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Minimalist artist Donald Judd features prominently in Kyle Chayka‘s book The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism, which I reviewed this week. Judd (who, like many others assigned the label, hated the term Minimalist) became one of its most recognizable practitioners, and luckily for D.C. residents, some of his most recognizable work is on display at the National Gallery of Art. Judd made many floating boxes-turned-shelves in monochrome, each separate from the next and anchored only to the gallery walls, sometimes with stainless steel, sometimes with opaque or translucent Plexiglas, sometimes arranged in a “stack.” They’re tributes to the “enlightened simplicity” he sought from his art. “Untitled,” in the upper level of the East Building, is a single box of galvanized iron and green Plexiglas that casts an ethereal green glow below it. The room also contains pieces by Carl Andre, Yayoi Kusama, and Agnes Martin, making it a quiet visual introduction to Minimalist work. —Emma Sarappo
FRIDAY, JAN. 17
Seu JorgeSeu Jorge hails from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The guitarist and singer spent years living on the streets before finally blowing up in his native Brazil, so it was probably a surprise to Jorge when he broke out internationally because of a Wes Anderson movie. Thanks in part to the acoustic David Bowie covers that Jorge contributed to the soundtrack of 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, he started touring around the world with his bare-bones Bowie tribute. The covers live up to the hype—especially his take on “Rebel Rebel.” READ MORE >>> Seu Jorge performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $45. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Will Lennon)
The three siblings of Bailen blend folk-rock and pop into a satisfying solution. 8 p.m. at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $22–$24.
Sullivan King would like to Thank You for Raging. 10 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.
Bumper Jacksons are a city-meets-country duo-turned-six-piece band. 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $22–$36.
SATURDAY, JAN. 18
Cracker and Camper Van BeethovenRock historians will long remember the David Lowery Wars of the late 1990s, where aging hipsters in Western shirts fought in the streets of Santa Cruz over which of Lowery’s iconic bands was better. “Key Lime Pie is a perfect record!” shrieked the Camper Van Beethoven partisans. ‘“Big Dipper’ is a perfect song!” countered the Cracker fans. “Sonic eclecticism!” yelled Team Camper. “Intelligent Americana!” chanted Team Cracker. They battled with bowling balls and accordions. Much blood was shed. Lowery, bless him, bridged this divide and brought peace to our land when he decided to start touring Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven together. READ MORE >>> The show begins at 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Justin Peters)
Celebrated author Garth Greenwell will talk about his hotly anticipated new novel, Cleanness, in conversation with Nate Brown. 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Haircuts‘ femme queer punk sound is homegrown and essential. 7 p.m. at The Pocket, 1506 North Capitol St. NW. $8–$10.
Chris Mann‘s show-stopping duet with Christina Aguilera on The Voice only scratches the surface of his talents. 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $35–$55.
SUNDAY, JAN. 19
2019 Photo SlamFor the past nine years, Glen Echo Photoworks has held a “photo slam”—a single-elimination face-off between local photographers to determine the strongest portfolio. The fruits of the 2019 slam are now on view, and it seems this year’s judges have chosen well. The four winners have chosen one of two approaches: street photography or landscapes. READ MORE >>> The show runs to Feb. 9 at Photoworks, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Shakespeare Theatre Company is screening If Beale Street Could Talk and I Am Not Your Negro as part of their Amen, Baldwin!: A Living Celebration programming. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Michael R. Klein Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Free.
Head east to see North by North, Lightmare, and Fake Bodies. 8 p.m. at Pie Shop DC, 1339 H St. NE. $10.
Kirk Whalum brings his legendary saxophone to Northwest. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $50.
