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“S” BY CIRCA Mon, March 12 Extraordinary acrobatics scored by Kronos Quartet.

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LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE TALKING Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater

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It is Valentine’s Day. All the restaurants are booked. The florists are out of roses, and the prices for the remaining flowers are jacked. You could cook something for your boo at home, but the lines at every grocery store are atrocious. Instead of the usual, maybe you should go to a rock concert. The pairing of Sleigh Bells and Sunflower Bean is unconventional. Sleigh Bells have been around since 2010, mixing noise-punk with the steady percussion of arena rock. Sunflower Bean are indie darlings, with a twee kind of dream-pop and a strong sense of melody. In a weird way, mixing lighter and heavier bands is a good metaphor for the perfect Valentine’s Day. It starts off tentative, with a sense of wistful romance, only to end in an athletic performance that just may—if you’re lucky—represent the rhythm in your bedroom. Feb. 14 at 9:30 Club. $30. —Alan Zilberman

2.9 Friday

The 9: Singer-SongwriTer ShowcaSe Black Cat. 8 p.m. $12. azTec Two-STep The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $24.75– $44.75. chriS Young EagleBank Arena. 7:30 p.m. $137.99–$248. DarYl DaviS preSenTS: ThankS For The MeMorieS 2017 Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $25. Jorge Drexler Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $35–$60. Moor MoTher Rhizome DC. 8 p.m. $10.

TeDSchi TruckS BanD Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. $67–$87. u.S. navY BanD Sea chanTerS Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. 7 p.m. Free. whiTe ForD Bronco 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. $22. whY? anD open Mike eagle U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. $20.

2.10 Saturday

anTi-Flag anD STraY FroM The paTh U Street Music Hall. 6 p.m. $22. BJarki Ten Tigers Parlour. 10 p.m. $15–$20. celeBraTing DaviD Bowie Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $25. february 9, 2018 5 September 16, 2011 1

coin 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $20. For loverS onlY: alice SMiTh & Bilal Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. $29–$69. Funk hunTerS U Street Music Hall. 10 p.m. $15. naTional philharMonic: Brian ganz plaYS chopin’S hiDDen geMS anD all-TiMe FavoriTeS Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $28–$88. newMYer FlYer preSenTS: The BeaTleS vol. 5 The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $25-$75. STeve aoki Echostage. 9 p.m. $31-$431.03.

2.11 Sunday

keiTh “ShowTiMe” BuSeY Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 7:30 p.m. $25. MúM 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25. viniloverSuS Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15.

2.12 Monday

The MilD aniMalS Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe. 8 p.m. $10–$12. noel gallagher’S high FlYing BirDS The Anthem. 8 p.m. $37.50–$329. owen aDaMS Blues Alley. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $22. TraviS TriTT Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $65.

2.13 tueSday

JeFF BraDShaw Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $59.50. Melanie Fiona Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $30–$59.99.

Sarah hugheS Quartet

On the third Thursday of each month, the Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts Take 5! in the Kogod courtyard, a regular jazz performance series. As free events go, it’s solid, but maybe not something you’d go out of your way for. February’s performance is worth the detour: Sarah Hughes, an imaginative local saxophone player and composer, will pay tribute to Ornette Coleman, the father of free jazz. In the collective consciousness, his peers like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane are more often recognized, but Coleman’s contributions were arguably more consequential, freeing many musicians from the rigid rules of music theory. Hughes has the range to play everything from bebop to contemplative improvisations. She’s rooted in jazz’s history without being weighed down by it, which should make her interpretations of Coleman’s music a must-listen. Feb. 15 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Free. —Justin Weber

PhoeBe BridgerS

One of 2017’s most striking debuts came from a 23-year-old from Los Angeles with a knack for sad songs. Phoebe Bridgers’ Strangers in the Alps rarely lightens the mood and never picks up the tempo, but she’s so captivating that the lack of variety goes unnoticed in the moment. Her smoldering voice wavers between being put out forever by a strong gust of wind and roaring back to full flame. In this limbo, she details small moments of intimacy and how overwhelming mixed emotions, like the pain of loving somebody who treats you badly or the regret of sharing a nude photo while stoned, can be. “It’s been on my mind since Bowie died, just checking out to hide from life,” she sings on “Smoke Signals” as a rocket engine sound effect roars in the background. What makes Bridgers so relatable is that these moments aren’t begging for pity or outrage, they’re just reasons to crawl under the covers. Feb. 20 at Rock & Roll Hotel. Sold out. —Justin Weber

MarginS, hoMoSuperior, anD BirTh DeFecTS DC9. 8 p.m. $10. oroBoro wiTh Sungazing anD SweeT peach MilkBoy ArtHouse. 8 p.m. $5. STarrYville Galaxy Hut. 9 p.m. $5.

2.20 tueSday

The aSSociaTion Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50. phoeBe BriDgerS Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $15. SiMon DooM Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10.

2.21 WedneSday

BoTTleD up Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10. k Michelle Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $38. larrY caMpBell anD TereSa williaMS The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $19.75–$39.75.

The everlY BroTherS experience FeaTuring The zMeD BroTherS The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $19.75–$39.75.

Black Dog prowl Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10.

FuzzQueen Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10.

corY wong & Mr. TalkBox The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20–$25.

iDan raichel Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $32–$74.

eDgar allan poe’S neverMore: in concerT Music Center at Strathmore. 7 p.m. $30.

JeFFreY oSBorne Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $79.50. Silk Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $30–$65.

george clinTon & parliaMenT FunkaDelic Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $45–$85.

2.23 Friday

Sarah hugheS QuarTeT Smithsonian American Art Museum. 5 p.m. Free.

gaBriel Sanchez preSenTS The prince experience Fillmore Silver Spring. 8:30 p.m. $9–$18.

The SpinnerS Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $65–$75.

JeFFreY oSBorne Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $79.50.

2.16 Friday

Maceo parker The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $17–$40.

2.24 Saturday

BalTiMore SYMphonY orcheSTra: picTureS aT an exhiBiTion Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $35–$95.

3lau Echostage. 11:59 p.m. $25-40. awolnaTion Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $34.25.

cigareTTe Black Cat. 9:30 p.m. $10. Mark o’connor FeaTuring The o’connor BanD The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20–$50.

criSTian perez chaMBer enSeMBle Atlas Performing Arts Center. 3:30 p.m. $20.

reggae FeST vS. Soca Howard Theatre. 11 p.m. $20.

elikeh Atlas Performing Arts Center. 10:30 p.m. $20.

The SpinnerS Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $65–$75.

The wailerS wiTh Signal Fire The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $25.50–$39.50.

higher BroTherS U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. $20.

DvSn Fillmore Silver Spring. 9 p.m. Sold out.

2.15 thurSday

SYleena JohnSon Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $40.

2.19 Monday

aShleY BaThgaTe Music Center at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $30.

Sleigh BellS 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $30.

phillip phillipS Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $29–$107.

SnarkY puppY wiTh alina engiBarYan Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $33.

2.22 thurSday

Frank SinaTra’S MuSic STarring TonY SanDS The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $15–$39.75.

Don DiaBlo Echostage. 9 p.m. $25–$30.

JaMeS MaDiSon univerSiTY concerT National Presbyterian Church. 4 p.m. Free.

MiSTuko uchiDa Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. $40–$95.

uaSuF gueYe Music Center at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17.

arlo guThrie Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $65.

BuDDY hollY TriBuTe Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 7 p.m. $25.

raM Bossa Bistro. 9:30 p.m. $10.

2.14 WedneSday

2.17 Saturday

alSarah & The nuBaToneS The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20–$40.

MoloTov Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $39.50–$79.50.

Trio iMMerSio Austrian Cultural Forum. 6:30 p.m. Free.

TYler Farr wiTh Ben gallaher Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $25.

2.18 Sunday

JareD “Mk zulu” BaileY Atlas Performing Arts Center. 5 p.m. Free.

K. Michelle

Before Cardi B turned reality TV infamy into record sales, there was K. Michelle. Despite a Missy Elliott assist on her debut single in 2009, Michelle’s career didn’t take off until she starred on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (and her own spinoff, My Life). Since then, she’s released a handful of albums (including December’s Kimberly: The People I Used to Know) that balance contemporary and classic R&B, and while she hasn’t had a hit with the staying power of Cardi’s ubiquitous “Bodak Yellow,” her concert should draw from a deeper catalog, from broken-hearted jams like “Hard to Do” to brash come-ons like “V.S.O.P.” Feb. 21 at The Fillmore Silver Spring. $38–$140. —Chris Kelly

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harMonY SweepSTakeS a cappella FeSTival Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. laFaYeTTe gilchriST anD The Sonic Trip MaSTerS all STarS Atlas Performing Arts Center. 9 p.m. $20. MeThoD Man & reDMan Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $49.50–$69.50. nrBQ The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $25–$30.

2.25 Sunday

aDeJoké & SongriSe Atlas Performing Arts Center. 3 p.m. $20.


Richard A. Morse, a Puerto Rico-born Haitian musician and hotel owner in Haiti, spent the late 1970s and early ’80s in the New York punk and art scene, but it wasn’t until Morse moved to Port-au-Prince that he formed the Haitian roots band RAM (taken from his initials) in 1990. RAM includes Morse’s wife Lunise as a vocalist, along with other musicians on horns, guitar, percussion, and bass. Morse’s crew melds Haitian street parade rara music, vodou religious drumming, and West African rhythms elements of rock and funk with lush vocal harmonies. The resulting compositions are a groove-filled sound with a subtle political message, in both Haitian Creole and English. While that blend might sound forced and crowded in the wrong hands, Morse and company make it work seamlessly. Feb. 21 at Bossa Bistro. $10. —Steve Kiviat

John nolan

Want to feel old? John Nolan—the singer-songwriter who made his name as part of Taking Back Sunday and Straylight Run—is turning 40 this February. To mark the occasion, Nolan is having a multi-date birthday party, complete with “streamers, balloons and party favors,” and plenty of nostalgic favorites from his back catalogue. While Taking Back Sunday songs aren’t on the agenda, expect selections from his modern rock grab-bag solo albums (one of which includes a cover of Primitive Radio Gods’ alt-rock radio staple “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand”) and Straylight Run’s piano-driven emo anthems. It may be incongruous to hear a 40-year-old sing “Existentialism on Prom Night,” but he certainly won’t be alone. Feb. 25 at DC9. $15. —Chris Kelly

a$aP Ferg

If the wave of Lil rappers—messrs Yachty, Uzi Vert, and Pump—has you down, check out the Mad Man tour, featuring three exciting young talents with divergent takes on street rap that are decidedly contemporary but with enough lyrical heft for rap fans of all vintages. The tour is headlined by Harlem’s A$AP Ferg, the most charismatic member of the A$AP Mob and the one most likely to start a mosh-pit. He’ll be joined by Miami’s Denzel Curry, a Three 6 Mafia-influenced 22-year-old who spits macabre triplets over menacing trap beats, and IDK, a P.G. County product and Kanye devotee who shone on last year’s IWasVeryBad. March 1 at The Fillmore Silver Spring. $30–$144. —Chris Kelly BanD oF roSeS Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 7:30 p.m. $20. chooSe Your own aDvenTure: live coMpoSeD Funk Atlas Performing Arts Center. 5 p.m. $20. Dove laDY Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10. Flo aniTo: liFe iS a caBareT Atlas Performing Arts Center. 3 p.m. $20.

neY Mello Atlas Performing Arts Center. 6:30 p.m. Free.

inhale Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7:15 p.m. Free.

rachelle Ferrell Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50.

keiko MaTSui Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. TraviS greene Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $25–$55. TYler, The creaTor The Anthem. 8 p.m. $45–$55.

2.26 Monday

3.3 Saturday

1000MoDS Black Cat. 8 p.m. $20. culTura plenera Atlas Performing Arts Center. 2 p.m. $25. DJ MuggS & MeYheM lauren Howard Theatre. 9 p.m. $15–$49.99. DJ Snake Echostage. 9 p.m. $40–$50.

aniTa TiJoux preSenTS roJa Y negro: cancioneS De aMor Y DeSaMor Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $25. Free caFé concerT: inhale Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7:15 p.m. Free.

2.27 tueSday New York duo Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) are out to prove that pop-punk can be both fun and aware. Luciano sings of being slut-shamed (“Sixteen”) and finding her way in male-dominated punk scenes (“Tummy Ache”), but she does so with an unashamed smile. Her unbridled energy pushes songs to the brink of falling apart before she reigns it back in. “I use my phone until it dies/ Just like my plants, can’t keep anything alive,” she sings on “Barf Day” as she spends her 21st birthday alone. Yet she turns this loneliness into a treat-yo’-self rallying cry for ice cream. Luciano has a unique ability to take all the negative energy around her inside, and then unleash it back out with positive force. Feb. 28 at Rock & Roll Hotel. $18. —Justin Weber

3.2 Friday

eric JohnSon wiTh ToMMY TaYlor anD kYle Brock pluS Special gueST arielle Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $25–$45.

John nolan DC9. 8 p.m. $15.

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grahaM naSh Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $90.50.

BriTTneY allen & herMan BurneY Atlas Performing Arts Center. 5 p.m. Free. culTure Queen Atlas Performing Arts Center. 10 a.m. Free. hope uDoBi Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. Free. JuSTin JoneS The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $12–$27.

The MuSical Box perForMS The Black Show verSion oF “Selling englanD BY The pounD” Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45.

lean on Me: JoSé JaMeS celeBraTeS Bill wiTherS Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. $25–$55.

2.28 WedneSday

liTTle Big Town The Anthem. 8 p.m. $75–$369.

BillY ocean celeBraTeS BBJ’S 5Th anniverSarY Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $60–$75. DieT cig Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $18.

3.1 thurSday

a$ap Ferg wiTh Denzel currY Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $30. BaD gYal Union Stage. 8 p.m. $15–$25. FuTuriSTic Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $18.

naTalie Jean: haiTi Mwen renMenw Atlas Performing Arts Center. 4:30 p.m. $20. rachelle Ferrell Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50. reallY SpicY opera: The princeSS piraTe parTY MuSical Atlas Performing Arts Center. 9 a.m. $12. roDriguez Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $55–$59.50. waShingTon naTional opera Kennedy Center Opera House. 7 p.m. $45–$300. february 9, 2018 7 September 16, 2011 3

3.4 Sunday

BrnDa Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10. capiTal ciTY SYMphonY: MaMBo! anD BeYonD Atlas Performing Arts Center. 6 p.m. $30. caTheDrea choral SocieTY: SoliTuDe anD JoY Washington National Cathedral. 4 p.m. $25–$80. Dwele Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50. harolD Melvin’S Blue noTeS Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 2 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. $30. JeezY wiTh Tee grizzleY Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $39–$115. leDroiT chaMBer plaYerS: SpliT Screen Atlas Performing Arts Center. 2:30 p.m. $25. SopraneSSence: virTueS anD viceS Atlas Performing Arts Center. 5:30 p.m. $25.

3.5 Monday

capiTal ciTY SYMphonY: MaMBo! anD BeYonD Atlas Performing Arts Center. 6 p.m. $30. DaviD archuleTa Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. reporT SuSpiciouS acTiviTY Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $12. waShingTon naTional opera: Don carlo Kennedy Center Opera House. 7 p.m. $45–$300.

3.6 tueSday

cruMB Comet Ping Pong. 9 p.m. $12. FrigS Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10. Shopping Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. $12. SweeT honeY in The rock Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50.

3.7 WedneSday

ceDrick napoleon anD Brian leniar Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $25. Dixie DregS Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. $55. naDa SurF Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $25. The noiSe preSenTS SaBaTon anD kreaTor wiTh cYhra Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. $28. paT green Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50.

3.8 thurSday

aDrianne lenker anD nick hakiM Miracle Theatre. 8 p.m. $18. eDwin Mccain Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. exciSion Echostage. 9 p.m. $35–$45. Michael Schenker FeST wiTh a SounD oF ThunDer Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $45. naTional SYMphonY orcheSTra: John aDaMS’S The goSpel accorDing To The oTher MarY Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. $15–$89.


Somehow no one has noticed that Rachel Aggs—frontwoman for the London-based band Shopping—has become one of the best guitarists in rock. Her style is distinct and playful: Instead of shredding with riffs and power chords, she plays minimalist melodies that run up and down the guitar’s neck. It sounds a little like Paul Simon, except with a post-punk edge that helped the band gain some success in the United States. Their new album The Official Body represents everything the band has worked toward: On top of a confident rhythm section, with each member of the trio sharing vocal duties, they write sarcastic, angry songs about late-stage capitalism, identity politics, and everything in between. When they play Union Stage, part of The Wharf’s commitment toward glitzy mixed-use development, Shopping will probably appreciate the irony of how their values clash with The Wharf, but that won’t stop them from putting on a killer show. March 6 at Union Stage. $12. —Alan Zilberman

John eaTon Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. $25–$27. kaT wrighT The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $12–$17. newMYer FlYer preSenTS laurel canYon: golDen SongS oF loS angeleS 1966-73 Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50.

