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This week, the piece of art that’s worth your time is on our cover. Journalist, illustrator, and City Paper contributor Josh Kramer took us a little out of our comfort zone with his reported cartoon “2020 Vision,” about bike safety in D.C. and the city’s Vision Zero plan. Kramer’s colorful illustrations help convey the joy and freedom of biking, as well as the danger bicyclists are exposed to in our city. The panels covering the death of cycling advocate Dave Salovesh, especially the image of his mangled ghost bike, are poignant and gutting. And the end is a reminder of what we could have here with the right infrastructure and investment. —Emma Sarappo
P.S. Have you voted for your favorite people, places, and things in our Best of D.C. contest yet? Voting is open now and runs through March 1.
FRIDAY, FEB. 7
Electric GuestElectric Guest’s Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton wanted to do something a bit different for KIN, the Los Angeles band’s third full-length album. Instead of responding to turbulent social and political times with angst, they turned to upbeat pop. And instead of representing all the glitz and glamor of the industry—luxury cars, big mansions, diamond-studded bling—they made an album that their average fan could hopefully relate to. READ MORE >>> Electric Guest perform at 10 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $26. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Sarah Smith)
Local artist Tsedaye Makonnen, who we featured in last year’s People Issue, is speaking about her artistic practice, her identities, and how they overlap. 9 a.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW. Free.
Liquid Stranger is sloshing around at Echostage. 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $25–$35.
The strength of Dustbowl Revival‘s American roots keeps topsoil from blowing away. 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.
SATURDAY, FEB. 8
Grandmaster FlashWe call a lot of rappers and MCs who were active in the ’80s trailblazers, but Grandmaster Flash has the receipts. The South Bronx DJ was the first hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and “The Message,” a song he recorded with his group the Furious Five, was the first piece of hip-hop music archived in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Last year, the King of Sweden presented Grandmaster Flash with a lifetime achievement award. (Really, look it up.) READ MORE >>> Grandmaster Flash performs at 10:30 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20–$30. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Will Lennon)
The fifth annual ACT-SO Poetry Read-In celebrates student and community poets for Black History Month. 2:45 p.m. at Randolph Road Theatre, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. Free.
Professors Lauren Pearlman and Brandi Thompson Summers talk jointly about their books on the history and geography of black D.C., Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, D.C.,1960s-1970s and Black in Place: The Spacial Aesthetics of Race in Post-Chocolate City. 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Be there or be square: The D.C. Square Dance Collective is holding a throwdown. 8 p.m. at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW.
SUNDAY, FEB. 9
Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterIn the company’s first stop of its 2020 tour, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater concludes a week of Kennedy Center performances with a program uniting choreographers at the heart of the company’s repertoire and contemporary artists continuing their legacy—a fitting harbinger of Black History Month. Sunday’s performance melds old (“Divining,” the 1984 work by artistic director emerita Judith Jamison) and new (Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Ounce of Faith” premiered this past summer), illustrating the company’s distinct ability to use the past to look forward. READ MORE >>> Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at 1:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$199. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Zara Corzine)
Like a bridge over troubled water, Art Garfunkel is laying it down in Vienna. 7 p.m. at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $82–$97.
Grammy winner and go-to R&B producer Raphael Saadiq plays his second show in D.C. with Jamila Woods. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40.
Pie Shop’s Freddy Leighton Memorial Show features local favorites Sir E.U and Knife Wife. 6 p.m. at Pie Shop DC, 1339 H St. NE. $10.
