October 2011 Archives

Septime Webre's The Great Gatsby

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 31, 2011 1:05 PM |
The Washington Ballet revives The Great Gatsby choreographed by its artistic director Septime Webre. Local actors E. Faye Butler and Will Gartshore, plus tap dancer Quynn Johnson and the music band Billy Novick's Blue Syncopators join the ballet for this recreation of the jazz-age splendor immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald's story. Wednesday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 ... [Read]

We Were Here at the West End

Posted by Doug Rule
October 31, 2011 8:44 AM |
David Weissman and Bill Weber's powerful, captivating and carefully crafted We Were Here -- having just screened at Reel Affirmations -- is so much more than simply the first documentary to reflect on the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It's also one of the first documentaries about AIDS to focus more narrowly on the community itself, at ... [Read]

Rachael Yamagata at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 30, 2011 3:00 PM |
Born in Alexandria and educated in Bethesda, alternative-rocker Yamagata is touring in support of her third long-player with a title nodding to her roots here -- Chesapeake. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 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 ... [Read]

Harry Belafonte at Politics and Prose

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 30, 2011 7:00 AM |
Harry Belafonte's Sing Your Song recounts the life of the entertainer and outspoken activist for global civil rights, from his early years of poverty in Harlem and Jamaica to racism in the Navy during World War II to friendships with Martin Luther King Jr., and the Kennedys. Belafonte wrote the memoir with Michael Shnayerson, and it's has been released along ... [Read]

Marsha Ambrosius

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 9:00 PM |
Former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius tours in support of her solo debut, Late Nights and Early Evenings, which includes the title song and the single "Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player)." Revenge never sounded so sweet. Sunday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. Tickets are $80 to $200. Call 202-783-4000 or visit ... [Read]

The Book Club Play at Arena

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 4:30 PM |
A new work by Arena Stage's resident playwright Karen Zacarias, the comedy The Book Club Play focuses on a woman who seems to have it all -- an adoring husband, a perfect job and a great book club. But bizarre circumstances put her life under a magnifying glass and force her friends to read between the lines. Life, love and ... [Read]

Habit of Art: Final Performances!

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 3:35 PM |
This is your last weekend to see Alan Bennett's play-within-a-play, which follows an imagined meeting between openly gay poet W. H. Auden and closeted composer Benjamin Britten a year before Auden's death. The two wrestle with their desires, their jealousies, the ephemeral connection between creativity and inspiration, and the many reasons their friendship fell apart in this wistful and filthily ... [Read]

Celebrating the best in Jewish writing

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 2:15 PM |
The Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival celebrates the year's best in Jewish writing, from emerging and established authors the world over, and covering themes as diverse as politics, sports, film, history and fiction. Among the more notable author discussions remaining at this year's 13th annual festival: Ursula Hegi, who discusses on Saturday, Oct. 29, Children and Fire, ... [Read]

SpeakeasyDC's Boo: True Scary Stories

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 1:05 PM |
"Boo: A Night of True Stories about Things That Are Scary" features writers recounting true stories about frightful encounters, terrifying moments and spooky predicaments. Stephanie Garibaldi, Brian Leonard, Alexandra Petri and S.M. Shrake are among those who will read at this Halloween-timed event. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. Dance ... [Read]

Reentry: Final performances!

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 11:33 AM |
In Reentry, Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez offer an unflinching look at the lives of Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Based on interviews with privates and colonels, combat vets and clerks, and one particularly memorable family. Directed by KJ Sanchez. Closes Sunday, Oct. 30. Round House Theatre-Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $25 to $60. Call ... [Read]

Little Dragon at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 10:59 AM |
Yet another noteworthy Swedish electronic-pop band, Little Dragon offers dreamy downtempo music, merging R&B, new wave and experimental pop. The Japanese-born Yukimi Nagano is the quartet's lead singer who first came to fame as a guest singer with the Swedish electronica duo Koop. Now with Little Dragon, she's appeared on tracks with Gorillaz and Raphael Saadiq and is set to ... [Read]

