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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for Jan. 21-23

We've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. You can also read the latest info regarding what's open and reopening in the District, as well as things to do during the week and throughout the month.

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Restaurant Week
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington hosts two annual celebrations of DC’s eclectic dining scene, with the winter edition running through this Sunday. The promotion offers diners pre-fixe menus for lunch/brunch ($25) and dinner ($40 and $55).


Washington Auto Show
One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls DC home, and the 2022 edition marks a return to an in-person celebration. Car lovers will be dazzled by hundreds of vehicles from top manufacturers. Grab your tickets and make sure to review the show's health and safety protocols as you plan your visit. The event begins Friday and runs through Jan. 30.
TicketsCOVID Safety Information
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001


Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful – Final Weekend
This Phillips Collection exhibit provides a fresh perspective on artist Alma Thomas’ life and multifaceted career. Everything is Beautiful traces her trek from Georgia to DC and beyond through artworks and archival assets, showcasing the artist’s wide-reaching influence, dynamic artistic practices, intriguing interest in puppetry and much, much more. Note that on Jan. 20, 2022, The Phillips Collection will host a staged reading of a one-act play on Thomas’ life by local playwright Caleen Jennings.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets & safety guidelines
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC


The New Woman Behind the Camera
The National Gallery of Art displays breathtaking photographs from more than 120 women photographers around the world. These "new women" embraced the art form as a mode of personal and professional expression and in the process, rewrote the rules of modern photography. See unflinching and beautiful images from these trailblazers who embodied a creative and confident spirit and whose work showed unique new perspectives from the 1920s to the 1950s. Make sure to read up on even more reasons to check out The New Woman Behind the Camera.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC




Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano
Discover Venice’s rich history as a glassmaking capital and its influence on early 20th century art with this retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The first comprehensive look at the American Grand Tour to Venice in the late 19th century features works by seminal artists such as John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler and many more, all of which convey how glassmakers in Murano inspired new ventures and styles in American painting.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


Smithsonian's historic Arts and Industries Building has opened its groundbreaking new experience. On view through July 6, 2022, FUTURES is the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future and will temporarily reopen the Smithsonian’s oldest museum for the first time in nearly two decades. The part-exhibition, part-festival will celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with more than 150 awe-inspiring objects, ideas, prototypes and installations that fuse art, technology, design and history to help visitors imagine many possible futures on the horizon. Make sure to read our guide to the exhibit before you go.
Free admission |  Hours & protocols
Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560


Transient: Impermanent Paintings
This groundbreaking exhibition, originally composed as a live performance, presents a series of audiovisual paintings created by the artist in concert with generative algorithms. The exhibition employs technology as a lens to explore music for the 21st century audience and rethink the traditional techniques in the context of human-machine relationship. Projected on a large scale, hyper-realistic digital brushstrokes unfold like on canvas. Each brushstroke corresponds to a note, creating polyphonic synthetic landscapes. The same algorithms driving the hyper-realistic digital brushstrokes also materialize in the sound of piano via Yamaha Disklavier, experienced through 24-channel L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024



Alif Ba Exhibition
The National Children's Museum presents this interactive experience, which translates to "ABC Exhibition". Hosted in partnership with the Qatar Foundation, the exhibition introduces young audiences to the Arabic alphabet and language. Kids can explore the 28 letters that make up the Arabic alphabet, listen to the sound of each and practice writing or tracing the language. Special programming is also offered.
Hours, protocols & admission
National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Laurie Anderson: The Weather
You're likely familiar with Laurie Anderson and her influence without even knowing it. One of the most groundbreaking artists of the 20th century has used a range of media, including live performance, video, music and writing, to address American identity and technology and the effect of both on human relationships. This exhibit at the Hirshhorn debuts more than 10 new artworks, interspersed with essential Anderson creations from throughout her career.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560


Change Agent
Arena Stage showcases this play from Tony Award-nominated playwright and director Craig Lucas. During the volatile 1960s, one woman influenced American policy – and in turn, world events – through her friendships and proximity to power. Change Agent imagines captivating scenes between unsung influencers of one of the most important decades in American history. See how these voices impacted major decisions that still have an impact in our country today.
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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