Michael Burgos Presents: Tiramisu,
October 25 – 26, 2019

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Michael Burgos Presents: Tiramisu

Ciao! E benvenuti in Italia!

October 25 & 26, 2019 at 7:30PM

IN ADVANCE (Online): General Admission: $16; DCAC Members $12
AT-THE-DOOR: General Admission: $20; DCAC Members $16

Come take a light-hearted and physically-comedic romp through Italy with 14-time internationally award-winning writer and performer Michael Burgos.

WINNER: Best Solo Performance, 2019 Boulder Fringe Festival.

“Pure ridiculousness in every bite!”  Audience Review, Boulder Fringe

“My cheeks hurt from laughing so much! I wish the show had been two hours!”  Audience Review, Boulder Fringe

“Burgos shares DNA with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Sid Caesar.”  The Washington Post

More at MichaelJBurgos.com

Ages 12+ (Language: Scarce Profanity)

Tickets are available here.

In Your Ear,
October 20, 2019

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In Your Ear 

October 20, 2019 at 3:00PM
$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members
Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!

Jennifer Atkinson is the author of five poetry collections. The most recent one, The Thinking Eye, was published by Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions in 2016. These poems are from a recently completed ms. titled A Gray Realm the Ocean. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at George Mason University.
Born in Upstate New York, Poet and video artist Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His work has been screened at MoMA PS1, &Now: A Festival of Innovative Writing, No Nation Gallery, New Hampshire Poetry Festival, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Conduit, FencejubilatLaurel Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019). His first full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was recently published by Lithic Press.

Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry (all from University of Chicago Press).   His Berlin Notebook, reporting about the refugee crisis in Germany, was published by Los Angeles Review of Books in 2016 as a digital edition.  A chapbook, Everything I Do I Do Good: Trumpoems (Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, 2018) is available as a free digital download (www.disptachespoetrywars.com).  He has received Whiting, Guggenheim, and Rome Prize fellowships, as well as the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, which took him to Berlin in 2012-13.  The poetry editor of Tikkun, he teaches at University of Maryland, and lives in Washington D.C.

Omnious Maramba,
October 19, 2019

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Omnious Maramba

October 19, 2019 at 7:30PM; $8 General / $6 DCAC Members

OMINOUS MARIMBA is an improvisational comedy group featuring Alan Carroll and Kabeer Parwani, who have been performing together for more than ten years. We’ll be joined by some other DC-based improvisers to bring you a side-splitting, rib-tickling, noun-adjectiving, comedy show – completely improvised on the spot!

Chinese Menu: Workshop 67,
October 5, 2019

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Chinese Menu 

October 5, 2019 at 10PM

This was once a monthly all star mash up that sold out for 10 years! Now it only pops up when special occasions like when some improv royalty comes to town!
The amazing Susan Glynn is coming to town and we are puting some rock stars around her. Susan is the 4th member of the killer Chicago team, Shebeast to work with Chinese Menu.
Just like Ryan Asher, Katie Kershaw and Mary Catherine Curran, she is pure joy!

If you have been, you know.
If you haven’t, you’re in for something special.
A who’s who from WIT and beyond
Come and check out who is on the Menu!

– Eva Lewis, Jo Scott, Colin Murchie Donna Steele, Rachel Showalter, Mikael Johnson, Jonathan Murphy, Jamal Newman, Dan Miller, Susan Glynn, and Patrick Gantz, Pete Bergen

(Cast subject to change)


Tickets sold here.

The Wheel Theatre Company Presents: The Winter’s Tale,
October 3 – 19, 2019

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The Wheel Theatre Company Presents: The Winter’s Tale

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jack Read

October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
October 19 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: $15 DCAC Members, $20 General (contact DCAC during open hours to retrieve DCAC member discount code,Wed-Sun, 2-7pm. 202-462-7833, or info@dcartscenter.org)

​”If this be magic, let it be an art Lawful as eating.” ~ V.iiiA king’s jealous actions destroy his family. A shepherdess and a prince must keep their love a secret. Sixteen years sit between these seemingly disparate stories as Shakespeare puts our imaginations to work and asks us to confront the tremendous power of our faith. The Winter’s Tale, written late in his career, shows Shakespeare at the height of his powers. All his trademarks are here – earth-shattering tragedy, off-kilter comedy, reunions, (some) acts of forgiveness, wrapped up in a text that breaks all the rules. More than any of his plays, The Winter’s Tale is the one that refuses to be tidy. Every attempt made at reasonable conclusions circles back to the undefinable alchemy of the heart. This will be The Wheel Theatre Company’s final production in Washington, DC before we roll to Nashville. Co-Founders Elizabeth Floyd and Jack Read have always shared a deep and abiding love of Shakespeare, and for this special show, the focus will be on our defining trademark: making ordinary things magic. We can’t think of a better show to do that with.

You will see an Oracle at work. You will see a statue come to life. You will see true love born before you. You will see Time herself. And – yes – you will see a bear. Maybe two.

​Run Time: 100 Minutes, no intermission

Tickets are available here.

