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'Haunting Monsters' on H Street
WASHINGTON -- Northeast D.C.'s Rorschach Theatre presents a night of ghost stories and monster hunting just in time for Halloween.
"Haunting Monsters" brings together more than two dozen artists to tell six stories from different perspectives.
There will be two performances Oct. 25. Tickets are $15. Click here for more.
From the theater:
"Deep in the woods six monsters huddle by a fire: Frankenstein’s Monster, Wolfman, Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature of the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man.
They are telling ghost stories and sharing their nightmares.
They are eating s’mores.
Created by over two dozen theatre artists, KLECKSOGRAPHY: HAUNTING MONSTERS will feature six short plays from six different perspectives – all written and staged during a two-week process. Join the city’s most daring theatre company and see what happens when it reveals the monsters monsters."
Disney on Ice presents 'Frozen' at Patriot Center
"Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to your favorite songs, including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, huntsman Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of
Dates: Oct. 22 through Oct. 27
Tickets: $20 to $85
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Weekend Best Bets: Oktoberfests, Taste of DC and Music, Music, Music!
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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling reveal baby's name
WASHINGTON -- Today in celebrity baby news is the grand unveiling of Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling's daughter's name.
Drum roll please...
The little one is called Esmeralda Amada Gosling.
She was born in Santa Monica, California, Sept. 12, 2014.
Watch the video below for more:
Oct. 17, 2014 - "Rushmore"
Oct. 24, 2014 – "Remember The Titans"
Oct. 31, 2014 - People’s Choice - Halloween Edition. Vote online
A selection committee, including celebrity judges, will choose up to 20 finalists to move forward and perform in a live audition in early January 2015. From the finalists, judges will select up to four winners to perform live in the Parade.
“We’re the foundation of this stuff,” says Sonny Digital, a 23-year-old producer currently churning out some of the most bonzo music in town. “We know what needs to be heard. And everybody’s listening.”
Read more here.
Weekend Best Bets: HyArtsFest, Adams Morgan Day & Taste of Georgetown
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Bill Maher will ruin your Friday night commute
WASHINGTON -- Bill Maher is coming to D.C. for two live shows that will be presented back-to-back Friday on HBO.
He will first host a new edition of "Real Time with Bill Maher" from Sidney Harman Hall.
Then, Maher will rush to the Warner Theatre, where another audience will be waiting for him. He’ll perform a stand-up comedy special to mark his tenth solo special for HBO.
The taping will affect traffic. Here are the road closures that will be in effect Friday night from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.:
Officials from the New Jersey Department of Labor and the main casino workers' union are helping displaced workers file for jobless benefits and providing them with information on how to sign up for health insurance.
The number of people out of work is expected to swell to nearly 8,000 before the month is over.
When Trump Plaza closes Sept. 16, Atlantic City will have just eight casinos. The city started the year with 12.Click here for a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978.
WASHINGTON -- It was the time of our lives for an entire generation thanks to the sultry dance moves of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing."
Now, you can relive the unforgettable love story in a new musical at National Theatre in Northwest D.C.
The production, in town through Sept. 14, features some of the same hit songs, including "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."
"I grew up watching [the movie]," says Samuel Pergande, who plays hunky Johnny Castle.
"I have a twin sister, and we used to practice 'the lift' in the pool."
"This is a cool show because, no matter what, the audience just eats it up," adds Jillian Mueller, who reprises the role of Frances "Baby" Houseman.
Indeed, "Dirty Dancing" the musical has already made a name for itself across the globe. The London production, which featured Pergande as Robbie and later Johnny, became one of the longest running shows in the West End. It closed in 2011.
The story is set in New York's Catskill Mountains in the summer of 1963. Baby is on vacation with her family, and becomes mesmerized by the racy dance moves she discovers in the resort staff's living quarters. She longs to be part of the excitement, but her dad has other plans for his little girl.
Like Baby, Mueller is no stranger to working long hours to get what she wants. The New Jersey native spent her childhood singing and dancing, and eventually made her way onto Broadway. She has starred in "Flashdance," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Bye Bye Birdie" and Green Day's "American Idiot."
"I never wanted to be normal," she says. "I always wanted to be on stage."
Growing as a dancer wasn't as easy for Pergande. Born in Milwaukee, he encountered resistance from people who teased him for wanting to study ballet. He quit dancing "because of the ridicule," but was soon inspired to ignore the gibes and continue following his passion.
His biggest inspiration?
"Patrick Swayze had an incredible sense of masculinity," he says. "You never questioned his performance or his right to be a dancer."
Watching Swayze shoot to stardom after the 1987 film encouraged Pergande to continue dancing. Now, he says playing Johnny is a dream come true.
"The reality is, this is a fantastic love story," he says. "It just never gets old."
Read more here.