darlingdance: LOAD
October 5 & 11, 2018

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darlingdance & Eames Armstrong

LOAD

Friday, October 5 at 8pm
Thursday, October 11 at 8pm

$23 General / $20 DCAC Members

darlingdance presents LOAD, choreographed in collaboration with painter Eames Armstrong. A soft exploration of self and others, the intention of touch, physical and emotional weight bearing, collapsing and congealing structures of support, butts, and shared space, time, and body. LOAD features music by local electronic and experimental musicians Antonia (Adriana-Lucia Cotes), PraxisCat (Christine Paluch), and Radiator Greys (Josh Levi).

 

Tickets available here.

The Klunch: How to Win a Race War
September 21- October 20, 2018

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The Klunch:
How to Win a Race War 

Written & Directed by: Ian Allen

September 21: Friday at 7:30pm
September 22: Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
September 23: Sunday at 2:30pm
September 28 – 30: Friday – Sunday at 7:30pm
October 6: Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
October 7: Sunday at 2:30pm
October 12 – 13: Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
October 14: Sunday at 2:30pm
October 19: Friday at 7:30pm
October 20: Saturday at 7:30pm

$25 General / $20 DCAC Members
$40 Premium / $30 DCAC Members

Things take a darkly hilarious turn this fall, with the highly-anticipated world premiere of Ian Allen’s How to Win a Race War. The three-part comic satire, replete with song-and-dance numbers, and clocking in at three hours plus, is a parody of white supremacist “race war” fiction, which has proliferated in the years since Timothy McVeigh named William Pierce’s The Turner Diaries as inspiration for his brutal 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. How to Win a Race War takes the audience on an epic journey from one end of the white supremacist bookcase to the other: from the fear of slave rebellions in the antebellum South, to the militant skinhead scene of 1990’s Boston, and waaaay beyond – into a liberal dystopian future packed with the sort of orchestrated chaos we are seeing from these dangerous groups today. Part satire, part exposé, and part horror show, How to Win a Race War is guaranteed to be an experience like no other.

For audiences ages 18+

Tickets available here.
*DCAC Members: For promo code please email info@dcartscenter.org or call 202-462-7833 during open hours Wed-Sun 2-7pm. 

Marimba Cabaret 
September 27, 2018

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Marimba Cabaret  

September 27, 2018
Thursday at 7:30pm
$15 / $10 DCAC Members & Students

Come out of the musical closet with Brian & Erika! Marimba Cabaret is what happens when two classically-trained percussionists with a love of showtunes and shoes put on a show. Brian embraces his love of karaoke, marimba and heels, while Erika loves arranging awesomely bad songs for percussion and her voice. Together, they present a dynamic show full of musical theater, pop covers and guilty pleasures re-imagined for marimba, percussion and their voices.

Winner of the 2017 Critic’s Choice Award at PortFringe Theater Festival, Marimba Cabaret is a refreshing take on unexpected songs and stories. Audience members say “it’s a fabulous time” and “fun, unexpected, inventive, and full of heart!” Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and sing along, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of mash-ups and marimba covers.

Tickets available here.

In Your Ear
September 16, 2018

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In Your Ear

September 16

Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. Curated by Bevil Townsend with social media coordinated by K. Lorraine Graham.

Buck Downs’ latest book is a selected poems, Unintended Empire: 1989-2012, just out from Furniture Press Books. He lives in the neighborhood east of Capitol Hill known as Stadium City and works as a writer and writing coach.

John Most is the author of Field, Timetable, Atelier, and Persephone. John’s latest video poem, co-written with Pauline Oliveros, is “In Absentia.” John lives in Crozet, Virginia. www.johnmost.com

Washington D.C. native Morowa Yejidé’s novel Time of the Locust was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, longlisted for the 2015 PEN/Bingham award, and a 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work. Her stories have appeared in the Adirondack Review, the Istanbul Review, and others.  Her short story “Tokyo Chocolate” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, anthologized by Britain’s best of the Willesden Herald, and praised by the Japan Times. She received her MFA from Wilkes University and is currently a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools author. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and three sons. Her next novel is forthcoming through Akashic Books.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

Photo Credit: Michael Geffner||The Inspired Word NYC

In Your Ear: Sepideh Jodeyri & Daniel D’Angelo
October 21, 2018

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In Your Ear

October 21

Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

We’re back! It’s kind of like a Pop-Up event, only we always meet on 3rd Sundays 🙂

Join us for the October installment of In Your Ear to hear two wonderful local poets. $5 at the Door (proceeds split between artists and DCAC), plus, we encourage tipping so that we may pay our artists a little extra.

Sepideh Jodeyri is a winner of the Jovellanos International Poetry Prize, ‘The Best Poem in the World’ in 2015 for one of her poems, Chãk, and a graduate in chemical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. Jodeyri has published several works, including six poetry collections, a collection of short stories and an anthology of her poems. Her articles and interviews have been published in Iranian newspapers and magazines as well as European ones. She has also translated poetry books by Edgar Allan Poe and Jorge Luis Borges as well as the graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh into Persian.

