August 2011 Archives

Erasure is coming to the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 31, 2011 6:03 PM |
Formed 26 years ago, Erasure helped pioneer the sound of electronica and dance music that is once again ruling today's pop charts. With a sense of both optimism and longing -- in terms of music and lyrics -- the duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke's patented style has been the soundtrack to coming out, or even just growing up, ... [Read]

Tom Morello's softer side

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 31, 2011 9:00 AM |
The guitarist for hardcore rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Tom Morello has toned things down considerably with his new acoustic solo act the Nightwatchman. Hear his softer side on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $25. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com. Follow @metroweekly Metro Weekly ... [Read]

The Black Cat celebrates 18 years of business with performances by a slew of local bands, including the Max Levine Ensemble, Garland of Hours, Booze Riot, Paindeer and Dirty Wars. This Friday, Sept. 2. Doors at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $5. Call 202-667-4490 or visit blackcatdc.com. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Thomas Burkett at Long View Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 31, 2011 5:38 AM |
Thomas Burkett: Containment and Diversion offers paintings examining the control of water, portraying the damming, diverting and polluting of water -- life's most vital substance. Opening reception is this Thursday, Sept. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On exhibit to Oct. 2. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. Call 202-232-4788 or visit longviewgallery.com. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

The Script at DAR

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 30, 2011 9:00 PM |
After success in their native Ireland with the boy band Mytown, guitarist Marc Sheehan and vocalist Danny O'Donoghue started The Script, a "Celtic soul" trio, including drummer Glen Power. The sound is a mix of R&B and pop/rock. Thursday, Sept. 1. Doors at 6:30 p.m. D.A.R. Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Tickets are $37.50. Call 202-628-1776 or visit dar.org/conthall. ... [Read]

Stevie Nicks tours in support of her first album in 10 years, 30 years after the former Fleetwood Mac member's solo debut. Even if it's not right out of your dreams, there's much to like about In Your Dreams: It's a solid set that any longtime fan will enjoy, especially if they give it time and can accept the toll ... [Read]

An abundance of Grease

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 30, 2011 8:15 AM |
Your chills will be multiplyin' this weekend -- if you're a fan of Grease, that is, the movie and the musical. You can see two different screenings of the 1978 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta: A standard showing to conclude Atlas's Movie Musicals series, and a new "Sing-A-Long" 35mm print at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre. And ... [Read]

Julius Caesar -- Free for All!

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 30, 2011 8:03 AM |
The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents this year's 21th annual "Free for All" production, Julius Caesar. David Paul directs. Now to Sept. 4. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Tickets are free, distributed through an online lottery system, held daily. Call 202- 608-6350 or visit shakespearetheatre.org. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

The Atlas Performing Arts Center and Metro Weekly team up to present a gay, summer-long film series based on the magazine's list of "Gay Films Everyone Should See." The series is in its last two weeks. Tonight, Aug. 25, they're screening the 2009 documentary Outrage, which traces the history of outing homophobic politicians. The film earned an Emmy nomination though ... [Read]

Last year saw "Hometown Girl" Mary Chapin Carpenter return to Wolf Trap for the first time in five years, and for the first time since recovering from a "serious medical issue that necessitated significant rest." This year, she'll return -- with special guest, legendary folk-rocker Loudon Wainwright III (dad to Rufus). And the concert's on a Saturday night, no less. ... [Read]

The Muppets + OK Go = Video Genius

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 24, 2011 5:38 PM |
If you haven't seen the new video in which OK Go performs the theme from The Muppets Show, take a few well-deserved moments out of your day and prepare to be vastly entertained. Make sure to watch it to the very end.... Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Denyce Graves, Stephanie Blythe, Robert Orth, Carl Tanner and Matt Boehler are just some of the Wolf Trap Opera Company alumni who will return for a 40th anniversary concert dubbed "Opera's Greatest Hits." Stephen Lord conducts the stars and a 70-piece orchestra in performances of signature arias by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Donizetti, Rossini and more. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 8 ... [Read]

Maroon 5 at Merriweather

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 22, 2011 9:48 AM |
Started among friends from high school, Maroon 5 has spent 11 years in the spotlight, but 2011 will go down as the year its pinup frontman Adam Levine has become a true superstar on his own, thanks to his work on The Voice. That work has in turn boosted the poppy band, giving it another hit single, "Moves Like Jagger" ... [Read]

An HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker, Conscious offers a one-woman show Getting Unstuck: Homeless to Hollywood (H2H), An American Dream based on her novel. The play relates Conscious's story of homelessness, drugs and sexual abuse and HIV contraction to eventual work in the entertainment industry and domestic partnership with another woman. The show was executive produced by Conscious's brother, Troy ... [Read]

Richard Lewis stands up in Arlington

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 20, 2011 9:34 AM |
The New York Post says "Richard Lewis built the strongest standup comedy career on a blazing trail of neuroses since Woody Allen," and that pretty much captures it. If you like your comedy neurotic, Lewis, a regular on Curb Your Enthusiasm (on which he is absolutely hysterical), is your man. It's not called the "Misery Loves Company Stand-Up Tour" for ... [Read]

"The Gospel Tambourine" is a spirit-filled, hand-clapping, foot-tapping journey, a Dance Ministry Production written, directed and choreographed by Adrian Bolton. Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. Also Sunday, Aug. 21, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $20. Call 202-269-1600 or visit danceplace.org. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

I.M.P. presents a special concert at the new Kastles Stadium from D.C.'s own international music juggernaut, Thievery Corporation. At its best, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza's chillout electronic band transports you to the kind of progressive, multicultural global city that Washington could, even should, be. The music deftly incorporates various musical influences -- reggae, punk, soul, Afrobeat, Arabic -- and ... [Read]

The Maryland amusement park offers an exclusive LGBT party in its Hurricane Harbor water park section, featuring one of the world's largest wave pools and twisting slides. Prepare to get wet at this nighttime party, with music by Keith Hoffman, a regular at Baltimore's Club Hippo. A cash bar will be available. Friday, Aug. 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 ... [Read]

Kevin McDonald co-created (with Dave Foley) the Canadian comedy collective Kids in the Hall decades ago, and Scott Thompson became known as the gay one. Now, the two have formed a two-man comedy show. Friday, Aug. 19, at 9:55 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Arlington Cinema N' Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tickets are $25. Call 703-486-2345 ... [Read]

The Marcy and Zina Show

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 16, 2011 9:42 AM |
The Marcy and Zina Show was a sold-out hit at Signature Theatre's 2010 Sizzlin' Summer Cabaret series. So the pair -- Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich -- return to the Arlington theater to offer their electic mix of witty, romantic and sophisticated songs. Tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 p.m. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. ... [Read]

Arena Stage is tickling our fancy with a special evening geared to the LGBT community, with ticket prices reduced to $50 and a post-show piano bar with the cast. Yes, it's good to be gay. The show in question: Oklahoma! Arena snagged four Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Musical, this year for its production, which it's reprised during what used ... [Read]

Constellation resurrects The Ramayana

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 13, 2011 4:00 PM |
Constellation Theatre Company reprises playwright Peter Oswald's interpretation of The Ramayana, after its critically celebrated sell-out run in spring 2010, which also earned the company a Helen Hayes Award for percussionist Tom Teasley's sound design. The Hindu tale focuses on Rama, who must conquer the king Ravana to rescue his beautiful wife Sita and to save the world from darkness. ... [Read]

SCENA Theatre reprises its production of The Importance of Being Earnest, the Oscar Wilde classic that played to sold-out houses last summer. The tale of class and marriage both revels in and mocks the notion of leading a double life -- and SCENA tells it using cross-gender casting, with strong female characters played by men, effeminate male roles played by ... [Read]

Everything's coming up roses in College Park. Tickets are now on sale for the opening event in the 10th anniversary season of the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. And talk about a grand opening: Broadway superstar Patti LuPone will sing songs and share stories from her life and career in Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, a show based on ... [Read]

The Junior League Band at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 13, 2011 10:44 AM |
The Washington Post once compared D.C.'s Junior League Band to Alison Kraus and Union Station, but its music is more rock and rollicking than that. The comparison stems mainly from the band's frontwoman Lissy Rosemont, who both sings and plays banjo. Plus, she comes from a prominent fiddler family. But the band's sound is steeped more in delta blues and ... [Read]