Chromeo at the Fillmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 10:58 AM |
Chromeo is loftily touted as "the only successful Arab/Jew partnership since the dawn of human culture." The Montreal-based duo of P-Thugg and Dave 1 performed a buzzed-about set with Daryl Hall (all Hall, no Oates) at last year's Bonnaroo Festival. Support comes from disco-poppers Holy Ghost, fresh off supporting LCD Soundsystem on tour (though there was no stop in D.C.). ... [Read]

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 10:40 AM |
Even Lilly has some bad days, but when you have movie-star sunglasses and a purple plastic purse, how bad can it be? From the book by Kevin Henkes Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse was adapted for the Adventure Theater stage by Kevin Kling. Directed by Nick Olcott. Closes Monday, Oct. 31. Adventure Theater, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets are $17. ... [Read]

Win tickets to Girlyman!

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 10:38 AM |
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Girlyman at the Barns of Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 10:33 AM |
The long-established queer acoustic-leaning folk-pop trio of Nate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu and Ty Greenstein has become a quartet with the addition of JJ Jones. They've also transplanted from Brooklyn to Atlanta. But even with three girls and a boy, the sound is still sweet and sensitive and most of all harmonious, a bit like a cross between the Indigo Girls ... [Read]

Cabaret Macabre

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 29, 2011 10:27 AM |
Happenstance Theater's Halloween inspired Cabaret Macabre features melodramatic music played live and performances by local actors including Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Esther Williamson and Gwen Grastorf. Think Edward Gorey and Victorian nightmares. To Nov. 12. Round House Theatre-Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $15. Call 240-644-1100 or visit roundhousetheatre.org. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Classics Galore at Landmark's E Street

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 28, 2011 10:25 AM |
The E Street Cinema launches its first-ever "Capital Classics" series this Halloween weekend with the 1958 original The Fly, the horror flick about a scientist (David Hedison) who has a horrific accident and becomes part-fly (and the poor fly becomes part human), when he tries using his newly invented teleportation device. Which underscores the obvious: Always spray the lab with ... [Read]

Review: Moby at the Fillmore

Posted by Doug Rule
October 28, 2011 10:14 AM |
Moby admitted to being a former raver at his concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 26. He said he was even one of those annoying kids with glowsticks. There were no glowsticks in the packed house that night, but the 46-year-old wasn’t the only former raver present. He wasn’t even the oldest. In fact, the concert was striking ... [Read]

WIT's Scary Funny Halloween Weekend

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 28, 2011 10:11 AM |
The Washington Improv Theater presents a rotating lineup of "frightfully funny" skits for its "Scary Funny" Halloween weekend, all concluding with "Die! Die! Die!," a spoof of slasher movies, improvised right on stage. Also playing for select shows: "iSpooksical," an unscripted musical in the key of horror, a spooky sketch comedy called "Brick Penguin" and "Sistine Robot: But Wait, There's ... [Read]

Halloween on Screen at AFI

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 28, 2011 10:10 AM |
This year's annual scary cinema series at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre focuses on the centennial of horror icon Vincent Price with screenings of movies he starred in including Roger Corman's The Raven and an "interactive" screening of The Tingler from 1959. Also on tap are screenings of two silent films from the 1920s with live accompaniment by the ... [Read]

AIDS Walk is tomorrow!

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 28, 2011 9:56 AM |
D.C. councilmember and former Whitman-Walker Clinic director Jim Graham, Whitman-Walker employee Joe Izzo and retired Army nurse Maudie Jones are the grand marshals for the 25th annual AIDS Walk Washington, benefiting and produced by Whitman-Walker Health. Justin Goforth will receive this year's Courage Award, while Aisha Karimah will get the Partner for Life Award and NBC 4 will be honored ... [Read]

Review: CSS and MEN at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Doug Rule
October 27, 2011 10:51 AM |
At the end of its concert at the 9:30 Club on Monday night, Oct. 24, the Brazilian dance-rock band CSS gave a Beastie Boys-esque rap-chant, wishing the crowd well and hoping they got their money’s worth. Did they ever: The lead singer, who goes by the name of Lovefoxx, saw to that all her own. Throughout the show, she both ... [Read]

Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 25, 2011 9:37 PM |
Fathom Events offers special one-night-only, Halloween-inspired screenings nationwide of this new docu-drama about the legendary British killer, whose famous mass-murder remains unsolved to this day. The film takes audiences on an eerie journey back in time to London in 1888 when the murderer terrorized the impoverished Whitechapel district. Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Various area theaters. Visit fathomevents.com for ... [Read]

Creator Joel Hodgson and the original cast of the award-winning cult television show MST3K return for more movie riffing in front a live audience. The focus is on the terrible 1976 horror film Rattlers, in which a chauvinist herpetologist teams up with a feminist war photographer to uncover the mystery behind a spate of killer rattlesnake attacks. This should be ... [Read]

JR.'s Bar & Grill just celebrated its 25th anniversary last month, and tonight brings the 25th edition of an event that JR.'s employees started just for fun and a little neighborhood bonding. Now, of course, the 17th Street High Heel Race is one of the city's most popular annual events -- this year's Grand Marshals are Mayor Vincent Gray and ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations wrapped its 20th festival, and the audience votes for favorite films have been tallied. No surprises here -- in fact, we couldn't agree more, as you'll see by our reviews. Best Feature: Pariah. The film is tentatively scheduled for a January 2012 theatrical release. Best Women's Short: Cry Suicide. Best Men's Short: I Don't Want To Go Back ... [Read]

Moby comes to the Fillmore Silver Spring

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 24, 2011 10:48 AM |
Glow presents a DJ night with electronica artist Moby, touring in support of his latest set Destroyed, released last May. But don't worry if you're behind the times: Moby pulls from his repertoire and other dance classics when he spins. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $30. Call 301-960-9999 or ... [Read]

The Beijing Dance Theater, China's three-year-old contemporary troupe, fuses ballet and modern dance with traditional dance. It's making its Kennedy Center debut with Haze, performed on a modified stage where the dancers fight to stay afoot amidst a smog cloud, a metaphor linking pollution with spiritual confusion. Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower ... [Read]

Celebrated gay stage director and choreographer Bill T. Jones (Fela!, Spring Awakening), among other hats, sits down for a wide-ranging discussion about his life and work for a Dean's Lecture at the University of Maryland on the set of the school's production of Rent. Recipient of four Tony Awards, a MacArthur "Genius" Award and the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors, Jones ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations winds up its 20th Film Festival at Lisner Auditorium with several extremely strong films, including The Wise Kids (Five Triangles, Critic's Pick) at 1 p.m., Pariah (Five Triangles, Critic's Pick) at 5 p.m. and Loose Cannons, the closing night film which also garnered Five Triangles and a Critic's Pick from Sean Bugg. Loose Cannons shows at 7:15 p.m. ... [Read]

Suede and Vickie Shaw join forces

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 21, 2011 10:45 AM |
Alexandria's Birchmere offers a night of lesbian cabaret and comedy this Saturday, Oct. 22. The stunning lesbian performer Suede, who got her start in D.C. and Baltimore but has long made Cape Cod her home, provides the cabaret, applying her rich, moving contralto voice to mostly jazz standards, with some pop and blues thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile, Vickie ... [Read]

Coming to the 9:30 Club: CSS and MEN

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 21, 2011 10:00 AM |
The headliner at the 9:30 Club this Monday, Oct. 24, is enough of a draw all its own -- CSS, which stands for Cansei de Ser Sexy, or Portuguese for "tired of being sexy," makes upbeat, electro-pop dance music in the Scissor Sisters mold, led by an Ana Matronic-esque sassy singer named Lovefoxxx. But we're most excited to see the ... [Read]

