Style and Scent in the 18th Century @ Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Mar 28 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Style and Scent in the 18th Century

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:30-8 p.m. 

Rebecca Tilles, curator of Perfume & Seduction, and Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, independent scholar, will examine the French bathing ritual known as la toilette during the 1700s.

Please note: This is the first program in the Perfume & Seduction lecture series. 

4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

David Sedaris at Strathmore @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 3 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other satirical gems David Sedaris returns with the acerbic humor, social commentary, and outlandish stories that transfixed a sold-out audience at his last Strathmore show. Sedaris is one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition, which he details hilariously in his latest book, Calypso, described as beach reading for people who detest beaches and required reading for those who loathe small talk. Fans will love to hear these stories live as the Grammy-nominee and New York Times best-selling author brings heart and hilarity to the stage.

LEWIS BLACK: THE JOKE’S ON US TOUR @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Known as the king of the rant, DMV native Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics, and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. “Back in Black,” Black’s regular segment on The Daily Show, is one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show for both the Jon Stewart era, and now The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. After completing studies in drama, Black’s career began as a playwright-in-residence in New York City’s West Bank Café Downstairs Theater Bar. He also emceed every show, honing his stand-up skills enough to take his show on the road.

Comedian Lewis Black at Strathmore @ Strathmore
Apr 14 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Comedian Lewis Black has been added to Strathmore 2018-2019 Season, performing in the Music Center on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. Known as the king of the rant, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics, and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. For more information call (301) 581-5100 or

Tickets to this show will go on sale to the general public Friday, October 26,2018 at 10 a.m.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1948, Black was raised in Silver Spring, MD. Colicky as a baby, he was destined to be angry and easily irritated. His mother, a teacher, and his father, a mechanical engineer, instilled the importance of education and the necessity to question authority—lessons that influenced Black throughout his life. He fell in love with the theatre at age 12, which led to pursuing a career in drama. Degrees followed from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School, with a stint in Colorado owning a theatre with a group of friends in the interim. During his tenure at UNC, Black ventured into stand-up, which was a steady presence as he pursued his career in theatre.

Black eventually settled in New York and became the playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar. He oversaw the development of more than 1,000 plays, including works by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and American Beautywriter Alan Ball, as well as his own original works. In addition to overseeing the works on stage, Black emceed every show. As the West Bank grew, so did Black’s stand-up skills. He left the West Bank in the late 1980s to pursue stand-up full time.

In 1996, Black was tapped to create a weekly segment for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. The segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into Back in Black, becoming one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show for both the Jon Stewart era, and now The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Black has also taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created Last Laugh with Lewis Black, and presided over Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil.

His first CD, The White Album, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. Black followed with eight more albums—six under the Comedy Central Records label. He has received five Grammy nominations and two wins for his work; he won Best Comedy Album in 2007 for The Carnegie Hall Performance and again in 2011 for Stark Raving Black.

In 2009 Black filmed his first feature-length concert film, Stark Raving Black, at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. In 2011, he produced his second full-length concert, In God We Rust. In August 2013, Black recorded his ninth stand-up special, Old Yeller: Live At The Borgata.

Black has appeared on Larry King LivePiers Morgan TonightLate Night with Jimmy FallonThe Late Show with David LettermanLate Night with Conan O’ Brian, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Black has also had numerous appearances on CNN and MSNBC and has occasionally done the weather with Al Roker.

Black has also written three New York Times best-selling books and penned more than 40 plays, many of which have been produced around the country.

In 2006, he had a break-out year as an actor, co-starring with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s Man of the Year (Universal Pictures). He also appeared as “the fake dean of a fake college” in Steve Pink’s Accepted (Universal Pictures), and as the harried airport manager in Paul Feig’s Unaccompanied Minors (Warner Bros.). He lent his voice to Jimmy in Bob Saget’s parody, Farce of the Penguins (Thinkfilm).

