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Erin Jackson @ DC Improv
Our belated Christmas gift to you is Erin. She got started in comedy by taking a class right here at the DC Improv, but we can’t take credit for her success -- she’s got natural charm, likability and humor by the boatload. Erin was a semifinalist on “Last Comic Standing” in 2014, and she co-hosts the talk show “Exhale” on Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE network. She has also been on “Ellen” and a bunch of other TV shows. Cancel your Boxing Day party and we’ll see you at the club.
Sunday Gospel Brunch with The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir @ The Howard Theatre
$20 / $25
Finesse Mitchell @ DC Improv
For most people, showbusiness is as exciting as it gets. But Finesse used to play football at the University of Miami (alongside Dwayne Johnson and Warren Sapp), so the spotlight has gotta seem like his natural environment. Finesse spun early success in the stand-up game into a four-year run on “Saturday Night Live.” He continues to appear on the big-time talk shows, on HBO (the new “Brothers in Atlanta”) and in national theater tours such as Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam.
DECLASSIFIED: Drop the Needle featuring Mason Bates & Anne Akiko Meyers with the National Symphony Orchestra @ Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Says the New York Times: American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers brings "playing that flows from the heart." As the top-selling instrumentalist on Billboard's 2014 classical charts, she performs an innovative violin concerto by new Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, "whose cheerful disregard for stylistic boundaries is a godsend" (San Francisco Chronicle). Meyers performed and recorded the world premiere of Bates's acclaimed concerto in 2012. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT DECLASSIFIED: FRIDAYS AT 9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The secret is out! Some of the NSO's Friday night programs are taking on a whole new vibe with a fresh mix of sound and vision plus exciting pre- and post-concert activities, all at a great price. For the 2015–2016 season, the NSO has "unlocked" some of its standard Friday programs and opened them up to fresh concepts in concert-going with DECLASSIFIED: Fridays at 9. Not your typical Concert Hall experience, these late evenings will include an eclectic mix of classic and modern sounds, special guest artists, dynamic multimedia, audience interaction, and pre- and/or post-performance activities. They'll begin at 9
. (an hour later than usual) and last 60–75 minutes (shorter than a typical program), all at a great price for making memorable nights out with a date or a group of friends! If you heard about the NSO's concert at
.'s Echostage in January 2015, you'll know exactly what to expect at these new concerts: - Come as you are: straight from work, in jeans, or whatever suits your fancy. Be ready to move! - Arrive early and/or stay after the concert for added fun to be announced--each night will be a different experience. - Grab drinks or snacks anytime and bring them back into the Concert Hall. - Most importantly, open your mind to a music experience where anything can happen! Performance Timing: Approximately 85 minutes, with no intermission
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