Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week (May 15-17): Dinner with Spies, the Future of the Holocaust Museum, and a New Theater Adaptation at Atlas

Scena Theatre’s production of Fear Eats the Soul, based on the 1974 film, opens Tuesday. Photo by The Red List, courtesy Scena Theatre.


MUSIC DC electronica duo Thievery Corporation is performing two shows at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall on Monday night. The core duo (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) will be joined by a number of guest musicians to perform works from their catalogue as well as brand-new orchestral arrangements commissioned from young classical composers, including the Kennedy Center’s Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates. $29 to $59, 7 PM and 9:30 PM.

DISCUSSION USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan will be in conversation with journalist and political insider Bill Press at the Hill Center. Brennan was the first woman sports writer at the Miami Herald in 1981 and the first woman at the Washington Post to cover the Redskins. She’s also written/co-written seven books. Free (with registration), 6:30 PM.


MUSEUMS The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is hosting a lecture titled New Frontiers: Technology and the Preservation and Presentation of Memory. As time passes, the Museum faces a challenge of how to teach about the Holocaust without the first-person perspective of survivors. At this discussion, hear some ideas for using technology—including virtual reality—to educate younger generations. Free (with registration), 7 PM.

THEATER Scena Theatre’s production of Fear Eats the Soul opens on Tuesday and runs through June 4 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. This is the US premiere of the stage version of the 1974 film, which tells the story of a widowed cleaning woman who falls in love with a younger Moroccan immigrant, amid the judgment of their friends and their own mounting insecurities. $35 to $45, 8 PM.


DISCUSSION It’s a rare opportunity to have dinner with spies, but the Spy Museum is hosting a dinner at The Riggsby with N. John MacGaffin III and William Ross Newland III, who have nearly 60 years of CIA service between them. Both have had several overseas assignments; MacGaffin had four postings as chief of station, primarily in the Middle East; and Newland had three including Bucharest and Havana. At this dinner, hear about their overseas assignments, their work forging relationships with the FBI and US military, and their TV experience (MacGaffin serves as an advisor to the Homeland series). $225, 7 PM.

FILM The 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Fest kicks off on Wednesday and runs through May 28. It’ll feature nearly 100 films, including WJFF classics (the 45th anniversary presentation of Cabaret) and newer works such as 2016’s On the Map (a documentary about the 1977 Maccabee Tel-Aviv basketball team) and the mid-Atlantic premiere of The Bloom of Yesterday (a story about the working relationship between a German Holocaust researcher—and grandson of a Nazi war criminal—and his young Jewish intern). $175 (festival pass) or $13 to $30 (individual films), times vary.