September 2010 Archives

Marlena Shaw at Blues Alley

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 29, 2010 8:56 AM |
Marlena Shaw's range, class and swing is often compared to eternal jazz lights like Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson, but Shaw is also a soul and disco singer. Thursday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $27.50, plus $10 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141 or visit ... [Read]

Circle Mirror Transformation at Studio

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 29, 2010 8:54 AM |
A series of beautifully drawn vignettes, Circle Mirror Transformation is a clever and smart season opener for Studio Theatre and provides an excellent opportunity for David Muse to make his debut as the theater's new artistic director. With Circle Mirror, Muse has taken full advantage of the opportunity, building on playwright Annie Baker's melancholy tinged comedy (meaning it's a play ... [Read]

Sheryl Crow at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 28, 2010 8:54 AM |
After honing her brand of rock-pop over the past 20 years, Sheryl Crow has shifted gears for her latest album, 100 Miles From Memphis, an ode to the birthplace and breeding ground of some of the best in blues, soul and '60s rock n' roll. Appearing Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North ... [Read]

What We Leave Behind at Evolve

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 28, 2010 8:53 AM |
What We Leave Behind features works by encaustic collage artist Marty Ittner and painter Michele Cormier -- visually dense works referencing the discarded physical and emotional remnants of our busy lives. On display through Oct. 30. Evolve Urban Arts Project, Pierce School Loft J, 1375 Maryland Ave. NE. Call 202-489-8160 or visit ... [Read]

Vivat Rex!

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 27, 2010 8:17 AM |
Vivat Rex! Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII features rare books, manuscripts, handwritten letters and prints offering an in-depth look at the real Henry and the machinations of his court in a time of extraordinary change for England. On display through Dec. 30 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Call 202-544-7077 or ... [Read]

Breathe Owl Breathe at Iota

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 27, 2010 8:15 AM |
Pitchfork has swooned that Breathe Owl Breathe , a Michigan harmonizing dreamy folk trio of Micah Middaugh, Andrea Moreno-Beals and Trevor Hobbs sounds "as intimately familiar with woods and wild as their band name suggests, but there's an air of cosmopolitan sophistication, too." Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 p.m. IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $12. ... [Read]

On loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933 - 1945" tells the story of homosexuals in Nazi Germany, when pink triangle prisoners were among the most abused in concentration camps. Through Nov. 7. Gay Community Center of Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave. Richmond. Call 804-622-4646 or visit ... [Read]

Angele Dubeau & La Pieta at Lisner

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 26, 2010 7:58 AM |
La Pieta is an all-female string ensemble performing gyspy, klezmer and other "music of the wanderers," led by one of Canada's most prominent virtuoso violinists, Angele Dubeau. Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 202-994-6800 or visit ... [Read]

Tim Gunn guests bartends at MOVA

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 25, 2010 9:15 AM |
Out for Work, which is holding its national conference this weekend in Washington, hosts a special reception tonight, Sept. 25, with the fabulously stylish Tim Gunn at MOVA Lounge at 1435 P St. NW, from 8 to 10 p.m. Gunn will sign copies of his latest book, mingle with the crowd, and even leap behind the bar to mix a ... [Read]

Eric Himan's Trevor Project Benefit

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 25, 2010 9:05 AM |
Gay Tulsa, Okla.-based tattooed hunk Eric Himan performs a live acoustic rock set to benefit The Trevor Project, the nation's leading organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention among LGBT youth, and specifically the organization's toll-free lifeline, 1-866-4-U-TREVOR. DJ Andrew Jay will spin before and after Himan's performance. Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Z Lounge, 1170 22nd ... [Read]

Pocket Operas at The In Series

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 25, 2010 9:00 AM |
Always adventurous, always classy, The In Series presents a provocative "pocket opera" double-bill of William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein's Casino Paradise and Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti , offering up a delicious evening of longing, illusion, gangsters and greed. Nick Olcott directs. Weekends to Oct. 2. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $39. Call 202-204-7760 or visit ... [Read]

