Out On the Town: DC arts & entertainment highlights March 5-11 – Metro Weekly

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Avalon Theatre: Fantastic Fungi


Louie Schwartzbergs entertaining documentary shines a light on the many ways mycelium and mushrooms can heal and save the planet, as responses to pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. Narrated by actress Brie Larson, the film features insights and observations from bestselling authors and journalists Michael Pollan (The Omnivores Dilemma) and Eugenia Bone (Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms), medicinal fungi advocate Paul Stramets, and best-selling author and alternative medicine doctor Andrew Weil (Spontaneous Healing). Wednesday March 11, at 8 p.m., followed by post-screening Q&A with Stephen Apkon, an executive producer of the film. At the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $10.50 to $13. Call 202-966-6000 or visitwww.theavalon.org.


Steve Coogan stars as a fictional retail fashion magnate in this British satire of todays super-rich, the latest from writer-director Michael Winterbottom.Greedis set in Mykonos, the popular Greek island resort, where Coogans character has retreated for a blowout 60th birthday celebration, accompanied by an entourage including his ex-wife and a journalist hes hired as his official biographer. The celebration doesnt go at all as planned in this mockumentary-style comedy/drama that touches on the excesses of corporate capitalism and the exploitation of the poor by the rich specifically, the still-widespread use of sweatshop labor in the fashion industry. With Isla Fisher and David Mitchell. Opens Friday, March 6. Area theaters. Visitwww.fandango.com.


The latest animated adventure from Disney-Pixar follows aDungeons & Dragons-esque story of two teenage elf brothers who set out on a quest to discover if magic still exists, as well as to reconnect with their deceased father. Inspired by filmmaker Dan Scanlons own life chiefly the loss of his father when he and his brother were young Onwardfeatures Tom Holland Chris Pratt giving voice to the brothers, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus voices the mother, and Kyle Bornheimer the father. Octavia Spencer, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Tracy Ullman, and Wilmer Valderrama are part of the supporting cast. Opens Friday, March 6. Area theaters. Visitwww.fandango.com.


Jean Poirets original farcical French playLa Cage aux Follesinspired a 1978 French classic, a Broadway musical, and this 1996 big-budget Hollywood adaptation by Mike Nichols. In this version, the gay couple at the storys center is played by Robin Williams and Nathan Lane (who didnt officially come out until two years later). Theyre supported by a stellar cast including Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Christine Baranski, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, and Hank Azaria. Two area Alamo Drafthouse locations presentThe Birdcageas part of their Remakes & Hot Takes series (some are revered, some are controversial, all are worth another look). Tuesday, March 10, at 7:20 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse One Loudoun, 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, Va. Tickets are $10. Call 571-293-6808. Also Wednesday, March 11, at 7:20 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Woodbridge, 15200 Potomac Town Place, Ste. 100, Woodbridge, Va. Tickets are $10. Call 571-260-4413. Visitwww.drafthouse.com/northern-virginia.


Voices from the Holy Land series, now in its sixth season and sponsored by an interfaith coalition of more than 40 area organizations, screen documentaries focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Next weekends offering focuses on an Arab village whose residents were driven out during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and to this day remains relatively untouched. Most other such villages have either been destroyed or repopulated by Israelis, and in fact, there has been a plan in the works to redevelop Lifta as an upscale neighborhood. Yet an ad-hoc Israeli-Palestinian coalition in favor of preserving the site as an Arab village has helped to stymie such plans. Sunday March 15, at 2 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Free. Call 703-892-2565 or visitwww.voicesfromtheholyhland.org.


The stunning rise of Israels Shas political party is brought to life through the lens of one fathers improbable campaign to defend his daughter and speak out against routine discrimination and treatment of Sephardic Jews as second-class citizens. Set in 1983, Eliran MalkasThe Unorthodoxhas been a hit on the Jewish film festival circuit, and comes to the Edlavitch DCJCC, in a co-presentation by Sephardic Heritage International DC, for a one-week engagement. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Screenings are Friday, March 6, at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 6 and 8:10 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at 3 and 5:10 p.m., and Tuesday, March 10, through Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Cafritz Hall, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $9 to $13. Call 202-777-3210 or visitwww.jxjdc.org.


