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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of Jan. 24-27

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

In addition, don't miss our things to do this weekend and things to do this month.

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Washington Auto Show
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.
TicketsCOVID Safety Information
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001


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.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024



The New Woman Behind the Camera
The National Gallery of Art displays breathtaking photographs from more than 120 women photographers around the world through the end of the month. 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


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



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 temporarily reopens the Smithsonian’s oldest museum for the first time in nearly two decades. The part-exhibition, part-festival celebrates 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


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.
Free admission |  Hours & safety guidelines
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004




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


Citizen Cope
Clarence Greenwood – who performs under the name Citizen Cope – returned to recording after a six-year hiatus in 2019 with Heroin and Helicopters and has now followed that up with 2021’s The Pull of Niagara Falls. Greenwood, who was born in Memphis but raised in DC, cooks up a rootsy mix of blues, rock, soul and folk with his band. The beloved local musician will play classics like “Son’s Gonna Rise” and “Bullet And A Target” to a packed house at The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Show Way The Musical
Based on the Newbery-winning book by Jacqueline Woodson, this new Kennedy Center production will be a family-friendly showcase for a story filled with love, history and resilience. Show Way is a quilt with secret meanings passed down through the generations of Soonie’s family, ever since her great grandmother was sold into slavery at just seven years old. As each generations passes, Show Way enlightens its holders to the past and paves a road to the future. This world premiere stage adaptation will feature unforgettable music by Tyrone L. Robinson and direction by Schele Williams.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


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