August 2010 Archives

The Sound of Music at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 31, 2010 9:33 AM |
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved Broadway musical celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a week-long run at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. Mandy Bruno stars as Maria and Burke Moses is Captain Von Trapp, with 10 D.C.-area teens cast as part of the youth ensemble chorus. Opens tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 31. Through Sunday, Sept. 5. Curtain at 8 p.m. Matinees Saturday, ... [Read]

Now in theaters: Eat Pray Love

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 31, 2010 9:31 AM |
Recently divorced and desperate to break her pattern of serial relationships, Elizabeth Gilbert packs her belongings into storage and begins a year-long, three-country quest to learn about herself through different cultures. Based on Gilbert's best-selling 2006 memoir, this film promises to transport you if not transform you. Director Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee and Nip/Tuck, leaves behind all the sarcasm ... [Read]

Jesse Elliott leads this alt-country/indie-rock band These United States. With roots in D.C. and Lexington, Ky, it's said to be one of rock’s best kept secrets, putting on a great live show. And for one night only, it’s free. Monday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Tickets are free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. ... [Read]

Art Reactor Gallery is a new artist-run photo-focused gallery/workshop/studio space in Hyattsville presents its first curated exhibit. The Whole Plate Project focuses on photographs made using a variety of historic and contemporary materials but all in the “whole plate format,” defined as 6.5 inches by 8.5 inches and first used by Louis Daguerre in 1839. Scott Davis, Quinn Jacobson, Chris ... [Read]

The National Museum of the American Indian's "Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture" explores the many native artists who have had successful and influential careers in pop music over the past century, including Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, Randy Castillo and Stevie Salas. On display through Jan. 2, 2011. National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Ave. at ... [Read]

Juried Exhibition at the CITY Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 28, 2010 9:15 AM |
For those of you not joining the wolf pack at the Glenn Beck Rally for Teabagging, consider instead checking out the CITY Gallery, for which Jack Rasmussen of the American University Museum selected 22 area artists to exhibit for its First Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Diana Derby, Sabine Carlson, Michael Fleischhacker, Cavan Fleming and Jennifer Cox are among the exhibiting ... [Read]

The Vibrator Play at Woolly Mammoth

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 27, 2010 9:33 AM |
Aaron Posner directs Sarah Ruhl's 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony-nominated In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, kicking off Woolly Mammoth's 31st season. The play centers on a new medical device developed to pacify "hysterical" women, though has a shockingly different result. The cast includes the always-extraordinary Sarah Marshall, James Konicek, Kimberly Gilbert, Jessica Frances Dukes and Katie ... [Read]

The founding members of Lifehouse had their roots as a Christian band but made a smooth, quick, and profitable transition into alternative rock, forging several huge hits including "Hanging by a Moment," "Broken," "You and Me" and "Whatever It Takes." Fronted by Jason Wade, whose vocals convey both emotion and potency, the band's strikes a gentle balance between driving rock ... [Read]

Joo Young Oh at The Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 27, 2010 9:01 AM |
Celebrated teenage violinist Joo Young Oh performs a recital called “Passion of the Violin,” featuring selections from Tartini, Saint-Saëns, Milstein and Sarasate. Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $30. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. ... [Read]

Phillips Collection After 5

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 26, 2010 9:21 AM |
Until Labor Day, the Phillips Collection turns its popular monthly Thursday After 5 event, which mixes art and entertainment and offers food and cash bar, into a weekly affair. In addition to the museum's summer exhibitions, the museum offers an End of Summer White Party with music by Bluebrain on Aug. 26. And the contemporary jazz Bob Tublin Trio performs ... [Read]

Shen Yun Performing Arts at the KenCen

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 26, 2010 9:19 AM |
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts seeks to breathe new life into traditional Chinese culture, blending beauty, energy and grace. Dancers dressed in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns while a live orchestra and thunderous drums shake the stage, against stunning, otherworldly backdrops. Presented by New Tang Dynasty. Thursday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 ... [Read]

