Cabaret Show & Party Cabaret on K: A Celebration of Nightlife in 1920s Berlin and Modern DC

Cabaret on K © Ronnie Joyner

Sat, 06/22/2019

Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K St. NW (Entrance on 20th St., lower level)
Washington, DC 20006


Hello friends!
We have just released tickets to the waiting list. Please note that Eventbrite is set up such that each space on the waiting list is equal to one ticket. All guests must have a ticket to enter the event, in the interest that we do not overcrowd. We hope that you join us!
Ticket sales are now closed. We must adhere to the fire code of our venue, so we want to ensure that everyone in the space is safe and enjoys their experience. Unfortunately that means that we cannot sell more tickets, but we are delighted at the positive response and perhaps will organize a similar event in the future.
Please note also (and this will be posted again, and sent out to all ticket holders) that doors open at 7:30. Please arrive accordingly if you want to ensure that you have a seat; there will be standing space in the back and in the bar, which still has a view of the stage.
The Goethe-Institut Program Team

UPDATE 6/17/2019

Hello friends,
We are so delighted that the response to our upcoming cabaret has been so positive and that so many folks are interested in coming to join our party this Saturday! As you can see on Eventbrite, tickets are currently sold out. We are taking a look at our space to figure out how we can accommodate as many lovely guests as we can while maintaining the hoped-for atmosphere we are trying to achieve in designing the cabaret. When we have determined how many more people we can host in the venue, we will make an update post and hopefully release tickets to our waiting list.
The Goethe-Institut Program Team


This event is part of the Goethe-Institut New York's "Queer as German Folk" series, with which we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots as a milestone in the fight for gender diversity and equality.

"Queer as German Folk" is a project of the Goethe-Instituts North America in cooperation with the Schwules Museum Berlin, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung).

Realized in cooperation with The DC Center for the LGBT Community, The Rainbow History Project, and Whitman-Walker Health.

#queerasgermanfolk #qagf #stonewall50 #smu #bpb

On June 22, the Goethe-Institut Washington invites you to a glimpse into the bygone era of Weimar Berlin, intertwined with the dynamic and in-your-face scene of Washington and Baltimore nightlife. With live performances of cabaret music, dazzling burlesque and drag acts, specially-concocted cocktails, and tasty treats, Cabaret on K is a cabaret show and party that will both entertain and provide insight into how the queer nightlife scene has – or hasn’t – changed over the last century.

100 years ago, the first “democracy” in Germany was born in the period between the two World Wars. A colorful and turbulent period in German history, Berlin during the Weimar Republic was a haven for artists, the LGBTQ+ community, expatriates, and misfits of all stripes.

At the same time, Berlin was a lawless, destitute city, where radical politics would ultimately force their way to the forefront and jeopardize the cultural, scientific, and legal advancements made towards a society in which queer people could live without persecution.

Berlin cabaret flourished throughout the 1920s, seizing the Weimar Republic’s lax laws on free speech as an opportunity to freely express satire, sexual entendres, and political stances through performance art.

Come dressed to the nines and prepared to dance in celebration of transatlantic pride then and now. Our performers will include:

Leipzig-based cabaret performer Mama Ulita, cast member of the Berlin cabaret troupe Kabarett der Namenlosen and Germany’s queen of fire tassles

DC-based singer Emily Shallbetter, winner of the 2018 Blanche Z. Hoffman Award for Voice, who has performed at world-class venues such as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden

Pianist, conductor, and composer Andrew Jonathan Welch, who regularly performs with members of the Baltimore, Maryland, National Symphony, and National Philharmonic Orchestras

Performance artist Pussy Noir, who combines their formal training in stage and voice with their love for fashion and the avant-garde

Performance artist Miss P.P. Popdoff, a devout follower of fishnet stockings who takes her inspiration from the camp of musical theatre productions like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Moulin Rouge, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

This event is 18+. Tickets are $8 via Eventbrite. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the show, as this will be partially a seated event and latecomers may have to stand.

