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Editor’s Pick: Rafiki, Steam Room Stories, Dance Exchange, DC Shorts, Hannah Gadsby, and more!




The colorful street style and music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture provide the backdrop for a tender love story between two young women in a country where homosexuality is still a criminal act. Despite the political rivalry between their families, Kena and Ziki encourage each other to pursue their dreams in conservative Kenya society. Wanuri Kahiu conducts Rafiki, which is one of two films in Reel Affirmations’ monthly Xtra series this month. Thursday, June 27, at 9 p.m., Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Tickets cost $ 14. Call 202-452-7672 or visit

Hammam stories


A debauchery comedy by JC Calciano, the Hollyood niche director of Is it just me? and The ten-year plan. This film adaptation stars what the promotional material simply calls “a bunch of hunks” who are apparently also allergic to shirts. The headliner returns to former pornstar Traci Lords, the villain of the movie Sally Fay. The failing cosmetics mogul is convinced that fame, fortune and the fountain of youth are within his grasp – with only a gym filled with gay himbos standing in his way. Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Tickets cost $ 14. Call 202-452-7672 or visit

Useless Theater: Forest Treas – Photo: C. Stanley


Pointless Theater presents a newly commissioned work designed by company member Navid Azeez and inspired by the 2002 Beltway Sniper, in which a neighborhood on the outskirts of town decides to put cameras everywhere and live stream what is going on. . What could go wrong? Directed by Kelly Colburn, Forest Treas – pronounced as “Triage” – examines the unintended effects of the Information Age on a community in violent crisis. The parameter has been described as “Monsieur Rogers neighborhood meets Dogville, with live video streaming as a form of post-modern puppet. Now until June 30. Dance Loft on 14 Theater, 4618 14th St. NW 2nd Floor. Tickets are $ 15 to $ 32. Call 202-733-6321 or visit

Grease – Photo: Jeri Tidwell


Take a drive to Columbia if you want to travel back in time – to the 1950s – for the Toby’s Dinner Theater production of Fat, the hit musical circa 1971 by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The songwriter duo put the show on a mid-20th-century American high school – a high school where even cool kids can’t help but have fun singing must-haves like ‘Summer Nights’, ‘You’ re The One I Want ”and“ Desperately Devoted to You. ”Mark Minnick directs and choreographs a film starring Matt Hirsh as Danny and Nicki Elledge as Sandy. As of July 28. 5900 Symphony Woods Rd. Columbia , Maryland Tickets are $ 47.50 to $ 63, including buffet dinner, coffee and tea. Call 301-596-6161 or visit

Bebel gilberto


She was born 53 years ago in New York, but into Brazilian music royalty, as the daughter of bossa nova legend Jọo and bossa nova star singer Mi̼cha. Yet this Gilberto long ago proved to deserve recognition for her own musical talent Рright from the start, in fact, with 2,000 debuts. Tanto Tempo Рand his particularly coherent style: a richly orchestrated and gently swaying sound that perfectly complements his sensual and soothing voice. Saturday June 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets cost $ 45. Call 703-549-7500 or visit

Dance Exchange: A Sense of Wonder – Photo: Jaclyn Borowski


Science meets modern dance at an evening of mixed repertoire by choreographers Elizabeth Johnson Levine, Liz Lerman, Cassie Meador and Keith Thompson. A feeling of wonder presents excerpts from three works demonstrating the breadth and depth of the collaborations of the company founded 43 years ago by Lerman and directed by Meador since 2011. Saturday June 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday June 23 at 7 p.m. Morris & Gwendolyn Theater Cafritz de Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $ 15 to $ 30. Call 202-269-1600 or visit

