August 2, 2012 at 9:21 am EST | by Will Owen
D.C. arts briefs: Aug. 3

A still from ‘Married in Spandex,’ featuring rapper Leslie Hall. (Photo courtesy Allison Kole)

Lesbian wedding adventure documentary screens

The gay-themed documentary “Married in Spandex” screens Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Source Theater (1835 14th St., N.W.).

The film is a comedy that delves into issues surrounding gay matrimony, love, relationships and spandex. It was voted audience favorite at QFest in Philadelphia and won “Best Documentary” at Out in the Desert Film Festival.

“Married in Spandex” follows lesbian couple Amanda and Rachel as they travel from Philadelphia to the small town of Ames, Iowa for their wedding. A Q&A with filmmakers Allison Kole and Devin Gallagher will follow the screening.

All proceeds from the event go to the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. For more information, call Allison Kole at 561-889-2275 or visit

Signature Theater holds open house

Signature Theater (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, V.A.) holds its annual open house from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and patrons can also get half-price tickets for select Signature Theater performances during the 2012-13 season.

The open house will feature live performances, family events, master classes, the “Signature Idol” competition and a grand finale concert. Tony Award nominees Emily Skinner, Heidi Blickenstaff, Rob Britton Lyons, Chuck Mead and Natascia Diaz are among the event’s performers.

For more details, contact Peter Eramo at Signature Theater at 571-527-1833 or visit

‘Psycho’ screens on National Mall

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Psycho” screens Monday night on the National Mall after dusk (usually between 8:30-9 p.m.).

“Psycho” will be the last film featured in this summer’s Screen On the Green series. Screen On the Green has been a city pastime since 1999, allowing Washingtonians to see great films for free on a gigantic screen outside on the National Mall. People often start claiming spots on the lawn as early as 5 p.m.

This week’s film is a highly celebrated forerunner to the slasher movie genre, with a cross-dressing murderer played by late gay actor Anthony Perkins.

For more information on the screening, visit

Idina Menzel performs at Wolf Trap

Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Idina Menzel performs at Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.) on Friday night at 8:15 with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Reineke.

Menzel is best known for her Broadway roles as Elphaba in “Wicked” and Maureen in “Rent,” but she has also appeared in movies and TV shows such as “Enchanted” and “Glee.” The performance is part of her summer tour in which she has been performing with the symphonies of the cities she has visited. It will be her only night in the D.C. area.

The set list will be similar to that featured on Menzel’s recently released DVD “Idina Menzel: Barefoot at the Symphony,” but she will also be singing some material audience members may not expect.

Tickets for the show range from $20-65 and can be purchased on

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