Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (October 16-18): Phoenix at the Anthem, Wizards Season, and an Exhibit About the Digital Age.

Blind Whino’s interactive event Digital Eye examines the impact of the digital age on our daily lives. Photo by Stella Christiansen via Goethe-Institut Washington.


GALLERY Blind Whino’s new interactive event Digital Eye merges theater, film, and a live game show to illustrate the impact of the digital age on everyday lives. The evening’s performances are designed to help visitors understand how their private lives are becoming commodities for data-mining and explain what they get in return. Through Tuesday. Tickets $20, 6 PM and 8:30 PM.

MUSIC French rock band Phoenix achieved mainstream success with US listeners in 2009 with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The group continued its brand of effortless synth-pop songs with its latest release this year, Ti Amo. The group performs at The Anthem with The Lemon Twigs. Tickets $45-$55, 8 PM.


FOOD Bar Pilar’s executive chef Jesse Miller presents a five-course meal in partnership with Baltimore’s Charm City Meadworks. The meal will pair five gluten-free dishes with a selection of meads; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Tickets $50, 7 PM.

KIDS Local author Julie Segal-Walters’s first book, This Is Not a Normal Animal Book, comes out in November. She and illustrator Brian Biggs will be at Politics & Prose to preview the book, which features animals that don’t quite follow traditional anatomical rules (think: cats that lay eggs and frogs that make honey). Free, 10:30 AM.


THEATER Synetic Theater’s latest production, The Adventures of Peter Pan, will show off its company’s acrobatics as Peter Pan and his crew battle Captain Hook. But unlike Synetic’s typically wordless approach, this production will have dialogue. Through November 19. Tickets $10-$60.

BASKETBALL Baseball fans may still be smarting from the Nationals’ latest playoff disgrace, but with every ending comes a new beginning. The Washington Wizards’ season kicks off on Wednesday with a home game at Capital One Arena against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards fell one game short of the Eastern Conference finals last season; stars John Wall and Bradley Beal return for another season. Tickets $22-$560.

BOOKS Author Amy Tan is best known for her first novel, 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, which was later adapted into a movie. She’s written several more novels since then, but her most recent book is a memoir entitled Where the Past Begins, which delves into her life growing up as the child of Chinese immigrants. Tan will discuss her memoir and her career at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in conversation with Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. $18, 7 PM.