Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture
Jan
3
to Jun 30

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (map)
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Exhibit: through June 30, 2019, times vary

This exhibition explores the era that shaped Oprah Winfrey’s life and early career in TV, her talk show that dominated daytime TV for 25 years and the ways in which she has influenced American popular culture. It features original artifacts from Harpo Studios in Chicago and from Smithsonian collections as well as video clips, interactives and photographs.

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No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Jan
3
to Jan 21

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

  • Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum (map)
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Exhibit: March 30. 2018 - January 21, 2019

Open Daily: 10am-5:30pm

an exhibit of enormous scale that is sure to create a sustained buzz all over DC and captivate visitors through Jan. 21, 2019.

According to the show’s curator Nora Atkinson, “Burning Man is all about human connection in a time when we’ve gone so fully digital.” While that won’t stop visitors from pulling out their phones to Instagram eye-opening installations, it may challenge museum-goers to identify with a collective experience rooted in human creativity.

FoldHaus,  Shrumen Lumen , 2016. Photo by Rene Smith.

FoldHaus, Shrumen Lumen, 2016. Photo by Rene Smith.

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One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
Jan
3
to May 19

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey

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Exhibit: Jun 29, 2018 - May 19, 2019; Open daily (except Dec 25), 11:30am-7pm

Tommie Smith and John Carlos by Unidentified Artist | 1968, Gelatin silver print | National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquire through the generosity of David C. Ward

Tommie Smith and John Carlos by Unidentified Artist | 1968, Gelatin silver print | National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquire through the generosity of David C. Ward

As part of a series of installations celebrating its golden anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey,” a one-room exhibition that looks back at an extraordinarily important and memorable time in American history. The show relies on some thirty portraits to tell the story of 1968, the year when the Vietnam War reached a turning point, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, and television sets displayed everything from the Olympic Games to the first manned orbit of the moon. Memorably, it was also the year that the Portrait Gallery first opened its doors. The subjects featured in the exhibition continue to resonate in our collective memory. Representations of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon will share the walls with portraits of cultural figures such as Peggy Fleming, Arthur Ashe, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Depictions of other significant personalities, notably the Apollo 8 astronauts, will round out the exhibition.

This exhibition is curated by Portrait Gallery Historian, James Barber.

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Another Door Opens
Jan
4
to Jan 20

Another Door Opens

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Performances: Jan 4 - Jan 20, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays @8pm; Matinee: Jan 6, 13 & 20 @2pm.

A Comedy by Jeff Dunne
Directed by Rick Bergmann
Produced by Maureen Rogers

What happens when one Artificial Intelligence and two androids try to repopulate the earth by reviving 4 human beings 25 millennia after a nuclear war? Another Door Opens, of course!

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Catch Me If You Can
Jan
4
to Jan 20

Catch Me If You Can

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Performances: Jan 4-20, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM

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Overflowing with mirth, this comedy-whodunit is exciting from beginning to end. An advertising man who has brought his bride to the boss' mountain lodge for a honeymoon calls in the local police to investigate her sudden disappearance. Enter a pretty young girl who insists over his protests that she is the missing wife. A priest backs up her story. A funny little man who owns a delicatessen enters and before you know it there are two murders at the isolated lodge.

Recommended for ages 15 & up.

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Judy Garland: A Star is Born
Jan
8
to Jan 26

Judy Garland: A Star is Born

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Performances: Jan 8 - 26, Tue-Sat: 8:30pm, Sat: 2pm

Judy Garland’s career spanned nearly four decades from child celebrity to adult icon. A cast of Signature favorites sings some of her most famous songs including “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy” and “The Man That Got Away” along with lesser known gems in a tribute to one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.

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Stonefish
Jan
11
to Jan 20

Stonefish

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A guest production from The Coil Project

Performances: Jan 11 - Jan 20, 2019

In one another, twins Mason and Dixon see mirrors of themselves. But the mirror is beginning to crack. A new play by Erica Smith, presented by the Coil Project and the Greenbelt Arts Center.

Content Warning: This show contains: themes of gun violence and suicide; gunfire.

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Thank You, Dad - Three plays about the Reverend Jim Jones
Jan
11
to Jan 20

Thank You, Dad - Three plays about the Reverend Jim Jones

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Performances @8pm on Jan 11, 12, 14-20; @3pm on Jan. 13

Rapid Lemon Productions kicks off its 2019 season with the world premiere of Aladrian C. Wetzel’s THANK YOU, DAD… a collection of three short plays based on the life of the Reverend Jim Jones, founder of the deadly religious cult The Peoples Temple.

This amazing solo performance by RLP Artistic Director Lance Bankerd is directed by Donna Ibale.

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Motivation By Inspiration: A Black History Month Exploration
Jan
14
to Mar 9

Motivation By Inspiration: A Black History Month Exploration

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Credit: pgparks.com

Credit: pgparks.com

Exhibit: January 14 - March 9, 2019; Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-8pm; Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun: 10am-2pm

Public Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 3-5 pm

Join us for this year’s Black History Month Exhibition entitled, Motivation by Inspiration: A Black History Month Exploration. This year’s collection features African American visual artists from Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Kentucky. A diverse group of themes is explored as we travel through conflict, migration, identity, and expression. As we move through themes of pain, we push towards triumph. Each artist finds inspiration through their own exploration of the African American perspective.

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Front Window Feature: Akemi Maegawa
Jan
14
to Mar 9

Front Window Feature: Akemi Maegawa

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Credit: pgparks.com

Credit: pgparks.com

Exhibit: Jan 14, 2019 - March 9, 2019; 10am-4pm.

A reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 5 to 8 pm.

Akemi Maegawa's sculptural work is rooted in the constant search of a place of peace. She embraces the dichotomies of life — that which liberates and that which restraints — as she questions both the rational and the emotional.

Join us as we celebrate Akemi's work and creative process. Come see this ingratiating exhibit that appeals to you on multiple levels!  

Ages: All ages are welcome

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Sculpture Now 2019
Jan
14
to Mar 9

Sculpture Now 2019

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Sampling of Washington Sculpture Group member's work    Image courtesy of Washington Sculpture Group

Sampling of Washington Sculpture Group member's work

Image courtesy of Washington Sculpture Group


Exhibit: Jan 14 - Mar 9, 2019. Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm. Sat: 10am-4pm.

Opening Reception: Jan 19, 5-8pm / Artist and Juror Talk: Feb 16, 2-4 pm.

Free and open to the public.

