Winter Arts Guide

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Entertainment

The Kennedy Center

2700 F St. NW

202-467-4600; 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org

The National Ballet of Canada: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, is set to an original score by Joby Talbot; Opera House; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 22 to 26; 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 26 and 27; $45 to $150

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge," Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 performed by Dan Zhu; Concert Hall; 7 p.m. Jan. 24; 8 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26; $10 to $85

Shen Yun: The world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company presents a lavish new choreographed show reviving 5,000 years of civilization; Opera House; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 to Feb. 3; $50 to $250

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: The Washington Performing Arts Society presents the orchestra conducted by Wynton Marsalis in an evening of spectacular jazz music; Concert Hall; 8 p.m. Jan. 29; $35 to $85

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; varied programs; Opera House; 7 p.m. Feb. 5; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 to 9; 1 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10; $30 to $120

"Living the Dream, Singing the Dream": WPAS Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choir and the Choral Arts Society celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; co-presented by Washington Performing Arts Society and the Choral Arts Society of Washington; Concert Hall; 7 p.m. Feb. 10; $25 to $45

Pink Martini: The Washintong Performing Arts Society celebrates Valentine's Day with a twist as the 12-piece big band mixes Italian jazz and French show tunes, part cabaret, cafe and carnival; Concert Hall; 8 p.m. Feb. 14; $30 to $90

Nordic Cool 2013: Nordic Cool 2013 opening event. Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo conducts works by Sibelius, Grieg, Alfven, Leifs and Nielsen, with soprano Inger Dam-Jensen; Concert Hall; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19; $10 to $64

Washington National Opera: Patricia Racette makes her role debut in Puccini's "Manon Lescaut"; 7 p.m. March 2, 11 and 23; 7:30 p.m. March 5, 8, 14 and 20; 1 p.m March 17; $25 to $300

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Music of Mahler, Schubert & Mozart with Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the University of Maryland Concert Choir; Concert Hall; 7 p.m. March 7; 8 p.m. March 8 and 9; $10 to $85

Washington National Opera: A new production of Bellini's "Norma" featuring Angela Meade; Opera House; 7 p.m. March 9 and 18; 7:30 p.m. March 12, 15 and 21; 2 p.m. March 24; $25 to $300

Trio con Brio Copenhagen: Fortas Chamber Music concert by the Denmark ensemble presents Per Norgard's new work, "Trio Breve--fragments after a dream," plus works by Ravel and Mendelssohn. Terrace Theater; 7:30 p.m. March 13; $28

The Washington Ballet: "Cinderella" by Septime Webre features lavish costumes and Prokofiev's lush score; Eisenhower Theater; 7:30 p.m. March 20 to 24; 1 p.m. March 23 and 24; $25 to $125

San Francisco Symphony: The Washington Performing Arts Society presents Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 9; 8 p.m. March 23; $35 to $105

New York City Ballet: Mixed repertory programs feature the New York City Ballet Orchestra; Opera House; 7:30 p.m. March 26 to 30; 1:30 p.m. March 30 and 31; $25 to $95

George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts

4400 University Drive, Fairfax

888-945-2468; cfa.gmu.edu

The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards: The pageantry and history of British military tradition presented by the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the 1st Battalion; 2 & 8 p.m, Jan. 26; $25-$50.

Paco Pena: Called the "Best Flamenco Guitarist," Pena brings his troupe of musicians and dancers to present the history of the flamenco; 8 p.m. Feb. 1; $23-$46.

China National Symphony Orchestra: En Shao conducts works by Guan Xia, Rachmaninoff and the Sibelius Violin Concerto performed by Xi Chen; 8 p.m. Feb. 2; $30-$60.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Jim Carroll conducts the orchestra of jazz musicians playing New Orleans big band tunes; 8 p.m. Feb. 16; $22-$44.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The pianist presents "Schubert in the Age of the Sound-Byte"; 7 p.m. Feb. 24; $19-$38.

Virginia Opera: "A Streetcar Named Desire," a company premiere, sung in English; 8 p.m. March 1; 2 p.m. March 3; $48-$98.

Beethoven Orchestra Bonn: Stefan Blunier conducts works by Beethoven with guest pianist Louis Lortie; 8 p.m. March 9; $30-$60.

