November 2010 Archives

A Taste of Virginia's Own benefits NOVAM

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 30, 2010 2:00 PM |
Kimpton's Palomar Arlington, at 1121 N. 19th St., in Arlington, is hosting A Taste of Virginia's Own, a wine tasting event on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to benefit the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM), which provides comprehensive HIV prevention education to local youth and direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Virginia. Several of ... [Read]

MIchael Buble at Verizon Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 29, 2010 10:30 PM |
Canadian jazz-pop singer Michael Buble continues to win over fans with his easy-to-please music and charming personality, even widely acknowledging his sizable gay fan base, most recently while accepting an American Music Award. If you haven't met him yet, well, to paraphrase his two most recent hits, you just may find he has what it takes. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at ... [Read]

The Master and Margarita at the Lansburgh

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 29, 2010 8:00 PM |
Now in its 10th anniversary season, Synetic Theatre presents the first of two shows at the Lansburgh Theatre as pat of a special alliance with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Master and Margarita reunites Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili in an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel about the devil's visit to Stalin's Moscow -- a powerful tale about the juxtaposition of ... [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]

Jimmy Carter at Politics and Prose

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 29, 2010 7:48 AM |
White House Diary is based on the 5,000 pages of notes Jimmy Carter kept while in office, enhanced by his current reflections on the past (and present). This signing-only event has been re-scheduled from September. Tuesday, Nov. 30. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the first-come, first-served, one-hour-only signing begins at 11:30 a.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. ... [Read]

Levi Kreis and Eric Himan are joined by a third, Jason Antone, for a special unplugged "SideXSide Tour" concert. Kreis won a Tony this year for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, though here he'll focus on his own singer/songwriter work. And the totally do-it-yourself folk-rocker Himan returns to the area for what's sure to be ... [Read]

Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy features 16 examples of the fantastic composite heads painted by Arcimboldo in their first appearance in the United States. Through Jan. 9, 2011. National Gallery of Art, Third Street at Constitution Avenue NW. Call 202-737-4215 or visit nga.gov. ... [Read]

Folding Unfolding: Collider at Artisphere

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 28, 2010 9:37 AM |
Folding Unfolding: Collider is an interactive exhibition/installation, featuring 3D replications of basic seed crystals, such as borax, gypsum and quartz, from the collaborative team of lesbians Sarah Strauss and Lia Halloran. The pair was inspired by 500,000-year-old natural crystals discovered a decade ago in Mexico. On display through Jan. 12. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington. Call 703-875-1100 or visit artisphere.com. ... [Read]

The Seldom Scene at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 27, 2010 7:37 AM |
Formed nearly 40 years ago in Bethesda, the progressive bluegrass band Seldom Scene remains especially popular in its hometown region. They appear tonight in a joint jam with fellow decades-old bluegrass band Dry Branch Fire Squad from California. Saturday, Nov. 27, 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]

Cyndi Lauper at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 27, 2010 7:34 AM |
The feisty and fun Cyndi Lauper? She's got the blues? Well, yes, of sorts. On the all-covers Memphis Blues, her 11th studio set released earlier this year, the irrepressible New Yorker acquits herself rather nicely with locals of the Mississippi Delta. Lauper recorded the set in March at Memphis's Electraphonic Studios, and she corralled a dozen or so of the ... [Read]

AFI celebrates Hitchcock's Psycho

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 26, 2010 9:41 AM |
For one week only, the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre screens a new 35mm print of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho in honor of its 50th anniversary. Starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, the movie has lost none of its power to shock. Hitchcock set out to make a film like none of his others -- and Psycho, made for a paltry ... [Read]

Marvin Hamlisch conducts the pops in a concert with Jennifer Holliday, the mammoth-voiced Tony Award winner performing hits from Dreamgirls -- yes, including that song, her signature -- along with other audience favorites. Are you going? Yes, yes, yes, yes way. Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. Also Friday, Nov. 26, at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center ... [Read]

