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Editor’s Picks: DC OUT, Alanis Morissette, Michael Ian Black, Victor Victoria, and more

Our picks of the best in arts and entertainment in D.C. this week!



Blake Edwards cast wife Julie Andrews in his 1982 musical comedy gender-bender set in 1930s Paris. Robert Preston stars as the man who successfully transforms the down-on-her-luck nightclub performer into a sensation as an impersonator of an impersonator. The film also stars James Garner, a scene-stealing Lesley Ann Warren, and ex-footballer Alex Karras, and features an Oscar-winning score by Henry Mancini. Part of Landmark’s West End Cinema Capital Classics series on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30 p.m., 2301 M St. NW. Happy hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12.50. Call 202-534-1907 or visit

The Painted Rocks at revolver Creek


MetroStage, which launched in 1987 with Blood Knot by Athol Fugard, kicks off its 30th Anniversary Season with the latest play by the South African master. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek was inspired by the life of outsider artist Nukain Mabuza and shows apartheid’s lingering effects in the country today. MetroStage Artistic Associate Thomas W. Jones II directs Doug Brown, Marni Penning, Jeremiah Hasty, and Jeremy Keith Hunter. In previews. Opens Sunday, Sept. 2. Runs to Sept. 30. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55. Call 703-548-9044 or visit

Alanis Morissette


The Canadian singer-songwriter sold over 30 million copies of her emotionally powerful third studio set, 1995’s Jagged Little Pill, which was the best-selling album of its decade and generated six mega-hits, from “You Oughta Know” to “You Learn” to her biggest hit of all, “Ironic.” The 44-year-old Morissette has had other subsequent hits, including “Thank U,” “Uninvited,” and “Hands Clean.” Expect to hear them all next week in one of the last concerts of the season outdoors at Wolf Trap. Thursday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $45 to $80. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit

Jill Sobule


The original “I Kissed a Girl” hitmaker appears at City Winery in support of her forthcoming album, Nostalgia Kills. The set includes new versions of songs originally written by Sobule for the stage, including “There’s Nothing I Can Do” from the Off-Off Broadway musical Prozak and the Platypus, “25 Cents” from a forthcoming musical adaptation of the 1980 film Times Square, and the gorgeous klezmer-inflected pop ballad “Tomorrow Is Breaking My Heart,” from a recent adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s gender-bending romance Yentl. Sunday, Sept. 9. Doors at 7:30 p.m. City Winery DC, 1350 Okie St. NE. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Call 202-250-2531 or visit

Michael Ian Black


“I look at myself on TV and my gaydar pings,” this straight comedian joked a few years ago in an interview with Metro Weekly. Familiar from Comedy Central’s Another Period and his commentary on VH1’s I Love The… series, among other TV projects — not to mention his sex scene with Bradley Cooper in the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer — Black has been an affiliated member of the LGBTQ community since birth, raised by his lesbian mother. Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 and 9 p.m. Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th St. NW. Tickets are $30. Call 202-750-6411 or visit

Eat Drink Be Merry — Photo: Sam Lally


Art inspired by food, real or metaphorical, and the way food and drink bring people together to celebrate is the theme of a hybrid show with both visual and ceramic artists at Alexandria’s eclectic Del Ray Artisans Gallery. This National Ceramic Show and Regional Art Exhibit was juried by ceramic artist Lisa York, who will also lead a day-long demonstration workshop, “Bowls and Plates with Nice Curves,” down the street from the gallery during the exhibit’s opening weekend. Opening Reception is Friday, Sept. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. On display to Sept. 30. 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. The workshop is $75 per person and will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Clay Queen Pottery, 2303 Mount Vernon Ave. Call 703-731-8802 or visit



The music of the Purple One will be celebrated through two very different concerts the first two Saturdays of September. First up is a concert-driven dance party with charismatic singer Eugene “Junie” Henderson of hitmaking D.C. go-go band E.U. (Experience Unlimited) performing as Prince. Henderson will be supported by a band, led by Mark Stewart, consisting of veteran R&B and rock players who have toured with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Patti LaBelle. Saturday, Sept. 1. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $18 to $25. Call 202-787-1000 or visit A week later, the Wolf Trap Orchestra leads what is billed as “the first and only estate-approved Prince celebration,” also a concert presenting his music in a way never heard before. Avid Prince fan Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson helped curate the music and the arrangements that the orchestra will play, riffing on Prince’s greatest hits as well as some of his lesser-known gems. Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $30 to $60. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit

Antigone Rising


Launched in 2016 by John Lindo and Jim Coakley, with a headline performance by The Voice‘s Billy Gilman, this Labor Day Weekend LGBTQ dance mainstay returns with the lesbian country/rock act co-founded by guitarist Kristen Ellis-Henderson — the other half of GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson. Antigone Rising will perform an hour-long set on Sunday, Sept. 2, followed by DJ Louis St. George, as part of a capstone dance party for DC Out festival-goers to demonstrate the dances they practiced in workshops over the course of the three-day country-western themed event, including two-stepping, West Coast Swing, and line-dancing. New York drag act Manhattan Prairie Dogs is also set to perform at this year’s event, which will also feature performances from and classes taught by competitive dancing couple Lia and Helen, Brazil’s Igor Pitangui, the Boston ReneGAYdes, the JT Swing Teams DC, and DC RolePlay. Friday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 2. Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Tickets to the concert are $30, or included in a $65 Individual Day Pass or $119 Full Weekend Pass. Visit

Zoo Uncorked — Sponsored by Total Wine More


Local and national wineries and vineyards will be on hand at this Friends of the National Zoo fundraiser once known as Grapes with the Apes. In addition to wine tasting among the animals, there will also be food trucks and artisans selling fare and wares as well as live performances. The evening benefits conservation, research and education programs at the zoo and its Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $70 and include a commemorative wine glass, or $115 for VIP including private lounge, private wine tastings, bites from D.C. restaurants, exclusive animal encounters, and a take-home gift. Call 202-633-4800 or visit

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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