Things to Do
What to Do This Weekend: January 19 to 22
“Washingtonian Bride & Groom” magazine’s Unveiled wedding showcase, Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Washington Ballet’s annual dance party.
A table set up by Simply Chic Events, a participating vendor in this year’s Unveiled bridal showcase. Photograph by Rodney Bailey.
Thursday, January 19
MUSIC: Pianist Ingrid Fliter joins the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. The program will feature works by Glanert, Schumann, and Mozart. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 7 PM. The show runs through January 21.
THEATER: If you haven’t already, catch a showing of Time Stands Still at Studio Theatre. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, the drama follows an injured photojournalist’s struggle with returning home from Iraq. “The naturalistic drama of Time Stands Still can be absorbing, and as an example of contemporary drama, the first act is impressively rendered,” says arts editor Sophie Gilbert. Read the full review here. Tickets ($35 to $69) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 8 PM. The play runs through February 12.
PARTY: Public is celebrating the launch of its new music series, Public Rocks, with a concert by ’90s cover band White Ford Bronco. Drink specials, including $4 Star Hill Beer and $7 Ketel One Oranje cocktails, will be available. Tickets ($5) can be purchased at the door. 9 to 11 PM.
Friday, January 20
ART: The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new exhibition, “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage,” opens today. The collection features more than 70 landscapes and still lifes by the acclaimed photographer. Read our interview with Leibovitz here. Free. The exhibition runs through May 20.
HOME: Washington’s annual Home and Remodeling Show returns to the Dulles Expo Center with scores of home improvement experts and new products. This year’s celebrity guests include J’aime Kirlew of TLC’s Extreme Couponing and Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes (click here to read our Q&A with Cameron). Tickets can be purchased online for $7 or at the door for $10. 10 AM to 9 PM. The show runs through January 22.
MUSIC: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents “Off the Cuff: Zarathustra” at Strathmore. Inspired by Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, the performance will include music from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Tickets ($28 to $88) can be purchased through Strathmore’s website. 8:15 PM.
Saturday, January 21
CLOTHING SWAP: Shopaholics can finally give their credit cards a rest, because DewDrop DC is hosting a clothing swap at the Arlington Goodwill. Bring a minimum of five pre-loved pieces to trade for something new-to-you. Remaining clothes will be donated to the Goodwill of Greater Washington. Tickets ($5 donation) can be purchased at the door. Be sure to check out our guide on scoring the best loot at a clothing swap here. 10:30 AM to 2 PM.
PARTY: Take a trip down the rabbit hole during the Washington Ballet’s Mad Hatter’s Dance Party at the Ritz Carlton DC. Dance the night away to music by DJ Pitch One, catch a performance by the Washington Ballet’s Studio Company, munch on treats from EnJoi Cupcakes, and more. Proceeds will benefit various Washington Ballet programs. Tickets ($95 to $175) can be purchased through Event Farm. 9 PM to 2 AM.
BENEFIT: Join the Children’s National Junior Council at the House of Sweden for the fifth annual Dancing After Dark fundraiser. Guests can enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and, of course, dancing. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s National Medical Center. Tickets ($95) can be purchased through the event’s website. 8:30 PM.
DRINKS: Celebrate Town Tavern’s third anniversary with their Hangover Part 3 party. Kick the night off with an open bar from 8 to 10 PM for $10 if you RSVP online (it’s $15 at the door). Afterward, partygoers can take advantage of $2 Jell-O shots, $3 tall boys, and select $5 mixed rails. 8 PM.
Sunday, January 22
UNVEILED: Tickets are still available for Unveiled: Washingtonian Bride & Groom ’s wedding showcase and runway show at the Mandarin Oriental. The soiree will feature an exclusive Reem Acra fashion show; portfolios from the area’s top florists, planners, caterers, and makeup and hair stylists; and Champagne and cake tastings galore. See a video of last year’s showcase here. Tickets ($65) can be purchased through the event’s website. 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
KID-FRIENDLY: Bring the whole family to the International Spy Museum’s annual Spy Fest. Pint-size secret agents can analyze handwriting, learn ninja moves, try on different disguises, and more. Tickets ($10) can be purchased through the museum’s website. 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
THEATER: Head to the American Century Theater for a showing of Little Murders. Written by Jules Feiffer, the dark comedy is about a dysfunctional New York City family. “Little Murders excels in taking traits that feel realistic (a father who doesn’t believe in God but still wants a religious wedding for his daughter) and extending them one step further toward the absurd (said father offering the priest $250 to slip “God” into the ceremony),” says writer Missy Frederick. Tickets ($27 to $35) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 2:30 PM. The play runs through February 11.
FOOD: Alexandria Restaurant Week ends today. Nearly 60 restaurants are offering $35 three-course dinners and meals for two. Click here for a list of participating venues. Bon appétit!