Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Monday, April 18th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Monday, April 18th, 2011

Performance: Karen Reedy Dance @ Millennium Stage
Karen Reedy Dance (KRD) embodies the creative spirit and elegant grace that make dance a transformative art form. KRD is a professional contemporary dance company committed to strengthening the presence and integrity of dance in the Washington DC metropolitan area and beyond. The company is devoted to nurturing artists through the exploration of new work and collaboration with other art forms, in both traditional live performance and site-specific venues, and looking towards the evolution of performance. In the community, KRD provides opportunities for education, awareness and appreciation of contemporary dance. Believing that dance should not be an exclusive art form, KRD pursues opportunities to reach all community members.

Exhibit: Peace & Unity: Contemporary Korean Buddhist Artwork of Park Soo Youl
Painting with crushed pearl and precious stone, melted gold and silver, artist Park Soo Youl draws on training in traditional Korean Buddhist artwork and philosophy to create radiant works of contemporary art that are at once eye-catching and quietly meditative.

In a new exhibition opening at the Korean Embassy’s Korean Cultural Center on April 18, Park’s artwork strives to distill the elegant lines of nature and the empty spaces between to reflect on Buddhist teachings and principles of inner calm, peace, and a unified heart. Through the use of natural materials and colors on a silk canvas, the resulting visuals lend a shimmering spirituality to everyday scenes of nature.

A free, public opening reception will be held on April 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, including a short presentation by the artist on the philosophy and versatile painting techniques behind her unique art style. A light Korean reception will be served following the presentation.

Food & Wine: Host with the Most @ Ripple
We have all been there: standing in the grocery store or the liquor store looking at selection after selection, wondering what to serve to your guests that night. You want to look like you know about something great, but you also don’t want to break the bank. Well, Ripple has a solution! Join our cheese monger Julia Nicolaysen and Certified Sommelier Theo Rutherford as they walk you through the perfect pairings for your next party platter.

Music: Washington DC International Music Festival 2011

The Washington DC International Music Festival, presented by World Projects Corporation, affords top high school and community ensembles from across the U.S. and around the world the opportunity to perform in the Nation’s Capital at the prestigious Kennedy Center.  This year’s festival will include performances by:

Film: Burn to Shine Washington, DC @ Artisphere
The first in a series of films that attempts to document bands performing live in spaces that are slated to be demolished. Directed by Christoph Green; Produced by Brendan Canty; Curated by Bob Weston

Benefit: CityZen Benefit for Japan
A culinary tour de force hosted by Chef Eric Ziebold and CityZen Restaurant, including the talented chefs from KAZ Sushi Bistro, Sushi Taro, Kushi, Sei Sushi, and Matuba respectively, will come together in support of Relief International’s Japanese Disaster efforts.  The event will also receive support and sponsorship from Washington Life Magazine and the Asia Society of Washington, D.C. The evening will include both a silent and live auction with one-of-a-kind lots such as a private dinner for 10 prepared, in-home by Chef Ziebold and his long time Japanese Sous Chef Makoto.

Performance: The Garden open mic feat. Letitia VanSant
Letitia (leh-TISH-ah) VanSant tickles the ukelele, plunks the banjo, stretches vocal cords and strums her earnest heartstrings to bring you a whimsical yet down-to-earth sort of folk. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, she loves the DIY in all of us, and aspires to bring it out with songs informed by a cross country bicycle tour, a concern for urban planning, peaches, and God.

Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Film: Reel Journalism Screening of “The China Syndrome” with Special Guest Diane Sawyer
“Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney” presents the 1979 movie “The China Syndrome.” The guest is Diane Sawyer, anchor of “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer,” who discusses the film and takes audience questions.

Sawyer joined ABC News in 1989, as co-anchor of “Primetime.” In addition to that role, she was named co-anchor of “Good Morning America” in 1999 and held that post until taking over the “World News” anchor chair in 2009.

Prior to joining ABC News, Sawyer spent nine years at CBS News where she made history as the first female correspondent of “60 Minutes.” She also co-anchored the “CBS Morning News” and was CBS News’ State Department correspondent.

“The China Syndrome” stars Jane Fonda as human interest TV reporter Kimberly Wells who, with her camera man (Michael Douglas), witnesses a near disaster at a nuclear power plant. But when she tries to pursue the story, she is stopped by station management which fears a lawsuit. In addition, a broader conspiracy tries to keep the full impact of the incident a secret.

