Stage & Screen Events: April 2017

A commentary on migration through physical movement, Mnemonic touches on the transportation of our ancestors and the parallels in today’s society of staying unsettled. Is this by choice or out of our control? Technology will be placed throughout the performance to effectively highlight the questions of “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?” Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30-$40. Anacostia Playhouse: 2020 Shannon Pl. SE, DC;

Pike St.
With a hurricane making its way toward New York, a mother living in the Lower East Side is working tirelessly to keep the electricity running for her daughter’s respirator. On the brink of disaster and running out of options, she meets a host of colorful neighborhood characters ranging from her 80-something-year-old neighbor to a decorated war veteran who bring an entirely new meaning to the phrase “It takes a village.” From the same one-woman powerhouse that brought us No Child…, which garnered rave reviews, Pike St. is guaranteed to be a hit. Various dates and showtimes. Tickets are $29-$49. Woolly Mammoth Theatre: 641 D St. NW, DC;

The Blood Knot
From South Africa’s most acclaimed playwright, The Blood Knot marks the first play in Mosaic Theater Company’s South Africa repertory. A fable about two brothers separated by color but bound by blood, The Blood Knot takes us on a harrowing journey of disguise and the truths behind living in one’s skin. Various dates and showtimes. Tickets are $20-$60. Atlas Performing Arts Center: 1333 H St. NE, DC;

Midwestern Gothic
Signature Theatre is known in these parts for their grandiose musicals, and Midwestern Gothic is no different. Set in a small town in the middle of nowhere (sounds like where I grew up!), this thriller takes you on a journey of various ways to leave behind a town…but with a super creepy twist, I’m sure. Just the way I like it. Various dates and showtimes. Tickets are $69-$74. Signature Theatre: 4200 Campbell St. Arlington, VA;

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Out of This World
For people who fear clowns, this will be a welcome goodbye. For those who are super fans of the Ringling Bros., this might be your last chance to see them in action. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Out of This World is the infamous circus group’s last tour before they close their doors, so catch it while you can. It’s sure to be filled with lions, tigers and motorcycles, oh my! The reviews so far have been spectacular, so if you’re keen on spectacle and various mammals jumping through fiery hula hoops, don’t miss out. Various dates and showtimes. Tickets are $25-$85. EagleBank Arena: 4500 Patriot Cr. Fairfax, VA;

An Evening with David Sedaris
If there was ever a time in America to unwind with a hefty dose of laughter, it’s now. We need it. David Sedaris is bringing his wisdom and wit to the Strathmore, and it’s just for you (and everyone else who goes). The Grammy nominee and New York Times bestselling author’s shows have been described as “nothing short of mesmerizing.” If you need any more convincing, do you even laugh? 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $35-$75. The Music Center at Strathmore: 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Bethesda, MD;

Smart People
Smart People dives straight into the controversial subject of racism, and if it’s hardwired into us from the beginning or a product of our environment. Four professionals gather to assess the psychological effects of race on the human brain from various career perspectives (doctor, actress, psychologist and neurobiologist), and dive into the humanly desires of identity, love and acceptance. Where will the line be drawn between cold hard facts and political correctness? I guess you’ll just have to make your way to Arena Stage to see! Various dates and showtimes. Tickets are $66-$81. Kreeger Theatre at Arena Stage: 1101 Sixth St. SW, DC;

Sarah Silverman
Funny (and controversial) lady Sarah Silverman is bringing her sass to MGM National Harbor this April. From standup to television to making fun of literally everyone, Silverman has done it all and is not sorry, which is why we like her. Grab a date, prepare to laugh and head on over to Maryland’s finest! Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $54-$68. The Theater at MGM National Harbor: 101 MGM National Ave. Oxon Hill, MD;

Fun Home Comes to National Theatre
From April 18 to May 13, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home comes to National Theatre. The play marks the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir about discovering her sexuality. We caught up with actress Karen Eilbacher, who plays Joan (based on Alison’s first lesbian experience at Oberlin College), about performing in the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical.

On Tap: How does it feel to be embarking on your first Broadway national tour?
Karen Eilbacher: It feels great. Empowering. Appropriate. The best possible timing. I could not have asked for a better Broadway debut than touring the United States inside this hella queer role. It’s exactly what I’m meant to do right now, where I’m meant to be, what I am meant to say.

OT: What do you find most enjoyable, and most challenging, about playing the character of Joan?
KE: What I find most enjoyable about playing Joan is the continuous curiosity I have in trying to understand who she is and what she wants. Joan is so alive. Most challenging in playing Joan is, well, she’s just damn cooler than I. That can be tough to keep up with sometimes. But only sometimes.

OT: Do you have a favorite song or scene in the play?
When Big Alison and her father Bruce Bechdel enter his car, and the scene continues into musical number “Telephone Wire.” This is a scene and song that invites everyone present to watch, listen and engage, [and] to empathize and hopefully understand the commonality for an individual’s need to connect.