Hudson Taylor at Team DC Awards

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 21, 2011 8:59 AM |
Three-time All-American wrestler Hudson Taylor, founder of LGBT-affirming Athlete Ally, is the special guest at Team DC's 2011 Champions Awards, recognizing the stars of the local LGBT sports community. This year's honorees include Martin Espinoza of Stonewall Kickball, Chris Cormier and Brandon Waggoner of the DC Gay Flag Football League and Phil Piga and Tony Watkins of Anywhere Goes. Town ... [Read]

Horsenet Horse Rescue's Fall Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 21, 2011 8:40 AM |
Maryland Secretary of Public Safety Gary Maynard and members of the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company and local State Police will appear as special guests of HorseNet Horse Rescue's annual fall festival and open house. The real stars of the event, though, are the horses, mules and ponies, about 50 in all, and all rescued from abusive or neglectful situations ... [Read]

RESCHEDULED: Chely Wright at Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 20, 2011 2:29 PM |
Due to artist illness, tonight's Chely Wright / Lucy Wainwright Roche show has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3. All Oct. 20 tickets will be honored. If you cannot attend the new date, refunds are available at place of purchase through Nov. 10. For more information, visit birchmere.com. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations 20: Day 8 - Vamp Night!

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 20, 2011 10:19 AM |
It's Vamp Night at Reel Affirmations, with two vampire films showing back-to-back at the West End. The first is the lesbian-oriented German We Are the Night (Three Triangles) and the second is Bite Marks (One Triangle), which features former porn stars valiantly attempting to act. Also showing, Sweet Revenge from la Suite Noir (Four Triangles) at 5 p.m. at the ... [Read]

Velocity DC Dance Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 19, 2011 3:00 PM |
A special partnership between Dance/MetroDC, Washington Performing Arts Society and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the popular Velocity DC Dance Festival returns for a third year and expands to four days of world-class dance, performed in three programs. Among the companies featured are Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround, Coyaba Dance Theater, Flamenco Aparicio, Jane Franklin Dance, Next Reflex Dance Collective, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh, ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations hits mid-week with all three of today's showings at the conveniently located West End. The first screening is at 5 p.m. with the strongly reviewed This is What Love in Action Looks Like (Four Triangles). The screening is only $5, so it's a bargain to boot. It's followed by Anything You Want (Four Triangles) at 7 p.m. and ... [Read]

Kazim Ali at The DC Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 19, 2011 8:45 AM |
A novelist and a translator and assistant professor at Oberlin College, Kazim Ali will focus a discussion at the DC Center on his poetry, reading selections from his books The Far Mosque and The Fortieth Day. He'll also share reflections on his recent trip to Palestine and Israel. The discussion is sponsored by the Asian American Literary Review, the DC ... [Read]

Under the covers with Johnson and Goss

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 18, 2011 7:00 PM |
Popular local folk troubadour Tom Goss performs with Jeffrey Johnson, aka drag queen Super Agent Galactica. The duo's show is billed as "Under the Covers with Tom Goss and Jeffrey Johnson." The question is, will they perform under the wigs too? Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are ... [Read]

Hanson at The State

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 18, 2011 9:01 AM |
Oklahoma's Hanson brothers are still around, 14 years after their one and only true pop hit. Chances are, it's a little ditty you still hear in your head sometimes: "MMMBop." Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. The State Theatre, 220 North Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $35 at the door. Call 703-237-0300 or visit thestatetheatre.com. Follow @metroweekly Metro Weekly ... [Read]

All three of today's showings are at the conveniently located West End, so why not end your workday by starting your RA viewing day at 5 p.m. with Photos of Angie and Bullied (which got Four Triangles from our critics), and then follow it up with the Critic Picked Women's Shorts program (an especially strong collection of films) at 7 ... [Read]

An Horse at Red Palace

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 18, 2011 8:01 AM |
Not only does the Australian duo An Horse sound like a punkier version of Tegan & Sara. Lesbian singer and guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox are shadowing the Canadian town lesbian duo. The duo first gained attention as Tegan & Sara's opening act three years ago, and is now touring in support of album Walls, produced by Howard ... [Read]

A Bright New Boise at Woolly

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 18, 2011 7:57 AM |
In the parking lot of a mega craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning the Rapture. John Vreeke directs Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, a heartbreakingly funny reckoning between a father and a son that will "shatter your preconceptions about the sacred, the profane and the secret lives of big-box retailers." Kimberly Gilbert, Michael Willis, Michael Russotto and ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations 20: Day 5 - Mary Lou!

