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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of Feb. 2 - 6

We've gathered up some things to do across the nation's capital, including museum exhibits, concerts, only-in-DC events and much more. Don't miss our things to do this weekend and things to do this month as well.

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Black Like Me 
An incredible collection of Black artists is featured in this exhibit at DC’s intimate Zenith Gallery, including Wesley Clark, Julee Dickerson Thompson, Buzz Duncan, Francine Haskins, Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Hubert Jackson and many more. The Gallery will host a reception that will give you a chance to meet artists on Feb. 15 from 4-8 p.m.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  More Info
Zenith Gallery, 111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


This Is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s
Britain experienced profound changes in the 1970s and 1980s, racked by deindustrialization, urban uprisings, the policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Photography became a central form of creative expression during this period. The new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art brings together the work of a generation of essential photographers including Vanley Burke, Pogus Caesar, Anna Fox, Paul Graham, Sunil Gupta, Chris Killip, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and Martin Parr.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Sunset Boulevard
Tony Award-winning actor Stephanie J. Block takes on the role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved masterpiece based on a classic 1950 film noir. The cast also includes Tony Award nominee Derek Klena as Joe Gillis, Auli‘i Cravalho as Betty Schaefer and Grammy Award winner Nathan Gunn as Max Von Mayerling.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566



A Collector’s Eye: Freer in Egypt
From 1906-1909, Charles Lang Freer acquired a wide range of Egyptian art works, including the renowned Washington Codex—one of the oldest Bibles in the world—a digital copy of which is now on view in the Freer Gallery of Art as part of this special exhibit. Visitors can also expect to see New Kingdom Egyptian glass vessels, a Byzantine jewelry set, amulets and hundreds of beads, many on display for the first time.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Intangible Forms
The new laser-powered experience at ARTECHOUSE aims to inspire you to find interconnectedness. Enter a meditative soundscape inspired by Shinto Shrines, offering the opportunity to pause and exist outside of normal space and time. Powered by choreographed kinetic lasers, strobes, haze and moving lights, you will travel through multiple rooms of installations and an entrancing environment created by hypnotic and modular rhythms. Use the 'Tickets' link below for a special 10% discount!
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 
The preeminent modern dance company returns to the Kennedy Center with a program that celebrates the company’s illustrious history and aims to bring audiences together in joy. The production will feature Ailey’s most famous composition, Revelations, as well as numerous other works by modern masters. Get ready to be united by the power of dance.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566



Intersections: Linling Lu
In Soundwaves, Linling Lu engages with the Phillips Music performance of Philip Glass’s Etude no. 16 played on piano by Timo Andres. The exciting new entry into The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series will see Lu visualizing sound into spatial configurations. She takes the repetitive notes and chords from Glass’s music and translates them into a physical space: the seven notes played on the piano by the left hand are represented by seven paintings on the left side of the gallery, and the five notes played by the right hand are represented by five paintings on the right side of the gallery. In witnessing this incredible installation, you’ll feel waves of nostalgia, calm, joy and solitude.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Set in Iran in 2009, English focuses on four adult students studying for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which must be passed for their respective green card, medical school admission or family reunification. Through a series of mistranslations and awkward word games, the play is a comedy of errors while also examining the ways in which learning a new language can change your voice and outlook. The play was a hit in its 2021 New York premiere and marks the DC debut of playwright Sanaz Toossi.
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005


Bars and Measures 
Inspired by true events, this new production at the Atlas Performing Arts Center will allow you to experience the story of two brothers bonded by music but separated by bars. Bars and Measures explores faith, family and melody as the characters work through conflict after secrets and betrayal are revealed during a trial.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 2000



Seven Methods for Killing Kylie Jenner 
The news of Kylie Jenner’s title as a ‘self-made’ billionaire sparks a Twitter rant that unravels into a thought-provoking story. Award-winning playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones explores the appropriation of Black culture and queerness by celebrities and how Internet culture can spill over into real life.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


The Lifespan of a Fact
DC’s Keegan Theatre presents a brand new play about one Jim Fingal, a Harvard graduate who works as a fact checker for a failing New York-based magazine, and one Jim D’Agata, an essay writer who has penned a piece that could save said magazine. When fact checking Jim is assigned to review writer Jim’s essay about the suicide of a teenage boy, the two come into conflict in a gripping, dramatic and comedic battle over fact vs. fiction.
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


Prologue Theatre: The Cake
Atlas Performing Arts Center and Prologue Theatre present the story of Della, who lives a quiet life in a Southern town, baking cakes and leaves the big decisions to her husband, Tim. However, when the girl she helped raise returns to North Carolina to be wed, and her fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life is thrown for a loop and she is forced to think for herself.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


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