March 2011 Archives

Opening Night: Ford's Liberty Smith

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 30, 2011 9:56 AM |
Ford's Theatre presents Liberty Smith, the world premiere of a madcap musical romp through Revolutionary America, with music by Michael Weiner, lyrics by Adam Abraham and a book by Marc Madnick, Eric R. Cohen and Adam Abraham. A childhood friend of George Washington, apprentice to Benjamin Franklin and linked to Paul Revere's remarkable ride, the elusive Smith weaves his way ... [Read]

Smokey Robinson hosts the Kennedy Center's annual Spring Gala that this year also honors Michael Kaiser's 10 years at the helm. The gala features such cultural powerhouses as Joshua Bell, Barbara Cook, Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Fairchild as well as the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Sunday, April 3, at ... [Read]

Roby Chavez hosts an OutWrite discussion with authors Sean Bugg and Charles Perez. Bugg, Metro Weekly co-publisher and editor, comically recounts his life experiences in Boy Does World: 15 Years of Bad Behaviors, Bad Attitudes and Happy Endings, while Perez relates, in Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, his work experiences as a former anchor with ABC affiliates in New York ... [Read]

Can peer pressure save the world?

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 29, 2011 9:41 AM |
Join The Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform The World explores the value of peer pressure to make positive social change. The book, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tina Rosenberg, draws on examples from around the world of groups that have exerted pressure to improve education, promote more healthful behavior and even overthrow dictators. Tonight, Tuesday, March 29, at 7 ... [Read]

Tour dates for Britney Spears's North American Summer tour have been announced, and they include a Washington, D.C. date -- July 31 at the Verizon Center. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. Complete ticket and tour information is available at BritneySpears.com or at livenation.com Britney's seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, drops today. ... [Read]

From collaborations with uber-producer Timbaland and other artists such Tegan and Sara and the Foo Fighters, plus contributions to movies such as Into The Wild and August Rush -- not to mention NPR frequently plays snippets of her music between news segments -- lesbian guitar virtuoso Kaki King, with a signature percussive sound, is ubiquitous if still under the radar. ... [Read]

Hot Pick: The Grand Sushi Event

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 28, 2011 9:44 AM |
This one's for sushi lovers only (though, really, who doesn't love sushi?). At National Geographic Live's Grand Sushi Event, author Casson Trenor signs copies of his book Sustainable Sushi while local chef and National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver offers a tasting of sustainably caught or farmed sushi with wine and sake pairings. Presented with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and ... [Read]

Hot Pick: Jil Aigrot

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 26, 2011 9:18 AM |
Charming French vocalist Jil Aigrot, who provided the singing voice for Edith Piaf in the film La Vie En Rose and specializes in chanson francaise, returns to GWU's Lisner after a show two years ago that was part of her American debut. Highly, highly recommended. Tonight, Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m. Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, 730 21st ... [Read]

Hot Pick: Elton John's Greatest Hits

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 25, 2011 9:44 AM |
Legendary piano popster Elton John brings his "Greatest Hits Live" concert to our area this weekend. The concert boasts number one chart hits and classic album tracks from throughout John's five-decade pop career. We're keeping our fingers crossed to hear some real treasures, like the soaring "I've Seen That Movie Too" or the playful, energetic "Hercules," or the stunning "High ... [Read]

Hot Pick: The Whiz at Dance Place

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 25, 2011 9:23 AM |
The Whiz is a loosely based adaptation of The Wizard of Oz for the Obama generation, featuring choreography by Nicolas Leichter and a commissioned adapted score by Monstah Black with added musical selections. It looks absolutely stunning (see trailer below). Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 27, at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets ... [Read]

Georgetown University, in partnership with Arena Stage, offers a festival with famous guests in tribute to the legendary gay playwright, whose father called him "Miss Nancy" and mother referred to him as her "Writin' Son." All this weekend, the school's Theater and Performance Studies program presents staged readings and performances of Williams' plays, including a concert reading of the musical ... [Read]

Ricky Martin launches world tour

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 24, 2011 5:06 PM |
Ricky Martin launches his "Musica+Alma+Sexo" world tour tomorrow, his first in over three years and certainly the first since he came out. Giorgio Armani is designing all the outfits for the tour. A list of tour dates follow, but for those in the D.C. area, New Jersey seems to be the closest he'll be our way. 3/25 to 3/28 - ... [Read]

