Father’s Day Art and Culture Events

Eleven dad-friendly shows, exhibitions, concerts, and films this weekend.

By: Sophie Gilbert

According to the USDA, it costs the average American family more than $200,000 to raise a child from birth to the age of 18, excluding college tuition. In other words, your dad is a hero, and he deserves a day of arts-filled fun. Show him some love this weekend with these father-friendly cultural happenings.

If your dad is (a) a Baby Boomer, (b) a surfing fan, or (c) has ears, chances are he’s a Beach Boys fan. The band come to Merriweather this Friday on their 50th anniversary tour, and tickets are still available. Alternatively, you can enter our contest to win a pair here.

“George Bellows” at the National Gallery of Art offers a comprehensive look at the American artist’s short but prolific career. Bellows’s boxing pictures offer a fascinating look at the sport, while his landscapes are ruggedly masculine. Read our review of the show here.

What better way to mark Father’s Day than with a show celebrating one of America’s most dysfunctional patriarchs? Homer Simpson features in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, currently playing at Woolly Mammoth, and the show’s zany, sci-fi-meets- Simpsons premise is inspired. Read our review here.

Just as dads most likely love the Beach Boys, there’s a good chance the man who raised you is a fan of the Boss. Springsteen himself won’t be swinging through town till September, but you can catch the self-billed number one Springsteen show in the world, Bruce in the USA,” at the Fillmore this Saturday.

Everyone, dads included, loves a good thriller. At Round House Theatre through June 24 is Double Indemnity, a new theatrical adaptation of the James M. Cain murder-mystery novella, better known for its incarnation as a 1944 Billy Wilder movie. Read our review here.

For book buffs, Joyce’s Ulysses is the holy grail of literature. Politics and Prose is hosting a reading of the first three chapters this Saturday to celebrate “Bloomsday.” And nothing says “I love you” like listening to dense, turgid, stream-of-consciousness-style prose for an hour.

We already mentioned your father’s a superhero, so thank him for his efforts by taking him to The History of Invulnerability at Theater J. The show looks at the young Jewish men who created Superman while Hitler’s rise to power in Germany was threatening the lives of millions. Read our review here.

Playing this weekend at Landmark E Street is Headhunters, a Norwegian action thriller starring Game of ThronesNikolaj Coster-Waldau as the handsome victim of a corporate headhunter and art thief. The film has been a huge hit in Norway, so take Dad to see it now before the inevitable English-language remake ruins it forever.

Alternatively, take him to Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme at the Phillips Collection, followed by a nice lunch/pastry break at the newly installed Tryst at the Phillips. The show is mammoth, containing more than 100 examples of prints from five decades of Johns’s career.

Sometimes known as the Real King of Rock and Roll, Little Richard plays at the Howard Theatre this Saturday. So go enjoy the awkwardness of watching your dad try to dance.

Alternatively, take him to hear some rock from the comfort of a velvet seat. The Tony-winning musical Memphis, about a white deejay in Tennessee who brings black music to the airwaves, is at the Kennedy Center as of today.

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