Jack Lemmon co-stars as the plant’s supervisor who plays a critical role in revealing the truth to the public.

Exhibit: A Thousand Words Exhibit @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
The adage says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Pink Jams! and Shoot for Change are proud to present a very special photo exhibit celebrating the courage, hope, love and loss of women and families who have battled breast cancer.

One hundred members of our community have courageously come together to express how breast cancer has touched their lives. Uplifting and funny, or serious and grief-stricken, A Thousand Words captures the real people and the real emotions that come with breast cancer. We promise that this will be an exhibit you will never forget.

Washington, DC tops the nation in breast cancer related deaths, 65% higher than the national average. It does not discriminate, and it isn’t a sexist disease.  It can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time in our lives.

We sincerely hope you will join us as we celebrate and honor the faces and stories surrounding breast cancer – in A Thousand Words.

Live music performed by Mike Bowers.

Cash bar will be available.

Valet parking will be available at the venue for a charge.

There will be a guest list at the door for those who make a donation prior to the event.

Fantastic desserts provided by Northside Social, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Bayou Bakery, Kababji Grill, BRABO, Cafe Saint-Ex, and Smith Commons.  A very special thanks to Dining in DC’s Lisa Shapiro for her work securing our dessert sponsors.


 

Film: BloomScreen Presents: “A Place to Land”
“A Place to Land” explores the complications and challenges of caring for exotic parrots, which are wild creatures at heart.

 

When forced to live in cages as pets, they are prone to neurotic behaviors and often end up being treated poorly or abandoned because people don’t understand the special care they need.

“A Place to Land” follows the stories of homeless parrots in captivity across the nation, from foster homes in Northern Virginia to remote sanctuaries in Arizona and Utah, where non-profit organizations and dedicated parrot lovers are doing everything they can to protect and rehabilitate these special birds.This documentary enlightens and educates audiences on the melancholy plight of these intelligent, beautiful creatures — and shows that they deserve the best care our nation can give them.

After the screening, we will be joined for discussion and a Q&A session by local filmmaker Lauren DeAngelis.

Food & Wine: Sensorium @ The Yards Park
To be inspired by food as an art form takes on new meaning as Executive Chef/Founder Bryon Brown of Artisa Kitchen www.artisakitchen.com  announces the opening of an unprecedented culinary production, Sensorium www.sensoriumdc.com.  Beginning April 12, 2011, food lovers looking for an evening of exploration, combining culinary playfulness with theatrical costumes, lighting and music can head to the Capitol River Waterfront, for a 12-course meal complete with wine pairings.  Each delicious course will be complemented with an intertwined vignette.

This culinary production will be housed for six weeks (April 12-May 22nd) in a customized 36-foot geodesic dome on the east lawn of Yards Park http://www.yardspark.org/about/park-map,
just a few blocks from the National’s Park stadium.  Bryon Brown is bringing together some of the District’s most creative minds consisting of artists, producers, lighting and sound designers to create a culinary series for spring 2011.

Taking place weekly, Tuesday-Sunday evenings, Sensorium will offer two seating times: 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM Sunday-Thursday; 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. Each show is designed for only 30 guests per seating.  The all-inclusive tickets price begin at $125 during the opening week’s first two nights (April 12-13th) and tickets to the following performance are available for $150 per person, also all inclusive.

“People are eager for new experiences around a meal,” says Brown. “I know this firsthand after hosting over 700 supper club members through Artisa Kitchen, which I founded in January 2010. The supper club gatherers have repeatedly expressed how much they enjoy the intimacy and shared experiences at these successful gallery dinners. Taking this all into consideration, we want to bring a totally new, more exciting and engaging culinary production to these diners.”

Performance: Maimouna “Luna E” Youssef
Maimouna “Luna E” Youssef is a seasoned singer, emcee, songwriter and poet. The Baltimore native was born into a family of exceptional artists. She began performing traditional African and Native American songs on stage with her family at the age of five. As a youth she joined the Baltimore/Washington based musical theater group, called Uprising. Maimouna toured nationally with Uprising as a lead vocalist.

Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Fashion & Beauty: The 5th Annual Beauty Night Out @ Longview Gallery
You are invited to experience a night of beauty, pampering and socializing with beautiful people, entertaining company and yours truly at Long View Gallery. Will you be at Beauty Night Out?