Following his smash hit monologue The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America's most mysterious technology icon. With a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design, Daisey's latest one-man diatribe illuminates the war—from China to Silicon Valley -- over how we see our world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech ... [Read]

Part Three of Signature's American Musical Voices Project, aimed at nurturing new shows, focuses on this valentine to musical comedy, a classic backstage comedy about the creation of the first American musical, from Michael Slade, Joseph Thalken and Mark Campbell. Pride Night for the LGBT community, which includes complimentary cocktails and appetizers at a one-hour post-show reception, is set for ... [Read]

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor passed away today, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the age of 79. An advocate for AIDS research, Taylor was a friend to the local Whitman-Walker Clinic, whose medical center at 1701 14th St. NW bears her name. IMDB notes that Taylor was "considered one of the last, if not the last major star, to have come ... [Read]

Hot Pick: Penelope at Studio Theatre

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 23, 2011 9:03 AM |
As part of Studio Theatre's New Ireland: The Enda Walsh Festival, the company invited the Druid Theatre of Ireland to perform Penelope, Walsh's extraordinary riff on Homer's Odyssey, focused on four suitors wooing a beautiful woman in a drained swimming pool. The suitors, in Speedos and terrycloth robes, discuss prophecy and mortality as they contemplate the return of the woman's ... [Read]

Now playing: Paul

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 23, 2011 8:57 AM |
British funnymen Simon Pegg and Nick Frost left their mark on zombie movies with Shaun of the Dead (hysterical) and buddy cop movies with Hot Fuzz (really funny), but they don't do the same for aliens with their newest, Paul. Geeks Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) meet alien Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) while on a road trip to the ... [Read]

A Kennedy Center Honoree in 1992, Paul Taylor and his company return with Three Dubious Memories, Brief Encounters and Also Playing. Wednesday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Remaining tickets are $40 to $65. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. ... [Read]

In Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families, NPR couple and authors of a syndicated USA Weekend column Cokie and Steve Roberts discuss how they merged their faiths -- she's Catholic, he's Jewish -- with an annual Passover seder as their own annual peace accord. Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I St. NW. ... [Read]

A local D.C. Chef's Club has joined forces to support and raise money for the urgent need of disaster relief in Japan. Utilizing e-Bay, chefs will auction off brunch, dinners, tastings, classes, and even hotel stays. The auctions will last for one to two weeks and will continue to accept additional donations. Winning bids will be donated to The American ... [Read]

Vpstart Crow Productions is looking for directors to helm its new season. The shows include Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? To learn more, visit vpstartcrow.com. ... [Read]

On each stop of Janet Jackson's current world tour -- Number Ones: Up Close and Personal -- the singer is dedicating one song to the host city. For her D.C. appearances at D.A.R. Constitution Hall this Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24, she's chosen the song "I Get Lonely," from the Velvet Rope album. "Washington DC is a beautiful ... [Read]

The Cars: Round trip drive

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 21, 2011 11:27 AM |
The Cars released the video for "Sad Song," from Move Like This, their first studio album with Rik Ocasek in 24 years. It pretty much sounds like they picked up where they left off. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album will be released on May 10. ... [Read]

Nashville hitmaker (and longtime HIV/AIDS activist) Kathy Mattea has, in recent years, traveled in a more folk and roots-driven direction, including covering classic coal-mining songs on her recent set Coal. But we're confident she'll play some of her hits when she hits The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., this Tuesday, March 22, and Wednesday, March 23, at 8 ... [Read]

Paul Taylor Dance comes to the KC

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 20, 2011 9:23 AM |
A Kennedy Center Honoree in 1992, Paul Taylor and his company return with Three Dubious Memories, Brief Encounters and Also Playing. Tickets are still available for the Wednesday, March 22, 8 p.m. performance. Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24, performances are sold out. At the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Remaining tickets are $40 to $65. Call 202-467-4600 or visit ... [Read]

Landless Theatre Company presents one of the first professional stage productions of the YouTube video miniseries Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog, developed by Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) during the Writer's Guild strike a few years back and originally starring Neil Patrick Harris. Landless's Andrew Lloyd Baughman has adapted the musical for the stage. It stars Charles Johnson in the ... [Read]

