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Wolf Trap Opera Company: Opera’s Greatest Hits from Wolf Trap Opera’s Alumni Stars Wed, Aug 24 Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. For one night only, singers representing all four decades of WTOC’s history gather on the Filene Center stage to perform arias and ensembles from their signature roles by Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Mozart and more.

Featuring sopranos Tracy Dahl, Mary Dunleavy, and Emily Pulley, mezzo-sopranos Stephanie Blythe and Denyce Graves, tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Nicholas Phan, Carl Tanner, and James Valenti, baritones Richard Paul Fink and Robert Orth, bass-baritone Alan Held, and bass Matt Boehler.

ArtJamz at the Corcoran: Painting Big Sessions Wed, Aug 24 thru Fri, Aug 26 Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-393-3939. Experience the art party that is taking D.C. by storm! Enjoy wine and soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and great music in Gallery 31 as you create a wonderful work of art–which is yours to take home. Paints and canvases provided.

Reggie Watts Live in Concert Tue, Aug 23 thru Fri, Aug 26 Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. Reggie Watts–hailed by GQ magazine as “the coolest comedian on the planet” Is a comedian and musician of New York’s alternative-comedy scene.  His performances are all created on-the-spot so no two performances are ever the same.

The Guide to Arts & Culture is provided by CultureCapital, a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.


Sun, Aug 21 Race to the End of the Earth Exhibition, National Geographic. 202-857-7700.

Steel Magnolias, Keegan Theatre, Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202.

The Importance of Being Earnest, SCENA Theatre at H Street Playhouse, H Street Playhouse. 703-683-2824.


Aug 19 – Aug 20 Gipsy Kings, Wolf Trap.


Fri, Aug 19 Jazz in the Garden: Alex Brown, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.

Sat, Aug 20 Film Series: UCLAís Annual Festival of Preservation: On the Vitaphone, 1928ñ1930; Rendezvous with Annie preceded by A Selection of ‘Soundies’, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.

George’s Intervention/Morgue Story Double Feature, Artisphere. 703-875-1100.

Hollywood and the Civil War, Surratt House Museum. 301-868-1121.

Sun, Aug 21 Film Series: UCLAís Annual Festival of Preservation: Strangers in the Night followed by The Big Shakedown, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.

The Beach Boys, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Mon, Aug 22 5th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program: A Time for Justice, National Archives. 202-357-5000.

Tue, Aug 23 Ballet West, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Wed, Aug 24 The Rich Have Their Own Photographers, Artisphere. 703-875-1100.

Thu, Aug 25 Environmental Film Festival Screening: The City Dark, E Street Cinema. 202-342-2564.

HILTON ‘TRE’ FELTON TRIO: Live Jazz Happy Hour Thursdays, Artisphere. 703-875-1100.

The National Womanís Party and Political Rhetoric: Visual Propaganda in the Battle for the Vote, National Archives. 202-357-5000.

The Temptations & The Four Tops, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Tribute To Simon & Garfunkel and Paul Simon, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.


‘Pop!,’ The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.

Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Uncle Vanya,’ Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

‘Grease,’ Olney Theatre Center. 301-924-3400.

‘A Child Shall Lead Them,’ Clarice Smith. 301-405-7794.

‘The Capital City Showcase,’ DCAC. 202-462-7833.


Corcoran Gallery of Art. Recent Photography Acquisitions, Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran, Chris Martin: Painting Big. 202-639-1700.

National Gallery of Art. A Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome: The ‘Capitoline Venus’, In the Tower: Nam June Paik, Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Rajten Collection, The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms, From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, A New Look: Samuel F.B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’. 202-737-4215.

National Geographic. Machu Picchu: A Lost City Uncovered, Photographs from the Hiram Bingham Expeditions 1911-1915, The Etruscans: An Ancient Italian Civilization. 202-857-7700.

Museum of Women in the Arts. Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind, The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back. 202-783-5000.


‘Local Color,’ Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711.

Janis Goodman | Paintings, Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions, Stage Premier Realtor.

‘Scapes,’ The Art League. 703-683-1780.

14th Annual National Small Works, Washington Printmakers Gallery. 301-273-3660.

Barcode Orchestra, ‘Repetition is a Form of Change: The Process and Practice of GIF Art Online,’ Mantra Samplers: Maribeth Egan, Artisphere. 703-875-1100.

‘PHOTO 2011: Annual Juried Mid-Atlantic Photo Exhibition,’ Artisphere. 703-875-1100.

‘1460 Wall Mountables!,’ DCAC. 202-462-7833.

‘The Spirit of Wood: Sculpture by Katie Dell Kaufman and Lynda Smith-Bugge,’ Zenith The Gallery, Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space.

‘1st Annual Workhouse National Ceramics Exhibition,’ Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900.

2nd Saturday Art Walk, Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900.