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Documented: The Community Blackboard
Jan
14
to Mar 9

Documented: The Community Blackboard

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Exhibit: Jan 14 - March 9 / Open Monday - Friday: 10 am-7 pm, Saturday: 10 am-4 pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 5-8 pm; Interactive Artist Talk: Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pm

Installation / Muriel Hasbun

Installation / Muriel Hasbun

Documented: The Community Blackboard was a site-specific space created by artist and educator Muriel Hasbun for the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. (2006). The experience is now taking place at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, which is nestled amongst a vibrant community of immigrants from all over the globe. The interactive piece is community-based, and as such, is continually transformed by its participants, which are invited to write their own story of migration and post their family photos onto the gallery walls.  A collage-like bilingual sound piece, streaming into the space, weave together Hasbun's own reflections on migration as gathered from oral testimonies and other aural impressions recorded in El Salvador, as well as from excerpts of poems that she wrote when she first came to the U.S. in 1980.

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Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Jan
14
to Jan 20

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week

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Dates: Jan 14-20, over 100 restaurants participating throughout the DC area

Winter in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 14-20, 2019. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch priced at $22 and dinner at $35. 

Oysters at Opaline Bar and Brasserie

Oysters at Opaline Bar and Brasserie

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School Of Rock - The Musical
Jan
16
to Jan 27

School Of Rock - The Musical

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Performances: Jan 16-27, various hours

Based on the hit film, the hilarious School of Rock musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

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Eddie From Ohio with Sara Niemietz & Snuffy Walden
Jan
18
to Jan 20

Eddie From Ohio with Sara Niemietz & Snuffy Walden

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Performances: Jan 18-20.

Too energetic to be labeled just "folk", and not angry enough to be pegged "alternative", Eddie from Ohio continues to defy description with their unique blend of vocals and acoustic instrumentation. A bedrock foundation of hand and stick percussion and a textural flavoring of guitar/bass/harmonica support the four-part harmonies and lyrically-driven original music. 

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Jane Franklin Dance: Beauty and the Beat
Jan
19
to Jan 20

Jane Franklin Dance: Beauty and the Beat

Credit: Trina Navarro

Credit: Trina Navarro

Performances: Jan 19 @ 7:30pm; Jan 20 @ 4pm.

Originally created for Capital Fringe Festival 2018 and 'back by popular demand' at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, Beauty and the Beat is sure to kick up recollections of neighbors, roommates, landlords or lane-changing experiences of vying for a parking space. 

Physical and fun, Beauty and the Beat is about presumptions that go way off course. You wonder about the guy who lives next door. Inspired by Tom Waits song “What’s He Building in There,” scenarios emerge of nosy neighbors jumping to big conclusions.

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The Baltimore Waltz
Jan
19
to Feb 9

The Baltimore Waltz

Performances: Jan 19 - Feb 9 , Mon-Sat: 8pm; Sun: 3pm

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When Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher, is diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers, she and her brother Carl take flight to Europe. Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild Third Mannish espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister on the Continent. But something is not quite right with the scenario, and the largest hint is dropped when Anna shows slides of their trip to Europe where each frame looks exactly like Baltimore …

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BLK+GRN Self-Care Sunday Pop-up
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

BLK+GRN Self-Care Sunday Pop-up

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Join Wellspring and BLK+GRM. For an all-natural marketplace by all-Black artisans for a Self-Carl Sunday Pop-up. BLK+GRN is an all natural marketplace by all Black artisans. Their exclusive pop-up experience allows you to pause and take a moment for Self-care Sunday. Join BLK+GRN and Wellspring Manor & Spa for an intimate day of wellness with BLK+GRN founder and health expert Dr. Kristian Henderson. Admission/$25 per person. 

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Motor City Live - A Motown Tribute
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Motor City Live - A Motown Tribute

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Performances: Jan 4, 10, 17, 24 & 25 @8pm; Jan 20 @3pm

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Some of the greatest music of all time came out of a little studio in Detroit, Michigan during the 1960s. Motor City Live is a celebration of the sound and legacy of Motown. Comprised of four male singers, four female singers and six dancers fronting an 8-piece band, the group captures the heart and soul of classics by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson Five. While the group dresses to impress, it is not an impersonator show, with the focus being squarely on the music and performances.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Renée Fleming sings Schubert
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

National Symphony Orchestra: Renée Fleming sings Schubert

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Performances: Jan 18 @8pm and Jan 20 @3pm

Iternationally celebrated soprano Renée Fleming returns for an all-Schubert program, which includes music from Rosamunde, orchestrations of some of his greatest songs, and Berio's Rendering, based on Schubert's uncompleted 10th Symphony.

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Figaro Meets Frederick Douglass Concert
Jan
20
4:00 PM16:00

Figaro Meets Frederick Douglass Concert

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

CAAPA and the Davies Concert Series partner to bring an exciting musical dialogue between Figaro and Frederick Douglass. This is a benefit fundraising concert for the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts that would feature CAAPA musicians.

In a musical tribute celebrating the 125th anniversary of the death of Abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday (January 27th), the Davies Concert Series partners with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) to present a historic concert connecting two genre; opera arias and Negro Spirituals performed by Washington National Opera musicians and accompanied by Maestro Dr. Lester Green.  Meet the Artists Reception following.

Proceeds benefit Black classical music students and musicians.

Freewill Offering.

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Step Afrika!
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

Step Afrika!

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Step Afrika! - 25th Anniversary Celebration

With Dem Raider Boyz

Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, launches its 25th anniversary season at Strathmore with a retrospective performance of the company’s best-loved works including WadePassing 25, and Nxt/Stp: Hip Hop. Featuring the critically acclaimed artists of Step Afrika! along with some of our region’s most incredible step teams, Step Afrika! celebrates 25 years of stepping while paying homage to the company’s deep connections to South African dance, music, and culture.  

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents Passion and Fire: The Music of Spain
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents Passion and Fire: The Music of Spain

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra brings you a thrilling evening of evocative and passionate music by Spain's foremost composers—Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, and Joaquin Turina—music infused with the rhythms of Spanish folk dances, and reflecting the traditions of the Gypsy, Jewish, Arab, African, and Greek peoples. Joining PASO are mezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello singing de Falla's dramatic flamenco-inspired masterpiece El Amor Brujo, and, direct from Spain, Maria Juncal, a flamenco dancer (bailaora) whose fiery percussive interpretations bring a powerful intensity to this exciting show. De Falla's Siete Canciones Españolas, featuring virtuoso cellist Dorotea Racz, captures all the magic of Spain's unique music culture.

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A$AP Rocky
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

A$AP Rocky

Rakim Mayers, known by his stage name ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is a member of the hip hop group A$AP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker. Rocky released his debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, in 2011 to critical acclaim.

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Art Exhibit - Mixed-Media Collage Quilt Paintings by Curtis Woody
Jan
21
to Mar 15

Art Exhibit - Mixed-Media Collage Quilt Paintings by Curtis Woody

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Exhibit: Jan 21 - Mar 15, 2019; Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm.