Candide at The Shakespeare Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 25, 2010 8:30 PM |
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's first musical theater performance at Sidney Harman Hall comes with this magnificent comic operetta, boasting music by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story) and lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional contributions from Stephen Sondheim and Dorothy Parker. Songs include "Make Our Garden Grow" and "Glitter and Be Gay." Hugh Wheeler adapted the book from the original Voltaire ... [Read]

I Love the 80s at Jammin Java

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 25, 2010 5:55 PM |
Under the banner I Love the '80s, local songwriters Todd Wright, Anthony Fiacco, Shane Hines and Luke Brindley play hits and share stories of the '80s, including how the decade influenced their own music-making. Sunday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Tickets are $15. Call 703-255-3747 or visit jamminjava.com. ... [Read]

The Happy Elf at Adventure Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 25, 2010 9:35 AM |
Based on a song by Harry Connick Jr., the musical The Happy Elf tells the story of Eubie, a North Pole elf who hopes to bring Christmas joy to the sad town of Bluesville as part of Santa's sleigh team. John Rando (Broadway's Urinetown) directs this Adventure Theatre production, starring Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity), along with students ... [Read]

A new show by Scott Brooks at Long View

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 25, 2010 9:25 AM |
The prolific and uniquely gifted Scott G. Brooks unveils an exhibit of all-new paintings. "We the People" is more blatantly political than typical Brooks, reflecting the political and economic turmoil that takes up the head space of those who are paying attention in today's troubled times. Final two days. Closes Sunday, Nov. 28. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. ... [Read]

As part of a 10-film retrospective of pioneering film director Victor Fleming, the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre offers screenings over Thanksgiving of the classic, The Wizard of Oz. (Also on tap in the coming month: Gone With The Wind, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner -- and Captains Courageous.) Wizard of ... [Read]

With a voice reminiscent of Maxwell and musicianship influenced by the likes of Prince and Stevie Wonder, singer-songwriter-pianist V. Rich meshes neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop. And he'll give a free concert on Thanksgiving Day at the Kennedy Center, which will be dark otherwise -- well, except for a certain whodunit comedy that'll never die. Thursday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. ... [Read]

Kings of Pastry at the West End Cinema

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 24, 2010 8:32 AM |
Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Kings of Pastry focuses on a prestigious three-day competition, which occurs only every four years, among France's best pastry chefs. The chefs risk their reputations and sacrifice family and finances in pursuit of winning the title Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, bestowed on them by President Nicolas Sarkozy. Opens today, Wednesday, Nov. 24. West End ... [Read]

Leon Russell at the State

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 23, 2010 9:15 AM |
Elton John conceived of his new album The Union as a vehicle to reassert Leon Russell's place in the rock firmament. Russell, who duets with John on the album, on both vocals and piano, helped pioneer the bluesy piano rock sound that John made his stock in trade. Russell was even instrumental in launching John's career in the U.S. In ... [Read]

The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 23, 2010 9:00 AM |
Yes, it's that time of year already -- Nutcracker season. And this Chicago ballet company is first at bat, dancing to namesake Robert Joffrey's version of Tchaikovsky's family classic, The Nutcracker, featuring charming Victorian scenery and costumes. The company performs with several area school choirs and the Opera House Orchestra for this Kennedy Center tradition. Wednesday, Nov. 24, and Friday, ... [Read]

Tokyo String Quartet with Jeremy Denk

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 21, 2010 9:22 AM |
Founded over 40 years ago at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo String Quartet's original members trained at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. Acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk joins to perform the Dvorak Piano Quintet, in addition to works by Mozart and Barber, in this Washington Performing Arts Society performance. Today, Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. Music ... [Read]

A must-see for Wolf Hall groupies (and HBO Tudors hoi palloi), the Washington Shakespeare Company's Mary Stuart is spare, measured and unadorned. For director Colin Hovde, it is more about the language of faces than anything else. Whether caught in the bare-bulbed light of center stage or veering close to our seats, the emphasis here is on what face tells ... [Read]

