Weekend Round Up January 17, 2019

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The 2018 Women's March on Washington. Photo by Jeff Malet.

The #womenswave is coming this Saturday. Will you be marching? Music legends coming to town include James “Blood” Ulmer, Renée Fleming and, on Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Other celebrations of Dr. King will take place on Sunday in McLean and Manassas. For more January events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Mosaic Theater Company: ‘Oh, God’

In Mosaic’s production of “Oh, God,” by the late Anat Gov, known as Israel’s Wendy Wassertein, a psychotherapist named Ella, single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new and desperate patient: God. Final performances are: Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $68. For details, visit mosaictheater.org or call 202-399-7993.

Art Trivia Night in Old Town

Alex Trebek meets Toulouse-Lautrec on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at this light-hearted competition featuring brews — and trivia master Sean Malone — from Port City Brewing at the Art League, 105 North Union St. in Alexandria, Virginia. The suggested donation is $10. For details, visit theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780.

‘Paris Noir, The African American History of Paris’

Also on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., Tristan Cabello will give a talk in English at the Alliance Française of Washington, D.C., 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, about the tightly knit community of black American writers, artists, musicians and political exiles in Paris, including, over the years: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Claude McKay, Josephine Baker, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sidney Bechet, Quincy Jones and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Tickets are $15. For details, visit francedc.org or call 202-234-7911.

James ‘Blood’ Ulmer at AMP

On Friday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., blues guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer — who began playing in funk bands and since his arrival in New York in 1971 has explored soul, rock, bebop, free jazz and avant-garde — will perform at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland. Tickets are $27 to $40. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.

Renée Fleming With the NSO

Celebrated soprano Renée Fleming will return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to sing an all-Schubert program, including music from “Rosamunde,” orchestrated songs and Luciano Berio’s “Rendering,” based on Schubert’s uncompleted 10th Symphony — with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Performances are Friday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $89. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

Wreaths Across America Cleanup

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, volunteers will remove holiday wreaths from graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Participants are encouraged to bring a broom handle, a rake or a long rope to carry the wreaths. Those who are not part of a team will be placed on a team. The cleanup should be completed around noon. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

2019 Women’s March

The 2017 Women’s March inspired hundreds of women to run, millions more to vote and dozens to win elected office. The 2019 Women’s March, on Saturday, Jan. 19, marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years of training new activists and two years of building power. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Participants will gather at 10 a.m. at Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The march (2.3 miles) will step off at 11 a.m. at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street NW. A rally at Freedom Plaza will follow from 1 to 4 p.m. For details, visit womensmarch.com.

Indian Dance at the Barns

This varied evening of dazzling Indian dance — on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia — is presented by IDEA (Indian Dance Educators Association). Tickets are $25 and $27. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.

‘Boogie for Choice’ at Gypsy Sally’s

Also on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8:30 p.m., the Skip Castro Band, from Charlottesville, Virginia, will perform at a benefit for Planned Parenthood at Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Tickets are $30 and $10 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. For details, visit gypsysallys.com or call 202-333-7700.

‘Liner Notes’ in McLean

The Alden Theatre at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean, Virginia, will host “Liner Notes,” a lively chronicle of the music and progression of the civil rights movement, on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. This multimedia concert experience includes jazz standards, hip hop samples and actual liner notes from the period. Tickets are $25 ($15 for MCC tax district residents). For details, visit mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-0123.

‘We Shall Overcome’ in Manassas

Also on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. in George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10900 University Boulevard in Manassas, Virginia, will present “We Shall Overcome,” a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Created by pianist and multi-genre recording artist Damien Sneed, the production blends actual recordings of Dr. King’s speeches with music from African American traditions, tying together a lineage that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. Tickets are $26 to $44. For details, visit hylton.calendar.gmu.edu or call 703-993-7759.

Millennium Stage: ‘Let Freedom Ring!’

This annual tribute in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is part of the free Millennium Stage series. This year’s edition, on Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m., will feature Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by the Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Up to two tickets per person will be distributed in the Hall of Nations beginning at 4:30 p.m. For details, visit kennedy-center.org.

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