3.10 Saturday

cheick haMala DiaBaTe Atlas Performing Arts Center. 1 p.m. $25. Dropkick MurphYS The Anthem. 7:30 p.m. $35–$55. The Four BiTchin’ BaBeS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. JeSSica lea MaYFielD Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe. 8 p.m. $15–$17. JunkYarD BanD Fillmore Silver Spring. 9 p.m. $25. luiS enriQue Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $50–$65.

rooMFul oF BlueS The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $17.25– $27.75.

3.11 Sunday

high up Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. a TriBuTe To The MuSic oF phYlliS hYMan Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $35.

3.12 Monday

agar agar DC9. 8 p.m. $10–$12. aMY Shark U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. $15. k.FlaY 9:30 Club. 7:30 p.m. $20.

3.13 tueSday

cheick haMala’S grioT STreeT Bossa Bistro. 9:30 p.m. No cover. FY5 Pearl Street Warehouse. 8 p.m. $10. i’M wiTh her 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $32.50. SkinnY liSTer Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $15–$17.

3.14 WedneSday

Dave MaSon Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55. heaD For The hillS State Theatre. 8 p.m. $10–$13.

3.15 thurSday

Jane BunneTT & MaQueQue Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $25. JonaS Blue Soundcheck. 10 p.m. $15–$20. MgMT The Anthem. 8 p.m. $45–$75.

The Gospel AccordinG To The oTher MAry

The titular Mary in John Adams’ composition refers to Mary Magdalene, the source of much biblical apocrypha and early feminist inspiration. There was a time artistic interpretations of the New Testament’s most famous prostitute could spark incendiary reactions—literally, in the case of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, which provoked a movie theater firebombing in Paris for its imagining of her marriage to Jesus. Adams, arguably America’s greatest living opera composer, is never one to shy away from thorny topics or protest, such as the ones which met his Death of Klinghoffer at the Met a few years ago. So one might expect something more heretical in his depiction of the last weeks of Jesus’ life through the eyes of Magdalene, her sister Martha, and brother Lazarus. It is, nevertheless, mystical and murky, focused more on emotion than religious or historical revisionism. Not unlike its composer, whose operas on such polemical figures as Nixon and Robert Oppenheimer leave you wondering what exactly he thinks of them. Gianandrea Noseda, in his inaugural season as National Symphony director, leads the orchestra and the University of Maryland Concert Choir in an orchestral and choral version of the still new oratorio. March 8 to 10 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $15–$89. —Mike Paarlberg

3.9 Friday

el gran coMBo De puerTo rico Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $59.50–$100.

roMeo SanToS EagleBank Arena. 8 p.m. $89.50–$99.50.

adrianne lenKer

The Miracle Theatre over on 8th Street SE isn’t only a place to go to catch movies you missed months ago. With the help of The Wharf’s Union Stage, the beautiful 1909 theater is getting back to its vaudeville roots and expanding beyond moving pictures to live entertainment as well. The jewel of their spring lineup is a solo performance from Adrianne Lenker, the singer of the critically acclaimed Big Thief. Before Big Thief, Lenker performed under her own name and, together with Buck Meek, released three records including 2014’s Hours Were The Birds. Whether Lenker decides to revisit this solo material or strip down Big Thief songs—a solo version of 2017’s best song “Mary” would likely be on many fans’ wish list—her unmatched ability conjure memories in musical form will suit The Miracle well. March 8 at The Miracle Theatre. $18. —Justin Weber

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Sophia pileggi Catholic University of America. 8 p.m. Free. TaB BenoiT’S whiSkeY BaYou recorDS revue FeaTuring JeFF MccarTY anD eric JohanSon Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. Morgan wallen wiTh raY Fulcher Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $15. The zoMBieS wiTh eD rogerS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55.

3.16 Friday

anDerS oSBorne Solo The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $25–$30. Doc MarTin Ten Tigers Parlour. 10 p.m. $15–$20. MaT kearneY wiTh anDrew Belle Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $28. The oak riDge BoYS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50. TainTeD carBerT Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15–17. TonY craDDock Jr. anD colD FronT alBuM releaSe concerT Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $30. wu Man & The huaYin ShaDow puppeT BanD GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $25–$45.

3.17 Saturday

o’MalleY’S March Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $25. celTic TenorS Dumbarton Church. 4 p.m. $39–$42. Devin The DuDe & BackYarD BanD Howard Theatre. 11 p.m. $25–$70. gaY Men’S choruS oF waShingTon: Make aMerica gaY again Lincoln Theatre. 4 p.m.; 8 p.m. $25–$65. g-eazY DAR Constitution Hall. 7 p.m. $135–$235. The ManhaTTanS FeaTuring geralD alSTon Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $49.50.

3.18 Sunday

capiTal ciTY SYMphonY: FaMilY concerT Atlas Performing Arts Center. 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. $25. The high kingS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. JuDaS prieST The Anthem. 7 p.m. $55–$75. JuSTin TiMBerlake Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. $160.



Sunday, April 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m. | National Presbyterian Church Featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes Our final concert of the season will be a spectacular tribute to Maestro Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in Washington, DC. Opening the concert will be the youthful and exuberant Laudate Pueri Dominum by Handel, composed when he was only 22! Gerald Finzi’s lyrical and dramatic Magnificat follows. The program concludes by transporting you to the shimmering court of Louis XIV with the thrilling and justly famous Te Deum of Marc Antoine Charpentier. This concert will feature the acclaimed Metropolitan Opera soprano, Danielle Talamantes, a favorite of City Choir audiences. TICKETS: $15-$50. STUDENT & GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE. ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY AT CITYCHOIR.ORG




el gran combo de puerto rico

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico formed in 1962 and, since then, have become known as “The University of Salsa” due to the number of legendary musicians that have played in the group. Though the only original member these days is 91-year-old Rafael Ithier, the group’s former pianist and current conductor, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is anything but washed up. The big band dispenses insistent rhythms on timbales, congas, piano, and bass, aided by powerhouse horn players and tuneful vocalists who keep the show lively with their charming, choreographed dance moves. March 9 at The Howard Theatre. $59.50– $100. —Steve Kiviat

JeSSica lea mayField


One would be hard pressed to name a band who’s had a more successful indie rock resurgence than Superchunk. Following the band’s sleepy (and underrated) Here’s to Shutting Up in 2001, they quietly slipped into hibernation. They awoke from a self-induced slumber with 2010’s Majesty Shredding, a rousing return to form that stands as one of their finest. I Hate Music followed in 2013, another barnburner in a catalogue filled with them. In mid-February, the band will release What a Time to Be Alive, their response to the shithole otherwise known as contemporary American society. If history is any guide, it will be mandatory spring/summer listening. Come expecting some heavy catharsis through a potent mix of new jams and all of the classics that have got us through up until now. April 3 at Black Cat. $22–$25. —Matt Siblo

Jessica Lea Mayfield has spent most of her life making music. At 8, she toured with her family’s bluegrass band. At 15, she recorded her first EP, White Lies, with her brother. By 19, she was recording her first LP with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Now 28, Mayfield has just recorded a record that finally sounds all her own. 2017’s Sorry is Gone is a reckoning with her past domestic abuse and an ode to freedom. “But I deserve to occupy this space without feeling like I don’t belong/ I’m done excusing myself,” she sings on the title track, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but sorry is gone.” With influences in both country and grunge, Mayfield knows when to be fiery, but it’s moments when she pulls back like the stark opening of “Safe 2 Connect 2,” when Mayfield asks, shell-shocked, “Any tips on how to feel more human?” that set Sorry Is Gone apart from the crowd. March 10 at Songbyrd. $15–$17. —Justin Weber

JuStin timberlake

If Justin Timberlake had kept his musical career on ice after 2006’s iconic FutureSex/LoveSounds, his place in the pop pantheon would have been secure. But instead, he returned in 2013 with The 20/20 Experience, a two-part album that reunited him with collaborator Timbaland and returned him to the spotlight. On this year’s Man of the Woods, Timberlake teams not just with Timbaland but with The Neptunes, the duo that crafted his first post-boy band solo album, Justified. Can this cadre of pop legends recapture their millennial magic? Perhaps not: Promising “modern Americana with 808s,” Timberlake delivered dubsteppy disco on “Filthy” and flirted with self-parody on country-trap ballad “Supplies.” Still, no matter the missteps, Timberlake can still rely on hits like “Cry Me A River,” “What Goes Around... Comes Around,” and “Suit & Tie” to dazzle an arena full of fans ready for him to bring sexy back. March 18 at Capital One Arena. $160–$849. —Chris Kelly

Screaming FemaleS

As the New York Times pronounced last year: “Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women.” If you need proof, just listen to acts as vital and varied as Waxahatchee, Angel Olsen, Mitski, Diet Cig, and Sheer Mag. But don’t forget Screaming Females, the punk power trio that has been at it for more than a decade and is fronted by Marissa Paternoster, a shredder who sings with the vibrato of Grace Slick. The band is back with their seventh album, All At Once, featuring the loud-quiet-loud “Glass House,” the dirge-like ballad “Deeply,” and the anthemic “Black Moon,” which focuses its crackling electricity on “all the men before me, swollen with sin”—the perfect sentiment for both the musical and political moment. April 4 at Rock & Roll Hotel. $16–$18. —Chris Kelly MalcolM london Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10–$20.

PorcheS Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $16–$18.

3.19 Monday

Squirrel nuT ZiPPerS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45.

avery SunShine Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55.

3.20 Tuesday

The Black lillieS wiTh The BroTher BroTherS The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $20–$25. Marc BrouSSard Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35.

Joan Soriano bachata dance

Dominican singer and guitarist Joan Soriano plays bachata—a genre of Latin American music—that pays respect to the genre’s rural roots: slow dance numbers largely propelled by Soriano’s high-pitched strumming and frequently melancholy vocal melodies. Though some modern bachata pop stars, like Romeo Santos, add hip-hop and R&B accents, Soriano sticks to the basics: Lyrically, bachata is often about longing for love or regrets of the heart. Soriano is a traditionalist but he and his band’s live approach is not staid. Their instrumental rhythms drawn from African and Spanish styles should have folks wiggling their hips and twirling in front of the stage. March 25 at Tropicalia. $20–$25. —Steve Kiviat 10 february 9, 2018 5 September 16, 2011

3.21 Wednesday

Buku Soundcheck. 10 p.m. $10–$15. Golden GaTe winGMen The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $25.50–$34.50. Marc BrouSSard Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. Mura MaSa Flash. 10 p.m. $25–$30. roBin Trower Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55. Son lux Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $18–$20.

3.22 Thursday

BiG k.r.i.T. wiTh Ty dolla $iGn Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $32–$116. Brandy Howard Theatre. 9 p.m. $49.99–$79.99.

3.23 Friday

courTney Marie andrewS Black Cat. 9 p.m. dead Meadow Black Cat. 8 p.m. $16–$18. dJ BiZ Markie Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $15.50. lee ann woMack wiTh Sarah alliSon Turner Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. leo dan Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $59–$109. red BaraaT FeSTival oF colorS wiTh ZeShan B The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $20–$25.

3.24 saTurday

deMi lovaTo Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. $29.95–$164.95. ToM ruSh and MaTT nakoa Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. Glen hanSard The Anthem. 8 p.m. $35–$75. nana GriZol Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $12.

50th Anniversary Season

Wu Man


PUBLIQuartet (Feb 24) • Wu Man with The Huayin Shadow Puppet Band (Mar 16) • Diego el Cigala (Mar 29) • Aaron Diehl Trio (Apr 7) • SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras (Apr 9-14) • Kronos Quartet & Wu Man (Apr 19) • Chris Botti (Apr 22) • Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland (May 6) • Chelsey Green & The Green Project (May 12) • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (May 20) • and more!

TICKETS: (202) 785-9727 •





In a program inspired by French writer Pascal Quignard, works by Tavener, Howells, Pärt, and more invoke awe and invite wonder. Donald Nally, guest conductor.

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 4:00 PM



Through music, video, photos, and spoken word, we honor Bernstein’s work as an advocate for peace in his centennial year. Lawrence Loh, guest conductor.


FRee no tickets required

2017–2018 CONCERTS

Friday, Feb. 9 7 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts 15200 Annapolis Rd. Bowie, Md.



Dumbarton Concerts

Sea ChanterS

Spring 2018



Upcoming Dumbarton Concerts February 9, 2018 at 8pm Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet Schubert, Suk, Elfman, and Brahms February 24, 2018 at 8pm Leon Bates-Michelle Cann Piano Duo March 17, 2018 at 4pm & 8pm Celtic Tenors

ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY: 3133 Dumbarton Street NW Washington, DC 20007 • 202-965-2000 february 9, 2018 11 City Paper SC Feb 9.indd 1

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reD BaraaT FeSTival oF colorS wiTh zeShan B The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $20–$25. woMxn Fuck ShiT up Dc FeST Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe. 7 p.m. $15–$20.

3.25 Sunday

phaze ii wiTh MaTThew whiTaker Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 7 p.m. $30. gaS Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $25–$28. riDerS in The SkY Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. walk oFF The earTh wiTh DarenoTS Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $30–$40.

3.26 Monday

akiko Yano Blues Alley. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $22. JaMeS McMurTrY anD John MorelanD Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. new poliTicS wiTh DreaMerS anD The wreckS Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m.

3.27 tueSday

Dean ween group Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $20. Mike anD The MechanicS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45.

3.28 WedneSday

hanni el khaTiB Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $16–$18. langhorne SliM wiTh SkYwaY Man Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $25. The STeel wooDS wiTh The Trongone BanD The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $12–$17.

3.29 thurSday

criS williaMSon, BarBara higBie, anD TereSa Trull Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. pSYchic SuBcreaTureS Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $10.

3.30 Friday

MarShall crenShaw & The BoTTle rockeTS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. kaYzo Echostage. 9 p.m. $25–$35. Queue Black Cat. 9 p.m. $10.

3.31 Saturday

cleve FranciS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35. DaShBoarD conFeSSional wiTh Beach Slang Fillmore Silver Spring. 6:30 p.m. $33–$131. The Machine perForMS pink FloYD The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $25–$30. rogue wave Black Cat. 8 p.m. $20–$25.

4.1 Sunday

BuSch Trio The International Student House of Washington DC. 4 p.m. $20–$40. FuJiYa & MiYagi U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. $15.

4.2 Monday

cigareTTeS aFTer Sex 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $25.

4.3 tueSday

craig weir Lyceum. 7 p.m. Free. Superchunk Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $22–$25.

4.4 WedneSday

daMaged city FeSt

The full lineup has yet to be announced, but D.C.’s sixth annual punk and hardcore festival is already one of the genre’s most anticipated events. Thus far, organizers Chris Moore and Robin Zeijlon have announced nearly three dozen bands, with queer hardcore icon Limp Wrist headlining. But the thrill of Damaged City comes from the array of underground acts from around the world that will give even the savviest scene lifers and exhaustive collectors something new to rave about. Locally, some of the District’s finest—including Bacchae, D.O.C., Guilt Parade, Rashōmon, and Red Death—will perform. To pack it all in, Damaged City follows up its afternoon and evening main shows with late night after-shows at smaller venues. There’s also the Damaged City Art Show, which will highlight underground talent from across the multimedia spectrum, while dozens of vendors will provide ample opportunities to augment your record, apparel, or zine collections. April 5 to 8 at various venues. $20–$30. —Dan Trombly

Field rePort

For all the joking about Dad Rock, sometimes men make their best records after feeling the weight and joy of fatherhood. John Darnielle and Jason Isbell both expanded their sounds in refreshing ways after the birth of their children. With the upcoming Summertime Songs, on the heels of the birth of his daughter last July, add Chris Porterfield to the list. As Field Report, he’s focused on up-close-and-personal songs. His vocals are front and center like he’s singing a few feet away, and he’s never quite shaken the “he used to play with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver” thing that gets mentioned so regularly that it could be an official title. His new single “Never Look Back” is less anxious and more comforting. He shouts the chorus, “Never turn around and look back!” from a distance, giving his songwriting—and his new band featuring Barry Clark (bass), Tom Wincek (keyboards), and Shane Leonard (drums)—space to stand on their own. April 6 at Songbyrd. $12–$15. —Justin Weber

urBanariaS: FloridA

It’s the golden age of the wrongfully accused subgenre of true crime: Serial, Making a Murderer, O.J. Made in America; it’s telling about this trend that its best example is a parody, Netflix’s American Vandal, with its appropriately breathless investigation of a bunch of spray-painted dicks. It’s also telling about our criminal justice system that the go-to vehicle for those seeking exoneration of the innocent has been to make a documentary or podcast. Add to that opera, with a production by UrbanArias, D.C.’s chamber opera company specializing in new and quirky compositions. With Florida, composer Randall Eng and librettist Donna Di Novelli aim high for quirk value: a jazz opera about a teenage girl falsely charged with matricide, a satire of sex and corruption in deepest suburbia, and of course, “based in part on real events.” April 7 to 14 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. $39–$42. —Mike Paarlberg

louiS lortie and hélène Mercier

This spring gives us a bonanza of famous pianists visiting D.C.: Mitsuko Uchida (Feb. 21), Emanuel Ax (Feb. 23), Yefim Bronfman (March 15 to 18), Martha Argerich (March 20), and Evgeny Kissin (May 16). Hard to pick one, but amid the hyped concerts from the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts, it can be easy to overlook D.C.’s hidden classical institution, the Library of Congress, which consistently brings in—and commissions work by—top international talent. So don’t sleep on this concert by Canadian duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier, longtime collaborators taking on a rare version of Rachmaninoff ’s Symphonic Dances written for paired piano, based on a recently unearthed manuscript. Standard repertoire Rachmaninoff is hard enough to play as it is, so this is no small feat of talent. And the Library of Congress’s intimate setting offers a great opportunity to observe the impishly smiley Lortie’s gratuitous mugging. April 11 at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. Free. —Mike Paarlberg

ana Moura Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. $50–$60. hil ST. Soul Blues Alley. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $32.50. oughT Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $15–$18.

