. Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call 202-787-1000 or visit

Roz White and Doug Brown take on D.L. Coburn's play, which the New York Times called a "thoroughly entertaining lesson in the fine art of theatrical finesse." Thomas W. Jones II directs. To March 12. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55 to $60. Call 800-494-8497 or visit

The Grammy-winning soloist, considered one of the greatest of her generation, performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor in a program conducted by Cornelius Meister that also includes fantasy-influenced works by Dvorak, Janacek and Richard Strauss. Hahn will sign CDs afterwards in the Grand Foyer. Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $89. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's irreverent play follows a book-smart prep-schooler and a street-savvy drop-out from inner-city Baltimore, as the two spend the night in a holding cell. Serge Seiden directs a world-premiere Mosaic Theater production of the final play in the three-part series Clamorous Encounters: Coming of Age in America, billed as "likely the most urgent and pressing play in Season Two." Closes Feb. 19. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $60. Call 202-399-7993 or visit

Three years after giving us Cock, British playwright Mike Bartlett returns with his latest theatrical effort. An Olivier-winning play that nods to Shakespeare, King Charles II explores how Prince Charles might rule were he to finally ascend to the British throne. The New York Times called it "an intellectually and emotionally gripping study of the strangely enduring anachronism that is the British monarchy." Directed by David Muse. In previews. To March 12. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or visit

Arlene Hutton's charming World War II-era play focuses on a fated couple who meet on a train carrying F. Scott Fitzgerald's coffin across the country. Closes Sunday, Feb. 19. Produced by the Washington Stage Guild. Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 240-582-0050 or visit

One of the original Supremes alongside Diana Ross, Wilson has long channeled her passion and celebrity into promoting humanitarian efforts to end hunger, fight HIV/AIDS, encourage world peace, and condemn the use of hidden landmines. Thursday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $40 to $45, plus $12 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141 or visit

Kathryn Chase Bryer directs a Rick Elice's prequel to Peter Pan, complete with swordfights, shipwrecks and mermaids, but also clever wordplay, daring ensemble movement and live music. Dallas Tolentino plays the Boy Who Never Grew Up, alongside Megan Graves as the plucky and precocious Molly and Michael John Casey as the Black Stache, determined to become the world's most feared one-handed villain. To March 12. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 202-204-7741 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. Closes Sunday, Feb. 19. Kreeger Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit

The brilliant E. Faye Butler plays Mrs. Lovett and David Benoit takes on the role of the Demon Barber in Olney Theatre's production of the chilling Sondheim classic. He slits their throats, she makes meat pies out of them. Jason Loewith directs. In previews. To March 5. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Call 301-924-3400 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. Extended to Feb. 26. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit

A man and woman find love and mystery at a secluded fishing cabin in Jez Butterworth's drama. Jeff Allin, Emma Jackson and Karen Novack star in a Spooky Action Theater production directed by Rebecca Holderness. To Feb. 26. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. Tickets are $30 to $40. Call 202-248-0301 or visit

Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl) stars in Lillian Hellman's thriller about a man deeply involved in anti-fascist movements prior to WWII. Jackie Maxwell directs. To March 5. Fichandler Stage in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit

Holly Twyford takes on the towering role of Martha in Edward Albee's acid-laced masterpiece about a warring couple who bare their fangs during cocktails with a younger version of themselves. Gregory Linington, Maggie Wilder and Danny Gavigan round out the strong, all-local cast of this admittedly long play -- the runtime is over three hours with two intermissions -- that chances are you'll find ultimately worth every minute for the wildly funny, heart-wrenching and insightful things Albee says and reveals about the human condition and relationships. Aaron Posner directs. Closes Sunday, Feb. 19. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $15 to $62. Call 800-982-2787 or visit


The renowned pianist continues his journey through the complete works of Fryderyk Chopin with a celebration of the composer's youthful creations, including masterful gems in his 12 Etudes, Op. 10, three nocturnes and several youthful polonaises and mazurkas. Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $34 to $88. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

