In the storytelling theme, we really enjoyed SpeakeasyDC's Top Shelf (their favorite stories of the year), which was at the Lincoln Theatre, sold out, and a great night out - and in a SpeakeasyDC extravaganza we also went to their second Tuesday show last night, which was very entertaining, particularly a story about smuggling a tortoise into the US which I lamented hadn't found its way to Perfect Liars Club! Hilarious.
We also went to DC Shorts Laughs, a combination of funny short films from the DC Shorts festival and live comedians, which was very entertaining. Our final spoken word event attempt of the week was, alas, met with failure. Kramer Books had a humorous reading evening and after trekking there for half an hour in the rain, found it was so extremely busy that there was no way to either see or hear the readers. As, like other disappointed late arrivals, I trekked home again in yet more rain, I bitterly but optimistically mused that there is a massive, enthusiastic demand for book events in DC. It's wonderful that Kramer Books has started doing events - maybe they should think of using part of their restaurant to increase the capacity or something...
And then we popped over to Studio Theatre to see Choir Boy. The play is set in an elite boarding school for young black men, and circles around the story of one of the choir boys being gay. The performances, direction and set were all top notch, but I wasn't that impressed with the script. Worth seeing though.
In other news, that winter bread pudding with gingerbread and caramel they're serving at Dickson's Wine Bar on U Street is amazing.
Top picks for what's coming up this week
(spoiler alert: there doesn't seem to be much on this week!)
Wed 14th Jan - Separate Beds improv show sounds like fun: they do a show based on an interview with an 'intriguing DC personality'... A different one every Wednesday, starting now.
Fri 16th Jan - The Weirdo Show is at the Bier Baron, with sideshow tricks by many talented people, including this month's Perfect Liar, Michelle who promises to eat fire and escape from a straitjacket...
Sat 17th Jan - Ice Yards is a big wintery party happening down at Navy Yard.
Sun 18th Jan - A Most Unusual Brunch, sponsored by Hendricks gin, promises cocktails galore and circus sideshow-style entertainment at STK. And at 7pm there's a Kramer Books event with authors reading from the Washington City Paper fiction issue. After Monday's overcrowding fiasco, I can only suggest getting there very early for a seat!
Wed 21st Jan - If you're a gay diplomat in a Embassy in DC, there's now an event especially for you. Enjoy the launch happy hour for GLINT.