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Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture
Mar
22
to Jun 30

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

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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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Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am An Island)
Mar
22
to May 19

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am An Island)

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Exhibit: Feb 16 - May 19, 2019; Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Thurs until 8:30pm; Sun: 12-6pm

Zilia Sánchez, Juana de Arco, Joan of Arc, 1987; Photo Credit: Rhiannon Newman/The Phillips Collection

Zilia Sánchez, Juana de Arco, Joan of Arc, 1987; Photo Credit: Rhiannon Newman/The Phillips Collection

The long overdue exhibition masterfully illuminates the life and work of Sánchez (born in 1926 in Havana), from her humble beginnings in Cuba to her time at the vanguard of modern art in New York City to her now-permanent residency in Puerto Rico, where she recently saw her studio apartment severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.  Thankfully, Sánchez’s workspace has been re-built, so that she can continue providing the world with thought-provoking pieces like the dozens found in this remarkable display, which runs until May 19, 2019.

Soy Isla is a trip through the mind and life of a revolutionary creative. When you enter the exhibit, you will be greeted by a two-part I Am an Island piece that embodies ideas present throughout the artist’s oeuvre, as well as a chronology of Sánchez’s life. Her work is presented in the same manner. The retrospective begins with her abstract paintings in the 1950s and continues through her time in New York City, where she experimented with Informel paintings (which heavily feature earth tones), drawings and tattoo paintings, then dives into her jaw-dropping work with shaped canvases. Your experience concludes with a new documentary on Sánchez, screened in a room that displays recent pieces from 2016 and 2018.

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Jeanine Michna-Bales: Photographs of the Underground Railroad
Mar
22
to May 12

Jeanine Michna-Bales: Photographs of the Underground Railroad

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Exhibit: Mar 2 - May 12, 2019; Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Thurs. until 8:30pm; Sun: noon-6:30pm.

Railroad

Railroad

Marking 400 years since the start of the transatlantic slave trade in the Americas, this exhibition features selections from Jeanine Michna-Bales’s Through Darkness to Light: Photographs along the Underground Railroad series from the collection of Julia J. Norrell.

After researching the subject for more than a decade, Michna-Bales captured various sites that freedom-seekers traveled along the Underground Railroad. Recalling the fugitives who sought refuge in the dark chambers of night, Michna-Bales conjures their frightful journeys through her mysterious, night-time landscapes. One of the few visual records on the subject, this body of work “illuminate[s] the darkened corners of our shared history,” while prompting reflection about slavery's continued reverberations in our global world.

Join us for a panel conversation with the artist about the history and legacy of the Underground Railroad on March 2, 2019.

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Soul Illuminance: a Retrospective of Quest Skinner
Mar
22
to Apr 30

Soul Illuminance: a Retrospective of Quest Skinner

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Quest Skinner

Quest Skinner

Exhibit: Feb 8- Apr 30, 2019; Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Quest is DC based artist, with influences ranging from the energy of cityscapes, music and people she encounters everyday, to the Burning Man festival, indigenous culture and the divine feminine. Her studio practice involves alchemy, taking raw feelings, vibrations and moments in our lives to transmute and reincarnate them with resin, paint, collage, sculpture and over 30 other mediums she works in.  Quest’s artwork is a mixed media tapestry of flowing pigment and vibrant color, which tells a story that demands to be seen, changing with every person who sees her work.


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The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
Mar
22
to Mar 24

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963

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Performances: March 14-24, various hours

Meet the Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, big brother Byron, and ten-year-old Kenny. When Byron can’t stay out of trouble, the whole family piles into their “Brown Bomber” and drives south to visit Grandma Sands for the summer. But along the way, they’ll experience a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

For ages 9+

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One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
Mar
22
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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Marvel Universe Live! Age Of Heroes
Mar
22
to Mar 31

Marvel Universe Live! Age Of Heroes

Performances: Mar 22-31, various hours.

Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. This ancient artifact holds immeasurable mystical power and would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. This all new show unites some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains.   Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE! 

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Washington National Opera: Faust
Mar
22
to Mar 30

Washington National Opera: Faust

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Performances: Mar 16-30, 2019, various hours

A deal with the devil goes awry in Gounod’s captivating tragedy. The aging Faust makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth's mortal pleasures. But along the seductive path to riches and power, Faust will realize his salvation is devastatingly bound to others.

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Washington National Opera: Eugene Onegin
Mar
22
to Mar 29

Washington National Opera: Eugene Onegin

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Performances: Select dates and times between Mar 9-29, 2019 - click here for more information

Time shifts desires—and one man will regret his choice—in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited love and missed opportunities, inspired by Pushkin’s novel. More than 30 years have passed since WNO last staged this dramatic tale of rejection and remorse, and now a visually stunning production marks its return.

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Calendar Girls
Mar
22
to Apr 7

Calendar Girls

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Performances: March 15 - April 7, 2018; Fri/Sat: 8pm; Sun: 3pm. Sunday Matinees at 2pm on Mar. 31 and Apr 7.

When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. 

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The Second City: It's Not You, It's Me
Mar
22
to Mar 25

The Second City: It's Not You, It's Me

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Performances: Mar 20-22 @8pm, Mar 23 @7pm & 10pm

Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can’t provide, this must-attend show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and more.