OT: Why do you think Fun Home is relevant to all theatergoers?
KE: We all are a child to someone; we may even be a parent to another, too. If you recognize and accept that you fit this description, Fun Home is a good fit for you. Simple as that. Fun Home sparks feeling things, so whether you are “prepared” or not, empathy is learned and this musical is teacher. Plus, it’s pretty to look at (thanks, David Zinn!)

OT: Do you have a favorite memory of DC?
My fondest and (pretty sure) first memory of the city is being with mi familia, walking all about under the scorching sun, shelter nowhere to be found with our tourist pursuits and father’s  schedule in mind. And by the end of the day, finding and most appropriately selecting a little white foot that holds toothpicks and reads in red, “I walked my feet off in DC.” We still have it.

Tickets to Fun Home are $48-$98. Learn more at

National Theatre: 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC; 202-628-6161;

St. Patrick’s Day at Flanagans Harp and Fiddle

Guests celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Flanagans Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda with plenty of Guinness and live music by the 19th Street Band. Photos: Mark Raker

Taste on Wheels: Kegs & Eggs

Guests enjoyed The Green Eggs & Kegs edition of Taste on Wheels at Yards Park, which featured a host of trucks filled with Irish breakfast themes, green beers, mimosas and more. Photos: Ryan Hill

St. Patrick’s Day at Fado

Locals partied at Washington DC’s best St. Patrick’s Day party at Fado. Hundreds of green-clad, day-drinking heroes made their pilgrimage to Chinatown for brunch, Irish drink and live music with Ice Wagon Flu and Lloyd Dobler Effect. Photos: Ryan Hill

St. Patrick’s Day at Sine Irish Pub

Guests showed their true colors on St. Patrick’s Day at Sine Irish Pub in Pentagon City. Locals enjoyed plenty of shenigans, drink specials, an all-you-can-eat buffet and more. Photos: Cristina O’Connell

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Get Your Green On: St. Patrick’s Day Events

All Get Your Green On event listings are provided by the venues hosting them. 

Fado’s Perfect Pint
The district’s best bartenders compete to see who pours the best pint of Guinness. The winner of the prestigious title is beholden to a $500 prize. So if you’re interested in seeing a local bartender achieve a feather in their beer pouring cap, swing by and take in this competition. Starts at 7 p.m. Fado Irish Pub: 808 7th St. NW, DC;

The Capital Club’s Annual Shamrock Soiree
The Capital Club invites you to once again kiss the blarney stone at the 22nd annual Shamrock Soiree. This year, for all the revelers, there will be a beer and wine open bar from 9-11 p.m. Space is limited in the venue, so buy your tickets early for your favorite Irish jigs, surprises and an all-American good time. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets $55. Flavio DC: 1073 31st St. NW, DC; 

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with Rio Washingtonian Center and Harp & Shamrock Society, will host the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. It will feature a pipe band, marching band, music, animals and more. Free to attend. Gaithersburg: 9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD; 

Leprechaun Lap
Letting go of fool’s gold and inhibitions at DC’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day bash. Tickets to this full blarney blowout include plenty of shamrock shenanigans and exclusive drink specials such as $3 Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, $4 Summer Shandy, $5 Mixed Drinks and an endless supply of Gaelic indulgence. 2-10 p.m. Tickets are $6-$10. Sign of the Whale: 1825 M St. NW, DC;

Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The city of Manassas celebrates St. Patrick’s Day each year with a community parade featuring Irish dance groups, the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe and Drum, Washington Scottish Pipe and Drum, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Coalition Pipe and Drum, the Marine Corps Color Guard, and other areas groups and organizations. 11 a.m. start time. Old Town Manassas: 9431 West St. Manassas, VA; 

Shamrock Crawl DC
The Shamrock Crawl is a time of festive jubilation, so let your Irish cheer run free! Join thousands of fellow beer lovers in celebrating a day full of green revelry at some of DC’s most popular bars. Attendees will also receive a shamrock mug, party favors and a raffle entry for great prizes. 2-10 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40. The Front Page: 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, DC; 

Party at America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day festival, where thousands shake their shamrocks to Celtic rock bands. It’s pure shenanigans where the beer flows strong and everyone is Irish for the day. Lineup features widely-hailed bands of Celtic and Alternative rock including Dropkick Murphys, House of Pain, Coolio, Carbon Leaf, Street Dogs and more ShamrockFest takes place from 2-10 p.m. Tickets are $25-$75. RFK Stadium: 2400 E Capitol St. SE, DC;

DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Washington, DC celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a parade along Constitution Avenue. This two-and-a-half-hour special event, known as the Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments. St. Patrick’s Day is a family day in Washington, DC bringing people together to share the culture of the Irish. Downtown DC: From 7th St. to 17th St. NW, DC; 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Brunch
A great family day with live Irish music and Irish dancers. The Maple School of Irish Dance will be dancing after the parade and the music, by Danny Burns and Aine O’Doherty will begin at 2 p.m. Fado Irish Pub: 808 7th St. NW, DC; 