Public Reception for the Artist: Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 7–9 pm

Curtis Woody is a mixed-media collage painter who draws inspiration from historical connection points that join together individuals, families, generations, and communities. He creates highly textured and intricately detailed original art pieces intended to breathe new life into and enhance the unique characteristics of a common historical heritage. Life is a circle, and he takes pleasure in salvaging the old to create something new, asking the viewer to recognize the past while appreciating the here and now. His paintings are research-based collages, and he uses an assortment of found objects, old books, aged photographs, buttons, letters, vintage newspapers, and rusty metal combined with an assortment of artistic mediums.

Ages: All ages are welcome

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MLK Holiday DC Peace Walk & Parade 2019
Jan
21
9:00 AM09:00

MLK Holiday DC Peace Walk & Parade 2019

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We welcome all residents of the District of Columbia and surrounding areas to take part in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk and Parade.

Peace Walk: Prayer Service @9am; Peace Walk Line up @10:40am, Assembly next to United Black Fund, 2500 MLK Jr., Ave. SE, Washington, DC. Step off @11am

Parade: Check-in @10am: Anacostia Art Center 1231 Good Hope Rd SE; Assembly @10:30am, next to Black Workers Wellness Center

Destination: 2pm @ Gateway Pavilion , 2730 MLK Ave., SE, Washington, DC

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Annual Black History Month Exhibition: Moving Out, Moving In, Moving Up
Jan
21
to Feb 28

Annual Black History Month Exhibition: Moving Out, Moving In, Moving Up

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Dates: January 21, 2019 - February 28, 2019 , Daily 10am-5pm. Public Reception: Sunday, January 27, 2–4 pm

Credit: pgparks.com

Credit: pgparks.com

Migration has been a defining characteristic of the Black experience in the United States since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the American colonies in the early 1600s. But the early 20th century marked a new and important phase in migration as unprecedented numbers of African Americans moved from the rural South to the urban North in search of a better life. Multiple waves of this “Great Migration” would continue during the course of the 20th century into the 21st century as blacks within the United States, as well as black immigrants, moved to and within this country.

This exhibit explores the factors spurring black migration and immigration as well as the resulting changes in society on the national, regional, and local levels. This exhibit is curated by the M-NCPPC Black History Program.

Ages: All ages are welcome

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Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day Tribute & Celebration
Jan
21
3:30 PM15:30

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tribute & Celebration

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Montgomery County celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s life through dialogue, presentations, music, and theatrical performances. The program also incorporates audiovisual elements, showcasing projected videos and photos throughout the event.

Free tickets are required for this event, and will be distributed onsite the day of the performance starting at 2:30pm. All patrons must be in line to receive tickets, and one ticket will be distributed per person. The line will form in the Music Center foyer, starting near the café. Patrons may enter on the 3rd floor near the skybridge.

Tickets are for general admission seating, which will begin at 3pm. Come early for the best seating.

This concert is not presented by Strathmore.

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Millennium Stage: Let Freedom Ring! A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan
21
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Let Freedom Ring! A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

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The annual program Let Freedom Ring!, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, features Tony®, Oscar®, and Grammy®–winning artist Audra McDonald and Tony®-winning artist Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

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Angie Stone
Jan
21
7:30 PM19:30

Angie Stone

Grammy nominated singer Angie Stone is one of those artists with a Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. 

Now, at a time when some are questioning the viability of the genre of R&B music, Angie Stone cuts “Dream” - a masterpiece of contemporary R&B which combines the essence of classic soul music with cutting edge production. 

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Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Let’s Talk About Sex

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When it comes to sex, the rabbis have a number of opinions about what makes sex positive and sacred and what kind of sex we should avoid. In this class led by Rabbi Avi Strausberg, explore how rabbinic texts can be applied to contemporary relationships.

No one will be turned away from any of our classes due to lack of funds. For more information, please contact our Religious Programming Associate, Annie.

Tickets: Click here

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Tommy Emmanuel, CGP & John Knowles, CGP – The Heart Songs Tour
Jan
22
to Jan 23

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP & John Knowles, CGP – The Heart Songs Tour

Performances: Jan 22 & 23,

In music as in love, one + one can add up to…not two but a new and greater one.

On Heart Songs two of the world’s greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel and Grammy Award winner John Knowles, make this clear. Both are masters of their instrument, honored by the iconic Chet Atkins with the rare designation of CGP (Certified Guitar Players). Emmanuel has twice been voted “Best Acoustic Guitarist” by readers of Guitar Player Magazine and honored as both a “Member of the Order of Australia” and an official “Kentucky Colonel”.

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Mick Jenkins with Special Guest Kari Faux
Jan
22
8:00 PM20:00

Mick Jenkins with Special Guest Kari Faux

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Drawing inspiration from early-20th century poets and hip-hop’s most powerful voices, Chicago native Mick Jenkins has a talent described as “gloriously uncommon.”

After breaking onto the scene with his acclaimed 2014 mix tape The Water[s], Jenkins continued to grow, evolve, and challenge audiences with the bright and adventurous Waves, his debut album The Healing Component, and a pair of EPs, Or More; The Anxious and Or More; The Frustration. With his 2018 album Pieces of a Man, Jenkins has gone further than he ever has before toward a unified theory of hip-hop: rigorous but sensitive, technical but deeply musical.

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Damon Foreman Duo
Jan
23
2:00 PM14:00

Damon Foreman Duo

A charismatic performer, Damon Foreman, along with his bass player, brings eclectic artistry to a variety of music genres. He can soothe your soul with his jazz, wake your spirit with his soul, jump-start your heart with his funk, and light your fire with his rock 'n' roll. Foreman has toured around the world playing many styles of music with major artists, including Ashford and Simpson, Gladys Night, Sista Monica, Mary Wells, and Parliament Funkadelic. Foreman loves to perform and leaves listeners knowing they've experienced something different and awesome. In other words, he rocks! 

Ages: all ages welcome

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Public Reception for Artist of: Art Exhibit - Mixed-Media Collage Quilt Paintings by Curtis Woody
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Public Reception for Artist of: Art Exhibit - Mixed-Media Collage Quilt Paintings by Curtis Woody

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Exhibit: Jan 21 - Mar 15, 2019; Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm.

Public Reception for the Artist: Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 7–9 pm

Curtis Woody is a mixed-media collage painter who draws inspiration from historical connection points that join together individuals, families, generations, and communities. He creates highly textured and intricately detailed original art pieces intended to breathe new life into and enhance the unique characteristics of a common historical heritage. Life is a circle, and he takes pleasure in salvaging the old to create something new, asking the viewer to recognize the past while appreciating the here and now. His paintings are research-based collages, and he uses an assortment of found objects, old books, aged photographs, buttons, letters, vintage newspapers, and rusty metal combined with an assortment of artistic mediums.

