There’s Lots to Do This Presidents Weekend
It is Presidents Day weekend, but it looks like Sunday is going to be the best day of the long weekend if you want to get out and celebrate. That is good news for the D.C. Chinese New Year parade scheduled for Sunday. Saturday is supposed to be in the 30s with rain or snow, Sunday sun and in the low-50s and Monday showers in the low-50s. But even if it isn’t nice outside, there is still plenty to do indoors in the DMV this weekend like the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday or Mount Vernon’s Washington Birthday Celebration all weekend.
On the Red Line, the Glenmont station will be closed through Monday with buses replacing trains between Glenmont and Wheaton. Trains on the rest of the line will run on a regular weekend schedule with additional trains between Shady Grove and Silver Spring from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Orange Line trains will single track between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon with trains operating every 24 minutes. Blue Line trains will single track between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery with trains every 24 minutes. Because of the single tracking on the Blue and Orange Lines, Silver Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston ONLY. Green Line trains single track between Georgia Avenue-Petworth and Prince George’s Plaza on Saturday with trains running every 28 minutes and between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza on Sunday and Monday with trains operating every 15 minutes. Because of the single tracking on the Green Line, Yellow Line trains will run every 24 minutes on Saturday and every 15 minutes on Sunday and Monday between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square ONLY.
Washington’s Birthday Celebration
Honor the birth date of America’s first president with a weekend of festivities at Mount Vernon. On Saturday and Sunday, access to the Washington’s Birthday Celebration events are included with admission, but on Monday, all events are free! #PoseLikeThePrez in selfies, take in character performances, hear classic stories, have birthday cake with “General Washington,” see trades demonstrations, view a werathlaying and more. In addition, on Monday, there will be a special military demonstration, syrup tastings and a musical performance by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
Feb. 17-19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. Tickets online are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors 62 and older, $11 for youth ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and younger. At the door, tickets are $20, $19, $12 and free, respectively. Admission on Monday is FREE!
Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s
The Hirshhorn Museum presents the first exhibition to examine the appropriation of late-20th century commercial products. Razor-sharp, witty, satirical and deeply subversive, the nearly 150 works in Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s examine the origins and rise of a new generation of artists in 1980s New York who blurred the lines between art, entertainment and commerce, a shift that continues to define contemporary art today. Year by year, the exhibit parallels major artistic developments with the corresponding events that shaped the ’80s, such as the introduction of MTV, Reaganomics, financial crisis, gentrification and the height of the AIDS crisis. It also documents new collaborations taking place during this period, when artists came together to form their own complex commercial entities. These artist-run consultancies, aesthetic “service providers” and pop-up storefronts redefined how art could be made and sold. You will see groundbreaking work from essential artists who worked in New York City’s East Village, including Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons and Richard Prince, how commerce and art became thoroughly intertwined in the 1980s and how artists used consumer culture, advertising and television to define their own brand and redefine creative expression.
Feb. 14-May 13 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Admission is FREE!
Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes
Award-winning photographer Stephen Wilkes captured the migrations of four ancient bird species for National Geographic magazine during much of 2017, which led to heart-stopping images. Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes exhibit explores these photographs and the stunning birds that they depict, including flamingos in Kenya and sandhill cranes in Nebraska. Wilkes is known for his stunning image compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night. Each of the dramatic images is crafted from more than 1,500 photographs taken from a fixed vantage point over the course of 15-30 hours, from sunrise to sunset. This exhibition takes you into the field and behind the scenes, shining a light on the talent and dedication it takes to beautifully capture the passing of time.
Through April 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors 62 or older and military, $10 for children ages 5-12 and FREE for kids younger than 5.
Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival includes shows all day long by local middle and high school jazz bands, local and national college jazz bands, jazz-related film screenings, professional jazz bands and a nightly midnight jam session. Among the performers is Prince George’s County native Braxton Cook, who released his album Somewhere in Between last year. The 26-year-old alto saxophonist performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday on the Club Stage ($25 ticket).
Feb. 16 from 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m.-1 a.m. and Feb. 18 from 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. at the Hilton Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Tickets are free-$80 per show plus a $5 daily grounds pass or a $12 all-weekend grounds pass.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year events at the Kennedy Center include a concert of Chengdu’s traditional Chinese folk music with its flowing stringed instruments and bamboo flutes on Friday evening. World-class artists from the region will guide your journey in a diverse musical program. On Saturday, witness Sichuan Opera’s famed mask-changing technique, which reveals changes in character’s emotion in the blink of an eye. This sleight of hand, combined with stunning acrobatics and dance will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Feb. 16 and 17 at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Admission is FREE!
D.C. Independent Film Festival
The oldest independent film festival in Washington, the D.C. Independent Film Festival presents another diverse body of narrative features, documentaries, shorts, student films and animated works. Filmmakers, you can also nerd out at informative seminars and workshops. With dozens of entries, the festival will premiere films from all over the world. The closing night film at 6:30 p.m. Monday is Andover, about a genetics professor at Andover University played by Jonathan Silverman who clones his wife from a single strand of hair in and old brush after she dies in a fire. Other films include Captain Black on Friday night, Closure on Saturday night and Killing Diaz on Sunday night. The full schedule is online.