There is still talk of a sequel and also possibly a TV series spinoff ofThe Accountant, the 2016 thriller directed by Gavin OConnor and starring Ben Affleck as an autistic number-crunching action hero. Meanwhile, OConnor and Affleck reunite for a sports drama about an out-of-control alcoholic who is given the chance to reclaim his life and career as the new head coach of his alma maters basketball team. With Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman. Opens Friday, March 6. Area theaters. Visitwww.fandango.com.


Upon its release in 1969, Sam Peckinpahs revisionist western disturbed viewers and critics alike for its graphic violence (tame by todays standards). Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, and Warren Oates,The Wild Bunchhas gone on to earn recognition by the Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry, the American Film Institutes 1998 list, 100 Years100 Movies (where it ranked No. 80), and AFIs 10 Top 10: Western list (No. 6). Landmarks West End Cinema presents three screenings of the 1995 re-release that restored 10 minutes, filling in gaps from the original American theatrical version. Wednesday, March 11, at 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30 p.m. 2301 M St. NW. Happy hour is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Call 202-534-1907 or visitwww.landmarktheatres.com.

Boy Photo: Cameron Whitman


Playwright Lauren Gunderson (Shakespeare TheatresPeter Pan and Wendy) offers a whimsical and inspirational scientific history lesson about Ada Lovelace, best known as the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron and also as wife to Charles Babbage, called the father of the computer. In fact, Gundersons tale posits that Babbage may have invented the hardware, or analytic engine of the machine, but Lovelace is responsible for inventing the language, the song, the soul of the thing, the programming.Ada and the Enginerotates dates withSuddenly Last Summer. Previews begin March 8. To April 5. Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 South Lang St. Arlington. Tickets are $40. Call 703-418-4804 or visitwww.wscavantbard.org.


A year after Andy Blankenbuehler won the 2016 Tony Award as Best Choreography forHamilton, he would repeat the feat, this time for his work onBandstand, which he also directed. And hes continued in that dual capacity with the touring production of the poignant musical by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor.Bandstandcenters on a group of American soldiers, newly returned from World War II, who form a band to enter a national competition seeking musics next big thing. Remaining performances are Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, at 2 and 8 p.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $54 to $99. Call 202-628-6161 or visitwww.thenationaldc.org.


In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of twin boys to raise one as a girl following a surgical accident. Inspired by true events, Anna Zieglers play explores the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love. Susan Marie Rhea directs Keegans production starring John Jones, Lida Marie Benson, Karen Novack, Mike Kozemchak, and Vishwas. To March 7. 1742 Church St. NW. Call 202-265-3767 or visitwww.keegantheatre.com.


The title was the name of a young enslaved woman in pre-Civil War America determined to gain her and her childs freedom. In this chamber musical from the creators ofRagtime, Dessa is aided in her cause by a disaffected Southern belle named Ruth. The unlikely pairs adventure is brought back to the stage for a one-night-only production at Olney Theatre Center. Awa Sal Secka and Gracie Jones star. Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. Mainstage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Tickets are $60. Call 301-924-3400 or visitwww.olneytheatre.org.


Promoted as a show offering all the drama of a 16th-century romance with a queer twist,Head Over Heelsis most easily described as a jukebox musical featuring the hits of the Go-Gos. Tony-winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) first got the notion to blend the female quartets fun and effervescent pop with Philip Sidneys sprawling, sensational Renaissance prose poemThe Arcadiafor an upbeat celebration of love and identity, and all those, you might say, whove got the beat.Head Over Heelsfeatures numerous characters questioning their sexuality, experimenting with their gender identity, and pursuing queer relationships, all while taking heed (or not) of the gender-fluid, nonbinary oracle, Pythio (Topher Williams). Monumental Theatre Company kicks off its new season with the companys Jimmy Mavrikes directing. Opens March 5. To March 23. Ainslie Arts Center in Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Tickets are $40. Call 703-933-3000 or visitwww.monumentaltheatre.org.


