ToDo ToDay: Porgy and Bess, Stand-Up Comedy, and Cotton Candy
The return of Porgy and Bess to the National Theatre means much more than rousing dance numbers: It was the first musical performed for a desegregated audience at the gilded Pennsylvania Avenue NW venue. This tour stop of the much-updated Porgy and Bess, which snagged the 2012 Tony for Best Revival, is unlikely to reach similar heights of historical import. But judging by the reaction to the current production—which caused Stephen Sondheim to write a very heated letter to the New York Times—the show still has the power to provoke. Read more >>> The show runs Dec. 25 to 29 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $48–$198. (202) 628-6161. thenationaldc.org. (Jenny Rogers)
José Andrés and the Jaleo team are celebrating clementines, also known as "Christmas oranges," with tapas and cocktail specials using the prized Spanish fruit through Dec. 30. Among the seven citrus dishes ($8-$15): a clementine gazpacho with scallops, seared calamari with artichokes and clementines, and duck confit with clementines. Cocktail creations include the Sunny Side with brand, clementine juice, sherry, and lemon juice and the Clementine 75 with clementine juice, gin, simple syrup, and lime juice. The menu is available at the Penn Quarter, Bethesda, and Crystal City locations. Jaleo, jaleo.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday and Saturday: You may as well camp out at Wonderland this weekend. Tonight, the monthly comedy show Don't Block the Box returns to the Columbia Heights bar with a headlining performance by musical comedy duo Romane & Lettuce. Find more information on Facebook. 7:30 p.m. at 1101 Kenyon St. NW. $3. On Saturday, local comedian Jenn Tisdale has you covered: She’s gathered a host of funny people for a free show at the same spot. Read more >>> 7 p.m. Saturday at Wonderland, free. thewonderlandballroom.com.
Saturday: Head to Silver Spring's Pyramid Atlantic Art Center for an experimental music show sponsored by Sonic Circuits featuring Music from the Film, Hawkins, J. Surak, and others. 7:30 p.m. at 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $5–$10.
Sunday: A few years ago, I saw the Felice Brothers play at Rock & Roll Hotel. It was among the worst shows I’ve ever seen. Which is a shame, given just how good the folk-rock group can be. The band’s recorded music—and some of its live shows—balance a studied, stonerish apathy with rollicking tunes, to genuinely delightful effect. Read more >>> The Felice Brothers perform with Justin Jones at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $20. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Aaron Wiener)
Sunday: It's a big go-go night at the Howard Theatre with performances by Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited, and Junkyard Band. 8:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $15–$22.50.
Sunday: D.C. indie-rock/hip-hop act RDGLDGRN plays U Street Music Hall with ACME and Nike Nando. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Sunday: Relive the Teen-Beat magic when Mark Robinson and Evelyn Hurley—aka Cotton Candy—plays Galaxy Hut with local indie-pop/rock group Talk It (another band that, surprise surprise, got the One Track Mind treatment).
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