Buy Tickets Performer Biographies:

Mama Ulita - Cabaret © Alana Richards Mama Ulita is a Burlesque and Cabaret performer based in Leipzig, Germany. She impersonates La Garçonne in the infamous and legendary Berlin Cabaret Show, "Le Pustra's Kabarett Der Namenlosen,” which brings the Weimar Era to life in an authentic and original setting. Le Pustra’s art is actually featured in Season 3 of Babylon Berlin. Mama Ulita is also the first German Burlesque performer who was invited to debut at the Tournament of Tease for the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2014. Since that year, she carries the legacy of being Germany’s Queen of the Fire Tassels. She is sanctioned in that firey art by the recently deceased American Burlesque Legend Satan’s Angel. She comes to the Goethe-Institut in Washington to share her love and passion for the 1920s, strong women, and telling sexy stories with her body. Let´s be Wunderbar Together!” /

Emily Shallbetter © Emily Shallbetter Emily Shallbetter has been singing in elite ensembles since she was 10 years old and has performed at world-class venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center, the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and Strathmore Music Center. Emily is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Maryland, where she has been selected for masterclasses with Dawn Upshaw and Maureen O’Flynn. She currently studies under the tutelage of Carmen Balthrop. At the University of Maryland, Emily has performed as a featured soloist with the University Chorale, the UMD Chamber Singers, the all-female student-led a cappella group Femmes de Chanson, and in the School of Music’s Bach Cantata series. Emily is passionate about performing works by living composers and serves on the executive board for TEMPO, the School of Music’s extracurricular new music ensemble. Emily also serves as President of Sigma Alpha Iota’s Gamma Epsilon chapter. In April of 2017, she organized a benefit concert in order to raise money for the Pregnancy Aid Center, a non-profit facility dedicated to reproductive healthcare in College Park, Maryland. After she graduates, Emily plans to pursue a career in Arts Administration, which she is currently getting a jump-start on as a Student Curator for the NextNOW Festival at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.”

Andrew Jonathan Welch © Michael G. Stewart “Pianist, Conductor, and Composer Andrew Jonathan Welch currently enjoys a varied professional career that sees him regularly performing with members of the Baltimore, Maryland, National Symphony, and National Philharmonic Orchestras in venues including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, local embassies and universities. Highlights of his 2016-2017 season included performances on series at the Church of the Epiphany, Shepherdstown University, National Park Seminary, and the Riderwood Chapel, as well as a North American-premiere of a work by Benjamin Britten. At home as both a soloist and collaborator, Andrew’s recital partners have included such notable local artists as Carmen Balthrop, Quintango, and Noah Getz, with whom he has recorded for Albany Records.In addition to his work with the Chorale, Andrew serves as artistic director of the JFF Singers, a Chevy Chase-based singing group, and as Director of Music Ministry at historic Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown. Andrew is also a dedicated piano teacher whose studio comprises students of all ages and abilities. His own teachers number among the eminent pianists of our time and include Rita Sloan and Yuliya Gorenman. He has studied as a collaborative piano fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and American University, where he earned the university’s prestigious Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award.”

Pussy Noir © Stephen Benedicto Pussy Noir is the stage and nightclub persona of performance artist Jason Barnes. A performer since the age of four, Jason has combined his formal training in stage and voice with his love for fashion and the avant-garde. As John Marble of Brightest Young things put it, Pussy Noir is ‘more gender fuck than drag.’ She is not a diva or a queen, she is a distinct and uninhibited voice. She bathes in layers of contradictions from stilettos to poodle skirts. She provokes and incites the crowd. And, when all is said and done, what’s left is nothing but a boy in heels. Skin to stage. She is also the host of a fashion history comedy podcast called The Beauty Archeo, on iTunes and live every Friday at 1:00 PM on Full Service Radio.”

Jacqui Maranville © Kelsey Hughes "Miss P.P. Popdoff is the stage name of performer Jacqui Maranville. Though she works as a writer and costume designer in the Baltimore area, she's been taking her clothes off on stage since college, when she was introduced to Rocky Horror. She's performed in four different states, everywhere from anime conventions to the steps of the Delaware Capital. Always remember: It doesn't matter whether you're wearing fishnets or not. The fishnets are inside of you."