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My only regret in life is that I didn't drink enough Champagne. --John Maynard Keynes

The Critics are RAVING about

Le Cabaret de Carmen!

"Le Cabaret de Carmen is a haunting, beautiful spin on the popular tragedy... entrancing from its languid opening to its dramatic finale." -Rachael Goldberg, Broadway World

"It is opera for those unafraid of art's raw power." -Whitney Fishburn, DC Metro Theater Arts

"A Carmen for our time, the production... must be seen." -Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene

Bizet’s opera comes to life in a unique and intimate tango-cabaret experience. As audiences sit at tables with performers, a tango-ensemble brings a beloved music to life up close and personal, and the ultimate femme-fatale begins her intoxicating and immortal chanteuse performance. Performed in a breath-taking and unforgettable 90 minutes, an evening of laughter surrounds this darkly unfolding tragedy loved the world over.

All performances at Source Theatre 1835 14th St NW

January 10 at 8 pm - IN & OUT Pride night with champagne toast; 6:30 inclusive introductory tango class and on-stage dancing

January 11 at 8 pm - 6:30 introductory tango class and on-stage dancing

January 12 at 3 pm

January 17 at 8 pm - 6:30 advanced tango class and on-stage dancing

January 18 at 3 pm and 8 pm

January 19 at 3 pm


with pre-show tango lessons and on-stage dancing.


Complete your evening out at LE CABARET DE CARMEN with a pre-show tango lesson and dancing on stage. All lessons start at 6:30 pm at SOURCE (1835 14th Street NW). $10 suggested donation taken at the door.

1/10 - Inclusive beginner lesson by Tango Mercurio in celebration of IN&OUT Pride Night (use code PRIDE for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket purchase)

1/11 - Beginner tango lesson (use code TANGO for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket puchase)

1/17 - Advanced tango lesson (use code TANGO for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket purchase)

IN Series: Opera that Speaks. Theater that Sings

202-204-7763 | inseries@inseries.org | wwww.inseries.org

MetroCooking DC

Calling all DC foodies! Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Lidia Bastianich and Myron Mixon are headed to town THIS WEEKEND for MetroCooking DC! Join them Saturday and Sunday, Nov 16-17 at the Washington Convention Center for the top culinary event of the season! Get your tickets at MetroCookingDC.com or check Groupon for discounted tickets. There’s also a BBQ Bash, a Grand Tasting Pavilion and a Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden; separate tickets to these events include General Admission for that day to a full schedule of activities at MetroCooking DC.

November arts and culture tips

Great suggestions from Ronn and the the ArtHouse MeetUp group. Join the group or just go on your own, noting reservation or ticket requirements.

It’s cold, the Nats are champions!!!, ice skating rinks are getting set up and holiday parties loom. But…this is also one of the best months for arts and culturing.

1. Novemberfest? The Goethe-Institut, one of our favorite places through the years, finally moves into a new home on Wednesday with all-day festivities at 14th and R. Starting at 3 pm, they will open their doors at 1377 R St NW with a party and open house featuring educational and cultural programming available to everyone in the community. With snacks and refreshments throughout the day, they welcome you to celebrate, find out about programs, enjoy a pretzel or two, and dance the night away.

2. Great theater. Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln), stars on Nov. 14 at beautiful Gaston Hall in Georgetown in a powerful and timely world premiere solo play which explores the legacy of Jan Karski, Polish World War II hero, Holocaust witness, and longtime beloved SFS professor. The play brings home the enduring lessons of Karski’s extraordinary life — especially his belief in humanity, even in the darkest times. Free – register here.

3. Music. We’re going to a French jazz concert Wednesday night – there’s also a concert at the Korean Cultural Center. Join them for their second Garden Concert Series event for The Tune, an innovative Korean ensemble that combines nomadic music traditions with modern digital music-making techniques. Traditional, primitive and ancient things are exposed in the music of The Tune. Free – register here.