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Disgraced
Mar
22
to Mar 30

Disgraced

Performances: Mar 8-30; Fri/Sat: 8pm; Matinees: 2pm on Mar 17 & 24.

Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. Emily, his wife, is white; she's an artist, and her work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation, escalates into into an intense conversation involving religion, race and violence. The Pulitzer Prize-winner for Drama in 2013, Disgraced questions whether we can ever truly escape the confines of our upbringing and our heritage.

Note: This show includes serious themes, strong and potentially offensive language, violent behavior, and is not recommended for children.

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Hands-On History: Colonial Cooking
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Hands-On History: Colonial Cooking

Credit: Accokeek Foundation

Credit: Accokeek Foundation

Demonstrations: Mar 23 & 24, 1-5pm

Butter churning, candle-making, and yarn-spinning–see the skills and trades of 1770 in action, led by local experts and educators in historic costume.

Demonstrations are free to attend and are ongoing between 1-5 pm on select weekend dates.

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Wow In The World Pop Up Party
Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

Wow In The World Pop Up Party

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The Wow in the World Pop-Up Party brings this insanely popular program OUT in the World where they weave STEM-themed interactive games and foley-infused comedy skits between science themed songs from the Pop Ups, three-time Grammy nominees and creators of the “Wow in the World” theme song. Sketches and interactive games are inspired by topics from Wow in the World and bring Wowzers from the audience on stage to be lab-assistants and game show contestants. This highly interactive show will engage curious kids and their grown-ups in science, wonder, imagination, and music and leave them all saying “WOW.”

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The Rippingtons feat. Russ Freeman
Mar
24
5:30 PM17:30

The Rippingtons feat. Russ Freeman

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Performances: 5:30pm and 8:30pm

The Rippingtons are a Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman in 1985. The group has passed the thirty year mark, and continues to innovate. Under Freeman's production, the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1. Their debut album, "Moonlighting", which Jazziz magazine has called "the number one most influential contemporary jazz album of all time."

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Millennium Stage: Hugar
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Hugar

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Icelandic natives Hugar—comprised of multitalented instrumentalists and musicians Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson—have forged a musical lane of their own with a genre-defying sound. With acclaim from tastemakers like The Line of Best Fit, The Independent, and The Guardian, Hugar now gears up for the next step in its musical journey, having recently signed to Sony Music Masterworks.

Presented as part of DIRECT CURRENT

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The Blind Boys of Alabama
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Blind Boys of Alabama

With Amy Black

In the seven decades since the Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing together, America has witnessed a World War, the civil rights movement, and the Summer of Love; the moon landing, Vietnam, and the fall of the Berlin Wall; JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb, and the internet. Through it all, the Blind Boys' music has not only endured but thrived, helping both to define the sound of the American south and to push it forward through the 20th century and well on into the 21st. Praised by NPR as "pioneers," the group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music. From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, where the original members met as children, all the way to The White House - where they've performed for three different presidents - the band's story is, in many ways, America's story, and that story is at the heart of their emotional new album, 'Almost Home.'

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Mary Gauthier with Jaimee Harris
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Mary Gauthier with Jaimee Harris

Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier

Rifles and Rosary Beads is the new studio album co-written with wounded combat veterans over the last four years via SongwritingWith:Soldiers. Each song on Gautheir’s 10th album is a gut punch: deceptively simple and emotionally complex. From the opening “Soldiering On” (“What saves you in the battle/Can kill you at home”) to “Bullet Holes in the Sky” (“They thank me for my service/And wave their little flags/They genuflect on Sundays/And yes, they’d send us back”), to the abject horror of “Iraq,” and its quiet depiction of a female mechanic’s rape, each song tells the story of a deeply wounded veteran.

Jaimee Harris

Jaimee Harris

Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. Her new album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience, in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable

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An Evening With Fleetwood Mac
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening With Fleetwood Mac

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Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac is celebrating half a century of music with a new tour and a new 50-song collection – '50 Years – Don't Stop’ - available now. The tour will feature the newly announced line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

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(In)Justice Systems
Mar
25
to May 18

(In)Justice Systems

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Exhibit: March 25 – May 18;

Open: Monday to Friday: 10 am to 7 pm 
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm 
Sunday: Closed 
Reception: Saturday, March 30, 5-8 pm

Curated by artist, curator, and educator Erin Devine, this exhibition presents the investigations of a group of contemporary artists as they explore the impact of mass incarceration on prisoners, families, and communities the United States­—which holds the highest incarceration rate in the world. The exhibit also seeks to provide a space for broader meanings of “incarcerations” that are global, racial, and gendered, with works that engage community action, spatial concepts, and history.

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The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman
Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

The Rippingtons are a Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman in 1985. The group has passed the thirty year mark, and continues to innovate. Under Freeman's production, the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1. Their debut album, "Moonlighting", which Jazziz magazine has called "the number one most influential contemporary jazz album of all time."

