Thanks to a recent $8 million renovation, the gorgeous art-deco Bethesda Theatre is now Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a hot spot for live music, dining and drinking. The club offers great entertainment from top national blues and jazz artists, plus the best talent from the mid-Atlantic region, in an intimate setting with excellent acoustics. Enjoy a great dinner served up with a heaping side of blues and jazz -- Executive Chef William Pack Jr. has created a Creole/Cajun-inspired menu with a bevy of mouthwatering choices, including delicious desserts.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (B.J. Jansen & Common Ground Feat: Delfeayo Marsalis and Duane Eubanks)Wednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:30pm (Gabrielle Stravelli)Sunday November 5, 2017 / 7:30pm (Selina Albright & Steve Cole)Wednesday November 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Buddy Rich Birthday Celebration)Thursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pm (Jeanette Harris & CeCe Peniston)
Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a new story of love, loss and family. The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus is set in rural Maryland in 1927, focusing on a group of black circus performers who struggle to be respected both as artists and as human beings. Featuring authentic vaudeville-inspired performances from the 1920s, this new musical pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 3:00pm
Cheer on the Washington Redskins from the best seats in the house with Dream Seats and Club Level Seating at FedEx Field. Catch all the on-field action from the first three rows with Dream Seats. With complimentary hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, soda and water on hand, you'll never be hungry or thirsty, and you'll enjoy exclusive access to the Club Level Concourse's leather chairs, HDTVs, four separate bars and Hooters restaurant. With Club Level seats, you can enjoy elite views in the 300 Level while feasting on food options like Ben's Chili Bowl and Phillips Seafood. Or, step away to dine at sit-down eateries like MGM National Harbor Club. With big-screen TVs hanging everywhere, you'll never miss a minute of the action.
Sunday October 29, 2017 / 4:25pm (vs. Dallas Cowboys)Sunday November 12, 2017 / 1:00pm (vs. Minnesota Vikings)Thursday November 23, 2017 / 8:30pm (vs. New York Giants)Sunday December 17, 2017 / 1:00pm (vs. Arizona Cardinals)Sunday December 24, 2017 / 1:00pm (vs. Denver Broncos)
Proclaimed "the greatest American play ever written," Thornton Wilder's Our Town looks at the power of life and death even in the brightest and most unassuming of settings. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, this hard-hitting drama has been performed on Broadway and beyond. Now, a small cast of just seven characters play what is traditionally a play with over 20 characters. Narrated by the nameless Stage Manager (played by Angels in America's Jon Hudson Odom), the actors often break the fourth wall to address the audience directly. Director Aaron Posner (Stupid F*cking Bird, District Merchants) also deploys an ensemble of Bunraku-style puppets to portray the other townspeople beyond the seven central characters. This is Our Town like you've never seen it. Don't miss this quietly heartbreaking show at the Olney Theatre Center.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 1:45pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:45pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:45pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:45pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:45pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 1:45pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:45pm
Throw it back to the good ol' days, when R&B stars reigned surpreme and love was in the air at the Baltimore '90s Block Party at Royal Farms Arena. Bring your girlfriends or your man for a night of smooth sounds, New Jack Swing, bedroom jams and dance favorites from a stacked lineup of stars. R&B pioneers Guy, featuring Teddy Riley, will headline the bill, and joining them on stage will be Jagged Edge ("Let's Get Married"), Ginuwine ("Pony"), 112 ("Only You") and Next ("Too Close"). So get your dance shoes on and get ready to party at this block party you don't want to miss.