The Ladies of the Uke at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 25, 2010 9:11 AM |
Uke Fest 2010: The Ladies of the Uke highlights women who play the ukulele and features the Sweater Set, Victoria Vox, the Hula Honeys, the Riders and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. It's part of Strathmore's free Summer Concert Series in the Gudelsky Gazebo, preceded by a mini-street festival at 5:30 p.m. with mimes, clowns, acrobats and jugglers. Bring blankets ... [Read]

Tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 26, brings Mommie Dearest, the camp biopic about Joan Crawford and starring Faye Dunaway, in a ravishing, rampaging over-the-top performance. It's one of those timeless camp classics of which we never tire. Next Thursday, Sept. 2, the series ends with Steel Magnolias, the Southern gem with a cast that goes down as smoothly like a mint julep ... [Read]

Stages Baltimore and Club Hippo's popular Tuesday night Showtunes Video Madness present its 14th annual bus trip to next month's Broadway Cares Flea Market in Times Square. Bus trippers are on their own to do as they wish, whether going to the actual flea market and auction or just exploring Broadway or catching a matinee. The bus departs Baltimore on ... [Read]

This ensemble, featuring the vibrant young bassist and composer Michael Feinberg, with Julian Shore, Daniel Platzman, Joe Santa Maria and Tivon Pennicott, continues to bring fresh ideas to life with music that incorporates jazz, hip hop and rock, as well as influences from his Middle Eastern and Eastern European heritage. Tonight, Monday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium ... [Read]

Cool at Gallery 10

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 23, 2010 9:19 AM |
"Cool" features two dozen local artists presenting their ideas about the term "cool," from hipness to temperature. Among those included in the exhibition are Baltimore-based artist Bob Allen, and D.C. artists Warren Williams and Sidney Lawrence. On display through Aug. 28. Gallery 10, 1519 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-232-3326 or visit gallery10dc.com. ... [Read]

Lindsay Reishman Real Estate is hosting several monthly free moving viewings in Stead Park. Up tomorrow is the 2002 sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, that kinda-sorta made a star out of its writer Nia Vardalos, who plays a Greek-American woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man (Sex and the City's John Corbett). Tuesday, Aug. 24, at ... [Read]

Scissor Sisters, the gay, glam-rock band, cheekily named after a lesbian sex act, shimmers all throughout its new all-dance album Night Work. Filled with passion and a strong sense of revelry, this is the band at its best, living up to its full potential. The pseudonymous Sisters -- Jake Shears, Babydaddy, Ana Matronic and Del Marquis -- succeed here in ... [Read]

Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg is the first major exhibition to explore the connections between Norman Rockwell's iconic images of American life and the movies -- specifically the films of Lucas and Spielberg, who found a kindred spirit in Rockwell and his belief that ordinary people can become unlikely heroes. On display ... [Read]

Spotlighters seeking a Dramaturg

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 20, 2010 2:02 PM |
Spotlighters Theatre seeks a Dramaturg for the 2010/2011 Season. Responsible for creating materials for Press Releases for Mainstage Productions during the season, and show synopsis and collateral material for specific show programs. This is a volunteer position. To review the 2010/2011 Season, click here. To inquire about the post, send an e-mail to Managing/Artistic Director Fuzz Roark at fuzz@spotlighters.org. ... [Read]

Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 20, 2010 1:24 PM |
Explore the new restaurants of Mount Vernon Triangle by dining around the neighborhood tasting appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts from seven different eateries! Participating restaurants in the Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle are Busboys & Poets, Taylor Deli, Kushi, Mandu, Henry’s Café, Papa Johns, and Buddha Bar. Buy a master ticket for $15 in advance; $20 at the door to ... [Read]

