TBD Immersive: Cabaret Rising

February 9th – March 4th @ Dupont Underground

Immersive theater company TBD Immersive returns with Cabaret Rising, featuring staged and ambient burlesque and circus acts set within a dystopian political future, continues this weekend and runs through March 4th. Walk the rails of Dupont Underground and discover a world of peculiar and captivating prime ministers, ghosts, jugglers and secret assassins in this two-hour production. See the full schedule and buy tickets at this link.

Dupont Underground (entrance on south side of Starbucks at 19th and Connecticut)
1500 19th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Take Laughter With You: A Clowns Without Borders Fundraiser

March 17th @ 6 p.m., 5:30 p.m. doors

The second annual “Take Laughter With You” benefit is a true variety show: Clean comedy for adults and kids and all kinds of circus and variety arts. Each year, top-notch performers volunteer their time and talent to wow audiences for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support Clowns Without Borders-USA’s work of relieving suffering through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s tour in the Balkans where hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum.

The event is hosted by CWB Board Member and performing artist, Kolleen Kintz, and includes performances by the area’s top performers. Expect variety including acrobatics, aerialists, comedy, and juggling by Christian Kloc, Drew Richardson, Anthony Oliva, Elise Sipos, Jane Bryan, Julia Quigley, Kiersten Van Houten, Krystan Silva, Lessie Longstreet, Kim DeAngelis, Sophia DeAngelis and Matthew Pauli. The evening also includes performances by Clowns Without Borders performing artists Bobby Kintz, Brendon Gawel, Alex Orthwein and Kaitlin Kaufman.

Warning: Show may provoke, laughter, wonder, and hope against all odds!

Buy your tickets NOW at this link.

Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Conspiratease! An Illumi-Naughty Burlesque and Sideshow Revue

March 2nd @ 9p.m.

Local performance artists Callie Pigeon and Delilah Dentata will present Conspiratease! An Illumi-Naughty Burlesque and Sideshow Revue, on March 2, 2018, at the Black Cat. The show will pay tribute to such popular conspiracy theories as the moon landing hoax and the global influence of Lizard People.

“Conspiratease! will feature burlesque, sideshow, circus and pole performances all about everything ‘They’ don’t want you to know,” says co-producer Callie Pigeon. “The show will shine a spotlight on history’s most notorious top-secret, supernatural, extraterrestrial and governmental plots to create an entertaining night for all ‘true believers’.”

The cast will include Jim Dandy of The DC Burlesque Breakfast Club, Ginger Jameson of the DC Gurly Show, and Isabelle Epoque of Philanthrotease. In addition, several other local favorites of the DC variety show scene will perform.

“The show is an irreverent tribute to the brave souls committed to EXPOSING THE CAPS-LOCKED TRUTH to those of us just blindly going about our day,” says co-producer Delilah Dentata. “Aside from performances, the evening’s festivities will include raffle prizes, audience games, and DIY tinfoil hat-making stations. If you are concerned about the perils inherent in drinking fluoridated water, paying for goods and services with those little paper tributes to the Illuminati, and breathing in mind-altering, food-destroying chemtrail air, this is the show for you.”

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show, and are available at this link.

Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Clown Town Workshop with Elena Day

Sundays (2): February 4th and March 18th @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesdays: February 6th – March 20th @ 7 – 9 p.m.

Dive into red-nosed clowning with Elena Day!

This course will focus on the joyful intensity of playing. Through a series of games, exercises and observations, you will discover your brand of funny, and learn to share it directly with the audience. With the body as your guide, you will analyze your ways of moving and create your ‘clown form.’ Playing with and through this form, your clown will arrive vibrant, unique and funny!

Elena day trained at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq and is influenced by the work of clown pedagogue and movement artist Giovanni Fusetti. Elena has appeared as multiple characters with Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Florida and Cirque Mechanics in Nevada, but she is based in DC and performs locally with companies like Happenstance Theater.

Early bird registration is $275. After January 15th, the course is $325. Email dayable@gmail.com to register.

