Above and Beyond: Spring Arts 2012

Comedy, Spoken Word, Discussions, Multi-media, Tastings, Tours, Etc.


Published on March 22, 2012, 1:00am | Comments

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AFI SILVER THEATRE

8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring
301-495-6720
afi.com/Silver

Bill Plympton – ''The king of indie animation'' discusses and screens a selection of his works, including Weird Al Yankovic's video ''TMZ'' set to Taylor Swift's ''You Belong To Me'' (3/23)
Ballet In Cinema: Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet – simulcast of Kenneth MacMillan's version of the Shakespeare story set to Prokofiev's music (3/22, 3/25)

ARLINGTON CINEMA N' DRAFTHOUSE

2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington
703-486-2345
arlingtondrafthouse.com

Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane – both comedians were regular guests on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and featured on Last Comic Standing (3/23-24)
ThreeGuysOn's The Final Draft – popular comedy podcast offers stand-up every Friday night
Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy – a free-for-all every Saturday night
Mad Men Season Premiere Party (3/25)
Sarah Colonna Chelsea Lately writer and roundtable regular appears for two nights of stand-up (3/30-31)
Craig Shoemaker – The American Comedy Awards named him Comedian of the Year (4/6-7)
Trevor Noah (4/13-14)
Tim Meadows – one of the longest-running cast members on Saturday Night Live, now focused on stand-up (4/27-28)

BARNS AT WOLF TRAP

1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.
703-255-1900
wolf-trap.org

The Second City – Audience-prompted improv and satire from masters of the form (3/22-23)
25th Annual Evening of Comedy – a night of standup (5/4-5)

BLACK CAT

1811 14th St. NW
202-667-4490
blackcatdc.com

Friday Night Frights – Two episodes of Tales from the Crypt and drink specials every Friday, for free
Hellmouth Happy Hour – One episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and drink specials every Saturday, for free

BUSBOYS & POETS

2021 14th St. NW
202-387-POET
busboysandpoets.com

Split This Rock Poetry Festival – Various events pegged to the 2012 event celebrating and nurturing poets agitating for social change (3/22-24)
Obama In Ghana: The Untold Story – Screening and discussion of a documentary about the Obamas' 2009 visit to Ghana (3/22)
Bigger Than KONY – open discussion about foreign policy and humanitarian aid efforts in East Africa inspired by recent controversy over Invisible Children's media campaign (3/23)
Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry – wide-ranging topics and speakers two hours every Tuesday
American Sign Language Open Mic – anyone who knows sign language can sign up to recite a poem or story or sign, not sing, a song, the last Friday of every month
Live! from Busboys: Open Mic & Talent Showcase – The first Friday of every month brings an event, hosted by Ne'a Posey, meant for all types of performers, from musicians to dancers to magicians
The 11th Hour Poetry Slam – Opportunity for poetry lovers to enjoy the competitive art of late-night performance poetry (4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13)
Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry – Featuring established poets and an open mike segment (4/15, 5/20, 6/17, 7/15)
Story League Story Contest – Every third Wednesday of the month brings ''story shows,'' or collaborative story-performing exercises in which story-tellers get guidance on honing their craft; the best wins $100 (4/18, 5/16, 6/20)

DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Georgetown University
3700 O St. NW
202-687-ARTS
performingarts.georgetown.edu

The Georgetown Improv Association – Monthly night of improv inspired by audience suggestions and showcasing the performers' (hopefully) quick wit (3/24, 4/21)

