Going Out Guide for Washington, D.C., May 2-8


Jerry N. Uelsmann’s untitled 1976 photo is part of “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” at the National Gallery of Art through Sunday. (© The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ © Jerry N. Uelsmann)
May 1, 2013
THU 02

“Gilgamesh” Constellation Theatre Company stages a play in which the title character, part-man and part-god, attempts to become immortal. Opens with pay-what-you-can previews Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 2 p.m. Through June 2. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741. www.constellationtheatre.org. $10-$45.

Gian Garofalo The painter drew inspiration from the works of Gene Davis, Ian Davenport and Markus Linnenbrink for his new body of work, “Ain’t That America.” Opens Thursday with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Through June 2. Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. www.longviewgallerydc.com. 202-232-4788.

“The Golem” Taffety Punk Theatre Company stages Daniel Flint’s one-man adaptation of a Gustav Meyrink novel about a 19th-century jeweler with a mysterious amnesia. Continues Thursday-Saturday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through May 18. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.taffetypunk.com. $15.

FRI 03

“Once Wild: Isadora in Russia” The Word Dance Theatre and Davis Performing Arts Center present a newly commissioned play based on the life of choreographer Isadora Duncan, who moved to Russia in 1921 and opened a dance school. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. performingarts.georgetown.edu. $25, seniors, alumni, faculty and staff $18; students $10.

SAT 04

Around the World Embassy Tour A highlight of the month-long Passport DC celebration, this event in Dupont Circle showcases more than 40 embassies with entertainment, art and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.culturaltourismdc.org/passportdc. Free.

Herb Day Demonstrations, activities and information tables show how herbs are used for food, beauty and health applications. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.

LivingSocial BeerFest Ninety craft beers, local food trucks and music by Kristen and the Noise, Ghost Beach and Drop Electric. Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. www.fairgroundsdc.com. www.livingsocial.com/events. $35-$80.

Dream Celebration CityDance and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities have partnered with dancer and producer Rasta Thomas to round up top ballet and contemporary dancers from companies such as Bad Boys of Dance, Ballet X, Cartier Williams, Clifton Brown, Dorrance Dance, Joseph Phillips, Lar Lubovitch, Philadanco and more. Proceeds will support CityDance’s free after-school Dream program. Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. www.thelincolntheatre.org. $20-$35.

“Show Boat” Washington National Opera’s new artistic director, Francesca Zambello, mounts the classic musical. Opens Saturday at 7 p.m., continues Monday at 7 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through May 26. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $25.

“The Full Monty” Keegan Theatre stages an Americanized musical version of the British film about a group of unemployed steelworkers who decide to become strippers. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 3 p.m., Tuesday at 8 p.m. Through June 1. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com. $40, seniors and students $35.

Nomad Dancers The collective specializes in Persian, Uzbek, Uighur, Gypsy and Middle Eastern traditional folk dances, plus a bit of Bollywood. 8 p.m. Joy of Motion Dance Center, Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3042. www.joyofmotion.org. In advance: $20, seniors $15, college students $18; $25 day of show.

SUN 05

“Andy and the Shadows” Artistic Director Ari Roth’s comedy follows a Jewish man on the cusp of his wedding as he struggles with his guilt for not suffering enough, like his Holocaust-refugee parents. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. www.theaterj.org. $45, seniors $40, age 35 and younger $25-$45.

Pomerium The a cappella group performs music of the Renaissance. 4 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $20, students $8.

“Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” About 200 altered photographs from 1840s through the 1980s show us that manipulated images have been around since the invention of the camera. Closes Sunday. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.

“Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape” An exhibit of landscape paintings from the D.C. artist closes Sunday. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org. $10, seniors and students $8, age 18 and younger free.

MON 06

Brian Davis and Nekisha Durrett Flashpoint’s off-site public art series at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, “Connect 4,” begins with Davis’s “Circuit,” a circle of chairs attached to lights that switch on whenever a chair is occupied, and Durrett’s “O’er Yonder,” a series of large-scale illustrations inspired by the library’s collection of graphic novels. Opens Monday. Reception Tuesday 5-7 p.m. Through June 9. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. www.culturaldc.org. Free.

TUE 07

“The Princess, the Pig and the Dragon” with Hua Hua Zhang This Chinese puppet show is suggested for children 4-8. Tuesday-Wednesday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Through May 10. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700. www.discoverytheater.org. $8-$12, children $6-$10, age 1 and younger $3.

WED 08

The Carl Palmer Band A tribute to the music of Emerson, Lake and Palmer is performed by a band led by drummer Palmer. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 in advance, $35 day of concert.

“Meaning Making: Fragmented Imaginary of Twelve Cantabrian Artists” This art exhibition features contemporary artists from Spain’s northern coastal region of Cantabria who make references to history and reinterpret images in their works. Closes Wednesday. Embassy of Spain, 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. www.spainculture.us/calendar/850/. Free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports

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