House of Gold at Woolly Mammoth

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 21, 2010 9:09 AM |
In House of Gold, Sarah Benson directs a first-rate cast including Mitchell Hebert and Michael Russotto in a darkly funny story, written by young playwright Gregory S. Moss, about the fate of a six-year-old beauty queen. This funhouse ride into the American psyche conjures up the picture-perfect child -- but can she ever be safe from the adults who created ... [Read]

Following on the success of last season's "The Essential Puccini," The Washington Chorus presents "The Essential Rachmaninoff," featuring instrumental and choral music by the Russian master Sergei Rachmaninoff. Selections include his crowning achievement, the monumental Vespers and Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos, featuring Maestro Julian Wachner and Grace Cho, both on pianos. Sunday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. Kennedy Center ... [Read]

War of the Worlds at Scena Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 19, 2010 8:30 AM |
Scena Theatre's production of Orson Welles's War of the Worlds takes audiences into the CBS radio studios where an ensemble of actors, a soundman and Welles himself are performing that Halloween-eve radio play, which apparently drove some listeners to the frantic belief that a Martian invasion was indeed taking place. The spotlight and attention rightly goes to Regen Wilson's Orson ... [Read]

Diane Schuur at Blues Alley

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 19, 2010 7:30 AM |
Grammy-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur embraces not only the jazz of her parents' generation -- she's a longtime disciple of Dinah Washington -- but also the pop music of her youth in the late '50s and '60s. Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $35, ... [Read]

Violinist Timothy Fain joins the FSO and guest conductor Eckart Preu in music from the first half of the 19th Century and the second half of the 20th -- music, including Rossini's mischievous Overture to La Cenerentola, Mendelssohn's introspective Symphony No. 3 and Adams's unpredictable, intense Violin Concerto, that is sparkling, clean and clear. Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. ... [Read]

Cheryl Wheeler at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 18, 2010 8:15 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, Nov. 20, 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]

This weekend, Shenandoah Conservatory, part of Shenandoah University in conservative Winchester, Va., mounts a production of the first part of Tony Kushner's award-winning 1993 masterpiece, Angels in America, Part 1. Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," it focuses specifically on the impact and stigma of AIDS in the 1980s. Matt Kittlaus, who directs the play's eight actors (and seven ... [Read]

Special Agent Galactica, DC's "Chanteuse of Sync," presents an intimate cabaret performance at ACKC tonight for two half-hour sets of "Galactica and the Chocolate Factory." Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at ACKC, 1529 14th Street NW. Admission is free, but you're likely to walk out having bought a bag of the store's ungodly good chocolates. Visit ganymedearts.org. ... [Read]

Hair at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 18, 2010 8:00 AM |
Equal parts revival and outright rave, there is something slightly bizarre about mounting Hair in the red velvet box that is the Kennedy Center's Opera House. That's not to perpetuate the false mythology that pegs the Kennedy Center as some stuffy, hot house. But, truly, one has not experienced an evening at this most famous of performance halls until you ... [Read]

Girlyman at the Barns at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 18, 2010 3:00 AM |
Girlyman, a sweet and sensitive queer quartet of three girls and a boy creates its own soaring three-part harmony in the acoustic-leaning folk-pop manner of the Indigo Girls and Paul Simon. Last year's live album, Somewhere Different Now , captures the banter that makes the trio an engaging presence on stage. Their music is just about flawless. Friday, Nov. 19, ... [Read]

Laramie Project at Arena Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 17, 2010 4:00 PM |
New York theater troupe Tectonic Theater stops at the brand new Arena Stage as part of the national tour of both the original Laramie Project and the revision The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later by Moises Kaufman. The play examines the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, which focused attention on hate crimes against the LGBT community. Scott Barrow and Jeremy ... [Read]

