Weekend Roundup, Jan. 19 – 22 

This week, we’ve got lots to do and see. Visit The Mosaic Theater for their new “Catalyst New Play Festival,” enjoy The Wharf’s Fire & Ice Festival, see an exhibit at The Transformer and more. Happy weekend! 

Memories! See ‘Cats’ at The National Theatre 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic Broadway musical “Cats” will be at the National Theatre for one week only, ending Sunday. The show, based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” is a record-breaker, with audiences from over 30 countries enjoying the timeless music, performed in 15 languages. The North American tour stopping in D.C. will feature new sound design, direction and choreography for a whole new generation. More information on tickets here. 

The Mosaic Theater Introduces the Catalyst New Play Festival 

The Mosaic Theater’s Catalyst New Play Festival runs today through Sunday, anchored by “Max and Willy’s Last Laugh.” The play is a dramatized true story of a World War II era cabaret act. The show, created by Jack Broder and Conor Duffy, also includes new works by D.C. theater icons Lady Dane Figueroa and Annalisa Dias. Emmy and Grammy winner John McDaniel will handle music direction and Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller directs the workshop presentation. Get tickets to this entertaining show here

“Max and Willy’s Last Laugh” playwright Conor Duffy. Courtesy Mosaic Theater.

See Verdi’s Requiem at The Strathmore, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 

This weekend, The Washington Chorus and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are performing the king of Italian opera’s (aka Verdis’s) “Requiem,” a dramatic piece that at the time he wrote it (1874) broke the norm for sacred music. Soloists include Michelle Bradley, Yulia Matochkina, Russell Thomas and Morris Robinson. Get tickets to the show in Baltimore today and tomorrow or The Strathmore in North Bethesda here

The Washington Chorus and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are performing Verdi this weekend. Courtesy Washington Chorus.

Check Out The Wharf’s Fire & Ice Festival This Weekend 

The third annual Fire & Ice Festival at The Wharf is Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Enjoy fire twirlers, ice sculptures, whiskey sampling, s’mores and an opportunity to support WAFF, or the Washington Area Fuel Fund. The event is free and more information can be found here

The Wharf’s third annual Fire & Ice Festival will feature ice sculptures, fire twirlers and more. Courtesy The Wharf DC.

See the Opening of “Double Rainbow: Prismmms” at Transformer 

Transformer is opening the second exhibit in the two-part “Double Rainbow: Future Archives,” by artists Maps Glover and Holly Bass. The exhibit highlights Bass and Glover’s large performance video archives in a light-filled installation. According to Transformer, the exhibit explores how video documentation has been used to legitimize and validate Black life in a society that wants to erase Black people’s humanity. More information on Double Rainbow can be found here

Transformer’s “Double Rainbow: Prismmms” exhibit part-two debuts this weekend. Courtesy Transformer.

Vroom! The Washington Auto Show Debuts This Weekend 

Car lovers unite! Head down to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this weekend to enjoy the annual Washington Auto Show. See exotic cars, classic cars, cars perfect for outdoorsy people and learn about EV and the growing electric mobility market. This is clutch: More information on the auto show can be found here

The 2023 Washington Auto Show will be setting up shop at the Convention Center this weekend. Courtesy Washington Auto Show.

Don’t Miss the Final Weekend of Glow 

Georgetown will be a little less sparkly after this weekend, as the popular exhibit Glow is winding down its illuminated art that brought a bit of fun this holiday season. If you haven’t experienced the exhibit yet, try a walking tour with DC By Foot. More information on this twinkling fun’s last few days in town can be found here

Projected signs for GLOW on M Street, near Installation #1, “Light Falls.” Photo by Chris Jones.



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