As part of its 2017 Artist in Residence mentoring program, Strathmore offers solo concerts of its up-and-coming artists. Next up is a percussionist and sought-after support player who performs with the Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble and other jazz combos at the University of Maryland, where Antico is a music student. Antico custom builds his own instruments, reworking and refinishing old or damaged drums, fine tuning them to emit the exact sounds he desires. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets are $17. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Damien Rice's former sultry vocal partner, Irish singer-songwriter Hannigan makes a long-awaited return to D.C. to promote her third solo album, 2016's At Swim. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-588-1880 or visit

Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and federal holiday may have already passed, but you can sing his praises at any time. This Sunday, Feb. 19, Washington Performing Arts will do just that with this 29th annual choral tribute. Men, women and children of the WPA Gospel Choirs team up with the Choral Arts Society of Washington -- 300 voices strong -- to perform in honor of King. Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 to $70. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

A concert inspired by The Hills Are Alive, a reinterpretation of The Sound of Music by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata as masterminded by Peter Kiesewalter, also known for his work in the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company. Broadway star Tony Vincent (Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar) leads a cast of four vocalists in classic Broadway hits, some of them from more than a century ago, reimagined as electric rock ditties. Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. The Concert Hall in George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $29 to $48. Call 888-945-2468 or visit

Beethoven modeled his Fidelio on Pierre Gaveaux and Jean-Nicolas Bouilly's Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal, an 18th century comic opera about a political prisoner -- awaiting death in his cell -- and his wife, who risks her life to seek justice. Ryan Brown conducts the Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus and Oriol Tomas directs Kimy McLaren as Leonore and Jean-Michel Richer as Florestan in a production sung in French with English supertitles. Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. GW Lisner, The George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $130. Call 202-994-6851 or visit

Simply Ella kicks off a series at the Kennedy Center celebrating the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song. One of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, jazz violinist Carter pays tribute to her idol and inspiration accompanied by Marvin Sewell on guitar, Brandon McCune on piano, Hammond B-3, and Rhodes, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Alvester Garnett on drums. Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 and 9 p.m. Kennedy Center Family Theater. Tickets are $50 to $65. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

Renowned in the world of Baroque music, French soprano Piau performs French melodies and German lieder. The thoughtfully curated program explores the theme of dreams and includes songs by Chausson, Poulenc, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Berg and Strauss. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. University of the District of Columbia Theatre of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $50. Call 202-785-9727 or visit


A cast of five dancers perform a showcase of Indian classical and contemporary dance genres as seen in Bollywood blockbusters and set to high-energy Indian pop songs written by composers A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), the brother duo Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, and Monty Sharma. The colorful, dazzling spectacle, which includes excerpts from Bollywood films, is on its first tour of the states. Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. Concert Hall in the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $30 to $50. Call 888-945-2468 or visit


D.C.'s leading company for longform improv offers a "Wintry Mix," a series of vignettes featuring different ensembles, with each plot developed on-the-fly, spurred by a single audience suggestion. Weekends to Feb. 26. District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), 2438 18th St. NW. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. Call 202-462-7833 or visit


George Mason University presents the New York transgender advocate, TV host and author of Redefining Realness for an annual lecture given by a black woman who exemplifies a commitment to the principles embodied by legendary activist and scholar Sojourner Truth. Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Concert Hall, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $5 to $15. Call 888-945-2468 or visit


Friends and Fashion paints a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early 19th century St. Petersburg, based on an album of watercolors assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton. The collection was acquired by Hillwood in 2004 and conserved in 2015, but this marks the first time the fascinating set is presented in its entirety. Opens Saturday, Feb. 18. Runs to June 11. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Suggested donation is $12. Call 202-686-5807 or visit

In honor of Black History Month, the Carlyle Hotel presents a collection of works from a local collective curated by Julie Ratner of Directions in Art. Twelve works by Russell Simmons, Daniel Brooking, Michael Platt, and Gloria Kirk will be on display in the hotel's living room in addition to permanent works by Michele Oka Doner. The temporary gallery opens in a neighborhood open house Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. with live entertainment plus bites and drinks from the hotel's restaurant Riggsby by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow. Also open during the party is the hotel's newly redesigned meeting space, the Ellington Room, featuring selected works by Chef Schlow's wife and mixed-media artist Adrienne Schlow. Runs to April 16. Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle, 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Call 202-234-3200 or visit