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Jimmy Vivino & Bob Margolin - Just 2 Guitars and 200 Stories
Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

Jimmy Vivino & Bob Margolin - Just 2 Guitars and 200 Stories

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BOB MARGOLIN is prominent in today’s Blues scene. He tours worldwide at festivals, concerts, clubs, and workshops. His self- titled album reveals the latest from the 2017 Blues Music Award winner for Best Male Traditional Blues Artist. Just released by the VizzTone Label Group (Bob is a founding partner), six new original songs are his Blues for today’s world. He also interprets nine songs he learned “ back in the day” from his legendary friends Muddy Waters, The Band, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Rogers, Snooky Pryor, Pinetop Perkins, and James Cotton. From 1973-‘80 Bob played guitar in Muddy Waters’ band, appearing on all the albums Muddy made then and at special shows like The Last Waltz. Since 1980, Bob performs his own songs, but still honors his historic and personal connection to Muddy Waters.


JIMMY VIVINO serves as the Music Director on the TBS late night show CONAN. Vivino has been a consistent element in O'Brien's late night career, starting with the first episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien in September 1993. In June of 2008 Vivino moved from New York to Los Angeles and worked as Music Director/guitarist/arranger on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,The Legally Prohibited from Being on Television Tour and currently leads Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band on CONAN. In addition to his solo work, Vivino plays with the successful Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux. Vivino has also recorded and played live with such legends as Johnnie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm and Al Kooper. Earlier in his career Jimmy got his start producing playing and arranging for such artists as Phoebe Snow, Laura Nyro, John Sebastian and Donald Fagen. “I’m just a Bluesman with a pretty good job”

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Robert Earl Keen
Mar
25
8:00 PM20:00

Robert Earl Keen

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It's not always easy to sum up a career - let alone a life's ambition - so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words - the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") - just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

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An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash
Mar
25
to Mar 27

An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash

Performances: Mar 25-27 @8pm

Legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies, Graham Nash is a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Award winner, New York Times bestselling author, and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.). With many Billboard-charting songs like “Teach Your Children” and “Chicago,” catch your favorite Nash tunes and stories from his illustrious career.

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Roman Holiday
Mar
25
to May 18

Roman Holiday

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Exhibit: March 25 – May 18

Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 am to 7 pm 
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm 
Sunday: Closed
Reception: Saturday, March 30, 5-8 pm

Jennifer R. A. Campbell’s compositions call attention to the chaotic world of humanity, while conversely investigating the various elements that inform the ways we interact  She presents her characters in fictitious landscapes, amid a frenzied environment that invites the spectator into a visual feast of symbols. In the absence of words, the viewer is able to arrive at multiple interpretations as to what is occurring in the scene presented as the artist furthermore highlights the absurdity of human existence.

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Millennium Stage: Tashera
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Tashera

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Soul Artist and Singer/Songwriter, "Tashera," Robertson, has a voice that is both captivating and unforgettable. A native of Baltimore and new resident of The District, Tashera combines her life experiences with touches of Jazz, Soul and Rhythm & Blues to inspire her growing fan base!

Presented as part of DIRECT CURRENT

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Master Class: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Master Class: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

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The Explore the Arts Master Class Series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level,  class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Morgenstern Trio
Mar
26
7:30 PM19:30

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Morgenstern Trio

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Morgenstern Trio offers a delightful 20th-century work alongside a Mendelssohn trio and a lighthearted favorite by Schubert—all with the same “polished technique and musical imagination” that made its last Kennedy Center performance a “night to remember” (The Washington Post).

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Soraia
Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

Soraia

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With Bluewreck, Robot Jurassic

Tracing threads beginning with the ’60s soul of Stax and Motown, borrowing flickers of luminescence from rock icons such as Patti Smith and Joan Jett as well as Iggy Pop and The Cramps, through kindred spirits of the ’90s and beyond like PJ Harvey and The Kills, the primal sounds of this Philadelphia-based four-piece group named Soraia, provide a formidable match for a set of mostly autobiographical songs that lead listeners through the depths of desperate situations and guide them out the other side to redemption.

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 Experience Hendrix with special guests
Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

Experience Hendrix with special guests

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Featuring: Billy Cox (from Band of Gypsys and Jimi Hendrix Experience), Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine (from Megadeth), Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick (from King's X), Chris Layton (from Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble), Mato Nanji (from Indigenous), Kenny Aronoff, Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick.  

Special Guests: Taj Mahal, Ernie Isley, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas (from Los Lobos), Ana Popovic, & More to be announced!

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Millennium Stage: Liberated Muse
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Liberated Muse

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Liberated Muse, the all-female arts collective led by performing artist Khadijah Ali-Coleman, presents music from their debut CD Awakening, a tapestry of music from jazzy blues and spoken word to soulful a capella ballads highlighting today’s tumultuous times mixed with optimistic reverence, set to the music and culture of the African diaspora.  

Presented as part of DIRECT CURRENT

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Political Gabfest Live in D.C.
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

Political Gabfest Live in D.C.

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Your favorite political podcast hosts are returning to the nation’s capital for an unforgettable yet timely gabfest full of witty banter, in-depth analysis, and lively debate. Join Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine, John Dickerson of CBS This Morning, and David Plotz of Atlas Obscura as they discuss today’s politics and current events. Fans of the gabfest have a special opportunity to purchase Emily's new book, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, before anyone else.

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David Archuleta
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

David Archuleta

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David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on "Star Search 2".