Tears for Fears at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 20, 2010 9:10 AM |
Yes, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith -- aka Tears for Fears -- are still together. In fact, six years ago the '80s hitmakers ("Everybody Wants To Rule The World," "Shout," Sowing The Seeds of Love") regrouped to release a new set, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. It may not have been a commercial success, but it was a splendid return ... [Read]

In the contemporary comedy The Savannah Disputation, a Pentecostal missionary gets more than she bargains for when she drops in on two Catholic spinsters and sparks a crisis of faith. Actually, "a theological showdown about what it means to truly believe." Closes this Sunday, Aug. 22. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Tickets are $26 to $49. ... [Read]

A Metro Weekly Critic’s Pick when it screened at last year’s Reel Affirmations, this Swedish film focuses on a gay couple settling down in the suburbs, ready to make a family. When baby Patrik (Thomas Ljungman) turns out to be 15 instead of 1.5 years old, what was supposed to be two men and a baby turns into two queens ... [Read]

The Femme Show at DC Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 19, 2010 9:13 AM |
Johnny Blazes, Maggie Cee, Geppetta, M. Hanora, Rachel Kahn, Mylene St Pierre plus the local artist Natalie Illum explore gender, queerness and sexuality in this wide-ranging national touring show, incorporating burlesque, drag, spoken word, music, even puppets and props. The Femme Show looks at all aspects of femme identity -- it’s queer art for queer people, presented by In the ... [Read]

A piece of theater that moves more like a troubadour's ballad than a rock musical, Studio Theatre's production of Passing Strange defies easy classification every chance it gets. Like an amazing concept album or a club show you talk about for years, Passing Strange has a life of its own. To its disservice, Studio's 2ndStage simply doesn't give it enough ... [Read]

Arturo Sandoval at Blues Alley

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 19, 2010 9:07 AM |
A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Cuban-born Arturo Sandoval was granted political asylum in the U.S. 20 years ago. He's revered as one of the world's best jazz trumpeters and flugel horn players, as well as a renowned pianist and composer. Friday, Aug. 20, Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ... [Read]

The Great Typo Hunt at Borders

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 18, 2010 8:37 AM |
In The Great Typo Hunt, Benjamin Herson and Jeff Deck humorously document their drive around the the U.S. fixing typos in public signage using markers, Wite-Out and chalk -- yes, really. Herson and Deck were even summoned to federal court for defacing a historic sign at the Grand Canyon, all in the name of grammatical accuracy. You go, guys! They'll ... [Read]

Mary Chapin Carpenter at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 18, 2010 8:34 AM |
"Hometown Girl" Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Wolf Trap (where she's performed 16 times) for the first time in five years, and for the first time since recovering from a "serious medical issue that necessitated significant rest." The folk-country star tours in support of her sumptuous new album, The Age of Miracles. Thursday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. Wolf Trap, ... [Read]

Shakespeare Theatre's Free for All

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 18, 2010 8:25 AM |
The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents this year's 20th annual "Free for All" production with 22 performances of Twelfth Night, more than double last year's number. Queer as Folk's Randy Harrison (and this week's Metro Weekly cover story), plays Sebastian as part of a cast that also includes Gregory Wooddell, Floyd King, Tom Story and Nancy Robinette. Alan Paul, who most ... [Read]

Erin McKeown at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 18, 2010 8:23 AM |
The folk-pop singer-songwriter Erin McKeownreleased her last album, 2009's Hundreds of Lions, on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records label, and opened for DiFranco earlier this year. She stops through D.C. for a free performance. Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Tickets are free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. ... [Read]

On Thursday, Aug. 19, the Atlas Gay 101 Film Series presents Cabaret, Bob Fosse's 1972 film based on Kander and Ebb's musical and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Gray. Films are screened with food and drinks to add to the festivities. Thursday nights at 8 p.m. through Sept. 2, Atlas Performing Arts Center's Sprenger Theatre, 1333 H Street ... [Read]

