Shear Madness
Mar
1
to Nov 26

Shear Madness

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

Performances are ongoing - please check schedule here for performance dates/times from March 1, 2017 - October 1, 2017. Click here for performance dates/times from Oct 3 - Nov. 26, 2017.

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Front Window Featured Artist: Liz Lescault
Sep
5
to Oct 21

Front Window Featured Artist: Liz Lescault

  • The Brentwood Arts Exchange @Gateway Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Liz Lescault is a local, seasoned ceramic artist with over forty years of experience. She brings to us a series of elegant biomorphic sculptures and vessel forms, which showcase her mastered ability in designing, firing, and glazing different kinds of clay. Inspired by shapes usually found by the sea shore, her creations are able to transport to an earthly paradise, with patterns full of rhythm, and a glaze treatment that mesmerizes the eye.

Liz specializes in high-fire functional pottery, pit-fired and “terra sigillata” vessels. She has lived in Botswana and Lesotho, where she studied the techniques of traditional African ceramics. Liz's current studio is located in the Otis Street Art Project, Studio and Art Incubator in Mt. Rainier, MD.

HOURS

Monday-Friday:10 am-7 pm  /  Saturday:  10 am-4 pm  /  Sunday:  Closed 

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Methods
Sep
5
to Oct 21

Methods

  • The Brentwood Arts Exchange @Gateway Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Methods explores formal, material, and conceptual approaches to investigating identity as personal narrative and shared experience. Featuring artists from across the DMV, Methods challenges the boundaries of traditional media and found materials to reexamine how we see form and understand meaning in art. 

Featuring: Roxana Alger Geffen, Rodrigo Carazas, Chanel Compton, and Wayson R. Jones.

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Annie Get Your Gun
Sep
22
to Oct 21

Annie Get Your Gun

By 2nd Star Productions.

Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and when she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. The stage is set for this classic musical comedy featuring famous Irving Berlin tunes including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” “Anything You Can Do,” and many more!

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Arthur Miller's The Price
Oct
6
to Nov 12

Arthur Miller's The Price

  • Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Everything has a price — even our dreams. Victor Franz has returned home to settle his late father’s estate. In an attic overflowing with memories and furniture he meets the enigmatic Gregory Solomon (Hal Linden), a professional appraiser committed to turning a profit off Victor’s past. But before a bargain can be struck, an estranged brother enters the scene to reframe Victor’s memories and force them both to reconsider the true cost of personal sacrifices. 

PERFORMANCE DATES: 
Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Weekday matinees at noon on Wednesday, 10/25; Tuesday, 10/31; Wednesday, 11/1 & Tuesday, 11/7

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Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère
Oct
17
to Oct 22

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

  • The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal, and a spectral voyage to the afterlife, this enchanting journey to a fabled past radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments. Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and this dazzling ballet continues to be "theirs" well into the 21st century.

Performances: Oct 17-21, 2017, 7:30pm; matinees at 1:30pm on Oct 21 and Oct 22

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Marine Corp Health & Fitness Expo
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Marine Corp Health & Fitness Expo

  • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As one of the area’s largest Health & Fitness Expos, it is a centerpiece of MCM weekend. The two day event (Fri 10-6 pm, Sat 8-5 pm) showcases hundreds of exhibitors featuring the latest running gear, recovery products, technology, exercise equipment, nutrition, food and more. Purchase MCM licensed merchandise, grab great giveaways, check out MCM’s participating charities and proud sponsors and snap motivating photo-ops and selfies. Throughout MCM weekend, the Expo welcomes over 100,000+ participants, family, friends, supporters, volunteers and general public. This event is free to the public. Be part of MCM Weekend excitement. FREE.

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Second Season
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Second Season

  • Cafritz Foundation Theatre at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Second Season features original works created, performed and produced by students. Presenting these works: Swirl by Agyeiwaa Asante, Dust of the Earth by Nitsan Scharf

Free. Tickets required. 

Performances:   Fri, Oct 20, 2017 . 7:30PM;   Sat, Oct 21, 2017 . 2:00PM;  Sat, Oct 21, 2017 . 7:00PM

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Beau Jest
Oct
20
to Nov 11

Beau Jest

Directed by Norma Ozur
Sarah's close and loving family would certainly object -- very loudly -- if they were to meet her choice of boyfriend. What to do, what to do? He's coming to celebrate Dad's birthday! Aha! Clever Sarah has chosen a "pretend" beau that will meet with everyone's approval! Or will he? This charming and delightful comedy may provide a solution to her dilemma.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
Oct
20
to Nov 12

To Kill a Mockingbird

  • The Laurel Mill Playhouse (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dramatized by Christopher Sergel. From the book by Harper Lee.
Directed by Jen Sizer
Produced by Maureen Rogers

Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strongminded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Atticus, a lawyer, taken on a legal defense that stirs the emotions of the entire town. Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph. As Atticus comes out of the courthouse, the deeply moved town minister tells Scout, "Stand up. Your father's passing!"

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Marine Corp Marathon Health & Fitness Expo
Oct
21
8:00am 8:00am

Marine Corp Marathon Health & Fitness Expo

  • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As one of the area’s largest Health & Fitness Expos, it is a centerpiece of MCM weekend. The two day event (Fri 10-6 pm, Sat 8-5 pm) showcases hundreds of exhibitors featuring the latest running gear, recovery products, technology, exercise equipment, nutrition, food and more. Purchase MCM licensed merchandise, grab great giveaways, check out MCM’s participating charities and proud sponsors and snap motivating photo-ops and selfies. Throughout MCM weekend, the Expo welcomes over 100,000+ participants, family, friends, supporters, volunteers and general public. This event is free to the public. Be part of MCM Weekend excitement. FREE.

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American Indian Festival
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

American Indian Festival

Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Native Americans at the 9th annual “American Indian Festival, ” featuring live performances of traditional and contemporary music, dancing, drumming, singing, and storytelling. Interactive exhibits and demonstrations include beading, finger weaving, pre-contact life skills, flint knapping, hand-made tools, artifacts, regalia, languages, genealogy, Native horsemanship, live Birds of Prey display, archery, multiple Native crafts and games! FREE ADMISSION

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Friends of Montpelier Fall History Talk: A Short Overview of the History of Forged Art, by Susan McCarter
Oct
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

Friends of Montpelier Fall History Talk: A Short Overview of the History of Forged Art, by Susan McCarter

There are three ways ancient and modern art disappears. As in Iraq and Syria today, works are looted from sites or museums. Some works are stolen from museums and private collections. The third process is forging. A clever forger can create a work that fools even the experts. Forgers don’t steal art per se, they steal from the people who buy their fraudulent statues and paintings. In this lecture, Susan McCarter, adjunct professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at three major universities, will discuss the technical aspects of forging paintings and give examples of successful forgers and the works they have created.

Free. No reservations required. For adults.

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In Search of Moll Dyer
Oct
21
4:00pm 4:00pm

In Search of Moll Dyer

Do you believe in legends, folktales or the supernatural? We have them all wrapped up in one local story. Come hear the Legend of Witch Moll Dyer of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Discover whether or not she actually existed as our presenter, Lynn Buonviri, goes in search of Moll and her descendants. A true genealogical witch hunt! FREE

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Tea with the Dearly Departed
Oct
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Tea with the Dearly Departed

Back by popular demand, our Halloween-themed tea features ghoulish décor, delicious tea fare, and if you’re so inclined, wonderfully scary costumes!  Starting at 7:30 pm will be another event, called "Tales from the Dearly Departed Talk and Tour," with a speaker on ghost tales and a candle-lit tour of Montpelier. Tea goers who stay for this second program will get a discounted price on the “talk and tour.”  

