Sketchy Comedy & Riotous Readings,
September 30 & October 1, 2016

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Sketchy Comedy & Riotous Readings

September 30, October 1, 2016
$15 General/ $10 DCAC Members

Rabble Crew Productions presents a double-shot of light theater.

Friday we feature bawdy comedy (think SNL) written and performed by local women including Star Johnson, Madeline Farrington, Cristen Stephansky, Yvonne Paretzky, and Kristina Brooks.

Saturday will be an evening of side-splitting staged readings with light blocking. Playwrights featured will include Dara Gold, Matt Spangler, and Jessica Bylander.

Both evenings contain adult humor, offensive language, off color jokes, and women in pearl clutching situations.

Tickets: http://rabblecrew.brownpapertickets.com/

Naked Girls Reading: Comedy Undressed,
September 23, 2016

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Comedy Undressed

September 23, 2016
At the door: $25 General/ $20 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 join GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and our Special Guest, 2016 So You Wanna Be A Naked Girl Winner, for Naked Girls Reading Presents Comedy Undressed.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2162993

In Your Ear,
September 18, 2016

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In Your Ear

September 18, 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  vant­garde tradition.

This month’s readings are from Mathias Svalina, Danielle Evennou, Temim Fructher, Angelique Palmer.

Curated by Meg Ronan and Tony Mancus.

More information at: ​dcpoetry.com/iye

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Nano Gallery: THIS END UP,
September 16 – December 11

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NANO GALLERY
THIS END UP
Project Dispatch

September 16 ­- December 11, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 6:30­-9:30 pm
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 5 pm

Frank Adams, Eleanor Barba, Amy Hughes Braden, Meg Chamberlain, Chris Chen, Sheena Custer, Rachel England, Duncan Ford, Jessica Ford, Elizabeth Graeber, Allison Long Hardy, Evan Hume, Becca Kallem, Chandi Kelley, P. Corwin Lamm, Dana Maier, Molly McAuley, Kendall Nordin, Jerome Skiscim, Kristoffer Tripplaar, and Arianna Valle

Project Dispatch is an artwork subscription service, offering a unique experience for art collectors. THIS END UP features original works by 21 Project Dispatch artists in the Nano Gallery. Each work is displayed inside of a cardboard box, highlighting the element of surprise in receiving artwork by mail.

How To… Sex Education: 8 One Acts in 2 Weekends,
September, 2016

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How To…
Sex Education: 8 One Acts in 2 Weekends

September 16, September 17, September 23, September 24, 2016
$15 General/ $10 DCAC Members

Rabble Crew Productions flexes it tutorial muscles with an eclectic posse of DC­based playwrights, directors and actors. With four original shows per weekend, you’re sure to learn a lesson or two!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-sex-education-8-one-acts-in-2-weekends-tickets-27217456144

***From The Archives***
Curatorial Initiative: Public Displays of Privacy, curated by Martina Dodd,
September 9 – October 16, 2016

Nakeya Brown, Self Portrait in Shower Cap, 2015, archival inkjet print on cotton rag, 16” x 20”

Curatorial Initiative:

Public Displays of Privacy

Curated by Martina Dodd
Mentor curator, Thomas Drymon

September 9 ­- October 16, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 7-9 pm
Performance + Second Viewing: Thursday, September 29, 6:30-­8:30 pm
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Sunday, October 16, 5 pm

Nakeya Brown, Adrienne Gaither, Danielle Smith, Khadijah Wilson

DC Arts Center presents Public Displays of Privacy, an exhibition featuring four local women artists who explore the complexities of identity, memory and subjectivity in relation to Black
Womanhood. Performance + second veiwing on September 29 at 6:30 pm: Special performance of Communal Restriction by Khadijah Wilson and Lionel Frazier White. Bond together by a mask constructed by Wilson, the two struggle for independence as they visually transform from collective unit to individual entities, forcing their viewers to reexamine the narratives of self and community.

