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Happy Friday, D.C. Celebrate the end of the work week by checking out a star-studded production of a rock opera, catching a screening of a classic vampire comedy, and seeing two rising pop-R&B stars perform together. See the latest in arts news and reviews and ticket sales at the end of To Do This Week. —Kayla Randall
The Who’s TommyThe 1993 musical The Who’s Tommy is not a revue featuring hits by The Who, but an adaptation of the band’s 1969 rock opera. It’s the story of a genius pinball player who triumphs over hardships. Like the original New York cast, which featured Norm Lewis and Michael Cerveris making Broadway debuts, the Kennedy Center’s concert staging includes a bunch of boldface names. Casey Cott (of Riverdale fame) stars as Tommy, the teenage pinball wizard, while Mandy Gonzalez (from In the Heights and Hamilton) plays his mother and two-time Tony winner Christian Borle portrays his dad. Read more>>> The show runs to April 29 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $69–$219. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception hosts a free concert, organized by the Basilica and the French embassy, featuring Notre-Dame organist Johann Vexo and the Choir of the Basilica. Attendees can make freewill donations that will support rebuilding and restoration efforts at Notre-Dame de Paris. 7 p.m. at 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free.
Electronic DJ and producer Manila Killa performs at U Street Music Hall. 10:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15–$75.
Early aughts indie rock band Snow Patrol, of “Chasing Cars” fame, performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75.
What We Do in the ShadowsTaika Waititi was still a name beloved in cult film circles when What We Do in the Shadows, a found-footage vampire comedy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. That was before Waititi solidified his status with Hunt for the Wilderpeople and plunged into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok. Now, Shadows is considered one of Waititi’s best films to date, and has been spun off into two television series. In the original movie, four immortal vampires living in urban New Zealand clash over daily annoyances like chores, rent, and evil ex-girlfriends as they terrorize the local populace. Read more>>> The film screens at 7 p.m. at Suns Cinema, 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $8. sunscinema.com. (Will Lennon)
D.C.’s first large-scale cat convention, Meow DC, kicks off at Dock 5 at Union Market. It will feature guest speakers, pet influencers, and adoptable cats and kittens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1309 5th St. NE. $40–$45.
Scientist and professor Brian Cox discusses space and time at The Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $35–$60.
Jorja Smith and Kali UchisOn the poster for The Kali & Jorja Tour, Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith are arm-in-arm and wear all black, like two “Like a Prayer” cosplayers. It’s a striking portrait of two stylish stars, walking onto a larger stage together. It’s also a continuation of a collaborative relationship that began with “Tyrant,” the Uchis song on which Smith featured. The Colombian-American Uchis sent the song to the English Smith for a verse, and even without sharing a studio, the two became fast friends. Read more>>> Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis perform at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
Experimental metal band Sunn O))) performs at The Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$69.50.
Synth psych-pop artist and Finland native Jaakko Eino Kalevi performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12.
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RashōmonWhen Rashōmon won the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival, it represented the world’s introduction not just to filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and frequent star Toshiro Mifune but to Japanese cinema. Its story structure is frequently imitated but rarely as effectively: A woodcutter and a priest sheltering from a downpour discuss a confounding court case in which they had both been witnesses. A samurai (Masayuki Mori) traveling with his wife (Machiko Kyō), had been found murdered in the woods. The wife reports being raped. The accused, a bandit (Mifune), the woman, and the dead samurai speaking through a medium, each tell a contradictory story. The truth is never established. Read more>>> The film screens at 9 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6777. afi.com/silver. (Ian Thal)
Melbourne alt rock trio Camp Cope performs at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
At Suns Cinema, a drag performance by Geneva Confection accompanies a screening of the Robin Williams and Nathan Lane screwball comedy The Birdcage. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $12.
Solid State Books hosts a paper flower making workshop with Revery Paper Flora, a company which creates and sells handcrafted paper botanicals. 6:30 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. $60.
Andrea GibsonIt is hard to think of a more potent antidote to the notion that a poem is something that lives in a dusty book than an Andrea Gibson performance. Although a creator of written poems crafted with love, care, and a razor-sharp wit honed over two decades, Gibson’s linguistic gymnastics are best experienced live. When touring, Gibson recites poems over music, imbuing every syllable with powerful emotions, whether those be love, anger, or a quaking sense of vulnerability. Read more>>> Andrea Gibson performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Will Lennon)
The Anacostia Arts Center hosts hip-hop artist Clifford Cartel as part of its All The Way Live Tuesdays series. 7 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
At Pearl Street Warehouse, The Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival presents the 9 Songwriter Series, featuring artists like Justin Trawick, Jack Dunlap, and Big Timber. 7:30 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. $12–$15.
Alt-R&B artist ELHAE performs at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $18–$30.
The Bright Light Social HourOn their new album Jude Vol. 1, art rock group The Bright Light Social Hour reveal for us a well painted sonic piece, imbued with alternative and new wave rock. It confronts the group’s grief stemming from the loss of Alex O’Brien, the band manager and brother of bassist and singer Jackie O’Brien, who took his own life in 2015. The album bears Alex’s middle name, Jude. Nebulous and atmospheric, its songs face the rift between here and the hereafter. Read more>>> The Bright Light Social Hour perform at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Tori Nagudi)
National Geographic‘s Grosvenor Auditorium hosts a lecture with documentary photographer Brent Stirton, who will talk about his work on the front lines of African wildlife conservation. 7:30 p.m. at 1600 M St. NW. $25.
Canadian-born cellist and composer Zoe Keating performs at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25.
Pittsburgh native Kevin Garrett, who blends soul and folk music, performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $18.
BSO: An American in ParisIt’s post-World War II Paris and love is in the air––as are the pirouetting feet of a beaming Leslie Caron in Vincente Minnelli’s musical masterpiece An American in Paris. This Thursday at Strathmore, experience the jazz stylings of George Gershwin’s energetic score, as directed by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Jack Everly, while you watch our central lovers Jerry and Lise cavort around the City of Lights. Read more>>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $35–$90. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Amy Guay)
Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, perform their greatest hits at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $50.
Country pop singer Maren Morris performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$199.
Lucky Plush Productions performs a humorous theatrical dance mystery in its Kennedy Center debut at the Terrace Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39.
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OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for hip-hop and R&B queen Lizzo, performing at The Anthem on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Australian psychedelic rock group Tame Impala, performing at The Anthem on Aug. 24. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$95.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for beach goth band The Growlers, performing at Black Cat on Sept. 13. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $35.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for Celtic bluegrass group We Banjo 3, performing at The Hamilton on Oct. 9. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $16.25–$45.25.
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