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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of Oct. 18-21

We've gathered up some things to do, including in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week in Washington, DC.

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Life of a Neuron
This new exhibit at ARTECHOUSE will take you through the thinking cells of the brain, diving into one of the world's greatest mysteries. Artists and scientists collaborated on this fascinating experience that will showcase how the brain shapes our experiences. Thanks to the Society for Neuroscience, ARTECHOUSE allows you to see a neuron from pre-birth to death, allowing for an immersive journey to the center of the mind. Book a discounted trip through the museum at the link for 'Tickets' below. The exhibit opens on Monday and runs through Nov. 28.
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




Weekly Farmers Market at The Park at City Center
Head over to CityCenterDC and check out a wide variety of local vendors at this popular farmers market. Expect to see DC favorites like Timber Pizza Company, Fishscale, Call Your Mother Deli, DMV Empanadas and Tae-Gu Kimchi. Once you’ve enjoyed this gem downtown, check out additional farmers markets in DC.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Park at CityCenterDC, 1098 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005


Intersections: Sanford Biggers
Innovative artist Sanford Biggers, who uses video, film, installation, sculpture, drawing, music and more to create stunning merged works, brings his talents to The Phillips Collection for this two-part project in the museum’s Intersections series. Biggers will use items from the Collection, including Gee’s Bend quilts from an insulated Black community in Alabama and sculptural works, to create both a site-specific floor installation and a hybrid figure in marble.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets & safety guidelines
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Celia and Fidel
Celia Sánchez was the most trusted advisor of one Fidel Castro, always by his side as he mulled how to improve his Cuban homeland. Celia and Fidel is set in 1980, as 10,000 Cuban citizens seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy. Castro must decide, through an intense conversation with the revolutionary Celia, whether he wants to be mighty or merciful. Magical realism is woven into this captivating tale that ruminates on the battle between power and morality. Please note that proof of a negative COVID-19 test within in the last 72 hours or proof of full vaccination is required to enter the venue.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hadestown combines the tales of Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife, Persephone, into an epic musical love story. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have created a masterpiece that must be seen at the Kennedy Center to be believed. Please note that proof of a negative COVID-19 test within in the last 72 hours or proof of full vaccination is required to enter the venue.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566



Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano
Discover Venice’s rich history as a glassmaking capital and its influence on early 20th century art with this retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The first comprehensive look at the American Grand Tour to Venice in the late 19th century features works by seminal artists such as John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler and many, more all of which convey how glassmakers in Murano inspired new ventures and styles in American painting.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History
Along with fellow Howard University graduate Alma Thomas, David Driskell showed that the art of Black people is essential to the story of American art. In this new exhibition at The Phillips Collection, which marks the first comprehensive look at Driskell’s collages, paintings, drawings and prints, you can observe more than 50 works and marvel at the legacy of this titanic figure who also worked as a curator, teacher and writer. Driskell’s connection to American history and the African diaspora make for timeless pieces that will strongly resonate in 2021.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets & safety guidelines
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

CiNoMatic: Outdoor Movies Under the Stars
NoMa’s weekly outdoor movie series, formerly known as NoMa Summer Screen, has now been extended through Nov. 10, turning a summer tradition into a fall one. This week, enjoy How Stella Got Her Groove Back, a 1998 classic starring Angela Bassett. Movies begin at sunset in Alethia Tanner Park. Admission is free and food and beverages from local purveyors will be available for purchase.
More info |  Free admission
Alethia Tanner Park, 227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002


My Lord, What a Night
This drama based on the real-life friendship between Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein will light up the stage at Ford’s Theatre this October. Based on true events, My Lord, What a Night details the impetus of a kinship between a legendary contralto and perhaps the most famous physicist to ever live. After a performance in Princeton, New Jersey, Anderson is denied lodging because she is Black. Einstein invites her to his home, and the narrative imagines conversations that led to Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Please note that proof of a negative COVID-19 test within in the last 72 hours or proof of full vaccination is required to enter the venue.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004



Brews and Views
The National Museum of Women in the Arts and Celeste Beatty, founder of the Harlem Brewing Company, have teamed up for this virtual happy hour that will highlight topics in beer-making, the restaurant industry, art, politics and culture. Dr. J Jackson-Beckham, principal at Crafted for All and executive director at Craft X EDU, will join Beatty to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the beer industry. Beforehand, bartenders from Chocolate City’s Best will show how to make cocktails and mocktails and offer a beer pairing. The event is free to attend virtually and registration is required.
5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Free |  Register

The Washington Ballet’s Season Opening Performance
The National Building Museum hosts the Washington Ballet’s (TWB) first performance of the season inside its illustrious walls this Thursday and Friday. You can enjoy artists from the ballet in classical and celebrated roles as well as original works from TWB. This return to the stage for the company will feature an hour’s worth of performances. Thursday's performance will be followed by a special event.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello
Visionary choreographer Ronald K. Brown teams up with vocalist, composer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to bring this cutting edge production to Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater from Thursday through Saturday. This performance will feature three works, including a co-commission with the Kennedy Center, a rendition of a masterful 1999 piece for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a new work by Brown.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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