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Tom Hanks stars in a third film based on another of Dan Brown's dreadful novels, this time about a doctor who wakes up with amnesia and teams up with another doctor to foil a deadly global plot. We assume Hanks and director Ron Howard are just cashing a (substantial) check by this point. Opens Friday, Oct. 28. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Rhuaridh Marr)
POLITICAL NIGHTMARES: PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET
New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot and movie critic Nell Minow return to host more political film noir. The third film in the Political Nightmares series is Samuel Fuller's 1953 Cold War spy drama, about a pickpocket (Richard Widmark) who discovers that he has stolen data containing crucial government secrets. The Atlantic's Christopher Orr and Michelle Cottle join to discuss both the film and politics following the screening. Sunday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. Hill Center, Old Navy Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, but registration recommended for guaranteed seating. Call 202-549-4172 or visit HillCenterDC.org.
"Hitchcocktober" concludes with the ultimate classic from the "Master of Suspense." If you've never seen Psycho (1960) -- and even if you have -- it remains one of the greatest horror films in the history of cinema, single-handedly reinventing the genre. Anthony Perkins gives the performance of his career as Norman Bates, the meek, neurotic owner of an eerily isolated motel where he lives with his domineering mother. His life is forever changed when Marion Crane (the lovely Janet Leigh) stays for a night. The low-budget, black-and-white film is celebrated for a shower to end all showers -- a master class in editing -- and for Bernard Herrmann's magnificent, instantly recognizable all-strings score. With Vera Miles, (a dreadful) John Gavin, Martin Balsam and in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it-cameo by Ted Knight, who a decade later would star as the dumbest anchorman alive on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Monday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market, 550 Penn St. NE, and at the Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Avenue, in Fairfax. Tickets are $7 to $10 each. Call 800-680-9095 or visit angelikafilmcenter.com. (Randy Shulman)
NOSFERATU WITH THE SILENT ORCHESTRA
Kicking off a nearly month-long Silent Cinema Showcase, the American Film Institute presents a screening of Max Shreck's legendary 1922 silent film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, an unauthorized appropriation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that set the standard for all vampire flicks to come. L.A. keyboardist Carlos Garza and D.C. percussionist Rich O'Meara comprise the Silent Orchestra, which offers live accompaniment of its own original score, by turns dreamlike, ambient and hellbent. Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $20 general admission. Call 301-495-6720 or visit animationshowofshows.com.
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
Otto Bell's rite-of-passage tale follows a 13-year-old girl training to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to stalk birds of prey. Daisy Ridley, of the new Star Wars trilogy, narrates and serves as an executive producer. The Guardian called it "pleasantly feelgood." Opens Friday, Oct. 21. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Landmark's E Street Cinema celebrates Halloweekend by offering Richard O'Brien's camp classic, billed as the longest-running midnight movie in history. Landmark's showings come with a live shadow cast from the Sonic Transducers, meaning it's even more interactive than usual. Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, at midnight, and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
The Library of Congress presents a free screening of what its directors have often called the world's "first vegetarian horror film." Based on Nick Park's stop-motion animated short series Wallace and Gromit, the 2006 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature follows the adventures of the eccentric cheese-loving inventor, voiced by Peter Sallis, and his silent, intelligent, anthropomorphic dog, as they root out a voracious monster threatening to ruin the annual veggie-growing contest. Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes provide their vocal talents. The free screening takes place on the federal institution's picturesque Virginia campus, which houses the world's largest collection of films, broadcast and audio recordings. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd. Culpeper, Va. Free, first-come, first served. Call 202-707-9994 or visit loc.gov/avconservation.
Nu Sass Productions presents a revamped staging of a Capital Fringe Festival work focused on the guts, glory and violent moments from Shakespeare. Or, more simply put, "the greatest deaths of Shakespeare's tragedies." Sun King Davis directs Jenna Berk, Ricardo Frederick Evans, Bess Kaye, Aubri O'Connor, and Danny Rovin taking up swords, super-soakers and even leading a drinking game. Weekends to Nov. 13. Trinidad Theatre in the Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Tickets are $30. Call 202-733-6321 or visit nusass.com.
ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA
Under Ryan Rilette's authoritative direction, the second of the two Angels plays is an awe-inspiring, insightful theatrical marvel, building on and surpassing the dramaturgical success of Jason Loewith's momentous Millennium Approaches. Taken together, the two master-class productions offer the kind of once-in-a-lifetime rewards that bucket lists are made for. Perestroika is the more daunting of the two, but also the more enriching, as we see Prior Walter wrestle his Angel and stand up for the hopes and desires of his fellow humans. Tony Kushner's flights of fancy become thresholds of revelation in his prescient analysis of progressive politics, race relations, American patriotism and pride. Tom Story leads the show as a perfectly realized gay everyman. Story has never been more in command of a character as he is with Prior. Also notable is the work of Kimberly Gilbert, who has been reason enough to see a show over the past decade, yet here she's more captivating than ever. Her Harper learns from her crises of faith and unrequited love in ways that the rest of us could only hope to approximate. Final performances. Closes Oct. 30. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Tickets are $55 to $75. Call 240-644-1100 or visit roundhousetheatre.org. (Doug Rule)
The perfect antidote to the deluge of commercialized Halloween pap. A decidedly PG-13 offering, Synetic's fabulously dark vision of Dante's search for his lost love Beatrice through the many rings of Hell is not for the overly squeamish. It is also Synetic at its best -– embracing fully the edgy, the weird, and the wonderful, all with a sensibility that is unmistakably European. Like Synetic's Silent Shakespeare series, Dante's story is told without a word spoken, the narrative delivered through dance, mime and extraordinary atmospherics. Carrying the title role is Vato Tsikurishvil. With soulful, hungry eyes, he expresses the determination and torment of a man venturing into the depths of Hell and its punishment of the worst of mankind. A powerful mover, Tsikurishvili is physically expressive without overdoing his gasp-worthy acrobatic feats. Yet the real stars here are the imaginations of the creator and the director, Paata Tsikurishvili and Irina Tsikurishvili. This is their Hell and the devil is absolutely and most excellently in the details. To Oct. 30. Theater at Crystal City, 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. Tickets are $35 to $55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit synetictheater.org. (Kate Wingfield)
Disney partners with Signature Theatre for a world premiere musical version of the body-swap classic, immortalized in two hit Disney films. Heidi Blickenstaff (Signature's First You Dream) and Emma Hunton (Broadway's Spring Awakening) star as mother Katherine and daughter Ellie in a production helmed by Christopher Ashley, reteaming with his Memphis choreographer Sergio Trujillo. The musical's pop/rock score comes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning pair behind Next to Normal, composer Tom Kitt and lyricist Brian Yorkey. The cast includes Jason Gotay, Alan H. Green, Shayna Blass, Sherri L. Edelen and Bobby Smith. To Nov. 20. MAX Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.
ROMEO & JULIET
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet is more school field trip than grown-up fare. Updated to the here and now, this is mad teenage love envisioned in neo-Renaissance McMansions, rich-kid dance parties and earbuds. As such, it is played young, fun and accessible. Carrying the vibe is Andrew Veenstra's alpha Romeo, an extrovert raised on pop culture, and Ayana Workman's Juliet, a super-rich, super-thin, super-sweet girl who surely gets the lead in every play. But if their personas are loud, irrepressible and super-accessible, there is a price to pay: depth. For starters, if you come expecting to shed a tear for the doomed lovers, you will likely be disappointed. Although death stalks the couple -- in their free fall of passion, in the violent hatred between their clans, in Romeo's impulsive murder of Tybalt -- the shadows are lost in their showy exuberance. They are adorably charismatic and very dramatic, but there is far too little space to suggest that quieter place: the dark whirlpool of the young and volatile soul and its pathos. To Nov. 6. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Tickets are $44 to $118. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org. (KW)
RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL
Creative Cauldron, Virginia's emerging theater company, offers the area premiere of this Off-Broadway campy cult hit. A spoof of everything from Gypsy to Mame to All About Eve, writer Joel Paley and composer Marvin Laird's comedy follows a beautiful, talented and overly ambitious 8-year-old girl in her quest to play the lead in the school play. Matt Conner directs. To Oct. 30. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave. Falls Church. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 703-436-9948 or visit creativecauldron.org.
