The nine planets (or nava graha in Sanskrit) are worshipped as deities in Vedic Astrology. In the body, they facilitate the working of individual karma, while in the world, the unraveling of collective karma. Based on the idea that each of us has traits of Navagraha within us, dancers will explore and use the 9 energies to connect the Self with the Universe. With post-show artist talk-back. 

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In this production Furia Flamenca goes beyond flamenco’s music, song, and dance and explores some of Spain’s many other musical genres, including iconic classical pieces such as “La Boda de Luis Alonso” and “Vida Breve,” and some of Spain’s folk music and dance. The performance will include flamenco guitarists Maestro Torcuato Zamora and Juan L. Romero. Artist Talk-Back after the show. 

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Audience members share topics weighing on their minds, and where they find lightness in their lives. Their responses inspire improvisers to create scenes and dialogue as dancers introduce choreography and create movement and patterns. Scenes influence dance and vice versa, as elements from each world cross over into the next. This show includes audience participation and post-show artist talk-back.

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Join City at Peace, the Atlas youth development, arts, and social change program as they present an original, musical theatre production that tackles difficult themes, topics, and questions of youth culture and society. City at Peace is pleased to host the youth of Dance Institute of Washington.  In addition to the City at Peace performance, Dance Institute of Washington will present a contemporary ballet work from their Spirit of Kwanzaa production, by choreographer Justin Bellamy.  

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The Misto di Voci  Ensemble explores mysticism and music of the spheres in a multimedia presentation of Alan Hovhaness' Saturn.   Written for soprano, clarinet and piano in cantata form, set to mystical text by the composer, and accompanied by NASA’s images of space, each movement is a unique and ethereal journey. The program concludes with The Klezmer's Wedding; a fusion of classical and klezmer style in a jubilant celebration of life. With post show artist talk-back.    

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Ta Thoi is a non-profit Indian cultural organization based in Maryland. It is primarily a group of Indian dance enthusiasts and performers, whose main goal is to make dance accessible to everyone, and promote Indian culture to a wider audience while building social awareness. Ta Thoi youth group has performed far and wide and use dance forms to create social awareness.

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Join the Washington and Lee University Singers in the Atlas Performing Arts Center premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, one of the most meaningful recent works of social justice art. This multimedia fusion oratorio uses the featured choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and narrators to tell the tragic story and aftermath of the kidnapping, torture, and death of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. Join us for a post-show discussion, facilitated by Jason Marsden, the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.    

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Pianist, composer, and electronic musician James Fernando has been hailed by Textura magazine as having “seemingly effortless command of the piano”, and by author Grady Harp for creating music that “makes the world more beautiful.” Fernando presents an exciting solo program featuring his innovative piano and electronics setup. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.

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Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.

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Join us for an inside look at the eXposure Media Project DC, a non-profit program featuring the photography of DC Youth. The photo exhibit will be available at varying times throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. Please see our calendar for details.

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East City Bookshop and Atlas Performing Arts Center  present humorist and playwright R. Eric Thomas with his debut book Here for It, a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays. Event includes a book signing hosted in our lobby by East City Bookshop with the author.  Author talk facilitated by renowned Pop Culture Writer from the Washington Post, Elahe Izadi.  

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The OLA Film Festival

FEB 15 | 2:00 PM

The OLA Film Festival is a showcase and competition highlighting the work of amateur and student filmmakers across the country. The goal of the festival is to offer support to emerging artists by providing a platform to display their work to the public. The OLA Film Festival is proud to partner with National Black Movie Day.

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In a special Valentine’s Day concert, CapitalBop is pleased to present a live performance of Love Tape, featuring Hill’s all-star touring band: bassist Junius Paul, pianist/keyboardist Jahari Stampley, drummer Makaya McCraven and vocalist (and D.C. native) Christie Dashiell. It’s on, at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, at the Atlas on H Street. There will be a special opening set by Freeform: The Collective, one of U Street’s hottest live groups.

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From the author of The Admission and After the War. Maariv newspaper describes Lerner's latest work as "a daring theatrical attempt to deal with the complex situation making it difficult for IDF soldiers to preserve their humanity, while the country's political leadership prefers to bury its head in the sand."  In the hours after an Israeli soldier is kidnapped in Gaza, an artillery reserve officer responds in accordance with military protocol. He is moved to confess to the damage he’s inflicted. The country’s institutions don’t want to hear.

