January 2011 Archives

Pop-folk musician Dar Williams, whose music has always defied gender and genre, has taken it a step further by teaming with Ibis for a "crossover concert" at Artisphere, to be recorded live for CD. D.C.-based Ibis includes members from various local orchestras, including the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Symphony. The concert features new arrangements of the ... [Read]

For a taste of what's happening in improv comedy in those far funnier, far edgier coastal cities, keep an eye out for The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre TourCo, which stops by the basement stage-space of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Harman Hall. Like the funniest extroverts at the party, the crews (which hail from New York and Los Angeles and tend ... [Read]

Suzanne Westenhoefer at the Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 28, 2011 8:18 AM |
Suzanne Westenhoefer was the first openly gay comedian to appear on television, from appearances on David Letterman, HBO and Bravo. These days she maintains a near-constant schedule of stand-up performances at mainstream comedy clubs across the country, including an annual stop at The Birchmere. Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $45. ... [Read]

Gay/Bash! at the Black Cat

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 28, 2011 8:18 AM |
Local DJ Joshua spins for Gay/Bash! A Queer Night of Rock and Pop Gems, a party featuring gay-popular pop throughout the years -- or at least, the DJ's idea of gay gems. If he'll take requests, hopefully somebody will chime in with "Tainted Love" -- or "Bohemian Rhapsody." And despite Cyndi Lauper's obvious "True Colors," we'd argue for "She Bop" ... [Read]

Put On The Gloves Fashion Show is a benefit for the Trevor Project and its suicide prevention work. The event also benefits the Capital Queer Prom. Handled by fashion producer Elaine Mensah, the show will feature donated clothes by local and national designers. Pop singer Mya will donate her time by closing out the night with a mini-concert of hits ... [Read]

The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 24, 2011 10:30 AM |
In "Tango Inferno: The Fire Within," The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires, Argentina's most acclaimed dance company, performs to traditional tango music played by live musicians, creating what a Canadian newspaper called "a five-alarm blaze." Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Remaining tickets are $30 to $55. Call 301-581-5100 or ... [Read]

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth documents innovative responses from various regions around the world already struggling with climate change-driven problems like flooding and drought, such as Bangladesh and the Sahel. These ideas could be considered for replication elsewhere, including the United States. Tonight, Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. ... [Read]

The Washington Performing Arts Society presents Russian pianist Sofya Gulyakin her Kennedy Center debut in a program that includes Schubert, Chopin, Franck and Ravel. It's part of WPAS's Hayes Piano Series. Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $38. Call 202-467-4600 or visit wpas.org. ... [Read]

The Dismemberment Plan at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 22, 2011 9:33 AM |
A D.C.-based indie-rock band formed in 1993, The Dismemberment Plan actually dismembered a decade later, in 2003, with a final show at the 9:30 Club. They re-membered briefly in 2007 for two benefit shows to help a local musician. And now the band, named after a phrase from Groundhog Day, have re-membered again, this time for an open-ended term, initially ... [Read]

Pianist Tzimon Barto with the NSO

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 22, 2011 9:31 AM |
Christoph Escenbach conducts the NSO and guest pianist Tzimon Barto in Gershwin's Piano Concerto, plus a few pieces from Bernstein. Then, actor Richard Dreyfuss reads texts from President Kennedy's speeches and writings as the orchestra performs Peter Lieberson's Remembering JFK (An American Elegy), a piece commissioned by the NSO. Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, at 1:30 ... [Read]

Return to Haifa at Theater J

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 22, 2011 9:28 AM |
A gripping drama from Tel Aviv's Cameri Theatre, Return to Haifa follows a young soldier torn between his Palestinian birth parents who fled Haifa during the 1948 war and the Jewish Holocaust survivors who raised him. Adapted by Boaz Gaon from the novella by Ghassan Kanafani and directed by Sinai Peter and performed in Hebrew with English surtitles. Part of ... [Read]

Maria La O & Pagliacci at The InSeries

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 22, 2011 9:25 AM |
The In Series's latest "pocket opera" powerhouse double-bill of passion, betrayal and revenge, features Ernesto Lecuona's Cuban zarzuela masterpiece Maria la O and Ruggiero Leoncavallo's tragic anti-hero clown Pagliacci. Joe Banno directs. Tonight, Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets $39. Call 202-204-7760 or visit inseries.org. ... [Read]

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 21, 2011 9:04 AM |
What if Mr. Darcy was just Darcy? That question is essentially answered in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, a pre-Victorian era lesbian love story, showing tonight, Friday, Jan. 21, at 7 and 9:15 p.m. at the DC JCC as part of the Reel Affirmations Xtra series. Based on the true diaries of Anne Lister, a wealthy landowner in ... [Read]

