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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for Jan. 28-30

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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Friday

 

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight
The National Museum of the American Indian will host this new exhibit that features works from internationally acclaimed artist Preston Singletary and tells the story of Raven, the creator of the world and giver of the stars, moon and sun. The exhibit promises a multisensory experience with storytelling, music, soundscapes and projected images.
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Tig Notaro
Beloved stand-up comedian and founder of DC’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival comes equipped with her special brand of humor to DC’s Warner Theatre. Tig Notaro’s talents don’t stop on stage – she’s also had success as a writer, actress and radio contributor. From fighting through breast cancer to the challenges of motherhood, Notaro has kept audiences laughing through it all. Don’t miss your chance to catch one of this generation’s most insightful comics.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Philadanco!
Also known as The Philadelphia Dance Company, this troupe is renowned for its superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. The company is celebrating 50 years as one of the trendsetters of modern dance with this performance at Strathmore. Expect to see iconic works and new choreography that speaks to the most pressing cultural issues of our times. Also, BaKari Lindsay will showcase new pieces that highlight Caribbean and African heritage through Malian kora music.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
 

Last Podcast on the Left: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Tour
One of the country’s most popular podcasts dives into horror on their new tour that will touch down at The Anthem in late January. Hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski will cover a range of dark topics, from Jeffrey Dahmer to werewolves to Jonestown to iconic hauntings. Enjoy some laughs as the crew fully immerses themselves in the dark side of humanity.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

Saturday

 

Washington Auto Show – Final Weekend
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 runs through Sunday.
TicketsCOVID Safety Information
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

The New Woman Behind the Camera – Final Weekend
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
 

FUTURES
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
 

Monster Jam
Do you get amped watching 12,000-pound trucks slam, jam, bump and throttle their way around a dirt track? ATVs and speedsters also get into the action at this one-of-a-kind event that will call Capital One Arena home this Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
One of the most iconic duos in the history of popular music receives elaborate musical tribute at The National Theatre on Saturday and Sunday. The concert-style show depicts the journey of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel to superstardom and their eventual split in 1970. The shows climaxes with their famous reunion concert in Central Park in 1981. A full live band will perform hits like “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
Tickets
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Sunday

 

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

 

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
 

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets
If you’ve enjoyed the spaced-out psychedelic prog rock of Pink Floyd, then you’ve enjoyed the drumming of the masterful Nick Mason. The English musician is now touring with his own band, Saucerful of Secrets (named after Pink Floyd’s second LP, released in 1968). Set the controls for the heart of the Anthem for what promises to be a spectacular stage show led by a rock legend.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

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