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In this drama, audiences are invited to see the world through the eyes of an Israeli couple and a Palestinian couple, both having suffered the tragic loss of a child. Fashioning this story as a searing cry for compassion in a reality that appears to offer none, Sobol presents us with a world where truth, regardless of belief, may be all that stands between us and a war without end.

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Prologue Theatre Presents: Recent Tragic Events

January 23, 2020 - February 16, 2020

It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, a young advertising executive. Soon to venture on a blind date amidst the television news coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from.

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The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2010, maintaining residence at the historic Bohemian Caverns each Monday night until its closing in March 2016.  During that time, the band featured the District's finest musicians in presenting a wide repertoire of music and guest artists including Oliver Lake, Warren Wolf, Miho Hazama, Elliott Hughes, Nathan Parker Smith, and others. 

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Tickets are sold out for all shows for STEP AFRIKA! Please see our other holiday offerings: Atlas Presents: Bohemian Christmas Atlas Presents: Squeakers and Mr. Gumdrop Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town! This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman.

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At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity and inclusion are valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. When a mumps outbreak hits the school, it turns out that not everyone in the community has the same definition of social justice.

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The inherently musical songs and soaring grace of birds have long inspired symphonic composers. Join us for this special musical celebration of our feathered friends, conducted by Capital City Symphony’s Assistant Conductor Tiffany Lu and featuring esteemed violinist James Stern performing “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

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Set in the DC community of Anacostia, a group of residents responds to a proposed revitalization project that threatens to gentrify the neighborhood. At the center of the action is Alvin, who has just returned to his old neighborhood, with a charge to sell the community on this idea. Over the two days, residents confront their own ever-changing relationships in a musical that challenges the historic character and soul of our teeming city.

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(1927) Just in time for Halloween! Join us for a screening of the silent film thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the novel The Lodger and play Who Is He? The film is about the hunt for a serial killer in London, inspired by real-life Jack- the-Ripper crimes.  Presented with live accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson.

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Mosaic Theater Company Presents: Theory

October 23 – November 17, 2019

Isabelle, a young tenure-track professor, tests the limits of free speech by encouraging her students to contribute to an unmoderated discussion group. When an anonymous student posts offensive comments and videos, Isabelle must decide whether to intervene or to let the social experiment play out.

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IN Series Presents: Stormy Weather

October 18, 2019 - October 27, 2019

Inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel.

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Rorschach Theatre Presents: She Kills Monsters

October 18 – November 10, 2019

The 2014 hit returns! A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she comes to terms with the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.

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Sofia Viola takes the stage embracing her guitar and her charangón and performs her songs which drift from tango to vibrations of the Andes, from milonga to happy cumbia, from rock to vallenato, and from chamamé to blues, in a show that is pure interpretative power. 

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Join the Culture Queen as she does “The Locomotion” on a journey through the swinging ’60s. This energetic show introduces young audiences to the music of Dance Hall kings and queens like Chubby Checker, Little Richard, Little Eva, and Dee Dee Sharp. She’ll teach your royal children the hottest dances of the era like “The Twist”, “The Mashed Potato”, “The Bird” and many more through music and storytelling.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Café Flamenco. This popular, cabaret-style event features traditional flamenco dance and live music performed by dancers from Furia Flamenca Dance Company and guitarist Torcuato Zamora.

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Breaking Ground Presents: Bigger Than Myself

September 27 - September 28, 2019

Breaking Ground is a Summer theatre organization for LGBTQIA+ identified youth and young adults in the DC metro area. These brave individuals develop a musical theatre production based on their real authentic complex and unique life experiences being of this population. They have been able to persevere through experiences such a coming out, living with HIV, transphobia, sexual abuse, mental health challenges, and racism. Their strength has allowed them to be revolutionary, and break ground in their communities. 

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The film follows Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who worked with U.S. forces, and who are now targeted by insurgents as a result. While some have reached safety, others are stuck in hiding—and those with no other hope have set out for Europe and the U.S. with the help of smugglers.   Presented with closed captioning.

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In 1932, a journalism student from Howard University witnesses the struggles of The Bonus Army, a group of 43,000 diverse marchers including almost 20,000 U.S. World War I veterans and their families, who demand the payment of their war bonuses. Squatting along the shores of the Anacostia River, they would fight to survive Depression-era America as well as the violent encroachment of Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton, and the U.S. Army at the direction of President Herbert Hoover.

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Art All Night 2019

September 14, 2019

Art All Night on H, it is a Feast for the Senses – Prepare to listen, engage, emote, explore & immerse!

