Saturday  2/19

Performance: 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes

How many wondrous circus acts can be stuffed into 45 minutes? Exactly 46, with barely a pause to applaud. From clowns and contortionists to animal acts and acrobats, Australia’s Circa gives audiences the circus without all the boring bits. Lively music keeps the pace as a handful of multi-talented performers bend, fly, juggle, and balance to battle the clock. 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes is fast, furious, and fun for everyone.

Benefit: Threads of Unity: Fashion for Pakistan

A fundraiser to benefit Fashion for Pakistan Flood Relief.   Your contribution will directly support the immediate relief efforts and the long-term recovery and rebuilding of Pakistan.

Performance: Sulu DC + The Jubilee Project Benefit Concert featuring Rooftop Pursuit

Sulu DC in collaboration with The Jubilee Project presents a benefit concert featuring Rooftop Pursuit (formerly Phil Good Band). Performers also include AMP Movement, Amanda Lee, Jenny Lares and Brian Wang. And The Pinstriped Rebel on the ones and twos.

Performance: 4th Annual Celebration of World Languages @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Join Drishtipat for a cultural extravaganza on February 19, 2011 to celebrate UN International Mother Language Day! Come enjoy an evening of music and colorful dance performances from around the world.

According to the National Geographic, every 14 days, a language dies. At least half of the world’s languages are projected to disappear this century. Through this multi-cultural event we will celebrate the world’s 7,000 languages and highlight the need for language preservation.  Each year our event grows bigger and better, so don’t miss out on this entertaining cultural journey around the world!

Libations: Cognac & Armagnac Tasting at Acadiana

Learn about the history & production of Cognac, Armangac, Bas Armangac, Brandy, and  Grappa from Wine & Beverage Director Scott Clime.

You’ll have 10 spirit tastings, including rare and unique selections.

Performance: Dance Bethesda Dance Concert @ Imagination Stage
The seventh annual Dance Bethesda will feature a dance concert showcasing area companies on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 8pm.  The event, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will take place at Imagination Stage, located at 4908 Auburn Avenue in downtown Bethesda.

Three dance companies will be featured: Furia Flamenca, known for brilliant costumes and dazzling footwork; Lesole’s Dance Project  highlights the unique qualities of modern, traditional and Afro-Fusion dance; and, ClancyWorks Dance Company offers a contemporary approach to performance with a physical, modern dance.  In addition to the regional groups, Bethesda dance studios including Dushor Dance Studio, Dance Bethesda Dance Studio, Dansez! Dansez! and Joy of Motion Dance Center will also be featured at the Dance Bethesda Dance Concert.

Libations: The Passenger Presents Cocktail Class: “Everything Pomegranates”

Derek Brown and fromagère Carolyn Stromberg of The Cheese Course will pair cheese and cocktails and show how cocktails are sometimes a better choice than wine to pair with artisanal cheeses. Attendees will taste through artisanal cheeses and cocktails and learn to create their own pairings. Attendees will be treated to three cocktails and a selection of artisanal cheeses.

Exhibit: SELECT: WPA Art Auction Exhibition Opening

This signature exhibition is open to the public and features the work of more than 100 local and national artists, the selections of eight notable curators, and a one-of-a-kind exhibition space. The exhibition culmi…nates with an auction to benefit local artists and the art community. A limited number of seats for the ticketed-only March 12, 2011 Auction Gala are still available. The exhibition opening reception on Saturday, February 19 from 6-9 pm is free and open to the public.

SELECT represents a choice collection of contemporary art, presenting an insightful overview of the excellent work currently being produced in the Washington region. Curators from some of the area’s most esteemed art institutions selected an incredible and diverse body of work for this year’s auction exhibition. From photography to painting, sculpture to video, a broad range of media and styles of works by emerging artists as well as established names are on display.

Performance: Landless Mash-Up Festival

The Mash Up Festival – four irreverent mash-ups written by four talented local playwrights.

Music: Foul Swoops, Maybe Baby, Ice Cream, & Hiding Places @ DC9
Foul Swoops headlines DC9 with fellow local rockers Maybe Baby, Hiding Places, and Garage Pop group Ice Cream (with their debut performance).