Daniel D’Angelo’s poetry has appeared in The Collagist, alice blue, B O D Y, and elsewhere. He lives in D.C., thinks he works to advance and sustain higher education institutions, and juggles a few poetry manuscripts.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

 

Laugh Index Theatre: Improv Wars
October 22, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Improv Wars

Mondays at 8 pm

August 20
September 3, 10, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
November 5, 12, 30
December 3, 10

Online Pre-Sale: $10 General / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 General / $12 DCAC Members

Laugh Index Theatre – LIT’s IMPROV WARS is a friendly competition among improv troupes representing all factions of improv within the DC area. The audience votes for the winner. Both audience members and performers should prepare to enter a surprise-filled combat-zone where ANYTHING goes. After all, this is war.

All matches, team stats, rules and all things IMPROV WARS can be found at the LIT website: www.laughindextheatre.com

May the “yes and” be with you!

Tickets available here. 

Felicitations
September 8, 2018

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Felicitations

September 8, 2018

Friday at 10pm
$5 General/ $2 for DCAC Members

Felicitations is an improv show focused on the joy of community, the double-edge nature of uncertainty, and the inevitability of change. Showcasing the breadth and depth of talent in the DC scene, this show will feature new combinations of improvisers and will explore the essence of improv: mining the richness of each and every moment. This show embraces the “both, and” of improv and life. With every choice, there is opportunity, and each change carries with it both celebration and lamentation. Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Tickets available here. 

 

Queer(ing) Pleasure
September 7 – October 14, 2018

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Queer(ing) Pleasure
September 7 – October 14, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9pm

Closing Reception & Panel Discussion: Sunday, October 14, 5-7pm

Curated by Andy Johnson as part of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative

Mentor curators: Zoë Charlton & Tim Doud

Exhibiting artists: Antonius Bui, Monique Muse Dodd, Tsedaye Makonnen, John Paradiso, and Jade Yumang.

Queer(ing) Pleasure illustrates the radical queer potential of pleasure, challenging the too-often limited, white, hetero-centric logic of the erotic. Ignited by Audre Lorde’s inquiry, forty years ago, into the erotic as power, the exhibition investigates the ways in which pleasure is an “unexpressed and unrecognized” feeling. Through performance, photography, embroidery, video, and sculpture, the artists trace new and existing networks between pleasure, erotics, and queerness.

Image: Jade Yumang, Torso Floret, cut out on gay pornographic magazine, 19”x13”, 2010

A light white, a disgrace
September 7 – December 9, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A light white, a disgrace

September 7 – December 9, 2018

Roxana Alger Geffen

Curated by Eames Armstrong

Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 7-9 pm

Salon Discussion: Sunday, November 4, 5-7pm

Closing Reception: Sunday, December 9, 5-7pm

A light white, a disgrace presents assemblages of found or familiar fabrics, tender buttons, and useful housewifely junk. Generations of scraps, both tactile and immaterial, are bundled into new artifacts, tied with privilege and bound to time- totems to the powerful fictions and histories we tell about ourselves.

Image: Roxana Alger Geffen, Buckle & Glove, 2018

dcac’s nano gallery is located within the main gallery and is dedicated to presenting miniature and smaller works in an exhibition setting.

Laugh Index Theatre: Sketch Night
October 24, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Sketch Night

Wednesday at 8pm

August 29
September 26
October 24
November 28

Online Pre-Sale: $10 / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 / $12 DCAC Members

LIT’s Sketch Night is an entire show devoted to sketch comedy. Brought to you by both of LIT’s house teams, Separate Beds & The Employables, each month’s show is a different theme with new material.

Tickets available here. 

Heritage: Now
October 19 – November 25, 2018

Heritage: Now 
October 19 – November 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, November 18, 5pm

Curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell

Sparkplug Collective Artists: Hector Cataño, Eric Celarier, Alexis Gomez, Sarah Jamison, Ashley Ja’nae, Zofie King, Kelly Posey, Katie Pumphrey, Renée Regan, Julie Wills

Heritage: Now illustrates the nuance of lineage and human inheritance through a sometimes meta experience. Reflecting on power dynamics in human-to-human give-and-take, environmental-human interactions, and the problematic art history canon, the Sparkplug Collective contends with the meaning of giving, receiving, acceptance and rejection.

Through performance, painting, large and small scale drawing, algorithms, video, and sculpture, the artists contend with the narratives we carry.

Sparkplug is DCAC’s artists collective. Launched in 2007, Sparkplug is a two-year program that offers members a place to meet, helps to organize studio visits, provides opportunities to hone presentation skills, and make connections with arts professionals such as curators, collectors, and established artists. In addition, DCAC organizes two curated Sparkplug exhibitions: one each year.

