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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of Aug. 8-11, 2022

We've gathered up some things to do across the nation's capital, including museum exhibits, concerts, only-in-DC events and much more. Don't miss our things to do this weekend and things to do this month as well.

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Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies
ARTECHOUSE’s newest experience will allow you to walk alongside African kings and queens as you explore timeless questions of identity, power and belonging. Inspired by aṣẹ, a Yoruba concept that relates to our power to produce change, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies celebrates the Black experience through the perspectives of artist Vince Fraser and poet Ursula Rucker.
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Lady Gaga
Grammy winner. Golden Globe winner. Academy Award winner. 170 million records sold around the world. Lady Gaga’s credentials are mind-blowing, but her music must be heard and witnessed live to truly grasp the artist’s mastery of her craft. No fear: Gaga and plenty of Little Monsters (a nickname for her diehard fans) will take over Nationals Park for a night of revelry, featuring dancing, pyrotechnics and one of the best voices pop music has ever known.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003



Living in Two Times: Photography by Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi
Noted for sharp documentary images and photomontage, the husband-and-wife team of Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi are among the most influential figures in the development of late 20th-century photography in Iran. The duo captured moments of extreme turmoil in their homeland, most notably through the series Days of Blood, Days of Fire, selections of which are featured throughout the exhibit. Visitors can also marvel at the artists’ innovative photomontage work.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Events DC's Summer Movie Series
Make this summer a slam dunk with Events DC's movie series featuring Space Jam 2: A New Legacy. Experience the out-of-this-world sequel to a family classic along with interactive games and activities, and complimentary refreshments at Gateway DC.
6 p.m. (Showtime: 8 p.m.) | Free admission
Gateway DC, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032


Named after the six wives taken by Henry VIII, SIX features an all-woman cast and band in one of the most acclaimed productions from the 2021-22 Broadway season. The play won the Tony Award® for Best Original Score and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Hear Tudor Queens turn into pop icons as you romp through a remix of 500 years of historical heartbreak.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


One of the most acclaimed productions in American history comes back to DC’s pre-eminent stage. The Tony Award-winning sensation about the Founding Father who came to the U.S. as an immigrant from the British-colonized West Indies to become George Washington’s trusted advisor takes the spotlight inside the Kennedy Center’s 2,362-seat Opera House. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical blends jazz, rap and hip-hop, and transforms the tale of America’s first Treasury Secretary with a diverse cast. Hamilton is in DC through Oct. 9.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004



The Office Experience
If you're a fan of NBC's classic sitcom, you are in for a treat in the District. The Office Experience brings Dunder Mifflin to DC with authentic and recreated sets that allow you to step into unforgettable moments from the show. Dance down the aisle at Jim and Pam's wedding, spill Kevin's chili, visit Schrute Farms, sit behind Pam's desk, play The Office Olympics and so much more.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. |  Tickets
1020 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection 
The Smithsonian American Art Museum showcases drawings, paintings and sculptures from 43 self-taught 20th century artists and dives into how, despite numerous obstacles including racism, sexism and ableism, these creatives were able to make their mark on the art world. Featured artists include James Castle, Thornton Dial Sr., William Edmondson, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Sister Gertrude Morgan, the Philadelphia Wireman, Nellie Mae Rowe, Judith Scott and Bill Traylor.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


Leon Bridges
Rising from relative obscurity to the top of the Billboard charts, Leon Bridges is now a household name in R&B and pop music. Using the template of soul music and classic 1960s Motown tracks, Bridges emerged from Fort Worth, Tx. with the acclaimed Coming Home in 2015. Now, Bridges is touring in support of last year’s Gold-Diggers Sound with Swedish electronic band Little Dragon in tow.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024



Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection
The Hirshhorn’s new exhibit brings together nearly 100 years of work by 49 women and nonbinary artists across a variety of media. Roughly a quarter of the pieces on display were made in the last decade and a third have never been on view at the museum before. Featured artists include Deana Lawson, Sondra Perry, Loie Hollowell, Billie Zangewa, Dana Awartani and Zane Muholi. Put It This Way aims to uplift global voices, raise aesthetic, social and political concerns and showcase the power of traditionally marginalized artists.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560


American Prophet 
Acclaimed playwright Charles Randolph-Wright returns to Arena Stage with a powerful musical inspired by the speeches and writings of Frederick Douglass. Featuring new melodies and an original script written by Grammy Award winner Marcus Hummon and Randolph-Wright, American Prophet tells Douglass’ inspiring story and celebrates his enduring legacy and revolutionary spirit, both of which are needed today.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


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