DC IMPROV

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW
202-296-7008
dcimprov.com

Flip Orley – America's premier comic hypnotist (3/28-4/1)
Jo Koy – The regular from Chelsea Lately who's not gay despite what Chelsea insists (4/5-7)
Jim Norton (4/12-14)
Comics United – Benefit show for Joe Deeley (4/15)
The District's Funniest College Finals – Area college students compete for the comic crown (4/18)
Wendy Liebman (4/19-22)
Larry Miller (4/27-29)
Gilbert Gottfried – Yes, that is his natural speaking voice (5/4-6)
Godfrey (5/10-13)
Bobby Slayton (5/17-20)
Bob Marley – The other Bob Marley, who's very much alive: he holds the Guinness World Record for longest stand-up show at 40+ hours (5/23-27) ^ Corey Holcomb (5/31-6/3)
Greg Proops – The Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Chelsea Lately regular will record his podcast ''The Smartest Man In The World'' from here (6/7-10)
Gary Valentine (6/14-17)
LaVell Crawford (6/22-24)
Aisha Tyler (6/29-30)
John Witherspoon (7/5-8)
Tom Papa (7/19-21)
Michael McDonald – The longest-running cast member on MAD TV (8/10-12)
D.L. Hughley (8/17-19)
Guy Torry (8/23-26)
Jake Johannsen (8/29-9/2)
Tommy Davidson – The one-time In Living Color comic actor returns to his hometown (9/6-9)

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

201 East Capitol St. SE
202-544-7077
folger.edu

Early Music Seminar: City of Ladies – Folger's artistic director Robert Eisenstein offers insight into composers and their world (4/11)
Shakespeare in Action Family Program – Performance-based techniques, including simulating stage combat and performing a scene from Macbeth, to introduce the language of Shakespeare to elementary-aged children (4/14)
Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture 2012: Dr. Sarah Beckwith – Duke University professor offers a lecture titled ''What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in The Winter's Tale (4/16)
2012 Folger Gala – The venue's most important fundraiser of the year (4/18)
Shakespeare's Birthday Open House – Jugglers, jesters, musicians and actors all re-create the time and stories of Shakespeare for this party, complete with a birthday cake and tour of the reading rooms (4/22)

FORD'S THEATRE

511 10th St. NW
202-397-7328
ticketmaster.com

History on Foot Walking Tours – Actors playing characters from Civil War-era Washington lead two weekend morning tours through downtown D.C.
Cokie Roberts – Before a performance of the hit musical 1776, Ford's Theatre welcomes the author and journalist to discuss her work on Revolutionary-era women (5/1)
Edna Medford – Before a performance of 1776, Ford's welcomes this Howard University history professor to discuss the African-American experience during the American revolution (5/7)

HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS

4155 Linnean Ave. NW
202-686-8500
hillwoodmuseum.org

Greenhouse Tours – daily tours through the working greenhouse with an extensive collection of exotic orchids and other flowers grown for floral arrangements (throughout March)
A Lifelong Love Affair: Marjorie Merriweather Post and Her Orchids – Hillwood's greenhouse and design head Jason Gedeik discusses the estate founder's love of orchids (3/23, 3/27, 3/30)
Fabergé Egg Family Festival – Festive Russian folk music and storytelling and a centuries-old egg-rolling game, plus workshop to decorate your own Fabergé-inspired egg (3/31, 4/1)
Spring Garden Tours – Docent-led tours of the elaborate gardens most days of the week (Now-6/9)

THE HOWARD THEATRE

620 T St. NW
202-588-5595
thehowardtheatre.com

Henson Alternative – ''Stuffed and Unstrung'' is an adults-only comedy improv show featuring puppets from the Jim Henson Company – as in The Muppets – which is led by Jim's son Brian (4/18)
McCoy Tyner + Savion Glover – ''A night where the keyboard meets the floorboard,'' as the Grammy-winning jazz pianist and his trio are joined by the Tony-winning man many consider the king of tap dance (4/27)

JOSEPH MEYERHOFF SYMPHONY HALL

1212 Cathedral St.
Baltimore
410-783-8000
ticketmaster.com

Stanley McChrystal – The retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan offers a talk as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series (3/27)
David Sedaris – WYPR presents the hilarious gay essayist (4/12)
Ron White – Stand-up charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour (4/19)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Babar The Elephant – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Francis Poulenc's lively and light-hearted score for the book Babar The Elephant, while Rheda Baker narrates the story and cartoonist Angie Jordan illustrates it live onstage (4/18, 4/20-21)
Tom Brokaw – Former NBC News journalist and author of The Greatest Generation offers a talk as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series (4/24)

KENNEDY CENTER

 

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

Yvonne Caruthers – Lecturer begins a new series on great but lesser known classical composers starting with 20th century English composers Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten (4/14)
Alec Baldwin – Famed actor offers the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy (4/16)
Wendell E. Berry – Famed Southern writer offers the 41st Annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities (4/23)
Ballet 360 Degrees – Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of well-known ballets to examine the fine craft of the art form (5/5, 6/23)

LISNER AUDITORIUM AT GWU

730 21st St. NW
202-994-6800
lisner.org

Marjane Satrapi w/Azar Nafisi – Author of graphic memoir and film Persepolis sits for a one-time-only interview with fellow Iranian, the author of Reading Lolita In Tehran (4/27)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!

