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We here at BYT strongly believe that a little bit of balance between drinking and NON drinking activities
is key to a happy and functional DC existence
(or something to that effect-balance being very individually defined, of course)
so this week we offer
NOT ONE , NOT 2, BUT 3 solid gold cultural opportunites
A touch of theatre, a spot of Animation and some excellent Music on top will make the January medicine go down much easier.
we promise.

In, well, chronological order of appearance:

saturday the 27th

(for february 5th)

:Kennedy Center Sufjan Stevens ticket giveaway

yes you heard it right:
To commemorate 10 years of free daily performances on the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center presents an unprecedented night of free performances in its various venues. Each of the live performances will also be projected on screens in the Grand Foyer, so that audiences who acquire free tickets to one event may still enjoy a free simulcast of the other performances.

Free Ticket Giveaway Saturday, Jan. 27

per the following schedule.

First-come, first served. Limited availability.
9–10 a.m.: SUFJAN STEVENS (Hall of Nations, line forms to left of entrance)
10–11 a.m.: NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (River Terrace, follow signs)
11 a.m.–12 noon: ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (Hall of States, line forms to right of entrance)

the actual performances are schedulled to occur as follows:

7–7:40 p.m. in the Concert Hall
National Symphony Orchestra

Performing Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

8–8:30 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater
Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater

Performing its signature classic Revelations

9–10 p.m. in the Opera House
Sufjan Stevens

Indie-rock singer and multi-instrumentalist accompanied by members of
the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

saturday the 27th: Rough Magic opens at Roscharch Theatre

Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick
January 27 – February 25
Previews begin January 24

Tickets: can be bought here

Complete schedule at bottom of this page
Part of the Kennedy Center’s

THE PLAY: Caliban (Cesar A. Guadamuz-BYT’S very own movie scribe, natch) has escaped from Prospero’s (Vas Santosham) island after being imprisoned for 500 years. On the run from his sadistic and powerful master, he finds himself in modern-day New York where he joins forces with a dramaturg with magical powers (Tracy Lynn Olivera) and a love-struck lifeguard (Dustin Loomis) who might be the child warrior fated to save the world.
Taking his cues from many of today’s most popular comic and graphic novel writers like Neil Gaiman (SANDMAN), Bill Willingham (FABLES) and Warren Ellis (PLANETARY), Aguirre-Sacasa, a writer for Marvel Comics and one of America’s hottest young playwrights, melds a very real New York with Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, creating a modern tale of thrills, chills and drag queen furies.

THE CAST: Featuring Company Members Tracy Lynn Olivera, Grady Weatherford and Jason Basinger Linkins and also featuring Diana Cherkas, Danny Gavigan, Cesar A. Guadamuz, Gwen Grastorf, Lee Liebeskind, Dustin Loomis, Ghillian Porter and Vasanth Santosham

DESIGNED BY: Eric Grims (Set), Andrew Cissna (Lights), Frank Labovitz (Costumes), Matthew Frederick (Sound), Debra Kim Sivigny (Props), Andrew F. Griffin (Asst. Lighting Design)
DRAMATURGY: Rachel Miller ASST DIRECTOR: Ryan Taylor
STAGE MANAGED BY: Megan Reichelt ASST SM: Cecilia Cackley

THE SHOW: January 27 – February 24
with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
with additional shows
on Saturday February 17 at 2pm
and Saturday February 24 at 2pm
SPECIAL VALENTINES SHOW on Wednesday February 14!
with shows at 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

sunday the 28th: animation show 3 arrives to DC’s Lisner

Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt present: THE ANIMATION SHOW

The Animation Show is an annual feature-length compilation of the best animated short films from around the world, exclusively curated by Mike Judge (Office Space, “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “King of the Hill”) and Academy Award nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt (Billy’s Balloon, Rejected, The Meaning of Life).

As animation continues to be plagued as the single most misunderstood film medium, the animated short film is sadly undervalued and underexposed in American cinema, despite widespread appreciation throughout the rest of the world. With luck, popular animated shorts may see limited theatrical play, but most are relegated to the dungeons of the internet, or with luck, DVD.

The theatrical animation festival was born in 1976 with the launch of the Fantastic Animation Festival. This was the first show to create the now-universal “program on a flyer” and the first to receive a first-run 35mm theatrical release. The Fantastic Festival’s popularity helped pave the way shortly thereafter for similar commercial programs throughout the 80s and 90s, including Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation, the Tournee of Animation, and several others that came and went with varying success.

The Animation Show launched in 2003, making it the first festival of animation created and produced with actual animators at the helm. A sister series of high quality Animation Show DVDs now supplement the theatrical tour with additional insights and brand new lineups of films – while the main Show remains a unique and unforgettable annual program that is usually gone forever once it is out of theaters.

Every year the Show works diligently to put animated shorts into more theaters than any festival in American history: giving these filmmakers the wide exposure their work deserves and sharing their short masterpieces on the big screen, where they belong.