Stage and Street Spectacular:
Saturday, September 12 from 12 noon to 7 p.m.

We walk among spectacular performers every day. They entertain on street corners, sidewalks, subway platforms, and improvised stages across the globe. All they ask is that we stop, watch, and appreciate their art. The Kennedy Center Open House presents boulevard entertainers from France, Canada, Australia, and the D.C. area as part of the Washington D.C. Street Performance Festival in conjuction with the French-American Cultural Foundation. Introduce your family to characters large and small, from the Unicycle Lady™ on her six-foot-tall one-wheeled ride to the tiny Alberti Flea Circus. Plus there’s lots more music and fun! Bounce to the Afrofunk of Chopteeth or rock out to Mambo Sauce, PT Walkley, and DJ Lunch Money while constructing a cardboard-box skyline with We Built This City. Cool off inside while meeting your children’s favorite authors and illustrators as part of the popular Multicultural Children’s Book Festival. Then sit and watch L’Arsenal à Musique’s wild interpretation of the Carnival of the Animals with the National Symphony Orchestra. Discover a world of performance art that’s lit by both spotlights and stoplights.

The Open House Arts Festival is funded by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, BET, and GMAC Financial Services.

Additional support is provided in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kennedy Center Washington Committee on the Arts.

The National Symphony Orchestra Open House performance is funded in part by the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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Programs, schedules, and artists subject to change without notice.

No. 1 Boulevard du Président

12-12:45 p.m.
The Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars Jump Rope Team Competitive jump rope team

 

12:45-1:30 p.m., 3:45-4:30 p.m., & 5:15-6 p.m.
The Alberti Flea Circus Old world flea circus with new tricks
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Daniel Burley Entertainer, humorist, and magician
2:15-2:45 p.m.
Urban ArtistryHip-hop arts and break dancing
3-3:45 p.m.
Pete Moss and the Bog BandIrish folk music by young players
4:30-5:15 p.m.
Magic Brian World renowned magician

No. 2 Boulevard du Président

12-12:45 p.m., 3-3:45 p.m., & 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Hôtel des HortensiasThis play shows everyday life in wild ways
12:45-1:30 p.m.
Béron Amazingly clumsy juggling, acrobatics, and magic
1:30-2:15 p.m.
The Unicycle Lady™ One lady, one wheel, one impressive act
2:15-3 p.m.
Magic BrianWorld renowned magician
5:15-6 p.m.
Petit Monsieur in Wait a Second  What do you get when you match man with technology? Laughs.

No. 3 Rue de la Fontaine

12-12:45 p.m.
Pete Moss and the Bog BandIrish folk music by young players
12:45-1:30 p.m. & 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Petit Monsieur in Out of Order  Man fights phone booth
2:15-3 p.m.
Béron Amazingly clumsy juggling, acrobatics, and magic
3-3:45 p.m.
The Unicycle Lady™ One lady, one wheel, one great act
4:30-5:15 p.m.
Mark LohrVaudevillian super clown

No. 4 Rue de la Fontaine

12-12:45 p.m.
Mark Lohr Vaudevillian super clown
12:45-1:30 p.m.
Magic Brian World renowned magician
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Pete Moss and the Bog BandIrish folk music by young players
2:15-3 p.m.
Lesole’s Dance ProjectModern and Afro-Fusion dance styles
3-3:45 p.m. & 5:15-6 p.m.
The Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars Jump Rope TeamCompetitive jump rope team
3:45-4:30 p.m.
Daniel BurleyEntertainer, humorist, and magician
4:30-5:15 p.m.
Béron Amazingly clumsy juggling, acrobatics, and magic

Île de la Cité

12-2:30 p.m. & 3:30-6 p.m.
Polyglot Puppet Theatre: We Built This City Using creative powers and cardboard box construction, kids build their ideal city.
12-12:30 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., & 5:30-6 p.m.
DJ Lunch MoneySoul, funk, reggae, disco, hip-hop—he plays it all
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Band Keeping things tropical while empowering kids through the steel drums
2:30-3:30 p.m.
PT WalkleyNew York rocker with a storyteller’s soul
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Mambo SauceA music group just as flavorful as its namesake