With this world-premiere production at Baltimores Everyman Theatre, playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings completes theQueens Girltrilogy she launched in 2015 withQueens Girl in the Worldat Theater J. Chronicling the adventures of bright-eyed, brown-skinned Jacqueline Marie Butler, the first play explored the young girls dawning sense of self as a young black girl in the Civil Rights era. It was followed by last yearsQueens Girl in Africa, exploring her familys move to Nigeria in the wake of the assassination of Malcolm X. Now, Butler returns to the U.S. for college in Vermont in the era of a raging Vietnam War and heightened tensions on college campuses after the Kent State killings. Felicia Curry stars and Paige Hernandez directs. The play christens a new, 211-seat performance space in Everymans complex. To April 12. Upstairs Theatre, 315 West Fayette St. Baltimore. Tickets are $59 to $69. Call 410-752-2208 or visitwww.everymantheatre.org.


Two co-workers one black, one white are driven apart by the machinations of their boss in a tense workplace thriller by playwright Joel Drake Johnson. The situation spins wildly out of control in this incisive, even incendiary, dark comedy that examines the prevalence of ingrained racism in America, even in a time, and a place, some claim to be post-racial. The Ally Theatre Companys Ty Hallmark directs the show to close out the third season of her young but already Helen Hayes Award-winning organization, one focused on producing theater intended to acknowledge and confront systemic oppression in America. Opens Friday, March 6. To March 22. Joes Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, Md. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 301-699-1819 or visitwww.joesmovement.org.

Suddenly Last Summer Photo: DJ Corey


This one-act play Tennessee Williams has all the hallmarks youd expect from the playwright: exotic locales, tortured psyches, lyrical language, and Williams knack for creating vivid, unforgettable characters. The focus is on an elderly New Orleans socialite mourning the death of her poet son while trying to squelch details about his mysterious death. Of course, it doesnt exactly work, although the truth of what exactly happened remains vague. The prevailing theory, and certainly most sensational, suggests that her sons homosexuality was a factor. Christopher Henley directs. In rep withAda and the Engine. To April 5. Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 South Lang St. Arlington. Tickets are $40. Call 703-418-4804 or visitwww.wscavantbard.org.


Actors cast in this comedic adaptation of one of Alfred Hitchcocks early works certainly cant phone in their performance particularly not those, such as Gwen Grastorf and Christopher Walker, cast in Constellation Theatre Companys new production as what the program simply lists as a Cast of Dozens (there are over 100 roles in all). Constellations production stars Drew Kopas as a British everyman who gets ensnared in a spy ring, then proceeds to have romantic dalliances along the way to clearing his name. Patricia Hurley does triple duty as his three paramours. Extended to March 15. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $19 to $55. Call 202-204-7741 or visitwww.constellationtheatre.org.


Up-and-coming gay playwright Jordan Harrison (Marjorie Prime) offers a mind-bending journey from the 14th Century to the present day or, in plague terms, from the Black Death to the AIDS crisis by focusing on a troupe of bumbling actors staging Noahs Ark. Olneys production stars Emily Townley, Michael Russotto, Evan Casey, Rachel Zampelli, John Keabler, and James Konicek. To April 5. Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Tickets are $59 to $64. Call 301-924-3400 or visitwww.olneytheatre.org.


A devout and conservative cake baker in North Carolina tries not to think too hard, or much at all, about the complexities of things or the discrepancies of religious teachings. Until the girl she helped raise returns home to marry another woman. Bekah Brunstetters play was inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court caseMasterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Dawn A. Westbrook directs. Through March 7. Richmond Triangle Players, The Robert B. Moss Theatre, 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond. Tickets are $10 to $35. Call 804-346-8113 or visitwww.rtriangle.org.


Nu Sass Productions, the female-focused local theater company, presents a modern retelling of the Latin folktale La Llorona, or The Weeping Woman, centered on a woman accused of drowning her two children and the public defense attorney assigned to her high-profile case. Boneza Valdez Hanchock and Carolyn Kashner play the two women who form an unlikely friendship in this psychological thriller, written by D.C. playwright Amanda Zeitler, that touches on hot-button issues of racism, abortion, immigration, and misogyny. Bess Kaye directs. Now to March 14. Caos on F, 923 F St. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-215-6993 or visitwww.nusass.com.