Arena Stage is tickling our fancy with a special evening geared to the LGBT community, with ticket prices reduced to $50 and a post-show piano bar with the cast. Yes, it's good to be gay. The show in question: Oklahoma! Arena snagged four Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Musical, this year for its production, which it's reprised during what used ... [Read]

Telly Leung returns to Rehoboth

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 12, 2011 4:00 PM |
Following his recent appearance at the Blue Moon, Broadway and Glee star Telly Leung returns to the Rehoboth Beach area on Tuesday, Aug. 16, hosting and performing at a benefit concert to raise funds to support a local family's participation in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Local entertainer (and chart-topping diva) Pamala Stanley is also scheduled to perform. Doors open at ... [Read]

Billed as a "musical murder-mystery extravaganza," Pop! takes as its jumping-off point the real-life, non-fatal shooting of Andy Warhol. Pop! is played to the hilt as a fun, escapist night out at the theater. Considering that it's about a man whose controversial "pop art" rarely scratched below the surface, it's fitting the play would have no grand meaning to impart, ... [Read]

Singer-songwriter Neko Case may be just the opening act, but she has every bit as much, if not more, appeal than Kentucky hippie rockers My Morning Jacket. The Alexandria native has become a superstar in indie/hipster circles, and the appeal is easy to hear, whether on her solo work, such as 2009's Middle Cyclone, or her work in the Canadian ... [Read]

Billed as a "musical murder-mystery extravaganza," Pop! takes as its jumping-off point the real-life, non-fatal shooting of Andy Warhol. Pop! is played to the hilt as a fun, escapist night out at the theater. Considering that it's about a man whose controversial "pop art" rarely scratched below the surface, it's fitting the play would have no grand meaning to impart, ... [Read]

Video: Breaking Bones by VHS or Beta

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 11, 2011 4:39 PM |
Well it's kinda catchy... if a little nasally... VHS or Beta "Breaking Bones" from Graham Hill on Vimeo. Follow @metroweekly Metro Weekly ... [Read]

Merlin Moon just released a video for his promo-only dance single "Believe/Born Slippy Remix." The song is a free download if you sign up here. Meanwhile, check out the video. ... [Read]

O.A.R. at Merriweather

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 11, 2011 9:20 AM |
The five-piece rock band O.A.R., from Rockville, Md., has a devoted national following -- selling out New York's Madison Square Garden twice, for starters -- even if it's lacked in mainstream recognition. The Washington Post's Chris Richards suggests the under-the-radar notoriety is on account of the band's non-buzzy roots-oriented sound: "easy, breezy, populist rock." It's definitely disarming, even charming, in ... [Read]

Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser's spirited, Tony-winning musical from 1950 is packed with hits, from "Luck Be A Lady" to "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat." Wolf Trap presents a production of the show set in New York during the Great Depression. Thursday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. Also Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, ... [Read]

Ever wonder what a lived-in floating boat looks like on the inside? Well, here's your chance to sneak a peek. Twenty-three houseboats, housebarges, cabin cruisers, tugs and more will be open for touring this weekend. A 60-minute Potomac cruise can be added on to complete the waterfront experience. Proceeds benefit the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Earth Conservation Corps. Tour the ... [Read]

Telly Leung appeared on the last season of Glee, as Wes, part of the all-male a cappella Dalton Academy Warblers. His Broadway credits include Flower Drum Song, Rent and Pacific Overtures. Now he'll perform a cabaret show at Rehoboth's Blue Moon restaurant and nightclub. It doesn't get much more gaily appealing than that. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 9:30 p.m. Blue ... [Read]

"Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border" provides a fascinating, in-depth look at Wassily Kandinsky's creative process during the five months leading up to his 1913 masterpiece "Painting with White Border (Moscow)," pictured at right. In conjunction, The Phillips Collection also presents "Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series" featuring contemporary works by American artist Frank Stella, a ... [Read]

INXS with Berlin at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 6, 2011 9:00 PM |
The Australian pop-rock group INXS has been trying to rekindle its '80s-era hitmaking magic for years now. In 2005 they even appeared in a reality series to pick a new permanent lead singer, to replace Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997. But Canadian singer J.D. Fortune hasn't managed to take our breath away, to paraphrase the big hit from Berlin, ... [Read]

