Reston Community Center to Begin Ticket Sales for Touring Artist Series in August

Customers enjoy a show at CenterStage before the pandemic (via The CenterStage in Reston / Facebook)

The Reston Community Center has announced the lineup for its 2021-22 Professional Artist Tour Series.

After a truncated season with limited audiences last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series will bring together a variety of musicians, theatrical performances, and speakers on a full-capacity CenterStage starting in September.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome our audience back to CenterStage,” RCC Director of Arts and Events Paul Douglas Michnewicz said in a press release. “Whether you are looking to escape your troubles with a sublime dance or want to be inspired by thought leaders or just need a laugh, the Professional Touring Artist series has something for everyone to enjoy.

With seating limited by Virginia’s restrictions on indoor entertainment venues, RCC executive director Leila Gordon said the community center was still able to accommodate some performers and speakers last season, including the folk group. / rock Trout Fishing in America, jazz violinist Regina Carter and actor BD Wong, whose talk coincided with the 2021 Reston Pride Festival in June.

Many artists who couldn’t make it to Reston still sent video messages that RCC posted to their YouTube channel, and some have been rescheduled for the upcoming season.

Gordon says RCC has seen its show attendance increase since late spring, but even in June, a good day would be a day with an audience of 100 for a show that would normally have filled the CenterStage auditorium with 260 seats. .

“We keep our hopes high that widespread immunization will continue to provide protection that will help performers and audiences safely return to CenterStage this season,” said Gordon.

Unless otherwise specified, all shows take place at CenterStage, located at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road). Tickets go on sale for residents and employees of Reston on August 1 at 1 p.m. Sale open to the general public on August 8 at 1 p.m.

The full schedule for this season is below:

Mutts Gone Nuts, A Comedy Dog Act

  • September 19, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • $ 10 Reston / $ 15 Non-Reston
  • Expect the unexpected, as dogs and comedy collide in a blockbuster performance that leaves audiences everywhere screaming for more.

National Heritage Award recipients at the Reston Multicultural Festival

  • Sep 25, 11 am-6pm
  • Place du lac Anne; free, all ages
  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the country’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. This year’s fellows, who will be recognized at the annual Reston Multicultural Festival, are Rev. Paschall & Company and The Chuck Brown Band.

The scene rarely

  • October 2, 8 p.m.
  • $ 25 Reston / $ 35 Non Reston
  • What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it took talented musicians, signature sound and solid repertoire, and a delicious sense of fun.

The darkest battle – By Psalmayene 24

  • October 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Part of the Washington West Film Festival, this groundbreaking hip-hop musical directed by Raymond O. Caldwell centers around Bliss and Dream, members of warring rap factions who fall in love while trying to make sense of their hectic lives.

The dancing light Celebrate the heat of winter

  • November 20, 8 p.m.
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Jazz band Akua Allrich and The Tribe returns to CenterStage. Come and share an evening filled with music from around the world celebrating the wonders of the seasons and the joy of living.

Baratunde Thurston

  • January 16, 2 p.m.
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Writer, actor and activist Baratunde Thurston provides space for difficult and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom and compassion.

Keynote address and community lunch by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • January 17, 11 a.m.
  • $ 5 Reston / $ 10 Non Reston
  • Heather McGhee is one of the brightest and most influential thinkers exploring inequality today. His viral TED talk and his instant New York Times bestseller “The Sum of Us” reveals the true devastating cost of racism – not just to people of color, but to everyone.

An American Moor Reading

  • February 5, 8 p.m.
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Actor Keith Hamilton Cobb embarks on a poetic exploration that examines the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of Shakespeare’s character Othello, offering a multitude of ideas that are in turn introspective and incriminating, difficult and deeply moving.

Ibram X. Kendi

  • February 9, 8 p.m.
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and one of the foremost anti-racist voices. His book “How to be an anti-racist” was published in 2019 with great success.

What is the %@&*! Has it happened to comics?

  • February 27, 3 p.m.
  • $ 20 Reston / $ 30 Non Reston
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning artist / illustrator and author, Art Spiegelman, author of “Maus” and “Maus II”, has almost single-handedly brought comics out of the toy closet and onto the shelves of literature.


  • March 20, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • $ 25 Reston / $ 35 Non Reston
  • Named after an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is a gathering of some of Ireland’s best musical talent.

Spectacular Falls, a slippery solo musical

  • March 26, 8 p.m.
  • Written and performed by Anita Hollander with interpretation in American Sign Language by the Reverend Rachel Hollander
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Come share a humorous, edgy, moving, and somewhat slippery exploration of how we all fall, how the world can fall apart, and how we rise again.

Mr. Vaudeville and his friends present a mystery! at the Maison du Vaudeville

  • April 2, 3 p.m.
  • $ 5 Reston / $ 10 Non Reston
  • Bring the family and join an audience of unlikely detectives for an afternoon of serious crime and debauchery.

Class: The story of Carla Perlo

  • April 6, 8 p.m.
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Experience a documentary film, interspersed with live performances, about dancer and choreographer Carla Perlo and her influence on her students, the field of dance, the communities in which she has worked and her advocacy for artists’ land ownership during 48 years old.

123 Andres

  • April 9 3 p.m.
  • $ 5 Reston / $ 10 Non Reston
  • 123 Andrés is the award-winning duo of Andrés and Christina, who entertain with catchy songs and an energetic show that makes children and families sing and dance in Spanish and English.

The great adventure of Hamlet (a prequel)

  • April 24, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • $ 25 Reston / $ 35 Non Reston
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to Reston with the DC premiere of this hilarious (and completely fictional) prequel to Hamlet.

Just live so that others can just live

  • May 4, 8 p.m.
  • $ 15 Reston / $ 20 Non Reston
  • Actor Ed Begley Jr. will share his inspiration and vision for one of the world’s most important causes: environmental sustainability. All ticket holders will receive a packet of pollinating flower seeds. Then stay for a book signing.

A Quest for Freedom: A collaboration between Nai-Ni Chen Dance and the Ahn Trio

  • May 18, 8 p.m.
  • $ 20 Reston / $ 30 Non Reston
  • Originally inspired by their adaptation of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and their interpretation and performance of “Purple Rain” by Prince on Ellis Island, Nai-Ni Chen worked with the Ahn Trio to find their common vision in this performance. dance and live music.

Kinsey patients

  • June 4, 8 p.m.
  • $ 20 Reston / $ 30 Non Reston
  • America’s favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet will serve up a feast of a cappella music and comedy.

More information on shows and purchasing tickets can be found on the Reston Community Center website or by calling 703-476-4500.

Photo via The CenterStage at Reston / Facebook

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