Ages: All ages are welcome

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Lucia di Lammermoor
Jan
24
to Jan 26

Lucia di Lammermoor

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Performances: Jan 24 & 25 @7:30pm, Jan 26 @2pm.

Maryland Lyric Opera presents Donizetti's most compelling romantic drama, Lucia di Lammermoor. Nick Olcott directs the seductively beautiful, tragic tale of love fraught with power and deception. The MDLO Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Louis Salemno.

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Yael Weiss: 32 Bright Clouds
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Yael Weiss: 32 Bright Clouds

Beethoven Conversations Around the World

Lauded by contemporaries and critics alike for her visionary interpretations of surpassing depth, immediacy, and communicative power, Weiss brings her dazzling technical skill and expressive sensitivity to bear in this global music commissioning and performing project. Featuring five world premieres by composers from Iran, Syria, Jordan, Ghana, and the Philippines, the power of music conveys a message of unity and peace in response to US and international social environments. Weiss’ beautifully curated performance pairs 32 Beethoven sonatas with 32 newly commissioned piano pieces from 32 highly diverse composers in 32 countries spanning the globe.

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Motor City Live - A Motown Tribute
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Motor City Live - A Motown Tribute

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Performances: Jan 4, 10, 17, 24 & 25 @8pm; Jan 20 @3pm

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Some of the greatest music of all time came out of a little studio in Detroit, Michigan during the 1960s. Motor City Live is a celebration of the sound and legacy of Motown. Comprised of four male singers, four female singers and six dancers fronting an 8-piece band, the group captures the heart and soul of classics by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson Five. While the group dresses to impress, it is not an impersonator show, with the focus being squarely on the music and performances.

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 Scotty McCreery: Seasons Change Tour with Jimmie Allen & Heather Morgan
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Scotty McCreery: Seasons Change Tour with Jimmie Allen & Heather Morgan

Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now in his early twenties, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million, and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits .

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops: Rodgers & Hammerstein

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Jack Everly, conductor
Ben Crawford, vocalist
Ted Keegan, vocalist

Jack Everly leads Broadway stars and the BSO in some of the greatest Rodgers and Hammerstein hits, including memorable songs from The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and more.

This concert is not presented by Strathmore.

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U Up? Podcast
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

U Up? Podcast

Who should text first after a first date? Should you swipe right on someone you know IRL?

From apps to relationships to social media, Betches co-founder Jordana Abraham and comedian Jared Freid offer a fresh take on modern dating in this weekly podcast. Whether they’re discussing the appropriate number of dates to wait before adding someone on Instagram or taking on thirst traps, they’re here to help you not die alone.

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Motor City Live - A Motown Tribute
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Motor City Live - A Motown Tribute

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Performances: Jan 4, 10, 17, 24 & 25 @8pm; Jan 20 @3pm

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Some of the greatest music of all time came out of a little studio in Detroit, Michigan during the 1960s. Motor City Live is a celebration of the sound and legacy of Motown. Comprised of four male singers, four female singers and six dancers fronting an 8-piece band, the group captures the heart and soul of classics by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson Five. While the group dresses to impress, it is not an impersonator show, with the focus being squarely on the music and performances.

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 Shoreline Mafia
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Shoreline Mafia

Shoreline Mafia is an American musical group based in Los Angeles and currently signed to Atlantic Records. The group released their first full-length mixtape, ShoreLineDoThatShit, in November 2017. That album was re-released by Atlantic in May 201 8.

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Respect The Queen: An Aretha Franklin Tribute
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Respect The Queen: An Aretha Franklin Tribute

It’s time to show some r-e-s-p-e-c-t to the memory of the Queen of Soul. A tribute in the truest sense of the word, tonight’s performance is a celebration of Aretha Franklin’s monumental career. No one artist could possibly capture the full power Franklin brought to the stage, but we have a string of mesmerizing front women who are up to the challenge. Rochelle Rice, Shayna Blass, and Ines Nassara share the spotlight, singing “Son of a Preacher Man,” “A Natural Woman,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and other beloved classics Franklin made famous. Only a chain of fools would miss this!

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The Mystery of Love & Sex
Jan
25
to Feb 3

The Mystery of Love & Sex

Performances: Jan 25/Feb 1 @8pm, Jan 26/Feb 2 @2pm & 8pm, Jan 27/Feb 3 @5:30pm, Jan 31 @7pm.

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Straight from Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC and from the critically-acclaimed playwright Bathsheba Doran, comes a new play heralded by the New York Times as, “Perfectly wonderful! Among the season’s finest plays.” Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She’s Jewish, he’s Christian; he’s black, she’s white. Their differences intensify their connection, and they are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what “more” entails, sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways, as it comes as a surprise to them both — and to Charlotte’s parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up, this compelling and spirited narrative of intricate relationships is an entertaining and explosive look at race, sexual identity, and family dynamics.

Please note that The Mystery of Love & Sex explores mature themes, contains adult language, and partial nudity. The Mystery of Love & Sex may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 16.

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NSO Pops: An Evening with Brandy
Jan
25
to Jan 26

NSO Pops: An Evening with Brandy

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Performances: Jan 25-26 @ 8pm

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Following her acclaimed Broadway debut and Kennedy Center engagement as Roxie Hart in the Tony®-winning revival of Chicago, Brandy is the latest entertainer to join the NSO in exploring fascinating connections between R&B and symphony, following the likes of Ledisi, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, and many others. In her first collaboration with a live orchestra, the multi-platinum, Grammy®-winning singer/actress performs favorites from her iconic career.

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2019 ZumbaThon: No Excuse for Dating Abuse
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

2019 ZumbaThon: No Excuse for Dating Abuse

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This is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote prevention programs.

Zumba helps improve participants' self-confidence and motivation to exercise. When we love and value ourselves, it translates into our relationships and how we allow others to treat us. Come party with us for a great cause in addition to the following:

  • Health and Wellness information

  • Counseling

  • Healthy snacks

Ages: 11 and older

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The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure
Jan
26
to Jan 27

The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure

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Performances: Jan 19, 26 & 27, 10:30am-11:30am

Presented by The Landless Theatre Company

The Baughman brothers bring their wacky take on the Grimm's tales to the Arts Barn stage. The brothers will reenact their favorite stories including Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, and more.

Recommended for ages 4 & up.

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Monster Jam
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Monster Jam

Dates: Jan 26 @ 1pm and 7pm; Jan 27 @1pm.

Monster Jam, the sensational and internationally renowned motorsport event features monster trucks facing off in two different forms of competition; Racing and Freestyle. Who will win the trophies?

