darlingdance: LOAD
October 5 & 11, 2018

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darlingdance & Eames Armstrong

LOAD

Friday, October 5 at 8pm
Thursday, October 11 at 8pm

$23 General / $20 DCAC Members

darlingdance presents LOAD, choreographed in collaboration with painter Eames Armstrong. A soft exploration of self and others, the intention of touch, physical and emotional weight bearing, collapsing and congealing structures of support, butts, and shared space, time, and body. LOAD features music by local electronic and experimental musicians Antonia (Adriana-Lucia Cotes), PraxisCat (Christine Paluch), and Radiator Greys (Josh Levi).

 

Tickets available here.

Marimba Cabaret 
September 27, 2018

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Marimba Cabaret  

September 27, 2018
Thursday at 7:30pm
$15 / $10 DCAC Members & Students

Come out of the musical closet with Brian & Erika! Marimba Cabaret is what happens when two classically-trained percussionists with a love of showtunes and shoes put on a show. Brian embraces his love of karaoke, marimba and heels, while Erika loves arranging awesomely bad songs for percussion and her voice. Together, they present a dynamic show full of musical theater, pop covers and guilty pleasures re-imagined for marimba, percussion and their voices.

Winner of the 2017 Critic’s Choice Award at PortFringe Theater Festival, Marimba Cabaret is a refreshing take on unexpected songs and stories. Audience members say “it’s a fabulous time” and “fun, unexpected, inventive, and full of heart!” Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and sing along, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of mash-ups and marimba covers.

Tickets available here.

In Your Ear
September 16, 2018

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In Your Ear

September 16

Sunday at 3 pm
$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. Curated by Bevil Townsend with social media coordinated by K. Lorraine Graham.

Buck Downs’ latest book is a selected poems, Unintended Empire: 1989-2012, just out from Furniture Press Books. He lives in the neighborhood east of Capitol Hill known as Stadium City and works as a writer and writing coach.

John Most is the author of Field, Timetable, Atelier, and Persephone. John’s latest video poem, co-written with Pauline Oliveros, is “In Absentia.” John lives in Crozet, Virginia. www.johnmost.com

Washington D.C. native Morowa Yejidé’s novel Time of the Locust was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, longlisted for the 2015 PEN/Bingham award, and a 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work. Her stories have appeared in the Adirondack Review, the Istanbul Review, and others.  Her short story “Tokyo Chocolate” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, anthologized by Britain’s best of the Willesden Herald, and praised by the Japan Times. She received her MFA from Wilkes University and is currently a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools author. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and three sons. Her next novel is forthcoming through Akashic Books.

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

Tickets available here. 

Photo Credit: Michael Geffner||The Inspired Word NYC

Felicitations
September 8, 2018

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Felicitations

September 8, 2018

Friday at 10pm
$5 General/ $2 for DCAC Members

Felicitations is an improv show focused on the joy of community, the double-edge nature of uncertainty, and the inevitability of change. Showcasing the breadth and depth of talent in the DC scene, this show will feature new combinations of improvisers and will explore the essence of improv: mining the richness of each and every moment. This show embraces the “both, and” of improv and life. With every choice, there is opportunity, and each change carries with it both celebration and lamentation. Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Tickets available here. 

 

Naked Girls Reading: Reading Banned Books
August 24, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Reading Banned Books

August 24

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

There is nothing more subversive than reading banned books. Except maybe reading them naked…in public! Haters be damned, we’re doing it. Cherie Sweetbottom, GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and Sucre a la Creme are stripping down at the DC Arts Center to show you why these pieces of literary rebellion are important.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here. 

Rainbow Theatre Project: In the Closet
August 16 – September 15, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project:

In the Closet

A World Premiere directed by H. Lee Gable

August 16 – August 18
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm

August 23 – September 2
Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm

August 27: Monday at 7:30pm

September 6 – 8
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
September 9: Sunday at 3pm

Saturday September 15 at 7:30pm

$35 General/ $30 for DCAC Members

The season will kick off in August with the world premiere production of Siegmund Fuchs’ In the Closet, a metaphysical comedy that follows four men, each living during a different time period, as they look at their lives in the place where all gay men begin, in the closet.

Tickets available here. 

 

We Finna Laugh
August 10, 2018

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We Finna Laugh: A Night of Comedy with Sampson 

August 10

Friday at 7:30pm
$20 General/ $15 for DCAC Members

Award winning stand up comedian and writer Sampson McCormick, returns to DC for a very intimate and uproariously hilarious and thought provoking comedy performance.

Tickets available here. 

Theory of Theories
August 3 – 11, 2018

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Theory of Theories

Written & Directed by Sean Surla

Performed by Karoline Troger & Cristen Stephansky

August 3: Friday at 7:30pm
August 4: Saturday at 3pm
August 11: Saturday at 7:30pm

$15 General/ $10 for DCAC Members

Theories about life, love, desire, friendship, & connection… a play on vulnerability & evolving

Tickets available at door.  

Naked Girls Reading: THE MOVIES
July 27, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
THE MOVIES

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

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Your Naked Girls are no different. But we are far fonder of the tales, legends, graphics and novels that brought them into existence. Bring your popcorn and join us for a Night at the Movies, July 27th at 10pm!

Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center to present the sexy starlets GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and special guest Nina LaVoix to entertain, seduce and even educate you.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here. 

 

It is better to speak!
July 27, 2018

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It is better to speak!

July 27, 2018
Friday at 7:30pm

$10 General/ $8 for DCAC Members

RiverShe Collective Arts invites you to an evening of creative resistance & revival through spoken word, music, laughter, & community!

*DCAC members, please email info@dcartscenter.org to receive promotional code.

Tickets available here. 

THE ACCIDENTAL PILGRIM
July 7 – 29, 2018

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THE ACCIDENTAL PILGRIM 

A NEW PLAY BY THEATRE DU JOUR
Directed by B. Stanley

July 7 – 15: Friday – Sunday at 7:30pm

July 19 – 26: Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm

July 28 & 29: Saturday & Sunday at 7:30pm

$24 General/ $17 Fringe Button Discount

In this newly devised play Theatre Du Jour offers an intimate abstract spectacle with laser focus on humankind’s search for satisfaction. An unfulfilled individual starts on what he believes to be the road to his goals only to find the path is diverted and not as clear as he had imagined. Psychedelic visuals and sound caress the ensemble as they make their way through this decidedly obtuse adventure.

Featuring Jerry Herbilla, Jacquelyn Paulin, Rachel Reed, Kris Roth, and Annetta Dexter Sawyer. Sound design by Rob Gould and Nate Taylor.

This production is presented as a part of the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.

Tickets 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.

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.

 

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.