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Ansel Elgort: I’m not gay, but there’s nothing wrong if you are

“Also let me say if I was gay I wouldn’t hide it.”

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— Actor Ansel Elgort, star of Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, in a tweet addressing persistent rumors regarding his sexuality. Elgort, one of Hollywood’s rising young stars, told his followers: “Just in case it isn’t clear… I like girls. A lot.”

However, the actor, who will play gay pianist Van Cliburn in an upcoming feature based on Howard Reich’s biography, was quick to affirm his support of his gay fans. “Being gay or straight isn’t bad or good it just IS. U are who you are. Be true to yourself,” the actor stated in a follow-up tweet.

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National Philharmonic with Orli Shaham on Piano: Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony

Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda
Sunday, January 19
  • Music

Piotr Gajewski conducts the National Philharmonic at Strathmore in this all-Mozart concert. The Symphony No. 41, appropriately nicknamed “Jupiter,” is a towering and majestic work. The charming Ov... Read more

"If Beale Street Could Talk" Screening

Michael R. Klein Theater, Washington
Sunday, January 19
  • Movies & TV
  • Added This Week

Based on the acclaimed novel by James Baldwin, "If Beale Street Could Talk" from Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable b... Read more

"I Have a Dream" Indie Film Showcase

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, Arlington
Sunday, January 19
  • Movies & TV
  • Under $10
  • Added This Week

Calling all lovers of the arts, join us at the Arlington Cinema and Draft House, the intersection of carefully curated films, culture, community and social impact. We're screening videos from the 2019... Read more

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

Union Station - Main Lobby, Washington
Sunday, January 19 - Sunday, January 26
  • 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

Mosaic Theater Company Presents "Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World"

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
Sunday, January 19 - Sunday, February 16
  • Theater
  • Comps
  • Under $10

The "Seattle Stranger" calls this award-winning cross-cultural rom-com "A "Romeo and Juliet" story -- an "Annie Hall" story, a "West Side Story" story -- for Americans in the 21st century," as it foll... Read more

Galaxy Hut Comedy Night

Galaxy Hut, Arlington
Sunday, January 19 - Sunday, December 20
  • Comedy

Join Host Reid Clark as he takes you through a night of comedy the likes of which the galaxy hath never before seen. Every second Monday of the month at Galaxyhut in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arli... Read more

"I Am Not Your Negro" Screening

Michael R. Klein Theater, Washington
Sunday, January 19
  • Movies & TV
  • Added This Week

Hailed by critics, including the "Wall Street Journal" as "unsparing as history and enthralling as biography," the documentary "I Am Not Your Negro" may have the past work of James Baldwin at its cent... Read more

"Yellow Face"

Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring
Sunday, January 19 - Saturday, February 01
  • Theater

Silver Spring Stage presents the area community theater premiere of "Yellow Face" by David Henry Hwang. The lines between fact and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in Hwang’s unreliabl... Read more

Stand-Up Comedy From "The Cosby Show"'s Carl Payne

Baltimore Comedy Factory, Baltimore
Sunday, January 19 - Sunday, January 19
  • Comedy

You probably know Carl Payne for his hilarious antics as supporting characters on hit sitcoms like "Martin" and "The Cosby Show" -- where he played Theo's wily pal Cockroach. But once you see his stan... Read more

"The Merry Wives of Windsor"

Folger Theatre, Washington
Sunday, January 19 - Sunday, February 16
  • Theater

Let's say you're a happily married woman and a skeezy loudmouth starts making inappropriate, unwanted advances -- how would you respond? If your answer wasn't, "Spin an elaborate web of lies so the gu... Read more

Cannabis Business Accelerator & Networking

9701 Apollo Dr, Upper Marlboro
Monday, January 20
  • Added This Week
  • Lectures & Classes

This will easily be the most hands-on, informative and fun cannabis business training event you’ll ever attend!... Read more

Adams Morgan DC Speed Dating

Grow Club DC, Washington
Monday, January 20 - Friday, March 20
  • Museums & Attractions
  • Under $10
  • For Adults

Join us for a special speed dating event in the heart of Adams Morgan, DC where our goal is for you to be in a comfortable environment and feel open and comfortable with meeting others. We promise to ... Read more

"Getting Paid to Talk": An Introduction to Voice-Over

Capital Hilton, Washington
Monday, January 20
  • Comps
  • Under $10
  • Lectures & Classes
  • Top Rated

Ever been told you've got a great speaking voice? If you're interested in breaking into the growing world of voice acting for documentaries, cartoons, commercials and more, this popular introductory s... Read more

Live Music at City Winery D.C.

City Winery DC, Washington
Tuesday, January 21 - Tuesday, January 28
  • Holiday
  • Music
  • Top Rated

City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, fo... Read more

"Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Voice Over"

Hilton Garden Inn in Old Town, Alexandria
Tuesday, January 21
  • Comps
  • Under $10
  • Top Rated

Have you ever been told you have a great voice? Whether you're looking for a new career or just interested in making some extra money on the side, this workshop gives you a fun, realistic behind-the-s... Read more

"Back to Maracanã"

Cafritz Hall, Washington
Tuesday, January 21
  • Comps
  • Movies & TV
  • Under $10

Encore screening from the 2019 JxJ, with Director Jorge Gurvich in person. Middle-aged divorcee Roberto and his septuagenarian father—Brazilian expats living in Israel—are soccer fanatics, boiling... Read more

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: "Swan Lake"

The Kennedy Center - Opera House, Washington
Tuesday, January 21 - Sunday, January 26
  • Dance

When it first hit the stage in 1995, "Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake" stunned the dance world by trading the traditional bevy of female swans for an all-male ensemble. In fact, the Prince, the Swan and th... Read more

"True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight For Equality"

Cafritz Hall, Washington
Wednesday, January 22
  • Movies & TV

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and... Read more

"Pipeline": Mother Struggles to Save Son's Future

Studio Theatre - Mead Theatre, Washington
Wednesday, January 22 - Saturday, February 01
  • Theater

Teenaged boys get angry -- but society's reaction to that anger changes based on the color of their skin. In "Pipeline", a black single mother fights to save her son from a system that has failed coun... Read more

Lunar New Year Celebration: Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall, Washington
Wednesday, January 22
  • Music

Kick off the lunar new year at the Kennedy Center as one of China’s most celebrated conductors transports you with a program highlighting traditional Chinese instruments. Afterwards, explore the glo... Read more

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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