Things to Do This Weekend in the Washington DC Area: Jan 31 & Feb 1

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FREE & CHEAP

THINGS TO DO This Weekend

in the Washington DC Area:

January 31 & February 1, 2015

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

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Allentown Splash Park Health Fair
Allentown Aquatic and Fitness Center
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE!
The public will enjoy a health fair featuring health screenings, nutritional seminars, fitness classes and assessments. Come out to experience more of the event’s activities.

Saturday Morning at the National - Rocknoceros
The National Theatre
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 9:30 am & 11:00 am ∙ FREE, Tickets Required: first come-first seated.
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with DC’s award-winning family band Rocknoceros! Performers Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie have been getting families on their feet and dancing to upbeat tunes like Brush Your Teeth, Pirate Harvey, and Texas since 2005!
Tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. One ticket per person in line. The performances are best appreciated by children four years and older.

Marsha Goodman-WoodMarsha Goodman-Wood
Avalon Theatre
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $7.00 / $5.50 for Avalon members
(Children under 2 are free)

DC-based singer/songwriter Marsha Goodman-Wood sets little toes to tapping with original melodies that mix generous doses of science and positive social messages into songs that are just plain fun. Her quirky, smart compositions take on topics from astronomy (answering the age-old question “Why Can’t You Dance on Jupiter?”) to nonconformity (“Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes”) to biology (“The Penguin Song”).

KID Museum
Davis Library – Bethesda
Saturday, January 31 & Sunday, February 1 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $8 per person – free with museum membership
THIS WEEKEND AT KID:
E-Textile Toy Workshop
Make a toy that you can always find in the dark! Using electric thread and LED lights, sew, stuff and decorate a toy that lights up.
Saturday, January 31. 1:00 & 3:00. Ages 8 and up. $7 members; $16 non-members (includes full day museum admission). REGISTER
Raspberry Pi Robotics
Experience the amazing world of Raspberry Pi Robotics! In this 90-minute workshop, learn what it takes to build a Raspberry Pi Robot(PiBot) Car. Wire the motors and circuit components, and program the commands to send the PiBot on its way.
Sunday, February 1. 1:00 & 3:00. Ages 9 & up. $6 members; $15 non-members (includes full day museum admission). REGISTER

Tiny Tots – The Mother Goose Caboose
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Mother Goose introduces us to her friends, including Leonardo the Lion, Kelly, a near-sighted duckling, Doofus, the dog, and many more! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.
Recommended: 0-4  ∙ Running Time: 30 minutes

Inside Out
Imagination Stage
Saturday, January 31 & Sunday, February 1 ∙ 10:00 am & 11: 15 am ∙ $12*
It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! In this interactive show, discover the joy of turning things inside out. Performances include a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some items used in the show. Ages 1-5.
*Lap tickets are available for $5 and should be purchased for children 12 months and younger who do not take a seat.

The 2015 Washington Auto Show
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday, January 31 &  Sunday, February 1 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Adults: $12/Children (6-12): $5/Ages 5 & Under: Free [Military Discount Available]
The Washington Auto Show not only symbolizes the brightest and boldest dreams of the auto industry but marks the show’s transformation over the years. The Washington Auto Show® has not only become the largest public show in Washington, D.C., it’s also the premier address for showcasing the latest innovations in sustainable technologies and drawing the most influential leaders in the industry.
This year, hundreds of thousands of visitors, including many environmental and automotive visionaries, will explore the more than 700 new makes and models from over 42 manufacturers.
The Washington Auto Show is an even bigger bonanza with a fully stocked, two-story convention center with an automotive showcase many describe as “new-car heaven.”

Drop-in Art Activities: Love – Painted Family Portraits
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, January 31 & Sunday, February 1 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
We’re celebrating love this month, so grab a loved one’s hand and join us as we explore a theme that artists have used as inspiration throughout history! Build a monument for someone you love, write love-filled letters, and create a special box to keep items you love safe.
Join museum educators as they help families create artful projects related to the collection, special exhibitions, and family programs. Check out our monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend! Every Saturday and Sunday! No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you!

Saturday Song Circle – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Imagination Stage
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $6*
You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1 month-3 years.
Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!
*Lap tickets are available for $5 and should be purchased for children 12 months and younger who do not take a seat.

CultureCapital - Petite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding HoodPetite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding Hood
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, January 30 ∙ 11:00 am  & Sunday, February 1 ∙ 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ∙ $19 [Discount]
Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this family-friendly, Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N’awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale and adapted from the book by Mike Artell and Jim Harris, a red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild “duck” chase through New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Will they make it to Grandmere’s house with a basket full of Cajun goodies?
Adapted from the book by Mike Artell
Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Directed and Choreographed by Michael J. Bobbitt
Assistant Director Danny Tippett
Featuring Kurt Boehm
Recommended for Ages 4 and up – Performances through Sunday, March 8, 2015

Adventure to the Imagi Nation
Arts Barn
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ $10
Join magician David London on an exciting journey to Imagi Nation, using magic, storytelling and interactive play. You’ll ride in a hot air balloon, meet the Mayor of Imagi, behold the beautiful phantasmata flower, see a collection of water from around the world… and that’s in just the first 10 minutes.
A $35 family of four pack can be purchased by calling the Arts Barn box office.

Mockingbird
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, January 31 &  Sunday, February 1 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20
Adapted from the 2010 National Book Award-winning novel, this vibrant and inspirational world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community. Age 10+

Circus!
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, January 31 &  Sunday, February 1 ∙ 11:30 am & 1:00 pm ∙ $10
In grand circus tradition, the “Grandest Show on Strings” features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for “Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus.”
Recommended: PreK – Adult  ∙ Running Time: 35 minutes

The Washington Ballet - Sleepy HollowSleepy Hollow: Ballet and American Art
American Art Museum – Kogod Courtyard
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 11:30 am (practice/warm up) / 1:00 pm (program begins) ∙ Free!
American Art is excited to collaborate with The Washington Ballet and artistic director Septime Webre for a production of Sleepy Hollow. Dancers perform never-before-seen excerpts from the upcoming world premiere of the full-length ballet based on Washington Irving’s classic ghost story. Between excerpts, Webre discusses the creation of the new ballet, costume and set design, and the link with American Art’s Hudson River school paintings. Finish the day with a scavenger hunt and a tour of the museum’s art that inspired the ballet. View schedule HERE.

FREE Winter Drop-In Soccer
Sponsored by Arlington Soccer Association (ASA)
Washington-Lee
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 12:00 pm (K-3rd grade) & 1:30 pm (4th-8th grade) 
Informal, pick-up soccer activities, supervised by ASA staff, for various age groups.
Open to all boys & girls in the correct age groups – recreational, travel & unaffiliated.

National Capital Trolley Museum Capital Transit Day
National Capital Trolley Museum
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Admission is $7 and $5 for children ages 2 – 17 years old.
National Capital Trolley Museum is commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the Congressionally mandated end to street car service in the Nation’s Capital.
The museum will be hosting trolley rides and offering a special presentation by Larry Velte at 2:10 p.m. titled “Street Cars in the National Capital Area.”

2nd Annual Winter Ice Fest
Village at Leesburg
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free
Join the fun during the 2nd Annual Winter Ice Fest and first ever Mega Block Ice Carving Competition!
The Village at Leesburg has joined forces with the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) and Ice Lab to bring you an action packed day of fun with the family. They are bringing in some of the best ice sculptors in the US to compete head to head for the 1st place prize.
See professional ice carvers in action as they transform blocks of ice into lifelike sculptures!
Enjoy yummy treats as local Scout Troops toast up FREE S’mores.
Sip on delicious hot chocolate as you warm up around cozy warming stations.
Pose with some of the Red Rockers from the Washington Capitals cheerleaders.
Shop, dine and keep warm at more than 55 boutiques, shops and restaurants.
Take a picture with Capitals mascot Slapshot!
Carving begins at 9 am and sculptures are illuminated at 5 pm. S’mores and hot chocolate available 1-5 pm while supplies last.

Knots for Little Skippers
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Free
Families with children 5-12 are welcome to join National Museum of the U.S. Navy staff as they present the history and uses of several common knots. Attendees will be able to practice their knots and take them home.

In Your Words: Imagined Journeys
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – ImaginAsia classroom, sublevel 2
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free; registration required
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an art exhibition is worth endless inspiration. In The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia, join staff of the Freer|Sackler and 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students’ creative and expository writing skills, for a writing workshop. Inspired by artworks in the galleries, explore the past through the lens of other cultures and use memoir and journalistic techniques to compose short pieces. For ages 12–18.

Maryland First Lego League Robotics Competition
Southern Technical/Recreation Complex
Saturday, January 31 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join over 20 First Lego Leagues as they compete to participate in the State FLL Championship.

Sunday Fun Day – Building a House
Imagination Stage
Sunday, February 1 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $10
We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books. Best for ages 1-3.
Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, February 1 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Visit us on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore our collection and current exhibitions.

Wonders of Science
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Sunday, February 1  ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $6 – Timed ticket required
During these hour-long tours, discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find out how there were used – and if they worked! As part of the tour, Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s historical-reenactment society, will conduct 18th century scientific demonstrations which are certain to expand visitors’ knowledge about science in the 1700s.

bookcover What color is my worldGet the “Scoop” on Black History
DC Library – Lamond-Riggs Branch
Sunday, February 1  ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE
Start Black History Month with a family game time.
Get the “scoop” on Black History: We will play “Famous African Americans J-I-N-G-O” — a Bingo-style game; it’s fun for all ages — and enjoy information from the pages of What Color is My World?” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
All ages are welcome.