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Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel

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After a self-imposed exile from the music industry and the public eye, heralded guitarist Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) returned with a fresh new band, Red Dragon Cartel in 2014. Now, Jake and RDC are back with their newly released album "Patina". "Patina" marks a change of style from the debut Red Dragon Cartel album, going more bluesy hard rock as opposed to the debuts heavier leanings. 

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Mysterious Traveler - A Tribute to Weather Report
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Mysterious Traveler - A Tribute to Weather Report

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Mysterious Traveler; A Tribute to Weather Report is comprised of some of the D.C. areas' most accomplished musicians and includes; Scott Ambush bass (Spyro Gyra, Deanna Bogart, Mary Ann Redmond Band), Chris Fischer keyboards  (Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Sunflare, In Gratitude), Al Williams saxes (Stanley Clarke, Mongo Santamaria,), Deren Blessman drums (Mary Ann Redmond Band, Beast from the East), Eddie Montalvo percussion (Myles Jaye, Bobby Lyle, Stephanie Mills, Sheena Easton).

Weather Report was the gold standard. Critically acclaimed and with an adoring and growing  fan base a rock supergroup would feel at home with, the jazz fusion quintet begun by ex-members of Miles Daavis’ ground breaking bands, Weather Report   were regarded as perhaps the most innovative and exciting group in music for much of their 15 year career spanning 1970-1985.

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"Capital Matters" - Business Women's Networking Breakfast 2019
Mar
28
7:30 AM07:30

"Capital Matters" - Business Women's Networking Breakfast 2019

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Speakers: Charlene T. Wade, President, Workforce Resources, Inc.; Denita R. Conway, President/CEO, PROVEN Management, LLC; Magdalena Gebrekristos, President/CEO, Magadia Consulting, Inc.

Join the conversation with these remarkable women, as they share their experiences building successful businesses through the US Small Business Association 8(a) program!

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Millennium Stage: Roscoe Mitchell with Moor Mother
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Roscoe Mitchell with Moor Mother

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Roscoe Mitchell is an internationally renowned musician, composer, and innovator serving as the Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills College (CA). His virtuosic resurrection of overlooked woodwind instruments spanning extreme registers, visionary solo performances, and assertion of a hybrid compositional/improvisational paradigm have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music.

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KC Jazz Club: Mary Halvorson's Code Girl (part of DIRECT CURRENT)
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

KC Jazz Club: Mary Halvorson's Code Girl (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

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Performances: 7pm & 9pm

Mary Halvorson is unlike any other guitarist. A brilliant musical dissenter, her dynamic style stands at the interface of jazz, rock, improvisation, and avant-garde. Halvorson’s quintet makes its KC Jazz Club debut with rich and wayward sounds from her cutting-edge and critically acclaimed new album. 

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National Symphony Orchestra: Philip Glass's Itaipú (Thu.) & Lera Auerbach's ARCTICA (Sat., part of DIRECT CURRENT)
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

National Symphony Orchestra: Philip Glass's Itaipú (Thu.) & Lera Auerbach's ARCTICA (Sat., part of DIRECT CURRENT)

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Performances: Mar 28 @7pm; Mar 30 @8pm

The NSO performs a program of music inspired by the natural world; each evening ends with a different composer’s work for chorus and orchestra reflecting on humans’ environmental impact. Thursday concludes with Philip Glass’s soaring Itaipú, while Saturday concludes with the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s ARCTICA. 

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy Trilogy (part of DIRECT CURRENT)
Mar
28
to Mar 30

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy Trilogy (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

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Performances: Mar 28-30, 2019, 8pm

A true pillar of modern dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company makes a triumphant return to the Kennedy Center with three separate evening-length works that delve into the voice of the marginalized in our society. 

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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Mar
29
to Jan 5

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

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Exhibit: Mar 29, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020; 11:30am-7pm daily except Dec 25. Free admission.

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To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States. Through portraiture, biography, and material culture, the exhibition examines the contributions of the radical women in antislavery societies; women activists of the late nineteenth century; the “New Woman” of the turn of the century; and the militant suffragists of the 1910s. This presentation also highlights the struggles that minority women endured long after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The exhibition is curated by Kate Clarke Lemay, historian and director of Portal, Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, National Portrait Gallery.

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Millennium Stage: sjDANCEco
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: sjDANCEco

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sjDANCEco’s performance demonstrates the power and poetry of dance through José Limón’s “The Exiles,” inspired by the exodus during and following WWII, to Maria Basile’s  “The Upward Spiral,” new work by Gabriel Mata that merges dance and physical theater, and a group collaborative that explores the multi-generational experiences of its cast.

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Mar
29
to Mar 30

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

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Dates: March 29, 6-10pm; March 30, 2-6pm

BALTIMORE’s Favorite Smoked Meat Onslaught is back – with TEETH! Come and see what over 225,000 people nationwide have enjoyed! This is the our 13th Annual PORK-OUT in Baltimore County. COME AND JOIN US! For a down-home, Southern-fried, good time… to support your inner Redneck! 

Get ready to enjoy all those pleasures that true Southerners live by — Beer, Bourbon, Barbeque, Boots, Bacon, Biscuits,Bluegrass and Smoked Beasts! It's two great days of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon.