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is a Washington, D.C. native and cultural programmer with over 10 years of GLAM experience [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums], devoted to exploring ways to engage with marginalized audiences through art, museum, and social justice practice.

Image: Eric Celarier, Picasso Inch by Inch, 2018

WIT Presents: Road Show 
October 25 – November 18, 2018

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Washington Improv Theatre Presents:
Road Show 

October 25 – November 18
Thursdays – Sundays at 7:30pm

October 27 & November 3
Saturday at 10pm

November 9 – 17
Saturday & Sunday at 10pm

Online Pre-Sale: $12 General / $10 DCAC Members
Door: $15 General / $12 DCAC Members

What will happen at the WIT Road Show? Your guess is as good as ours! WIT’s company ensembles and special guests take over DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan with our thrilling, unpredictable performances! Each show’s line-up is unique and every performance is one-of-a-kind.

Tickets & more info available here. 

Laugh Index Theatre: Three’s Comedy
November 7, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Three’s Comedy

Wednesdays at 8pm

August 22
September 5, 12
October 3, 10
November 7
December 5, 19 

May 2, 9, 16

Online Pre-Sale: $10 / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 / $12 DCAC Members

We know the rules of comedy, and we’re bringing you the power of three. Three types of comedy. One show. Come on and knock at our door.

Tickets available here.

Naked Girls Reading: Reading Banned Books
August 24, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Reading Banned Books

August 24

Friday at 10pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

There is nothing more subversive than reading banned books. Except maybe reading them naked…in public! Haters be damned, we’re doing it. Cherie Sweetbottom, GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and Sucre a la Creme are stripping down at the DC Arts Center to show you why these pieces of literary rebellion are important.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here. 

In Your Ear: Julie Carr, Chris Nelson, & Edwin Torres
November 18, 2018

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In Your Ear

November 18
Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

Please join us for In Your Ear’s November reading & please hang out for Drinks / Coffee afterwards at Songbyrd

Julie Carr’s most recent books are Objects from a Borrowed Confession and the essay collection, Someone Shot My Book. A mixed-genre work, Real Life: An Installation, is due out in 2018. She lives in Denver where she helps to run Counterpath and teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Chris Nealon is Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of two books of criticism, Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall (Duke, 2001) and The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in The American Century (Harvard, 2011), and three books of poetry: The Joyous Age (Black Square Editions, 2004), Plummet (Edge Books, 2009) and Heteronomy (Edge, 2014). He recently completed a new manuscript, The Shore. He is currently at work on a critique of academic antihumanism. He lives in Washington, DC.

Edwin Torres is a New York City native and the author of eight books of poetry including, Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books), and most recently XoeteoX: the infinite word object (Wave Books). Anthologies include: American Poets in the 21st Century (Vol. 4): Global Poetics, Who Will Speak For America, and Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café. His current 4-year project has been editing The Body In Language: An Anthology, forthcoming in 2019 from Counterpath Press.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

 

Rainbow Theatre Project: In the Closet
August 16 – September 15, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project:

In the Closet

A World Premiere directed by H. Lee Gable

August 16 – August 18
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm

August 23 – September 2
Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm

August 27: Monday at 7:30pm

September 6 – 8
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
September 9: Sunday at 3pm

Saturday September 15 at 7:30pm

$35 General/ $30 for DCAC Members

The season will kick off in August with the world premiere production of Siegmund Fuchs’ In the Closet, a metaphysical comedy that follows four men, each living during a different time period, as they look at their lives in the place where all gay men begin, in the closet.

Tickets available here. 

 

In Your Ear
December 16, 2018

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In Your Ear

December 16

Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. Curated by Bevil Townsend with social media coordinated by K. Lorraine Graham.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

 

We Finna Laugh
August 10, 2018

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We Finna Laugh: A Night of Comedy with Sampson 

August 10

Friday at 7:30pm
$20 General/ $15 for DCAC Members

Award winning stand up comedian and writer Sampson McCormick, returns to DC for a very intimate and uproariously hilarious and thought provoking comedy performance.

Tickets available here. 

Laugh Index Theatre Presents: HOT SPOT
December 22 & 29, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
HOT SPOT

December 22 & 29, 2018

Saturday at 8pm
Online Pre-Sale: $10 General / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 General / $12 DCAC Members

One night only!  It’s LIT’s musical comedy show! You’ll hear funny songs from our Laugh Index Players plus you’ll see them perform musical improv and musical sketch!  This show is so much fun it will hit your hot spot!  There will also be a jam at the end of the show! The 10 pm show features special guest Julian Stern.

Tickets available here. 

Theory of Theories
August 3 – 11, 2018

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Theory of Theories

Written & Directed by Sean Surla

Performed by Karoline Troger & Cristen Stephansky

August 3: Friday at 7:30pm
August 4: Saturday at 3pm
August 11: Saturday at 7:30pm

$15 General/ $10 for DCAC Members

Theories about life, love, desire, friendship, & connection… a play on vulnerability & evolving

Tickets available at door.