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HennyPalooza
Oct
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

HennyPalooza

Like most great nightlife experiences, HennyPalooza started out as a small, organic gathering of friends, but this one just happened to be at the residence of founder Kameron McCullough. The idea was simple – bring a bottle of the popular cognac Hennessy, and/or food item.  After an initial series of texts, emails, tweets and instagram posts, HennyPalooza has become the most shared party series on social media to date. 3 years, 21 Palooza’s, and 40,000+ people later, the “party” in Kam’s apartment has evolved into one the most socially activated parties ever.

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Music in Mind: Yehonatan Berick, violin
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Music in Mind: Yehonatan Berick, violin

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Rita Sloan, piano.

Internationally renowned since becoming a prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg Violin Competition, Yehonatan Berick enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue, throughout North America, Europe and Israel. Berick's many ambitious recital programs feature one-day performances of such cycles as Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas, Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Ysaÿe's Six Sonatas for solo violin, as well as complete sonata cycles by Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann and Grieg. He is joined by piano professor Rita Sloan for an all-Brahms program. He currently holds the position of Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa and Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.

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Rik Emmett of Triumph - Acoustic Duo Performance w/ Dave Dunlop
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Rik Emmett of Triumph - Acoustic Duo Performance w/ Dave Dunlop

Rik Emmett gained international recognition as the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist with Triumph. The adjectives ‘prolific’ and ‘eclectic’ frequently pop up in Rik’s profiles, after five decades in the biz. Following over a dozen platinum albums from his Triumph years, he produced 19 more as an indie, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to folk to classical. International notoriety earned him entry into three Canadian Halls of Fame, a star on the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Mississauga, and he picked up a few ‘Best Guitarist’ awards in various style categories from different organizations along the way. 

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So You Think You Can Dance
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

So You Think You Can Dance

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 14-time Emmy® Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, is set to captivate audiences again this fall – live on tour. Celebrating its momentous 14th season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 10 finalists will make their way across America, performing in 34 cities, as part of the Season 14 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR. The Season 14 tour lineup includes the following Top 10 finalists: Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver. Also joining the Top 10 finalists are two of DANCE’s Season 14 All-Stars, Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. 

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Heatwave
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Heatwave

Heatwave remains one of the most beloved groups of the 70s. Heatwave is an international funk/disco band and is best known for its successful songs “Boogie Nights”, “Always and Forever”, and “The Groove Line”. Heatwave is still bringing the heat and they are still a welcome sound to hear. So break out your bellbottoms, put on your platforms, and get ready to dance all night

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Laura Whittenberger/Jacqueline Pollauf
Oct
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

Laura Whittenberger/Jacqueline Pollauf

Duo Laura Whittenberger (soprano) and Jacqueline Pollauf (harpist) complement each other to create a majestic musical experience. Praised in the Baltimore Sun for her “impressive voice,” Laura Whittenberger is a versatile singer and theater performer. Harpist, Jacqueline Pollauf a performer, composer, and teacher is based in Baltimore, Maryland.
FREE; $5 donation is appreciated

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20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor celebrating David Letterman
Oct
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor celebrating David Letterman

  • The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, an outstanding lineup of entertainers will gather in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute David Letterman, recipient of the 20th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, will be given at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy, and will be taped for broadcast nationwide.

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10,000 Maniacs
Oct
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

10,000 Maniacs

A 30 year collaboration of Jerome Augustyniak, Steven Gustafson and Dennis Drew joined by vocalist/violinist/songwriter Mary Ramsey in 1993 and guitarist Jeffery Erickson, 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than 9 million albums with hits including “More Than This,” “These Are The Days,” “Hey Jack Kerouac,” “Trouble Me,” “What’s The Matter Here,” “Candy Everybody Wants” and more. Their multi-platinum album “In Your Tribe” was named one of the Top 100 Most Important Releases of the decade by Rolling Stone.

In 2016, 10,000 Maniacs launched their “Greatest Hits Live Tour” and released “Playing Favorites,” a compilation of live performances of hits and fan favorites.

