Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Pete Bladel
Currently living in NYC, Pete got his start in Washington, DC performing at all of the area’s major venues such as the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, and the Baltimore Comedy Factory. In New York, he has performed at Caroline's on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, and The Comic Strip Live, among others. This program contains mature themes and strong language.
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On the late President Kennedy’s 99th birthday, performances from artists across genres culminate with luminaries and young artists unveiling a special installation created by the Kennedy Center for the centennial celebration of its namesake. For full details on the special evening, visit the event page.
Leah Glenn Dance Theatre
Leah Glenn Dance Theatre (LGDT) seeks to cultivate a greater understanding of the world through thought-provoking dance works that entertain, inspire, and challenge. This eclectic collection of choreography will feature performances by guest artists Parisa Khobdeh (courtesy of the Paul Taylor Dance Company) and Jamal Story, as well as LGDT members.
| Leah Glen Dance Theatre |
A showcase of the 2016 VSA International Young Soloists Competition winners recognizing outstanding musicians with disabilities, aged 14–25, from around the world. The concert features: Gabrielle Barker (KY), soprano; Stuart Carlson (MI), violin; Andrew Nguyen (CA), piano; Abigel Szilagyi (CA), violin; and Roi Aldric Trawon (Philippines), violin.
| VSA International Young Soloists |
This Celtic rock band from Ireland consists of the four Diver sisters who play their own melodic pop as well as traditional songs. Their blend of Irish roots with American influences has garnered them an Irish Music Award for Top Celtic Rock band.
| Screaming Orphans |
Chef Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve in Alexandria; multiple James Beard Award nominee) leads a cooking demonstration to showcase his commitment to complex, thoughtful dishes that combine his Irish roots and French training with American cuisine.
| Cathal Armstrong |