Calendar of Events: Feb. 13-19, 2019

Tap Dogs at the Kennedy Center. Photo courtesy

Wednesday, February 13th

Arts event

WORLD STAGES: NeoArctic. Making its U.S. premiere, this collaboration between Denmark’s artistic incubator Hotel Pro Forma and the Latvian Radio Choir explores the Anthropocene, a new geological age characterized by the impact of humanity on our eco-system. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre. Tickets $35 – 49.

Exposed DC is hosting its 13th annual Exposed DC Photography Show, February 13 through February 24, 2019, starting with an opening reception. Complimentary wine, beer, and snacks will be provided. 43 winning photographs were chosen from a contest for their unique view of the Washington area as more than just a tourist destination and political arena. They showcase and celebrate the experience of the people who live, love, work, and play here. 6:00 -10:00 p.m., hosted by Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.  Tickets $20.

Thursday, February 14th

Textile arts event

Celebrate your freedom to love by making a heart “felt” valentine gift for someone special in your life—or to keep! All supplies are provided for a needle-felted heart and all skill levels are welcome. This program is part of the Textile Museum’s weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Noon at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. 701 21st St. NW.  Free, no reservation required.

Music event

Grammy Award®–winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist PJ Morton brings his brand of love and soul to the Kennedy Center for one night only. Known for his work with Maroon 5 and as music director for Solange’s A Seat at the Table, Morton and his band perform hits from his critically acclaimed album Gumbo and his soul-stirring discography.  8 p.m. at Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre.  Tickets $49 – 69.

Comedy event

Improbable Comedy presents the Sweet & Sour Valentine’s Day Show. Do you LOVE Valentine’s Day? Sticky sweet, lovestruck, SO cute and all googly-eyed mushiness? Or do you HATE Valentine’s Day? Sourpuss, eye rolling, don’t-get-me-started-on-couples, can’t stand this capitalist holiday? Whatever camp you belong to, THIS is the show for you. Celebrate love and/or roast the holiday that brings it to us on a candy-red, heart-shaped platter. At your service are two of the funniest comics to hit the stage together: John Poveromo and Franqi French. So bring your boo, your bestie, your boss, your baby (18+ please) and let’s do this! 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 235 Carroll Street NW.  Tickets $20 at the door.

Political discussion

The European and Eurasian Studies Program (EES) at Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is honored to host the 2019 Leonard Schapiro Memorial Prize Lecture at the SAIS Washington campus. Hosted by SAIS EES Director, Professor Erik Jones, the prize lecture is sponsored by Government & Oppositionone of the world’s leading global comparative politics journals. The 2019 honoree is distinguished Professor Cas Mudde of The University of Georgia (USA) and the University of Oslo (Norway) who will present a lecture on “Populism in Europe: An Illiberal Democratic Response to Undemocratic Liberalism.” Join in at the SAIS Washington campus the lecture from 5:30-7:00pm followed by a reception from 7:00-7:30pm. Johns Hopkins SAIS, Nitze Auditorium,1740 Massachusetts Ave NW.

Free, though registration is required to attend the lecture and reception.

Friday, February 15th

Music event

Pianist, composer, and Blue Note musician James Francies is no stranger to the Kennedy Center. Last season, he dazzled audiences with his talents on the ivories in José James’s Lean on Me and the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert. Now, the spotlight belongs to him as he performs selections from Flight, Vol. 1, his debut Blue Note recording.  7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery.  Tickets $20.

Tour and discussion

Spend your evening like a Brewmaster at Heurich House Museum’s first Brewmaster tour of the year, featuring three local beers: 3 Stars Brewing Co’s Never Say Never, Atlas Brew Works’ Ponzi, and DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter.  Admission includes an hour-long guided tour of the museum and a local craft beer tasting. Receive one beer flight per person, featuring 4 oz pours of the three beers, and experience the Brewmaster’s Castle with a drink in your hand. 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tickets $30.

Dinner theatre

Join Maggiano’s Little Italy Chevy Chase for a Night of Murder & Mystery!  Bring your sweetheart for a truly memorable experience.  This is every detective’s fantasy come true-an opportunity for people with a passion for murder mysteries…slippery red herrings…diabolical clues…and ingenious detective work to get plunked smack-dab in the middle of a hilarious homicide investigation. Enjoy the atmosphere and fabulous cuisine of Maggiano’s Little Italy but remember…you could become the leading suspect! Ticket price includes 3 course family style dinner, 2 hour beer & wine package and murder mystery show.  6:30 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest.  Tickets $75.

