What to Do This Weekend: February 2 to 5
Opening night of “Blood Wedding” at the Source, the Discover Ellington festival at Strathmore, and Super Bowl parties galore.
The Kinsey Sicks return to Theater J with Electile Dysfunction. Photograph courtesy of the group’s Facebook page.
Thursday, February 2
ART: Phillips After 5, a popular after-hours event at the Phillips Collection, returns with live jazz music, acting classes led by Arena Stage staffers, gallery talks, and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets ($12) can be purchased through the gallery’s website. 5 to 8:30 PM.
THEATER: Constellation Theatre Company’s Blood Wedding opens tonight at Source. Written by Federico García Lorca, the Spanish tragedy is about lovers torn apart by murder and old feuds. Tickets ($20 to $40) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 8 PM. The play runs through March 4.
MUSIC: Trumpeter Andrew Balio joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore. The program will feature works by Bach, Rameau, Haydn, and Mozart. Tickets ($28 to $88) can be purchased through the Strathmore’s website. 8 PM.
Indie pop band the Jackfields are performing at the Iota Club and Cafe. The Virgina natives fuse Pink Floyd psychedelia with Beatles piano pop. You can listen to some of their songs here. The band will be joined by Aaron Thompson and Bobbie Allen. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door. 9 PM.
Friday, February 3
FILM: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the AFI Silver Theatre presents Screen Valentines, a month-long series of romantic movies. Selections include The Awful Truth, Two for the Road, Last Tango in Paris, Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, and more. Tickets ($11.50) can be purchased through the theater’s website. The series runs through March 4.
MUSIC: Jazz lovers won’t want to miss the Discover Ellington festival at Strathmore. The celebration, which runs through February 20, includes live performances, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. Tickets for individual performances can be purchased through the Strathmore’s website.
If you’re in the mood for a ’90s throwback, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys is performing at the Rams Head. Carter released his new album, I’m Taking Off, on February 2 of last year. Tickets ($30) can be purchased through the event’s website. All ages. Doors open at 8 PM.
ART: Fitting for the Year of the Dragon, the Textile Museum’s new exhibition “Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep” opens today. The collection explores the use of nagas (divine snakes) and dragons in textiles throughout history. Tickets ($8 donation) can be purchased at the door.
Saturday, February 4
DRAG: The Kinsey Sicks return to Theater J with their new show, Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President! The beauty shop quartet’s latest creation pokes fun at politics. Tickets ($30 to $70) can be purchased through Box Office Tickets. 8 PM. The show runs through February 19.
MUSIC: Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham performs at the Kennedy Center. The opera star sang “Ave Maria” at Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral. Tickets ($25 to $65) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 3 PM.
ART: The Phillips Collection’s new exhibition “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard” opens today. The collection features some 80 paintings and 200 photographs by Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Edouard Vuillard, Félix Vallotton, and more. Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the door. The exhibition runs through May 6.
FILM: Singularus Productions hosts a one-day workshop, “How to Make a Film in Washington DC 101,” at Source Theater. Learn about everything from casting and filming to editing and distribution. Tickets ($150) can be purchased through Eventbrite. 9 AM to 6 PM.
Sunday, February 5
FOOTBALL: L2 Lounge is hosting Super Bowl viewing party with traditional football fare and specialty cocktails—including the “Blue Pat,” “Helmet Catch,” and “Jint.” The game will be televised on several big-screen projectors with surround sound. No cover. 5:30 PM. Click here for a list of othe great places to watch the Super Bowl.
THEATER: If you haven’t already, head to Arena Stage for a showing of Red . “John Logan’s Tony-winning 2009 play is a fascinating look at the dogmatic, unyielding vision of Rothko, whose paintings (presumably to his chagrin) adorn the walls of endless college dorm rooms and major art galleries alike,” says arts editor Sophie Gilbert. Read the full review here. Tickets (starting at $55) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 2 PM. The play runs through March 11.
KID-FRIENDLY: Imagination Stage’s P. Nokio a Hip-Hop Musical opens today. In this modern spin on Pinocchio, a computer character suddenly comes to life. Tickets ($10 to $22) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 1:30 and 4 PM.