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Friday’s “Stay at Home in Style” performances
The play on Colin Chambers‘s last name is far too easy, but also far too apt for what he and trumpeter Joe Brotherton are currently doing on Friday nights: chamber jazz. Each week the duo performs a livestream concert from the baby grand piano at National League of American Pen Women in Dupont Circle. (I say “from the piano,” though the two remain a scrupulous six feet apart throughout their three sets of music.) In ordinary times, both these players are on the progressive end of the spectrum: They’re two-fifths of the edgy, often hip-hop-spliced quintet that Brotherton has led on Wednesday nights at Jojo for years. (Chambers is also a member of another forward-thinking quintet with Donvonte McCoy at Eighteenth Street Lounge). Here, though—whether because of the instrumentation, the atmosphere, the audience, or just the circumstances—they have a timeless, boisterous swing in their step (even in their original tunes and bebop classics) that could as easily be found in a World War II-era radio broadcast as in a 21st century internet one. Make of that what you will. Joe Brotherton and Colin Chambers perform “Stay at Home in Style” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Free. —Michael J. West
Christopher K. Morgan and Artists live on Facebook
Given a choice while stuck sheltering at home, most dance fans would prefer to watch a gorgeous, cinematic taping from the Paris Opera Ballet rather than an hour of shaky footage from a local dance studio, says Dance Place artistic director Christopher K. Morgan. He kept this in mind while organizing a “Virtual Presentation Series” featuring live Q and As, cocktails, and previews of postponed performances. (Bring your own cocktails, of course.) The third installment takes place May 2, which should have been the premiere of Native Intelligence/Innate Intelligence, Morgan’s new work for himself and five other DMV dancers, plus electric cellist Wytold and Native Hawaiian musician Patrick Makuakane. Saturday night’s virtual cocktail hour will include clips from Pōhaku, Morgan’s 2016 solo dance exploring his Hawaiian ancestry, plus appearances from his Native Intelligence collaborators. Fortunately, he’s already booked touring dates for next year, which means delaying the premiere won’t scuttle the show. And in the meantime, he’s busy running Brookland venue Dance Place at full-staff, full-salary strength throughout the pandemic. Thanks in part to a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan, Dance Place has been offering free daily adult classes, as well as web-based programming for families and children. All artists whose performances have been cancelled or postponed will receive at least half of their artists’ fees. “We feel super fortunate,” Morgan says, so being online Saturday is a time to celebrate. Christopher K. Morgan & Artists will be live on the Dance Place website May 2 at 6:30 p.m. and rebroadcast on Facebook with closed captioning available May 3 at 6:30 p.m. —Rebecca J. Ritzel