This week brings us early photographs and early innovations in film, plus all kinds of musical performances—from pop-rock girl groups to a choral festival to Josh Groban‘s new album to the millennial-baiting Lil Wayne and Blink-182 fusion tour. If you feel more participatory, you can recite poetry (your own or someone else’s), or tell your own story at The Moth. There’s always plenty to do in D.C., and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you as the new City Lights editor. —Emma Sarappo
Citizen KaneCitizen Kane was a unique film when it came out in 1941. In 2019, it’s utterly incomparable, from its innovative use of deep focus to its Möbius strip chronology. It is a dazzlingly successful experiment that changed the way movies were shot, framed, and blocked at a time when many films were content to be sequences of flat, wide, and static shots with some dialogue. Orson Welles was just 25 when he shot Kane, an epic satire of the life of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Read more>>> The film screens at 4:45 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Will Lennon)
D.C. pop-rock band Skyline Hotel performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $7.
The National Symphony Orchestra accompanies a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$55.
Dream Warriors, a collective of Indigenous musicians, poets, and spoken word artists, perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Capitol Sound DCWhile a local scene needs artists and audiences, it’s nothing without the planners and promoters that bring it all together. For a certain slice of D.C.’s music world, there’s Capitol Sound, a female-run blog that branched out into hosting shows back in 2017. Capitol Sound connects the dots between national up-and-comers, like Junglepussy and BbyMutha, and local talents who play in similar sandboxes. For their next show, the focus is the latter. Headlined by Maryland’s Steven Jerome Holiday-Wilson Jr., who combines jazz, classical, and electronic music into an avant melange under the mononym Babby, the show also features DIY collective 2012 Bid Adieu, fresh off the release of their experimental funk concept album We Died In 2012: This Is Hell. Read more>>> The show begins at 7 p.m. at Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. NW. $10. rhizomedc.org. (Chris Kelly)
D.C. roots-rock act Last Train Home performs with Mary Battiata & Little Pink and The Truehearts at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. NW. $18–$20.
Sample jollof rice and vote for the best dish at Jollof Festival 2019 at UDC. 3 p.m. at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20–$90.
See Alexander Strain make a list of reasons to live in Every Brilliant Thing, a play about depression and resilience, at Studio Theatre. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$45.
DC Art Book FairThis weekend, D.C. will honor one of the world’s greatest inventions—one that dates back to almost 2,000 years ago: paper. The DC Art Book Fair returns for its third annual showcase of local makers and their independently published paper-based goods. While strolling the Great Hall at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, you will find zines, books, comics, prints, and other art. The DC Art Book Collective organizes the event featuring more than 40 participants hand-selected by an expert panel of art professors, illustrators, and creative directors. Read more>>> The event begins at noon at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 783-5000. nmwa.org. (Lia Assimakopoulos)
Singer and actor Josh Groban takes his Bridges tour to Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $42.
Grammy-nominated R&B singer Angie Stone plays two shows at City Winery. 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $55–$65.
Deep TimeThe National Museum of Natural History is outstanding. My 2-year-old son rushes to see both giraffes in the Hall of Mammals each time we go, which is frequently. But something has been missing. In June, after five years of work, the museum reopened its ambitiously redesigned fossil hall, now called the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils–Deep Time. It features a Tyrannosaurus rex posed mid-bite on a Triceratops, along with a Diplodocus, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Pteranodon, woolly mammoth, saber-tooth cat, elk, and hundreds of other dinosaur, mammal, and plant specimens. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view permanently at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. naturalhistory.si.edu. (Graham Roth)
Hear author Massoud Hayoun discuss his new book, When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History, at an event co-hosted by the Middle East Institute at Busboys and Poets. 7 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. Free.
Pop-punk takes over Comet Ping Pong as Potty Mouth performs with Colleen Green and Bacchae. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Join Washington Improv Theater’s Sam Bonar for a workshop on how creatives can blend art with activism, part of TRIBEFESTDC, at THEARC. 2:30 p.m. at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free.
American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal PhotographsDavid Levinthal has spent decades photographing toys, dolls, and action figures as a way of exploring the interface between American myth and reality. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s sprawling retrospective of his work posits that the artificiality embodied by his objects offers a welcome reality check on the American habit of mythmaking, whether about historical figures, women’s sexuality, or baseball. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Oct. 14 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Louis Jacobson)
Watch a new episode of FX’s ball scene drama Pose at DC Eagle’s viewing party. 10 p.m. at 3701 Benning Road NE. Free.
The “anti-authoritarian, collaborative pro-humanity artists’ collective” D.C. Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency holds its open mic night at Bossa Bistro. 7:30 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. Free.
Watch Isabelle Huppert in a screening of director Diane Kurys’ Entre Nous—with English subtitles—at the French Embassy, part of their “Les Femmes Essentielles” film series. 7 p.m. at 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Free.
Gun CrazyBart (John Dall) has loved guns since he was a kid, though he doesn’t want to hurt anybody, he just likes the way they make him feel. That visceral thrill finds a new angle when he meets Laurie (Peggy Cummins), a carnival sharpshooter with a mischievous gleam in her eye. Although there were limits to the kind of eroticism you could show, even in a B-movie crime drama like Gun Crazy, in 1950, director Joseph H. Lewis, an old hand at film noir, essentially talked dirty to his actors to coax their fevered, hungry performances. Read more>>> The film screens at 7:15 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)
Singer-songwriter Nick Murphy, the artist formerly known as Chet Faker, dropped the stage name for his sophomore album, Run Fast Sleep Naked, and performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $36.
English slide guitar virtuoso Jack Broadbent performs at Jammin’ Java with young singer-songwriter Teddy Chipouras. 7:30 p.m. at 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $18–$20.
Watch the Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s reality series Bring It!, perform live at the Warner Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $39.75–$55.75.
Women of Progress: Early Camera PortraitsPhotography’s oldest format, the daguerreotype, continues to shine some 180 years after its invention. The National Portrait Gallery’s small exhibition, Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits, showcases the twin emergence of everyday photography and the expanded role of women in American public life in the mid-19th century. A range of prominent women are pictured, some whose names remain familiar (humanitarian Dorothea Dix, abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and suffragist Lucretia Mott) and others who have sunk into obscurity (theater figures Charlotte Cushman and Laura Keene and writer Sarah T. Bolton). Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to May 31, 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu. (Louis Jacobson)
Jeremy Olander,a Swedish DJ born in Fairfax, performs with Bonsai at Flash. 8 p.m. at 645 Florida Ave. NW. $8–$12.
Hear true stories told live (or tell your own) at The Moth’s StorySLAM at The Miracle Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $15.
NEWS & REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
News: The DC Music Census examines a weary, wary arts community.
Theater: Signature’s delightful Blackbeard brings music and adventure to the high seas.
Theater: Mosaic Theater’s Twisted Melodies animates Donny Hathaway‘s final hours.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for A Christmas Story, running at Toby’s Dinner Theatre from Nov. 8 to Jan. 5, 2020. 6 p.m. at 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. $47.50–$66.