Family Nature Time
Black Hill Regional Park
Sunday, February 1  ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE
Mom and Dad, grab the kids and come out to play! We’ll have nature-y activities that families can do together. Drop in any time during program hours on the first and third Sundays of the month.
Free! No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 1 & up

Family Sundays – Furniture Fancy
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, February 1 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE; No registration required!
Express your inner artist in a hands-on art-making workshop or come on the last Sunday of the month for informal chats with a gallery educator about a single work of art in the collection. February 1: Create a Cool Chair
Family Workshops are held in the Temporary Education Classroom located on the second floor.

Black History Ceramic Celebration
Langley Park Community Center
Sunday, February 1 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free
In celebration of Black History Month, participants will “hand craft” clay projects based on ancient African techniques and designs. Ages: 6+

Rainbow Fairies Celebration
DC Library – Georgetown Branch
Sunday, February 1  ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE
Do you love the Rainbow Fairies books?
Join us for a Rainbow Magic extravaganza complete with activities, crafts, and snacks.
Children are welcome to come in costume as their favorite fairy.
Open to children ages 5 to 12.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program 2015

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Mayor Marion S. Barry

Summer Youth Employment Program 2015

Starting TODAY- Friday, January 30, 2015 at Noon, District youth ages 14 to 21 can apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

Here are the details from the website:

Program Overview

The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) that provides District youth ages 14 to 21 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors.
Mayor Bowser signed the Mayor’s Order 2015-037 on January 14, 2015 to rename the program the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program in honor of former Mayor and SYEP founder Marion Barry.
Through SYEP, we strive to provide young people with the opportunity to:
  • Earn money and gain meaningful work experience;
  • Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work;
  • Gain exposure to various exciting career industries; and,
  • Interact with dynamic working professionals in a positive work environment.
Though SYEP is a short-term employment and training program, our goal is to introduce our youth to employers who will positively impact their futures.
Employers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area make this annual program possible by volunteering to serve as Host Employers and providing structured job opportunities for youth during the summer.

Program Dates

This year, SYEP will start on Monday, June 29, 2015 and will end on Friday, August 7, 2015.
The six-week program will consist of 29 days of work (Friday, July 3, 2015 is observed as a holiday and youth will not be paid for this day).

Program Capacity

This year, SYEP will provide jobs for District youth between the ages of 14-21 years old, who apply prior to the deadline and complete necessary registration requirements.
Department of Employment Services LogoThe Department of Employment Services provides comprehensive employment services to ensure a competitive workforce, full employment, life-long learning, economic stability and the highest quality of life for all District residents.
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20019 
Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
 Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

WETA Kids Young Writers Contest 2015

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WETA Kids Young Writers' Contest 2015

WETA Kids Young Writers’ Contest

WETA Kids LogoWETA Kids is encouraging K-3rd grade children in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia to make their own “books” and enter the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Win great prizes at the local or even national level! And spread the word because the local class, after-school or child care center that submits the most entries to WETA Kids will win classroom supplies, children’s books and a visit from a famous PBS character.

Rules and Prizes

Contest is open to children in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grades who live in DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia. All entries must be postmarked by April 17, 2015. Enter today!

There will be four winners at each grade level; First, second and third place winners, as well as an honorable mention.

First place winners at each grade level will move on to the national contest! See rules below for information on national prizes.

How to Enter

To enter, download and complete the form below. Then mail it to WETA along with the student’s book. All entries must be postmarked by April 17, 2015.

Helpful Resources

Questions?

Have a question? E-mail WETA’s Outreach office!

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Arts & Entertainment Family Events in Metro DC: February 2015 (Includes Black History, Valentine’s Day, & More!)

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Arts & Entertainment:

Family Events in Metro DC

February 2015

Black History Month Events, Valentine’s Day Activities, and MORE!

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

CultureCapital - Bessie and BillBessie & Bill, Black Wings in Flight: Celebrate Black History Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Friday, January 30th thru Thursday, February 26 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5
Daring Bessie Coleman barnstormed the country as the first licensed African American woman pilot. Inspired by her grit and perseverance, Bill Powell promoted flying as a new frontier for African Americans. Meet these spunky pioneers of the air in a powerful show that speaks to even the youngest dreamer. Join a Smithsonian Aero-Club as we cheer African Americans in flight!
Ages 6-10.

Mockingbird
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, January 31 &  Sunday, February 1 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20
Adapted from the 2010 National Book Award-winning novel, this vibrant and inspirational world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community. Age 10+

Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, February 1 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Visit us on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore our collection and current exhibitions.

English Country Dance in DC: Winter 2015
Dumbarton House
Sundays, February 1 & 15 and March 1 & 15 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $5
English Country Dance is a social, folk dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century. It was popular well into the Baroque and Regency eras.
All are welcome to join English Country Dance at Dumbarton House. No experience is necessary, just the desire to have fun!

Sunday Gospel Brunch with Harlem Gospel Choir
Howard Theatre
Sundays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $45
On any Sunday you can visit with the Harlem Gospel Choir and enjoy a soul food brunch at The Howard Theatre. Hear the Choir brings its experience of the Black Church to the U Street district in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show for fans from around the world.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, February 3 thru Sunday, February 8 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $30-$125
Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, “America’s cultural ambassador to the world” returns for its annual engagement for more captivating new works and enduring classics, including Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece Revelations.

CultureCapital - KanKouran West African Dance CompanyKanKouran West African Dance Company
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, February 4 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5
The passion of drums, dance, and African history infuse the performances of this acclaimed Washington cultural treasure. The Washington Post praises the troupe’s “high-octane movement” and dancers who can “effortlessly…shift their style from smooth and silvery to sharp and swift.”
Ages 5 and up.

First Studio: An Art Exploration for 3-5 Year-Olds
Kreeger Museum
February 7, 11, & 21 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $7
Children and an adult companion are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, analysis of works of art, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Program continues through Saturday, July 18

The DC Contemporary Dance Theatre/El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea
Dance Place
Saturday, February 7 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, February 8 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $15-$30
Reflecting the multicultural vision of Founder/Artistic Director Miya Hisaka Silva, the company’s repertory presents the power, passion and poetry of Latin America. Showcasing universal messages with a dramatic appeal, the diverse program includes works choreographed by Kevin Iega Jeff, Adrian Bolton, Francisco Castillo, Gloria Contreras, Yasmin Hernandez and Miya Hisaka Silva.

Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention: Celebrate Black History Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Thursday, February 5 through Thursday, February 12 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5
Beauty magnate Madame C.J. Walker, agricultural chemist and “peanut man” George Washington Carver, education giant Booker T. Washington, and even cranky chef George Crum, who accidentally created the potato chip, all take center stage in this vibrant living-history production. Discovery Theater’s original interactive play honors the creativity and genius of African American entrepreneurs and inventors and inspires the achiever in all of us.
Ages 8 and up.

Heifetz on Tour
Kreeger Museum
Thursday, February 5 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $20-$25
The Heifetz International Music Institute is dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. A showcase of Heifetz Institute graduates, Heifetz on Tour, reflects the professional status of these fine strings players.

CultureCapital - NSO Teddy Bear Concert - Two Divas and a BearNSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, February 7 ∙ 11:00 am & 1:30 pm ∙ $20
What happens when you bring together a concert violinist, an opera singer, and everyone’s favorite stuffed animal? You get Two Divas and a Bear! Explore the human voice with NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan. Age 3–5

What Do You Spy?
Goethe-Institut
Sunday, February 8  ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $5
This afternoon of espionage presents a number of puzzle-oriented and hidden role games, enlivened by several games with a spy/political intrigue theme. Can you solve the riddles and break the codes? Prizes will be awarded for some of the games.

Target Oratory Festival
Ford’s Theatre
Tuesday, February 10 & Wednesday, February 11  ∙ 10:30 am and 11:30 am ∙ FREE!
Washington-area school students deliver a selection of Lincoln’s greatest speeches from the stage of Ford’s Theatre, sponsored with support from Target.
Much of Abraham Lincoln’s power came from his ability to communicate his ideas to the people of the United States. By using meaningful images and ideas, Lincoln moved the people who heard him.

Jack’ s Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, February 14 ∙ 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 5:00 pm & Sunday, February 15  ∙ 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm ∙ $20
This world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission with Nashville Children’s Theatre uses actors and a live bluegrass band to dive deep into the eclectic music traditions of the Appalachians. The result: a delightfully authentic mountain musical! Age 8+

NSO Family Concert: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, February 15 ∙ 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm ∙ $15-$18
Based on Jon Scieszka’s children’s book, NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke composed an exciting new work that follows Alexander T. Wolf’s misadventures during his quest for a cup of sugar to finish his grandmother’s birthday cake.

Sleepy Hollow
Presented by: The Washington Ballet
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, February 18 thru Sunday, February 22 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $25-$125
In a love triangle, the new school teacher, Ichabod Crane, finds himself smitten by a flirtatious beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, much to the displeasure of town rowdy, “Brom Bones” Van Brunt. A rivalry ensues and the ghostly “Headless Horseman” comes into play one fateful night. This program features original live music.

CultureCapital - The Uncle Devin ShowThe Uncle Devin Show
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Friday, February 20 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5
Are you ready to make some noise? Uncle Devin invites young audiences to hear and play a world of percussion instruments in a show he calls a dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock. Through all the bang-up interactive fun, kids also learn why percussion is the easiest, oldest, and most diverse form of musical creativity. Ages 2-6.