Enjoy a cruise on the luxurious vessel Odyssey, with unparalleled views of the nation's greatest landmarks from the Potomac River, as you delight in a delicious brunch, lunch or four-course dinner (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) in the spacious glass atrium dining room. Later, dance to a wide array of music provided by a live band in the decorated interior room with its enticing dance floors. This sophisticated getaway excursion offers something for everyone, whether you're looking forward to fresh and creative food prepared by a master chef, listening to music and dancing or simply relaxing with a special someone while watching the beautiful view.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Friday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
Embrace your flannel shirts, infinity scarves and love for all things pumpkin aboard the Fall Fest River Cruise from the National Ferry Corporation at Washington Marina. What better way to usher in the fall than to see that beautiful autumn foliage from the water? Enjoy cider, pumpkin beer, wine or signature fall cocktails available for purchase. Whether you bring a loved one or meet someone new, you can enjoy the crisp air and bright colors on this stunning autumn cruise.
Saturday November 4, 2017 / 5:45pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Saturday November 11, 2017 / 5:45pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Saturday November 18, 2017 / 5:45pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)
From real-life spy gadgets to the stories behind the coolest secret agents in movies, the International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the world of espionage. Upon arrival, you'll be given a secret identity, which you'll use to test your spy skills throughout the experience. Then, you'll explore a series of themed rooms, where you'll hear historic tales, examine artifacts and participate in activities. Get ready for exhibits like Spies Among Us, which focuses on WWII-era German and Russian spy rings, and Exquisitely Evil, a tribute to the villains of cinema's most famous spy -- James Bond. Exquisitely Evil features more than 100 film artifacts from both old and new Bond movies, plus interactive exhibits that allow you to take over the controls of a villain's lair, brave the depths of a virtual shark tank, play spy vs. spy with other visitors, disarm a missile before time runs out and more.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Friday October 27, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Monday October 30, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Tuesday October 31, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Wednesday November 1, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)
Poe takes a fascinating look at the legendary figure of Edgar Allen Poe, exploring his poetry and the muse that inspired his prolific writing. The Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this original play by Tony Tsendeas -- starring Brian Keith MacDonald -- for four performances only this Halloween season.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmMonday October 30, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:30pm
An original adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and holiday cheer comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater for the first time. A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas is a haunting yet heartwarming -- and frequently very funny -- reimagining of the journey of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. This adaptation of the classic tale puts the story's supernatural elements front and center for a high spirited and spooky production that prompted a critic for the Hartford Advocate to opine, "If Alfred Hitchcock had done A Christmas Carol, he'd have done it exactly like this."
Friday November 17, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 6:00pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 6:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 6:00pmSunday December 3, 2017 / 1:00pmFriday December 8, 2017 / 6:00pm
The classic fairy tale Cinderella comes to life in an hour-long, kid-friendly musical. This Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater production will be signed, spoken and sung for people of all hearing abilities to enjoy. Before the show, you'll be treated to a light lunch of -- choose between an all-beef hot dog and potato chips or a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza.
With eye-popping costumes, stirring choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score, Ballet Theatre of Maryland's performance of The Nutcracker will enchant the entire family. This annual holiday ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved production that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.
Any bacon lover will tell you there are few pleasures greater than this crispy, savory treat. You can give in to your cravings and celebrate all things bacon -- while rocking out -- as the Bacon Jam takes over Power Plant Live! in Baltimore. Live bands will provide the soundtrack while you chow down on a variety of bacon-based dishes and sip bacon-inspired cocktails. Then go hog wild in pork-inspired games and competitions.
Saturday November 11, 2017 / Noon - 5:00pm (VIP Entry at 11:00am)
Step aboard the Spirit ship for unparalleled cruising fun on the Potomac River. Dine on a delicious buffet meal, dance to Top 40, country and R&B hits from the DJ, and catch breathtaking views of the Potomac River and the historic sights of our nation's capital. Soak in the fresh air, sip on delicious cocktails and see the spectacular monuments of DC by day or illuminated by night on this special three-hour excursion. Keep an eye out for special holiday cruises as well.
