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11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC
Our end-of-the-week picks for Feb. 24-26
‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors’
One of the most highly anticipated DC experiences of the year begins at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this week. Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s greatest artists, a Japanese woman who specializes in immersive art. Her mirror rooms, large-scale paintings and child-like installations will all be on display in an exhibit that is sure to draw large crowds and lots of Instagram posts. You must secure a timed pass to enter the exhibit.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
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Atlas Intersections Festival
Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts the INTERSECTIONS Festival annually, masterfully combining theatre, dance, poetry, music, film, writing, sculpture, photography and arts of all kinds into two weeks’ worth of intellectual excitement. Witness the finest creativity that DC can offer, and do so at one of the city’s most prestigious venues located in one of its most vibrant neighborhoods.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
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ALB: Rock the Stacks
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hosts this music festival that will benefit the DC Public Library Foundation. DC musicians will take to the stage in tribute to Annie Lou Bayly Berman, a local music lover and community activist who passed away last year. Among those performing for a great cause: Fort Knox Five, Boat Burning, Rob Myers of Thievery Corporation, Benjy Ferree and more. Signature cocktails will be provided by Room 11.
7 – 10 p.m. | Tickets
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
DC Distillers Festival
The first DC Distillers Festival will gather producers of vodka, rum, gin and bourbon together for a day of celebrating spirits at the Long View Gallery. In total, 20 craft distilleries will be at the event, including local success stories like DC’s Joseph Magnus and One Eight. You can purchase tickets for one of three two-hour windows, and your purchase includes unlimited spirits, chats with distillery reps and live jazz music in a speakeasy-style environment. Drink up!
12 – 10 p.m. | Tickets
Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Cooking Up History: Food and the Great Migration
This free monthly cooking series at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History features a guest chef and Smithsonian Food History host Jessica Carbone preparing a meal and discussing the history behind the ingredients. For this month’s event, Jerome Grant from the National Museum of African American History and Culture joins to cook up dishes that signify the culinary changes that came about due to the Great Migration of African Americans in the early to mid-20th century.
2 p.m. | Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
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DC Rollergirls launch their 10th season at DC Armory on Feb. 25. The squad will face off against the Free State Roller Derby Black Eye’d Suzies (yep, you read that right) in intense roller-rink action. The 40-minute event will also pay tribute to two legacy DC Rollergirls teams. Expect fast-paced, physical action as these ladies determine the queens of the derby.
4 p.m. | Tickets
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
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‘Baby Screams Miracle’ – Final Weekend
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company stages this apocalyptic play that has been dazzling audiences since its debut. Viewers will be left questioning and appreciating blind faith. When a torrential storm tears through a family’s home, their extravagant daughter watches as her religious relatives attempt to pray their way out of the situation. You’ll be thrust into the storm, both physical and metaphysical, in this engrossing production.
3 p.m. & 8 p.m. | Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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‘Dead Man Walking’
With Sister Helen Prejean’s real-life memoirs and the classic film based on them as inspiration, Dead Man Walking is an acclaimed opera that deftly deals with the notions of capital punishment, mercy and justice. Joseph De Rocher sits on death row for double murder, a crime he insists he did not commit. He requests the help of Prejean in one last appeal attempt. She empathizes with him, but once she hears the victims’ side of the story, her emotions are torn. With unforgettable music and characters, this play has become a modern classic. The Washington National Opera performs.
7 p.m. | Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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One of hip-hop’s greatest groups is coming to the Fillmore Silver Spring to rain down 1,000-word verses and signature choruses on a Saturday night this February. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony emerged from Cleveland, OH in the early-1990s, helped to stardom by the late Eazy-E. With songs like “1st of Tha Month” and “Crossroads,” Bone Thugs laid out a signature style of spit-fire rhymes and harmonies never heard from a rap group before. Expect a hit-packed set list.
9 p.m. | Tickets
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
‘The Urban Scene: 1920-1950’
This new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art gathers 25 black-and-white prints that showcase artists’ interpretations of America’s burgeoning metropolises in the early to mid-20th century. As cities and their populations grew, so did the spectacle of their appearances. Artists such as Louis Lozowick and Reginald Marsh depicted the modern age in both its glory and anxiety, and you can experience their pivotal works in this fascinating display.
Hours | Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 2056
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Based on true events, Intelligence is a political thriller that dives deep into post-9/11 espionage. A covert operative is looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq until her cover is blown – a media firestorm ensues. She also must handle her diplomat husband’s quest for truth and the CIA’s inquisition. Arena Stage hosts this production that is sure to leave you breathless.
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
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For more events, festivals and things to do in Washington, DC, check out our events calendar.