Outside the Bachx
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, February 20 thru Sunday, March 1 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20
NYC-based hip-hop company Full Circle Productions returns with more thrilling dance and spoken word for family audiences–this time set to classical music and awesome remixes–in this world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission. Age 8+

Picturing Mary Workshop: Gilding
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Saturday, February 21 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $13-$15
Guest artist Kay Jackson will introduce gilding, the delicate process of applying thin layers of gold to a surface. Participants will have ample time to learn from this skilled artist, practice the technique using specialized materials and tools, and explore gold leaf in art on view in the exhibition. This workshop is designed for audiences 13 and older.

Annual Mardi Gras Family Day
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, February 21 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Join in on the fun with this popular annual museum event featuring storytelling, face painting, mask-making, other hands-on activities, live performances, and more. Attendees can also participate in the popular Art of Adornment workshop with artist and entrepreneur, Januwa Moja-Nelson.

Face the Music
Presented by: Washington Performing Arts
Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 21 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $20
New York City’s youngest “alt-classical” ensemble – and the only teen ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers – makes its D.C. debut in a residency with Atlas Performing Arts Center and schools in our Capital Strings Program. Featuring 20 musicians from the groundbreaking Special Music School for musically gifted children (first envisioned by pianist Vladimir Feltsman), Face the Music performs Trance, the hair-raising and unstoppable ensemble work by Michael Gordon, along with original works composed by Face the Music students and D.C.-based composers under age 18.

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream
Presented by: Washington Performing Arts
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, February 22 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $25-$70
This event takes place in the Concert Hall.
For more than 20 years, the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs have shared the inspirational gift of gospel music to audiences throughout the D.C. region – and beyond. The choir’s annual concert with the Choral Arts Chorus, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a joyful celebration of the power of music and the human spirit.

CultureCapital - High School Choir10th High School Choir Festival
Presented by: Cathedral Choral Society
Venue: Washington National Cathedral
Wednesday, February 25 ∙ 7:15 pm ∙ FREE!
Celebrate Youth! Our 10th Annual High School Festival brings together choirs from DC public, charter, and independent schools with the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Join us for the grand finale concert at Washington National Cathedral.

Anything Goes
Warner Theatre
Wednesday, February 25 & Thursday, February 26 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $42-$72
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

Youth Dance Project Performance
Joy of Motion Dance Center – Friendship Heights
Saturday, February 28 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, March 1  ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $13-$25
Joy of Motion Dance Centers annual Youth Dance Project engages young artists throughout the DC area, providing a platform to present new dance works of all styles.

National Gallery of Art Ice Rink
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Venue: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Through Monday, March 16 ∙ see schedule below ∙ $7-$8
The Gallery’s ice rink can accommodate more than two hundred skaters, with a music system that brings vibrant sound to visitors on and off the ice. At night, lighting creates a festive atmosphere for the richly landscaped ground and a distinctive backdrop for nineteen works of modern and contemporary sculpture.
The Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW. It is accessible to visitors with disabilities.
Ice Rink Hours:
Mo–Th, 10am.–9pm.
Fr & Sa 10:00am–11:00pm
Su 11:00am.–9:00pm

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
National Geographic
Through Sunday, April 12 ∙ $0-$11
Meet Spinosaurus. At over 50 feet long, 20 feet high and weighing in at 6 tons, Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth — even bigger than T. rex. This bus-sized dino’s extraordinary features include a crocodile-shaped skull and 7-foot spines forming a sail along its back. Spinosaurus is unlike any other dinosaur you’ve seen or heard of before. Encounter this bizarre predator for the first time at the world premiere of “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”
In this exhibition, you can explore a full-sized skeletal model as well as genuine dinosaur fossils and learn about the latest technologies modern paleontologists use. Travel with National Geographic explorers and scientists to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the origins of this rare African dinosaur and the mysterious journey that led to its rediscovery.

***Maryland***

CultureCapital - Petite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding HoodPetite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding Hood
Adventure Theatre MTC
Friday, January 30 thru Sunday, March 8 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount]
Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this family-friendly, Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N’awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale and adapted from the book by Mike Artell and Jim Harris, a red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild “duck” chase through New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Will they make it to Grandmere’s house with a basket full of Cajun goodies?
Adapted from the book by Mike Artell
Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Directed and Choreographed by Michael J. Bobbitt
Assistant Director Danny Tippett
Featuring Kurt Boehm
Recommended for Ages 4 and up

How a Town Fought Hate
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, February 3 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Catskill Puppet Theatre and Young Audiences of New Jersey team up to tell the true story of an American town overcoming hate groups. Based on the award-winning children’s book “The Christmas Menorahs”, and underscored by original music, beautiful large puppets depict the struggle of Billings, Montana during the 1993 holiday season, when the community defeated the local bullies threatening their minority neighbors.
Curriculum Connections: anti-bullying, history, social studies, literature, character building, theatre arts.
Recommended for grades K-5.

Kid’s Day Out-Lincoln & Tubman
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Wednesday, February 4 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $5
This production delves into the childhoods of Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln, recreating the key moments and events that shaped both of their lives. Audiences follow these great leaders as they face challenges in order to do what is right for their fellow Americans. Abolition and the Civil War are seen through the eyes of two great leaders. This show seeks to celebrate the many contributions of heroic Americans while encouraging audiences to make a difference in their own world.

CultureCapital - GodspellGodspell
Olney Theatre Center
Wednesday, February 4 thru Sunday, March 1 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $38-$75 [Discount]
Told through an exciting array of music and dance, the parables of Jesus Christ come to life in this modern take on a timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).

Savion Glover’s STePz
Strathmore
Friday, February 6 ∙  8:00 pm  ∙ $25-$68 
Tony Award winner (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk) has stepped into his own legendary status in the tap world, and in his newest show he pays homage to past tap masters to music that ranges from John Coltrane to Prince to Shostakovich. With an ensemble of dancers, Glover flashes from easy rhythms to daredevil moves that take the audience’s breath away.

Jazz Meets Blues: Phil Wiggins and Karen Lovejoy
Publick Playhouse
Saturday, February 7  ∙  8:00 pm  ∙ $20-$25
Phil Wiggins brings his incredible talent to the Playhouse for an evening of sublime blues backed by the Chesapeake Sheiks. A Smithsonian Folkways blues recording artist with echoes of gospel and jazz, Wiggins says he has “performed on every continent except Antarctica.” Silky, funky, and smooth Karen Lovejoy performs lively and imaginative renditions of jazz standards, energetic blues and solid Latin rhythms, with instrumental pros The Lovejoy Group. Wiggins and Lovejoy connect with the audience in a way that shouts for more.

Tiny Tots – Teddy Bear’s Picnic
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Sunday, February 8 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Baby Bear has a picnic for his friends – they bring food to share and entertain one another with hilarious results! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.
Running Time: 30 minutes ∙ Recommended: 0-4 ∙ Limited performances through Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Festival: Expressions Of A People
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Sunday, February 8  ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
A free Black History celebration featuring musical performances, children’s activities, workshops, and entertainment for the entire family. Past performers at this popular event have included gospel singer Robert Pearson, The Oxon Hill High School Gospel Choir, The Yancey Brothers, Baba Jamal Koram, The Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Performance Troupe, a cappella singing group Nu Era, and many more. Children will enjoy mask-making, face painting and a caricaturist.

African American Inventors
Montpelier Arts Center
Sunday, February 8  ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Patricia Sluby, author of “The Inventive Spirit of African Americans” and “The Entrepreneurial Spirit of African Americans” will discuss well known and not so well known inventions attributed to African Americans. She will also discuss the creative spirit and the “ah” moment that precipitated inventions and the perseverance required to complete the patent process. Mrs. Sluby will also sign copies of her book available for sale. Light refreshments available after the program.

Black Violin
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Sunday, February 8  ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $15-$26
Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Will B are Black Violin – a dynamic duo of high-energy, classically trained musicians renowned for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. Their electrifying style mines the synergy among classical, jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop. Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin is sure to enthrall and rock the house. School Matinee on Monday, February 9 at 10:30 am, $8.

CultureCapital - A Box Marked FreedomOne Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, February 10 & Wednesday, February 11  ∙  10:15 am & 12:00 pm  ∙ $6-$8
Henry “Box” Brown was an African American born into slavery in 1816 Virginia. As a child, his family was torn apart. The same thing happened again years later, when Brown’s wife and children were wrenched away. That devastation was his breaking point, spurring him on to devise an ingenious plan to escape the fierce oppression of slavery. Sealed in a wooden box, he shipped himself to friends and freedom in Philadelphia. This engrossing drama by Mike Wiley Productions of North Carolina epitomizes the courage, creativity, and resourcefulness people can find within themselves.
Curriculum Connections: American history, social studies, language arts, theatre arts.
Recommended for grades 3 and up.

The Lost World
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Friday, February 13 through Saturday, February 21 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10-$25
Growing up may be tough, but try discovering that dinosaurs exist under your bed. For twins Oscar and Olivia, that’s precisely the predicament. Amid ’90s Dino-mania, the duo delve beneath their mattresses and unearth a wily world where velociraptors and dilophosaurus roam free. But when the siblings let their secret run wild, they discover the real monsters to be the naysayers who mock them. Adapted from Conan O’Doyle’s eponymous silent film, The Lost World explores the ugly phases of adolescence, the treacherous task of preserving our imaginations and the primordial struggle between chaos and control.