PHOTOS: Night of Champions

Team DC holds annual awards gala



Team DC President Miguel Ayala speaks at the 2024 Night of Champions Awards on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Team DC, the umbrella organization for LGBTQ-friendly sports teams and leagues in the D.C. area, held its annual Night of Champions Awards Gala on Saturday, April 20 at the Hilton National Mall. The organization gave out scholarships to area LGBTQ student athletes as well as awards to the Different Drummers, Kelly Laczko of Duplex Diner, Stacy Smith of the Edmund Burke School, Bryan Frank of Triout, JC Adams of DCG Basketball and the DC Gay Flag Football League.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: National Cannabis Festival

Annual event draws thousands to RFK



Growers show their strains at The National Cannabis Festival on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 National Cannabis Festival was held at the Fields at RFK Stadium on April 19-20.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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‘Amm(i)gone’ explores family, queerness, and faith

A ‘fully autobiographical’ work from out artist Adil Mansoor



Adil Mansoor in ‘Amm(i)gone’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. (Photo by Kitoko Chargois)

Thorough May 12
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St., N.W. 

“Fully and utterly autobiographical.” That’s how Adil Mansoor describes “Amm(i)gone,” his one-man work currently playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. 

Both created and performed by out artist Mansoor, it’s his story about inviting his Pakistani mother to translate Sophocles’s Greek tragedy “Antigone” into Urdu. Throughout the journey, there’s an exploration of family, queerness, and faith,as well as references to teachings from the Quran, and audio conversations with his Muslim mother. 

Mansoor, 38, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is now based in Pittsburgh where he’s a busy theater maker. He’s also the founding member of Pittsburgh’s Hatch Arts Collective and the former artistic director of Dreams of Hope, an LGBTQ youth arts organization.

WASHINGTON BLADE: What spurred you to create “Amm(i)gone”? 

ADIL MANSOOR: I was reading a translation of “Antigone” a few years back and found myself emotionally overwhelmed. A Theban princess buries her brother knowing it will cost her, her own life. It’s about a person for whom all aspirations are in the afterlife. And what does that do to the living when all of your hopes and dreams have to be reserved for the afterlife?

I found grant funding to pay my mom to do the translation. I wanted to engage in learning. I wanted to share theater but especially this ancient tragedy. My mother appreciated the characters were struggling between loving one another and their beliefs. 

BLADE: Are you more director than actor?

MANSOOR: I’m primarily a director with an MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon. I wrote, directed, and performed in this show, and had been working on it for four years. I’ve done different versions including Zoom. Woolly’s is a new production with the same team who’ve been involved since the beginning. 

I love solo performance. I’ve produced and now teach solo performance and believe in its power. And I definitely lean toward “performance” and I haven’t “acted” since I was in college. I feel good on stage. I was a tour guide and do a lot of public speaking. I enjoy the attention. 

BLADE: Describe your mom. 

MANSOOR: My mom is a wonderfully devout Muslim, single mother, social worker who discovered my queerness on Google. And she prays for me. 

She and I are similar, the way we look at things, the way we laugh. But different too. And those are among the questions I ask in this show. Our relationship is both beautiful and complicated.

BLADE: So, you weren’t exactly hiding your sexuality? 

MANSOOR: In my mid-20s, I took time to talk with friends about our being queer with relation to our careers. My sexuality is essential to the work. As the artistic director at Dreams of Hope, part of the work was to model what it means to be public. If I’m in a room with queer and trans teenagers, part of what I’m doing is modeling queer adulthood. The way they see me in the world is part of what I’m putting out there. And I want that to be expansive and full. 

So much of my work involves fundraising and being a face in schools. Being out is about making safe space for queer young folks.

BLADE: Have you encountered much Islamophobia? 

MANSOOR: When 9/11 happened, I was a sophomore in high school, so yes. I faced a lot then and now. I’ve been egged on the street in the last four months. I see it in the classroom. It shows up in all sorts of ways. 

BLADE: What prompted you to lead your creative life in Pittsburgh? 

MANSOOR: I’ve been here for 14 years. I breathe with ease in Pittsburgh. The hills and the valleys and the rust of the city do something to me. It’s beautiful, it’ affordable, and there is support for local artists. There’s a lot of opportunity. 

Still, the plan was to move to New York in September of 2020 but that was cancelled. Then the pandemic showed me that I could live in Pittsburgh and still have a nationally viable career. 

BLADE: What are you trying to achieve with “Amm(i)gone”? 

MANSOOR: What I’m sharing in the show is so very specific but I hear people from other backgrounds say I totally see my mom in that. My partner is Catholic and we share so much in relation to this. 

 I hope the work is embracing the fullness of queerness and how means so many things. And I hope the show makes audiences want to call their parents or squeeze their partners.

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