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Scott Kirby Band: "Chasing Hemingway's Ghost" CD Release Party
Oct
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Scott Kirby Band: "Chasing Hemingway's Ghost" CD Release Party

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller, sailor and road warrior are all words that aptly describe Scott Kirby. Writing songs for a new CD, performing 150 live shows a year throughout the US and Canada, and holding down the stage at his own club—Key West’s Smokin’ Tuna Saloon—keep the barnacles off this modern-day troubadour.

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Do Good Dialogue: Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Act
Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Do Good Dialogue: Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Act

Belarus Free Theatre is a Belarusian underground theatre group. Under the current political system the troupe has no official registration, no premises, nor any other facilities. Rehearsals and performances are typically held secretly in small private apartments, which due to security and the risk of persecution, must constantly be changed.

In this Do Good Dialogue, Natalia Koliada, the company's co-founder, will be joined by UMD faculty members and the campus community members to speak about freedom of speech, persecution, gender in Russian theater, refugee artmaking and more.

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"Present" in Print
Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Present" in Print

Presented at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center

In a combination lecture and demonstration, join Pyramid Atlantic and the Brentwood Arts Exchange for a talk about printmaking and its role in feminism and social justice. After the talk, check out Pyramid's Letterpress Studio for a demonstration, and walk away with a printed poster. This event is FREE, but advance registration is required. Registration begins October 1 at

This event is proudly presented in coordination of Now Be Here #4 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Check out nowbeherela.com for more info about how you can support women artists.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
4318 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD 20781
 

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The Book of Mormon
Oct
24
to Nov 19

The Book of Mormon

  • The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The nine-time Tony®-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

Performances: Oct 24 - Nov 19, various hours

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Music in Mind - Prokofiev: A Life in Sonatas
Oct
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Music in Mind - Prokofiev: A Life in Sonatas

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

James Stern and Irina Muresanu, violin.  Larissa Dedova and Audrey Andrist, piano

Through the mediums provided by two violins and piano, School of Music faculty James Stern, Larissa Dedova and Irina Muresanu plus guest pianist Audrey Andrist examine the life of Sergei Prokofiev, from the brash, revolutionary products of his St. Petersburg Conservatory days, to the inward-looking music of his self-imposed exile in the west, to the war-inspired epics of his return to his homeland.

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Son Little
Oct
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Son Little

w/ ALA.NI

What is the new magic of music? If you trace the path of a plan back to its beginnings, what do you find? Is it a tree, growing from seed with deep roots planted in fertile soil, branches arcing out in all directions? Or a spark in the dark, an electrical charge? Is it a waterway, with swirling currents raging to create a river? Or is it a snowflake, falling from on high and dropping down to earth with a singular splash?

For Son Little, the genesis of a musical idea — the magic — remains largely a mystery. But his kinetic ability to summon that energy all the same, to command it, hold onto it, and set it in motion, is the stuff of alchemy.

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Unmasking the Silence: A Night of Honor and Hope
Oct
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Unmasking the Silence: A Night of Honor and Hope

The Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County invites you to a beautiful evening reception, honoring  domestic abuse survivors; as well as community service providers and advocates of Prince George’s County.  A masquerade mask will be included with each ticket, and  “After 5p.m.” or Cocktail hour attire is encouraged. From 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. will be the Honorary Reception, followed by networking, music, and dancing.  Entertainment and cuisine for the night will be “New Orleans and Cajun” inspired. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Family Crisis Center’s counseling and educational programs and 24HR Safe Passage Shelter.

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Laura Ingraham: Busting the Barricades Tour
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Laura Ingraham: Busting the Barricades Tour

Every ticket includes a copy of Laura's new book, BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump. Laura Ingraham, the most-listened-to woman in America on political talk radio and New York Times bestselling author, presents a lively and entertaining conversation about the state of our nation, the power of the people to affect change and what's coming next, showcasing her new book, BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump.

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Belarus Free Theatre (U.K./Belarus) BURNING DOORS
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Belarus Free Theatre (U.K./Belarus) BURNING DOORS

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What happens when you’re declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world?

Performed in Russian and Belarusian with English surtitles. Please note, this performance contains nudity, adult language and scenes of a violent nature. Recommended for mature audiences.  With Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina. 