Tiny Tots – Winter Wonderland
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, February 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
The King of Winter and the Snow Queen welcome Jack Frost, Marco Polo Bear, and Isabella on Ice. Also, a magic snowflake comes to life with a surprise ending! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.
Running Time: 30 minutes ∙ Recommended: 0-4 ∙ Another performance on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

The Beauty of Watercolor – From My Heart To Yours
VisArts at Rockville
Saturday, February 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $75
Paint your own Valentine! This four hour workshop is designed for the beginner to intermediate artist. You will choose your favorite heart and paint it. Barbara will be giving hands on demonstrations throughout the class. At the end of the session you will have a beautiful Valentine painting of your own regardless of your experience and ability. Working from a pre-sketched piece of prepared watercolor paper, you can choose your image from four different hearts. Great fun for couples, a special valentine gift or a parent and child activity.

Christopher Piper

Christopher Piper

Circus!
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Thru  February 15 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10
In grand circus tradition, the “Grandest Show on Strings” features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for “Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus.”
Recommended: PreK – Adult  ∙ Running Time: 35 minutes

Teacher Workday & School Holidays = Arts Camp! (1 day)
Workhouse Arts Center
Monday, February 16 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ $100
So you’ve got the day off, huh? Well, don’t just sit around join us! At the Workhouse, well explore the realm of Fine Arts through projects in 2D, 3D and more! Use this opportunity to develop your skills in the arts, create incredible work, and have FUN! Take advantage of your day off and learn something new! (Meets in W-3/ 304, & 305).

Coretta Scott King and the Fight for Freedom
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, February 17, 2015  ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm  ∙ $6-$8
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Art Reach presents a drama with music about the life of the woman behind Dr. Martin Luther King. Born in Alabama, Coretta Scott King overcame childhood racism and adversity in the segregated South. A talented singer, she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As Dr. King’s wife, the “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement” often used her singing voice to inspire people to act. After Dr. King’s 1968 assassination, she took on a major leadership role in the movement. An author, public speaker, singer, and activist, she inspired the nation and the world.
Curriculum Connections: American history, social studies, civics and politics, music, language arts and self-esteem. Recommended for grades 3-8.

Christopher Piper

Christopher Piper

Aladdin! (and his wonderful lamp)
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Thursday, February 19 thru Sunday, March 15 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10
From ancient Persia comes this lavish and entrancing tale, true to the original “one thousand and one Arabian nights,” full of genies, wizards, magic caves, exotic princesses, and an elephant! Half life-size rod puppets and exciting special effects make this production exciting theater.
Running Time: 50 minutes ∙ Recommended: K- Grade 6

Tiny Tots ”Sing-a-Long”
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, February 21 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Everybody sings in this happy-go-lucky show where favorite childhood songs come to life with big colorful puppets. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.
Running Time: 30 minutes ∙ Recommended: 0-4 ∙ Another performance on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

Youth 4 PRAISE
Publick Playhouse
Saturday, February 21 ∙ 8:00 pm  ∙ $5-$10
We’re pleased to introduce a new Playhouse program featuring talented young dancers inspired by liturgical traditions. Look forward to being charmed and impressed by this showcase of new praise talent.

Tiny Tots – Old McDonald’s Farm
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Sunday, February 22 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
The animals on Old McDonald’s Farm come out to entertain us. Al E. Cat introduces us to his barnyard buddies who will delight and amaze with their antics! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.
Running Time: 30 minutes ∙ Recommended: 0-4 ∙ Limited performances through Saturday, August 29, 2015.

CultureCapital - Imago Theatre FrogzImago Theatre: Frogz
Strathmore
Sunday, February 22 ∙  4:00 pm  ∙ $25-$38 [Discount]
The spellbinding Imago Theatre thrilled Strathmore audiences in 2011 with the “Felliniesque mayhem” (Variety) of its brilliant physical comedy and stunning stagecraft. The company returns with its best-known show, Frogz— a double hit on Broadway in two smash engagements at the New Victory Theatre. Enjoy “familyfriendly entertainment” that’s “lively, inventive, mysterious, thrilling, truly goofy fun” (Boston Globe)!

PRAISE Dance Festival
Publick Playhouse
Sunday, February 22 ∙ 4:00 pm  ∙ $20-$25
The annual dance festival presents top liturgical dance companies from area studios and dance ministries. Inspiring and colorful, this in-demand program showcases the depth of praise dance talent in the metropolitan area.

Tiny Tots – Baby Bear’s Birthday
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Wednesday, February 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
You are invited to a BIG birthday bash! Please join Baby Bear as all of his special Teddy Bear friends perform their very best circus tricks as a great, big birthday surprise. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.
Running Time: 30 minutes ∙ Recommended: 0-4 ∙ Limited performances through Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Four Score and Seven Years Ago
Publick Playhouse
Thursday, February 26 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm  ∙ $6-$8
Lemuel has escaped slavery in Georgia and finds a new life in Gettysburg, but his ideas about the North and the South are challenged when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. Understanding and empathy combat racial prejudice when these young men realize that fighting back is not the path to peaceful resolution, and that each has much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty. Gary Blackman, ArtsPower’s producer, says “By encouraging young people to see history through the eyes of characters who endured and succeeded despite facing tremendous adversity, children are able see new possibilities in their own lives.”
Curriculum Connections: American history, relationships, language arts, music.
Recommended for grades 3-8.

Children’s Talk and Tour
Strathmore
Saturday, February 28 ∙  10:15 am  ∙ $5
This event takes place in the Mansion.
Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition. Get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. The program includes a hands-on activity.
Only children require tickets – their guardians do not need a ticket.

Dare to Draw: Watercolor Edition (Grades 3-5) 6 Sessions
VisArts at Rockville
Saturday, February 28 ∙  11:00 am  ∙ $62.50
Watercolor is a wonderful way to explore drawing techniques and this six week class will give your children the basics and fundamentals to grow on for a lifetime. We don’t promise your child will leave as a budding Picasso, but we know that your child will have a great time and will learn techniques that will stay with them always.

BlackCultureCapital - Benjamin Banneker History Month Family Program: Meet Benjamin Banneker!
Montpelier Mansion
Saturday, February 28 ∙ 1:00 pm  ∙ $4-$5
Explore Black History with this family program. Meet Benjamin Banneker, as played by Bob Smith, who will visit and tell us about his work as an astronomer, mathematician, almanac writer and farmer. Participants will create related crafts and other activities.

***Virginia***


A Valentine’s Sweetheart Mini Camp (1 day)

Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, February 7 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $75
Wait! You don’t need a sitter! Enroll in this super sweet, Valentines Day themed camp instead! You will LOVE learning how to bake sweet treats, draw and paint portraits, and participate in other Valentines themed activities. Indulge your sweet tooth and fall in love with this special arts opportunity! (Meets in W-3/ 302 & 305)

Story Ballet Workshop-FROZEN! (4 Sessions)
BalletNova Center for Dance
Sunday, February 8 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $115
Do you want to build a snowman? Or maybe learn to dance like one? Escape into a magical world of dance and music during this 4 week workshop. Dancers will learn dances and create crafts within Disney’s FROZEN theme!
For ages 5-7 ∙ Sundays, 2:00-3:30 pm ∙ February 8-March 1

CultureCapital - Choreo101 Workshop with Karen ReedyChoreo101 Workshop with Karen Reedy
BalletNova Center for Dance
Sunday, February 8 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $15
A starter course in the basics of choreography and composition for aspiring choreographers ages 13-18. Karen Reedy will guide young choreographers in the art of composition.
$15 per session; $30 for all 3

2nd Saturday Art Walk
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, February 14 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

Presidents’ Day Holiday Mini Camp: Outer Space Adventure
Presented by: Encore Stage & Studio
Venue: Cherrydale United Methodist Church
Monday, February 16 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ $70
When school’s out, Encore’s in! Travel with Encore as we will explore movement, fun music and great stories about outer space. With imagination, students will bring to life outer space adventures. Students must bring a brown bag lunch; a healthy snack will be provided. Students will enjoy a day of theatre activities and games, crafts, and fun in a safe and supportive environment.

2015 Northern Virginia Camp and Summer Fun Expo
Presented by: Washington Parent Magazine
Venue: Dulles Town Center Mall
Saturday, February 21 ∙ 10:00 am & Sunday, February 22 ∙ 11:00 am ∙FREE!
Meet with summer program representatives, day camp and overnight camp directors, and associates from summer fun destinations to plan your 2015 summer.
Discounts. Activities. Demonstrations. Giveaways. Performances. “Enter to Win” prizes, Mascots.

CultureCapital - Fly GuysTheatreworks USA in ”Fly Guy & Other Stories”
The Alden
Sunday, February 22 ∙ 2:00 pm  ∙ $10-$15
Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet? Other stories by authors such as McMullan, Howe, Henkes and Munsch will be featured.
For ages 5+.

Ravioli Time! – Family Class
Workhouse Arts Center
Wednesday, February 25 ∙ 4:00 pm  ∙ $40
In this workshop kids and parents will get to create homemade ravioli pasta with a couple of different fillings. (Meets in W-3, 302) All Skill Levels, Kids & Adults. Instructor: Chef Erin Clarke. Materials cost: $8 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor.

