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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of Sept. 26-29

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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American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams – Closing Oct. 2
For decades, photographer Robert Adams has made provocative and compelling photographs that have influenced generations. The new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art features 175 of Adams’ works divided into three sections: The Gift, Our Response and Tenancy. Visitors can marvel at the artist’s stirring depictions of strip malls, suburban sprawl, highways, homes, stores, rivers, prairies, the ocean and other scenes from the American landscape.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


Theatre Week
Celebrate the theatre season in the Washington, DC region with a weeks-long promotion from TheatreWashington. Savor the opportunity to sample the diverse and vibrant work of dozens of theaters and companies on a variety of stages across the region. There are musicals, dramas, comedies, theatre for young audiences and much more. In addition to discounted tickets, Theatre Week also includes special events (most of which are free) designed to entertain, educate and inspire.


Currently, on a skyrocket to the moon in terms of international stardom, Rosalía is fresh off the massive success of Motomami, revered by critics as one of the best albums of the year and responsible for four hit singles. The Spanish singer’s eclectic blend of experimental pop, reggaeton, avant-garde and dance make her one of the most compelling performers in pop today. Don’t miss her at The Anthem in late September.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024



All American: The Power of Sports
The National Archives' new 3,000-square-foot exhibit showcases more than 75 items including original records, artifacts and photographs that showcase how American sports unite, teach and inspire us. Highlights include original sports equipment and jerseys used by icons, early 20th-century tobacco baseball cards, rare trophies, photos, letters and much more. The exhibit is located in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery and is free to visit.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Archives Museum, 701 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408


The Trip to Bountiful 
Horton Foote’s classic American drama comes to the historic Ford’s Theatre with Michael Wilson directing and Nancy Robinette as Carrie Watts, our main character who longs for simpler times back in her hometown of Bountiful, Texas. Along the way, Carrie makes incredible discoveries regarding human kindness, compassion and the true meaning of home.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Capital One Arena welcomes R&B royalty when Lizzo comes to town. Across the last three years, the singer/songwriter has emerged as an unstoppable, chart-topping force, with one song after another earning steady airplay and her live performances always generating buzz. Her most recent release, Special, is one of the most successful albums of the year, and now she’s touring to celebrate. Latto joins her as a special guest.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004



Intersections: Jonathan Monaghan
The latest showcase in The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series highlights the work of Jonathan Monaghan. Move the Way you Want blends aspects of ancient mythology and today’s digital age to reflect the tensions of our commercialized lifestyle. The site-specific installation features imagery, Gothic-like archways and lavish Baroque-like windows to frame a present-day beach scene with abandoned scooters and bikes, Pelotons and hi-tech gadgets. The exhibit also features a video projection and works from the Phillips’ permanent collection.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Art and Ideals
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its namesake with the opening of a new and permanent 7,500-square-foot exhibit that explores Kennedy’s presidency and commitment to the arts. The immersive exhibit of archival photographs, videos and the latest in digital technology explores how the arts infused and informed Kennedy's presidency. Visitors will be able to trace the power of the arts in influencing politics, culture, and style; step into the words of President Kennedy’s speeches; create a guest list for a White House dinner; and capture an artistic selfie in the style of President Kennedy’s portrait by artist Elaine de Kooning.
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One of the most acclaimed productions in American history comes back to DC’s pre-eminent stage. The Tony Award-winning sensation about the Founding Father who came to the U.S. as an immigrant from the British-colonized West Indies to become George Washington’s trusted advisor takes the spotlight inside the Kennedy Center’s 2,362-seat Opera House. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical blends jazz, rap and hip-hop, and transforms the tale of America’s first Treasury Secretary with a diverse cast.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004



Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South 
The National Gallery of Art invites visitors to enjoy more than 40 paintings, assemblages, sculptures and drawings from essential Black artists, including Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Mary T. Smith, Purvis Young, James “Son Ford” Thomas and many more. Incredible quilts made from scraps of fabric and old clothing crafted by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama are also on display as part of an in-depth look at the significance of cultural and spiritual traditions on some of the finest contemporary art.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci 
Tony Award-winner and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Mary Zimmerman brings Leonardo da Vinci’s writings to life in a stunning revival. Comprised solely of text from the notebooks of the 15th-century renaissance man, the production is packed with revelations as it combines ruminations on art, science and the human spirit.
Michael R. Klein Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004



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