Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (February 12-14): The DC Independent Film Festival, A Mardi Gras Parade, and A New National Geographic Exhibit

Stephen Wilkes’s photograph Day to Night from the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, 2015, on view at the exhibition "Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes." It opens at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. from February 13 through April 30, 2018.


PERFORMANCE Pop-Up Magazine’s 2018 “Winter Issue” show will be on Monday night at the Warner Theatre. Contributing writers, actors, and filmmakers will perform multimedia stories accompanied by illustration, photos, and an original score by Magik*Magik Orchestra, with stories ranging from an analysis of the crisis in North Korea to a celebration of the lifelong friendship between two WWII army nurses. Contributors include National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder; podcast hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of Gimlet’s The Nod; writers Nathaniel Rich (King Zeno; writer-at-large, The New York Times Magazine), Jon Mooallem (Wild Ones; writer-at-large, The New York Times Magazine), Albert Samaha (BuzzFeed News); TV writer Cord Jefferson (The Good Place, Master of None); filmmakers Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s Mommy Dead and Dearest) and Veena Rao (The New York Times Op-Docs), and more. $39, 7:30 PM.

BOOKS The Muslim world is changing: over the past decade, fifty million women have entered the workforce. Author Saadia Zahidi, founder and coauthor of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap, Human Capital and Future of Jobs report, explores the experiences of a wide variety of women in her new book, Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Revolutionizing the Muslim World. Zahidi will discuss the way these working women are forcing change in their homelands at Politics & Prose. Free, 7 PM.


PHOTOGRAPHY The works of Stephen Wilkes will be on display at the National Geographic Museum in the new exhibit, “Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes.” Wilkes’s landscape photographs capture transitions in nature, some projects the result of over 1,500 shots. The exhibit will also showcase four expansive mega-prints (7 feet tall and 12 feet wide) that showcase bird migrations featured in the March 2018 issue of National Geographic. On Tuesday night, Wilkes will be at the museum for an opening night talk to discuss how he uses hundreds of photographs from a single vantage point to create his dramatic images. Exhibit: Through April 22, $15. Opening night talk: February 13, $25, 7:30 PM.

PARADE Mardi Gras is upon us earlier than usual this year: Celebrate the eve of Lent with a parade at the Wharfkicking off at Seventh Street and traveling along Wharf Street to the District Pier. Look out for NOLA brass band music, floats from Wharf restaurants and retailers, and the Nats’ Racing Presidents. After the parade, there will be a dance party at District Pier and a fireworks show. Free to attend. Parade: 6 PM; Dance party: 6:30 PM; Fireworks: 7:50 PM.


ICE SKATING Feeling inspired by the Winter Olympics? Get your live figure skating fix at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! at Capital One Arena. Sing along to “Let It Go” while cheering on your favorite sister duo Elsa and Anna—and see other Disney favorites like characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King. The event is hosted by perennial faves Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Through February 19. $20-$65. 

DANCE The Washington Ballet is presenting arguably the most famous love story of Romeo & Juliet with choreographer John Cranko’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale, set to Sergei Prokofiev‘s classic score. The performance runs at the Kennedy Center Opera House through February 18. $25-$160. 

FILM The DC Independent Film Festival runs from Wednesday through February 19 at venues including E Street Cinema and Dance Place. The festival includes world premieres such as Change in the Family (a documentary about a transgender transition) and several dozen short films. $60 (one-day pass) or $170 (full festival pass). 

MUSEUMS The Hirshhorn delves into the art of 1980s with its new show, “Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s.” The exhibit looks at the shift in contemporary art in this decade, particularly in New York City, which found artists appropriating consumer culture into their work. The artistic developments are displayed alongside corresponding events that shaped the decade. Through May 13. Free.