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In this play by Russian/Austrian writer Julya Rabinowich, three characters live in captivity, invisible to the world: a female refugee hiding underground, fearing deportation, and traumatized by her journey across cultures; a kidnap victim locked in a basement at the mercy of her perpetrator, and a young man imprisoned in his own home due to the threat of blood-revenge against his family.

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As a group of DC youth prepare to protest the killing of one of their own, they begin to realize that their fight for justice needs to cover way more ground than they initially intended.

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Momentum & Friends is a fun evening of jazz, ballet, contemporary and heels dance and vocal and instrumental music.

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One wild challenge. Thirty artist brains. Eight days to solve it. Under the aesthetic mentorship of different theatre companies, each team of director, playwright and actors will have just one week to create, develop and stage a performance based on that work of art.

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This powerful one-man show, based on the life of '70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, imagines the troubled and brilliant musician's last day on Earth in an immersive and crushing play about Hathaway's compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston, Jr. ​

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Scena: Arturo Ui

June 11-July 14, 2019

Arturo Ui is a tale of the meteoric rise of a small-time Brooklyn hoodlum who takes over the Cauliflower racket in 1930’s Chicago. Ui ruthlessly disposes of his competitors to enrich himself and gain power.

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Millennium Arts

June 2, 2019

In her salon-style presentation Dr. Petty discusses the filmmaking legacy of Camille Billops and James Hatch. This event kicks off a joint programming relationship between Millennium Arts Salon and The Atlas Performing Arts Center. The evening includes a screening of the award-winning Hatch–Billops film Finding Christa and clips of another award winner, Suzanne, Suzanne. Reception to follow.

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The Tale of Serse

June 1, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Discover the beauty and lightness-of-being of Baroque opera with Handel’s heartful and lyrical Serse, composed just three years before his famed Messiah.

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Dos Almas

May 31 - June 1, 2019

Dos Almas. Two souls. Through dance and music, Ritmo Flamenco explores the dialogue between humans in an attempt to move towards greater freedom.

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City at Peace

May 31 - June 1, 2019

They’re right on the edge, the cusp, trying not to get swallowed up. Struggling to get out from under the pain, pressure, and stress of abusive relationships, mental health issues, the fear of not being accepted by God, absent parents, foster care, self-doubt and self-isolation. They can see the light and are racing to get to it, before it goes out.... before this thing breaks them. Before this Breaks Me is an original, cast devised theater piece based on the lives and experiences of the City at Peace cast members.

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NFT Dance & Company will present three new works intimately woven in contemporary dance and inspired by the classical literary beginning, “It was a dark and stormy night … “ Dreamy, fantastical and romantic, literary figures depict our psychic fascination with things that go bump in the night and the macabre. Recommended for patrons age 13+.  

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When teenage daughter Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff – the guy at the coffee shop who inadvertently witnesses Nora’s string of unsuccessful dates. As choices collide with coincidences and longing mixes with reality, each character must face the complications that always arise in the search for intimacy and the closeness of family. This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the paths of romance, marriage and parenting while exploring the pains and pleasures of all three.

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With support from a 2015 French-American Jazz Exchange grant, Aaron joined creative forces with percussionist Leon Parker to expand the sonic, communicative and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting to include a significant role for Body Percussion and Body Rhythm techniques, both in place of and in addition to traditional drum set. This creative exploration has resulted in new works and a new trio recording released in 2018.

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Set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953, Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son re-imagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle.

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The Atlas welcomes back  the Herb Scott Quartet for an evening of jazz, celebrating the release of "At the Jazz Show", the latest album from DC jazz original, Herb Scott. Herb Scott - Saxophone, vocals Piano - Janelle Gill Bass- Michael Bowie Percussion-  Quincy Phillips    

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Beckett Trio

April 6-May 5, 2019

Don’t miss a riveting trio of short plays by Ireland’s theatrical giant and Nobel Prize winner, Samuel Beckett. “Beckett Trio, Part 2” features several spellbinding classics by the architect of the absurd. His brazen form of black comedy soars as we explore his themes of resistance with DC’s top actors.  

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Brad Linde's DIX OUT celebrates the release of its debut album, "There'll Be SOME Changes Made", featuring songs from the 1920's jazz repertoire.  The album features spontaneous arrangements of classics and includes trumpeter/vocalist Tara Kannangara on the front line.

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Enjoy four short and potent plays by the master of modernism, London’s Harold Pinter. Political, at times, Pinter and director McNamara will provoke your brain and stoke your emotions as we portray terror and its consequences. Don’t miss this riveting show!

