Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week February 1-3: Experimental Composer Emily Wells Performs at the Black Cat

Emily Wells. Photograph by Shervin Lainez.


EAT: Former executive chef for Bloomingdale staple Big Bear Cafe Quinten Frye brings his latest project Cocina Tortas to Songbyrd Music House and Cafe as a pop-up. You’ll be able to wash down Frye’s Mexican small bites, desserts, and sandwiches with custom-made drinks by local mixologist and owner of Room 11 Dan Searing. 5 PM.

BOOK: In Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, Ian Buruma tells his grandparents’ amazingly true and powerful World War II-era love story. Buruma’s grandfather may have been a soldier fighting against Nazi Germany, but he still managed to keep up a regular written correspondence with his wife. Buruma came into possession of thousands of letters between them, which serve as the basis for Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War: a love story with a fascinating historical underpinning. Buruma will discuss the book at Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeeshop. Free, 7 PM. 


MUSIC: Classically-trained violinist, producer, singer, and composer Emily Wells plays the Black Cat on Tuesday. She is touring to promote the release of her full-length album “Promise,” and will bring a bevy of instruments (cello, drum machine and synthesizers among them) to the stage. $12, 7:30 PM. 

DANCE World-renowned modern dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—founded in 1958 by African American dancer, choreographer, and civil rights activist Alvin Ailey—performs at The Kennedy Center until Feb. 7. $49-$110, 7 PM. 



COMEDY: When Brent Morris–who stars as Justin on the NBC comedy Undateable–begins his four night stint at DC Improv on Wednesday, he’ll already be prepared for real-time entertainment: his show’s most recent season was comprised entirely of live episodes. $20, 7:30 PM. 

YOGA: There’s no better way to make it through the mid-week malaise than with a downward dog or two, but enjoying guided yoga in the stunning confines of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art is something else entirely. 6 PM.