Adumbrations
May 25 – June 24, 2018

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ADUMBRATIONS

Renee Marcus Butler
2011-2018, Mixed Media Art Form

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.

 

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.

 

In Your Ear
April 15, 2018

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In Your Ear

April 15, 2018
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 and Mike Walsh.

Tickets available here. 

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

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.

Judging Me Judging You
April 27 – August 12, 2018

Judging Me Judging You
April 27 – August 12, 2018

Chris Combs

Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, August 12, 5pm

Through handmade and custom-fabricated hardware, software, and enclosures, the electronic works in Judging Me Judging You respond to themes of surveillance, control, and algorithmic bias–and the viewer, using facial recognition and motion sensing.

Chris Combs is an artist and product manager based in Washington, D.C who creates provocative technology. His Markov Radio was recently included in a one-day Sound Scene event at the Hirshhorn Museum. He was a photo editor for National Geographic for five years and has photographed autism, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and traffic cones. He is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design. You can find his work here.

Image: Just Helping, 2018, Vintage OSRAM mainframe LED displays, aluminum extrusion, custom electronics, neural network

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

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

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

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

Michael Jons’ Psychic Cabaret
March 23 – 31, 2018

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Michael Jons’ Psychic Cabaret

March 23 – 31, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm
$50 General/ $40 DCAC Members at door

Michael Jons’ Psychic Cabaret is the mind-boggling and hysterical hit show by mind reader and psychic entertainer Michael Jons. During his lightening-paced performance, Michael Jons astonishes the audience with his Sherlockian style of people-reading, his Svengali-like power to persuade and, of course, his incredible ability to seemingly read the private thoughts of total strangers. But the show’s highlight is the dazzling variety of psychic readings that Jons does, instantly and memorably, for lucky members of the audience. Grab some friends or bring a date and join us for this fun and unique show!

Tickets available here.

 

Swipe Right For Comedy
March 23 & 24, 2018

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Swipe Right For Comedy

March 23 & 24, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 10pm
$15 General/ $12 DCAC Members at door

Swipe Right For Comedy is a place to go for an hour and laugh at the folly of life.  A place to put your proverbial feet up–although you can’t in reality. The seats are not built for that.

Tickets available here.

 

Laugh Index Theatre Presents: In the Hot Seat
March 11, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
In the Hot Seat

March 11
April 8

Sunday at 8pm
Pre-Sale: $10 / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 / $13 DCAC Members

In the Hot Seat is LIT’s monthly comedy variety show featuring comedy ensemble, Hot & Sweaty, on Sunday nights in Adams Morgan.  Hot & Sweaty performs all types of comedy:  improv, sketch, stand-up.  They also love to invie one willing audience member on stage.  Are you ready for the hot seat?

Tickets available here. 

 

FEMIN-EDY & DUDE-EDY
March 10, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
FEMIN-EDY & DUDE-EDY

March 10, 2018
Saturday at 10pm
Online Pre-Sale: $10 / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 / $12 DCAC Members

The Battle of the Sexes Just Got LIT! Laugh Index Theatre presents two segments in one show to answer one timeless question:  Who’s Funnier  Men or Women? The FEMIN-EDY segment features stand-up comediennes & sketch artists, femme fatale improvisers and musical improvisers.  The DUDE-EDY segment showcases the dudes in stand-up, sketch, improv and musical improv.  After the show, there’s a BATTLE OF THE SEXES IMPROV JAM with the performers in the show.

Tickets available here. 

LETTERS TO MOM: Prints by EJ Montgomery
March 9 – April 8, 2018

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LETTERS TO MOM: Prints by EJ Montgomery
March 9 – April 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 18, 5pm

Curated by Susan J. Goldman
Founding Director of Lily Press®

A selected timeline of monotypes, etchings, and screenprints representing the breadth of EJ Montgomery’s artistic career from past to present. Drawing on her practice of metalsmithing, textile design, photography, and painting, EJ Montgomery’s highly sensitive prints evoke themes of memory, through use of evocative automatic writing, calligraphic marks, and strokes of swirling lines. Color overlays, playful shapes, and textured etched surfaces in her painterly compositions are inspired by her love of world travel, music, and naturalistic formations in nature.