Pushcart Players: Alice in Wonderland
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 28 ∙ 11:00 am & 2:00 pm  ∙ $5-$15
Lewis Carroll’s zany and fantastical tale comes to life when this Emmy-nominated troupe returns to the Hylton Center with Alice in Wonderland. Filled with pure nonsense and madcap characters that everyone knows and loves – from the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts – this intriguing tale about a curious and imaginative young girl has enchanted readers for many generations. Pushcart Players now brings young Alice’s adventure to the stage in this delightful adaptation, complemented by whimsical music, vibrant costumes, and spectacular scenic elements. “A polished and knowing theater company and a felicitous event for children.” (The New York Times)

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Black History Month

February 2015 in Metro DC

Black History Month is celebrated throughout Metro DC in theatre, dance, music, visual arts and the spoken word. Check here for arts and culture events commemorating, honoring and focusing on the history and contributions that Black Americans have made to the United States.

 

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Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Metro DC

Treat your sweetheart to The Arts Valentine’s Day Weekend 2015. This CultureCapital.com Valentine’s Day Guide is packed with suggestions from Metro DC’s theatre, dance and music presenters. You and yours can be serenaded with love songs, hear the music play, enjoy an evening of laugh-out-loud comedy, paint your own valentine, cook that special meal, and more.

 

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Nice Work If You Can Get It ∙Warner Theatre {Giveaway CLOSED}

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Nice Work If You Can Get It

Warner Theatre

January 30-31, 2015

Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, direction and choreography by three-time Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) and a snappy book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

ABOUT THE SHOW

It’s the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony®-winning musical comedy NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT.

This brand-new musical features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular with a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and direction and choreography by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes).

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

Washington, D.C.

Warner Theatre,  513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Date and Time of Performance:    
Friday, January 30th @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 31 @ 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

To order tickets by phone:              1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:                   www.ticketmaster.com

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

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2 For 1 Tickets

Get two tickets for the price of one!

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GOLDSTAR DISCOUNT

Friday, January 30 @ 8:00 p.m. $39.00*
Saturday, January 31 @ 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 
$39.00*
*Subject to change

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***Giveaway Details***

DC Thrifty Mom appreciates the opportunity to provide my Thrifty Friends with fun and exciting experiences.  I am excited to promote Nice Work If You Can Get It and offer one lucky DC Thrifty Mom follower a 4-pack of tickets to their performance of choice: Friday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 pm, or 8:00 pm.

Since this is a flash giveaway, the winner will be notified by 8am on Thursday, January 29th with two hours to respond before I contact the runner-up. This giveaway is non-transferable and you must be at least 18 years old to enter.

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The Warner Theatre, a Live Nation venue, is located at 513 13th Street, N.W. in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C.’s vibrant Pennsylvania Quarter arts district.

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Monster Jam 2015 Review

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Photos courtesy of L. Clark

Photos courtesy of L. Clark

Monster Jam 2015 Review

DC Thrifty Mom

Guest Thrifty Correspondent:

Lamont Clark

Event: Monster Jam 2015 at the Verizon Center

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2015 – attended 2:00 PM Show

Arrival/Parking:  While the easiest way to get to the Verizon Center is via Metro (Gallery/Place Chinatown on the Red, Yellow, or Green Lines), we decided to drive down and see if we could find on-street parking. On-street parking is always a roll of the dice, so just know that there is parking at the Verizon and right next door at Gallery Place Shops. There are other lots close by. Parking can range anywhere from $7 – $20 depending on where you park. We were lucky and found a parking spot only one block away.

Venue:  We arrived a half hour before the show and watched Mini-Moto as well as Quad Wars practice rounds. If you decide to watch pre-races know two things 1) the smell of gas is very strong and 2) this a VERY LOUD event. Earplugs or Headsets are a must! Once the actual show starts the Monster Trucks competed in Wheelie, Obstacle Course, Doughnut and Freestyle competitions. Between competitions are Quad War races and extreme pogo stick demonstrations.

Best for What Ages: There were literally people of all ages in the arena. We sat next to someone who had an infant at the show. Of course they had the infants ears covered with the headset. We had an 8 and a 3 year old, and they both enjoyed it.

Food:  Being that this is a sports arena, expect the food prices to be higher than normal. You’ll find the normal fare such as pretzels, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza and french fries. There are also things like sandwiches, sausages, donuts, and a few other things. But because of the location, there are a ton of restaurants surrounding the arena. You can find fast food to sit down restaurants with various price points.

Don’t miss:
1) There is merchandise to be purchased such as t-shirts, hot wheel cars, hats, flying discs, and a “yearbook” of Monster Jam.
2) After the show is over, if you feel like waiting, the drivers come out and sign autographs.
3) You can take a green screen picture with your choice of about 5 images for the type of truck you would like to appear in.
4) Although completely random, one lucky child won a Hot Wheels set and the Gravedigger driver promised to give away one of the plaques he won.

I wish I’d known: For the Saturday and Sunday early shows they have what is called a “Pit Party”. They take place from 11 am – 12:30pm on each day. For just $10 (in addition to your ticket for the early show), you can get an up close look at the Monster Trucks as well as meet the drivers.

Kids’ response:  The two boys (8 and 3) loved the show. The 8 year old was excited the whole time, and the three year old seemed more enthralled with the actions. Both children were eager to purchase a hot wheel replica of their favorite truck.

Insider Tip:  Earplugs or headsets (earmuffs) are a must! Ear plugs will cost about $2 and earmuffs are $25. Do NOT buy earplugs from the scalpers outside, they are overpriced. Decide beforehand what you want to do about food, inside the venue food is convenient but expensive while outside the arena there are more choices and better value. Consider how much time you have for the event (whether you will arrive early for Pit Party or pre-show stuff, and/or if you will stay later to get autographs and pictures).

~Guest DC Thrifty Mom Correspondent, Lamont Clark – author of the new children’s book “Jay and the Genie” available on Amazon.  All thoughts, opinions, and comments are his own.

Upcoming Monster Jam performances:

Verizon Center in Washington DC - Sunday, January 25 at 2:00 PM

Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD - February 27-March 1, 2015

Show Times:
Friday, February 27 at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 28 at 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, March 1 at 2:00PM

Tickets are available at the box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Monster Jam® is the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks including Grave Digger®, Maximum Destruction®, Monster Mutt®, El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse® and Blue Thunder®.

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Thank you, Lamont, for volunteering to be a Guest Thrifty Correspondent for Monster Jam. If you are attending an event and are interested in volunteering to share a review as a Guest Thrifty Correspondent, email me at [email protected]

Disclosure:   DC Thrifty Mom is a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.  On behalf of DC Thrifty Mom, guest Thrifty Correspondent Lamont received a family 4-pack to this show.  Even though these benefits were received, ALL thoughts and opinions are his own.  No other compensation was provided. There is an affiliate link in this blog post. Thank you for supporting DC Thrifty Mom!

Spy Fest 2015

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Spy Fest

Spy Fest 2015

International Spy Museum

TICKETS: $14 [Discount Available Here]

MEMBERS OF THE INNER CIRCLE: $12

Could you be a spy? Now’s your chance to find out!

The International Spy Museum’s Spy Fest 2015 provides kids and parents a rare opportunity to get an inside glimpse into the secret world of espionage. Through interactive, spy-related activities and booths, attendees will learn how to think like real secret agents as they assume new identities, decipher coded messages, analyze hand-written and satellite images, and detect liars by polygraph — all directly from experts in the field. And who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst…

Not-to-be-missed highlights include:

  • Disguise for Cover – Transform your appearances and assume a cover with help from professional, spy-caliber disguises and makeup artists.
  • Game of Drones Meet local drone-makers and discover the art of surveillance from these “eyes in the sky.”
  • Questioned Documents – Learn how to analyze handwriting, signatures and find hidden marks on documents using evidence from real investigations with FBI forensic scientists.
  • Speaking in CodeMeet an FBI cryptoanalyst and try to crack her coded messages.
  • Spies and Lies  Can you beat the polygraph?
  • The Spy’s Eye View – Hear from former spy turned Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest who offers an inside look into his life as an intelligence officer in the CIA’s Clandestine Service.
  • Ninjutsu demonstration – Martial artists roaming the Museum’s galleries might take you by surprise.  Explore the traditional martial arts form of Ninja also associated with espionage in Japan.

Ages: 5 and up* (one adult required for every five KidSpy agents)

Ticket includes exclusive after-hours admission, SPY snacks, scavenger hunt, prize competitions, and more!

*IMPORTANT INTEL FOR GIRL SCOUTS: Check out how   Spy Fest can help you complete your Senses, Detective, or Special Agent badge! Click here for more information.  

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The International Spy Museum opened in Washington, DC on July 19, 2002. It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events. The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects are being seen by the public for the first time. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history. The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history. It is committed to the apolitical presentation of the history of espionage in order to provide visitors with nonbiased, accurate information.

The International Spy Museum is easily accessible by Washington, DC’s Metrorail system. The closest Metro station is the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop, served by the RED,YELLOW and GREEN lines. Also nearby is the Metro Center station, served by the ORANGE, BLUE, and RED lines.

800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.EYE.SPYU
E: [email protected]

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FREE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON DC: JANUARY 24 & 25

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FREE THINGS TO DO

This Weekend

in the Washington DC Area:

January 24 & 25, 2015

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER OPEN HOUSE
Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free, Parking $15
At the Udvar-Hazy Center Open House, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at historic artifacts, documents, and works of art that are not on public display and see what it takes to collect, preserve, and restore them.

