Join Dwayne Lawson-Brown the Crochet Kingpin, for a carefully curated celebration of Washington DC area artists and creators.
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.
Join us monthly for a day of free, folkloric dance classes, focusing on instruction of dances from the global south.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thu. Mar. 26, 2020
Jeremy Kittel offers his melting pot of classical and folk music in an immersive, designed space, featuring performances from Joshua Roman and the Verona Quartet.
Fri. Mar. 27, 2020
Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives.
Sat. Mar. 28, 2020
For more information on Future is Festival, visit futureisfestival.com.
Sat. Mar. 28, 2020
hey, girl. is a podcast that unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri. Apr. 24, 2020
iMusical joins the unpredictable playfulness of comedic improvisation with the emotional power of musical theater.
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.
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.
Sat. May 2, 2020
Dulcé Sloan is one of the sharpest, fastest rising voices in comedy.
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).
Tue. May 12, 2020
Take a class led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance.
David M. Rubenstein
Cornerstone of the REACH