You've seen his face on Conan, Leno, TNT's "Men of A Certain Age," MTV's "Punk'd" and a slew of national commercials. He also appeared as a baby model on the box for Hasbro building blocks in the '80s, which is probably irrelevant for this event. We introduce to you Barry Rothbart, the fresh new face of comedy.
Rothbart started off in sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and has since been invited to perform in Los Angeles, Boston and Underground Comedy Festivals. He was also recently crowned "Best of Fest" performer at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy fest and debuted a one-man character show at the UCB Theatre.
He'll be bringing his act to the Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20.
BLUES & JAZZ
The Bethesda Theatre was once a classic, art deco movie theater in the 1930s that seated 1,000 people and offered movies for just 35 cents. If only movies were still that cheap! This landmark theater has had its stage dusted off and ticket booths polished, and it will reopen this weekend as the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club (7719 Wisconsin Ave.). The space has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation and will feature some of the nation's top jazz and blues artists. The theater is now under the direction of Ralph Camilli, who has managed D.C.'s infamous Cellar Door and Blues Alley. We've also heard that the food will be out of this world thanks to top chef Scott Mullen.
The grand opening is Friday with a performance by Grammy Award winner Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. For more information about showtimes and tickets, go to bethesdabluesjazz.com.
ART FOR ALL
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is once again opening its doors to the community for its Family Day 2013: Families Rock! event on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., families can participate in free tutorials, interactive art workshops, face painting and more. The Corcoran has asked some of the area's local talent to join the fun, including special performances by the Lab DC, the city's one and only break dancing school, and Scratch DJ Academy. This year's theme for Family Day is inspired by the music and art of the 1980s, to go along with the recently opened exhibition Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for Corcoran members and 10 a.m. for nonmembers, but it is free for all. For more information, go to getinvolved.corcoran.org/family_day.