Naked Girls Reading: A Night At The Movies
April 12, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading: A Night At The Movies

Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm 

$25 General/ $20 for DCAC Members

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Your resident Naked Girls are no different. However, they are far fonder of the tales, legends, graphics, and novels that brought these Hollywood blockbusters into existence. Join us as we pop some popcorn and enjoy an all-new evening of in-the-buff readings exclusively at The Sexology Institute! $15 single ticket, $25 couple’s ticket, and receive 20% off purchases.

Tickets are available here.

Annika B. Lewis: Oppressive Mechanics
April 7 – 8, 2019

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Annika B. Lewis: Oppressive Mechanics

A collaboration with DC Arts Center, The Danish Embassy and The Swedish Embassy. Supported by Kassandra Production and The Danish Arts Foundation

Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 pm; Monday, April 8 at 7:30 pm

$15 General/ $12 for DCAC Members

Welcome to this work-in-progress and ARTivistic encounter where everything can happen!

You are invited as guests to feast on dismantling oppressive mechanics.
Together, we will explore possible strategies through an artistic creative dialogue regarding these questions:
How can we change from exploitation to respect, from narcissism to empathy, from destruction to creativity, from pain to pleasure, from consumption to generosity, from oppression to freedom?

Oppressive Mechanics is initiated by the Scandinavian-American performance artist Annika B. Lewis in a co-creation with DC based fine artist Anna U Davis, sex educator Laura Zam, multi-talented musician Jamal Gray, Baltimore based dance artist Vincent Thomas, and guests.

Tickets are available here.

Laugh Index Theatre
March 20-31, 2019

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House Comics Show: March 20, 2019 at 8:00PM & March 31, 2019 at 8:00PM

IMPROV WARS: March 23, 2019 at 3:00PM

Sketch Night: March 27, 2019 at 8:00PM

Laugh Index Theatre is your one-stop shop for your comedy needs offering a variety of comedy shows and classes in stand-up, improv, sketch, & storytelling.

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

Tickets are available here

In Your Ear
March 17, 2019

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In Your Ear

March 17, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/ Free to DCAC Members

Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards

Erin Dorney is the author of “I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf” (Mason Jar Press, June 2018). She is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Career Development Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation; a 2017 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center; a 2016 Spruceton Inn Artist Residency; and was the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA. Erin’s recent projects include “Cento Box” for Container’s Multitudes series & “The Hidden Museum, 2018”, a collaborative conceptual art installation on display at the Susquehanna Art Museum. Erin is cofounder of FEAR NO LIT and volunteers with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Buck Downs’s 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.

Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books). The recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The Nation, PEN AmericaTin House and elsewhere. She’s in a band called The Old Year with Washington DC-area musician Paul Erik Lipp.

Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, most recently The Wine-Dark Sea from Sidebrow Books. He is a founding editor of Octopus Books & runs a Dream Delivery Service (dreamdeliveryservice.com).

Josh Todarello is a writer, translator,  and PhD student in German Studies at Johns Hopkins. He lives in Baltimore.

Tickets available to the door.

The Wheel Theatre Company: The Seagull
March 14 – 30, 2019

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The Wheel Theatre Company: Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull

Adapted & Directed by Jack Read

March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 at 7:30 pm; March 30 at 3:00 pm

$20 General/ $15 for DCAC Members

On a summer’s evening, at a makeshift theater by a lake, a young writer’s new work is performed. In the wake of its spectacular failure, its audience – all connected by love – confront their own regret, grief, mortality, pettiness and loneliness. The Wheel Theatre Company’s new adaptation of Chekhov’s comedy is an ode to our first drafts and our failures, to our most bewildering infatuations, to our futile, comic search for reason and to our inexplicable ability to endure.

Tickets are available here

Naked Girls Reading: The Occult Edition!
March 9, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading: The Occult Edition!

March 9, 2019

Saturday at 7:00PM

Online Pre-Sale/DCAC Members: $22; Door: $27

Gather around the cauldron, coven. We’re dusting off our spell books, ripping off our robes, and solemnly swearing that we are up to no good. It’s Naked Girls Reading: The Occult Edition! March 9th at the DC Arts Center, join us as we welcome our new Naked Girl, Callie Pigeon, for an evil evening of witchcraft and bitchery; a séance of storytelling, sorcery and sisterhood not to be missed.

