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It’s the first day of summer, D.C.! Celebrate the new season all week by seeing new dance works, exploring a photography exhibition centered on the American experiment, and taking in an emotional one-man show. Check out the tickets going on sale today and the latest in arts news and reviews, including our reviews of some very good docs, at the end of this newsletter. —Kayla Randall
Chamber Dance ProjectTwo much-loved former Washington Ballet dancers return to D.C. this weekend for the sixth annual Chamber Dance Project. Jonathan Jordan and Francesca Dugarte have gotten married and decamped for BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, after he spent a decade dancing lead roles in the District. With help from Studio Theatre associate artistic director Matt Torney and composer James Garver, choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning created a new ballet for them based on T.S. Eliot’s iconic poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Read more>>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $38–$52. (202) 547-1122. chamberdance.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Pop queen Ariana Grande performs at Capital One Arena. 7 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $199.95–$279.95.
Politics and Prose hosts a discussion with Atlantic staff writer Todd S. Purdum, whose book Something Wonderful, just released in paperback, chronicles the rise of two Broadway revolutionaries: Rodgers and Hammerstein. 7 p.m. at 1270 5th St. NE. Free.
The National Museum of African Art displays I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa, an exhibition showcasing diverse selections from the museum’s permanent collection. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free.
The American Dream RevisitedGiven today’s politics, it’s not surprising that the images in the juried exhibition The American Dream Revisited cluster around two themes. One is protest, with works documenting responses to the march on Charlottesville, police shootings, gun violence, and discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. The second theme is wistfulness about the past limned in crisp black-and-white, notably Richard Batch’s West Virginia tableau of a man and his 1960 Plymouth Belvedere and Craig Nedrow’s smoke-dominated images of an unnamed steel town. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to July 14 at Photoworks, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)
DJs Wiley Jay and Ozker host a 2010s dance party at 9:30 Club. 9 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $12.
Twelve-piece afro-funk orchestra Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band performs at The Hamilton. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $20–$25.
Podcasters Kid Fury and Crissle come to The Warner Theatre for a live show of their popular pop culture podcast, The Read. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $43–$73.
The Actual DanceBlack women diagnosed with breast cancer are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease than white women. That’s according to mortality statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which noted that black and white women are diagnosed at the same rate. The Actual Dance, a one-man show coming to the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival explores a black husband’s emotional roller coaster as he cares for his partner, who has breast cancer. Read more>>> The show begins at 5 p.m. at Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. $15. dcblacktheatrefestival.com. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
MGM National Harbor hosts Disco Live, a musical tribute to the disco era featuring a large cast of singers, musicians, and dancers. 6 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $15–$25.
Folk band Bad Books performs at MilkBoy ArtHouse. 8:30 p.m. at 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $22–$26.
Author Caitlin Starling discusses her debut book The Luminous Dead, a science fiction thriller about cave exploration and survival, at One More Page Books. 4 p.m. at 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington. Free.
Collaborative Screen PrintingWhat’s better than spending an evening screen printing? Spending an evening collaboratively screen printing at The Lemon Collective, the chic workshop space in Petworth. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of screen printing, how to print images on a mesh screen, how to use different types of digital and hand-made stencils, and fun techniques to customize your ahhhrt—that’s art, but with a posh English accent. Read more>>> The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Lemon Collective, 810 Upshur St. NW. $35. wearethelemoncollective.com. (Elizabeth Tuten)
Groovy Australian indie band The Babe Rainbow performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
Australian folk singer-songwriter Ziggy Alberts performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $25–$50.
The National Museum of American History displays Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall, an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn police raid featuring objects from the museum’s collection presented in the bigger picture context of what it means to be gay. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
The Second City’s America; It’s Complicated!If history has taught us anything, it’s that a Second City performance is where you go to see tomorrow’s comedy greats. Since the early 1960s, the Chicago-based troupe has been the face of sketch and improvisational comedy and a testing ground for up-and-coming stars. (The group has locations in Los Angeles and Toronto, but Chicago is home.) Aside from ensuring that every Second City performance is a distinct experience from every other, the spontaneity and messiness of improv mix to create an acid test that pushes unique comedic talent to the foreground. Read more>>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$59. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Will Lennon)
Rock legends Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge, and Liz Phair perform together at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 7 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$85.
Suns Cinema screens A Bigger Splash, a ’70s biopic about artist David Hockney. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $10.
Throwback 1990s rock groups Reel Big Fish and Bowling for Soup perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $27.50.
The StolenIn Slaughterhouse-Five, author Kurt Vonnegut imagines an alien race that can perceive the dimensionality of time, allowing them to observe objects, people, and concepts extended across the decades. Through the eyes of one of those aliens, a musical historian could see an unbroken chain of sad, sensitive boys with guitars stretching backward throughout the history of rock, from Death Cab for Cutie to Elliott Smith, Morrissey, and beyond. The Stolen, a rock band based out of Old Bridge, New Jersey, are a link in that chain. Read more>>> The Stolen perform at 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000. dc9.club. (Will Lennon)
Poet and journalist Eliza Griswold stops by Solid State Books to discuss her book Amity and Prosperity, a suspenseful narrative about the volatile people and politics of a Pennsylvania town. 7 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. Free.
The Korean Cultural Center of D.C. presents a contemporary music and dance performance based on Korean traditions from Maholra Dance Company at the Kennedy Center Family Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
South Dakota alt rock group The Spill Canvas performs at City Winery. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $18–$25.
Faye Webster“I am done changing words, just so my songs sound prettier,” Faye Webster sings on “Hurts Me Too.” “I just don’t care if it hurts, ’cause it hurts me too.” The Atlanta singer-songwriter has quickly become a master of portraying pain in a pleasant package, filling this year’s Atlanta Millionaires Club with sketches of heartache and loss and Tumblr-ready lyrics like “Even my tears have gone room temperature” and “The right side of my neck still smells like you.” Read more>>> Faye Webster performs at 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 483-5000. dc9.club. (Chris Kelly)
Iconic soul artist Diana Ross performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40.
Welsh folk-pop act Cate Le Bon performs at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$18.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist EmiSunshine performs at Jammin Java. 7:30 p.m. at 227 Maple Ave. E. $15–$20.
NEWS & REVIEWS YOU CAN USE
News: D.C.’s arts commission is adrift after the Council rejects the mayor’s attempt to restructure.
Film: We rate AFI DOCS.
Museums and Galleries: Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014 is all about the color and the shape.
Theater: Scena Theatre connects Nazism and Chicago vegetable sellers in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
Theater: Round House’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 is a fixer-upper.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Irish folk singer-songwriter Hozier, performing at The Anthem on Nov. 18. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $49.50–$79.50.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Welsh indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen, performing at The Anthem on Sept. 29. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$75.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for genre-blending rock-pop artist Caroline Rose, performing at Union Stage on Sept. 19. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$30.