Theater & Performing Arts

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5 Jazz Venues In Washington, 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 - Live Music Venues and Concert Halls in Washington, DC
Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

We've got the latest info about what's open and safety guidelines for dining out. As you continue social distancing, we've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. As always , you can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours ,...

@tinatin_fhl Washington Monument and National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Things to Do This June in Washington, DC

We've compiled a list of things to do while you're sheltering in place. Check out the list below and don't miss our weekday and weekend virtual things to do. Show support for local businesses Help DC’s hospitality industry by buying a gift card to use in the future, leave a sparkling hotel review...

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20+ Can't-Miss Spring Theater Performances in Washington, DC

Every season, Washington, DC and its incredible lineup of theaters offers up can’t-miss productions, from acclaimed Broadway plays to exciting new shows from local dance companies. Read on for highlights of the spring theater season. • • • Washington National Opera: ‘Samson and Delilah' - Through...

The John F Kennedy Center lit up with rainbow lights
Molly Smith on Arena Stage, How to Get Last-Minute Tickets & the Southwest Neighborhood

Arena Stage , the stunning theater-in-the-round complex in the Southwest & The Wharf 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 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The History of the Kennedy Center President John F. Kennedy famously loved and promoted the arts, inviting authors and musicians to the White House and laying the groundwork for the the National Endowment for the Arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , the performing arts...

Outside the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC - Guide to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
13 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
Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC

Many events , plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist of things to do in the nation's capital. Don't forget to check out the latest updates,...

@chasingkaiphoto - Child jumping in front of the U.S. Capitol building surrounded by fall foliage - Fall in Washington, DC
The Kennedy Center’s Robert van Leer on Foggy Bottom

Robert van Leer, the Kennedy Center ’s Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, helps decide which plays, operas, dance troupes and jazz combos play at the performing arts center on the banks of the Potomac River. He’s only been in town since 2015, but since van Leer lives next door in...

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washington, DC
15 Holiday-Themed Theater Performances & Shows in Washington, DC

As the winter holidays near, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights illuminate the District 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 worth of revelry...

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC