11 Jan 2018


To Do: Weekend of January 11th – 16th

I hope you are enjoying this thaw after last week’s freeze-a-thon. These balmy temps tease us with visions of spring but we old timers know that winter takes a long, weird path in DC and advise all to keep the boots and parkas nearby until April.

Uncanny Fantastic. an exhibit by JD Deardourff takes up temporary residence at Union Market

How shall we spend our less-chilly days?

Tonight, head to the Folger for an updated version of William Congreve’s Restoration comedy The Way of the World. The story of an heiress, her aunt and a philandering boyfriend has been updated and moved across the Atlantic to the Hamptons. Written and directed by Theresa Rebeck, the production is part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. The production will run through February 11th and you can buy tickets here.

Friday night brings us another play about a philandering man– though this is a new play set in the 17th century. The world premiere of Guilt is by playwright John Shand and directed by Robert McNamara for SCENA Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. This philanderer is a priest and a convent filled with nuns falls in love with him. He is then accused of witchcraft. The show runs through February 4th and tickets are available here.

If you want to be a little more active, head to the skating rink at The Wharf for Rock ‘n Skate. From 8 to 10 p.m., skate to music spun by a live DJ. Admission is $10 for adults and rentals are $6. Learn more about the rink here.

Saturday morning is the monthly Book Sale at the Southeast Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Library. Typically, it starts after 1o a.m. and ends shy of 3 p.m. This month’s sale includes a large number of kids’ books, so if you want to refresh your kiddos’ book shelves get there early.

Cultural DC’s mobile art space SPACE 4 has landed at Union Market featuring the work of local artist JD Deardourff. The show is called Uncanny Fantastic and showcases Deardourff’s work which is influenced by the color and energy of comic books. The opening reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. This show coincides with the release of his self-published comic book series of the same name. The show will be on exhibit through February 23rd. Learn more about the exhibit here.

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