MONDAY, JAN. 20
Anna Wiener“Like Joan Didion at a startup” is how Rebecca Solnit, philosopher queen of the literary establishment, describes New Yorker contributor Anna Wiener’s new book, Uncanny Valley. (According to an interview in New York magazine’s The Cut, Wiener hates the comparison.) It’s also picked up pre-publication blurbs from other literary darlings like Jia Tolentino, and with good reason: Wiener’s memoir feels like a weirdly incisive fever dream, taking the reader up and down the hills of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area as she goes from the world of publishing to the nascent realm of tech startups and finds herself surrounded by idealism and delight that quickly give way to greed, displacement, discrimination, and despair. READ MORE >>> Anna Wiener speaks at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Emma Sarappo)
Give back on the holiday by cleaning up the Anacostia. 10 a.m. at Pope Branch Park, 2900 M Place SE. Free.
Or volunteer farther north—Thursday Network is running a blanket and toiletry drive and needs helpers to place the items in care packages. 11 a.m. at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring. Free.
And, of course, there’s a parade to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. 11 a.m. at Anacostia Park, Good Hope Road SE and MLK Avenue SE. Free.
TUESDAY, JAN. 21
Swan LakeSwan Lake conjures up images of dainty ballerinas in plumes of white, Natalie Portman in stark black-and-white makeup, and bands of toddlers in pink tutus doing a disjointed version of the ballet after a couple months of classes. But Matthew Bourne wants you to forget all that with his re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. His version of Swan Lake features a feather-swaddled, bare-chested, all-male ensemble, turning the world of Swan Lake as you might’ve imagined it upside down. READ MORE >>> The show runs to Jan. 26 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $29–$109. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Chelsea Cirruzzo)
Immigration lawyer César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández practices at the intersection of criminal and immigration law and looks at the criminalization of migrants in his new book Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants. 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
Lohesh, a “new dark post-punk supergroup,” play with dog and Antilagom. 8 p.m. at Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. NW. $10.
The Adicts take their look from A Clockwork Orange and their sound from the timeless punk tradition. 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $25.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22
Feminist Buzzkills of ComedyYou’ve heard it from a pundit on the radio or a talking head on TV or a guy you went on a bad first date with: Women just aren’t that funny. Oh, and women talking about feminism? That’s the exact opposite of funny. Well, The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and the Abortion Access Force are here to prove them, and they’ll be spreading awareness about reproductive rights while doing it. Winstead has teamed up with AAF to host “The Feminist Buzzkills of Comedy,” and she’s got a packed stage. READ MORE >>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Sarah Smith)
Take a journey through the Solar System with the National Symphony Orchestra‘s rendition of The Planets. 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $15–$30.
GAWP‘s got the industry press wrapped around his beats. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $5–$20.
Electro-pop duo IDER are obviously on the same wavelength. 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $15.
THURSDAY, JAN. 23
Too Many ZoozToo Many Zooz gives a whole new meaning to underground music. The trio of Leo Pellegrino (baritone saxophone), Matt Muirhead (trumpet), and David Parks (drums) first gained notoriety for high-energy performances busking in the subways of New York City. Soon, videos of the group jamming in the Union Square station went viral, leading to the release of their debut LP Subway Gawdz. Now, they’re making the jump to Union Stage for a show featuring electronic producer Birocratic. Too Many Zooz primarily perform brass house music, a self-created genre blending jazz, funk, EDM, house, and African drumming. READ MORE >>> Too Many Zooz perform at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $22–$30. (877) 987-6487. unionstage.com. (Mercedes Hesselroth)
Classical and jazz pianist Aaron Diehl puts on a free concert in Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria. Free.
Michael Barbaro, host of The New York Times’ news summary podcast The Daily, comes to D.C. to talk about how Judaism intersects with his journalistic work covering the 2020 election. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. $22.
Lil Baby has a big stage presence. 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$80.
NEWS AND REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
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Cartoon: “Point,” Liz at Large
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Papadosio at Union Stage on April 3 and 4. 9 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$30.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Todd Rundgren at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 30 and 31. 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 LP at The Anthem on May 29. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$75.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Halsey at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 19. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $35–$150.