GALA's 6th Annual Flamenco Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 17, 2010 2:00 PM |
Part of GALA Theatre's ArteAmericA series in collaboration with the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Flamenco Festival explores the diversity and depth of flamenco and its contemporary expressions. This year's attractions include the the world premiere of Alma Flamenca by the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company, plus free family workshops in flamenco zapateo, castanets and fans on Saturday, Nov. 27. But ... [Read]

Annie at Olney Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 16, 2010 7:00 PM |
Yep, the sun'll come out tomorrow -- in a manner of speaking -- as Olney christens its new main stage with Annie, the popular musical about the little red-headed orphan. Opens Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. Runs through Jan. 2. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Tickets are $26 to $54. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org. ... [Read]

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet returns to The Kennedy Center with two mixed-repertory programs featuring works of Balanchine, Robbins and Bejart. Plus, the company performs its first work by Paul Mejia. Choreographed for Suzanne Farrell, Eight by Adler is full of the kind of Broadway bravado that wins over audiences and critics. Wednesday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 ... [Read]

Salman Rushdie at the Sixth & I Synagogue

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 16, 2010 11:00 AM |
Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world Salman Rushdie first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Luka, Haroun's younger brother, must save his father from certain doom by traveling to the Magic World and stealing the Fire of Life. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. Sixth & I Historic ... [Read]

Superior Donuts at the Studio Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 15, 2010 6:45 PM |
Superior Donuts is a delicious new comedy from Tracy Letts, the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright of August: Osage County. Donuts focuses on an offbeat friendship between a cantankerous white shop owner and an ambitious black teenager with something to hide. Serge Seiden directs. To Dec. 19. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Tickets are $44 to $57. Call 202-332-3300 ... [Read]

Win Tickets to The Odd Couple at Theater J

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 15, 2010 12:14 PM |
Still more a buddy show than a romantic comedy, Neil Simon's The Odd Couple explores issues far more complex and ultimately satisfying than the weekly personality clash comedy of the '70s television series adaptation. In director Jerry Whiddon's new production of Simon's three-act comedy Rick Foucheux and J. Fred Shiffman make for a memorable mismatched pair and play the same-sex ... [Read]

Opera Lafayette at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 15, 2010 7:30 AM |
Dutch soprano Judith van Wanroij sings with the D.C.-based company Opera Lafayette, which is focused on performing French operas from the 17th and 18th Centuries. On the bill: La Muse de l'Opera by Clerambault and Telaire's "Tristes apprets" from Rameau's Castor et Pollux. Monday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $60. Call 202-467-4600 or visit ... [Read]

Coming Attractions Trailer Night

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 14, 2010 7:30 PM |
Local film critics Joe Barber and Bill Henry host Coming Attractions Trailer Night, a D.C. Film Society event, in which the audience gets to watch -- and vote on -- the preview reels of this season's potential Hollywood blockbusters. Exactly which film trailers will be screened wasn't set at press time, but among the possibilities: Oscar winner Jeff Bridges in ... [Read]

Kate Nash at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 14, 2010 6:05 PM |
Like Lily Allen before her, the British-bred but wholly Irish Kate Nash launched her career on MySpace (remember MySpace? It was kinda like Facebook, only clunkier). In fact, Allen was an early champion of Nash's piano-driven pop. Nash's latest album is My Best Friend Is You. Monday, Nov. 15. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $20. Doors at ... [Read]

At the 18th Annual World Team Tennis Smash Hits AIDS Benefit, you get the likes of Anna Kournikova, Stefanie Graf, Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova playing matches to benefit the Washington AIDS Partnership and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. And your co-hosts are Billie Jean King and Elton John. And all this year right here in your own backyard. What ... [Read]

Kris Kristofferson

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 13, 2010 9:20 AM |
Kristofferson plays solo with no backing band in this intimate Evening with Kris Kristofferson in which he sings the songs that made him famous, from "Help Me Make It Through The Night" to "For the Good Times" to "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down." Tonight, Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are ... [Read]

Organized in 1987 by a group of Capitol Hill staffers and featuring about 80 members from all over the region, The Congressional Congress performs works from PDQ Bach and Randall Thompson in a concert titled "From Silly…to Sublime: Reflections on Life, Love and Laughter." Tonight, Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Tickets ... [Read]

RA Xtra: Different from Whom?

