August 16, 2012 at 9:33 am EDT | by Erin Durkin
D.C. arts briefs: Aug. 17

Shi-Queeta and the girls at the Howard

Howard Theatre (620 T St., NW) hosts a female celebrity impersonation show dubbed “Salute to the Divas” Tuesday at 8 p.m. It’s the first show of its kind the newly refurbished, reopened Howard has had since the ‘60s.

The show features local drag legend Shi-Queeta-Lee and other celebrity impersonators as they bring divas such as Tina Turner, Cher, Beyonce and Diana Ross to the stage. The cast also takes the audience to the likes of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Shi-Queeta-Lee is a D.C.-based female impersonator who has been featured on TV and at many local Pride and nightclub events. She performs regularly at Town and Nellie’s.

The doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of the show. For more information, visit

Racette giving Rehoboth-area performance

World-renowned opera singer Patricia Racette performs on Saturday night as the feature of the Opera at the Beach show at Cape Henlopen High School Theatre (1270 Road, Lewes, Del.).

One of few lesbian opera singers, this soprano will be enticing the audience with a program of operatic arias, jazz and Broadway standards. She is known for her work at the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera. This is Racette’s first performance in Delaware and it is to benefit Coast Concerts and The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center.

Tickets are $50-$75, however nursing students and children under 18 may purchase tickets at half price with identification. For more information, visit

Gospel’s Winans joins Koz at Wolf Trap

Openly gay jazz saxophonist Dave Koz plays Wolf Trap next week. (Photo courtesy Wolf Trap)

Smooth jazz musician and seven-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz is performing at Wolf Trap in the Filene Center on Wednesday.

This performance is part of a summer tour to promote his Grammy-nominated album “Hello Tomorrow.” The recent album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and iTunes named it the “Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010.” For this performance, Koz is joined with Grammy winner BeBe Winans and special guest Average White Band.

Tickets range from $25-$42. For more information, visit


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