Genesis at The Warehouse

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 21, 2011 8:51 AM |
Winner of Best Drama at the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival, Genesis returns for an eight-show engagement at the Warehouse at an opportune time, as it echoes Jared Loughner's recent shooting rampage in Arizona. Local playwright Evan Crump tells a story about a mental patient who believes himself a fallen angel, raising tough questions about religion and what Crump suggests is ... [Read]

Symmetries at Long View Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 20, 2011 9:38 AM |
"Symmetries" features photographs from Ernesto Santalla's collage series, uniquely documenting Washington's record-breaking snows of 2010. Santalla trudged through the inhibitive landscape, camera in hand, capturing monotonous images from the storm, that he's evolved into kaleidoscopic photographs almost like inkblots. Opening reception tonight, Thursday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On display through Feb. 13. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th ... [Read]

Yo La Tengo at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 20, 2011 9:36 AM |
Based in Hoboken, N.J., Yo La Tengo, the long-lasting indie-rock band with an extensive catalogue and a devoted fan base will perform a set that includes a first half to be determined by the spin of a wheel, with possible selections grouped together in categories such as "songs that begin with the letter s." Friday, Jan. 21. Doors at 8 ... [Read]

Chicago City Limits at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 20, 2011 9:30 AM |
Hailed by the New York Times as "perfect masters of improvisation," Chicago City Limits relies on the audience for inspiration in America Idles, a new show poking fun at our fame-obsessed culture. Thursday, Jan. 20, and Friday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $24. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolf-trap.org. ... [Read]

Chely Wright at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 19, 2011 9:08 AM |
Country star Chely Wright returns for a second area performance since she came out and energized last 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 ... [Read]

The B-52s at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 19, 2011 9:05 AM |
The B-52s, the frolicking foursome from Athens, Ga., with three gay members -- Keith Strickland, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson -- are as festive and fun as ever. "Keep doing what you're doing, cause it's what we like," they rightly sing on new track "Ultravoilet," from 2008's phenomenal release Funplex. Tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 19. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, ... [Read]

ABT at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 19, 2011 8:58 AM |
The American Ballet Theatre performs a premiere by Alexei Ratmansky, "The Bright Stream," as well as a mixed-repertory program part of a Center-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration. The Kennedy tribute performances run through Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. "The Bright Stream" is Friday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Also ... [Read]

The Sinfonia's annual chamber concert features Gut, Wind and Wire, a trio made up of three founding and current members of the Baltimore Consort, in a performance of Renaissance, Elizabethan and Celtic music. Ronn McFarlane, Mark Cudek and Mindy Rosenfeld met while students at Baltimore's prestigious Peabody Conservatory in the late '70s and gave their group a cheeky name that ... [Read]

Violinist Chee-Yun returns to perform Walton's Violin Concerto, in a program with Bernstein's Overture to Candide and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. Saturday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Also Sunday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. Tickets are $25 to ... [Read]

Magic at the Washington Stage Guild

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 14, 2011 11:55 AM |
The Washington Stage Guild presents the first U.S. production in decades of Magic, British essayist and mystery writer G.K. Chesterton's witty fairy-tale of a comedy. The play focuses on an aristocratic family reunion where a hired magician challenges the limits of deception in ways that call both faith and reason into question. Chesterton's friend George Bernard Shaw urged him to ... [Read]

Yes, he's like that all the time -- or at least, the high-pitched comedian Goldthwait has been doing standup since he was still in high school in Syracuse, N.Y., in the late '70s. He starred in several Police Academy films, not to mention Shakes the Clown (which he wrote and directed). He even opened for Nirvana, of all things, on ... [Read]

Suede comes to the Ram's Head

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 14, 2011 8:39 AM |
A Cape Cod-based lesbian singer who got her start in D.C. and Baltimore, Suede has spent decades wowing crowds with her rich contralto voice and playful, charismatic stage presence. She also occasionally plays the trumpet, guitar and piano in her performances of jazz standards, along with some pop and a lot of blues. A regular performer at gay events across ... [Read]

Eddie from Ohio at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 14, 2011 8:36 AM |
Despite its name, the celebrated American folk band has no connection to the Buckeye State. Instead, all members are natives of Northern Virginia, and its songs are influenced by their deep Virginia roots. And the band is so popular in these parts, the Birchmere has booked it all weekend. Friday, Jan. 14, through Sunday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The ... [Read]

The BSO gets scientific

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 14, 2011 8:34 AM |
Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a multi-media recreation of physicist and author Brian Greene's book for children Icarus at the Edge of Time, set to music by American composer and Baltimore native Philip Glass. Scott Simon narrates the cautionary tale with mythological roots depicting a young boy's accidental adventure to a black hole. Also on the program ... [Read]

The Peabody Trio at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 13, 2011 8:30 AM |
Vivid interpreters of the classics in the chamber repertoire, advocates for new music and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians, The Peabody Trio offers a program of Mendelssohn and Brahms, Schnittke and Gubaidulina. Friday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $35. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolf-trap.org. ... [Read]

