“9/11/2001” by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly. #GWremembers

We’ve got two new shows for you today! Zap Mama & Antibalas (1/30) and Lila Downs (5/1). Tickets will go on sale 8/12. Stay tuned this week for more announcements!

Have a burning question that you’ve always wanted to ask #ColinPowell? Now you can. He’ll be speaking about his career and book In Life and Leadership here at Lisner on Monday 8/4. We’ll choose one question from Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr to ask him at the Q&A afterward. Just tag @gwlisner or @smithsonianTSA and use #CPinDC by Monday at 10am.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00pm

Tickets on sale 8/12 at Noon

Imagine the art of seduction on an arthropodan or elephantine scale. Such is the orgasmic, orgiastic and occasionally acrobatic bent of internationally acclaimed actress Isabella Rossellini’s vibrant invasion of zoological boudoirs, based on her short Green Porno films for the Sundance Channel. A lifelong lover of animals, Isabella Rossellini dons costume versions of their fur, skins, scales and wings for this delightfully insightful, Day-Glo examination of the quirks, curiosities and frequently fatal risks of sexuality and reproduction across a spectrum of species.

Tickets are on sale now for Milton Nascimento (11/20) and Salif Keita Acoustic (9/21). Tickets are available online or at our box office on GWU’s campus. 

NEW SHOW ADDED: Three-time Grammy Winner Diego El Cigala has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretation of flamenco. Born in Madrid, El Cigala has often been touted as “The Sinatra of Flamenco.” His various collaborations with world-renowned Latin American artists have earned him a reputation for seamlessly melding the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from bolero to son, tango, and Afro-Caribbean jazz. 

Catch him here at Lisner 11/18. Tickets on sale 8/12.

Did you watch this year’s #CMAawards or listen to Maya Angelou’s memorial service? If so, you saw our newest performer in action.LeeAnn Womack will play here at Lisner 11/14! Tickets go on sale 7/22. These tickets will go fast!

"Imagine thirteen, shining brass instruments blasting away, lead by a trumpet as rapturous as it is melancholic. Imagine the Balkanic fusion of the love of life with its inescapable sadness. Imagine Boban Markovic, judged ‘best trumpet on Earth’ at the legendary Guca festival in central Serbia, playing live in Belgrade. Now stop imagining – this is the real thing."

Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra will perform here at Lisner on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale now at lisner.org. 


Salif Keita, the afro-pop singer/songwriter from #Mali, known as “The Golden Voice of Africa,” will perform at Lisner 9/21 on his acoustic tour. Tickets will be available 7/15 at noon. You won’t want to miss out on this show with a master of West African music. Co-Presented with The Salif Keita Global Foundation.


If you haven’t already seen the progress (like the new Bamboo Installation) on the National Mall, the 2014 smithsonianfolklife Festival starts tomorrow with Opening Ceremonies at 10:30am.

We’re especially excited for Sunday’s Evening Concert at 6:00pm, which features abigailwashburn and The Shanghai Restoration Project. Abigail Washburn will come back to D.C. in October to play with her husband, Bela Fleck, along with Del McCoury and David Grisman here at Lisner Auditorium. Don’t miss out on either show, or the chance to hear a banjo aficionado sing in Mandarin Chinese! 

Since not all of us could make it to Brazil this year, we’re bringing #Brazil to you! On 11/20, Milton Nascimento will grace us with his legendary singing/songwriting and guitar playing. Tickets go on sale 7/15. You won’t want to miss out on this show - it’ll definitely have you on your feet! #VivaBrasil !