The Barns at Wolf Trap

1635 Trap Road, Vienna

877-965-3872; wolftrap.org

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys: The bluegrass and country legend with more than 170 albums returns with his superb band, which includes his son and grandson; 8 p.m. Jan. 23; $40

Livingston Taylor: The singer-songwriter regales with sunny stories and serenades with his thoughtful songs; 8 p.m. Jan. 24; $25

Steven Isserlis and Kirill Gerstein: The Discovery Series presents cellist Isserlis and pianist Gerstein performing works by Liszt, Busoni, Brahms, Bartok and Brahms; 8 p.m. Jan. 25; $35

Tom Chapin: The singer-songwriter with three Grammy Awards uses his talents to educate and do good deeds; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26; $22

The Persuasions: Since their discovery by Frank Zappa in 1968, these masters of a cappella have influenced numerous vocalists; 8 p.m. Feb. 1; $25

John Eaton: The renowned pianist, musicologist and humorist offers a Salute to the One-Hit Wonders of American Popular Music on Feb. 18 and treats the house to a Juke Joint Jam Session with bassist Tommy Cecil on March 30; both 7:30 p.m.; $25 each

Celtic Crossroads: The sparkling Irish band of seven plays multiple instruments to redefine the Celtic sound in many styles; 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28; $27

Enter the Haggis: The indie-folk rock group from Canada composes and records many songs inspired by news stories; 7:30 p.m. March 9; $22

Tom Paxton: The favorite folk singer-songwriter appeals to all ages; 8 p.m. March 14; $24

Strathmore

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda

National Philharmonic

$28 to $84; 301-581-5100; nationalphilharmonic.org

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4!: Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello, Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk, conductor; 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and 3 p.m. Jan. 27

Philharmonic of Many Colors: Danielle Talamantes, soprano, National Philharmonic Chorale, Piotr Gajewski, conductor; 8 p.m. Feb. 9

The American Virtuoso Violin: Elena Urioste, violin, Piotr Gajewski, conductor; 8 p.m. March 2

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

410-783-8000; 877-276-1444; bsomusic.org

Off the Cuff: Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto: Garrick Ohlsson, piano, Marin Alsop, conductor; 8:15 p.m. Friday; $39 to $72

"Pictures at an Exhibition": Orion Weiss, piano, Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor; 8 p.m. Feb. 2; $29 to $64

Mozart's "Requiem": Baltimore Choral Arts Society; Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.; $31 to $91

Beethoven's Seventh: Katherine Needleman, oboe, Christopher Konig, conductor; 8 p.m. March 9; $31 to $91

Birchmere

3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

All shows at 7:30 p.m.; 202-397-SEAT (7328); ticketmaster.com

Iris Dement with Jason Wilber: This folk-country artist tours behind her new album, "Sing the Delta"; Jan. 21; $39.50

Robert Earl Keen with Andrea Davidson: The legendary Texas singer-songwriter brings his twang up our way; Jan. 30; $39.50

Arlo Guthrie: "Here Comes The Kid" -- A Tribute to Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday!: The folk icon, son of Woody Guthrie, tours on; Feb. 8 and Feb. 9; $45

10,000 Maniacs with Pegi Young & The Survivors: Alt rockers 10,000 Maniacs share the bill with Pegi Young's rock band; Feb. 10; $35

The Bacon Brothers: Kevin and Michael Bacon bring their brotherly sound back; March 1 to 3; $39.50

Todd Snider's Traveling "What the Folk" Show: The barefoot renegade returns to the local area; March 9; $25

Cowboy Junkies: Performing "The Trinity Session" and more (March 13); performing "Black Eyed Man" and more (March 14): Canadian alt country-folk-rock by the Timmons family and friends; $45

9:30 Club

815 V Street NW

9:30.com; ticketfly.com; 800-955-5566

Corey Smith with Connor Christian and Southern Gothic: Country blues-rock and folk singer tours behind 'Live in Chattanooga.' 8 p.m. Feb. 2, $20

Coheed and Cambria with Between the Buried and Me, Russian Circles: Prog rockers bring their own concept albums to the stage. 7 p.m. Feb. 4 and Feb. 5, $37

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: The master of P-Funk can't be matched. 7 p.m. Feb. 11. $45

Rufus Wainwright: The multitalented music specializes in Baroque Pop. Feb. 12. $40

Randy Rogers Band: Country with a heaping dose of Texas. 8 p.m. March 1. Info: $20

Eels: Indie rock led by Mark Oliver Everett or E. to his fans. 7 p.m. March 3. $25

