Camp David

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When & Where: Through Sun, May 4 at Arena Stage 1101 Sixth Street, SE Washington, DC 20024

In more ways than one, Camp David is historic. Arena Stage is presenting the world premiere of this historic drama of the historic meetings that brought an enduring peace between Israel and Egypt. Set at the presidential retreat of Camp David, President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn host Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. A cast of four, including Richard Thomas (yes, John Boy) and Tony winner, Ron Rifkin bring this tumultuous time to life on the stage in Southwest DC.  For more information on tickets and showtimes click here.

Step into Spring with JOY!

Can’t stop the beat? We can’t either! As of today, spring has sprung and it’s time to “move it, move it” by taking advantage of an exciting promotion Joy of Motion Dance Center and the National Cherry Blossom Festival have collaborated on together. Between March 20 and April 15, DC residents and visitors can take a MOVE class at any Joy Of Motion Dance Center location for FREE! Choose from Barre Body, Zumba Gold, Motown Move and other great classes.

Click here for the full schedule of classes.

Water by the Spoonful

When: Through Sun, April 13 - Various Times at The Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 

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Water by the Spoonful is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Variety called it “A combination poem, prayer, and app on how to cope in an age of uncertainty, speed and chaos.” Written with empathy and humor, the story follows a combat veteran who is trying to adjust to a “normal” life while working at Subway and caring for his dying mother. Many themes are woven together to create a story that is sure to touch its audience.

Fade 2 Grey

When: Through Fri, April 25 at Vivid Solutions Gallery 1231 Good Hope Road, SE Washington, DC 20020

Aside from very large (and often questionably styled) hair, 80s pop musicians may be best known for their groundbreaking androgynous public personas. In Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music, artist Adrian Loving uses six video art installations to explore the way that musicians like Patti Smith, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Sylvester, Boy George and Prince made an enduring statement in their musical careers through the use of androgyny. This is the first exhibit at the new home of Vivid Solutions Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center.

Click here for more details.

Ina Garten at GW University

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When: Wed, March 5 - 6:30pm at The George Washington University 730 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 

Fans of The Barefoot Contessa and simple, delicious cuisine, take heed: Ina Garten is coming to DC! Food Network star, famed chef and purveyor of all things in good taste, Garten will headline a Metro Cooking DC event at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University on March 5. The event will be focused around a discussion between Ina and Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor at the Washington Post. There will even be a chance for audience Q&A! Bring your sauciers and your grey poupon and buy your tickets online here.

Wildest Weather in 3D

When: Through Fri, Aug. 1 at the National Geographic Museum 1145 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

Wildest Weather In the Solar System 3D premieres March 5 at the National Geographic Museum! Grab your tickets and get ready to experience some really wild astronomical imagery; the film will give you a first row seat to the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. If you think our weather on earth has been wild lately, wait until you see this! Let’s just say, you’ll be glad you live here…even with all the snow.

Modern Times

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When: Wed, March 5 - 7pm at the Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

The Corcoran is sponsoring a fascinating film series selected by the photographer Alex Prager. Modern Times has been praised as one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest works and it has served as an inspiration to Mr. Prager. His show, Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd is on view at the Corcoran through March 9. Pre-registration is encouraged for the Wednesday, March 5th movie; free for members and a $5 charge for non-members. Written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard—it’s a classic … and an inspiration! Click here for more information. 

Origins of the Cell Phone

When: Fri, Feb. 28 - 2:30pm - 4pm National Museum of American History 1400 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20560 

It wasn’t that long ago that cell phones were the size of a loaf of bread and the weight of the Oxford English Dictionary*. Learn about the developments between those early models and your iPhone in this interview with Martin Cooper, one of the inventors of the first handheld cellular phone. Enjoy the discussion of cell phones, but remember – put yours on silent!

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Okinawan Fusions

When: Wed, Feb. 26 - 7:30pm at the Freer Gallery of Art 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC 20001 

This Wednesday, experience Okinawan Fusions, a Japanese music group from the southernmost region of the country. The quartet features rarely heard music blending folk and popular music. Don’t miss this truly unique performance on their first tour of the United States! Make sure to get your free tickets in advance!

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Annual Mardi Gras Family Day

When: Sat, Feb. 22 - 11am - 4pm at the Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place, SE Washington, DC 20020 

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Looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere for free this year? The Anacostia Community Museum is the perfect place to party this Saturday, February 22! At the annual Mardi Gras Family Day from 11am to 4pm, enjoy live performances, face painting, storytelling, mask-making, and a mélange of other hands-on activities for friends of all ages! This year’s event focuses on the celebratory traditions of South Africa.

Travel & Adventure Show

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When: Through Sun, Feb. 23 at the Washington Convention Center 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC 20001

If you’re like me and braved the snow by watching the Travel Channel and dreaming of escaping to a beach vacation, this is your chance. The Travel and Adventure show is your ticket to discover authentic travel experiences, snap up deals, win trips and giveaways, and more. You’ll hear travel tips from the experts including Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer, Samantha Brown, and Andrew McCarthy.

Rent the Musical

When: Now through February 22 & February 27 - March 1, 2014 at the American University. Details here.

Treat yourself to a night (or matinee!) out at American University’s production of RENT – one of America’s most beloved musicals of all time. Enjoy fantastic music as you follow the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City’s Lower East Side. At $15 each, tickets are a bargain! Whether you are new to the production or will be enjoying it for the second, third, fourth or more time…we know you’ll have a rockin’ time while seeing this classic show.

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When: Through February 23, 2014 at The National Theatre. Details here.
If a hit Broadway musical based on an alternative rock opera sounds unlikely, then that’s only fitting; the unlikely success of Green Day’s album American Idiot launched the threesome’s comeback to rock super-stardom. The smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Set to the sound of Green Day’s original album and other works, their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. 

When: Through February 23, 2014 at The National Theatre. Details here.

If a hit Broadway musical based on an alternative rock opera sounds unlikely, then that’s only fitting; the unlikely success of Green Day’s album American Idiot launched the threesome’s comeback to rock super-stardom. The smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Set to the sound of Green Day’s original album and other works, their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season.