Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend (February 22-25): A Play About Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth, Roller Derby Season, and a Motorcycle Show

Naomi Jacobson as the title character in “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” which runs at Theater J through March 18. Photo by Teresa Wood.


THEATER Theater J’s one-woman production of Becoming Dr. Ruth follows the life of Karola Siegel before she was the famed radio sex therapist: In 1939, she fled Germany in the Kindertransport, then later became a sniper in Jerusalem and eventually moved to America and gained her PhD. Through March 18 (2/22 is Pay-What-You-Can; 2/24-2/25 are $30 previews). $39-$69.

PERFORMANCE The ninth Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival presents art in various showings and performances from a clown philosopher to folkloric music to improv. The festival’s events feature dance, theater, music, and storytelling, including many that are kid-friendly. The newest addition is a workshop series and a Youth Summit with a full day of performances by young people. Through March 11. Prices and times vary.

FASHION Check out new designs at DC’s Fashion Week this weekend. The weekend opens with a pop-up retail shop at Dirty Martini on Thursday and a Haitian-centric fashion show at the Embassy of Haiti on Friday. Saturday’s show at the Crystal Gateway Marriott features emerging U.S. designers, while Sunday’s finale show will spotlight the latest collections from international designers. Thursday/Friday: Sold Out. Saturday: $50, 6 PM. Sunday: $70, 5 PM.


MOTORCYCLES The 2018 Washington D.C. Motorcycle Show runs this weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In addition to a ton of exhibitors and speakers, there will also be several stunt shows on every day of the convention. Through February 25. $16.

DANCE Tap dance superstar Savion Glover has a new show called “ALL FuNKD’ UP,” running this weekend at the National Theatre. Glover, who won a Tony award for his choreography in Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, brings a six-piece band and a company of dancers for this production. Through February 24. $45-$80, 8 PM.


MUSEUMS A new exhibit is opening at the recently-renovated Freer/Sackler this weekend. “The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran” highlights painted portraits and studio photographs in nineteenth-century Iran. Rulers used portraiture to convey power and grandeur and these portraits also illustrate the influence of the West as European artistic conventions were introduced. Through August 5.

ROLLER DERBY The 2018 DC Rollergirls’ season kicks off on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader at the DC Armory. The first game features the DC All-Stars against the Charlottesville Derby Dames and the second will pit DCRG’s National Maulers against Charlottesville’s B-level team. $15, 3:30 PM.


KIDS Relive famous Disney moments with “Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic” at EagleBank Arena. Twenty-five adored Disney characters will recreate legendary moments like the transformation of Cinderella’s rags into a ball gown. Look for friends from Toy Story and Aladdin among others to pop up during the show. $25-$60, 1 PM.

FILM The National Gallery of Art presents a ciné-concert at its East Building Auditorium. Musicians Gabriel Thibaudeau and Frank Bockius will perform alongside the 1924 French silent film Kean ou Désordre et génie. Exiled Russian actor Ivan Mosjoukine stars as prodigous British Shakespearean stage actor Edmund Kean in this film by avant-garde Russian screenwriter/director Aleksandr Volkov. The film has recently been restored from its original negative. Free, 4 PM.