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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of April 22-25, 2024

We've gathered up some things to do across the nation's capital, including museum exhibits, concerts, only-in-DC events and much more. Don't miss our things to do this weekend and things to do this month as well.

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ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Make sure to take advantage of tickets with a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% off)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Filmfest DC 
The largest and longest-running annual international film festival in Washington, DC, Filmfest DC returns with another varied lineup featuring quite the genre exercise: comedies, dramas, thrillers, shorts and documentaries will all be on display.
More Info & Tickets


AdMo Art Walk 
Immerse yourself in the arts and culture of historic Adams Morgan through this year's AdMo Art Walk. Pathfinders will be able to discover the work of 23 local artists  as well as the 19 neighborhood businesses that will have pieces on display  with the option to map their own route or join one of the DC Arts Center's free guided walking tours. The first weekend kicks off with an Opening Night Reception on May 11, which is slated to include a special tour with commentary from the artists themselves.
More Info | Free Admission
2438 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009




New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024 
Discover how recent global turmoil has impacted and inspired women artists. Works by 28 artists are featured in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024, offering pieces that explore a range of geographies, cultural viewpoints and perspectives. The exhibit immerses visitors in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ renewed spaces. It is the seventh and largest installment of the museum’s Women to Watch exhibition series.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005


The Anxious Eye: German Expressionism and Its Legacy 
One of the 20th century’s most important artistic movements takes center stage at the National Gallery of Art. German Expressionists who first came to prominence in the early part of the 20th century are featured throughout, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Emil Nolde. Their influence can be registered through the contemporary pieces in the exhibition, including work by Leonard Baskin, Nicole Eisenman and Orit Hofshi. In total, visitors can marvel at more than 70 prints, drawings, illustrated books, portfolios and sculptures.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


The Illusionists 
The most popular magic show in the world has toured through hundreds of cities, inspired two TV specials and shattered box office records. The Illusionists now comes to the illustrious Kennedy Center, where it will amaze audiences of all ages with astonishing, non-stop magic that is more sophisticated than anything you’ve seen before.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Signature Theatre Company hosts a classic rock musical that broke new ground with its rebellion, spirit and psychedelic colors when it debuted in 1967. HAIR concerns a group of hippies on the verge of adulthood who champion freedom, pacifism and joy, but are confronted by a world thrown into chaos when one of their friends is drafted to the Vietnam War. The play features unforgettable songs such as “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” and “Good Morning, Starshine”.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206


Creator and performer Adil Mansoor must decide whether he should bury his queerness from his devout Muslim mother in a wondrous performance that blends Greek tragedy, teachings from the Quran and audio conversations. Mansoor has created an extremely powerful personal story about locating love across faith that is not to be missed at DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004




Zen and the Open Road 
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the National Museum of American History places the writer’s 1966 Honda Super Hawk motorcycle in a temporary display within the permanent America on the Move exhibit. Encounter Pirsig’s stories related to riding, writing and sailing and check out cool artifacts such as his typewriter, a manuscript of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and a recently attributed book on the 14th century bubonic plague.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


Up Close with Paul Cézanne 
The Phillips Collection unveils two recently conserved works by French painter Paul Cézanne in an exciting new exhibit. The major paintings, Mont Sainte-Victoire (1886-87) and Self-Portrait (1878-80), are part of the museum’s world-renowned collection by the legendary artist and will be displayed together for the first time in decades along with five other pieces by Cézanne. Learn about the conservation of Mont Sainte-Victoire and Self-Portrait and how it reveals details previously obscured by varnishes while providing insight into the artist’s process.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Little Shop of Horrors 
Originally a sci-fi/horror comedy film released in 1960, Little Shop of Horrors then became an off-Broadway musical in the early 1980s. Yet another film adaptation followed a few years later, showing how this timeless story of a floral shop assistant and his singing, deadly plant will always dazzle audiences. The historic Ford’s Theatre revives the dynamic production during its upcoming spring season. Make sure to use code DDCSHOP20 for 20% off your tickets to the show (valid for March 16 - April 6 & May 1-18; limit two tickets per purchase)!
Ford's Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Trevor Noah: Off The Record 
Although you likely know him from The Daily Show, Trevor Noah has been crushing it on stage for more than a decade. Now, the insightful comedian is no longer behind a desk and is ready to cut it loose. His Off The Record tour sets up shop at DAR Constitution Hall in DC across five consecutive nights.
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006




Oneohtrix Point Never 
Attempting to describe the music of Daniel Lopatin is a fool’s errand; the man who performs as Oneohtrix Point Never creates sounds as inscrutable as his alias would suggest. It’s as if the artist has tapped into an existence that only he can access; he pulls pieces of audio from familiar sources, layering them with his own sonic creations to harness and then transcend the typical boundaries of music. Hold on tight for whatever Lopatin has in store for this performance at The Howard Theatre.; we’re sure you’re going to hear sounds that you have never heard before.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Ilana Glazer 
Thanks to the incredible success of Broad City during its run on Comedy Central, Ilana Glazer became one of the hottest names in comedy. The sensationally talented and meme-able performer now has a movie on the way and is ready to unleash a night of hilarity that few other comedians could deliver. Don’t miss your chance to see this superstar in action. Note that the event is intended for ages 15 and over.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Webster’s B**** 
The Keegan Theatre stages another thought-provoking play this spring, a comedy about vulgar words and who gets to define them. Employees of Webster’s Dictionary are embroiled in social media controversy when their Editor-in-Chief gets caught using profanity. Office politics run into morality, lexicography and professional ambition as the future of the English language hangs in the balance.
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


Places to Stay

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