4.6 Friday

richarD ThoMpSon Solo acouSTic wiTh Joan ShelleY Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $69.50.

MarTY STuarT & hiS FaBulouS SuperlaTiveS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50.

4.5 thurSday

willie nile The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $20–$39.75.

BeTween The BurieD anD Me wiTh The Dear hunTer anD leprouS Fillmore Silver Spring. 7 p.m. $25.

4.7 Saturday

khruangBin Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $16–$18.

aaron Diehl Trio Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $35.

ronnie MilSap Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50.

caSSY Flash. 8 p.m. $8–$15.

September 16, 2011 126february 9, 2018

MaD clown & San e FeaTuring DJ Juice Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. $35–$60. Monica The Anthem. 8 p.m. $55–$117.50. paTTi laBelle Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. $106– $438. urBanariaS: FloriDa Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $39–$42.

4.8 Sunday

crY crY crY Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $40–$45.

A ThousAnd IncArnATIons of The rose: A fesTIvAl of AmerIcAn PrImITIve GuITAr

Lorde The Anthem. 8 p.m. $100–$175. Sam BuSh Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50.

4.9 Monday

The BLack angeLS 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $30.

In 1958, a young blues-obsessed guitarist from Takoma Park sat down to record a song for the Frederick, Maryland folk label Fonotone Records. The song, “The Takoma Park Pool Hall Blues,” was the first of hundreds of fingerpicked ballads and ragas that John Fahey would record in his lifetime, pioneering a new style of guitar playing that would eventually become known as American Primitive. Since then, many guitar picks, both old and young, have carried on the American Primitive style and the genre will be celebrated with a three-day festival in Fahey’s hometown. The first-ever festival of its kind, A Thousand Incarnations of the Rose brings together guitarists from around the country playing in the American Primitive tradition. Daniel Bachman, Glenn Jones, Marisa Anderson, Sarah Louis, Willie Lane, Anthony Pasquarosa, Nathan Bowles, Will Csorba, and more than a dozen others will be there. It’s a fitting tribute and celebration for Takoma Park’s most legendary musician. April 13 to 15 at various venues. $135. —Matt Cohen

Jeff rosensTock

4.10 Tuesday

andy grammer 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $31.

4.11 Wednesday

chriSTopher croSS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. LouiS LorTie and héLène mercier Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. 8 p.m. Free. max raaBe & paLaST orcheSTer Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. $40–$55.

4.12 Thursday

a ceLeBraTion of rory gaLLagher feaTuring davy knowLeS, gerry mcavoy, and Ted mckenna Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $25. The hiLLBenderS The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20–$40.

Jeff Rosenstock has always been easy to root for—anyone who can seamlessly break away from his ska-punk past deserves considerable good will. But with 2016’s Worry., he made a record impossible to resist. Ambitious yet accessible, its songs spoke to a generation of aging punks left searching for meaning within an uncertain adulthood. Recently, Rosenstock cemented his underdog bonafides by surprise releasing his new album POST- on Jan. 1st in order to intentionally make it difficult to publicize and promote (its physical release will be available in a few months on Polyvinyl). An idea this counterintuitive could only make sense to a punk rock lifer. Thank goodness there are still a few left out there. Joining him will be Martha—a rare stateside appearance from one of England’s best pop-punk bands—and D.C.’s own power-pop quartet Bad Moves. April 18 at Union Stage. $15–$25. —Matt Siblo

4.13 Friday

The dramaTicS feaTuring L.J. reynoLdS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. keLLer wiLLiamS The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $29–$35. vicTor caLderone Echostage. 9 p.m. $35.

4.14 saTurday

The BLackByrdS Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $30. don mcLean Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55. red moLLy wiTh marc dougLaS Berardo The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $19.75–$42.50.

kronos QuArTeT

There may not yet be a huge audience in the U.S. for the pipa, a 2,000-year-old, four-string lute from China’s Han Dynasty. Wu Man is the most famous—and basically only—booster of the ancient instrument in the West through constant touring, composing, and collaborating with basically anyone who will help with her Sisyphean efforts to popularize its music, no matter how kooky. So naturally this would lead her to the Kronos Quartet, the prolific, prodigiously talented, and not entirely normal Grammy-winning chamber ensemble. The San Francisco-based group is known for its rotating cast of musicians, association with the titans of minimalism (Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley), and spacy multimedia concerts—er, “happenings” with the likes of Patti Smith and Nine Inch Nails. Kronos and Wu Man have been performing together for years and have a knack for creative performance sometimes evoking symbols of the Cultural Revolution. Having both come of age in the social upheavals of the ’60s in their respective countries, both know the propaganda value of putting on a good show. April 19 at GW Lisner Auditorium. $30–$50. —Mike Paarlberg September 16,9,2011 february 2018713

4.15 Sunday

engelBerT huMperDinck Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. $46–$86. Sggl & The SherpaS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35.

4.16 Monday

incogniTo wiTh Special gueST MaYSa Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $59.50. nea Jazz MaSTerS TriBuTe concerT Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. Free. p!nk Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. $244.95.

4.17 tueSday

p!nk Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. $232.45– $302.50. The puppini SiSTerS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $35.

4.18 WedneSday

JeFF roSenSTock Union Stage. 8 p.m. $15–$25. kaMeloT wiTh Delain anD BaTTle BeaST Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m.

4.19 thurSday

aJr wiTh Max anD hunDreD hanDeD Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $20–$79. JazzY Blu Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. $20. kronoS QuarTeT GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. $30–$50. loS loBoS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $49.50. STeep canYon rangerS The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $15–$39.75.


As Baths, Will Wiesenfeld makes emo-tinged electro-pop in The Postal Service tradition. While 2013’s Obsidian peered into the void with heart-on-sleeve vulnerability, last year’s Romaplasm pushes his personal songwriting into more playful and joyful directions. The album is a hyperactive dream full of video game synthesizers, off-kilter drum machines, and Wiesenfeld’s fragile choir-of-one vocals. But don’t mistake the bright colors for empty pleasure. Romaplasm is coming from a much happier place, which doesn’t necessarily mean that the music has to be fully happy throughout,” Wiesenfeld told Nylon. “It’s just easier for me to explore all the different things that I want to explore.” April 21 at U Street Music Hall. $18. —Chris Kelly

loS angeleS PhilharMonic

Gustavo Dudamel, the effusive, bushy-haired conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic may be the inspiration of Gael García Bernal’s nutty, bushy-haired conductor in Mozart in the Jungle, but by now he’s as establishment as it gets in the classical world. A prodigy and the most famous of the Venezuelan global classical mafia produced by El Sistema, he was at one point a risky bet for one of the top orchestras in the country. Today, he’s grown into his public role as both orchestra director and ambassador of the classical world as a whole, a walking rebuttal to the genre’s struggles with diversity, both of age and race. So a performance, presented by Washington Performing Arts, of a longtime standard, Beethoven’s 9th, is exactly the kind of gateway drug for the classical novices who Dudamel, with his infectious energy, is well qualified to win over. And if he can’t do it alone, a field army-sized vocal accompaniment from no less than three local choruses—The Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society, and Catholic University Chorus—will batter skeptics into submission. April 26 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $50–$250. —Mike Paarlberg

John pizzarelli Blues Alley. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $45. naJee Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45.

4.28 Saturday

Dweezil zappa The Hamilton. 9 p.m. $39.75– $89.75. JaniS ian Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $45. The riverBreakS Pearl Street Warehouse. 8 p.m. $15. roBYn hiTchcock anD hiS l.a. SQuireS Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. $35.

4.29 Sunday

MinuS The Bear Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $25–$30. nancY anD BeTh Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $35–$40. herB alperT anD lani hall Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $65. Yeol euM Son The International Student House of Washington DC. 4 p.m. $20–$40.

4.30 Monday

MoDeST MouSe The Anthem. 8 p.m. $45–$75.

5.1 tueSday

carpenTer BruT 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $25. haiM The Anthem. 8 p.m. $45–$125. proTeST The hero Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. $20–$25.

5.2 WedneSday

4.20 Friday

loMa DC9. 8 p.m. $12–$15.

average whiTe BanD Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55.

MaTT anD kiM 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $35.

graMaTik Echostage. 9 p.m. $30–$35.

5.3 thurSday

priTaM DAR Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. $39–$159.

alice in chainS The Anthem. 8 p.m. $50–$75.

voiceplaY The Hamilton. 8 p.m. $29.75–$49.75.

MaDeleine peYroux Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $50.50.

4.21 Saturday

BuckeTheaD State Theatre. 9 p.m. $25–$28.

Shawn JaMeS Pearl Street Warehouse. 7 p.m. $10.

The DeceMBeriSTS The Anthem. 8 p.m. $45–$199.

5.4 Friday

4.22 Sunday

The whiSperS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $75.

BaThS U Street Music Hall. 10 p.m. $18.

lorD huron The Anthem. 8 p.m. $40–$60.

alan DoYle The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $25–$45.

5.5 Saturday

ciTY choir oF waShingTon perForMS hanDel’S Laudate pueri dominum National Presbyterian Church. 4:30 p.m. $15–$50.

gogo penguin The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $15–$29.75. loS nocheroS Howard Theatre. 7:45 p.m. $58–$128.

4.23 Monday

Brian culBerTSon Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $55.

parkwaY Drive Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. $23.

4.24 tueSday

The whiSperS Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $75.

STeven wilSon 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $40.

5.6 Sunday

4.25 WedneSday

gogo penguin The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $15–$29.75.

Broccoli ciTY FeSTival RFK Stadium. Sold out. haYleY orranTia The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $15–$20.

MarcuS Miller Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $69.50.

5.7 Monday

4.26 thurSday

george ezra Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. $35. loS angeleS philharMonic Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $50–$250. MeShell nDegeocello Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 7 p.m.; 9 p.m. $55. ToDrick hall Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. $25. veronneau Blues Alley. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $25.

4.27 Friday

Beck The Anthem. 8 p.m. $55–$75. calexico Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. $35. caTheDrea choral SocieTY: Sing a new Song gala Washington National Cathedral. 7 p.m. $80–$400.

MeShell ndegeocello

One of the most adventurous artists to emerge in the ’90s, D.C. native Meshell Ndegeocello continues to both inspire and baffle with her idiosyncratic artistry and enduring mystique. Her albums, like 1996’s Peace Beyond Passion, 1999’s Bitter, and 2002’s epic Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, are nothing short of legendary for alternative soul and alt-pop fans. And so it’s exciting to hear that the acclaimed singer-songwriter-bassist will be releasing an album of covers this year, which include R&B and soul music staples of the ’80s and ’90s, including classics by Prince and Janet Jackson. Following previous sold-out shows at the Kennedy Center for her musical tribute to Nina Simone, she returns to support of her new album. Any concert of Ndegeocello’s music—old or new—is worth attending. April 26 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $55. —Jerome Langston

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gogo penguin The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $15–$29.75.

5.8 tueSday

kYgo The Anthem. 7:30 p.m. $55–$75. power Trip Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. $16–$18.

5.9 WedneSday

cecilY Mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $17.

5.10 thurSday

JoSh cohen Washington National Cathedral. 7:30 p.m. $25–$65. unDer The STreeTlaMp Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $49.50.

Sheer Mag

It’s hard to imagine a more inspired pairing on the spring concert calendar than the marriage of classic rock fetishists Sheer Mag and crossover thrash revivalists Power Trip. Just writing about the two playing together conjures up images of my future self sweating buckets, futilely trying to distance myself from a metal head’s sweaty leather jacket. Such indignities are bound to be well worth it. And it isn’t just the headliners that make this one noteworthy. Opening will be D.C.’s own Red Death—whose latest, Formidable Darkness is, as its title suggests, both formidable and dark—followed by Southern California’s hardcore heroes Fury, making it a full night of pummeling, absolutely necessary jams. May 6 at Black Cat. $16–$18. —Matt Siblo

5.11 Friday

Washington national opera: the BarBer of seville Kennedy Center Opera House. 7:30 p.m. $45–$150.

5.15 tueSday

BunBury Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. $39.50.

5.16 WedneSday

5.21 Monday

5.17 thurSday

5.22 tueSday

Zule guerrra & Quinteto Blues de haBana Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery. 7 p.m. $20–$25.

delta rae The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $25–$35.

5.12 Saturday

jaZZ Band masterClass Twins Jazz. 7:30 p.m. $15.

Chelsey green & the green projeCt Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. $25. david Byrne The Anthem. 8 p.m. $75–$150. gary taylor Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $39.50.

5.13 Sunday

Capital City symphony: from sea to shining sea Atlas Performing Arts Center. 5 p.m. $25. jorja smith Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. $25–$35. renaissanCe Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $29.50.

5.14 Monday

Bon jovi Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. $29.50– $79.50.

mo loWda & the humBle DC9. 8 p.m. $12–$15.

5.18 Friday

fleet foxes The Anthem. 8 p.m. $45–$75. linColn durham DC9. 9 p.m. $12. so fetCh MilkBoy ArtHouse. 9 p.m. $10–$12.

5.19 Saturday

donna the Buffalo State Theatre. 9 p.m. $20–$23.

5.20 Sunday

Brandi Carlile The Anthem. 8 p.m. $38–$78. tiempo liBre Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. Free.

The Hamilton 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. Howard Theatre 620 T St. NW. (202) 803-2899.

9:30 Club 815 V St. NW. (202) 265-0930.

Capital One Arena 601 F St. NW. (202) 628-3200.

AMP by Strathmore 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. (301) 581-5100.

Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave. NE. (202) 319-5000.

The Anthem 901 Wharf St. SW. (202) 265-0930.

Comet Ping Pong 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-0404.

Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE. (202) 399-7993.

DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St. NW. (202) 628-4780.

Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court NW.

DC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000.

Barns at Wolf Trap 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900.

Dumbarton Church 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. (202) 965-2000.

Bethesda Blues and Jazz 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. (240) 330-4500.

EagleBank Arena 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. (703) 993-3000.

Birchmere 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500.

Echostage 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. (202) 503-2330.

Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-4490.

Fillmore Silver Spring 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. (301) 960-9999.

Blues Alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 337-4141.

Flash 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791.

Bossa Bistro 2463 18th St. NW. (202) 667-0088.

Galaxy Hut 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. (703) 525-8646.

Bowie Center for the Performing Arts 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie. (301) 805-6880.

GW Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St. NW. (202) 994-6800.

yaCht roCk revue The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. $20.50–$25.50.

The International Student House of Washington DC 1825 R St. NW. (202) 232-4007.

tune-yards 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. $30.

neW found glory With Bayside, the movielife and William ryan key Fillmore Silver Spring. 7 p.m. $27.

5.23 WedneSday

front Country AMP by Strathmore. 8 p.m. $18–$25. Washington performing arts presents itZhak perlman, pinChas Zukerman, and rohan de silva Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $45–$125.

5.24 thurSday

jason aldean Merriweather Post Pavilion. 7 p.m. $55–$125. a plaCe to Bury strangers DC9. 8 p.m. $12–$14. trio Caliente Blues Alley. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $22.

Rhizome DC 6950 Maple St. NW. Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. (240) 567-5301. Rock & Roll Hotel 1353 H St. NE. (202) 388-7625.

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW. (202) 408-3100.

Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium 101 Independence Ave. SE. (202) 707-5000.

Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and F streets NW. (202) 633-7970.

Lincoln Theatre 1215 U St. NW. (202) 888-0050. Lyceum 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. (703) 746-4994. Mansion at Strathmore 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. (301) 581-5100. Merriweather Post Pavilion 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. (410) 715-5550. MilkBoy ArtHouse 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. (240) 623-1423. Miracle Theatre 535 8th St. SE. (202) 400-3210. Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. (301) 581-5100. National Presbyterian Church 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. (202) 537-0800. Pearl Street Warehouse 33 Pearl St. SW. (202) 380-9620.

Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe 2477 18th St. NW. (202) 450-2917. Soundcheck 1420 K St. NW. (202) 789-5429. State Theatre 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. (703) 237-0300. Ten Tigers Parlour 3813 Georgia Ave. NW. (202) 506-2080. Twins Jazz 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. Union Stage 740 Water St. SW. (877) 987-6487. U Street Music Hall 1115 U St. NW. (202) 588-1889. Warner Theatre 513 13th St. NW. (202) 783-4000. Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 537-6200. february 9, 2018 15 September 16, 2011 9







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No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at Renwick Gallery, March 30 to Jan. 21, 2019


Adrienne GAither: how i Got over Visual artist Adrienne Gaither presents a new body of paintings and collage works, visually recounting her personal recovery from traumatic events in her life, and expanding upon her geometric abstract painting style. Transformer Gallery. To Feb. 24. Another dimension This invitational exhibition asks artists in the District-Maryland-Virginia area to create nano artwork in the style of the work the

artist typically makes. Each piece can be no more than 6 inches. DC Arts Center. Feb. 9 to April 22.

cally set tables, past and present. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Feb. 17 to June 10.

Artist soldiers: Artistic expression in the First world wAr The National Air and Space Museum examines soldier-created artwork, as well as the work of professional artists, the first true combat artists, who were recruited by the U.S. Army, serving during World War I. National Air and Space Museum. To Nov. 11.

beAutiFul blooms: FlowerinG plAnts on stAmps Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum showcases stamp art featuring flowers, birds, flowering trees, and the all-around most beautiful living botanicals in America, to represent some of the best artwork in the Postmaster General’s Collection. National Postal Museum. To July 14, 2019.

the Artistic tAble Hillwood curators work with contemporary tastemakers to create table displays inspired by Marjorie Merriweather Post’s flair for entertaining, examining the concept of artisti-

beyond words: book illustrAtion in the AGe oF shAkespeAre Curated by Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Beyond Words spans the Folger collection of more than 80 illustrated books and

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prints from the 15th to 18th centuries. Many have rarely been displayed before, and among those featured are European artists Wenceslaus Hollar, Marcantonio Raimondi, and Hans Baldung Grien, and Flemish engraver Martin Droeshout, including his portrait of Shakespeare in the 1623 First Folio. Folger Shakespeare Library. Feb. 24 to June 3. brAnd new: Art And commodity in the 1980s This expansive Hirshhorn exhibition takes a fresh and focused look at the history of the decade like never seen before, bringing rarely displayed works, from U.S. and European collections, togeth- february 9, 2018 17

EndangErEd Kingdom: StEphEn Loya

Whether or not you think climate change is an actual thing, few doubt the impact of human influence on animals that have landed on the endangered species list. D.C.-area artist Stephen Loya produced one drawing of an endangered animal each week over the course of a year. Fifty of those works are now on view at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. The detailed portraits in black ink, in intimate scale and over a background of playful watercolors, express great illustrative care of the majesty of certain disappearing creatures. Loya renders a tiny crown on each animal, placing these subjects within the tradition of precise, regal portraiture against vacant backdrops that were a hallmark of traditional high art across centuries. Urgent concerns within the sciences have prevailed in exhibition themes in recent years. Although Loya’s yearlong project attests to such themes, his serene portraits are also exuberant and elegiac, a celebration albeit with pathos. Through March 3 at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. Free. —Erin Devine

Portrait Unveiling for President and Mrs. Barack oBaMa

In October, the National Portrait Gallery announced that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were selected to paint the portraits of the former President and the former First Lady— Barack and Michelle Obama—respectively. Each artist is noted for their style and it’s anticipated that both portraits will break from the staid traditions of past official presidential portraits, although we won’t know until the big unveil on Feb. 13. It’s all part of a larger celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the America’s Presidents exhibition in the weeks preceding President’s Day, which includes the recently acquired 1843 daguerreotype of President John Quincy Adams and the “cracked-plate” photograph of President Abraham Lincoln (both of those photos are on view as of Feb. 7). Feb. 13 at the National Portrait Gallery. Free. —John Anderson

er for the first time since the 1980s. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Feb. 14 to May 13.

Arts Gallery. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. To March 3.

british GuiAnA one-cent mAGentA: the world’s most FAmous stAmp The National Postal Museum exhibits one of the rarest and most famous stamps, the British Guiana one-cent magenta, the only one of its kind left in the world, commissioned in 1856. National Postal Museum. To Sept. 4.

erik thor sAndberG American University Museum presents a series of new paintings from American magical realist artist Erik Thor Sandberg. Sandberg is a master oil painter who pushes the medium to the cutting edge. Katzen Arts Center at American University. Feb. 27 to March 11.

cumberlAnd vAlley Artists And photoGrAphers exhibition Artists working in and around the Cumberland Valley display works in multiple mediums in this annual show held in Western Maryland. Washington County Museum of Art. Feb. 4 to April 8.

Brand nEw: art and Commodity in thE 1980S

The 1980s don’t always get a lot of respect, but it was a bracing time to be studying art, especially if you were attending college within a train ride of New York City, as I was. Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, the Guerrilla Girls, Sarah Charlesworth, Felix Gonzalez-Torres—these are just some of the more familiar names of the period. An exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will take a deeper dive into 1980s art than I ever did. Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s features 150 works by nearly 70 artists, many of them relatively unknown and not exhibited in decades. What they shared was a tendency to blur the distinctions between art, entertainment, and commerce—patterns that continue in the art world to this day. Feb. 14 to May 13 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Free. —Louis Jacobson 18 february 9, 2018 2 September 16, 2011

current exhibitions Hillyer Art Space’s three current ongoing exhibitions feature visual art from a number of creators, including Mary Murphy, whose work marries traditional painting space with the psychological aspects of digital manipulation. Hillyer Art Space. Feb. 5 to Feb. 28. dAy to niGht: in the Field with stephen wilkes This exhibition takes museumgoers behind the scenes and into the field with famed National Geographic magazine photographer Stephen Wilkes, recognized around the world for his dramatic image compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night. National Geographic Museum. Feb. 13 to April 22. endAnGered kinGdom: stephen loyA Artist Stephen Loya challenged himself to draw one portrait each week of an animal on the Endangered Species List over the course of a year. Here, his work is exhibited at the Joan Hisaoka Healing

Form And void Visual artist Ellyn Weiss presents both an experiment with materials and a reflection on survival and regeneration, using materials like tar, wire, and liquid plastic on acrylic and largescale drawing. The Athenaeum. To Feb. 25. GermAn JAzz This exhibition showcases unique music genre German jazz in its most important stages, from its beginnings to its current post-millennial scene, featuring short introductions and more detailed texts, as well as photos from public and private collections. Goethe-Institut Washington. To Feb. 23. Give me sun, wAter, soil, And seed with A little bit oF hope Metro Micro Gallery presents a whimsical ceramic sculpture installation from artist Akemi Maegawa. Metro Micro Gallery. To Feb. 17. in her words: women’s duty And service in world wAr i During World War I, women officially served in and alongside the military in numerous ways and in unprecedented numbers. Visitors can explore the letters and artifacts of four women, and learn of their unique, personal perspectives on life, duty, and service during the war. National Postal Museum. Feb. 2 to May 8.


Unless stated, all events take place at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Reserve through

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm Historically Speaking: Becoming Kareem: A Conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses his latest book, Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:00pm Finding Common Ground A symposium hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian. The discussion will take place in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 2:00pm Taking the Stage — Cramton, 1961: A Staged Reading + Discussion An original play that tells the story of a debate between Malcolm X and Bayard Rustin.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 2:00pm Cinema + Conversation: W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices A special screening of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm Historically Speaking: A Conversation with Adger Cowans Adger Cowans discusses his latest book, “Personal Vision: Photographs: Adger Cowans.” Visit for more information. @NMAAHC National Museum of African American History and Culture | 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20560 Image Credits (left to right): Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Gift of Walter Iooss, © Walter Iooss Longest Walk photo courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian | Photo Credit: AP / John Duricka february 9, 2018 19

niCo ferTakiS: halo-halo

An art show named after a dessert sounds sweet. Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert that combines shaved ice, sweetened legumes, plantains, evaporated milk, and other assorted items that don’t typify the pie and ice cream of American menus. But the exhibition of prints by Nico Fertakis doesn’t feature images of halo-halo, or any other dessert, for that matter. It’s leaning on the conceptual nature of what the decadent dessert does: mash stuff together. In the case of the exhibition, it’s colorful Thomas Downing-esque spots, overlapping like venn diagrams, atop an American idiom with a twist: “The Papaya of My Eye,” or, “Have Your Halo-Halo and Eat It, Too.” For the Filipino-Greek-American artist, it’s a clever play on identity politics, absent anything overtly political. March 1 to April 7 at Metro Micro Gallery. Free. —John Anderson

The PrinCe and The Shah: royal PorTraiTS froM Qajar iran

Their rivals were Napoleon and Queen Victoria, the Tsars of Russia and the great Ottomans. For nearly 150 years the Qajars were the ruling monarchs of Iran, and the country’s great modernizers. The portraits at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, largely of Persian royalty and nobility, present an image of an opulent sophistication, meticulously detailed in paint or irresistibly coutured in studio photographs. But beyond the sumptuous pleasure of viewing the rich and famous of the “Sublime State of Persia,” as it was then called, the images also reveal nuanced political messages. The Qajars were enthusiasts for a splendid culture that communicated their power and stability, because they ruled during an era fraught with apprehension over the encroachment of a colonial West. Can images from the 19th century help us better comprehend and correct our own tensions with Iran, even if theocracy has replaced monarchy? Probably not. But you can take time to consider the parallels between past and present, in the colonialist fervor for Orientalist fantasies and stereotypes and the necessity of Iran’s own images to resist them. Feb. 24 to Aug. 5 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Free. —Erin Devine

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Sally Mann: a ThouSand CroSSingS

The last big D.C. exhibition by Virginia-born photographer Sally Mann, mounted at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2004, was a major downer, documenting such subjects as the decay of her late greyhound Eva and the deterioration of human corpses at a forensic research facility. Mann’s upcoming exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, is certain to have its gloomy moments, but at least it will offer a broad retrospective of her work over the past four decades. The exhibit’s 115 images, many of them exhibited for the first time, will include examples from her controversial childhood photographs, as well as rural southern landscapes, Civil War battlefields, African-American churches, and a variety of portraits. Equally diverse will be Mann’s techniques, which range from large-format works to archaic, murky tintypes. March 4 to May 28 at the National Gallery of Art. Free. —Louis Jacobson


No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Opens March 30

The Desert is Coming … A take-over of the entire Renwick Gallery building, extending to the surrounding neighborhood. The exhibition has been organized in close collaboration with Burning Man Project, a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Support comes from

Smithsonian 17th and Pennsylvania Ave. | Free | #Renwick Gallery FoldHaus, Shrumen Lumen, 2016. FoldHaus Art Collective. Photo by Rene Smith

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no SpECtatorS: thE art of Burning man

Any piece of miserable news from Silicon Valley seems traceable to Burning Man— if not directly, then at least in spirit. Whether it’s “raw water” hucksters or skeevy tech-exec sex parties, if a trend has elements of thought-leader bullshit and avantgarde libertarianism, its provenance might include the annual festival in the Nevada desert. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, of course. Life-affirming art and purposeful mind-expansion were among the original goals, and they still appear to be achievable each August. (Depends on who you ask.) Get rid of all the burners and the intangibles, though, and the legacy is a bunch of big-boned participatory artworks. Move them to the Renwick Gallery, and it’s a potentially intriguing shift in perspective as well as an attempt to inject some funkiness into the neighborhood around the White House. That’s right: The exhibit No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man will feature works inside and outside the Renwick, meaning that tourists will be subject to Burning Man’s principle of “radical inclusivity” whether they like it or not. If you thought some of the Smithsonian’s recent shows were eminently Instagram-worthy, wait until this shit hits the streets. Surely it’ll be a little weird—and with far fewer rich brogrammers milling around. March 30 to Jan. 21, 2019 at the Renwick Gallery. Free. —Joe Warminsky

it’s About thAt time: prints From lily press DC Arts Center’s main gallery presents a selection of 10 years of Lily Press, a Rockville fine art printmaker. With Lily Press, artists explore a variety of techniques both new and traditional, including monotype, relief, intaglio, screen print and digital. DC Arts Center. Feb. 2 to March 4. JAnelle wAshinGton: A speciAl exhibition in honor oF blAck history month Artist Janelle Washington celebrates African-American history with detailed, colorful cuts on paper in a contemporary approach to traditional silhouette portraiture. Publick Playhouse. To Feb. 23.

womEn houSE

In 1972, artists Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro worked with their students at CalArts in Los Angeles to transform an old Hollywood mansion into an art installation that called into question what designates a “woman’s place.” Womanhouse, the first major collaborative project by students in the first Feminist Art Program in the U.S., became a watershed work of the feminist art movement. Over the course of a month, thousands of visitors walked through altered spaces like “Eggs to Breasts Kitchen” and “Menstruation Bathroom,” and saw performance art staged therein, like the infamous “Cock and Cunt Play.” This spring at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 36 international artists pay tribute to that moment in Women House with works that continue to reclaim and reconstruct conventional, yet persistent, ideas about women. Rarely are there ever sequels in the art world, but if this exhibition is half as notoriously fun and thought provoking as the original, it will be worth the admission. March 9 to May 28 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. $8-$10. —Erin Devine

regina Miele

Regina Miele has maintained a keen interest in the city as landscape. Blighted, gentrified, and those in transition: Miele’s subjects are the neighborhoods where she lives, works, and passes through. Her paintings and drawings translate the corridors, back alleys, interiors, and rooftops of the city. The work maintains an honest sensation, not only of the structural framework of brick, steel, and concrete, but of how the light and atmosphere are captured in those spaces. They aren’t as much a way of seeing the city anew, but of re-seeing the city through different eyes. March 16 to April 21 at Honfleur Gallery. Free. —John Anderson

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mAkinG room: housinG For A chAnGinG AmericA Making Room: Housing for a Changing America looks at how American housing options have changed throughout the years, from microunits to tiny houses to co-living and beyond. The exhibition explores these cutting-edge innovations through case studies and the presentation of The Open House, a Pierluigi Colombo-designed flexible, 1,000 square feet home. National Building Museum. To Sept. 16. the mArines And tet: the bAttle thAt chAnGed the vietnAm wAr The Newseum’s innovative exhibit features 20 large-format photographs from the 1968 Tet Offensive, a battle that was a major turning point in the Vietnam War. Photographer John Olson’s powerful work presents the story of the battle and the Marines who fought it 50 years ago. Newseum. To July 8. the more thinGs chAnGe Multimedia artist Michèle Colburn’s creates two- and three-dimensional work, using gunpowder, spent bullet casings, and vintage surplus military trip wire to explore socio-political themes related to domestic terrorism, war, and the costs associated with both. Arlington Arts Center. To March 31. my Fellow soldiers: letters From world wAr i My Fellow Soldiers: Letters From World War I is an exhibition of a selection of correspondence that illuminates the relationships, thoughts, and emotions of the authors as they grappled with the effects of the war. National Postal Museum. To Nov. 29. orchid spectrum The U.S. Botanic Garden puts on its annual orchid show. Orchid flowers showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, and scent. United States Botanic Garden. Feb. 23 to April 8. pAintinG shAkespeAre Look through the paintings collection at the Folger Shakespeare Library, curated by Erin Blake. The library houses both humble oil sketches and international masterpieces, providing a rarely seen perspective on Shakespeare and his works. Folger Shakespeare Library. To Feb. 11.

pArAllel universe Turkish art studio Ouchhh creates a world of light beams and fractals for gallery visitors with four installations featuring 3-D motion-mapped projections. ARTECHOUSE. To March 4. pAssAGes The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery exhibits a bevy of visual artists in a group show that explores the effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of migrant families all over the world. Torpedo Factory Art Center. To March 4. the prince And the shAh: royAl portrAits From QAJAr irAn A selection of about 30 works from the Freer and Sackler collections, this exhibition explores how Persian artists transformed the medium of representing royalty and nobility using painted portraits and studio photographs in nineteenth-century Iran. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Feb. 24 to Aug. 5. steven cushner Significant painter Steven Cushner showcases his work, which is inspired by the human instinct to create and identify patterns in daily life. Cushner’s imagery represents these patterns in unusual ways that typically convey movement. Hemphill. Feb. 22 to March 24. t is For television The National Museum of American History explores the history and influence of children’s television with memorabilia from popular shows like Sesame Street and Bill Nye the Science Guy. National Museum of American History. To July 4. ten AmericAns Swiss-born artist Paul Klee played a seminal role in the development of mid20th century American art. Featuring more than 60 works, this exhibition aims to explore the important figures in American abstract expressionist and color field painting who adapted aspects of Klee’s art and ideology into their own artwork. Phillips Collection. Feb. 3 to May 6. to Future women This interactive artwork allows exhibition visitors to write letters to women 20 years in the future. The Phillips Collection will then archive the letters and display them once again in 2037, the 20th anniversary of the Women’s March. Phillips Collection. To Feb. 14. trAilblAzinG: 100 yeArs oF our nAtionAl pArks This two-year exhibition nears the end of its run. Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks chronicles the intersections between the mail and our national parks, featuring artifacts loaned by the National Park Service and original postage stamp art from the United States Postal Service. National Postal Museum. To March 25. triplets: the eniGmAtic eGos Honfleur Gallery. This multimedia installation by Jenna North conceptualizes the artist’s experience of working with two alter egos, the post-apocalyptic interi-

