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.
Tasty food, cheap beer, and karaoke fun nights are the headlines of Solly’s U-Street Tavern. Located on the corner of N T St and N U St, they are one of the most hospitable and interesting dive bars in DC. The downstairs lounge is the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends while enjoying Solly’s extensive selection of local craft beers and delicious finger food. Mouthwatering eateries here include the cheesy poutine, hand-cut French fries, and Baltimore style pit beef sandwich. Thursdays are Kostume Karaoke nights at Solly’s, where patrons are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters as they pick and sing songs from the vast collection that Solly’s karaoke machine offers. The upstairs lounge offers a quiet sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the bottom floor, perfect for a heart-to-heart conversation.
First things first – Washington, D.C.’s, Rock & Roll Hotel is not a hotel, but it has the Rock & Roll part nailed. A music venue and nightclub located in the H Street Corridor, the hotel consists of three floors: the first floor concert hall, second floor lounge, and third floor rooftop deck that’s heated for entertainment when temperatures drop. While there is no wait service, food is served family style and can be ordered from the bar. Each floor has its own full-service bar with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Parking is limited to street parking only, so many patrons take the metro and cab it the 15 blocks to the hotel. There’s no dress code and it’s standing room only (so choose your foot apparel accordingly). Tickets are sold prior to the show at Ticket Alternative and TicketFly.