Address:

Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

 

Clown Cabaret — The 7th Anniversary Show

October 9th @ 8 p.m.

Join the occasionally ebullient, sometimes sinister, but always elation-inspiring cast of D.C.’s longstanding Clown Cabaret as they celebrate 7 YEARS of laughter and what the locals like to call ‘character development.’

The sizzling line-up includes Rich Potter, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Montanaro, Graham Pilato, Gwendolyn, Wendy Burch and many more surprises!

If you never been to a Clown Cabaret, lucky number seven is not to be missed. You’ll see veterans, newcomers and in-betweeners experimenting with the multidisciplinary (and gloriously ludicrous) craft of clowning for your laughing pleasure.

And if you’re one of those ‘I don’t do clowns’ people, step out of your joyless bubble and stop being such a stick in the mud! From the Clown Cabaret web site: “Drawing from modern, theatrical, circus, commedia, verbal, silent, knockabout, musical and other disciplines, you will see a great variety under the umbrella of Clown.”

Buy tickets at this link.

Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Maryland Renaissance Festival

August 26th – October 22nd (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day) @ 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Rain or Shine

If you’ve spent your summer pining for hot apple dumplings and smoked turkey legs, outdoor Shakespeare and harrowing sword swallowing, live glassblowing and handmade tapestries, your wait is finally over! The Maryland Renaissance Festival will fill the void of extravagant costumes, beer steins and jousting in your life, and then some!

Get one-day tickets or season passes at this link.

Circus performers at this year’s festival include sword swallower Johnny Fox (in his 37th season!), Hoop Enchantress Erin Jeannier, comedy jugglers London Broil, extreme stunt performers The Danger Committee, Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, mime Cybelle Pomeroy, aerial silks artist Elisabeth Herman, flea circus manager James Frank, Chicago-born juggler Jeffrey Daymont, the bendy (and balanced) duo of Acrobatrix, and street magician Todd A. Brown.

1821 Crownsville Rd.

Crownsville, MD 21032

David London’s Magic Outside the Box

August 22nd and 23rd @ 8 p.m.

Join David London on a journey to someplace else.

Combining magic with storytelling, comedy, puppetry, surrealism, philosophy, and that which cannot be defined, David’s Magic Outside The Box Cabaret Show presents an original show of magic unlike anything you have experienced before. Featuring excerpts from his previous theatrical productions, this 75 minute show is packed full of laughs, mystery, and the unexpected!

Tickets and a video preview available at this link.

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

 

DC Weirdo Show Presents: Drive-In Movie

June 16th @ 9 p.m.

Whether or not you’ve seen all of the cult classics of American film, you’re guaranteed a riotously good time at DC Weirdo Show’s Drive-In Movie, where the star-studded lineup of variety performers will pay homage to a range of movies from the Wizard of Oz to Star Wars to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. They’ll eat fire, they’ll play ukulele and they’ll embrace weirdness for your entertainment.

Tickets — Click ‘ticket information’ on the Facebook event page

The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Clown Cabaret

June 12th @ 8 p.m.

Discover a world of funny, eccentric and downright incomprehensible shenanigans at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Clown Cabaret is a place for clown, variety, circus and unclassifiable acts to workshop their material to the delight and comedic enrichment of the crowd. Expect a mesmerizing hodgepodge of music, magic, physical feats and potential pies in the face.

Confirmed acts include Drew the Dramatic Fool, Wendy Burch, Matthew Pauli and emcee Karen Beriss.

Tickets: $15 ($12 with a Fringe button) Visit the FB Event Page and select ‘Find Tickets’

Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

The Pansy Craze @ Shenandoah Fringe

April 9th @ 11 a.m. and April 10th @ 6:45 p.m.

The Pansy Craze is a nostalgic look back at the queer, underground cabaret scene of the late 20’s and early 30s. Enjoy a true variety show with feats of boylesque, circus, music and sideshow, part of the Shenandoah Fringe Festival 2017. Brought to you by the Round World.

The Kettle
19 Beverley St.
Staunton, VA 24401