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On a warm spring day, the friendly tune of the ice cream truck might be just what you need. But when one particular ice cream truck starts to fall apart, the drivers have to fix it before everything starts to melt! Come help us figure out how to fix up this ice cream truck where nothing goes right!  

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See two documentary films, which track the progress of women in America from the Second Wave movement in 1920 to the Tidal Wave of a Women's movement we're seeing today. Post-show panel discussion with Pam Maus, film director, and special guests Ellie Espling, Kodiak Hill-Davis, and Cynthia Richie-Terrell,  will follow the film screenings.

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CapitalBop is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Washington Women in Jazz Festival to present Bley here with her long-standing trio, featuring bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard.

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The show will feature a variety of styles from tap, jazz, and hip-hop to modern, contemporary, and musical theater, “Dance in the Face Of" is a powerful commentary on the ever-growing importance to acknowledge and embrace each other in today’s world.

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Silent

March 5-24, 2019

Straight from Ireland, Solas Nua is proud to present the Olivier Award winning production of Silent, written and performed by acclaimed Irish actor, Pat Kinevane.

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Fluid is an evening work inspired by physical theater, Afro-modern dance, presented through contemporary ballet. Fluid is performed to the music of Ezio Bosso and is centered around a cast of strangers, examining human emotion through the life trials of trust, lost, betrayal and love.

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Take your family on an interactive journey through Duke Ellington’s DC! From U Street and the Howard Theatre to Anacostia — Kids groove along with singers and a live jazz trio to discover how a local hero influenced the Harlem Renaissance, helped shape the cultural history of D.C., and became an international star.    

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“Instastory” explores how youth discover identity and purpose in a society obsessed with "likes" and "followers". During this full length showcase, students will share personal stories of struggle and triumph which reveal that the most defining "like" is the one they give themselves.

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In Dress Up Day: The Musical, a spunky first-grader and her classmates explore their individuality in order to find the perfect costume for their school dress up day. Best for ages 4-10.

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Charenee’s current album, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, is a powerful re-interpretation of the poet’s musical library. Jazz Wise Magazine has called the album “an emotional engagement with the material that renders every word believable.” Wade gives ample evidence on this remarkable recording to why she is one of the most exciting, distinctive and bold musical talents on the rise today.

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (German: Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) is a 1926 German animated fairytale film by Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film. The silent film will be screened with live, original music by Andrew Earle Simpson. 

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Enjoy a potpourri of dances with authentic cultural roots, incorporating modern aesthetics, conveying a message that the best values of traditional cultures can blend in today's world with concepts of freedom, equality, and self-actualization.

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Beyond

February 23, 2019

In DEVIATED THEATRE’s original dance opera ‘Beyond’, Luna the Astronaut discovers that getting lost (on Mars) is part of getting found. Photo: Enoch Chan

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Individuals describe career, racial, gender or ethnic barriers. The sound score incorporates first-person interviews with some new to this country, TASSC clients (Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition), and Americans marginalized by circumstance.

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Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when one man self-immolated to protest their racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past. Man on Fire untangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.

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NEXT

February 23, 2019

Come and have a unique cultural experience with GDC Artistic Director, Shu-Chen Cuff’s work ‘We, The Moon, The Sun’ - an Asian culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements and modern dance and ‘200 Feet’ inspired by author Jack Canfield\'s teachings.

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Sister Bear and Brother Bear are back from hibernation to take your little ones on an interactive journey through the seasons. Meet a curious butterfly, play in a rushing waterfall, and catch lightning bugs as the bears frolic through the forest in this unforgettable live theatre experience. Reimagined for this 10th anniversary performance, this audience favorite is sure to delight and inspire. Best for ages 1-5.

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Nigerian vocalist and songwriter TolumiDE compliments soul music with her African heritage exploring themes of life, love and inspiration using bilingual lyrics and dynamic rhythms.

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Intersections 2019

February 21 - March 3, 2019

The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is a performing arts festival that presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining. INTERSECTIONS is about presenting excellent art that inspires a connected community, engaged artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. We are interested in unique perspectives and art that connects us to the many facets of our humanity.

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Mosaic Theater Company: Shame 2.0

January 30, 2019 – February 17, 2019

A blistering documentary portrait of the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians who decide to work together against formidable opposition.

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Submission

January 13-February 10, 2019

Based on Michel Houellebecq’s best-selling novel in France, Germany, and Italy, it will engage and provoke your mind and heart.

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