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5 Jazz Venues In DC That Are The Bee’s Knees

The online etymology dictionary credits jazz sax player Lester Young with coining the use of “cool” as an adjective to describe jazz, which helped give rise to the now oft-used descriptor. Young used to flash his sax chops in Washington, DC—sometimes at Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge. Unlike that jazz...

Howard Theatre
10 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience

When it comes to DC’s music legends, the landscape is as diverse as the city itself: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and Wale all share space atop the District’s musical Rushmore. Each artist has influenced the local landscape for years, but what’s the scene like...

Echostage - Live Music Venues in Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras In collaboration with Washington Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center presents this week-long focus on North American orchestras of varying sizes. Performances will be held at various venues around the District, with special showcases occurring inside...

@rubesaint - Flying kites on the National Mall
13 Holiday-Themed Performances & Shows in Washington, DC

As the calendar turns to December, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights populate houses and storefronts and, most importantly, you need ways to let your seasonal spirit flourish. The nation’s capital has plenty of options, so get that ugly sweater ready for a month’s...

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC
40+ Things to Do This March in Washington, DC

Events The Cherry Blossom PUB – March 1 – April 15 Derek Brown has done it again. The bartender extraordinaire is honoring the spring season by decking out Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency with cherry blossom and Japanese-themed décor and drinks. Mockingbird Hill will sport an origami crane...

@golightly - Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors Exhibit at the Hirshhorn - Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC
10 Ways to Celebrate the JFK Centennial in Washington, DC

John F. Kennedy promoted the ideals of courage, freedom, justice, service and gratitude, spreading a notion of empowerment during his time as commander-in-chief. Born on May 29, 1917, Kennedy’s 100th birthday is just around the corner, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been...

John F. Kennedy Bust in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washingtno, DC
Molly Smith on How to Get Great Theater Tickets on the Day of the Show

Arena Stage , the stunning theater-in-the-round complex in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood, is an ideal venue to see compelling theater. Visitors can purchase tickets to see great American theater even on the day they visit. Molly Smith, who leads the Tony Award-winning theater complex,...

Arena Stage Moby Dick performance
The Need-to-Know Guide to the Kennedy Center

President John F. Kennedy celebrates his 100th birthday on May 29, and the Kennedy Center is honoring the 35th president with unique performances inspired by his legacy. Find out how you can celebrate the JFK Centennial in the District. The History President John F. Kennedy famously loved and...

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC
3 Days of Favorites in the Nation's Capital

Morning The National Mall , home to many of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution , is a great place to start your day. See the magnificent jewels, dinosaurs and mammals on display at the National Museum of Natural History ; the airplanes and interactive flight simulators at the National Air...

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Theater & Performing Arts

Washington, DC is a cultural hub with a thriving performing arts scene and live music. We want to expose some of the District’s creative side, without requiring you to pay Broadway prices. Make good on these free (or affordable) ways to enjoy the arts in DC.

The Washington Ballet performance