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 Creative Saturdays at Joe's: The MJ Experience with Rakeem Delwin
Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Creative Saturdays at Joe's: The MJ Experience with Rakeem Delwin

Credit: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Credit: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Creative Saturdays give children ages 6 - 12 the experience of working with a talented local artist and learning the ins and outs of a new art form in a creative and stimulating way! Children ages 6 - 12 welcome with their accompanying adult. Cost is $10 per child, adults are free. Fun for the whole family!

On January 26: There is nothing kids at Joe's love more than watching Rakeem Delwin perform his famous Michael Jackson routine. Kids will love learning the smooth moves from King of Pop. It's highly encouraged to dress in homage to Michael Jackson with a single white glove, skinny pants, shiny shoes, and fedoras!

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36th Annual Choreographers Showcase
Jan
26
3:00 PM15:00

36th Annual Choreographers Showcase

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Now entering its 36th edition, the Choreographers’ Showcase has become one of the DC/MD/VA dance community’s most celebrated exhibitions of established and emerging choreographic talent. Established in 1983 by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Showcase’s featured choreographers now number in the hundreds, and they are teaching and making dance in local communities and on stages across the globe.

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Dance: A Showcase of Movement II
Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

Dance: A Showcase of Movement II

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Join the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts as we welcome dance companies and dancers to spend an evening sharing their work with you. The evening will be filled with various genres of dance and full of wonderful choreography. Enjoy the evening as we celebrate adult and youth dancers who dedicated so much of their lives to their art. 

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Tusk The Number One Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Tusk The Number One Fleetwood Mac Tribute

No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can come close to duplicating. Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members' formative years. 

Authentic-sounding and always respectful, Tusk leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

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Virtuosic Violin with Alessandra Cuffaro & Simeone Tartaglione
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Virtuosic Violin with Alessandra Cuffaro & Simeone Tartaglione

Alessandra Cuffaro & Simeone Tartaglione

Alessandra Cuffaro & Simeone Tartaglione

Renowned violinist Alessandra Cuffaro plays an exciting program of Paganini, Kreisler and Sarasate. Alessandra is recognized worldwide as the first Italian woman to perform all 24 of Paganini’s Capricci, a collection of exceedingly difficult violin pieces, in one concert. She is recognized as one of the most prominent Italian American performers of our time and plays alongside her husband, pianist and conductor Simeone Tartaglione.

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Nile Rodgers & Chic
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Nile Rodgers & Chic

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Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr. is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist. The co-founder of Chic, he has written, produced, and performed on records that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. (Wikipedia)

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Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
Jan
26
10:00 PM22:00

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings the very best of our theatres in NYC and LA directly to you. It’s your chance to see stars of today and tomorrow live on stage from the theatre that brought you comedy greats like Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, MTV’s Human Giant, the Daily Show’s Rob Riggle and many many more.

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Millennium Stage: Danny Jolles
Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Danny Jolles

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Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Danny Jolles is a comedian best known for playing George on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Jolles has appeared at Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Riot LA, and on Comedy Central, and his sketches have featured on Tosh.0, MTV, and Funny or Die. Jolles appears in the films Love, Patchwork, and Ithaca, and once opened for Aaron Carter, which is way cooler than everything else you just read.

Free general admission tickets-- up to two per person—will be distributed in the States Gallery, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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Kingston Trio
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to late 1960s. The group started as a San Francisco Bay Area nightclub act with an original lineup of Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds. 

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Millennium Stage: Voices of Change: Mars Urban Arts Initiative Spoken Word Showcase
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Voices of Change: Mars Urban Arts Initiative Spoken Word Showcase

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Voices of Change: Mars Urban Arts Initiative Spoken Word Showcase, an evening of spoken word presented by Washington Performing Arts and Rise, showcases D.C. artists and organizations committed to strengthening communities. Special appearances by Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Rise founder Amanda Nguyen, Purify Love, and students from Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School.

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American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Jan
29
to Feb 3

American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade

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Performances: Jan 29 - Feb 2 @7:30pm. Feb 2 & 3 @1:30pm

ABT presents the D.C. premiere of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky's retelling of Harlequinade. Playful costumes and vivid sets create a charming tribute to the Italian commedia dell’arte style, known for its slapstick humor and rollicking characters.

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Gaelic Storm
Jan
29
to Jan 30

Gaelic Storm

Performances: Jan 29-30.

Gaelic Storm is a Celtic band. Their musical output includes pieces from traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. Their most recent album, Go Climb A Tree, was released on July 28, 2017. 

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Young Dolph - The Role Model Tour
Jan
29
8:00 PM20:00

Young Dolph - The Role Model Tour

Emerging from the rough streets of Memphis, Adolph Thornton Jr., better known by his stage name, Young Dolph, came on the scene with grim club bangers and cold punch lines, turning himself into a local hero via a series of mixtapes before breaking nationwide around 2014. Dolph debuted in 2008 with his Paper Route Campaign mixtape, then releases like The Weed Album and South Memphis Kingpin brought him to 2012 when he dropped the first in a successful series of mixtapes dubbed High Class Street Music. His from-the-bottom grind and mixtap'ing his way out of the mud lead Dolph to bec o me one of the only independent musicians to have multiple Top 20 records from 2014-2016. 

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Millennium Stage: Renato Bellucci
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Renato Bellucci

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Renato Bellucci, a treasured classical guitarist from Paraguay, showcases his innovative style for D.C. audiences with the special participation of singer Chiara Bellucci. Performing 10 guitar pieces, 2 of which will be World premieres, of movie soundtracks transcribed for solo classical guitar; 4 of the most loved Spanish classical guitar pieces of all time including “Remembrances of the Alhambra” and “Asturias”

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Dante’ Pope, Soul Vocalist
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Dante’ Pope, Soul Vocalist

Performances: Jan 16 & Jan 30 @7:30pm

Multi-instrumentalist Dante’ Pope communicates his love, passion, and appreciation of life through his music. At the Merit School of Music in Chicago, he studied under distinguished musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, and Robin Eubanks. During his participation in a trio with Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Pope learned early-American rhythms and percussive instrumental styles such as bones and spoons. This experience allowed him to perform at the grand opening of the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Whether he is playing the piano, guitar, or drums, Pope’s signature soulful sound is infused with elements of gospel, jazz, and R&B.


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International Guitar Night
Jan
30
8:00 PM20:00

International Guitar Night

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Performances: Jan 30-31, 8pm

Four global guitar masters come together to create two exhilarating evenings of entertainment. Luca Stricagnoli, Italy's explosive contemporary showman, returns by popular demand, joined by two of France's acclaimed young prodigies, swing guitarist Antoine Boyer and Flamenco guitarist Samuelito, and the ground-breaking Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan.