In 2015, Black notably voiced the character “Anger” in the Academy Award winning animated film from Pixar, Inside Out, about an 11-year-old-girl who is wrestling with the emotions inside her head.

As a longtime mentor with the 52nd Street Project, Black was roasted in Charred Black 2007, which drew the largest fundraising numbers in the Project’s history. He’s a member of their advisory board, is co-chair of their capital campaign, and in 2000, the Ron Black Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of his late brother. Black is also committed to raising funds for the Rusty Magee Clinic for Families and Health. He’s a strong supporter of both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks, and was honored by The Brady Center for his commitment to ending gun violence. In 2012, he was honored by the ACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he established the William Foeller Fellowship, having taught and performed at the festival for more than a decade. Black also supports our military personnel and has performed in three tours with the USO.

Black resides in both Manhattan and Chapel Hill, NC. Still loyal to his alma mater, he’s worked with UNC students to create the Carolina Comedy Festival, a yearly festival that highlights performances and provides workshops and lectures for budding comics, writers, and performers.

ALAN CUMMING: LEGAL IMMIGRANT @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 24 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM



The set list for Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming’s provocative new concert show is as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Cumming himself. Legal Immigrant, a collection of musings on his 10 years as a US citizen, growing older, and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America (regardless of your prefix) is a true, old-fashioned cabaret featuring a smorgasbord of genres. Ever wanted to hear Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song? You will! Hits by Scottish treasures The Proclaimers also make an appearance, and there might even be a Disney Princess medley sung without a drop of irony.

René Lalique and the Art of Perfume @ Hillwood Museum & Gardens
May 15 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Nicholas Dawes, the United States’ leading expert on the work of René Lalique, will examine the evolution of the design and manufacture of glassware under Lalique’s influence in the golden age of perfumery.

Please note: This is the fourth and final program in the Perfume & Seduction lecture series.



ZooFari: Bite Night @ Smithsonian National Zoo
May 16 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Boasting the city’s best restaurants, one-of-a-kind animal demonstrations and inspiring conservation stories, ZooFari: Bite Night, a benefit for wildlife sponsored by GEICO, returns to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on May 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo, this year’s event promises to be a glamorous night of dining, drinking, bidding and dancing—all to support the Zoo’s important mission to save species.

“We love hosting ZooFari every year,” said Lynn Mento, executive director of FONZ. “What makes it so special and popular is not just that the food and drink are amazing, but that you’re enjoying the restaurant tastings in this beautiful setting where you have the chance to see animals, and meet some of the world’s leading conservation scientists. It’s a unique combination of great food, great drink and helping to save the planet … that’s a pretty good night!”

Most animal houses will be open, and the VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., will be at Great Cats Circle, where there also will be exclusive animal demonstrations. The only DJ to spin beats and cook at the same time, DJ Chef, will entertain all attendees, as will electric violinist Ben Hoyt, Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar and a food sculptor.

In addition to providing a unique dining and entertainment experience, the event will celebrate conservation work around the globe. Smithsonian scientists will be on hand to share stories with guests about how they’re saving endangered animals. Special stations will showcase five wildlife projects supported by Conservation Nation, an initiative of Friends of the National Zoo.

A silent auction is open to the public before and during the event. The auction features conservation-themed prizes, including animal paintings, behind-the-scenes tours at the Zoo and even the opportunity to name a wild tapir.

General admission tickets include access to the general event area, as well as complimentary food tastings, beer, wine, soft drinks and water, plus live entertainment and animal experiences. Four extravagant VIP packages include access to an exclusive VIP Lounge with the finest food and cocktails, as well as special parking opportunities, express check-in and more.

Amanda Seales Presents: An Evening with Amanda Seales @ Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre
Jun 8 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Amanda Seales Presents: An Evening with Amanda Seales

Comedian, actress, writer, producer, and more, Amanda Seales doesn’t just make you laugh, she makes change in this evening of stand–up!

Tickets: $29–45

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