In Your Ear
December 17, 2017

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In Your Ear

December 17, 2017
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 Meg Ronan, Mike Walsh

Tickets: dcpoetry.com/iye

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

Purple Crayon Production: Love and Information
January 20, 2018

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Purple Crayon Production Presents:
Love and Information

January 20, 2018
Saturday at 4pm
$5 / $3 DCAC Members at the door

A​ ​series​ ​of​ ​vignettes​ ​that​ ​follows​ ​a​ ​multitude​ ​of​ ​day-to-day​ ​interactions,​ ​​Love​ ​and  Information​​ ​opens​ ​up​ ​a​ ​dialogue​ ​about​ ​the​ ​pain​ ​and​ ​love​ ​that​ ​is​ ​found​ ​in​ ​human  relationships.​ ​​ ​It​ ​also​ ​explores​ ​our​ ​relationships​ ​with​ ​knowledge,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​infinite  access​ ​to​ ​it​ ​shapes​ ​how​ ​we​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​one​ ​another.​ ​Although​ ​on​ ​the​ ​surface​ ​the  conversations​ ​may​ ​seem​ ​trivial,​ ​Churchill’s​ ​play​ ​celebrates​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of  information​ ​in​ ​our​ ​everyday​ ​experiences.​ ​Whether​ ​mundane,​ ​crucial,​ ​or​ ​insignificant,  that​ ​information​ ​is​ ​constantly​ ​present​ ​and​ ​is​ ​what​ ​connects​ ​us​ ​to​ ​one​ ​another.​ ​​ ​Purple  Crayon​ ​Productions​ ​brings​ ​Churchill’s​ ​dialogues​ ​to​ ​life,​ ​asking​ ​the​ ​audience​ ​to​ ​reflect  on​ ​their​ ​own​ ​balancing​ ​act​ ​of​ ​knowing​ ​vast​ ​amounts​ ​of​ ​information​ ​while​ ​also​ ​begging  for​ ​more.​ Love​ ​and​ ​Information​​ ​is​ ​presented​ ​by​ ​special​ ​arrangements​ ​with​ ​SAMUEL  FRENCH,​ ​INC.

Tickets available here.

Imaging Freedom: Reflections of Resistance and Joy
December 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Imaging Freedom: Reflections of Resistance and Joy
Curated by Rhea Beckett

December 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 15, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, January 14, 5pm

Daniel Brooking, James Brown, Jr. , Summer Brown, Abiodun Eniyandunni, T.H Gomillion, Alanzo Robles-Gordon, Francine Haskins, Esther Iverem, Magruder Murray,  Russell Simmons, James Terrell, Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell

Imaging Freedom: Reflections of Resistance and Joy features the work of twelve D.C. artists that declares freedom through resistance, collective experience, and past reflection. Featuring 2D and 3D artwork, the exhibition affirms to viewers that in the midst of a culture and history seeped in resistance, joy remains sacred and tangible. Participating artists touch on notions relating to: ancestral reverence and the remembrance of those who have gone before us, the value of togetherness, symbols and representations of freedom and capturing the essence of a collective spirit through figurative work.

Curated by Rhea Beckett, the exhibition is in collaboration with Black Artists of DC (BADC). BADC began in 1999 to address the lack of communication and support between local Black artists. BADC has grown to include members, associates and supporters from every discipline; who at one time lived, were educated, or worked in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Black Artists of DC strives to create a Black artists’ community to promote, develop and validate the culture, artistic expressions and aspirations of past and present artists of Black-Afrikan ancestry in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Image: James Brown, Jr. , Speak 2 Me, 2016

Rainbow Theatre Project: International Women’s Day Observance
January 22, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project Presents:
Eleanor and Marilyn 
& Power Down
Directed by Elizabeth Pringle 

January 22, 2018
Monday at 7:30pm
$15 / $12 DCAC Members at the door

Eleanor and Marilyn by Monica Regan. About a conversation between (you guessed it) Eleanor Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe.

Power Down by Kate Colwell. About a woman navigating in a world of Al.

Tickets available here.

Rainbow Theatre Project: No Words in Guyanese for Me
February 8 – March 4, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project Presents:
No Words in Guyanese for Me
Part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival 

February 8 – March 4, 2018
Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 3pm or 7:30pm
$35 / $30 DCAC Members at the door

A gay Muslim’s journey to reconcile her faith and her sexuality.

