Wednesday’s top stops: ‘Anything Goes,’ Joan Baez, Jeannette Walls

June 12, 2013

It’s Showtime
Half the songs in “Anything Goes” have gone on to become standards (“You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” etc.), but the stage show isn't just an excuse for pretty tunes. It’s also an excuse for some truly impressive tap-dancing sequences and crazy cruise-ship high jinks. Broadway vet Rachel York stars in this national tour. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; through July 7, $25-$115; 202-467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org.

Joen Baez (Photo by Abdelhak Senna, AFP/Getty Images)
Joen Baez (Photo by Abdelhak Senna, AFP/Getty Images)

Listen Up
Who is our generation’s Joan Baez? It’s still Joan Baez. As a lifelong musician and activist, Baez has used her celebrity (and gorgeous voice) to bring attention to causes including poverty, human rights and anti-war efforts. She started as a ’60s folkie, but has the staying power of a true legend. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $28-$42; 703-255-1868, www.wolftrap.org.

Feel Like a Better Parent in Contrast
Jeannette Walls got famous as the author of “The Glass Castle,” an exquisite (and horrifying) memoir about her childhood. Now she’s finished a novel, “The Silver Star,” which is also about children who are abandoned — in this case, two teenage sisters left on their own together by a mother who goes off to find herself. 7 p.m. at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $12; 202-408-3100, www.sixthandi.org.

 

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