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Above & Beyond: Spring Arts Preview 2015

Comedy, Readings, Exhibits, Discussions, Spoken Word, Multimedia, Tastings, Tours, Etc.

Monster Fish: National Geographic Photo by Brant Allen

Monster Fish: National Geographic – Photo by Brant Allen

Next month marks the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination at Ford’s Theatre — and the venue isn’t being shy about the occasion. Hauling out its arsenal of artifacts as well as hosting tours and discussions, Ford’s is even reenacting the immediate aftermath. Yet not everything in D.C. is deathly serious — or even historically significant — this season. In fact, there’s funny to be found all around, from David Sedaris to three princesses of comedy: Fortune Feimster, Loni Love and Lisa Lampanelli. You can also crack up with “Weird Al” Yankovic at Wolf Trap, or at him during — get this — “a burlesque tribute” to the man at the Black Cat. Speaking of cracking up, if anyone had said a decade ago that a ragtag variety show called Crack would still be going strong, no doubt they would have been accused of smoking something.

ARLINGTON CINEMA N’ DRAFTHOUSE

2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington
703-486-2345
arlingtondrafthouse.com

  •  ThreeGuysOn presents The Final Draft — Hosts of popular podcast present this comedy show every Friday night
  • Porkchop Volcano — This short-form improv troupe offers a show of rapid-fire laughs based on audience suggestions (3/28)
  • Cool Cow Comedy Showcase — Every Thursday night in the Green Room
  • Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy — Every Saturday night in the Green Room
  •  Baron Vaughn (3/27-28)
  •  James Adomian (3/21-22)
  • Trevor Noah (4/9-11)
  • Owen Benjamin (4/17-18)
  • Duncan Trussell — Live Podcast Show (4/22)
  • Bobby Lee — The MADtv vet also remembered as one of Chelsea’s favorite Asian Americans to tease on Chelsea Lately (4/23-25)
  • Lord of the Rings Movie Festival (4/26)
  • Al Madrigal — A correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (5/1-2)
  • Todd Barry (5/8-9)
  • Wyatt Cenac (5/15-16)
  • Fortune Feimster — Everyone’s favorite chubby lesbian from Chelsea Lately returns (5/22-23) 
  • Orny Adams — (5/29-30)
  • Colin Jost — Taking a break from his duties as head writer and co-host of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live (6/5-6)
  • Hal Sparks — Funny, liberal comedian who’s best known as Michael from Showtime’s Queer as Folk (6/12-13)
  • Dave Coulier (6/26-27)

ARTISPHERE

703-875-1100
artisphere.com

  • Countdown to Yuri’s Night — “D.C.’s longest-running celebration of the first human spaceflight lands at Artisphere” (4/11)
  • Safwat Saleem and Rebecca Sheir: Bruised — Barring last-minute intervention, Arlington county will close Artisphere by July, but the venue isn’t going quietly, or at least not without some indirect grumbling: The final exhibition is a series of new animated works by Saleem based on stories shared by the public via WAMU’s Sheir on the topic of defeat (4/15-Close)

ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

202-399-7993
atlasarts.org

  • B-Fly Backstage: Diverse Solo Shows from Women — Caroline Clay, Paige Hernandez, Jana Valentiner and Anu Yadav are a few of the local theater artists sharing excerpts from their solo work and discussing their experiences (4/18)

BARNS AT WOLF TRAP

1645 Trap Road
Vienna
703-255-1900
wolf-trap.org

  • 28th Annual Evening of Comedy – Some of the nation’s funniest performers stop by every year (5/1-2)

BLACK CAT

1811 14th St. NW
202-667-4490
blackcatdc.com

  • Ten Forward Happy Hour — One episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and drink specials (3/27, and every Friday)
  • The Best of Burlesque — Swami Yomami hosts this Palace Productions show (3/28)
  • Sick Sad World Happy Hour — Two episodes of Daria plus drink specials (3/28, and every Saturday)
  • All Night Long! A Burlesque Tribute to “Weird Al” Yankovic — The Evil League of Ecdysiasts presents one of the strangest ideas for a burlesque show, put together by GiGi Holliday and Cherie Sweetbottom (4/3)