George Takei joins the Washington Shakespeare Company in celebrating 20 years of cutting-edge classical theater by turning Shakespeare on its ear, literally. By Any Other Name: An Evening of Shakespeare in Klingon is a one-night-only production featuring memorable Shakespearean scenes presented in both English and Klingon, the made-up Star Trek language. And Takei isn't the only thing gay about the ... [Read]

Jonathan Franzen at Lisner Auditorium

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 24, 2010 9:22 AM |
Jonathan Franzen frenzy is back, this time over Freedom, which Oprah just selected for her book club. As a result, a discussion and signing originally scheduled to take place at Politics and Prose will now happen at Lisner Auditorium. Friday, Sept. 24. Doors at 6 p.m. Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are free. Call ... [Read]

BSO Season Opens tonight

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 24, 2010 9:21 AM |
Marin Alsop opens the new season of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the life and music of Gustav Mahler with the legendary conductor/composer's arrangement of music from Bach's orchestral suites including the famous "Air on a G String," followed by one of his most powerful pieces, Mahler's Seventh Symphony. Friday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 ... [Read]

Now Playing: You Again

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 24, 2010 9:20 AM |
Finally, something that makes the trauma, humiliation, and embarrassment of high school seem lesser by comparison. Directed by Andy Fickman, You Again is a clichéd collection of old grudges that fails to produce any new laughs. Returning home for her brother's wedding, Marni (Kristen Bell) is horrified to learn that the bride-to-be is her high school tormentor Joanna (Odette Yustman). ... [Read]

WSC Presents Shakespeare in Klingon

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 23, 2010 8:25 AM |
George Takei joins the Washington Shakespeare Company in celebrating 20 years of cutting-edge classical theater by turning Shakespeare on its ear, literally. By Any Other Name: An Evening of Shakespeare in Klingon is a one-night-only production featuring memorable Shakespearean scenes presented in both English and Klingon, the made-up Star Trek language. And Takei isn't the only thing gay about the ... [Read]

Legwarmers at The State Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 23, 2010 8:20 AM |
Another month, another iteration of The Legwarmers, State Theatre's two-night party, billed as D.C.'s "biggest '80s Retro Dance Party," where guilty-pleasure hits from now nearly three decades ago are given the full tribute. Many in the crowd come dressed to the nine: shellacked big hair, lacy ankle socks, stirrup pants, parachute pants or anything else big in the '80s. Friday, ... [Read]

Now at City Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 21, 2010 8:46 AM |
"Night Goat and Other Flights of Fancy" features pastel paintings and pen and ink drawings by Ellen Cornett. On display through Sept. 25. City Gallery, 804 H Street NE. Call 202-468-5277 or visit ... [Read]

Susan Koch's documentary The Other Cityexplores Washington, D.C., with its highest-in-the-nation HIV/AIDS rate, and what that says about our country and our compassion. Now playing at the Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit ... [Read]

An austere production, perhaps appropriate to tough economic times both at the Washington National Opera and at large, Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera is more about competence than magic. With sets that are ostentatiously spare, costumes consigned to a spectrum of grays, and the only concession to color a few scarlet cummerbunds and the glad rags of the soprano, this ... [Read]

Signature opens its cabaret season with the songs that got away during the decade that gave us Gypsy, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady and The King and I. Sherri L. Edelen (Sweeney Todd), Erin Driscoll ([title of show]) and Jake Odmark (Tamar and the River) reintroduce you to songs cut from the Broadway songbook -- literally, ... [Read]

M*A*S*H at AFI's Silver Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 18, 2010 9:52 AM |
The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre screens a new 35mm print of this 1970 film revolving around the antics of Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John (Elliott Gould) as they struggle to keep their sanity amid the madness of the Korean War. The cast is a veritable who's who -- Sally Kellerman as Hot Lips O'Houlihan, Rene Auberjonios as Father ... [Read]

The Second Stage Theatre Series of Shenandoah Conservatory Performances opens with Brian Friel's Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa. Based loosely on the lives of Friel’s mother and aunts who lived in Ireland, the narrative unfolds in early August around the time of a Celtic festival celebrating the harvest of grain. At the Glaize Studio Theater on the campus of Shenandoah ... [Read]

