Laugh Index Theatre: Summer Improv Medley,
June 12 – June 19, 2016

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
Summer Improv Medley

June 12 – June 19, 2016
$20 Door/ $15 DCAC Members + Presale
*(June 17th show: $10 Door/ $5 DCAC Members + Presale)*

Laugh Index’s “Summer Improv Medley 2016” is an improv festival showcasing the best blend of improv comedy you’ll find in DC. Summer Improv Medley consists of 26 shows, over 50 acts and 15 workshops.

See full schedule on www.laughindextheatre.com

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2557764

Sarah West, Vanishing Point,
June 3 – July 10

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Sarah West, darkprint, 2015 oil on panel, 48”x 38”x 2”

Vanishing Point

Sarah West

June 3 ­- July 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 7­-9 pm
Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, July 10, 4 pm

This series combines references to Early Renaissance paintings with digital symbols and artifacts. It suggests the spiritual undercurrents within digital technology through its potential for enlightenment, transcendence, and evocation of the infinite. Emphasizing painting as a portal, the works point out our desire to be transported by visual means.

Play and discovery are important components of the execution of the paintings and the viewer’s experience. West positions the viewer as an explorer and navigator to roam through various spaces that coexist within a single composition and addresses the potential for fluidity between the material and the virtual.

Press Play Hump Days,
May 18 & June 22, 2016

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Press Play Hump Days

May 18, June 22, 2016
Pre­sale: $10 General/ $8 DCAC Members
Door: $12 General/$10 DCAC Members

It’s our second annual Red Nose Day charity comedy show! This year, help Press Play raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Teens and Young Adults. Last year we raised over $770 for a local food bank. Help us raise even more, and help the Ulman fund help young folks diagnosed with cancer.

Nearly 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. The Ulman fund changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. Read more about the Ulman fund here: http://ulmanfund.org/

This is our line-­up for this night of comedy for a cause:
*Comedy from O’Bernie­rama!
*Improv from Herringbone!
*Music from Tone!
*Stand up comedy from Phil Mike!
*Even more improv from your hosts Press Play!

Here is info about our performers!

O’Bernie­rama:
O’Bernie­rama is a comedic exploration into the political characters Bernie and Obama, performed by Press Player Matt Mansfield and Jose Lopez­Sanchez. Jose has been performing improv comedy in the Washington D.C. area since 2013, and has been stuntin’ on everybody since 1993 (though he was born in 1987). Jose is a founding member of several independent troupes, including Middle Child and The Rock Creek Ramblers. Matt Mansfield is famous for being in Press Play, among other things.

Herringbone:
Herringbone is a DC indie team formed in February 2016 by two scientists, an investigator, and a teacher. They like to perform character­driven, grounded, and energetic scenes that develop organically. Blasphemous and classy, sexy and profound, Herringbone keeps the audience on its toes. The two scientists are dating each other.

Music: Tone
Tone is an Artist, Songwriter, Activist, Washington DC Native, and Hip hop Caucus spoken person Make sure you stay on the look out for his New Project and Book coming this summer 2016. Thisistone.com
Instagram:aye_tone

Stand Up: Phil Mike
Phil Mike is a D.C. based comic who has been performing standup for the last year. His realizations on life and his racially ambiguous heritage have brought him to venues across the area, including The Big Hunt in Washington D.C., the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester and The Boneyard in Charlottesville.

Press Play:
Press Play was founded in 2010 and, not to brag or anything, has yet to have a show with any form of flatulence­based 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/

In Your Ear,
May 15, 2016

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In Your Ear

May 15, 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 avant­garde tradition. This month features readings by Jen Tynes, Kelly Forsythe, and Michael Sikkema.

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.

Chinese Menu,
May 14, 2016

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Chinese Menu

May 14, 2016
$12 General/ $10 DCAC Members

So long for now? Yup. Chinese Menu is going on an indefinite hiatus from its monthly all star mash up show so make sure you dont miss this installment. We are finishing strong with a powerhouse group from the DMV. We have some great DC players mashing up with some of the ladies of GUS (Baltimore Improv Group) and returning from Charlottesville is a Menu favorite. We even a cast member with a birthday!

