On Tuesday, the Smithsonian Institution released a staggering 2.8 million images into the public domain. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new digital worlds. The institution hopes to encourage viewers across the globe to view, and, crucially, use the two- and three-dimensional images, which are under the Creative Commons 0 license, meaning they’re free to alter and reproduce without prior permission from the Smithsonian. A few D.C.-related gems include an image of a pro-Home Rule pinback button, a digitized playbill from the premiere of James Baldwin‘s The Amen Corner at Howard University in 1955, and a 1943 watercolor painting showing Key Bridge stretching across the Potomac. Take a look for yourself and see what you can make out of the collection. —Emma Sarappo


suicide.chat.roomTen years ago, a small, enterprising D.C. theater company partnered with one of the District’s most beloved post-punk bands, Beauty Pill, to create a compelling live show on a depressing theme: suicide. The resulting dance play, suicide.chat.room, was so meaningful to audiences and all involved, that the band, theater, and an original cast member have reunited this week to remount it. Kimberly Gilbert will be joined by five other onstage performers, plus a slew of local actors lending their voices to quotes taken from internet forums frequented by people contemplating suicide. READ MORE >>> The show runs to Feb. 29 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $15. taffetypunk.com. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

They belong with you, you belong with them: The Lumineers are coming to town. 7 p.m. at Capital One Area, 601 F St. NW. $49–$175.

Mucus Fest 2020 highlights and celebrates black creativity with artists like Lil Dude Luciano, Phlegm, and Odd Mojo. 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20.

Kasim Sulton is hoping to create another Utopia with his bass and his hand-picked song selections. 8 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $32–$45.


Wikipedia Edit-a-ThonThe 10th most popular website in the world, Wikipedia, has a serious gender problem. Not only is the field of Wikipedia editors vastly male-dominated, but the articles suffer because of it. The majority (over 90 percent!) of articles about female artists, including notable D.C.-tied artists like Sylvia Snowden, Judith Lowry, and Yuriko Yamaguchi, fall well below Wikipedia’s “good article” standards, despite their subjects’ ample contributions to the art world. To celebrate the 19th Amendment’s 100th birthday, Art+Feminism is teaching participants how they can contribute to female artists’ Wikipedia pages to correct this disparity. READ MORE >>> The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum’s ARTLAB, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. hirshhorn.si.edu. (Katie Malone)

Justin Jones isn’t out to be fancy. He’s got a guitar and a passion for the music, and that’s all he needs. 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15.

The Taratibu Youth Association highlights Black Genius in their dance theatre performance. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Drive, College Park. $30.

Roses & Revolutions are emerging from “The Pines.” 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$12.


Boys Don’t CryDance Place artistic director Christopher K. Morgan isn’t only responsible for bringing Compagnie Hervé KOUBI to his Brookland theater this weekend, he’s responsible for the company’s first-ever American performance. In 2013, Morgan’s own troupe shared a program with the France-based, Algeria-rooted troupe at the Alden Theatre in Fairfax. Seven years later, Morgan is now running Dance Place, and Hervé KOUBI is on tour hitting major North American venues, including New York’s Joyce Theater. READ MORE >>> Compagnie Hervé KOUBI performs at 4 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Jaclyn Friedman will discuss her book Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World  in conversation with Soraya Chemaly and Tahir Duckett. 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Texas King are from Canada, but they’re hitting the States with their high-energy rock. 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.

Put “Fame Before the Money” with Myron Jewel, Nick Banks, and Patron‘s comedy show. 7:30 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $20–$30.


Hidden History of the First LadiesDolley Madison was chosen by Samuel Morse to be the first private citizen to send a telegram. Mary Todd Lincoln was known for holding séances in the White House. It was Eliza Johnson, Andrew Johnson’s wife, who taught him to read and pronounce words. Ida McKinley was a bank teller, Ellen Wilson was a professional artist, and Betty Ford worked with Martha Graham’s modern dance company. More recently, Hillary Clinton made history as the first presidential spouse to seek elected office (she was also the first to host a White House webcast). These women sat alongside their male counterparts (most often their husbands, but sometimes their fathers or uncles), guiding them through times of war, domestic unrest, and economic downturns. READ MORE >>> The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Lafayette Square, Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 16th Street NW. $25. atourofherown.com. (Sarah Smith)

Daniel M. Lavery, co-founder of The Toast, author of The Merry Spinster and Texts from Jane Eyre, and Slate’s Dear Prudence, chats about his new memoir-in-essays Something That May Shock and Discredit You. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW. Free.