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The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience
Oct
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience

The captivating, fun, and exciting spirit that came to be known as "Beatlemania" is alive again in The Return - the world's most authentic and entertaining Beatles tribute band. These four lads have carefully and skillfully recreated the Beatles experience by not only performing all the great songs of the original four, but also by sporting the same suits, boots, mop-tops, musical instruments, and gear. The Return make it possible for music fans from every generation to experience the same thrilling rush felt by fans who were fortunate enough to attend an actual Beatles concert in the early sixties.

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Sprout Film Festival
Oct
27
10:30am10:30am

Sprout Film Festival

Experience the films that celebrate difference and create transformational experiences for both the filmmakers and the audience. Though the movies take different forms – documentaries, features, short films, music videos – all light the spark of greater understanding and acceptance by presenting work by and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
Tickets: Free

At 10:30am and 7:30pm

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Sprout Film Festival
Oct
27
11:00am11:00am

Sprout Film Festival

  • Publick Playhouse Cultural Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience the films that celebrate difference and create transformational experiences for both the filmmakers and the audience.  The three films in this 90-minute program all light the spark of greater understanding and acceptance by presenting work by and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. FREE

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Grey Skies Blue
Oct
27
to Oct 29

Grey Skies Blue

  • The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fifteen accomplished young dancers tell powerful, personal stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes, combining styles of Hip Hop dance with the lyricism of contemporary movement. Age 9+

Performances: Oct 27 at 7pm, Oct 28 at 1:30pm (SF) and 4pm; Oct 29 at 1:30pm and 4pm

SF=sensory friendly

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Rock The Core Cider Festival
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Rock The Core Cider Festival

A celebration of cider, beer, and great tunes, Rock the Core transports the orchard to your mug with more than 100+ ciders and craft beers offered on site. Sip on a Granny Smith, swig a sweet Golden Russet and discover untapped apple flavors while savoring local eats and live entertainment.

Three (3) Sessions to Choose From:

  • Friday, October 27th - 7-10pm
  • Saturday, October 28th - 1-4pm
  • Saturday, October 28th - 6-9pm

The following items are included in your General Admission ticket:

  • Unlimited Full Pours of Stella Cidre, Budlight, and Shocktop
  • Curate your own tasting adventure -- choose your own 20 tasting flight from our 100+ craft ciders and beers
  • Commemorative cup to remember the fun
  • Access to the best DC area food trucks, and local artisan market, and
  • A chance to show-off your skills at fun lawn and social games!

Included in a Cider Lovers Package is:

  • Everything included in a General Admission ticket package, PLUS
  • Go home with a 12-pack of curated ciders!

Must be 21 yrs and older to attend festival

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Bill Charlap Trio
Oct
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bill Charlap Trio

Two-time Grammy Award nominated pianist Bill Charlap, along with drummer
Kenny Washington and bassist Peter Washington, are recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

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Maggie Rose
Oct
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Maggie Rose

With Scott Kurt

Maggie Rose is a rare triple threat: a multi-faceted artist who can write, perform, and produce a hit song. Raised in Maryland, Rose cut her teeth as the leader of a Bruce Springsteen cover band before beginning to write her own songs, drawing on her unique background — including a move to Nashville as a 19 year old — for inspiration. Since then, she's filled her resume with accolades, awards, and chart hits, including more than 40 appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, an Emmy Award, multiple performances on the nationally-syndicated Bobby Bones Show, and praise from outlets like Vogue, The New York Times and NPR. The buzz reached a fever-pitch with her newer songs that combine the exhilaration of hip-hop with the impact of '80s rock and the rootsy, story-based stomp of country music. Rose is currently in the studio, working on a project that continues display her evolving style, transcend norms and showcases her unique artistry and sonic and lyrical versatility.

 

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The Pajama Game
Oct
27
to Dec 24

The Pajama Game

  • Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Directed by Alan Paul
Choreographed by Parker Esse
Music Direction by James Cunningham

The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tiptop model of efficiency — so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers’ strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” the best way to ensure a good night’s rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!

