Weekend Round Up February 9, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in "Revelations."
Photo by James R. Brantley.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in "Revelations."

Village at Leesburg Skate Date FEBRUARY 10TH, 2017 AT 01:00 PM | FREE | INFO@RAPPAPORTCO.COM | TEL: 571-382-1250 | EVENT WEBSITE

A roller rink has popped up at the Village at Leesburg for skate dates through Valentine's Day. In addition to this new spin on date night, there are also merchant specials and surprise treats. On Valentine's Day, horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered from 4 to 9 p.m.

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, 1602 Village Market Boulevard SE, Leesburg, Virginia

DC Shorts WINS! FEBRUARY 10TH, 2017 AT 07:00 PM | $15-$25 | TRAVIS@KENDRARUBINFELDPR.COM | TEL: 240-507-4238 | EVENT WEBSITE

The winning films from last year's DC Shorts Film Festival will be screened for two fully packed showcases, one night only, at the Miracle Theatre. All of the films won Jury or Audience Awards.

Miracle Theatre, 535 8th St. SE

Happenstance Theater: 'Threshold' FEBRUARY 10TH, 2017 AT 07:00 PM | FREE | TEL: 301-699-1819 | EVENT WEBSITE

Using spatial dynamics, movement, physical theater, text, live sound, theatrical clowning and improvisational play, “Threshold” explores moments of transition, from the simplicity of entering and exiting a space to the profound transition from innocence to experience. Happenstance Theater engages the audience by bringing curiosity and delight to the idea of crossing over into unknown spaces: the moving, meeting, leaping, partnering, parting, aging and dying that require us to cross the threshold. Pay what you wish, no tickets required.

Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3909 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, Maryland

'Hamlette' FEBRUARY 11TH, 2017 AT 11:00 AM | $15 | TEL: 202-265-3767 | EVENT WEBSITE

Being a teenager would be hard enough for Hamlette anyway — but add in a visit from her father’s ghost, her mother marrying her murdered father’s brother (her uncle) and no one remembering she’s a girl, it’s enough to make poor Hamlette go mad. “Hamlette” takes the classic Shakespeare play, throws it in a blender and shakes it up into a sidesplitting comedy recommended for ages 11 and up, told in under an hour with only five actors.

Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW

Kindred Spirits Whisky Class at the Watergate Hotel FEBRUARY 11TH, 2017 AT 02:16 PM | $40 PER PERSON | EVENT WEBSITE

This whisky basics class will teach beginners how to talk about, enjoy and shop for whisky. Guests will be greeted with a whisky cocktail and taste a rye, a bourbon and a scotch as they learn about each spirit. There will also be food, cordial chocolates made in-house by chef Celia and a takeaway gift.

Next Whisky Bar, Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW

Arlington Arts Center Opening Receptions FEBRUARY 11TH, 2017 AT 06:00 PM | FREE | TEL: 703-248-6800 | EVENT WEBSITE

The Arlington Arts Center hosts opening receptions for its Curators Spotlight and other winter shows. AAC Resident Artist Pam Rogers presents “Working the Ground.” In the Jenkins Community Gallery will be “Tales Told: Bookmaking & Illustration,” a multi-generational exhibition featuring work created by AAC students. Finally, opening nights always feature open studios, when attendees can go upstairs to meet and mingle with the AAC Residents.

Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia

Nordic Voices FEBRUARY 11TH, 2017 AT 08:00 PM | $30 - $35 | OFFICE@DUMBARTONCONCERTS.ORG | TEL: 202-965-2000 | EVENT WEBSITE

Nordic Voices, a six-voice a cappella ensemble, will perform stunningly rich arrangements of century-old plainchant pieces and works commissioned from Norwegian composers. The program is about love, comfort and playfulness.

Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater FEBRUARY 12TH, 2017 AT 01:30 PM | $39 TO $125 | TEL: 202-467-4600 | EVENT WEBSITE

The much-loved company returns for its annual engagement, offering both cherished favorites and new works. The Sunday program includes the Ailey masterpiece “Revelations,” Billy Wilson’s “The Winter in Lisbon,” set to Dizzy Gillespie’s music, and Hope Boykin’s Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired “r-Evolution, Dream.” Also Thursday 2/9 and Friday 2/10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 2/11 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

Artist Talk and Closing Reception FEBRUARY 12TH, 2017 AT 03:00 PM | FREE | TEL: 202-462-7833 | EVENT WEBSITE

Sheila Crider’s work articulates issues of contemporary culture through installations that embody social and aesthetic ideas. “January ’15– October ’16” brings together mixed-media pieces that utilize paper, fabric, metal, wood and other materials, challenging our conventional definitions of fine art. Using recycled and repurposed materials and petroleum products, the installation “Toxicity in the Air” provokes awareness of the pollution poisoning our atmosphere.

DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW

Step Afrika! 'Step Xplosion' FEBRUARY 12TH, 2017 AT 04:00 PM | $35 TO $75 | TEL: 301-581-5100 | EVENT WEBSITE

Strathmore’s third annual showcase for Step Afrika! is a celebration of Black History Month. Percussive dance styles historically practiced by African American fraternities and sororities come together with African traditional dance and art forms from around the world as Step Afrika! integrates songs, storytelling and humor into a highly entertaining, interactive show. The top step teams from across the country demonstrate inspiring technique and agility while promoting stepping as an educational tool for young people, strengthening teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.

Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland

SOLE Defined FEBRUARY 12TH, 2017 AT 04:00 PM | $15 AND $30 | TEL: 202-269-1600 | EVENT WEBSITE

A power-packed show full of pure emotion, SOLE Defined features traditional sand dance, tap dance on roller skates and body percussion with musical influences from around the globe. Incorporating dance, multimedia, acting and singing, the show is a power-packed performance that creates a free-flowing conversation. Also Saturday 2/11 at 8 p.m.

Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE

VOCES8 at St. John's FEBRUARY 12TH, 2017 AT 05:00 PM | $40. | SAM@STJOHNSGEORGETOWN.ORG | TEL: 202-338-1796 | EVENT WEBSITE

Making its debut in Washington, D.C., this eight-voice British ensemble has become one of the best-loved singing groups in the world. Its repertoire extends from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW

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