Feb. 14-19 at various times at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW on Friday and Saturday, and the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW, on Sunday and Monday. Tickets for movies are $11-$15 and $5-$15 for seminars (purchase on each individual film or seminar page). Also, one- and two-day weekend (Saturday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday) passes are available for $60 and $100, respectively.
Disney on Ice: Frozen!
Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice: Frozen! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses.
Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. Tickets are $10-$144.
Chinese New Year Family Day
The Kennedy Center welcomes you and your entire family to this free Chinese New Year Family Day. Watch footage of Bao Bao, who recently moved to Chengdu, China, from the National Zoo and write a letter to her. There will also be a dress-up photo booth, where you can turn into a panda or don a Chinese costume, as well as live performances of folk dancing, shadow puppetry and acrobatics. You will also be able to learn paper umbrella coloring, paper cutting, block printing and Sichuan embroidery and watch masters of calligraphy, sugar painting and Chinese makeup at work. There will be tours of the Kennedy Center in Mandarin at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday Celebration
Frederick Douglass is a seminal character in U.S. history, a brilliant abolitionist who called D.C. home for many years. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, also known as Cedar Hill, in Anacostia will host tours and other special activities in honor of Douglass’ 200th Birthday Celebration. Saturday’s events include the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices singing historic African American spirituals; several speakers including Kenneth B. Morris Jr., Douglass’ third great-grandson; a musical tribute by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet; a dramatic performance by Darius Wallace as Douglass; and more. On Sunday, there will be a presentation of Douglass’ life through music by D.C. Strings Workshop; Why I Became a Woman’s Rights Man performance; and historian Leigh Fought discussion the women who were instrumental in Douglass’ life while at Cedar Hill. Both days, ranger-led tours will be available from 9-11:30 a.m. on a first come, first served basis and self-guided tours from noon-6 p.m.; a walking tour of historic Anacostia from 2-3 p.m.; living history actors portraying Douglass and his family; the chance for kids to “enlist” in the Army and get the sense of the drill and discipline of the Civil War soldier like Douglass’ two sons, who fought in the Civil War; see artifacts including Douglass’ Bible and travel souvenirs; and more. At the nearby Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, both days you can have your photo taken in in a historic photo studio like Douglass would have; hear student orators recite dramatic excerpts from Douglass’ speeches; and see a puppet show about Douglass’ life.
Feb. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. Admission is FREE! There will be no parking on-site but a free D.C. Circulator shuttle bus will run from the Anacoastia Metro station’s Howard Road exit’s Bay G to the historic site from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic
More than 900 teams will participate in the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic national tournament that brings together the best junior volleyball teams in the country. From Saturday through Monday, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will showcase qualifier-style competition in one of the most exciting indoor sports.
Feb. 17 and 18 with wave sessions starting at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Feb. 19 with single-elimination brackets starting at 8 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Tickets are $15 for a single day or $35 for all three days online or $20 for a single day by credit card only at the door.
The Artistic Table
Interior designers and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens’ curators will set sumptuous tables in the property’s dacha to display the wealth of china, furnishings and objects d’art in Marjorie Merriweather Post’s incredible collection. The Artistic Table will display elegance of the highest order, inspiring a dialogue between past and contemporary design.
Feb. 17-June 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for college students, $5 for children 6-18 and free for children younger than 6. Adults and seniors get $3 off weekdays and $1 on weekends if purchased online.
Presidential Family Fun Day
Celebrate Presidents Day and 50 years of the National Portrait Gallery’s hallmark exhibition America’s Presidents at the museum’s Presidential Family Fun Day with live music, art activities, tours and a special appearance by the Washington Nationals’ Running Presidents. While you are there, see the official portraits of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama that went on permanent display last Wednesday. Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of the 44th president is in the recently renovated America’s Presidents exhibition, while Baltimore artist Amy Sherald’s painting of the first lady is on view in the recent acquisitions corridor.
Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Lunar New Year Ice Cream Tastings
Join Ice Cream Jubilee for special Lunar New Year Ice Cream Tastings at both locations. In honor of the Lunar New Year, the local shop is offering up tasting flights of six mini-scoops and a pint for you to take home. The flavor flight is Lunar New Year-themed, of course, featuring innovative flavors such as Matcha Green Tea, Thai Iced Tea, Kiwi Lemongrass, Citrus Sichuan Peppercorn and Roasted Barley Tea and Red Bean Almond Cookie.
Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Ice Cream Jubilee, 301 Water St. SE, and Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at 1407 T St. NW. Tickets are $16.
Celebrating a career of nearly 55 years, Cher is one of those artists who require no introduction. After all, how does one sum up more than 40 million records sold alongside partner Sonny Bono and, later, 00 million as a solo act? The diva was still managing to outdo herself as recently as 2013, when her album Closser to the Truth landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 – her highest solo debut ever. This weekend she begins the final of three residencies on the extended Classic Cher tour, which has been bouncing between Las Vegas and National Harbor for the past year. Expect all the hits, from I Got You Babe to The Shoop Shoop Song to Believe, with an extravagant stage show and numerous costume changes.
