March 2012 Archives

Recipients of the 2010 Metro DC Dance Founder's Award for Innovation, Dance Box Theatre return to Dance Place with We Are Here, a collaboration between co-artistic directors Stephen Clapp and Laura Schandelmeier that won plaudits after it debuted at the Edinburgh Festival. Tonight, Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m., and tomorrow, Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 ... [Read]

Elector-pop songs of faith and devotion, for the faithful and devoted fans of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, as spun by local DJs Steve EP, Missguided, Killa K and Krasty McNasty. Talk about a black celebration. The Depeche Mode Dance Party is tonight, Saturday, March 31. Doors at 9 p.m. Black Cat Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets ... [Read]

Five Hours with Mario at Gala Hispanic

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 30, 2012 12:05 PM |
Spanish actress Maria Victoria Pena gives a solo performance paying homage to Miguel Delibes, one of her country's leading modern writers, who died in 2010. Pena plays Delibes's widow, offering candid and witty reflections on their marriage. In Spanish with English surtitles. Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th St. ... [Read]

Patti LaBelle at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 30, 2012 9:38 AM |
The R&B/pop superstar – the original Lady Marmalade – returns for two shows after last year’s sold-out engagement. She'll offer pop tunes, jazz standards, blues anthems and spirituals – and hopefully, even the showstopper from Fela! she performed on Broadway a couple years ago. Also, expect a lot of casual banter. Miss Patti, she likes to relate to her audience. ... [Read]

Named after '60s jazz saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the openly gay Rahsaan Patterson is probably best known for portraying The Kid on the popular '80s television show Kids Incorporated – starring alongside Fergie, Mario Lopez and pop singer Martika, who gave him his start as a backup singer. But once the child actor grew up, he became a respected if ... [Read]

Virginia-based Wonder Woman and staunch supporter of the LGBT community Lynda Carter returns to the Kennedy Center this Friday to offer a new concert, “Body & Soul.” Supported by a smokin’ band and singers, Carter offers unique and personal takes on rock classics, jazz standards, country tunes and even some original songs. Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy ... [Read]

Oasis: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Middle East But Were Afraid to Dance is a world premiere production by Nejla Y. Yatkin, whose choreography explores the beauty as well as complexity of memory, migration, transformation, identity and multiculturalism through movement. Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th ... [Read]

LiveNation just announced that tickets will go on sale Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. for Toby Keith's Live In Overdrive show at JiffyLube Live, Saturday, July 14. Opening for Keith will be Brantley Gilbert. Prices range from $20 to $84.75. Call 800-745-300 or visit Follow @metroweekly Get Spotlight in your inbox. Join our mailing list. ... [Read]

LiveNation presents "Live & Unfinished," a concert by Jordan Knight, former lead singer of New Kids on the Block, whose solo career as an adult just hasn't had anywhere near the level of success he had as a teenager. In recent years, he's returned to the NKOTB fold to perform for a stadium tour with the Backstreet Boys. But ... [Read]

Fatboy Slim at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 21, 2012 9:48 AM |
Born Quentin Cook, the British Fatboy Slim is one of dance music's most famous producers, known for his jerky, bouncy '90s hits "Weapon of Choice," "The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You." He tried to retire the moniker a few years ago, but the name has stuck -- it's just too fun to let go. Friday, March 23. Doors at 10 ... [Read]

Another year, another party reviving the sights, sounds and moves of the 1950s by the Congressional Chorus. "Shake, Rattle and Roll" is a cabaret, with band accompaninment, featuring music from Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Doris Day and Patti Page. Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. Also Sunday, March 25, at 4 p.m. Atlas ... [Read]

Local drag sensation Xavier Onassis Bloomgindale hosts a contest on the topic of "Divas: Stories about the temperamental superstar side of things," in which everyday folks tell short stories about the divas in their lives, loosely defined. Holly Bass, Jeffrey Brady and Whitney GucciGoo will judge the contest, which grants the winner $100 in cash. Story League presents a contest ... [Read]

Vochol: Huichol Art on Wheels is the grand title for a new glorious installation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian: A Volkswagen Beetle dressed up in two million colorful glass beads and 35 pounds of fabric and paint by Mexico's Huichol Indians. Two Huichol families -- eight artists in total -- devoted more than 9,000 hours on ... [Read]

