(May 2-6) Las Meninas
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage seldom shies away from controversial subjects in her productions, even when they're comedies. Nottage goes up against the French royal court in Las Meninas, showing at Columbia's Rep Stage through the end of the week. The play focuses on a highly contested love affair between an African dwarf and Louis XIV's first wife Maria Theresa of Spain.
(April 30) The Dark Room Collective
A group of African-American poets got together in Boston 25 years ago to share words and support each other. The Dark Room Collective went on to garner all sorts of awards and acclaim. The Collective's reading tour stops at the Folger Shakespeare Library just east of the Capitol tonight. Nothing Personal promises plenty of poetry and some discussion of the group's storied past.
(April 30-June 9) A Life in Art
One artist looks back on a few decades of painting and pedagogy in A Life in Art at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads in Falls Church. John Bryans, who taught art in Arlington and McLean for nearly 50 years, showcases his watercolor still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and collages.
Music: "Ceremony" by New Order
In a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx advocated for more infrastructure projects to spur economic growth.