Place des Artistes

12-6 p.m.
NSO Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” A project of the NSO Women’s Committee
Children get hands on with Orchestra instruments
12-6 p.m.
Ubaldo Sanchez Hernandez: Alfombra de AsserinGuatemalan artist makes sidewalk carpet from natural materials
12-6 p.m.
Edwin Fontánez’s Washington Chalk Festival Create a sidewalk masterpiece with chalk
12-6 p.m.
National Children’s Museum Juggling Activity Make festive juggling balls then learn the basics of juggling
12-6 p.m.
Storm Chaser See the ABC 7/WJLA-TV mobile weather unit
12:15-1 p.m., 3:15-4 p.m., & 5-5:45 p.m.
Travelin’ Jack and Company Puppets tell amazing tales
1:15-1:45 p.m., & 4:15-4:45 p.m.
La Voile Aerialist performs hanging high in the air in front of the theater
2:15-3 p.m.
Mark Lohr’s “Be a Star” Workshop Learn tricks of the trade from a Vaudevillian super clown

Concert Hall

12-1 p.m. & 2-3 p.m.
National Symphony Orchestra with l’Arsenal à Musique
Carnival of the Animals Lively choreography and life size puppets vividly illustrate the music
4-4:45 p.m.
U.S. Navy Commodores Big BandBrassy swing in big band style
6-7 p.m.
Byron Cage [ASL] [OC]Gospel Music Heritage Month Celebration features Stellar Award winner performing his biggest hits and new music from his forthcoming CD, Faithful to Believe (Verity Records)

Millennium Stage South

1-2 p.m.
Mambo SauceA music group just as flavorful as its namesake
3-3:45 p.m.
Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Band Kids keep things tropical through the steel drums
4:45-5:30 p.m.
Urban ArtistryHip-hop arts and break dancing

Eisenhower Theater

1:30-2:30 p.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m.
L’Arsenal à Musique
The ArkAcrobats, musicians, and breathtaking images

Family Theater

(Tickets are required for performances in the Family Theater. Tickets will be passed out in front of the Family Theater 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance, limit 4 tickets per person.)

12:15-1 p.m.
Lesole’s Dance ProjectModern and Afro-Fusion dance styles
2-2:45 p.m. & 3:30-4:15 p.m.
The Kennedy Center’s Dance Theatre of Harlem ResidencySee tomorrow’s ballerinas today
5-5:45 p.m.
Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist ProgramTomorrow’s opera stars let their voices rise

Atrium Bookstore

12-6 p.m.
14th Annual Multicultural Children’s Book FestivalMeet authors and illustrators and shop hundreds of titles

Theater Lab Dance Hall

12:15-1 p.m. & 1:30-2:15 p.m.
ChopteethDance party with 14-piece Afrofunk orchestra
3:45-4:30 p.m. & 5-5:45 p.m.
Bio RitmoDance party with salsa band

Terrace Theater

(Tickets are required for performances in the Terrace Theater. Tickets will be passed out in front of the Terrace Theater 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance, limit 4 tickets per person.)

12:15-1:15 p.m. & 2-3 p.m.
Striking Viking Story Pirates [ASL] [OC] Stories written by children brought to life on stage
3:45-4:25 p.m.
Multicultural Children’s Book Festival Storytellers
(Recommended for age 8 and under) [ASL] [OC] Shane W. Evans reading Olu’s Dream
Linda Sue Park reading Bee-Bim Bop! and Yum Yuck!
Tonya Bolden reading Rock of Ages
5:10-5:35 p.m.
Multicultural Children’s Book Festival Storytellers
(Recommended for age 9 and up) [ASL] [OC] Monica Brown reading Pelé, King of Soccer (in English and Spanish)
Anne Sibley O’Brien reading from After Ghandi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

Strolling Performers

Throughout the day
Homocatodicus Street video comedy duo
La Cabane de Pepe Strolling puppet theater
Macadam Piano Pianist on wheels
The Unicycle LadyTM Wacky wheelie antics
Alberti Strolling Street Organ 20-pipe and bell ‘portative organ’
The Tonys Twin bodyguards ready to protect you
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