SENSE & SENSIBILITY
There is something deliciously subversive in the Folger Theatre. Tucked behind the impenetrable façade of its namesake library, it keeps delivering all manner of gloriously innovative theater magic. The latest piece of brilliance is director Eric Tucker's joyfully raucous Sense and Sensibility, adapted with verve by Kate Hamill from Jane Austen's classic novel. It is fast, funny, witty and ridiculous, but it is also incredibly adept at breathing hot and feverish life into an early 19th century tale of landed (and unlanded) gentry and their loves and losses. Originally developed and premiered by New York's Bedlam theater company, the production stays true to the novel while playing with all of its parts, real and emotional. Sets run around on casters, chairs move with their occupants, emotional revelations become surreal light-shows and the fourth wall is more of a trampled hedge. It is high entertainment, with Austen's wit, wisdom and observations of the human heart at its core. Like last season's A Midsummer's Night Dream, given a chance this play will win hearts and minds. It's the kind of intelligent silliness that creates theatergoers for life among the uninitiated -- and brings back the faith for everybody else. It just doesn't get much better. Closes Sunday, Oct. 30. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $30 to $75. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu. (KW)
"When people label it a lesbian play, it diminishes not just the story but the idea of that kind of love in general," says Maryland-based playwright Audrey Cefaly. In fact, Cefaly didn't conceive of The Gulf, set in her native Alabama, as a love story at all. "I had this image floating around in my head of two women on a boat, fighting brutally," Cefaly tells Metro Weekly. "The more I pulled back to explore what could have caused this, the more I realized they were in some kind of relationship, because the only thing that would cause that kind of passion is love." As channeled on stage by Rachel Zampelli and Maria Rizzo, the result goes beyond what Cefaly, who is straight, imagined. "It's sexy and fun," she says. "Explosive and dangerous. An 85-minute rollercoaster ride." To Nov. 6. Signature's Ark Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.
THE LITTLE FOXES
A pleasingly old-fashioned melodrama, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes may be tame by modern standards, but in Arena's production, it remains a satisfyingly well-spun tale. Set in the turn-of-the-century American South, it's a story of greed, family and the warp and weft of marital power. Foxes has always been a star vehicle for the actor playing Regina, and here Marg Helgenberger does an admirable job of bringing some real personality to a character who begs to be played large and lavishly entitled. She is a familiar type -- not least because she has inspired so many derivations -- and making her unique is the challenge here. Helgenberger certainly has the charisma for this alpha woman, but her rather no-nonsense edge gives Regina more the feel of a well-heeled frontierswoman than a Southern Belle. Still, for an evening's worth of dastardly doings in the bad old South, it is a fine entertainment. Closes Sunday, Oct. 30. Kreeger Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Tickets are $50 to $100. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org. (KW)
THE WHO'S TOMMY
In 1969, Pete Townshend penned a rock opera about a "deaf, dumb and blind kid" -- a metaphor for his childhood and his struggles to deal with fame as a founding member of rock band The Who. Nearly 50 years later, "the metaphor strikes back" in a production of the musical, developed in 1992 with writer/director Des McAnuff, featuring both deaf and hearing actors from Suzanne Richard and the Open Circle Theatre company, D.C.'s first professional theater dedicated to integrating the talents of artists with disabilities. Gallaudet University alum Russell Harvard, who appeared on Broadway in Deaf West Theatre's revival of Spring Awakening with Marlee Matlin, plays Tommy, communicating in American Sign Language -- which will also be seamlessly incorporated into the show along with real-time captioning. Cassie Meador and Matthew Crumbie of Dance Exchange offer modern, innovative choreography. To Nov. 20. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $30 to $45. Call 240-683-8934 or visit opencircletheatre.org.
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage to star in a one-woman play based on the award-winning memoir by Joan Didion and focused on the death of her husband, fellow novelist John Dunne, as well as on her daughter's serious, repeated hospitalizations. As a coping mechanism, Didion engages in magical thinking, an anthropological concept akin to superstition about willing good things to happen, or averting unavoidable events by hoping for or doing the right things. Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs. To Nov. 20. Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.
D.C.'s own eight-piece Balkan and funk band consists of members from Thievery Corporation and is focused on having fun both on record -- including 2015's I Love You Madly -- and live. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 p.m. DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. Tickets are $12. Call 202-483-5000 or dcnine.com.
CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT
A return performance by the quirky, sophisticated and soulful jazz vocalist, whom the New York Times has credited as having the best chance for extending the lineage of the Big Three: Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Salvant performs original songs and unique interpretations of obscure jazz and blues compositions in English, Spanish and her native French. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $45 to $60, plus $10 minimum purchase per person. Call 240-330-4500 or visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.
D.C. DIFFERENT DRUMMERS
The Capitol Pride Symphonic Band and Capitol Pride Wind Ensemble kick off the season with "pieces from the darker, spooky side of music," including Dance Macabre, The Divine Company, A Night on Bald Mountain, the Phantom of the Opera and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-403-3669 or visit dcdd.org.
Nearly two decades after winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russian pianist Denis Matsuev has been praised for his "epic technique" (Boston Globe) and "athletic virtuosity and steely power" (New York Times). He returns to Strathmore with a recital of works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $57 to $77. Call 410-783-8000 or visit bsomusic.org.
The legendary British pop band, minted in the '80s MTV era, returns to the area after its April blowout at the Verizon Center in support of new album Paper Gods. Duran Duran offers two New Year concerts in the 3,000-seat theater at MGM's new waterfront resort. Tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m., for shows Saturday, Dec. 31, at 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 9 p.m. Theater at MGM National Harbor, 7100 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill, Md. Tickets are $125 to $300. Call 844-346-4664 or visit mgmnationalharbor.com.
GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON
Potomac Fever, the Gay Men's Chorus' 14-voice a cappella close harmony pop group, ventures to "Little Washington" in Virginia to perform highlights from its repertoire. Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. Little Washington Theatre, 291 Gay St. Washington, Va. Tickets are $25. Call 540-675-1253 or visit littlewashingtontheatre.com.
HILARY HAHN, ROBERT LEVIN
As part of its 50th Anniversary Season Star Series, Washington Performing Arts presents three-time Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn performing a recital of wide-ranging music accompanied by pianist Robert Levin. The program includes three new commissioned partitas by Spanish composer Anton Garcia Abril. Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $38 to $95. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
A record three-time winner of BBC Music Magazine's Chamber Music Award, the string quartet comes to the Clarice to display what has been called a rare blend of passion and precision. The program includes works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Beethoven. Sunday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m. Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. College Park. Tickets are $25. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit theclarice.umd.edu.
In 2014 Tony-winning star Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Into The Woods) recalled to Metro Weekly having a slight existential crisis as a kid. "What is this world that I live in? What is this horrible place where people know who Paula Abdul is, and they don't know who Rosemary Clooney is? It made me feel really lonely and really sad," Benanti said. On the flipside, it also made her feel like "a 45-year-old gay man in a little girl's body." A multiple performer with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, Benanti returns to Wolf Trap for another night of cabaret-style song, dance and humor. Perhaps she'll even do her spot-on impression of Melania Trump a la The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 and 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $40 to $45. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
After tours with Lucius, The Lumineers, and Blind Pilot, the 27-year-old backing musician and singer-songwriter offers a solo concert in support of her grungy, raw debut album Emotions and Math. Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. Call 202-483-5000 or dcnine.com.
MIKE MILLS WITH THE FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE
Violinist Robert McDuffie commissioned the founding bassist/keyboardist of R.E.M. to compose Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra. David Mallamud arranged and will provide additional music for this performance, which includes Mills and McDuffie as well as two other signature avant-garde classical works: John Adams' Road Movies and Philip Glass' Symphony for Strings. Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $25 to $65. Call 410-783-8000 or visit bsomusic.org.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Violin sensation Nicola Benedetti offers the East Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis' Violin Concerto, in a program led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach also featuring Tchaikovsky's "Polish" Symphony. Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $89. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
NEW ORCHESTRA OF WASHINGTON
Now in its fifth season, the ensemble, led by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, offers a "Smaller Is Better" program featuring three orchestral works that have been reduced in instrumentation for the concert. Hand-picked professional musicians will tease out the intimate qualities of Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor featuring Japanese wunderkind Mayumi Sakamoto, and Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Live! at 10th and G, 945 G ST. NW. Also Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Tickets are $40 each. Call 240-235-5088 or visit neworchestraofwashington.org.