Saturday, February 16th

Music event

Two Cuban jazz masters—percussionist Pedrito Martinez and pianist Alfredo Rodríguez—collaborate in a rare concert experience with an exciting exploration of their homeland. Separately, they have left KC Jazz Club audiences mesmerized by their fearless playing.  7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery. Tickets $20 – 35.

Gala event

Valentine’s Ball at the Embassy of Italy. Recreate the culture and romance of Italy, combining the Valentine’s Holiday with a special Valentine’s Ball – right here in our Nation’s Capital… with proceeds from each ticket benefitting the American Cancer Society. Be transported to perhaps one of the most admired countries in Europe, experience an Italian evening filled with Italian food, open bar, live orchestra, late night DJ, dancing, opera, film, and more! 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street Northwest.  Tickets $125 – 160.

17th Annual Monte Carlo Gala.  Join students, alumni, faculty, administration, and guests of the Robert H. Smith School of Business graduate community for a night of socializing, dancing, and table games with a Mardi Gras theme! Dress is black tie optional. Dressing to the theme highly encouraged.  Tickets include: 4-hour open bar with signature cocktails and mocktails, buffet dinner, music and dancing, “money” for seated/standing casino games, and professional photography.  8:00 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd St NW.  Tickets $90 -110.

Sunday, February 17th

Music event

Washington Performing Arts presents: Living the Dream…Singing the Dream. For more than 25 years, Washington Performing Arts’s Gospel Choirs have shared the inspirational gift of gospel music with audiences throughout the D.C. region and beyond. The choirs’ annual concert with the Choral Arts Chorus, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a joyful celebration of the power of music and the human spirit. 7:00 p.m. Washington Performing Arts Concert Hall.  Tickets $25 – 75.

Piano recital by Sara Danashpour, playing works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and more.  2:00 p.m. at The United Church, 1920 G St., NW; Free admission.

Cultural discussion

The Reminisce- In honor of Black History Month, join Ateya Ball-Lacy, Master Educator and Author of “An Ode to Shaw Junior High” for a panel discussion with former Shaw teachers and students on the legacy of Shaw JHS and the joys of when we were Chocolate City. 1:00 p.m. at The African-American Civil War Memorial Museum, 1925 Vermont Avenue N.W.  Free.

Monday, February 18th

Crafting event

Join Samantha Testa, the owner of Painted Palettes, at Shop Made in DC, for an afternoon of hand lettering and good vibes! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of hand lettering using four unique pens perfect for brush calligraphy and faux calligraphy. You will have a personalized workbook that walks you through the step by step process and provides four different styles to practice. You will have several blank greeting cards ready for you to letter on and personalize to make your own set. The workshop fee includes a personalized hand lettering workbook with several styles of lettering, 4 unique pens perfect for hand lettering, and access to shared materials to complete the workshop skills and make your greeting card set, and light sips and snacks! 6:00 p.m. at Shop Made, 1330 19th St NW.  Tickets $75.

Comedy event

Mondays suck and this is the anti-Monday show. It’s craziness. It’s hilarious. It’s chaos. This is a free-for-all comedy show open to anyone who wants to sign up (3 min to 5 min). So, there’ll be beauty, but there will also be train wrecks.HOWEVER, to keep these comics honest, we’ll also have a seasoned comic interrupting them. If the comic on stage is sucking, they’ll get ripped to shreds, but, they might also get new tags for their jokes. It’s a way to make sure comics bring it and a way to give you an incredibly enjoyable and unique entertainment experience. 8:00 p.m. at the DC Comedy Loft/Bier Baron, 1523 22nd Street Northwest. Free.

Tuesday, February 19th

Dance performance

Dein Perry’s global dance sensation Tap Dogs hits the road on an international tour of jaw-dropping new surprises. Experience the thrill of a revitalized genre of dance, with 75 action-packed minutes of part theater, part choreography, part rock concert, and part construction site. An adrenaline-pumped cast turns traditional tap dancing upside-down and into the ultimate night out.  8:00 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre.  Tickets $29-79.

Historical discussion

From late 1963 through 1975, the Car Barn was home to the International Police Academy, which trained thousands of police from around the world. Under the auspices of the Agency for International Development, the IPA offered training in topics from riot control to traffic management, personnel management to forensics. The Academy touted its results: many of its graduates went on to high-ranking positions in governments of their home countries. But there was a dark side to this success. Accusations surfaced in these countries and among activists in the US that the training participants learned methods of surveillance, torture, and even bomb-making. Graduates were linked to death squads in El Salvador, genocide in Guatemala, and the brutal Idi Amin regime. This public lecture will discuss the Academy’s history, explaining how it emerged, what occurred within the Car Barn’s walls, and how political protests led to its abrupt closure. 2:00 p.m. at Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O Street Northwest.  Free.