DAR CONSTITUTION HALL

1776 D St. NW
202-628-1776
dar.org/conthall

  • Jane Goodall — “Sowing the Seeds of Hope” (4/17)
  • Neil Gaiman — Celebrated cult comic-book/graphic novel author (The SandmanCoralineNeverwhere) (5/1)

DC IMPROV

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW
202-296-7008
dcimprov.com

  • Pablo Francisco (3/26-29)
  • Comedy School Showcase (3/27)
  • Todd Glass (4/2-4)
  •  Chris Coccia — DC Improv’s stand-up comedy teacher takes the stage (4/4)
  • Michael Blackson — “The African King of Comedy,” as seen on Next Friday and Bad Boys of Comedy (4/9-12)
  • DC Comedy Showcase — Rob Maher, Benjy Himmelfarb and Tim Miller are featured in this show hosted by Kandace Saunders (4/10)
  • ComedySportz Improv (4/11)
  • ComedySportz: The Blue Show (4/11)
  • Open Mic Night (4/15)
  • Happy Hour Trivia — Hosted by Chris White (4/15)
  • Judah Friedlander — As seen on 30 Rock and Sharknado 2 (4/16-19)
  • Rory Scovel (4/23-25)
  • Story League — The nation’s only comedic storytelling contest, offering a $500 cash prize for funniest story (4/26)
  • Jon Dore (5/1-3)
  • Loni Love — The gay-favorite full-figured comedian as seen on TV returns for what’s becoming an annual stop at the Improv (5/7-9)
  • Gilbert Gottfried (5/15-17)
  •  Jake Johannsen (5/21-24)
  • Amir K (5/22-23)
  • Corey Holcomb (5/28-31)
  • Steve Rannazzisi (6/4-6)
  • Medium Cindy Kaza — “Reach out to the spirits with a world-renowned evidential medium” (6/10)
  • Bert Kreischer (6/11-13)
  • Doug Benson (6/11)
  • Freestyle Funny Comedy Show — Wild ‘N Out troupe mixes stand-up and improv (6/14)
  • Guy Torry (6/18-21)
  • Aries Spears (6/25-28)
  • John Witherspoon (7/9-12)
  • Costaki Economopoulos (7/10-11)
  • Ari Shaffir (7/17-19)
  • Flip Orley — Billed as America’s premier comic hypnotist (7/23-26)
  • DeRay Davis (7/30-8/2)
  • Tammy Pescatelli (8/6-9)

FILMFEST DC

The Washington, DC International Film Festival
202-274-5782
filmfestdc.org

  • Program includes over 60 features, documentaries and shorts from around the world (4/16-26, various venues)

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

201 East Capitol St. SE
202-544-7077
folger.edu

  • Exhibit: Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude — The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, assembled this exhibition focused on the historical struggle to determine longitude at sea and including various timekeepers and astronomical tables, plus paintings from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages (Now-8/23)
  • T.C. Boyle — PEN/Faulkner Fiction discussion (3/27)
  • RSC Live: Love’s Labour’s Lost (3/30)
  • Don’t Rock The Cradle Symposium — A three-day event focused on the topic of displaying books in exhibitions (4/1-3)
  • RSC Live: Love’s Labour’s Won (4/6)
  •  Alan Gurganus and Elizabeth Stout — PEN/Faulkner Fiction with authors known for portraying local life in America and the ways in which sense of place intersects with sense of self (4/7)
  • 2015 Folger Gala (4/23)
  •  35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony — America’s largest peer-juried literary prize (5/2)
  •  Rita Dove — O.B. Hardison Poetry lecture by this former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner sharing her favorite poems by others and reading from her own (5/19)
  • Brews and Banter: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead — New pre-show conversation over booze intended to attract a younger theatergoing audience (5/21)