Dead Kenndys


AMP, Strathmores intimate cabaret venue, presents a modern twist on the classic touring Motown revue next weekend when four a cappella acts share the stage. The lineup includes the charming, boy band-inspired the Filharmonic, established gospel/R&B group Committed,American Idol-popularized electronic/dance artist and beatboxer Blake Lewis, and the international collective Women of the World. The concert is overseen by Deke Sharon, a leading force behind NBCsThe Sing-Off, which gave the world Pentatonix. Sharon was also the arranger and music director of thePitch Perfectmovies. Friday, March 6. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda. Tickets are $42 to $68. Call 301-581-5100 or visitwww.ampbystrathmore.com.


Some of the areas best and most original music artists will perform at this 6th annual competition created by Cathy Bernard in honor of her late uncle Fred Ebb, the legendary lyricist responsible, with his writing partner John Kander, for an abundance of major Broadway musicals, includingCabaretandChicago. The Bernard/Ebb trophy is open to songwriters working in various genres, all drawn from a local pool of applicants (more than 160 entries were received this year). Produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, the 2020 finalists are Hayley Fahey of Derwood, Md., Genna Matthew of Charlottesville, Eric Scott of North Beach, Md., Maimouna Youssef of Baltimore, and DuPont Brass, a D.C. ensemble. A three-person jury of music industry veterans will give feedback throughout the show and then select the Grand Prize Winner and recipient of $10,000 plus 25 hours of recording studio time. Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $15 to $20, plus a recommended $20 minimum purchase per person. Call 240-330-4500 or visitwww.bethesdabluesjazz.com.


You can always count on Bruce Hornsby to perform in concert his sentimental, richly textured 80s pop hits, including The Way It Is, Mandolin Rain, and The Valley Road. But the singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, has a vast catalogue that goes well beyond the tried and true. His newest album,Absolute Zero, is a wide-ranging set that includes forays into experimental jazz fusion, avant-garde classical as well as progressive rock. The 2019 album finds Hornsby collaborating with Bon Ivers Justin Vernon on a couple of strong selections, and roughly half of the tracks feature yMusic, the extraordinary Brooklyn-based contemporary classical chamber ensemble featuring a string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet. Next week at Strathmore, both acts will perform individual sets, but the key attraction is to see them join forces and jam together. Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. Tickets are $38 to $88. Call 301-581-5100 or visitwww.strathmore.org.


Over the past few months, Christian Douglas has managed the feat of breaking into the competitive local theater scene as an ensemble member in two high-profile musicals Newsiesat Arena Stage andGun & Powderat Signature Theatre. Douglas is preparing to branch out further as a 2020 Artist in Residence at Strathmore. Douglas gets the spotlight for two shows set for March, in which hell perform songs from his EPLonely Paradise, as well as Modern Love, his Strathmore-commissioned song cycle inspired by aNew York Timescolumn of the same name. Wednesdays, March 11 and March 25, at 7:30 p.m. 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets are $19. Call 301-581-5100 or visitwww.strathmore.org.


Its been 42 years since one of the first and certainly one of the defining hardcore punk bands formed in San Francisco. Last year, the Dead Kennedys released the live compilation albumDK40, which they continue to support on tour. Opening sets from Canadian hardcore act D.O.A. and Marylands poop punk veterans in Dingleberry Dynasty. Wednesday, March 11. Doors at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $30. Call 202-265-0930 or visitwww.930.com.


Increasingly regarded as one of the genres best contemporary bands, the local progressive bluegrass act or, if you prefer, New Acoustic American Roots Music earned a Grammy nomination for its 2015 albumCold Spell. Solivan and his Dirty Kitchen crew of banjoist Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette, and bassist Jeremy Middleton next take to Falls Churchs State Theatre for what is billed as a very special show on Frank Solivans birthday weekend. Pierce Edens and the 19th Street Band will serve as opening acts. Sunday, March 8. Doors at 6 p.m. 220 North Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $17 to $20. Call 703-237-0300 or visitwww.thestatetheatre.com.