With a particular focus on hair, the body acts as a site of agency for Nakeya Brown,​ as her photographs draw attention to the ways beauty standards can reflect politics, cultural memories and racial identities. Khadijah Wilson’s ​installation physically binds her subjects together using deconstructed material and applies pressure to their communal existence, causing them to literally tug at their freedom. Their strained necks mimic the double burden of race and gender experienced by Black women, while their limited mobility hints at a loss of individual agency.

Using images of family members as her source of inspiration, Adrienne Gaither​ investigates the social
constructs and constraints of familial ties by “merging traditional techniques of painting and digital
manipulation.”  Danielle Smith’s​ soft brush strokes portray intimate moments of joy, pain and vulnerability as she distinguishes between reality and perception. This group exhibition blurs the lines set in place to demarcate what is kept private and what is for public consumption and examines how personal and collective experiences shape our existence

Naked Girls Reading: So You Wanna Be a Naked Girl,
August 26, 2016

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
So You Wanna Be a Naked Girl

August 26, 2016
$25 Door/ $20 Pre-sale & DCAC Members

Have you always wondered how your Naked Girls do it? Ever daydreamed about joining Cherokee Rose & company in their fun? Wanna know what it’s like to sit onstage with your favorite book, displaying your (ahem) good literary taste to a crowd? Well, if you’re ready to give it your all while showing your all, now’s your chance!

Tickets: http://soyouwannabeanakedgirl3.bpt.me/

Laugh Index Theatre: Three’s Comedy,
August-October, 2016

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Three’s Comedy

August 24, September 7, September 21, October 5, October 19, 2016
Online Pre-Sale: $5 General / $3 DCAC Members
Door: $10 General / $8 DCAC Members

Laugh Index Theatre ​ LIT knows 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: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149281

Laugh Index Theatre: Improv Wars,
August – October 2016

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Improv Wars

August 22, August 29, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 24, 2016
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: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/833561

Laugh Index Theatre: Improv Wars,
August – December, 2016

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Improv Wars

August 22, August 29, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 14, December 5, December 12, 2016
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: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/833561

Bad Medicine,
August 20, 2016

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Bad Medicine

August 20, 2016
$10 Door/ $8 DCAC Members

Bad Medicine is a sketch comedy group specializing in the dark, the cerebral, and the absurd. It has grown into one of the most eclectic sketch groups in the District featuring a cast of singers, lawyers, and students with the shared goal of writing the best sketch comedy about the worst of humanity. No side effects. No horse pills. No cures. This show’s special guest is comedian, Martin Amini.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589396

Naked Girls Reading: Summer Blockbusters,
July 22, 2016

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Summer Blockbusters

July 22, 2016
At the door: $25 General/ $20 DCAC Members and Presale

The summer in DC is hot, Hot, HOT! And Naked Girls Reading Presents Summer Blockbusters has no intention of cooling you off. We are bringing you the best of the hits of the summer; scripts from movies, hot gossip, insider info on movie making and more. Civil War was amazing but the debate is always better when your DC Naked Girls are involved. Let us, help you; choose a side on July 22 nd, 10pm at the DC Arts Center. This month features returning special guest Natasha Nacre.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2564484

Press Play Hump Days,
July 20, 2016

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Press Play Hump Days

July 20, 2016
Pre­sale: $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.

Tickets: http://pressplaydcac.bpt.me/

Chinese Menu,
July 11, 2016

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Chinese Menu

July 11, 2016
$12 General / $10 DCAC Members

Chinese Menu on a Monday? In the summer? We know we said we were taking off until The Invitational in October but we couldn’t miss an opportunity to bring you a great show.

Why a Monday? Because a good part of the cast for this show is from the Second City touring company and they are in town looking to find some quality playtime. So here we are.

