ToDo ToDay: Tap Dancin’ and Vintage Domestic Wares
Nobody with ears would question the relationship between jazz and tap dance. Both are the product of intricate rhythms and fierce improvisation. But there may be no better demonstration of that connection than the pairing of pianist McCoy Tyner and tap virtuoso Savion Glover, who have worked together for nearly six years. Tyner, the pianist in the classic John Coltrane Quartet of the 1960s, is known for his harmonic innovations and vamping lyricism—all that’s missing is the groove, which arrives in the form of Glover’s sensitive ear and uncanny ability to layer syncopation upon syncopation using only his feet. That’s not all that Glover adds: His dance moves bring with them a profound sense of melodic phrasing. In that sense he and Tyner are counterpoints, each accompanying and being accompanied by the other in a dizzying combination. The McCoy Tyner Trio and Savion Glover perform at 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $45 in advance. thehowardtheatre.com. (202) 803-2899. (Michael J. West)
Attention punks: Positive Force is putting on yet another cool show at St. Stephen Church in Mt. Pleasant, this one a benefit for the D.C. Trans Coalition. Philly's Trophy Wife—listen to them here!— is on the top of the bill, right after War On Women and Fell Types (whom we gave the One Track Mind treatment back in May of 2011). 7 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. $5 donation. More information on Facebook.
What’s changed about where we live? In "House & Home," a new five-year exhibit unveiled today, the National Building Museum attempts to answer that question through films, photographs, objects, and interactive materials (go ahead, touch those adobe bricks). Scale models of 14 iconic homes—like Mount Vernon, that pinnacle of historic preservation—sit in the center of the exhibit’s seven galleries, which showcase nearly 200, often middlebrow household goods (butter churn, Easy Bake Oven) and a deconstruction of what it takes to build all types of living spaces, from the earthen to the glassy, modern variety. Then there’s the “Buying a Home” gallery, a timeline illustrating the progression of our modern mortgage system, and six films that delve into the nitty-gritty of housework. While “House & Home” mostly looks backwards, it could give anxious consumers a much bigger picture to look at, rather than the doom and gloom of the lingering mortgage crisis. "House & Home” is on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays–Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to May 1, 2017 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $8 for adults. (202) 272-2448. (Alex Baca)
Millennials might not realize that Bill Cosby, he of the eponymous sweater, is not only a lovable sitcom dad. He's one of the most gifted comics of the 20th century, and when Cosby is on stage, you must settle in and prepare to get absorbed in one of his signature stories. As of Friday afternoon, there are just a few tickets left for his Saturday performance at the Kennedy Center. 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $54.50-$79.50.
It's supposed to rain tomorrow, but let's hope the precip cools it until later in the evening. Why? 'Cause it's Maryland Day, the University of Maryland's big, annual, free, campus-wide party. Don't worry—there's stuff to do inside, too. Loads and loads. Check out the schedule on the Maryland Day website. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland at College Park, Stadium Drive and Route 193, College Park.
But if you're the spiritual kind—you know, a real pious type who prefers their religious messages delivered over a billion-decibel sound system in a sports stadium—you probably already have tickets to the Osteens' "A Night of Hope" at Nats Park tomorrow night. The genetically gifted power couple—oh, you can just call them Joel and Victoria!—bring their message of national salvation and, um, dental bleaching?, to our humble town tomorrow. Lordy lord, I'm really looking forward to reading those blessed tweets. 7 p.m. at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capital St. SE. $15.
The Pulitzer Prize board pissed off plenty of booksellers earlier this month when it declined to name a fiction winner. But the board adhered to one tradition by continuing its three-decade run of snubbing comic novels: The last such book to win was John Kennedy Toole’s rambunctious New Orleans picaresque, A Confederacy of Dunces. As Cory MacLauchlin explains in his Toole biography, Butterfly in the Typewriter, the author’s experience with the novel was as embittering as the book itself was funny. After feverishly writing Confederacy while stationed in Puerto Rico with the Army in 1963, Toole caught the interest of legendary editor Robert Gottlieb, but demanding edits and personal demons sank the book as well as Toole, who killed himself in 1969 at age 31. Toole’s mother doggedly pursued his book’s publication, which earned that Pulitzer in 1981, and MacLauchlin’s version of this tragicomic tale captures both Toole’s smarts and sense of humor. MacLauchlin discusses his book at 2 p.m. at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., No. 101. Free. (703) 300-9746. (Mark Athitakis)
If you go to the University of Maryland on Saturday for Maryland Day, just hang around for another 26 hours: Sunday at WMUC, the perennial hangout for undergraduate slackers, freaks, and geeks, John Davis, The Caribbean, and Talk It are playing a live show in the studio. 6 p.m. on the third floor of the south campus dining hall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Free.
My God, it doesn't end here. Just look at our arts and entertainment listings for the weekend! They're busting!
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