Things to Do in DC This Week May 18-20: TV on the Radio, Natasha Lyonne, and the GI Film Festival

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Things to Do in DC This Week May 18-20: TV on the Radio, Natasha Lyonne, and the GI Film Festival
TV on the Radio performs at Echostage this week. Photo courtesy Press Here.

MONDAY, MAY 18

ART: Stop by Tysons this week and fill out a survey designed by artist Julia Vogl. From May 18 to 24, she’ll be popping up at more than 22 locations in the area and asking participants to answer a few questions about culture, community, and art. Those answers will later form part of a public art installation in Tysons, debuting on June 25.

FILM: The GI Film Festival opens Monday, featuring films about veterans and the military world. Running through Sunday, the festival includes a lineup of more than 60 films, including Kajaki–a British war movie by the same producer behind The King’s Speech–and an advance screening of Melissa McCarthy’s Spy.

TUESDAY, MAY 19

MUSIC: TV on the Radio isn’t afraid of experimentation. The quartet opens its latest album, Seeds, with a sound inspired by one of the band member’s cat, who happens to have a penchant for chasing marbles. That sense of whimsy has come to define the band–and it’s exactly what you can expect at their performance at Echostage on Tuesday. $40, 7 PM.

THEATER: House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive come together at the Warner Theatre on Tuesday to speak at a performance of Slut: The Play. The production, written and acted in by teenagers, tells the tale of a community’s reaction to a sexual assault. $20, 7 PM.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

TALK: Natasha Lyonne might be best known for playing Jessica in American Pie and the sex-crazed Nicky Nichols on Orange is the New Black, but she’ll be in DC this week to do something quite different: talk with a rabbi. The actress comes to Sixth & I to discuss storytelling, Jewish culture, and spirituality. Stick around after the talk for cream cheese cupcakes and Kahlúa spiked Vietnamese iced coffee. $15, 7 PM.

BOOKS: Cindy Williams–who played Shirley Feeney on the TV show Laverne & Shirley–visits Busboys and Poets Takoma to chat about her new memoir, Shirley: I Jest! Williams apparently has some serious dirt on the likes of Jim Morrison, Penny Marshall, and Lucille Ball. Free, 6:30 PM.

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