Oct
18
Thu
Illyria @ Gunston Arts Center’s Theatre Two
Oct 18 – Nov 18 all-day

This WSC Avant Bard production set in the 1980s is a colorful and music-heavy tale where gender is an afterthought. Illyria is freely adapted from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a story in which seemingly straight characters fall in love with someone despite their projected gender identity and not because of it. Ezra Tozian will be playing Viola in her crossdressing performance as Cesario, taking the act to another level as a performance within a performance. What are the subtle mannerisms that she’ll take from gender to gender? What is it about Viola and Cesario that their admirers will fall in love with? The titular Illyria dive bar in Manhattan will intertwine the lives of multiple identities, all while bumping the music of love.

Oct
30
Tue
Billy Elliot @ Signature Theatre
Oct 30 2018 – Jan 9 2019 all-day

Ballet. Coal mining. Labor strikes. Following your dreams. An infectious soundtrack, courtesy of Sir Elton John himself. What do all of these things have in common? They’re all part of the iconic tale of the boy who loved to dance, coming to Arlington’s award-winning, intimate space at Signature Theatre. The singalong tale will run through the holidays, providing the perfect opportunity to show DC’s magnificent productions of classic theatre to your houseguests. Or sneak out and enjoy this feel-good, toe-tapping tale on your own.

Nov
2
Fri
Anything Goes @ Arena Stage’s Fichandler Stage
Nov 2 – Dec 23 all-day

As the SS American carries away its passengers from London to New York, it also sails a little secret across the ocean. There’s a passionate love stowed away between Billy and the countess Hope Harcourt. She’s meant to get married to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (please pronounce in your snootiest voice – it’s probably an accurate descriptor of the character). Of course, Billy doesn’t have the riches, but he does have determination and that has to count for something, right? He manages to get some fellow passengers on board (ha) with his mission, and the rest is for you to find out. I’ll be rooting for Billy mostly because he’s played by a familiar face, Disney Channel’s own Corbin Bleu.

Nov
14
Wed
DC Cocktail Week 2018 @ Various DC Area Locations
Nov 14 – Nov 18 all-day
DC Cocktail Week 2018 @ Various DC Area Locations

Happy Hour just got SO MUCH better. Celebrate DC’s booziest week, #DCCocktailWeek, with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington  through Sunday, Nov. 18. See the full list of participating locations and their cocktail pairing offerings at dccocktailweek.com – you don’t want to miss out on these amazing deals!

Nov
15
Thu
DC Cocktail Week 2018 @ Various DC Area Locations
Nov 15 – Nov 19 all-day
DC Cocktail Week 2018 @ Various DC Area Locations

Happy Hour just got SO MUCH better. Celebrate DC’s booziest week, #DCCocktailWeek, with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington  through Sunday, Nov. 18. See the full list of participating locations and their cocktail pairing offerings at dccocktailweek.com – you don’t want to miss out on these amazing deals!

Nov
16
Fri
DC Cocktail Week 2018 @ Various DC Area Locations
Nov 16 – Nov 20 all-day
DC Cocktail Week 2018 @ Various DC Area Locations

Happy Hour just got SO MUCH better. Celebrate DC’s booziest week, #DCCocktailWeek, with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington  through Sunday, Nov. 18. See the full list of participating locations and their cocktail pairing offerings at dccocktailweek.com – you don’t want to miss out on these amazing deals!

Randy Rogers Band @ 9:30 Club
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm
Randy Rogers Band at 9:30 Club @ 9:30 Club
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm
Randy Rogers Band at 9:30 Club @ 9:30 Club | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Authenticity isn’t something that can be manufactured in a studio. It’s not a craft that can be learned or artfully practiced. It comes from living life. It’s the byproduct of blood, sweat and tears and as the foundation for music, it elevates mere entertainment to compelling art. Every note, every word on the Randy Rogers Band’s new album Nothing Shines Like Neon rings with authenticity that makes each song linger with the listener long after the music fades.

“You’ve just got to be true to yourself and you can’t fool anybody,” Rogers states matter of factly of the band’s philosophy. “As a whole, our body of work is pretty consistent to our live show and the band that plays on the record is the band that you go see.”

The same line up has been performing together since 2002 and the music has evolved as they’ve soaked up life experience. “As men we’ve all matured and lived a lot of life together,” Rogers says. “We’ve had a few breakups happen to us. We’ve had babies. We’ve had life changes. We’ve been on the road 200 shows a year. I’ve been in this band 15 years so a lot has changed. I still listen to Merle Haggard every night. I mean that hasn’t changed, but a lot has changed for us musically and privately. We all are in a good spot and we all are just as good friends as when we started.”

Camaraderie and creativity have made Rogers and bandmates Geoffrey Hill (guitar), Johnny “Chops” Richardson (bass guitar), Brady Black (fiddle), Les Lawless (drums) and Todd Stewart (utility player) one of the top bands on the competitive Texas music scene. Nothing Shines Like Neon continues the momentum established by the band’s four previous albums—Randy Rogers Band, Burning the Day, Trouble and Homemade Tamales, each of which went to No. 1 on iTunes. Earlier in 2015, Rogers joined friend Wade Bowen to record the critically acclaimed album Hold My Beer Vol. 1.

Produced by Nashville legend Buddy Cannon (Willie/Merle) at Cedar Creek in Austin, RRB’s news album Nothing Shines Like Neon showcases the band’s taut musicianship as well as Rogers’ earnest vocals and insightful songwriting on such instant classics as the groove laden “Rain and the Radio,” the heartbreak anthem “Neon Blues” and the playful “Actin’ Crazy,” a duet with Jamey Johnson. “Jamey and I wrote that song together,” Rogers notes. “I met a movie star a few days before Jamey and I were going to write. I was in LA playing at the House of Blues and he came out to the show. I was thinking about him …and thinking about being a struggling actor living in LA and having to put up with all the bullshit that LA is. I just wrote that song about him.”

Nothing Shines Like Neon is a stellar collection in an already impressive body of recorded material that owes a lot to the band’s potent live show. “You come to a show, you know what you’re going to get,” Rogers says. “We’ve worked hard at making ourselves better on stage and we care about our live show. It’s a way to come out and unwind, and we’ve stuck to writing songs that are about real life, about breakups or divorces, falling in love or babies being born, and in the case of this record even death, the ups and downs of life. People can relate. That’s what country music is supposed to be. Our band has been around for a long time because there’s no bullshit to us. We’re not in it to be rich and famous. We’re in it to make a living, provide for our families and do something that we all love. You can’t fool people and we haven’t ever tried. I think that’s the key.”

***Write-up provided by www.930.com

The Travelin’ McCourys @ The Hamilton
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm
Young The Giant @ The Anthem
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm