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6 Things to Do This Weekend – Editor’s Picks

From Melissa Etheridge to Voca People to Shakespeare, there's a lot you'll want to see

Michelle Raymond

MICHELLE RAYMOND BAND

Bassist Dan Shorstein, electric guitarist Giorgio Carvallo and drummer Lance LaRue supports local lesbian singer/songwriter/guitarist Michelle Raymond in her namesake band at a free concert at the Cleveland Park Irish bar Nanny O’Brien’s. Friday, Nov. 14, at 10 p.m. Nanny O’Brien’s, 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-686-9189 or visit michelleraymondband.com.

AS YOU LIKE IT

Internationally acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Attenborough makes his debut in D.C. with a Shakespeare Theatre Company production of this frothy Shakespearean comedy, complete with a girl disguised as a boy and the source for some of the Bard’s most famous phrases, from “all the world’s a stage” to “too much of a good thing.” Zoe Waites, Adina Verson and Derek Smith lead the large cast. Extended to Dec. 14. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $110. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.

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VOCA PEOPLE

Strathmore presents this quirky off-Broadway show, a zany story of intergalactic beings on a spaceship. This YouTube sensation melds new vaudeville, circus and music from all corners of western civilization. Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $28 to $72. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON

Three months before Valentine’s Day and its “Love Rocks!” program, this gay chorus serenades the haters with “Love Stinks (an Anti-Love Cabaret).” The program features select soloists sharing stories and songs about the perils and problems of love culled from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, the Top 40 and beyond. Saturday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $35. Call 202-399-7993 or visit gmcw.org.

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JANET SIMS-WOOD

Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University documents the work of a groundbreaking Howard University librarian — written by a woman who proceeded her in the role. By the mid-20th century Wesley had helped create a world-class archive known as the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and had become an immensely important figure in the preservation of African-American history, where her zeal for unearthing important, eclectic materials earned her the nickname “Shopping Bag Lady.” Monday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-387-1400 or visit kramers.com.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

Celebrated lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge returns with a new album This Is M.E., which she released on her own new label ME Records. Tuesday, Nov. 18. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $77.25 to $99.75. Call 202-328-6000 or visit t
helincolndc.com.

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Second City's "She the People 2: The Resistance Continues"

Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington
Wednesday, December 11
  • Theater

A "she-quel" to last year's popular (and timely) comedy "She the People", this new show holds up a mirror to pretty much every female-centric hot topic of 2019. It all comes from the clever minds of T... Read more

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"

Round House Theatre - Bethesda, Bethesda
Wednesday, December 11 - Wednesday, December 18
  • Theater
  • Top Rated

Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor’s dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone. A self-descr... Read more

"Singin' in the Rain" Makes a Splash Onstage

Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, Olney
Wednesday, December 11 - Saturday, January 04
  • Theater
  • Hot
  • Top Rated

The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds (and umbrellas and lampposts) makes a splash at Olney Theatre Center! "Singin' in the Rain" is the toe-tapping clas... Read more

Speakeasies & Craft Cocktail Tour of the Capitol

Temperance Fountain, Washington
Wednesday, December 11 - Monday, December 30
  • Tours & Cruises
  • Foodie

If there's one thing you'll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it's that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol's v... Read more

"Peter Pan & Wendy": A New Take on the Classic Tale

Sidney Harman Hall, Washington
Wednesday, December 11 - Sunday, December 15
  • Theater

You may not know the name Lauren Gunderson, but you probably know her work — "The New Yorker" and "The Guardian" have both profiled her as America's most popular playwright in the past two years. Fo... Read more

"Holiday Sauce": Taylor Mac Takes On Christmas

The Kennedy Center - Opera House, Washington
Thursday, December 12
  • Holiday
  • Music

When you're watching Taylor Mac belt out some original lyrics to "Tidings of Comfort and Joy," backed by a live band and dressed as a glittering, towering Christmas tree (among other costume changes),... Read more

