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. 

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.  

Naked Girls Reading: THE MOVIES
July 27, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
THE MOVIES

July 27, 2018
Friday at 10pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Your Naked Girls are no different. But we are far fonder of the tales, legends, graphics and novels that brought them into existence. Bring your popcorn and join us for a Night at the Movies, July 27th at 10pm!

Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center to present the sexy starlets GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and special guest Nina LaVoix to entertain, seduce and even educate you.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here. 

 

It is better to speak!
July 27, 2018

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It is better to speak!

July 27, 2018
Friday at 7:30pm

$10 General/ $8 for DCAC Members

RiverShe Collective Arts invites you to an evening of creative resistance & revival through spoken word, music, laughter, & community!

*DCAC members, please email info@dcartscenter.org to receive promotional code.

Tickets available here. 

THE ACCIDENTAL PILGRIM
July 7 – 29, 2018

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THE ACCIDENTAL PILGRIM 

A NEW PLAY BY THEATRE DU JOUR
Directed by B. Stanley

July 7 – 15: Friday – Sunday at 7:30pm

July 19 – 26: Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm

July 28 & 29: Saturday & Sunday at 7:30pm

$24 General/ $17 Fringe Button Discount

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 and Nate Taylor.

This production is presented as a part of the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.

Tickets available here. 

GNO: Gay Night Out
June 23, 2018

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GNO: Gay Night Out 

June 23, 2018
Saturday at 7:30 & 10pm
$20 / $15 DCAC Members at the door

GNO brings together DC’s trendsetting LGBTQ musicians and performers for a night of queer excellence. You’ll be laughing, singing, and dancing your way through a new breed of nightlife entertainment.

Hosted by Jane Saw. Performances by Bryce, Hilary Morrow, and Jordan Genovese.

Tickets available here.

Chinese Menu
June 22, 2018

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Chinese Menu March

June 22, 2018
Friday at 7:30pm
$10 General / $7 Pre-Sale & Members

These all star improv shows have been selling out for almost 10 years. Come see why!

Tickets available here.

Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed
June 22, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Comedy Undressed

June 22, 2018
Friday at 10pm
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 present GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and a to be announced for Naked Girls Reading Presents Comedy Undressed.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here.

Adumbrations
May 25 – June 24, 2018

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ADUMBRATIONS

Renee Marcus Butler
mixed media art from 2011-2018

Curated by: Lea-Ann Bigelow

May 25 – June 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, June 24, 5pm

adumbration: (n.) giving a faint shadow or resemblance of; to outline or sketch; to foreshadow, prefigure; to darken, partially conceal.

Known for her large scale site specific installations, Butler’s work forms an arc engaging the aesthetics of light, sound, architecture, and place. This exhibition of shadow boxes and installations uses the play of light to create depth and mystery in deceptively simple patterns, line and form.

 

1460 Wallmountables
June 29 – August 10, 2018

1460 Wallmountables
June 29 – August 10, 2018

Deinstallation: August 11: 2-7pm, August 12: 2-7 pm, and August 15 – 19: 2-7pm
Happy Hour Reception: Thursday, August 2, 6-8pm

One of our most popular and inclusive exhibitions is also one of our oldest traditions. Since 1990, 1460 Wallmountables has offered the opportunity for artists of all disciplines and abilities to show in this open hanging. We divide our wall space into 2 foot by 2 foot squares with strings, which creates a floor to ceiling grid on which artists hang their work. The work must fit into the space, and while artists can acquire more than one space, the work may not overlap the squares. The result is a most remarkable salon-style show that despite its diversity has a distinct rhythm. On the last day of hanging the strings come down, we clean up the gallery and have one of the most populated openings in town.

Each summer over 100 artists from across the city participate in 1460 Wallmountables, presenting over 300 artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We receive calls and emails about the exhibit all through the year and there are many people who will be working on 2 foot by 2 foot canvases just to fit in the show. On the opening day of hanging it is not unusual to have as many as 40 artists standing in line waiting to get registered and select the best spaces. There will be work by children, the elderly, professionals, amateurs, and students alike. It is by far one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, allowing these artists to bring their friends and families by a professional gallery to see their work and see whether it has sold.

More information available here. 

Naked Girls Reading: Science Fiction
May 18, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Science Fiction

May 18, 2018
Friday at 10pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

By Grabthar’s Hammer, through time and space, in a galaxy far far away, to boldly go where no Naked Girl has gone before, join us for Naked Girls Reading presents SciFi Fantasy. Will we be the Mother’s of Dragons, The Queens of Fairy or ruler of a realm both Muggle and Wizard alike? Join us, faithful squires, through journeys far and wide starting at our home the DC Arts Center on an epic the Bards will sing for ages to come. Cherokee Rose returns to the shire with Alice Darling, Cherie Sweetbottom and GiGi Holliday at the DC Arts Center on May 18th at 10pm. So say we all!

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here.

