Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Intersections: One great weekend down, weekend two fast approaching

Intersections: the three weekend festival extravaganza at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St) got off to a fantastic start last weekend. Atlas Performing Arts Center Communications Director Jen DeMayo reports several excellent performances were well-attended and that the biggest hitch to date has been providing parking, some of which is available for purchase in a lot across the street. If you didn't make to any of them, you'll have the opportunity to see a few of those perfomances repeated this weekend or sample a few new ones.

Treemonisha from the Washington Savoyards (a resident company at the Atlas) is the sole Scott Joplin Opera and one that is rarely performed was well-received by a packed house last weekend and was a one of the Festival's featured performances in the WP preview. It will be performed again Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and there will be a matinee performance on Sunday at 2 pm.

On Friday night, Stickey Mulligan who draws from Celtic, jazz and funk influences will play two FREE concerts at 6:30 and 10:30, so these are great pre or post-Treemonisha options. Also opening Friday evening is Wetbacks, Aliens and Towelheads: Stories from the First Generation. Five SpeakeasyDC artists tell true stories about being children of immigrant parents or immigrants themselves. This performance was also highlighted in the WP preview.

Also on Saturday night, Grammy-nominated, DC native Christylez Bacon offers the world premiere of his own story: In Pursuit of Me, a merging of music and theatre by one of Washington hip-hop’s rising stars. The Washington Post featured Bacon recently in this piece.

On Sunday at 7:30, Busboys and Poets presents The City in Words. Featured poets for this event, include:
Dana Erekat (Palestinian-American poet); Ebaby & DJ Tao, (African-American & White American duo); Jenny Lares (Asian-American, queer poet) from Sulu DC; and headlining, Fly Gypsy, (African-American & Russian duo).

The full schedule for this three weekend festival is here and tickets can be purchase here.

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