"Alice in Wonderland" -- A Traditional British Pantomime

Kensington Town Hall, Kensington
Thursday, December 12 - Saturday, January 04
  • Theater
  • Family

Join Alice and all your favorite Wonderland characters, plus a few entertaining additions, in a trip down the rabbit hole. Put on in true pantomime fashion, this is surely a show you don't want to mis... Read more

"Airness" Finds Heart & Hilarity in Air Guitar

1st Stage Theater, Tysons
Thursday, December 12 - Friday, December 27
  • Theater
  • Added This Week

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that th... Read more

"Other Desert Cities"

Congregation Har Shalom, Potomac
Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, December 15
  • Theater

The return of a long-absent daughter to spend a holiday with her wealthy family disrupts the comfortable country club existence. In the intervening years, absence and adversity have drawn them closer,... Read more

Sharp Satire "Eureka Day" by Mosaic Theater Company

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, January 05
  • Theater
  • Comp Train
  • Comps
  • Under $10

Vaccinations shouldn't be a laughing matter, but in "Eureka Day", this very first-world problem takes center stage in a play that the "San Francisco Chronicle" calls "uproarious." Come to the Atlas Pe... Read more

"A Christmas Carol": 10th Anniversary Solo Show

Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney
Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, December 29
  • Theater
  • Holiday
  • Family
  • Top Rated

Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella ("The Pelican Brief", "The District", "The Wire") offers a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of "A Christmas Caro... Read more

West End Horror Hit "The Woman in Black"

Lansburgh Theatre, Washington
Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, December 15
  • Theater
  • Goldstar Choice

There's a reason "The Woman in Black" is the West End’s second longest-running play (after "The Mousetrap", of course) — it's filled with everything we love about a good ghost story: an eerie sett... Read more

Speechless: The Ultimate Improvisational Gauntlet: Toys4Tots Fundraiser

Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Washington
Thursday, December 12
  • Comp Train
  • Comps
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

Bring a new toy in for a chance to win comedy show tickets and gift cards!!!!$5 online and $10 at the DoorSpeechless: The Ultimate Improvisational Gauntlet Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out ... Read more

Corporate Culture Comedy "White Pearl"

Studio Theatre - Milton Theatre, Washington
Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, December 15
  • Theater

The ugliness of the beauty industry in on full display in "White Pearl", a hard-hitting comedy from rising playwright Anchuli Felicia King that was called "bracingly funny" by "The Guardian" during it... Read more

Discover D.C. On a Walking Foodie Tour of H Street

Union Station - Main Lobby, Washington
Thursday, December 12 - Monday, December 30
  • Tours & Cruises
  • Outdoor

Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern... Read more

"An Irish Carol"

Keegan Theatre, Washington
Thursday, December 12 - Monday, December 30
  • Theater

"An Irish Carol" returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this modern fable has played t... Read more

The DC Comedy Showcase

Comedy Club DC, Washington
Thursday, December 12 - Friday, January 31
  • Comedy
  • Nightlife
  • Under $10
  • Make It a Date

Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts natio... Read more

"Cirque Nutcracker"

Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda
Thursday, December 12
  • Holiday
  • Circus & Magic
  • Dance
  • Nutcrackers

Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, jugglers and high-flying aerialists join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for this spectacular twist on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.... Read more

DC Comedy Loft presents The Chris And Paul Show (NBC's Bring The Funny)

The Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft, Washington D.C.
Thursday, December 12
  • Comedy
  • Under $10

One of the most critically acclaimed sketch comedy duos in the world and finalists on NBC's Bring The Funny, The Chris and James comes to DC... Read more

"Fiddler on the Roof": Straight From Broadway

The National Theatre, Washington
Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, December 15
  • Theater
  • Holiday
  • Hot

This "entirely fresh, funny and gorgeous new production" ("New York" Magazine) of "Fiddler on the Roof" arrives at the National Theatre hot off its latest acclaimed Broadway run. This re-imagined Amer... Read more

 

 

 

 

Randy Shulman is Metro Weekly's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He can be reached at rshulman@metroweekly.com.

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