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VOYAGERS: A Dance Among The Planets
Mar
29
to Mar 31

VOYAGERS: A Dance Among The Planets

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Performances: March 29 @7pm; Mar 30 & 31: 1:30pm and 4pm

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A majestic ride awaits a young stargazer who is carried away by the magician Uranus. Join her and fellow voyagers in a journey through the Solar System for the young and young at heart. The Kennedy Center, D.C. dance ensemble Company | E, and composer Eric Shimelonis share an interplanetary display of modern movement set to Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

Through a reimagining of Holst’s soaring suite, Company | E combines live music, dance, and a bit of Einstein to celebrate curiosity, compassion, and the natural world. Experience the distinct character of each planet, from the majestic and jolly Jupiter, to the angry and ominous Mars, to the lively and flighty Mercury.

Most enjoyed by 5+. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Mar. 31 at 1:30 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 for a Creative Conversation 
Following the 1:30 p.m. performance on Mar. 30, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

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Olivia Mancini
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Olivia Mancini

Olivia & the Mates make pop music inspired by their love of the sounds of the '50s and '60s, harnessing the power of harmonies and backbeat with an energy that is nothing but modern. Based in Washington, DC, the group features Olivia Mancini on vocals and guitar; Kristin Forbes on bass and vocals; and Tim Felton on drums.

Ages: All ages are welcome

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J.B. Smoove
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

J.B. Smoove

Born in Plymouth, North Carolina and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, Smoove is a gifted writer, comedian and actor, who continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his unique brand of comedic funk.  His breakout role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as Leon has firmly planted him as one of the best comedic actors today.


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WMZQ Presents: LOCASH- "Brothers" Album Release Party with Sam Grow & Jackson Dean
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

WMZQ Presents: LOCASH- "Brothers" Album Release Party with Sam Grow & Jackson Dean

It’s an exciting time to be LOCASH these days. That might very well be one of the biggest understatements in Nashville these days. Already in their career, the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have enjoyed hit singles, sold-out concert appearances here and abroad, and have tasted the top of the chart as two of Nashville’s quickest-rising songwriters. But, to quote the old saying... You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.

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Mountain Man
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Mountain Man

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Reuniting after an unintentional eight-year hiatus, this folk trio composed of Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath along with Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig makes its Wolf Trap debut on the heels of releasing its aptly-named 2018 album Magic Ship(2018). “…the members of Mountain Man share that rare, innate gift of almost supernatural harmonizing” (NPR).

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Kurt Weill Festival: An Affair To Remember
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Kurt Weill Festival: An Affair To Remember

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One of the great Weill interpreters of our time, Austrian-born soprano Ute Gfrerer joins UMD faculty member Tim McReynolds for an evening focused on the remarkable love story of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya. Through Weill’s music, we explore the earliest days of their relationship, their immigration to America, and beyond.

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Big Bad VooDoo Daddy
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Big Bad VooDoo Daddy

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2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since its formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. Early on, during their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. The band, cofounded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. 

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Blossom Kite Festival
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Blossom Kite Festival

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The National Mall serves as the backdrop as thousands of kites take flight during the annual Blossom Kite Festival. Held on the grounds of the Washington Monument, this event is a spectacle to see and one you don’t want to miss!

Professionals and novices alike showcase their skill through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles, and the Hot Tricks Showdown.

Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. Kites are also available for purchase onsite.

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18th Annual Natural Hair Care Expo
Mar
30
to Mar 31

18th Annual Natural Hair Care Expo

Dates: March 30 & 31, 11am-7pm

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This is a show for women and men who believe self-care, just like the many textures in every hair type, is unique and specific to you. Regardless of your texture of hair or your formula for self-care, a positive self-image and a healthy physical body are qualities for which we all strive. While we search for this empowerment of well-being, why not have a little fun along the way?

We have over 150 vendors, and classes in everything from finance to health. We cater to Natural Hair Care Holistic Beauty and wearable art audiences. This year we will be hosting Baltimore's Best Beard Competition as well has a Mega Natural Hair Care Expo Hair show

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The Big Baltimore Kite Fest!
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

The Big Baltimore Kite Fest!

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Blowing into Patterson Park for the first time this spring, The Big Baltimore Kite Festival fills the sky with vibrant colors and celebrates the broad spectrum of cultures that make up East Baltimore! Join us near the Pagoda to make your own kite, listen to breezy music, participate in the “Will It Fly” competition, and enjoy a day outside in our beautiful park!

Bring a picnic blanket, bring a kite, bring your friends!

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Creative Saturday: Tala 101 with Nootana
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Creative Saturday: Tala 101 with Nootana

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Learn about the "cycles" of rhythms in Indian classical music and dance, and count along. In Sanskrit tāla literally translates to hand-clapping. This is a Creative Saturday event for families. Cost is $10 per child. Parents and guardians are free. This family-friendly event precedes Nootana's performance Hidden Treasures: Exploring Indian classical music and dance in the Indian Film Industry.

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Cherry Blast
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Cherry Blast

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This premier National Cherry Blossom Festival event will be an Instagram-worthy experience that cherry blossom lovers cannot miss. Enjoy an authentic Japanese menu curated by MGM Japan, cultural performances, dueling DJs, art and open bar from 7PM-8PM. Tickets are just $25.

Guests must be ages 21+ to attend. 

