19 Apr 2018


To Do: Weekend of April 19th – 22nd

Tonya Beckman play the title role in Don Juan in Taffety Punk’s production at CHAW. Photo courtesy of Taffety Punk

Did anyone manage to get tickets to the Iñárritu exhibit when they were made available this past Monday? I tried but it was booked up by 8:15. On the one hand, it is genuinely thrilling to be a member of such a culturally aware community; but keeping up with the cool kids requires a calendar of its own.

Better luck next month!

Until then, what shall we do?

Tonight, the final weekend of Don Juan begins at CHAW. Taffety Punk Theatre presents this Molière tale of “the most vile miscreant the world has ever produced” with Tonya Beckman in the title role. DJ is a charming scoundrel who seduces women and then leaves. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Channel your inner Dude for The Big Lebowski Experience at Pearl Street Warehouse. Local singers will perform songs from the film’s soundtrack while attendees, presumably in bowling shirts or bathrobes, enjoy special cocktails. White Russians for everyone! Tickets are $12. The show begins at 8:15 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.

Friday Truckeroo is back for another season at the Half Street Fairgrounds by National Park. You can buy snacks or dinner while enjoying live music and perhaps a beverage from 4 to 11 p.m. See a list of participating trucks here.

Friday evening, Joy of Motion Dance Center presents one of its Resident Companies, El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea. There will be work by special guest choreographers Stuart Loungway (Artistic Director of Terra Firma Dance, formerly of San Francisco and Houston Ballet), Lloyd Whitmore (former Associate Director, Philadanco, Atlanta Ballet), and company member Therese Gahl (The Washington School of Ballet, Ballet West). The company’s most recent contemporary world premieres, I Don’t Want What I Haven’t Got, the 7th work created for TDC by Whitmore. This lighting-quick Horton full ensemble work, created to the music of Sinead O’Connor. The performance takes place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25.

Saturday, learn the basics of beading at the Hill Center. Kathleen Manning of Beadazzled will teach you how and you will leave with your very own charm bracelet or pendant. The class is from 2 to 4 p.m. and costs $49. Register here.

Sunday at 4 p.m., East City Bookshop hosts author M.L. Rio for the paperback launch of her paperback If We Were Villains. M.L. Rio will be in conversation with Marcus Kyd, Artistic Director at Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. Register here.

The Folger is celebrating William Shakespeare’s birthday, and we’re all invited! More details here.

The Corner Store hosts a concert at 5 p.m. featuring Nan Raphael, other flutes, and Steven Schwarz, piano. Expect some classic, some Celtic and some contemporary selections to close your weekend out right. $15 suggested donation at the door.

Monday night, our Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen hosts the Ward 6 Budget Town Hall at Watkins Elementary School (420 12th Street SE). CM Allen will talk about what is in the 2019 budget and you are welcome to share your thoughts and concerns. It all gets going at 6:30 p.m. Let them know you are coming by RSVPing here. (Full disclosure: Yours truly is now on staff in CM Allen’s office so you will see me there.) 


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