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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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

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

Naked Girls Reading: Science Fiction,
March 11, 2016

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Science Fiction

March 11, 2016
$25 General / $20 DCAC Members

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 Science Fiction. Cherokee Rose to the holodeck with Alice Darling, Cherie Sweetbottom and GiGi Holliday.

Tickets: http://nakedgirlsreadingscifi.bpt.me/

Freshly Squeezed,
March 4 & March 5, 2016

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Freshly Squeezed

March 4 & March 5, 2016
$15 General/$12 for DCAC Members

Do you like laughter? Well this show is for you! In one hour, we will chuckle your belly about Oscars, droids taking over the world, and pronunciation mistakes. Who doesn’t think pronunciation mistakes aren’t not not funny?

Tickets: Freshly Squeezed

Laugh Index Theatre: “All Work and Some Plays” by The Employables,
February 27, 2016

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Laugh Index Theatre:
“All Work and Some Plays”
by The Employables

February 27, 2016
$15 / $12 Members

The Employables, a performance troupe comprised of the Theatre Lab’s 2015 Honors Conservatory graduates, are ready for work and employable ­­ as actors. They’ve written and will star in their first show!

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/e/2497488

In Your Ear,
February 21, 2016

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In Your Ear

February 21, 2016
$5 General / FREE 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 be by Jay Deshpande, Tafisha Edwards, Natalie Infante, & Kevin Thurston.

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.

Real Magic: A Magic Show Benefitting N Street Village,
February 21 & 28, 2016

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Real Magic:
A Magic Show Benefitting N Street Village

February 21, February 28, 2016
$37 / $30 DCAC Members

Award­Winning Magician Danny Dubin invites guests to enjoy a unique blend of crisp sleight of hand and astonishing illusion, all in support of N Street Village. Live goldfish appear out of thin air, volunteers’ thoughts are predicted and borrowed objects mysteriously appear in random locations. Dubin believes that magic has the power to bring people together, and he is proud to present “Real Magic.”

Your $37 ticket provides 30 hot and nutritious meals to women in need at N Street Village. The added cost is a processing fee.

N Street Village empowers homeless and low­income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The Village also provides affordable rental housing for low­ and moderate­income individuals and families.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-magic-a-magic-show-benefiting-n-street-village-tickets-20487417417

Chinese Menu,
February 20, 2016

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Chinese Menu

February 20, 2016
$12 General/ $10 DCAC Members

The February installment of Chinese Menu Comedy is coming up. These monthly improv shows are always fun. No troupes or teams, just a collection of the best players in DC and beyond mashing up for party in three acts.

The all stars this month:
Topher Bellavia
Mikael Johnson
Krish Mohan
Molly Murchie
Dave Johnson
Rich Nyman
Jordan Hirsch
Yuliya Malamud
Chris Ulrich
Yael Grant
Pete Bergen
Ken Hays

Tickets: ​http://febmenu.bpt.me/

Laugh Index Theatre: i heart improv,
February 19, February 20, February 26, 2016

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
i heart improv

February 19, February 20, February 26, 2016
$10 / $8 Members

Time to put away the high-­calorie chocolates, mixed tapes and lame greeting cards. Steer clear of those once­-you’ve­-seen-­one­-you’ve-­seen­-them­-all romantic comedies. This February, listen to your heart and its one true desire ­­ the desire to laugh hysterically. “i heart improv” will fulfill this desire and introduce you to a new passion, long-form improv comedy. The commitment is only for one night, but it’s a night you’ll always remember.

Press Play Hump Days,
February 17, & March 16, 2016

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Press Play Hump Days

February 17, March 16, 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 a fart joke. Seriously. That’s how committed Press Play is to the craft of long-form improv. The group performs in festivals around the country, theaters around DC, and once at a birthday party.

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

My Funny Valentine,
February 14, 2016

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My Funny Valentine

February 14, 2016
$20 / $15 Members

My Funny Valentine Comedy Show (MFV) is a fun, entertaining, and refreshing stand­up comedy show featuring local comics in support of ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. This year’s show will mark the 6 th year running.

MFV comedy show is balanced with an array of comedic styles that is sure to capture the audience’s attention while leaving them laughing and craving for more! Each show is hosted by its creator, Adaylah Banks, while disc jockey, DJ K­La keeps the audience musically entertained between sets and throughout the show!

Check out this year’s lineup: Comedian Stiletto, Adaylah Banks, Mike “Ol Mike B” Brown, Rue D., Greg Stevens, and Tommy Taylor, Jr.

35% of the proceeds will benefit Miriam’s Kitchen

Tickets: ​http://adaylahbanks.com/tix

Tabla for Two: New Music for the New Year,
February 7, 2016

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Tabla for Two:
New Music for the New Year

February 7, 2016
$20 General / $18 DCAC Members

Tabla for Two is a musical duo consisting of Masood Omari and Abigail Adams Greenway. Masood has 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 unique! Tabla for Two will be joined by Sofya Savkina, dancer, and Helen Burns, singer, for this performance.

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

In Your Ear,
January 17, 2016

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In Your Ear

January 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 avant-­garde tradition. 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.