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 17, 2011 10:50 AM |
Today's offerings include the Critic Picked Mary Lou (from acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox), the documentary Our Lips Are Sealed, So Hard to Forget and A Few Days of Respite. Check out our home page for an updated schedule or click here to peruse upcoming showings. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Signature's Music in the Movies

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 17, 2011 9:30 AM |
Natascia Diaz, Eleasha Gamble and Bobby Smith -- three of Signature Theatre's favorite performers, and among the very best in town -- salute movie melodies, from Breakfast at Tiffany's to the Sondheim-composed Dick Tracy to The Wizard of Oz. Tuesday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 p.m. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $35. Call 703-820-9771 ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations 20: Day 4

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 16, 2011 10:12 AM |
A slew of good films today, including the critic's picked Tomboy, the documentary Vito, the always-popular shorts collection Best of the Fest (if all they showed were the hilarious Gayby and the masterful coming-of-age romance I Don't Want to Go Back Alone, it would be worth the price of admission) and the World Premiere of the horror thriller, Into the ... [Read]

Deer Tick at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 16, 2011 10:03 AM |
This Rhode Island quintet blends folk, blues and country -- you know, all styles of music you'd hear outdoors, where the deer and the antelope roam and get bitten by a certain arachnid. Sunday, Oct. 16. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $45. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Duran Duran at D.A.R.

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 16, 2011 9:52 AM |
Duran Duran, Brit-pop's Fashionable Fab Four (lead guitarist Andy Taylor left the original Fab Five once and for all a few years ago) have come up short in valiant efforts to recreate '80s success in the U.S. Not even working with one mega-producer (Timbaland, on 2007's Red Carpet Massacre) after another (Mark Ronson, on last year's All You Need Is ... [Read]

The Heir Apparent at the Shakespeare

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 16, 2011 9:48 AM |
Adaptation is a funny thing. What worked so shamelessly and wonderfully for adaptor David Ives in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of The Liar two seasons ago feels like way too much of a good thing in his latest re-invention of Jean-François Regnard's The Heir Apparent. A barely faithful take on this 18th-century comedy of a young and impecunious nephew ... [Read]

An enchanted evening at the NSO

Posted by Doug Rule
October 15, 2011 4:37 PM |
Rebecca Luker is as corny as Kansas in August. Well, at least that’s what she’s singing at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall this weekend. What she really is, though, is as charming as Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Performing with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Chorus, Luker proves she’s as good an interpreter of tunes from ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations 20: Update, Day 3

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 15, 2011 9:58 AM |
Metro Weekly's cadre of critics awarded a whopping six Critic's Picks on this busy day of film showings for the Reel Affirmations gay and lesbian film festival. We Were Here, An Ordinary Family, I Am, Romeos, Kink Crusaders and Bashment all received the honor. The day's showings also include The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley, Gone, Three Veils, Codependent Lesbian ... [Read]

True Colors LGBT champion Cyndi Lauper returns to the 9:30 Club for another roots-oriented concert after last year's blues fest. This time, the focus is on New Orleans-style jazz with Dr. John. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $45. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Love Potion #1 at The InSeries

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 14, 2011 10:51 AM |
Director Nick Olcott offers an English adaptation of Donizetti's comic opera L'Elisir d'Amore for an InSeries' mini-opera production. Olcott sets his version in a D.C. high school in the 1950s, with a math nerd trying to win the affections of a girl over a 'bad boy. Frank Conlon conducts and accompanies on piano a chamber ensemble and cast of singers ... [Read]

Reel Affirmations 20: Update, Day 2

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 14, 2011 10:47 AM |
Reel Affirmations 20 is in full swing and tonight's collection of films is particularly strong. It starts at 5 p.m. at the Globe Theatre with Au Pair, Kansas, which got a Metro Weekly Critic's Pick and a rating of four triangles (out of five). Four More Years, at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m., was also ... [Read]