RUFUS DU SOL
Vocalist/guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, keyboardist Jon George and drummer James Hunt comprise the sharp, skillful indie-dance act, a promising export from Australia. Every track on the band's latest album Bloom is a gem to discerning house-loving ears, with warm, dreamy vocals, moody synths and driving beats, foremost among them "You Were Right." The 2015 winner of Best Dance Release at the ARIAs, the Australian equivalent of the Grammys, features a central refrain that captures a fan's sentiment about the band perfectly: "You were right, I know I can't get enough of you." Thursday, Nov. 3. Doors at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
STRATHMORE CABARET: BLUES BASH
The style and melodies of pioneers Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Bessie Smith are just some of the blues that'll be on offer at a benefit concert for Strathmore's mentoring work with local musicians, which is first and foremost a showcase of its signature Artists in Residence program. Billed as the "next generation of powerhouse performers," this year's roster includes percussionist Joey Antico, accordionist and pianist Simone Baron, bassist Ethan Foote, fiddle player Patrick McAvinue, and vocalists Ines Nassara and Chris Urquiaga. They'll perform at this cabaret along with electric guitarist Foley and vocalist Rochelle Rice, both AIR alumni, and guest artists harmonica player Black Magic and pianist Sean Lane. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda. Tickets are $150 including dinner and drinks, or $500 for two reserved VIP seats. Call 301-581-5100 or visit ampbystrathmore.com.
South African singer-songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler grew up singing in the Drakensberg Boys' Choir, but St. Lucia, his five-piece project that includes his wife Patti Beranek, is far more influenced by pop music than choral. Album Matter is reincarnated '80s synth-pop through and through: a little Depeche Mode, a smidgen of Dire Straits, and a whole lot of New Order, especially with Grobler's vocals often recalling Bernard Sumner's. Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28. Doors at 6 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $27.50. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.
THE INSERIES: THE ROMANTICS
The Romantics: Schumann & Heine is a salon-style concert featuring the song cycle Dichterliebe ("Love of the Poet"), which Romantic composer Robert Schumann created with poetry by Heinrich Heine. Tenor Byron Jones and InSeries artistic director and pianist Carla Hubner collaborate on the famous song cycle in a program that includes original art projections and multimedia design by Jonathan Dahm Robertson, plus other extraordinary Schumann art songs performed by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Mondragon. Pianist and commentator Frank Conlon also joins to host a discussion of Schumann's works and the Romantic movement in general. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2:30 p.m. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $36. Call 202-204-7763 or visit inseries.org.
WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA
A couple of weeks before the full production, cast members from The Daughter of the Regiment offer a free Millennium Stage preview of selections from Donizetti's classic comic opera. Lisette Oropesa and Andriana Chuchman will alternate playing a woman who wants to marry a peasant (played by Lawrence Brownlee and Juan Jose De Leon) until a mysterious Marquise (Deborah Nansteel) offers to make her a proper lady. Monday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
ALIGHT DANCE THEATER
The complexity of women's relationships is explored in two repertory works by this Maryland-based company founded by Angella Foster and blending dance, physical theater and spoken word. Set to a score of upbeat bluegrass music, Matina Phillips and Eleni Grove's Blue Mountain Express follows four women aboard a train as their stories are revealed and their similarities and differences celebrated. Meanwhile, Foster's Women's Work imagines a community of strong women in her childhood home of rural Kentucky, inspired by her grandma's tales of kinship and hard work and featuring original music by Rob Collier and a massive, handmade suspended quilt. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Call 202-269-1600 or visit danceplace.org.
DEBBIE ALLEN'S FREEZE FRAME ...STOP THE MADNESS
A theatrical narrative fusing movement, music, art and cinema written, directed, choreographed and with a special appearance by Debbie Allen, exploring violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy. Broadway performers, young hip-hop artists and members of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy participate in a work with original music by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, and Rickey Minor. A Saturday, Oct. 29, post-performance panel discussion will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and feature Nicole Hockley from Sandy Hook Promise, filmmaker Lee Daniels, actress Phylicia Rashad, professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, and Kayal Hicks of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Performances are Thursday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Also Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $29 to $109. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
FLAMENCO FESTIVAL AT GALA
Edwin Aparicio and his Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company kicks off the 12th annual festival with Salvador, a new piece tracing Aparicio's journey from war-torn El Salvador to his discovery of flamenco in the U.S. and becoming an internationally heralded flamenco ambassador. Aparicio curates the festival, which also includes a free daytime program Flamenco en Familia, with interactive demonstrations of the art form, on Saturday, Nov. 5, and performances by Francisco Hidalgo and Company and Madrid's Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas the weekend of Nov. 12. Flamenco Aparicio performs student matinees on Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m., with a press night and artist reception on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. Festival runs weekends to Nov. 13. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th St. NW. Tickets are $25 for student matinee, $30 to $40 for full performance, or $60 for a discount festival ticket. Call 202-234-7174 or visit galatheatre.org.
