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Spotlight on the weekend: June 14 to 16

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Entertainment

BURLESQUE CARNIVAL

It's not everyday you get a chance to witness a death-defying thrill show, which is why we were more than happy to hear about James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow. Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Rosslyn) will be hosting this fast-paced, and quite hilarious, stunt spectacular that rivals even the most jaw-dropping Vegas show. For one night only (Saturday), guests can enjoy an intimate cabaret in Artisphere's Black Box Theater.

Baltimore's famed Gilded Lilly Burlesque troupe will perform along with special guests Sophia Sunday and Maria Bella starting at 9:30 p.m. Your hosts -- silver-tongued devil Tyler Fyre and the darling of danger Thrill Kill Jill -- will be joined by DJ Michael Scruggs for an unforgettable carnival sideshow.

Tickets are $15 at artisphere.com.

FATHER'S DAY

In lieu of Father's Day, it's only appropriate we showcase SpeakeasyDC's latest storytelling event, "Wait Till Your Father Comes Home." Eight dads will be taking the stage Saturday and will be revealing hilariously true stories about the many joys and challenges of parenting. The cast consists of some of D.C.'s finest dads, including host and director Mike Kane, Adam Ruben, Twain Dooley, Michael Zhuang, Todd Cain, Mikael Johnson, David Hallisey and Dustin Fisher. Each of them will share their unique perspectives on being a brand new dad, a single dad, a stay-at-home-dad, a step-dad and, finally, a dad that doesn't plan to be a dad again.

There will be two shows starting at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Dance Place (3225 Eighth St. NE). Tickets are $22 at speakeasydc.com.

BLOOMSDAY

Some of the District's most talented actors are joining together on Sunday to honor Irish novelist and poet James Joyce at the Warehouse Theatre (645 New York Ave. NW). They'll read highlights of his poems, letters and novels and will also re-enact the fictional occurrences of the day depicted in one of his greatest novels, "Ulysses."

The staged reading commemorates "Bloomsday," an international celebration of the author's life. The Irish tradition first took place in 1954, and those who celebrate Bloomsday typically dress in traditional Edwardian garb and participate in dramatic readings that can take up to 36 hours. Thankfully, this reading won't have you spending the night!

The event will kick off at 7 p.m. and will feature the Irish band Lilt. Plus there'll will be plenty of Irish "craic" to go around. Tickets are $25 at scenatheater.org.

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