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KC Jazz Club: Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble (part of DIRECT CURRENT)
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

KC Jazz Club: Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

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Performances: 7pm and 9pm.

The Iraqi American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar weaves together Middle Eastern musical languages with jazz, pushing the boundaries of each tradition. His Two Rivers Ensemble’s unique fusion has won accolades from DownBeat Magazine to rowdy ovations at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 2019
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 2019

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The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. The annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals.

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Emma's Revolution: Revolution Now!
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Emma's Revolution: Revolution Now!

Emma's Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning,  activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, in an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times

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National Symphony Orchestra: Philip Glass's Itaipú (Thu.) & Lera Auerbach's ARCTICA (Sat., part of DIRECT CURRENT)
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

National Symphony Orchestra: Philip Glass's Itaipú (Thu.) & Lera Auerbach's ARCTICA (Sat., part of DIRECT CURRENT)

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Performances: Mar 28 @7pm; Mar 30 @8pm

The NSO performs a program of music inspired by the natural world; each evening ends with a different composer’s work for chorus and orchestra reflecting on humans’ environmental impact. Thursday concludes with Philip Glass’s soaring Itaipú, while Saturday concludes with the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s ARCTICA. 

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Jackson Dean w. Special Guest Ashley Gaines
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Jackson Dean w. Special Guest Ashley Gaines

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At just 18 years old, singer/songwriter/musician, Jackson Dean pours his emotions into his writing and performing. Born and raised in Odenton, Maryland, he started performing at local establishments when he was barely 14. Very quickly, this hometown boy has a loyal following who couldn’t wait to see what he would do next.

His musical style is a fusion of Amerciana, Old Country with a bit of Blues. The lyrics coming out of this young, old soul are incredible. This high school senior with the voice of a grown man has brought a tear to many an eye with “Brother Come Home” off his first CD, The Flood Zone. Not to mention “Letters Home” and "Man Upstairs” from his second CD Who We Are .

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Ghostface Killah & Raekwon with Family Bvsiness & Cynical Minded
Mar
30
8:30 PM20:30

Ghostface Killah & Raekwon with Family Bvsiness & Cynical Minded

Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. After the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of Enter the Wu-Tang, the members went on to pursue solo careers to varying levels of success.

Corey Woods aka Raekwon The Chef, has been a staple in the Entertainment industry since his debut in 1993 as an integral part in undeniably one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups to date, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Rae’s verbal ability took center stage early in the original cult classic Protect Ya Neck, but little did the world know, that we were merely indulging in delicious appetizers delivered by Rae. It wasn’t until 1995, when Raekwon The Chef emerged from the kitchen and invited the Hip-Hop faithful into his personal chamber and the world was privileged to partake in the perfectly sautéed full course meal… Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Since, Raekown has released several albums and mixtapes and been featured on some of the hottest tracks of big-name artists.

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Maggie’s Celtic Celebration
Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

Maggie’s Celtic Celebration

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Don’t miss the 14th Annual Maggie’s Celtic Celebration Concert! This special evening also includes top Celtic and Irish musicians Karen Ashbrook on hammered dulcimer & Paul Oorts on harp-guitar & musette accordion, Laura Byrne on Irish flute, Pat Egan on vocals and guitar, Seth Kibel on sax & clarinet, Jimmy Eagan on fiddle, and The Culkin LIVE! Irish step dancers.

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Where We Lost Our Shadows (part of DIRECT CURRENT)
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

Where We Lost Our Shadows (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

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This U.S. premiere incorporating orchestra, video, and soloists recognizes and depicts the timeless struggle of human migration and its many effects, while celebrating the resilient human spirit that instigates and survives it. Incorporating Qawwali raga and texts by Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, it is the creation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun and Palestinian videographer Khaled Jarrar, who discuss their work together in a post-concert talk.

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Chris Tomlin
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Chris Tomlin

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Christopher Dwayne Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States who has sold over 7 million records. He is a member of Passion Conferences and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords.  (Wikipedia)

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Millennium Stage: Yuka C Honda: Revert to Sea
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Millennium Stage: Yuka C Honda: Revert to Sea

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Yuka C Honda presents Revert to Sea, a brand new multimedia work inspired by the surreal, darkly comedic writings of Japanese author Ryu Murakami. The performance features an all–star ensemble of avant–garde improvisers and an animated visual score manipulated live by an expert video artist.

Presented as part of DIRECT CURRENT

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The 2019 Wammie Awards
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

The 2019 Wammie Awards

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DC is the beneficiary of world-class music creatives who enrich and inspire millions of people around the world. In an effort to celebrate, honor, and uplift these creative heroes, The MusicianShip, supported by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, has undertaken the critical task of preserving The Wammie Awards. The Wammie Awards is a 31-year-old award show aimed at recognizing DC-area artists and musicians for their artistic works. We will re-introduce this storied community event, upholding its values, while infusing it with meaningful
innovations and a contemporary flare that includes, and enriches, a diverse audience of art enthusiasts.