Some people joining our guests from Chicago include:
Mikael Johnson
Rich Nyman
­Colin Murchie
­Ceci de Robertis
­Josh Kuderna
­Pete Bergen

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2571424

75 Lezbos, 2 Trannies, 1 Pannie, Me, & Me Too!
July 8 & 10, 2016

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75 Lezbos, 2 Trannies, 1 Pannie, Me & Me Too!
A part of the 11th Annual Capital Fringe Festival July 7 ­ 31, 2016

July 8 & July 10, 2016
$17 General/ $15 for DCAC Members
*(If you have a F​ringe button ​your ticket is $10 General / $8 Members)*

After experiencing tremendous pain and the unexpected loss of a love Me thought was forever, she turns to Me Too for understanding, meaning, and self­awareness in processing her grief to find new love.

Tickets: email info@dcartscenter.org or call 202-­462-­7833

Molotov Theatre Presents: Blood, Sweat, & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret,
July 7 – July 31, 2016

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Molotov Theatre Presents:
Blood, Sweat, & Fears:
A Grand Guignol Sick Carbaret

Translated from the French by Richard Hand and Michael Wilson

July 7 – July 31, 2016
$25 General / $20 DCAC Members

Get ready for some scary, campy, sexy fun from the turn of the 19th century, courtesy of the warped minds of D.C.’s Molotov Theatre Group.

Blood, Sweat & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret features English translations of three nearly­forgotten one-act plays from the Theatre du Grand Guignol, the influential style of French horror theater that was popular from the 1890s to the 1960s. (President Eisenhower was a patron!
Look it up!)

Stitched together by bawdy mistress of ceremonies Bella Donna, the production uses music, laugh and scares to take you back to a simpler time for the horror and suspense genre.

Director: Alex Zavistovich; Assistant Director: Elliott Kashner; Composer: Gregory Thomas Martin Lighting Designer: Pete Vargo; Costume Designer: Jesse Shipely; Set Designer: Mary Seng; Stage Manager: Sara Smith

Featuring: Jen Bevan, Zack Brewster­Geisz, Elizabeth Colandene, Katie Culligan, David Dieudonne, Brian Kraemer, Alex Miletich IV, Fabiolla Da Silva, Jennifer Restak, Mallory Shear, Annette Mooney Wasno, and Gray West

• This show will be featured as a case study in a textbook planned for 2017 on the Grand Guignol tradition, to be released by the University of Exeter Press.
• Parental discretion advised: May not be appropriate for some children under age 13.
• The running time is approximately one hour and 20 minutes, with no late admission and no readmission.

About the one-­act plays in Blood, Sweat & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret:
The Lighthouse Keepers​: A father and son, caring for a remote lighthouse, settle in for the long haul, with the next boat of provisions weeks away. Then one of the two reveals a secret that locks father and son in a struggle to the death.
Tics (or Doing the Deed) : A sex farce about a young couple visiting the country estate of a wealthy doctor and his wife. What the women don’t know is when things get hot, the men can’t keep from hiding signs of their arousal.
The Last Kiss​: A young man, convalescing in a hospital after having been scarred by a jealous lover invites the woman to his room to make peace with her. As things progress, “peace” may not really be what he’s after.

Tickets: molotovtheatre.org

Steampunked Stories,
June 24, 2016

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Steampunked Stories

June 24, 2016
$15 General / $10 DCAC Members

A multimedia storytelling of a group of people’s adventures on a time traveling airship, who journey to different periods in history and investigate various psychic phenomena. The stories are told by the author and his time machine, which emits intriguing sounds, laser beams, and fog during each time travel event. Now featuring the NUDIE­KAZOO all girl band.

Audience: 18+

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steampunked-stories-tickets-25895988599

In Your Ear,
June 19, 2016

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In Your Ear

June 19, 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 are from E.C. Belli, Brooke Ellsworth, K. Lorraine Graham, & Roberto Montes.

Curated by Meg Ronan and Tony Mancus

More information at: ​dcpoetry.com/iye

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.