Tickets available here.

Laugh Index Theatre: Three’s Company
March 6, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents: Three’s Company

March 6, 2019

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

LIT knows the rules of comedy, and they’re bringing you the power of three. Three types of comedy. One Show. Come on and knock at our door….

Tickets are available here

Next Stop: North Korea
March 1 – 24, 2019

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Next Stop: North Korea

March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, & 24, 2019

Door: $20 General / $16 DCAC Members

Written and Performed by John Feffer; Directed by Angela Kay Pirko

How far would you travel to help other people? How many compromises would you make?

In this new one-man show, acclaimed playwright and performer John Feffer brings audiences as close to North Korea as they can get without a visa and an airplane ticket. Based on his visits to the country and the work he did there, Feffer explores the challenges of doing good in a morally ambiguous environment. He takes you inside Kim Il Sung’s mausoleum, up and down the Tower of the Juche Idea, out to the North Korean countryside, and into the hearts and minds of North Koreans themselves. Follow along with this “brilliant writer and performer” (Washington City Paper) as he brings you on an alternately funny, sobering, and thrilling trip of a lifetime.

Tickets are available here

Laugh Index Theatre: House Comics Show
February 28, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre: House Comics Show

February 28, 2019

LIT’s monthly stand alone stand-up comedy show features its House Comics. CAST: Jennifer Amo, Laurent Amzallag, Doug Francken, Edward Francis Lee, Katie McKelvie, Ben Nemceff, Rashee Raj, Robert Rowlett, and Hedi Sandberg.

LIT’s Stand-Up 101 and Stand-Up 201 students will also be performing!

Tickets available here.

Laugh Index Theatre: Sketch Night
February 27, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents: Sketch Night

February 27, 2019

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

LIT’s Sketch Night is every month on Wednesday, and it’s an entire show devoted to sketch comedy in Adams Morgan. Brought to you by both of LIT’s house teams, Separate Beds and Hot & Sweaty, each month’s show is a different theme with new material.

Tickets available here.

Landless Theatre Company: Puffs
February 22 – March 30, 2019

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Landless Theatre Company: Puffs

February 22, 2019

February 23; March 1, 2, 8, 9, 23 & 30, 2019

Door: $50 General / $40 DCAC Members

PUFFS – PUFFS or SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC by Matt Cox. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Playing in rep with THE DOYLE AND DEBBIE SHOW.

Tickets are available here

Sparkplug: Light Liminal
February 22 – March 24, 2019

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Sparkplug: Light Liminal
February 22 – March 24, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 22, 7-9pm 
Closing Reception: Sunday, March 17, 5pm Artists & Curator Talk

Artists: Tom Greaves, Sarah J. Hull, Shana Kohnstamm, Alanna Reeves, Azadeh Sahraeian, Elizabeth H. Sampson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Sarah Stefana Smith, Madeline A. Stratton, and Steve Wanna.  
Curator: Karen Joan Topping

Sparkplug: Light Liminal illustrates how these ten artists literally and symbolically employ light and darkness in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition takes place at the beginning of the 2019-2020 Sparkplug Collective, and explores themes of communication and empathy.

Karen Joan Topping moved to DC the same year DCAC opened (1989) and has been participating in what goes on there since getting her BFA from American University 1993. In 2007, she was one of the founding members of Sparkplug. She has an MFA from University of the Arts and is an artist and curator that create objects, images and experiences that encourage participants to reengage with the richness and empathy inducing reality of the experience of play. She is elated to be working with this new group of Sparkplug artists as they experience the joys and challenges of ‘playing’ together collectively.

