Black Violin, About a Woman, and More Best Bets for Aug. 31–Sept. 6

A blend of classical and hip-hop at the Birchmere, Evita opens at Shakespeare Theatre Company, women on film at the Art Museum of the Americas, and an ode to Key Bridge.

Tonight: Black Violin at the Birchmere Despite having performed together for nearly 20 years, Black Violin, consisting of violinist Kev Marcus and violist Wil Baptiste, still have to contend with people who are astounded that they perform classical music. Let’s face it: Classical music has long been associated with a certain class and race. Marcus…

Ari Voxx, Metamorphosis, and More Best Bets for Aug. 24–31

The local pop artist celebrates her album release, a new exhibition explores paper’s textural qualities, Laura Meckler discusses her new book, Iris DeMent plays the Birchmere, and Red Won’s Photoworks exhibit remains on view.

Highlights this week include shows from Ari Voxx and Iris DeMent, as well as a discussion with author Laura Meckler.

OutWrite, Tananarive Due at the National Book Fest, and More Best Bets for Aug. 10–16

D.C.’s queer lit fest returns alongside the Library of Congress’ book festival, musical acts include Nora Kelly Band and Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová of the Swell Season, NMAAHC celebrates 50 years of hip-hop, and the RE/ENVISIONING exhibit hosts a community day.

OutWrite, the National Book Festival, and a celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary are highlights this week.

Sky Ferreira, da Vinci, and More Best Bets for June 29–July 5

This week’s highlights include the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, two nights of Natalie Merchant, Alan Sislen’s photos, Ferreira tonight, and Lido Pimienta next Thursday.

Thursday: Sky Ferreira at the Fillmore  Sky Ferreira brings her brand of synthy, grungy dance to the Fillmore tonight (Thursday). Her music is a wonderful contradiction, both grimy and sparkly, like waking up after a long, sweaty night out covered in glitter and smeared makeup, with some already half-forgotten memories dancing in your head. She…

Billie Marten, Park Chan-wook Festival, and More Best Bets for June 22–28

This week’s highlights include Weezer, Larry June, Anne Rowland at Hemphill, Billie Marten, and Lady Vengeance as part of AFI’s Park Chan-wook Festival.

Friday: Weezer at Merriweather Post Pavilion Fresh off their acoustic performance outside of L.A.’s Paramount Studios in support of the ongoing writers’ strike, Weezer hit the road for their Indie Rock Roadtrip tour, which includes a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 23 (with Future Islands and Joyce Manor). Whether you’re old enough to…

Home Rule, Re:Set, and More Best Bets for June 15–21

The celebration of D.C. music returns, Awesome Con celebrates 10 years, a new book on Inner Ear Studios, Waco Brothers, Protomartyr, and a well-curated lineup of big names at Re:Set.

Friday through Sunday: Re:Set at Merriweather Post Pavilion Without a marquee music festival to its name—almost there, Broccoli City!—District music fans have gotten accustomed to traveling some distance to get their fix. Not this year. The Re:Set festival, which is hitting select cities this June—including a three-night stint at Columba’s Merriweather Post Pavilion—feels like a…

Bad Air Postpones Today’s DC Dyke March

The grassroots 30th-anniversary march was supposed to take place this evening, June 9, but the region’s poor air quality prompted organizers to reschedule for June 16.

The 30th-anniversary DC Dyke March has been postponed until next Friday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m due to poor air quality in the region.  “The decision is rooted in our community principles and agreements to protect the health & safety of ALL our community members including our Mother Earth,” march organizers wrote in a statement…

Elliot Page, Improv, and More Best Bets for June 8–14

The end of WIT’s Not a Pyramid Scheme, the return of the Seventh Stanine Festival, several unmissable Art Enables shows, tickets to Elliot Page, and Bridging the Disconnect at Stimson Center

WIT’s Not a Pyramid Scheme, Seventh Stanine Festival, several Art Enables shows, tickets to Elliot Page, and Bridging the Disconnect are highlights of this week.

Hadestown, Eladio Carrión, and More Best Bets for June 1–7

This week’s happenings include Big Boi at the Bullpen, billy woods at DC9, Eladio Carrión at Fillmore, Hadestown is back in D.C., and This Is Britain closes next week.

Thursday: Big Boi at the Bullpen Nothing can prepare you for when Big Boi drops “B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)” live, a manic fusion of drum and bass rhythms, guitars, organs, and gospel vocals running at 155 beats per minute. The song is a reminder of how one of the greatest rap duos of all time,…

Happy Pride 2023: Some Queer Best Bets for June 2-11

Like City Lights, but totally queer, just in time for Pride Month; events include Lesbian Love Story, BENT, Flower Factory, and the D.C. Dyke March.

Pride 2023 is officially here, and the city is alive with a plethora of programming and parties reflecting the diversity of interests and identities within D.C.’s LGBTQIA community. As the proverbial saying goes, there’s definitely something for everyone, from official Capital Pride events to daytime dance parties, museum film screenings to poetry readings. Here at…

Are You Ready for DC Black Pride?

The 32nd annual Memorial Day Weekend celebration kicks off tomorrow. We’ve highlighted some events and listed A LOT of parties.

The 32nd annual DC Black Pride celebration kicks off tomorrow, and we’ve highlighted some of the weekend’s best events.

Sean Dorsey Dance, Ellsworth Kelly, and More Best Bets for May 11–17

A good week ahead with NMAA’s Centennial Open Market, The Lost Art of Dreaming at Dance Place, Y La Bamba, a major Glenstone exhibit, and Trevor Young’s compelling paintings.

Highlights for this week include NMAA’s Centennial Open Market, Sean Dorsey Dance at Dance Place, Y La Bamba, new Glenstone exhibit, and Trevor Young’s compelling paintings.

Bond, Peni Candra Rini, and More Best Bets for May 4–10

This week’s highlights include the Alamo’s James Bond series, Nashville cowpunks Country Westerns, NMAA’s Centennial Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival, photographs of Italy, and Indonesian singer and composer Rini.

Don’t miss Peni Candra Rini, Alamo’s Bond series, Country Westerns, the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival, and pictures of Italy.

May Day, The Giz, and More Best Bets for April 27–May 3

This week: celebrating workers’ rights, a go-go twist on the Wizard of Oz, Marsha Gordon discussing her book on Ursula Parrott, a John Adams opera, and an opera-ballet double bill.

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: Marsha Gordon Book Tour in the DMV Can women have it all? This comment, disguised as a question, is not only fraught with judgment and condescension, it’s ultimately pointless, as there is no answer that pleases everyone (or anyone). Even worse, those women who do try to answer it with candor or…


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