Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week (May 8-10): Jesus Christ Superstar, A Talk About Women in Politics, and Megan Mullally Sings Cover Songs

Signature Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar runs May 9 through July 2. Photo by Christopher Mueller.


BEER The official DC launch of Bloomington, Indiana brewery Upland Brewing Company is on Monday night at ChurchKey. The outfit is known for their Lambic-inspired sour ales aged on fresh fruit, and the bar will feature a dozen Upland beers on draft, including eight of those notable sour ales. Free to attend (beer prices vary), 4 PM.

MUSIC The bluesy duo Nancy & Beth is a misnomer—it’s actually the musical project of actresses Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights). The group’s first album features covers of Wynonna Carr (“Please Mr. Jailer”), the Mills Brothers (“Cab Driver”), and Gucci Mane (“I Don’t Love Her”). The duo performs at U Street Music Hall. $30, 7 PM.


DISCUSSION Sixth & I is hosting a conversation called “If Women Ruled the World”—between Dr. Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, and Sixth & I’s executive director Heather Moran—about why more women don’t run for political office and how society would be different if they did. Lawless’s research focuses on political ambition and gender in the electoral process, and she has written/co-written several books on the subject. $10 (advance) / $12 (day-of), 7 PM.

THEATER Signature Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar opens Tuesday and runs through July 2. The rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, tells the story of Jesus’s final week, controversially portraying him as a man with faults. $40 to $114, 7:30 PM.


MUSIC Brooklyn-based indie-rock band San Fermin is led by composer/songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, who studied composition at Yale and worked with composer Nico Muhly on several film scores. True to Ludwig-Leone’s training, the music is intricately orchestrated, featuring several lead vocalists and guitars alongside trumpet, sax, and violin. The group will perform at the 9:30 Club. A few blocks away at the Black Cat, the local metal band Serpents of Secrecy—featuring members of King Giant, Borracho, and Foghound—plays with instrumental bands Tone and Seasick Gladiator. San Fermin: $25, 7 PM. Serpents of Secrecy: $10, 7:30 PM.

DISCUSSION Slate’s Political Gabfest will be at the Warner Theatre, reviewing the Trump administration’s first 100 days. The conversation will feature Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine, John Dickerson of Face the Nation, and David Plotz of Atlas Obscura, and there will be a live Q&A immediately after the show. $23 to $63, 7:30 PM.

BOOKS The “Pantsuit Nation” Facebook group exploded from a small circle of friends to a nationwide community of millions by election night in 2016. Founder Libby Chamberlain has put together a scrapbook of stories and photos from the group’s members, and there will be a discussion and sharing at the Den at Politics & Prose. The discussion will feature Naamal De Silva (founder of Mayla and contributor to the book), Emily Bove (executive director of Women Thrive Alliance and contributor to the book), Natalie Cooper-Berthe (Pantsuit Nation moderator), and photographers Lauren Cooper Allen and Elise Hanna. Free to attend, 8 PM.