Sunday November 5, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)Friday December 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding starts at 7:00pm)
What happens after "happily ever after?" Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods answers that question, skillfully interweaving several classic fairy tales into one epic story that goes beyond the happy endings to show what happens when a fairy-tale world gets real. This modern twist on the Brothers Grimm brings together Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker, his Wife and, of course, the Witch. The beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover that wishes come with a price. Witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers force the heroes to face the music and their future in a world where everything doesn't always end happily. Don't miss this humorous and heartfelt chase through the woods, featuring such unforgettable songs as "No One Is Alone," "Children Will Listen" and "Giants in the Sky," when Into The Woods comes to Catonsvillie's Rice Auditorium.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pm
LEGO lovers, prepare to be inspired, educated and entertained when Brick Fest Live comes to the Maryland State Fairgrounds. You'll get the chance to participate in hands-on building attractions and shop the largest variety of LEGO-themed merchandise imaginable, all under one roof. Marvel at giant creations built by pros, and even build some designs of your own. Construct a custom derby car and race it down a 35-foot long timed track, contribute to a large-scale floor mosaic, or go head-to-head against other fans in the LEGO video game arena. You can also meet the hosts of YouTube's The Brick Show (and maybe even get featured in an upcoming video). There's trivia, a miniature golf course and much more. Plus, your ticket includes an e-book download, which compiles all the custom LEGO instructions produced for the Brick Builders Club, with monthly updates. There's something for all ages here -- all you need to bring is your creativity. Oh -- and maybe your handy-dandy brick separator!
Saturday November 4, 2017 / Various TimesSunday November 5, 2017 / Various Times
Icy marauders from the North invade FedExField as the Minnesota Vikings wage epic battle against the Washington Redskins. Get ready to fill the crisp November air with rowdy revelry, whether you're proudly hailing the home team or you're bravely singing "Skol, Vikings!" If you still have room after you and the rest of your gridiron gang are done tailgating, you can fuel up on stadium specialties such as red velvet chicken and waffles, and buffalo chicken sausage. Wash it all down with a craft beer as you cheer the home team on to valiant victory.
Sunday November 12, 2017 / 1:00pm (vs. Minnesota Vikings)
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block, at least until he finds his muse: Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay offers a smattering of allusions that will delight anyone familiar with the Bard--or simply the English language. Enjoy Shakespeare in Love at Center Stage's Head Theater in Baltimore.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 15, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 7:30pm
The Fairfax Ballet's performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker has been a beloved D.C.-area holiday tradition for more than two decades. This famed yuletide ballet tells the story of a young Clara, a girl who receives a magical nutcracker toy one Christmas Eve and dreams that he comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Mouse King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Kingdom of Sweets. This always-engaging production features professional guest artists, along with company dancers and students from the Russell School of Ballet.
Saturday November 25, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday November 26, 2017 / 2:00pm
Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes Christmas. In fact, the overheated holiday spirit of one tiny Texas town is enough to melt the North Pole in A Tuna Christmas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report live on the holiday craziness that has gripped Tuna, Texas (population: 24), including an imperiled A Christmas Carol staging and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest. Enjoy this hilarious holiday play at the Bowie Playhouse.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
Prepare to be shocked by uncanny mental feats and otherworldly occurrences at Willard & Wood: An Evening of Impossibilities, hosted by two of the Washington, D.C. area's top magicians. In this show at the Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbour, Willard Royal and Peter Wood blend magic, mentalism and a healthy dose of clean comedy for an intimate and up-close performance that harkens back to the private parlor magic shows that dazzled high society crowds more than a century ago. Come dressed in your finest cocktail attire for this extraordinarily enchanting performance.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday December 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Make plans to see Highwood's Improv Comedy Night and get ready to laugh your tush off. Named one of the top ten comedy shows in the D.C. area by DC Thrillist, the show gathers Washington, D.C.'s best improv groups for a night of spontaneous fun at Silver Spring's The Highwood Theatre. You never know what these comedians will throw at you when they transform audience suggestions into hilarious and original sketches. Whether you're an improv newbie or veteran, these funny folks will have everything to suit your comedy palate, including political humor, pop reference jabs and silly songs.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 8, 2017 / 8:00pm
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, this provocative adaption is not your father's 1984. Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania, is physically and mentally under the eye of Big Brother, struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. Find out why Los Angeles Downtown News says that "Orwell's messages remain as relevant as they were in 1949, perhaps even more so," with this Maryland Ensemble Theatre production of 1984.
Thursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 3:00pm
The Brew and Bourbon Classic is a fun-filled afternoon of beer tasting, bourbon sipping and, of course, pulse-pounding thoroughbred racing at Laurel Park Race Track. Over 60 different beers and bourbons will be poured as the races unfold. Great food, available for additional purchase, and music will round out the day.
Disney's The Little Mermaid invites your family on a magical journey "Under the Sea" with Ariel, a mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom alongside her crabby sidekick, Sebastian. Ariel dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there, trading in her tail for human legs with some "help" from a sea witch named Ursula, in order to be by the side of the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this production of the fishy fable captures hearts with irresistible songs like "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World" and more at Olney's Carl Freeman Auditorium.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
If you're a fan of Alice and Wonderland, take a little trip down the rabbit hole to the other side. This adaptation from David Catlin takes a spin on the classic tale but keeps the same madness around, from the tea parties to queens, pawns, riddles and mind games. Bring the family to Center Stage's Pearlstone Theater to experience the spectacular realm of Lookingglass Alice.
Thursday November 30, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday December 3, 2017 / 2:00pm
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? Whether you're looking for a new career or are just interested in making some extra money on the side, this workshop gives you a fun, realistic behind-the-scenes look at the voiceover industry. From audiobooks to training videos, cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, you'll learn the ins and outs of this growing field and how to avoid the common mistakes made by newcomers. Hear what a professional voice demo sounds like, discover which vocal types are most in demand, and record a short script under the direction of your instructor. This class is a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting.
Wednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:00pm-9:30pmWednesday January 10, 2018 / 7:00pm-9:30pm
If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sites on your list while getting first-class treatment as your Urban Adventures tour guide shuttles you between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln memorials, while providing the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museum. During your guided tour of just over two hours, you'll also get great tips on other things to see in D.C., plus suggestions for the best places to eat and drink in the capital.
Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 10:00amTuesday October 24, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 10:00amWednesday October 25, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 10:00amThursday October 26, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 10:00amFriday October 27, 2017 / 2:00pm
Monday Night Football comes to town, as do the Houston Texans, to take on Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. Quarterback Joe Flacco, wide out Breshad Perriman, defensive stalwart Brandon Williams and the rest of the guys will no doubt appreciate having the Flock make some noise for this Week 12 contest against the Texans, who won the AFC South and made it to the divisional playoffs last year behind standouts like DE Jadeveon Clowney, while the Ravens just missed a trip to the post-season.
Monday November 27, 2017 / 8:30pm (vs. Houston Texans)
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky, Almost, Maine's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest of ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. The Children's Playhouse of Maryland takes you on a magical journey to the fictional town of Almost, Maine, where a cast of talented young performers brings to life one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 1:00pm
Washington D.C. and Maryland native Mike Brooks is performing his raw and witty humor at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. Brooks has appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam and Bad Boys of Comedy, as well as BET's Comic View and One Mic Stand. Brooks also appeared in the movie The Salon and produces the popular YouTube series Benning Road HouseWives. Come see why the comedian who's opened for everyone from Dave Chappelle and Bernie Mac to Monique and Patti Labelle is being called "the next Martin Lawrence" thanks to his hilarious and on-the-mark routine.
A BET Comic View favorite, comedian Queen Aishah has also appeared on Showtime at the Apollo and VH-1. A vivacious young stand-up comic, she is also a well-known radio personality best known for innovative, on-air characters like Ms. Chlyam-edium and PHAT Peaches, both of which had a significant place on Baltimore's Big Phat Morning Show on 92Q-WERQ. Other radio appearances include XM's The City with Sexy Chocolate, Russ Parr Morning Show and The Olivia Fox Morning Show. Queen Aishah is frequently called upon by the U.S. military to perform her comedy at home and abroad, and has shared stages with the likes of Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer.