Things to Do

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

Here are the best events around town.
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 KahlĂșa 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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