By Kate Gibbs | April 21, 2017 | Culture
There's something for everyone as this spring brings top talent to DC's theaters and museums.
Broadway’s Fun Home.
From country… On May 19, the king of pop country, Eric Church, brings his Holdin’ My Own tour to the Verizon Center (601 F St. NW, 800-745-3000), and the concert unfolds in two acts without an opener. In another move that hit a high note with the “Church Choir” (i.e., the singer’s fans), he canceled 2,500 resale tickets to punish scalpers. … To classical: The John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration (2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600) reaches a crescendo on May 24 when Yo-Yo Ma joins the National Symphony Orchestra.
ART & IMPRESSIONS
From contemporary… A three-decade survey of work by the innovative American conceptual artist Roni Horn is on display at Glenstone (12002 Glen Road, Potomac) through 2018. It covers a lot of ground: Horn’s attraction to Iceland, Emily Dickinson’s poetry, and ant colonies radiates in her two- and three-dimensional pieces. … To Claude: The National Gallery of Art (202-737-4215, Sixth and Constitution Avenue NW) presents “Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism,” a thematic show featuring 75 works by the painter, whose monumental canvases linked the traditions of Gustave Courbet to the light lust of Claude Monet.
A DC debut: Based on Alison Bechdel’s tragicomic graphic novel about growing up in a funeral home managed by her allegedly closeted father, Fun Home was the first show with an all-female writing team to win the Tony for best musical. It plays the National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-628-6161) from April 18 to May 13. And a DC revival: It’s been 21 years since the rock opera that dared to reimagine Puccini’s La Bohème made its Off-Broadway debut, and Rent returns to DC for a short run, again at the National (June 20–25).
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEFAN ALTENBURGER PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY OF HAUSER & WIRTH/©2016 RONI HORN (RONI HORN);
JOAN MARCUS (FUN HOME TOUR); JOHN SHEARER/GETTY IMAGES FOR BMI (CHURCH)