Winter Blast: A Family Weekend of Native Games
American Indian Museum – Potomac Atrium and imagiNATIONS Activity Center
Saturday, January 24 & Sunday, January 25 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ Free!
The museum is presenting two days of family fun with their “Winter Blast” program on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 & 25, 2015. Featured events include demonstrations from representative athletes from the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. They will be demonstrating a variety of unusual games, including the seal hop, ear pull, one-foot high kick, two-foot high kick, one-hand reach, Indian stick pull and toe kick. You will also find traditional Hawaiian games such as Pala’ie (a ball and hoop game), Konane (Hawaiian “checkers”), Hū (a spinning game with kukui nut tops), kini popo (juggling balls plaited from green coconut leaflets or lauhala), Moa pahe’e (a sliding game with wooden “darts”) and ‘Ulu maika (rolling a stone disk between two goals.) and other games.
Join the Comanche Nation in a demonstration of traditional Hand games. Visitors can join two teams in this guessing game accompanied by music and good-natured taunting to distract the other team.
Finally, join the NMAI Cultural Interpreters for Native string games or a Northwest Coast beaver teeth game. View Events and schedule HERE.

CultureCapital - Ballet NOVABalletNova Open House
BalletNova Center for Dance
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join BalletNova for FREE Dance Classes! Tour the studio, meet our staff & faculty, enjoy light refreshments and register for the Winter/Spring Semester! Enjoy a free 30 minute class in your favorite style of dance, or try something new! Classes for ages 3 – 93! Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Yoga Stretch, Cardio Barre & More!

Portrait Story Days: “Faces”—Educator’s Choice
Portrait Gallery
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 1:00 pm & Sunday, January 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story and participate in a hands-on activity utilizing materials of the educator’s choice.

SOUP-er Bowl
Waterfront Station
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Event!
First-ever SOUP-er Bowl competition and taste-off featuring DC’s top restaurants.
SOUP-er Bowl will feature:
Soup and chili samplings from the region’s top restaurants
A beer garden with complimentary football lounge streaming some of the greatest Super Bowl highlights
Live music from Motown band The Original Moonlighters, DJs and more.

Sleepy Hollow Guided Tour
American Art Museum – Meet in G Street Lobby
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Journey through our galleries and view Hudson River School paintings that may have been inspired by Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Docent Edmund Bronder leads the tour on January 24 and on February 8 Senior Curator Eleanor Harvey will guide you through several works depicting wooded scenes similar to those traveled by the Headless Horseman. Who knows who may appear in the galleries!

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth
Rock Creek Park (Nature Center) – Planetarium
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 9:30 am ∙ FREE!
Join the Zula Patrol as they chase Madam Deliria back through geologic times in an attempt to rid the universe of litter. This planetarium film in cartoon format is appropriate for ages 4 to 10 and their families. 25 minutes. Stay at the Nature Center for Whoo’s Awake? at 10:00 am and discover Rock Creek Park’s owl species and dissect their vomit–gross!–during a hands-on program with Ranger Tony. Recommended for agest 6 to 12.

Washington Parent - Summer Camp Expo LOGO2015 Montgomery County Camp and Summer Fun Expo
Presented by: Washington Parent Magazine
Venue: Hilton Hotel Meeting Center, Rockville
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Meet with summer program representatives, day camp and overnight camp directors, and associates from summer fun destinations to plan your 2015 summer.
Discounts. Activities. Demonstrations. Giveaways. Performances. “Enter to Win” prizes, Mascots.

It’s Miller Time
Peirce Mill
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Imagine millstones grinding away. Be sure to uncover the reasons why conditions are not suitable to run the mill in the dead of winter. Peirce Mill and Peirce Barn will be open for one day this winter. Tour the mill and learn how the mill operated. and what millers would do during the winter months.

Colonial Arts and Crafts
Old Stone House
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Children are invited to discover the oldest home in Washington DC and design a corn husk craft during this hands-on, drop-in program. Drop in 11:a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Family Fun Day Sunday: Winter Science Sessions
Mt. Pleasant Library – Children’s Room on the Second Floor of the library
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ Free!
Enjoy the winter season with hands on wintery science experiments.
Sunday, Jan. 25 – Erupting Snow
Make your own snow inside the library and experiment with it.
Sunday, Feb. 15 – Fun with Frost
Learn about how frost forms by creating your own.
Sunday, March 8 – Ice Cube Magic
Discover how to do magic tricks with ice cubes while learning about how they melt and more.
These activities are recommended for children ages 3 and up and their families.

Giveaway Reminder

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy GIVEAWAY
Verizon Center
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever!

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy will be performing:

Baltimore, Maryland

Royal Farms Arena (formerly Baltimore Arena), 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Tickets start at $15

To order tickets by phone: (410) 347-2020

Date and Time of Performance :

Wednesday, February 4th @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 5th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 6th @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 7th @ 11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 8th @ 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Washington, D.C.

Verizon Center,  601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Tickets start at $20

Date and Time of Performance:    

Wednesday, February 11th @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 12th @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 13th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 14th @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 15th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Monday, February 16th @ 12:30 p.m.

To order tickets by phone:              1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:                   www.ticketmaster.com

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

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Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show! Mickey, Minnie, and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes.
See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald and Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and many more for a one-of-a-kind stage show you’ll never forget. Mickey’s Magic Show is a whole new way to experience Disney Magic with your family!

Alexandria Restaurant Week 2015

Alexandria Restaurant WeekMake a Reservation! Alexandria Restaurant Week, 10 days, 2 weekends and more than 60 restaurants, is NOW through SUNDAY, February 1.
Alexandria Restaurant Week features a $35 three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two. New this winter, more than two dozen restaurants are offering lunch specials, too! Explore the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of Old Town, the West End and Del Ray to savor the flavors of Alexandria’s distinctive collection of eateries, from fine dining to casual favorites, and see why everyone including Bon Appétit and Food & Wine are raving about Alexandria’s bustling culinary scene.

NOTE: Washington DC Winter Restaurant Week ends on Sunday, January 25.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Save 25% on Disney Live‬! presents Mickey’s Magic Show 
Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show! Mickey, Minnie, and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes.
See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald and Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and many more for a one-of-a-kind stage show you’ll never forget. Mickey’s Magic Show is a whole new way to experience Disney Magic with your family!

Alexandria Restaurant Week 2015

Alexandria Restaurant Week, which begins today!
Make a Reservation! Alexandria Restaurant Week, 10 days, 2 weekends and more than 60 restaurants, is from FRIDAY, January 23 – SUNDAY, February 1.
Alexandria Restaurant Week features a $35 three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two. New this winter, more than two dozen restaurants are offering lunch specials, too! Explore the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of Old Town, the West End and Del Ray to savor the flavors of Alexandria’s distinctive collection of eateries, from fine dining to casual favorites, and see why everyone including Bon Appétit and Food & Wine are raving about Alexandria’s bustling culinary scene.

NOTE: Washington DC Winter Restaurant Week ends on Sunday, January 25.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy 2015

Saturday Morning at the National LogoJanuary 31st starts the FREE Spring 2015 season for Saturday Morning at the National
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with DC’s award-winning family band Rocknoceros! Performers Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie have been getting families on their feet and dancing to upbeat tunes like Brush Your Teeth, Pirate Harvey, and Texas since 2005! See the listing for the Spring 2015 season here.

Oscar®-Nominated Film Showcase, February 18 – 22 - The National Archives hosts the eleventh annual FREE screenings of the Academy Award® nominees in four categories-Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film. The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the National Archives Foundation.

DC by Footan affordable way to tour Washington DC!

LaserCat at the Yards February 2015

Laser Cat is coming to Washington, D.C. at The Yards!  
Laser Cat is a gigantic feline-shaped art installation that projects creative work crowd-sourced from around the world through its laser-beam eyes. Yes, you read that right: cool imagery, giant inflatable cat, laser beams. Founded by Hungry Castle, the Barcelona-based creative duo whose projects blend fashion and public art have made a global impression. Watch the video: feedlasercat.com
Sponsored by The Yards and Washington Project for the Arts with the support of The JBG Companies

 

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Arts & Entertainment in Metro DC: January 22 – 28 & Upcoming Events!

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CultureCapital - LOGOArts & Entertainment in Metro DC

January 22 – 28, 2015

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Talladega College Choir
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, January 22 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The ensemble has a more than 100-year tradition at the Alabama institution.

CultureCapital - Choir BoyChoir Boy
Studio Theatre
Thru Sunday, February 22 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20-$35
A music-filled story of masculinity, tradition, coming of age, and speaking your truth, set in the gospel choir of an elite prep school for young black men.

Gato’s Sin Frontera
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, January 23 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Afro-Cuban project showcases its mix of Cuban folk music with Latin jazz, world, funk, and son. The program also includes a Rumba dance lesson with Yudisleidy “Yudi” Valdés.

NSO Prelude
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
NSO members Alexandra Osborne (violin), Joel Fuller (violin), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), Rachel Young (cello), Kathryn Meany Wilson (English horn), and Adriana Horne (harp) perform chamber works by Beethoven and Bax.

Christylez Bacon: Washington Sound Museum
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, January 25 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $25
Christylez Bacon and Nistha Raj kick off Washington Sound Museum’s 2015 season, exploring the spaces between Indian Classical music, Hip-Hop, and Go-Go. In addition to creating a cross-cultural music mash-up, the event offers a curated tea reception and mini-lessons on the styles of Indian classical dance and Go-Go’s “Beat Ya Feet” dance. This combination of music, art and culture will culminate in a live performance that has been four years in the making.

