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Drake Verizon Center, October 31 The rapper responsible for the global proliferation of the term #YOLO brings his catchy sound to DC. $59.75 to $109.75.
"Anchorman: The Exhibit" Newseum, November 14 through August 31 As if the forthcoming sequel to the Will Ferrell movie Anchorman weren't enough, prepare for social-media feeds to be inundated with Ron Burgundy quotes when this exhibit opens. $21.95.
Matthew Morrison and the NSO Pops Kennedy Center, November 29 and 30 The Glee star brings his Broadway cred (Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza) to an evening of show tunes. $20 to $85.
"American Cool" National Portrait Gallery, February 7 through September 7 An exhibit analyzing the "cool" factor through images of Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Quentin Tarantino, Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Patti Smith, and others is destined to go viral.
Kathleen Battle and Cyrus Chestnut Kennedy Center, November 15 The virtuoso soprano and the jazz pianist perform songs by Gershwin, Ellington, and more. $24 to $60.
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, February 8 The "Don't Worry, Be Happy" singer and the jazz-fusion pioneer demonstrate what two guys with 30 Grammys between them can come up with when they put their minds together. $50.
John OliverWarner Theatre, November 8The afterglow of the acerbic Brit's stint hosting The Daily Show while Jon Stewart was away should enhance his appearance here. $39.75.
The Dismemberment Plan 9:30 Club, October 19 and 20 Travis Morrison and friends formed their post-punk indie band 20 years ago and called it a day in a memorable good-bye show at the 9:30 Club. They're reunited, and their record Uncanney Valley drops October 15. $25.
"Mia Feuer: An Unkindness" Corcoran Gallery of Art, November 2 through February 23 The first Washington artist to be featured in the Corcoran's "Now" series, Feuer makes monumental structures from Styrofoam and rubber depicting the relationship between humankind and the natural world. $10.
Appropriate Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, November 4 through December 1 Brooklyn playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has seen his work produced at New York City's Public Theater, Soho Rep, and others but has never had a show performed in his hometown of Washington till now. This drama about three siblings going through their late father's belongings on an Arkansas plantation subverts the Southern family dramas of old. $35 to $67.50.
Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru Life Arena Stage, November 15 through December 29 Tap legend Hines collaborates with not one but two heirs to his throne: the Manzari brothers. "They are everything I have waited for all my life to find," he says of siblings Leo and John, who received a joint Helen Hayes Award nomination in 2010 for their role in Arena Stage's Sophisticated Ladies at ages 15 and 17. $50 and up.
The British Are Coming
Helen Fielding Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, October 20 The author of Bridget Jones's Diary and its sequel, The Edge of Reason, discusses Mad About the Boy, a third installment of Jones's adventures, out in October. $15.
Jessie Ware Fillmore Silver Spring, October 31 The twentysomething Londoner brings her R&B-tinged pop to Washington. $22.50.
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty Kennedy Center, November 12 through 17 Since making a name for himself with his all-male Swan Lake in 1995, Bourne has choreographed adaptations of Edward Scissorhands and The Picture of Dorian Gray. $30 to $120.
Tribes Studio Theatre, January 8 through February 23 Studio presents Nina Raine's comic drama about a deaf man at odds with his hearing family, which was a hit off-Broadway last year. Directed by David Muse, this new production is part of Studio's British Invasion Festival, highlighting work by young playwrights from the United Kingdom. $30 to $75.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra George Mason University's Center for the Arts, January 12 The 67-year-old British orchestra performs a program of Brahms, Bach, and Schoenberg. $37.50 to $75.
Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a CaseShakespeare Theatre Company, December 5 through 22Adapted from two stories by Anton Chekhov, this new production features the ballet dancer and actor incorporating movement and theater to explore love. $85 to $105.
Breaking the Mold
"Intersections: John F. Simon Jr., Points, Lines, and Colors in Succession" Phillips Collection, October 17 through February 9 In an installation in the Phillips's stairwell, Simon combines traditional drawing with computer-generated pictures, creating a meandering juxtaposition. $12.
Jake Shimabukuro Lisner Auditorium, November 24 The virtuoso ukulele player mixes jazz, funk, flamenco, and bluegrass. $35.
Cas Public in Gold Kennedy Center, January 24 through 26 The Montreal dance company use props ranging from chairs to balls to plastic bugs in a show for young audiences, a dance piece to Bach's Goldberg Variations. $20.
Live From New York
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Kennedy Center, October 6 The Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter leads the New York City ensemble and a 70-person choir in his composition "Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration," commissioned for the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. $35 to $85.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Sidney Harman Hall, October 17 through 19 The first African-American ballet company and school is back after a nine-year hiatus caused by budget issues. $30 to $65.
Patti LuPone and Mandy PatinkinKennedy Center, February 18 through 23The Broadway diva and the Homeland star, who won Tonys for the original Broadway run of Evita in the 1970s, reunite for a cabaret-style evening. $59 to $120.
When Genres Collide
"Dancing the Dream" National Portrait Gallery, October 4 through July 13 The Smithsonian explores more than a century of notable dance figures in this multi-platform show, looking at artists from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to Savion Glover and Lady Gaga and hosting performances by the local Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company.
Jazz/Blues Project Sidney Harman Hall, January 29 through February 2The Washington Ballet is joined by Helen Hayes Award-winning actress/singer E. Faye Butler and the Howard University Jazz Ensemble in a performance of works by choreographers Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, set to music by Etta James, Charlie Parker, and more. $35 to $125.
Reality: Stardust Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, January 31 and February 1Choreographer David Roussève's world premiere combines dance with technology—projecting tweets, texts, and other missives behind a mixed-age company dancing to an original hip-hop score. $35.
Moby-Dick Kennedy Center, February 22 through March 8The Washington National Opera stages the East Coast premiere of Jake Heggie's work, a new adaptation of the Herman Melville classic, directed by Leonard Foglia. $25 to $300.
Idina Menzel in If/Then National Theatre, November 5 through December 8The National returns to its former glory as a pre-Broadway house by hosting the world premiere of a new musical with the star of Wicked and Rent. $53 to $98.
India.ArieWarner Theatre, October 30The singer's debut album, 2001's Acoustic Soul, sold 2 million copies and was nominated for seven Grammys. She returns with SongVersation, her first new record in four years. $71.50.
Molly Ringwald Blues Alley, November 19 and 20Few actresses embody an era quite like Molly Ringwald represents the '80s, with starring roles in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Now pursuing jazz—after a respectfully received novel last year—Ringwald showcases her debut album, Except Sometimes. $45.
Ginuwine Howard Theatre, December 13Before finding fame as an R&B singer/songwriter, Washington native Ginuwine trained as a paralegal at Prince George's Community College. He released his most recent record, 3 Kings, as part of a supergroup with performers Tank and Tyrese. $35 to $40.
Beaches Signature Theatre, February 18 through March 23One of the most anticipated events of Signature's season is Iris Rainer Dart's musical adaptation of her novel, immortalized by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey in the 1988 film. Eric Schaeffer directs. The show's book is cowritten by Thom Thomas, with lyrics by Dart and music by David Austin. $40 to $94.
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