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The ensemble of Spooky Action Theater's "Kwaidan" re-enact ghost stories in this site-specific performance, which is based on the book "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things" by Lafcadio Hearn.
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The ensemble of Spooky Action Theater's "Kwaidan" re-enact ghost stories in this site-specific performance, which is based on the book "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things" by Lafcadio Hearn.

June 9 to June 22: Kwaidan

In Kwaidan, Spooky Action Theater’s first site-specific performance, a predominantly Asian-American cast leads visitors through The Universalist National Memorial Church in Northwest, stopping in different rooms, hallways and even stairwells to act out a range of Japanese ghost stories. Director Izumi Ashizawa says from the instant audience members step across the church entrance, they embark on a ritualistic journey that doesn’t end until they make their exit. The portal to this spooky trip through ghostly Japan will be open through June 22, and if moving around is difficult for you, you can attend two performances of the show at the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant Atlas Performing Arts Center in Northeast on June 17.

June 9 to June 14: Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition

The Kennedy Center presents Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition. The weeklong festival kicks off tonight with pop-up performances by 50 local choruses that will sing in a variety of styles at sites across the city, from Metro stations to the memorials. The festival ends this Sunday, when you can head to the entrance of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History at 2:30 p.m. for a free concert celebrating the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Music: “Take The Coltrane [Instrumental]” by Kenny Barron

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