Committed so far:
­ Denny Johnson
­ Mikael Johnson
­ Brigit Cavaiola
­ Kathryn Carlsen
­ Heather Moyer
­ Rachel Showalter
­ Joe Randazzo
­ Macey Schiff
­ Pete Bergen
(CAST SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2541842

Naked Girls Reading: Herstory,
May 13, 2016

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Herstory

May 13, 2016
At the door: $25 General/ $20 DCAC Members and Presale

4 years ago, one courageous Naked Girl had a dream to bring seductiveness, sassiness and education to DC in the form of, Naked Girls Reading. Three other brazen Naked Girls joined her and the rest, as they say, is Herstory. Join us as we tell the tales of brave, scary and dauntless journeys to gain peace, joy and righteousness at Naked Girls Reading Presents Herstory, May 13th, 10pm at the DC Arts Center. The past has never been so alluring.

Tickets: http://nakedgirlsreadingherstory.bpt.me/

Washington Improv Theater: Road Show: Pandemonium,
May – June, 2016

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Washington Improv Theater Presents:
Road Show: Pandemonium

May 12 – June 11, 2016
$15 / $10 Members

As DC’s premier company for long-form improv, WIT’s ensembles make up the most experienced and skilled improvisers in the city. Spurred by a single audience suggestion, these creative performers spontaneously build entire worlds populated by colorful characters and situations. Each performance is a one­-of-­a-­kind show, never to be seen by another audience.

Tickets: ​witdc.org

Curatorial Initiative: Sip and Paint Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, curated by Thomas Drymon,
April 29 – May 29

Curatorial Initiative:
Sip and Paint Van Gogh’s ​The Starry Night

Curated by Thomas Drymon
Apprentice curator: Martina Dodd

April 29 ­- May 29, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 7-­9 pm
Happy Hour: ​Thursday, May 19, 6:30­-8:30 pm
Artist Talk, Q&A, and Reception: Sunday, May 22, 5-7 pm

In Sip and Paint Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, curator Thomas Drymon brings together 34 artists to interpret the same work of art—Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. As an image, The Starry Night has been so overly commodified that one might question its value in art history. In asking the artists in the exhibition to participate in the commodification of this work, we examine the intrinsic value of The Starry Night further, as well as the value of fine art in contemporary culture, and how each artist chooses to interpret the piece and how it relates to their own practice.

Nano Gallery: Zofie Lang, Panacea’s Box,
April 25 – July 10

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Zofie Lang, Cure for Vanity, Dollhouse drawer, gesso transfer, acrylic,
plexiglass, film, skull, 2 3/8” x 1 1/2” x 5/8”

NANO GALLERY
Panacea’s Box

Zofie Lang

April 15 -­ July 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 7-­9 pm
Gallery Talk​: Sunday, July 10, 5 pm

Panacea’s Box is a series of miniatures that contemplate various ailments and present imagined “cures”
based on the principle of correspondence. Inspired by my curiosity about perceptions and the subjective
realities that result from them, these fictional remedies are crafted into small vignettes using dollhouse drawers, original photography and found objects.

Drawers and boxes are major components of all my assemblages; in addition to their organizing function, it is important that these vessels can hide contents, but also have the potential to reveal them.

Press Play Hump Days,
April 20, 2016

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Press Play Hump Days

April 20, 2016
Pre­sale: $10 General/ $8 DCAC Members
Door: $12 General/$10 DCAC Members

Press Play hosts and produces a monthly show featuring some of the best comedy, music, and storytelling acts in the area!

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 iO West 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.

Dudes on Dudes:
Dudes on Dudes (DoD) is an independent long­form improv troupe from Washington, DC. featuring: Ahmed Amonette, John Beck, Nicholas Boros, Charles Bowles, Anthony Cusumano, Phil Greene, Keegan Hines, and David Richman; coached by Xavier Padin. Members of the group met during their Harold class at Washington Improv Theater and have since worked together to master the Harold format and take over the comedy scene in DC. Members of DoD have also trained at DC Improv Comedy School, The Unified Scene Theater, Dojo Comedy and The Second City in Chicago.