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 12, 2010 8:38 AM |
Reel Affirmations presents the Italian film Different From Whom? as the first of five RA Xtra films this season. The farcical comedy focuses on a gay man (Italian sex symbol Luca Argentero) whose life becomes complicated when he runs for office in an unnamed right-wing Italian town. In Italian with English subtitles. Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 ... [Read]

Chely Wright at Rams Head On Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 12, 2010 8:38 AM |
Chely Wright's first area performance since she came out and energized this year's Capital Pride -- which happened right after she became the first major country artist to come out as gay, a milestone in a genre known for its conservatism, in both artists and fans. But if anyone can win 'em over, it's the charming, beautiful Kansas-born Wright. Friday, ... [Read]

Kate Clinton at the Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 12, 2010 8:38 AM |
A professional -- and always out -- standup comedian for going on 30 years, Kate Clinton never seems to have a shortage of jokes about her life and current politics. And right about now, gays and lesbians especially could use some laugh therapy. Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $45. Call ... [Read]

Jonathan Butler at Blues Alley

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 10, 2010 8:46 AM |
After signing his first record deal as a teenager with British record producer Clive Caulder's Jive Records, Jonathan Butler's premiere single became the first by a black artist to be played on white radio stations in South Africa. That early success was his ticket out of the apartheid country. The R&B/jazz guitarist and vocalist now lives in Southern California. Thursday, ... [Read]

Furious Dancing at Busboys & Poets

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 10, 2010 8:45 AM |
Furious Dancing: The Art Exhibit is a group exhibit featuring 18 artists curated by Simone Jacobson and Sonja Kubota Johansson celebrating Alice Walker's new book, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing. Artists represented include Iana Cohen-Matteini, Tanekeya S. Word, Carrie Shiffrin and J. Ford Huffman. Through Jan. 9, 2011. Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. Call 202-387-POET or visit busboysandpoets.com. ... [Read]

Politics and Prose brings back John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, authors of the riveting best-seller Game Change, about the 2008 presidential campaign. The book has just been released in paperback. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com. ... [Read]

Oklahoma at Arena Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 9, 2010 8:41 AM |
Arena Stage's Molly Smith sets her production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's great American musical Oklahoma!in the robust world of territory life filled with a dynamic cast as rich and complex as the great tapestry of America itself. "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We’re In Love" and of course the title tune are all on tap in this ... [Read]

Now Playing: Fair Game

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 9, 2010 8:38 AM |
If there's one consolation for Valerie Plame being exposed as a CIA operative, it's that Naomi Watts was cast to play her in Fair Game. Sean Penn stars as husband Joseph Wilson in this adaptation of the events that became a huge scandal for the Bush administration. Doug Liman directs. Now playing in area theaters. Visit fandango.com. ... [Read]

Jonsi at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 8, 2010 9:11 AM |
The 35-year-old Jonsi launched his solo debut Go with the same giddy sense of joy and wonder you may remember from your first carnival -- or better, your first big pride festival. It's certainly not anything you could have expected from the ambient rocker, lead singer of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, with the ethereal, even elfin countertenor voice and ... [Read]

Our weekly contest roundup.

