LIT: A Hot & Sweaty Holiday 
December 9, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
A Hot & Sweaty Holiday 

December 9, 2018

Sunday at 2, 4, 6, & 8pm
Online Pre-Sale: $20, Door: $25

Nine times the charm and holiday spirit of its predecessors, the ninth annual “A Hot & Sweaty Holiday” will have nine times the laughs! You’ll laugh so hard you’ll sweat the holiday pounds away, and your ticket purchase will help Bread for the City.

Each show is ninety minutes long with no intermission. Tickets are $20 online before 5 pm the day of the show, and proceeds go to Bread for the City.

Tickets available here. 

Vincent
March 4 ­- March 28

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By Leonard Nimoy , Directed by B. Stanley and Theatre Du Jour, Performed by B. Stanley

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm

$20, $15 for DCAC membersFor Reservations: Call DCAC at 202­462­7833

One of the most beloved artists of the past century, it is largely forgotten that van Gogh’s legacy was notalways that of an artistic genius. In the one­man play “Vincent”, Theo van Gogh revisits the turbulent life ofhis brother, offering insight into the world of the tormented artist. Set in Paris 1890, only a week after hisbrother’s dramatic death, Theo appeals to an audience of van Gogh’s contemporaries who have written thepainter off as an insane fool. The result is a moving effort to rescue his brother’s legacy, transforming himfrom a madman into a beloved brother and misunderstood talent.

Based on the play “Van Gogh” by Phillip Stevens, Leonard Nimoy wrote “Vincent” using the hundreds ofletters Theo and Vincent exchanged during their lives. B. Stanley, as Theo, recreates the world of themisunderstood genius in a poignant and intimate meditation on the life of the gifted painter. The show offersan evening of laughter, tears and insight into van Gogh’s passion and suffering, while considering themeaning of art and artistry in a world where success is judged in terms of sales, by which measure vanGogh fell short during his lifetime.

The DC Center: DC Queer Theatre Festival
December 7 & 8, 2018

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The DC Center: 

DC Queer Theatre Festival

December 7 & 8, 2018
Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 3pm & 7:30pm

$20 General/ $15 for DCAC Members

Founded in 2012, the DC Queer Theatre Festival is dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and area.By featuring new plays with themes relevant to the DC area and local artists with roots in the community, the DC Queer Theatre Festival combines quality theatre with activism and charity. The 2012 and 2013 DC Queer Theatre Festivals partnered with The DC Center for the LGBT Community, raising money for and awareness of the essential services The DC Center provides to the LGBTQ communities in Washington, DC.

Our mission is to unleash and celebrate the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and community.

Tickets available here.

Black Artists of DC (BADC)
December 7, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Making an Impact: Mentoring in Real Life 
December 7, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, January 13, 5pm

Artist Mentors: Alonzo Davis, Amber Robles-Gordon, Al Burts
Artist Mentees: Asha Elana Casey, Kayla Beyer, Thelia Burts

Making an Impact: Mentoring in Real Life celebrates the value of mentoring through the work of three artist mentorship pairings. Spanning painting, mixed media, drawing, and carved wood, the exhibition is an opportunity to see how each mentor’s knowledge and experience has helped to guide and shape their mentee to reach greater heights. Mentors allow the mentees to see the hope inside themselves.

Image: Alonzo Davis with Kayla Beyer, Social Justice Project, 2017-2019
Ballistic vests and mixed media, worn in live performance interventions

Rainbow Theatre Project: A Deafening Sound
November 23 & 24, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project:

A Deafening Sound

a cabaret directed & performed by Jeffrey Higgins

November 23 & 24, 2018
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm

$35 General/ $30 for DCAC Members

On November 8th, 2015 Jeffrey Higgins was fired from his singing job in the Archdiocese of Washington for being a gay, married man. After a short battle with the Church, Jeffrey left music behind, finding it too painful to relive his sacking with every note he sang. A Deafening Soundis his return to the musical world. Using music from several genres, Jeffrey will tell a deeply personal story of shame, depression, love, and the climb back to stable ground.

Tickets available here. 

 

Chinese Menu: Luke Null season 43 of SNL
October 28, 2018

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Chinese Menu March

October 28, 2018
Sunday at 10pm
$10 General / $8 Pre-Sale & Members

For those of you that don’t know, Chinese Menu Comedy put on a rock star mash up improv show for about 10 years. The show was a great outlet for old school players unable to commit to the grind of the improv style dues to geography or kids. We also enjoyed folding in newer players on the scene and giving hundreds of people in the community a chance to get together and play. Sometimes with some of the biggest out of town names in improv. We stopped our monthly show in the spring but we left the door open for “big deal or special occasion” shows. We think this one qualifies.
Luke Null (Saturday Night Live season 43 cast member and Chicago improviser) is in town and jumping on the Menu. Some great people are coming out to play with him.
The (tentative) cast includes:

– Luke Null (IO alum and season 43 cast member of SNL. loves the Bengals. from Cincinnati. great eyes.

– Denny Johnson (nice. pure joy. except when he’s not. Menu hall of Famer, Commonwealth alum, currently killing it with To Be Frank)

– Katie Carson Phillips (161 Alum, 1/3 of the all time great team, that person that we wish were available more. Biscuitville, pure joy. on our Mount Rushmore of DC improvisers)

– Jules Duffy (Chicago trained. Commonwealth alum. one of the smartest players around. so damn nice. until you’re a jerk)

– Donna Steele (RVA alum. plays with everyone. coaches everyone, takes great photos. very nice but will not hesitate to have a hard chat with you. sneaky young)

– Mikael Johnson (gadfly. one of the best teachers ever. Menu Hall Of Famer. honest to a fault. great dad. curious facial hair)

– Colin Murchie (161 Alum, “nobody has more vocabulary instantly available”- Shawn Westfall. intimidatingly smart. ju-jitsu devotee. elaborate scene painter. Also sneaky young.

– Justine Hipsky (Part of the Hellcat mob. educator. woke AF. cool pets. intimidatingly cool boyfriend.)

– Dan Milliken (IMusical mainstay, great coach, extraordinary server, looks bad in drag but is handsome AF

– Dots Thomas (plays with GUS, super handsome, loves BBQ, Naval officer, smarter than most.

– Pete Bergen- (whatever)

We have some invites out and will report back with a ticket link once the cast is filled out!
Until then plan on staying up a little later on the 28th!

Tickets available here.

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. 

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. 

 

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. 

 

Heritage: Now
October 19 – November 25, 2018

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Heritage: Now 
October 19 – November 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 7-9pm
Happy Hour Reception: Friday, November 9, 6-8pm
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

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.

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.

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. 

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

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 – January 13, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A light white, a disgrace

September 7 – January 13, 2019

Roxana Alger Geffen

Curated by Eames Armstrong

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

Salon Discussion: Sunday, November 4, 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: 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. 

Laugh Index Theatre: Improv Wars
November 12, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Improv Wars

Mondays at 8 pm

August 20
September 3, 10, 24
October1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
November 5, 12
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.