“Shutdown Blues” Weekend at BlackRock Offers Entertainment for Furloughed Feds

In response to the partial government shutdown and the fact that this Friday marks the first pay period for which some federal workers will not receive a paycheck, BlackRock Center for the Arts is offering $5 General Admission tickets for this weekend’s performances for any guests that presents a federal employee or federal contractor ID.

Employees with the “Shutdown Blues,” can enjoy a performance by blues legend JOHNNY RAWLS, a veteran of the blues circuit for over 50 years and for whom the sub-genre “soul blues” was coined. The concert starts at 8 PM in BlackRock’s Studio Theater.

On Saturday, the blues will broaden into a full spectrum rainbow, as two ensembles of the GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON, DC take the Main Stage. Choral ensembles POTOMAC FEVER (a cappella pop harmony) and THE ROCK CREEK SINGERS (glorious choral sounds) will come together in a performance at 8 PM to create a kaleidoscope of music and story that will bring pride to all.

These tickets can be purchased at the box office, over the phone (240-912-1058) or online. To purchase online, for Johnny Rawls, select “General Admission” seating and then the “Government Employee” option. For the Gay Men’s Chorus, select “Balcony” seating, select your seats, click next, and then “Government Employee” from the Ticket Type dropdown – you will be asked to show your federal employee, federal contractor, or military ID when picking your tickets up from the Will Call.

In addition, BlackRock is presenting a number of free events this weekend, for anyone feeling the pinch in their pocketbook. Prior to the Gay Men’s Chorus performance, at 6 p.m. Saturday, there will be a free LGBTQ MEET/GREET SOIRÉE with LGBTQ artists/artisans, local civic organizations, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, hosted by legendary DC drag queen Tula, who will headline TULA’S CABARET at BlackRock later in April.

Prior to the SOIRÉE, BlackRock opens its first gallery exhibit of 2019, a dual science-inspired exhibition by regional artists Michal Gavish and Stephanie Garon. Gavish’s NANOPORTRAITURE showcases works inspired by biological structures in the human body, such as DNA sequences and cellular structure. Garon’s NATURE/NURTURE features sculpture modeled after things found in nature, using man-made materials, as a metaphor for mankind’s frailty in the face of nature. BlackRock’s galleries are always free to visitors, and Saturday’s opening also features a free “Meet the Artists” reception from 2 PM -4 PM.

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