Every year for a week in mid-March, local concert venues and the overall live music scene in D.C. becomes just a wee bit darker and quieter just enough to make you remember that, indeed, the countrys biggest music festivalisnow getting underway in Austin. Not everyone can go to South By Southwest, of course. And for those stuck in D.C., the Black Cat once again presents a special showcase of local acts set on the Austin festivals opening night. This years lineup includes The OSYX (pronounced 06), a post-punk, all-female supergroup consisting of Erin Frisby, Ara Casey, Selena Benally, Robzie Trulove, and Maya Renfro, all of whom are also principals in This Could Go Boom!, a record label and presenting organization specifically geared to fellow womxn and non-binary musicians; Too Free, the experimental, improvisational electronic pop trio of Awad Bilal, Don Godwin, and Carson Cox; and Nice Breeze, featuring the abstract poet punks Andy Fox, John Howard, and Martha Hamilton. Friday, March 13. Doors at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $12 to $15. Call 202-667-4490 or visitwww.blackcatdc.com.


For its fourth concert of the season, the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington offers a glam-rock spectacle celebrating gender and self-expression. Naturally, the program includes over-the-top costumes, dancers, and drag queens to go well beyond the music. GMCWs Thea Kano will direct the concert with choreography by Craig Cipollini, James Ellzy, and Danny Aldous. The song list ranges from Dancing Queen to Vogue, Changes to Born This Way, along with musical numbers fromLa Cage Aux Folles(A Little More Mascara),The Wiz(Home), andAida(My Strongest Suit). Joining the chorus on stage as the programs special guest will be Batal, D.C.s diverse, all-women percussion group. Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $65. Call 202-328-6000 or visitwww.thelincolndc.com.


You might call singer-songwriter Gina Chavez a missionary for intersectionality. Chavez, who describes herself as half-Mexican, half-Swiss German, and fully Texan, touches on issues related to her faith, religion, and love in her folk-pop songs, which she performs live accompanied by a five-piece band of fellow Austin-based musicians. Friday, March 6. Doors at 7 p.m. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Tickets are $20. Call 703-255-3747 or visitwww.jamminjava.com.


A once-familiar presence performing in musical productions around town, Tony Gudell has altered course slowly but surely over the last decade, restyling himself as an increasingly in-demand nightclub singer and jazz vocalist. Case in point: Gudell has spent the past year as a monthly performer with a backing band at Logan Circles the Crown & Crow. And with the advent of March, that swanky Victorian-styled venue decided it wants more, inviting Gudell and company to become the official house band with performances twice monthly. As before, the exact lineup accompanying Gudell varies, although it usually consists of either Oren Levine or Terry Marshall on piano, Mark Saltman or Gerhard Graml on bass, and Christian Clark on percussion. What doesnt change is the focus on swinging, crooning classics from the first half of the 20th Century, a golden era for jazz and pop. The repertoire ranges from hits by the Rat Pack to American Songbook standards, and all intended to evoke a mid-century Vegas vibe. Saturday, March 14 and March 28, from 9 p.m. to midnight. 1317 14th St. NW. No cover or minimum purchase required. Call 202-763-7552 or visitwww.thecrownandcrow.com, orwww.tonygudell.comfor more details and additional dates.


Cliff Eberhardt, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Christine Lavin, and Cheryl Wheeler reunite to perform and celebrate a moveable feast of song, also dubbed a mini-folk festival. Ultimately, the concert pays tribute to the 1994 compilation that Lavin assembled featuring winter love songs from some of her favorite singer-songwriters. Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $$45. Call 703-549-7500 or visitwww.birchmere.com.


Jazz artist Sunny Jain conceived of and leads the bhangra-rooted party band Red Baraat, a Brooklyn-based ensemble returning to D.C. on their annual Festival of Colors tour. This years party, which celebrates spring rites as well as the South Asian Diaspora in America, features an opening set from Anjali Taneja, a D.C.-based R&B singer-songwriter who weaves together soulful melodic elements with South Asain rhythmic influences. Friday, March 6. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 202-787-1000 or visitwww.thehamiltondc.com.


