DC Shorts Sings! An Illuminating Night of Music & Film

Celebrate springtime with an evening of live musical performances plus the most evocative music-themed short films of the past year, and an OPEN BAR of beer and wine! For “one night only,” enjoy the gorgeous voices of local vocal artists Ava Silva, Krystle Cruz, and Jarreau Williams as they take you on a stirring journey, interspersed with half a dozen film shorts that’ll have your feet tapping and heart singing. The evening is hosted by Don Mike Mendoza, with keyboard accompanist Paige Rammelkamp.

DC Shorts Sings! arrives at the Capitol Hill adjacent Easter Market venue, the Miracle Theatre on Saturday, May 4. Show at 8:00 pm. THE  10:00 PM SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Tickets are $20. Appropriate for ages 18+.

Weather Cancellation Policy: A weather cancellation is decided on the morning of the scheduled program. Weather cancellations will only be made for extremely severe weather conditions. Please check our Twitter and Facebook feeds the morning of for updates.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 4 — 8:00 pm Buy Tickets
Saturday, May 4 — 10:00 pm CANCELED

Performers - Buy Tickets

Krystle Cruz

Krystle is a Southern California native who has spent most of her career as an independent performing and recording artist. Prior to moving to Washington DC, she performed various singing engagements around the nationwide, and internationally in Canada, the Philippines, Tokyo, and most recently throughout the Caribbean islands as a production singer/dancer for Carnival Cruise Line. Her musical theater background includes Aladdin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and playing the lead role in the Orange County premiere of Bare: A Pop Opera.

Ava Silva

Originally from Houston, Texas, Ava’s recent credits include: performing with LATI DO Productions in Washington, DC and NYC; a dancer in Ominous (choreographed by Derek Brown); Mrs. Phagan in Parade (Keegan Theatre); Lulu in Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theater); Annie in Chicago (Austin Playhouse) Dianne in Hair (Keegan Theatre); Frenchie in Cabaret (Keegan Theatre); Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (TAP); Belle in A Christmas Carol (LTA); Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (Metro Fine Arts Theatre); Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Austin Playhouse); and Betty in The Threepenny Opera (Austin Playhouse).

Jarreau Williams

Jarreau is a professional actor, singer, and entertainer working in the Washington, DC area. His most notable credits include performing with 4-time Grammy award winner Michael Bublé, singing for President Barack Obama and the First Family during an MLK Day church celebration, and performing the National Anthem at major venues around the national capital region. Many have compared his style to the likes of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Usher, and the iconic Michael Jackson.

Music-themed Shorts - Buy Tickets

Aria for a Cow

Director: Dan Lund • 7 Min. • Comedy/Animated/Musical

Aria, a bovine diva, demands to be respected for more than just her dairy products. An animated musical short featuring a previously unreleased song by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin).

The Edge of Daybreak

Director: Alix Lambert • 10 Minutes • Drama/Musical

It doesn’t take a seasoned musician, engineer, or producer to marvel at The Edge of Daybreak and their sole record, Eyes of Love. Though rightly acclaimed for soulful melodies and passionate vocals, said record is ultimately infamous for having been recorded in one take at the Powhatan Correctional Center’s recreational area by a six-inmate group, each member — then serving sentences ranging between six and 60 years — whisked back to their cells as soon as they’d hit the last note on the final track.

Hell You Talmbout

Directors: Denzel Boyd, Tyler Rabinowitz, Joseph Webb • 8 Minutes • Dance

Seattle's Northwest Tap Connection, a race and social justice-oriented dance studio, responds to the deaths of unarmed black lives at the hands of police officers, using dance as passionate protest in a call to say their names, see their names, and feel their names.

Minstrel vs. Puppet

Director: Marcus Aubin • 6 Minutes • Drama/Musical/Women

An artistic film illustrating the internal conflict many women, particularly women of color, experience surrounding the topics of brains and beauty. It also depicts how this same conflict manifests externally with some women identifying with and relating more to their own internal level of intellect while others identify with and relate more to their external degree of beauty.

The Mud

Director: Brandon Lake • 15 Minutes • Animation/Drama/African American

A self-reflection on the relationship between race, heritage, and stereotype, The Mud tells the story of a clay figure who struggles against outside forces that seek to overtake and disfigure his very essence. Through dance and movement, he strives to understand and find himself.


Directors: Katy Hannah, Emily DeWoolfson • 7 Minutes • Animation/Fantasy

When her parents separate, Paula can no longer celebrate her birthday with her family. So she decides to escape and travel 400 kilometers to find her father.

Silver Light

Director: Brad McDermott • 5 Minutes • Drama/LGBTQ

A man returns to his hometown for the funeral of his male high school sweetheart, and has to confront the family that didn't know their secret as well as his own feelings of loss and regret.

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Tickets at door are subject to availability. THE 10:00 PM SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED.


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Capitol Hill adjacent in the Eastern Market neighborhood, the Miracle Theatre is a  340-seat theater that offers pristine HD projection and unparalleled sound.

Miracle Theatre is just two blocks on 8th Street after exiting to the right out of the Eastern Market Metro Station on the Blue Line.

Limited metered street parking is available. The Theatre is located off of the 8th Street SE exit on 395.