4. Good deals! There wil be a Pay-What-You-Will Performance of Amadeus. Tue., Nov. 5 at the Folger Theater, one of my faves. Tickets for the 7:30pm performance are available at the Folger box office beginning at 5pm. On Nov. 20, we’ll be going to a Pay What You Can for the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at the wonderfully refurbished Round House Theater in Bethesda. Look for a meetup.

5. Ibiza in DC! The very cool IDB Staff Association Art Gallery has multiple celebrations this week for a new exhibit titled Esto También es Ibiza (This Too is Ibiza). A photography and video-based exhibition that offers a slice of life of Ibiza’s famed sunsets, natural landscapes, hippy style, Balearic music, and club culture as shaped through the vision of curator, DJ and music historian Adrian Loving. Tuesday 6-8 at IDB at 1300 New York Ave. Then a party Friday at IDB and later on El Tech on Florida Ave.

6. Jhumpa! On Friday from 5-7 at Reiss Auditorium at Georgetown University The Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Department of Italian and the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University invite you to a book presentation by the incredible Pulitzer Prize winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri. In this talk, she will present and discuss her latest book Italian Short Stories, a landmark collection of stories – nearly half appearing in English for the first time –, in dialogue with Nicoletta Pireddu, Professor of Italian Literature at Georgetown University.

7. More theater. On Nov. 18 the off Broadway hit play Fleabag will play at local movie theaters. I have heard nothing but great things about this play (and her subsequent TV show). The Movement Theatre Company's What to Send Up When It Goes Down picks up the conversation where Fairview left off by asking the audience to not only observe the performance, but participate in the ritual as well. Be a part of this play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration with $15 tickets when you use the code BICYCLE for performances October 30-November 10 here at Woolly. Go here.

8. Film festivals. Film Neu – the German language film festival – takes place Nov. 14-17 at the E Street Cinema. Read about the films here. The Alexandria Film Festival takes place Thursday to Sunday. There’s a Kids Euro Festival going on. The Wheaton Film Festival looks good. I really liked the films Harriet and Black and Blue, Linda Ronstadt, and Peanut Butter Falcon.

9. Gallery openings. More upcoming gallery openings. The Embassy of Argentina this Wednesday. Touchstone on Friday – look for a Meetup! (I think Long View as well.) The Columbia Pike Artists on Nov. 16 – look for a Meetup. The Athenaeum on Nov. 17 at 4pm in Alexandria.

10. A great day. I can’t tell you enough how cool the event on Nov. 17 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts should be, It’s their Sunday Supper – we’ve had a blast in the past. Check out our meetup for details. And we just might follow that up by seeing ArtHouse favorite Lula Wiles at Pearl Street Warehouse!

Have a great month and Thanksgiving! Come on out to a meetup! Talk us up! See you at Katzen next Saturday!


PostClassical Ensemble Offers Three Concerts combining

Classical and Native American Music and Dance

On Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm at the National Cathedral (The Great Nave) PostClassical Ensemble, along with the musicians from the Lakota Music Project (South Dakota), the Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy, Bryan Akipa, Dakota flute, Emmanuel Black Bear, singer, William Sharp, baritone Netanel Draiblate, violin, Emanuele Arciuli, piano, PCE conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez will present a performance of Native American music and dance, highlighting composers that have been influenced by the culture and music.

On Saturday, October 19, 2:00pm at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian members of SDSO and the Lakota Music Project will present a performance featuring Lakota singer Emmanuel Black Bear singing with hand drum and NEA National Treasure Bryan Akipa, Dakota cedar flutist.

On Monday, October 21, 7:30pm – at the National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel members of SDSO; The Dakota String Quartet, Dakota Wind Quintet and the Lakota Music Project perform in the final performance of the Post-Classical Ensemble’s Native American Festival.

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016

Details and Tickets



Oct 12th, 2019

Wine Tastings Noon to 5 PM

Italian Food Served Throughout Afternoon

Tasting Over 75 Italian Wines, Limoncello, Liqueurs, Prosecco, Bellinis

Italian Trivia Contests for Prizes * Artisan Italian Cheese Tastings

Other Foods for Tasting from Shop * Live Italian Music & more

Bocce Ball * Columbus in Person – Come Meet Him!

