Dance Place first leapt onto the scene more than three decades ago as an educational and performing arts company that toured local schools. In the years since, it has grown into a multi-faceted operation and source of both entertainment and instruction.
Every weekend, Dance Place dazzles crowds with performances in modern dance, African Dance, performance art, and spoken word. Rather than hiring a sketch artist to doodle each dance step into a flipbook, spectators can learn the moves they see on stage by enrolling in one of Dance Place's programs, or by dropping into an adult or children's class. Dance Place has remained true to its roots through its continued support of local schools, and to this day organizes family-friendly performances, workshops, and school assemblies.
It is a truth generally known that theater people are odd birds. At times, the colorful, loud, and oftentimes naked presence of these wild creatures might throw one off their guard. There was a time (ahem, the seventies and eighties) when theater was less of an experiment of story-telling and more of a parade of power chords (ahem, Andrew Lloyd Webber). At Wooly Mammoth Theater Company they have sought to change all that and to let the beast out of the cage! Buy a ticket to an enchanting and fantastically entertaining season at Wooly Mammoth. Here, they explore the new, the innovative, the odd, the bold, and the terrifying! They do it all with reckless abandon at a black box theater in Washington, DC. This is a place to share ideas and to let the imagination roam.
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The young Italian tenor trio Il Volo impresses audiences with pitch-leaping vocal performances rich in three-part harmonies. Performing renditions of classic Italian songs as well as material penned by contemporary songwriters, the teenage opera singers showcase budding international appeal and the promise of a bright future that consists of crooning crowds and autographing customs slips at airports. Opening act Ethan Bortnick, a 10-year-old piano prodigy known as the youngest entertainer to headline his own concert tour and attempt to purchase a monster truck, starts out the night with original piano compositions as well as recognizable classics.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Madam's Organ, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare. Plan to indulge a bit at Madam's Organ, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. Madam's Organ also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Open air seating is ready for diners at Madam's Organ when the weather is warm. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Madam's Organ has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. The live music and dance floor at Madam's Organ are perfect for those who want to boogie the night away. Between the music and the crowds, Madam's Organ's noise levels can be intense.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected. Take it nice and easy at Madam's Organ, where casual dress is the rule of the day. The restaurant has catering services as well.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Enjoy tasty eats that meet vegetarian standards at Black Cat in U Street - Cardozo. Black Cat is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both vegan and gluten-free items on the menu. Black Cat has a BYOB policy, so feel free to share a bottle of your best wine or bring your favorite six-pack. Be sure to complete your meal at Black Cat with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Black Cat, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too. Live tunes and a dance floor will keep you coming back for more. Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. The restaurant has catering services as well.
If public transportation is preferable, ditch the car and board the nearby stop at U Street Metro (Green, Yellow). Black Cat provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
The menu at Black Cat is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30. Stop by for three square meals a day — Black Cat serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.