Grosvenor Auditorium
NGS Headquarters
1600 M St. NW
202-857-7700
nglive.org

National Geographic's Tech Team: Gadgets, Gizmos and Gee Whiz – Eric Berkenpas and Alan Turchik offer a glimpse into the technology used to capture amazing images and info about the world for National Geographic Television, from a miniature video-shooting helicopter to a bright light contraption for underwater images (3/24)
Samurai Cinema – Take in any or all of three screenings of classic Japanese films in conjunction with National Geographic's new Samurai Exhibit (3/31)
The Changing Face of MarseilleNational Geographic photographer Ed Kashi discusses the peaceful cohabitation he found of natives and Muslim newcomers in France's second largest city (4/4)
Winston Groom's Shiloh – author of Forrest Gump and The Crimson Tide discusses his new National Geographic book about the deadly, epochal Civil War battle (4/5)
Robert Ballard: Titanic: 100 Years After – National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who discovered the famous shipwreck reflects on the vessel and offers his insights (4/10)
Discovering The Soul of Cuba – Geographer Juan Jose Valdes discusses a new detailed map of Cuba while travel writer and guide Christopher Baker offers a virtual tour of the island; a Cuban Salsa Dance Party follows (4/13)
The Will To Climb – Ed Viesturs talks about his feat of being the first American to summit all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen (4/16)
Joyce Maynard: Landscsapes of the Mind – The syndicated columnist talks travel and its impact on everyday life, along with National Geographic Traveler editor Don George (5/8)
Garrett Oliver's beer celebrationOxford Companion to Beer offers its annual beer tasting, focused on ''big but beautiful'' beers (5/15)
Explorers Symposium – Scientists, innovators and adventurers share their experiences and work in this annual gathering (6/12)
Easter Island: The Statues That Walked – Archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo offer a daring new theory on the islands' iconic giant statues (6/21)

PATRIOT CENTER

George Mason University
4500 Patriot Circle
Fairfax
703-993-3000
patriotcenter.com

Harlem Globetrotters – Surprisingly, they're still shooting hoops (3/24-25)
Mac Miller – A night of stand-up (3/31)
Ringling Bros: Fully Charged – The circus comes back to town with its newest show, featuring its new ringmaster (4/5-15)
UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier – Fake wrestling mayhem (5/15)

RAM'S HEAD ON STAGE

33 West St.
Annapolis, Md.
410-268-4545
ramsheadonstage.com

Capitol Steps – Sung and spoken satire directly from the mouths of Hill staffers (4/7)
Burlesque-A-Pades – Direct from New York, ladies and gentlemen, Gypsy Rose-sorry, wrong show; it's the glamorous Pontani Sisters! (4/14)

RED PALACE

1210 H St. NE
202-399-3201
redpalacedc.com

The Staxx Burly-Q Revue – Local burlesque entertainers (3/28)
Brown Girls Burlesque – New York group offers ''Soul Train vs. Solid Gold,'' a tribute to the beloved music shows (3/30)
EPIC WIN Burlesque – Another New York burlesque group, billed as the nerdiest, with a nerd-themed show (4/7)
Deanna Danger's Boom Boom Basics Burlesque Studio – Virginia burlesque school hosts its first student showcase at Red Palace (4/12)