Born into a family of Cuban musicians, this world-renowned jazz pianist spent years touring with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and Cubas greatest living diva, Omara Portuondo. Fonseca is currently touring in support of his ninth solo album, the wide-ranging 2019 setYesun, which finds rap, funk, reggaeton, and electronica mixed in with his standard jazz. Calling it the album Ive always wanted to make, the artist says in an official release thatYesun, ultimately, presents a Cuba without borders, one that bridgesmy Afro-Cuban traditions and other styles of music Ive absorbed. Tuesday, March 10. Doors at 6:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $24.75 to $49.75. Call 202-787-1000 or visitwww.thehamiltondc.com.


The godfather of go-go may have died in 2012, but his namesake band keeps go-going. The jazz festival staple and powerhouse ensemble of danceable funk and soul grooves, and leading arbiter of what is now recognized as the official music of D.C., returns for another go-go round down on the Wharf and in the intimate Pearl Street Warehouse. Saturday, March 7. Doors at 7 p.m. 33 Pearl St. SW. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 202-380-9620 or visitwww.pearlstreetwarehouse.com.


The protagonist in Mozarts anti-hero classicDon Giovannifashions himself a real Don Juan, aiming to seduce and conquer all of the beautiful women he encounters, whatever it takes. Eventually, however, times up for Giovanni in this celebrated tragicomedy. Ryan McKinny takes on the title role in a Washington National Opera production directed by E. Loren Meeker and choreographed by Eric Sean Fogel. WNO Principal Conductor Evan Rogister leads the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In Italian with English surtitles. To March 22. Opera House. Tickets are $45 to $299. Call 202-467-4600 or visitwww.kennedy-center.org.

Russian National Ballet: Cinderella Alexander Daev


For its return to the Kennedy Center, the dance company named after the woman widely regarded as the mother of modern dance presents a collection of new commissions inspired by the late Grahams work plus several of her signature classics. Another celebratory nod to the 19th Amendments centennial, theEVE Projectfeatures new works includingUntitled (Souvenir)by Pam Tanowitz andLamentation Variationsby Aszure Barton, Liz Gerring, and Michelle Dorrance, each riffing on Grahams iconic solo of the same name. Repertory works to be presented at various performances include GrahamsDiversion of Angels,Ekstasis, andChronicle. Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. Performances are followed by a free talk with company artists, collaborators, and creative team members. Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $25 to $69. Call 202-467-4600 or visitwww.kennedy-center.org.


The grand national tradition of major Russian ballet works is the bread and butter of this 50-member company, which returns to George Mason University to present four classics over the course of a weekend. Under the direction of legendary Bolshoi principal Elena Radchenko, the company kicks things off Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m., with Tchaikovskys beloved fairytaleSleeping Beautythrough exquisite choreography originally created by Marius Petipa and presented in an opulent production. At the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, in Manassas, Va. Tickets are $33 to $55. Call 703-993-7759 or visitwww.hyltoncenter.org. Its followed on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m., with two beautifully tragic one-act ballets Tchaikovskys passionate, star-crossedRomeo and Juliet(choreographed by Radchenko), and an adaptation of BizetsCarmen, featuring the work of choreographer Alberto Alonso and composer Rodion Shehedrin. The weekend concludes on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. with Radchenkos grand take on ProkofievsCinderella. Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $34 to $56 per performance. Call 888-945-2468 or visitwww.cfa.gmu.edu.

Dulc Sloan Photo courtesy of Loshak


A show President Trump doesnt want you to see, Marylands Improbable Comedy continues to enlist more immigrants and first-generation comics for another stand-up showcase. Taking the stage at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre are Pedro Gonzalez, Rahmein Mostafavi, Shelley Kim, and Sofia Javed. Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m. 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 301-588-8270 or visitwww.improbablecomedy.com.


The Kennedy Center honors International Womens Day with a star-studded night of comedy including veteran queer comic Cho,Daily Show with Trevor Noahbreakout Dulc Sloan, Sasheer Zamata ofSaturday Night Livefame, Jen Kirkman ofChelsea LatelyandDrunk Historyas well as her multiple hit Netflix stand-up specials, and Catherine Cohen, host of a weekly show at Alan Cummings East Village bar Club Cumming. Sunday, March 8, at 8 p.m. Concert Hall. Tickets are $29 to $69. Call 202-467-4600 or visitwww.kennedy-center.org.