Keep the focus on you with makeovers by jet-set makeup artists, skincare consultations with experts, mini-spas treatments, and array of delicious scents prime for spring spritzing and more. And as an added bonus to you, with your advanced ticket sales take home our fabulous beauty bag filled with the must have beauty products.

Food & Wine: Craft Beers – Eatonville Restaurant’s Food & Folklore
Eatonville Restaurant will focus on CRAFT BEERS for the next Food & Folklore event on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM.

Special guest speaker/storyteller is journalist and craft beer aficionado (aka “professional beer drinker”) Gregg Wiggins.  Wiggins has been Washington, DC correspondent for Celebrator Beer News, a nationally
distributed magazine for beer lovers, and a writer for Mid-Atlantic Brewing News.  The Virginia journalist has received multiple awards for his coverage of beers and the brewing industry, particularly the U.S.
craft brewing community, for nearly 20 years.

Eatonville’s Executive Chef Garret Fleming invites diners to experience new restaurant features through the Food & Folklore event with a 3-course prix fixe menu.

Food & Wine: The National Aquarium Presents Guest Chef Xavier Deshayes, with Barton Seaver
Join guest chefs Barton Seaver and Xavier Deshayes for a gourmet meal to remember, featuring sustainable seafood. Enjoy a cocktail reception and after-hours tranquility in the Aquarium, and talk to Barton Seaver about his new book, For Cod and Country.

Theatre: Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 plays in 60 minutes)
The Neo-Futurists—masters of creating funny, personal, abstract, political, and poignant plays—return to Woolly with their ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. With audiences deciding on the random order of those plays, every performance is a unique experience not to be missed.

Theatre: The Car Plays by Taffety Punk Theatre Company
Epic problems. Limited space. The average American spends more than 80 minutes a day in their car. Taffety punk offers three unique one-act plays that share one vital element: the car. It’s a human demolition derby as the characters race, swerve, and collide with each other all within the narrow confines of their passenger seats. Get in!
Featuring company member Esther Williamson, with guest artists Sylvie Ashford,  Sheila Hennessey, Mark Krawczyk, Jason Lott, Eric M. Messner, and Alex Vaughn.

Awards: The 26th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards
DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray hosts the evening of live performances.

Food& Wine: Old Glory April Cigar/Bourbon Dinner
Old Glory hosts special dinner to include 4 Bourbon Pairings – one with each course…and one cigar.

Talk: Richard Gordon: Meta Photographs
During the 1970s, artist Richard Gordon created Meta Photographs, a book and portfolio that explores the self-referential nature of photography in a series of ironic, humorous scenes. Comprised of 47 photographs that refer to other images, to the camera, or to the act of looking, Meta Photographs confirms the significance of photography in American culture. Join Richard Gordon as he reflects on these photographs on view in the gallery.

Music: Pantha Du Prince @ U Street Music Hall
U Street Music Hall welcomes back German/Parisian artist Pantha Du Prince (live) with The Sight Below and Solomon Sanchez. Pantha Du Prince has essentially created his own genre in contemporary electronic music with his fusion of tripping minimal techno, British pop, shoegaze and noise. Featuring a synthesis of sounds and moods, Pantha Du Prince’s latest album, Black Noise, was rated by Pitchfork as amongst the “Best New Music” of 2010.

Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Benefit: “Spring Hope” with Michel Richard!
Join us for an afternoon of food, fashion and fun, on Thursday, April 21st at 2:30pm, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Michel Richard has once again graciously opened his doors to help fight childhood cancer. Together with Saks Fifth Avenue and The Ritz-Carlton, both of Tysons Galleria, guests will enjoy fabulous food while viewing fresh looks for the Spring and Summer from Saks Fifth Avenue. Guests will have the chance at prizes from The Ritz-Carlton and Saks with a grand prize made-up of donations from all three sponsors.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has become a national resource with global impact and is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers and the only pediatric cancer research center where no child is ever turned away for a family’s inability to pay. St. Jude has helped push the survival rate of childhood cancer from 20 percent in 1962 to 80 percent today. And, the survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today thanks to the Hospital’s pioneering research and care. St. Jude is the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital, according to the 2010-2011 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

Food & Wine: Chocolate Tasting at the DC Center
Support the DC Center at their first-ever Chocolate Tasting with our friends at Artfully Chocolate / Kingsbury Confections.