Beyond the Horizon, Eugene O'Neill's 1920 romantic tragedy and first to earn him a Pulitzer Prize is considered a turning point in the development of American drama. This spare, beautiful, achingly emotional story of a star-crossed love triangle still resonates. Kathleen Akerley directs a cast including Felipe Cabezas, Joe Cronin, Jane Petkofsky, Eli Sibley and Chuck Young. Opening night is ... [Read]

Tuck & Patti at Blues Alley

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 12, 2011 9:09 AM |
Oklahoma born guitarist Tuck Andress met singer Patti Cathcart, a native of San Francisco, at an audition in Las Vegas in 1980. The husband-and-wife jazz duo -- Tuck & Patti -- has been performing together ever since. Thursday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $27.50, plus ... [Read]

Sergey Khachatryan with the NSO

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 12, 2011 8:16 AM |
Kirill Karabits conducts the NSO and violinist Sergey Khachatryan in a performance including Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 2, plus Silvestrov's Elegy for Strings and Sibelius's Symphony No. 1. Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 to $85. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. ... [Read]

The Kennedy Center's Enchanted Evening

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 11, 2011 1:00 PM |
The Lincoln Center Theater touring production of Rodger & Hammerstein's South Pacific -- now doing shore leave at the Kennedy Center -- has waded waist deep into capital "R" Romance of both the big Broadway musical and the World War II era in which South Pacific is set. A vivid, picture postcard of a musical, South Pacific has not only ... [Read]

Julia Nixon at Signature Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 11, 2011 9:15 AM |
Former Broadway Dreamgirl, and Helen Hayes Award-winner for her role in Studio Theatre's Carolineā€¦or Change, the timeless, and locally legendary, Julia Nixon appears as part of Signature Theatre's Cabaret in the Ark series. The Sarah Vaughan-inspired singer performs standards including "The Impossible Dream," "Look to the Rainbow" and "I Did It My Way" plus some R&B tunes, even a little ... [Read]

Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished showcases nearly 50 never-before-seen photographs taken by 15 of National Geographic's best photographers over the course of last year, photos left on the "editing room floor." Topics range from Asia's disappearing glaciers to contemporary South Africa to the fight to save the Jordan River to the struggles of women in Afghanistan. Four of the ... [Read]

Gay playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Brother/Sister Plays" -- The Brothers Size, In The Red and Brown Water and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet -- exist in an arresting world that is equal parts gritty reality and poetic mythology. J. Mal McCree plays Marcus, who risks alienating his loved ones as he comes to terms with his homosexuality. Timothy Douglas ... [Read]

Marc Bamuthi Joseph at Dance Place

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 6, 2011 8:40 AM |
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, artistic director of HBO's documentary "Brave New Voices" series presents solo works, including the break/s and new material from the upcoming red, black and GREEN: a blues. Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $22. Call 202-269-1600 or visit danceplace.org. ... [Read]

Strathmore gets Gleeful (Yale style)

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 6, 2011 8:38 AM |
One of the world's most esteemed collegiate choruses, The Yale Glee Club celebrates its 150th season with a gala concert at Strathmore. The program will feature exciting new works composed for the Glee Club in recent years by leading and emerging composers, classics of the a cappella repertoire, folks songs, spirituals and traditional college songs, as well as a guest ... [Read]

Now that Glee has helped revive interest in the '80s arena rockers, Virginia's State Theatre invites tribute band Frontiers to conjure up that bygone era when Journey reigned. They just won't stop believin'. Friday, Jan. 7, at 9 p.m. The State Theatre, 220 North Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $12. Call 703-237-0300 or visit thestatetheatre.com. ... [Read]

Magic at the Washington Stage Guild

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 5, 2011 8:18 AM |
The Washington Stage Guild presents the first U.S. production in decades of British essayist and mystery writer G.K. Chesterton's witty fairy-tale of a comedy Magic. The play focuses on an aristocratic family reunion where a hired magician challenges the limits of deception in ways that call both faith and reason into question. Chesterton's friend George Bernard Shaw urged him to ... [Read]

Anne Midgette at Politics and Prose

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 3, 2011 7:47 AM |
My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music is the story of pianist Leon Fleisher, written with the esteemed Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette. Fleisher suffers from a mysterious and debilitating hand condition, but his love of music -- plus botox injections in his hand -- has sustained him. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. Politics ... [Read]

The Black Cat offers a free series this week, with a double-feature cult film and specialty drink special each night. "Drink Away The Shame" kicks it off, with a screening of Showgirls and Troll and $3 "shots of shame," Sunday, Jan. 2. Next is a Kung Fu night, with Drunken Master and $3 Grasshoppers, Monday, Jan. 3. Then it's a ... [Read]