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dianE arBuS: a Box of tEn photographS

Something you notice in the photographs of Diane Arbus is how rare it is for her images to be lit by natural sunlight. Wherever Arbus went, it seems, she was trailed by a little cloud, blocking out the warm, flattering rays of the sun and instead casting a grim pall on the proceedings. Her reputation was made on a late-1960s portfolio known as A Box of Ten Photographs, which is about to see a revival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, almost five decades after assembly of the portfolio began. The images include a portrait of identical twins, a Christmas tree in a Long Island living room, and a cross-dressing young man in curlers. The images Arbus selected became the foundation for her ascension to the pinnacle of the art world, including a 1972 posthumous retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. April 6 to Sept. 30 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Free. —Louis Jacobson

Maya freelon asante and aMBer roBles gordon

Toward the end of 2016, Maya Freelon began dealing with issues of rebirth and rebounding: the changes of various identities that happen in midlife. Recent tissue and ink mono prints reflect those transitions, with explorations of more subdued palettes, analogous and monochromatic color schemes. Identity is an issue present in Amber Robles Gordon’s work, as well. For the past year she has been constructing collages that deal with African and Puerto Rican heritage in a patriarchal American society, and pushing against the patriarchy with matrilineal mandalas. While the themes of identity will unify these two solo exhibitions at Morton Fine Art, their kaleidoscopic use of color will likely create the visual complimentary bridge. April 27 to May 15 at Morton Fine Art. Free. —John Anderson

or decorator Wendy Well and Joan Dare, the social climbing, whitewashed senator’s wife from rural Kansas. To March 3. weApons For spirituAl wArFAre Morton Fine Art presents a solo exhibition from artist Kesha Bruce, whose richly textured, visually complex drawings and paintings explore all things memory, mythology, African-American folklore, and magical-spiritual belief. Morton Fine Art. Feb. 16 to March 7. willem de looper This Hemphill exhibition displays paintings and works on paper from the period in which Looper encountered the Grand Canyon, and using color and layered paint documented rocky facade. Hemphill. To March 24. the wonder people Photographer Dorte Verner showcases her documentation of the plight of refugees from around the world, including Afghanistan, Burundi, Iraq, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. Photoworks. To Feb. 25. you, iF no one else Featuring 10 contemporary artists and artist collaborations, this show looks at the ways in which artists engage with politics and

civic life while navigating their involvement in the public sphere. Arlington Arts Center. To March 31. your community, your story Your Community, Your Story celebrates five decades of the Anacostia Community Museum, highlighting some of the museum’s signature projects that demonstrate how the work helps locals understand city life and strengthens community bonds. Anacostia Community Museum. To Jan. 6, 2019.


bindinG the clouds: the Art oF centrAl AsiAn ikAt Through vibrant artworks from across Central Asia, the rainbow colors of ikat fabrics are displayed at the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum. The George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum. March 10 to July 9. community policinG in the nAtion’s cApitAl The National Building Museum and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. collaborate on this new exhibit that looks at the ways community policing was implemented in D.C. following the

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1968 riots. Posters, maps, and photos are included in the exhibit that seeks to explain the how urban policing worked then and how it’s changed over time. National Building Museum. March 31 toJan. 15, 2019. do ho suh: Almost home The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents artist Do Ho Suh’s immersive, dreamlike work that explores the nature and meaning of home. The work is composed of large-scale fabric sculptures, showcasing a particular ethereality. Smithsonian American Art Museum. March 13 to Aug. 5. emerGinG visions: becominG Emerging Visions: Becoming offers Fairfax County high school students the opportunity to work with Greater Reston Arts Center to create artworks that will be exhibited in the gallery. This exhibition is part of the center’s celebration of Youth Art Month. Greater Reston Arts Center. March 3 to April 7. hAlo-hAlo Artist Nico Fertakis presents a solo exhibition of prints that merge the use of color, the forms of Venn diagrams, and American idioms to explore ideas of diversity and inclusion. Metro Micro Gallery. March 1 to April 7. locAl women in AbstrAction This exhibition seeks to represent and celebrate local women artists through various mediums and modes of abstract expression. Publick Playhouse. March 2 to April 27. my cAmerA, my voice: photoGrAphs by michAel A. mccoy Michael A. McCoy’s powerful photography features portraits of veterans combating PTSD, individuals supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, men in barber shops, youth at play, and mothers and fathers with their children. Photoworks. March 2 to April 8. nAte lewis This solo exhibition from artist Nate Lewis presents his work that visually combines the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles, pushing the idea of freedom and confronting perceptions of vulnerability, tragedy, and time. Morton Fine Art. March 23 to April 11.

no spectAtors: the Art oF burninG mAn This exhibition brings the large-scale work from this annual desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time, taking over the entire Renwick Gallery building and showcasing immersive roomsized installations, costumes, jewelry, and other memorabilia. Renwick Gallery. March 30 to Jan. 21. number works: homAGe to women in mAthemAtics Visual artist Joyce Wellman uses her experience in the plastic and mathematical arts to examine her own mother’s enjoyment in “playing the numbers,” looking at her meticulous organization and sources of inspiration as a process of hope. Harmony Hall Regional Center. March 26 to May 18. pArAllel lives Featuring artists Antonius Bui, Amy Chan, Nekisha Durrett, Muriel Hasbun, and Jeff Huntington, Parallel Lives showcases diverse cultures and aesthetic traditions, and explores their place in the world. The Athenaeum. March 1 to April 15. sAlly mAnn: A thousAnd crossinGs This exhibition of some 115 photographs, many of which have not been previously published or exhibited, explores how the South has shaped artist Sally Mann’s hauntingly beautiful photo work. National Gallery of Art. March 4 to May 28. shonA mAcdonAld This painter showcases her work, which often features pastoral nature and investigates the conflict between natural and cultural landscapes. VisArts. March 23 to April 22. tbd Classically trained painter Regina Miele presents her work, known for its explorations of the fundamental tenets of order and place. She draws out the often overlooked beauty within cityscapes. Honfleur Gallery. March 16 to April 21. unseen: our pAst in A new liGht, ken GonzAles-dAy And titus kAphAr Gonzales-Day and Kaphar, two leading contemporary artists, have their work highlighted in this exhibition illuminating the contributions and sacrifices people of color made during America’s founding. The two artists grapple with the underrepresentation and

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misrepresentation of certain minorities, both in portraiture and American history. National Portrait Gallery. March 23 to Jan. 6, 2019. Women House Featuring the work of 36 global artists and inspired by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s landmark 1972 project Womanhouse, this exhibition challenges conventional ideas about gender and the domesticity with works that seek to examine the persistence of stereotypes about the house as a feminine space. National Museum of Women in the Arts. March 9 to May 28.

examines the relationship among humans, animals, their environments, and microbes. The exhibit also explores why infectious diseases emerge where they do, how they spill over from animals to people, why they spread so quickly, and where to look for the next one, empowering visitors to respond to epidemics knowledgeably and responsibly. National Museum of Natural History. May 18 to Spring 2021.

secreT ciTies Examining the innovative design and construction of Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos, Secret Cities traces the architecture and planning of The Manhattan Project, addressing each city’s development since the conclusion of the project. National Building Museum. May 3 to March 3, 2019.

Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place SE. (202) 633-4820.

Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Road SE. (202) 365-8392.

Arlington Arts Center 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. (703) 248-6800.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery 1632 U St. NW. [202) 483-8600.

WorlD on THe Horizon: sWaHili arTs across THe inDian ocean Exploring Swahili arts as objects of mobility, outcomes of encoun-

ter, and as products of trade and imperialism, World on the Horizon highlights works from different regions and time periods to reveal the movement of artistic forms. The exhibition also aims to explore the changing meanings these objects may carry throughout the course of their life histories. National Museum of African Art. Opens May 9.


Diane arbus: a box of Ten PHoTograPHs At the time of photographer Diane Arbus’s death in 1971, she had completed the printing for eight known sets of A box of ten photographs. This exhibition traces the history of A box of ten photographs between 1969 and 1973. Smithsonian American Art Museum. April 6 to Jan. 21, 2019. evicTeD This new exhibit builds on Matthew Desmond’s book of the same name, which examines how low-income individuals deal with losing their homes. Visuals explain how and why people are evicted. Opens April 14. maya freelon asanTe anD amber robles gorDon Morton Fine Art showcases two concurrent solo exhibitions, one from visual and mixedmedia artist Maya Freelon Asante, and another from mixed-media artist and textiles installation sculptor Amber Robles Gordon. Morton Fine Art. April 27 to May 15. PicTures of THe year: 75 years of THe WorlD’s besT PHoTograPHy Pictures of the Year International presents a groundbreaking photography exhibition that features seven decades of award-winning images from its archives of more than 40,000. The myriad selections depict people, places, and events that have shaped the world, from war and peace to disaster and triumph, throughout the past 75 years. Newseum. April 6 to Jan. 20. a rigHT To THe ciTy This exhibition explores the history of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital, and its rich history of civic organizing and engagement that eventually transformed the city and helped to shape and reshape its neighborhoods. Anacostia Community Museum. April 21 to April 20, 2020. TWo solos: brian Williams anD soPHie blonDeau The Athenaeum presents two solos, with art from Brian Williams, whose uses paintings on metal to consider if humans can adapt without catastrophe, and Sophie Blondeau, whose canvasses explore memory and perception through the lens of her formative years in France. The Athenaeum. April 19 to June 3.


alexanDer HamilTon: solDier, secreTary, icon The nation’s first treasury secretary, whose life story inspired a Broadway musical that’s brought him back into the cultural consciousness, is the subject of a new exhibit at the National Postal Museum. Featured items include postage and revenue stamps that feature Hamilton’s likeness and interactive elements that will teach visitors about his life and work. National Postal Museum. May 25 to March 3, 2019. black ouT: silHoueTTes THen anD noW The exhibition explores the silhouettes as an art form by examining its rich historical roots and considering its contemporary presence, featuring works from the Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of silhouettes, such as those by Auguste Edouart, who captured the likenesses of figures like John Quincy Adams and Lydia Maria Child. National Portrait Gallery. May 11 to March 10, 2019. Douglas bosley Fine artist Douglas Bosley exhibits his work, which uses detailed imagery and dynamic lighting, at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. His primary medium is mezzotint, a process that involves indenting a metal printing plate’s surface. Washington Printmakers Gallery. May 3 to May 27. ouTbreak Outbreak addresses public fears and media hype surrounding infectious diseases, and

ARTECHOUSE 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 1050 Independence Ave. SW. (202) 633-4880. The Athenaeum 201 Prince St., Alexandria. (703) 548-0035. DC Arts Center 2438 18th St. NW. (202) 462-7833. Folger Shakespeare Library 201 E. Capitol St. SE. (202) 544-4600. The George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum 701 21st St. NW. (202) 994-5200. Goethe-Institut Washington 1990 K St. NW #03. (202) 847-4700. Greater Reston Arts Center 12001 Market St., Ste. 103, Reston. (703) 471-9242. Harmony Hall Regional Center 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. (301) 203-6070. Hemphill Fine Arts 1515 14th St. NW. (202) 234-5601. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. (202) 686-5807. Hillyer Art Space 9 Hillyer Court NW. (202) 338-0325. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. (202) 633-4674.

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Katzen Arts Center at American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. (202) 885-2787. Metro Micro Gallery 3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Morton Fine Art 1781 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 628-2787. National Air and Space Museum 600 Independence Ave. SW. (202) 633-2214. National Building Museum 401 F St. NW. (202) 272-2448.

Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (888) 639-7386. Phillips Collection 1600 21st St. NW. (202) 387-2151. Photoworks at Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. (301) 634-2274. Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. (301) 277-1710. Renwick Gallery 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and F streets NW. (202) 633-7970.

National Gallery of Art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (202) 737-4215.

Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. (703) 838-4565.

National Geographic Museum 1145 17th St. NW. (202) 857-7588.

Transformer Gallery 1404 P St. NW. (202) 483-1102.

National Museum of African Art 950 Independence Ave. SW. (202) 633-4600. National Museum of American History 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (202) 633-1000. National Museum of Natural History 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (202) 633-1000. National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave. NW. (202) 783-5000. National Portrait Gallery 8th and F streets NW. (202) 633-8300. National Postal Museum 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. (202) 633-5555.

United States Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave. SW. (202) 225-8333. VisArts 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. (301) 315-8200. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown. (301) 739-5727. Washington Printmakers Gallery 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 669-1497.

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J.A.M. the Revue: A ’90s J.A.M.

The VH1 show I Love The ’90s debuted in July 2004. A retrospective for a decade that ended only five years prior is kind of odd to begin with. The premiere episode on 1990—OK, a 14year throwback makes more sense—covered Pretty Woman, slap bracelets, and a little something to do with Marion Barry. It’s on YouTube, and it’ll probably piss you off. There’s simply no denying, though, that people in D.C. do indeed love the ’90s: 9:30 Club’s No Scrubs ’90s dance party routinely sells out, and local cover band White Ford Bronco is celebrating its 10-year-anniversary in May. J.A.M. the Revue, though, trades trashed bros in neon Goodwill finds scream-slurring their way through “Semi-Charmed Life” for professional singers and dancers. Choreographer Jeremy A. McShan (that would be the J.A.M.) created this all-new ’90s showcase. The dancers are known as “the J-Macs,” and the performance runs for 90 minutes, naturally. That’s about 20 to 30 throwback hits ready for you to consume like dozens of liters of Crystal Pepsi. April 13 to 15 at Anacostia Arts Center. $15– $30. —Mikala Jamison


Alvin Ailey AmericAn DAnce TheATer The acclaimed black dance company returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual engagement. Among the featured pieces are Ailey favorite “Revelations,” Twyla Tharp’s “The Gold Section,” and Jamar Roberts’ “Members Don’t Get Weary.” Kennedy Center Opera House. Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. $49–$175. BlAck movemenTs DAnce TheATre This program, part of the Georgetown’s Black History Month programming, features choreography by students as well as by master and emerging guest artists of signature offerings and newly commissioned work. Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University. Feb. 16, 8 p.m.; Feb. 17, 8 p.m. $8–$10.

BreAking BArriers Dance company Motion X celebrates composer Leonard Bernstein’s humanitarian work with a performance meant to take the audience on a journey toward cultural understanding and respect. Atlas Performing Arts Center. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. $25. colorful WorlD See a dance performance inspired by the rich colors of the traditional fabrics and costumes of the Middle East and Central Asia. Members of Nomad Dancers and Raqs Habibi World Dance Company perform graceful dances of ancient Persia, Central Asia, and Arabia, set to songs of love and hope. Atlas Performing Arts Center. Feb. 24, noon. $20. DiAvolo The contemporary dance ensemble explores the relationship between the human body and its environment. Led by artistic director Jacques Heim, a team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers create visceral works that reveal how people are affected physically by february 9, 2018 31 September 16, 2011 1

the spaces they inhabit. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Feb. 23, 8 p.m.; Feb. 24, 2 p.m.; Feb. 24, 8 p.m. $19–$69.

Layla and Majnun at Kennedy Center Opera House, March 22 to 24

Duke ellingTon school of The ArTs Duke Ellington School of the Arts, an arts school in Georgetown with a 43-year legacy of fostering talented area youth, presents a showcase of dance, instrumental music, and vocal music in a collaborative performance. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Feb. 22, 6 p.m. Free.

TernAry pATTerns for insomniA Stockholmbased dance company Andersson Dance and Glasgow-based string orchestra Scottish Ensemble join onstage in a series of collaborative performances in a whirlwind of movement and sound. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. April 26, 8 p.m.; April 27, 8 p.m.; April 28, 2 p.m.; April 28, 8 p.m. $29–$89.

sAvion glover Tap dance superstar and choreographer Savion Glover brings his show All Funk’d Up, The Concert to the National Theatre with his sixpiece band and a company of dancers performing original compositions. National Theatre. Feb. 23, 8 p.m.; Feb. 24, 8 p.m. $45–$80.

cinDerellA Fifty dancers from the Moscow Festival Ballet ensemble perform this family-friendly ballet based on the well-known fairy tale. George Mason University Center for the Arts. March 18, 2 p.m. $34–$56. clouD gATe DAnce TheATre of TAiWAn Pioneering choreographer Lin Hwai-min leads dancers from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in this latest evening-length work “Formosa,” using luminous projected images of Chinese characters as a visual backdrop and music by award-winning indigenous singer Sangpuy. George Mason University Center for the Arts. March 9, 8 p.m. $30–$50. DorrAnce DAnce MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance and her company of tap dance artists and musicians return with ETM: Double Down, featuring solos, duets, and ensemble choreography. Music Center at Strathmore. March 2, 8 p.m. $35–$80. Drums of The islAnDs Learn about island traditions as Meki’s Tamure Polynesian Dance Group dramatizes island life through Tahitian dance and drum performances. Atlas Performing Arts Center. March 3, 2 p.m. $20.