The gender-bending Orlando, based on a Virginia Woolf novel, starred the late Quentin Crisp -- playing Queen Elizabeth! -- as well as Billy Zane and, of course, Tilda Swinton in one of her first roles, before she became an indie-film darling. Sony Pictures Classics is re-releasing Sally Potter's 1993 queer classic in a re-mastered edition. Now playing at Landmark's E ... [Read]

Chess at Signature Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 16, 2010 7:13 AM |
Signature Theatre presents the first major production of Chess, the 26-year-old rock musical with music by the men of ABBA, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, before they went on to create Mamma Mia! The lyrics are by Evita's Tim Rice, and book by Richard Nelson. Broadway's Jill Paice (Curtains, The 39 Steps), Euan Morton (Boy George in Taboo) and Jeremy ... [Read]

Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love rails against the arrogance of team owners of professional sports leagues, who care more about profit and prestige than athleticism and old-fashion fan fun. Sports columnist for The Nation and author of A People's History of Sports in the United States, the liberal Dave Zirin isn't one to mince words. ... [Read]

Lalah Hathaway at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 15, 2010 6:26 PM |
Daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway and classically trained vocalist Eulaulah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway is a contemporary R&B and jazz singer, now part of the storied Stax Records family. Fellow renowned contemporary soul singer Dwele also performs. Monday, Aug. 16, and Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $75. Call 703-549-7500 or ... [Read]

Charade at The National Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 15, 2010 6:07 PM |
The National Theatre focuses its Summer Cinema 2010 on the films of Cary Grant, including Charade, Stanley Donen's 1963 romantic thriller co-starring Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau, and boasting a score by the incomparable Henry Mancini. Monday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are free, and distributed 30 minutes prior to screening. Call 202-628-6161 ... [Read]

Yoso at the State Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 12, 2010 9:32 AM |
"The voice of TOTO -- the magic of YES" is how this "super-group" of '80s-era classic rock is billed. TOTO vocalist Bobby Kimball and YES's Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood join forces for new music as well as old. Tonight, Thursday, Aug. 12, at 8:30 p.m. The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $30 day-of. Call ... [Read]

The original Madonna producer, responsible for "Holiday" -- and also notable for early dance-pop numbers from Whitney Houston -- Benitez was one of the first inductees into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. He spins for the weekly house party Red Fridays at U Street Music Hall, reviving some of the magic from his pioneering days several decades ago as ... [Read]

Avenue Q at The Shakespeare Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 12, 2010 9:18 AM |
Despite the time that's passed since Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty first sent their profanity-spewing puppets on stage to deliver such toe-tappers as "The Internet is for Porn," "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" and that ode to loud sex "You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)," Avenue Q is just as ... [Read]

Tonight, Thursday, Aug. 12, brings Suddenly, Last Summer, the 1959 melodrama and mystery based on a play by Tennessee Williams, with a screenplay co-written by Gore Vidal, and a cast including Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. Yep, all that adds up to be pretty darn gay. Then, next week, Thursday, Aug. 19, brings Cabaret, Bob Fosse's 1972 film ... [Read]

Who doesn't crave a little KISS? The band, not the thing you do with tongues. Well... actually, KISS the band does things with tongues, if you're referring to leader Gene Simmons. KISS really does put on a show unlike any other group. They pioneered the artform (right behind Alice Cooper) and they're coming to Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday, August ... [Read]

Siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright, spawn of Canadian folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, are jointly touring in support of new solo releases: Rufus's All Days Are Night: Songs for Lulu, an uncharacteristically austere album, focused on piano and voice; and Martha for a live, French-language tribute to Edith Piaf. Chances are good they'll perform together ... [Read]

Studio Theatre's Annual Garage Sale

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 7, 2010 9:28 AM |
As part of the 11th Annual Mid City Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale, the Studio Theatre hosts this annual sale featuring items from productions this season. In addition to costumes, these include: the three-panel glass door room divider and unique dollhouse from Moonlight, antique adding machines with custom stand from Adding Machine: A Musical, outdoor wooden bench from Reasons ... [Read]