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Asleep At The Wheel with The National Reserve
Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

Asleep At The Wheel with The National Reserve

Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia and is based in Austin, Texas. The band has won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 inception, released over twenty albums, and has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. (Wikipedia)

Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and bluesy, boozy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of American music. Songs like “Found Me A Woman” and the indelible title track reveal a gifted new tunesmith while masterfully reminding one and all of the simple beauty of a great American bar band – two guitars, organ, bass and drums rocking out in the corner, singing their songs to soundtrack the night. (www.thenationalreserve.com)

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I'm With Her with Verona Quartet (part of DIRECT CURRENT)
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

I'm With Her with Verona Quartet (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

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After a jam session at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, three queens of the Americana/folk/bluegrass scene—Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, and Sara Watkins—knew they had to set out on tour together. On the road, I’m With Her was born. Their individual backgrounds as vocalists and multi-instrumentalists seamlessly blend into a unique sound, creating unforgettable songs layered with elegant technical skill, expressive lyrics, and impressive harmonies.  

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 Burna Boy - African Giant Tour
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Burna Boy - African Giant Tour

Damini Ogulu a.k.a Burna Boy is one of the few figures in the Nigerian music industry with a distinct voice that evokes memories of many music greats, dead and living, from all over the world; something that has aided him in his rise to global prominence. An indigene of Rivers State in Southern Nigeria, Burna Boy has worked with several A-list Nigerian and international artists. He is also known and respected for having some of the most creative and top grade music videos on the African continent.

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The 30th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium
Apr
5
to Apr 7

The 30th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium

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Dates: Apr 5-7, 2019; 10am-1pm; (Student Sessions April 4)

The 30th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora

Critical In/Sight: Contemporary Developments in the History and Practice of Black Visual Culture

How do artists, art scholars and art administrators proliferate critical sight to help us envision a better world?

As the James A. Porter Colloquium celebrates 30 years, we seek to advance the discourse on African American art and art of the African Diaspora by assessing the state of the field. “Critical In/Sight” will consider how artists and art scholars of the African Diaspora are establishing new frontiers in art criticism as well as socio-cultural critique. Focusing on black visual culture alongside artistic practice, proceedings will explore definitions as well as modes of constructing and practicing critical vision.

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Lattes with Lambs
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Lattes with Lambs

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Credit: Accokeek Foundation

Meet the National Colonial Farm’s new baby lambs and calves at the 5th annual Lattes with Lambs barnyard festival!

Enjoy coffee from local WeeBean Coffee Roasters and Krispy Kreme donuts, sheep shearing demonstrations, milking demonstrations, wool spinning demonstrations, a 4-H livestock show, and live music. PLUS! This year’s Lattes includes a very special treat. Farm favorite Sir Nigel the Hog Island sheep will be getting married to Lady Aster in a special ceremony during the event. The couple invites all event guests to join in their nuptial celebration. Read the full wedding announcement here.

Music by Broad Run String Band and activities for the whole family.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Petalpalooza®
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

National Cherry Blossom Festival Petalpalooza®

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Celebrate spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Petalpalooza for a full day of live music and engaging activities at The Wharf!

Petalpalooza will feature live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, product giveaways, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront, all made possible by Entertainment Cruises. Take in the half-mile-long stretch of The Wharf’s shops and restaurants as the National Cherry Blossom Festival transforms the waterfront community into a one-day-only springtime spectacle!

This event is FREE and fun for all ages.

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Chicago - The Band
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Chicago - The Band

Chicago is one of the most popular American rock bands.

In 1967, Chicago musicians Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Robert Lamm, and Peter Cetera formed a group with one dream, to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns. Their dream turned into record sales topping the 100,000,000 mark, including 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 34 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

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Rhett and Link
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Rhett and Link

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Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III, better known as Rhett & Link, are an American comedy duo. Self-styled as "Internetainers", they are known for creating and hosting Good Mythical Morning, the most watched daily show on the internet.

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 DMX - 20 Year Anniversary Tour - It's Dark and Hell is Hot
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

DMX - 20 Year Anniversary Tour - It's Dark and Hell is Hot

Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the undisputed reigning king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. His rapid ascent to stardom was actually almost a decade in the making, which gave him a chance to develop the theatrical image that made him one of rap's most distinctive personalities during his heyday. Everything about DMX was unremittingly intense, from his muscular, tattooed physique to his gruff, barking delivery, which made a perfect match for his trademark lyrical obsession with dogs. Plus, there was substance behind the style; much of his work was tied together by a fascination with the split between the sacred and the profane. He could move from spiritual anguish one minute to a narrative about the sins of the streets the next, yet keep it all part of the same complex character, sort of like a hip-hop Johnny Cash. The results were compelling enough to make DMX the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at number one.

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Tobe Nwigwe
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Tobe Nwigwe

Tobe Nwigwe is an enigma. The lyrics and tone of his music tell the story of a difficult upbringing in Alief, TX. Like other rappers who grew up in the proverbial hood, Tobe’s autobiographical tracks conjure images of gang violence, drug deals, pimps and prostitution. The authenticity in his work is palpable. Still, the man is a beacon of positivity and graciousness. The same songs that describe shootouts and the loss of childhood friends also speak on the power of faith and the importance of purpose.

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Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

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Come enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan at the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival!

We are the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the US. We have 4 stages of performances and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Childrens’ Corner – and more!

Held the same day as the Parade, this rain-or-shine event brings vibrant performances to four stages showcasing 30 cumulative hours of programming.