Circa is known for with a score from the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet. Music Center at Strathmore. March 12, 7:30 p.m. $28–$68. sWAn lAke Moscow Festival Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece in a showcase of the traditions of Russian grand ballet. George Mason University Center for the Arts. March 17, 8 p.m. $34–$56. Three WorlD premieres Emerging choreographers Clifton Brown, Gemma Bond, and Marcelo Gomes present three newly commissioned works for The Washington Ballet that support both the evolution of ballet and the dancer. Sidney Harman Hall. March 14, 7:30 p.m.; March 15, 7:30 p.m.; March 16, 7:30 p.m.; March 17, 1:30 p.m.; March 17, 7:30 p.m.; March 18, 1:30 p.m.; March 18, 6 p.m. $25–$118. une soirée De DAnse Bowen McCauley Dance returns to the Terrace Theater for two performances with a seven-member cast featuring a group dance, set to the piano music of Franz Liszt and played live by Nikola Paskalov. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. March 2, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 7:30 p.m. $40–$50.

tor Adrienne Clancy. Through movement, “Resilience” investigates the complexities of the world and the ways in which people understand themselves. Dance Place. April 14, 8 p.m.; April 15, 7 p.m. $15–$30. mixeD mAsTers See classic ballet masterworks from renowned choreographers, including the first ballet George Balanchine choreographed in America, Frederick Ashton’s finest pure-dance classical work, and Jerome Robbins’s humorous oneact charade. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. April 11, 8 p.m.; April 12, 8 p.m.; April 13, 8 p.m.; April 14, 2 p.m.; April 14, 8 p.m.; April 15, 2 p.m.; April 15, 8 p.m. $25–$140.


AAkAsh oDeDrA International dance talent Aakash Odedra, who is trained in traditional Indian dance disciplines Kathak and Bharata Natyan, presents a quartet of solo pieces showcasing his razor-sharp precision and agility. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. May 9, 8 p.m. $10–$40. fAerie Alight Dance Theater creates a mythical contemporary dance work exploring fairy lore and the fantastical world in which fairies inhabit. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. May 11, 7 p.m. Pay what you wish.

move me fesTivAl The 9th annual family-friendly festival celebrates the performing arts with more than 20 local arts partners offering performances throughout the day, including Bowen McCauley Dance Company and students from the

mAlpAso DAnce compAny Established in 2012, Cuban dance company Malpaso continues to grow its international profile with two performances at the Kennedy Center. The program will include Aszure Barton’s “Indomitable Waltz” and Osnel Delgado’s “Ocaso” and “24 Hours and a Dog.”. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. May 11, 8 p.m.; May 12, 8 p.m. $15–$49.

Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE. (202) 631-6291.

Joe’s Movement Emporium 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier. (301) 699-1819.

Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE. (202) 399-7993.

Kenmore Middle School 200 S Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. (703) 228-6800.


exiT12 DAnce compAny The company performs a selection of works with a conflict theme, including “Sometimes, Silence,” an autobiographical ballet choreographed by an Army mother watching her two sons leave to fight in Afghanistan. Atlas Performing Arts Center. March 4, 7:30 p.m. $25.

1 mile rADius proJecT Through dance, film, and projections, Orange Grove Dance investigates the uniquely traversed spaces of the community within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, magnifying the intimate nooks of seemingly familiar areas. Joe’s Movement Emporium. April 20, 7 p.m. $5–$25.

flAmenco, pAssion AnD soul Furia Flamenca Dance Company performs fiery flamenco solo and group dances in this show that presents the best of flamenco in its traditional form. Atlas Performing Arts Center. March 2, 8 p.m.; March 3, 7 p.m. $30.

A ’90s J.A.m. J.A.M. the Revue, the area’s song and dance revue is back with a new production created by choreographer Jeremy A. McShan paying tribute to some of music legends and their ’90s hits. Anacostia Arts Center. April 13, 8 p.m.; April 14, 3 p.m.; April 14, 8 p.m.; April 15, 6 p.m. $15–$30.

liTTle WhiTe lies Contradiction Dance Theatre presents its originally choreographed work featuring company members and special guest dancers, focusing on the little white lies that shape people’s thoughts and behavior. Anacostia Arts Center. March 22, 8 p.m.; March 23, 8 p.m.; March 24, 2 p.m.; March 24, 8 p.m. $20.

ABADA cApoeirA This show traverses the rich history of Brazilian culture through movement and music inspired by the Amazon rainforest from Abada Capoeira D.C. The organization is marking its 10th anniversary of sharing Afro-Brazilian arts. Jack Guidone Theater. April 22, 7 p.m. $13–$20.

mArk morris DAnce group The acclaimed New York-based contemporary dance company presents Layla and Majnun, based on the tragic love story of a girl and a boy who becomes mad with passion. Kennedy Center Opera House. March 22, 7:30 p.m.; March 23, 7:30 p.m.; March 24, 1:30 p.m.; March 24, 7:30 p.m. $29–$99.

riTmo y sABor This spring showcase blends together various styles of Latin dance, and features collaborative pieces with non-member Georgetown students and other Georgetown dance groups. Gaston Hall at Georgetown University. April 8, 7:30 p.m. $5. shen yun Take a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance, one of the world’s oldest art forms, and all-original orchestral works. Kennedy Center Opera House. April 10, 7:30 p.m.; April 11, 1:30 p.m.; April 12, 7:30 p.m.; April 13, 7:30 p.m.; April 14, 1:30 p.m.; April 14, 7:30 p.m.; April 15, 1 p.m. $80–$250.

romeo & JulieT The Washington Ballet presents choreographer John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s exuberant score. Cranko created the ballet for the Stuttgart Ballet and it had its world premiere in 1962. Kennedy Center Opera House. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m. $25–$160.


Kenmore Middle School dance residency. Kenmore Middle School. April 28, 1 p.m. Free.

BAlleT folklórico mexicAno De georgeToWn A group striving to preserve and share Mexican dance traditions, Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Georgetown performs a combination of traditional dances from four Mexican states that show the diversity of the country. Gaston Hall at Georgetown University. April 14, 7:30 p.m. Free.

peTer AnD The Wolf The Washington Ballet stops at THEARC to bring to life through dance this musical children’s tale about a young boy named Peter who ventures out into a meadow. THEARC. March 24, 1 p.m.; March 24, 5 p.m.; March 25, 1 p.m.; March 25, 5 p.m. $30–$59.

BorDer Northern Virginia dance company Jane Franklin Dance presents a performance that examines psychological and physical barriers through visual art and movement. Theatre on the Run. April 13, 7:30 p.m.; April 14, 7:30 p.m.; April 21, 7:30 p.m.; April 27, 7:30 p.m.; April 28, 7:30 p.m. $20–$30.

“s” By circA Australia’s Circa ensemble performs daring acrobatics and bold storytelling, and its latest showcase “S” combines the acrobatics that

clAncyWorks DAnce compAny ClancyWorks Dance Company, an ensemble of professional artists, performs a new work from artistic direc-

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Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Stadium Drive and Route 193, College Park. (301) 405-2787.

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600.

Dance Place 3225 8th St. NE. [202) 269-1600.

Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. (301) 581-5100.

George Mason University Center for the Arts 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. (888) 945-2468.

National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 628-6161.

Georgetown University 3700 O St. NW. (202) 687-0100.

Sidney Harman Hall 610 F St. NW. (202) 547-1122.

Gunston Arts Center 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. (703) 228-1850.

THEARC 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. (202) 889-5901.

Jack Guidone Theater 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 362-3042.

Theatre on the Run 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. (703) 228-1850.

Arlington Central Library 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. (703) 228-5990. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 387-1400. National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium 1145 17th St. NW.


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In 2015, Zadie Smith—author of White Teeth, Swing Time, and On Beauty—profiled Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele for The New Yorker. Now that Peele is an Oscar-nominated director, it’s compelling to read back to just a couple years ago, when Key & Peele was nearing its last episode. “On set, Peele is notably introverted,” Smith writes. Peele was in drag for a sketch. “Looking down at his cleavage, he murmured… ‘[wearing a dress] is so fun.’” Such tidbits from popular culture abound in the essays featured in her latest book, Feel Free, comprising previously unpublished work and some of Smith’s classics. Feel Free spans the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. The London-born Smith also muses on climate change, Brexit, and how she’d talk to a future granddaughter. If you haven’t read her essay “Find Your Beach,” especially if you’re a writer, you’re missing insights like this: “Even if my Manhattan productivity is powered by a sociopathic illusion of my own limitlessness, I’m thankful for it, at least when I’m writing.” Feb. 27 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. $34. —Mikala Jamison

Jomny Sun

The whole jomny sun ethos is one of those internet things you either get or completely do not get. A Twitter account with 525,000 followers, @jonnysun—typically stylized as jomny sun, emphasis on the lowercase—broadcasts wholesome, humorous, or hopeful messages along with frank communiques about loneliness, awkwardness, and anxiety through a cartoon alien with a limited grasp of correct spelling. The man behind it all is Jonathan Sun, an MIT doctoral student and Harvard researcher who used to study architecture at Yale and was named as one of TIME’s Most Influential People on the Internet. What gives with this weirdness? Sun was a guest on the BuzzFeed podcast Another Round last year, where his affable nature charmed hosts Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu.His new book, everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too, is what Sun calls “an adult length picture book.” People tell Sun that he makes them cry all the time, and he says he wants to see “the death of irony.” The alien’s just trying to figure out humanity. And so are we. March 10 at Politics and Prose. Free. —Mikala Jamison 1 September 16, 2011


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AdriAn Tomine The contemporary cartoonist discusses Killing and Dying, a collection of six graphic stories. Politics and Prose at The Wharf. February 10, 6 p.m. Free. dAve eggers The author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and The Circle reads from his latest book, The Monk of Mokha, about a first-generation Yemeni-American who plans to revitalize his homeland’s coffee trade. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. February 13, 7 p.m. $36–$38.

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Jennifer LAwrence The Academy Award winning actress discusses Russian espionage, double-crossing, and female empowerment in anticipation of her upcoming film Red Sparrow, based on the novel of the same name. Newseum. February 15, 6:30 p.m. $30.

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TAyAri Jones An American Marriage is Jones’s fourth novel, and a complicated love story and examination of how the country’s justice system impacts African-American lives. Politics and Prose. February 15, 7 p.m. Free.

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AdAm nicoLson Author Adam Nicolson discusses his newly released book The Seabird’s Cry, which focuses on the plight of 10 bird species and their struggle to survive. National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium. February 20, 7:30 p.m. $25.

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w.e.B. duBois BirThdAy Marking the 150th birthday of DuBois, National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi and Howard University professor Dana Williams converse about DuBois’s seminal text The Souls of Black Folk. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. February 23, 6 p.m. Free.

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(202) 364-1919. Politics and Prose at The Wharf 70 District Square SW. Sidwell Friends School 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW. Washington-Lee High School 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington. (703) 228-6200.

ZAdie smiTh One of the world’s preeminent fiction writers and essayists, Smith discusses her latest essay collection, Feel Free, in which she gathers previously published work as well as new pieces. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. February 27, 7 p.m. $32–$34.

is a reflection on war, a compelling love story, and inventive literary fantasy. Sidwell Friends School. March 29, 7 p.m. $18–$20.



Jomny sun The humorist and author chats about his latest, Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to Earth. Politics & Prose. March 10, 6 p.m. Free. novA Teen Book fesTivAL This year’s 5th annual festival celebrates young adult fiction with a day-long event featuring books, authors, including Kwame Alexander and Tomi Adeyemi, and activities. Washington-Lee High School. March 10, 9:30 a.m. Free. JunoT díAZ The Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist enters the world of children’d books with Islandborn, about a child whose family teaches her about her homeland for a school project. Sidwell Friends School. March 15, 6:30 p.m. $20–$30. mohsin hAmid Shortlisted for the Man Booker and Kirkus prizes, Hamid’s latest novel Exit West

sLoAne crosLey The bestselling essayist and author returns with a new collection of 16 essays full of wit and observational humor, Look Alive Out There. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. April 10, 7 p.m. $15–$40. AndreA PiTZer The author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps talks about the detainees who strove to survive and found ways to defy their Nazi captors. Arlington Central Library. April 22, 3 p.m. Free.


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22nd AnnuAl IrAnIAn FIlm FestIvAl: IrAn InsIde And Out This year’s festival showcases a strong selection of work from Iran-based directors, as well as filmmakers based in Europe. One of the final screenings of the festival is the last work of the late filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, 24 Frames. Freer Gallery of Art. Feb. 9 to Feb. 23. Free. HOlOcAust: tHe untOld stOry The Newseum presents Holocaust: The Untold Story, which details how despite the fact that Nazi death camps were known about as early as December 1942, the American media, especially The New York Times, refused to cover the story and suppressed the information. Newseum. Feb. 10 to Dec. 30. $14.95– $24.95. dc Independent FIlm FestIvAl Screening features, documentaries, narrative shorts, documentary shorts, animations, and high school films, the city’s oldest independent film festival returns. This year’s showcase will include Triumph of the Shill, a reimagining of the original 1935 German propaganda film Triumph of the Will, for the 2017 presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Naval Heritage Center at the United States Navy Memorial. Feb. 17 to Feb. 19. $60–$170. tHe nIne lIves OF mArIOn BArry From filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, who both grew up in the D.C. area, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry tells the story of the despised and beloved former D.C. mayor who weathered drug and alcohol addiction, jail, cancer, and political ire and controversy to dominate area politics for decades. Suns Cinema. Feb. 20. Free.

24 Frames

French film director Jean-Luc Godard once stated “Film begins with D. W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.” The latter, an Iranian filmmaker, died in 2016, but just before his passing, Kiarostami completed his final work, 24 Frames. An experimental tour de force, the film is composed of an image of a 1565 Pieter Bruegel painting followed by 23 of Kiarostami’s own still photographs, to which he added subtle actions using computer technology. This isn’t a single narrative story; it’s a collection of 24 static shots—each lasting about four-anda-half minutes—of what appeared to Kiarostami before and after the still images. A number of the frames depict animals in snow, waves crashing on the shore, and birds flying about, interrupted on occasion by gunfire or loud vehicles. It’s repetitive at times, but the distinctive painterly arrangements and subtle soundtrack powerfully convey naturalistic and somber life-and-death messages. Feb. 18 at the Freer Gallery of Art. Free. —Steve Kiviat

ArcHItecture & desIgn FIlm FestIvAl See documentaries about inspired community activists, architects, and fashion designers, and urban planning at this festival that celebrates the way design impacts our lives. National Building Museum. Feb. 22 to Feb. 25. $10–$125. OscAr-nOmInAted FIlm sHOwcAse The National Archives hosts its 14th annual showcase of the Academy Award nominees. The screenings feature four categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film. National Archives McGowan Theater. Feb. 28 to March 4. Free.


cApItAl IrIsH FIlm FestIvAl Now in its 12th year, the festival presents the best of new Irish documentaries, shorts and animation, comedies, dramas, and Irish language films. The festival also

hosts visiting directors, producers, and actors available for talkbacks and conversation after screenings. A full list of screenings and schedule details will be released at a later date. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. March 1 to March 4. Prices vary. dc sHOrts wIns See a winning showcase of shorts from the last year of the DC Shorts Film Festival, which includes shorts from across the globe. Miracle Theatre. March 2 to March 4. $15–$25. new AFrIcAn FIlm FestIvAl See a selection of vibrant African filmmaking from all corners of the continent. A full list of screenings and schedule details will be released at a later date. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. March 8 to March 18. Prices vary. dc envIrOnmentAl FIlm FestIvAl Environmental issues continue to be more vital than ever, and this year’s festival honors environmental heroes with “Stories From the Frontlines,” in which speakers will reflect on those risking their lives to save the planet. A full list of screenings and schedule details will be released at a later date. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. March 15 to March 25. Prices vary.


FIlmFest dc This 32nd annual film festival returns with highlights including international comedies, thrillers, music-related films, and films with social justice themes, plus discussions with guest filmmakers. A full list of screenings and schedule details will be released at a later date. Various venues. April 19 to April 29. Prices vary. tHe new tHIng The New Thing explores the legendary D.C. institution The New Thing Art & Architecture Center, a cutting-edge Adams Morgan arts and urban planning organization that operated from 1966 to 1973. A panel discussion follows the screening, featuring former staff and students of the center, including founder Topper Carew, in a historic gathering of its alumni. Anacostia Community Museum. April 21. Free.


wAsHIngtOn JewIsH FIlm FestIvAl Watch a selection of films that tell the stories of Jewish people all over the world at this annual festival, now in its 28th year. A full list of screenings and schedule details will be released at a later date. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. May 2 to May 13. Prices vary.

