While it can be fun having our neighborhood be the focus of the planet for a few days it is also sweet relief when the barricades come down and we return to our kind of normal. How shall we celebrate? We’ve got some great theatre happening this weekend so grab some dinner and drinks and make good on that resolution to support the arts in your community. Wait you didn’t make that resolution? There’s still time…
Tonight catch a preview (cheaper) performance of the Folger’s latest offering Shakespeare’s Henry V. It’s one of my favorites of the Bard’s because it can appeal to many audiences on so many levels. A charismatic young king out to prove himself on a world stage, wordplay, rude comedy, a rousing speech, a bit of pathos and a bit post-victory princess wooing . The preview pricing runs through the 27th. Buy tickets and find out more here: www.folger.edu/wosummary.cfm?woid=743
Friday night the Atlas welcomes new music super group Bang on a Can All-Stars. The Washington Post’s Classical Critic Anne Midgette calls them “…veritable gray eminences of the alt-classical scene…” so catch them while they are here. Tickets are $25/$15 for students. They can be purchased on the Atlas website atlasarts.org
The Hill Center continues its Friday night documentary screening with National Geographic’s Secret Weapon of the Confederacy, a film about the mysterious disappearance surrounding the first U.S. submarine to ever sink a ship. The screening free. You can register online here hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172.
Saturday check out Rorschach Theatre‘s production of a world premiere play by Anna Ziegler. The Minotaur is a modern retelling of the famous tale and yes there is a dude with horn on his head. The show runs through February 17th. Tickets are available on the Atlas website atlasarts.org
Are you ready for baseball yet? Get into the spirit Saturday afternoon at Nats Fest! A chance to meet the players, eat some stadium snacks, take a swing in a batting cage and so on. Tickets for the public are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Season ticket holders only have to shell out $10 and $5. washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/natsfest.jsp
Jen DeMayo is Director of Community for the Atlas Performing Arts Center.