Performances: October 27 - December 24, various hours

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Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival
Oct
28
10:00am10:00am

Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival

  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part of the third annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend, the Festival is a free day of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring the past, present and future of food and community in America. The day brings together talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages.

Activities at the Festival include:

  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Hands-on activity stations including: The Kids Table, Spark!Lab, and food experiments with Common Threads
  • Deep Dish Dialogues
  • Book Signings
  • Agriculture on the Move
  • The Business of Chocolate
  • Harvest for the Table
  • Garden activities including: Garden tours, seed saving, and flavoring
  • Museum objects out of storage

All activities at the Festival are free, but we strongly recommend registration to the Deep Dish Dialogues due to limited seating. See below for full information about each of the Deep Dish Dialogues at the 2017 Festival. For the full Festival schedule visit: http://s.si.edu/FoodHistFestival

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Days of Darkness Festival
Oct
28
to Oct 29

Days of Darkness Festival

Performances: 

Saturday, October 28th:  Neurosis, Manilla Road, Captain Beyond, Perturbator, Elder, Cavity, Dance with the Dead, Dälek, Computer Magic, Crypt Sermon, Alms

Sunday, October 29th:  Om, Cirith Ungol, Warning, Boris, GosT, Unearthly Trance, Le Matos, Bongripper, Magic , Sword, Night Demon, Asthma Castle

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Kids’ Euro Fest
Oct
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

Kids’ Euro Fest

Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. There are performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, and more… and it’s all brought to you by the 28 European Union Member States!

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Kids Euro Festival
Oct
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

Kids Euro Festival

Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. There are performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, and more... and it’s all brought to you by the 28 European Union Member States! 
Tickets: Free

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Tom Paxton & Friends: 80th Birthday Bash!
Oct
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tom Paxton & Friends: 80th Birthday Bash!

Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.  Tom Paxton’s place in folk music is secured not just by hit records and awards, but by the admiration of three generations of fellow musicians. An internationally recognized and loved cultural figure, he has always chosen goodwill over commercial success. His generosity has taken the shape of a benefit concert performance for a little girl fighting leukemia, or a personal note of encouragement to an up-and-coming songwriter. This is the man who wrote and lives the words, “Peace will come, and let it begin with me.”

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Burlesque A Pades Halloween Spooktacular
Oct
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Burlesque A Pades Halloween Spooktacular

Starring Angie Pontani, Albert Cadabra & Special Guests

Don’t miss Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spectacular, a sizzling burlesque revue direct from NYC that celebrates the season of scare with a titillating stage show complete with thrills, chills, laughs, daring disguises, glamorous gasps and more!

PLUS come in costume and you could win a gift bag with over $500.00’s in prizes

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Michael McDonald with special guest Marc Cohn
Oct
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Michael McDonald with special guest Marc Cohn

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time Grammy Award winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving.

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NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Oct
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

  • The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center (map)
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Creep into the Concert Hall for costumed classics at this frightfully fun concert featuring ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Age 5+

Come early for trick-or-treating and our Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting one hour before the concert, visit the Atrium for trick-or-treating. In a special Haunted Hall edition of our Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage with a “spooktacular” twist!

Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. is a sensory-friendly performance.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Stay after the 4 p.m. performance on Oct. 29 for a free Kids’ Chat!
Following the performance, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

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David and Tamela Mann
Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

David and Tamela Mann

  • Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric (map)
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 Grammy® Award-Winning Platinum Recording Artist Tamela Mann and NAACP Image® Award-Winning Comedian David Mann announce the 2017 fall tour dates for their wildly popular Mann's World Family Tour featuring David, Tamela, son David Mann Jr, and daughter Tia Mann, sharing an evening of music, comedy and family entertainment. 

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Edwin McCain
Oct
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Edwin McCain

Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. 

