Here & Now

Tonight (1/18), show off your latest juggling moves at the Circus District Juggle Jam from 6-7 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. This demo/workshop is open to all ages and skill levels and includes hands-on instruction and a collaborative performance. Equipment is provided, but feel free to bring your favorite props. Now recommended in the Washington Post’s Going out Guide!

Later this evening (1/18), embrace your oddities at the DC Weirdo Show’s production of ‘Unforgivable Blackness’ at the Dew Drop Inn. This spectacularly strange set of humans will share the stage with moments of burlesque, yo-yo tricks, cigar box juggling, grinder acts, sideshow and more. Get tickets online before noon for $16 or for $20 cash at the door.

Dumbarton Oaks will be screening ‘The Young Juggler,’ a 51-minute film segment featuring Tony Curtis that appeared on television in 1960, next Wednesday (1/23) at 6 p.m. While this production did not meet with the same commercial success as Curtis’s other films, it is a rare and amusing take on the ‘juggler of our lady’ story, fully explored in the Juggling the Middle Ages exhibit, on view through February 28th. Register online for your free ticket to the film screening.

Next Friday (1/25), visit the GMU Center for the Arts in Fairfax to see Momix: Opus Cactus, a blend of dance, circus and visual intrigue that depicts the American Southwest through acrobatic movement and invented apparatuses. Federal employees get $5 tickets with their valid federal ID. Visit this link for tickets.

The Build Your Clown Act Workshop is next weekend (1/25-27) at Joe’s Movement Emporium, and there are still two spots remaining. Register at this link for the opportunity to delve into your clown brain and discover new material with Rich Potter, former Ringling Bros. clown and a founder of DC’s own Clown Cabaret.

If you are an aerialist interested in getting a high-resolution photo of your favorite pose on aerial silks, sign up at this link for the D.C. outdoor photo shoot with Pixie Perfect Productions on April 27th. The price of your ticket includes one photo of your choosing, with additional photos available for purchase a la carte.

Visions of Love, a stage adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s film ‘City Lights’ by Pointless Theatre Co. at Dance Loft on 14, continues this weekend and runs through February 9th. Visit this link for tickets and showtimes. If you’re interested in seeing the film that inspired the show, visit the Old Greenbelt Theatre on February 4th for a free 1 p.m. screening!

Take a short flight (or longer road trip) to Atlanta next weekend (1/25-27) for the Groundhog Day Juggling Festival. Enjoy competitions, games, workshops and shows for three days at the spacious Yaarab Shrine Center. Visit this link for more information.

Juggling meet-ups in the coming week include:
  • Juggling class is on for this Sunday (1/20) at 1:30 p.m. at TSNY-DC, and you may also sign up for their Friday open juggling from 6-7 p.m. by registering on their website. If you are interested in signing up for their upcoming 8-week juggling performance workshop (weekly 1/24-3/14), choose ‘1/24’ from the drop-down menu and select ‘Juggling Workshop with Christian.’
  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursday (1/24) from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School Cafeteria.
  • The University of Maryland Juggling Club is still off for Winter break, but will resume meeting the week of February 11th.

January/February Calendar
1/18-2/9 Visions of Love by Pointless Theatre Co. @ Dance Loft on 14
1/18 Circus District Juggle Jam @ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
1/18 Fire & Ice Festival @ The Wharf
1/19 Free Community Pole Class @ Pole Pressure DC
1/25 Momix: Opus Cactus @ GMU Center for the Arts
1/25-27 Build Your Clown Act Workshop @ Joe’s Movement Emporium
2/3 Gymkana Adult Partner Balancing Clinic @ UMD School of Public Health
2/4 City Lights Screening @ Old Greenbelt Theatre

2/9 An Aquarian Affair by Fluor @ Creative Labs

2/14-3/24 Big Apple Circus @ National Harbor
2/21-23 Cirque Mechanics @ Frederick, Md., Fairfax and Manassas, Va.