Coyaba Dance Theater
Dance Place
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, January 25 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $15-$30
Founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Sylvia Soumah, Coyaba Dance Theater continues to mesmerize local, national and international audiences with its electrifying portrayals of African Dance, music and culture. With 18 versatile dancers, drummers and singers, the company specializes in traditional dance and rhythms from the Mali Empire (Guinea, Senegal and Mali).

CultureCapital - Gospel Brunch Harlem ChoirSunday Gospel Brunch with Harlem Gospel Choir
Howard Theatre
Sundays, January 25 & February 1, 8, 15, 22 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $45
On any Sunday you can visit with the Harlem Gospel Choir and enjoy a soul food brunch at The Howard Theatre. Hear the Choir brings its experience of the Black Church to the U Street district in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show for fans from around the world.

Daisy Castro
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Strathmore Artist-In-Residence offers a Gypsy-influenced jazz performance.

Target Family Night: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Monday, January 26 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Three student vocal ensembles present The Many Moods of Ellington. The Mellow Tones, led by pianist and composer Mark Meadows, delights with compelling harmonies and improvisational stylings. The Dukes of Ellington, a young men’s choir (grades 9–12), performs standard literature for men’s choirs and is led by Steven M. Allen. Sophisticated Ladies (grades 9–11), led by vocalist Sylvia Twine, offers classical and musical theater selections.

Tudor Tots: Winter Wonderland
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, January 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Keep your toddler active in mind and body this winter, in these weekly sessions featuring songs, stories, and movement tailored to small folk. Following kid-friendly themes that change every week for six weeks, children and their caregivers absorb new stories and rhymes and come home with crafts they’ve made themselves in keeping with the week’s activities. Attend one or all six! (Discount available for six-session purchase.) Parents/caregivers remain with children. For ages 2-4 with accompanying adult(s).

Baba-C, American Griot: Folktales from Africa to the Americas
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Wednesday, January 28 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5
Master storyteller Baba-C shares West African, Afro-Brazilian, and Gullah tales with his unique blend of interactive storytelling and song. They’re jam-packed with remarkable animals and life lessons and feature Anansi the Spider, Bossy Elephant, and other memorable characters.
Ages 5-10.

CultureCapital - MockingbirdMockingbird
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Thru Sunday, February 1 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20 [Discount]
Adapted from the 2010 National Book Award-winning novel, this vibrant and inspirational world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community. Age 10+

National Gallery of Art Ice Rink
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Venue: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Through Monday, March 16 ∙ see schedule below ∙ $7-$8
The Gallery’s ice rink can accommodate more than two hundred skaters, with a music system that brings vibrant sound to visitors on and off the ice. At night, lighting creates a festive atmosphere for the richly landscaped ground and a distinctive backdrop for nineteen works of modern and contemporary sculpture.
The Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW. It is accessible to visitors with disabilities.
Ice Rink Hours:
Mo–Th, 10am.–9pm.
Fr & Sa 10:00am–11:00pm
Su 11:00am.–9:00pm

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
National Geographic
Through Sunday, April 12 ∙ $0-$11
Meet Spinosaurus. At over 50 feet long, 20 feet high and weighing in at 6 tons, Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth — even bigger than T. rex. This bus-sized dino’s extraordinary features include a crocodile-shaped skull and 7-foot spines forming a sail along its back. Spinosaurus is unlike any other dinosaur you’ve seen or heard of before. Encounter this bizarre predator for the first time at the world premiere of “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”
In this exhibition, you can explore a full-sized skeletal model as well as genuine dinosaur fossils and learn about the latest technologies modern paleontologists use. Travel with National Geographic explorers and scientists to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the origins of this rare African dinosaur and the mysterious journey that led to its rediscovery.

***Maryland***

CultureCapital - Classroom Character - The Road to SuccessClassroom Character: The Road to Success
Publick Playhouse
Thursday, January 22  ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
With a fun and wacky blend of magic, comedy and total audience involvement, Choosy Suzy and YouDini the Genie give kids a powerful path to stop name-calling and bullying. Challenging the audience members to think about how they treat each other, this entertaining and thought-provoking program shows how students working together can make a school a Bully Free Zone.
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Relationships, Character Development, Social Issues.
Recommended for Grades K-3.

Circus!
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, January 23 thru  February 15 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10
In grand circus tradition, the “Grandest Show on Strings” features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for “Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus.”
Recommended: PreK – Adult  ∙ Running Time: 35 minutes

Into the Woods Jr.
Adventure Theatre MTC
Friday, January 23 ∙ 7:00 pm & Saturday, January 24 ∙ 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm ∙ $12-$15
A baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.
Featuring ATMTC Academy Students in Grades 6-12.

Tiny Tots – Panda-Monium
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Panda bears, a Chinese magician, the World’s Oldest Juggler, and the Panda Pony Parade are only part of our fantastic Chinese circus! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.
Running Time: 30 minutes  ∙ Recommended: 0-4  ∙ Schedule varies through Saturday, August 22.

Children’s Talk and Tour
Strathmore
Saturday, January 24, 2015 ∙ 10:15 am ∙ $5 
This event takes place in the Mansion.
Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition. Get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. The program includes a hands-on activity.
Only children require tickets – their guardians do not need a ticket.

Washington Parent - Summer Camp Expo LOGO2015 Montgomery County Camp and Summer Fun Expo
Presented by: Washington Parent Magazine
Venue: Hilton Hotel Meeting Center, Rockville
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Meet with summer program representatives, day camp and overnight camp directors, and associates from summer fun destinations to plan your 2015 summer.
Discounts. Activities. Demonstrations. Giveaways. Performances. “Enter to Win” prizes, Mascots.

***Virginia***

And I Helped! (1 day workshop)
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $40
This class is for your little chef and an adult companion. Little ones learn about nutrition while they engage in kitchen activities that teach the responsibility, time-management, and organizational skills necessary to command the kitchen brigade. Kids can also practice their motor skills, following directions and counting, all while having fun in the kitchen preparing their own meal. (Meets in W-3, Classroom 302.) All Skill Levels, Ages 4 & up, Instructor: Chef Kathleen Linton.
Price is per student- at least one youth AND at least one adult must register at the same time for this special class. Materials cost of $5 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor at first class.

CultureCapital - Ballet NOVABalletNova Open House
BalletNova Center for Dance
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join BalletNova for FREE Dance Classes! Tour the studio, meet our staff & faculty, enjoy light refreshments and register for the Winter/Spring Semester! Enjoy a free 30 minute class in your favorite style of dance, or try something new! Classes for ages 3 – 93! Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Yoga Stretch, Cardio Barre & More!

Virginia Grand Military Band
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
Saturday, January 24 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $0-$15
The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras provide the highest quality musical experience that allows our students to grow as musicians. AYPO provides competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for musicians up to 21 years of age.

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
Sunday, January 25 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $10-$20
The Virginia Grand Military Band is widely recognized as one of the finest bands of its kind. The Band performs music for the “Classic Concert Band,” both original and transcribed.

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Teacher Workday & School Holidays = Arts Camp! (1 day)
Workhouse Arts Center
Thursday, January 29 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ $100
So you’ve got the day off, huh? Well, don’t just sit around join us! At the Workhouse, well explore the realm of Fine Arts through projects in 2D, 3D and more! Use this opportunity to develop your skills in the arts, create incredible work, and have FUN! Take advantage of your day off and learn something new! (Meets in W-3/ 304, & 305). Also on Friday, January 30 & Monday, February 16.

NSO Youth Fellows
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, January 29 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Participants in the NSO training program—Joe Broom (euphonium), Alex Arshaid (marimba), Abigail Tucker (violin), Tavifa Cojocari (violin), Eric Costantino (viola), Mairéad Flory (cello), Nathanael High (trumpet), Forrest Johnston (trumpet), Nathaniel Silberschlag (horn), Katie Franke (trombone), and Diego Stine (tuba)—play chamber works.

NSO Youth Fellows
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, January 30 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Participants in the NSO training program—Juliana Lu-Yang (violin), Sarah Slate (violin), Nadia Jo (cello), Areen Kim (bass), Xander Day (flute), Corinne Foley (oboe), Hannah Conn (clarinet), Marin Williams (bassoon), Gaby Pho (horn), Jillian Khoo (violin), Julia Angelov (violin), Stephan Loh (viola), Didi Park (cello), and Naenah Jeon (cello)—play chamber works.

Island of Hope
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
Friday, January 30 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Leah is a ten-year-old Jewish girl growing up in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Her family escapes oppression and sails to a new life in the new world. Discover life at Ellis Island during its busiest years, and the fears and dreams of every hopeful American immigrant. A performance uniquely combined with archival film that turns history into a moving, personal journey. A Living Voices touring production. This special Shabbat event is recommended for ages eight thru grandparents.

CultureCapital - Petite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding HoodPetite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding Hood
Adventure Theatre MTC
Friday, January 30 thru Sunday, March 8, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount]
Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this family-friendly, Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N’awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale and adapted from the book by Mike Artell and Jim Harris, a red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild “duck” chase through New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Will they make it to Grandmere’s house with a basket full of Cajun goodies?
Adapted from the book by Mike Artell
Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Directed and Choreographed by Michael J. Bobbitt
Assistant Director Danny Tippett
Featuring Kurt Boehm
Recommended for Ages 4 and up

Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, February 1 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Visit us on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore our collection and current exhibitions.