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Nederlands Dans Theater
Jan
30
8:00 PM20:00

Nederlands Dans Theater

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Mutual comfort by Edward Clug, Sad Case by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Wir sagen uns Dunkles by Marco Goeckep, SH-BOOM! by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot

Having wowed audiences last season at the Kennedy Center, Nederlands Dans Theater is one of the world’s most celebrated dance companies, performing its unique brand of breathtaking dance and passionate creativity. Often described as the “young company,” NDT2 is a tour de force in its own right. Working with superlative choreographic talent, these international dancers aged 18-23 fill the stage with breathtaking exuberance, astonishing athleticism and awe-inspiring skill. The future is here!

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Here We Go Team! presented by Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater On Tour
Jan
31
9:30 AM09:30

Here We Go Team! presented by Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater On Tour

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Dates: Jan 31 @9:30am & 11:15am

This Discovery Theatre original scores big in a musical play about sharing and taking turns, the importance of personal space, and the awesome power of teamwork. Five-year-olds Mika and Casey are aspiring soccer stars and best friends—but they’ve ended up on separate teams! Through a mishap on the field, they discover that helping people is cool, thanks to another kind of ‘team’—of medical stars who make everyone feel great. 

Here We Go Team! was originally produced by Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Associates, created in partnership with DC Public Schools Early Childhood Education Office, and funded by the Nora Roberts Foundation.
Curriculum Connection: Science, Language Arts (Foundational Skills) 

Ages: Recommended for grades Pre-K–2 

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Millennium Stage: Country Current
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Country Current

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The Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble Country Current, renowned for its versatility and musicianship, performs modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. Reaching out to communities locally and nationally, they perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of active duty sailors.

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Is America Ready for a Third Party?
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Is America Ready for a Third Party?

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Credit: National Archives

For more than 150 years, the President of the United States has either been a Democrat or a Republican. How did we as a nation arrive at a firmly entrenched two-party system, and might our current turbulent political times be fertile grounds for a third party to emerge? A bipartisan panel of former members of Congress, along with other issue experts, will discuss the history of our two-party system, past attempts at a viable third party—such as Ross Perot’s Reform Party—and some of the procedural factors that have created a monopoly for Democrats and Republicans across the country.

Presented in Partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

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National Symphony Orchestra: Trifonov plays Beethoven's "Emperor"
Jan
31
to Feb 2

National Symphony Orchestra: Trifonov plays Beethoven's "Emperor"

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Performances: Jan 31 @ 7pm, Feb 1 & 2 @ 8pm

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Gianandrea Noseda will be joined by sensational pianist Daniil Trifonov playing Beethoven’s most famous Piano Concerto—the triumphant Fifth. The program will conclude with Shostakovich’s bold Symphony No.6.

ForeWords
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Fri., Feb. 1 & Sat., Feb. 2 concerts
Take a journey into the fascinating stories behind the music led by NPR's Ted Libbey! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each ForeWords begins at 6:45 p.m. (the Concert Hall doors open 15 minutes prior), lasts 30 minutes, and is free and open to the public.

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Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer & Sam Gleaves
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer & Sam Gleaves

Fink, Marxer & Gleaves combines the talents of Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with those of Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves. The trio forms a powerhouse of vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and guitar. The Bluegrass Situation called their collaboration “a perfect illustration of cross-generational mind melds—and musical melds... Messages of social justice, feminism, working class empowerment, and activism through music are so viscerally powerful because the trio shows that anyone can connect with each other across the rifts and barriers that many would assume were insurmountable.” Rhiannon Giddens remarks that the trio’s album, Shout and Shine, includes “themes and music for now, more needed than ever.”

Also performing is Chao Tian, a master of the Chinese Hammered Dulcimer and Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna.

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American Girl Live
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

American Girl Live

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Experience American Girl in an all-new musical, coming to The Maryland Theatre! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.

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12 Incompetent Jurors
Feb
1
to Feb 24

12 Incompetent Jurors

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Performances: Weekends, Feb 1-24, 2019; Fri/Sat: 8pm; Feb 17 & 24 @ 2pm only

When a man is accused of abducting half a dozen cats, it's a simple open-and-shut case, even for a jury that's filled with oddballs like a dim-witted PR guy, a bickering couple, and a man obsessed with french fries. After all, every scrap of evidence indicts the accused. (I mean so clearly. The man is very, very guilty of stealing cats. Case closed.) And yet, Juror #8, a wannabe lawyer, believes that the "Cat Burglar" is innocent. Will he be able to sway the other jury members? Or will they side with Juror #3, the only sane man in the room? A hilarious parody of 12 Angry Men 

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

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A Perfect Arrangement
Feb
1
to Feb 23

A Perfect Arrangement

Performances: Feb 1-23, 2019; Fri/Sat: 8pm, Sun: 2pm

Directed by Ann Lowe-Barrett 

It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other's partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two "All-American" couples are forced to stare down the closet door. (Google)

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The Weight Band featuring Members of The Band, Levon Helm Band & Rick Danko Group
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Weight Band featuring Members of The Band, Levon Helm Band & Rick Danko Group

With Kerri Powers

Performing songs of The Band, THE WEIGHT BAND is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. The group features Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote for The Band and worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, Albert Rogers from the Jim Weider Band and frequent performer at The Barn’s Midnight Rambles. Michael Bram, the newest member of THE WEIGHT, played with Jason Mraz.

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OperaTerps: Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

OperaTerps: Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience

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Performances: Feb 1 @8pm, Feb 3 @3pm

This season, OperaTerps is producing their first full-length opera, Gilbert and Sullivan's satire on the aesthetic movement, Patience!

OperaTerps is the University of Maryland's first student run opera company, providing undergraduate musicians the opportunity to take part in a major musical undertaking while enriching cultural life on campus and in the College Park community.

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Toni Braxton
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Toni Braxton

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Toni Michelle Braxton is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. She began performing with her sisters in a family group known as The Braxtons in the late 1980s, who were signed to Arista Records. (Wikipedia)

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2019 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

2019 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

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Varsity Vocals presents the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. In this Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal, 10 a cappella groups from local colleges and universities will compete for a chance to prove they are one of the top collegiate a cappella groups in the world. The top two groups from the event move on to the regional Mid-Atlantic Semifinal. The winner of each regional Semifinal will go on to compete at the Finals in New York City.

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The Sweet Spot
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot is the first ever high energy, heart-pounding, fist pumping, laugh-out-loud "Pop Erotica" burlesque* show in the world. Up and running in over 30 cities so far, this sensational theater production takes you on a lively adventure celebrating the sexier side of life.

Get ready to experience the world's best performance poets, live body art models, sultry burlesque dancers, live music, fashion, comedy and the most electrified host you have ever seen. All this mixed in with today's top 40 hits. If you have never partied from your seat, let this be the first time!