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 Ludovico Einaudi
Oct
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ludovico Einaudi

Luminous, emotive, effortlessly lyrical and always supremely refined the music and performance of Ludovico Einaudi have attracted an ever growing audience over the last two decades whose diversity and devotion are without parallel. He has released a series of chart-topping albums with sales of over a million copies, sells out the most prestigious concert halls worldwide, composed a string of award-winning film scores and routinely tops audience polls becoming an internet phenomenon. With a unique musical alchemy that draws on elements of classical, rock, electronica and world musics he has rendered traditional ideas of genre and audience divide obsolete and become not only one of the best known composers in the world today but almost certainly the best loved too.

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Evanescence
Oct
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Evanescence

Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the band released their first full-length album, Fallen, on Wind-up Records in 2003.

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Halloween WhoDunit: Eat. Drink. Solve a Murder!
Oct
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Halloween WhoDunit: Eat. Drink. Solve a Murder!

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Die Laughing Productions is back and ready to scare up some laughs with “Halloween Whodunit”. You're on the set of a horror movie titled: The Friday the 13th After Next. Things take a horrific turn and the movie set becomes a crime scene. Lights, camera, Murder! You will see dead people. 

“Halloween Whodunit” stars stand up comedians and 98 Rock regulars, Joe Robinson, Rob Maher, Tommy Sinbazo and most importantly, you, the audience. This is an interactive spooky spectacular. One of you might even be the killer. Showing up dressed as your favorite ghoul or goblin is encouraged as are tricks and treats. 

Eat. Drink. Laugh. Solve a Murder. See you October 31.

*Craft beer pitchers and domestic bottle bucket specials at every comedy show, PLUS every ticket buyer receives a free Fordham & Dominion brewery tour!

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Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science
Nov
1
10:15am10:15am

Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science

Circus tricks, mime, original music, and audience involvement are all part of this exciting exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines brought to life with original, up-beat songs and science-based toys.

Curriculum Connections: Science, Mathematics, Engineering.  Recommended for 3rd - 5th grades.

Performances: 10:15 am and noon

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University & Community Band Concert
Nov
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

University & Community Band Concert

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
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The University Band and Community Band share an evening of traditional and contemporary wind band music. Conducted by UMD alumnus Bill Sturgis, and UMD Assistant Director of Bands, Eli R. Osterloh, this concert will be an entertaining evening for the whole family! Children and adults interested in playing an instrument are sure to be inspired.

Photo by Ken Rubin

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Vonda Shepard
Nov
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Vonda Shepard

Vonda Shepard has sold over twelve million albums and has won two Golden Globes, two Emmy’s, and two Screen Actor’s Guild awards. Vonda also holds the Billboard award for the selling most T.V. soundtracks in history. 

Vonda has played keyboards and has sang with Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau and Jackson Browne, and while on Ally McBeal, was the “behind the scenes” music producer, producing over 500 songs for the show and the guest artists, including Sting, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Bon Jovi, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Chubby Checker, Randy Newman, Barry Manilow and many more.

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The Original Wailers
Nov
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Original Wailers

The Original Wailers is a reggae group formed by Al Anderson and Junior Marvin in 2008. Both are best known as guitarists for Bob Marley & The Wailers as well as former members of The Wailers Band. In April 2011, Marvin departed the band. Despite the name, the band has never included any of the original members of the Wailers.

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Cypress Hill
Nov
1
9:00pm 9:00pm

Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop recording group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. They are considered to be among the main progenitors of West Coast rap and hip hop in the early 1990s, being critically acclaimed for their first four albums. The band has also advocated for medical and recreational use of cannabis in the United States.

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Brujeria
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Brujeria

Brujeria is a Mexican[5] extreme metal band formed in TijuanaMexico in 1989. Their name comes from the Spanishword for "witchcraft". Their songs, which are sung in Spanish, are focused on Satanismanti-Christianityseximmigrationnarcotics smuggling, and politics.[6] Portraying a Mexican image and with a heavy anti-American stance, the majority of the band's members are Mexican-born, with some being AmericanSwedish or British.