Discounts in List of St. Michaels Shops Provided at Event with Wristbands

$35/ Person Per Day includes Wine & Food * $10 Designated Drive * Kids Free

Under Tents at 104 Railroad Ave

Simpatico1@verizon.net or 410-745-0345

Purchase tickets on www.simpaticostmichaels.com/Events or www.localwineevents.com


Theatre Week Kickoff Party - Free Event

45+ Theatre Organizations, Performance All Day, Children’s Programming

on the SouthWest Waterfront at Arena Stage

Washington, DC – August 26, 2019 – The 2019 Theatre Week Kickoff Party celebrates the launch of the 2019-2020 theatre season and the start of Theatre Week in the Washington region. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 11am-4pm at Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater. It is a free event and tickets are available through the TodayTix app and website. More details on DCdigest's Theater & Music

Virginia Wine Festival NEW LOCATION - One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA!

VIP Tickets Nearly Sold Out....

Taste & Purchase 200+ VA Wines

- VA Wineries & Cideries Listed Below

44th Annual Virginia Wine Festival®

The East Coast's Longest Running Wine Festival

One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA!

October 19th & 20th, 2019

Fresh VA Oysters Shucked Fresh...

Schlurp Them Down with Cold VA Wines!

VA Craft Brews and VA Oyster Pavilion

Presented by Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association

Check Out the Website: http://virginiawinefest.com/

Twisted Melodies

now thru July 21st

Mosaic Theater Company

performing at

Lang Theater

at the

Atlas Performing Arts Center

located at 1333 H St. NE



Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

May 27 - 30, 2019: Pay What You Will and other preview performances

Describe the Night runs from May 31 - June 23, 2019

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies, and blood.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

woollymammoth.net // 202.393.3939

641 D Street NW Washington, DC 20004

Judy Harris Cooking School

2402 Nordok Place , Alexandria, VA 22306 Website: judyharris.com



Each 3 hour class includes:

* Intro hors d'oeuvres and wine

* Full Participation class

* Leisurely sit down multi course dinner with wine

* Lots of chef's tips, secrets and more

* Recipe booklet

*All levels

Register Now! Hurry! Classes fill fast

Fun Cooking Class Dinners & More

*Classes on Schedule *Wine Dinners *Your Private Party *Your Team Building Event *Gift Certificates


Saturday, June 1 6 PM $75

Entertain this Spring & Summer with our super collection of prepare-ahead hot and cold treats: Award-Winning Hot Pepper Jelly Cheesecake, Skewered Caribbean Meatballs with Sweet Sour Apricot Dip, Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple in Peanut Sauce, Crispy Cinnamon Pecans, Sesame Crisps with Arugula Cannellini Dip, Warm Artichoke Parmigiano Gratin with Blue Tortilla Chips and more. Your friends will think your party was catered! Learn pretty platter presentations, garnishing tips, easy shopping hints and much more. Perfect to bring to potlucks and for picnics too. We'll sit down to a bountiful Hors D'oeuvres Buffet with some Sparkling! Participation.


Saturday, June 29 6 PM $170/couple

By popular demand!

Bring along your favorite partner - friend, colleague, spouse, or parent - for a great evening of cooking and fun together:

Seared Rib Eye Steaks with Bearnaise Tarragon Garlic Butter, Grilled or Broiled Sesame Rosemary Shrimp Brochettes, Smashed Red Skin Potatoes with Pick Your own Garden Chives and Chocolate Ice Box Cake with Creme Chantilly Swirls, warm Belgium Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Mint Springs. Wow! All toasted with wine! Tour our culinary herb and edible flowers garden. Pick your own bouquets of herbs to take home for your home cooking. Participation.



judy@judyharris.com 703 768-3767

Watch for our exciting New Schedule Autumn 2019

Curated Previous Events Listed Below

Republic Undone

Tickets now available for DC & Virginia performances!

We live in a Wilsonian America. We began with a Madisonian America. Against the backdrop of World War I, John Henry’s Republic Undone dramatizes the conflict over the meaning of the American Revolution -- what it means to be an American.