The Ahn Trio at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 13, 2011 8:36 AM |
A classic chamber group, The Ahn Trio isn't afraid to have fun or be funny. It's most recent album was amusingly title Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac, and it kicks off Wolf Trap's annual Discovery Series in a celebration of Founder's Day with a new Wolf Trap co-commission, "BraziliAHN and Other Landscapes." Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. The Barns ... [Read]

The gay-owned Vitruvian Gallery, located near Eastern Market and focused on male figurative art, officially opens this weekend with an exhibit of over 20 male figurative paintings by local artist Rob Vander Zee. Opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. On exhibit through Nov. 19. Vitruvian Gallery, 734 7th St. SE. Call 202-241-2563 or visit vitruviangallery.com. ... [Read]

Steven Reineke conducts the NSO Pops in the program "Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein," featuring soprano Rebecca Luker (Broadway's Mary Poppins), tenor Aaron Lazar (Broadway's A Little Night Music, Oklahoma) and baritone Rod Gilfry (South Pacific national tour). Scheduled tunes include "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Shall We Dance?" Thursday, Oct. 13, at ... [Read]

Landmark's E Street Cinema presents the D.C. premiere of The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence, sequel to one of the most controversial horror films ever made, about a mad scientist who pieces people together ass to mouth, creating one long "human centipede." The first film had its merits, believe it or not -- including a grim ending that pulled no ... [Read]

I Shot Andy Warhol at Busboys & Poets

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 8, 2011 10:46 AM |
Busboys & Poets offers a special screening of the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol, about the life of the anti-male lesbian Valerie Solaris (Lily Taylor), who shot the gay pop-art icon, played by Jared Harris. Martha Plimpton and Stephen Dorff (as transsexual Candy Darling) also star. Screened as part of the monthly "Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community." Sunday, ... [Read]

Alan Bennett's play-within-a-play, The Habit of Art, follows an imagined meeting between openly gay poet W. H. Auden and closeted composer Benjamin Britten a year before Auden's death. The two wrestle with their desires, their jealousies, the ephemeral connection between creativity and inspiration, and the many reasons their friendship fell apart in this wistful and filthily funny play by the ... [Read]

Take Me Out at Dominion Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 7, 2011 9:09 AM |
In Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the world champion New York Empires, comes out as gay and trouble ensues. Matthew Randall directs this production from Dominion Stage, everyone's favorite gay-friendly community theater in Virginia. Jivon Lee Jackson as Lemming in the show, which includes strong language, full-frontal male nudity and sexual situations. Opens ... [Read]

The Indigo Girls at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 7, 2011 8:00 AM |
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers -- better known as The Indigo Girls -- have been at it for well more than two decades now, but the popular Grammy-winning gay icons are only now making their debut at Strathmore. And the venue's acoustically rich Music Center sounds like the perfect fit for the duo, its tight harmonies in particular -- call ... [Read]

Liz Prescott at the DC Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 7, 2011 7:40 AM |
Liz Prescott is the featured performer at this month's open mike night at the Center, D.C.'s LGBT community center. A semi-finalist in the first national queer poetry slam Capturing Fire, Prescott is a familiar face around D.C. Mike Brazell hosts the evening, at which audience members are also welcome to read from their work. Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. ... [Read]

Henry Rollins at NatGeo Live!