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2019 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

2019 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

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Varsity Vocals presents the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. In this Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal, 10 a cappella groups from local colleges and universities will compete for a chance to prove they are one of the top collegiate a cappella groups in the world. The top two groups from the event move on to the regional Mid-Atlantic Semifinal. The winner of each regional Semifinal will go on to compete at the Finals in New York City.

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Winter Jazz  & Wine Series II
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Winter Jazz & Wine Series II

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Enjoy an evening tribute to the women of jazz including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Nancy Wilson performed by DC’s own, queen of blues, Carly Harvey. Carly Harvey combines blues, jazz, soul, & Americana roots styles to create a unique sound that calls to mind Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, with a little Ella Fitzgerald thrown in for good measure. In July 2018, Ms. Harvey was featured in Big City Blues Magazine as one of the youngest blues artists to watch. 

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The Magic of Adam Trent
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

The Magic of Adam Trent

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One of the original stars of the Broadway hit The Illusionists has teamed up with that show’s producers to present an illusion show with a scale and mass appeal not seen since the touring days of David Copperfield. Returning to his roots as a solo performer, breakout star Adam Trent brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to a spectacle featuring hits from the Broadway show along with never before seen material. THE ILLUSIONISTS PRESENT THE MAGIC OF ADAM TRENT is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy, and music perfect for the entire family.

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Good Deale Bluegrass & Eastman String Band
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Good Deale Bluegrass & Eastman String Band

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Tim Finch's annual Good Deale Bluegrass show continues this year with another exciting lineup. New to the show this year is Grammy nominated Trey Hensley bringing his expert singing and guitar playing to cover some classic Bluegrass and Country tunes. Also appearing will be IBMA banjo award winner Mike Munford along with Alex Sens on dobro. Sharing the bill once again will be Tim & Savannah Finch with The Eastman String Band. Tim and Savannah along with Jon Glik, Stefan Custodi, and special guest Guitarist extraordinaire Chris Luquette, bring back their thrilling brand of Americana infused Bluegrass, performing songs from both their albums. An entire evening of great songs and great pickin’!

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Opera Lafayette
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Opera Lafayette

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Opera Lafayette consists of professional singers, dancers and orchestra. In their only performance in Prince George’s County, Md., this full, live orchestra is coming to Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Director: Ryan Brown

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OperaTerps: Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience
Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

OperaTerps: Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience

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Performances: Feb 1 @8pm, Feb 3 @3pm

This season, OperaTerps is producing their first full-length opera, Gilbert and Sullivan's satire on the aesthetic movement, Patience!

OperaTerps is the University of Maryland's first student run opera company, providing undergraduate musicians the opportunity to take part in a major musical undertaking while enriching cultural life on campus and in the College Park community.

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NextLOOK Information Session
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

NextLOOK Information Session

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Calling all performing artists! Applications for the next round of NextLOOK projects are due on Friday, March 1. Join us for an informal info session to learn about how best to address the application questions and to discuss with former NextLOOK participants how the residency has informed their work. Pizza provided.

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Madre Africa—African Heritage in Latin America
Feb
5
10:15 AM10:15

Madre Africa—African Heritage in Latin America

Performances: Feb 5 @10:15am and 12pm

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Learn how African cultures influenced and inspired fascinating rhythms, instruments and musical styles, such as candombe, festejo, tango, and salsa. As we travel through South America and the Caribbean, hear how each country developed its own blend of cultural and religious traditions while sharing a similar African heritage. Tracing migration through music, geography and social studies, become lively subjects that are especially relevant in today’s diverse school and work environments! This fast-paced musical tour is interactive with clapping, dancing, and African-style call and response. Audience members can join the group on stage to try instruments and dance steps. Recommended for grades K-5. $

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Veterans Book Group
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Veterans Book Group

Dinner and all reading materials are provided; registration is required. Call Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800 for more information and to register. Spaces are limited. Registration deadline is Sunday, January 6, 2019.

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Join us for our second annual Veterans Book Group! Montpelier Arts Center will offer a free, facilitated small-group reading and discussion dinner series for active service members and veterans of all eras. The Veterans Book Group was created to offer veterans an opportunity to connect with one another over the course of monthly discussions centered on their military experiences. Each Veterans Book Group has its own unique set of readings. The readings can be a mix of classics, fiction, memoirs, poetry, short stories, and essays, all of which relate in some way to military experiences or offer a veteran’s perspective. Veterans Book Group is coordinated statewide by Maryland Humanities and presented locally in partnership with Montpelier Arts Center. 

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Wandering Souls by Wayne Karlin
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The reading list for this year is as follows

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North By Night: More Heroes of the Underground Railroad
Feb
6
10:30 AM10:30

North By Night: More Heroes of the Underground Railroad

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Kids’ Day Out

Follow the journey of brave men and women who risked it all to travel north and help others escape the terrors of slavery. Meet people with familiar names and many more who have gone largely unnoticed by history - until now! This show features William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, and others. 

Ages: all ages welcome

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Esther Williams
Feb
6
2:00 PM14:00

Esther Williams

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Esther Williams presents an exciting program of jazz standards and rhythm and blues with a touch of gospel thrown in, Esther Williams is a name you're sure to remember once you've seen this sensuous, talented entertainer. It is said that in just one set, Williams will take you from a whispered, heart-warming ballad to a swinging, jazzy standard, then right into something that gets into your body and makes you move. Along with her husband, Davey Yarborough, Williams shares a passion for and commitment to music and art in the Washington D.C. metropolitan community. Together, they have developed the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, teaching young musicians to excel in an exciting and stimulating environment. 

Ages: all ages welcome

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Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA
Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA

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Witness the most authentic ABBA show ever, delivered in exact replicas of ABBA’s famous staging clothes exclusively approved by ABBA’s clothing designer. Arrival from Sweden performs together with some of the finest symphony orchestras in the world and also with ABBA original musicians. ARRIVAL from Sweden is the only ABBA tribute band in the world that has been given an unreleased ABBA song, "Just A Notion" directly from Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA.

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Angie Stone
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Angie Stone

Performances: Feb 7 @7pm; Feb 8 @8pm.

Angie Stone is an American recording artist, producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1970s as member of the hip hop trio The Sequence. Soon after, Stone began working with futuristic rap group Mantronix and singer Lenny Kravitz. In the early 1990s, she became a member of the R&B trio Vertical Hold. (Wikipedia)

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Greg Brown
Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

Greg Brown

Greg Brown's songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music. One Big Town, recorded in 1989, earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, chart-topping status in AAA and The Gavin Report's Americana rankings and Brown's first Indie Award from NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors). The Poet Game, his 1994 CD, received another Indie award from NAIRD. His critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, was a finalist for the same award. Rolling Stone's four-star review of Further In called Brown "a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition." 1997's Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned Brown his second Grammy nomination. His latest CD, One Night (Red House), is a re-release of a 1983 live performance originally on Minneapolis' Coffeehouse Extemporé Records.

