Opening Reception: Friday, December 16 at 7-9 pm Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Sunday, March 19 at 5 pm
Nihal’s work explores the perception of light as revealed through the nuance of colors, creating a space between the natural and abstract. Working in the glazing technique, the paintings are developed through numerous translucent layers of pigment suspended in thin acrylic layers which, creates an environment of diffused light that remains minimal and abstract.
Image: Nihal Kececi Thadani, Enigma Series, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24”
The Wheel Theatre Company:
At Sea, Staring Up
by Finegan Kruckemeyer
December 9-11, 2016
$20 General / $15 DCAC Members
The Wheel is a new theatre company in Washington, DC dedicated to telling stories about bringing human beings from all walks of life together. The Wheel’s first production is the North American Premiere of At Sea, Staring Up by prolific Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. Set over three continents and one vast ocean, this richly poetic, magical realist romance weaves together the lives of five individuals searching for direction and belonging. Anyone that has ever lost their way will see themselves echoed in these characters’ journeys.
Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. This month’s readings will feature James Belflower & Matthew Klane, Michelle Dove, & Matvei Yankelevich.
November 19, 2016 At the door: $25 General/ $20 DCAC Members and Presale
Remember, remember, the month of November, with Naked Girls, charming and hot! Naked Girls Reading DC is proud to present Naked Girls Reading: Poetry! Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center with Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling, GiGi Holiday and a TBA special guest star on November 19th at 10pm.
Tabla for Two is celebrating Abigail’s birthday by playing fabulous new music! Abigail Adams Greenway and Masood Omari have created original compositions drawing from rich musical traditions, blending classical Eastern beats with Western style to produce a powerful fusion for the tabla and harmonium. Many who have heard this music describe it as mesmerizing, energizing and transcendental. It is without a doubt a unique experience! Tabla for Two will be joined by Sofya Savkina, dancer.
November 11, 2016 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 improvise songs and freestyle rap! This show is so much fun that it will hit your hot spot!
November 4 & 5, 2016
$15 General/ $12 for DCAC Members
Turkeys make for great pets–especially around the holidays. If you like sketch comedy and American holidays (not to mention elections), this sketch comedy show might be right in your bailiwick. Join us for an evening of laughter, love, and lewdness. And let’s make Thanksgiving ThanksKEEPing.
Theatre du Jour: To Have Done with the Judgement of God
October 21 – November 12, 2016
$20 General / $15 DCAC Members
Halloween is creepier and more bizarre with the return of the critically acclaimed To Have Done with The Judgement Of God. Profane and irreverent, profound and funny, this multi-media spectacle explores the futility of our relation to the government, nature, God and our bodies.
“Hallucinatory images … visual shock tactics … surreal pageantry” – The Washington Post
“Do not miss this production … an ambitious and audacious project.” – DC Theatre Scene
Having spent much of his final years in various mental asylums, Artaud resurfaced in 1947 with a radio play: To Have Done with the Judgement of God. The work remained true to his Theatre of Cruelty, utilizing an array of unsettling sounds, cries, screams and grunts, and it was shelved by French Radio the day before it was scheduled to air on February 2, 1948. Artaud died one month later. Using the text as a roadmap Theatre Du Jour uses sound, imagery, projections, video and music relay the author’s convictions as to the futility of government, the usurping of nature, the dismissal of God and man’s perverted relation to his body. This rare and unusual performance fuels the debate of whether Artaud was a visionary or a madman; sublime or insane
Power (I Know It When…)
SPARKPLUG: DCAC’s Artist Collective
Curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow
October 21 – December 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21 at 7-9 pm Artist Talk: Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 pm Happy Hour: Wednesday, November 30 at 6-8 pm Closing Reception: Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm
Michael Booker, David Ibata, Megan Maher, DeLesslin George-Warren, Jerome Skiscim, Casey Snyder-Magrys, Brendan Smith, Jerry Truong, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
Power (I Know It When…) is the second exhibition by the current incarnation of Sparkplug, DCAC’s
Artist Collective. Sparkplug’s nine members will share new paintings, sculpture, photography and
installations exploring the dynamics, dimensions and implications of power (and empowerment) in its
many forms. Political power. Physical power. Spiritual power. Technological power. Psychological,
sensual and – pulsing throughout – creative power.
A phenomenon with strong and conflicting connotations, power can be admired, accessed, amassed,
relinquished, feared or confronted. But it is not in the nature of power to be ignored. For the artists of Sparkplug, a sense of personal urgency and preoccupation with what it means to live in America,
now, has guided their interrogations of power. The results are as timely as they are revelatory.
October 16, 2016
$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. This month’s readings will feature Cathy Eisenhower, Taylor Johnson, and Jee Leong Koh.
October 14, October 15, 2016
$10 General/ $8 for DCAC Members
Chinese Menu Comedy took the summer off to prepare for one of its biggest endeavors yet:
The Chinese Menu Comedy Invitational
One weekend. Five blocks of shows. Lots of out of town teams paired with the best in DC in a team-team mash up type format.
Each of the first four blocks will pair an out-of-town team with a mash up of DC’s best. Each group will do their show and then play as one team to close out each block. The last show of the weekend will be a mash-up featuring players from participating teams and some special guests . The line up is still coming together but here is who is coming to town so far:
Amie and Kristen Show – (PHIT & MAGNET)
Maxitor – (Fine Line Comedy ((BOSTON))
GUS – (Baltimore Improv Group)
(DC casts subject to change)
Friday at 7:30 – DC team / GUS / mash up
Friday at 10 – DC team / The Amie and Kristen Show / mash up
Saturday at 7:00 – DC team / Maxitor / mash up
Saturday at 9 – DC team / Visiting team / mash up
Saturday at 11- Three end of event mash ups featuring players from participating teams, DC players and special guests!
October 21, 2016
$25 General/ $20 DCAC Members and Presale
This October, DC’s Naked Girls Reading celebrates its fifth-year anniversary with Naked Girls Reading Presents Something Wicked! Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center with Cherie Sweetbottom, GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and Special Guest, Lyra Valkyrie, on October 21st at 10pm. The Naked Girls will scare the pants off you with tales to thrill and chill; disturb and perturb; tease, tantalize and terrify! This special annual show will feature a costume contest judged by the Naked Girls themselves and naked tarot card readings by the Bewitching Beauty, Cherokee Rose!
October 12, 2016 Pre-sale: $10 General/ $8 DCAC Members Door: $12 General/$10 DCAC Members
Press Play was founded in 2010 and, not to brag or anything, has yet to have a show with any form of flatulence-based humor. Seriously. This is not a joke. We keep track. Press Play has performed at venues across the country such as the LA Improv Festival, Steel Stacks, and the Del Close Marathon. We also perform regularly at improv theaters around DC, and once at a birthday party. The birthday boy threw cake.