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
In a co-production with the Dutch National Ballet, America's oldest ballet company performs Tony- and Olivier-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's visually imaginative production of Cinderella, complete with puppets and an animated tree by the incomparable Basil Twist. Inspired by Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, Wheeldon's ballet is a fairy tale for modern times, focused on an empowered heroine more in charge of her destiny -- without a meddling fairy godmother, pumpkin carriage or clock striking midnight. Set to a lesser-known score by Prokofiev as performed by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the production features a libretto by Craig Lucas, sets and costumes by Julian Crouch, lighting by Natasha Katz, and projection design by Daniel Brodie. Remaining performances Thursday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $29 to $139. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
One of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch," Harrison Greenbaum has appeared as a comedian and comic writer on every network from MTV to NBC's Last Comic Standing. He stops for a free Millennium Stage performance as part of the Comedy at the Kennedy Center series. Sunday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery. Tickets are free, up to two per person, and distributed in the States Gallery at approximately 5 p.m. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
POTUS AMONG US
No two performances by the Washington Improv Theater are alike and in this satire of the presidential election process, the audience picks the candidates and influences the story, including scandals and shockers, of the next president. It's a tale that the Washington Improv Theatre promises to be "as unpredictable as the 2016 election cycle." To Nov. 6. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Call 202-204-7760 or visit witdc.org.
THE BENTZEN BALL COMEDY FESTIVAL
Lesbian comedian Tig Notaro curates the annual four-day event, which she kicks off at the Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 27, with a show featuring her friends including Aparna Nancherla and Lizzy Cooperman. In addition to a run of shows all weekend by Jon Dore at Drafthouse Comedy, the festival continues Friday, Oct. 28, with Pound It! at the Lincoln featuring Bridget Everett, Michael Ian Black, Melissa Villasenor, and Jason Weems, as well as stand-up from Baron Vaughn and a free Picture This show with Brandie Posey and Sam Varela, both at the Kennedy Center. On Saturday, Oct. 29, Sixth and I hosts Mock The Vote: Pre-Election Comedy Showcase with Lee Camp, Leah Bonnema, Brian Parise and Andrew Knox, while the Lincoln features Stuff You Should Know Live! with Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark, followed by a Halloween/Election Nightmare Comedy Show. DC Improv also hosts two events Saturday: the Last Podcast on the Left Halloween Bentzen Ball Edition, and a one-hour stand-up taping of John F. O'Donnell directed by Fugazi's Brendan Canty, with Dave Hill and host Amber Nelson. The festival's final day offers a UHF Live Commentary show at the Lincoln featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic, Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Hill and Emo Phillips, concluding with a Horror Show-themed Story District event with storytellers sharing "true stories about ghosts, devils and things that go bump in the night." Visit brightestyoungthings.com/bentzen-ball for tickets and more information.
"A talk, not a musical performance," the Sixth and I website notes about a discussion of the singer-songwriter's memoir Boys in the Trees, published last year. Carly Simon will be in conversation on the occasion of the book's paperback release with Hanna Rosin, co-host of NPR's Invisibilia. Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $35 including one book pre-signed by Jacobson, or $50 for two tickets and one pre-signed book. Call 202-408-3100 or visit sixthandi.org.
Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated humor columnist reads from and signs copies of his latest book, Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland. Barry pleads his case for those who still begrudge the state for its (mis)handling of the 2000 presidential election -- guilty -- as well as those who wonder how people can live with all those alligators and oversized insects, not to mention seemingly underdeveloped brains. Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com.
