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This warm week, you can see an R&B girl group that helped define the 1990s, discover what D.C. landmarks could have looked like, and explore how animals have shaped Japanese art. Check out the arts news and reviews you can use, along with the latest in ticket sales, at the end of To Do This Week. —Kayla Randall


En VogueFor listeners of a certain age and inclination, the early- to mid-’90s were defined by a slate of R&B girl groups. Along with TLC, SWV, and Destiny’s Child, there was En Vogue—the group with strong voices, even stronger harmonies, and a versatile R&B sound. The group has leapt from the new jack swing of “Hold On” and “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” to anti-prejudice rock&B anthem “Free Your Mind,” collaborated with Salt-N-Pepa on “Whatta Man,” and went for it on the epic ballad “Don’t Let Go (Love).” En Vogue did it all. Read more>>> En Vogue perform at 8 p.m. at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $79.50–$94.50. (240) 330-4500. bethesdabluesjazz.com. (Chris Kelly)

Folk singer and guitarist Livingston Taylor performs at The Hamilton. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $24.75–$49.75.

The Kennedy Center Concert Hall hosts NSO Pops: 50 Years Over the Rainbow, a celebration of Judy Garland’s iconic 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $24–$99.

Jam band CBDB perform at Pearl Street Warehouse. 8 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. $12–$25.


Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital CityThere was nothing inevitable about the Washington Monument. For most of the mid-1800s, in fact, the Monument was barely a monument at all, but a forlorn, half-finished stump, its incompletion a symbol of the young nation’s struggles to sufficiently memorialize its early heroes. Though everyone agreed that George Washington deserved some sort of memorial, few could agree on what the finished product should look like, or how much should be spent on building it. Architects’ initial proposals for the monument varied widely: a large pyramid, a hunky statue. One Philadelphia man became so obsessed with his proposal to commemorate Washington with a weird, Gothic-style castle that he landed in debtor’s prison. (Sucks to be him!) Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Dec. 22 at The George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. $8. (202) 994-5200. museum.gwu.edu. (Justin Peters)

Local rappers Lightshow, Noochie, and Olumide perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20–$25.

R&B singer Shanice performs at The Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $29.50–$35.

Singer-songwriter and performance artist Diana Oh performs original music drawn from her journal entries, along with selections from her Clairvoyance concert and gallery retrospective, at Studio Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1501 14th St. NW. $20.


The Life of Animals in Japanese ArtBefore there were Corgi Cons and viral videos of cats using toilet paper, our fascination with animals was communicated through art: haniwa horse sculptures, small ivory ornaments carved with the zodiac animals, and painted screens depicting puppies playing in the snow. These items, among hundreds of others, make up The Life of Animals in Japanese Art, the new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art that celebrates the central role animals have played in Japanese art over time. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Aug. 18 at the National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Ella Feldman)

Banjo-playing folk singer-songwriter Dom Flemons performs at The Hill Center. 4 p.m. at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $18–$20.

Beloved early 2000s rock band Good Charlotte performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $45.

The Barns at Wolf Trap presents a day of opera with Merlin’s Island and The Emperor of Atlantis. 3 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $36–$92.


The Evidence RoomAt first glance, The Evidence Room appears to be a modest space with a few unassuming objects all painted white, but a closer look reveals something much darker. The textured white walls are composed of memos between Nazis and architects, technical details of gas chambers, and floor plans for Auschwitz—the most lethal concentration camp Nazis built during the Holocaust. The unassuming objects turn out to be life-size recreations of architectural elements found in concentration camps: a ladder that leads to a gas hatch, the door to a gas chamber, and a steel-mesh chute used to release poison. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Sept. 8 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. hirshhorn.si.edu. (Ella Feldman)

Actor-singer Hugh Jackman brings his world tour to Capital One Arena. 7 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $45.50–$254.81.

Advance Base, the lo-fi pop solo project of Owen Ashworth, performs at Songbyrd Music House. 9 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10.

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center screens the seminal Spike Lee drama Do The Right Thing. 12:15 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 9:15 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13.


Earth, Wind & FireMy father’s birthday is September 21. When that day rolls around each year, I spend it shouting the opening lines of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” at him: “Do you remember, the 21st night of September?” Generally, we’re too moody to always get along smoothly, but my dad and I will always have “September.” Because, like it is for so many people across the globe, “September” is our song. The sound of “September” is the kind of joyous funk that forever lifts the spirit. But it’s not just “September.” Earth, Wind & Fire have hits on hits on hits: “Boogie Wonderland,” “Let’s Groove,” “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song,” “Reasons.” The list never ends. Read more>>> Earth, Wind & Fire perform at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $45–$95. (877) 965-3872. wolftrap.org. (Kayla Randall)

Middle East world music band 47Soul performs at AMP by Strathmore. 9 p.m. at 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $26–$31.

Bossa Bistro presents a Brazilian choro music concert featuring a host of the country’s best choro artists. 7 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $10.

Human rights attorney and George Mason University professor Noura Erakat discusses her book Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, which analyzes the Israel-Palestine struggle, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.


RanIn conjunction with the must-see exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art, the National Gallery of Art has put together the sprawling, fascinating film series Animals in Japanese Cinema, which runs to July 28. Yes, Godzilla is showing (in a double bill with Mothra on July 5), but the program also features Ran, a 1985 masterpiece from director Akira Kurosawa. Why would a samurai movie that sets King Lear in feudal Japan be featured in a series about animals, you might ask? Because the armor worn by these warriors was inspired by the intimidation and decorative power of ferocious beasts. Read more>>> The film screens at 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Pat Padua)

The Steven Spielberg classic shark thriller Jaws screens at Suns Cinema. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $10.

U Street Music Hall presents SubDistrick Freedom Rinse-Out, a drum and bass event featuring Julz and Rogue State. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.

Singer-songwriter and pedal steel guitar player AJ Ghent performs at City Winery. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $16–$18.


DinoRoarsMove over, mobs of children in MAGA hats. Life-size dinosaur robots have arrived in Washington, and they’re giving you a run for your money as this summer’s scariest visitors. The dinos are part of the National Zoo’s Dino Summer, a season-long effort to make dinosaurs “unextinct” through interactive, educational programming. There’s a ticketed performance three times a day, but the six animatronic dinosaurs that move, roar, and sometimes spit water, are free to view. Read more>>> The installation is on view to Aug. 31 at the National Zoo, 3000 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-4888. nationalzoo.si.edu(Ella Feldman)

The 39th annual A Capitol Fourth concert commences on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, hosted by actor John Stamos and featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, the cast of Sesame Street, and singers Vanessa Williams, Carole King, and Colbie Caillat. 8 p.m. at East Capitol St. and First St. NW. Free.

D.C. bluesman Jonny Grave performs at The Loft at The Hamilton. 10:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. Free.

Ethiopian funk group Fedeel Band performs at Bossa Bistro. 9:30 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $10.


Film: The Beatles-themed Yesterday hits a sour note.

Museums and Galleries: The National Geographic Museum goes back in time with Queens of Egypt.

Museums and Galleries: Ranjani Shettar‘s Earth Songs for a Night Sky enchants with assorted materials at the Phillips Collection.

Theater: Happenstance Theater tells the stories of many gods in Pantheon.

Music: Hope Udobi‘s In the Wild is a mastery of jazz fusion.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for hip-hop artist Aries, performing at Union Stage on Sept. 13. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$18.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for pop producer-DJ Zedd, performing at The Anthem on Oct. 4. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $41–$76.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for South Bend, Indiana, rock band Umphrey’s McGee, performing at The Anthem on Oct. 31. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$75.

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