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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for July 8-10

We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.

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Friday

 

The Playhouse
The National Building Museum and the Folger Shakespeare Library, in association with the University of South Carolina, are partnering this summer to present The Playhouse. Visitors can step back in time with the Bard for the latest iteration of the Museum’s Summer Block Party. An exciting Festival stage will occupy the Museum’s immense—and air conditioned—Great Hall. By day, the installation will provide a venue for unique experiences related to theater—from behind-the-scenes tours to sword-fighting demonstrations and other hands-on activities. At night, The Playhouse transforms into a stage for Shakespeare’s most famous, fairy-filled comedy for Folger Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900
The first phase of the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries begins with this presentation of more than 180 objects that highlight the figures who helped shape America’s early development. Portraits of Indigenous Americans, abolitionists, writers, performers and scientists are among this fascinating collection. Out of Many also showcases a newly installed Civil War gallery and another dedicated to the nation’s Reconstruction period.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

To Kill a Mockingbird – Final Weekend
Richard Thomas stars as Atticus Finch in this captivating stage telling of Harper Lee’s classic novel. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation was named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times and has one of the most successful Broadway runs in history. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

In His Hands
Daniel, a video game wizard and aspiring Lutheran pastor, is falling for Christian. But as these men explore the potential of their new relationship, voices from Christian’s past threaten to overpower the connection the two share. Mosaic Theater Company and Atlas Performing Arts Center present this fascinating queer rom-com that asks provocative questions about faith and desire, with a gentle and lyrical voice.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Saturday

 

Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies
ARTECHOUSE’s newest experience will allow you to walk alongside African kings and queens as you explore timeless questions of identity, power and belonging. Inspired by aṣẹ, a Yoruba concept that relates to our power to produce change, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies celebrates the Black experience through the perspectives of artist Vince Fraser and poet Ursula Rucker. Use the 'Tickets' link below for a special 10% discount!
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900
The National Gallery of Art’s East Building debuts the first major exhibition to consider both how and why modern artists have used the technique of doubling in their work. Themes ranging from the psychological to the perceptual to self-identity will be at the heart of The Double, which features the work of Matisse, Duchamp, Gorky, Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol and many more.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection
The Smithsonian American Art Museum showcases drawings, paintings and sculptures from 43 self-taught 20th century artists and dives into how, despite numerous obstacles including racism, sexism and ableism, these creatives were able to make their mark on the art world. Featured artists include James Castle, Thornton Dial Sr., William Edmondson, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Sister Gertrude Morgan, the Philadelphia Wireman, Nellie Mae Rowe, Judith Scott and Bill Traylor.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Powerful Partnerships: Civil War-Era Couples
The National Portrait Gallery illuminates the stories and faces of five Civil War-era couples in this powerful exhibit that showcases a nation in a time of turmoil. Photography from the legendary Mathew Brady Studio, Powerful Partnerships will introduce you to the adventures of Nathaniel and Mary Banks, John and Jessie Frémont, Ulysses and Julia Grant, George and Ellen McClellan and Charles and Lavinia Stratton (better known to the public as Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb).
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog!)
Keegan Theatre stages this family-friendly play perfectly timed for summer. The stirring tale concerns Dr. Wonderful and her dog, Newton, who want to know why the moon changes shape in the sky every night. The only way to find out is a journey into space! Along the way, the detective duo will gather clues to solve the lunar mystery through science, curiosity and teamwork. The play is presented by Keegan’s brand for young people and families, Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA.
1 p.m. |  Tickets
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
 

The Band’s Visit
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Band’s Visit is one of the highlights of the Kennedy Center’s summer slate. Based on an acclaimed film released in 2008, the band alluded to in the title arrives in a desert town, lost but dazzled by the scenery. Their beautiful music transforms the city in unexpected ways and their experiences alter their own deeply held perceptions.
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Sunday

 

The Renaissance in the North: New Prints and Perspectives
The region of northern Europe today known as Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands underwent a massive transformation socially, politically and artistically from the 1450s through the early 1600s. The period now referred to as the Northern Renaissance is the subject of this new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Rare prints by Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius and other influential artists are shown next to engravings, etchings and woodcuts by other talented but lesser known artists of the time.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women
Installed in two parts (the first opens on July 8), this new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will feature likenesses of women who have made an impact through the arts, activism, literature and politics. The masterful work of photographer Brian Lanker showcases figures such as Maya Angelou, Septima Poinsette Clark, Lena Horne, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks, Leontyne Price, Wilma Rudolph and Alice Walker. Icons featured in the second phase of installation will include Althea Gibson, Odetta, Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Hotter Than July: Stevie Wonder
Signature Theatre hosts its first cabaret show in two years, an extravaganza inspired by Stevie Wonder’s classic 1980 album, Hotter Than July. The house will be figuratively burnt down with renditions of songs like “Master Blaster (Jammin’),” “All I Do,” “Summer Soft,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Higher Ground” and many more.
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
 

The Second City’s The Revolution Will Be Improvised
Everyone’s favorite comedy troupe has emerged from their “comedy bunker” and is set to return to the Kennedy Center. The Second City is back in action with this brand new show that takes on every viewpoint and common thread currently swirling around the zeitgeist. Prepare to laugh heartily as the group churns through sketches and contemplates the nature of comedy itself. Please note that the show is recommended for mature audiences.
4 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

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