The REACH

There's always something happening at the REACH. Explore specific events below.

Moonshot Studio at the REACH

From dance and beat making to poetry and animation, the Moonshot Studio offers activities for people of all agest to explore their artistry and learn something new. Open Every Sunday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox

Ekhodom and Mason Bates

Thu. Feb. 27, 2020

Ekhodom features Eric Hilton and Gianmaria Conti, Thievery Corporation’s longtime engineer, and was inspired by vintage, analog synthesizers, 1980’s sci-fi soundtracks, and electronic music from that time period coming out of Russia.

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  • Student Rush

The Club at Studio K

Story District's Funnier Than Fiction

Fri. Feb. 28, 2020

DC's storytelling pros bring their best and funniest stories to the stage about real situations that are so ridiculous, you just have to laugh.

The Club at Studio K

Jason Palmer, “Upward”

Sat. Feb. 29, 2020

In 2018, trumpeter/educator/composer Jason Palmer and pianist/composer Kevin Harris interviewed a very special group of Boston mothers who had lost their children to gun violence. Upward their new multimedia presentation in which musicians transcribe tones and melodic flow to these courageous women’s words and stories, with the intent of honoring and celebrating the legacy of their loved ones in addition to bringing awareness to the need to end such acts in our community.

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  • Student Rush

Advanced-Professional Master Class with Martha Graham Dance Company

Tue. Mar. 3, 2020

Dance Master Classes at the Kennedy Center offer an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, advanced-professional, class for adults (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from Martha Graham Dance Company.

Currently Sold Out

The Club at Studio K

BGR!Fest

Mar. 5 - 7, 2020

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Fest™ is a multi-day immersive live experience that celebrates, empowers, and elevates women and girls of color. Inspired by the popular BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Awards, BGR! FEST™ brings renowned women musicians, thought-leaders, and creative innovators to the DMV during International Women’s Day Weekend.

Please note: there is an 21+ advisory for the Secret Show on Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 p.m.

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Let's Talk Dance: Martha Graham, Women in Dance, and Dance as Activism

Sat. Mar. 7, 2020

With Let's Talk Dance, join us for various conversations, panels, Q&As, lectures, artist talks, pre- and post-performance discussions, podcasts, and more inspired by themes and topics of the current ballet and dance seasons. With each event, we will connect you to dance beyond performance and strive to inspire you towards a deeper appreciation for the world of dance.

DIRECT CURRENT

jaimie branch’s Fly or Die

Wed. Mar. 11, 2020

For more than a decade, the Brooklyn–based trumpeter/composer has joined diverse acts like William Parker, Spoon, TV on the Radio, and Bell Orchestre. Now, she’s touring with music from her critically acclaimed sophomore album FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise.

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The Club at Studio K

Jazz Doodle Jam! Jason Moran and The Bandwagon + Mo Willems

Mar. 13 - 14, 2020

Jazz Doodle Jam! is an intimate jazz concert where you collaborate with the band! Kids and grown-ups join host Mo Willems to doodle to music played onstage by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The band reacts and improvises to the audience’s pictures. All ages welcome!

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Ava DuVernay: Screening of A Wrinkle in Time

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Presented in collaboration with the OneWoman, One Vote 2020 Festival, Ava DuVernay, America’s highest grossing black female director to date, will have selections from her distinguished filmography, including A Wrinkle in Time (2018), screened at the Kennedy Center REACH as part of a citywide retrospective of her work, with support from the Mayor’s Commission on Television, Film, Media and Entertainment.

DIRECT CURRENT

Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra

Sat. Mar. 14, 2020

Drawing inspiration from American jazz, Latin American music, and popular songs across decade and genre, Meza wows audiences with her rare combination of talents: fantastic singing, complex guitar work, and vivid musical storytelling.

DIRECT CURRENT

Ava DuVernay: Screening of Selma

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Presented in collaboration with the OneWoman, One Vote 2020 Festival, Ava DuVernay, America’s highest grossing black female director to date, will have selections from her distinguished filmography, including Selma (2014), screened at the Kennedy Center REACH as part of a citywide retrospective of her work, with support from the Mayor’s Commission on Television, Film, Media and Entertainment.

