THEARC Theater will hold two free showings of Lady Days, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Feb. 20, in honor of Black History month. Lady Days is a Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) theatrical production adapted from the stage production Lady Day @ Emerson’s Bar and Grill about the life and times of Billie Holiday. The scene is set in 1959 in Philadelphia. The audience will witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances which is interlaced with more than a dozen musical with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music. The world premiere of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill opened at the Westside Theatre, New York City on Sept. 7, 1986. This show is appropriate for ages 4+ and open to school-aged youth and school groups. 

Each year, THEARC brings programs like Lady Days to the community to educate and inspire children and adults living east of the River. Operating with the belief that access to arts and diverse cultural activities is the essence of community development, THEARC Theater is the first state-of-the-art theater in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. In addition to housing eleven, world-class non-profit organizations, THEARC offers annual free and reduced price programming including: Black History Month at THEARC, Double Time Jazz at THEARC and Showtime Tuesdays at THEARC. Access to these programs not only delivers entertainment and education, but also provides the opportunity for inter-generational collaboration, conversation and promotes community unity.

Attendance requires RSVP via the following url: http://www.thearcdc.org/events/ladydays