The daylong cultural celebration welcomes more than 80 cultural groups, arts vendors and food booths.

Children 12 and under are always free! These tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. If you cannot attend the event, you may give your tickets to someone else. The money will be used to support the programs of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®

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One of DC’s largest spectator events, the high-energy National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC is a vibrant springtime tradition set against the backdrop of DC’s most iconic landmarks along Constitution Avenue.

Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival, all made possible by our local news channel 8, WJLA.

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Anacostia River Festival
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Anacostia River Festival

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For a taste of local DC, come celebrate the Anacostia River at the annual Anacostia River Festival presented by the 11th Street Bridge Park and National Park Service.

Take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family, and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene at this special FREE event.

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 WMZQ Presents: Billy Currington with Steven Lee Olsen
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

WMZQ Presents: Billy Currington with Steven Lee Olsen

Billy Currington has come a long way from working construction and living in a tiny attic apartment during his early days in Nashville. In the decade since he made his debut with the top ten hit “Walk a Little Straighter,” the Georgia native has parlayed his rich, emotion-laden tenor and unerring song sense into some of the country format’s most memorable hits, including such No. 1s as “Good Directions,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and “People Are Crazy.”


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Derek Hough
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Derek Hough

From the EMMY® award winning mind of Derek Hough, the live dance show is the first-ever solo tour for the dynamo.  The show features brand-new stage production, astounding versatility and, as always, Derek’s magnetic stage presence.  Fans will journey through a true fusion of dance and music, as Derek explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hop-hop and everything in between.  

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BROODS with Bad Sounds
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

BROODS with Bad Sounds

The title to BROODS’ new album may sound like a warning, but it’s really a self-reminder. After years of attempting to artfully navigate the pop landscape, the New Zealand-bred duo decided to drop all pretense and get back to embracing their purest and strangest instincts—a process that’s joyfully documented on Don’t Feed the Pop Monster.

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 Jack & Jack
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

Jack & Jack

Jack & Jack is an American pop-rap duo from Omaha, Nebraska, consisting of Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky, who are now based in Los Angeles, California. After success via the social media app Vine, the duo turned to a career as musicians. Their 2014 single "Wild Life" peaked at number 87 on the US Billboard Hot 100.  (Wikipedia)

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Jekyll and Hyde
Apr
26
to May 19

Jekyll and Hyde

Performances: Apr 26 - May 19; Fri/Sat: 8pm; Matinees: 2pm on May 12 & 19.

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The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. An evocative tale of two men -- one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman -- and two women -- one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself -- both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind's most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.

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Say What?! Friday Night with Reese Waters
Apr
26
9:00 PM21:00

Say What?! Friday Night with Reese Waters

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Performances: The fourth Friday of every month through April 26, 2019

Dates: Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 26

Reese Waters, comedian, DC native, and host of Get Up DC! on WUSA 9, curates a new comedy series in the KC Jazz Club. On the fourth Friday of every month, Reese will headline and present an evening of stand-up comedy and intimate conversations with his friends from the comedy community.

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William Feasley, Guitar
Apr
28
4:30 PM16:30

William Feasley, Guitar

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World class guitarist William Feasley will present a program entitled “Echoes of Goya”. Feasley, who has toured internationally and domestically to enthusiastic reviews, will perform works by composers who were influenced by the famous Spanish painter Francisco de Goya.

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Straight No Chaser
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Straight No Chaser

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Straight No Chaser is a professional a cappella group that originated in 1996 at Indiana University. In 2007, a 1998 video of "The 12 Days of Christmas", went viral with over 8 million views and subsequently led to a five-album record deal with Atlantic Records in 2008.

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In Mid-Sentence
May
3
to Mar 29

In Mid-Sentence

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Diane Arbus  (detail) by Stephen A. Frank, 1970 Gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Diane Arbus (detail) by Stephen A. Frank, 1970 Gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Exhibit: May 3, 2019 - Mar 29, 2020; Daily 11:30am-7pm, Admission: free

Photographs are often replete with words that remain unheard. “In Mid-Sentence” presents a selection of photographs from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s collection that depict moments of communication: intimate confessions, public speeches, exchanged jokes, political confrontations, lectures and more. Photographs featured in this exhibition encapsulate pivotal moments, such as John F. Kennedy’s televised speech for the 1960 Democratic National Convention or Walter Cronkite’s clandestine 1971 meeting with Daniel Ellsberg at the time of the publication of the “Pentagon Papers.” The exhibition provides the missing script for these otherwise silent voices, granting another means for understanding these interactions by placing them within their socio-historical contexts. An illustrated brochure accompanies the exhibition, and several of the represented speeches are included in an interactive kiosk. The exhibition is curated by Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery.

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M3 Rock Festival
May
3
to May 5

M3 Rock Festival

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Festival: May 3-5, 2019.

The M3 Rock Festival is a celebration of the days of decadence and glamour attended by people who lived it and their children who remember hearing about this cultural movement. The lineup: Whitesnake, Extreme, Warrant, Skid Row, Vince Neil, Kix, Autograph, Bang Tango, Danger Danger, Firehouse, Heavens Edge, Kingdom Come, L.A. Guns, Quiet Riot, Steven Adler, Tora Tora, Vain, Vixen.

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