FORD’S THEATRE

511 10th St. NW
202-397-7328
fordstheatre.org

  • Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination — Reuniting, for the first time since April 1865, an extraordinary collection of artifacts that were in the theater or carried by Lincoln the night of his murder, from his top hat to Mary Todd Lincoln’s black velvet cloak to a playbill for the performance of Our American Cousin (Now-5/25)
  • History on Foot Walking Tour – “Investigation: Detective McDevitt” follows a detective investigating the Lincoln assassination (Runs through October)
  • Leaders and Legacies: The Influence of Lincoln and Mandela — A panel discussion on two of the world’s greatest leaders (4/14)
  • Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration — Luminaries of stage and screen present a moving, commemorative tribute to the 16th president, 150 years to the day since his assassination (4/14)
  • The Lincoln Tribute — An around-the-clock event with ranger talks and panel discussions inside the theater and historians offering first-person accounts on the street outside, including the recreation of the evening vigil for Lincoln, plus a wreath-laying ceremony and ringing of church bells at 7:22 a.m., the time of Lincoln’s death (4/14-15)
  • Brian Anderson: Behind-the-Scenes Tour — Author and Ford’s Theatre Society board member gives a tour of the theater based on his book Images of America: Ford’s Theatre (4/14-15)
  • Midnight Tour with James Swanson — Author of Manhunt offers an intimate tour of the theater (4/15)
  • Mourning Our Lost Leaders — A panel discussion exploring how the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination shaped the way we mourn in America (4/15)

HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS

202-686-8500
hillwoodmuseum.org

Horn of Plenty Courtesy of Hillwood Estates

Horn of Plenty
Courtesy of Hillwood Estates

 

  • Exhibit: Splendor & Surprise: Elegant Containers, Antique to Modern — Special exhibition features more than 80 remarkable boxes, coffers, chests and other containers that reveal the ways that cultures have stored their most treasured items and everyday objects over the past four centuries (Now-June 7)
  • Gardener’s Focus: An Orchid-Filled Greenhouse — Jason Gedeik leads tours through Hillwood’s working greenhouse during March, otherwise known as Orchid Month (3/27, 3/31)
  • Fabergé Egg Family Festival (3/28-29)
  • Fabergé: A Life of Its Own — Lecture and screening of documentary about the impacts of a newly discovered Fabergé egg on Hillwood’s scholarship (3/31)
  • Hands-on Workshop: April Floral Design (4/11)
  • Slow Art Day (4/11)
  • Hands-on Workshop: Hanging Baskets (5/9)
  • Hands-on Workshiop: Container Gardens (5/16)
  • Exhibition: Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post (6/6-12/31)
  • French Festival — Alliance Française teams up with Hillwood for this holiday celebration (7/11)
  • Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Garden’s Bounty (7/12-30)
  • Hands-on Workshop: Summer Floral Design (7/25)

THE HOWARD THEATRE

620 T St. NW
202-588-5595
thehowardtheatre.com

  • Nemr — Lebanese/American comedian offers a night of stand-up (4/16)
  • A Drag Salute to the Divas: DC Black Pride Edition — Shi-Queeta-Lee and her stable of female illusionists will next toast “Girl Groups & Ladies of Hip-Hop,” including SWV, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah (5/24)
  • Sensuality II — A reprise of a hit last year at THEARC Theater, Clouds in My Coffee Theater presents this journey of two women in love, along the way getting into a little drag, burlesque and sushi (5/30)
  • Uncivil Union: Comedy for Equality — A Capital Pride benefit for the Ally Coalition brings a lineup of cutting-edge comics to town, including Wyatt Cenac, Bridget Everett, Rachel Dratch and more TBA (6/11)

KENNEDY CENTER

202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

  • Mike Lawrence — A night of comedy featuring the Comedy Central stand-up, plus opening set by D.C.-area native Jason Saenz. Free as part of Millennium Stage programming (3/27, Family Theater)
  • Ophira Eisenberg — Comedian, writer and host of NPR’s hit trivia comedy show Ask Me Another, part of Millennium Stage programming (4/26, Terrace Theater)