Put on your chocolate sommelier hat and learn how to discern the subtle and exquisite notes of chocolate, and what to look for when purchasing fine chocolates. You will sample a variety of chocolate couverture from around the world and learn the rich and wonderful history of the cocoa bean.

Benefit: Washington’s Top Artista Challenge
Sure they can dress, but can they paint? Join us as the area’s top fashionistas compete for charity to prove who has the most artistic touch. Who is Washington’s Top Artista? You decide! 10% of all purchases during event benefit BECKY’S FUND.

Performance: GHOSTLANDS of an URBAN NDN @ National Museum Of The American Indian
In this acclaimed one-man show, artist Robert Owens-Greygrass portrays 16 characters from indigenous communities across the globe, providing a gripping, humorous and poignant glimpse into the world of a multi-ethnic-non-specific-lower-middle-class-urban-NDN-white-guy born in America.


 

Benefit: Little Black Dress Benefit @ BlackFinn
Ladies, break out your little black dress for our annual benefit for Dress for Success!

Donate a barely used accessory (purse, belt, jewelry, etc) for a chance to win raffles and prizes such as a 50 minute spa treatment at The Sports Club/LA and customizable mini compacts from Mary Kay!

Raffle tickets may also be purchased with a monetary donation.

Dress for Success is a charity that promotes economic independence among disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, as well as other resources and career development tools.

Drink specials and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be provided. A limited number of free table reservations are available for groups of five, which also come with champagne; if you’re interested, contact Kalen at KJunda@BlackFinnDC.com.

Performance: Children’s Choir of the Opéra National de Paris at the Embassy of France
Fifty-four children aged seven to sixteen, under the artistic and educational leadership of Gaël Darchen, will perform this free program at La Maison Française. Its members are represented in every vocal genre, performing solo roles in lyric operas and singing in oratorio choruses.

Years of artistic rigor and pedagogical expertise have earned this group—officially dubbed the Choeur d’Enfants de l’Opéra National de Paris in 1995—its international reputation for excellence. The Children’s Choir of the Opéra National de Paris have shared the stage with stars that include James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, André Engle, Jean-Louis Martinoty, Patrice Chéreau, José van Dam, Roberto Alagna, Natalie Dessay, and Felicity Lott, to name just a few.

Having toured in some 30 countries on five continents, they have become fabulous ambassadors for French vocal music. In recent years, they have received invitations to perform in such prestigious events and venues as the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra-Comique, the Teatro Real of Madrid and the Festival International de Baalbek.

Along with its love of discovery, the rich discography of the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine testifies to its high musical caliber, comprising Mozart and Britten, Pergolese and Vivaldi, rock operas and original film scores.

Food & Wine: The Food Side of Sound Aesthetics @ Artisphere
Leandro Pisano is the initiator and director of Interferenze festival, a new media art event focused on sustainability, nature and rurality themes that takes place every year in the rural inland area of Irpinia, South of Italy.

Through comparing molecular gastronomy to experimental digital music and analyzing the connection among sound, food and new media as a way to re-design (and re-mediate) the identity of a rural territory, Pisano will show how food/sound knowledge can add important levels of information in the “tasting” process. This approach provides a deeper level of understanding of the “manufacturing” act and, more relevant, a much better sensorial experience. Following the presentation a question answer session will be led by Artisphere’s New Media Curator Ryan Holladay.

This program is a part of Artisphere’s lecture series, Box Smashers: Discussions with Arts Leaders & Artists Who Think Outside the Box.

Music: Cipherstock! @ Bloombars
Cipherstock is Sleeper Cell and BloomBars open jam session for musicians of all backgrounds and all genres. For three hours, set up on BloomBars’ stage and jam.

Backline (drum kit, percussion, amps) is provided so all you have to bring is your instrument of choice! A microphone is provided for emcees to freestyle.

There’s no competition and no pressure, just musicians of all kinds engaging in free-form creative expression. This eventis open to the general public to watch and participate!

Film: Lunafest
TSF is excited to announce Lunafest 2011 – the third annual forray into films by, for and about women in partnership with Lunafest!

Peformance: Lucinda Childs Dance
Childs’s company performs her seminal 1979 work, reinvigorated for the twenty-first century stage.

Live dancers are overlaid by — and seemingly mingle with — ghost-like, larger-than-life projected images of the fully restored Sol LeWitt film work.

Set to music by Philip Glass, Dance evokes the power and pleasure of movement, then and now.

Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Film: Washington, D.C. Opening: “Nostalgia for the Light” at the E-Street!
Winner at the European Film Academy Awards!
Triumph at the Cannes Film Festival!
Triumph at the Toronto Theatrical Opening!
Triumph as Centerpiece at the MoMA Documentary Fortnight!

“Nostalgia for the Light,” by legendary documentary director Patricio Guzman, opens on April 22 for an exclusive 1-week theatrical release at Landmark’s E-Street Cinema!

Theatre: Ruined @ Arena Stage
In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds “ruined” by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, this searing play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story told with humor and song, revealing the immeasurable loss and hopelessness of war, yet finding affirmation in life and hope.

Performance: Tilted Torch: The Bipolar Show
Hold on to your mini top hats!! Tilted Torch returns to the Warehouse Theatre to celebrate their 2-year anniversary with a throwback to their very first show… The Bipolar Show! Prepare for a night all about opposites with the sweet and sinister fire play of Miss Joule and Malibu, mad hooping antics with NYC’s Malcolm Stuart, charming yet seductive belly dance by Ariel, suave but wicked boylesque by Paco Fish, and our witty yet sometimes lewd femme-cee Shortstaxx.

Theatre: “Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve” @ Source
Coming straight from a sold-out and extended run in Chicago and Atlanta, guest director Valery Warnotte stages his vision of this witty, imaginative and grotesque family drama that reveals the liberating and destructive elements that occur as each member suffers the varying effects of an identity crisis.

Playwright Pierre Notte is also a director, journalist, novelist,… poet and arts consultant. He was named secretary general of the Comédie-Française in 2006 and left the position in 2009 to devote himself to his artistic work.

The play asks the audience to explore, alongside the characters, the potent relationship between self-definition and self-determination.

A night of cabaret music with a live pianist — a dark, over-the-top comedy — watch the central character gradually transform herself into Catherine Deneuve.

Music: Life presents Maya Jane Coles at Sweet Spot
After a series of solid outputs for a number of years in October last year Maya Jane Coles’ “What They Say” was not only being hammered on dance floors across the globe but also reaching the number 1 spot across the boards incluing Beatport Deep House Chart No. 1, Traxsource top download & Resident Advisors most charted tracks for October ‘10. It’s no wonder then that she was nominated in DJ Mags 2010 Best Of British awards for Best Breakthrough Producer.

Maya has built on her flourishing reputation with a slew of massive gigs across Europe holding her own alongside world renounced DJs. So much so her schedule for 2011 is already jam packed with dates across Europe; London’s Fabric, Batofar, Watergate, not to mention iconic Glastonbury Festival, just a few of the destinations.

Maya’s productions take’s influence from a diverse range of musical styles and British – Japanese heritage. Her talents are by no means confided to realms of house and techno. Under the guise of her live dub/electronica outfit, ‘She Is Danger (alongside the multi-instrumentalist/singer Lena Cullen) she has remixed the likes of Massive Attack and Gorillaz and fans of her Dubstep Product under the name Noctural Sunshine include key tastemakers, Joy Orbison and Sucba to name a few.

As well as her trademark bass heavy approach Maya’s diversity as a producer also shines through in productions under her own name as well. Climbing high in Beatport’s ‘Chillout’ top 100 tracks from her stunning ‘Humming Bird’ EP on Hypercolour showcase her blissful vocals and ability to create songs and not just music for the dance floor. Forthcoming EPs on Anja Schneider’s Mobilee Records and for a number highly anticipated exclusives will no doubt elevate her status even further.

Performance: Dancin’ on Broadway & Beyond
Dancin’ on Broadway & Beyond  A Jazz Dance Extravaganza is a celebration of classic Broadway musical theatre with signature songs and jazz dance pieces from many popular shows.  Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company will take you on a jazz dance journey through some of the dance that made Broadway famous.  And they will go beyond Broadway and treat you to some of their acclaimed concert jazz dance pieces.

Music: Iron and Wine @ 9:30 Club
Over the course of his ten-year career, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam has become one of today’s greatest story tellers, crafting meticulous tales full of forlorn love, religious imagery and wistful dreams.