The Saint Plays at Factory 449

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 17, 2010 8:50 AM |
John Moletress directs The Saint Plays, incorporating six short plays, including two written for this cycle, by Erick Ehn. The production offers a theatrical journey that re-imagines the historical lives of the saints in a contemporary landscape. Pay-What-You-Can performance tonight, Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Weekends to Oct. 10. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $22 ... [Read]

The Great Game: Afghanistan

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 17, 2010 8:29 AM |
The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents a two-week, limited run of the internationally lauded production The Great Game: Afghanistan, offering perspectives on current and historical conflicts in Afghanistan. The production features 12 short plays in a three-part series, and is just one of several Shakespeare Theatre Company events on the topic, along with a symposium and cultural exhibit. Part I Wednesday, ... [Read]

Abba - The Music at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 17, 2010 8:25 AM |
Waterloo, a tribute band to the Swedish disco fab four, returns to Wolf Trap to entertain with note-for-note recreations of hits including “Dancing Queen,” “Fernando” and “Mama Mia!” Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets are $25 to $38. Call 703-255-1900 or visit ... [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]

Images from…Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System features Michael Benson's work in creating composite mosaics and prints drawn from decades-old raw or partially processed photographs of the solar system, taken by interplanetary probes traveling through space. Opening reception tonight, Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. On display through Oct. 24. Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. Call 202-232-4788 ... [Read]

The storied 9:30 Club is launching its own label with a release from Virginia native Justin Jones, who makes dark, country-tinged rock. On Tuesday, 9:30 Records released The Little Fox EP. On Thursday, Sept. 16, they’ll throw a free launch party show at the nightclub. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are free and to ... [Read]

Chess at Signature Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 15, 2010 9:35 AM |
Chess does its very best to make you believe that there is nothing sexier than a board game. Signature Theatre has decided to kick the fall season off with the first major production of the show in nearly 20 years and, while some elements feel just a bit undone, it's a bold choice that delivers genuine rewards. And if you've ... [Read]

Crosby, Stills and Nash at Pier Six

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 14, 2010 8:21 AM |
David Crosby (aka Melissa Etheridge's baby daddy), Stephen Stills and Graham Nash are still showing off their intricate vocal harmonies and talking politics ever since they formed more than 40 years ago and 13 years after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They'll appear Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., ... [Read]

Krista Detor at Jammin' Java

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 14, 2010 8:13 AM |
The traditionally Americana artist Krista Detor is touring to support her forthcoming lush and dark indie-pop album Chocolate Paper Suites. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Tickets are $12. Call 703-255-3747 or visit ... [Read]

Suzanne Carriero at Borders Books & Music

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 13, 2010 9:43 AM |
In The Dog Who Ate the Truffle, veteran food critic Suzanne Carriero recounts her time in Umbria and shares recipes and traditions of the modern-day Italians and their ancient Etruscan ancestors. Monday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Borders Books & Music, 1801 K St. NW. Call 202-466-4999 or visit ... [Read]

Of Montreal, tonight at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 13, 2010 9:39 AM |
The Athens, Ga., band Of Montreal has ties to the French Canadian city in name only -- but critics love their indie-rock just the same. And opening act Janelle Monae’s high-concept Afro-punk is also much-adored. A Village Voice reviewer raved that she put on one of the best live shows seen last year. Monday, Sept. 13. Doors at 7 p.m. ... [Read]

Jaws at the AFI SIlver

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 12, 2010 9:15 AM |
In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Jaws, the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre screens the original summer blockbuster from Steven Spielberg. It's the movie that put the director on the map -- but, honestly, he has editor Verna Fields to thank, since the fear Jaws incites is all in the editing (it certainly isn't in the rubbery mechanical shark). ... [Read]

Touchstone Gallery reopens

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 12, 2010 8:50 AM |
Penn Quarter's Touchstone Gallery, started in 1976, reopens in its new space, a custom-designed, ground-floor site next to Acadiana restaurant, with a group show featuring art from its 50 members. On display through Sept. 26. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. Call 202-347-2787 or visit ... [Read]

