The Whittemore House on New Hampshire Avenue NW, built in 1894, is on the National Register of Historic Places and contributes to the Dupont Circle historic district; it’s a beautiful piece of late-19th-century architecture. Today, the house is home to the Woman’s National Democratic Club, a nearly century-old organization that promotes progressive civic engagement. The club also puts on art exhibitions—on Thursday night, it’ll host the opening reception for Into the Light, featuring work by Argentinian artist Rosana Azar—but if you visit their more contemporary galleries, consider checking out the few pieces in the museum’s permanent collection. There’s a pair of portraits that were found inside the house when the WDNC moved in in 1927, but their subjects and artists are unknown. Experts from the National Portrait Gallery date them to the 1820s, and there are some leads on potential painters (maybe Bass Otis or Jacob Eichholtz, artists who mostly worked in Philadelphia), but despite a restoration of the portraits in 2015, the mystery remains unsolved. —Emma Sarappo
Lost/Found: Explorations in Photographic Time and SpaceStudio Gallery’s annual photography exhibition doesn’t reach the heights of last year’s unusually fruitful effort, but the exhibit’s dozen artists collectively offer an impressive range of styles. Steven Marks produces lush, dream-like color images; Gary Anthes uses crisp black-and-white to document forlorn corners of Navajo country; Iwan Bagus contributes a deeply personal meditation on his late mother that features a brain scan and sarongs; and Shaun Schroth assembles still lifes using bits of natural detritus, including mesmerizing wisps of milkweed. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view to Nov. 23 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Free. (202) 232-8734. studiogallerydc.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Alison Moorer will discuss her new book, Blood: A Memoir, and perform songs from its accompanying album, Blood. 8 p.m. at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $17–$49.
Chastity Belt are vulgar and funny, but also self-assured, accomplished musicians. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Noura Mint Seymali pushes the boundaries of musical tradition with her voice. 6 p.m. at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free.
The Ergs!The Ergs! play punk music that appeals to even those most skeptical of the genre. It is goofy and upbeat—the fun uncle of the more polished pop punk that would gain mainstream attention in the 2000s and 2010s. Between 2004 and 2007, the act released three albums. They officially called it quits in 2008, but continued to play the occasional show. Now the band is touring, and this stop features local bands Bacchae, Blue Streak, and The Max Levine Ensemble. Read more >>> The Ergs! perform at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $18–$20. (202) 232-0900. ststephensdc.org. (Callie Tansill-Suddath)
Allah-Las bring sunshiney California vibes to the other coast. 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
The comedians at the District Queer Comedy Festival will have you in stitches. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $12–$15.
This (concert) Will Destroy You. 9:30 p.m. at The Miracle Theatre, 535 8th St. SE. $20–$24.
In The MomentA picture is worth a thousand words, they say, but Robert Miller’s photographs could benefit from a couple fewer words—namely their titles, which are redundant to the point of distraction. Miller, the Washington Post’s deputy director of photography, contributed more than two dozen photographs to this exhibit, a mix of black-and-white and color images with a pleasingly newspapery vibe. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view to Nov. 17 at Photoworks at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment with a panel of artists, activists, and educators. 4:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $20–$25.
PHILADANCO! step and twirl across Mid-Atlantic stages with fervor and energy. 4 p.m. at The Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. $25–$30.
The Small Glories evoke the Canadian prairie in their forceful folk. 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $16–$28.
HozierIreland’s Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, known simply as Hozier, broke out in 2013 with the release of “Take Me to Church.” His self-titled debut album came out the following year, achieving critical acclaim and commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. His latest project, Wasteland, Baby!, continues the captivating mix of folk and soul traditions with wordplay that is characteristic of Irish culture, but takes place on a grander scale. Read more >>> Hozier performs at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $49.50–$79.50. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Sriram Gopal)
Get three for the price of one: Tennis System, Daisy, and The Sounds of Waves are all playing together. 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.
Fifteen Howard University students perform in a showcase of D.C.’s hottest musical talent. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $7–$10.
Electric Wizard will not be flipping any circuit breakers. 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30.
Letters to CleoAlong with Ron Swanson, “treat yo’ self,” and countless reaction GIFs, we can thank Parks and Recreation for the reunion of Letters to Cleo, in a manner of speaking. After a decade-long run that included Buzz Bin single “Here and Now” and memorable covers on the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack, the Boston-born band disbanded in 2000. In 2012, Parks and Rec got the band trending on Twitter and then roped the group in for a fictional “Unity Concert” on the show. Read more >>> Letters to Cleo perform at 7:30 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $25–$45. (877) 987-6487. unionstage.com. (Chris Kelly)
Humanities D.C. is putting on a panel featuring three black D.C. natives who work in creative industries. 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center REACH, 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Candice Carty-Williams reads from and discusses her novel Queenie, about a young Jamaican British woman making her way through London. 7 p.m. at Solid State Books, 600 H St. NE. Free.
Amidst the Chaos, Sara Bareilles plays in D.C. 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$125.
Heroes: Principles of African GreatnessThis year marks two important anniversaries: 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia and the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections. The National Museum of African Art’s Heroes: Principles of African Greatness explores how African cultures have been ingrained in the foundation of America and highlights African artists as storytellers. As curator Kevin D. Dumouchelle put it, “We live in conflicted times politically in many ways, in moments where there’s often more of an appeal to emotion rather than reason or history. I thought of meeting our visitors on an emotional level first and using that as a path to talk more about objects in history.” Read more >>> The exhibition is on view at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. africa.si.edu. (Mikala Williams)
Carmen Maria Machado, whose short story collection Her Body and Other Parties was a smash hit, discusses her new memoir In The Dream House. 8 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Booker T. Jones reads from his forthcoming memoir and perform the songs that “make up the fabric of his musical identity.” 8 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $45–$55.
Matt and Kim are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Grand by playing the album in full. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35.
Titus AndronicusThe speed at which Titus Andronicus chew through musicians is a testament to the band’s intensity. Spin says at least 14 people have quit, and Wikipedia counts only four current members. Patrick Stickles, Titus Andronicus’ frontman and ringmaster, is probably the wellspring of that intensity. On one hand, Stickles is a New Jersey guy with a workmanlike approach who models himself after Bruce Springsteen. On the other, he beefs with Pitchfork using the band’s Twitter handle and annotates the Genius pages for his own songs. Read more >>> Titus Andronicus perform at 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Will Lennon)
Young star Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is already a bona fide blues king. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.
Oscar winner Sophia Loren discusses her life and opens up for an intimate audience Q&A. 7:30 p.m. at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $100–$150.
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OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for They Might Be Giants at the Lincoln Theatre on April 9. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Ali Wong at the Warner Theatre on April 9, 10, and 11. Various times at 513 13th St. NW. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for Local Natives and Foals at The Anthem on June 3. 7 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. NW. $45–$75.