Marriage Equality Wedding Expo

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 19, 2011 8:47 AM |
Marry Me In DC presents a Marriage Equality Wedding Expo celebrating the year-old passage of same-sex marriage in D.C. and helping those who want to jump the broom but need guidance on planning. Today, Saturday, March 19, from noon to 4 p.m. At the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Tickets are $15. Visit marrymeindc.com. ... [Read]

Last night's "reality show" parody on 30 Rock was very clearly a stunt episode -- but as stunt episodes go, it was a work of genius, faring far better than last year's noble yet faltering stunt episode, a live broadcast of the show, mainly because the groundwork for Angie's reality program -- Queen of Jordan -- had been laid down ... [Read]

David Alan Grier at the Lansburgh

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 18, 2011 9:10 AM |
A Tony-nominated serious actor, having appeared on Broadway in Dreamgirls and most recently David Mamet's Race, David Alan Grier is best known for his comedic roles on TV and film. How could anyone ever forget the borderline-offensive but riotously funny effeminate Antoine on Fox's '90s sketch show In Living Color? Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, at 7:15 p.m. ... [Read]

And the Curtain Rises

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 18, 2011 9:07 AM |
And the Curtain Rises is the third part of Signature's American Musical Voices Project, aimed at nurturing new shows. This valentine to musical comedy, a classic backstage comedy about the creation of the first American musical, is from Michael Slade, Joseph Thalken and Mark Campbell. Now playing through April 10. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $54 to ... [Read]

This just in: A sneak peek at some moments from Monday's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, airing on Logo on Monday, March 21 at 10pm (9pm Central), and featuring guest celebrity judges Carmen Electra and Jody Watley. Gay Video & Lesbian Movies - Logo: Fierce TV ... [Read]

Special Sade pre-sale event

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 17, 2011 9:25 AM |
LiveNation is making available to readers of Metro Weekly tickets to Sade, appearing at the Verizon Center with special guest artist John Legend, before they go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. The pre-sale event will be active from Thursday, March 17 at 10 a.m. to Friday, March 18 at 10 p.m. Click ... [Read]

The DC JCC’s Kurlander Program for Gay & Lesbian Outreach and Engagement -- aka GLOE -- presents its fourth annual Masquerade and Mischief Purim Party, featuring performances by the DC Cowboys, a “Purim spiel,” and music by DJ jame’ foks. Purim celebrates the Jews who were spared execution by Persian leader Haman in biblical times. It calls for dressing up ... [Read]

Entertainment Weekly's website EW.com has released exclusive footage from the upcoming March 21 episode of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, as they pay a visit to Martha Stewart's estate in Bedford, N.Y. Full story and video clip here. ... [Read]

Yanni Webcast today at 1 p.m.

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 16, 2011 10:52 AM |
Today, Wednesday, March 16, at 1 p.m., Yanni -- in advance of his North America tour -- will answer fan questions in a live streaming webcast, hosted by Extra!’s Lauren Sanchez. Fans can email questions to ask@yanni.com. Yanni is coming to our area, at the Warner Theatre, on Thursday, April 7. Tickets are available for the show at the Warner ... [Read]

Get ready for the Prom!

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 16, 2011 9:11 AM |
The Capital Queer Prom, that is. B.O.I. Marketing (headed by Metro Weekly's Outspoken host Ebone Bell) presents this fifth annual event, this year benefiting the Youth Pride Alliance. It kicks off with a “meet and greet” party Friday night at The Reef in Adams Morgan and ends with drag brunch Sunday at Nellie’s. The prom itself happens Saturday night on ... [Read]

Hanson's exuberant new music video

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 15, 2011 7:04 PM |
Hanson's new video for the upbeat single "Give A Little" -- to be released on iTunes on April 5 -- is playful, punchy and, quite frankly, a kick to watch. For some odd reason it reminds us of Paul Simon's whimsical "You Can Call Me Al," but maybe it's just all that kicking of legs. Honestly? There's no denying that ... [Read]