Broken Mic Comedy Presents Promote Mike.B,
September 28, 2019

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Broken Mic Comedy Presents Promote Mike.B

September 28, 2019 at 7:30PM & 10PM

Tickets: $20 general / $16 DCAC members

Broken Mic Comedy presents “Promote Mike.B”, the live album recording. This showcase will highlight some of the best friends of Broken Mic Comedy, along with the second album recording of Broken Mic Comedy’s own Mike.B. If you was around for the “Life and Times of Ol’Mike.B” you don’t want to miss out on this show. Hosted by Greg Stevens with performances by Adaylah Banks, Tommy Taylor Jr and Charity Sade. Get your tickets now before they sell out!!!

Tickets are available here.

HIV/AIDS Discussion,
September 26, 2019

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HIV/AIDS Discussion

September 26, 2019 at 7:30PM

Pay As You Can ($5 minimum). Proceeds go towards the Whitman Walker Fund

HIV/AIDS and DC Artists present a discussion with DCAC’s Director, B Stanley, and artists on the effects of HIV/AIDS on the DC Arts Community. Reflecting on DCAC’s 30 year history – the number of artists in multiple fields that were lost to the epidemic in the 80s and 90s was particularly impactful.

Tickets are available here.


Nano Gallery: Nano Sculptures,
September 13 – November 17, 2019

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Nano Sculptures
A Series of Small Works in Bronze by John D. Antone
Curated by Phillip Barlow

September 13th – November 17th

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th, 7PM – 9PM
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, November 17th, 5pm


John D. Antone’s bronze sculptures are created with the ancient “lost wax” and “lost mold” casting techniques, wherein the original model or mold is destroyed in order to finish the piece. There is no room for mistakes in transforming Antone’s fragile models into bronze; failure means all the hours of his work on the model are lost. While classical bronze sculptures are normally solid, closed forms, Antone’s sculptures assemble “found” objects with his architectonic forms, paying particular attention to the effects of light and shadow.

Image: “Nano Sculpture #1,” (2019) John D. Antone                 Photo/M. Lababidi

In Your Ear,
September 15, 2019

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In Your Ear 

September 15, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members
Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!

Ah-reum Han was born in South Korea, and raised in The Gambia and Senegal, where she applied herself climbing trees and reading Enid Blyton. She has a BA in cross-cultural sociology and creative writing from Carson-Newman University and an MFA in fiction from George Mason University. Her work has appeared in Okey-Panky, StoryQuarterly, River Teeth, Fugue, and Flyway, among others. She lives and loves and writes in Virginia, where she works as a proposal manager for a tech company and as an editor for Asymptote, a journal of world literature in translation.

Chris Mason is a Baltimore poet. He is a member of three bands: The Tinklers, Coocoo Rockin Time, and the Old Songs Archaic Greek poetry translation group. Books: Poems Of A Doggy (pod books, Baltimore, 1977), Click Poems (shabby editions, London, 1982), Hum Who Hiccup (Narrow House, Baltimore, 2011), Where To From Out (Furniture Press, Baltimore, 2013), Some of the Methods Used to Perform Poetry In and Around Baltimore from the late 60’s to the Early Teens by Poets in their Late Teens to Early 60’s (Primary Writing, D.C., 2019).

Thibault Raoult (MFA, Brown) has published two books of poems—Person Hour (BlazeVOX, 2011) and Disposable Epics (Caketrain, 2014)—as well as the cross-genre text «Pro(m)bois(e)» (Opo, 2016). His poems and short fiction have appeared in Boston Review, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Gulf Coast, 6×6, typo, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. At present he edits RealPoetik, records/performs experimental pop as Historic Sunsets, and teaches creative writing and literature at University of Maryland.

Phyllis Rosenzweig has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1974. Her publications include the chapbooks: Seventeen Poems (O Press, 1975); Dogs (Edge Books, 1996); Reasonable Accommodation (Potes and Poets Press, 1997); and Girls (Primary Writing Books, 2011). She and Diane Ward published the journal, Primary Writing, from 1995 to 2008. She currently edits Primary Writing Books.

Laugh Index Theatre,
September 11 – October 27, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre

September 11, 14, & 27; October 4, 5, 11, 18, 25, & 27

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

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.

Tickets are available here

Curatorial Initiative: Reparations Realized,
September 6 – October 13, 2019

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Curatorial Initiative:
Reparations Realized

Curated by Monique Muse Dodd
With mentorship from Dawne Langford

September 6th – October 13th

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th, 7PM – 9PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 6th, 3PM
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, October 13th, 5PM


Comprised of US-based artists descended from enslaved Africans, using photography, sound, projections, installation, and public programming, Reparations Realized invites artists to envision what 40 acres and a mule would look like, and how this country has fallen short on its debt– moving past the question of why and into the when. Featuring Ada Pinkston, Dee Dwyer, Deyanne Moses, Denae Howard, Lionel Fraizer White ii, and Hadaiyah (Yaya) Bey.