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 7, 2010 10:52 AM |
Here's our weekly contest roundup. We have four currently active with more on the way this week. To win a pair of tickets to Signature Theatre's A Fox on the Fairway, enter by Monday, Nov. 8 at 11:45 p.m. Click here to enter. To win a pair of tickets to Kathy Griffin at the Lyric Opera House, enter by Thursday, ... [Read]

Cafe Green's vegan fare

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 7, 2010 10:52 AM |
"Organic" and "vegan" may not be phrases that fire up the appetite like "deep fried" or "golden brown." But they might once you've tried Cafe Green. Who wants spinach flax and kelp noodles when humanity has invented chili cheese fries? At Cafe Green, you get both. It may be vegan chili and cheese, but you're not likely to feel deprived. ... [Read]

Don McLean at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 7, 2010 10:51 AM |
A 2004 inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, Don McLean is still singing about that "American Pie," so the levy's clearly not dry. Sunday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $49.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. ... [Read]

Xian Zhang conducts the NSO and violinist Gil Shaham, whom the New York Times calls "a highly physical player," in a program that includes Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. Also on the program are works by Debussy, Stravinsky and Bartok. Final performance today, Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 to $85. Call 202-467-4600 ... [Read]

The Lost Ones at Spooky Action Theater

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 7, 2010 9:45 AM |
With special permission from Samuel Beckett's estate, Spooky Action Theater presents a re-imagined staging of The Lost Ones, a Dantesque story first staged in the '70s using miniature figures. Richard Henrich directs actor Carter Jahncke, who narrates a tale about a unique Beckett character prodding and endlessly searching for a way out of prison -- the confines of his own ... [Read]

"My passion for the group grows every time I'm with them," says Joe Bello of D.C.'s Different Drummers. Bello is not the only one. Tonight the group's director heads up a gala concert celebrating the organization's three decades of making music. That's 30 years of passion. Roby Chavez of Fox 5 News will serve as guest emcee at the concert, ... [Read]

Tammy Grimes at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 6, 2010 10:27 AM |
Two-time Tony Award winner Tammy Grimes is the latest Broadway star to get Barbara Cook's Spotlight treatment. In honor of her 75th birthday, Grimes will treat fans to a program of her favorites, which will surely include selections from her starring turns in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Private Lives and 42nd Street. Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center ... [Read]

House of Gold at Woolly Mammoth

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 6, 2010 10:27 AM |
Sarah Benson directs a first-rate cast including Mitchell Hebert and Michael Russotto in House of Gold, a darkly funny story, written by young playwright Gregory S. Moss, about the fate of a six-year-old beauty queen. This funhouse ride into the American psyche conjures up the picture-perfect child -- but can she ever be safe from the adults who created her? ... [Read]

Romeo+Juliet at The Washington Ballet

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 6, 2010 10:26 AM |
For his adaptation of the classic Prokofiev ballet Romeo + Juliet, the Washington Ballet's Septime Webre has Mercutio taunt Tybalt sexually -- even kissing "the classic bully" on the lips at one point. He also has his company's dancers convey Mercutio's deeper feelings of love toward his best friend Romeo. Those are just two of several subtle twists that Webre ... [Read]

Ameriville

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 6, 2010 10:13 AM |
The performance troupe UNIVERSES is raising its brilliantly woven voices on social issues, from basic civil rights to access to healthcare to earning a living wage, in the heart-pounding rush that is Ameriville, currently at Bethesda's Round House Theatre. An inspiring and potent mix of gospel, spoken word, beatbox, call-and-response, monologue, video and brilliantly crafted choreography, Ameriville starts in post-Katrina ... [Read]

The Washington Savoyards offer their lively and fast-paced take on one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most famous operettas, Pirates of Penzance. "I Am The Very Model of A Modern Major-General" and "A Rollicking Band of Pirates Are We" are just two of the several dozen songs from the show, which the Savoyards first staged in 2008. Closes this Sunday, Nov. ... [Read]

Kitted out like the slightly mad mix of a children's theater production of a tale by the Brothers Grimm and a fantasy conjured by Tim Burton, Constellation's Women Beware Women is a risky project that stumbles occasionally but ultimately succeeds. Mixing an adulterous May-December affair, some incest, a plot to murder a holy man and some deadly drama within a ... [Read]