New AfricAN film festivAl

The AFI Silver Theatre’s 14th annual New African Film Festival offers work from over a dozen countries, sampling a rich and thriving industry whose fruits are rarely screened in the United States. Highlights include the Nollywood romantic comedy Royal Hibiscus Hotel, about a Nigerian woman trying to succeed as a chef in London; the magical realist fable I Am Not a Witch, about a 9-year-old Zambian girl exiled from her village after accusations of witchcraft; the South African identity farce High Fantasy, in which a group of friends on a camping trip wake up to find they’ve all swapped bodies; and the documentary Mama Colonel, about Congolese police official Honorine Manyole and her work protecting children against sexual violence. March 8 to 18 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. $13. —Pat Padua

stop making sense

Go looking for an animated GIF from Stop Making Sense, the 1984 Talking Heads concert film by the late Jonathan Demme, and you’re likely to find David Byrne in the Big Suit. Although that iconic wardrobe choice is so readily adaptable to contemporary digital expressions, it’s a bit of a curse, really—it’s the most ’80s thing in an otherwise timeless movie. And so much of the film seems perfect for right now: The stage is full of fragile but energetic bodies, and for every undercurrent of mortality (back then, it was hard to avoid Cold War dread), there’s a wave of funky optimism from the performers. On a big screen in a dark theater, it’s ultimately a reminder that great bands should strive to make great things. May 11 to 12 at Landmark E Street Cinema. $10. —Joe Warminsky 1 September 16, 2011

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. (301) 495-6700. Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place SE. (202) 633-4820. Freer Gallery of Art Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. (202) 633-1000. Landmark E Street Cinema 555 11th St. NW. (202) 783-9494. Miracle Theatre 535 8th St. SE. (202) 400-3210.

National Building Museum 401 F St. NW. (202) 272-2448. Naval Heritage Center at the United States Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 380-0710. Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 292-6100. Suns Cinema 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW.

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SaSheer Zamata

In Sasheer Zamata’s full-length comedy special Pizza Mind, which debuted on the streaming service Seeso in March, she says she worked at Disney World for seven months, and asks the audience to guess which character she played. Princess Tiana, the only black princess in the Disney canon? Nope—she was Pluto, the dog. “I worked there before [Tiana’s] movie came out,” Zamata says. “They were like, ‘Hide her face, we haven’t drawn it yet!” She’d have her revenge later, of course, when Saturday Night Live cast Zamata as only the second black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007. Her work there included launching zingers on the “Black Jeopardy” sketch, as well as impersonating Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Diana Ross. Last year, she left the show for unclear reasons. But the University of Virginia grad already cemented her fate as a sharp comedic voice, making the improv rounds, creating the solo special, and touring her standup act. Zamata is the only black woman currently on Drafthouse’s schedule through May. Feb. 9 and 10 at Drafthouse Comedy. $20. —Mikala Jamison

tiffany haddiSh

Over the last few years, comedian Tiffany Haddish has steadily seen her profile rise: first, by stealing scenes as Nekeisha on three seasons of The Carmichael Show and then thanks to her breakthrough role in Girls Trip as Dina, a bottle-brandishing, absinthe-tripping life of the party who made sure that viewers would never see a grapefruit the same way agin. But her best role has been as herself, mining everything from her youth spent in the foster care system to her adult exploits for comedic gold. She might have made history by being the first black woman standup to host Saturday Night Live, but the story of how she got really high, took Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on a Groupon swamp tour, and then became Groupon’s spokesperson says the most about her come-up—and her comedy. March 10 at the Warner Theatre. Sold out. —Chris Kelly


Nimesh Patel A fixture in the New York stand-up scene, Patel has written for Saturday Night Live and the 88th Annual Academy Awards. DC Improv. Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, 9:45 p.m.; Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 24, 9:45 p.m. $17. sasheer Zamata Zamata is best known for her work as a four-season cast member on Saturday Night Live, dazzling audiences with impressions of Michelle Obama, Rihanna, and Solange. Drafthouse Comedy. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; Feb. 9, 9 p.m.; Feb. 10, 7 p.m.; Feb. 10, 9 p.m. $20.


BiaNca Del rio The stand-up comic and winner of the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race brings her Blame It On Bianca act to D.C. Lincoln Theatre. March 15, 8 p.m. $39.50–$199. caPital comeDy Festival The annual comedy festival features a stellar 2018 lineup, including Sommore, Arnez J., Don “D.C.” Curry, George Wallace, Tommy Davidson, and George Willborn. DAR Constitution Hall. March 23, 7 p.m. $52–$99. DaviD alaN Grier Known for being a staple on In Living Color and most recently his own comedy series The Carmichael Show, this Tony and Grammy nominated stand-up comic was trained at the Yale School of Drama. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. March 23, 7:30 p.m.; March 23, 10 p.m.; March 24, 7 p.m.; March 24, 9:30 p.m. $25–$30. hari KoNDaBolu This Brooklyn-based political comedian co-hosts the podcast Politically Re-Active with fellow comic W. Kamau Bell. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. March 30, 10 p.m.; March 31, 7 p.m.; March 31, 9:30 p.m. $25–$30. michael iaN BlacK The prolific multi-media stand-up comic, who most recently starred on TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, performs. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. March 2, 7:30 p.m.; March 2, 10 p.m.; March 3, 7 p.m.; March 3, 9:30 p.m. $25–$30.

ald Trump. Warner Theatre. March 9, 7:30 p.m. $30.50–$37.50. tiFFaNy haDDish As the breakout star of the hit film Girls Trip, Haddish hits the road with her #SheReady act. Warner Theatre. March 10, 7 p.m.; March 10, 10 p.m. Sold out.


Beth stelliNG A product of the Chicago standup scene, Stelling is currently a writer on producer Judd Apatow’s HBO comedy series Crashing, the second season of which premiered in January. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. April 13, 7:30 p.m.; April 13, 10 p.m.; April 14, 7 p.m.; April 14, 9:30 p.m. $20–$25. BoBBy lee Best known for being a MADtv regular, Lee has also had roles on Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle and NBC’s Animal Practice. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. April 5, 7:45 p.m.; April 6, 7:30 p.m.; April 6, 10 p.m.; April 7, 7 p.m.; April 7, 9:30 p.m. $22–$27. JorDaN rocK The younger brother of legendary fellow stand-up comedian and actor Chris Rock, Jordan can be seen on the Netflix series Love. DC Improv. April 13, 7:30 p.m.; April 13, 9:45 p.m.; April 14, 7 p.m.; April 14, 9:30 p.m.; April 15, 7 p.m. $17–$20.


D.l. huGhley The pop culture icon, Original King of Comedy, and host of The D.L. Hughley Show performs. DC Improv. May 4, 7 p.m.; May 4, 9:15 p.m.; May 5, 7 p.m.; May 5, 9:15 p.m.; May 6, 7 p.m. $40–$65. lewis BlacK The Silver Spring-born legendary comic and “king of the rant” takes his The Joke’s On Us tour to the Warner Theatre. Warner Theatre. May 17, 8 p.m.; May 18, 8 p.m. $57.50–$77.50.

raNDy raiNBow This comedian and singer gained a wide audience during the 2016 presidential election after releasing a series of spoof interviews and musical parodies skewering Don-

marGaret cho The trailblazing comedian and advocate for LGBTQ rights returns to the DC Improv for her Fresh Off the Boat tour. DC Improv. May 18 7 p.m.; May 18 9 p.m.; May 19 7 p.m.; May 19 9 p.m. $30–$35.

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DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St. NW. (202) 628-1776.

Lincoln Theatre 1215 U St. NW. (202) 888-0050.

DC Improv 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 296-7008.

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“Good God almighty, good God almighty, that killed him! As God is my witness, he is broken in half!” Even if you’re not a pro wrestling fan, you’ve probably heard that bit of playby-play by the WWE’s Jim Ross, either as part of a viral video or over the original footage. It’s the latter that is infamous, as The Undertaker threw Mick “Mankind” Foley off a 16foot cage—accurately dubbed “Hell in a Cell”—and through an announcer table during a 1998 pay-per-view event. In the predetermined world of pro wrestling, the fall and the injuries it caused were anything but fake. But it was death-defying actions that turned Foley into an unlikely champion and, eventually, a New York Times bestselling author and celebrated storyteller. Twenty years after Hell in a Cell, he is hitting the road to recount his most infamous night and all the other nights that made Mrs. Foley’s baby boy into a wrestling legend. April 12 at DC Improv. $25–$75. —Chris Kelly 36 february 9, 2018 1 September 16, 2011

The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre, March 9 to May 12


4,380 Nights Tackling what it means to be American, D.C. playwright Annalisa Dias delivers 4,380 Nights, a play about a man being held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay prison. A timely critique of fear, power, and humanity itself, the play is presented as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Signature Theatre. To Feb. 18. $40–$89. All she Must Possess This Joseph W. Ritschdirected story centers on the Cone sisters, Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta, daughters of German Jewish immigrants. Instead of living tranquil lives as respected Victorian ladies, the pair collected art from around the world. Rep Stage at Howard Community College. Feb. 8 to Feb. 25. $15–$40. AubergiNe As part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the Olney Theatre Center presents a story of family, food, and memories. Written by Julia Cho and directed by Vincent M. Lancisi, Aubergine focuses on a Korean family, in which a son leaves his job as a chef to care for his dying father

and strives to gain acceptance from him. Performed in English and Korean with English supertitles. Olney Theatre Center. Feb. 7 to March 4. $49–$74. becoMiNg Dr. ruth Theater J presents the story of America’s favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth. Karola Ruth Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Directed by Holly Twyford and starring Naomi Jacobson, Becoming Dr. Ruth is written by the author of Theater J’s Freud’s Last Session. This one-woman show is infused with humor and honesty, showcasing the life-affirming tale of a girl who created a special place for herself in the world. Theater J. Feb. 21 to March 18. $24–$69. DisNey’s the lioN KiNg, Jr. Young stage actors take the reins and bring to life an adaptation of the Disney animated film starring Simba and his furry friends, with the aid of specially constructed puppets. Encore Stage & Studio. Feb. 16 to Feb. 25. $10–$15.

every brilliANt thiNg Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, this Jason Loewithdirected production is about a 7-year-old who makes a list of things to live for—from ice cream to the alphabet—after his mother’s attempted suicide that grows from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. Every Brilliant Thing is a one-person show that invites its audience to become a custodian of the all-important list. Olney Theatre Center. Feb. 28 to March 25. $49–$74. the FArNsworth iNveNtioN This regional premiere production is directed by Alex Levy and written by Aaron Sorkin, writer of The West Wing and The Social Network. Set in 1929, it centers on two ambitious visionaries who race against each other to invent a device called television. 1st Stage. Feb. 15 to March 11. $15–$33. the greAt society As civil rights protests and the horrors of the Vietnam War divide the country, President Lyndon B. Johnson struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stave off his political opponents, and put forth ambitious social policy projects. Playwright Rob-

ert Schenkkan’s lauded production makes its highly-anticipated D.C. premiere. Arena Stage. Feb. 2 to March 11. $56–$111. hAMlet Shakespeare’s classic tragedy makes its way to Sidney Harman Hall, starring Michael Urie, of Ugly Betty fame, as the desperate Danish prince Hamlet and directed by Michael Kahn. Sidney Harman Hall. To March 4. $44–$125. hANDbAggeD From playwright Moira Buffini and director Indhu Rubasingham comes the American premiere of Handbagged, a tale of two powerful British women born just six months apart: Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II. Round House Theatre Bethesda. To March 3. $45–$66. hobsoN’s choice Harold Brighouse’s comedy of turn-of-the-century Lancashire manners comes to Quotidian Theatre. Curmudgeonly cobbler Henry Hobson faces his ultimate choice: Take a life with three daughters in his shop forever unmarried or let them wed their sweethearts and leave him all alone. Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center. Feb. 16 to March 11. $15–$30. february 9, 2018 37 September 16, 2011 1

holD these truths From playwright Jeanne Sakata and director Jessica Kubzansky comes the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied judicial injustice to uphold the ideals and values on which America was founded during a time of fear and rage. Hold These Truths presents an America reeling from the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, and, driven by prejudice, placing its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. Arena Stage. Feb. 23 to April 8. $81–$111. lA Foto (A selFie AFFAir) Directed by Abel López and presented in Spanish with English subtitles, La Foto is about two families changed forever by a selfie. When a selfie is sent to one person but shared by another, questions arise about the costs of a highly technological world in which it is easier to connect intimately with one another. GALA Hispanic Theatre. To Feb. 25. $25–$95. light yeArs Robbie Schaefer, of the acclaimed indie rock band Eddie From Ohio, crafts a world premiere musical that is a touching and funny personal tale of music, immigration, and the bond between father and son. The story centers on Schaefer’s journey from a childhood in India to the struggles of growing up and raising a family, and how his father’s dark past impacts their relationship. Signature Theatre. Feb. 6 to March 4. $40–$65.

Hold These Truths at Arena Stage, Feb. 23 to April 8

The TaroT reading

So, here are my only real reference points for Tarot reading: Don Draper called the practice “an inkblot, you see what you want to see,” in Mad Men, Janeane Garofalo played a Tarot reader in Now and Then, and students do it in Divination class in Harry Potter. That’s about it. You might call me skeptical. I do, however, like when things are “made special” just for me. That, fellow skeptics and Divination devotees, is what happens at The Tarot Reading. Step one: You must offer a sacrifice; it could be cash, or anything else of value you are willing to part with forever. One supposes you could fib and say the gum wrapper in your pocket is “of value,” but play along. Step two: While your host, “The Fool,” MCs the evening, the “Mediums” perform select Tarot cards; if your card is drawn, the performers create an interactive act for—and with—you. They’re calling it “part vaudeville, part carnival sideshow, part mystical ritual.” The show is known to never repeat a Medium’s performance, some of which, as DCist put it, “defied easy categorization.” Leave the audience participation-phobics at home. March 9 to 11 at Anacostia Arts Center. $5. —Mikala Jamison

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love & therAPy goNe wroNg When a mother-in-law from hell comes to town, it shakes up a seemingly perfect life and relationship for a couple. Playwright Dennis Williams brings his hit independent love-themed stage play to the Howard Theatre, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Howard Theatre. Feb. 10. $37.50–$50. MADeliNe FArriNgtoN: thAt PArt is true Local playwright Madeline Farrington presents a story about members of a D.C. activist collective who must deal with being snowed in together during a blizzard. As they wait, the group discovers that one of the members is not what they seem. Atlas Performing Arts Center. Feb. 24 to March 3. $20. NourA Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Noura challenges our notions of modern marriage, the idea of home, and motherhood from the perspective of Iraqi immigrants living in New York preparing to celebrate their first Christmas as American citizens. Lansburgh Theatre. Feb. 9 to March 11. $44–$118. sheAr MADNess A famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hair salon dies in a scissor-stabbing murder. Set in modern day Georgetown, this interactive comedy whodunit lets its audience solve the crime. Kennedy Center Theater Lab. Feb. 9 to June 10. $54. the sKiN oF our teeth This Pulitzer Prize winner centers on the Eternal Family, made up of

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Any August Wilson play, when it’s cast and directed properly, is highly entertaining, even through the playwright’s recurring themes of systemic racism and poverty. Wilson was remarkably adept at capturing the humor in the everyday language of his characters, along with the complexities of their relationships. Two Trains Running is the seventh play in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicles each decade of the 20th century. And though it’s not as beloved as the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, Two Trains Running is nevertheless an impressive work of theater. Set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, in 1969, the two-act play explores the impact of urban renewal on the black community—a community that was then reeling from the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and related upheavals of the civil rights movement. Featuring a stellar cast that includes Nicole Lewis, Carlton Byrd, and Eugene Lee, and directed by Juliette Carrillo, Arena Stage’s production is worth experiencing. March 30 to April 29 at Arena Stage. $56–$91. —Jerome Langston

don Juan

Don Juan is the most famous libertine in literature, and many single dudebros in our fair city surely wish they could follow his example. According to legend, Don Juan could easily seduce women from all walks of life, at any age. Moliere’s comedy Don Juan was controversial for his depiction of him—the work led to censorship and several nationwide bans—and while Taffety Punk’s modern interpretation won’t attract that much negative press, they will definitely try. The scrappy theater company specializes in taking classic plays, ripping them apart, and putting them back together so they are modern, irreverent, and fun as hell. And unlike most theater, it might be a good idea to bring along your ear buds. Sometimes the only way to adapt a French comedy from the 17th century is to crank the volume to 11. April 4 to 21 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. $15. —Alan Zilberman

George and Maggie Antrobus, a couple married for 5,000 years, their two children Gladys and Henry, and the maid Sabina. Together, they prove they can survive an ice age, The Flood and an apocalyptic war. Constellation Theatre at Source. To Feb. 18. $25–$55. soMethiNg rotteN! Set in the 1590s, Something Rotten! tells the story of two brothers desperate to write their own acclaimed play, who eventually begin to write the world’s first musical. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, this original new musical also features music and lyrics by Tony Award nominees and brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick. National Theatre. Feb. 6 to Feb. 18. $48–$118. sPeech AND DebAte This black comedy with music from the acclaimed Stephen Karam is about outcasts in a puritanical Oregon town. Linked by a local sex scandal, this unlikely trio of outsiders joins forces to expose the truth. Theatre on the Run. Feb. 23 to March 18. $20–$30. A streetcAr NAMeD Desire Widely regarded as playwright Tennessee Williams’s finest work, this 1948 Pulitzer Prize winner follows the heartwrenching family drama of two sisters, Stella and Blanche, along with Stella’s husband, Stanley. Gunston Arts Center. Feb. 9. $15–$25. uNNecessAry FArce Playwright Paul Slade Smith and director Ray Ficca bring to life this comedy about two cops, three crooks, and eight doors that lead to chaos and confusion. An embezzling mayor is supposed to be meeting with his accountant, all the while, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. Keegan Theatre. To Feb. 10. $35–$45. the wAy oF the worlD This new comedy adapted from the play by William Congreve is written and directed by Theresa Rebeck. It tells the story of Mae, an altruistic woman who has gained a $600 million inheritance. Folger Elizabethan Theatre. To Feb. 11. $35–$79. the wolves Writer Sarah DeLappe explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a group of 16-year-old girls who become warriors on the field and share the sto-

ries of young adulthood. Studio Theatre. To March 11. $20–$106.