DC shorts: laughs


Three local stand-ups feature a list of comedy short films in this popular annual DC Film Alliance and DC Shorts International Film Festival program. The evening will feature Natalie McGill, correspondent and writer for the political satire show redacted tonight on RT America, Chris Lawrence from Baltimore and Freddi Vernell, winner of the funniest original contest. Six short films will be screened: Cat Ventura’s Holly goes to therapy, following a woman in difficulty participating in an unconventional therapy session; that of Bastien Alexandre How Tommy Lemenchick Became a Grade 7 Legend, about an 11-year-old girl’s ploy to mark her first kiss; Marguerite Bialis Opening night, who finds a man reflecting on his past with a humorous and musical touch; that of Alejandro Saevich Marmartuile, about an international conflict which erupts in the last days of the mandate of the Mexican president; Robert bruce carter PAN, showing the ripple effect that occurs after two people fall violently in love on the sidewalk; and that of David Malouf The Pharaohs, a fictional black comedy about ‘bad girls’ at a senior citizen’s residence and based on the screenplay that won the 2017 DC Shorts screenwriting competition. Drinks, including beer and wine, and snacks will be available . Friday, June 21 at 7 and 9 p.m. The Miracle Theater, 535 8th St. SE. Tickets cost $ 20. Call 202-400-3210 or visit



From the start, the sound of the Bay Area-formed girl group was fresh. Often playful and sassy, ​​he took inspiration from his early days in hip-hop – think “My Lovin ‘(You’re Never Gonna Get It)” from 1992 – and has always been confident and uplifting, thanks to the signature sound. of the group composed of tight vocal harmonies at the start. inspired by doo-wop (1992 “Give Him Something He Can Feel”). And unlike most other girl groups, En Vogue has always been about collaboration and teamwork. There has never been a single member known as the lead singer, and each member alternates between the duties of lead vocal and choir. (Just try to imagine Diana Ross or Beyonce agreeing with that.) Originally a quartet, En Vogue has been a trio in recent years, with Cindy Braggs, its co-founder Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett, who has first joined the group in 2003. The trio return to the region at the end of the month, exactly four years after a Pride performance in the capital that may have taken place during a steady downpour, but no one ‘has been cooled. The ladies definitely went out of their way to make sure – and the fans certainly felt it. Friday June 28 and Saturday June 29 at 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $ 79.50 to $ 94.50, plus $ 20 minimum purchase per person. Call 240-330-4500 or visit

Hannah gadsby


Art criticism is generally as far removed from stand-up comedy as it gets, and any comic with the idea that the two efforts could be seamlessly forged together, to say nothing of success, would have been laughed at the scene – if they weren’t booed first. That is, until Australian lesbian Gadsby comes up with Nanette, his popular and provocative Netflix special from last year that rocked the art and comedy worlds and had everyone on the edge of their seats. As it turns out, Gadsby has spent a decade perfecting his variant of comedy – what you might call stand-up criticism – via art of comedy lectures focused on major gallery collections, documentaries on art exhibiting his artistic ideas and, of course, his degree in art history at the root. The tongue-in-cheek comedian is making her Kennedy Center debut with a new show that reportedly delves more into her personal and cultural experiences. Meanwhile, all who will see Douglas – a show named after its dog – will have a “phone-free experience”, as all smartphones and smartwatches will be locked in special cases during the performance, and no other cameras or recording devices will be allowed. Performances are Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $ 39 to $ 75. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

Strathmore: The Circus Man


With his latest feat, this veteran of Cirque du Soleil and the Big Apple Circus and an acrobat and thread dancer that the New York Times called the “Lord of the Thread”, is not just a circus act – it’s the whole show. Played in an intimate and one-of-a-kind tent, The Circus Man is a solo show featuring what Dimitri calls “unique magic” as he balances dramatic feats, such as cable jumps or a human cannon launch, with humor, poetry and serenade on the accordion. Strathmore welcomes Dimitri to help christen the Bernard Family Foundation pavilion, the new addition to the Music Center. Performances begin Thursday, June 27. July 7. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $ 20 to $ 33, or $ 75 for the Opening Night VIP Reception and Meet & Greet. Call 301-581-5100 or visit


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