Feb. 17, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. at The Theater at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave., Oxen Hill. Tickets are $135-$327.
Play in a Day
Can six plays be written, rehearsed, directed in 24 hours? Find out at the 14th annual Play in a Day when six professional DMV theater companies attempt to do just that. The troupes received their themes and props Friday night, and playwrights will work through the night to create their 10-minute masterpieces. Then rehearsals begin as teams of directors and actors prepare to make the Saturday evening deadline.
Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Tickets are $15.
D.C. Record Fair
The D.C. Record Fair has been operating nearly twice a year for nine years. This winter’s edition will feature more than 40 vinyl vendors from all over the East Coast, plus food, drinks, raffle items and a DJ line up.
Feb. 18 from noon-5 p.m. at Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. Tickets are $2 at the door or $5 for early bird admission at 11 a.m.
D.C. Chinese New Year Parade
Ring in 4716, the Year of the Dog, at the D.C. Chinese New Year’s Parade. With dozens of entries, this year’s parade promises to be the largest and most diverse yet. Expect Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, firecrackers, kung fu demonstrations, floats, lion and dragon dancers and plenty of pageantry as the procession winds through Chinatown and Gallery Place.
Feb. 18 beginning at 2 p.m. at Sixth and I Streets NW then winding along I Street then down Eighth Street, along J Street, up Seventh Street and along H Street to its finish at Sixth and H Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
NSO Family Concert: Let’s Remix the Classix!
Electric cellist Wytold and Grammy-nominated beatboxer/multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon join the National Symphony Orchestra for NSO Family Concert: Let’s Remix the Classix! The duo will re-interpret and remix classical masterpieces, from Beethoven’s famous Seventh Symphony to Leonard Bernstein’s Mambo for West Side Story. Expect a heavy hip-hop influence as these artists turn legendary compositions into their own. The program is intended for ages 5 and up. There will be a free instrument “petting zoo” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. before the shows.
Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets are $15-$18.
17th Annual Winter Dance Party
It has been 59 years since Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash while on the Winter Dance Party tour. For the last 17 years, some of the biggest names on D.C.’s rockabilly and roots rock scene have gotten together to pay tribute to the Day the Music Died. During this year’s 17th Annual Winter Dance Party, Ruthie and the Wranglers, the Flea Bops, the Jelly Roll Mortals and the Rock-a-Sonics are among the acts taking the stage.
Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door.
George Washington Birthday Parade
The nation’s oldest and largest George Washington Birthday Parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. The parade steps off at Fairfax and Gibbon Streets and proceeds north on Fairfax to Queen Street, where it turns left. It proceeds to Royal Street where it turns south and continues to the end at Wilkes Street. Eighty units are registered for this year’s parade. First responders to the June 2017 shooting that occurred during a practice for a congressional baseball game will serve as the parades grand marshals.
Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. along Fairfax and Royal Streets in Old Town Alexandria. Admission is FREE!
1968: Civil Rights at 50 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2, 2019 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is $21.21 for adults, $16.96 for seniors 65 and older, and $12.71 for children ages 7-18 in advance or $24.95, $19.95 and $14.95, respectively, at the door.
Americans from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through 2022 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Admission is FREE!
Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through July 14 at the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Admission is FREE!
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 20 at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Admission is FREE!
Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 29, 2020 at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Apr. 2 at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
The Great Society at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with occasional noon matinees on Wednesdays through March 11 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Tickets are $50-$99.
Hung Liu in Print from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday through July 8 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older or students and free for children 18 and younger.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Mar. 4 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through May 8 at the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Admission is FREE!
In the Tower: Anne Truitt from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Apr. 1 at the National Gallery of Art East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Making Room: Housing for a Changing American from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 16 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors 60 or older, students, and children ages 3-17.
The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through July 8 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is $21.21 for adults, $16.96 for seniors 65 and older, and $12.71 for children ages 7-18 in advance or $24.95, $19.95 and $14.95, respectively, at the door.
Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 12 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Admission is FREE!
Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Apr. 15 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through May 13 at the National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Mural from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m-6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28 at the National Gallery of Art East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Noura at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday through March 11 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Tickets are $44-$92.
Outliers and American Vanguard Art from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through May 13 at the National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Parallel Universe from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Monday and 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. daily for those 21 and older through March 4 at Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. http://artechouse.com/tickets/ Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors 65 and older and military with ID, and $8 for children 12 and younger.
Portraits of the World: Switzerland from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Nov. 12 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Recent Acquisitions from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Nov. 4 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Remembering Vietnam from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 6, 2019, at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is FREE!
Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through June 10 at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Subodh Gupta: Terminal from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through 2020 at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Sept. 3 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Tamayo: The New York Years from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Mar. 18 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Ten Americans: After Paul Klee from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-6:30 p.m. Sundays through May 6 at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and visitors 62 and older and children 18 and younger are FREE!
What Absence Is Made Of from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through the summer of 2019 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue Sw. Admission is FREE!
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