Noises Off at the Keegan Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 7, 2010 9:26 AM |
Keegan Theatre's decision to punch up the summer season with Noises Off, packed with horseplay and good humor (including quirky double playbills) is as smart as the production itself. Michael Frayn's intentionally self-destructing door slammer features a play-within-a-play being performed very, very badly by an utterly undone troupe of second-rate English thespians, played by an ensemble of first-class Keegan Theatre ... [Read]

Winnebago Man at the Avalon Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 7, 2010 9:21 AM |
For the documentary Winnebago Man, filmmaker Ben Steinbauer went in search of Jack Rebney, unintended star of one of the Internet's first viral videos and still the talk of Tinseltown: The four-minute hilarious, foul-mouthed outtakes reel from a 1988 shoot for a Winnebego ad. Showing through Thursday, Aug. 12. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $10.50. Call 202-966-6000 ... [Read]

The modern family in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right is more than just funny. They're also quirky, endearing, flawed, and entirely believable. And, perhaps surprisingly, the least interesting thing about them is that two women form the center of it. It's hard to determine which is more powerful, the script that Cholodenko penned with Stuart Blumberg or the ... [Read]

Arcade Fire produces swelling, ethereal, heartbreaking dramatic rock, with probing lyrics fraught with concerns over death and dreams, and existential questioning. Tonight, Friday, Aug. 6. Doors at 6 p.m. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $32 to $48.50. Call 800-551-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com. ... [Read]

Serenading Louis, Lanford Wilson's intimate examination of marriage -- entrapment -- in suburbia, Serenading Louie, from 1970, is building a reputation as a neglected masterpiece. Steven Scott Mazzola directs. To Aug. 21. American Century Theater's Gunston Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets are $26 to $32. Call 703-998-4555 or visit americancentury.org. ... [Read]

DC Black Theatre Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 6, 2010 9:41 AM |
The new week-long DC Black Theatre Festival showcases the talents of individuals from the D.C. area's African-American theater community through 70 productions. There are at least two of queer interest: Aesthetics, Brave Soul Collective's collection of theater and spoken-word performances examining the subject of beauty by playwrights including Alan Sharpe, Dyron Holmes, Rashad Moody and Jared Shamberger, takes place Saturday, ... [Read]

This Thursday brings 1950's Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, starring Bette Davis as an aging Broadway star whose biggest fan, played by Anne Baxter, becomes her biggest rival. The writing, performances, direction are all just about perfect -- it's one of those films where everything clicks (and continues to click more than 50 years later). Davis is wonderful, but this ... [Read]

Named after the Greek hero and his male travel companion Hylas, the gay Andrew Butler’s mixed-gender, mixed-sexuality band Hercules and the Love Affair offers club music smarter than it is silly, rounded out by real horns and strings. It can get a bit too smart, too refined for its own good, but any club connoisseur should take notice. The neo-disco ... [Read]

Transparency at the Zenith Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 3, 2010 9:31 AM |
Transparency features glass sculptures by Jackie L. Braitman, an architectural designer by trade. To Sept. 30. Zenith Gallery, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-783-2963 or visit zenithgallery.com. ... [Read]

Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture explores the many native artists who have had successful and influential careers in pop music over the past century, including Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, Randy Castillo and Stevie Salas. On display through Jan. 2, 2011. National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Ave. at Fourth St. SW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit ... [Read]

Screen on the Green: Bonnie and Clyde

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 2, 2010 12:51 PM |
The annual Screen on the Green on the National Mall concludes its summer run with Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 classic starring Warren Beauty and Faye Dunaway as Depression-era bank robbers in love. With Geraldine Page and Gene Hackman. Directed with a ferocity by Arthur Penn, the movie is renowned for its bloodbath climax, a precursor to Francis Ford Coppola's ... [Read]