Winner of the GLAAD Award, No Word in Guyanese for Me is a poetic, lyrical play, a beautiful exploration of religious and sexual identity. This is the journey of Hanna. From her childhood in Guyana to her adolescence in 9/11 New York City, from a disastrous arranged marriage to her sexual awakening, Hanna struggles to come to terms with her sexual identity, her devotion to her faith, and the right to be accepted for who she is, a gay Muslim. Written by Wendy Graf, directed by Julia Hurley, starring Ashley K. Nicholas.

Tickets available here.

Washington Improv Theatre: Road Show
November 9 – 25, 2017

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Washington Improv Theatre Presents:
Rise Up!

November 9 – 25, 2017
Thursdays – Sundays at 7:30 pm
Fridays & Saturdays at 9:30 pm

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: witdc.org

Chinese Menu Invitational
November 3 & 4, 2017

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Chinese Menu Invitational

November 3 & 4, 2017
Friday at 7:30 & 10 pm
Saturday at 7:30 & 10 pm
$10 Pre-Sale & Members / $12 General

An invite only festival where the teams have been curated and vetted ensures that they are up to the Menu standard! We have secured the DCAC for the whole weekend. There will be workshops, shows, laughs, and as always, pizza.

Tickets:
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A Comedy of Horrors
October 27 & 28, 2017

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
A Comedy of Horrors

October 27 & 28, 2017
Friday and Saturday at 10 pm
Online Pre-Sale: $10 General / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 General / $13 DCAC Members

It’s so funny, it’s scary. A Comedy of Horrors, LIT’s Halloween-themed comedy variety show, includes stand-up comedians, improv teams and sketch comedy. You’ll have a wicked good time.

Tickets: laughindextheatre.com

In Your Ear
November 19, 2017

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In Your Ear

November 19, 2017
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 Meg Ronan, Mike Walsh

Tickets: dcpoetry.com/iye

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

Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Blue Freedom
November 17 – December 10, 2017

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Blue Freedom
Ebtisam Abdulaziz

Curated by Blair Murphy

November 17 – December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 7pm-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, December 3, 5pm

Ebtisam Abdulaziz’s work grapples with the concept of freedom, exploring the ways that notions of personal liberation are shaped by our social roles–including gender, race, religion, and national identity. Blue Freedom includes videos and photographs documenting performances carried out by the artist both in her native United Arab Emirates and since moving to the United States. Her work draws on her own experience moving through the world–as a woman in the UAE and, more recently, as a Muslim woman and person of color in the contemporary USA. Utilizing the body and drawing influences from utopian and modernist aesthetics, Abdulaziz creates poetic visual tableaus that symbolize the restrictions of social norms and imagine possibilities for liberation.

Ebtisam Abdulaziz is a multidisciplinary artist & writer from the United Arab Emirates currently based in Washington, DC. She was included in the inaugural pavilions of the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) at the 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as in the 7th & 10th Sharjah Biennials. Other exhibitions include Languages of the Desert at the Kunst Museum (Bonn, Germany), Arab Express at The Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), 25 years of Arab Creativity at The Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris, France), Inventing The World: The Artist as a Citizen for the Benin Biennial 2012, and Dubai Next, a collaboration between the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Vitra Design Museum for Art Basel 2008. Her work was included in Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, which was organized by Meridian International Center (Washington, DC) and traveled to Los Angeles, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, and Washington State. She has recently been included in exhibitions at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE), New York University Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Cara Gallery (New York, NY) and Rhizome (Washington, DC).

Image: Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Blue Freedom, 2013

Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed
November 17, 2017

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Comedy Undressed

November 17, 2017
Friday at 10 pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

We want to tickle your fancy and your funny bone! Join us as the Naked Girls read their favorite memoirs, tales, blogs and funny stories by the world’s most memorable jokesters! Cherokee Rose is in stitches to join GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling for Naked Girls Reading Presents Comedy Undressed, November 17th at 10pm.

Tickets: https://nakedgirlsreadingscomedy.brownpapertickets.com/

Chinese Menu: Home for the Holidays
December 23, 2017

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Chinese Menu Home for the Holidays

December 23, 2017
Saturday at 7 & 9:30 pm
$10 Pre-Sale & Members / $12 General

Lots of very talented people come home for the holidays so we like to make sure we get them on stage. Come see some of your favorite Menu Regulars mix it up with some of the most fun ex pats! There is so much talent we have 2 shows!

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3083068

Naked Girls Reading: A Very Naked Holiday
December 15, 2017

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
A Very Naked Holiday

December 15, 2017
Friday at 10 pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

The holiday season is no reason to turn into a Scrooge. Join us for Naked Girls Readings Presents: A Very Naked Holiday and you’ll be filled with so much holiday cheer your wee heart will grow three sizes this year. Already a Suzy Snowflake? Then you won’t want to miss this North Pole Express filled with heart, wit and just enough sass to make anyone’s belly shake with Naked Girl class. It’s become our Holiday tradition make it yours too!

