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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Intersections at Atlas: What to see

By Stephanie Merry

"Paige in Full," with Paige Hernandez and Nick the 1da, comes to Atlas as part of the second annual Intersections festival. (C. Stanley Photography)

As if you needed another reason to head to H Street NE, Atlas Performing Arts Center kicks off the second annual Intersections: A New America Arts Festival. Translation: For the next three weekends, the theater space is the place to be for more than 100 events, from live music to dance performances and storytelling to visual art. Here's a sampling of reasons to hop on the X2.

The always entertaining SpeakeasyDC gets things started at 7 p.m. on Friday with "Mixed, Blended, Shaken, & Stirred: Stories about Today's American Family." The line-up features some seasoned veterans in the art of storytelling, including Vijai Nathan and Christopher Love.

That same night, a dance party marks the beginning of the Intersections festivities. For $20, you get drinks and snacks, plus a live performance by jazzy Latin band Trio Caliente.

Live music is just part of the equation on Saturday afternoon, when Dianne Falk offers a free, hour-long yoga class at 4:30 p.m. Percussionist Tom Teasley will provide the soundtrack. Is drumming more your thing than stretching? Teasley will perform again at 6:30 that evening.

Kid-friendly Adventure Theatre takes a field trip to H Street to perform its well-received "Mirandy and Brother Wind." The play follows a little girl, who tries to capture the wind so that she'll have a partner in a cakewalk dance competition. In honor of the play, on Saturday, kids can make murals and learn the cakewalk dance for free with the Dance Institute of Washington.

There's yet another opportunity to get moving on March 4 at 10:30 p.m. with a dance party hosted by DCypher Dance, with music courtesy of DJs RBI and C-Roy. Anyone who buys tickets to one of the evening's performances gets into the dance party for free. The options include a show by DCypher, the Washington Ballet's collaboration with In Series, "WAM 2," New Galaxy Theatre Group's "Slam Theater 1.0" and the reprisal of theHegira's inventive "Paige in Full."

Factory 449, the group behind 2009's Fringe favorite "4.48 Psychosis," stages its new show "Our Wide, Wide Sea," which the group calls a fairy tale for grown-ups.

This is really just a tiny sampling of what's to come. For the full schedule of events and ticket information, visit the Intersections Web site.

By Stephanie Merry  | February 24, 2011; 1:17 PM ET
Categories:  Events, Theater  
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