Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, Jan. 12-18


The Mariinsky Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center with “Les Saisons Russes.” (Natasha Razina)
January 11, 2012
THU 12

“Romeo and Juliet” Local commedia dell’arte troupe Faction of Fools squeezes Shakespeare’s tragedy into a one-hour adaptation. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Feb. 4. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. www.factionoffools.org. $25, students $15, children $10.

“Hedda Gabler” Scena Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen’s play about a woman who stops at nothing to get what she wants. The production started last week with previews, but Thursday is officially opening night at 8 p.m. Continues Friday-Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Jan. 29. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824. www.scenatheater.org. $20-$35, seniors and students $20-$30.

Jonny Grave & the Tombstones The D.C. blues band performs. With Benny and Norman Rockwell. 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $8.

FRI 13

“Into the Wild” Abstract painter Paula Lantz recently traveled to Botswana, South Africa and Zambia, where she drew inspiration from the wild and natural. Her color-splashed canvases, however, leave much to the viewer’s interpretation. Opening reception Friday 6-8:30 p.m. Exhibit continues through Jan. 29. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-347-2787. www.touchstonegallery.com. Free.

Capitals The hockey team plays the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday at 7 p.m., the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at 5 p.m. and the New York Islanders on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. www.verizoncenter.com. $45-$310.

“Barber and Barberillo” The In Series presents a double bill of short operas: “Little Barber of Lavapies” by Francisco A. Barbieri and Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge.” Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Through Jan. 22. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. 866-811-4111. www.inseries.org . $40, seniors $36, students $20.

SAT 14

JB Smoove The 9:30 Club is transformed into a comedy club (with seats!) when this actor comes to town. You may have seen him in “Pootie Tang,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” or “’Til Death.” 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. 877-435-9849. www.930.com. $35.

MLK dance tribute The KanKouran West African Dance Company performs in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, seniors $17, college students $10, age 17 and younger $8.

SUN 15

“Ann” Holland Taylor (who plays Evelyn Harper on “Two and a Half Men”) stars in a one-woman biographical play about the late 45th governor of Texas, Ann Richards. Thursday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., closes Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. $54-$95.

Chrystal Williams The mezzo-soprano teams up with pianist Lucas Wong for a passion-themed program featuring Berlioz’s “Les nuits d’ete.” 4 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $20 includes museum admission; reservations suggested.

Andy Warhol: Shadows Warhol’s late-career project, which consists of 102 brightly colored, silk-screened shadows on canvas, both imitates and mocks the abstract impressionist movement. The canvases measure 450 linear feet. Closes Sunday. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.hirshhorn.si.edu. Free.

D.C. Restaurant Week The event, which spills over the District’s borders and includes 200 restaurants offering three-course lunches for $20.12 and dinners for $35.12, continues through Sunday. www.restaurantweekmetrodc.org.

“Wedding Belles: Bridal Fashions From the Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958” A collection of wedding gowns worn by Marjorie Merriweather Post and her mother and daughters showcases styles of the past. Closes Sunday. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $15, seniors $12, college students $10, ages 6-18 $5, age 5 and younger free.

MON 16

Bobby McFerrin and the Let Freedom Ring choir The Grammy Award-winning singer headlines an annual free performance celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The concert is co-hosted by Georgetown University and the Kennedy Center. Free tickets (up to two per person) will be distributed at 5 p.m. the day of the concert in the Kennedy Center’s Hall of Nations. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.

“Family Matters: Portraits From the Qing Court” A collection of portraits, jewelry and other objects from the imperial family that shaped the Qing Dynasty from the early- to mid-18th century remains on view through Monday. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.

“Strange Fruit” Hank Willis Thomas focuses on African American identity with photographs and videos. Closes Monday. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org. $10, seniors and students $8, age 11 and younger free.

TUE 17

“The Bison Beast of Dubois” First Draft at Charter Theater presents a reading of Mario Baldessari’s comedy about small-town prejudices. 7:30 p.m. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. www.artsclubofwashington.org. www.firstdraft.org. Free.

“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” Valentine and Proteus’s friendship is compromised when they fall in love with the same woman in Shakespeare’s comedy. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 4. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $37-$95.

“Mariinsky Ballet: Les Saisons Russes” The St. Petersburg, Russia, ballet company returns with a three-part program choreographed by Michel Fokine set to music by Chopin (“Chopiniana”), Rimsky-Korsakov (“Scheherazade”) and Stravinsky (“The Firebird”). Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 22. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $29-$150.

WED 18

“The Seven Year Itch” Marilyn Monroe stars in Billy Wilder’s 1955 comedy about a married man’s obsession with a neighbor. 6:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.

“My Piece of the Pie” In Cedric Klapisch’s comedy, a former factory worker finds new employment cleaning the apartment of a ruthless power broker who doesn’t understand women or children. In French with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. www.theavalon.org. $11, seniors $8.25, students $9, age 12 and younger $8.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports

Mariinsky Ballet

3St. Petersburg, Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet returns with “Les Saisons Russes,” a three-part program choreographed by Michel Fokine set to music by Chopin (“Chopiniana”), Rimsky-Korsakov (“Scheherazade”) and Stravinsky (“The Firebird”). Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 22. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $29-$150.

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