May 18th: Stone Hill Amphitheater. At 7 p.m. George Mason's Green Machine Band will perform a pre-show musical assortment. Etlan Little Country Store BBQ truck. The play begins at 8 pm and runs a little more than an hour.

Tickets VA May 18th

May 21st: Hosted at the Woman's National Democratic Club. Cocktail bar open at 6:30 pm, light snacks included. The performance begins at 7 pm.

Tickets DC May 21st

More details on DCdigest Theater page

Meet our ZooFari: Bite Night celebrity chefs!

ZooFari: Bite Night, a benefit for wildlife at the National Zoo on May 16!

  • Luigi Diotaiuti, the chef/owner of Al Tiramisu and Aperto, a world-renowned authority on Italian cooking and sommelier who has brought his farm-to-table ethos to restaurants, to the world of books, and to TV for four decades.
  • Cathal Armstrong, the chef/owner of Kaliwa—which is on Washingtonian's 100 best restaurants list for 2019—and the former chef/owner of Restaurant Eve. (He's also an eight-time James Beard Awards nominee.)
  • Tim Ma, who fights food waste as the chef/owner of American Son at the Eaton DC hotel.

ZooFari is the longest-running gourmet tasting event in D.C. Show your support for FONZ and the Zoo's species-saving mission while sampling delicious food and wine, visiting the animal houses after-hours, bidding on items at the silent auction tent, and more!



Thursday, May 16

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Exclusive pre-party 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

General Admission Tickets

FONZ members: $175

Non-members: $225

VIP Packages

VIP packages include access to the VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., special parking, and much more.

Click here for more info.

ZooFari is a 21+, rain or shine event. No babies, children, or strollers will be allowed to enter.

Friends of the National Zoo helps the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species by raising funds to support its mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring our members and guests.

Smithsonian's National Zoological Park | 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Reading & Art Exhibit

at The Arts Club of Washington

The Open Door, and Other Tales of Love and Yearning



Exhibit of Pieces from



Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm


Followed by

$40 DINNER RECEPTION (optional)

Includes wine bar & buffet dinner

6:30 pm. Reception and Art Exhibition

7:00 pm Reading by Author plus Q&A by Sandra Beasley

8:00 pm Reception Dinner

Enjoy a reading from Joram Piatigorsky new book The Open Door, and Other Tales of Love and Yearning, his new book of short stories, released April 2nd by Adelaide Books.

He also will present part of his Inuit art collection (one of the largest in the U.S.) – which served as the inspiration for many of the whimsical, artistic, and inviting stories that will greet you at The Open Door.

Inuit art refers to artwork produced by Inuit people, that is, people of the Arctic. The Inuit, through their artistic works, which include carvings and sculptures, express their culture and the natural beauty of the Arctic. Inuit Art Carvings often depict the animals of the Arctic or figures that represent Inuit folklore, mythology and religion, which took the form of nature worship. Read more on Joram’s Inuit Beautiful Blog.

Joram is the son of the Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and Baroness Jacqueline de Rothschild. His recent memoir, “The Speed of Dark”, which blends a lifetime in science studying eyes and genetics with the mystery and beauty of art, will also be available for purchase.

Arts Club’s well known writer and former Literary Events chair Sandra Beasley will be conducting an interview with Joram about his writing.

“Joram Piatigorsky audaciously weaves the fantastic with the familiar to show what love can do to those who yearn for it.

Nothing is impossible in the worlds he creates, while the characters who experience the startling transformations that occur could be ourselves.

Surprise and recognition are the hallmarks of these utterly original and delightful stories.”

– Kate Blackwell, author of You Won't Remember This: Stories

“The prose is precise, and their characters surprise with their longing to change their lives, when they struggle to make sense of their histories, and when they find beauty in uncommon places and persons.”

· – Sergio Troncoso, author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories

“The stories in Joram Piatigorsky’s The Open Door are full of imagination, curiosity, and human longing. A lively, engaging read.”