RIOT ACT COMEDY THEATER

801 E St. NW
202-697-4900
riotactcomedy.com

DMV Showcase: Tim Miller, Dave George & Herbie Gill – Chance to see the region's brightest young stars (3/28)
Tom Rhodes (3/29-31)
Gaylarious w/Frank Liotti, Jess Wood (4/4)
Ray Lipowski (4/5-7)
Tony Roberts – A ''comedian's comedian'' (4/12-14)
Erin Foley (4/19-21)
Cinderella Cares Comedy for Cure Gala – First annual event meant to bring awareness in the fight against lung cancer (4/26)
Sylvia Traymore (4/27-29)
Eddie Griffin – Allegedly Griffin called Riot Act the best comedy club he's ever played, so his return his extra sweet (5/3-6)
Josh Wolf – One of the cutest and funniest Chelsea Lately regulars (5/18-19)
Michael Colyar (5/24-26) ^ Rory Albanese – Has served as executive producer and writer for The Daily Show since 1999 (6/8-9)
Ali Wong – Up-and-coming California comic makes her D.C. debut (6/14-16)
Dean Edwards (6/21-23)

SIXTH & I HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE

600 I St. NW
202-408-3100
sixthandi.org

Sixth & I Tour – Uncover the venue's unexpected history (4/15)
Chris O'Brien's Spring Brews – Author of Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save The World leads a tutored tasting of local beers (4/17)
BroBible Presents The Post-College Confusion Tour – A night of stand-up from D.C. and New York's best young comedians (4/21)
Slate Political Gabfest LiveSlate's Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the presidential campaign and Supreme Court cases in a live version of their podcast (5/23)

STRATHMORE

5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda
301-581-5100
strathmore.org

Michael Patterson and Washington Improv Theater – WIT members lecture about what they call the ''Seventh Sense: A Sense of Humor,'' as part of Strathmore's Arts and the Brain discussion series (4/5, Mansion)
Dr. Charles Limb – A faculty member at both Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Peabody Conservatory of Music focuses on ''Your Brain on Jazz,'' as part of the Arts and the Brain series (4/26, Mansion) ^ Chuck Redd – Internationally known jazz percussionist examines the making of jazz in a ''Jazz: Unraveling the Mystery'' discussion and performance (4/16, Mansion)

THE STATE THEATRE

220 North Washington St.
Falls Church, Va.
703-237-0300
thestatetheatre.com

$5 Comedy Night (3/30)
Jim Jefferies – Two shows of stand-up (4/20)
The 2012 Funniest Fed Competition – GEICO sponsors this event of federal employees working hard for the laughs, culminating in a finale June 22 at the Lincoln Theatre (5/2, 5/16, 5/23, 6/13) ^ Comic Strip! – A wild night of comedy and burlesque (5/4)

VERIZON CENTER

601 F St. NW
202-628-3200
verizoncenter.com

Cirque Du Soleil's The Immortal – The new Michael Jackson show, focused on the music and the moves of the King of Pop (7/13-15)

WEST END CINEMA

2301 M St. NW
202-419-FILM
westendcinema.com

Opera In Cinema: La Boheme – The West End offers encore screenings of a simulcast from Spain's Gran Teatre del Liceu of Puccini's classic (3/25, 3/27)
Ballet In Cinema: Romeo & Juliet – Encore screenings of the Royal Ballet's latest production of Kenneth MacMillan's work, based on Shakespeare with music by Prokofiev (4/1, 4/3)
Opera In Cinema: Aida – Unconventional production from Austria's Bregenz Festival of Verdi's grand opera, from a recorded simulcast (4/8, 4/10)
Opera In Cinema: Rigoletto – David McVicar's immensely popular production of Verdi's opera, seen by simulcast from the Royal Opera House (4/22, 4/24)
Ten Films That Changed America – Yale professor Marc Lapadula shows clips and analyzes films that defied Hollywood's predilection for escapist fluff, including Annie Hall, The Exorcist, The Wild Bunch and Jaws (5/1)
Ballet In Cinema: The Bright Stream – Russia's Bolshoi Ballet presents Adrian Piotrovsky and Fyodor Lopukhov's comic ballet, with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and music by Shostakovich (5/6, 5/8)

WOLF TRAP

1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.
703-255-1900
wolf-trap.org

A Prairie Home Companion -- Folksy public radio Garrison Keillor show kicks off Wolf Trap's Filene Center season (5/25-26)
Face of America: Spirit of South Florida -- This multimedia presentation pays tribute to four of the state's national parks and features live dance choreographed by David Parsons set to music by Andrew Bird and Tiempo Libre, with HD video of images from the parks projected on enormous screens (9/8)

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