MICHAEL MANN, TOM TOLES, KEVIN "KAL" KALLAUGHER
Two of the country's most celebrated editorial cartoonists are featured at a Politics and Prose book event. First up is Tom Toles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post cartoonist, who teamed up with Penn State's Michael Mann, one of the nation's leading experts on climate change, to expose the true folly of arguments against global warming in The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Our Politics and Driving Us Crazy. Also at the discussion, moderated by the Washington Post's White House bureau chief Juliet Eilperin, is Kevin Kallaugher. His new collection, Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of Kal Cartoons in The Economist, pulls from the artist's cartoons and caricatures prior to his days at the Baltimore Sun. Sunday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-364-1919 or visit politics-prose.com.
The Kennedy Center continues Theatrical Selections, a provocative "free politically charged reading series" by five major D.C. theater companies in the run up to this year's election. The Kennedy Center's selection is Kenneth Lin's Warrior Class, which centers on a promising New York politician, the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran, who's been dubbed "the Republican Obama" -- until someone from his past threatens to reveal a college transgression. Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Free. Call 202-488-3300 or visit shakespearetheatre.org to reserve tickets and for more information on the series.
FORD'S THEATRE'S HISTORY ON FOOT
A local actor offers the guided tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, portraying Detective James McDevitt, a D.C. police officer patrolling a half-block from Ford's Theatre the night President Lincoln was shot. Written by Richard Hellesen and directed by Mark Ramont, the 1.6-mile walking tour revisits and reexamines the sites and clues from the investigation into the assassination. The last tour of 2016 is Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10:15 a.m. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $17. Call 202-397-7328 or visit fords.org.
LIFE SOUNDTRACK: PRINCE/BOWIE & ...
Subtitled A Visual Response to Musical Loss, curators Nehemiah Dixon III and Spencer Dormitzer solicited work from 17 area artists to examine the elusive connection between a person and a brilliant stranger -- not just the exhibit's namesakes Prince and David Bowie, but also others lost in 2016, including Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Glen Frey, and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest. Ani Bradberry, Hebron Chism, Jim Doran, Nekisha Durrett, Heloisa Escudero, Adam Griffiths, Jeffrey Paul Herrity, Wayson R. Jones, Kelly King, Joseph Orzal, and Alma Selimovic are among those with works represented. Through Nov. 4. Joan Hisaoka Gallery in the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Call 202-483-8600 or visit smithcenter.org.
MID CITY ARTISTS' FALL OPEN STUDIOS TOUR
Artists who are part of the Mid City Artists collaborative open their studios for the public to meet, learn, enjoy and buy art as part of this biannual event. The artists represented offer a range of work, from drawings to sculptures to photographs to mixed media, and include many of note to the LGBT community -- among them Charlie Gaynor, Michael Crossett, Glenn Fry, Brian Petro, Colin Winterbottom, Indira Marin Dingledine, and Betto Ortiz. Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mid City corridor, from Dupont to Logan Circles and north to Florida Ave NW. Free. Visit midcityartists.com.
POTTERY ON THE HILL SHOW AND SALE
Seventeen of the nation's top ceramic artists collaborate in this annual pottery show, offering something for both the most avid pottery collector and the casual observer, from table platters to fanciful mugs to cooking pots. Preview Reception is Friday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Show is Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hill Center, Old Navy Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets to the preview reception are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door, and include complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments; the show itself is free. Call 202-549-4172 or visit HillCenterDC.org.
THE ENIGMATIC EDGAR A. POE IN BALTIMORE & BEYOND
Selections from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection offers rare materials from what is arguably the finest private Poe collection in the world, giving viewers a chance to see him at work and up close. See The Raven in Poe's own handwriting and first editions of his writings in books, newspapers and magazines from the 1800s. To Feb. 5. George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore. Call 410-234-4943 or visit peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu.
WILL & JANE
How does today's "Cult of Jane" (as in Austen) resemble that of "Bardolatry" (as in Shakespeare) two hundred years ago? The topic is raised in a new exhibition examining the phenomena of literary celebrity and the connection fans feel through merchandise and pop culture, including parodies and spin-offs. To Nov. 6. Great Hall in Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.
