Our end-of-the-week picks for Feb. 23-25
We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this holiday weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.
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ARTECHOUSE: Beyond the Light
In collaboration with NASA, ARTECHOUSE's latest installation delivers an artistic expression of space exploration, technology and innovation. The cinematic experience explores the history of our universe through light and immersive audio, based on groundbreaking discoveries. Purchase tickets through the link below for a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% discount)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions
On the 125th anniversary of the Spanish-American-Cuban-Philippine War, the National Portrait Gallery will open the first exhibition to examine this pivotal period through the lens of portraiture and visual culture. In 1898, the U.S. became an empire, conquering overseas territories and dramatically altering (or destroying) cultures in the process. Portraits of U.S. expansionists sit beside portraits of gallant rebels who fought U.S. imperialism, allowing for multifaceted viewpoints. More than 90 artworks from collections in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, Spain and the United States constitute the fascinating exhibit that revisits the consequences of the Spanish-American War (1898), the Congressional Joint Resolution to annex Hawai‘i (July 1898) and the Philippine-American War (1899–1913).
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
American Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake
Swan Lake reveals the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and a swan princess, a dizzying tale full of magic and suspense. Audiences will be treated to beautiful costume designs, jaw-dropping sets and staging and choreography that will take your breath away. The American Ballet Theatre’s quintessential production brings the glorious story to life like never before.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
Arena Stage's February marquee reveals the struggle of Anna Julia Cooper, a Black teacher who fought for her students’ rights to an advanced curriculum. In a scandal concocted by the government, her time as principal of DC's historic M Street School was sabotaged by her colleagues and neighbors. Witness the journey of this formidable Black feminist’s fight for educational equity and legitimacy at the turn of the 20th century.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Washington DC Travel Show
Looking to get inspired for your next adventure? Get excited for the biggest travel show in the DC area, which features thousands of experts doling out info on top destinations and must-know travel tips across two days. You’ll be immersed in cultures from around the world and can hear from other globetrotters to help you live out your wildest travel dreams.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s new production follows the Sensational Sea Mink-ettes as the group prepares for its homecoming half-time dance show. Their fellow students, the administration, the alumni and their families all have high expectations, and as the moment draws near, the Sea Mink-ettes have a fair share of drama to sort out. Vivian J.O. Barnes’ hilarious new play about the value of teamwork receives its world premiere.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Juke Joint
The Juke Joint
Travel back in time and savor a night curated to perfection at The Westin Washington, DC City Center. The Juke Joint offers food and drink pairings that will highlight Black cuisine through the decades; we're talking chicken and waffles, fried catfish, five-cheese mac and cheese, collard greens and much, much more. Your ticket includes a three-course menu packed with culinary greatness.
6 p.m. | Tickets
The Westin Washington, DC City Center, 1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Portugal. The Man
The Anthem hosts one of indie rock’s most popular bands. Portugal. The Man have been prolific for the last 20 years, putting out an acclaimed album nearly every year. Their sound draws on pop and electronic music as much as it does rock, creating songs and albums with dynamic range. Expect an adventurous set at one of the city’s best music venues.
8 p.m. | Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Bianca Del Rio
DAR Constitution Hall welcomes one of the leading voices in comedy for one night only. Bianca Del Rio is currently on her Dead Inside Tour, which is a perfect showcase for her brand of humor. Del Rio won season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has been dubbed “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World”. Your evening is sure to be packed with some shocking comedic moments and plenty of hearty laughs.
8 p.m. | Tickets
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Awareness: Through An African American Lens
Zenith Gallery celebrates the success of Black artists with a special exhibit and artist receptions in February. Many of the painters have been showcased at the local museum for years; others are making their debut. Visitors will notice distinct styles across a selection of 11 artists. And, on each Saturday of the month, the Gallery hosts two or more artists for in-depth, in-person talks.
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6 p.m. (or by appointment) | More Info
Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
Dorothea Lange: Seeing People
The National Gallery of Art showcases roughly 100 images from one of the greatest photographers ever live in a new exhibit on Dorothea Lange. Seeing People will examine Lange’s prolific and trailblazing career through the lens of portraiture and her exceptional ability to capture the character, resilience, heartbreak, joy, wonder and beauty of her human subjects.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
The Bigger Picture: Face to Face
Expand your knowledge of women’s contributions to Western art with a new program from the National Museum of the Women in the Arts called The Bigger Picture. The series will explore artworks from the 16th century to today with Director of Education and Interpretation Deborah Gaston as the guide. Attendees can expect biographies of iconic women artists and learn about innovations while sharing their own observations.
2-3:30 p.m. | Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
The Lehman Trilogy
Three actors portray various generations of the Lehman family in the 2022 Tony Award winner for Best Play. What begins as three immigrants attempting to live their American dream turns into a disaster for future generations, which eventually leads to the biggest financial crisis in U.S. history. Edward Gero, Mark Nelson and René Thornton, Jr. give unforgettable performances across 160 years of family history.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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