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraiser at Boundary Stone
Boundary Stone’s annual event will raise funds for childhood cancer research at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, with local teams competing to collect donations before taking their turn in the barber’s chair. Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau and Port City Brewing will participate. Shaves will be provided by event partner Barber of Hell’s Bottom. Fundraiser kicks off at 3 p.m. To donate, volunteer or sign up to be a “shavee,” visit Boundary Stone: 116 Rhode Island Ave. NW, DC; 

Guinness Dinner
Enjoy a three course dinner prepared by Chef Pedro Flores, featuring yellow fin tuna poke, paired with Harp; slow braised pork shank paired with Smithwicks; and a black and white crème brulee paired with Guinness. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $45. Ireland’s Four Courts: 2051 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA; 

St. Pat’s Day – Shamrock & Roll Bash
Doors open early at 8 a.m. Enjoy a free Irish breakfast and $1 Guinness, Jameson, Smithwichs and Harp from 9-11 a.m. Catch live music from Untwisted Mister and Donuts For Dinner. All that before closing out with East Coasts original 80s Tribute Band, The Reagan Years. Early bird tickets cost $10. Union Jack’s: 9811 Washington Blvd. Gaithersburg, MD; 

St. Patrick’s Day at The Dubliner
The event celebrates a day famous for green garments and Irish pride. The Dubliner is one of the largest suppliers of Guinness in DC, and it will celebrate the holiday, and its 40th anniversary with two parties, including live bands on multiple stages. All day. The Dubliner: Inside the Phoenix Park Hotel: 4 F St. NW, DC; 

St. Patrick’s Day at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
With performances by Baltimore rock band Poehemia and Irish dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance kicking it off in the early portion, and Mike Scoglio rounding out the late afternoon, this is a perfect opportunity to kick your feet up in an Irish pub atmosphere. Willem K Dicke will close the show. 11 a.m. – close. O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub: 3207 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA;

St. Patrick’s Day Cask, Live Music & Food Truck
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Port City would like to invite its patrons to an evening of music, food and great beer. With Wes Tucker from 7-9 p.m. Also, Borinquen Lunchbox will serve up great food. 3-10 p.m. Free to join. Port City Brewery: 3950 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria, VA; 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Mad Fox
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish-style craft beer, food specials and live music. Beer releases include St. James Irish Dry Stout and Tori’s Rockstar Red Irish Red Ale. Live music by Magnolia Blue. 3-10 p.m. Free to attend. Mad Fox Brewing Company: 444 W. Broad St. #1, Falls Church, VA; 

Clover Beer Fest 2017
Thanks to the luck o’ the Irish, Clover Beer Fest is returning for 2017, stocked with your favorite Irish beers and ciders, plus unlimited access to green beer. There will be tasty brats, bagpipes and brews. Plus, tastings of more than 100 beers and ciders, unlimited full pour beverages, access to DC area food vendors, and live entertainment all day. Session one from 1-4 p.m., session two from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $20-$49. Yards Park: 1300 1st St. SE; 

DC Leprecrawl
The Leprecrawl is DC’s best St. Patrick’s Bar Crawl so break out your green gear and get ready to enjoy awesome beer & whiskey specials at Chinatown’s best bars during this all day event. Check in at RFD from 12-3 p.m. Event from 12-9 p.m. RFD: 810 7th St. NW, DC; 

St. Paddy’s at Starr Hill Brewery
Starr Hill Brewery is bringing the luck of the Irish, and they’ll be turning the tap room into its own Irish pub, featuring peppermint paddy mint chocolate stout. Plus, a special selection of beers and delicious Irish-style food offerings from local chefs along with live music and games all for a great cause. 12-7 p.m. Tickets are $17-$20. Starr Hill Brewery: 5391 Three Notched Rd. Crozet, VA; 

St. Patrick’s Day Kindred Spirits Whisky Class
Don’t miss this whisky-drinking, wisdom-gaining event for you and your friends all about Irish whisky in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Included in your ticket to this whisky basics class is a welcome beverage, tastings of three Irish whiskies, Irish-inspired food and Irish rock ‘n’ roll. Best Irish garb wins a special prize. 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $40. The Next Whisky Bar: 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, DC;

St. Patrick’s Day at Fado

Guests at Fado  Paddy’d hard on St. Patrick’s Day as they enjoyed Irish dancers, bag pipers, Irish food and live music. Photos by Cristina O’Connell

Young Dubliners at Hamilton

The Young Dubliners rocked the house in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at The Hamilton. Photos by Mark Raker & Michelle Goldchain

St. Patrick’s Day at Sine

Local got their green on at Sine for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoyed traditional Irish food, DJ Tony and plenty of Irish cheer. Photos by Mark Raker

ShamrockFest 2016

Locals shook their shamrocks to Celtic rock bands at ShamrockFest. It was pure shenanigans as the beer flowed strong and everyone was Irish for the day. Photos: Michelle Goldchain