In Your Ear
February 17, 2019

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In Your Ear

February 17, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the door + tips are encouraged for the authors/ Free for DCAC members

Come hang out afterwards at Songbyrd

Dora Malech is the author of Stet, selected by Susan Stewart for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and published by Princeton University Press in 2018. Her two previous books of poetry are Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (The Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in publications that include The New Yorker, Poetry, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, The Kenyon Review, Lana Turner, and Tin House. Her visual art has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Pinwheel. She is the recipient of awards that include an Amy Clampitt Residency Award from the Amy Clampitt Foundation, a Writers’ Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Award from the Poetry Foundation, and a Mary Sawyers Baker Award from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Allison Titus is the author most recently of SOB STORY (Barrelhouse) and The True Book of Animal Homes (Saturnalia Books). She embroiders erasures from discarded library books and with the poet Ashley Capps is at work on The New Sent(i)ence project. She teaches in the low-res MFA program at New England College.

Anne-Adele Wight is the author of An Internet of Containment, just released by Blazevox. She has three other books: The Age of Greenhouses, Opera House Arterial, and Sidestep Catapult, all from BlazeVOX. Anne-Adele lives and writes in Philadelphia. She has read extensively there and in other cities and her work has been published internationally.

Tickets available at the door.

Landless Theatre Company: The Doyle and Debbie Show
February 16 – March 29, 2019

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Landless Theatre Company: The Doyle and Debbie Show

February 16, 2019

March 15, 16, 22 & 29, 2019

Door: $50 General / $40 DCAC Members

THE DOYLE AND DEBBIE SHOW by Bruce Arntson is a sublime parody, simultaneously lampooning and idolizing country music’s tradition of iconic duos and their subsequent battle of the sexes. The production is directed by John Sadowsky (Gutenberg! The Musical!) and features Landless familiars Andrew Lloyd Baughman (Sweeney Todd) and Karissa Swanigan-Upchurch (High Fidelity). Playing in rep with PUFFS – PUFFS or SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC.

Tickets are available here

Laugh Index Theatre: Three’s Company
February 6, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents: Three’s Company

February 6, 2019

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

LIT knows the rules of comedy, and they’re bringing you the power of three. Three types of comedy. One Show. Come on and knock at our door….

Tickets available here

Laugh Index Theatre: Sketch Night
January 30, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents: Sketch Night

January 30, 2019

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

LIT’s Sketch Night is every month on Wednesday, and it’s an entire show devoted to sketch comedy in Adams Morgan. 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. 

Chinese Menu: Jaci Says Goodbye
January 26, 2019

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Chinese Menu: Jaci Says Goodbye

January 26, 2019

Saturday at 10:00pm
$10 General / $8 Pre-Sale & Members

Chinese Menu Comedy has done it again The best in DC come together in this celebration of great friends doing great work. Come see some of the best players you frankly don’t get to see that much anymore have a party on stage. There is always a Menu first timer and these days these shows don’t happen without it being a big(ger) deal event. Whats so special about this show? Other than than how good it is? Glad you asked.

This will also be your chance to say goodbye to Chinese Menu Comedy Hall of Famer Jaci Pulice.

Ticket information can be found here.

Laugh Index Theater: Threes Company
January 23, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents: Threes Company

January 23, 2019

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

LIT knows the rules of comedy, and they’re bringing you the power of three. Three types of comedy. One Show. Come on and knock at our door….

Tickets available here. 

In Your Ear
January 20, 2019

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In Your Ear

January 20

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

Ok, friends, In Your Ear has some heavy hitters coming to our nation’s capital. Join us in 2019 for a wonderful afternoon of poetry.

Please join us to hear poetry by Barbara Henning, Maureen Owen, Terence Winch & Erika Howsare  & more!

We’ll head to Songbyrd after the reading for a drink, coffee, and/or food.

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 at the door.

Lush: Reinvention
January 18 – April 7, 2019

Lush: Reinvention
January 18, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 15, 7-9pm 
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 7, 5pm Artist & Curator Talk

Artist:  Wayson R. Jones
Curator: Eames Armstrong

Lush: Reinvention presents a small new body of richly textured and brilliantly colored paintings. A departure from Jones’ extensive grayscale work, the introduction of vivid color is a new dialect in his personal visual language. Themes of weight, presence, and beauty emerge through abstraction.

Image: Wayson R. Jones, Meadows, 2018, (detail) Extra-course pumice gel, acrylic, Flashe on wood panel, 6”x6”x1.5” .