The graceful ease with which a good bartender mixes drinks masks the difficulty of the job, one that requires knowledge and dexterity—not to mention charisma. The seasoned barkeeps at Bartender of America, a TIPS-certified school, know what it takes to be a good bartender and lead their students through deliberate exercises inside a fully simulated tavern environment. Amid ambient sounds and music, novice bartenders dole out maraschino cherries and shake martinis while refining their conversational skills and learning how to identify underage kids by their mustaches. Fully committed students can opt for the entire Bar 101 curriculum, attaining a bartending license and valuable tricks for managing their resume and acing job interviews, while abbreviated classes offer insight into the fundamentals of the trade.
Wolf Trap's productions all take place in America's National Park for the Performing Arts, where the company will fill the stage with musical theatrics and entertain more than 7,000 enthralled audience members on the lawn and in the covered seating area. The lawn seating offers elevated views for downward stage viewing, complete with benefits that chair-bound seating can only dream of. Lawn-based groundlings get to bring their own picnic, complete with any beer, wine, or beverage they desire (except kegs, which are prohibited, and whiskey bongs, which are strictly forbidden by common sense). As you gnaw your way through a dinner of comically oversized turkey legs, lose yourself in the story of a bubbly blond lawyering her way to singcess or the Von Trapps escaping Nazis on the wings of impossibly catchy lyrics. Unlike a musical evening at the Worf Trap, Wolf Trap productions are guaranteed to never end in dismemberment by bat'leth.
A finalist in the 2003 season of Nashville Star, Grammy-winner Miranda Lambert's lively, heartfelt country rock sets toes a-tapping and eardrums abuzz with catchy Southern tunes. Strumming such well-known country songs as "The House That Built Me," and "Heart Like Mine," Lambert's virtuosic singing and guitar playing lends life to touching ballads and high-energy tunes alike, touching even the most curmudgeonly hearts and compelling weeping willows to wave their tendrils with unabashed excitement. Aural oceans wash over listeners in the Frank Gehry–designed Merriweather Post Pavilion, nestled among 40 acres of forest between Washington and Baltimore. Today's deal lets concertgoers relax with a Bud Light on the lawn, where they can watch the show beneath the open sky or whisper movie endings to clusters of furiously immobile grass stalks.
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.
David Cale, a writer of songs, monologues, plays, and musicals, premieres his newest play at the Studio Theatre, building upon an already impressive resumé as an Obie Award winner, contributor to National Public Radio's This American Life, and performer alongside Bette Midler. The world premiere of his current one-man show, The History of Kisses, follows a writer who isolates himself in an oceanfront motel as inspiration to complete a steamy collection of seaside romance stories, but whose work is interrupted by the trysts of his motel-mates and a constant stream of texts from teenage lobsters.
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.