The Club at Studio K

The Amours

Thu. Mar. 19, 2020

With a “hope to make everybody fall for substance again,” Washington, D.C. sister duo Jakiya Ayanna and Shaina Aisha immediately enchant every time they step up to a microphone as The Amours.

The Club at Studio K

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Mar. 20 - 21, 2020

Two-time Edison Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated trumpeter, composer, and producer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah takes us on a sonic journey, creating a bridge to liberation and freedom with some of music’s most daring musicians and improvisers.

Immanuel Wilkins

Sat. Mar. 21, 2020

Despite his youth, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Immanuel Wilkins has already toured the world. He’s worked and recorded with Jason Moran, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, Gerald Clayton, the Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, and many more icons of the industry. A recent graduate of Julliard, Wilkins is already poised for great things.

The Club at Studio K

Mortified

Fri. Mar. 27, 2020

Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives.

BYT's Future Is Festival

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Sat. Mar. 28, 2020

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The Club at Studio K

Made in Puerto Rico

Apr. 2 - 4, 2020

Made in Puerto Rico is a show about family, music, and cultural identity starring former attorney-turned-comedian Elizardi ("Eli") Castro.  

The Club at Studio K

Clarence Penn, Penn Station

Thu. Apr. 9, 2020

Since beginning his professional career at 15, versatile drum master Clarence Penn has toured, performed, and recorded with a diverse who's who, including Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gillespie, Dianne Reeves, Wyclef Jean, Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, and Cyrus Chestnut. Witness his technical mastery and interpretation of classical, hard-bop, funk, experimental, and jazz styles.

The Club at Studio K

Kevin Ross

Fri. Apr. 10, 2020

Known for his soul-drenched, buttery, smooth vocals, Washington D.C. native Kevin Ross is a multifaceted singer, songwriter, and producer who has toured with R&B/Soul artist Maxwell and written for artists like Jaime Foxx.

Laurin Talese

Wed. Apr. 15, 2020

For Laurin Talese, winner of the 2018 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, jazz is a profound, cinematic experience. The naturally gifted and remarkably well-trained singer has been astounding audiences and critics since the age of 10, and has now shared the stage with big-name artists like Bilal, Gregory Porter, Patti LaBelle, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green, and others.

The Second City and Kennedy Center's

Jazz Comedy Experiment with Jason Moran

Second City Jazz Comedy

Apr. 16 - 18, 2020

Join us along with Kennedy Center Jazz Artistic Director, Jason Moran, for a true experience in creative expression across the worlds of music and comedy.

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox

Michael Abels and Rob Garza

Thu. Apr. 23, 2020

Thivery Corporation's Rob Garza combines psychadelic electronica with a string octet in an immersive, designed space. Plus, music from composer Michael Abels of the Academy Award®–winning film Get Out.

The Club at Studio K

Washington Improv Theater's iMusical

Fri. Apr. 24, 2020

iMusical joins the unpredictable playfulness of comedic improvisation with the emotional power of musical theater.

The Club at Studio K

Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party

Sat. Apr. 25, 2020

Nearly 90 years ago, jazz music was party music. Jazz got people moving, whether played uptown or downtown in Depression-era juke joints across the country. The legendary Fats Waller—and his ability to get everyone on the dance floor—helped make the movement happen. Jason Moran keeps Waller’s life-of-the-party spirit alive in this multimedia/dance party event, reimagining the Harlem pianist’s hits as Afrobeat, funk, house music, and more modern grooves.

Unifying Uniqueness with A.I.M

Sat. May 2, 2020

Part conversation and part movement workshop, Unifying Uniqueness investigates the ideologies surrounding uniqueness and likenesses in each individual participant. Led by one to two A.I.M company members, students of all levels learn phrases of material from A.I.M repertory, engage in a dialogue centered around early memories, and integrate movement with ideas of perception, family, and freedom.

Dulcé Sloan

Sat. May 2, 2020

Dulcé Sloan is one of the sharpest, fastest rising voices in comedy. 

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Opera Master Class with Denyce Graves

Tue. May 12, 2020

Emerging artists hone their craft under the guidance of mezzo-soprano and D.C. native Denyce Graves, who is recognized as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century” (USA Today).

David M. Rubenstein
Cornerstone of the REACH