Step Afrika's Summer Steps

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 6, 2011 6:00 PM |
The Washington Performing Arts Society presents a Summer Steps program with young members of Step Afrika!, showcasing the traditions of stepping and other percussive dance styles. Sunday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Tickets are free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

For a decade now, Seattle-based Death Cab for Cutie has been an enormously popular alt-rock band whose silly name actually captures its sound: cute but creepy, funereal yet festive, with pristine melodies pre-washed in slightly ragged production. The band, fronted by the pleading tenor Ben Gibbard, tours in support of its new seventh set, Codes and Keys. This Sunday, Aug. ... [Read]

"The 14th Annual National Small Works" competition contains 30 prints from artists across the nation, all approximately 13x13 in size. Running concurrently is the solo exhibition by the Washington Printmakers' 2010 winner Kiyomi Baird. On display through Aug. 28. Opening reception and awards program is Saturday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring. ... [Read]

The Studio Theatre hosts its Annual Garage Sale on today, Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale features items from 2010-2011 season productions, including Circle Mirror Transformation, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, Superior Donuts, Mojo, Marcus, Tynan, Penelope, The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom, Venus In Fur, The History of Kisses and POP! ... [Read]

CHAW presents DHS Pinafore

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 5, 2011 4:08 PM |
Every summer the Capital Hill Arts Workshop presents a different Gilbert and Sullivan production in partnership with the GLBT Arts Consortium. This year brings a slightly modern twist on the classic HMS Pinafore, with the Royal Navy being usurped by the Department of Homeland Security in manning the ship. But classic tales and tunes, including "When I Was A Lad" ... [Read]

Emil de Cou conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in a Wolf Trap performance with folk legend Arlo Guthrie along with the eclectic ensemble Time for Three. Violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer merge classical, country, gypsy and jazz. Good mornin', America, how are ya? Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8:15 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, ... [Read]

Mary J. Blige's inaugural concert next month at the Live Nation-owned Fillmore in Silver Spring sold out in minutes last Friday. The venue just announced another slate of concerts this fall, including Moby. It's unlikely tickets to hear the electronica artist and DJ will sell as quickly as Blige's, but chances are it will sell out. Tickets are available now ... [Read]

WARL's nonstop pet adoption weekend

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 5, 2011 3:48 PM |
The Washington Animal Rescue League hosts a special nonstop adoption event this weekend as a way to kick off its participation in the national ASPCA's $100K Challenge. Potential adopters may offer what they wish for available ready-to-adopt cats and dogs; the regular adoption fees -- starting at $50 for cats and $100 for dogs -- have been waived. Event starts ... [Read]

You gotta love this Matt & Kim video

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 3, 2011 4:26 PM |
Yet another irresistible music video that uses New York as a "set," this one from the fetching duo, Matt & Kim. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Laurel Mill Playhouse, a community theater at 508 Main Street in Laurel, Md., is holding auditions for Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or the vibrator play on Saturday, August 27 at 2 p.m. and Monday, August 29 at 7 p.m. They're looking for 2 men and 5 women. The play will run from Oct. 28 to Nov. 13 on ... [Read]

That intrepid LGBT media watchdog GLAAD -- The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -- released its fifth annual Network Responsibility Index this morning. The report "maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television." The organization evaluated Primetime programming on all five broadcast networks, and 10 of the major cable networks. Highlights: The CW remains ... [Read]

Participants in the Washington International Piano Festival festival, in collaboration with the Catholic University of America, perform a recital of solo piano music on two separate nights as part of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Thursday, Aug. 4, and Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Tickets are free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

We're digging the "flash mob style" video for The Orion Experience's "NYC Girl." The melody has a nice kick to it and the video is just plain feel-good. "The concept of the 'NYC Girl' video was to just capture the energy of a night out on the town in New York," says frontman Orion Simprini. "We had two camera guys ... [Read]

Spank Rock's new video

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 1, 2011 4:42 PM |
This video from Spank Rock's forthcoming album, "Everyone is Boring & Everyone is a Fucking Liar," to be released on Sept. 27 on Bad Blood Records, caught our attention: Spank Rock - DTF DADT (Official Music Video) from Spank Rock on Vimeo. Follow @metroweekly (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var ... [Read]