Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Week (June 12-14): The AFI Docs Film Festival, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and a Panel on Female Superheroes

Tony-winning rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens on Tuesday at the Kennedy Center. Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy of the Kennedy Center.


BEER Rustico Alexandria is highlighting beers from Richmond brewery Triple Crossing at its latest Near & Far Beer Dinner. The five-course dinner features a different Triple Crossing beer with each course, and the brewery’s three co-founders will be present to share stories about their creations. $60 (reservations required), 7 PM

MUSIC Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela play both flamenco and rock, and their music was featured in the soundtracks for the films Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Puss in Boots. The duo performs Monday night at the 9:30 Club. $45, 7 PM.


THEATER Four-time Tony-winning rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens on Tuesday at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre and runs through July 2. The musical tells the story about a rock and roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer named Hedwig Robinson. The musical first opened off-Broadway in 1998, and its Broadway opening in 2014 won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. Recommended for ages 12 and up. $59 to $159, 8 PM (with weekend 2 PM matinees).

MUSIC Alternative rock band Cracker scored a few hits in the 1990s with the songs “Low” and “Euro-Trash Girl,” but the band has been in the news again recently because Spotify just settled a class-action lawsuit brought by the band’s frontman David Lowery and singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick. Cracker is playing an unplugged “Trippy Trio” show at Jammin’ Java which will likely feature songs from the group’s most recent album, the double-disc Berkeley to Bakersfield, comprised of one disc of California country songs and one disc featuring the band’s original lineup. $25, 8 PM.


FILM The AFI Docs film festival runs from June 14-18 at a number of DC venues including the AFI Silver Theatre, Landmark E Street Cinema, and the Newseum. Wednesday night is opening night with Icarus, a documentary about the Russian Olympic doping scandal, and the schedule gets more dense starting on Thursday. Passes range from $50 to $500, single tickets from $12 to $15.

DISCUSSION The new Wonder Woman film is drawing attention to women’s roles in comics, where for much of history they were mere plot devices for leading male superheroes. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is hosting a discussion entitled “Fresh Talk: Who are the new superwomen of the universe?” The panel will feature Carolyn Cocca (author of Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation), Ariell Johnson (owner of Philadelphia’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse), Gabby Rivera (writer for Marvel’s AMERICA series), Ashley A. Woods (an illustrator and artist for the Stranger Comics series NIOBE: She is Life), and moderator Emily Whitten (ComicMix writer and panel moderator for Awesome Con). The discussion will be followed by a cocktail hour. $25, 7 PM.