In Your Ear
April 21, 2019

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In Your Ear

April 21, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the door + Tips for the authors are appreciated // FREE to DCAC Members / Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards

Katy Bohinc is a poet and data scientist based in NYC. Publisher’s Weekly describes her most recent title, Scorpio (Miami University Press, 2018) as “an astute, witty, feminist collection.” She is also the author of Trinity Star Trinity (Scarlet Imprint, 2017) and Dear Alain (Tender Buttons Press, 2014).

Pamela Woolford is a filmmaker, writer, and performer whose work is especially concerned with the lives of black women and girls and others whose joy, history, and inner life are underexplored in American media and popular art. She has been a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner for screenwriting, a 2018 North Beach American Film Festival Jury Award winner for her film Generation, a 2018 Experimental Forum Honorary Mention Awardee for her “vision and the film’s unique contribution to cinema,” and a recipient of a 2018 Canada Shorts Award of Commendation, among other honors. She bases the script for Generation on her short story “Just After Supper,” nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by novelist and Pushcart Prize editor Mark Wisniewski.

Washington D.C. native Morowa Yejide’s novel Time of the Locust was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize and the 2015 PEN/Bingham award, and was 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 is a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools and Hurston/Wright Foundation Workshop author. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and three sons. Her next novel is forthcoming through Akashic Books.

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.

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

LGBTQ AF
April 24, 2019

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LGBTQ AF: The Doyle and Debbie Show

Hosted by Ryan McClure.
Booth Operator: Elizabeth Fulton

April 24, 2019 at 7:30pm

LGBTQ AF is having a bi-monthly live comedy show featuring the best LGBTQ-identifying stand-up, storytelling, improv, and sketch performers in the DMV area. Rising LGBTQ talent will also be spotlighted. This is the only regularly occurring comedy show in the DMV area with an all LGBTQ line-up.

The awesome April line-up features Geoff Corey – Storytelling, Jonathan Horsford – Stand-up, Ugh – Improv, Miranda Pennington – Stand-up, Joyce Rebar – Stand-up, The Plumbers – Improv and more!

Tickets are available here.

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

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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.

__lineation__
January 18 – February 17, 2019

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__lineation__
January 18, 2019 – February 17, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, January 18, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, February 17, 5pm Artist & Curator Talk

Artist:  John Ros
Curator: Stephanie J. Williams

John Ros reacts to the thirty-year history of DCAC’s main gallery by creating a site-specific, subtle installation of line-work in order to help visitors become more aware of their surroundings. Ros’ aesthetic, both clean and deliberate, exposes a need to make visible through form and line that which is easily overlooked. __lineation__ is an intervention that in its simplicity and directness encourages contemplation.

Image: John Ros, 2018-19, typed page, variant series, 8.5”x11”

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. 

Rainbow Theatre Project: In the Closet
August 16 – September 15, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project:

In the Closet

A World Premiere directed by H. Lee Gable

August 16 – August 18
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm

August 23 – September 2
Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm

August 27: Monday at 7:30pm

September 6 – 8
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
September 9: Sunday at 3pm

Saturday September 15 at 7:30pm

$35 General/ $30 for DCAC Members

The season will kick off in August with the world premiere production of Siegmund Fuchs’ In the Closet, a metaphysical comedy that follows four men, each living during a different time period, as they look at their lives in the place where all gay men begin, in the closet.

Tickets available here. 

 

Laugh Index Theatre: Sketch Night
November 28, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Sketch Night

Wednesday at 8pm

August 29
September 26
October 24
November 28

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

LIT’s Sketch Night is an entire show devoted to sketch comedy. 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. 

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. 

Laugh Index Theatre: Sketch Night
November 28, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre 

Wednesday at 8pm

Sketch Night: November 28

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

LIT’s Sketch Night is an entire show devoted to sketch comedy. 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.

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. 

Sparkplug: Light Liminal
February 22 – March 24, 2019

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.

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.