Here & Now

The date for the Congress of Jugglers, the annual juggling festival at the University of Maryland, is now official! Visit College Park, Md., May 3rd-5th for three days of workshops, shows and unencumbered joy. Join their Facebook group to be the first to get updates about their festival venue, schedule and other details. And if you’re on Instagram, follow their new account! #supportyourlocaljuggleclub

The Circus District Juggle Jam returns to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop tonight (2/15) from 6-7 p.m. This combination class/performance is for all ages and skill levels, and your $5 suggested donation supports CHAW’s tuition assistance program. Visit this link for more information.

Later tonight (2/15), drop by the Dew Drop Inn for the DC Weirdo Show’s production of Happy New Weird, a collection of DC’s most eccentric, ebullient and under-represented talent. You’ll laugh, cry and gaze in absolute wonder. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Get tickets at this link.


The bizarre realms of TBD Immersive’s choose-your-own-adventure theater productions are back, this time at the Whittemore House in Dupont Circle. Discover Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret, an interactive show that will delight murder mystery, burlesque and circus enthusiasts alike, tonight (2/15) or tomorrow (2/16) at 7:30/8 p.m. (early admission is for VIP ticket holders). The show runs on weekends through March 2nd. Get tickets at this link.


The Big Apple Circus is at National Harbor tonight (2/15) through March 24th. Don’t miss out on Stephanie Monseu (Bindlestiff Family Cirkus) as ringmaster extraordinaire, the high-flying Tunizianis as acrobatic muses and many more exquisite acts of daring and charm under the big top. There will be autism friendly performances on 2/22 and 2/23 at 11 a.m., and a ‘circus of the senses’ for audience members with vision or hearing impairments on 3/14 at 11 a.m. Grab tickets at this link.


Tonight (2/15) through Sunday (2/17), enjoy Homebodies, a duo performance of physical comedy, puppetry and improvisation, at Baltimore Theater Project (45 W. Preston St.). Creators Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas use a 30-cubic-inch box full of trick doors and odd amenities to explore the concepts of house and home. Get tickets at this link. Shows are at 8 p.m. tonight, 3 p.m./8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday.


On Sunday (2/17), order a side (or main dish) of sass and eccentricity at Yolks on You: A Comedic Burlesque and Variety Brunch at the Bier Baron Tavern. Doors open at noon and the show starts at 1 p.m. Get tickets at this link.

UpSpring Studio has openings in its all-levels aerial yoga class coming up next Sunday (2/24) at 1:50 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium. Aerial yoga is taught in a low-hanging aerial hammock, in which students may access new poses and shapes to diversify their stretching practices. Sign up at this link.


Also at Joe’s Movement Emporium, look out for the preposterous, persnickety and pratfall-filled return of Clown Cabaret on April 17th. This cabaret-style presentation of works-in-progress from the region’s best physical comedians never fails to elicit a laugh, a tear or a few raised eyebrows. Follow Clown Cabaret on Facebook or visit http://www.clowncabaret.com/ for the latest details about their next show.

Juggling meet-ups in the coming week include:
  • The University of Maryland juggling club will meet on Tuesday (2/19) from 5-7 p.m. and Friday (2/22) from 4-6 p.m. on McKeldin Mall when it’s nice out and in the downstairs atrium of the Art/Sociology Building when it’s not.
  • The Baltimore Jugglers will meet on Wednesday (2/20) from 6-9 p.m. at the Locust Point Recreation Center.
  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursday (2/21) from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School Cafeteria.

February Calendar:
2/15-3/2 Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret by TBD Immersive @ Whittemore House

2/15-17 Homebodies @ Baltimore Theatre Project
2/15-3/24 Big Apple Circus @ National Harbor
2/15 Juggle Jam @ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
2/21-23 Cirque Mechanics @ Frederick, Md., Fairfax and Manassas, Va.