The Naked Girls celebrate any winter holiday they can get their hands on with their ever-popular, A Very Naked Holiday show! Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center with Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling, GiGi Holliday, and a TBA special guest, December 15th at 10:00pm.

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3181468

Judge Me Not
October 14 & 15, 2017

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Judge Me Not

October 14 & 15, 2017
Saturday at 10 pm
Sunday at 6:30 pm
$25 General/ $20 for DCAC Members

Judge Me Not is a diverse ensemble production featuring seasoned actors in a variety of characters. A unique monologue performance that takes you on a journey through the lives of 10 souls and challenges our snap judgement through storytelling. Judge Me Not delves deeper beyond the surface of others to incite a little more compassion.

Tickets:
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Theatre du Jour: The Accidental Pilgrim
October 12-28, 2017

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Theatre du Jour Presents:

The Accidental Pilgrim

October 12 – 28
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
$20 General / $15 DCAC Members

A NEW PLAY BY THEATRE DU JOUR

Directed by B. Stanley

In this newly devised play Theatre Du Jour offers an intimate abstract spectacle with laser focus on humankind’s search for satisfaction. An unfulfilled individual starts on what he believes to be the road to his goals only to find the path is diverted and not as clear as he had imagined. Psychedelic visuals and sound caress the ensemble as they make their way through this decidedly obtuse adventure.

Featuring Jerry Herbilla, Jacquelyn Paulin, Rachel Reed, Kris Roth, and Annetta Dexter Sawyer. Sound design by Rob Gould.

More Info: theatredujour.com

 

Tickets:
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Chinese Menu
October 7, 2017

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Chinese Menu

October 7, 2017
Saturday at 10 pm
$10 Pre-Sale & Members / $12 General

The kick ass, rock star, grimy little monthly all star show is back. Mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss this show that has been selling out for years!

Tickets:
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In Your Ear
September 17, 2017

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In Your Ear

September 17, 2017
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. This month features readings by Nat Baldwin and Mugabe Byenkya.
Curated by Meg Ronan, Mike Walsh

Tickets: dcpoetry.com/iye

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

Washington Improv Theatre: Rise Up!
September 14 – October 1, 2017

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Washington Improv Theater presents Summer Camp at Source Theater in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Washington Improv Theatre Presents:
Rise Up!

September 14 – October 1, 2017
Thursdays – Sundays at 7:30 pm
Fridays & Saturdays at 9:30 pm
Online Pre-Sale: $12 General / $10 DCAC Members
Door: $15 General / $10 DCAC Members

Over inauguration weekend in 2017, WIT presented a one-weekend politically-minded barrage of improv shows called Rise Up! That cathartic, eye-opening, and raw experience stirred something up in DC’s improv community and WIT is thrilled to present this three-week revisitation of politically inspired performances. Rise Up! explores all the ways the personal really is political, and vice versa. Part rallying cry, part group hug, Rise Up! is an artistic response to the life and times we live in.

Tickets & more info: witdc.org

Naked Girls Reading: Mythology
September 8, 2017

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Mythology

September 8, 2017
Friday at 10 pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

Beloved by Seshat, blessed by Aphrodite, and drinking buddies with Anansi, Naked Girls Reading DC is pleased to take you back to a time of myth and legend for Naked Girls Reading Presents: Mythology! Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center with GiGi Holiday, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Alice Darling to pass down ancient and awesome tales of fairies, heroes, and the occasional trickster in this auspicously naked month of September.

Tickets: http://nakedgirlsreadingmyth.bpt.me/

Denatured, curated by Sarah Burford
October 6 – November 12, 2017

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Denatured
Technology and the Natural World
Curated by Sarah Burford
Mentor Curator: Rebecca Cross

October 6 – November 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, November 5, 5pm

Ryan Hoover, Joanna Platt, Rachel Schmidt, Fabiola Yurcisin

Technology has dramatically changed human relationships with the natural world, yielding both revelatory and destructive results. Imagined futures, ghostly pasts, the detritus of technological progress, and tensions between the organic and artificial are all central to the pieces in this exhibition. In video, mixed media, creative coding, and 3D printed works, these artists offer deep and nuanced visions of our impact upon, and contemporary relationship to, the natural world.

Image: Ryan Hoover, Arborescent Algorithm Series – Seed 5008-AL, 2015, nylon 3D print, aluminum, walnut, 27″ x 15″ x 9″