Holland Taylor as late Texas governor Ann Richards in Ann. Photograph courtesy of the Kennedy Center.
Wednesday, December 28
THEATER: If you haven’t already, head to the Kennedy Center for Holland Taylor’s Ann. The Emmy Award–winning actress makes her screenwriting debut with the one-woman show about late Texas governor Ann Richards. Arts editor Sophie Gilbert calls Ann a “blisteringly funny, meandering show that’s notable mostly for how vividly Taylor captures the spirit of her icon.” Read the full review here. Tickets ($54 to $95) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7:30 PM. The show runs through January 15.
KID-FRIENDLY: During the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Kwanzaa Family Day, kids can create their own African headdress, listen to storyteller Maria Broom, catch a performance by the Keur Khaleyi Dance Company, and visit the exhibit “Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa.” Free. 1 to 5 PM.
FILM: The National Gallery of Art is screening The Universe of Keith Haring this afternoon. The 90-minute documentary features interviews with Haring, Grace Jones, Madonna, Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol, and others. The screening is part of a three-day film series honoring the Factory regular. Free. 2:30 PM.
MUSIC: Ian Svenonius and his band Chain and the Gang are performing at the Black Cat tonight. The Washington Post calls the DC-based group “a fine addition to his legacy, playing the sweaty, soulful, pelvic rock you’ve come to expect from Svenonious.” You can listen to some of their songs here. Tickets ($10) can be purchased through the club’s Web site. Doors open at 8 PM.
SIGNING: Mark Feldstein will be stopping by the National Portrait Gallery to sign copies of his new book, Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture. The award-winning journalist and University of Maryland professor chronicles Nixon and Anderson’s 25-year battle, which often succumbed to blackmail, spying, and burglary. Free. 6 to 7 PM.