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Things To Do in DC This Week April 18-20: Waka Flocka Flame Comes to the Fillmore

Waka Flocka Flame will rap songs like "Hard in Da Paint" at the Fillmore on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of The Come Up Show.


CONVERSATION: Time your lunch break on Monday around this event, which pairs together two architecture pioneers—Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger—for a conversation at the National Gallery of Art. They’ll be chatting about Gehry’s new book Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, which you can get him to sign a copy of if you stick around afterwards. Free, 1 PM. 

MUSIC: Local indie rock group Paperhaus just dropped a new single—the prog-y, rollicking cut “Silent Speaking”—and they’ll be celebrating its release with a show Monday night at the Black Cat. The rest of the bill is made up of locals too: electro-pop artist CrushnPain and experimental group Nag Champa, both District-based, will open the concert. $10, 7:30 PM.


FILM: It’s rare that a single photo can spawn a full-length movie spinoff, but that famous 1970 picture of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon meeting in the Oval Office isn’t your normal photo (according to the National Archives Foundation, it’s the most requested image of all time). Elvis & Nixon, the film inspired by the picture, stars Kevin Spacey as the President and Michael Shannon as the King, and you can see an early screening of the movie (which opens widely on Friday) plus a discussion with director Liza Johnson on Tuesday night at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater. Members only. 7 PM.

MUSIC: If you’re looking to celebrate 420, then there’s probably no better event to attend on its eve than a Waka Flocka Flame show. The Queens rapper, who publicly announced once that he was looking to hire a professional blunt roller, is known for his madcap live performances, which usually result in wild sing-alongs to songs like “Hard in Da Paint” and “No Hands.” See him on Tuesday at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. $22.50, 8 PM.


GAMES: Got steady hands and a intrinsic understanding of engineering? If so, you should compete in a Jenga competition at Penn Social on Wednesday night. The event, hosted by DC Jenga, will include a 32-person singles bracket and a 32-team doubles bracket. Winners get a slew of cool prizes (a free season at District Karaoke, among other things) and losers still get to enjoy an extended Happy Hour. $15, 7 PM.