Citydance at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 5, 2010 8:57 AM |
CityDance presents its only fall evening-length stateside engagement. Returning home to the newly enhanced CityDance black box, Studio 405, the company presents Paul Taylor's masterpiece, "Esplanade." The evening also celebrates the return to the stage of Kate Weare's extraordinary "Drop Down." Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Studio 405 in the Education Wing ... [Read]

A celebration of gay culture, Fag Life: A Conversation with Fred Phelps mixes thoughts from "gay -- but not gay" comedian Brent Sullivan about his experiences in the gay community with surprisingly hilarious quotes from America's homophobe-in-chief Fred Phelps. The show is a celebration of gay culture, though reportedly "very critical of certain aspects of the LGBT community that are ... [Read]

Worldleaf Cinema Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 5, 2010 8:42 AM |
A first-of-its-kind event, the Worldleaf Cinema Festival showcases the highest caliber of deaf film from around the world. Among the festival's 17 films, organized into award categories including Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best Film about the Deaf Experience by a Hearing Filmmaker, is Laura Harvey's Deaf in Pink: 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk in San Diego. The film, nominated in ... [Read]

Gil Shaham with the NSO

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 4, 2010 9:23 AM |
Xian Zhang conducts the NSO and violinist Gil Shaham, whom the New York Times calls "a highly physical player," in a program that includes Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. Also on the program are works by Debussy, Stravinsky and Bartok. Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy ... [Read]

Gross National Product, whose aim is "making headlines hilarious," offers a parody of the mid-term elections, highlighting the lowlifes and issues of the Tea Party. The revue combines sketches, improv and musical parodies. Closes Saturday, Nov. 6. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $30. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org. ... [Read]

Dakshina at the Clarice Smith Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 3, 2010 9:29 AM |
As early as 1955, Anna Sokolow refused to alter her choreography with a gay sequence for a concert. "She was a Jewish, straight white woman. There was really no reason for her to take that [gay-affirming] stance," says Daniel Phoenix Singh. "She could have easily said, 'Okay, I'll change it.' It wouldn't have affected the dance much. No one would ... [Read]

To win a pair of tickets to DC Different Drummers 30th Anniversary Gala Concert, this Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m., please fill out the entry form below or by clicking this link. For more information on the concert, visit dcdd.org. var host = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://");document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + host + "wufoo.com/scripts/embed/form.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); var q7p6s9 = ... [Read]

Win tickets to A Fox on the Fairway!

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 2, 2010 7:15 AM |
Signature Theatre presents A Fox on the Fairway, a world premiere comedy from D.C. playwright Ken Ludwig, which pays tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Recalling the Marx Brothers classics, A Fox on the Fairway stars Broadway’s Jeff McCarthy and local favorites Holly Twyford and Andrew Long as it focuses on the stuffy denizens of ... [Read]

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett make their debut as an acoustic duo at the Barns at Wolf Trap, offering stripped-down versions of Little Feat treasures ("Two Trains," "Dixie Chicken," and if everyone's lucky, "Spanish Moon"), plus newer originals, all supported by a healthy dose of slide guitar, mandolin and instrumental improv. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. The Barns at ... [Read]

House of Gold at Woolly Mammoth

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 2, 2010 6:22 AM |
Sarah Benson directs a first-rate cast including Mitchell Hebert and Michael Russotto in the darkly funny House of Gold, written by young playwright Gregory S. Moss, about the fate of a six-year-old beauty queen. This funhouse ride into the American psyche conjures up the picture-perfect child -- but can she ever be safe from the adults who created her? Pay-What-You-Can ... [Read]

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. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu. ... [Read]

In a University of Maryland-hosted dialogue "How Do We Know What We Know?" the celebrated choreographer Liz Lerman joins physics experts Dr. Lawrence Krauss, Dr. David Devorkin and Dr. William Dorland to discuss how scientific thought and performing arts experience intertwine in her new work, The Matter of Origins. WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi moderates. Monday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Clarice ... [Read]