Just announced -- The Sweetlife Festival 2011 is coming to Merriweather on Sunday, May 1, and what an amazing line-up of acts: The Strokes, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Walk the Moon, U.S. Royalty and Modern Man. More info on all these groups can be found here. For those unfamiliar with The Sweetlife ... [Read]

Loretta Lynn Postponed

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 15, 2011 8:39 AM |
The Loretta Lynn concert set for this Thursday, March 17 has been rescheduled. The new date is Oct. 15, 2011. Tickets will be honored. Refunds at place of purchase through Oct. 14, 2011. Visit 930.com for more details. Here's some vintage Lynn to get you through till then... ... [Read]

Whores and Hard Candy

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 15, 2011 8:31 AM |
This weekend the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington presents a fully staged, all-male production of the Broadway musical The Best Little Whore House In Texas (watch for members of the cast on this week's Spring Arts Preview cover). "It's all big songs and big hair in this sassy, spirited and touching musical about the real-life brothel in Texas," reads the ... [Read]

The Big Uneasy at AFI Silver

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 13, 2011 5:00 PM |
Simpsons castmember -- voice of Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, among others -- and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer will appear at a screening of his documentary The Big Uneasy about Hurricane Katrina, co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest and the Project on Government Oversight. Shearer speaks to investigators and a whistleblower from the Army Corps ... [Read]

Theatre J's The Chosen

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 13, 2011 9:23 AM |
Aaron Posner directs his adaptation of this beloved play based on the novel by Chaim Potok about two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. Theater J offers a 10th anniversary staging of the production, with a stellar cast including Rick Foucheux and Edward Gero, at Arena Stage as the first local guest company ... [Read]

In creating a final cut of this week's Edward Albee cover story, we had to lose a few passages for space. One of those was this interesting exchange about critics: METRO WEEKLY: I guess you could also argue that in the case of a critical flop, it's not always necessarily the fault of the play. It could be the production. ... [Read]

Play in a Day

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 11, 2011 3:00 PM |
Teams representing six D.C.-area professional theater companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform six original plays in a 24-hour period in this seventh annual event produced by the Bethesda Urban Partner and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The six companies represented are Adventure Theatre, Ganymede Arts, Imagination Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Playground Playwrights. Saturday, ... [Read]

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 11, 2011 12:00 PM |
Originally broadcast on PBS, Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life focuses on the composer, arranger and pianist who was Washington-native Duke Ellington's right hand man for decades, responsible for many of the Duke's most famous compositions, including "Take the A Train." But Strayhorn was often overshadowed by the jazz giant. In his shadow, Strayhorn was also notably an openly gay man, at ... [Read]

Team DC Fashion Show

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 11, 2011 9:22 AM |
The popular annual Team DC Fashion Show and Model Search raises funds for the LGBT sports association's College Scholarship Program benefiting LGBT student athletes. The fashion show features 13 models in club wear, swimsuit, underwear and leather/sports/fetish competitions, with a grand prize of $500 cash, a professional photo shoot with Robert Mercer, the cover of the May issue of Compete ... [Read]

You Should Meet My Son

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 10, 2011 9:05 PM |
First-time feature film director Keith Hartman's You Should Meet My Son is rife with cliche, most of which are pretty funny -- because they're true. One of the more unique aspects of Hartman's film, which he also wrote, is that it's a gay film that's not actually about the gay man. His mother and her spinster sister are the central ... [Read]

What's up at Gallery Plan B

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 10, 2011 4:00 PM |
Works by three painters comprise the Gallery Plan B's latest exhibition: Kathy Beynette, offering fun, whimsical narrative paintings, Patrick Campbell, with complex, color-saturated paintings, and Michele Montalbano, whose gorgeous paintings are layered with ghost-like effects. The opening reception is Saturday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Exhibit remains on display through April 9. Gallery Plan B is at 1530 ... [Read]

Tom Goss CD Release Party!