Now at the 1708 Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 12, 2010 8:13 AM |
Mama Pajama Rolled Out of Bed features paintings and animations by Brooklyn artist Marcie Paper -- in this case, works created during a two-year period in which Paper listened exclusively to one half of a Paul Simon album to trigger memories and provoke inspiration. On display through Oct. 9. 1708 Gallery, 319 W. Broad St. Richmond. Call 804-643-1708 or visit ... [Read]

Director's Cut features five member artists and five complementary outside artists, all favorites of the gallery's director Annie Turner. On display to Sept. 26. Washington Printmakers Gallery: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave., 2nd Fl. Silver Spring. Call 301-608-9101 or visit ... [Read]

Gaelic Storm at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 11, 2010 9:30 AM |
The Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm formed at an Irish pub in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1996, and a year later they appeared in James Cameron's Titanic as the steerage band -- yes, the famous sinking ship movie turned out to be a perfect springboard for their still-sailing career. Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon ... [Read]

The Washington National Opera company kicks off its new season with Opera Colorado's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, about a king who foolishly falls in love with his best friend's wife. Not even a king should do that, as related in this grand opera about forbidden love and revenge and featuring soaring arias, gorgeous ensembles, fabulous costumes ... [Read]

Eastern Market Music Series

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 11, 2010 9:14 AM |
The Capitol Hill Community Foundation presents the Eastern Market Music Series, a month-long series of free Sunday concerts by local acts, beginning this weekend with brothers Drew and John Raitcliffe's classic rock group Bad Hair Day and the four-piece contemporary Celtic band Finnegan's Jig. Bands on tap for later weeks include Blue Rhythm Boys, Karen Collins & Backroads, Archie's Barbershop ... [Read]

Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 10, 2010 9:15 AM |
The 26th annual Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival helps kick off the center's 2010-2011 season and comes as part of its Celebrate Mexico 2010, commemorating the country's 200 years of independence and 100 years since the 1910 revolution. More than 20 performances, demonstrations and events feature artists from the D.C. region and Mexico, including celebrated "diva" Eugenia Leon, rock ... [Read]

From its self-titled debut to the new Contra, Vampire Weekend has maintained a consistent sound -- a melting pot combination of Afro-pop, British New Wave and even some Western classic music. Ultimately, the band sounds like Paul Simon if he were less stuffy and also stricken with A.D.D. It's more playful, but also more jumbled. Two opening acts. Saturday, Sept. ... [Read]

The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre screens a new 35mm print of Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, about a visitor from another planet who tries to warn the people of Earth about the dangers of atomic experimentation for the entire galaxy. Forget renting the Keanu Reeves remake -- this is the one to see. ... [Read]

BSO's Season Highlights Concert

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 10, 2010 8:26 AM |
Marin Alsop leads the BSO in a Season Highlights concert, with excerpts from this year's classical programs, focused on youth and beauty, plus the work of Gustav Mahler. Among the highlights: selections from John William's Star Wars Suite, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Prokofiev's Cinderella and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major. Friday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. Music Center ... [Read]

A live orchestra and soloists perform Howard Shore's Oscar-winning score to Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final installment of Peter Jackson's epic trilogy. The film screens in HD in this U.S. premiere production at Wolf Trap. Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets are $25 ... [Read]

Christopher Zimmerman leads the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and pianist Phillipe Bianconi in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest Overture-Fantasy and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, which Zimmerman says display every bit the inspiration and mastery of their better-known composition cousins Romeo and Juliet and Symphony No. 2. Also on the bill is Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. ... [Read]

DC Shorts Film Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 9, 2010 8:47 AM |
Washington’s only festival solely devoted to films with run times 20 minutes or less returns for a seventh year with 97 films screening in nine different showcases. Included this year is the 2010 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Short Music for Prudence as well as several of GLBT interest, including Kent Thomas’s Broken, about an unrepentant young hustler (trailer below); ... [Read]