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

202-707-8000
loc.gov/loc/events

  • Grand Illusion: The Art of Theatrical Design — From the Baroque courts of Europe to Broadway stages today, a glimpse at the theatrical design collections at the Library (Now-7/25, James Madison Building)
  •  Exhibit: Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues — Editorial cartoons by the late Washington Post artist are paired with the work of his contemporaries, providing visual insights into key moments in the 20th Century (Now-3/19/16, Thomas Jefferson Building)
  • Bahiyyih Nakhjavani: The Woman Who Read Too Much (4/2, Jefferson)
  • Joseph Genetin-Pilawa: The Indians — Kluge Fellow presents part of his larger study on the indigenous histories of D.C. (4/2, Jefferson)
  • Giorgio Trinchieri: Fighting Cancer with Microbes — A leader of the National Cancer Institute presents the lecture “Friendly Gut Microbes Help Fight Cancer” (4/2, Madison)
  • Japanese Culture Day — A toast to the National Cherry Blossom Festival featuring origami-making activities, kimono demonstrations and tiara-making, plus a program about Japanese life and culture by the Japan-America Society of Washington (4/4, Jefferson)
  • Nicholas Vincent: Magna Carta — Noted scholar presents “Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries” (4/6, Madison)
  • Patricia Smith Poetry Reading — Winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry (4/6, Madison)
  • Daniel Lucey: Working in Ebola Units in Sierra Leone and Liberia 2014″ (4/7, Madison)
  • David H. Plylar: Liszt’s Historical Hungarian Portraits — Library music specialist discusses composer Franz Liszt’s Historical Hungarian Portraits (4/7, Jefferson)
  •  Thomas A. Bogar: Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: Dramatic Lives Behind the Headlines (4/7, Madison)
  • David O. Stewart: Madison’s Gift — Author discusses and signs his new book (4/14, Madison)
  • Paul Laird: The Genesis of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (4/14, Jefferson)
  • Justin Martin: Rebel Souls — “Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians” (4/21, Madison)
  • Poets Laureate — Current laureate Charles Wright and the 15th laureate consultant Charles Simic participate in a moderated discussion with Poetry magazine editor Don Share (4/30, Jefferson)
  • Susan B. Harper: Vardanants Day — “Reflections on Failures and Successes of American Humanitarianism: A Case Study from the Armenian Crucible of 1915-1923” (5/7, Jefferson)
  • Nick Brown: Musical Lobbyists — A tour through a selection of the Library’s collection of telegrams, birthday cards and secret personal notes from notables including Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedys (5/9, Jefferson)
  • Solomon HaileSelassie: Fly Space: Inside the Minds of Theatrical Directors and Designers — A look at the scripts, director’s notes, costume designs and set designs in the Library’s collection, from Bob Fosse, Oliver Smith and Peggy Clark, among others (5/16, Jefferson)

LINCOLN THEATRE

202-328-6000
thelincolndc.com

  • Welcome to Night Vale — Fictional podcast brought to life on stage (3/27-28)
  • Lisa Lampanelli — The “Queen of Mean” in the gay-loving mold of Kathy Griffin (5/29)

LISNER AUDITORIUM

George Washington University
730 21st St. NW
202-994-6800
lisner.org

  • Laverne Cox: Trans Day of Visibility — “Ain’t I A Woman? My Journey to Womanhood” is the topic of discussion by the Orange Is The New Black star (3/31)
  • Deepak Chopra — “The Future of Wellbeing” according to this new-age/alternative-medicine proselytizer (4/1)
  • TEDxFoggyBottom 2015 — An annual conference bringing together innovators and change-makers from the local community and the world (4/3)
  • Poetry Out Loud 2015 National Finals — A competition in which 53 high-schoolers — one from each state, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — test their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry (4/29)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!

Grosvenor Auditorium
NGS Headquarters
1600 M St. NW
202-857-7700
nglive.org/dc

  • Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants — Based on a National Geographic Wild series about finding and protecting the world’s largest freshwater fish, complete with five life-size sculptures, including a climbable sawfish, plus a gallery of aquariums with live fish and several games to test knowledge and skills (3/26-10/11)
  • Nobody’s River: Kayaking Asia’s Wilderness — River guide Amber Valenti and extreme sports photographer Krystle Wright discuss their 2,700-mile expedition to one of the most remote areas of Asia (4/2)
  • We Are What We Eat — Photographer Matthieu Paley reveals his findings traveling the world in search of our ancestral ties to the food we eat (4/15)
  • Chasing Ancient Mysteries: A Digital Expedition — Explorer Albert Lin combines technology with physical exploration to solve both historical and modern mysteries (4/16)
  • Robert Clark: Evolution of a Photographer — Tracing a career from newspapers to National Geographic (4/21)
  • Marcus Samuelsson — A conversation with producer Pam Caragol Wells, followed by a reception featuring some favorite recipes by this celebrated chef drawn from his new book Marcus Off-Duty (4/23)
  • Shannon Galpin: Biking Afghanistan — The first woman to mountain bike in the country (5/5)
  • Thomas Peschak: Wild Seas, Secret Shores (5/19)
  • Bob Poole: Gorongosa Reborn — Cinematographer documents a conservation project in a national park in Mozambique (5/21)
  • An Evening of Exploration and Discovery — National Geographic personalities and the next generation of explorers discuss their work and pursuits (6/9)

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

202-547-1122
shakespearetheatre.org

  • NTLive: Of Mice and Men — An HD broadcast filmed by the U.K.’s National Theatre Live and featuring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the landmark revival of John Steinbeck’s play (3/30, Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW)
  • Tina Packer: Women of Will — Master Shakespearean actor/dramaturg deconstructs and conjures the Bard’s most famous female characters in a discussion based on her new book (4/8, Lansburgh Theatre)
  • NTLive: A View from the Bridge — Ivo van Hove’s stunning West End production of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece starring Mark Strong is presented via an HD broadcast from the Young Vic (4/20, 4/27, Harman)
  • Will on the Hill — This event welcomes Members of Congress, Senators and distinguished Washington insiders to perform scenes from Shakespeare, infused with comedic references to contemporary politics (6/15, Harman)
  • NTLive: Treasure Island — Bryony Lavery offers a new stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny, presented via HD broadcast from the U.K.s National Theatre (6/29, Harman)
  • NTLive: Skylight — Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of David Hare’s play starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, broadcast in high-definition from the West End (7/6, Harman)

SIXTH & I HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE

600 I St. NW
202-408-3100
sixthandi.org

  • Gretchen Rubin — Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives (3/31)
  • Jeffrey Goldberg: Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe? — Atlantic national correspondent discusses his reporting for the April cover story (4/7)
  • Candice Bergen — Murphy Brown actress shares the big events in her life in A Fine Romance, which she discusses in conversation with Madhulika Sikka (4/13)
  • Jennifer Teege: Holocaust Remembrance Day Program — My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me recounts the shocking discovery that this adopted German-Nigerian author was the daughter of the Nazi commandant portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List (4/15)
  • Andrea Gibson w/Amber Tamblyn — Spoken word artist, first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam (4/16)
  • Nora Poullion — My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today tells the story of the Restaurant Nora chef/proprietor, in conversation here with Nancy McKeon (4/20)
  • Ellen McCarthy — The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook (4/22)
  • David Brooks — The Road to Character (4/23)
  • Kate Bolick — Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (4/27)
  • Toni Morrison — God Help the Child (4/30)
  • Maria Bello — Whatever…Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves documents the adjustments this TV actress had to make in her life and with her son after falling in love with another woman (5/4)
  • David McCullough — The Wright Brothers (5/11)
  • Chuck Palahniuk — Make Something Up (5/28)
  • Judy Blume — In the Unlikely Event (6/4)