Les Girls at the AFI Silver

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 18, 2012 2:00 PM |
As part of a two-month Gene Kelly retrospective, the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre presents Gene Kelly's final appearance in a full-blown musical -- which was also Cole Porter's final film score. George Cukor's 1957 Les Girls is a frothy showbiz expose about competing versions, told in flashback during a libel trial, of what really happened -- specifically, who was ... [Read]

Movie Trailer: Mirror Mirror (HD)

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 18, 2012 11:28 AM |
Mirror Mirror, the first of two live-action Snow White adaptations, hits theaters on March 30, 2012. Tarsem Singh's comedic take on the fable looks to be an extravaganza of costume and scenic design, as well as a showcase for star Julia Roberts, who plays the evil queen. Her costumes look, in a word, spectacular. Nathan Lane, Lily Collins and Armie ... [Read]

The Shakespeare Theatre Company offers a short run of Petrushka, acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist's 2001 work of puppetry and magic, a re-imagining of the famous Ballet Russes production, telling the tragic love story of three puppets at a Russian carnival. Nine hidden puppeteers use a combination of Czech and Japanese techniques to bring the characters to life, along with two ... [Read]

The Folger Consort performs music by Francesca Caccini, one of the guiding spirits behind the revolutionary music of the earliest operas and solos from the Baroque era. In fact, Caccini wrote La Liberazione di Ruggiero, the first opera by a woman and dating to 1625. Soprano Michele Kennedy joins the Consort along with harpsichordist Joseph Gascho and violinist Risa Browder. ... [Read]

If Lady Gaga were to stage The Rocky Horror Show, the result might be similar to what the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington offers this weekend. The point was to make the musical "a little fresher…a little glitzier" than what people are used to, Craig Cipollini, the show's director and choreographer, told Metro Weekly in a recent interview. "I envisioned ... [Read]

Fetishwear is a photographic celebration of "men in and out of uniform," which of course is a particularly prominent aspect of gay art and literature. Vitruvian, Washington's sole venue dedicated to male figurative art, has priced pieces on display for this installation well below typical market value to make them more accessible and affordable. On display through April 1. Vitruvian ... [Read]

Gail Humphries Mardirosian directs Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a musical for kids about a young boy prone to melodrama when things don't completely go his way. Ever meet such a boy? Parker Drown and Sandy Bainum star in this musical, with book and lyrics by Judith Viorst and music by Shelly Markham. To April ... [Read]

Josephine Tonight at Metro Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 14, 2012 11:00 PM |
Even if every theater in town easily accessible by Metro were staging high-quality, first-rate musicals, it's unlikely any of them would be quite as satisfying and joyous as Josephine Tonight. Virginia's Metro Stage may take some work to get to if you're not traveling by car. But the little Alexandria theater that could has really outdone itself with this production, ... [Read]

Kyle Donnelly directs Eugene O'Neill's sweet-tempered, romantic comedy Ah, Wilderness!. The show stars Rick Foucheux, Nancy Robinette and June Schreiner as the Connecticut-based Miller clan. The play is O'Neill's only comedy, a coming-of-age love letter to a simpler time. To April 8. Arena Stage -- Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit Follow ... [Read]

The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 14, 2012 10:00 AM |
Paddy Moloney founded The Chieftains 50 years and six Grammys ago, aiming to bring traditional Irish music to the world. A concert at the Kennedy Center is certainly one of the best ways to start St. Patrick's Day a day early. A presentation of the Washington Performing Arts Society. Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets ... [Read]

Ford's turns back the clocks to 1776

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 14, 2012 9:00 AM |
A buoyant musical that fits Ford's Theatre to a T, 1776 dramatizes the impassioned debates that forged America's democracy. Sherman Edwards wrote the music and lyrics and Peter Stone handled the book. Peter Flynn directs and Michael Bobbitt provides the choreography for this production starring Peter Boyer, Floyd King, Rick Hammerly, Christopher Bloch, William Diggle and Tom Story. To May ... [Read]

Tasty Monster's Personals

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 14, 2012 7:00 AM |
The new Tasty Monster Productions presents its inaugural production, Personals -- A Love Story for the Rest of Us, a comedic musical romp through the crazy world of Internet dating and personal ads written by the team behind the NBC sitcom Friends (David Crane, Seth Friedman and Marta Kauffman). The show's hodgepodge of music includes tunes by Stephen Schwartz, Alan ... [Read]