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 7, 2011 7:32 AM |
Henry Rollins is a D.C.-native punk rocker, a spoken word artist, a frequent TV show host, and, last but not least, a vigorous LGBT ally. But wait, there's more. He's also a photographer -- and an adventure photographer at that. Rollins will appear next week as part of National Geographic's "Music on … Photography Series," discussing some of his full-color ... [Read]

Arlington's Artisphere turns a year old this weekend with a celebration featuring original art, music and off-beat arts activities. The arts complex commissioned local artist and cinematographer Brian Stansfield to create Orbit, a site-specific video work, with original scores created by local musicians and sound artists. The evening's events also include a performance of Brandon Wetherbee's live variety show with ... [Read]

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Kimberly Dark's Good Fortune

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 4, 2011 9:00 AM |
Writer and poet Kimberly Dark aims her new solo show Good Fortune to be "as spontaneous and individualized as a tarot card reading." For the show, Dark has created her own "tarot deck" of 45 large-size art images, each corresponding to a story or poem of hers, built on broad themes of love, sex, politics and power. At the performance, ... [Read]

Toure, with Jonathan Capeheart

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 3, 2011 4:00 PM |
Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now is a provocative new book from the mono-named journalist and author tackling what it means to be black in America in the age of Obama. Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart will be a special panelist at an author's discussion at Busboys & Poets. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 ... [Read]

Ballet Costumes Exhibition offers a Kennedy Center salute to the 10th anniversary of its resident company the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. The exhibit offers a glimpse of some of the ballet costuming during the company's first decade. To Oct. 30 in the Kennedy Center Hall of States. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

The photographic side of Henry Rollins

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 3, 2011 1:00 PM |
Henry Rollins is a D.C.-native punk rocker, a spoken word artist, a frequent TV show host, and, last but not least, a vigorous LGBT ally. But wait, there's more. He's also a photographer, and an adventure photographer at that. Rollins will appear on Friday as part of National Geographic's bMusic on … Photography Series, discussing some of his full-color images ... [Read]

We're giving away a handful of Frankmusik's new CD, Do It in the AM." Enter below. More contests at metroweekly.com/win. 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 q7a8w7 = new WufooForm(); q7a8w7.initialize({ 'userName':'metroweekly', 'formHash':'q7a8w7', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'852', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}); q7a8w7.display(); Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

The Center, D.C.'s LGBT community center, and Tongue in Your Ear present a multi-part series led by Regie Cabico of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and designed to help queer-identified men with writing and editing poetry. The workshops will examine works of poets with ties to D.C., including Essex Hemphill and Michael Lally, as well as spoken-word artists. Thursdays from 7 ... [Read]

Mikey Cafarelli and Paul Scanlan play D.C. interns in Two Guys…Become Interns, a funny and touching new musical revue from Mark Walter Braswell that "reveal[s] the truth about interning." Accompaniment by Jason Solounias. Mondays, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $20, or $10 for current interns. Visit blackfoxlounge.com. Follow ... [Read]

The Indigo Girls at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 2, 2011 2:30 PM |
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers -- aka The Indigo Girls -- have been at it for well more than two decades now, but the popular Grammy-winning gay icons are only now making their debut at Strathmore. And the venue's acoustically rich Music Center sounds like the perfect fit for the duo, and its tight harmonies in particular -- call it ... [Read]

We're giving away a pair of tickets to Owl City, appearing in November at the 9:30 Club. Enter all our current contests at metroweekly.com/win. 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 q7a7m3 = new WufooForm(); q7a7m3.initialize({ 'userName':'metroweekly', 'formHash':'q7a7m3', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'852', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}); q7a7m3.display(); ... [Read]

Leave It on the Floor is a musical film about a black gay boy who discovers the Los Angeles ball scene after being thrown out of his parents' house. DC Black Pride presents the area premiere of the film Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Tickets are $15 Call 202-452-7672 or visit ... [Read]

Review: 50/50

Posted by Chris Heller
October 2, 2011 1:45 PM |
Walking the line between comedy and tragedy is tricky. How can filmmakers draw out the appropriate emotions from their audiences? When do those triggers inspire us to laugh or cry? Or, for that matter, do both? 50/50 strikes a delicate balance between the two, straddling and steadying itself with a brand of empathetic humor that does something rarely seen in sardonic ... [Read]

The Phillips Collection's new exhibition Degas's Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint traces impressionist master Edgar Degas's devotion to ballet as represented in his art from the 1870s to 1900. The exhibition features works from some of the world's finest collections. And it will also be the focus of the museum's "Phillips After 5" October cocktail event, presented in ... [Read]