March 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm EDT | by Juliette Ebner
Arts news in brief: April 1

Michigan-based queer folk duo, Nervous but Excited, plays the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan on Monday. (Photo courtesy of group)

Nervous but Excited to play the Squirrel

Michigan-based, queer folk duo Nervous but Excited play the Black Squirrel (2427 18th St., N.W.) on Monday at 8 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation.

The duo, comprised of Kate Peterson and Sarah Cleaver, has performed onstage with Ani Difranco, The Butchies, Melissa Ferrick and Girlyman.

This tour is in support of their latest project, a six song EP “Just the Two of Us (Our Duo Doing Duos),” a collection of covers of other famous duos such as the Indigo Girls and Tegan and Sara.

For more information, visit the duo’s website,

Ba’Naka hosts pie contest

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) is having a pie eating contest hosted by Ba’Naka on Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. The top three competitors will receive their choice of Nellie’s gear. First place will also receive $100 and second place will also receive a $50 bar tab. The contest costs $10 to enter plus a $1 beer donation.

Ashraf Sewailam as The Bonze and Sandra Lopez as Cio-Cio San in Virginia Opera's production of "Madama Butterfly" being performed Friday and Sunday at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax. (Photo by Anne M. Peterson)

‘Butterfly’ gets another local production

The Virginia Opera will have two performances of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” starring Sandra Lopez as Cio-Cio San and Brian Jagde as Lt. Pinkerton, tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax.

The opera is performed in Italian with English supertitles.

There will be a free pre-opera discussion before each performance by Glenn Winter, Virginia Opera’s community musical outreach director.

Christine Thompson as Sarah and John Simmons as Todd in Gross National Product's production, 'The Sound of Palin,' part of its new show, 'State of DisUnion' at Atlas. (Photo courtesy of Atlas)

Palin spoof opens at Atlas

Gross National Product comedy group presents “State of DisUnion” at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. starting today through April 22.

Featuring a condensed version of their last show, “The Sound of Palin,” GNP’s new show features sketch comedy and improv mocking the members of Congress and other politicians.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for seniors and $25 for general admission and can be purchased online at (listed as Gross National Product Returns).

1 Comment
  • i am looking forward to seeing Nervous but Excited on Monday. I just found out about them from the HOMOGROUND website. They play music by LGBTQ bands. I’m surprised they haven’t played any DC bands on the show though! o_O

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