YUMMM! THE HISTORY, FANTASY AND FUTURE OF FOOD
One of the quirkiest museums around celebrates its 21st birthday with a playful visual feast featuring works by 34 artists focused on humankind's relationship with food. Food-centric paintings, sculptures, embroideries, installations, and films are part of this exploration of the serious creative vision needed to reinvent how a planet of an estimated 9.6 billion people will eat in the year 2050. Runs to Sept. 3, 2017. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Baltimore. Tickets are $15.95. Call 410-244-1900 or visit avam.org.
2016 DC DESIGN HOUSE
A benefit for Children's National Health System, the annual event highlights the talents of the D.C. area's top decorators, who will transform 21 spaces both inside and outside of the former French Ambassador's residence -- a nearly 12,000-square-foot home listed at $10.8 million. This year's designers include Charles Almonte, Kimberly Asner, Rachel Dougan, Melanie Hansen & Pooja Mittra & Steve Corbeille, Josh Hildreth & Victor Sanz, Lena Kroupnik, Jonathan Senner, and Stephen Wlodarczyk & Joshua Dean. Closes Sunday, Oct. 30. 2509 Foxhall Rd. NW. Tickets are $35 to $60. Visit dcdesignhouse.com for more information.
DC BEER FEST
Dozens of craft breweries will fill the concourse at Nationals Park to help spread beer cheer the first Saturday in November -- with a particular focus on fall seasonal offerings. Over a dozen of D.C.'s top food trucks will also be on hand for the annual beer fest, which includes lawn games, DJs and more. Saturday, Nov. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. NE. Tickets are $45 per session and include unlimited drink tastings. Visit dcbeerfestival.com.
FIREFLIES' LGBT LIP SYNC BATTLE & HAPPY HOUR
The last Friday of every month the Alexandria restaurant Fireflies presents a "Lip Sync battle contest" with prizes and an extended happy hour geared toward the LGBT community with $5 cocktails and $8 pizza, all set to retro dance music. This month's battle is focused on Priscilla. Friday, Oct. 28, starting at 7 p.m. FireFlies Del Ray, 1501 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria. Call 703-548-7200 or visit facebook.com/FirefliesDelRay.
Regie Cabico and Don Mike Mendoza's La-Ti-Do variety show features higher-quality singing than most karaoke, often from local musical theater actors performing on their night off, and also includes spoken-word poetry and comedy. Held at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle, Mendoza and Anya Randall Nebel host the next event is a Spooky Spectacular featuring Madeline Cuddihy, poet Sue Scheid, Rockville Musical Theatre, with guest performers including Elizabeth Colandene, Jessica Donahue, Christine Dubberly, Matt Ratz, Meredith Richard, Michael Sandoval, Maxim Sobchenko and Elle Sullivan. Accompaniment by pianist Taylor Rambo. Monday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Bistro Bistro, 1727 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $15, or $10 if you eat dinner at the restaurant beforehand. Call 202-328-1640 or visit latidodc.wix.com/latido.
ROCK THE CORE CIDER FEST
Drink The District presents a second festival devoted to different varieties of cider, as well as craft beer. More than 30 hard ciders and 20 beers will be available to taste. Attendees can enjoy unlimited drinks, a live DJ, backyard games, and access to food trucks. Saturday, Oct. 29. Afternoon session starts at 1 p.m., with evening session at 6 p.m. The Yards Parking Lot in the Capitol Riverfront, 1300 1st SE. Tickets are $45 each session. Call 202-618-3663 or visit drinkthedistrict.com.
SMITHSONIAN FOOD HISTORY WEEKEND
Culinary leaders, researchers, practitioners, and scholars lead discussions and tastings at an event intended to boost understanding about the history of food in America. It launches with an Opening Gala featuring food, drinks and speeches from Jose Andres and Scott Simon, with presentation of the 2nd Annual Julia Child Award to Rick Bayless, on Thursday, Oct. 27. It continues on Friday, Oct. 28, with a free day-long symposium, with political discussions ranging from farm labor to food labeling regulations, followed by a "Dine Out for Smithsonian Food History," with select restaurants featuring a special dish inspired by American food history. Saturday, Oct. 29, offers a festival of free activities around the museum, from demos to book signings to film screenings, though no tastings, and ends with After Hours: The Great History of American Brewing. National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit americanhistory.si.edu for more information.