State Theatre

220 N. Washington St. Falls Church

703-237-0300; thestatetheatre.com

The Smithereens: The New Jersey rockers dish up fan favorites. 7 p.m. Feb. 16. $21; ages 18 and over

Verizon Center

601 F Street NW

202-397-SEAT; ticketmaster.com

Bon Jovi "Because We Can" Tour

Rockers are said to have some of the loyalist fans in music. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10. $59.50 to $185

Lady Gaga "Born This Way" Tour: The singer-songwriter-musician promises to pack surprises. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Info: $52.50 to $178

Pink "The Truth About Love" Tour: The woman who changed pop tours behind her latest release. 7:30 p.m. March 14. Info: $69.50 to $99.50

DAR Constitution Hall,

1776 D Street NW

202-397-SEAT; ticketmaster.com

The Lumineers: Newest "it" folk rockers hail from Denver. 7 p.m. Jan. 30. $33

Fun.: The indie rockers embody the band's name. 8 p.m. Jan. 31. $34

Patriot Center,

4400 University Drive, Fairfax

202-397-SEAT; ticketmaster.com

Mumford and Sons: Hot folk from the U.K. 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. $49.99

Third Day: Much-lauded Christian rockers are Georgia Music Hall of Fame members. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. $35

Best Theater

"An Iliad": In this updated version of "The Iliad," the storyteller grapples with the mythology, brutality and humanity of Homer's epic poem. An intimate look at rage, grief, and the heroism and horror of war.

Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW

When: Through Saturday

Info: $39 to $61; 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org

"Contractions": Inspired by real-life "love clauses" that dictate the nature and extent of office relationships, "Contractions" is a satire that finds Emma and her manager in a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations about the differences between "sexual" and "romantic" in a world ruled by binding contracts and shrinking privacy.

Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW

When: Through Jan. 27

Info: Tickets start at $30; 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org

"The Show-Off": George Kelly's 1924 classic has defied time by being a comedy that is as funny now as it was when it was first performed, almost a century ago. An ambitious and audacious young faker somehow manages to transform the lives of those around him.

Where: American Century Theater, Gunston Theatre II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington

When: Through Feb. 2

Info: $32 to $40; 703-998-4555; americancentury.org

"Boged: An Enemy of the People": This play's theme is inspired by Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" and concerns two brothers, one who chooses to lie to the public for the sake of profit, one who chooses to tell the truth.

Where: Georgetown University Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW

When: Through Feb. 3

Info: Tickets start at $35; 800-494-8497; theaterj.org

"Zorro": That swashbuckling man of mystery and intrigue returns to the stage in a new adaptation. Wearing a black costume and mask, Zorro uses his skills as a master swordsman to battle evil in Spanish California's Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Where: Constellation Theatre Company, Source, 1835 14th St. NW

When: Thursday through Feb. 17

Info: $22.50 to $45; 202-315-1305; sourcedc.org

"Henry V": Shakespeare's thrilling story of the rise to power on the part of a young king whose ambition reaches beyond the English court to the fields of France.

Where: Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE

When: Jan. 22 through March 3

Info: $30 to $68; 202-544-7077; folger.edu

"Ladies Swing the Blues": The year is 1955. The place is New York City's 52nd Street, the cultural mecca of jazz in the universe, where the in-crowd gathers to commemorate the passing of jazz legend Charlie Parker. A place where music and mythology mingle in one unforgettable evening.

Where: MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria

When: Jan. 24 through March 17

Info: $25 to $55; 703-548-9044; metrostage.org

"Our Town": Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, marry, and suffer the slings and arrows of everyday life. Thornton Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the connections between human beings.

Where: Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW

When: Jan. 25 through Feb. 24

Info: $15 to $62; 202-347-4833; fordstheatre.org

"Cabaret": Step into the Kit Kat Klub, a place teeming with seedy nightlife on the eve of Hitler's rise to power in Weimar Germany. This 8-time Tony Award-winning musical classic depicts the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, a writer from America and the denizens of Berlin, all caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society.

Where: Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW

When: Jan. 26 through Feb. 23

Info: $35 to $40; 703-892-0202; keegantheatre.com

"FELA!": "FELA!" tells the true story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Where: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW

When: Jan. 29 through Feb. 10

Info: $43 to $100; 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org

"The Motherf***** With the Hat": An unfamiliar hat in Jackie's living room threatens his relationship, his parole and his fledgling sobriety in this intoxicating and cheerfully vulgar look at the complicated recovery from love and other addictions.

Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW

When: Jan. 30 through March 10

Info: $39 to $72; 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org

"Hughie": One of Eugene O'Neill's later works, "Hughie" is a commanding study of Erie Smith (Richard Schiff), a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle are wavering after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence.

Where: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW

When: Jan. 31 through March 17

Info: $43 to $100; 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org

"Good People": South Boston's Lower End is a black hole where hard work and sacrifice don't always add up to the American Dream. But mouthy "Southie" native Margie, a single mother facing eviction, has got a plan to solve all her financial problems.

Where: Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW

When: Feb. 1 through March 10

Info: Tickets start at $40; 202-488-3300; arenastage.org

"Italian American Reconciliation": This romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley takes place after Huey Bonfigliano's divorce from a shrewish wife, when he takes to the arts, but bad poetry and worse clothing can't replace what he's lost, no matter how terrifying his wife may have been.

Where: 1st Stage Theatre, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean

When: Feb. 1 through 24

Info: $15 to $25; 703-854-1856; 1ststagetysons.org

"The Grand Parade (Of the 20th Century)": Double Edge Theatre's world premiere takes audiences on an evocative journey through the 20th century by fusing music, dance and flying.

Where: Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW

When: Feb. 6 through 10

Info: Tickets start at $40; 202-488-3300; arenastage.org

"Race": Celebrated playwright David Mamet often gets his best results by writing about people at their worst. In his newest dark comedy, "Race," two attorneys are charged with defending a white man accused of raping an African-American woman. In the face of unraveling evidence, the lawyers' own uncomfortable beliefs about race rise to the surface.

Where: Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW

When: Feb. 6 through March 17

Info: Tickets start at $35; 800-494-8497; theaterj.org

"Metamorphoses": Ten years after this exquisite production stormed Broadway and earned director Mary Zimmerman a Tony Award for Best Director, "Metamorphoses" returns. Zimmerman's magical interpretation of Ovid's work proves myths about romance, family, loss and redemption never go out of style.

Where: Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW

When: Feb. 8 through March 17

Info: Tickets start at $40; 202-488-3300; arenastage.org

"Shakespeare's R & J": Shakespeare's transcendent saga of forbidden love reimagined in a brave and bold in-the-round setting in a repressive all-male Catholic boarding school that bans "Romeo and Juliet" in favor of Latin conjugations and the Ten Commandments. Four students unearth a secret copy and steal into the night to recite the prohibited tale of adolescent passion.

Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Rd., Arlington

When: Feb. 5 through March 3

Info: $29 to $79; 703-820-9771; signature-theatre.org

Best Galleries

1. Shock of the News: This exhibit of 65 collages, sculptures, drawings and paintings is a testament to the myriad ways in which artists from Pablo Picasso to the Guerrilla Girls have used newspapers as grist for their creations.

Where: National Gallery of Art, East Building, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

When: Through Jan. 27

Info: Free; 202-737-4215; nga.gov

2. Forest Z. Allread: Cabinets of Curiosity: Recent Corcoran College of Art + Design graduate Forest Z. Allread's first solo show features crates and cigar boxes adorned with found objects that Allread uses to experiment with scale -- a macrodemonstration of string theory.

Where: Transformer, 1404 P St. NW

When: Saturday through Feb. 23

Info: Free; 202-483-1102; transformergallery.org

3. Rabin Ajaw: Indigenous Ceremonial Dress of Guatemala: This exhibit explores how Guatemalan dress expresses the nation's identity, with different regions incorporating modern styles into traditional forms in distinct ways.

Where: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW

When: Through March 29

Info: Free; 202-458-6016; museum.oas.org

4. Artwork by Tracy's Kids: This selection of work produced through Tracy's Kids -- a charity that helps young cancer survivors express their feelings about their treatment through art -- bristles with the determination and imagination of its creators.

Where: Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St. NW

When: Through Jan. 25

Info: Free; 202-347-7978; tracyskids.org

5. Ivan Sigal: White Road: These roughly 100 monochromatic photographs from between 1998 and 2005 consider what remained of Eurasia's provincial towns and cities after the Soviet Union was dismantled.

Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW

When: Through Jan. 27

Info: $10; $8 seniors 62+ and students with I.D.; children under 12, members and active-duty military free; 202-639-1700; corcoran.org

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