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.
Ford's Theatre, the site of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, preserves Lincoln's legacy by hosting dramatic and historical plays on its legendary stage and educational experiences throughout its halls. The theater presents dramatic works such as Big River and 1776, and the museum displays artifacts from Lincoln's White House and the Civil War, along with the swallows that nested in his distinctive stovepipe hat. Those toting Player memberships are showered with benefits including service-charge-free ticket purchases, gift-shop discounts, and a biannual newsletter subscription. With four complimentary passes in tow, members can take in performances of One Destiny, a theatrical eyewitness account of Lincoln's assassination, as well as educational events throughout the year, such as a lectures by National Parks Service interpreters, who recount tales of the fateful evening.
This Groupon saws the price of a magic show ticket in slightly more than half—magically, without breaking the skin, harming the vital organs, or causing paper-blood. See Glenn Gary's Parlor Magic, a spectacular evening of "cabaret magic," an intimate, close-up type of abracadabra performed for small crowds with audience participation (shows are limited to 40 guests). Magic is used to delight the young and young at heart with a humorously narrated card trick. Magick is used to keep that blowhard Erasmus Stodgewell from acquiring the Orb of Osiris.
Converted from a historic 1930s art-deco theater, Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is a combination restaurant and theater that features a 75-minute live stand-up show on select Thursdays. Become an usher's nightmare while rolling on the floor and laughing due to the humorous musings of top comics. Take in the sarcasm of comedians who have been featured on shows such as The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and SNL as they locate funny bones with surgical precision.
Since 1981, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, has aimed to provide a gathering place for gay people and educate the public about their community through the arts. Since then, the award-winning choir—which rings with the voices of nearly 300 members—has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Theatre, and the Obama inaugural celebration, as well as at venues throughout the world. Their upbeat productions also have been the soundtrack at community events for the Whitman-Walker Clinic and PFLAG.
Constellation Theatre Company immerses audiences in ensemble-driven plays that explore vast expanses of human emotion and experience. Written by famed Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding weaves a dark tale of romantic longing, betrayal, and murder, all set around a rural wedding. The play seesaws between psychological realism and dreamlike sequences starring the moon, her priestess, and death incarnate, which elevate the show's meditations on violence to haunting allegory while conspicuously snubbing other A-list celestial bodies. Song-and-dance sequences set to live music further draw showgoers into the onstage action. Constellation Theatre Company's black-box theater fosters an intimacy that breaks down emotional fourth walls and social prohibitions against holding a stranger's hand during the scary parts.