The Fighting Jamesons at The State

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 13, 2012 11:00 PM |
The State Theatre celebrates St. Patrick's Day's Eve with a show from "the finest Irish band aside from the ones around John Jameson's barrels of whiskey." Any fan of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and Irish pub sing-a-longs should prepare to get whiskey'd away. Friday, March 16, at 9 p.m. The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. ... [Read]

Garbage will hit the 9:30 Club in May only one week after the alt-rock band releases its fifth studio album – with the barbed title Not Your Kind of People. And given that it's the first album from the quartet of Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig in seven years after an extended indefinite hiatus, it's a ... [Read]

After a two-year hiatus, Theater Alliance relaunches itself with the area premiere of Fin Kennedy's award-winning darkly comic drama chronicling one man's journey down the rabbit hole of identity. Dylan Morrison and Stephanie Roswell star in this production directed by Colin Hovde. Opens in pay-what-you-can previews Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11. To April 1. The H Street Playhouse, ... [Read]

Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn't Work at All Works So Well, which also explores political psychology, is the latest book by Daniel Oppenheimer, a Princeton University cognitive psychology professor who won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in Literature for a paper that argued that simple writing makes authors appear more intelligent than complex writing. (The paper's wonderful, ... [Read]

Mark Brennan Rosenberg at Duplex Diner

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 11, 2012 11:00 PM |
Blackouts and Breakdowns humorously recounts the antics and experiences of a D.C. native who spent the past few years partying and playing his way through gay Manhattan, where he now lives on the slower-paced, sober side of life. Author Mark Brennan Rosenberg stops at the Duplex Diner this Tuesday, in between stops at the University of Maryland, College Park and ... [Read]

Monty Python's Spamalot returns.

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 11, 2012 7:30 PM |
The National Theatre brings back for a few dates the national tour of Monty Python's Spamalot, the 2005 Tony-winning musical from the British comedy team, which irreverently parodies a bit of everything, including Broadway. Opens Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. To March 18. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $40 to $75. Call 202-628-6161 or visit ... [Read]

Though he's better known as the music director for the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach is also a pianist, and for this concert he'll tickle the ivories to Mozart sonatas, along with Chinese violinist Dan Zhu. Part of the Kennedy Center's festival devoted to the music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna. Monday, March 12, at ... [Read]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 11, 2012 3:05 PM |
In Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Ewan McGregor stars as a British fisheries expert who helps bring the sport of fly-fishing to the Arabian desert. That's the actual plot of this "inspirational comedy," also starring Emily Blunt, Amr Waked and Kristin Scott Thomas. It's from the screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire, and Lasse Hallstrom, the director of Cider House Rules, so ... [Read]

Following on its insanely popular brunch house party La Boum every Saturday and the annual Bastille Day French Maid Relay Race, L'Enfant Café and Bar offers the Speak Easy Sunday Supper Club and Cabaret, a new social dining event on select Sundays each month. Speak Easy transforms the space into a Prohibition Era venue -- complete with back door ... [Read]

Fetishwear at Vitruvian Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 9, 2012 8:38 AM |
"Fetishwear" is a photographic celebration of "men in and out of uniform," which of course is a particularly prominent aspect of gay art and literature. Vitruvian, Washington's sole venue dedicated to male figurative art, has priced pieces on display for this installation well below typical market value to make them more accessible and affordable. Opening reception, with models bringing the ... [Read]

Jiffy Lube Live's 2012 Job Fair

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 8, 2012 8:04 AM |
Jiffy Lube Live is holding its 2012 Job Fair this Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The venue is hiring for seasonal, part-time positions, including event staff, ushers, ticket takers, parking attendants, concessions workers, stagehands, facility and ground maintenance and box office personnel. Applicants must apply in person. Call 703-754-6400 with questions. The fair will be held ... [Read]

Local standup comedian Sampson performs "Live Love Laugh" along with special guests for a performance at the DC Center to benefit the local theater arts group Brave Soul Collective, which focuses on identity, sexuality, self-esteem, creating awareness about HIV/AIDS and encouraging safe sex. Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U St. ... [Read]

