Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend (February 8-11): A Mark Twain-Inspired Bollywood Tale, SNL Alum Sasheer Zamata, and a Brewery’s Chimpanzee Benefit

The Mark Twain-inspired The Princess & the Pauper—A Bollywood Tale runs at Imagination Stage from February 10 to March 18. Photo by Laura DiCurcio.


BOOKS Traveling vegan chef Dustin Harder has developed a web video series, The Vegan Roadie, which is the plant-based version of Diners, Drive-Ins, and DivesHe strives to show how easy it is to eat vegan, and he’ll be discussing recipes in his new cookbook, The Simply Vegan Cookbook, at Busboys & Poets on 5th & K. The venue will also have new vegan items on its menu. Free to attend, 6:30 PM.

MUSIC Americana singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams got his start as half of the duo eastmountainsouth in the late 1990s. With his sixth and most recent solo album, A Face Like Mine, Adams hones his heartfelt songwriting style in a collection with an easygoing pace and a conversational delivery. Adams will perform at Union Stage with Molly Parden. $20, 7:30 PM.


COMEDY Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata is known for her impersonations of Michelle Obama and Rihanna as well as her recurring teenaged character Janelle who hosts a dance vlog. In addition to her work on SNL and with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Zamata has appeared in films (Sleight and Yoga Hosers) and serves as ACLU’s Celebrity Ambassador for Women’s Rights. She will perform stand-up this weekend at Drafthouse Comedy. $20, 7 PM and 9 PM shows, Friday and Saturday.

FILM Watch the 2018 Oscar-nominated short films at Landmark Theatres starting this Friday. Animated and live action films screen at E Street Cinema starting on 2/9, while the documentary nominees will be shown at West End Cinema starting on 2/16. With the Oscars coming on March 4, this is a fun opportunity to watch all 5 films in each category at once. $12.50, show times vary.


THEATRE Imagination Stage presents a Bollywood-inspired adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel in its new production, The Princess & the Pauper—A Bollywood Tale. A spoiled princess forces a shy seamstress’s daughter to exchange places with her, resulting in the princess discovering how unfairly her people are treated seeing the world from their point of view. Best for ages 5 and up. Through March 18. $12-$30.

RUN Sometimes less is more. Run a mile in your undies with Cupid’s Undie Run, a fun run that benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation to find a cure for Neurofibromatosis. Join the party at the Park on 14th. Hit the mile at your own pace and enjoy the open bar and party afterwards. $40, 1-5 PM.

DANCE Dance Place presents solo performances by Tokyo-based Kei Takei and DC’s Maida Withers. Takei’s LIGHT, Part 47 (run) delves into the balance between the movement “yang” and an intellectual “yin,” while Withers’s multimedia performance DIGG finds inspiration in the current political landscape. $30, 8 PM. Also Sunday at 4 PM.


BEER New Sterling brewery Twinpanzee clearly has an affinity for primates, and it extends to more than the name. The brewery is hosting a benefit for the Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protect organization in conjunction with local photographer Kristi Odom. Many of Odom’s photographs will be available for sale and there will also be a silent auction and a limited edition chimp-inspired beer for the occasion. Free to attend, 3 PM to 6 PM.

LECTURE Brush up on your Mardi Gras knowledge at Sunday’s Profs & Pints event at the Bier Baron Tavern. Kim Stryker, a folklorist and ethnographic researcher at George Mason University, will describe Mardi Gras and Carnival traditions, such as parade etiquette, the origins of the Mardi Gras Indians, and the meaning of terms like “second line” and “krewe.” $10 in advance or $12 at the door, 6 PM.