Sunday 2/20

Music: Anais Mitchell Presents Virginia Sings Hadestown @ Sixth and I Synagogue

Anais Mitchell’s highly acclaimed “folk opera” makes its DC debut at Sixth & I. Hadestown is an inventive new take on the Orpheus myth that music critics are calling “nothing short of awe-inspiring.” Mitchell will be accompanied by a cast of notable folk artists, including Devon Sproule, Paul Curreri, Louis Ledford, Carsie Blanton, Jacqueline Stem, Carleigh Nesbit, with musical director Michael Chorney and the Hadestown Orchestra.

Exhibit: Opening Day of “Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals” @ The National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art presents a day of events to celebrate the opening of the stunning exhibition, “Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals”

Admission to the exhibition and all programs is free of charge and first-come, first-serve.

Music: Winter Soul Session Vol. 1

Vol. 1 of the Winter Soul Session features Carmen Rodgers, a Dallas, TX songstress who has made her mark over the past several years as one of the bright stars of the independent soul movement, both as a singer and as a sought-after songwriter. The Mississippi-born Rodgers independently released her debut CD, Free, a mellow, lyrically strong disc that deservedly became an underground soul hit, staying in the CD Baby top 10 for months. She will making her debut in DC singing songs from “Free” and her latest release “The Bitter Suite”.

Performance: Sunday Circus @ The Fridge DC

With performances by Russ Henry, Sheldon Scott, Hierogamy, Brash, Eric Rubin, Sariel Lehyani, and Jon Lee!

The Sunday Circus features a diverse and changing set of performing artists– from the traditional variety arts, to music, poetry, magic, dance, spoken word, experimental performance, and that which cannot be defined. Each monthly show is a voyage into the world of DC’s hidden talent, and will also showcase occasional out of town special guests.

Music: Krafty Kuts | Fort Knox Five (DJ Set), Proxxy & Lantern at U Street Music Hall

Internationally renowned breaks DJ/producer Krafty Kuts is the co-founder of the label Against the Grain and has a long list of albums, EPs, and remixes to his credit.

Festival: 2nd Annual Chesapeake Oyster and Beer Festival

The Festival is an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza complete with thousands of oyters – raw, steamed, roasted, and Rockerfellered along with other mouth-watering delicious seafood, live music, exhibits and so much more!!

Music: The 25th Annual Wammies @ State Theatre

The Washington Area Music Awards recognize significant career achievements by area musicians. Nominations and balloting come from the WAMA membership. Past show participants include Emmylou Harris, Joan Jett, The Clovers, The Orioles, Bo Diddley, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimmy Dean, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Food: No. 68 Project : A Discourse in Dining

Number 68 Project’s Washington DC Cultural Dinner Series is a conceptual fine dining popup restaurant that brings attention to some of life’s most important questions through the sensory appreciation of some of life’s most important pleasures – food, drink, art and inspired conversation.

It started in March 2010 as a way to gather people together in a converted East London art studio/test kitchen. That humble beginning quickly turned into nights of award-winning and rising star literati, musicians and artists mingling with entrepreneurs, technology executives and financiers, as chefs and sommeliers working in Michelin Star restaurants used the intimate evenings as an opportunity to execute on their more experimental tendencies. These 5-7 course dinners caught the attention of press from outlets such as BBC, The Times, Flavorpill, and Thrillist.

Chef Mike Isabella (Top Chef All-Stars) kicks off the series on Sunday, February 20.

Film: “Brother Outsider” @ Busboys & Poets
Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 international awards and honors, “Brother Outsider” (http://rustin.org/) illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for social and economic justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. “Brother Outsider” reveals the price that Rustin paid for this honesty, chronicling both the setbacks and triumphs of his remarkable 60-year career. Following its premiere at Sundance, the film has been shown widely around the globe and has been hailed as “potent and persuasive” (Los Angeles Times), “terrific” (The New Yorker), “rich in humanity” (africana.com), and “beautifully crafted” (Boston Globe).

Benefit: Avon Walk For Breast Cancer Benefit Concert @ Iota

Benefit concert with performances by Backfires, Bluff, Kate Mountain, and Sane Asylum.


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