MONDAY, FEB. 10
Flower Arranging WorkshopIt’s no secret that adding fresh flowers to your living space helps to brighten your mood. A bouquet adds a pop of color and a burst of refreshing fragrance, helping turn even the most average living room into fodder for a lifestyle Instagram account. But if you’re sick of grocery store bouquets and not a fan of florist prices, local flower enthusiast Olga Berman has the perfect solution for you. In addition to running food blog Mango & Tomato (the name is an homage to her favorite fruit and vegetable), Berman is an expert on turning store-bought bouquets into works of art. READ MORE >>> The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. at Solid State Books, 600 H St. NE. $60. (202) 897-4201. solidstatebooksdc.com. (Sarah Smith)
On that note, Sir E.U will also be playing with Baltimore-based producer and musician Josh Stokes, plus Puck and Le’Asha. 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
What was Washington like when it was first founded? William diGiacomantonio, the chief historian at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, has the answer. Noon at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. Free.
Watch the big Bachelor Boys Band rehearse their high-energy song list for free. 8 p.m. at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Free.
TUESDAY, FEB. 11
TangledJanet Matthews took up photography full-time when she retired as an art teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. She’s produced still-life narratives using vintage objects, as well as images of carnival rides made with a toy Holga camera. But in 2017, after a heart attack focused her mind on her own mortality, Matthews became fascinated with bare trees covered with gnarled vines, which she found in various locations around Maryland. READ MORE >>> The exhibition runs to March 15 at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 North Union St., Studio 312, Alexandria. Free. (703) 683-2205. multipleexposuresgallery.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Amber Sparks‘ new story collection, And I Do Not Forgive You, is full of justified rage. She chats with local literary star Rion Amilcar Scott about her work. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Hey, is there any Leftover Salmon? Well, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman are touring their bluegrass music act, if that counts. 7:30 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $25–$35.
In (dis)honor of Valentine’s Day, Story District is focusing on the worst dates ever. 6:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12
EarthGangThe cover of EarthGang’s Mirrorland is an Afro-futurist masterpiece. It’s covered in hot air balloons, a Lion King menagerie featuring a giraffe, an elephant, hyenas and more, dueling hoopties, oversize portraits of members Olu and WowGr8, and a rolled out red carpet bearing the legend “NMBK,” short for “no more bad karma.” After coming together in high school and toiling in the rap underground throughout their twenties, the pair’s run of good karma began in earnest when they were signed by superstar J. Cole to his Dreamville imprint in 2017. READ MORE >>> EarthGang perform at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $22.50–$81. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
Niccolo Seligmann‘s musical practice centers around obscure early folk instruments and music. 7:30 p.m. at The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $19.
D.C.-based singer Marcelle Pena brings together the Manacá Trio for a night of Brazilian bossa, samba, and jazz. 7 p.m. at Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. $5.
Church of Misery‘s doom rock might lift your spirits, if you’re into that sort of thing. 7:45 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel,1353 H St. NE. $25–$30.
THURSDAY, FEB. 13
Perspectives: 20/20The group show Perspectives: 20/20 connects more with the divergent “perspectives” part of its title than the unified focus suggested by “20/20.” Alan Lipton contributes a series of drippy oil-on-canvas studies of mechanical objects; Jennifer Duncan offers green-and-blue botanical works; Kimberley Bursic contributes vigorous, red-toned abstractions. READ MORE >>> The exhibition runs to Feb. 22 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Free. (202) 232-8734. studiogallerydc.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Join Mahogany Books for a game night celebrating Black Love Day on the 13th. 6:30 p.m. at Mahogany Books, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Richard Bell chats about his new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home with University of Maryland professor Christopher Bonner. 6:30 p.m. at East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free.
Lemond Brown, a.k.a. IMAG, responds to Shakespeare Theatre’s production of The Amen Corner through music. 6 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free.
NEWS AND REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
News: As development continues across D.C., apartment buildings are turning into the new local art galleries.
Theater: You’ll be dazzled by the stars in Silent Sky.
Cartoon: Liz at Large, “Change”
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Tinashe at The Fillmore Silver Spring on April 23. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Pottery at Songbyrd Music House on May 5. 7 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$12.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Fetty Wap at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 13. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Kaytranada at The Anthem on June 5. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$55.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for 5 Seconds of Summer at The Anthem on Aug. 28. 7 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $53–$73.