Demetri Martin at the Hippodrome

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 9, 2010 8:31 AM |
A former staff writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien and also a former writer/performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Demetri Martin is perhaps best known as the lead in the film Taking Woodstock, and also for the short-lived Comedy Central series Important Things with Demetri Martin. He comes to Baltimore for a night of standup. Friday, Sept. ... [Read]

Glimpses of the Moon at Metro Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 8, 2010 9:00 AM |
MetroStage kicks off its season with this jazz age musical based on the novel by Edith Wharton, with book and lyrics by Tajlei Levis and music by John Mercurio. A sparkling romantic musical, Glimpses of the Moon focuses on two popular but penniless schemers who aim to help each other marry a millionaire -- but then they fall in love. ... [Read]

The Whole Plate Project at Art Reactor

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 8, 2010 8:37 AM |
Art Reactor Gallery, new artist-run photo-focused 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 Rini, Heather Wetzell ... [Read]

With “The Matter of Origins," the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange combines a performance and an informal salon, offering dance, video, soundscapes, tea, cake and conversation through explorations of the nature of beginnings and the principles of physics that underlie the origins of matter. This world premiere production takes place Friday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. Repeated on Sunday, Sept. 12, ... [Read]

Something You Did at Theatre J

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 7, 2010 3:00 PM |
Theater J launches its 2010-2011 season with Willy Holtzman's political drama Something You Did, about an anti-war activist's attempt to win early release from prison, which Time Out New York in 2008 called "a fresh way to discuss modern terrorism." Rick Foucheux and Deborah Hazlett star in this production directed by Eleanor Holdridge and adapted by Holtzman himself to reflect ... [Read]

Blondie at The State Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 7, 2010 9:45 AM |
Several years after a lackluster solo release, pop icon Debbie Harry returns to the area in a sure-to-be high-energy performance with her original band, the celebrated New York new-wave punk group and one of the first to incorporate rap ("Rapture"). Blondie, creator of hits including "Heart of Glass," "One Way Or Another" and "Call Me," was inducted into the Rock ... [Read]

Art by the Yard at The Textile Museum

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 7, 2010 9:15 AM |
Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain focuses on three women designers pivotal in transforming Britain from a country devastated by World War II into an optimistic consumer society: Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler. Through Sept. 12. The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Suggested donaton of $5. Call 202-667-0441 or visit ... [Read]

Dinner with Friends at Olney Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 7, 2010 8:45 AM |
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Dinner with Friends, by Donald Marguilies, explores what happens to decades of friendship between two married couples when one couple is on the verge of divorcing. Who's to blame, who's to be believed, and who takes sides? Through Sept. 26. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Tickets are $26 to $49. Call 301-924-3400 ... [Read]

Lori Anne Boocks at Studio Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 6, 2010 9:42 AM |
"Small boxes...some on fire" features Lori Anne Boocks' "textscapes," or works on canvas with layers and washes of colors meant to evoke the passage of time on experiencing and remembering -- and of course misremembering and forgetting -- events. Now to Sept. 25. Artist reception Saturday, Sept. 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. ... [Read]

Translators Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevalier present a new version of de Beauvoir's classic on the place of women in society The Second Sex. When the book first appeared in English 60 years ago, it was missing 15 percent of its original text. Borde and Malovany-Chevalier have rectified that oversight. They will discuss the book's continuing relevance. Tuesday, Sept. 7, ... [Read]

Wednesday, Sept. 8, brings a hodgepodge of performances to the Maryland venue Joe's Movement Emporium. Portland-based Underscore Orkestra plays a blend of original and traditional music, from Balkan to Klezmer to Swing, all the while sassy belly/contemporary dance artist Danielle Smith twists and turns. Also on tap: the Silk Road Dance Company and D.C.-area belly dancer Asala, with "a few ... [Read]

Marina and the Diamonds at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 5, 2010 9:33 AM |
Born 24 years ago in Wales to Welsh and Greek parents, Marina Diamandis comes across like a smarter, more musically adept Ke$ha or Katy Perry -- or really, like Gwen Stefani's younger sister. (And maybe Regina Spektor's cousin?) Marina and the Diamonds is her full stage name -- the act really is just her and her quirky pop songs, about ... [Read]

