Results tagged “Birchmere” from Spotlight

There's No Christmas Like 'A John Waters Christmas'

By Doug Rule
December 18, 2013 12:43 PM |
Legendary Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, who most recently stirred up news for criticizing Internet porn as "obscene," returns to the Birchmere tonight, Dec. 18, for his annual one-man show motivated by a genuine love for Christmas. In fact, the show explores the gay and sexual possibilities of the holiday. As he told Metro Weekly in a 2009 cover feature: "Is Santa erotic? ... [Read]

Lianne La Havas at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 11, 2012 8:36 AM |
The Birchmere has done it again, snagging a breakthrough act -- before the act has actually broken through. Following in the footsteps of British folk singer Corinne Bailey Rae and British electro-folk rock band Mumford & Sons, the intimate Alexandria venue presents Lianne La Havas for a Veteran's Day Weekend concert. NPR has touted the new British folk/pop chanteuse ... [Read]

Aimee Mann at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 24, 2012 9:45 AM |
The former lead singer of 1980s new-wave band 'Til Tuesday ("Voices Carry"), Aimee Mann gained further recognition as a solo artist for her work on the Magnolia soundtrack a decade ago. But the famously moody singer-songwriter, who grew up outside Richmond, Va., has shown herself to be in an uncharacteristically playful mood of late. Her most recent album, 2008's impressive ... [Read]

Cheryl Wheeler's double stop

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 20, 2012 3:00 PM |
A natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor and spontaneity, Cheryl Wheeler performs many songs in concert that haven't even been recorded on one of her engaging folk-based pop albums. Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $29.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. Also Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. Rams ... [Read]

Everything's coming up Bob Mould

Posted by Randy Shulman
June 6, 2011 9:44 AM |
He may now call San Francisco home, but Bob Mould still stops in his former D.C. stomping grounds regularly, for the dance party Blowoff and an occasional concert, such as his stop next Friday, June 10, at the Birchmere. He'll perform from his storied repertoire and his most recent studio set Life & Times, the 2009 album filled withs songs ... [Read]

Ashford & Simpson at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 7, 2011 8:32 AM |
The husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson is still solid -- solid as a, well, soul is what this is. And ain't no mountain or river can keep them away. They return for another March stop at the Birchmere. Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $65. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. ... [Read]

Lizz Wright at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 11, 2011 9:06 AM |
A blues-fired R&B singer with a countrified bent and a gospel and jazz background, New Yorker by way of Georgia Lizz Wright sometimes powers her smoky contralto to its full-throttle peak or its highest height, but the point is never to showboat. Wright will knock you out with lyrical power, stun you with beautiful, elegantly crafted melodies, shock you with ... [Read]

A John Waters Christmas at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 14, 2010 9:15 AM |
An encore performance after last year's sellout success, legendary Baltimore filmmaker John Waters returns to the Birchmere in his one-man show motivated by a genuine love for Christmas. In fact, the show explores the gay and sexual possibilities of the holiday. As he told Metro Weekly last December: "Is Santa erotic? That is a question with the bear movement. Is ... [Read]

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Holiday Show

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 12, 2010 9:13 AM |
In 2003, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, two married country music singer-songwriters who you may remember as stars in Claritin commercials from a few years ago, released Happy Holidays, a cover album of Christmas songs. They're still a caroling couple, now they're just doing it live. Tonight, Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. ... [Read]

Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer perform together in only five cities on this fall's Side by Side Tour. Area alt-country fans, consider yourselves lucky. Monday, Nov. 29, and Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $35. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. ... [Read]

Barbara Cook at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2010 10:45 AM |
Widely considered the foremost interpreter of the American Songbook, the Tony- and Grammy-winning Barbara Cook performs a one-night-only concert at the intimate Birchmere. The original Marian the Librarian in Meredith Wilson's The Music Man -- and Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide -- Cook is sure to relate anecdotes from her recent stint on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim, her first ... [Read]

Belly Horror at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 21, 2010 9:00 AM |
Now in its fifth year, the cabaret Belly Horror features performance artists in what is billed as “a sinisterly sensual smorgasbord of belly dance, inspired by Halloween, B-movie monsters and burlesque theater.” Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $29.50 Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. ... [Read]

Paula Poundstone at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 15, 2010 11:10 AM |
Longtime standup comic Paula Poundstone, self-proclaimed "virginish" and "asexual," is these days usually the funniest person on NPR's amusing weekend news quiz show Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! She appears Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $39.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. ... [Read]

UPDATE: TONIGHT'S LIZZ WRIGHT SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO ARTIST ILLNESS. Refunds are available at place of purchase through 10/20. The Birchmere has rescheduled the show for Friday, February 11, 2011. Since the date is so far away, The Birchmere is refunding all tickets, and creating a new event for 2/11/11. Tickets for this new show will go on ... [Read]

Laura Veirs at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 16, 2010 8:45 AM |
In less than a year's time Laura Veirs, a Portland, Ore.-based folk artist, has released a widely praised new album, July Flame -- her seventh in only 11 years. And this spring she became a mother to a baby boy whose father is her producer and multi-instrumentalist. Expect her to be in invigorating spirits, singing, as one new track puts ... [Read]

Level 42 at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
July 20, 2010 8:57 AM |
The British pop band Level 42, who scored hits in the '80s with "Something About You," "Lessons in Love" and "Running in the Family" are touring to celebrate 30 years of music-making. Thursday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $49.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. ... [Read]