“Kinship” | National Portrait Gallery
October 28–January 7, 2024
More than 40 works by eight contemporary artists all explore, in some way, connections among people. Included will be the likes of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sedrick Huckaby, and Jessica Todd Harper, who is known for photographing her own family. Harper’s gauzily intimate “Self Portrait With Marshall” is seen above; you can’t help but wonder what she’s thinking about. Free.
Confidence Man by Maggie Haberman | Politics and Prose
The Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter was one of the most prominent chroniclers of the last presidency, and this book promises to be an essential contribution to Trump studies. It’s already making news: Remember those photos of White House documents getting flushed down a toilet? Expect plenty more of that kind of inside poop. Free.
Guys and Dolls | Kennedy Center
The oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York arrives at the most famous established performing-arts venue in DC. It’s the first Broadway Center Stage production since the pandemic arrived—a welcome return for theater fans. The cast includes Phillipa Soo (above) as Sarah Brown and Steven Pasquale as Sky Masterson, whose onstage chemistry should be convincing: They’re married in real life. $59 and up.
Mummenschanz: 50 Years | Lisner Auditorium
Just when you thought we were done seeing facemasks, the mind-bending Swiss theatrical troupe Mummenschanz arrives to celebrate a half century of . . . whatever it is that they do. Is it mime? Performance art? Whatever, they remain riveting. $30 and up.
Newsroom Confidential by Margaret Sullivan | Politics and Prose
Bid farewell to the much-respected Washington Post media writer, who recently ditched her column for a teaching gig. Sullivan’s latest book is a memoir of four decades in the newspaper world, including her center-of-the-hurricane stint as public editor for the New York Times. At this event, she’ll no doubt respond to pressing questions about the many crises facing the media biz. Free.
Steve Lacy | The Fillmore
The in-demand guitarist and producer is known for making tracks on his iPhone. His latest—Gemini Rights, which came out this summer—is more polished but still plenty eclectic, and fans are falling for his Prince-tinged take on pop and R&B. $243 and up.
Turnstile, Snail Mail, and jpegmafia | The Anthem
A Charm City triple bill featuring hardcore heroes Turnstile (above), indie-rock singer/songwriter Snail Mail, and rapper JPEGMafia. The Baltimore-area acts are connected more geographically than musically, but it should still be a high-impact evening—even though, alas, the Anthem doesn’t stock Natty Boh. $45 and up.
“Vermeer’s Secrets” | National Gallery of Art
October 8–January 8
How did Vermeer do that? It’s a question that has puzzled art lovers for centuries, and now technology is offering some answers. This exhibit features four paintings by or attributed to the Dutch genius and explains how various imaging devices have uncovered some of his tricks. Free.
“Weird Al” Yankovic | Kennedy Center
Weird Al is making his unfortunate return to Washington with a ridiculously self-indulgent and ill-advised tour. At least that’s how he describes it. We actually can’t wait to spend time with America’s foremost musical satirist, even if—and here’s the big catch—this concert will focus on his original material rather than the goofball song parodies he’s famous for. $59 and up.
1000 Miglia Warm-Up USA | Various locations in Virginia and DC
Now you can get a taste of the 1000 Miglia—an annual Italian race featuring vintage automobiles—without flying to Brescia. Glamorous cars dating to the 1920s will participate in a number of races, with things wrapping up at the Italian Embassy. There’s no word yet on this year’s autos, but we’re still drooling over a 1956 Boano Ferrari GT Coupe from the 2019 event. $60 and up.
This article appears in the October 2022 issue of Washingtonian.