In 2018, McCormick became the first queer comic to headline an event at the Smithsonians National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Raised in D.C., McCormick appreciates how the comedy scene overall has become more welcoming and inclusive since he started in stand-up well more than a dozen years ago. Now based in L.A., McCormick returns home for his debut at the DC Comedy Loft with a run of shows this weekend. Paris Sashay opens. Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 6, at 8 and 10 p.m., and Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. The Cellar Stage, 1523 22nd St. NW. Tickets are $20, plus two-item food/beverage minimum. Call 202-293-1887 or visitwww.dccomedyloft.com.

Maira Kalman


Presented by the local queer black writer/activst C. Thomas, this showcase features works of poetry that generally celebrate the strength of black women, touch on the wisdom theyve gained as passed down from relatives and ancestors, and share experiences of joy and pain and healing. KaNikki Jakarta, the Poet Laureate of Alexandria, hosts the evening, which features writers Gail Danley, Theresa Tha Songbird, Miss Butterfly Free, and Luki. Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Tickets are $10. Call 703-548-0035 or visitwww.nvfaa.org.


An artist and illustrator whose work is frequently featured in theNew Yorker, Kalmans latest project is an illustrated edition of the Gertrude Steins classic book from 1933 that shed light on the life and times of her life partner, Alice B. Toklas. Full of color and Kalmans signature sense of whimsy, the paintings, more than 60 in all, are intended to complement the text, but more importantly to add a new dimension to the work: through depictions of Stein at her desk, following visitors such as Sylvia Beach and Man Ray, and evoking the unique modernist ferment that was 27 rue de Fleurus. Sunday, March 8, at 5 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visitwww.politics-prose.com.


Every second Tuesday, Story District presents a program featuring everyday people sharing personal stories theyve been coached to tell in seven minutes, and all focused on a particular topic. For March, which is Womens History Month, the program focuses on stories about women taking a stand, turning the tables, and breaking the ceiling, all told one at a time. Storytellers including Qudsiya Naqui, Yasmin Elhady, Jenna Huntsberger, Janelle Brevard, Molly Kelly, Anne Hofmann, Coby Ones, Jasmine Jones, and HRCs Charlotte Clymer. Tuesday, March 10. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 plus fees. Call 202-667-4490 or visitblackcatdc.com.

Hill Center Galleries Regional Juries Exhibition Fruit of the Harvest: Sam Dixon


The DC Center for the LGBT Community offers the chance for local LGBTQ and queer-identified artists to showcase and sell their works on the second Saturday of every month, including March 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prospective art buyers can expect to see original artworks in a range of media, including painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, glasswork, textiles, and clothing. Perfect time to pick up a few extra-special gifts! The DC Center, 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. Call 202-682-2245 or visitwww.thedccenter.org.


Works by local travel photographer and visual artist Golie Miamee are featured as the Winter 2020 exhibit at Art14, the seasonal art series at the Coldwell Banker Dupont/Logan office on 14th Street. On display to March. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 1617 14th St. NW. Call 202-387-6180 or visitwww.facebook.com/CBRBDupont.


Over the years, this exhibition, featuring works in various mediums and subjects, has grown to include 85 artists from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. This years juror is Myrtis Bedolla, owner of Baltimores Galerie Myrtis. Bedolla selected 94 pieces of original hanging work, in any medium, submitted by 85 artists, including Kasse Andrews-Weller, Olga Bauer, Katherine Becker, Julie Byrne, Sally Canzoneri, Sam Dixon, Sean Dudley, Christopher Fowler, Charles Gaynor, M. Alexander Gray, Tara Hamilton, Wan Lee, Joey Manlapaz,Khanh Nguyen, Felicia Reed, Robert Weinstein, and Alla Zareva. On display to April 18. At the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Call 202-549-4172 or visitwww.HillCenterDC.org.


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