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 10, 2011 1:00 PM |
Though it won't get official release until next month, Tom Goss will give his hometown crowd a sneak peek (and advance sales) of his third full-length album Turn It Around (with cover art designed by Metro Weekly's own Aram Vartian!). The album is a tad lighter in spirit than his previous efforts, but it's still in the same beguiling acoustic ... [Read]

Chicago's infamous comedy improv troupe, known for introducing a slew of celebrity talent, from Mike Myers and Amy Poehler to John Belushi and Tina Fey (it's like a feeding ground for Saturday Night Live), makes a stop in our area to tease out some more yuk-yuks from Washingtonians. Watch a clip from the touring show below. Friday, March 11, at ... [Read]

LiveNation just announced that Sade is coming to the Verizon Center, Wednesday, June 22. She'll be appearing with special guest John Legend. Writing about her latest release a year ago in the magazine, Metro Weekly critic Doug Rule noted, Soldier of Love is altogether a stunning collection. ... Her husky alto is still a smooth operator, gently gliding over her ... [Read]

The gay Hampton Roads Men's Chorus kicks off its first annual "One-Night Only" concert series with "A Night of Broadway and Dance," featuring Norfolk-native, Rehoboth Beach-staple Pamala Stanley and music from Dreamgirls and Wicked -- plus pop hits made famous by Gloria Gaynor, Tina Turner and the Stray Cats, as well as Stanley's "Coming Out of Hiding." This Saturday, March ... [Read]

Diana Ross at the Leukemia Ball

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 8, 2011 8:11 PM |
The National Capital Area Chapter of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Leukemia Ball is already considered the largest non-political, black-tie gala in D.C. And with a headlining performance by Ms. Ross, it's no doubt they'll keep that title again this year. John Heffron, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, will also perform at the 24th annual event, expected to raise ... [Read]

The Kennedy Center announced its new season today -- and the theater season alone is gasp-worthy. Of course, the question is what to gasp over first? The new production of Les Miz? Uncle Vanya starring CATE BLANCHETT and HUGO WEAVING? Pal Joey? How about Billy Elliott? Memphis? La Cage aux Folles? The Addams Family? A ginormous Sondheim concert??? We think ... [Read]

Olney's Technicolor Dreamcoat

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 8, 2011 12:00 PM |
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical retelling of the Biblical story, offers an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink score, with parodies of French ballads, Elvis-inspired rock 'n' roll, old-time country-western, 1920s Charleston, Caribbean style, even disco. David Hilder directs a production starring Kurt Boehm, Erin Driscoll, Eleasha Gamble, TJ Langston and Parker Drown. Through March 20. Olney ... [Read]

Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, will stop at the Verizon Center in Washington on Friday, July 13 at Verizon Center. In partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson, the production combines Cirque du Soleil creativity "to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global ... [Read]

Despite the two "vs." in the title, DJ Lil'e's wildly popular dance party Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. Kylie Dance Party is not really a battle. It is now closer to a contest than ever though, since Lil'e tweaked the formula and replaced M.I.A. with international superstar Kylie Minogue. (And since Gaga continues her reign of hits.) It's new and ... [Read]

Helen Hayes Award-winner Bernardine Mitchell (Mahalia) returns to MetroStage in His Eye is on the Sparrow. Larry Parr's play with music tells the story of the legendary Ethel Waters, the blues and jazz vocalist and actress, only the second African American nominated for an Oscar. Runs through March 20. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $45 to $50. ... [Read]

Grammy Lifetime Achievement folkie Tom Paxton stops by The Barns to offering topical social commentary on everything from Fannie Mae's downfall to Sarah Palin's politics to Pluto's downsized status. Thursday, March 10, at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $22. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolf-trap.org. ... [Read]

Tonight's sold out Scissor Sisters' show at the 9:30 Club has been postponed as the band is stranded in upstate New York due to inclement weather. However, the club is asking people to hold onto their tickets as a new show date will be announced soon. From the Scissor Sisters Facebook Page: Tonight's show at the 9:30 Club in Washington ... [Read]

Juno and the Paycock at WSC

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 7, 2011 3:00 PM |
The Irish tenements of the early 1920s were a close-knit and crowded place. Seated cheek-by-jowl at the Washington Shakespeare Company's compelling Juno and the Paycock, Sean O'Casey's tragicomic story of a family's demise, we feel a bit like neighbors at the window. And as we watch the pressures of poverty, civil war and simple bad luck unravel the Boyles, we ... [Read]

The ever-popular indie-darlings The Decemberists just announced a short run of U.S. tour dates for early summer, including performances at several music festivals. And yes, they're coming to the D.C. area -- Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 13. A complete listing of dates is here. Pre-sale is available for a limited number of shows. Check here. The band also recently ... [Read]