Washington Improv Theater: September Road Show,
September 5 – 22, 2019

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Washington Improv Theater: September Road Show

September 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, & 22, 2019

Online Pre-Sale: $15
Door: $18 General / $12 DCAC Members (email wit@witdc.org for code)

WIT’s latest engagement at DC Arts Centers finds our company ensembles performing alongside featured ensembles like Lena Dunham and special guests like I Don’t Know Her, Goodison, and Bring Back the ’90s.

The line-up changes every night and no performance is ever the same.

Tickets are available here.

August 11, 2019

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Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 3PM & 7:30PM

$20 General/ $16 for DCAC Members

Area Woman (Claire Alrich, Sarah Greenbaum, Sadie Leigh & Meg Lowey) is a performance collective that tangles dance, music, and theatre to create inquisitive spaces for audience-artist encounters. EPHEMERAL FATALE starts with an exit and ends with an arrival. Area Woman sifts through space, time, and expectations with their signature brand of trust-building meta-moments. Through meticulous movement, sonic worldbuilding, and murder mystery, they invite you to peek in from the outside, or come in for a drink.

Tickets are available here.

Naked Girls Reading: 7th Annual Nerdettes,
August 10, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents: 7th Annual Nerdettes

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00PM

$22 General/ $18 for DCAC Members

Are you in possession of a Tardis key, have a Sorting Hat and your very own Tesseract? 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 are Sexy. Naked Girls Reading Presents the 7th Annual Nerdettes will showcase tales of Hobbits, Mutants, and Clones. Join the Nerdalicious Cherokee Rose, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and Callie Pigeon! 

Tickets are available here


Joey Maranto Presents: Shepherds Gone Wild,
September 29, 2019

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Joey Maranto Presents: Shepherds Gone Wild

September 29, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 general public / $3 DCAC members

Time runs out on four; washed up, middle-aged comedian’s Hollywood dreams when their Christian employer cancels their kids television show. Wanting to go out on their terms, they get “creative” with their Christmas show. No harm in that…right?


1460 Wallmountables,
July 26 – August 16, 2019

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1460 Wallmountables 

July 26 – August 16, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, August 14 between 6:30-8:30pm for a happy hour reception and complimentary refreshments with your purchase of any available artwork!

August 17: 2-7pm
August 18: 2-7 pm

Every year we celebrate the diversity of artists working in the D.C. area in this unjuried, non-curated, hang-it-yourself show. 1460 Wallmountables is not to be missed! And we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary!

This DCAC tradition reflects our core commitment to supporting and showing under-represented artists. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We divide the gallery walls into two foot by two foot squares, in which everyone and anyone can hang their artwork on a first-come basis. There will be work by children, students, self-taught artists, emerging, mid, and late career artists alike.

Since 1989, thousands of artists have participated in this show, including Richard Seigman, JoAnne Kent, Michael Booker, Chris Combs, Pat Goslee, Megan Maher, Karen Joan Topping, and Charlie Visconage to name just a few. The inclusive nature of 1460 Wallmountables makes it one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, so participating artists can enjoy a substantial amount of exposure.

Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed,
July 13, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents: Comedy Undressed

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 10PM

Tickets: $22 presale/DCAC members; $27 General Admissions

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 guests Nina La Voix and Lyra Valkyrie to entertain, seduce and even educate you.

*Seating is limited so presale tickets are suggested. There are no refunds on purchased tickets and late seating is allowed. Concessions with adult libations will be available at intermissions.*

Tickets are available here.

Brett Johnson Presents: Poly-Theist,
July 13, 2019

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Brett Johnson Presents: Poly-Theist 

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30PM

Tickets: $8 DCAC Members/$10 Non-Members

Comedian Brett Johnson, once married 21 year old monogamous Evangelical now turned opposite, has a new solo show about (non)monogamy, faith, and KFC/Taco bells hits DC before its Edinburgh Fringe Festival run this August!

Tickets are available here.

June 23, 2019

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Hosted by Ryan McClure

June 23, 2019 at 7:30PM

General Admission: $11.00 
DCAC Members: $8.00

LGBTQ AF is live comedy show, featuring the best LGBTQ stand-up, storytelling, improv, and sketch performers in the DMV area. Rising LGBTQ talent is also spotlighted. LGBTQ AF is the only indie comedy show in the DMV area with an all LGBTQ line-up. Their awesome line-up features: Kelsie Anderson, Katie Zane, Andie Basto, Heather Marie Vitale, Nik Snow, Gina Brown, Shawn Fisher, Oona MacDougall, Elizabeth Norman and Sharon & Karen. This show is going to be amazing – you should come! 

Tickets are available here


Naked Girls Reading: Mystery Edition,
June 21, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents Mystery Edition

Saturday, June 21 at 10:00PM

DCAC Members:  $17.60 presale/ $21.60 day of show
Gen Admission:  $22 presale/ $27 day of show

The game is afoot! Don your deerstalker, grab your magnifying lens and join your Naked Girl sleuths as they read their favorite tales of whodunits, capers and thrillers! Cherokee Rose is delighted to present Alice Darling, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Callie Pigeon for this enigmatic brainteaser. 

Tickets are available here.