Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra’s ‘No Place To Go’ on Saturday, 12/15 at 8 PM at Artisphere by Annalisa Meyer


Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra’s No Place To Go, the OBIE Award-winning music and timely performance art piece that chronicles the demise of the American workplace through song will be performed at Artisphere on Saturday, December 15th. The performance begins at 8pm in the intimate Dome Theatre. Tickets are $22.00.

Ethan Lipton and his orchestra. Photo courtesy of Artisphere.

Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to company and country, Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra’s No Place to Go has the distinction of being the first work commissioned by Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, NYC. Lipton was commissioned by Joe’s Pub through the National Endowment for the Arts to write No Place to Go.

The songs of Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra are steeped in American traditions of yore—jazz, blues, country, lounge—with modern subjects like internet romance, racism, pets and police. Called the “Best Lounge Act” by New York Magazine, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra perform music that provides a hilariously cockeyed view of an odd, disjointed age. PopMatters calls Lipton, a “sardonic voice that offers an unlikely kind of comfort against the vagaries of everyday life.” Lipton’s incomparable “orchestra” has perofrmed together for over seven years and  includes  Eben Levy (guitar; former funk band Chucklehead co-
leader), Ian Riggs (upright bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax).

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra have released four albums (two studio, two live) and played throughout New York and beyond including at Joe’s Pub, Bryant Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, Camden Opera House. They have been featured on radio shows such as “Weekend Edition,” “The World,” and “Soundcheck,” and contributed songs to Clash cover album Sandinista and the film The Shift.

As a performer, Lipton has worked with Laurie Anderson, Matt Berninger of the National, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service and dance company El Gato Teatro. His plays have been seen and heard in New York, LA, Seattle, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Berne (Austria) at theaters including the Public, Lark, 3LD, HERE, the Ohio, New York Stage and Film, Dixon Place, WPA, Complex and  Powerhouse, with companies including Clubbed Thumb, Gotham Stage, Buffalo Nights, New Century and Rude Mechanicals. Lipton is a winner of a NYFA grant and a Drama-Logue Award for playwriting. He has been a Kesselring nominee, an O’Neil Conference finalist and a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group.  He is a 2011 Playwright’s Realm Fellow and a member of the Clubbed Thumb Writers Group.


“Tender, wise and occasionally hostile, Ethan’s like the tipsy uncle at the family reunion who spills all the shameful family secrets – It’s uncomfortable but hilarious, and everyone feels better once the truth is out.” – Matt Beninger – The National, New York Times

“Hilarious, twisted, sophisticated, schleppy and sad all at once…songs that take the mundane of life and twist it.” – NPR’s Weekend Edition


Artisphere connects artists and audiences through an eclectic mix of fresh, thought-provoking arts programming. We’re your spot for insight into the creative process and to engage in artistic adventures—from contemporary visual art, live music and theatre to new media, film and dance. Come explore, experience and engage—collide with art. Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro (blue/orange) and within walking distance of Georgetown. Admission to Artisphere and all its visual art galleries is free; there is a cost for ticketed events. Artisphere is pleased to offer its patrons free parking evenings after 5:00 p.m. and all day on weekends. For more information about Artisphere, visit

Artisphere is managed by Arlington Economic Development and supported in part by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, corporations, foundations and individuals.

1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 875-1100
TTY: (703) 228-1855
Please note that Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre is directly adjacent to Artisphere’s main building and is located at 1611 N. Kent Street.

Admission and Tickets
Admission to Artisphere and its galleries is always free; there is a cost for ticketed events. Tickets for all events, unless otherwise noted, are available for advance purchase online through Tickets are also available for purchase through the Box Office Call Center at (888) 841-2787.

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Saturday: Noon – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
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Free Parking
Free parking with validation on evenings (after 5pm) and all day on weekends. For events at Artisphere (1101 Wilson) use the N. Kent Street garage entrance; validate at Artisphere’s Front Desk. For events at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre (adjacent to Artisphere and located at 1611 N. Kent) use the Arlington Ridge Road garage entrance. No validation needed for Spectrum Theatre events.

Two blocks from Rosslyn Metro (blue/orange).

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The Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn line drops two blocks away.

Artisphere is wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices are available for seated events. Sign-language interpreters available; two weeks advance notice requested. The hearing impaired can learn about our upcoming programs by phone by dialing 711 (a national relay service) and requesting our calendar number (703) 875-1136. To access general information about Artisphere or to request a sign-language interpreter, request (703) 875-1100. The information will be provided by text.


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