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Warren Wolf and the Wolfpack (USA/Baltimore)
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Warren Wolf and the Wolfpack (USA/Baltimore)

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Enthusiastically embracing the traditions of straight-ahead jazz, Warren Wolf leaves quite the impression on the ears of jazz audiences. A local talent from Baltimore with a solid grounding in classical music, Wolf fell in love with jazz and honed his technique at the Berklee College of Music. He has performed and recorded with some of the jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride and has several albums of original music. A multi-instrumental talent with an impressive background playing the vibraphone, piano, drums and marimba, Wolf has been hailed as the leading force on the vibraphone and has performed to rave reviews at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Performances: 7pm and 9pm

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The Del McCoury Band
Nov
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Del McCoury Band

For more than fifty years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands.
 

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Shannon Gunn Sextet
Nov
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Shannon Gunn Sextet

The Montpelier audience is invited to a CD release concert presenting talented trombonist and composer, Shannon Gunn. Her latest album reflects her pursuit of the groove and free jazz expression. Hear “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder and “But Beautiful” by Jimmy Van Heusen along with “What It Takes,” (an ode to Obama) and “In Walked Allyn,” written for her husband.

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Nov
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Philadanco

Dynamic, diverse, and dazzling, Philadanco! Electrifies audiences all over the world with its captivating choreography and superbly trained dancers. Founded in 1970, the company is renowned for creating thought-provoking dance pieces that reflect a range of modern dance styles and evoke present-day events, performed with exhilarating vitality. 

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Nov
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

  • Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric (map)
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The Legend of ZeldaSymphony of the Goddesses is a concert tour featuring music from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda video game series. The concert series is produced by Jason Michael Paul Productions and Nintendo; its music is arranged by Chad Seiter. The tour is named after the Golden Goddesses in the Zelda series.

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A Tuna Christmas
Nov
3
to Nov 19

A Tuna Christmas

Comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Directed by: Ken Kienas

It's Christmas in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities. It's 24 hours before Christmas and the delightfully eccentric characters of Tuna attempt to cope with seasonal traumas such as the disaster prone little theatre production of A Christmas Carol, and a yard-decorating contest being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom.

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DC Beer Fest
Nov
4
12:00pm12:00pm

DC Beer Fest

The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park, bringing together dozens of craft breweries and featuring fall seasonal beers. Taking place throughout the stadium's concourse including Centerfield Plaza, Budweiser Brew House, Bud Light Loft and Budweiser Terrace, the DC Beer Fest will have over a dozen food trucks throughout as well as lawn games, DJs, and more! Admission is $45 with a choice of two sessions: noon to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Admissions includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately.

*This is a 21 and over event. This event is rain or shine.

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Maryland Minza
Nov
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Maryland Minza

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Maryland Minza is a national intercollegiate dance competition created to foster cultural awareness and passion for dancing. South-Asian fusion dance is composed of various styles of dance from different areas internationally. Teams have the freedom to choose which styles they would like to include in their routine, as well as how they would like to represent a chosen theme, generally characterized by a story told through dance. Maryland Minza is a first year South-Asian fusion dance competition at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Trevor Noah
Nov
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Trevor Noah

  • Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (map)
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Performances: 7pm and 9:30pm

Trevor Noah is a South African television and radio host and comedian, known for his role as host of The Daily Show on American network Comedy Central since September 2015. Noah began his career as an actor, presenter, and comedian in South Africa

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Washington National Opera: Alcina
Nov
4
to Nov 19

Washington National Opera: Alcina

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Welcome to the island of illusions--where a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction is about to fall prey to the enchantment of love. This new production is WNO's first-ever staging of Handel's masterful baroque opera, with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every role.

Performances: Nov 4 - Nov 19, various hours

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The Epic Wedding Expo
Nov
5
12:00pm12:00pm

The Epic Wedding Expo

Brides and Grooms! Come meet with dozens of local vendors in a one-stop-shop spot! It’s all design just for you! You will find everything you need to make your day memorable and stress-free! Join hundreds of local brides and grooms who will talk and plan their entire wedding with local exhibitors.

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