Things to do the week of May 23-26
We've gathered up some things to do, including in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week in Washington, DC.
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The National Gallery of Art invites you on a voyage through time in this new exhibit that aims to shed light on the complex histories of the African Diaspora. Take an in-depth look at the cultural formations and historical experiences of Black and African people since the 17th century. The exhibit offers more than 130 pieces of art, including photos, sculptures, paintings and other media by artists from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily | Free admission | Safety guidelines
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
One of baseball’s most exciting teams comes to the nation’s capital to take on the beloved hometown Nats. The Dodgers are led by superstars such as Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Freddie Freeman, Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts. Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Patrick Corbin and the rest of the Nationals will have their hands full during the Monday – Wednesday series.
7:05 pm | Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
After more than 50 years as a band, The Who can still put on a kick-ass rock show. Their greatest hits are among the rock genre’s most recognizable, including classics like “Baba O’Reilly,” “My Generation” and “Who Are You.” Don’t miss what could be your final chance to see these rock gods in the District.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
This Present Moment: Crafting A Better World
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Renwick with an expansive exhibit set to feature more than 130 works never before displayed at the gallery. Featured craft artists include Tanya Aguiñiga, Nick Cave, David Chatt, Sonya Clark, Cristina Cordova, Cindy Drozda, Alicia Eggert, J. Paul Fennell and many more.
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Free admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Kara Walker’s The Katastwóf Karavan
In honor of the incredible Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibit, The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden serves as the site of a temporary installation featuring a steam calliope, a musical instrument used on steamboats and in carnivals during the 19th century. Artist Kara Walker made the sculpture for the Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans at Algiers Point, a site in the city along the Mississippi River that once served as a holding area for enslaved Africans. Featuring Walker’s signature silhouettes made from cut steel and situated in a parade wagon, the steam-whistle organ will play songs of Black resistance and celebration. Musician Jason Moran will perform on the calliope live on May 14 and 15.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily | Free Admission
National Gallery of Art – Sculpture Garden, Constitution Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20408
An ARTECHOUSE original production, PIXELBLOOM pushes the boundaries of immersive digital art, inviting visitors to jump into the metaverse and glide through a virtual world of cherry blossoms brought to life only at ARTECHOUSE. The installation merges the digital and physical worlds in a one-of-a-kind dynamic experience inspired by nature’s beauty. The main 22-minute audiovisual installation in the Immersion Gallery employs 18-channel, 270° floor-to-wall surround projection array and a 22.5-channel spatialized audio system to breathe a new life into cherry blossoms in peak bloom through an explosion of vibrant colors and textures.
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
Once Upon a Roof: Vanished Korean Architecture
Clay roof tiles, known as chimi, once adorned ancient wood frame buildings in Korea, buildings that are now long gone. However, many of the tiles have survived more than a thousand years, with three chimi unearthed from two Buddhist temples and a palace complex that dates back to the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla periods set to be on display in this upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of Asian Art. You will learn hidden stories of the ancient architecture of Korea, with many of the works on display outside of that country for the first time.
Wednesday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560
A Monster Calls
The acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness comes to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in a new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. A Monster Calls concerns 13-year-old Conor, who has just moved to America from Britain with his mother and father. After his mother falls ill, Conor is confronted by a monster at his window, arriving to tell tales of its previous iteration and forcing the boy to face his deepest fears. Children and adults will both be captivated by this highly anticipated production.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play will leave you feeling more connected to the world around you. Sidney Harman Hall becomes turn-of-the-century Grover’s Corners, where everyday life reveals universal truths about community, love, life and death. Our Town is both deeply allegorical and endlessly captivating, with an ensemble cast filled by celebrated local performers.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection
The Hirshhorn has been collecting the prolific work of Yayoi Kusama since 1996. The museum’s 2017 survey of her work traveled to five North American art museums, introducing Kusama’s spellbinding visions to record audiences. Now, the Hirshhorn displays five of Kusama’s works from the museum’s permanent collection, including two of the artist’s transcendent Infinity Mirror Rooms. One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection is a tribute to the life and practice of the visionary artist. Free timed passes are required.
Thursday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Free admission | Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560
There’s Always the Hudson
T and Lola have a mission. After meeting in a support group for sexual abuse survivors years ago, the two made a pact to take out revenge on those who have wronged them. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents this riveting production written by Paola Lázaro, a tale of two damaged souls ready to confront their trauma and deliver some well-deserved justice. Note that There’s Always the Hudson contains discussions and depictions of sexual abuse and assault, profanity and drug use.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Brew at the Zoo
Lions and tigers and brews, oh my! DC’s favorite beer festival returns to Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The night-time event for ages 21 and over allows for the enjoyment of unlimited free beer tastings from more than 45 breweries. There will also be live music, food trucks and of course, a zoo to explore. Tickets will sell quickly to this popular event.
6-9 p.m. | Tickets
Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
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