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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for Aug. 12-14

We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.

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Friday

Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop
The Phillips Collection's new exhibit reexamines the history and legacy of the Dupont Center, an artist’s museum founded in DC in 1969. Through the collaboration of curator Walter Hopps and artist Lou Stovall, the Dupont Center advanced an innovative model for the museum as a place for exhibition, art-making and community-building. Admire work produced by artists at the workshop and collected by Stovall between 1969 and 1973, as well as Stovall’s community posters that document the District in a time of protest and upheaval.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900 
Just 11 days after the National Gallery of Art’s East Building reopens, the museum will debut the first major exhibition to consider both how and why modern artists have used the technique of doubling in their work. Themes ranging from the psychological to the perceptual to self-identity will be at the heart of The Double, which will feature the work of Matisse, Duchamp, Gorky, Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol and many more.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

The Playhouse
The National Building Museum and the Folger Shakespeare Library, in association with the University of South Carolina, have partnered to present The Playhouse. Visitors can step back in time with the Bard for the latest iteration of the Museum’s Summer Block Party. An exciting Festival stage occupies the Museum’s immense—and air conditioned—Great Hall. By day, the installation provides a venue for unique experiences related to theater—from behind-the-scenes tours to sword-fighting demonstrations and other hands-on activities. At night, The Playhouse transforms into a stage for Shakespeare’s most famous, fairy-filled comedy for Folger Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

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.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Saturday

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience
The National Geographic Museum's new exhibit celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the legendary discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Experience cinematic storytelling and stunning projections as you venture into the Boy King's world. Meet the gods of the underworld, study the ancient practice of mummification and learn about the explorers who continue to unmask the mysteries of the Golden King's life.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

 

Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies
ARTECHOUSE’s newest experience allows 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. Use the "Tickets" link below for a special discount!
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

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

 

 

Hamilton
One of the most acclaimed productions in American history has returned 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. The show runs through Oct. 9.
1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Sunday

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.
Hours & Tickets
1020 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

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

 

SIX
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

 

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