It’s been more than three years since his last studio effort, The Shepherd’s Dog, which was widely praised by fans and critics alike. While Beam’s early albums were sparse, intimate solo affairs, Shepherd’s introduced layered textures and poly-rhythmic sounds that allowed his lyrics to spring to life. It’s only natural then, that Beam took this sonic collage and built upon it for his new album, Kiss Each Other Clean. The result is a brighter, more focused record that retains the idiosyncratic elements that make Iron & Wine such an engaging band. Beam continued to mine folk, African, rock, country, and Jamaican musical traditions, but switched the focus of his studio lens to 60s and 70s pop influences for the Kiss Each Other Clean sessions.

Mingling memories of his parents’ record collection and hits heard between the static of scanning the car radio on family drives for inspiration, Iron & Wine is once again pushed into new territory. Multi-part vocal arrangements reminiscent of Buckingham / Nicks era Fleetwood Mac albums and classic Motown singles permeate “Half Moon” and “Godless Brother.” Electronic synthesizer sounds percolate through “Monkeys Uptown” and “Glad Man Singing” recalling the adventures of Elton John and Stevie Wonder. The horn sections on “Big Burned Hand” and “Lazarus” match the confidence of Beam’s vocal delivery and bring an entirely new dimension to Iron & Wine. Kiss Each Other Clean’s dynamics and surprises are the latest chapter in Beam’s studio collaborations.

Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Saturday, April 23, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Saturday, April 23, 2011

Theatre: The Disorder of Things @ Round House Theatre
In the often black & white world of medical, religious and social institutions, The Disorder of Things examines the relationship between the three and the shades of grey among them.

Performance: National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein, a play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. NT Live enters its second season, broadcasting live performances of National Theatre plays onto cinema screens around the world. Each listed presentation will be performed live in London, filmed in high definition and presented exclusively by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Theatre: [title of show] @ The Little Theatre of Alexandria
[title of show] is a unique and quirky musical about two guys who write a Broadway musical about two guys writing a Broadway musical. With a couple of their actress friends, they journey from the unemployment line to the bright lights of Broadway. Don’t miss the show that the New York Times called “…genial, unpretentious and far funnier than many of the more expansively manufactured musicals that make it to Broadway.” This is a 21st century update of “putting on a show” complete with funny songs and witty dialogue.

Theatre: Minotaur
Based on the Greek mythology of Theseus’s victorious defeat against the half-bull-half-human monster Minotaurus, Minotaur sheds light on the dark side of a hero.

Set in the American slaughterhouse industry, this new interpretation of an ancient myth intertwines contemporary immigration issues with original music, masks, Japanese physical acting and puppetry.

Written and directed by Izumi Ashizawa.

 

Performance: Wally Cardona presents Intervention #7: Silas Grant
Last seen at Dance Place in his critically acclaimed collaboration, A Light Conversation, Wally Cardona returns to perform Intervention #7: Silas Grant on Saturday, April 23 at 8pm.

Each Intervention is the meeting of Wally Cardona and a local specialized expert over the course of five days. For the seventh Intervention in this series, Cardona will work with Silas Grant, District of Columbia Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 5C. Through their intimate encounter, they generate a new work, using Cardona’s “empty solo” as a point of departure. Intervention is a game leading to other games of meaning, intent, and form that can create multiple interpretations of “a dance.”

Gala: The 2011 Herndon Rotary – Tango Gala
This historical cultural event will feature a live 30-piece orchestra with professional tango dancers and instructors, two floor dance areas for guests, and a 3-course gourmet dinner with complimentary Argentine wine. A jewelry silent auction will also be held.

You will be swept away to an enchanted evening with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sergio Alessandro Buslje, in a show that tells the story of this intense dance tied to love and seduction.

Join us watching–and dancing!–for this extraordinary event.

The 2011 Rotary Tango Gala is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Herndon with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti.

For several years, Rotary has been sponsoring humanitarian projects to provide access to clean water, health care and education for the people of Haiti. In recognition of this ongoing commitment, Mr. Louis Harold Joseph, Haitian Ambassador to the United States, is pleased to confirm his presence with us the evening of the event.

Festival: 13th Annual Paws in the Park Dog Walk & Fest
Paws in the Park is fun for the entire family, featuring 1-mile walk, pet games, demos, a “flealess” market for pet-friendly vendors, food, music, prizes, raffles, rescue groups and more! Check out last year’s event. Great prizes are awarded to the top online fundraisers.

Special guest Jackie Bensen, reporter from NBC 4, and Maureen McLain, on-air mid-day host from 97.1 WASH FM and her husky, will kick off the walk, inviting the top individual and team online fundraisers to lead the pack!