Cake Bagel:
Cake Bagel is as whimsical as pink icing and as savory as smoked salmon. Or at least that’s what they tell themselves to justify their pre­-show carbo­-loading. Formed in 2012, the troupe has logged several years’ worth of shows around the Washington, D.C. area, including featured appearances at Washington Improv Theater’s Seasonal Disorder, Harold Night and road shows. Cake Bagel has also brought its glutenous goodness to the Del Close Marathon, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, District Improv Festival and Chicago Improv Festival. Bold, character­-driven and super-­fun, a Cake Bagel show is like having your cake…and eating a bagel, too. Cake Bagel is Sophia Cai, Tim Hunt, Jordana Mishory, Richie Pepio and Julia Rocchi. The team is coached by Jonathan Murphy.

Jon Watkins and Porter Ryan:
2/3rds of The Bloody Onions, Porter Ryan and Jon Watkins join us tonight in the hopes of rocking our collective socks off with their musical stylings, ranging from blues to Irish to folk. Porter comes to us from the Palisades of DC, while Jon inhabits the sleepy borough of Kensington, MD.

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

In Your Ear,
April 17, 2016

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In Your Ear

April 17, 2016
$5 General / FREE DCAC Members

Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant­garde tradition.

April’s In Your Ear will be celebrating the recently released anthology, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America.

A little about the book:
What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America is the second book in a landmark two-­volume anthology that explodes narrow definitions of African American poetry by examining experimental poems often excluded from previous scholarship. The first volume, Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone, covers the period from the end of World War II to the mid-­1970s. In What I Say, editors Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey have assembled a comprehensive and dynamic collection that brings this pivotal work up to the present day.

Several of the poets discussed in What I Say forged relationships with members of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry movement and participated in the broader community of innovative poetry that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s and continues to exert a powerful influence today.

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.

Chinese Menu,
April 16, 2016

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Chinese Menu

April 16, 2016
$12 General / $10 DCAC Members

Two old friends of Chinese Menu are coming to DC to mash up and do some ‘prov with the Menu. Terry Withers from the Upright Citizens Brigade and Patrick Gantz from the Richmond Comedy Collective will take the stage with the most fun, most talented and most dangerous improvisers in town.

Get on it early. These shows sell out quickly.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2530215

Theatre du Jour: To Have Done with the Judgement of God,
April 15 – May 7, 2016

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Theatre du Jour Presents:
To Have Done with the Judgement of God
By Antonin Artaud

April 15 – May 7, 2016
$20 / $15 DCAC Members

Theatre Du Jour brings unbridled spectacle to the small stage with Antonin Artaud’s 1947 radio play, To Have Done with The Judgement Of God. Written and produced for French Radio, the cacophonous rant against government and religion was shelved until after Artaud’s death. Using the play as a roadmap, this production utilizes sound, imagery, projections, and music to explore the author’s conviction of the futility of man’s relation to government, nature, God, and his body. Profane and irreverent, profound and funny, this performance fuels the debate of whether Artaud was a visionary or a madman, sublime or insane. Featuring Rachel Reed, Jerry Herbilla, Jacquelyn Paulin, and Annetta Dexter Sawyer. Directed by B. Stanley. Soundscapes by Nate Taylor and Rob Gould, sculptural costuming by Stephanie Williams.

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View the trailer

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2503699

Pivotal Encounters: 3 One Act Plays About Family Surprises,
April 9 & 10, 2016

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Pivotal Encounters:
3 One Act Plays About Family Surprises

April 9, April 10, 2016
$20 / $15 Members

Three unique stories that dig deep into the surprising ways your heart, mind and very existence are transformed by a drunk grandmother, long lost brother, and a mom who tries to find herself by being an internet sex kitten.

