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The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will love. Prepare to tap your feet to numbers like, “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of JFK’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in intimate detail. The images have been restored for ultimate quality and resolution.
Hours & Admission
For the first time, the work of Anne Truitt will be showcased in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. Experience the development of Truitt’s work across 50 years through nine sculptures, 12 paper works and two paintings. Some of the artist’s most acclaimed pieces will be on display, highlighting her successful use of different forms of media.
Dr. Jane Goodall is the world’s most famous conservationist and animal activist, and the Kennedy Center will welcome a new musical adaptation of her life as a child and how it influenced her incredible work. The entire family will love the tale of Jane and her toy chimpanzee, Jubilee. Together, the duo discovers why it’s so important to care for all living creatures, with memorable songs lighting the way.
Nina Simone’s voice was a pillar of the Civil Rights Movement, and this production explores the profound effect that the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963 had on Simone, her work and the nation. Featuring some of the singer’s most powerful songs, audiences will be inspired by playwright Christina Ham’s journey into the psyche of an iconic artist and activist.
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as Lewis Carroll, Edward Weston, Man Ray and Robert Frank.
Hours | Free admission
Winner of the 1983 Obie Award for Best Play, Top Girls addresses issues of feminism and family ties. Five women from the past are invited to a dinner party hosted by Marlene, the manager of the ‘Top Girls’ employment agency. The surreal scene includes an adventurer, a dedicated wife and even a transvestite Pope, as playwright Caryl Churchill contemplates the lives of working women who are vastly different from each other.
One of The Bard’s greatest heroines comes to life on the stage of Sidney Harman Hall courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. Twelfth Night is the tale of Viola, who shipwrecks on the coast of Illyria and quickly disguises herself as an assistant for one Duke Orsino. Soon enough, Viola is immersed in a love triangle, running into other fascinating characters along the way. Considered one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays, don’t miss director Ethan McSweeny’s imaginative take on this classic.
David Javerbaum, winner of 13 Emmys (11 of which came during his time with The Daily Show), crafted this hilarious comedy about divine intervention. God returns to Earth, and he’s taken the form of DC actor Tom Story. With archangels in tow, God provides a new set of Ten Commandments to unsuspecting Earthlings, and plenty of laughs to the audiences at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world.