Ashford & Simpson at The Birchmere

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

To welcome spring, The Folger Consort performs music from 14th and 15th century Italy, the early Renaissance. The consort will be joined by Trefoil -- Drew Minter, Mark Rimple and Marcia Young -- playing harp, lute, psaltery and fiddle and offering what the New York Times calls "clear, otherworldly harmonies." Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m. ... [Read]

Showtunes and Cocktails

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 7, 2011 8:04 AM |
Pianist Glenn Pearson and special guests from Washington theater stages perform monthly this evening of showtunes, with proceeds from specialty cocktails and featured appetizers benefiting the Helen Hayes Awards, D.C.'s preeminent theater awards organization. Tonight, Monday, March 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. The Quill Bar at the Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St. NW. Free. Visit jeffersondc.com or helenhayes.org. ... [Read]

RA Xtra: You Should Meet My Son

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 6, 2011 9:00 PM |
The latest monthly screening by Reel Affirmations is Keith Hartman's debut feature film about a mom and aunt who go out of their way to help their gay offspring find Mr. Right, including pit stops on Manhunt and at bars and clubs. (Read our full review here.) Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The Aaron & Cecile ... [Read]

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt play a rising congressman and a gorgeous ballerina in this improbable mix of romantic drama and science fiction from director George Nolfi (Oceans Twelve) and based on a short story by legendary science fiction author Philip K. Dick (Total Recall and Blade Runner were based on his stories). The plot appears to center around men ... [Read]

Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster offers a detailed account of last year's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, written by Tom Shroder and John Konrad, a longtime Washington Post journalist and an experienced oil rig captain. Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com. ... [Read]

Now Playing: Rango

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 5, 2011 3:00 PM |
Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring director Gore Verbinski, known for his stylized visuals, makes a foray into computer-generated animation with Rango, starring Johnny Depp as the voice of a chameleon aspiring to be a swashbuckling hero in the Wild Wild West. From the previews, the movie doesn't seem to know what it wants to be -- comedy or ... [Read]

Signature Theatre hosts a book launch party for D.C. playwright and Broadway favorite Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor and Other Plays. Local actors Holly Twyford, Ian Merrill Peakes, Erin Weaver and others will offer readings from Ludwig’s plays, including Moon Over Buffalo, Shakespeare in Hollywood and Leading Ladies. This afternoon, Saturday, March 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Signature ... [Read]

Now Playing: Beastly

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 5, 2011 9:04 AM |
Neil Patrick Harris plays a supporting role as a blind tutor in Beastly, a fantasy that adapts the Beauty and the Beast tale to a teen sensibility. Pretty-boy Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens star, as does Mary-Kate Olsen, stretching her acting muscles, and Peter Krause. Now playing. Visit fandango.com. ... [Read]

The Corcoran Gallery's "Washington Color and Light" is a collection of major works by the artists associated with the Washington Color School -- Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Morris Louis, Howard Mehring, Kenneth Noland and Paul Reed -- and their contemporaries, including Rockne Krebs, Anne Truitt, Leon Berkowtiz and Alma Thomas. These works of abstract painting and sculpture from the mid-20th ... [Read]

Jennifer Lopez's On the Floor Video

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 4, 2011 3:53 PM |
We have a two words for JLo's "On the Floor" video: Sumptuous and kinetic. ... [Read]

The NSO celebrates India

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 1, 2011 8:58 AM |
Christoph Eschenbach conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in a program, part of the Kennedy Center's maximum INDIA festival, featuring Concerto for Four Soloists, a world premiere from tabla player/composer Zakir Hussain that combines elements of Hindu ragas and talas, Sufi kalam and Christian church music. Mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor and Indian vocalists Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan also perform. Thursday, March 3, ... [Read]

Randy Newman at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 1, 2011 8:57 AM |
Prolific film composer and musician Randy Newman, hot on the heels of his Oscar win, drops by Strathmore for a concert featuring many of his more popular tunes, including "Leave Your Hat On," "Feels Like Home," "I Love to See You Smile" and "You've Got a Friend in Me," from Toy Story. Wednesday, March 2, at 8 p.m. Music Center ... [Read]