Kevin Barnesof Montreal‘s frontman, isn’t slowing down the personal disclosures on Ur Fun. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25.

OM have explored new sophistication and groundbreaking compositions on their new record. 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. $20.


Postmodern JukeboxScott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox began as a basement jam session between friends and now has over 19 album releases, tours internationally, and operates a YouTube channel with over 1.2 billion views. The music group performs “vintage” versions of contemporary pop and rock songs, such as a “1950s doo wop” rearrangement of “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus or a “New Orleans dirge” cover of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. READ MORE >>> Postmodern Jukebox perform at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $36–$189. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Mercedes Hesselroth)

Go on an Aventura with the kings of bachata. 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. $34.50–$650.

See triple while watching Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, and Marcus Canty play. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $22.

Poupeh Missaghi talks about trans(re)lating house one, a winding narrative set in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 elections. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose at Union Market, 1270 5th St. NE. Free.


Ilana GlazerIf you’ve missed the colorful signs in your neighbor’s front yard, the clipboard-wielding volunteers at Metro stations, and Mike Bloomberg’s Instagram meme campaign, here’s a shocker: The 2020 presidential election is right around the corner. Broad City co-creator Ilana Glazer has an interesting approach to making sure people remember to vote—she’s “Horny 4 Tha Polls.” Many came to love Glazer for her role in Broad City, but after the show’s March 2019 retirement, they didn’t have to wait long for her to get back on the horse. READ MORE >>> Ilana Glazer performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $35–$49.75. (202) 783-4000. warnertheatredc.com. (Sarah Smith)

Don’t miss Junior Majeur, a gripping documentary about youth hockey in Quebec, screened in French with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m. at Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Free.

Get Lucki by following the Chicago rapper to Southwest. 9 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $20–$80.

Dermot Kennedy‘s clear voice and Irish lilt propelled him from busking on street corners to headlining huge venues. 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $37.50–$57.50. 


Jennie Lea Knight: Women of Jefferson PlaceJennie Lea Knight was probably best known for her sculpture. While she could boast several contributions over her lifetime to the Washington area’s mid-century art scene—along with her mother, Knight co-founded one of the first fine art galleries in Alexandria in 1956—her graceful works in wood won her the greatest renown. This retrospective reveals how Knight’s preoccupations with nature anticipated some of the precepts of minimalism. Her curving, sometimes angular wood forms hug the walls, floors, and corners; at a glance, her work bears a resemblance to that of another native Washingtonian, Martin Puryear. READ MORE >>> The exhibition runs to March 7 at the Marymount University Cody Gallery, 1000 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Free. (703) 908-7782. marymount.edu. (Kriston Capps)

It’s pay-what-you-wish community night for Rasheeda Speaking, the story of two coworkers—one black, one white—struggling to confront the reality of a supposedly “post-racial” workplace. 8 p.m. at Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier. Free–$25.

Eric Gales is balancing his huge body of work against The Bookends. 8 p.m. at Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. $22–$40.

Koe Wetzel brings the swagger of bro-country up from the deep heart of Texas. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.


Galleries: Pepco’s gallery space is looking at Life Beyond the Line in its new exhibition.

Film: The Capital Irish Film Festival is an incisive look at life on the Emerald Isle.

Film: The Invisible Man is a horror-flecked domestic abuse tale that doesn’t quite achieve greatness.

Theater: The brave spirits at Brave Spirits Theatre are staging eight of Shakespeare‘s history plays.

Theater: Shipwreck is the rare successful Trumpian satire.

Cartoon: Liz at Large, “Certain”


Tickets are on sale now for The Buttertones at Songbyrd Music House on April 14. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15–$18.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for JoJo at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 17. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Car Seat Headrest at The Anthem on June 14. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$75.

Tickets are on sale now for Kraftwerk at The Anthem on July 11. 8:30 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$125.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for The Black Keys at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 28. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $35–$499.50.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for New Order and Pet Shop Boys at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 15. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $29.50–$149.50. 

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