 

WIT Road Show: Interplay
May 3 – June 16, 2018

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WIT Road Show: Interplay

May 3 – June 16, 2018
Thursday-Sunday at 7:30pm
May 4 – 12 &  May 25 – June 16
Friday & Saturday at 9:30pm

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

Washington Improv Theater’s Interplay features dynamic collaborations between WIT’s own improvisers and artists from a myriad of disciplines—from music to puppetry to storytelling. These one-of-a-kind mash-ups will be unlike anything you’ve seen before on WIT’s stage!

Tickets available soon. More info available here. 

Zach and Kristin Will Make You Cry
April 20, 2018

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Zach and Kristin Will Make You Cry 

April 20, 2018
Friday at 10pm
$12 / $10 DCAC Members

Zach Mason and Kristin O’Brien, best friends and experienced DC comedians, will try (and fail) to move the audience to tears. Zach and Kristin Will Make You Cry is a parody comedy show that combines scripted sketches, improvised scenes, and multimedia elements inspired by Zach and Kristin’s lived experiences. A little silly, potentially profound, mostly cathartic. You will not be unmoved.  The show follows a theme from the magnitude of the universe to the singular experience of shameful alone time. Don’t close your eyes or fall asleep, because you don’t want to miss the spectacle of Zach and Kristin Will Make You Cry.

Tickets available here.

 

Queer(ed) Performativity
April 13 – May 20, 2018

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Queer(ed) Performativity
April 13 – May 20, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 20, 5pm

Curated by Andy Johnson
Mentor Curators: Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud

Exhibiting artists: Eames Armstrong, Antonius Bui, Hoesy Corona, Alexandra “Rex” Delafkaran, Myles Loftin, Stephanie Mercedes, and David Vassalli.

Queer(ed) Performativity points to a rise in the production, distribution, and consumption of queerness in both mainstream American culture and media. The performativity of queerness and the queer(ed) body has, within the past two decades, served as a note of comedic and anxious relief, a catch all for the uneasiness felt from the deconstruction of gender binaries and the shifting attitudes towards the fluidity of sexuality. The crux of Queer(ed) Performativity raises attention to the fact that the queer(ed) body is lauded, celebrated, and put on display when in the service of white heterosexual consumption. The exhibition underscores the incisive ways in which artists respond to, subvert, and refuse a politics of respectability and heteronormativity vis-a-vis both art objects and the body. Whether through the hyper-performance of queerness, the refusal to perform the role of the queer, or somewhere in between, the artists question the role of “queer” within late-capitalist neoliberal circles.

Image: David Vassalli, Neon Music, 2017

Rock Around the Box
April 13, 2018

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Rock Around the Box!

April 13, 2018
Friday at 10pm
$10 General/ $8 for DCAC Members at door

An evening of improvised duos with Brianna Lux, Jenna Hall, and Lura Barber of Nox!  Let them help you laugh (or cry) away your Friday the 13th.

Tickets available here. 

 

Michael Jons’ Wicked Thoughts! 
April 7 – 28, 2018

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Michael Jons’ Wicked Thoughts! 

April 7 – 28, 2018
Saturdays at 10pm
FREE

Mind reader and psychic entertainer Michael Jons premieres his new theatrical stage show, “Wicked Thoughts!”, a baffling trick of a show that peeks into the dark corners of our individual and collective minds. The show will make you laugh, leave you astonished, and have you wondering about whose thoughts you’re really thinking. It’s a thrilling and inspiring piece of psychological theater that’s bound to leave audiences wanting to see it again!

Tickets available here.

 

Naked Girls Reading: The 6th Annual Nerdettes
April 6, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
The 6th Annual Nerdettes

April 6, 2018
Friday at 10pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

Are you in possession of a Tardis key, have a Sorting Hat and your very own Mjölnir? Then do we have a show for you! On the heels of Awesome Con, DC’s official Naked Girls are here to definitively prove Nerds can be Sexy. Naked Girls Reading Presents Nerdettes will showcase tales of Wakandans, Mutants, and Hunters. Join the Nerdalicious Cherokee Rose, Gigi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Alice Darling at the DC Arts Center on April 6th at 10pm.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here. 

 

Rainbow Theatre Project: Top and Bottom
April 5 – 29, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project Presents:
Top and Bottom

By: Kevin Michael West
Directed by: Christopher Janson

April 5 – 29, 2018
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 3pm or 7:30pm
Monday, April 16 at 7:30pm

$35 / $30 DCAC Members at the door

Top and Bottom is an encounter between two young men who want to explore their fantasies in sexual bondage scene. Their only problem is they are a bit klutzy, a bit nerdy, and not totally sure what they are doing! (Warning: The production contains full male nudity).

Tickets available here.

Laugh Index Theatre Presents: HOT SPOT
March 31, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
HOT SPOT

March 31, 2018 

Saturday at 10pm
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. 

Chinese Menu
March 30, 2018

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Chinese Menu March

March 30, 2018
Friday at 10pm
$10 General / $7 Pre-Sale & Members

Chinese Menu is back! Who is in this months show? Does it really matter? You know its going to kick ass! Mark your calendars!

Tickets available here.