For Adults 21 and over.

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At the Feet of the Master: Eugène Ysaÿe
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

At the Feet of the Master: Eugène Ysaÿe

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Experience all of the Six Solo Sonatas for Violin (1923) by Eugène Ysaÿe performed by graduate and undergraduate students as part of a total-immersion, semester learning project. The students will share their direct lineage to the Belgian master, explain how he entirely revolutionized the craft and the art, even how the repertoire links to some of the most prominent musicians of the Twentieth Century; then play, tag-team style, this daring magnum opus—the most challenging in the genre since J.S. Bach’s model 200 years earlier.

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Spring MFA Dance Thesis Concert
Feb
8
to Feb 10

Spring MFA Dance Thesis Concert

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Performances: Feb 8 & 9 @7:30pm, Feb 10 @2pm

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Photo by Geoff Sheil

Two MFA Dance students present original, compelling works as a part of their MFA Program in Dance Thesis. Ama Law presents Tides and Shawn Stone presents 's (apostrophe s).

Ama Law presents Tides. Where sand meets sea, it rises and falls. Drifting, floating, calls from our ancestors. Join these women on a journey discovering how different and alike we are in this skin.

‘s (apostrophe s) by Shawn Stone consciously explores the dichotomy of consciousness.  In researching the research of researching oneself, this dance explores the inner workings of mind through the awareness of body.

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Comedian Sabastian Maniscalco
Feb
8
to Feb 9

Comedian Sabastian Maniscalco

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Performances: Feb 8 & 9 @8pm

Following in the footsteps of his stand-up role models George Carlin and Bill Burr, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco knows how to crack up a live audience. A native of Chicago, Maniscalco has been crafting hilarious comedy routines about dating, his Italian upbringing, and the blue-collar lifestyle since he began his professional career in the early 2000s. Ever since he earned his big break starring in Vince Vaughn’s 2008 documentary, Wild West Comedy Show, this creative comedian has been growing in popularity. Order Sebastian Maniscalco tickets today and see why this performer continues to headline comedy clubs around the country.

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John Cameron Mitchell: The Origin of Love - The Songs & Stories of Hedwig
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

John Cameron Mitchell: The Origin of Love - The Songs & Stories of Hedwig

Put on some makeup and turn on your tape deck – it’s time to experience the original Hedwig! John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony®Award-winning, Golden Globe®-nominated co-creator and original star of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, performs songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and regales the audience with stories from 20 years of Hedwig’s history. He’ll also preview songs from his upcoming musical Anthem. John directed, starred and, with songwriter Stephen Trask, wrote the multi-award winning musical and film Hedwig & the Angry Inch. John also directed Shortbus and the film of the Pultizer Prize®-winning play Rabbit Hole. He appeared in the original Broadway productions of The Secret GardenBig River, and Six Degrees of Separation. Recent recurring TV roles include HBO’s Girls andVinyl, CBS’s The Good Fight, and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle.

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Angie Stone
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Angie Stone

Performances: Feb 7 @7pm; Feb 8 @8pm.

Angie Stone is an American recording artist, producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1970s as member of the hip hop trio The Sequence. Soon after, Stone began working with futuristic rap group Mantronix and singer Lenny Kravitz. In the early 1990s, she became a member of the R&B trio Vertical Hold. (Wikipedia)

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That 70s Party w. Superflydisco! (Dance Floor)
Feb
8
8:30 PM20:30

That 70s Party w. Superflydisco! (Dance Floor)

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Superflydisco: The Ultimate 70s Disco Funk!

Are you ready to dance to the disco classic of the 70's?
Do you still have that polyester body suit that turns heads faster than a stopwatch?

Rather than celebrating a specific act or persona, Superflydisco pays tribute to the era of 70's funk/disco surrounded by glitter, disco balls and bell bottoms.

Event is for 21 and over.

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Chocolate Lovers Tea
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Chocolate Lovers Tea

Bring someone special to an elegant tea starring the most heavenly of confections: chocolate! A lovely way to celebrate the sweetness of food, friends and family. We’ll also serve a prix fixe menu of fine finger sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and pastries, buttery scones, and your choice of two quality loose leaf teas, all served on china and tiered stands Price includes gratuity and self-guided tour of the mansion. Reservations and advance payment required by Wednesday, February 6.

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Paint, Sip & Nibble
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Paint, Sip & Nibble

Grab a friend and come to Wellspring Manor & Spa for their "Paint, Sip & Nibble" event. This event, which is part of Wellspring's celebration of Black art history, offers you a beautiful backdrop of tranquility and elegance against which you can create your own piece of art history!

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Unspoken Stories
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Unspoken Stories

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The Taratibu Youth Association (TYA) celebrated Black History Month telling the unspoken stories of perseverance, resistance and freedom. TYA uses song, poetry, dance and music to tell the stories of perseverance by Anarcha, Betsy and Lucy, slave youth that underwent multiple surgeries by James Marion Simms, without anesthesia; the South African resistance against apartheid, the resistance of color and class in Brazil; to the struggles for freedom of African Americans. 

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A Visit with Ms. Harriett
Feb
9
4:00 PM16:00

A Visit with Ms. Harriett

Sit a spell with the elderly Harriet Tubman as she reminisces over the events that formed her life of service to enslaved people as well as the U.S. Army before, during, and after the American Civil War. This is a first-person presentation by Ms. Cleo Coleman. Seating is limited.

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Our Civil Right: Panel & Reception
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Our Civil Right: Panel & Reception

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Experience a breathtaking collection of never-seen artwork celebrating the untold history and stories of the Civil Rights Era.

This exhibit will be followed by a reception and panel of local and national artists, collectors and curators including Wellspring Manor & Spa’s Curator-in-Residence, Barry Blackman, Wisson West of Serengeti Gallery, and others. Discover Black history like you never have before! Admission/$40 per person.

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The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents  Love Notes
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents Love Notes

Performances: Feb 9 @7:30pm, Feb 10 @3pm

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Songs, scenes, and dances for those who love love . Presented by Antietam Broadband. Featuring Guest Artists: Kerensa Gray, jazz vocalist; City Ballet School of Hagerstown.

Program Highlights:

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
PIETRO MASCAGNI, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, featuring a new pas de deux from City Ballet of Hagerstown created by Danielle Horochowski
GABRIEL FAURE, Pelleas et Melisande
Jazz and American songbook tunes featuring vocalist Kerensa Gray

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