Civilization at Woolly Mammoth

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 6, 2012 9:38 AM |
Six hungry city-dwellers scramble for sustenance in Civilization (All You Can Eat), a scathing satire -- or "provocative vaudeville," to quote the press release -- of American enterprise and ingenuity at the dawn of the Obama age. Woolly's artistic director Howard Shalwitz directs this play by Jason Grote (a writer for NBC's new show Smash) and starring Woolly company members ... [Read]

Radiohead is coming to D.C.'s Verizon Center on Sunday, June 3. The ongoing world tour is in support of their new album, The King of Limbs. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at and at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Verizon Center box office or by phone at 800-745-3000. Additional ticket information: Tickets $69.50 ... [Read]

Lights at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 5, 2012 9:45 AM |
Canadian electro-rock singer Valerie Anne Poxleitner has actually changed her legal name to Lights. A child of missionary parents who grew up in remote places of the world, her most recent album is titled Siberia, with melodic songs dirtied up in retro-electronic fashion. She's all over the map. The Brooklyn-based eclectic rock/electronic band Ambassadors opens. Tonight, Monday, March 5. Doors ... [Read]

The Hamilton's Perpetual Groove

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 4, 2012 8:22 PM |
Variously described as a band playing "improv rock" and "trance arena rock," the Athens, Ga.-based Perpetual Groove has become popular on the rock festival circuit with its funky blend of jazz, psychedelia, R&B, trance, progressive rock and anthemic pop. The collective tours in support of its new album LiveLoveDie, produced by Grammy winner Robert Hannon (Outkast). Friday, March 16, at ... [Read]

The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League's Youth Arts Ensemble offers a work-in-progress this weekend at Intersections: A New America Arts Festival at the Atlas. Dance Exchange's Teen Exchange will also present a work-in-program in this program focused on encouraging youth to create art. This afternoon, Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets ... [Read]

First Look: GMCW's Frank-N-Furter

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 4, 2012 10:20 AM |
It's not conventional by any means -- then again, Rocky Horror never is -- but the Gay Men's Chorus has gone in a somewhat different direction for their personification of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in their upcoming all-male production of The Rocky Horror Show, March 16-18 at Lisner Auditorium. With the pearls offset by leather, it's quite a fetching look, actually, ... [Read]

Yes, he's like that all the time -- or at least, the high-pitched comedian Bobcat 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, ... [Read]

12th Annual Flamenco Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 3, 2012 10:10 AM |
For 12 years, the Flamenco Festival USA and Lisner Auditorium have showcased the best of flamenco music and dance from Spain. This year's highlights center on performances by some of the style's leading female dancers and their companies, including Carmen Cortes, Rafaela Carrasco, Manuela Carrasco and Olga Pericet, along with special dinners at the area's two suburban Jaleo locations, and ... [Read]

Victor Shargai of theatreWashington and local broadcast news celebrity couple Joe Palka and Sue Palka join the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Michael Kahn in a fundraising event for the other major Shakespeare theater company in town: Arlington's WSC Avant Bard. The event -- Shakespeare in Klingon II: The Wrath of (Michael) Kahn follows on the first effort, from 2010, to present ... [Read]

From Shuffle to Show Boat

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 2, 2012 10:53 AM |
From Shuffle to Show Boat: Prelude to the American Musical explores how the musical came to be, drawing from vaudeville, operetta, blues and Tin Pan Alley. KenYatta Rogers directs this cabaret-style show, written by Sybil Roberts and choreographed by Angelisa Gillyard. Part of the Intersections: A New America Arts Festival at the Atlas. Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., Saturday, ... [Read]

This Friday, March 2, Atlas Performing Arts Center is offering what it's billing as a gay night of performances as part of its Intersections: A New America Arts Festival. Festivities kick off at 8 p.m. with a free concert in the venue's Kogod Lobby with a concert by Mara Levi, Nancy Eddy and Liz DeRoche's smart-pop group the Pushovers. At ... [Read]

GLOE's 5th Annual Queer Purim Party

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 1, 2012 10:12 AM |
The DC JCC's Kurlander Program for Gay & Lesbian Outreach and Engagement presents its fifth annual Purim party, "Masquerade & Mischief," with a repeat performance by the soon-to-retire DC Cowboys, a "Purim schpiel" 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]