AlAbAMA story From playwright Kenneth Jones comes a story about a librarian in segregationera Alabama who purchases a children’s book that angers an intolerant state senator who goes on a crusade against the book. This area premiere is based on a true story from the 1950s. Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre. March 22 to April 15. $50–$60. chicAgo A Susan Marie Rhea and Mark A. Rheadirected incarnation of the well-known stage musical with classic songs from composer John Kander hits the Keegan Theatre stage. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie Hart vies for the spotlight and the headlines, in search of fame, fortune and acquittal. Keegan Theatre. March 10 to April 7. $45–$55. the iMAgiNAry iNvAliD Translated and adapted from Molière’s work, The Imaginary Invalid combines the genres of satire and farce, with its lead, a fearful and miserly hypochondriac, wrapped up in a fast-moving plot that lampoons doctors, hypochondria, romance, and the idea of control. George Mason University Center for the Arts. March 1 to March 4. $10–$20. iN the heights Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical comes to the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater for six performances. The story focuses on a vibrant, multicultural community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. March 21 to March 25. $69–$175. MotowN: hitsville u.s.A. No other record company has had as enormous an impact on music’s history as Motown, producing artists like Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and The Supremes. Groove to years worth of Motown hits, from “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to “My Girl” to “Stop! In the Name of Love.”. Signature Theatre. March 13 to March 18. $35–$70. NAt turNer iN JerusAleM Written by Nathan Alan Davis, this production, making it’s D.C. pre-

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underground railroad game

Calling this Obie Award-winning show a comedy is kind of like how Get Out was nominated in the comedy category at the Golden Globes. It’s not that there isn’t some mirth baked into both, but in Underground Railroad Game, the show is quite literally about slavery and the actual Underground Railroad. And while the two actors—creators Scott Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell—bring plenty of holy shit did they just say that? laughs, along with some maybe-you’ll-squirm sex stuff, the inspiration for the show is rather bonechilling: Sheppard’s elementary school class in Pennsylvania split the majority-white students into teams of Union or Confederate “soldiers” during an ongoing lesson on the Civil War. Union “soldiers” had to smuggle as many “slave dolls” as possible to “freedom,” and Confederates were to capture the dolls. Points were awarded. Yeesh. Sheppard and Kidman play dweeby teachers (among various other characters), themselves grappling with racial tensions between them, in a staged school offering the same lesson. What ensues is a scathing show that asks many questions: This was really a game in a school? Why aren’t we better at talking about this? Why can’t we hear each other? What the hell is wrong with us? April 4 to 29 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. $20–$69. —Mikala Jamison


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miere, imagines Nat Turner’s final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Virginia. As Turner reckons with what the dawn will bring, the story examines the power of an individual’s convictions. Forum Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. March 15 to April 7. $18–$38. the Night thoreAu sPeNt iN JAil Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s classic work hits the mainstage at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. The play focuses on the titular Henry David Thoreau, leading up to the 19th century writer’s night spent in jail for refusal to pay a poll tax designed to support a war he opposed. George Mason University Center for the Arts. March 29 to April 8. $15–$30. PAPer Dolls Guest workers caring for elderly men in Tel Aviv by day headline a drag show by night in this karaoke musical from Mosaic Theater Company about citizenship and the struggles migrant workers face. Atlas Performing Arts Center. March 29 to April 22. the PAvilioN From playwright Craig Wright and director Kelsey Mesa comes The Pavilion, a play that is both poetic and comic, romantic and philosophical. Peter goes to his 20-year high school reunion in the hopes of winning back Kari, the girl he left behind. As the night of the reunion progresses, both characters are forced to face the consequences of choices made long ago. The Hub Theatre at John Swayze Theatre. March 30 to April 15. $22–$32. recorD store 24 This premiere stage production, a one-act play written and directed by Clayton LeBouef, centers on a record store owner who doesn’t want his dreams to become nightmares. The story celebrates ancestral wisdom, vintage music, and the return of vinyl. Anacostia Playhouse. March 23 to March 31. $25–$40. the tArot reADiNg A variety show like no other, The Tarot Reading presents a group of eclectic artists creating singular Tarot card-inspired acts for one. Part vaudeville, part carnival show, and part mystical ritual, each act is interactive, performed for and with one adventurous consenting audience member. Anacostia Arts Center. March 9 to March 11. $5. trANslAtioNs In Translations, languages and histories collide, kindling romance and inciting violence. In 1833 Ireland, change comes to rural County Donegal when British army engineers arrive to map the country, draw new borders, and translate Irish-language place names into the King’s English. Studio Theatre. March 21 to April 22. $20–$85. two trAiNs ruNNiNg August Wilson’s masterpiece about everyday lives makes its way to Arena Stage. At the heart of the story is Memphis Lee’s diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, confronted with a changing world during the Civil Rights Movement in 1969. Arena Stage. March 30 to April 29. $56–$91. wAves, All thAt glows sees In this theater for the very young production, adults with their young children can follow a pathway of shells and stones into a serene tent on stage, where one man makes music and another dreams of the ocean. Featuring sand shaping, shadow puppetry, and inventive sound effects, to conjure up the feel of the sea. Kennedy Center Family Theater. March 24 to April 1. $15. whAt your MAN woN’t Do From playwright Vernon Williams III comes the story of Marc and Karla Jones, a married couple in a modest suburban neighborhood, who no longer attend to each other’s needs. Soon, Karla becomes enamored with the hired help, and laughs ensues. Lincoln Theatre. March 31. $55–$70. the wiNter’s tAle Aaron Posner directs this classic William Shakespeare play about jealousy, prophecy, and redemption in Sicilia and Bohemia. Folger Elizabethan Theatre. March 13 to April 22. $35–$79. the wiz This Tony-winning musical, famed for its soul-pop reimagining of the classic novel and movie The Wizard of Oz, comes to Ford’s Theatre. Ford’s Theatre. March 9 to May 12. $27–$71.

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The range of emotions that we feel during those pesky teenage years—a time filled with first love, sometimes sex, and plenty of angst—is charmingly captured in the comingof-age musical Girlfriend. With music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet and a book by Todd Almond, Girlfriend is anchored with an early ’90s pop-rock soundtrack adapted from Sweet’s album of the same name. Will and Mike are just out of high school and their relationship is just starting to bloom. The awkwardness of new love, especially for these two young men who are so different on the surface, is explored through guitar solos and loud power-rock ballads. The show has continued to earn raves since its 2010 premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Signature Theatre should have little trouble attracting a broad audience. April 17 to June 10 at Signature Theatre. $40–$94. —Jerome Langston


betweeN the worlD AND Me In this production developed and directed by Kamilah Forbes with an original score from Jason Moran, experience TaNehisi Coates’s powerful National Book Awardwinner Between the World and Me live. This performance event weaves together excerpted selections, interactive visual storytelling, and newly composed music. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. April 7. $39–$99. the cAucAsiAN chAlK circle From playwright Bertolt Brechtin and with an English translation by Alistair Beaton, The Caucasian Chalk Circle presents the story of a young servant girl named Grusha who is caught in a social revolution. Soon, she must risk everything to save an abandoned baby. Constellation Theatre at Source. April 12 to May 13. $25–$55. the crucible This Eleanor Holdridge-directed adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play about the Salem witch trials features Chris Genebach as John Proctor. Coming to the Olney stage for the first time, this tale focusing on an unseeable evil tearing a colonist town apart aims to speak truth to power much like the 1953 original did. Olney Theatre Center. April 18 to May 20. $49–$74. DoN JuAN Taffety Punk presents Stephen Wadsworth’s translation and adaptation of the uncensored script of Molière’s Don Juan, a Spanish legend layered with the conventions of French drama and filtered through a contemporary American lens. At the heart is Don Juan, a passionate freethinker out of sync with contemporaries who submit to king and church. Taffety Punk at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. April 4 to April 21. $15. eN el tieMPo De lAs MAriPosAs (iN the tiMe oF the butterFlies) Based on the novel by Julia Álvarez, playwright Caridad Svich adapts this account of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic. Using the code name “butterflies,” they lead the resistance against the dictatorial regime of General Rafael Trujillo—until their brutal murder. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. GALA Hispanic Theatre. April 12 to May 13. $25–$95. Fly by Night This dark comedy rock-fable comes from playwrights Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock. At the heart of it is a melancholy sandwich maker whose mundane existence becomes entwined with two sisters. 1st Stage. April 12 to May 6. $15–$33. girlFrieND Todd Almond and Matthew Sweet’s vibrant coming-of-age musical duet makes its D.C. premiere. In 1993 small-town Nebraska, college-bound jock Mike and aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. What follows is a rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion, and passion. Signature Theatre. April 17 to June 10. $40–$84. JAMes AND the giANt PeAch Based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, this production features music and lyrics by the Tony-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. When James is sent to cut down a fruit tree, he discovers magic that leads to adventure. Encore Stage & Studio. April 6 to April 15. $10. JohN When a young Brooklyn couple Elias and Jenny escape on a getaway to a cozy bed-andbreakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a ghost

seems to haunt their troubled relationship. This hyperreal transfixing work from playwright Annie Baker makes its D.C. debut. Signature Theatre. April 3 to April 29. $40–$80. roz AND rAy Directed by Adam Immerwahr and written by Karen Hartman, Roz and Ray is a powerful, urgent, and gripping medical drama about a doctor at the onset of the 1980s AIDS crisis. The story centers on Dr. Roz Kagan, who offers a new miracle drug to save Ray Leon’s hemophiliac twins. Things aren’t always as they appear to be, though, and being on the cutting edge of medicine can lead to moral ambiguity and tough choices. Theater J. April 3 to April 29. $24–$69. titus ANDroNicus Synetic Theater’s visionary founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili produces another “Wordless Shakespeare” production, an adaptation of this revenge-driven tragedy about fiery passion, energy, and vengeance. Synetic Theater at Crystal City. April 25 to May 27. $15–$35. true west Two estranged brothers, well-educated Austin and con man Lee, reunite in their mother’s California kitchen. There, Austin is working on his screenplay. What follows is an explosive, darkly funny American tale of sibling rivalry, Hollywood producers, and stolen toasters. Rep Stage at Howard Community College. April 26 to May 13. $15–$40. uNDergrouND rAilroAD gAMe Two teachers get shockingly down and dirty with a lesson about race, sex, and power at Hanover Middle School in this unflinching Ars Nova production of the fourth wall-breaking play. Going round after round on the mat of America’s history, the teachers bare it all, in R-rated, far-reaching fashion. Woolly Mammoth Theatre. April 4 to April 29. $20–$69. wAitiNg For goDot Director Garry Hynes presents a fresh and funny take on playwright Samuel Beckett’s absurdist exploration of time in this play about two characters waiting for the arrival of someone who never shows up. In Waiting for Godot, life is both vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion. Lansburgh Theatre. April 17 to May 20. $44–$118.


cAMelot This musical based on Arthurian legend is the winner of four Tony Awards. From its stunning score to its story’s legendary Round Table, Camelot is an ode to idealistic leadership that champions the potential of humankind. Sidney Harman Hall. May 22 to July 1. $44–$118. the iNvisible hAND From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced, comes a thriller about an American options trader and Citibank executive, whom a fringe radical group holds hostage in Pakistan. He must use his trading strategies to find a way out in the midst of violence, corruption, and inequality. Olney Theatre Center. May 9 to June 10. $49–$74. the reMAiNs Starring Maulik Pancholy, this production centers on Kevin and Theo. Ten years after their wedding, the pair host a dinner for their families and reveal the truth of their seemingly perfect union. Studio Theatre. May 16 to June 17. $20–$85. royAl shAKesPeAre coMPANy: hAMlet The Kennedy Center presents the North American pre-

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miere of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s riveting, contemporary take on the Shakespeare classic Hamlet. This stateside premiere follows the show’s acclaimed 2016 run in the United Kingdom. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. May 2 to May 6. $39–$129.

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The ScoTTSboro boyS In 1931, nine AfricanAmerican teenagers were taken off a train, falsely accused of a crime, and hastily tried and sentenced to death. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards and making its D.C. premiere, The Scottsboro Boys transforms an event that gripped the country into a compelling musical. Signature Theatre. May 22 to July 1. $40–$89. The Small room aT The Top of The STairS The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs centers on Grace, who finds herself irresistibly drawn to a mysterious and forbidden room. From the award-winning French Canadian playwright Carole Fréchette and her acclaimed translator John Murrell. Spooky Action Theater. May 17 to June 10. $20–$40. The Undeniable SoUnd of righT now Making its D.C. premiere, Laura Eason’s The Undeniable Sound of Right Now revolves around Hank, a struggling rock club owner in 1992. When his daughter starts dating a star DJ, he comes to realize the destructive power of the Next Big Thing. Keegan Theatre. May 5 to May 27. $35–$45. waiTreSS Featuring original music and lyrics from Grammy-winning pop star Sara Bareilles, this uplifting musical tells the story of Jenna, a waitress dreaming of a way out of her little town and loveless marriage. Based on Adrienne Shelly’s film of the same name. National Theatre. May 15 to June 3. $48–$98.

Round House Theatre 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. (240) 644-1100. Sidney Harman Hall 610 F St. NW. (202) 547-1122. Signature Theatre 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. (703) 820-9771. 1st Stage 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean. (703) 854-1856.

Ford’s Theatre 511 10th St. NW. (202) 347-4833.

Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE. (202) 631-6291.

Forum Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. (301) 588-8279.

Anacostia Playhouse 2020 Shannon Place SE. (202) 290-2328. Arena Stage 1101 6th St. SW. (202) 488-3300. Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St. NE. (202) 399-7993.

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600.

Spooky Action Theater 1810 16th St. NW. (202) 248-0301. Studio Theatre 1501 14th St. NW. (202) 332-3300. Synetic Theater at Crystal City 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. (866) 811-4111.

GALA Hispanic Theatre 3333 14th St. NW. (202) 234-7174.

Lansburgh Theatre 450 7th St. NW. (202) 547-1122.

George Mason University Center for the Arts 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. (888) 945-2468.

Lincoln Theatre 1215 U St. NW. (202) 888-0050.

Taffety Punk at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 7th St. SE. (202) 261-6612.

National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 628-6161. Olney Theatre Center 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. (301) 924-3400.

Theatre On The Run 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. (703) 228-1850.

Gunston Arts Center 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. (703) 418-4808.

Constellation Theatre at Source 1835 14th St. NW. (202) 204-7741.

Howard Theatre 620 T St. NW. (202) 803-2899.

Encore Stage & Studio 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. (703) 548-1154.

The Hub Theatre at John Swayze Theatre 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax. (800) 494-8497.

Folger Elizabethan Theatre 201 E. Capitol St. SE. (202) 544-7077.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater 1742 Church St. NW. (202) 265-3767.

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Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. (301) 816-1023. Rep Stage at Howard Community College 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. (443) 518-1500.

Theater J 1529 16th St. NW. (202) 777-3210.

Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. (240) 582-0050. Woolly Mammoth Theatre 641 D St. NW. (202) 393-3939.

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