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Recover from the rain by seeing a multi-instrumentalist mover and shaker live, catching a pop act whose work includes pop culture staples, and exploring stunning photographs from the perspective of displaced youth. Check out the latest in arts news and reviews and ticket sales at the end of To Do This Week. —Kayla Randall


SASAMILos Angeles-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth is shaking up the standards of indie rock. Over the past 10 years, Ashworth has played the French horn in local orchestras and synths for indie rock outfit Cherry Glazerr, and she’s done vocal and string arrangements for artists like Wild Nothing and Avi Buffalo. Read more>>> SASAMI performs at 7:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14. (202) 483-5000. dc9.club. (Casey Embert)

Wu-Tang Clan MC GZA performs at The Howard Theatre. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$30.

Guitarist Charlie Hunter and pop singer-songwriter Lucy Woodward perform together at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $22–$28.

Maryland-raised DJ Carnage performs at Echostage. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $30–$40.


Imogen HeapImogen Heap has spent more than two decades in the music business, released four albums, and won a couple Grammys and an Ivor Novello Award, but listeners probably know her music best as a sample or a soundtrack selection. Her somber, vocoded a cappella “Hide and Seek” transformed into R&B singer Jason Derulo’s hit “Whatcha Say,” her songs have been sample sources for rappers like A$AP Rocky and Lil B and soundtracked key scenes in pop culture touchstones The O.C. and Six Feet Under. Read more>>> Imogen Heap performs at 8 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $40–$60. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Chris Kelly)

The Music Center at Strathmore hosts singer-actor Matthew Morrison with theater singer and performer Shoshana Bean for its annual spring gala performance. 9 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $38–$98. 

Legendary comedian Wanda Sykes brings her Oh Well stand-up tour to The Warner Theatre. 7 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $57.50.

EagleBank Arena hosts Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic, in which everyone’s favorite Sesame Street characters go on a magical adventure live onstage. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $20–$80.


National Geographic Photo CampA little girl with waist-length hair stands in the middle of the frame, orange popsicle dye staining her upper lip. On the streets of San Juan, a woman sells books, the flag of Puerto Rico hanging behind her. Against a vivid blue sky, a cat and rooster loiter on a roof. As part of the National Geographic Photo Camp collection at the Kennedy Center, these photographs, by Viviana Medina, Stephanie Rivera Gonzalez, and Marangeli Melendez Morales, respectively, put the perspective of displaced youth in the foreground. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to June 20, 2019 at the Kennedy Center Hall of Nations and Hall of States, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Amy Guay)

Hip-hop artist Murs performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $16–$18.

U Street Music Hall hosts Canadian electronic music project TR/ST. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $17.

City Winery presents a blind wine tasting workshop. 6:30 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $30.


The Empire Strikes Back“It is a dark time for the Rebellion.” So begins the second chapter in the Star Wars saga, a movie that launched a franchise so bursting with potential that, a few decades later, Disney signed a check for more than $4 billion to own its rights. Considering the sheer number of iconic moments packed into The Empire Strikes Back, its success comes as no surprise. The aerial battle against the AT-AT walkers on Hoth, the betrayal in Cloud City, and the penultimate confrontation between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are encapsulated in a two-hour package. Read more>>> The film screens at 6:30 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)

Longtime alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.

Pop singer-songwriter Sarah Reeves performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $20.

The National Portrait Gallery presents In Mid-Sentence, featuring photographs of people engaging in communication. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F Streets NW. Free.


Looking GlassIn her Looking Glass exhibition, D.C.-based photographer Kaitlin Jencso turns her lens outward on people turning inward for their own lenses. The title’s allusion to the Lewis Carroll story, a childhood literary obsession for Jencso, is intentional: The people she captures looking at their phones are transfixed by a reflective surface and find themselves drawn into an alternate world. “The otherworldly glow provided by the backlit screen and the deep fascination with whatever escapism or connection happening on the other end was alluring to me,” she says. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to May 11 at the Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW. Free. (202) 332-1116. hamiltoniangallery.com. (Louis Jacobson)

Folk singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson performs at Jammin Java. 7:30 p.m. at 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. $25.

Arena Stage presents Jubilee, an a cappella musical featuring the spirituals and hymns of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. 7:30 p.m. at 1101 6th St. SW. $92.

Jazz keyboardist and composer Brian Simpson performs at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25.


We Are EverywhereAuthors and creators of the prominent Instagram page @lgbt_history Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown are right on time as they come to Solid State Books to discuss their all-embracing book We Are Everywhere. Released in time for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Riemer and Brown’s book showcases more than 300 photographs taken by more than 70 photographers to give readers the opportunity to delve into crucial aspects of queer history—protests, marches, celebrations, and everyday life. Read more>>> Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown speak at 7 p.m. at Solid State Books, 600 H St. NE. Free. (202) 897-4201. solidstatebooksdc.com. (Malika T. Benton)

Folk-country singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Paul White, formerly of folk duo The Civil Wars, performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $22–$40.

DJ Baby Alcatraz screens music performances—girl groups, rock and roll, soul tunes—on video at Suns Cinema. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. Free.

Novelist Laurent Gaudé discusses his new book Hear Our Defeats, about a French intelligence officer who embarks on a dangerous mission to Beirut, at Politics and Prose at Union Market. 7 p.m. at 1270 5th St. NE. Free.


IdiocracyLike many science fiction tales, Idiocracy begins with a question that could serve as the setup for a story or a science experiment: What would happen if a human of average intelligence became the smartest person on the planet? In the film, Luke Wilson plays an army private selected for a cryogenic refrigeration experiment thanks to his being, statistically, the most “normal” person his superior officers could find. 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. (Will Lennon)

The Anacostia Arts Center hosts Tarot V, in which a group of artists create interactive variety show acts inspired by tarot mythos. 7:30 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $13.

Singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco discusses her book, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, a personal meditation on the power of music and activism, at Sixth & I. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $20–$50.

Actress, indie pop singer, and pianist Alicia Witt performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $20–$40.


News: Council Chair Phil Mendelson moves to block mayor’s restructuring of the city’s arts commission. 

Film: With The White Crow, Ralph Fiennes directs a flawed character drama.

Film: A documentary about Dr. Ruth is as charming and uplifting as you’d expect.

Museums and Galleries: How a group of Bethesda teens are fighting back against cultural toxicity.

Theater: Diplomats are the heroes in Round House Theatre’s Oslo.

Theater: Constellation brings an age-old tale to life in The White Snake.

Music: How 7DrumCity taps into D.C.’s music community.


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, performing at The Anthem on Oct. 2. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $50–$75.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for contemporary Christian pop singer Lauren Daigle, performing at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 23. 7:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $29.50–$89.50.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for the Harry Potter-themed Wizard Fest Halloween Party, featuring a costume contest, at Union Stage on Oct. 31. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $25–$75.

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