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. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. Free. Call 202-633-1000 or visit

The 26th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition tasked artists to interpret the concept of the "blues" however they like, using their medium of choice. Out of more than 1,000 submissions, an exceptionally diverse collection of 146 artworks by 101 artists is now on display as a complement to the art center's season-long exploration of blues music, "Shades of Blues." Closes Sunday, Feb. 19. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 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

Suburban Maryland's Adah Rose Gallery offers its second show featuring artists from the D.C.-based collective Studio 155. One way or another, all the paintings and drawings on display glorify and honor a love and reverence for the earth, from detailed depictions of flowers and trees to sweeping illustrations of landscapes and natural monuments such as the Grand Canyon. Ten artists are represented, including Ellen Tuttle, Don Myer, Roberta Bernstein, July Weihe and Jill Hodgsoni. To Feb. 25. 3766 Howard Ave. in Kensington, Md. Call 301-922-0162 or visit


In addition to his two permanent restaurants in D.C.'s Hill Center and Arlington, celebrity chef David Guas offers a Mardi Gras-themed pop-up in Union Market now until Fat Tuesday. The focus, naturally, is on "BB" King Cake, the classic ring-shaped brioche-style cake piped with signature Creole Cream Cheese filling. Bayou Bakery serves the cakes in a gift box with carnival beads, a traditional plastic baby hidden inside, and a postcard sharing the treat's history. Also on offer are "Graslines," a buttery sugar praline cookie topped with purple, green and gold sugar-flecked sprinkles, and "GrasNola," gluten-free crunchy oats sweetened with honey and tossed in burnt-brown butter. Through Feb. 28. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery Opens Pop-Up Shop in Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. Call 800-680-9095 or visit

Food incubator Mess Hall in the Northeast Edgewood neighborhood once again gives D.C. gourmands their first tastes of the city's hottest new restaurants. The third Ramen World, raising funds for Miriam's Kitchen, features Thip Khao and Bantam King, along with "#RamenMasters" from Sushi Taro, Haikan, Alfie's, and Paper Horse, the newest concept from Erik Bruner Yang of Toki Underground and Maketto fame. It also introduces Cassava Bubble Tea, Conbini Cafe by UZU, and Bird's Eye Sandwich Shop by Doi Moi. Beverages on tap include Kirin Ichiban, Suntory Whiskey and Silencio Mezcal. And remember: "Unlimited food does not give you permission to be a #ramenwaster." Ticketed in two-hour rounds, at noon and 3 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 26. Mess Hall, 703 Edgewood St. NE. Tickets are $70 (plus nearly $5 in fees) for general admission and unlimited food, beer and cocktails, or $105 (plus nearly $7 in fees) for VIP priority access with swag bag with t-shirt.


The Bethesda restaurant kicks off a year-long 20th anniversary celebration with the first in a Sunday Salon series of monthly discussions, highlighting the cuisine and culture of Italy. Stevens will discuss "The Fine Art of Commissions: From Michelangelo to the Present," focused on how patrons can inspire artists to produce their greatest works. Stevens is a former professor of fine arts at the George Washington and Georgetown universities and now a painter on commission for clients including the Smithsonian Institution, the federal government and area law firms and hospitals. Sunday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cesco Osteria, 7401 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda. Call 301-654-8333 or visit

"Parts You'd Never Play" features songs from roles guest performers think they'll never get cast in. Started by Regie Cabico and DonMike Mendoza and now held every other Monday, La-Ti-Do is a variety show chiefly focused on music and singing, enlisting professionals from the theater or opera worlds performing on their night off, but also including spoken-word poets, storytellers and comedians. Some of the performers at the next round: Dwayne Allen, Courtney LeBlanc, Nicole Riding, Camryn Shegogue, Kylie Smith, and Rachel Weisenthal, plus Aaron Reeder, Keith Alexander, and poet Angelique Palmer with organizational partner DC Opera on Tap. Pianist Taylor Rambo provides accompaniment and Mendoza and Anya Randall Nebel co-host. Monday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. Bistro Bistro, 1727 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $15, or only $10 if you eat dinner at the restaurant beforehand. Call 202-328-1640 or visit