Evangeline Juliet (EJ) Montgomery, born 1933 in New York City, has had many roles in American culture, particularly as part of the multi-faceted story of African American art history. EJ has been indefatigable in helping to develop a network of artists and scholars throughout the Diaspora. For 25 years representing the Cultural Programs Office, U.S. State Department, EJ helped to advance the careers of numerous emerging and mature artists. She has initiated groundbreaking museum initiatives, exhibitions, and collections. For the past 40 years, EJ has been upfront and behind the scenes in all ways and more. She has had numerous solo shows and actively continues to produce new work at Lily Press®.

Image: EJ Montgomery, Letters to Mom, 2010, monotype with intaglio, 20”x16” image, 30”x22” paper, edition: 4/5

Naked Girls Reading: True Crime
March 9, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
True Crime 

March 9, 2018
Friday at 10pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

Join us, crime enthusiasts, through stories sordid and dark as we detail true crime stories of the serial killers and psychopaths that hold our attentions from across the globe. Cherokee Rose returns to our muderino home the DC Arts Center with Alice Darling, Cherie Sweetbottom and GiGi Holliday.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here.

 

The Wheel Theatre Company: A Burial Place
March 8 – 17, 2018

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The Wheel Theatre Company:
A Burial Place 

By: Owen Panettieri
Directed by: Elizabeth Floyd

March 8 – 16, 2018
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
March 17
Saturday at 3pm

$20 General / $15 DCAC Members at door

Following a rough sophomore year at college, Emmett, Colby and Marcus were hoping to reunite at home for a fun night of beers and laughs at their annual summer sleepover. Instead, they come back to find their town at the epicenter of a major police investigation. A gruesome discovery out in the woods where they used to play has resulted in public outrage and a growing list of unanswered questions. What’s been found out there could be connected to an incident involving Marcus from years earlier, but if the boys go in search of the truth now, it may only pull them apart forever. Some secrets, no matter how far you push them down, never find a place to rest.

Tickets available here.

In Your Ear
February 18, 2018

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In Your Ear

February 18 , 2018
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 and Mike Walsh. Participants will include Sally Wen Mao, A.L. Nielsen, and Wesley Rothman.

Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). Her second book, Oculus, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019. Her work has won a 2017 Pushcart Prize and is published or forthcoming in A Public SpacePoetryBlack Warrior ReviewGuernicaThe Missouri ReviewTin HouseThe Best of the Net 2014 and The Best American Poetry 2013, among others. The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, the New York Public Library Cullman Center, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Mao holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She is the 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Writer in Washington at the George Washington University.

A.L. Nielsen’s new book of poetry is Tray, from Make Now Books. Nielsen was the first recipient of D.C.’s Larry Neal Award for poetry, and has since published the books Heat Strings, Evacuation Routes, VEXT, Mixage, Stepping Razor, Mantic Semantic and A Brand New Beggar. A graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and George Washington University, he is currently the Kelly Professor of American Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. His critical works include Reading Race, Writing between the Lines, C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction, Black Chant and Integral Music. With Lauri Ramey, he has co-edited two anthologies ofinnovative poetry by African American writers. Among other awards, he has been presented the SAMLA Studies Prize, the Kayden Prize, an American Book Award and The Josephine Miles Award. His poetry has appeared inboth Best American Poems and Best American Experimental Writing.

Wesley Rothman is the author of SUBWOOFER (New Issues 2017). Recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, his poems and criticism have appeared in Boston ReviewCallaloo, CrazyhorseHarvard ReviewNew England ReviewPoetry Northwest, Prairie SchoonerSouthern Humanities Review, and The Golden Shovel Anthology, among other venues. He serves as a Teaching Artist for the National Gallery of Art and is pursuing a doctorate in literature.

Tickets available here. 

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

Laugh Index Theatre: I Heart Improv
February 14, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
I Heart Improv 

February 14, 2018 

Wednesday at 8 pm
Online Pre-Sale: $10 General / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 General / $12 DCAC Members
Admission is *FREE* if you bring a handmade valentine addressed to no one in particular

Time to put away the high-calorie chocolates, mixed tapes and lame greeting cards.  Steer clear of those once-you’ve-seen-one-you’ve-seen-them-all romantic comedies.  This Valentines Day, listen to your heart and its one true desire — the desire laugh like no one’s watching.  “i heart improv” will fulfill this desire and introduce you to a new passion:  improv comedy. The show will be filled with made-up love songs, a dating game & made-up relationships where s/he said “yes and.”  The commitment is only for one night, but it’s a night you’ll always remember. 

Tickets available here.