Nils Lofgren at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 5, 2010 9:25 AM |
This E Street Band guitarist, who grew up in Bethesda and got his start in Neil Young's band, presents an acoustic evening with "friends." Certainly the Boss is too big to appear, but maybe Mrs. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa? Band mates in the early '70s local rock group Grin? The mind reels at the possibilities. Tonight, Sunday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 ... [Read]

Local singer/songwriters Todd Wright, Anthony Fiacco, Shane Hines and Luke Brindley pay tribute to the Boss in an intimate, stripped-down setting, playing Springsteen songs and their own. Sunday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Tickets are $15 day-of show. Call 703-255-3747 or visit ... [Read]

Just like last year's inaugural edition of the Electric Zoo electronic music festival, a virtual who's who of DJs, including many with gay appeal, will turn New York's Randall's Island into something akin to a two-day rave over this Labor Day Weekend. Spread out over multiple stages, Saturday brings DJ sets from, among others, the Chemical Brothers, Axwell, Kaskade, Benny ... [Read]

Touted as the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, Abbey Road on the River brings five days of rock revelry and reverie to the National Harbor over Labor Day weekend. The fab four's original drummer Pete Best will chat about his time with the band before he was abruptly, unceremoniously dumped just before they reached fame. Other highlights: Illustrations from Beatles ... [Read]

The truth about Pat Tillman, the professional football playing Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan, is far more complex and ultimately more heroic than the news media portrayal of him, according to the documentary The Tillman Story by Amir Bar-Lev. Narrated by Josh Brolin. Now playing. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit ... [Read]

The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Twelfth Night, this year's 20th annual "Free for All." Randy Harrison plays Sebastian as part of a cast that also includes Shakespeare Theatre Company vets Gregory Wooddell, Floyd King, Tom Story and Nancy Robinette. Alan Paul, who most recently gave us Signature Theatre's production of I Am My Own Wife, directs. Closes tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. ... [Read]

Black Cat's 17th Anniversary Party

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 4, 2010 9:39 AM |
A host of local bands help the concert venue celebrate 17 years on a stretch of 14th Street that hasn't even been hip for half that long. Among those performing: Above the Silence, Brickshitter (yes, really, that's the name), Bruise Riot, Hot Mess, Oh So Peligroso and Wise Old Lions. Saturday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. Black Cat Mainstage, 1811 ... [Read]

Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 3, 2010 9:23 AM |
The Kennedy Center's ninth annual Page to Stage Festival offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by more than 40 area theater companies, including Signature, Ganymede Arts, Theater J and Rorschach. Among the offerings of particular appeal to gay audiences is Washington Shakespeare Company's production of Redd Reidenhude by Arthur Roach, a PG-13 version of ... [Read]

Hotspur at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 3, 2010 9:20 AM |
Hotspur returns for another energetic headlining gig at the venerated hometown 9:30 Club. The band’s brand of Coldplay-eseque pop-rock is so catchy, the melodies and hooks so ingratiating, the vocals of Joe Mach and the synths of Dave Trichter so pristinely clear and crisp, you can't help but be a little suspicious. How do we know this band's five members ... [Read]

Loni Love at the DC Improv

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 1, 2010 9:15 AM |
A regular panelist on Chelsea Handler's show on E! -- and also red carpet correspondent for the channel's post-Oscars party -- Loni Love presents her solo standup show, recounting growing up in the projects of Detroit and other life experiences and observances. Thursday, Sept. 2, through Sunday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. Also a second show Friday, Sept. 3, and ... [Read]

Tony Savoie at the Long View Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 1, 2010 9:08 AM |
Multi-media artist Tony Savoie's distaste for war is front and center in much of his work, now on display at Long View. His pieces often position animals, perfectly obedient, in front of soldiers or other expressions of warfare, drawing comparisons in their training to follow commands. On display through Sept. 12. Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. Call 202-232-4788 ... [Read]