How a Town Fought Hate
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, February 3 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Catskill Puppet Theatre and Young Audiences of New Jersey team up to tell the true story of an American town overcoming hate groups. Based on the award-winning children’s book “The Christmas Menorahs”, and underscored by original music, beautiful large puppets depict the struggle of Billings, Montana during the 1993 holiday season, when the community defeated the local bullies threatening their minority neighbors.
Curriculum Connections: anti-bullying, history, social studies, literature, character building, theatre arts.
Recommended for grades K-5.

Kid’s Day Out-Lincoln & Tubman
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $5
This production delves into the childhoods of Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln, recreating the key moments and events that shaped both of their lives. Audiences follow these great leaders as they face challenges in order to do what is right for their fellow Americans. Abolition and the Civil War are seen through the eyes of two great leaders. This show seeks to celebrate the many contributions of heroic Americans while encouraging audiences to make a difference in their own world.

CultureCapital - KanKouran West African Dance CompanyKanKouran West African Dance Company
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5
The passion of drums, dance, and African history infuse the performances of this acclaimed Washington cultural treasure. The Washington Post praises the troupe’s “high-octane movement” and dancers who can “effortlessly…shift their style from smooth and silvery to sharp and swift.”
Ages 5 and up.

Heifetz on Tour
Kreeger Museum
Thursday, February 5 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $20-$25
The Heifetz International Music Institute is dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. A showcase of Heifetz Institute graduates, Heifetz on Tour, reflects the professional status of these fine strings players.

Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention: Celebrate Black History Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Thursday, February 5 through Thursday, February 12, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5
Beauty magnate Madame C.J. Walker, agricultural chemist and “peanut man” George Washington Carver, education giant Booker T. Washington, and even cranky chef George Crum, who accidentally created the potato chip, all take center stage in this vibrant living-history production. Discovery Theater’s original interactive play honors the creativity and genius of African American entrepreneurs and inventors and inspires the achiever in all of us.
Ages 8 and up.

Savion Glover’s STePz
Strathmore
Friday, February 6, 2015 ∙  8:00 pm  ∙ $25-$68 
Tony Award winner (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk) has stepped into his own legendary status in the tap world, and in his newest show he pays homage to past tap masters to music that ranges from John Coltrane to Prince to Shostakovich. With an ensemble of dancers, Glover flashes from easy rhythms to daredevil moves that take the audience’s breath away.

CultureCapital - Valentine's Day CampA Valentine’s Sweetheart Mini Camp (1 day)
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, February 7 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $75
Wait! You don’t need a sitter! Enroll in this super sweet, Valentines Day themed camp instead! You will LOVE learning how to bake sweet treats, draw and paint portraits, and participate in other Valentines themed activities. Indulge your sweet tooth and fall in love with this special arts opportunity! (Meets in W-3/ 302 & 305)

Jazz Meets Blues: Phil Wiggins and Karen Lovejoy
Publick Playhouse
Saturday, February 7  ∙  8:00 pm  ∙ $20-$25
Phil Wiggins brings his incredible talent to the Playhouse for an evening of sublime blues backed by the Chesapeake Sheiks. A Smithsonian Folkways blues recording artist with echoes of gospel and jazz, Wiggins says he has “performed on every continent except Antarctica.” Silky, funky, and smooth Karen Lovejoy performs lively and imaginative renditions of jazz standards, energetic blues and solid Latin rhythms, with instrumental pros The Lovejoy Group. Wiggins and Lovejoy connect with the audience in a way that shouts for more.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, February 7, 2015 ∙ 11:00 am & 1:30 pm ∙ $20
What happens when you bring together a concert violinist, an opera singer, and everyone’s favorite stuffed animal? You get Two Divas and a Bear! Explore the human voice with NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan. Age 3–5

Festival: Expressions Of A People
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Sunday, February 8  ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
A free Black History celebration featuring musical performances, children’s activities, workshops, and entertainment for the entire family. Past performers at this popular event have included gospel singer Robert Pearson, The Oxon Hill High School Gospel Choir, The Yancey Brothers, Baba Jamal Koram, The Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Performance Troupe, a cappella singing group Nu Era, and many more. Children will enjoy mask-making, face painting and a caricaturist.

Story Ballet Workshop-FROZEN! (4 Sessions)
BalletNova Center for Dance
Sunday, February 8 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $115
Do you want to build a snowman? Or maybe learn to dance like one? Escape into a magical world of dance and music during this 4 week workshop. Dancers will learn dances and create crafts within Disney’s FROZEN theme!
For ages 5-7 ∙ Sundays, 2:00-3:30 pm ∙ February 8-March 1

What Do You Spy?
Goethe-Institut
Sunday, February 8  ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $5
This afternoon of espionage presents a number of puzzle-oriented and hidden role games, enlivened by several games with a spy/political intrigue theme. Can you solve the riddles and break the codes? Prizes will be awarded for some of the games.

CultureCapital - A Box Marked FreedomOne Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, February 10 & Wednesday, February 11, 2015  ∙  10:15 am & 12:00 pm  ∙ $6-$8
Henry “Box” Brown was an African American born into slavery in 1816 Virginia. As a child, his family was torn apart. The same thing happened again years later, when Brown’s wife and children were wrenched away. That devastation was his breaking point, spurring him on to devise an ingenious plan to escape the fierce oppression of slavery. Sealed in a wooden box, he shipped himself to friends and freedom in Philadelphia. This engrossing drama by Mike Wiley Productions of North Carolina epitomizes the courage, creativity, and resourcefulness people can find within themselves.
Curriculum Connections: American history, social studies, language arts, theatre arts.
Recommended for grades 3 and up.

The Lost World
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Friday, February 13 through Saturday, February 21, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10-$25
Growing up may be tough, but try discovering that dinosaurs exist under your bed. For twins Oscar and Olivia, that’s precisely the predicament. Amid ’90s Dino-mania, the duo delve beneath their mattresses and unearth a wily world where velociraptors and dilophosaurus roam free. But when the siblings let their secret run wild, they discover the real monsters to be the naysayers who mock them. Adapted from Conan O’Doyle’s eponymous silent film, The Lost World explores the ugly phases of adolescence, the treacherous task of preserving our imaginations and the primordial struggle between chaos and control.

The Beauty of Watercolor – From My Heart To Yours
VisArts at Rockville
Saturday, February 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $75
Paint your own Valentine! This four hour workshop is designed for the beginner to intermediate artist. You will choose your favorite heart and paint it. Barbara will be giving hands on demonstrations throughout the class. At the end of the session you will have a beautiful Valentine painting of your own regardless of your experience and ability. Working from a pre-sketched piece of prepared watercolor paper, you can choose your image from four different hearts. Great fun for couples, a special valentine gift or a parent and child activity.

Jack’ s Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, February 14 ∙ 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 5:00 pm & Sunday, February 15  ∙ 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm ∙ $20
This world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission with Nashville Children’s Theatre uses actors and a live bluegrass band to dive deep into the eclectic music traditions of the Appalachians. The result: a delightfully authentic mountain musical! Age 8+

2nd Saturday Art Walk
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, February 14 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

CultureCapital - NSO Family Concert 3 Little PigsNSO Family Concert: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, February 15 ∙ 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm ∙ $15-$18
Based on Jon Scieszka’s children’s book, NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke composed an exciting new work that follows Alexander T. Wolf’s misadventures during his quest for a cup of sugar to finish his grandmother’s birthday cake.

Presidents’ Day Holiday Mini Camp: Outer Space Adventure
Presented by: Encore Stage & Studio
Venue: Cherrydale United Methodist Church
Monday, February 16 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ $70
When school’s out, Encore’s in! Travel with Encore as we will explore movement, fun music and great stories about outer space. With imagination, students will bring to life outer space adventures. Students must bring a brown bag lunch; a healthy snack will be provided. Students will enjoy a day of theatre activities and games, crafts, and fun in a safe and supportive environment.

Coretta Scott King and the Fight for Freedom
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, February 17, 2015  ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm  ∙ $6-$8
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Art Reach presents a drama with music about the life of the woman behind Dr. Martin Luther King. Born in Alabama, Coretta Scott King overcame childhood racism and adversity in the segregated South. A talented singer, she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As Dr. King’s wife, the “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement” often used her singing voice to inspire people to act. After Dr. King’s 1968 assassination, she took on a major leadership role in the movement. An author, public speaker, singer, and activist, she inspired the nation and the world.
Curriculum Connections: American history, social studies, civics and politics, music, language arts and self-esteem.
Recommended for grades 3-8.

CultureCapital - The Uncle Devin ShowThe Uncle Devin Show
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Friday, February 20, 2015 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5
Are you ready to make some noise? Uncle Devin invites young audiences to hear and play a world of percussion instruments in a show he calls a dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock. Through all the bang-up interactive fun, kids also learn why percussion is the easiest, oldest, and most diverse form of musical creativity.
Ages 2-6.

Face the Music
Presented by: Washington Performing Arts
Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 21, 2015 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $20
New York City’s youngest “alt-classical” ensemble – and the only teen ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers – makes its D.C. debut in a residency with Atlas Performing Arts Center and schools in our Capital Strings Program. Featuring 20 musicians from the groundbreaking Special Music School for musically gifted children (first envisioned by pianist Vladimir Feltsman), Face the Music performs Trance, the hair-raising and unstoppable ensemble work by Michael Gordon, along with original works composed by Face the Music students and D.C.-based composers under age 18.

CultureCapital - Black History Month

Black History Month

February 2015

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