Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend (February 1-4): A Play about LBJ, DC’s Puppy Bowl, and a Local Beer-Filled Super Bowl Party

Jack Willis as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and cast, who will appear in The Great Society running February 2-March 11, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Stan Barouh for All the Way at Arena Stage.


ART In honor of Black History Month, the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland is opening a new exhibit, Portraits of Who We Are, showcasing portraits by and of African-American artists, including their own self-portraits and works by the artists’ colleagues. Opening Reception: February 1, 5-7 PM. Exhibit: Through May 18. Free.

PERFORMANCE NPR’s Ask Me Another is a lively game show featuring puzzles, word games, and trivia alongside the witty music of singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton. Listen to a live edition of the show on Thursday night at the Warner Theatre. $26-$55, 7 PM.


THEATRE Arena Stage presents the DC premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society, the second half of the epic drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson, following the theatre’s 2016 run of All the Way. This play tracks LBJ’s second term, from the civil rights protests to the challenges of the Vietnam War. Through March 11. $66-$91.

KIDS PAW Patrol Live!’s “The Great Pirate Adventure” is a live stage show based on the animated preschool series PAW Patrol. In this new live show, the pups work together to uncover hidden treasure. Join in this interactive performance all weekend at Eagle Bank Arena. Through February 4. $19-$70.

BOOKS Actress and #MeToo advocate Rose McGowan has been very outspoken about her experiences dealing with the challenges of working in Hollywood. Her recently-penned memoir, Brave, strives to tell the truth about the misogyny and sexism in the entertainment industry. McGowan will be in conversation with PBS Public Editor Madhulika Sikka at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium. $12, 7 PM.


DOGS If you think the best part of the Big Game is Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, then stop by the Columbia Heights Recreation Center for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s DC Puppy Bowl. Puppies and dogs will play on separate fields, and each group will be split into teams and encouraged to score “touchdowns” by crossing the opposing team’s goal line with a toy. If you fall in love with one of these doggos, the Humane Rescue Alliance will have a mobile adoption vehicle on-site. Free, 2 PM.

MUSEUMS The Phillips Collection’s new exhibit Ten Americans: After Paul Klee explores the influence of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee on mid-20th century American art. Klee’s works traveled across the Atlantic and resonated with American abstract artists such as Jackson Pollock, Gene Davis, Norman Lewis, and Adolph Gottlieb, whose works will be on display at the exhibit. Through May 6. $12.


MUSIC Two members of legendary doom metal band Trouble have teamed up as the band The Skull (named after Trouble’s second album) and are touring to perform Trouble’s debut album in its entirety. The group performs at Atlas Brew Works with locals Witchtrial and Alms. For those who want to keep an eye on the Super Bowl, the brewery will also tune its TVs to the big game. $15 (advance) or $17 (day of), 7 PM.

FOOTBALL Fans of football and locally-brewed beers should head over to Mad Fox Brewing’s DC Taproom for their Super Bowl Party. The all-inclusive ticket price covers an open bar as well as favorite football snacks such as wings, sliders, and nachos. $50, 6 PM.