Where & When: The Week in Washington Nightlife

Two very different theater experiences and an actress shares her thoughts

By: Laura McKenzie

Monday, April 11
BOOKS: Actress Ashley Judd is speaking at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in support of her memoir, All That is Bitter and Sweet. In the book, Judd writes about her work in many of the world’s war-torn and poverty-stricken areas for AIDS advocacy and other human-rights causes. 7 PM; buy tickets ($14 or $28, with a copy of the book) at Ticket Fly.

Tuesday, April 12
MUSICAL: The musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s beloved novel, The Color Purple, has officially opened at the National Theatre. Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, there’s a local connection as well—two ensemble members are graduates of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Through April 24; get tickets ($26.50 to $151.50) at Telecharge.

Wednesday, April 13
MUSIC: Virginia native and folk-rocker Aimee Mann is performing at the Birchmere. Her most recent album, @#%&*!Smilers, has garnered heaps of critical praise. Buy tickets ($49.50) at Ticketmaster; she’s also playing April 12.

Thursday, April 14
THEATER: Fragments is a collection of five short plays from the master of absurdity, Samuel Beckett. They’ll be directed by the 86 year-old theater veteran Peter Brook. At the Kennedy Center through April 17; purchase tickets ($20 to $49) at the Kennedy Center’s site.

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