Looking for a cultural awakening? Get inspired with art exhibits, shows and musical happenings in the DMV this winter.

Signature Theatre Aint Misbehavin

Signature Theatre’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show”
January 23 – March 10, 2019

Transport yourself to Harlem’s big band era with this Tony Award-winning musical tribute to the music of Thomas “Fats Waller at Village at Shirlington’s Signature Theatre in Arlington. Featuring an assortment of Waller’s swinging and sultry tunes including “The Joint is Jumpin’” and “Handful of Keys”, the musical brings out a cast of some of Signature’s favorites for a show that will have you dancing in your seats. Tickets.

VISarts_Joe Hambleton, Plateau in Ascension, digital animation, 2018

VisArts’ “Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies” Exhibit
Curated by Frank McCauley, VisArts Assistant Curator
January 11 – February 24, 2019
Concourse Gallery, VisArts 2nd floor

In the age of digital, Fantastic Bodies at Rockville Town Square’s VISArts Center explores contrasting themes of virtual versus reality and organic versus artificial in this multi-artist and multi-generational exhibition of performance, sculpture and the moving image. Bringing together artists such as Maggie Hazen, Jonathan E. Baker, Shon Kim and Florine Mougel, the exhibit is an examination of the role of the digital screen in modern life and how it has evolved our perception of self and the world around us. Details.

Landmark Bethesda Row

Landmark Bethesda Row’s Oscar-Nominated Short Films (Live Action and Animation)
Starting February 8

The Oscar nominations are out, and while you may have caught screenings of all the Best Picture nominees, round out your experience before the Academy Awards air on February 24 with screenings of the internationally diverse nominees for Best Live Action Shorts and Best Animated Shorts. The two-hour screenings will include Madre, Fauve, Marguerite, Detainment and Skin (Live Action), and Bao, Late Afternoon, Animal Behaviour, Weekends, and One Small Step (Animated). Tickets for Live Action showings and Animated showings.

AMP Portland Cello Project

AMP by Strathmore’s The Portland Cello Project Performs Radiohead’s OK Computer
March 24, 8pm

Classic cello and an alt-rock masterpiece of the ‘90’s isn’t exactly what you’d consider a perfect pair, but it’s this unorthodox juxtaposition that creates a magical rendition of Radiohead’s third studio album, OK Computer. Portland Cello Project, led by artistic director Douglas Jenkins, presents a surprising and emotionally haunting performance of this Grammy Award-winning album. Tickets.