Tickets: call 202­462­7833 or email info@dcartscenter.org
More information: ​oneactsthisway.wix.com

The Coil Project: April Fool’s Laughstravaganza,
April 8, 2016

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April Fool’s Laughstravaganza:
Four Original Comedies

April 8, 2016
$18 / $15 Members

Winter is over… Let’s laugh!!! Join us for four short, original, side­splitting comedies. What happens when four bros ponder the meaning of deep commitment? What shenanigans ensue in a lighthouse when a young stranger pops in for an unexpected visit? Who vandalized the saloon overnight and why? And what happens when a family just seems a little too perfect? It’ll be a show you won’t want to miss. See it once. See it twice. Bring a friend!

“The Last Rager” written by Andy De, directed by Rebecca Fischler
“On the Rocks” by written by Jenny Oberholtzer, directed by Patrick Miller
“A Fistful of Doilies” by written by Erica Smith, directed by Jenny Oberholtzer
“Family Circus” by written and directed by Michael Reilly

Tickets: ​thecoilproject.org

Naked Girls Reading: Internets,
April 8, 2016

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Internets

April 8, 2016
At the door: $25 General/ $20 DCAC Members and Presale

You know it, you love it, and it’s made you partially blind, let us bring you the best of it we can find. From the hilarious to the disturbing, Naked Girls Reading presents the Internet! Cherokee Rose returns to the DC Arts Center with Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling, and GiGi Holliday at the DC Arts Center on April 8 th at 10pm.

Tickets: http://nakedgirlsreadinginternet.bpt.me/

Space in Comedy: Ladies’ Night,
April 1, 2016

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Space in Comedy: Ladies’ Night

April 1, 2016
$15 / $10 Members

Looking for some April Fools Day jokes?
Come watch some of DC’s finest comedic talent! And the best part? This show is run and performed completely by women! Join the amazing comedian and host Stacey Axler on April 1st at 10:00pm at DCAC and explore the often under­represented population of Women in Comedy! Who knows, maybe this will be your chance to see a future president or late night talk show host perform live on stage! Either way, this will be a magical experience not to be missed.

Tickets: ​http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2519981

A Day Before: Hannah Leighton,
March 25 – April 24

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A Day Before

Hannah Leighton
Curated by Maura Callahan

March 25 -­ April 24, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, March 25, 7-­9 pm
Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, April 24, 3 pm

A Day Before is a solo show of paintings completed over the past eight months by Hannah Knight Leighton and curated by Maura Callahan. Leighton believes that painting is a translation of reality. You inhale experience, reactions, and exhale color, shape, and form. Opaque shapes laid over translucent pockets create a stimulating undertone.

Leighton is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA last May from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2015). Upon graduating, Leighton spent a month at Green Olive Arts in Morocco where she studied painting. Post travels, she moved into an artist community where she has co-­founded and directs Ballroom Gallery.

In Your Ear,
March 20, 2016

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In Your Ear

March 20, 2016
$5 General / FREE DCAC Members

Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant­garde tradition. This month brings readings from Rod Smith, Bettina Judd, and Carabella Sands.

Curated by Meg Ronan and Tony Mancus.

More information: dcpoetry.com/iye

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

Chinese Menu,
March 19, 2016

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Chinese Menu

March 19, 2016
$12 General/ $10 DCAC Members

This month Ryan Karels from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater is in town. The best improvisers in town will join the cast and mash up for the usual Menu awesomeness. Get your tickets now.

About Ryan:
Ryan Karels is the representative comedian for all of North Dakota (Huffington Post, 2011) and is a member of Grandma’s Ashes. Previous Harold Night teams were Decoster, Creep and Filth. Ryan is one of KROMPF. Past shows at the UCB include Radio Rogue, The Ol’ Factory, Intellectual Yoga, Your Favorite Thing, After School Super Power Hour, and The July 4. Off­Broadway with Les Freres Corbusier he performed in Hell House, Heddatron, Boozy, and The Franklin Thesis and was in the original cast of Gutenberg, the Musical! On television he has portrayed well-­liked characters such as Bernie the Hernie, Derek McGillicuddy, Ryan, Matt Yaegar (Meth Head), Hank, Dad, Guy with a Mullet, other Dads, and the Google Horseman.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512771