– Elizabeth Poliner, author, As Close to Us as Breathing

Events and more about author : https://www.jorampiatigorsky.com/


MEMBER RSVP WITH DINNER $40 - due now: $ 0

PUBLIC RSVP WITH DINNER $40 - due now: $ 40


RSVP on Club website link above.


In conjunction with the first museum retrospective of Zilia Sánchez, The Phillips Collection has organized a symposium to discuss Sánchez’s work in a broader context. The first part, In Context, features presentations by prominent art historians that frame Sánchez’s work within the trans-national development of modernism in Cuba, the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. The second part, Curatorial and Scholarly Perspectives, discusses the positioning of Sánchez’s work in museum collections and scholarly research. The third part, Legacy, introduces Sánchez’s former students (and now accomplished artists), sheds light on the preservation and conservation of the artist's stretched canvases, and touches on current issues in the field of Latin American art.

Ticket reservations for the symposium include untimed exhibition entry to Zilia Sanchez: Soy Isla, along with regular entry to the permanent collection, and can be redeemed for general entry anytime during museum hours on the date of the lecture.


Vesela Sretenović, curator of Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)



Alejandro Anreus, William Paterson University

Edward J. Sullivan, New York University

Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio



Susanna Temkin, El Museo del Barrio

Benigno Trigo, Vanderbilt University

Kelly Baum, The MET Breuer

Moderator: Abigail McEwen, University of Maryland



Carlos Enrique Rodríguez, NYC-based artist

Jorge González, San Juan-based artist

Irene Esteves, University of Puerto Rico

Michele Greet, George Mason University

Moderator: Taína Caragol, National Portrait Gallery

Saturday, April 13

2-5 pm

The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW.

Metro: Dupont Circle (Q Street exit)

Tickets for the symposium include admission to the museum all day. Get them at https://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2019-04-13-symposium

See photos from the exhibit on the DCdigest page at https://www.dcdigest.com/museums-zoos-galleries

photo by Donna Christenson

The Peculiar Patriot

Now Playing thru April 20, 2019

Written and Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson

Directed by Talvin Wilks

Presented in association with National Black Theatre and Hi-ARTS

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

woollymammoth.net // 202.393.3939

641 D Street NW Washington, DC 20004


more details on DCdigest Theater page



The blistering comedy follows a Bieber-esque pop star from Toronto as he tries to shed his squeaky-clean image by hiring up-and-coming Chicago rap duo Petty Young Goons (P.Y.G.) to school him in the history, culture, and vernacular of hip-hop… all before the hungry eyes of the viewing public on reality television. Drawing inspiration from Shaw’s Pygmalion (which inspired the musical My Fair Lady) and the voyeurism of MTV’s The Real World, Chisholm ruminates on the power of transformation and narrative ownership as his characters take turns trying to cash in on the other’s cultural currency, whether it be street cred, public visibility, or crossover potential.

Runs April 3 – April 28, 2019

Studio Theatre

1501 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

https://www.studiotheatre.org/ Box Office - 202.332.3300

Scena Theatre



by Samuel Beckett (Ireland) and Harold Pinter (UK)

directed by Robert McNamara (DC / US)

Previews: Fri April 5 (8 pm) | Sat April 6 (3 & 8 pm) | Sun April 7 (3 & 7 pm)

Performances: April 8 – May 5, 2019

$15 – $45 | Mon – Sat 8:00 pm | Sat & Sun 3:00 pm & 7pm

Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Don't miss this series of bold, short plays by two theatre giants.

Celebrate two theatre giants & Nobel Prize winners in a trio of plays by both—now playing in Rep. Ireland’s Beckett is the architect of absurdism. His brazen form of black comedy rages on with three of his most riveting classics in “Beckett Trio, Part 2”: Ohio Impromptu, Come and Go, and Catastrophe. Then, on separate nights, we present “Pinter Rep” by the master of modernism, London’s Pinter and it includes: One for the Road, Mountain Language, The New World Order, and The Pres and An Officer. Political at times, both legends will provoke your brain and stoke your emotions. Catch our month-long tribute to the greatest Thespians of the 20th Century.



11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA

Date & Time

Tuesday, Apr. 02, 2019



Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20004

Details on DCdigest Food and Wine page.