Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, March 8-14

March 7, 2012
THU 08

Environmental Film Festival The 20th annual event serves up 180 films from 42 countries, including several local, national and world premieres. A launch party with music, art, dance and a silent auction starts Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Warner Building Atrium (1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; $20). Screenings begin Tuesday at noon with “The Broken Moon,” a 2010 documentary about Himalayan nomads threatened by climate change, at National Geographic Society (1600 M St. NW; free). On Wednesday at 7 p.m., check out the dazzling “Last Reef 3D: Cities Beneath the Sea,” followed by a discussion with the filmmakers at the National Museum of Natural History (10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW; use Constitution Avenue entrance; $13, seniors $9, age 9 and younger $7). Through March 25. Visit www.dcenvironmental
filmfest.org
for a full schedule. Prices vary.

Michael Ian Black The actor, comedian and screenwriter shares stories from his new memoir, “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations.” 7 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $12 or two tickets and a book for $24.

“Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” Chris Metzler introduces the director’s cut of the documentary he and Lev Anderson filmed about the Los Angeles band that blends punk, funk, ska and other genres. 8 p.m. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.hirshhorn.si.edu. Free.

Todd Glass The comedian from Philadelphia has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and two seasons of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” among others. Thursday and Sunday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $15-$17.

FRI 09

“1776” The Tony Award-winning musical by Sherman Edwards dramatizes the birth of America. Opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., continues Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Through May 19. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $35-$60.


The ”Multiplicity" exhibit at Smithsonian American Art Museumfeatures David Hockney “Views of Hotel Well III.” (Copyright David Hockney/Tyler Graphics LTD via Associated Press)

“Ah, Wilderness!” Eugene O’Neill explores young love and growing up through this nostalgic play. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through April 8. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $55-$90.

Michael Brooks The D.C. comedian has performed on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “Comic View” and “Showtime at the Apollo.” Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW. 202-697-4900. www.riotactcomedy.com. $20.

SAT 10

Dandies and Quaintrelles River Ride The folks behind the Tweed Ride and the Seersucker Social pair up with the Crystal City Business Improvement District for a nine-mile ride along the Potomac River to a Diamond Derby event (part competitive cycling, part stylish spectating). Suggested dress is “urban — functional, contemporary and edgy.” When in doubt, wear a derby hat. 2 p.m. Meet at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-485-
9880. www.dandiesandquaintrelles.com. The ride from D.C. to Crystal City is free, as is the party at the derby; derby registration (for competitors) $17-$60.

Mozart’s “Requiem” Michael McCarthy leads soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, alto Julia Mintzer, tenor Eric Barry, bass Nathan Stark, the Washington National Cathedral Combined Choir and National Cathedral School Chorister Alumnae in a tribute to the late Isabelle Scott, founding benefactor of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir. 5 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org. $25-$80.

“How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found” Theater Alliance performs Fin Kennedy’s dark comedy about a man struggling with identity and reality. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 2 p.m., Monday at 8p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through April 1. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 202-241-2539. www.hstreetplayhouse.com. www.theateralliance.com. $35, seniors and students $25.

SUN 11

“The Water Engine” Spooky Action Theater presents David Mamet’s play, set during the Chicago 1934 World’s Fair, in which an inventor seeks to patent an engine that runs on water, sparking a backlash from industrial and political leaders. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301. www.spookyaction.org. $20-$25.

Intersections: A New America Arts Festival The multi-disciplinary showcase closes with D.C. Swing! (of D.C.’s Different Drummers), an 18-piece LGBT big band that plays such hits as “Fly Me to the Moon.” 5:30 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.intersectionsdc.org. www.atlasarts.org. $15.

Herbie Hancock The 71-year-old jazz keyboardist, one of today’s most famous musicians, performs as part of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Jazz Legends series. 7 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $35-$85.

“Red” One of Arena Stage’s most well-received productions to date is about painter Mark Rothko and a fictional assistant named Ken. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $55-$100.

“Civilization (All You Can Eat)” Urbanites, including a pig with plans to escape the slaughterhouse, struggle to make it in a capitalist society in Jason Grote’s world premiere satire. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. $20-$67.50.

“Multiplicity” An exhibit of 83 prints by contemporary artists showcases multiple images made from the same block, as well as series, sequences and images made up of smaller parts. Artists include John Baldessari, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, R. Luke DuBois, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. Closes Sunday. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.

MON 12

Swing Shift This D.C. big band has been playing since 1994. 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $20.

TUE 13

Iced Earth The Tampa metal band performs. With Warbringer. Doors at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. 877-435-9849. www.930.com. $25.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” The musical, based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” satirizes the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table. The show, with book and lyrics by Eric Idle, stops in the District for a mere six days on its North American tour. Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 18. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $40-$85.

WED 14

Obits The Brooklyn-based rock band performs. With Fists and Talk It. Doors at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $12.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports

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