SPEAKEASYDC

240-888-9751
speakeasydc.com

  • Fools Rush In — True tales told live about acting rashly, being naive and attempting feats that the wise avoid (4/1, Human Rights Campaign)
  •  Keep Calm and Carry On — Stories about handling (or mishandling) a crisis (4/14, Town Danceboutique)
  •  Unhinged — True stories about living with mental illness (4/25, Emmanuel on High Episcopal Church)
  • Colossal Fail — Stories about total flops and massive wipeouts (5/12, Town)
  • He Had It Coming — Stories about paybacks, comeuppance and just desserts (6/9, Town)
  •  The Charismatic Leader — Stories about those we follow for the right and wrong reasons (7/14, Town)
  • Emotional Overload — Stories about being drunk with power, mad with love or high on life (8/11, Town)
  • Catfished — Stories about things that aren’t as they seem (9/5, Town)
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STRATHMORE

5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda
301-581-5100
strathmore.org

  • Julie Andrews — Maria von Trapp/Mary Poppins isn’t expected to sing at Strathmore’s 10th Anniversary Spring Gala, but the screen legend will share in conversation with The Washington Post‘s Peter Marks (4/25, Music Center)
  • Art & The Mind: Taste & Know — Subtitled “How Art, Science and Technology Shape Our Relationship to Food,” a discussion led by artist Stefani Bardin, whose art shines a light on industrial food production and its effect on the environment (5/7, Mansion)
  • Shirley MacLaine — Kennedy Center Honoree from 2013 will share her stories and discuss her work as a longtime advocate for civil rights, women’s rights and spiritual understanding (5/9, Music Center)
  • Aretha Franklin — The Queen of Soul offers a rare live concert (5/13, Music Center)
  • Art & The Mind: Please Do Touch — Subtitled “Evolving the Role of the Tactile Sense in Art Museums,” Rebecca McGinnis of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art leads a discussion about the power of touch and ways to incorporate the sense at museums to help broaden understanding and appreciation of works of art (5/14, Mansion)

TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE

202-234-TOWN
towndc.com

  • Town&Country — The DC Rawhides presents a twice-monthly Saturday night hoedown of gay country-western dancing and socializing (4/4, 4/18, 5/2)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 Contestants Series — Performing as part of the Saturday night drag show will be: Max, a gray-haired, Old Hollywood glamour queen who can sing (4/4); Katya, a Russian-obsessed queen and trained gymnast whose “mug is as beautiful as her mouth is filthy” (4/25); and Trixie Mattel, known for a life-in-plastic aesthetic (5/9)
  • Crack — Chris Farris, Karl Jones and Shea Van Horn started this ragtag off-kilter variety show, “a low budget mess of stage and screen,” ten years ago (5/2)

WARNER THEATRE

513 13th St. NW
202-397-SEAT
warnertheatre.com

  • The Tenderloins — American comedy troupe takes its truTV series Impractical Jokers on the road (4/3-4)
  • Marc Maron — The acerbic popular podcaster offers a stop on his Maronation Tour (4/9)
  • Patton Oswalt (4/10)
  • Kathleen Madigan (4/17)
  • Mo Amer — This Palestinian-American comedian performs stand-up in a “Legally Homeless” program also featuring Bassem Youssef and Brother Ali (5/3-4)

WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS

20 W. Patrick St.
Frederick
301-600-2828
weinbergcenter.org

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company — In 90 minutes, this three-man troupe sets out to offer “The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)” (4/11)
  • Michio Kaku — Renowned physicist, the co-founder of string field theory, also a three-time New York Times best-selling author, stops by for an engagement part of the Frederick Speaker Series (4/15)

WOLF TRAP

1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.
703-255-1900
wolf-trap.org

  • A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor — The public radio celebrity once kicks off the season at the Filene Center, this year featuring special guests Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan (5/22-23)
  • Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder: Creators of Serial — A behind-the-scenes look at the hit podcast, a spin-off of This American Life (6/6)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic — Yes, the comedian and pop parodist par extraordinaire is still at it, with a couple of recent gems (“Blurred Lines”-spoof “Word Crimes,” “Tacky” for “Happy”) (6/12)
  • Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! — The popular NPR news quiz show will broadcast from Wolf Trap (7/23)
  • David Sedaris — He may be a tad awkward live, but that only makes this gay satirist’s tales and commentary funnier (8/2)
  • Jim Gaffigan — The “king of (clean) comedy,” says the Wall Street Journal (8/12)
Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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