1460 Wallmountables
June 29 – August 10, 2018

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1460 Wallmountables
June 29 – August 10, 2018

Deinstallation: August 11: 2-7pm, August 12: 2-7 pm, and August 15 – 19: 2-7pm
Happy Hour Reception: Thursday, August 2, 6-8pm

One of our most popular and inclusive exhibitions is also one of our oldest traditions. Since 1990, 1460 Wallmountables has offered the opportunity for artists of all disciplines and abilities to show in this open hanging. We divide our wall space into 2 foot by 2 foot squares with strings, which creates a floor to ceiling grid on which artists hang their work. The work must fit into the space, and while artists can acquire more than one space, the work may not overlap the squares. The result is a most remarkable salon-style show that despite its diversity has a distinct rhythm. On the last day of hanging the strings come down, we clean up the gallery and have one of the most populated openings in town.

Each summer over 100 artists from across the city participate in 1460 Wallmountables, presenting over 300 artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We receive calls and emails about the exhibit all through the year and there are many people who will be working on 2 foot by 2 foot canvases just to fit in the show. On the opening day of hanging it is not unusual to have as many as 40 artists standing in line waiting to get registered and select the best spaces. There will be work by children, the elderly, professionals, amateurs, and students alike. It is by far one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, allowing these artists to bring their friends and families by a professional gallery to see their work and see whether it has sold.

More information available here. 

GNO: Gay Night Out
June 23, 2018

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GNO: Gay Night Out 

June 23, 2018
Saturday at 7:30 & 10pm
$20 / $15 DCAC Members at the door

GNO brings together DC’s trendsetting LGBTQ musicians and performers for a night of queer excellence. You’ll be laughing, singing, and dancing your way through a new breed of nightlife entertainment.

Hosted by Jane Saw. Performances by Bryce, Hilary Morrow, and Jordan Genovese.

Tickets available here.

Chinese Menu
June 22, 2018

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Chinese Menu March

June 22, 2018
Friday at 7:30pm
$10 General / $7 Pre-Sale & Members

These all star improv shows have been selling out for almost 10 years. Come see why!

Tickets available here.

Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed
June 22, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Comedy Undressed

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

We want to tickle your fancy and your funny bone! Join us as the Naked Girls read their favorite memoirs, tales, blogs and funny stories by the world’s most memorable jokesters! Cherokee Rose is in stitches to present GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and a to be announced for Naked Girls Reading Presents Comedy Undressed.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here.

Adumbrations
May 25 – June 24, 2018

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ADUMBRATIONS

Renee Marcus Butler
mixed media art from 2011-2018

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.

 

Naked Girls Reading: Science Fiction
May 18, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Science Fiction

May 18, 2018
Friday at 10pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

By Grabthar’s Hammer, through time and space, in a galaxy far far away, to boldly go where no Naked Girl has gone before, join us for Naked Girls Reading presents SciFi Fantasy. Will we be the Mother’s of Dragons, The Queens of Fairy or ruler of a realm both Muggle and Wizard alike? Join us, faithful squires, through journeys far and wide starting at our home the DC Arts Center on an epic the Bards will sing for ages to come. Cherokee Rose returns to the shire with Alice Darling, Cherie Sweetbottom and GiGi Holliday at the DC Arts Center on May 18th at 10pm. So say we all!

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here.

 

WIT Road Show: Interplay
May 3 – June 16, 2018

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WIT Road Show: Interplay

May 3 – June 16, 2018
Thursday-Sunday at 7:30pm
May 4 – 12 &  May 25 – June 16
Friday & Saturday at 9:30pm

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

Washington Improv Theater’s Interplay features dynamic collaborations between WIT’s own improvisers and artists from a myriad of disciplines—from music to puppetry to storytelling. These one-of-a-kind mash-ups will be unlike anything you’ve seen before on WIT’s stage!

Tickets available soon. More info available here. 

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.

 

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

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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

Exhibiting artists: 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

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.

Then/Again: A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later
March 29 – April 28, 2019

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Then/Again: A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later
March 29, 2019 – April 28, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 7-9pm
Artist/Curator Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, April 28, 5pm

Artists: David Emerick, Lida Husik, Jenny Jenkins, Sherwin Mark, Darrow Montgomery, Fredrick Nunley, Michael Platt, Beverly Ress, and Greg Staley Curators: Philip Barlow & Pat Goslee

Continuing the celebration of DCAC’s thirtieth anniversary, Then/Again remembers the “marathon opening” of DCAC on June 16, 1989. The Corcoran had cancelled the Mapplethorpe exhibition a week before, and there was a hope that this new venue would redress the grievances of a frustrated community of artists and provide a setting to show the diversity of artists working in the District. The idea struck a nerve and crowds waited in lines outside to experience the promise of the new organization. Then/Again includes contemporary work from nine of the sixteen artists from that first show, and recognizes how far both the artists and DCAC have come over the past thirty years.

Image: Greg Staley, Legend, 2016, 41”x 30”

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

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Judging Me Judging You
April 27 – August 12, 2018

Chris Combs

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.

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.