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.
As a frequent moviegoer, even I find it difficult to keep up with foreign films. Unless they are slated to be acknowledged during award season or carry a tremendous amount of hype, they are often lower on my priority list when it comes to choosing which film off the marquee to watch. However, the American University’s Films Across Borders series is an opportunity to head to several venues and appreciate a variety of stories. This year’s theme, Stories of Women, will showcase an assortment of films representing women from diverse backgrounds and represent the importance of “gender-balanced perspectives and parity” in our society. The festival includes screenings, panels and Q&As on a number of topics within the theme. Times, dates and ticket prices vary.
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.
After several people are forced from their homes, they escape into the forest of Arden, a place where you get lost in nature while simultaneously finding yourself. However, this is a Shakespeare retelling so the story encompasses themes like families at each other’s throats and lovers forced to feign the opposite. The New York Times declared this Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery musical adaptation as one of the best shows in 2017, and the refugees who form this new community among the trees are all set to blow DC away in its District debut. Various dates, times and ticket prices.
Parenthood is hard, sure, but you know what else is hard? Making friends as an adult. Without the built-in friend finder of school, navigating life as an adult takes up a ton of time, which sort of puts making new acquaintances on the backburner, and when you add children on top of all that – whew, good luck. Essentially this is where the characters in Studio Theatre’s Cry It Out find themselves, as two young couples separated by a few yards between their homes luckily strike up a friendship, bonding over all the tougher aspects of raising children. This comedy is sure to be a relatable story that examines parenthood and class in the U.S. Various dates, times and ticket prices.
The Cat Daddy himself is making his way to DC. Most famously known as the host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, Galaxy has also penned two New York Times best-sellers and more than 25 years of experience working with our feline friends. For this presentation at the famed Lincoln Theatre, Galaxy will divulge how he found his mojo and how to get to know your cat, and the “raw cat” (aka his ancestor who was totally not a social kitty.)
Wunder Garten (1101 First St. NE), in partnership with NoMa Business Improvement District, is excited to announce the return of Winterfest, a weeks-long holiday market and tree lot. Beginning Friday, November 30, and continuing through Sunday, December 16, the beer garden will light up like a Christmas tree and transform into a winter wonderland perfect for shopping for gifts and decorations while reveling in warm cocktails, food from local restaurants, and live music.
Getting in the holiday spirit, Wunder Garten will roll out a new menu of warming libations including winter beers from local breweries, spiked hot cider, Irish coffee, and peppermint schnapps hot chocolate. Food will be provided by Caliburger and DC’s beloved Timber Pizza on select nights.
Always a dog-friendly establishment, Wunder Garten will partner with the Humane Rescue Alliance to offer photos with Santa for furry friends on Sunday, December 16.
Roaring fires, bright string lights and other holiday decorations will surround the Makers Market, a gathering of local artisans selling artwork, apparel, greeting cards, beauty products, libations, and more including wares from vendors such as True Syrups & Garnishes, Zeke’s Coffee, Metal & Stone Creations, Urban Forest Perfume Co. and Who Dog Knits. The Makers Market will be open Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm.
For those looking to bring home a tree, the lot at Winterfest will offer a variety of fresh species to choose from, sourced regionally and responsibly, ranging in size from four to ten feet tall, with a portion of the proceeds going to a local DC charity. Holiday helpers will bundle and tie trees for easy transport.
As with last year’s Winterfest, local award-winning artist Hernan Gigena will install an interactive (and Instagrammable) art piece – this one consisting of more than 300 spheres suspended in air, a symbol of peace for the holiday season.
Admission to Winterfest is free. Wunder Garten is open Monday through Thursday, 4 pm to 10 pm; Friday, 4 pm to 1 am; Saturday, 12 pm to 1 am; and Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm. For more information, please visit www.wundergarten.com or
About Wunder Garten
Inspired by the Bavarian beer gardens made famous in Germany, Wunder Garten opened in 2015 in an unused lot in NoMa, with the goal of providing residents of the neighborhood with a fun place to gather with friends and family for ice cold beers and sunshine. Now, Wunder Garten is one of DC’s largest beer gardens with over 400 seats, multiple bars, lush greenery, cabanas, fire pits and heaters, and a climate controlled beer pavilion.