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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of May 10-13

As you continue to practice social distancing and the city slowly reopens, we've gathered up some things to do, including safe in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week in Washington,DC. As always, you can check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours, neighborhood tours, TV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bent, DC-inspired music playlists, Washington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds and much more.

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AdMo Art Walk – Final Week
The Adams Morgan neighborhood turns into your own personal art gallery with this new experience brought to you by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and the DC Arts Center. Local artists have works on display at 11 Adams Morgan businesses, including Sakuraramen, Copacabana, The Potter’s House, Lost City Books and many more. Embark on the AdMo Art Walk and see each fascinating piece, in addition to exploring the neighborhood’s Heritage Trail and additional murals. Self-guided art walk tours can be enjoyed through May 14.

Passport DC @Home
The beloved tradition of Passport DC returns as a virtual event this year. The month-long program will highlight DC's international and diplomatic community through live and pre-recorded activities delivered by embassies, restaurants and cultural institutions. You can learn about international culture through programs and presentations that will focus on history, the humanities, the performing and visual arts, concerts, author talks, cooking demonstrations and much more. All programs will be free to enjoy.

Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood
Considered an icon of photography, Mary Ellen Mark captured subjects living outside of the mainstream candidly and vividly. With this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, you can see the world through Mark’s incredible camera, particularly her depictions of young women and girls living in a range of circumstances all over the world. This collection of dozens of Mark’s photographs features some of her most renowned work. Timed tickets are required for museum entry. For more details about visiting, check out the museum’s website.
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, 12-5 p.m. |  Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005



Renewal 2121
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising concerns over climate change, this installation at ARTECHOUSE transports you 100 years into the future. You’ll be immersed in an industrial city where nature is combating the onslaught of an overreaching metropolis, a stark warning if mankind continues at its current pace. Hope is found through cherry blossoms peeking through neon lights, showing the way for those ready to take action. Renewal 2121 is an original ARTECHOUSE production and was inspired by DC’s illustrious cherry blossom season.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Experience The Capital Wheel
Soar 180 feet in the air on the area’s only observation wheel, which spins right on the National Harbor’s majestic waterfront. The Capital Wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondola cars that seat up to eight and circle every day and night of the year, providing stunning views of Alexandria, Va., DC’s monuments and the Potomac River. Sunset rides are particularly scenic. Use code VISITDC for a 10% discount on tickets through Dec. 31, 2021.
Monday – Thursday, 4-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday, 12-8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745

Midnight at The Never Get
Stream this scintillating performance from Signature Theatre Company, which takes place in New York City circa 1965. Trevor, a cabaret singer, is in love with his songwriter, Arthur. With their relationship forbidden, the duo takes to the back room of an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar to create The Never Get. The Off-Broadway musical offers whimsical tunes and a powerful love story.  You can purchase a ticket and stream the show on-demand through the Marquee TV app.



Based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago, this new production from Shakespeare Theatre Company deals with the disturbing premise of a pandemic that causes blindness. A recorded audio performance by Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson mixes with an intense sound and light installation to create a story of government indifference of paranoia that turns into a cry of hope and resilience. The actor-less installation will be limited to 40 guests at a time inside Sidney Harman Hall.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Georgetown Glow Spring 2021 in Georgetown DC

Georgetown GLOW: Spring Edition
After the 2020 edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, Georgetown GLOW has returned with a two-part series of outdoor installations, with the first lighting up DC’s most historic neighborhood through June 27. The region’s only free, curated, outdoor public light experience will be open to all both day and night, and you can read up on the spring edition’s artists and installations (there are five in total) on Georgetown GLOW’s official website. Mark your calendar of the summer edition as well, slated to run from July 2 – Sept. 26.
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Photo Safaris in Washington, DC
Washington Photo Safari features a variety of DC photography excursions that allow you to see some of the city’s most gorgeous sites while learning how to take professional images. Along the way, you’ll hear colorful history and learn tips on lighting, exposure and composition. Glean through Washington Photo Safari’s many options and book an adventure. Night-time voyages are offered!

The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s YouTube channel will showcase this fascinating lūʻau demonstrations all May long. Explore the Native Hawaiian tradition with Vicky Holt Takamine, a kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance). Kumu Vicky will reveal the history of the dance, which will be followed by a dance presentation. Chef Kealoha Domingo will demonstrate recipes associated with the lūʻau, many of which are healthy and sustainable and represent a spiritual connection between the ‘āina (land), kanaka (humankind) and mea ʻai (food).
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