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Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required

Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
  • [August 29, 2015]

    Saturday, August 29, 2015
    Nrityalaya - Indian Classical Odissi Dance

    Presents a repertoire of traditional dances featuring the unique ancient Odissi style. Odissi is a graceful, elegant, and subtle style that focuses on highly flexible body bends called “Bhangis,” vivid torso movements, intricate technical steps, and self-expression or Ahbinaya. A master class will precede the performance, including a demonstration of the basic stances, torso movements, turns, and jumps. Audience members will be invited to try neck motions, hand gestures, and movements imitating animals such as the peacock, elephant, tiger, swan, fish, and turtle.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Nrityalaya - Indian Classical Odissi Dance


  • [August 30, 2015]

    Sunday, August 30, 2015
    Ship’s Company Chanteymen Sing-Along!

    Let your voice be heard! For 20 years, the group has shared old salts’ songs with audiences up and down the East coast. Looking dashing in their 19th century naval uniforms, they perform for historical reenactments, at historic venues, on board ships large and small, and at dockside bars, maritime museums, pirate festivals, and concert venues. The Chanteymen have two CDs and have been nominated for a WAMMIE award from the Washington Area Music Association. The Chanteymen are a subset of Ship’s Company, an organization devoted to living history and nautical education.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ship’s Company Chanteymen


  • [August 31, 2015]

    Monday, August 31, 2015
    Spread Love

    Listen Local First presents, a five-piece band with humble roots in Washington, D.C. The newly formed group has been active since 2014 and performs in the folk-street music style.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Listen Local First
    Spread Love


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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015
    Todd Burge

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Todd Burge


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    Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    Tal National

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Tal National


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    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Great American Songbook High School Competition

    Details will be announced soon.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Great American Songbook High School Competition


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    Sunday, September 13, 2015
    123 Andrés: Latin Music for Children and Families

    Details will be announced soon

    Featured Artist(s)

    123 Andres


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    Monday, September 14, 2015
    The U.S. Navy Band Commodores

    Details will be announced soon

    Featured Artist(s)

    Maurette Brown Clark


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    Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    Eleven Reflections on September

    Part of the Womens Voices Theater Festival
    Details will be announced soon

    Featured Artist(s)

    Andrea Assaf


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    Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    Sones de México Ensemble

    Details to be announced soon

    Featured Artist(s)

    Sones De Mexico Ensemble


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    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Kate Berlant

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Brooklyn-based comedian Kate Berlant performs in comedy festivals across the country and was recently profiled by the New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” at the forefront of experimental comedy. John F. O’Donnell opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will be streamed live but will not be archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Kate Berlant


  • [September 19, 2015]

    Saturday, September 19, 2015
    SEPIA SCULPTRESS: The Life and Times of Edmonia Lewis

    Written and performed by Caroline Stephanie Clay, this performance is a look at the life of the 19th century sculptress. A rich celebration of artistic agency and freedom, emancipation, and the joys and challenges of creative genius. Her talents emerging in the days following the Civil War while a student at Oberlin College, Edmonia Lewis was an African American and Native American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Caroline Stephanie Clay


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    Monday, September 21, 2015
    Panel Discussion: (All) Women's Voices: A Conversation About Intentionality and Inclusion

    A FREE panel discussion with performance elements. Part of Millennium Stage.With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Colin Hovde, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav.
    When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes

    Featured Artist(s)

    Paige Hernandez
    Colin Hovde
    Caleen Sinnette Jennings
    Anu Yadav


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    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    Words, Beats, and Life Presents: The Jam Session

    Details to be announced soon

    Featured Artist(s)

    Words Beats & Life


  • [September 24, 2015]

    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Treasures from the Archive Roadshow featuring the Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton

    Details will be announced soon

    Featured Artist(s)

    Down Hill Strugglers
    John Cohen
    Jerron Paxton


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    Monday, September 28, 2015
    Women of Welders 2.0

    Playwrights: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner
    Showcase of work by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders.
    Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ronee Penoi
    Alexandra Petri
    Hannah Hessel Ratner
    Rachel Hynes


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    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    We Speak Their Names...A Tribute to Warrior Women!

    Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival
    Details will be announced soon

    Featured Artist(s)

    FRESHH Inc.


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    Sunday, November 1, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Adam Lowitt

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    A three-time Emmy Award–winning Co-Executive Producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Adam Lowitt has appeared as a standup comedian on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show for Comedy Central and performs regularly in New York City and across the nation. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Adam Lowitt


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    Wednesday, December 30, 2015
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Nate Bargatze

    Originally from Old Hickory, TN, Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian following in the entertainment business footsteps of his dad, a former clown turned world-class magician. He has appeared on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice, received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival multiple years, and more. His debut comedy album Yelled at by a Clown reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Note: this program will be streamed live but will not be archived.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Nate Bargatze


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    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Cameron Esposito

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito is a fast-rising Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor, and writer who appears regularly on late night TV and in comedy festivals across the country. Her sophomore album, SAME SEX SYMBOL, was released in fall 2014, debuting at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Her first book is forthcoming from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing. Rhea Butcher opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Cameron Esposito


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    Friday, February 12, 2016
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Ricky Velez

    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Recently named one of Variety’s 2015 “10 Comics to Watch,” Ricky Velez is a New-York based stand-up comic and actor who is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Note: this program will not be streamed live or archived. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

    Featured Artist(s)

    Ricky Velez


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